Happenings around the lakes area
All the happenings for the Detroit Lakes area, Feb. 16-27
The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.
Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
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.
Wednesday, February 16
High School Snow Sculpture Competition: Local area high schools are invited to participate in the 2022 Snow Sculpture competition taking place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes City Park. Teams must be pre-registered. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The public is welcome to watch the competition and/or view the finished sculptures afterward.
Polar Paw Hunt: Mainstream Boutique in downtown Detroit Lakes hosts this event in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022. Three Polar Paws will be hidden; the finder of each will receive a basket of local gifts and gift cards, each valued at $100.
Polar-Palooza Tubing Races: At Detroit Mountain Recreation Area's tubing hill. Races will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until approximately 9 p.m. Partner with coworkers, family or friends to round up a four person team for a tubing race down the Mountain's 1,100-foot tubing hill. Prizes will be given for the top three finishes and best costumes. Funds to benefit Detroit Mountain's Ski Angel program. For more information, or to register, go to detroitmountain.com .
Thursday, February 17
Women Take the Mountain: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host an evening of socializing, skiing or snowboarding, and a vendor expo featuring small local businesses owned by women, starting at 5 p.m. This Polar Fest event is free and open to the public, but there is the option of purchasing a $10 skiing package that includes a lift ticket, lesson and ski rental. Event takes place at DMRA's Aces Wild Saloon.
Friday, February 18
Live Music and Laser Tubing: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host an evening of live music and laser-lit tubing from 5 to 9 p.m. Music by Kyle Colby starts at 6:30; tubing ends at 8:30 p.m. Tubing hill tickets must be pre-purchased at detroitmountain.com .
Saturday, February 19
Poles 'N Holes Ice Fishing Derby: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club will host its 12th Annual Poles 'N Holes Ice Fishing Derby on Little Detroit Lake from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $55 in advance or $60 on the day of the event, and can be pre-purchased at icefishingdetroitlakes.com .
Polar Fest Freeze Your Buns Run: The Center at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center will host its annual 5K “Freeze Your Buns” Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m.; registration gets underway at 8 a.m. For more information, visit the website at www.polarfestdl.com .
ULTRA Vintage Snowmobile Rally & Swap Meet: Join Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club for their 19th annual vintage snowmobile rally, swap meet, and radar run on Little Detroit Lake in front of the Pavilion, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trophies for the snowmobile show will be awarded at noon, followed by a ride from noon to 5 p.m. There will also be a radar run and bikini radar run, as well as tickets on sale for not just one, but two different raffles. No admission fee.
Fleetwood Mac Tribute: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a tribute show, "Rumors & Dreams: The Music of Fleetwood Mac," at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults and can be purchased online at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html , or by phone at 218-844-7469. The Holmes Box Office will also be open for two hours prior to the show.
Sunday, Feb. 20
Color Guard Fundraiser Breakfast : The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; sausage or bacon; and coffee or tea. Plenty of tables, lots of space. Bring friends and family!
Snowshoe Sunday: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will host its final Snowshoe Sunday of the season, starting at 1 p.m. outside the Discovery Center. Free snowshoes for kids and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are on hand to help introduce participants to snowshoeing and recommended trails.
Try Cross Country Skiing: The DL Nordic Ski Club is hosting a Polar Fest Try Skiing Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Youth and adult ski equipment will be available, along with ski coaches. Bring a friend and ski on a groomed track in front of the Ice Palace on Little Detroit Lake. No cost. Contact 701-261-2302 or email@example.com for more information.
Monday, February 21
Laker Prep Blood Drive: The Laker Prep Preschool will be hosting a visit from the Vitalant bloodmobile from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to vitalant.org and use the code LAKERPREP to sign up. Face masks are mandatory for entering the bloodmobile bus.
Polar Glow Night: Come to the Detroit Lakes Pavilion for a kid-friendly Polar Glow Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Light up the night with glowsticks, kids' music, hot chocolate bar and treats! Make a donation to get your goodies. This is a kid-friendly Polar Fest event.
Tuesday, February 22
Polar-riffic Takeout Spaghetti Dinner: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club will host its annual ‘Polar-riffic’ Spaghetti Dinner, takeout style, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Cost is $12; register online at qrco.de/dlnoonspaghetti.
Izaak Walton League: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will be meeting virtually, via Zoom, at 7 p.m. Topic of this month's meeting will be the prairie restoration project at Upstream Sucker Creek. Find all the “call in” details at the Ikes' Facebook page, @PWIkes.
Wednesday, February 23
M State Blood Drive: The Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will be hosting a blood drive for Vitalant from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school commons area. For an appointment please contact Angie at 218-846-3780 or go online to vitalant.org and use the code MSTATEDL to sign up. Sponsored by M State nursing students.
The Polar Putt: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will once again be hosting its signature Polar Fest event, the Polar Putt, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Putt from three, five and seven-foot distances to win gift cards. Open to the public.
Thursday, February 24
Taikwando Break-a-thon: The Greater Community Taekwondo Club will be demonstrating various techniques at the Washington Square Mall from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The club uses this event to get students involved in raising money to help the community. Half of the money raised goes to the Becker County Food Pantry and the other half goes to the club's in-house scholarship fund for high school graduates.
Home Brew Tasting: The new Bucks Mill Brewing Co. will be hosting a home brew tasting event from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Washington Square Mall. Home brewers, get your beers ready and bring samples to pour for the public. Bucks Mill Brewing will also be providing free samples. Email email@example.com for more information.
Quilters Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting in the meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Police Department (807 Summit Ave). The doors open at 6 p.m., Show and Tell items displayed at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. A program, "Postcard Quilting," will follow the meeting. Email LakesAreaQuilters@gmail.com for more information.
Friday, February 25
Laser Tubing at Detroit Mountain: The tubing hill at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be lit up with laser lights for tubing after dark, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Must pre-purchase tickets at detroitmountain.com .
Welcome to Polaritaville: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads and Lakes Area Imagination Library will be hosting a fun evening of live music, fun games of chance, raffles and more, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shorewood Pub.
Saturday, February 26
Polar Fest Plunge: The 26th Annual Polar Fest Plunge to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will be held at 1 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake, across from Lakeside Tavern. Visit the website at bgcdl.org for more information.
Frozen Fireworks: The second of two free Frozen Fireworks shows in conjunction with Polar Fest 2022 will take place at 7 p.m. on the ice of Little Detroit Lake. Free and open to the public.
Sunday, February 27
Snoga in the Park: Have you ever done yoga in the snow? Give it a try at this Polar Fest event, held from 11 a.m. to noon at the Detroit Lakes City Park. Sponsored by 180 Balance yoga studio.
Sweetheart Sundae Dance: A daddy-daughter "Sweetheart Sundae" dance will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes from 3 to 6 p.m.; doors open at 2:45 p.m. There will be a grand march, dance, sundae bar, treats, and more! This event has been moved from the Historic Holmes Theatre due to ongoing construction; it is intended for girls ages 2-12 and their dads, grandpas, uncles or special friends! Cost is $10 for girls and $15 for adults. Tickets available online at the Hplmes Theatre website, dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html , or at the door the night of the dance. Tickets are limited so reserve in advance to guarantee your spots! This dance is hosted by Miss Northwest, the Holmes Theatre and the Detroit Lakes Jaycees.
Multi-day and Recurring Events
We Love MN Showcase: Seven Sisters Spirits will be hosting taste testing of samples from different local breweries, wineries, and distilleries every Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. pm and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. during the month of February. Visit sevensistersspirits.com for more information.
Ice Harvest Exhibit: The Becker County Museum will have its ice harvest history exhibit on display at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion during the two remaining weekends of Polar Fest. Times are 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26; and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. Visit beckercountyhistory.org or call 218-847-2938 for more information.
Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school students can go to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about faith and understand God. There's an adult Bible study at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or email DLFirstBaptistChurch@gmail.com.
Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library offers weekly storytime sessions 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 way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. 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 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: Lakes Area Adult Education holds orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes twice a month. Call 218-844-5760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email email@example.com for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Detroit Lakes Alano Club meets at 827 Summit Ave. on the following days and times: 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 218-844-9970 or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.
Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets Sundays at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Use the east door.
Lake Country Woodcarvers: At the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring woodcarvings to show and/or take part in a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources available for checkout. No cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.ion.