Happenings around the lakes area, Jan. 7-18

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

Maren Cooper, author of "Finding Grace" and "A Better Next," will be this month's special guest at the Wadena County Historical Society's "BookEnds Online," set to take place Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.
Contributed / Wadena County Historical Society

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Saturday, January 7

ULTRA Classic Cruise: The Detroit Lakes ULTRA Snowmobile Club will be holding its first "Classic Cruise" of the season from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be a ride for vintage and classic sleds, 1980 and older, but is open to anyone who wants to ride, regardless of year of sled. No show, just a ride, meeting at 9 a.m. in the M State Detroit Lakes parking lot and departing at 10 a.m. Ride is to Curly's on Cotton Lake, then north to Richwood, then back to Detroit Lakes with a final stop at Sunlite Bar and Grill. Everyone is welcome to ride with no matter the age of sled. Call Wayne Schlauderaff at 218-849-3069 for more information.

Free Family Movie: Cinemagic Washington Square Cinema 7 will host a free screening of the family movie, "The Bad Guys," starting at 10 a.m. Concessions open at 9:30 a.m. All are invited.

Lights Out at the Library: Encourage your child's reading skills by bringing them to Lights Out at the Library, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Kids can choose a book to read by flashlight, independently or with a loved one, in the library's special Lights Out Area. Intended for kids ages 6-13; each child will get a glowstick and a personalized book recommendation. Flashlights provided by the library. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 8

Knights of Columbus Youth Free Throw Championship: All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2022 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. The local event will be held at 1 p.m. in the Holy Rosary School Gymnasium. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event; winners advance to regional competition. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For entry forms or additional information, contact Jim Wolf at 847-2855 or 841-0547.


Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Santa’s Wild Home," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Lapland is famous for being the magical home of Santa Claus. But this northern most region of Europe is a real place where animals such as reindeer, great gray owls, wolverines, wolves and bears live out their lives in the tundra and forest. Take an intimate look, long after the Christmas lights are taken down, to discover how there creatures survive. Run time is approximately 55 minutes. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Tuesday, January 10

Come and See ECFE: Lincoln Early Childhood Education Center, 204 Willow St. East, Detroit Lakes, will host a "come and see" open house from 4 to 6:45 p.m. Have you wondered what Early Childhood Family Education is all about? Are you a parent or caregiver of young children, expectant family, a service provider working with families with young children, or an interested community member? Stop in to take a look, ask questions, and visit with our child educator staff and coordinator. Children are welcome to come with to play as you visit, and the art studio will be open for families with children ages 0-6 to enjoy easel painting, creating with re-purposed materials, and self paced activities to inspire creativity and learning.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway, Lodge 1-495 ,will have their monthly meeting at 6 p.m., which will include a weather-delayed Christmas potluck and music presentation. The group will meet in the lower level of First Lutheran Church, 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are invited to attend. Questions? Contact Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or .

Wednesday, January 11

Mindfulness and Exploration of Self: Join 180 Balance yoga instructor Stacy Pontinen at the Detroit Lakes Public Library for the first session in a four-part series on mindfulness and exploration of self, starting at 7 p.m. Each session will delve into breath work, meditation, yoga essentials, and journaling through inner guidance. This series is open to participants of all experience levels. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, or a large towel, and wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. One can attend any of the sessions without having attended the others. All are welcome and no registration is required. This program is offered free of charge.

Thursday, January 12

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 Neil Gaiman's "Stardust," in all of its many adaptations. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Friends of Tamarac Annual Meeting: The Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will hold their annual meeting at 5 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. There will be a social hour and dinner in the Holmes Ballroom from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the meeting and program in the main theater. The program will showcase the 2022 documentary film, "Rhythms of Refuge," which explores the changing seasons at Tamarac through all four seasons. Filmmakers Chris Walker and Jared Eischen will be on hand to share a few stories of collecting footage for the film, and answer a few audience questions as well. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and may be purchased online at .

Friday, January 13

Community Blood Drive: The Detroit Lakes Wal-mart Superstore will host a community blood drive for Vitalant from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For an appointment, please contact Melissa at 218-850-9087, or sign up online at , using the blood drive code "DLWALMART."

Great White and Slaughter: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by two legendary rock bands, Great White and Slaughter . Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased online at .


Saturday, January 14

ECFE Family Open Gym: The gymnasium at Rossman Elementary School (1221 Rossman Ave.) in Detroit Lakes will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for families with children between the ages of 0-7 to enjoy together. Detroit Lakes Community Education will supply the equipment. Cost is $5 per family; pre-register online at .

BookEnds Online: Meet Maren Cooper, author of "Finding Grace" and "A Better Next," during the Wadena County Historical Society's monthly BookEnds Online Edition, 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. The program will be recorded live and made available on the website of the Wadena County Historical Society.  For more information call 218-631-9079, email or visit . This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Sunday, January 15

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.

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Aurora: Fire in the Sky," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. A magic light breaking the blackness of the polar night, the aurora has always struck people with awe. Embark on a visual journey around the globe from ancient myths and legends to scientific explorations of this natural spectacle. Run time is approximately 55 minutes. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Tuesday, January 17

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Latehomecomer" by Kao Kalia Yang, a memoir detailing the Hmong experience of immigrating to the United States. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. Participants in this month's discussion will have an opportunity to receive a student ticket discount for the Historic Holmes Theatre's presentation of "The Latehomecomer" on Jan. 24. If you have any questions, email the library at .

Wednesday, January 18

Becker County Blood Drive: The Becker County Courthouse in Detroit Lakes will host a community blood drive for Vitalant from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the third floor meeting room. For an appointment, please contact Sandy at 218-846-7200, ext. 7277, or sign up online at , using the blood drive code "BECKERCOUNTY."

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Mike Morse, Jan. 6, The Sandbar, 1150 Randolph Road, Detroit Lakes, 6:30-10 p.m.; Terry Mackner, jan. 6, American Legion Post 15, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, 8-11 p.m.; Troubadour, Jan. 6-7, Mustang Lounge at Shooting Star Casino, 777 S. Casino Road, Mahnomen, 8-11:55 p.m. both nights; Rachael Ianiro, Jan. 7, Pit 611, 7-10 p.m.; Legacy of Loud, Jan. 13-14, Mustang Lounge at Shooting Star Casino, 777 S. Casino Road, Mahnomen, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. both nights; My Famous Friends, Jan. 14, Zorbaz, 402 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Snowshoe Sundays: Every Sunday in January and February, the Tamarac Visitor Center will be open from 12 to 4 p.m. for free snowshoe rentals; all sizes available, including for the littlest of feet, so bring the kids. Dress warm and wear snow boots for a refreshing hike through the snowy woods. The visitor center exhibits and gift shop will also be open. For more information on this activity, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .


Trivia Nights: Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes hosts a Trivia Night every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Event takes place in Lakeside Tavern's upstairs space, so seating is limited. Open to the public.

Theology on Tap: Bucks Mill Brewing will host conversations about life, God, and anything in between, every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

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 .

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 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 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.

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