Happenings around the lakes area, April 17-27

All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.

Minikus concert
Detroit Lakes residents Greg and Marcia Potvin (pictured with a fellow volunteer) have traveled all over the world, mostly due to their work with the Global Volunteers organization. They will be talking about their travels on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, during a Library Club presentation hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2 p.m.
Contributed / Detroit Lakes SDA Church

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.

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.

Women Take the Mountain: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a special "Women Take the Mountain" event from 5-9 p.m. in the Aces Wild Saloon. Paid admission includes a "planting party" on the patio; desserts from Detroit Lakes Cakes and Bakes; wine tasting and bar specials with complimentary finger foods; massages; laser treatments and consultations; outdoor activities and more. Tickets available at or at the door.

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.

Live Music: Slamabama performs live at the Sandbar in Detroit Lakes, starting at 9:30 p.m. All are welcome.

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.

Monday, April 25

Anime and Manga Club: Anime and manga fans are invited to geek out over their favorite shows and stories, starting at 4 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. A different theme is discussed at each monthly meet-up, and snacks are always available.

Christian Music Concert: A family-oriented music concert by Christian artists Matt and Josie Minikus will be held at 7 p.m. inside the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 404 Richwood Road, Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 26

Library Club-Traveling With the Potvins: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a 2 p.m. Library Club meeting featuring a presentation by local residents Marcia and Greg Potvin, who spend part of each year traveling the world. They will be sharing their experiences and thoughts about a recent trip to Iran. Musical entertainment will be provided by Holly Heisserer and Dotz Johnson.

Teen Book vs. Movie Club: Area teens are invited to join a Book vs. Movie Club at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., for this month's Book Vs. Movie debate on "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, in all of its many adaptations — book, graphic novel, TV shows, and movies.

Wednesday, April 27

Environmental Education Training: Interested in working with local students at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge as they make discoveries about their environment? Then go to Tamarac's Discovery Center for a special volunteer team training event. Session runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact or call 218-849-9872 to attend. Not sure? Just show up!

Community Job Fair: The Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program (RMCEP) will host a community job fair at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free to all area job seekers. Call Kelley or Eunice at 218-846-7377 or 800-492-4810 for more information.

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.


Tamarac Volunteer Training: Two orientation sessions for prospective volunteers at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be held at the Tamarac Discovery Center on Thursday, April 21 and Saturday, April 23. Both sessions will run from 1-3 p.m. If you are interested in attending, contact or call 218-849-9872. Not sure? Just show up!

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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