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Happenings around the lakes area, Sept. 7-17

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

Beardsley Run
The 26th Annual Dick Beardsley Half Marathon gets underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, beginning and ending at Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena. There are also 5K, 10K and 25K races, all with the same starting time and location.
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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.

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 alyssa.knudsen@essentiahealth.org or go online to donors.vitalant.org and use the blood drive code, "ESSENTIAHEALTH."

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

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 larl.org 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 donors.vitalant.org 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 eventbrite.com . Ticket cost 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 dickbeardsleyraces.com .

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 dickbeardsleyraces.com .

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.

BookEnds Online: The book, "Olav Audunsson," by Nobel Prize-winning author, Sigrid Undset, will be featured on BookEnds Online Edition this month.  Laura Michelle Diener, associate professor of history, will present this epic story of medieval Norway at 11:30 a.m. via ZOOM Meeting ID: 867 0338 5655. BookEnds is produced by the Wadena County Historical Society. Recordings of this and earlier BookEnds author presentations are available online at WadenaCountyHistory.org .

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 richwoodwinery.com .

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 dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html , 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 fws.gov/refuge/tamarac 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 eventbrite.com . 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 cindy.sauer5737@gmail.com

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 dlchamber@visitdetroitlakes.com 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 facebook.com/cruisedlnight for more information.

Thursday, September 15

Vergas Community Blood Drive: The Vergas Event Center will host a community blood drive for Vitalant from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment please contact Pam at 701-261-1632or go online to donors.vitalant.org and use the blood drive code: VERGAS. Sponsored by the Vergas Lions Club.

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Teen Advisory Group: Area youth are invited to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Teen Advisory Group at 4 p.m. to suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase, assist library staff in creating fun library programs, and make the library welcome for all.

Highway 34 Info Meeting: The Friends of the Lake Country Scenic Byway and Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) are hosting an informational meeting regarding the Minnesota Department of Transportation's plans for clearing trees along State Highway 34 in conjunction with their 2023 road resurfacing project. The informational meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Jack Pines Resorts’ Conference Center, 53014 State Hwy. 34, Osage 56570. A presentation by IWLA will be given at 6 p.m. Public input is also welcome during the meeting.

Women Take the Mountain: The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a fun, relaxing evening of activities for women from 5 to 9 p.m., including wine tasting, scenic lift rides and more. All tickets $10. For more information call 218-844-7669.

Friday, September 16

Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Golf Scramble: The Detroit Country Club will host the 39th Annual Noon Rotary Golf Scramble from 12:30 to 6 p.m. This four-person scramble will have a 12:30 shotgun start. Register online at dlrotarygolf.com or contact Katie Lundmark, 218-849-5888 or katielundmark@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, September 17

Storytime and Book Signing-Dawn Marie Duncan: Children's book author Dawn Marie Duncan will be at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for a special storytime and book signing event. Duncan will read from her new children's book, "Seraphina the Ballerina," and answer questions, after which there will be a chance for young participants to create their own mini-book to take home. Call 218-847-2168 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 rollag.com 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 mnmtbseries.com/laddiesloppet .

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open Saturdays on Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit shadyhollowfleamarket.com 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 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.

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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