Happenings around the lakes area, May 25-June 5

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

Grammy-nominated country singer Joe Nichols will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
Grammy-nominated country singer Joe Nichols will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.
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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.

Wednesday, May 25

Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go 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. 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 local chef and cookbook author Sara Watson, purchase your copy of her first cookbook, “Cabin Chef," and get it autographed. Watson is from the Blackboard Restaurant in Vergas. To reserve a copy of the book before the signing, call Barb at 218-844-4990, the cost is $49.

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.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "Animal Childhood," 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 30

Memorial Day Parade and Program: Detroit Lakes' Memorial Day Parade returns after a two-year hiatus for a 10 a.m. trek from Veterans Memorial Park to the Pavilion, where a program will take place featuring keynote speaker Major Shaun Carlson of the U.S. Air Force. Detroit Lakes Mayor Matt Brenk is also scheduled to speak.

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.

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.

Tuesday, May 31

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 "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, in all of its many adaptations — book, graphic novel, TV shows, and movies. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

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

Wednesday, June 1

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 3-4:30 p.m. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

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.


Thursday, June 2

Outdoor Storytime: Join the staff of the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) out on the library's lawn and enjoy the fresh air and summer sun while listening to stories with your child, starting at 10:30 a.m. Each week, they explore different themes with stories, songs, rhymes, flannel boards, special guests and more. Storytime typically lasts for 45 minutes and is geared for children ages 3-6, although children of all ages are welcome to join the fun. Storytime will be moved inside if there is unpleasant weather. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Book Bingo Summer Kickoff: Join the staff of the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) out on the library's lawn at 2 p.m., sign up for the Summer Library Experience, get your reading log, and play Book Bingo for a chance to win a free book to enjoy this summer. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Friday, June 3

Cormorant Community Blood Drive: The Cormorant Community Center will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment for blood donation, contact Carman at 701-866-9504, or go online to and use the blood drive code, "CORMORANTMN."

Voices of Classic Rock Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will welcome a trio of classic rock legends, together on stage, for an 8 p.m. concert. Voices of Classic Rock features John Payne, former lead singer of Asia; John Elefante, former lead singer of Kansas; and Fran Cosmo, former lead singer of Boston. Tickets available online at or by phone at 800-453-7827.

Saturday, June 4

Turf Wars Racing: The powersport drag racing event Turf Wars comes to Detroit Lakes' Becker County Fairgrounds (1310 Rossman Ave.) for a 10 a.m. start. Gates open at 6 a.m. and registration ends at 9 a.m. Racing continues until approximately 5 p.m. Competitive categories include all ages, with categories for youth and racers over 50.

Breakfast on the Farm: Farm-fresh breakfast prepared by Hawley Lions, 7 a.m. to noon at RDO in Hawley. Menu includes fresh scrambled eggs with cheese, pancakes, sausages, milk, coffee, water for a free will donation and free ice cream for dessert. Kids' pedal tractor pull at 9 a.m., corn box, Butler bounce house, barrel train rides and a farm animal zoo along with a variety of informational booths featuring farm commodity groups, all free of cost. Questions? Contact Keith and Lori Aakre, 218-937-5514 or

NCTA Laurentian Lakes Chapter Annual Meeting: The annual meeting of the North Country Trail Association, Laurentian Lakes Chapter will take place at Hoot Owl Resort,10449 Hoot Owl Lake Road, Waubun, starting at 5 p.m. There will be a dinner, silent auction, guest speaker and chapter update. For more information, contact Karen at 218-841-2857 or .

Sunday, June 5

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


Detroit Mountain Shakedown: Mountain bike racing returns to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area at 9 a.m., with comp, citizen, sport and elite categories for youth, men and women. Part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series; course length ranges from 3 to 24 miles depending on the category. Participants must register at least a half hour before the start of their race. Medal presentations will take place following each class of racing. Visit d for details.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, wildlife-themed movie, "The Great Yellowstone Thaw," 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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Avenue of Flags: Local veterans and community volunteers will be setting up the Avenue of Flags at Detroit Lakes' Oak Grove Cemetery between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, May 27. Traffic at the cemetery will be restricted during the setup, but the public can view the flags anytime throughout the weekend, as they will continue to fly until the morning after Memorial Day. There is no cost to view the flags, and all are welcome. Oak Grove Cemetery is located just off Highway 59 on the north edge of Detroit Lakes.

Street Faire at the Lakes: Detroit Lakes' 22nd Annual Street Faire at the Lakes is set for Friday and Saturday, June 3-4. Shop Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a food court with 14 different vendors, kids' activities, an Eagles beer garden and live music playing on the Holmes Street Stage throughout both days, along with over 100 vendor booths featuring area artists' work in a variety of media. Visit or call 218-844-7469 for more information.

Live Music: Phil Vaugh t, Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, 8 p.m., Derryl Perry, Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, 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, 7-10 p.m. at Perham's 1894 (third anniversary party); the Front Fenders, Saturday, June 4, 9 p.m., Hotel Shoreham.

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. 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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