Happenings around the lakes area, Feb. 23-March 6

All the latest happenings in the Detroit Lakes area.

Happenings must be submitted to the Detroit Lakes Tribune at least a week in advance for inclusion in the print edition.
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The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items for publication online and, space permitting, in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or

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 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 contact Angie at 218-846-3780 or go online to and use the code MSTATEDL. Sponsored by M State nursing students.

The Polar Putt: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host its signature Polar Fest event, the Polar Putt, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Putt from distances of three, five and seven feet to win gift cards. Open to the public.

Thursday, February 24

Taekwondo 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. as a fundraiser for the Becker County Food Pantry and the club's in-house scholarship fund.


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 for more information.

Quilt Guild Meeting: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting in the meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Police Department (807 Summit Ave). Doors open at 6 p.m., Show and Tell items displayed at 6:30, meeting begins at 7 p.m. A program, "Postcard Quilting," will follow. Email 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

Welcome to Polaritaville: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads and Lakes Area Imagination Library will host an evening of live music, fun games of chance, raffles and more, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Shorewood Pub.

Randy Houser Concert: Country music star Randy Houser performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets at .

Saturday, February 26

Ice Harvest Exhibit: The Becker County Museum will have its ice harvest history exhibit on display at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m. Visit or call 218-847-2938 for more information.

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 for more information.

"Doing It For Dave" Spaghetti Feed and Benefit: A spaghetti feed, silent auction, bake sale and gun raffle will be held at the Cormorant Community Center from 4 to 8 p.m., with proceeds to aid Dave Ritchie, a longtime volunteer and supporter at area events who recently underwent a successful kidney transplant. Donations may also be dropped off or mailed to Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes for those unable to attend.


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: Yoga in the snow, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Detroit Lakes City Park. Sponsored by 180 Balance yoga studio.

Sweetheart Sundae Dance: A daddy-daughter dance 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. 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 Holmes Theatre website, , or at the door the night of the dance. Tickets are limited, reserve in advance.

Snowshoe Sunday: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will host its final Snowshoe Sunday of the season, starting at 1 p.m. Free snowshoes for kids and adults on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers on hand to help introduce participants to snowshoeing and recommended trails. There will be a guided, 1.5-mile snowshoe trek on the Bear Paw Spur Trail at 2 p.m. 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. Event may be canceled due to extreme cold or storm conditions. Check Tamarac's Facebook page for updates.

Let's Go Tubing: Several area churches, including St. Peter's, Eksjo, Lake Park, Audubon and Augustana Lutheran, are hosting an afternoon of tubing at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 1 to 3 p.m. Sign up at a church or contact Kayla Jones via text at 218-850-1255. A waiver will need to be signed before tubing.

Meatball Dinner and Silent Auction: Trinity Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will host a meatball dinner and silent auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It’s a fundraiser for children and youth to attend church-sponsored trips, camps, retreats, and other activities.

Thursday, March 3

Loss of a Child Grief Support: Hospice of the Red River Valley is hosting a class to help grieving parents identify and learn how to manage the mixed and painful emotions that accompany the loss of a child of any age. Participants will develop an understanding of the grief process while exploring methods of self-care. This virtual class is free and open to the public. Registration is required by one day prior to the class date, via the HRRV website at , by phone at 800-237-4629, or email at .

Multi-day and Recurring Events

We Love MN Showcase: Seven Sisters Spirits is 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 for more information.


HR Connect: The Detroit Lakes Chamber is hosting an opportunity for human resources professionals, business owners and managers to connect, every first Thursday of the month at 8:15 a.m. in the Chamber office at 700 Summit Ave. Discuss human resource topics, share best practices and review data to help attract, retain and grow the workforce for the lakes region. Event is free for Chamber members, $10 for non-members.

Indigenous Hemp Conference: The 5th Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, hosted by Winona’s Hemp & Heritage Farm and the Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 1-2 at Callaway's Maplelag Resort. There will be workshops and demonstrations on and off-site as well as topics on policy and law, cannabis education, fiber and textiles, other products and more. To register, visit .

Naytahwaush Snodeo 2022: The Naytahwaush Nightriders Snowmobile Club will host its 52nd Annual Snodeo on March 5-6 at the Pinehurst Resort. Races start at 9 a.m. both days. Gate fee is $10. There will be 19 racing classes. Visit or for more information, or call 651-387-5880.

Indigenous Farming Conference: The White Earth Land Recovery Project will host its 19th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference on March 3-6 at Maplelag Resort. Featured presenters will include Helga Garza, Executive Director of Agri-Cultura Network (CAN), a South Valley of Albuquerque farmer owned cooperative; Jose LaSalle, an inventor in the fields of renewable energy, green building, and water filtration as well as the founder and CEO of HEMPAX, which is developing hemp-based energy storage devices for (micro)grid and transportation applications; and Linda Black Elk, an ethnobotanist, educator, and food sovereignty activist specializing in teaching about culturally important plants and their uses as food, medicine, and materials. To register go to or contact Peggy at 218-375-2600 or

Lenten Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring Lenten fish fries on every other Friday night through Lent, March 4, March 18 and April 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church Parish Center, 1023 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Fish, potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, bun and dessert, for $10 (adult admission).

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school 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

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 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 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.

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