Happenings around the lakes area, May 4-15

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

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The Beach Boys will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino this Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. The iconic band is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
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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 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

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 in downtown Detroit Lakes. 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.

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.


Monday, May 9

Autism Support Group: A meeting will be held at 1 p.m. inside the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.) for anyone who provides support to individuals with autism. The presentation will include the first-hand experience of both an adult son with autism spectrum disorder and his mother. Open discussion will follow.

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. Teams of students from these communities will rake yards, wash windows or help with any other outside projects for senior citizen, disabled or active military persons in need. For more information, call 218-847-0727 in Detroit Lakes; 218-334-3101 in Frazee; or 218-238-5915 in the Lake Park-Audubon area.

Thursday, May 12

Classic Movie Screening: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a free screening of the classic 1946 film "My Darling Clementine," starting at 2 p.m. This film is rated Approved and has a run time of 97 minutes. Open to the public.

Friday, May 13

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Century School, 501 Helton Ave., Park Rapids. Tom Allen will be calling; a potluck supper follows the dance. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

High Valley Concert: Country bluegrass band High Valley will perform a free concert at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Must be age 18 or above to attend. Visit for more information.


Saturday, May 14

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. Feel free to bring in any coins you have questions about, and we'll do our best to get them answered. 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. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox and your letter carrier will do the rest.

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

Sunday, May 15

Tamarac Visitor Center Opening: It's opening day at the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Center. Stop by between 10 a.m.-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.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

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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