Happenings around the lakes area, Dec. 17-28
All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . 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, December 17
Photos and Wishes with Santa: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host a visit by Santa Claus and his elves from noon to 3 p.m. Photos and wishes are free.
Free Holiday Movie: Cinemagic 7 Theatres, located inside Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall, will host a free screening of the holiday movie classic, "The Grinch," starting at 10 a.m. Doors and concessions open at 9:30.
Wreaths Across America: Detroit Lakes will participate in the nationwide Wreaths Across America festivities, with ceremonies taking place at Veterans Memorial Park, 11 a.m.; Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Park, 11:20 a.m.; Lyle Crovisier Memorial Park (at Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club), 11:30 a.m.; Oak Grove Cemetery, 11:40 a.m.; and Holy Rosary Cemetery, 12 p.m. For more information, contact organizers Tom and Pam Mortenson at email@example.com .
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: Third Crossing Bar and Restaurant in Frazee will host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party from 5 to 11 p.m., with Karaoke by Matt Bachman, 7-11 p.m., along with drink and food specials, drawings and giveaways. Must be present to win; must be age 21 years and older to attend.
Sunday, December 18
Color Guard 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.
Santa Visits the VFW: Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676, 500 N. Washington Ave., to visit with the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be old-fashioned candy bags for every child, door prizes and bike giveaways (at noon and 1 p.m.) as well. Open to the public.
Holly Jolly Holiday: The Lakes Area Chorale presents "A Holly Jolly Holiday Concert," 4 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, with small and large choral ensembles, duets and quartets, a flute ensemble, audience sing-alongs and more. Admission is a free will donation; open to the public.
Monday, December 19
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. This month's discussion will focus on fan favorite shows and the art of cosplay. Open to all area teens who are interested in joining the discussion.
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, December 20
Community Blood Drives: Both the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Detroit Lakes office and Laker Prep Early Childhood Center will be hosting community blood drives for Vitalant. The MnDOT event will run from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at 1000 U.S. Highway 10, while the Laker Prep event runs from noon to 12:45 p.m. at 551 11th Ave., both in Detroit Lakes. To sign up for a bloodmobile appointment at MnDOT, contact Kayla at 218-846-3646 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org ; for a bloodmobile appointment at Laker Prep, contact Katie at email@example.com or text 218-314-1005. You can also sign up online at donors.vitalant.org ; use the blood drive codes MNDOT or LAKERPREP depending on which event you're signing up for.
Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Personal Librarian" by Marie Benedict, which tells the story of Belle da Costa Greene, who is hired to become the librarian for J. P. Morgan's Pierpont Morgan Library, but has a secret though that could affect her position. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, December 21
Advent Mini-Concert: Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church will host its final Advent Mini-Concert of the holiday season, featuring the Heart O'Lakes Barbershop Chorus along with Flutes and Keys, a flute and piano trio with Dotz Johnson, Carol Turner and Connie Wood. The music starts at 12:05 p.m., and will be followed by a soup-and-sandwich lunch in the church's fellowship hall. All of the half-hour concerts in this series can also be streamed live from the church website, firstlutheranchurch.com , and are available for viewing throughout the holiday season. Cost of the luncheon is a free-will offering. The church is located at 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Thursday, December 22
Holiday Pop-Up Market: Detroit Lakes' Manna Food Co-op will host a Holiday Pop-Up Market featuring Doughing Crazy and Annie's Garden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come pick up some tasty breads and treats to adorn your holiday table.
Friday, December 23
Holiday Pop-Up Market: Detroit Lakes' Manna Food Co-op will host a Holiday Pop-Up Market featuring Kathy's Kreashions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come pick up some tasty breads and treats to adorn your holiday table.
Sunday, December 25
Christmas at Our House: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes invites the community to celebrate "Christmas at Our House" in person, by reserving a meal delivery in advance or picking up a to-go dinner at the church anytime between 12-2 p.m.. The dinner is open to the community, free of charge; individuals and their families need not be First Lutheran members to participate. Meals will be delivered to those unable to leave their place of residence (within city limits). Please be home, as delivery will begin around 11:30 a.m. Call the church reservation line at 218-844-2808 to sign up; requests for meal delivery service must be received by noon on Friday, Dec. 23. Callers should leave a message with their name, address, phone number, number of meals and if the meal is going to be delivered or picked up. If you miss the cut-off for meal delivery, please use the dine-in or to-go options. The church is located at 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Tuesday, December 27
Family Fun Night at the Library: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) between 5-7 p.m. for a free movie, "Happy Feet," along with some popcorn and family-friendly fun. Open to the public. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Wednesday, December 28
Community Blood Drive: Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church will host a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at 912 Lake Ave. To schedule an appointment, please contact Denise at 218-847-5656. You can also sign up online at donors.vitalant.org ; use the blood drive code DETROITLAKES.
Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m. All experience levels are welcome to this supportive and family-friendly event. Free and open to the public.
Multi-day and Recurring Events
Live Music: Up South, Dec. 17, Mustang Lounge at Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, 8 p.m. both nights; Sam Kuusisto, Dec. 23-24, Mustang Lounge at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, 8 p.m. both nights.
Off the Wall Art Exhibit: Detroit Lakes artist Cathy Oehler is among those featured in the new "Off the Wall" dimensional art exhibit at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls, which runs through Dec. 23. Other featured artists include Penny Kagigebi of White Earth Ojibwe, Rick Kagigebi of Lac Courte Oreille, Mary Jo Wentz of Battle Lake, Vicky Radel of Norcross, Jarod Marrow of Fergus Falls, Phyllis Joos of Hancock, Judy Christoffersen of Dent, Kae Homeman of Erhard, Kristi Kruder of Battle Lake, Dar Eckert of Fergus Falls, Timothy Cassidy of New York Mills, Mary Williams of Clitherall, Brian Christensen of Fergus Falls and Carl Zachmann of Fergus Falls.
GED/Adult Diploma Instruction: If finishing high school is still on your “to do” list, it is never too late!! Lakes Area Adult Education is open and ready to help you meet your goals. Orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes take place twice a month, so get in touch and get started now! Call 218-844-5760 or email email@example.com .
Driver's License Exam Preparation: Classes for driver's license exam preparation are now being offered virtually through Lakes Area Adult Education. These classes are designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with vocabulary, signs and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion of the Minnesota Driver’s License Exam. Classes will be held Feb. 6-March 10 on Mondays and Fridays, 5 to 6:30 p.m., with an accelerated option offered on Mondays and Fridays from March 13-March 31 (same class times). Call 218-844-5760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Free ESL Instruction: Free English as a Second Language instruction is offered for adults in the Detroit Lakes Area, every Monday through Thursday (holidays excepted) at Lakes Area Adult Education. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email email@example.com for more information.
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.
Holy Rosary Al-Anon Meeting: There will be an Al-Anon meeting every Thursday, starting at noon, inside Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food, Overeaters Anonymous continues to meet at noon every Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes. There is no charge to attend. Contact Debbie C. at 218-234-3071. Another group also meets on Sunday nights at 6 p.m. via Zoom. This is a change of venue as of Oct. 9. Please call Sharon R. at 1-701-388-7585 or Hailee S. at 1-701-212-7904 for information if you plan to join the Zoom meeting. There is no charge to participate.
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.