Happenings around the lakes area, May 1-11

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

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The Sons of Norway, Vikingland Lodge 1-495, will host a free performance by the musical duo Curtis and Loretta on Tuesday, May 10 at Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church at 6 p.m.
Contributed / Jennifer Bong

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, April 30

Rummage and Bake Sale: Lund Lutheran Church, 25213 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes (nine miles north of town on Richwood Road), will host a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon. Open to the public.

Mother-Daughter Brunch: A mother-daughter brunch will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Castaway Club, 51709 County Hwy. 31, Detroit Lakes. All ages welcome. Event includes brunch, a presentation by guest speaker Amanda Davidson ("A Wife Like Me"), a silent auction and professional photographs. Tickets available at Health Resources, 218-844-8822. For more information visit (click on the "Community Events" tab).

Friends of the Library Meet & Greet: Come and find out more about the Becker County Friends of the Library, what a Friend is, and how you can become one, starting at 10:30 a.m. inside the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Morning refreshments of coffee, tea, doughnut holes and seasonal fruits will be served.

National Arbor Day Celebration: This year marks the 150th anniversary of the tree planter’s holiday, Arbor Day, and Detroit Lakes will commemorate the occasion with a special tree planting event at the Rotary Soccer Fields from 9 a.m. to noon, reflecting the 33 years that Detroit Lakes has been designated a “Tree City USA.” The event is open to the public.


Fish Fry Dinner: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 19747 County Hwy. 6, Audubon, will host a fish fry dinner from 4-7 p.m., with dine-in or takeout options available. Admission is a free will offering, with proceeds to benefit the Becker County Food Pantry. Open to all.

Heart O'Lakes Harmony: The Heart o’ Lakes Harmony Barbershop Chorus will present their annual show at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theater, starting at 7:30 p.m. "That Old Country Church" will feature both gospel and hymn favorites as well as a variety of guest musicians and artists, and singalong songs. Tickets available at , by calling 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Rootz Within at Zorbaz: Rootz Within returns to their hometown Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes for the first time since the pandemic started for a rare solo show, starting at 9:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Gun Bingo: Go to the Detroit Lakes National Guard Armory for a night of Bingo, featuring guns, cash and other sportsman-type prizes. Doors and bar will open at 6 p.m., with the first game starting at 7 p.m. The event is open to men and women, 18 or older, with all proceeds going to support the Detroit Lakes Jaycees and their community projects.

Sunday, May 1

Refuge Cleanup Days: Volunteers are welcome to help clean up the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, working in teams, from 1-4 p.m. There will be litter routes, light trail maintenance and small projects. Wear clothes you can get dirty and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Discovery Center. Snacks will be provided; bring plenty of water. To participate, contact or call 218-849-9872. Not sure? Just show up!

Pancake/French Toast Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus, Council 3166 will be sponsoring a pancake/French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Free Tree Giveaway: First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes will be having a free tree giveaway from 9:30-11 a.m. Go to the back parking lot at 912 Lake Ave. The trees will be 6-10 inches tall, bare root, and will include chokecherry, Red Splendor crabapple, red (Norway) pine and Black Hills spruce. Limit three trees per person until supply runs out. Care, mulch, and planting instructions available. Call 218-849-0876 with questions.

Women, Wine & Wild Game: A fundraiser for the Pelican River chapter of Pheasants Forever, "Women, Wine & Wild Game" starts at 2 p.m., hosted by Spanky's Stone Hearth on Rose Lake in Frazee. Ages 21 and up; tickets on sale from chapter members or online at . Call Erick at 701-866-5652 for more information.


Vergas Fire & Rescue Pancake and Sausage Feed: A pancake and sausage feed benefitting Vergas Fire & Rescue will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Vergas Event Center. Admission is a free will donation; all are welcome.

Monday, May 2

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. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Tuesday, May 3

Author Visit — Eric Dregni: The Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) will host a visit from author Eric Dregni ("For the Love of Cod," "In Cod We Trust" and "Vikings in the Attic") at 3 p.m. Dregni will present about his writing trips to Norway and his research and writing process. No charge. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Welcome to Detroit Lakes: Learn about events, resources and community information you can use at a 4 p.m. "Welcome to Detroit Lakes" reception inside the offices of the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce (700 Summit Ave.) Whether you are new to the area or want to re-connect with the community, this event is for you. Free and open to the public, but RSVP at 218-847-9202.

Family Fun Night: Entertain the whole family at the Detroit Lakes Public Library with puzzles, games and coloring from 5-6 p.m. This program is for all ages. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Wednesday, May 4

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers' Group. The group meets regularly to tell their stories, share ideas and discuss writing tips. This event is offered free of charge and is held in the library's main meeting room from 3:30-5 p.m. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Fire Department Open House: The Detroit Lakes Fire Department will host an open house at the fire hall (417 Main St. W.) from 6-7 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Pinot for Paws Fundraiser: Spanky's Stone Hearth in rural Frazee will host a Pinot for Paws benefit for the Humane Society of the Lakes from 5:30-8 p.m. To purchase a ticket for the four-course meal with wine pairings, contact the Humane Society at 218-847-0511 between noon and 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or click on the link at the website,

Thursday, May 5

Frazee Tree Planting: The first grade classes at Frazee Elementary School will be planting trees from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in participating, contact or call 218-849-9872.

Community Remembrance Service: Hospice of the Red River Valley invites community members to remember and honor those who have died through a remembrance service on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hospice offices in Detroit Lakes (1111 Hwy. 10). This is a peaceful time to reflect on the loss of someone special — not a religious service, rather a time to celebrate and remember.

Fashion Show: The first annual Lakes Chic Street Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. inside the open retail space at Norby Flats. This show will include downtown retailers highlighting their upcoming summer collections. There is a cost to attend; each ticket will include a "swag bag" with goodies from local businesses, light appetizers, and an evening full of fashion and fun. A limited number of tickets are available from participating retailers, including Beautiful Junque, Skirting the Rules, Northbound Girl, Lela & Lavendar, The Beach Shop, JQ Clothing, Vintage & Vogue, Mainstream Boutique, Drift and Maurices.

Jaycees Membership Night: Are you between the ages of 18-40 and looking to get involved in the community? Join the Detroit Lakes Jaycees during their annual Membership Night, set for 6:30 p.m. in the upper level at Lakeside Tavern.

Friday, May 6

Pelican Landing Open House: The Pelican Landing Senior Living Community will host a spring open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the apartments and see all that this community has to offer for independent and assisted living, memory care and more. Open to the public. Visit for more information.

The Beach Boys: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host a live concert by the iconic American music pioneers, The Beach Boys, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at or by phone at 800-453-7827.

Saturday, May 7

Trapper Education Field Day: The Cormorant Lake Sportsman's Club, 18587 Sportsman Road, Audubon, will host a Trapper Education District 3 Field Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until finished). Trapper certification is a two-part process; information on the two parts can be found online at . The sportsman’s club will be serving a lunch. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is required. To sign up, or for more information, contact Don at 320-815-0047, Eric at 218-640-3285 or Keith at 218-298-4964. Bring all your paperwork for the course.


Chili Feed: The Height of Land Sportsman Club will host a chili feed from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is a free will offering; there will be raffles and door prizes also. Open to the public.

Bonnets and Bowties: The Marshmallow Animal Shelter will host a Kentucky Derby-themed fundraiser, "Bonnets and Bowties," at 3 p.m. inside the Holiday Inn Lakeside, Detroit Lakes. Visit or call 218-847-9040 for ticket information.

Tuesday, May 10

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group from 4 to 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.

Hand Felted and Beaded Bowls Art Class: The Holmes Art Cellar, located in the lower level of the Historic Holmes Theatre at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host an art class on making hand felted and beaded bowls from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Artist Joann McFarlin is the instructor; there is a cost to attend. Visit or call 218-844-7469 for more information.

Curtis and Loretta in Concert: The Sons of Norway, Vikingland Lodge 1-495, will host a performance by the musical duo Curtis and Loretta at 6 p.m. in the lower level of Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church. There is no charge to attend.

Wednesday, May 11

United Way Day of Caring : The United Way of Becker County will host its annual Day of Caring in the communities of Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Audubon, Frazee, Vergas and surrounding areas. If you are a senior citizen, disabled or an active military person you are eligible to have a team of students from these rake your yard, wash windows or help with any other outside projects. Call 218-847-0727 for help in Detroit Lakes; 218-334-3101 for help in Frazee; or 218-238-5915 for assistance in the Lake Park-Audubon area. Signup deadline is May 1.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Red River Model Train Show: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host a model train show on Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1.Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, noon-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Open to the public.

Live Music: Musician Johnny Cochran will perform live in the Mustang Lounge at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, on both May 6-7 starting at 8 p.m. Open to the public.


Eyes for Mexico Geranium Fundraiser: The Detroit Lakes Lions are selling potted geraniums to benefit their Eyes for Mexico vision program. Cost is $30 for a 12-inch pot of geraniums; pre-order from any Lions member or online at . Pickup is set for 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, May 7. Pots will be set outside the church for purchasers to choose from.

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.

Library Art Exhibit: Local artist Fern Belling will be exhibiting her watercolor paintings in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library through the end of April.

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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