Happenings around the lakes area, May 10-21

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

The birders are coming! Detroit Lakes' 26th Annual Festival of Birds is set for May 18-20. (Vicki Gerdes/Tribune)
The birders are coming! Detroit Lakes' 20th Annual Festival of Birds is set for May 18-20, 2023.
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.

Wednesday, May 10

United Way Day of Caring: Students, staff and volunteers at Detroit Lakes and Frazee-Vergas public schools will spend part of their day out in the community, raking lawns, bagging leaves and clearing trash from roadside ditches in support of the United Way of Becker County's Day of Caring. Senior citizens, disabled residents and families of active military living in the Detroit Lakes and Frazee-Vergas school districts will be receiving help with spring clean-up projects. For more information, call 218-847-0727.

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Frazee High School Media Center (enter door 16). Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Thursday, May 11

Chamber Annual Meeting: The Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast to start off its annual meeting, which gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the Soo Pass Ranch, 25526 County Highway 22, Detroit Lakes. Admission is $20 per person, which includes the meal. Register online via the Chamber's Facebook page , or call 218-847-9202. RSVPs by Monday, May 8 are appreciated.

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 “Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburgl and all of its adaptations. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.


Hospice of the RRV Remembrance Service: Hospice of hte Red River Valley will host a Remembrance Service from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Chamber office, 700 Summit Ave.  This is a time to reflect on the loss of someone special in your life, and is not a religious service.  Registration required at,  or please call 800-237-4629 and ask for the grief support department.

VFW Cosmic Bingo: Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676 will host its monthly Cosmic Bingo starting at 7 p.m.; enjoy bingo with that special "cosmic glow" along with games of chance, food, drinks and prize giveaways. Two major cash prizes will be given to the winners of the "Turtle Bingo" game ($500) and "Blackout Bingo" game ($1,000). Must be 18 years of age or older to play.

Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band: Come and help the members of the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band salute the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country, with an 8:15 p.m. performance at the Perham Center for the Arts. The Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band is a volunteer ensemble that is composed of veterans or family members who share their talents to help foster patriotism through music, with free concerts throughout the area. All are welcome to celebrate an evening of music, allegiance and fellowship as we honor our military and it veterans. Refreshments will be provided and donations are appreciated.

Friday, May 12

Takin' It To The Streets: Minnesota's own Collective Unconscious will present "Takin' It To the Streets," a tribute to the music of the Doobie Brothers, at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. Tickets are $30 for adults, R15 for students, and may be purchased via the Holmes Theatre website, , by phone at 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as for two hours prior to the start of the show.

Roots and Boots Tour: Country crooners Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye are back on the road and they’re making a stop at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino for an 8 p.m. concert. Hear hits like Collin Raye’s “Love Me,” Sammy Kershaw’s “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” and Aaron Tippin’s “You’ve Got to Stand for Something.” Tickets are available online at .

Saturday, May 13

Event Center 1676 Grand Opening: Detroit Lakes VFW Post 1676, located at 500 N. Washington Ave., invites the public to the grand opening of its new event center, with live music from the Front Fenders starting at 6:30 p.m.

Lakes Chic Street Fashion Show: The retailers of downtown Detroit Lakes will present their 2nd Annual Lakes Chic Street Fashion Show from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bucks Mill Brewing (824 Washington Ave.). Tickets are available online at .

Northern Lights Spring Recital: The Northern Lights Dance Academy, which has studios in Frazee and Park Rapids, will present its spring recital, "Life is Better on the Dance Floor," in two performances at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, starting at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for students, and may be purchased via the Holmes Theatre website at , by phone at 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, which is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as for two hours prior to the start of the show.


Monday, May 15

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.

Izaak Walton League: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for the monthly meeting of the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of American (IWLA). This month's meeting will feature a presentation on sustainable agriculture with Zachary Paige of North Circle Seeds as well as updates on various local "Ikes" projects. Open to the public.

Tuesday, May 16

Old-Time Variety Dance: Jerry's Dance Band will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance, taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center. All are welcome; admission is $5 per person.

Library Book Club: Join the Detroit Lakes Public Library Book Club at 3 p.m. to discuss this month's book, "These Precious Days" by Ann Patchett, a collection of meaningful essays on the author's sense of family, home, and friendship. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. If you have any questions, feel free to email the library at or call 218-847-2168.

Wednesday, May 17

Celebrate Aging Expo: Come to Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for Essentia Health's annual Celebrate Aging Expo, which will feature a question-and-answer panel at 10:30 a.m., tons of door prizes, over 30 vendor booths to visit and more, then stay for bingo at 1 p.m. Event is free and open to the public.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum's Brown Bag Lunch series returns with a noon presentation by pickleball enthusiast Dale Twedt, who will talk about the history of the sport, how tournaments work and local pickleball participation. Brown Bag Lunches are free and open to the public. Pack a lunch or call the museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a lunch for $15 and we will have it waiting for you. The museum is located at 714 Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes (it shares a lobby with the Historic Holmes Theatre).

Post-Traumatic Success: Join former Frazee firefighter Scott Geiselhart at Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church for a Mental Health Awareness Month presentation on "Seeing in Color Again: Post-Traumatic Success," with a light meal at 5 p.m. and presentation at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 18

Library Teen Advisory Group: Area teens are invited to join TAG in the library's main meeting room at 4 p.m. We meet each month to suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase, assist library staff in creating fun library programs, and make the library welcome for all.


Friday, May 19

Painting Workshop: Join artists Anna Lassonde and Val Voigt at Detroit Lakes Floral and Gifts in the Washington Square Mall at 6:30pm for a fun evening of creativity and fun. You will get to paint a face or whatever design you want on a flower pot that is 6.5 inches high and 5 inches in diameter, then pick out a plant for your new pot to take home. Cost is $37, with all supplies included; all ages welcome. Tickets may be purchased at (click on the "Events" tab).

Saturday, May 20

Ceramic Bird Painting Workshop: Visit the Becker County Museum between 1-3 p.m. to paint a little ceramic bird, perfect for a window ledge or flower pot and ready to take with you. Cost is per bird and does not include a day pass, which is not required to participate in the activity. Children under 16 must have an adult with them. Supplies are limited. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information, or register online at .

Aiming High for PAD: The Detroit Lakes-based Patriot Assistance Dogs (PAD) program will host a sporting fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn. Tickets are $75 each, and may be purchased via the PAD website at . Admission includes access to games of chance, door prizes, dinner and a one-year PAD membership.

No Mercy XI: Mixed martial arts and muay thai fighting action comes to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena at 3 p.m., featuring some of the region's best fighters. Tickets are available online at .

Sunday, May 21

Detroit Lakes Psychic and Wellness Fair: Come to the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and enjoy tarot/oracle card readers, mediums, psychics, Reiki energy healers, shamans and reflexology as well as vendors selling crystals, stones, candles, jewelry, incense, and other merchandise. Entry fee is $5; a bag of free goodies will be given to each of the first 30 people through the door.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Festival of Birds: Detroit Lakes will host its 26th Annual Festival of Birds on May 18-20. The festival kicks off with a social and bird trivia at Hub 41 on Thursday, May 18, and concludes with a dinner and birding presentation on “Flight Plan 2050: The Global effort to preserve Birds of the Americas” with Audubon Society Chief Conservation Officer Marshall Johnson on Saturday, May 20 at M State in Detroit Lakes, starting at 4:45 p.m. In between there will be multiple field trips, a dinner and presentation on “Pollinators in Paradise: Butterflies and Moths of the American Tropics" with international birder and retired DNR Non-Game Wildlife Program supervisor Carroll Henderson on Friday, and a lunch-and learn presentation on the Common Loon with avid Park Rapids birder, retired educator and writer Steve Maanum on Saturday, For a complete list of event times, locations and registration information, visit the Detroit Lakes Chamber website at .

Live Music: Slamabama performs at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, May 12-13 at 8 p.m.; The Front Fenders perform at the VFW Post 1676 Event Center Grand Opeining in Detroit Lakes, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.; Tripwire performs at Zorbaz's Summer Kick-Off Party in Detroit Lakes. May 19 at 9 p.m.; October Road performs at Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge, May 19-20 at 8 p.m.

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.

Trivia Nights: Lakeside Tavern in Detroit Lakes hosts a Trivia Night every Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Event takes place in Lakeside Tavern's upstairs space, so seating is limited. Open to the public. (Note–previous calendars that have listed this as happening on Tuesday nights were incorrect.)

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 .

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.

Celebrate Recovery: The Celebrate Recovery group meets every Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes, to take the next steps on the "Road to Recovery: Eight Principles Based on the Beatitudes, Twelve Steps and their Biblical Comparison." Many struggle with alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, codependency, domestic violence, drug addiction, food and gambling addictions. Celebrate Recovery is a tried and proven format to help you walk through life's struggles. Men and women meet in a large group format, then break off into smaller discussion groups; men with men, women with women. Come as you are. No cost. We are here to help." For more information, check out the website at .

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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