Happenings around the lakes area, May 15-25

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

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Author Margaret Standafer ("I Know an Old Lady") will be in Detroit Lakes on Monday, May 16 for a 7 p.m. presentation at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Standafer will be discussing how she became a best-selling, award-winning author. The event is free and open to the public.
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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, May 14

HSL Open House and Rummage Sale: The Humane Society of the Lakes will host an open house and rummage sale at its shelter on U.S. Highway 59, just north of Detroit Lakes, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be many pet items and baked goods for purchase to support HSL's mission, along with some adoptable pets visitors can meet throughout the day.

Coin Club: Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 2:30 p.m. for an exploratory meeting regarding the possibility of starting up a local coin club. Bring in any coins you have questions about. Have coins you would like to show off? Bring those along, too. Free and open to the public.

Letter Carriers Food Drive: Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers are banding together to host the 30th annual "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" as part of their regular postal delivery routes. Leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox and your letter carrier will do the rest.

Northern Lights Dance Academy: The Frazee-based Northern Lights Dance Academy presents its 2022 spring recital, "All in This Together," at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, with two performances set for 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets available online at, by phone at 218-847-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.


Live Music: "The 70s Magic Sunshine Band" performs at 8 p.m. in Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge. No cost to attend; visit or call 800-453-7827 for more information.

Troubadour Concert: Fargo-based country band Troubadour performs live at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes at 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 15

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.

Tamarac Visitor Center Opening: Opening day at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Check out the exhibits, the birdfeeders, watch a movie, take a short hike and shop in the Friends of Tamarac nature store. All are welcome.

Summit Dance: Detroit Lakes' own Summit Dance will present its 2022 spring recital, "Better Together," at 2:30 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets available online at

Monday, May 16

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-Margaret Standafer: Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 7 p.m. for a presentation by author Margaret Standafer ("I Known an Old Lady"), who will be discussing how she overcame her reluctance and stubbornness — and then used that stubbornness — to become a best-selling, award-winning author. Free and open to the public.

High School Spring Art Show: Detroit Lakes High School art students will be showcasing their latest artwork at a spring art show taking place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in DLHS ARt Room 452. A variety of artwork will be showcased, and there will be appetizers, live music and "make and take" projects for visitors. Open to the public; all ages welcome.


Tuesday, May 17

Old-Time Variety Dance: Albert Mikesh 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: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 3 p.m. for a discussion of the book, "Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi," which is about a young man pursuing his dreams despite experiencing difficulties. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. Email the library with questions, at .

Friends of the Library: The Becker County Friends of the Library will hold their annual membership meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). All are welcome.

Macrame Class: At the Holmes Art Cellar (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to make a macrame plant hanger. Learn the larks head knot, square knot and wrapping knot; class length approximately 2-3 hours. Intended for ages 14 and up; register online at or call 218-844-7469.

Wednesday, May 18

Celebrate Aging Expo: Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn will host a Celebrate Aging Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seminars, demonstrations, food samples, door prizes and more than 30 vendors will greet visitors, along with complimentary cookies, coffee and muffins. Free admission.

Thursday, May 19

Becker County Republicans: The Becker County Republicans will hold their May meeting at the Sandbar II, 1150 Randolph Road, Detroit Lakes, starting at 7 p.m. Come early, bring your appetite and enjoy selections from the Sandbar's delicious menu.

Friday, May 20

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall, 118 Holmes St. West, Detroit Lakes. Caller is Phil Miller. Cost for the dance is $5 per person. For more information call 218-849-9317.

No Mercy Fight Night: Fighting Alliance Championship 14 is coming to Detroit Lakes' Kent Freeman Arena at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30). Weigh-ins for the event will take place at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on May 19 at 5 p.m. Tickets for event can be purchased online at: .


Saturday, May 21

Farmers Market Opening: Lakes Area Farmers Market opens for the season at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. It will be open every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the summer, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit the group's Facebook page for details, or call 661-345-7450.

Art from the Start: Visit the Holmes Art Cellar for a fun "Spring Into Art" class with preschool kids and their parent or guardian, starting at 10 a.m. Class lasts approximately 1 hour; fee will cover the cost of all materials. Intended for ages 12 and up. Call 218-844-7469 or sign up online at .

Bridge Over Troubled Water Tribute: Minnesota's own Collective Unconscious will perform all the tracks from Simon & Garfunkel's iconic album, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in a 7:30 p.m. concert at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. Tickets available online at , by phone at 218-847-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Monday, May 23

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, May 24

Stamp Carving 101: At the Holmes Art Cellar (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes), choose from two sessions set for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Make an impression by carving your own stamps. Learn the basics of stamp carving to create and personalize cards, gift tags and fun pieces of art with artist JoAnn McFarlin. Intended for ages 16 and up; register online at or call 218-844-7469.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Festival of Birds: The 25th Annual Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds opens Thursday, May 19 and concludes Saturday, May 21, with multiple field trips to area birding hotspots, evening presentations by birding experts, and a free Birders Bazaar at M State in Detroit Lakes on Saturday. Call the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202 or visit the website, , for details. Registration deadline is Sunday, May 15.

Summer Theatre Camp Auditions: Auditions for the 2022 Holmes Summer Theater Camp will be Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon; and Monday, May 23, 5-7 p.m. Pre-registration for the camp is required; intended for kids in grades 5-12. Rehearsals for "Music Man Jr." will be every weekday, 1-5 p.m. from June 20 to July 20, with live performances set for July 21-23. Pre-registration for the camp is required to audition. Sign up online at , by phone at 218-847-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Live Music: Slamabama performs on both May 20-21, starting at 8 p.m., in Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge. No cost to attend; visit or call 800-453-7827 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.

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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