Happenings around the lakes area, Aug. 7-17

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

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The Wiener dog races are just one of about 40 different events planned for the Vergas Looney Days celebration, Aug. 11-14. The dog competition is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9:30 a.m., and will take place at the city baseball field.
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Saturday, August 6

Free Movie: A free screening of the family movie "Sing 2" will take place at 10 a.m. in Cinemagic 7 Theatres, Detroit Lakes. Concessions open at 9:30 a.m. Open to the public.

Bible Reading Marathon: The 7th Annual Bible Reading Marathon will take place at Detroit Lakes' City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. No pre-registration required; just show up, register and start reading. Those who sign up will receive a free gift while supplies last. Open to the public.

Family Storytime: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. for a family storytime session.

Free Family Bike Ride: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a free bike riding event for area families, sponsored by LAMBAT (Lakes Area Mountain Biking Alliance and Trails), starting at 9 a.m. if you would like to sign up for a free rental bike (adult and child sizes available, courtesy of the Detroit Lakes school district), 9:30 a.m. if you're bringing your own bike. Session starts out with basic coaching and riding on the skills park and then progresses into the single track trails for anyone interested in trying them out. If you can ride a bike on pavement, you can mountain bike with some practice! No cost to attend, but this event isn't intended for those who do not already know how to ride.


Sunday, August 7

Knights Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

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

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "Pollen Nation," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Follow the journey of a commercial beekeeper from the honey harvest on the high plains to the warm winter feeding grounds of California. Learn why honeybees and numerous species of native bees are in serious decline and how it’s affecting our dinner table and that of wildlife. All are welcome; movie lasts 25 minutes.

Tamarac's "Dynamic Duo" Presentation: Join insect enthusiast and nature photographer David Israel and Park Ranger James Kawlewski for "Dynamic Duo: Insects and Flowers," an exploration into the relationship between flowers and pollinators. Learn to identify insects through fantastic photography and out in the field. Discover how this dynamic duo provides food for animals and people. Learn how you can support pollinators in your own back yard. Free native plant seeds available. Meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.

Tuesday, August 9

Crazy Daze: The Detroit Lakes downtown business community and Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Craze Daze from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Food trucks, small business vendors, and downtown retailers will be taking to the street on Washington Avenue for a day of sidewalk sales, food specials and fun. Call 218-847-9202 for more information.

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.

Tuesdays in the Park: Doc & the Scrubs will perform 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 10

NARFE Meeting: National Active and Retired Federal employees (NARFE) Chapter 1842 will meet in the Ice Cutter Room of the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Lunch at noon, business meeting starts at 1 p.m. This month's speaker is Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk, who will talk about current and future plans for the city. All active and retired federal employees are invited to attend. Membership in the organization is encouraged but is not mandatory. For more info, contact chapter president Virginia Weston, via email at or by phone at 218-847-6483.


Cruise DL Night: Head down to the Detroit Lakes City Park from 4-8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles. No registration fee; all classic cars welcome. Visit for more information.

Thursday, August 11

Community Blood Drive: Come to the dining hall at American Legion Post 15, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, and help save a life by donating blood between 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. To schedule an appointment please contact Cara Frank at 218-841-9533, or go online to and use the blood drive code, "DETROITLAKES."

William Kent Krueger Watch Party: The Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) will host an in-person watch party for author William Kent Krueger's virtual presentation as part of the "One Book, One Minnesota" series, 7-8 p.m. Krueger's presentation will feature his book, "Iron Lake."

Live at the Lodge: David Ferreira (piano/vocals) and Russ Peterson (saxophone) will present an evening of live music in the Lodge on Lake Detroit's Fireside Lobby from 5 to 8 p.m.). Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase. More info at

Looney Days Opening Night: Otter Coffee and Ice Cream in Vergas will host an evevning of live music from 5 to 7 p.m. to kick off the community's annual Looney Days celebration. Open to the public.

Black Tie Gala: The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Phaser Marketing will co-host a black tie gala fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area. Cost is $50 per ticket, which includes admission to a live auction, live music by Tim Eggebraaten and more. Cost is $50 per ticket, with proceeds directly benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Sign up for the Phaser Fundraiser Black Tie Gala at .

Friday, August 12

Vergas Looney Days: The Friday schedule for Vergas Looney Days includes local rummage sales throughout the day; sidewalk chalk art, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Natalie's Serendipity; pickleball demonstrations, 10-11 a.m. at the pickleball courts; brats and beans lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at United Methodist; Voices of the Past Cemetery Tour, 2-3 p.m. at City Cemetery; kids' fishing, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; food trucks, 4-9 p.m.; water ski show, 5 p.m.; Church of Cash live music, 6:30-9 p.m. All events take place at Loon Park unless otherwise specified.

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.


Fireman's Dance: The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will host its annual Fireman's Dance at Hub 41, with Tripwire playing live on West Lake Drive from 8 p.m. to midnight; gates open at 7 p.m. Cost is a free will donation at the gate.

Melissa Etheridge Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by multiplatinum-selling artist Melissa Etheridge . Tickets can be purchased online at , or call 800-453-7827.

Saturday, August 13

Vergas Looney Days: The Saturday schedule for Vergas Looney Days includes a 5K run/walk, 8 a.m.; Lions Breakfast at the Event Center (dine in or drive through), 8-11 a.m.; pickleball demonstrations at the pickleball courts; street fair, Main Street, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. winer dog races, 9 a.m., baseball field; family games, 9:30-11:30 a.m., baseball field; inflatable games, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., baseball field; Vergas Fire and Rescue open house, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., fire hall; Trowbridge Petting Zoo, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Summers Construction; ice cream stroll, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Vergas Assisted Living; brats and beans lunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at United Methodist; beer garden, 12 p.m.-midnight, Railway Avenue; Road Rally, 12 p.m.; Little Miss and Mister Vergas Pageant, 12 p.m.; Loon Calling Contest, 1 p.m.; Puppy Plunge, 3:30 p.m.; Bean Bag tournament, 3 p.m. (registration starts 2 p.m.), Railway Avenue; water ski show, 4:30-5:30 p.m.; and street dance featuring music from Mall Rats, 8 p.m.-midnight, Railway Avenue. All events take place at Loon Park unless otherwise specified.

Fun Fungi and Mushroom Workshop: John Lamprecht, past president of the Minnesota Mycological Society (MMS), and Claudette Lamprecht, MMS treasurer, will guide Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge visitors on a mushroom identification journey. Class will be both inside and outdoors, so bring a snack/lunch, water, camera, notebook and bug spray. Field guides will be available. Registration and payment is being handled by the Friends of Tamarac through Cost is $25.  

Community Picnic and Outdoor Movie: The City of Audubon will host a 150th anniversary community picnic and outdoor screening of the classic movie, "The Goonies," 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Audubon City Park. Movie starts at approximately 8:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Sunday, August 14

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "North America: Born to Be Wild," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Take a journey through North America and meet the incredible array of wildlife that lives in our backyard. Experience their struggle for survival through epic cinematography. All are welcome; movie lasts approximately 50 minutes.

Vergas Looney Days: The final day of Vergas Looney Days includes a classic car show on Main Street, 9 a.m.-noon; Yoga Among the Blooms, True Blue Flower Company, 9:30 a.m.; community church service, baseball field, 10 a.m.; Looney Days Grand Parade through Vergas, 2 p.m.; and water fights following the parade on Main Street. There will also be TIP Bingo at Billy's Bar following the parade, with a raffle drawing at 8 p.m.; and live music at Skal, 4-10 p.m., featuring Damien Anderson, Seth Moore, and Shelly and Dave.

Monday, August 15

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, August 16

Old-Time Variety Dance: LeRoy and Jerry will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center. All are welcome; admission is $5 per person.

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "I Know an Old Lady" by Margaret Standafer, a coming of age story featuring a teenager, Billy Tupper, who has been sentenced to spend the summer working for Old Lady Baxter. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at

Tuesdays in the Park: The DeMasi Brothers will perform 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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Vacation Bible School: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, 12986 Co. Hwy. 15, Detroit Lakes will be hosting a "Monumental" Vacation Bible School for area youth ages 4-12, daily on Aug. 7-11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Book Sale: The Becker County Friends of the Library will host a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Aug. 9-10 at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. A wide variety of books, movies and other materials, for all ages, will be available for purchase; cost is a free will offering, with proceeds going to support Friends of the Library projects in the community.

J.J.'s Hog Roast for Hospice: The 7th Annual J.J.’s Hog Roast for Hospice will be held Aug. 12-13 at 51943 County Hwy. 9, Pelican Rapids. Activities include a car and bike show, music and a hog roast meal, along with hole-in-one and cornhole tournaments. For a full schedule of events and to register for the car and bike show, visit .

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: Old School, Aug. 6, 4-6 p.m.; Matthew Dauner, Aug. 13, 4-6 p.m.

Salvation Army School Supplies: Free school supplies for Becker County families in need, available Monday through Friday, July 25-29, call 218-398-3463 or 320-372-2135 to get registered and for more information.

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.

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 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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