Happenings around the lakes area, June 12-22

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

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Richwood Winery's Summer Solstice Festival is set for Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Vicki Gerdes / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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 or 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, June 11

Taiko Drumming Ensemble: Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., for a 10:30 a.m. music and dance performance. This live, interactive event will feature a world-class Taiko ensemble delivering a loud, energetic performance combining dance, culture and athleticism.

Church Rummage Sale: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, 12986 County Road 15, Detroit Lakes, will be hosting a rummage sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free will donations for contributed items will benefit the church's Sunday school programs.

Service Dogs in the Workplace: A free training seminar on current laws and litigation regarding service dogs, hosted by Patriot Assistance Dogs, will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Department; to sign up, please contact Linda, 218-841-4114, or send an email to .

Live Music: Doug Thompson, 2-3 p.m., Richwood Winery; Hardwood Groove, 9 p.m., Zorbaz-Detroit Lakes.


Sounds of Roy Orbison: Special Roy Orbison tribute concert with David K , 3-6 p.m. at Richwood Winery, 27799 County Highway 34, Callaway. Tickets available online at .

Vergas Veterans Park Dedication: The new Veterans Memorial Park in Vergas will be dedicated with a slate of activities, including food from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m.; and a raffle drawing and silent auction at 1:30 p.m. Raffle tickets available from any Vergas Lions Club member.

Holistic Healing and Wellness Fair: The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will host a holistic healing and wellness fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly event will include guest speakers and a variety of vendors that may include psychics, mediums, energy healers, essential oils, massage therapists, crystals, stones, jewelry, spiritual resources, tarot cards and more. Admission is $5 per person.

Sisters and Whiskers: A fundraiser for the Humane Society of the Lakes, Sisters & Whiskers takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seven Sisters Spirits, 25275 South Melissa Drive, Detroit Lakes. Live music, silent auction, wine and spirit sampling, bucket raffles and more.

Sunday, June 12

The Granders Live: Lund Lutheran Church, located at 25213 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes, will host a 9:30 a.m. performance by The Granders musical group. All are welcome.

Wildlife Movie: Come to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center at 2 p.m. for a wildlife movie presentation, "The Great Yellowstone Thaw Part 2." Spring in Yellowstone brings new life and a break from the brutal temperatures of winter. But the dangers aren’t over. The wildlife families now face a torrent of water cascading down the mountains as the Great Thaw gets underway, and the beavers are in particular danger. Run time is 50 minutes. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 14

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.

Tuesdays in the Park: Eric Reitan 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 artist.


Estate and Financial Planning Class: The Detroit Lakes Lions Club will host "The File," a free estate and financial planning class, starting at 6:30 p.m. in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1400 Corbett Road, Detroit Lakes. Pre-registration is requested; sign up at the Detroit Lakes Lions Club Facebook page or contact Jim Granger, 218-841-0277 or .

Ogema Flag Retirement Ceremony: The Ogema VFW, Post 9880 and Auxiliary, will host a flag retirement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on the Ogema baseball diamond. The flags will be disposed of "in a respectful and dignified manner," per the U.S. Flag Code; throwing your flag in the trash is not an option. Flag collection boxes are located at Midwest Bank in Waubun, Community Development Bank in Ogema and at the White Earth Reservation Tribal Headquarters. Final pickup of flags for this ceremony will be on Friday, June 10. Open to the public; refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Wednesday, June 15

South Shore Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Detroit Lakes' newest city park will be held at 4 p.m. South Shore Park is located at 609 South Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes. Open to the public.

Book Reading and Signing-Barbara Renner: Join author Barbara Renner as she reads her children’s book, "Spring! Time to Build a Nest," 11 a.m. at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center. Discover how Pen and Cob (trumpeter swans) build a nest in preparation of raising a family. Barbara will be signing copies of this and other books she has written, including the Lonnie the Loon series. Open to the public.

Thursday, July 16

Outdoor Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will be hosting an outdoor kids' storytime session, starting at 10:30 a.m. on the library lawn. Event will be moved indoors in case of unpleasant weather. Though intended for kids age 3-6, the 45-minute session is open to children of all ages.

In-Person Drawing Class and Watch Party: Join award-winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski at a live-streamed event starting at 2 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. This free class is intended for kids aged 5-18; Stromoski will demonstrate how to draw all sorts of aquatic creatures including sharks, narwhals, octopus and even Minnesota fish such as walleye, muskies and bass. This program is offered free-of-charge thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Friday, June 17

June Dairy Days Treats: United Community Bank offices in Perham, Dent and Frazee will be serving up free ice cream treats in honor of June Dairy Days from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to the public.

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.


Gary Allan: Country superstar Gary Allan performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets available at or by calling 800-453-7827.

Saturday, June 18

Summer Bake Sale: The Pride and Joy Homemakers of Rochert will be holding their annual fundraising bake sale, starting at 8 a.m. Location is 20146 County Highway 29, Rochert, just south of Cotton Lake. All funds are used for community service projects; additional donations are accepted.

Book Signing-Dawn Marie Duncan: Local children's book author Dawn Marie Duncan will be signing copies of her book, "Seraphina the Ballerina," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mainstream Boutique in downtown Detroit Lakes. Open to the public.

Summer Solstice Festival: Richwood Winery will be hosting its annual Summer Solstice Festival from 2 to 8 p.m. Live music will include Dan Holt from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and JustUs from 5 to 7 p.m.; there will also be plenty of fun, food and shopping, with a variety of vendor booths and a food truck on site. This is a ticketed event; admission includes a commemorative festival glass. Open to the public; event will be held rain or shine.

Sunday, June 19

Wildlife Movie: Come to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center at 2 p.m. for a wildlife movie presentation, "Wings of Life." Celebrate Pollinator Week with this film, narrated by Meryl Streep, which provides an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers. One-third of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible creatures. Run time is 80 minutes. Free and open to the public.

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.

Monday, June 20

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, June 21

Old-Time Variety Dance: Cathy Erickson will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance taking place from 1-4 p.m. in 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 "The Exiles" by Christina Baker Kline, a book about three women living in 19th century Australia, and the hardships they must face in their efforts towards freedom. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at .

Tuesdays in the Park: Blu Kanu 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, June 22

Book Reading and Signing-Scott Rykken: Join author Scott Rykken as he reads his children's book, "Once Upon a Loon," 11 a.m. at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center theater. Watching a heart- warming story unfold during a peaceful morning looking out at a Minnesota lake, Rykken took a remarkable series of photos of a loon, painted turtle, and a muskrat. One photo caused an explosive worldwide reaction when he posted it on the Loony for Loons Facebook group page which inspired him to write the book. Rykken is also the special guest at the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wild Wednesday children’s programs, geared toward 3-7 year olds. Open to the public.

Women's Edge-Kat Perkins: North Dakota's Kat Perkins, a musician, author and finalist on NBC's "The Voice," will speak as part of the Women's Edge series hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, 3 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell. Call 218-847-9202 to reserve your ticket.

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go to the Detroit Lakes Public Library on the fourth Wednesday of every month for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Turtle Fest: Perham's turtle-themed town festival is set for June 15-19, with five days of fun activities for all ages! Check out for a list of all the individual events and information.

Live Music: In2ition, Perfect Krime, June 17-18 at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, starting at 8 p.m. Open to the public.

Wild Wednesdays: Every Wednesday, June 8-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.

Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool through high school can go to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about faith and understand God. There's an adult Bible study at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or email

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. 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.


GED/Adult Diploma Class: Lakes Area Adult Education holds orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes twice a month. Call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email 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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