Happenings around the lakes area

Upcoming events around the lakes area for Jan. 29-Feb. 9.

Happenings around the lakes area for Jan. 29-Feb. 9
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Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Saturday, January 29

ULTRA Classic Cruise South: Come join ULTRA Snowmobile Club for a Classic Cruise ride from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet at the Becker County Fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes at 9 a.m., then travel south to the Skål Bar and Grill in Vergas for lunch before returning to Detroit Lakes for a final stop at the Shorewood Pub. Though this ride is designed for sleds of 1980s vintage and older, it is open to all snowmobilers. For more information, contact Wayne Schlauderaff at 218-849-3069.

Live Music: Fargo area favorites Tripwire will perform live at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes from 9 p.m. to midnight. Open to the public.


Sunday, January 30

Tamarac Ski Day: The Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge and the Detroit Lakes Nordic Ski Club are co-hosting a Tamarac Ski Day fro0m 1 to 4 p.m. Meet at the Pine Lake Trailhead Parking Lot at 1p.m., take a shuttlebus to the head of the Blackbird Wildlife Drive, then ski back to your car. It is about a six-mile trek, on groomed ski trails thru beautiful woods, and is easy terrain. There will be a campfire, hot cider, and snacks afterwards. No charge for this event. For maps and information, you can call or text Lin Peterson @ 701-261-2302, or check out the website at The Pine Lake Parking Area is located on County Hwy 29, seven miles north of State Hwy 34.

Tuesday, February 1

Welcome to DL Reception: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a special "Welcome to DL" reception for new residents of the lakes area, starting at 4 p.m. in the Chamber offices at 700 Summit Ave. Learn about events, resources and information you can use. RSVP at 218-847-9202; free and open to all.

Thursday, February 3

Music, Art and Grief: When we are sad and hurting, music and art can often be a balm to our soul — a path to healing and wholeness. Music can invoke a range of emotions and memories, both soothing and difficult. Art pieces can also bring us to a place of mourning or celebration. Both are vital to the grief process. The Hospice of the Red River Valley will host this 90-minute virtual class, exploring the connection between music and grief. Free and open to the public, though registration is required by Feb. 2. Contact HRRV's grief department at 800-237-4629, or send an email to to sign up.

The Lion in Winter: The Andria Theatre out of Alexandria, Minnesota will present their traveling play, "The Lion in Winter" by James Goldman, at 7 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. "The Lion in Winter" is a modern-day classic, based on the 1968 film starring Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action, the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family, who are locked in a free-for-all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. Produced and directed by Sharon Thalmann; tickets are $15 for adults and free for students. Reserve your seats at or call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469.

Friday, February 4

Live Music: Come to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area's Aces Wild Saloon for some live music, featuring Shaun Mitzel, starting at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 5

Midnite Riders Old Timers Snowmobile Run: Join the Midnite Riders Snowmobile Club for a 39-mile Old Timers Snowmobile Run, starting at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Lake Park Liquor Store. Tickets for the ride are $10 each. There will also be vintage snowmobiles on display, with registration starting at 8 a.m.; trophies will be awarded at 10 a.m. Raffle tickets will also be on sale throughout the day, until 6 p.m., at the Lake Park Liquor Store and participating businesses along the run route. Drawings will take place Monday, Feb. 7.

Go Fish! Youth Fishing Day: Don't know how to ice fish? No problem. The Friends of Tamarac are hosting an afternoon of ice fishing from 1 to 4 p.m. You'll learn the basics from a volunteer guide. There will be small group lessons on the half hour. Parents, reserve a spot for your child between the ages of 6-16, who will receive free fishing gear to participate. Other ages are welcome to take part as well. Park at the North Tamarac Lake Access on County Highway 26. Dress for the weather. Event may be cancelled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Sign up online at, check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Refuge Rangers Kelly at 218-850-4886 or Janice at 218-849-9872 for more information.

Classic Snowmobile Ride: Join Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmile Club for a classic snowmobile ride, starting at 9 a.m. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. The ride will include a lunch stop, concluding back at the Holiday Inn around 3 p.m. For more information, contact Wayne Schlauderaff, 218-849-3069, or Mark Trottier, 715-889-6201.


White Earth Nation Ice Fishing Derby: The White Earth Nation Public Safety and Natural Resources departments will be hosting their second annual Ice Fishing Derby on Strawberry Lake, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 for adults, free for all youth ages 16 and under. More than $4,000 in tournament prizes will be awarded, including $10 each to the first 250 youth entries.

Eagle Lake Ice Fishing Derby: The Frazee Sportsmans Club will host its nnual Eagle Lake Ice Fishing Derby from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Eagle Lake public access. Entry fee is $10 each; cash prizes for pan and game fish in both the adult and kids' categories as well as a variety of attendance prizes. For more information contact Ryan Pierce at 701-866-1181.

Sunday, February 6

Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Guided Snowshoe Trek: Go on a one hour, 1.5-mile walk on the Bear Paw Spur Trail at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, starting at 2 p.m. Discover how wildlife adapt to winter. Adult and children snowshoes will be available to borrow. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Discovery Center, located nine miles north of State Highway 34 at the junction of County Highways 29 and 26. Events may be cancelled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Refuge Rangers Kelly at 218-850-4886 or Janice at 218-849-9872 for more information.

Tuesday, February 8

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Zion Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 12 to 6 p.m. Sign up at or call the church at 218-847-7630 for more information.


Blind Date With a Book: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is once agian offering area residents the opportunity to go on a "Blind Date with a Book, from now through Feb. 15. Enjoy a mystery date with a book you might never have checked out, by going to the library and choosing a wrapped book. Then read it, rate it and enter a drawing for a prize. You'll never know who you might connect with! Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Snowshoe Sunday: Every Sunday through Feb. 20, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting "Snowshoe Sunday" treks through the woods from 1 to 4 p.m. Borrow snowshoes at the Discovery Center; adult and youth sizes available. Volunteers will also be available to recommend a trail for you. The Discovery Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34 on County Highway 26. Events may be cancelled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Check Tamarac's Facebook page or contact Refuge Rangers Kelly Blackledge, 218-850-4886 or Janice Bengtson, 218-849-9872 for more information.

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school students can come to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about your faith, understand God and develop a life lasting relationship with Him. There will also be an adult Bible study held at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or send an email to


Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will offer weekly storytime sessions this fall, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, flannel boards, finger plays, songs and more. This early literacy experience explores a different theme each week and is a great way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Baby Bounce: Songs, stories, and action poems for infants, toddlers and their caregivers are offered every Monday at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, starting at 10:30 a.m. Program runs about a half hour including playtime and chatting with other caregivers. For ages 0-18 months. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

GED/Adult Diploma Class: If finishing high school is still on your to do list, it is never too late! Lakes Area Adult Education is open and ready to help you meet your goals. Orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes are held twice a month, so call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

Driver's License Exam Preparation: Lakes Area Adult Education is offering a new driver's license preparation class. This class is 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. The class will be offered virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 18. Each session takes place from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education is offering free English language instruction for adults, every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Here is the meeting schedule for the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. — Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 noon, Grapevine open meeting; Wednesdays at 6 p.m., women's open meeting; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Intro to AA open meeting; Saturdays at 7 a.m., men's open meeting; Saturdays at 9 a.m., Women's Big Book closed meeting; Saturdays at 8 p.m., open topic meeting. There are no dues or fees for meetings. For more information, call the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 218-844-9970, or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Overeaters Anonymous: Do you find yourself turning to food for comfort? Is your eating affecting your health or the way you live your life? Do you find your mind preoccupied with thoughts of food? If any of these describes you, then Overeaters Anonymous may be for you. No diets to follow, no weigh-ins, no fees — just a 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); please use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Please use the east door.

Lake Country Woodcarvers: Anyone interested in wood carving or woodworking is welcome to bring their latest projects to the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and enjoy a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources are available in the Woodcarvers' library for checkout. There is no cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.

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