Happenings around the lakes area, Sept. 3-14

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

Richwood Winery's "Last Great Grape Stomp" is set for Saturday, Sept. 10. The festival runs from 1 to 7 p.m., with the stomp starting promptly at 3:30 p.m., so those who want to sign up should get there early.
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Saturday, September 3

Saturday Critter Tales: 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. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Snellman Days: The annual Snellman Days celebration gets underway at 7 a.m. with coffee and rolls from the VFW, followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. inside Gethsemane Lutheran Church. Native traditional food will be served at the Hemp and Artisan Market Store booth from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Wolf Lake VFW Auxiliary will start serving up lunch at 10:30 a.m. (their booth will be open until 4 p.m.). Bingo from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m., DJ Karaoke from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rock painting from 12-3 p.m. The drawing for mayor will be at 2 p.,m., followed by a raffle drawing at 2:15.

Free Movie: A free screening of the movie "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" will take place at 10 a.m. inside Washington Square Cinema 7, Detroit Lakes. Doors and concessions open at 9:30 a.m.

Zorbaz Beer Run: The Zorbaz Beer Run returns after a two-year absence, starting at 2 p.m. Participants will run a one-mile loop, up to three times, and they can stop for beer after every loop. Must be 21 years old by race day in order to participate. For more information, or to sign up, visit .


Sunday, September 4

Knights of Columbus Breakfast: The local Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 am. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "The Civilian Conservation Corps" will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Celebrate Labor Day and the work of the CCC. Roosevelt’s civilian conservation corps put more than three million young men in the nation’s parks, forests, and farms. This film interweaves rich archival imagery with the personal accounts of CCC veterans to tell the story of the boldest New Deal experiments. All are welcome; run time is 60 minutes. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Guided Kayak Cruise: Join up with other paddlers for an interpretive kayak cruise at 3 p.m. on North Tamarac Lake. On your journey, you’ll learn about the many uses of wetland plants as food and as traditional medicine. We’ll paddle along the wilderness area and be on the lookout for wildlife as well. Bring your own kayak and life jacket and meet at North Tamarac Lake Access. Life jackets are required.

Tuesday, September 6

Sustainability 101-Composting: Are you interested in learning more about composting? If you have a yard that generates almost any kind of green waste, you probably have the right ingredients and enough room to set up your own compost bin. Join Sandy Gunderson of Becker County Environmental Services at 7 p.m. for a look at different styles of composting, to help you better understand which style works for you. You will leave with a better understanding of nature’s recycling process.

Wednesday, September 7

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers' Group, which meets at the library at 3 p.m.

Thursday, September 8

Essentia Health Blood Drive: Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes will host a community bloodmobile visit from Vitalant, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment contact Alyssa by email at or go online to and use the blood drive code, "ESSENTIAHEALTH."

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. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Friday, September 9

Cormorant Blood Drive: The village of Cormorant will host a community blood drive for Vitalant from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Cormorant Community Center, 10929 County Hwy., Pelican Rapids. To schedule an appointment contact Carman at 701-866-9504 or go online to and use the blood drive code, "CORMORANTMN."


Toast to Tamarac: The final Toast to Tamarac at Richwood Winery will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., with live music; wine, beer and other beverages; games and a silent auction. Food served buffet-style from 5 to 7 p.m. Wine basket drawing takes place at 7 p.m.; need to be present to win. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door and may be purchased at Central Market, Richwood Winery, from Friends of Tamarac board members or online at . Ticket includes a commemorative wine glass, one complimentary beverage of choice and all other event activities. Hosted by the Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, with proceeds to benefit the Refuge's outdoor education programming.

Beardsley Race Pasta Dinner: Join legendary runner Dick Beardsley for a special pasta dinner commemorating the 26th annual Beardsley Half Marathon in Detroit Lakes. Beardsley himself will be speaking, singing and playing guitar at the event, which starts at 6 p.m. inside Kent Freeman Arena (1130 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes). For more information visit .

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a dance at the Century School, 501 Helten Ave., Park Rapids, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Phil Miller will be calling. Potluck after the dance. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

Saturday, September 10

Dick Beardsley Races: The 26th Annual Dick Beardsley Half Marathon and Andy Beardsley Memorial 5K, along with the 10K and 25K races will all start at 8 a.m. All races start and end at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes. For course details, registration information and more, check out .

Tae Kwon Do Open House: The Detroit Lakes School of Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo will host a fall kickoff open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free introductory lessons and games; open to the public.

Dementia 101: An informational session on "Dementia 101" will be presented by the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging at 1 p.m. in the main meeting room at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. This one-hour presentation on understanding what dementia is, how it affects families, and how you can make a difference for people touched by dementia is free and open to the public.

The Last Great Grape Stomp: Richwood Winery will be hosting its final Grape Stomp Festival from 1 to 7 p.m. Live music from Zach Thomas (afternoon) and Todd Sisson (evening); Grape Stomp starts promptly at 3:30 p.m., so come early to sign up. Tickets $15 per person (those under age 21 are admitted free), and admission includes a festival commemorative glass (while supplies last). Cost to stomp is $15 per person; two-person teams only. Costume contest will also be held in conjunction with the stomp. For more information visit .

Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre opens its 20th anniversary season with a live, outdoor concert by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome at the City Park Bandshell, starting at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information about the upcoming theater season, call 218-844-7469, visit the website at , or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave.


Sunday, September 11

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Rivers of Life, The Mississippi" will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Paint with Nate! Nature Painting Workshop: Come to the Discovery Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge at 3 p.m. for a fun nature painting workshop with Park Rapids artist Nate Luetgers. This a great activity for people of all ages and skill levels; enjoy the company of others while creating a work of art. Cost is $35, which includes all the materials needed to complete the project. To sign up go to . Space is limited, so get your reservations in early.

Tuesday, September 13

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group at 4 p.m. for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from your peers. Group meets at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. All area teens are welcome.

Sons of Norway: The monthly meeting of the Sons of Norway Vikingland Lodge 1-495 will be held indoors once again, on the lower level of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. General meeting at 7 p.m., followed by a program. All are welcome to attend. Coffee and refreshments served afterwards. Any questions contact Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or

Children's Book Writing Class: Detroit Lakes Public Library will host an in-person screening for "The ABCs of Writing Children’s Books," a virtual class taught by the Loft Literary Center, starting at 7 p.m. in the library's main meeting room. Do you have an idea for a children’s book? Or, have you written a children’s book but aren’t sure what your next steps are? Taught by Lisa Bolt Simmons, this is the perfect workshop for anyone interested in learning the basics of writing and publishing children’s books, including formats and how they are made. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 14

Community Connect: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Community Connect at M State-Detroit Lakes from 8 to 9 a.m. Attendees will hear community updates from not just the Chamber, but also M State, the Becker County Museum, City of Detroit Lakes and Detroit Lakes Public Schools. Cost is $10 per person, including rolls and coffee. All are welcome, but RSVP requested by Friday, Sept. 9; contact the Chamber at 218-847-9202 or to sign up.

North Country Trail Hike: Join the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association for a 4.5 mile, informal hike on the North Country Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at the 400th Ave trailhead. Have fun while getting to know other fellow hikers. This hike features a 1,000-foot puncheon across a spruce bog. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack to enjoy this enchanting section of the North Country Trail.

Cruise DL Night: Head down to West Lake Drive along the Detroit Lakes City Beach from 4-8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles, parked along both sides of the street for viewing. This is the final Cruise Night of the season. No registration fee; all classic cars welcome. Visit for more information.


Multi-day and Recurring Events

Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion: The 2022 Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion will take place daily on Sept. 2-5 at the WMSTR grounds in Rollag, Minn. Once you pay the admission fee, you can enjoy a full day of steam and gas engines, parades, live music, crafts, blacksmithing and threshing demonstrations and hundreds of other exhibits at no additional cost. Food, beverages and festival memorabilia can be purchased on site; primitive camping (no water, electric or sewer hookups) is also available. Go to for more information.

Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Races: Maplelag Resort in rural Callaway will be hosting the 10th race in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, known as Laddies Loppet, on Sept. 3-4. Competitions will be held in both the cross country (kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and elite) and short track (open men's and women's, kids comp, citizen, sport, comp and expert/elite) categories. Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional cross country races, concluding on Sunday with the short track races. This is the 21st annual event (it was canceled in 2020). No day-of race registration; you must sign up in advance, both for the races and for camping on site. For more information visit .

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. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit or call 602-809-6661 for more information. You can also check out the market's Facebook page for updates.

Live Music: Rick Adams, Sept. 3, Holiday Inn Beach Bar, 2-5 p.m.; The Fat Cats, Sept. 3, 6-10 p.m., Long Bridge; Doug Thompson, Sept. 3, 6-9 p.m, Izzo's Bar and Grill; Katie Baker, Sept. 3, 7 p.m., Hub 41; Wayne McArthur, Sept. 3, 9 p.m., Hotel Shoreham; Island Time, Sept. 4, 2-6 p.m., and Sept. 5, 2-5 p.m., Long Bridge; Runestone Rebellion, Sept. 10, 9 p.m., Zorbaz-Detroit Lakes; Island Time, Sept. 11, 2-6 p.m., Long Bridge.

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 , 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.

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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