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John Berry will be back belting out his Christmas showstopper "O Holy Night" as well as other fan favorites during his Dec. 7 stop at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. (Kris Rae/Trinity Broadcasting Network)
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Saturday, December 7

Christmas Songs & Stories with John Berry: Join award-winning, chart-topping country vocalist John Berry for a special evening of music, featuring all of his biggest hits and Christmas favorites as well as his showstopping rendition of "O Holy Night." Tickets are $32 for adults, $16 for children. To reserve your seats, call 218-844-7469, visit , or stop by the box office (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) in person, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday (the box office will also be open for two hours prior to the concert).

Holy Rosary Cookie Walk: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host its 29th Annual Cookie Walk from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Homemade cookies and candies will be sold by the pound, as well as lefse fresh off the griddle, breakfast rolls warm from the oven, hot coffee and more.

PEO Chapter DQ: Detroit Lakes Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet for their annual Christmas social event at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Detroit Lakes, starting at 9 a.m. The hostess is Dana Emery, assisted by her two daughters, Jennifer Bock and Megan Emery, as well as Nancy Christensen, Judy Quam and Janet Green. The festivities include brunch, "opportunities," a fund raiser for PEO educational projects, plus a program of Christmas music, "Love Came Down," created by Anne Jorgenson.

Christmas at Emmanuel: Ecumen Detroit Lakes’ Emmanuel Nursing Home will open its doors to the public for a craft and vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stroll through a variety of holiday craft and vendor displays, enjoy Christmas music and stop for lunch at the snack bar. For more information, please call 218-844-9431.

Holiday Bazaar: The Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes will host its annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features over 35 vendor booths including artists, crafters and fundraising groups. Free flower to the first 150 attendees as well as a free showing of the holiday movie "The Grinch" at 10 a.m. and live music starting at 11 a.m. Great door prizes! Call 218-847-1679 for more information.


A Merry Frazee Christmas: The Frazee community invites area residents to come enjoy breakfast with Santa, a holiday vendor show, chili feed, snowplow parade and more, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until midnight. For more information visit the "A Merry Frazee Christmas" page on Facebook.

Festive Saturday at the Library: Join the Detroit Lakes Public Library staff at 1000 Washington Ave. for a day of holiday fun including a drop-in gift wrapping room open and stocked with wrapping supplies, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a special Holiday Storytime at 10:30 a.m.; and a "DIY Stress Relief" class at 1 p.m. Bring your gifts to wrap away from prying eyes while enjoying some holiday fun; though all events are free and open to the public, preregistration for the stress relief class is required, as class size is limited to 24 people. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Youth Snowmobile Safety Training: Youth between ages 11-15 are invited to come to M State in Detroit Lakes between 9 a.m.-12 p.m. to learn how to drive a snowmobile safely. Before the field day on Dec. 1, you will need to complete an online safety training class at ; fee is $29.95. The field day, which is offered free of charge, includes a classroom review of safety information and a performance driving course. Parent/guardian will need to sign a waiver form when dropping off their student. Bring your riding gear (clothing and helmet. For more information contact Detroit Lakes community Education at 218-847-4418 or Kent Reisenauer 218-841-3730.

Holiday Brass Concert at Holy Rosary: Enjoy an evening of holiday music with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and organist Scott Mehlhaff, starting at 7 p.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets are available at the door for $15.

Nutcracker Christmas Tour: Concert pianist Brayden Drevlow will present his "Nutcracker Christmas Tour" concert at 5:30 p.m. in Central Lutheran Church, 38953 County Highway 3, Pelican Rapids. There is no admission fee, though a free will offering will be taken.

Sunday, December 8

Faith Lutheran Taste of Christmas: Faith Lutheran Church, located at 24688 County Highway 6, Detroit Lakes, will host its annual; Taste of Christmas starting at 5 p.m. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to bring along a favorite Christmas dish to share and enjoy an evening of delicious food and fellowship. You can even help decorate the church Christmas tree!

Central Market Taste of the Holidays: Central Market in Detroit Lakes opens its doors for a special taste-testing of all its holiday goodies from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 218-844-3663 for ticket information.

Lakes Area Chorale Meet & Greet: Lakes Area Chorale is looking for singers! Come to the Meet & Greet at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, between 1-3 p.m. to find out what we are about. Rehearsals are on Sundays (Jan. 5-April 19) at First Lutheran. Membership fee is $25; scholarships are available. Two public performances are set for April 24 in Detroit Lakes and April 26 in Fergus Falls. Call director Barbara Schramm at 218-443-0697 or email her at for more information.


Angel of Remembrance Christmas Service: The public is invited to a 5 p.m. holiday service in memory of all children lost, to take place at the Angel of Remembrance Statue on the grounds of Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital (west side, near the emergency room entrance) in Detroit Lakes. Refreshments will be served after the service in the hospital cafeteria.

Monday, December 9

'Stringing Rosaries' Author Event: Denise Lajimodiere, author of "Stringing Rosaries," will discuss her book at a special 7 p.m. event in the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave. Lajimodiere, an Ojibwe by birth, will share stories from Native Americans who attended Indian boarding schools in the mid-20th century. Tickets are $7 for museum members, $12 for non-members in advance, or $15 at the door. Space is limited, so contact the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your spot.

Laureate Kappa Meeting: The Laureate Kappa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes (just inside the Washington Square Mall's south entrance). Marilyn Tinjum is the hostess and the program will be wrapping Christmas gifts.

Lake Park-Audubon High School Holiday Concert: The Lake Park-Audubon High School music department presents "Just Hear Those Sleigh Bells Ring," with songs by the Senior & Junior High Choirs, Raider Pop Group and soloists, at 1:45 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school theater. Free admission.

Tuesday, December 10

Rosemaling Class: The art of Norwegian rosemaling will be explored during this 90-minute class at the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., starting at 6 p.m. Cost is $38 for members, $42 for non-members, with supplies provided. Space is limited, so contact the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve your spot.

Securing Social Security Workshop: Join this 6:30 p.m. presentation at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn, 1155 U.S. Highway 10 East, to learn more about the many decisions involved in claiming social security benefits. Hosted by Anna Schmitz, Edward Jones. RSVP by contacting Schmitz at 218-847-5960 or .

Sons of Norway: Vikingland Lodge 1-495 of the Sons of Norway will meet at 6 p.m. in Union Central, 307 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, for their annual Christmas pot luck. The regular lodge meeting will follow. The evening's program will be given by Kari vanWakaren, who has written a book entitled "Bubble Wrap Girl."

Wednesday, December 11

Brown Bag Lunch: The Lakes Area Kinship program will be the focus of this month's Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave. Lakes Area Kinship is a mentoring program for children that improves lives by helping establish quality relationships between youth that are between the ages of 5-16 and caring adult volunteers in the community of Detroit Lakes and surrounding areas. Join this Brown Bag Lunch to hear more about the Kinship program and other programs offered by the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8. There is no museum admission charge for Brown Bag Lunch events.


Christian Women's Club: The Detroit Lakes christian Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn Lakefront. Presenter Judi Rauscher will discuss "The Pictures of Life," and how to leave behind the negatives of living and focus on God's developments. Tickets are $12.50 per person, including the lunch and presentation. Reservations must be made by contacting Norma at 218-846-1977 or Esther at 847-5443 no later than Sunday, Dec. 8. Free nursery care is available by contacting Diane Enslin at 849-2165.

Advent Mini-Concert: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host an Advent Mini-Concert, featuring music by "Flutes & Keys" — also known as Dotz Johnson, Carol Turner and Connie Wood; piano and organ duets by Anne Jorgenson and Connie Wood; and vocal soloist Erlene DeCock. The concert starts at noon in the church sanctuary, and will be followed by a (free will offering) soup and sandwich lunch in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend both the concert and the lunch. The church is at 912 Lake Avenue. Call 218-847-5656 for more information.

Kids Count Coffee: The Kids Count Coffee is an informal gathering for community members who work with and are concerned about kids, to be held in Room 215 at Mahube-Otwa Community Action, 1125 W. River Road, Detroit Lakes, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Lunch will be served, courtesy of Becker County Early Childhood Initiative. Parents, grandparents, teachers, employers, elected officials, organizations, and agencies are all invited to join us, to learn more about how the children are doing, and what programs are in place, and to continue the conversation on what to do to help our children and their families. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Kids Count program coordinator Jennifer Bertram at 651-855-1172 or .

Thursday, December 12

Meet & Greet with Author Zeke Fuhrman: Author and radio personality Zeke Fuhrman will discuss his new book, "Land of 10,000 Aches," and how what started as a blog evolved into a book, starting at 4 p.m. in the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Books will be available for purchase and signing following Fuhrman's presentation. Free admission.Call 218-847-2938 for more information.

Becker County Republicans Christmas: The December meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be at 6 p.m. in Hub 41, 104 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. This event is also the group's Christmas party and will take place in the restaurant's upper level.

Friday, December 13

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual stop in Detroit Lakes at 2:30 p.m. on Soo Avenue, between Holmes and Front streets. Featured entertainers this year will be Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott, who will perform live on the train stage starting at 2:45 p.m. The concert is expected to last approximately half an hour; Santa will be on hand to distribute hot chocolate and accept donations of non perishable food items and cash for the Becker County Food Pantry. For more information, please visit .

Open Mic Night at Detroit Mountain: Attention, local artists, come showcase your talents on the stage at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, 29409 - 170th Street, Detroit Lakes, starting at 6:30 p.m. Note: this is a live music event, not karaoke. Call 218-844-7669 for more information.

Lorie Line Christmas Show: Pianist Lorie Line will be bringing her 30th annual holiday tour to Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., for a 7:30 p.m. performance. All tickets are $60. To reserve your seats, call 218-844-7469, visit , or stop by the box office (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) in person, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday (the box office will also be open for two hours prior to the concert).

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at Century School in Park Rapids. The caller will be Jim Lizakowski. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

Saturday, December 14

Donuts with Mr. and Mrs. Claus: Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a special holiday event, Donuts with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, starting at 9 a.m. Admission is a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Becker County Food Pantry.

Read to a Dog: Kids in the lakes area can come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 11 a.m. to noon for a chance to practice reading aloud to a furry friend from Pet Partners. Sign your child up to read with Norman, a certified therapy animal, by calling the library 218-847-2168 or stopping in at 1000 Washington Ave. Each session is 15 minutes long; participation is on a first signed up, first served basis.

Wreaths Across America: Detroit Lakes' 5th Annual Wreaths Across America festivities get underway at 11 a.m. in Detroit Lakes' Veterans Memorial Park. Wreaths will also be placed at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Park (11:30 a.m.), Lyle Crovisier Memorial Park at the Boys & Girls Club (11:45 a.m.); the G.A.R. monument at Oak Grove Cemetery (noon), and Holy Rosary Cemetery (1 p.m.) all in Detroit Lakes. This event is done in conjunction with similar observances across the country, to honor this country's military veterans. More information is available via email at or online at .

Free Holiday Movie: Cinemagic 7 Theaters in Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host a free screening of the Christmas movie "The Star" at 10 a.m. Though there is no cost to attend, a donation for the Becker County Food Pantry is requested in lieu of admission.

Family Day at the Museum: The Becker County Museum at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host a Winter Crafting Fun Day for families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices start at $1 per craft. For more information call 218-847-2938.

Kids' Crafting Day at the Mall: The Washington Square Mall in downtown Detroit Lakes will host a Kids' Crafting Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will also be giving away free children's books. There is no cost to attend.

Lakes Area Community Concert Band: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host a Christmas Concert by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Free admission, but a free will offering will be taken. The Lakes Area Community Concert Band has been in existence since 2006, and includes members from throughout the region. More information at . First Lutheran Church is at 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Old-Fashioned Christmas in Vergas: Come to Vergas from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to enjoy sleigh rides, a Live Nativity, Santa visit, fire pits, gingerbread house decorating contest, free cookies and cocoa, music, shopping, lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, reading of the Christmas Story and more! Come early to see Santa and sign up for kids' prizes from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Event Center. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information. (This event was rescheduled from Nov. 30.)

Monday, December 16

Christmas Bird Count: The Detroit Lakes Area Christmas Bird Count will start at midnight (12 a.m.) and continue for the next 24 hours within a 15-mile radius of the community. Volunteers should be able to identify the birds in their count area; less experienced birders should be accompanied by those with more experience, to ensure accuracy. Contact Nancy Henke at 218-234-5680 for more information, or to volunteer for the count. Itasca State Park's 24th Winter Bird Count will take place on the same day, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 218-699-7251 if interested in taking part in that event.

Izaak Walton League: The local Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the upper level meeting room at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Speakers Steve Midthune and Nancy Henke will discuss the Science journal article on what we're seeing in terms of bird loss — especially in the kajes area. Willis Mattison will discuss ecosystem changes affecting bird loss, including climate change as recounted in the fall edition of Audubon magazine, and Scott Sonstegard will provide a call to action segment to empower individual and community efforts to help stem the tide. All Prairie Woods Chapter members are encouraged to attend and bring a friend to the meeting, which is open to the public.

Tuesday, December 17

Book Discussion Group: A book discussion group is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Join fellow book lovers in a time of fun discussion focused on the book "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. Despite being quirky and somewhat light-hearted, this book touches on harder topics. All are welcome to attend even if you haven't read the book. For more information, call 218-847-2168.

Teen Writers Group: The Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., will be hosting a free writing group for teens at 4 p.m. Open to all teen writers and prospective writers needing encouragement, inspiration and support. Get writing prompts, learn writing tips and hear feedback from your peers. No preregistration required; call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Wednesday, December 18

Advent Mini-Concert: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host an Advent Mini-Concert, featuring music by vocal soloist Kim Schnitzer and accompanist Jean Erickson. The concert starts at 12:05 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and will be followed by a (free will offering) soup and sandwich lunch in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend both the concert and the lunch. The church is at 912 Lake Avenue. Call 218-847-5656 for more information.

Crochet Group: Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to the library’s crochet group meeting in the main meeting room at 4 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Damien Mitten Tree: Local residents can leave donations of mittens, gloves, hats and scarves in all sizes at the following Damien Mitten Tree locations — Holiday Inn (hosted by the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary), Bell State Bank, Bremer Bank, First Security Bank, Midwest Bank, Wells Fargo, Central Market, Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, Detroit Lakes Public Library, Detroit Lakes Newspapers, La Barista, Lakeshirts, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Sanford Clinic and the Essentia Health St. Mary’s hospital cafeteria. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 18. Cash donations are also welcome; for more information contact Michelle Norby, 218-234-5411.

Wishes with Santa: The great bearded one himself will be at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes every Saturday this month — Dec. 7, 14 and 21 — from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kids are invited to bring their parents and tell Santa what they wish for this Christmas; no photographer will be available this year, however, so participants will need to bring their own camera or smartphone for pictures. Call 218-847-1679 for more information.

Christmas Tree Sales: Lakes Area Young Life will be offering Christmas trees for sale every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22 at West Lake Laundry, 802 W. Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Prices vary by tree size. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All proceeds support Lakes Area Young Life Ministries. For more information please call the local Young Life office at 218-847-3567.

Becker County Food Pantry: The Becker County Food Pantry at 1308 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, by appointment. Call 218-846-0142 on that day to schedule your slot. No appointment is necessary during the Pantry's regular operating hours, which are every Tuesday and Thursday (national holidays excepted) from noon to 3 p.m.

Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.

Driver's License Exam Prep Classes: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is now offering classes designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with vocabulary, signs, and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion of the Minnesota Driver's License Exam. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Local Al-Anon and Alateen Meetings: Several weekly meetings of Al-Anon Family Groups (AFGs) and Alateen support groups take place in the lakes area. The Lakes Fellowship AFG meets at 5 p.m. every Monday at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes; the Perham Al-Anon group meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Perham Alano Club, 43452 County Highway 34; The Detroit Lakes AFG meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the Detroit Lakes Alano Club, 827 Summit Ave.; the Keep It Simple AFG meets every Thursday at noon in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1025 Lake Ave. (enter south door), Detroit Lakes; and the Detroit Lakes Alateen group meets every Thursday at 8 p.m. in the DL Alano Club. For more information visit .

Memory Cafe of the Lakes: Memory Cafe of the Lakes is a free place to gather, open to those with mild to moderate memory problems and their care partner. It is a place to come together to share social experiences in a supportive environment. You will have a chance to develop new friendships over coffee, treats, music, art, fellowship and guest speakers. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Detroit Lakes' Community Alliance Church. For more information call Kathy Kallis, 218-849-0631; Jenna Miller, 218-844-8376; Sue Sorensen, 218-841-0371; or Brenda Labine, 218-844-7157.

Volunteer Respite Care: Become a respite care volunteer! For those 17 years and older interested in providing basic companion and supervision to older adults to relieve their primary caregivers. AmeriCorps volunteers receive a $200 per month stipend and after completing 450 hours in a year, receive a $1,600 educational grant. Community volunteers, individuals willing to help on a minimal basis, also welcome! Please contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 or if you are interested in learning more.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball hosts organized play from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on program scheduling; check the gym door for details. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. To get more information about lessons, events and socials email or like the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Child care available.

Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, contact Donna at 218-329-5335.

Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.

Mom’s Morning Out: A Mom’s Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.

Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary’s hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.

Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club at 112 W. Holmes St. in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 with questions.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.

Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at .

TOPS meetings: Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 for more information.

L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.

Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the “blue building” on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.

Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for “pot-blessing” meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.

Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called “Bone Builders” is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.

Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 800-584-7020 or visit

The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.

Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women’s Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. child care is available upon request.

Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.

Parkinson’s Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home’s Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.

Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.

Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Men’s lunch, bridge club: Men's lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call 701-388-4329 if you are interested in playing.

eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.

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All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.
Fresh off the success of Detroit Lakes' first-ever 'Polar-try Poetry Walk,' held during Polar Fest 2022, mother-daughter duo Mary Beth and Kendra Gilsdorf are planning a summer poetry walk — with poetry submissions to be printed and displayed in the colorful downtown flower pots, next to all the fresh blooms. Submissions for the Flowerpot Poetry Walk are being accepted through Monday, May 30.
This past March, the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club spearheaded a community-wide fundraiser in support of Ukraine. Though the initial campaign was to raise $30,000 — including a pledged $15,000 match from an anonymous donor — the effort brought in a total of $44,000 by the time it was over, according to organizers.