Happenings around the lakes area, July 3-13

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

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The Stars and Stripes are heavily featured in the boat and pontoon decorations for the July 4 Boat Parade held annually on Lake Sallie, south of Detroit Lakes. Parades are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 4 on both lakes Sallie and Melissa, with boats proceeding clockwise around the lakes for viewing along the shore. Trophies will be awarded for various categories of decorations, on boats, properties and people.
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Saturday, July 2

Free Movie Screening: Cinemagic Cinema 7 at the Washington Square Mall will host a free 10 a.m. screening of "Clifford the Big Red Dog." Open to the public.

Music on the Mountain: Country superstar Jake Owen headlines the 7th Annual Music on the Mountain fundraiser at Detroit Mountain Recreation Area, with special guests John Morgan and George Birge. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the music getting underway at 6:15. Regional food trucks will be available throughout the night. All concert attendees must have a ticket. Music on the Mountain is an all ages event; however, children should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Show will go on rain or shine, so please plan accordingly. This is an outdoor event and the lodge will not be open to the general public. General admission lawn seating only; chairs will not be provided so please bring your own. On-site parking limited; free shuttles will be running back and forth from M State to the Mountain, 5 p.m.-12 a.m. Tickets available at .

Sunday, July 3

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, wildlife-themed movie, "American Eaglel," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The bald eagle is one of America’s triumphant comeback stories. Beyond its distinct appearance, most people know little about this remarkable bird. Learn about its natural history and the recent challenges this species faces and what you can do to help. The movie is approximately an hour long; all are welcome.


Monday, July 4

Library Closed: All Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL) branches and LINK sites will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, with regular hours of operation resuming Tuesday, July 5.

Sallie/Melissa Boat Parades: The Lake Melissa/Sallie Associations' Independence Day Boat Parades are scheduled to begin concurrently, at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Boats should meet at the Shoreham "channel" inlet/outlet, then proceed clockwise around the two lakes. About 60 decorated watercraft of all kinds will, be participating. Traveling trophies will be awarded to boats, properties and people for decorations in various categories. No registration required — simply join in, whether to participate or view the boats from the shore. For more information contact Gail "Commodore" Tronnes at 612-730-9899.

Fireworks on the Fourth: The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce and area businesses are once again teaming up to present a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show, starting at dusk on Little Detroit Lake. Viewing is best from the City Beach, though there are a variety of spots from which to view the free show.

Tuesday, July 5

Tuesdays in the Park: Mike Hokanson performs 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, July 6

Fire Department Open House: The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will host an open house at the fire station, 417 Main St. West, from 6 to 7 p.m. Free and open to the public; come see what being a firefighter is all about.

Thursday, July 7

Scavenger Hunt: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 3 p.m. and spend an hour hunting around the library's lawn for some hidden pirate treasure to take home. Free and open to the public, but geared primarily toward children from preschool age on up.

Library Board Meeting: The Detroit Lakes Public Library board meets in the library's main meeting room, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Live at the Lodge: The Excelsior Trio will present an evening of live music in the Lodge on Lake Detroit's Fireside Lobby from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring Jay Hershberger (piano), Deb Harris (flute), Russ Peterson (sax) and special guest Sonja Bosca-Harasim (violin). Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase. More info at .


Friday, July 8

Food Truck Fridays: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary, Food Truck Fridays will take place every Friday through Sept. 2. Detroit Lakes City Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Food trucks on site may change; event will be held rain or shine.

Library Summer Concert: The Detroit Lakes Library will be hosting a free concert featuring Blu Kanu at 4 p.m. on the library lawn. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.; this event is open to the public, free of charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultulral Heritage Fund.

Northwest Water Carnival: The 86th Annual Northwest Water Carnival gets underway in Detroit Lakes. Today's events include the Citywide Garage Sales, going on all day; the City of Detroit Lakes Water Carnival Kickoff Party and Street Dance in front of Lakeside Tavern starting at 6 p.m., with music by Born Too Late and October Road; and Night Frisbee Golf at the City Park course, starting at 9:30 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Joel McHale: Comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets available online at .

Saturday, July 9

Northwest Water Carnival: The 86th Annual Northwest Water Carnival continues with the final day of Citywide Garage Sales; the Midsummer Bike Tour starting at 7 a.m. outside the DL Pavilion; the Dangerzone Crazies Crash Course at the City Beach, starting at 8 a.m.; the Fly-In/Drive-In Breakfast at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport, 8 a.m.-noon; Stomp That Stigma Remembrance Walk starting outside the Pavilion at 11 a.m.; Sailboat Regatta racing at Holiday Inn Lakefront's public access, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and the Demolition Derby, 5 p.m. at the Becker County Fairgrounds (gates open at 4 p.m.). Full schedule available online at .

Sunday, July 10

Family Day at the NWC: The 86th Northwest Water Carnival continues with a plethora of Family Day activities, including a Sidewalk Chalk Contest and Trolley Rides starting at 9 a.m.; turtle and frog races starting at at 9;30 a.m.; a sand dig and Rotary Club book giveaway both starting at 10 a.m.; Toddler Trot at 10:30 a.m.; ship building, face painting and kids' magic show, all starting at 11 a.m.; family picnic starting at noon; "bring your own t-shirt" tie-dying at 12:30 p.m.; inner tube racing at 1 p.m.; sand castle building contest at 1:30 p.m.; Pup Plunge at J & K Marina, 2 p.m.; watermelon feed at 2:45 p.m.; and a water balloon and egg toss competition at 3 p.m. All events take place at the City Park, City Pavilion and City Beach unless otherwise specified. Full schedule available online at .

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "The Great Yellowstone Thaw, Part 3," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes an increased risk of wildfires. All the water from the thaw has long since flowed away and a lack of rain since has left the ground tinder dry. Although these fires can cause devastation to huge areas of forest and wildlife, they’re essential for new growth. The movie is approximately 50 minutes long; all are welcome.

Wild Wilderness Adventure: Explore the natural wonders of Tamarac Refuge with a Ranger on a guided one-hour hike (1.4 miles). Meet at the Discovery Center at 3 p.m. for an introduction to the habitats we share. Sturdy shoes, long pants, bug repellant and a water bottle are suggested for this free adventure, as the hike will be over uneven terrain, into the woods. Bring your camera/binoculars as there will be plenty of chances to pause and search for discoveries along the way. Learn how you can give back to nature's habitat. Free and open to the public.


Detroit Lakes Baseball: Come out to Detroit Lakes' Washington Ballpark for a doubleheader featuring the city's new amateur baseball club; they will play Dilworth at 6 p.m. Open to the public.

Monday, July 11

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include Xtreme Tippy Cup at the City Park, 6 p.m.; Beach Soccer at the City Beach, 6 p.m.; and Water Carnival Trivia at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, 8 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Patriot Assistance Dogs Golf Tournament: The Patriot Assistance Dogs program will host its 10th annual golf tournament fundraiser at Lakeview Golf Course, 24962 County Road 22, Detroit Lakes, from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Team up with friends or coworkers in support of rescue dogs and veterans living with mental illness by spending an afternoon at the golf course participating in games, a meal, and 18 holes of golf. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information, please visit the PAD website at .

Tuesday, July 12

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group from 4-5 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from peers. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include the Junior Pageant at the DL Pavilion, 6 p.m.; Dance on Detroit featuring Doc & the Scrubs at the City Park Bandshell, 7 p.m.; junior and adult tug-o-war competitions both starting 7 p.m. on the City Beach (registration at 6 p.m.; Strong Person Competition at the City Beach, 7:30 p.m. Full schedule available online at .

Sons of Norway: The Detroit Lakes Sons of Norway Vikingland Lodge 1-495 monthly meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the City Park. All are welcome. Any questions call Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or e-mail .

Wednesday, July 13

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the group which meets monthly at the Detroit Lakes Public Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This event is offered free of charge and will be held in the library's main meeting room.

Northwest Water Carnival: Today's Northwest Water Carnival events include the Great Admiral’s Hat Hunt, 4 p.m. at various locations around Detroit Lakes, with clues to be released via the Detroit Lakes Tribune; Junior Water Fights, 5 p.m., Ice Cream Social and Water Fights registration, 6 p.m., and Adult Water Fights, 7 p.m., all at the City Park.

Cruise DL Night: Come down to Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park (alternate location due to water carnival activities at the City Park) and check out all the cool cars on display from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Free admission; no registration required.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Saturday Critter Tales: Every Saturday, July 2-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.

Cormorant Area Art Show: The Cormorant Area Art Club will host its annual art show on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10 at the Cormorant Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission; enjoy two rooms full of all kinds of art made by regional artists, with door prizes, refreshments and more. Open to the public.

Live Music: Raquel and the Wildflowers, July 2, 8 p.m. at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge; Tim Eggebraaten, July 2, Long Bridge Bar, Grill and Marina, 6-10 p.m., and July 4, Shady Hollow Flea Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Chris Bertrand, July 2, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; Dan Brekke Band, July 5 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.; Bruce Williams, July 9, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; The Dunn Show, July 12 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.

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 different 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, and also Mondays on the Independence Day and Labor Day holidays. 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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