Swimming, dodgeball, youth sports, children's theatre, or even the occasional ping pong tournament, the community programs offered by the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center and the Historic Holmes Theatre are poised for a big return this summer.

The DLCCC is always ready for a game of pickup basketball, open pool swim (with reservation), or use of their exercise equipment, during business hours, but their summer programs, along with the Historic Holmes Theatre, should bring the focus back to community involvement, said Kim Bettcher, marketing and youth sponsorship coordinator for the center.

"We are back to the planning that we had for the summer of 2019, which is super exciting," said Bettcher.

New sessions of swim classes (competitive and non-competitive) begin in May for the Sunfish Swim Teams at the DLCCC. Classes range from $70 to $140 and run through the first week of July. A summer diving camp will also be offered by Bobbi Jo Koons, diving coach for Detroit Lakes High School, in June for 5th to 12th grade kids who can already dive from the edge of the pool.

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"The benefit of the Sunfish is it allows kids who maybe want to be competitive and get ready for their fall, or winter high school seasons to swim and compete in meets when they are available," she said. "But it also gives kids, who are maybe level three or four, who love swimming and want to keep doing swimming, but maybe are feeling like they are done with lessons … (it) allows them to continue to swim and develop those skills."

Also in May, registration for youth tee-ball through little league baseball begins with the season scheduled to kick off in June. The DLCCC will also host a free Minnesota Twins youth baseball clinic with members from the Twins staff on hand for instruction on Saturday, July 24, at Snappy Park for little leaguers from 6 to 13 years old. If you are interested in having your child attend the clinic, contact Dave Harman via email at dave@dlccc.org. Dave is also looking for umpires and coaches for the DLCCC baseball programs.

"The first time that they did (tee ball), they had like three teams, and now we have around six to eight teams depending on the summer," said Bettcher. "It's a lot of parent involvement and stuff, so it's lots of fun."

The Historic Holmes Theatre is also holding additions on May 22 and 24 for their summer musical: Matilda. Any fifth through 12th grader who wants to addition can register for a time slot through the theatre's website. The month-long musical theater camp costs $150 with rehearsals running from June 1 to June 23, and public shows June 24 to 26.

Matilda: The Musical Jr.
Matilda: The Musical Jr.

"We had a very unusual, extremely challenging, sad year, last year having the stage quiet and dark," said Amy Stearns, executive director of the Historic Holmes Theatre. "And we are coming back big, and it's just going to keep getting bigger. So we hope people are in the mood for some art classes, and theater camps, and music, and it's going to be a fun summer."

In addition to camps, the theater is also offering around 7 different art classes for kids and adults throughout the summer. The sessions range from painting classes to dreamcatcher making and everything in between.

Tuesday's in the Park begin on June 1 and will continue every Tuesday until August 31. The events are free to the public and start at 7 p.m. Event organizers advise guests wanting to attend to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

The bands playing the Tuesdays in the Park events for 2021 are:

  • June 1 – The Becker County Dixieland Authority
  • June 8 – Mike Hokanson
  • June 15 – Buffalo River Ramblers
  • June 22 – Rhoda Habedank
  • June 29 – Eric Reitan
  • July 6 – Jan Severson
  • July 13 – Doc & the Scrubs
  • July 20 – Tim Eggebraaten
  • July 27 – Generation Gap
  • August 3 – Ulen Centennial Band
  • August 10 – Doc & the Scrubs
  • August 17 – DeMasi Brothers
  • August 24 – Mark Fogelson
  • August 31 – The Becker County Dixieland Authority

The Detroit Lakes outdoor recreation center, next to the Washington Avenue Ballpark on North Shore Drive, opens June 7 for a wide range of youth centered activities. Two group game activities will be planned each day and sports equipment is also available for check-out with the rec center staff.

"It's staffed by mainly older high school and college kids and they play games," said Bettcher. "They go play pickle ball, they'll go out and do Frisbee golf, and they play dodgeball everyday at 3 p.m."

Even if kids aren't interested in some of the activities, there is also a local record book of odd skills, like longest continuous pogo-stick use, at The Rec, she said.

Kim Bettcher, marketing and youth sponsorship coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, smiles while working at her desk on April 22, 2021. The DLCCC has planned a full slate of youth activities for the summer, which are coming back after being limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)
Kim Bettcher, marketing and youth sponsorship coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, smiles while working at her desk on April 22, 2021. The DLCCC has planned a full slate of youth activities for the summer, which are coming back after being limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)

The Rec will also host a ping-pong tournament for adults, and kids, during the 2021 Northwest Water Carnival on July 10. The entry fee is $5 with trophies and prizes to be awarded to the tournament winners. If you are interested in registering for the tournament, contact Harman at 218-844-4221 ext.118, or via email.

"We saw with the 150th year … we just thought that it would be kind of a fun thing that we could do," said Bettcher.