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Happenings around the lakes area, Aug. 17-28

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

The men’s Olympic swim course is one of the events at the Young Life triathlon, which gets underway this Saturday, Aug. 20 in Detroit Lakes.
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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 dltribune@dlnewspapers.com or vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com. 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.

Thursday, August 18

Free Root Beer Floats: Come to Ameriprise Financial Services in Detroit Lakes for a free root beer float, starting at 11 a.m. and continuing while supplies last. All are welcome.

Women Take the Mountain: All area women age 14 and up are invited to come to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 5-9 p.m. for a relaxing evening of wine tasting, scenic lift rides, Yoga on the Summit, mini-massages and much more. All tickets $10; sign up online at detroitmountain.com . (Additional charge to participate in 7 p.m. "paint and sip" event with Jollybird Studio.)

Trucks and Tunes: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of food, fun and live music at the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 5 p.m. A variety of food trucks will be gathered in the parking lot until 8 p.m., serving up a host of summer favorites, while over at the bandshell, the JT Kennelly Band will be performing. Admission is free, though the cost of food may vary from truck to truck.

Friday, August 19

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2 at Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.


Rotary Peach Sale: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is serving up its 23rd Annual Peach Sale, 12-8 p.m. in the Nereson's Automotive parking lot, while supplies last. All proceeds donated to support area community projects.

Saturday, August 20

Young Life Triathlon: The annual Young Life Triathlon takes place at Detroit Lakes' City Park, 6:30 a.m. (registration) to noon (awards presented). To register, or for more information, visit younglifetriathlon.com .

Rotary Peach Sale: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is serving up its 23rd Annual Peach Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Nereson's Automotive parking lot, while supplies last. All proceeds donated to support area community projects.

DAV Fundraiser: A fundraiser for the Disabled American Veterans of Becker County will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Meadow Lake Campground (25809 Meadow Lake Road, Detroit Lakes) picnic shelter. Free-will offering lunch, with over 80 basket raffles.

Howie Miller: Comedian Howie Miller performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino at 6 p.m. Tickets available at starcasino.com .

Detroit Lakes Craft Beer Tour: The lakes area's only craft beer event returns to Detroit Lakes' Washington Ball Park, with unlimited beverage sampling, prizes, people's choice voting, commemorative swag and more. VIP ticket holders can enter one hour early, at 1 p.m., while the main event runs from 2-5 p.m. Tickets available online at craftbeertours.com .

Sunday, August 21

Shoreham Chapel Music and Worship: Celise Swanson will be performing as part of worship services at Shoreham Chapel in rural Detroit Lakes, starting at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

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. Plenty of tables, lots of space. All are welcome.


Outdoor Church Service: Congregational Church UCC of Detroit Lakes will host an outdoor service in celebration of 150 years in the 150-year-old city of Detroit Lakes. The service will take place at 10 a.m. in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Park, 317 Washington Ave., which was the site of the original Congregational Church. Please bring a lawn chair. In case of rain the service will be at the church (900 Lake Ave.).

Trinity Lutheran Church Open House: Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m. All are welcome to come enjoy tours of the church, refreshments and fellowship.

Monday, August 22

North Country Trail Presentation: Author Joan Young, who was the first woman to complete the North Country National Scenic Trail on foot in 2010, will be making a presentation on the trail at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

Tuesday, August 23

Library Club: Information technology specialist Kent Mollberg will be making a presentation on Internet Safety Awareness to the Detroit Lakes Library Club at 2 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. Refreshments and conversation to follow. Open to the public.

Tuesdays in the Park: Larry Swenson performs live as part of Detroit Lakes' Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series at 7 p.m. under the City Park Bandshell. Picnic hosted by Fuller Center for Housing starts at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so bring your own blankets or chairs. Admission is a free will donation; all proceeds from the picnic benefit Fuller Center's local housing projects, while donations for the concert go to support the artists.

Wednesday, August 24

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 25

Remembering Bobby Vee: A tribute concert in honor of the Minnesota music legend, presented by The Killer Vees (Jeff, Tommy and Matt Vee along with Ar J Stevens and George Maurer), will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. Complete with Bobby’s touring string section and cast members from "Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story" helping out on background vocals, the show will feature video and stories from Bobby’s career along with all the hits. Tickets available at the Holmes Box Office (806 Summit Ave.), by phone at 218-844-7469, or online at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html .

Friday, August 26

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2 at Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.


Colt Ford Concert: Country-rap mogul Colt Ford is ready to put on an unforgettable show at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino. Hear him blast hits like “The High Life,” “Back” and “Drivin’ Around Drinking," starting at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale at starcasino.com .

Macaws for Paws: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will be raising money for the Marshmallow Animal Shelter with their 9th Annual Macaws for Paws event, 5:30-9 p.m. at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes. There will be a silent auction, raffle drawing (tickets available at the Marshmallow Animal Shelter or from Parrot Heads and Marshamallow volunteers) and music by Island Time.

Ole's Ride Bike Show: There will be a bike show in conjunction with the 13th Annual Ole's Ride for Hospice, 6:30-8 p.m. in front of Billy's Corner Bar, Vergas. Those planning to participate in the ride can also pre-register at this time.

Saturday, August 27

Ole's Ride: The 13th Annual Ole's Ride for Hospice departs at noon from Billy's Corner Bar in Vergas, with registration from 10-11:30 a.m. A meal, silent auction and live music by The Fat Cats follow the ride through Minnesota lakes country. Cost is $25 per bike, $15 for an additional rider, and includes a T-shirt, meal and chances for door prizes at each stop. To register for the ride, contact Jessica Sonnenberg at 218-849-8995 or jessicasonnenberg@team-ind.com .

Boats and Bars XVI: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will present their 16th Annual Boats and Bars event, 10 a.m. to midnight at various locations around town, starting and ending at Zorbaz. Other locations include the sandbar between Big and Little Detroit, Lakeside Tavern, Long Bridge, Holiday Inn and Hub 41. Performers include Two Lone Pirates, Island Time, Rachael Ianiro, Motu, The Castaways, Chuck Fox, and Pirates, Guitars and Beachfront Bars. Tickets on sale at Zorbaz or from Parrot Heads members. Will be held rain or shine... in case of rain, event will take place at American Legion Post 15 in Detroit Lakes.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Wolf Lake Harvest Festival: The community of Wolf Lake will host its 39th Annual Harvest Festival on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20. Events include the Miss Wolf Lake Pageant, silent auction, bean bag toss and triple meat raffle on Friday; and a 5k run/walk, petro/car show, obstacle course, parade, mud run, bean bag tournament and a variety of children's activities, all on Saturday.

Ojibwe Forests Rally: Join the annual August American Rally Association Championship car race on Aug. 19-20. Headquartered at Soo Pass Ranch (home of WE Fest), Detroit Lakes, where you’ll be able to camp out, watch the races on live stream and pick up some merchandise. Details and schedule at ojibweforestsrally.com .

PRCA Double S Rodeo: The Double S Arena, located just five miles north of Detroit Lakes, will host its 5th Annual Rodeo on Aug. 26-27, starting at 7 p.m. both nights. This year's event is brought to you by Barnes PRCA Rodeo. Tickets available at doublesarena.com , or call 218-234-7491.

Saturday Critter Tales: Every Saturday through Sept. 3, join resident volunteer Sandi Wicklund at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge for some fascinating personal stories about wildlife encounters during her many seasons at refuges throughout the country. Learn about wildlife viewing etiquette and find out the best places to view wildlife at Tamararc. All ages welcome. Meet at 1 p.m. by the Tamarack tree in front of the visitor center for this 45 minute program.

Live Music at Richwood Winery: Gordy "GC" Christensen, Aug. 20 and 27, 4-6 p.m.

Wild Wednesdays: Every Wednesday through Aug. 31, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will be offering two sessions of "Wild Wednesdays," at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Explore the world of Nature with your child during this hour-long adventure for 3-7 year-olds. Listen to a story, go for a hike, make a craft. There's a differen t topic every week! Space is limited, so pre-registration required for these free programs. Sign up online at signup.com/go/EqAHxEw , or check Tamarac's Facebook page for the link.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Saturday this summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. All are welcome.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4, plus Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), and Saturdays on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 as well. Visit shadyhollowfleamarket.com or call 602-809-6661 for more information.

Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics: To help answer your questions and provide helpful ideas for your trees, shrubs, home gardens and lawns, the Becker County Extension Service hosts plant, pest and gardening clinics by the Becker County Master Gardeners every Monday (May through September) and Friday (June through August) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension office. Stop by the Clinics with your questions and problems. The Becker County Extension Office is located at 1120 8th St. SE Detroit Lakes; for more information, call 218-846-7328 (Ext. 7105).

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.

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.

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; sometimes held outdoors during the summer months, weather permitting. 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.

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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