Happenings around the lakes area, April 13-24

All the latest happenings in the Detroit Lakes area.

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The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 inside Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre.
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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 date, time and location of event, 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, April 13

High School Blood Drive: The Detroit Lakes High School Student Council is hosting a Vitalant blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the stage of Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. To schedule an appointment contact Mary Haus at or go online to and use the donation code DLLAKERS.

Using Herbs for Healing: Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 7 p.m. for a presentation on "Using Herbs to Soothe the Body and Soul" by White Earth tribal member and holistic health practitioner Toni Napier. No cost to attend; call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Thursday, April 14

Classic Film Screening: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is hosting a free 2 p.m. screening of the 1941 film "How Green Was My Valley," which details early 20th century life with a hard-working, fun-loving family in a Welsh coal-mining village, where they deal with love, death, union strikes and bullying. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn, the film was nominated for 10 Oscars and won five. This film is rated Approved and has a run time of 118 minutes.

Becker County Republicans: The April meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be held in the banquet room at the Sand Bar, 1150 Randolph Road, Detroit Lakes. There will be a lesson from “Constitution Alive” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with the official meeting to follow.


Saturday, April 16

Live Music: The band In the Fields will perform live at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Open to the public.

Sunday, April 17

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 $8 for a meal including scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, sausage or bacon, and coffee or orange juice. All are welcome.

Monday, April 18

Ask a 'Techspert': Do you have a phone, tablet, laptop, iPad, Kindle or other device that you’re struggling to use? Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., at 4 p.m. to learn more about your device, plus learn how to download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of charge.

Tuesday, April 19

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Lions of Fifth Avenue" by Fiona Davis, a book about family heritage and mystery. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at .

Old-Time Variety Dance: Eric's Dance band will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance taking place from 1-4 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center. All are welcome; admission is $5 per person.

Wednesday, April 20

LP-A High School Blood Drive: The students at Lake Park-Audubon High School will host a Vitalant blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school theater. To schedule an appointment contact Cheryl Hogie at 218-325-0754 or go online to and use the donation code LAKEPARK.

Friday, April 22

Environmental Fair: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a short program at 1 p.m. Local organizations working together to help the environment will be there to show and discuss their materials, provide handouts and give away some free stuff. Treats and refreshments will be served.

America in Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host a 50th anniversary tour concert by classic rock favorites America, starting at 8 p.m. This is a ticketed event; go to or call 800-453-7827 for more information.


Saturday, April 23

Men's Conference: First Baptist Church in Detroit Lakes will host a men's conference, "Rise to the Moment! Reclaiming God's Design of Biblical Masculinity," from 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guest speakers include pastors Paul Larson, Dale Robins and Steve Aldridge. This is a free event; lunch will be provided. Call 218-847-4571 or email to reserve a spot.

Frazee Firefighters Relief Auction: The 14th Annual Frazee Firefighters Relief Association Auction will take place from 5-9 p.m. inside the Frazee Event Center. There will be live and silent auctions, horse races, games, raffles and more.

Sunday, April 24

Lakes Area Community Concert Band: The Lakes Area Community Concert Band performs its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on the main stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. These talented area musicians will perform classic wind band compositions, spirited marches, music from Broadway and more. The performance is free and open to the public, though free will donations are accepted.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Goache Painting Class: A two-part Goache (pronounced 'gwash') painting class for beginners will be held on April 19 and 26 at the Holmes Art Cellar, located in the basement of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, with artist Courtney Stanley. There is a cost for both sessions, which will run from 6-9 p.m. Sign up online at or call 218-844-7469 for more information.

Live Music: The Mustang Lounge at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host two nights of live music from the band Switch on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23 starting at 8:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Eyes for Mexico Geranium Fundraiser: The Detroit Lakes Lions are selling potted geraniums to benefit their Eyes for Mexico vision program. Cost is $30 for a 12-inch pot of geraniums; pre-order from any Lions member or online at . Pickup is set for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 7. Pots will be set outside the church for purchasers to choose from.

DL Cloggers: The DL Cloggers meet to dance and socialize every Tuesday (excluding holidays) at 1 p.m. in the basement of Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676. No prior dance experience necessary. For more information, call Ruby at 218-847-7741.

Library Art Exhibit: Local artist Fern Belling will be exhibiting her watercolor paintings in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library through the end of April.


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. at 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.

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool 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 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 1-4 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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