Happenings around the lakes area, June 26-July 6

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

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Local musician Mike Hokanson performs as part of the Tuesdays in the Park summer concert series at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell on Tuesday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
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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.

Thursday, June 30

Trucks & Tunes: The Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of food, fun and live music at the Detroit Lakes City Park, starting at 5 p.m. A variety of food trucks will be gathered in the parking lot until 8 p.m., serving up a host of summer favorites, while over at the bandshell, Chris Koza will be performing. Admission is free, though the cost of food may vary from truck to truck.

Friday, July 1

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.

Saturday, July 2

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.

Monday, July 4

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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Jerry Schmitt Band, June 25, 8 p.m. at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge; Red Blue Rose, June 25, 4-6 p.m. at Richwood Winery; DJ Pretty Ricky, June 25, 9 p.m. to midnight at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes; Raquel and the Wildflowers, July 1-2, 8 p.m. both nights, at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge; Boogie Knights, July 1 at 9 p.m., Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes; 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 1, Richwood Winery, 4-6 p.m.; Dan Brekke Band, July 5 at The Barn at Dunvilla, 7 p.m.

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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