Happenings around the lakes area, Nov. 2-13

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

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Matthew Morrison, left, as Shrek and Ethan Hendrickson as Donkey in a scene from "Shrek, the Musical," during rehearsals on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. The Detroit Lakes High School fall musical opens this Thursday, Nov. 3 at George Simson Auditorium, Detroit Lakes Middle School. Tickets are available at Central Market in advance, or at the door for $10 each.
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Wednesday, November 2

Writers Group: Writers and prospective writers seeking encouragement, feedback and collaboration are welcome to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Writers' Group, which meets at the library at 3 p.m.

Sustainability 101: Sandy Gunderson from Becker County Environmental Services will give a free presentation on creative reuse, highlighting the holidays, starting at 7 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Open to the public.

Thursday, November 3

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Becker County Republicans: The November meeting of the Becker County Republicans will be at the American Legion, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, with a strategy get together at 6:30 p.m., followed by the official meeting at 7 p.m. All area Republicans welcome.


After Hours Book Club: Bucks Mill Brewing in Detroit Lakes will host an After-Hours Book Club from 7 to 8 p.m. The subject of this month's discussion is “Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law” by Mary Roach, which is about what happens when wild creatures break human laws, such as jaywalking. All are welcome, even if you haven't read the book. If you have any questions, send an email to or call 218-847-2168.

Curtis and Loretta CD Release Concert: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center's Fall 2022 Concert Series continues with a 7:30 p.m. concert from Curtis and Loretta in the Cultural Center’s gallery listening room space. This concert celebrates the release of their new album, "Lift the World," which is their 10th recording together. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 7:30 p.m.For more about Curtis & Loretta, visit ; for ticket information, visit .

Monster Drawing Class Watch Party: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., at 6:30 p.m. for an in-person opportunity to participate in an online Monster Drawing class featuring award-winning cartoonist Rick Stromoski, who will show you how to draw Minnesotan monsters, creatures, goblins, ghosts and all things spooky. The drawing class and a list of in-person watch parties can be accessed at . This program is made possible thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Free and open to the public.

Friday, November 4

Daughtry in Concert: Shooting Star Casino is excited to welcome American rock band, Daughtry, for an 8 p.m. concert as part of the band's Dearly Beloved Tour. Tickets start at $41 and can be purchased online at .

Saturday, November 5

Harvest Market Shops: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Mall will host a Harvest Market event featuring a variety of art, craft and vendor booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with door prizes and more.

Free Movie: Detroit Lakes' Washington Square Cinemagic 7 Theatres will host a free screening of the movie "Despicable Me 2" at 10 a.m. Doors and concessions open at 9:30 a.m. Open to the public.

Concordia Orchestra Free Concert: The Concordia Orchestra is proud to perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. The 2022 Concordia Orchestra is conducted by Kevin F.E. Sütterlin, director of orchestral activities. The program will be selected from pieces by Stella Sung, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Liu Tieshan and Mao Yuan, and Gustav Maher. This year’s soloist is Dr. Sonja Bosca-Harasim performing Coleridge-Taylor’s “Violin Concerto.” Open to the public; free will donations accepted.

Sunday, November 6

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.


Lakes Area Chorale: Rehearsals begin for the Lakes Area Chorale's Christmas concert, "Holly, Jolly Holiday," with registration opening at 1 p.m., and rehearsals to get underway at 1:30 inside the sanctuary of First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes. There are six rehearsals planned, every Sunday afternoon leading up to the concert on Dec. 18. Cost to participate is $15 per person, to help defray the cost of sheet music and other materials. For more information contact director Barb Schramm at 218-443-0697 or send an email to .

Monday, November 7

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.

Tuesday, November 8

Teen Writers Group: Teens interested in pursuing writing are invited to join this group at 4 p.m. for inspiration and support. Grab a snack, do a writing prompt, learn writing tips, and hear feedback from your peers. Group meets at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. All area teens are welcome.

Sons of Norway: The Sons of Norway, Lodge 1-495 will have their monthly meeting followed by a program and coffee and goodies, starting at 7 p.m. in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes. Because of voting that day, we will meet upstairs in the sanctuary. All are welcome to attend. Any questions contact Cindy Sauer at 218-234-5737 or

Concordia Duo Concert: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a 7 p.m. concert by The Concordia Duo — aka Concordia College music professors Jay Hershberger on piano and Gregory Hamilton on the cello. They will perform selections from Myaskosvky, Beethoven and Chausson. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for students. To reserve your seat, call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469 or visit the website at .

Wednesday, November 9

Women's EDGE Speaker Series: The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce presents Dr. Kerry Petsinger, a high performance coach, professor and writer, who will empower you to create a routine of peak performances that brings results. Presentation at the Frazee Event Center gets underway at 3 p.m. Call the Chamber at 218-847-9202 for ticket information.

"Steering into the Skid" Virtual Presentation: Clay County Age Well, Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging and Mahube-Otwa Community Action present a free virtual "Remember Project" event featuring “Steering into the Skid,” starting at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary's EMS Building, 225 Park St., Detroit Lakes. This special program helps family members, caregivers, local businesses, and the broader community be in conversation around dementia and the most well-known form of memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend this free program.To learn more or register for the play and conversation, please call 218-354-7090 or simply reserve your free seat through .

World War II Author Presentation: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for a free presentation featuring historical World War II author Paul Sailer, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sailer has been interested in WW II aviation history since childhood. He received a bacnehlor's degree in Social Studies (emphasis on American History) from Moorhead State College in 1969, and a pilot’s rating from the U.S. Army’s Advanced Flight School at Fort Rucker, Ala., in 1970. He flew UH-1 Huey and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters with the 20th Engineer Brigade in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He and his wife, Dianna, live on a tree farm in Wadena County. He was named 2012 Aviation Writer of the Year by the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for "The Oranges are Sweet." Copies of that and his most recent book, "I Had a Comrade," will be available for sale during this event, with $5 from the proceeds of each book to be donated to the library.


Thursday, November 10

Waubun Art Exhibit Opening: Paintings by contemporary Native American artist Kent Estey will be on exhibit through November and December at Circles of Faith United Church of Christ, Waubun. Estey will be giving an artist talk during the grand opening, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. A small selection of prints by Twin Valley artist, the late Gene Lysaker on loan from the Twin Valley Heritage Center will also be on exhibit that evening. Contact 218-473-2966 for more information.

Friday, November 11

Wild Angels: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a special tribute show, "Wild Angels: The Women of Rock, Pop and Country," at 7:30 p.m. Featured performers are Pamela McNeill, Mary Jane Alm and Aimée Lee. Hear songs by Adele, Madonna, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Pink, Tina Turner and more. Tickets available online at , by phone at 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Sunday, November 13

Marine Corps Birthday Celebration: The Lakes Area Leathernecks chapter of the Marine Corps League will host a special dinner celebrating the Marine Corps' 247th birthday from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the 59'er Diner, 19389 Hwy. 59 Frontage Road, Detroit Lakes. Choice of steak ($35) or chicken ($25) dinner with baked potato, carrots, dinner roll and full salad bar. Advance registration requested, BYOB, seating limited. For more information visit the Leathernecks Facebook page or send an email to .

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Roses From Rotary: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary presents its 31st annual rose sale, Nov. 3-5 at three locations, Bergen's Greenhouses, DL Floral and North Shore Gas and Bait. Roses are still just $20 per dozen, while supplies last. Proceeds benefit area literacy, health and wellness projects.

Shrek the Musical: Detroit Lakes High School's music and theater department will present "Shrek the Musical" in five performances, set for Nov. 3, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 6 at 3 p.m., in George Simson Auditorium at Detroit Lakes Middle School. Tickets are available in advance at Central Market, or at the door, for $10 each.

Holmes Art Show: The 19th Annual Holmes Art Show is set for Nov. 10-12 at the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free admission; over 30 regional artists will be featured. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Artist registration and guidelines available online at

Photography Exhibit: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is exhibiting "A Memory of Steel," featuring the photography of W. Scott Olsen, through the end of November. The exhibit is a collection of images taken at the abandoned Fargo Foundry at 92 N.P. Ave. in Fargo, the day before the building was destroyed by fire in 2021. Olsen is an English professor at Concordia College in Moorhead, as well as the author of 12 published nonfiction books in the narrative travel and adventure category. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave.

Off the Wall Art Exhibit: Detroit Lakes artist Cathy Oehler is among those featured in the new "Off the Wall" dimensional art exhibit at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls, which runs through Dec. 23. Other featured artists include Penny Kagigebi of White Earth Ojibwe, Rick Kagigebi of Lac Courte Oreille, Mary Jo Wentz of Battle Lake, Vicky Radel of Norcross, Jarod Marrow of Fergus Falls, Phyllis Joos of Hancock, Judy Christoffersen of Dent, Kae Homeman of Erhard, Kristi Kruder of Battle Lake, Dar Eckert of Fergus Falls, Timothy Cassidy of New York Mills, Mary Williams of Clitherall, Brian Christensen of Fergus Falls and Carl Zachmann of Fergus Falls. A public reception is set for Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with refreshments provided; artist talks will start at 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 133 S. Mill St., Fergus Falls. For more information, contact the LRAC office (toll free in Minnesota) at 1-800-262-2787 or 218-739-5780, or send an email to .


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.

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. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon at Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); use the south parking lot entrance. Contact Debbie C. at 218-234-3071 for more information. Overeaters Anonymous also meets every Sunday night at 6 p.m. via Zoom. This is a change in 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 Zoom. There is no charge to attend meetings.

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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