Happenings around the lakes area, March 11-22

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

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Minnesota-based acoustic musician and Emmy Award-winning acoustic troubadour, Michael Monroe, performs a St. Patrick's Day-themed matinee as well as "folk legend acoustic favorites" by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King and Peter, Paul and Mary in two separate shows at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. The St. Patrick's Day show will be a matinee in the Midwest Bank Ballroom at 2 p.m., while the "Acoustic Favorites" show gets underway at 7:30 p.m. in the main theater.
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Saturday, March 11

BookEnds Online: The Wadena County Historical Society is hosting an online BookEnds presentation with Matt Goldman, New York Times bestselling author of "Carolina Moonset." Simply go to at 11:30 a.m. to join the live webinar! You can ask questions of the author, share your insights with fellow attendees...all from the comfort of your home! This BookEnds event, like all BookEnds events, will also be available for archived viewing at after the live webinar. 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 Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Rainbow Rendezvous: Waubun's Rainbow Resort will host a day of winter sporting events and family-friendly fun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ski trails will be open, and refreshments and treats will be served in the lodge. Call 218-734-2241 for more information, or send an email to

Permit to Carry Class: The Sandbar in Detroit Lakes will host a Minnesota Permit to Carry class by Red Bull Firearms Training, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This class will cover the laws pertaining to the permit as well as the basic fundamentals of marksmanship. Lunch provided as part of the class; cost is $80 for new students, $70 for renewals. Handgun rentals available. Call 218-234-7145 to sign up.

Golden Gloves Boxing: Detroit Lakes High School's Lakeshirts Field House will host Golden Gloves boxing starting at 3 p.m.


Whitetails Unlimited Banquet: The Detroit Lakes chapter of Whitetails Unlimited will host a 5 pm. banquet at the Holiday Inn Lakefront, featuring games of chance, raffle drawings and a great meal. To reserve your seat, or for more information, call Ray Priem, 218-849-1230, or Paul Dellaneva, 701-371-7309.

Monday, March 13

Mountain Trivia Night: Come out to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area at 6 p.m. for a fun-filled trivia night in the lounge. Some great prizes will be awarded.

Ogema VFW Auxiliary: The Ogema VFW Post 9880 Auxiliary will meet at 4 p.m. in the Ogema VFW Hall. All members are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in joining or would like more information, please call Auxiliary President Carol Fabre at 218-983-3443 or 218-401-1219.

Tuesday, March 14

Artist Collective Discovery Session: All artists and creators are invited to gather at the Holmes Art Cellar at 10 a.m. to brainstorm and discover what can help us shape the creative scene in our community. All makers, crafters, designers, fine artists (and not-so-fine artists), photographers, plus patrons and cheerleaders of the arts are welcome to provide input on arts in the lakes area. Enjoy coffee and treats while spending time with fellow creatives. There is no fee to attend, but we ask that you pre-register by noon on Friday, March 10 for planning purposes. Sign up online at . Can't attend but have thoughts to share? Please drop us an e-mail at .

Abstract Painting: Artist Kara Schumann will present an abstract painting workshop, "Free Your Mind," 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holmes Art Cellar in the basement of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. Attendees will learn to create a multi-layer, non-representational abstract acrylic painting on canvas.Schumann will teach you how to abandon more traditional painting techniques to employ a more intuitive approach. You will also uncover the principles of color, shape, line, texture, tone, space, and value. Class is intended for those age 16 and up; cost is $65 per person, which includes all supplies. Sign up at .

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway Lodge 1-495 will hold their monthly meeting at Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church (lower level), starting at 6 p.m. Join us for our annual chili dump, then stay and play bingo. Questions? Contact Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or .

Board Game Night: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public LIbrary (1000 Washington Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. for a fun, family-friendly night of playing classic board games. Bring one of your own, or check out the library's collection of new and old favorites. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 15

SBDC Day Road Tour: The Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College will host a visit from the West Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in the Student Life Center from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Please park in the east lot and enter door E5. Free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 16

Women Take the Mountain: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a "Lucky Lass" pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tubing Chalet. Admission is $20 per person. Mini-massages, snow tubing, "Guess the Cost" wine tasting party, on-site photographer for capturing group or individual shots of the festivities, laser treatment demonstrations and offerings from Renew Med Spa, crafts and ceations from local business women, complimentary, Irish-style appetizers, and a special "Paint and Sip" event with artist Anna Lassonde (for an additional fee of $35, which includes a glass of wine and a "St. Patrick's Day Gnomes" painting to take home). All wine and beer drinkers will also receive a $1-per-drink discount for "the wearin' of the green." Call 218-844-SNOW for more information.

Friday, March 17

Chamber Economic Development Summit: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its 2023 Economic Development Summit, "Brick By Brick," from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Presentations will begin at 8:30, with tours of the new museum building starting at 11 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Anthony Schaffhauser, northwest regional analyst with Minnesota DEED. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Chamber office, 700 Summit Ave., or online at .

Free Scoliosis Screening Clinic: Integrative Therapies and Wellness, located at 115 Willow St. West, Suite 3, Detroit Lakes, will host a free scoliosis screening clinic for anyone, of any age, with compromised posture, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Call 218-850-8308 for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner and Concert with Michael Monroe: Join the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's Engage program in the Midwest Bank Ballroom at the Historic Holmes Theatre for an Irish-themed dinner and concert provided by Celtic musician Michael Monroe. Lunch will include sheperd's pie, salad, bread roll, dessert bar and a beverage of your choice, served by Engage members. Dinner will be served starting at noon, followed by the concert at 2 p.m. cost for the lunch and show is $25. For more information call the Holmes Theatre at 218-844-7469, or visit the website at .

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance at 7 p.m. in the IOOF Hall, 118 Homes Street West, Detroit Lakes. Caller is Larry JohansenCost for the dance is $5 per person. For more information call 218-849-9317.

Irish Fundraiser: The Humane Society of the Lakes will host an Irish-themed fundraiser at the Detroit Lakes VFW from 5 to 8 p.m., with an array of silent auction, games of chance, raffles, and more, starting at 5 p.m., and live music by Bass Interference starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the shelter, through board members and at the door.

Acoustic Legends with Michael Monroe: Emmy Award-winning acoustic troubadour Michael Monroe and his band will present a 7:30 p.m. concert at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, featuring folk legend acoustic favorites by James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Simon and Garfunkel, Carole King and more. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and may be purchased online at , by phone at 218-844-7469, or at the box office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, which is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as for two hours prior to each show.

Saturday, March 18

Quilts of Valor Fundraiser: A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served at the Dent Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Quilts of Valor program. Admission is a free will offering. There will also be a basket raffle, with tickets sold during the event. Money raised will be used for making and awarding Quilts of Valor to veterans and active duty military service personnel.


Disney Trivia: Come to the Detroit Lakes Library (1000 Washington Ave.) at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of Disney movie-themed trivia competition.

Laker Elementary Carnival: Detroit Lakes Middle School will host this year's elementary school carnival from 11 a..m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, bouncy houses, games, prizes and a silent auction! Open to the public.

Stephanie Krause Cancer Benefit: The Detroit Lakes Boys and Girls Club (150 Richwood Road) will host a cancer benefit for Stephanie Krause from 4 to 8 p.m. Food, games, raffle prizes and more. For ticket information, contact Sam at 701-219-3617, or Lori at 701-388-4342.

Mahnomen County Ducks Unlimited Banquet: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host the annual banquet of the Mahnomen County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Over $15,000 in prizes will be awarded. Purchase tickets at .

St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl: Nine local bars and restaurants — Detroit Mountain, VFW Post 1676, Northside, Brygge, Roasted, Bucks Mill Brewing, Hub 41, Lakeside and American Legion Post 15 — will host a St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl. Those who stop in and get their passports stamped at all participating businesses and return them to Hub 41 by 11 p.m. are eligible for a prize drawing; one lucky Crawler will win $500 in cash.

Sunday, March 19

Color Guard Fundraiser 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. Plenty of tables, lots of space. Bring friends and family!

March Fundraising Dinner: St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Hawley will be serving up turkey with all the trimmings, including assorted salads and desserts, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free for those of preschool age and younger, with 15% of the proceeds going to support local charities.

Becker County Town Hall Meeting: State and local government officials will participate in a town hall meeting set for 2 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church in Detroit Lakes. Open to the public. Take this opportunity to meet and discuss current issues with state and local elected officials.


Monday, March 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.

Author Visit-Peter Bremer: Author Peter Bremer will share his experiences of self-publishing "The Forever Stone & Other Tales," a short fiction collection, as well as "Treetops," a YA fantasy novel, in a 7 p.m/ presentation at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Free and open to the public. Bremer is a reference and instructional librarian at the University of Minnesota Morris. Learn more at: .

Tuesday, March 21

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss Once Upon a River” by Diane Setterfield ,a tale about a mysterious young girl who comes back to life after drowning. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at .

Wednesday, March 22

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m. All experience levels are welcome to this supportive and family-friendly event. Free and open to the public.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Radio Nation, Mustang Lounge at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, March 11 at 8 p.m.; In the Fields at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, March 11 at 9 p.m.; In2ition, Mustang Lounge at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, March 17-18 at 8 p.m.; Fat Cats at Shorewood Pub, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Lenten Fish Fry: The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Lenten fish fry on Fridays, March 17 and 31 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee; and Friday, March 24 from 5-7 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Church Parish Center in Detroit Lakes. Menu will include fish, potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, bun and dessert in Detroit Lakes; or fried fish, scalloped potatoes/French fries, green beans, coleslaw, bread and ice cream in Frazee. All proceeds return to the community; Sacred Heart's proceeds will go toward repaying the loan for the church's new roof.

St. Patrick's Party Weekend: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will be hosting a two-day St. Patrick's celebration, March 17-18. Come hang out with us and celebrate all things green, whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, or none of the above! Live music, costume contests, great food, and of course, plenty of green beer on tap throughout. (Detroit Mountain is also a stop on the St. Patrick's Pub Crawl on Saturday, March 18.)

Caring Cup Grief Support: The Caring Cup, a gathering of community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, will meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes on the second Wednesday of every month; the Furey Funeral Home in Frazee on every third Wednesday, and West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes on every fourth Wednesday. All meetings take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and offer a relaxed time to face the challenges of life after loss, together. For more information, call Mary Swenson at 218-847-4147.


GriefShare: A 13-week grief support group known as GriefShare will begin meeting on Wednesday, March 8, and continue every Wednesday through May 24, 1 to 3 p.m. at at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. Meetings will be held in the church's lower level. Meetings will incorporate video, workbook, and small group discussion. Workbooks are $20. Scholarships are available to help cover the cost. Registration is not necessary; please call or text Martha Rocheford at 218-849-9234 for more information. You can also check out GriefShare online at .

TOPS Meeting: The local chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets weekly on Thursday mornings at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1400 Corbett Road, Detroit Lakes. Weigh-in begins at 8:15 a.m., meeting at 9 a.m. Contact Toni Christen at 646-954-4371 for more information. All are welcome. Come visit and see who we are and what we are all about.

LRAC Artist Cohort Alumni Exhibit: Ten alumni of the 2022 Lake Region Arts Council Artist Cohort program will be exhibiting their work at the LRAC Gallery in Fergus Falls from now through March 15. Participating artists include Carmen McCullough, Detroit Lakes; Chanda Kraft, Alexandria; Becky Albright, Alexandria; Flacon Gott, Moorhead; Jodi Peterson, Moorhead; Mike Weatherly, Elbow Lake; Nancy X. Valentine, Underwood; Patricia Ann Wahl, Fergus Falls; Ruth Hanson, Vining; and Sean Scott, Battle Lake. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; it is closed from Friday through Sunday. Please email or call before you visit the gallery to ensure that the exhibit is open that day. Call the LRAC office (toll free in Minnesota) at 1-800-262-2787 or 218-739-5780, or email .

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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