Happenings around the lakes area, May 22-June 1

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

The Lakes Area Farmers Market reopens for the summer on Saturday, May 21 at Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park, and will be open every Tuesday and Saturday through the summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Lakes Area Farmers Market reopens for the summer on Saturday, May 21 at Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park, and will be open every Tuesday and Saturday through the summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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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 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 covers the cost of all materials. 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.

Sunday, May 22

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "Love in the Animal Kingdom," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. The movie is approximately 50 minutes long; all are welcome. Note to visitors — the Blackbird Wildlife Trail is now open, and several hiking trails are available for those wanting to check out the beauty of the Refuge either before or after the movie.


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.

Wednesday, May 25

Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and come on over to the Detroit Lakes Public Library on the fourth Wednesday of every month for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Thursday, May 26

Classic Film Screening: Visit the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) at 2 p.m. for a free screening of the classic 1952 film, "What Price Glory." James Cagney, Corinne Calvet and Dan Dailey star in this film about the wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of U.S. Marines in 1918 France. This film is rated Approved and has a run time of 111 minutes. Open to the public.

Quilting: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meeting in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Dept. (807 Summit Ave). The doors open at 6 p.m., Show and Tell items displayed at 6:30, and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. We will continue learning about Hawaiian quilting. Email for more information.

Parrot Heads Social: The Lakes Area Parrot Heads will hold a "Thursday Social" at Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes, starting at 4 p.m. Come find out the latest happenings within the Parrot Heads' "phlock."

Friday, May 27

Exhibit Opening Reception: An opening reception for the new artist collaboration exhibition, "Dark Summer," will be held at Vicky's Sweet Pickens, 603 U.S. Hwy. 10, Detroit Lakes, from 5-7 p.m. Featured artists will include Bryan Ziegler, Matthew Johnston, Strange Farm Girl (aka Carmen McCullough), Vanna Jordan and Vicky Carrier. Pre-registration by May 25 is requested; there is a cost to attend. Sign up at Vicky's Sweet Pickens or online at .

Joe Nichols in Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by country music superstar Joe Nichols. Tickets available online at or by phone at 800-453-7827.


Saturday, May 28

Master Gardeners Plant Sale: The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners will be holding their annual plant sale in the Detroit Lakes City Park, from 8-11 a.m. (or until plants sell out). The selection will include varieties of pollinator-friendly native plants, and there will be hands-on activities for kids. The Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk plants. All are welcome.

Cookbook Signing: Visit Mainstream Boutique (833 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet Minnesota author Sara Watson, purchase your copy of her new cookbook, “Cabin Chef," and get it autographed. Open to the public.

Shady Hollow Flea Market Season Opener: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market opens for the season at 6 a.m., and will be open Sunday and Monday, May 29-30, as well. It will then be open every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 4, and also Mondays on the July 4 and Labor Day holidays. Visit or call 602-809-6661 for more information.

Double S Spring Fling: Go to Double S Arena, 24300 Co. Rd. 149, Detroit Lakes, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.), for their Spring Fling exhibitions and barrel races. No membership required for entry; all are welcome. The concession stand will also be open. For more information, contact Jess at 218-234-7491.

Sunday, May 29

Memorial Dove Release: A Memorial Day dove release will take place at 2 p.m. outside David-Donehower Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 609 U.S. Hwy. 10 East, Detroit Lakes. All are welcome.

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day Dinner: Egelund Church, located 10 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road and 4.5 miles east on County Road 26, will host a Memorial Day catered dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will donations will be used to support upkeep of the church and its cemetery. All are welcome.

Ogema VFW/Auxiliary Cemetery Visits: The Ogema VFW, Post 9880 and its Auxiliary will be conducting Memorial Day visits to area cemeteries, starting with a 7:30 a.m. gathering at the VFW Hall in Ogema and proceeding to various area cemeteries through about noon.

Tuesday, May 31

Author Visit — Will Brink: The Detroit Lakes Public Library has scheduled a free-of-charge presentation by Will Brink, author of "The Squad: Encouraging Veteran to Veteran Dialogue," at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Brink is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling and worked in that field for many years. His concern is for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life and the veteran suicide rate. All are welcome to attend.


Wednesday, June 1

Detroit Lakes Baseball Opener: See Detroit Lakes' new amateur baseball club play Hawley at Washington Ballpark, starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Defensive Driving Class: An 8-hour, in-person defensive driving course will be held from 12:30-4:30 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19 at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $25. This two-day class is for those that have never taken a defensive driving class. To register call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

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. 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 on Saturday, May 20, 8 p.m., and Phil Vaugh t, Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, 8 p.m., all in Shooting Star Casino's Mustang Lounge; Island Time , Saturday, May 28, 6-10 p.m. and Sunday, May 29, 2-6 p.m., at Long Bridge Bar, Grill and Marina; Aurora and Whitey, Saturday, May 28, 9 p.m., at Hotel Shoreham; Fat Cats , Saturday, May 28, 7 to 10 p.m., at Perham's 1894 (third anniversary party).

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. You are invited to 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).

Call for Artists: The Lake Region Arts Council is accepting art in all mediums from artists living in Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties for an upcoming exhibit. Guest juror Tasha Kubesh will be choosing 15-20 work samples submitted by regional artists for inclusion in this prestigious showing. Deadline to submit is Friday, May 27. For more information contact Lake Region Arts Council at 218-739-5780, email, or visit the website at

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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