Happenings around the lakes area, June 19-29

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

The Deb Jenkins Band kicks off this summer's Live at the Lodge concert series at the Lodge on Lake Detroit, Thursday, June 23 at 5 p.m.
Contributed / Lodge on Lake Detroit

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 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.

North Stars Water Ski Show: Come out to the Vergas City Beach and watch the North Stars Water Ski Show from 4 to 5 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Lake Detroiters Annual Meeting: The Lake Detroiters Association will host its annual meeting in the Detroit Lakes High School commons, starting with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast, followed by the meeting at 9:15, and concluding with a tour of the high school.

Sunday, June 19

Wildlife Movie and Talk: Celebrate Pollinator Week by coming to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center at 2 p.m. for a wildlife movie presentation, "Wings of Life." A short talk on pollinators by a Tamarac ranger will be followed by a screening of the movie, narrated by Meryl Streep, which provides an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers. 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.

Vergas Community Blood Drive: The Vergas community is hosting a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vergas Event Center. To schedule an appointment contact Pam at 701-261-1632 or go online to and use the blood drive code, "VERGAS."


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.

Thursday, June 23

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.

Free Root Beer Floats: Ameriprise Financial Services of Detroit Lakes will be serving up free root beer floats for all from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Summer Library Experience-Shark Sensory Bottles: Join the staff at the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) to talk about sharks and learn how to make your own underwater themed sensory bottle to take home, complete with shark inside. Intended for children ages 3 and up; kits available while supplies last.

Live at the Lodge: The Lodge on Lake Detroit kicks off its Thursday night summer concert series with a 5 p.m. performance by the Deb Jenkins Band in the hotel's Fireside Lobby. Free and open to the public; food and drinks available for purchase at Lola D's.

Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting in the meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Police Dept, (807 Summit Ave). The doors open at 6 p.m., Show and Tell items displayed at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Quilt photography will be the focus of this month's presentation. Email for more information.


Johnny Cash-Neil Diamond Tribute: Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a tribute to the music of Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond, starting at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 24

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.

Music with Siama and Dallas: Children ages 5-10 are invited to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 4 p.m. for an interactive music and storytelling experience featuring Siama and Dallas.

Detroit Lakes Baseball Team: See Detroit Lakes' new amateur baseball club play Erskine at Washington Ballpark, starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Saturday, June 25

Organ Dedication and Recital: Eksjo Lutheran Church, 11516 U.S. Highway 10, Lake Park, will host a dedication ceremony for its Reuter-Moe organ, as well as a demonstration recital for the new instrument, presented by Pastor Roy Noel, Dillon J. Swanson and the Allen Moe Pipe Organ Company., starting at 6:30 p.m. No admission fee, but a free will offering for the Red River Theatre Organ Society will be taken. Open to the public.

Detroit Lakes Class of 1972 Reunion: Detroit Lakes High School Class of 1972 will host a reunion at Shorewood Pub, 5 to 10 p.m. Contact Debbie Disse at 218-849-6747 for more information.

The Great Race: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club is hosting an overnight visit by participants in The Great Race at Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). This race of antique cars traveling from Warwick, Rhode Island to Fargo, North Dakota will arrive in Detroit Lakes around 4 p.m. There will be food trucks, a beer garden, and a display by local car clubs at Peoples Park from noon to 2:30 p.m., followed by the arrival of the racers, whose cars will be at the park until 7:30 p.m. Roughly 130 racers are expected, with the possibility of thousands of spectators.

Sunday, June 26

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "The Mighty Weasel," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Rigged with over 50 cameras, an English garden gives rare insight into the dramatic life of a mother weasel as she tries to raise her first family. The movie is approximately 50 minutes long; all are welcome.


Monday, June 27

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. A different theme is discussed at each monthly meet-up, and snacks are always available.

Tuesday, June 28

Frazee Community Blood Drive: AMVETS Post 612 of Frazee is hosting a community blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center. To schedule an appointment contact Brett at 218-457-2864, Paul, 218-234-9966, Tim at 218-234-6861 or go online to and use the blood drive code, "FRAZEE."

Pint Size Polka: Local libraries are inviting audiences of all ages to go under the sea with accordion player Mike Schneider in an ocean-themed polka-palooza! Pint Size Polka performances will be held at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and at the Cormorant Community Center, 10929 Co. Hwy 5, Pelican Rapids, at 1 p.m. The program is geared toward children ages 6-11 and will last approximately 45 minutes. Admission is free thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, in all of its many adaptations — book, graphic novel, TV shows, and movies. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Tuesdays in the Park: Jan Severson 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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Jerry Schmitt Band, June 24-25 at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, both performances 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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