Happenings around the lakes area, Nov. 9-20

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

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Three top-notch Minnesota musicians, Mary Jane Alm, Pamela McNeill and Aimée Lee — who also happen to be best friends — are teaming up to present "Wild Angels: The Women of Rock, Pop and Country," at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre this Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Contributed / Historic Holmes Theatre

ridayThe 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, November 9

Blood Drive: Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes will host a community blood drive for Vitalant, with bloodmobile donation appointments available from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment please contact Jenny Lee at 218-844-3079, send an email to , or go online to and use the blood drive code MIDWESTBANKMN.

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

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 discussion of the book, "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper and its film adaptation, "The Seeker. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

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.

Saturday, November 12

Holiday Bonanza: St. John's Lutheran Church, located at 410 E. Scharf Ave., Vergas, will host a Holiday Bonanza from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Large assortment of new and gently used fall and Christmas decorations, dishes and home decor. Free will offering on most items.

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 .

Tuesday, November 15

Student Blood Drive: Lake Park-Audubon High School in Lake Park will be hosting a student blood drive for Vitalant from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the high school theater. To schedule an appointment please contact Melanie Vickmark at , call 218-325-0754 or go online to and use the blood drive code LAKEPARK.

Old-Time Variety Dance: Jerry's Dance Band will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the Frazee Event Center. All are welcome; admission is $5 per person.

Glass Mosaic Workshop: The Holmes Art Cellar at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a glass mosaic workshop with artist JoAnn McFarlin at 5 p.m. Create a stunning glass-on-glass mosaic using a variety of stained glass shards and shapes. Learn the techniques of cutting glass, color composing and tips on adhesive. Finished piece is approximately 4x6 inches. All materials provided for up to two trees. Cost: $45 plus a $5 supply fee, payable at the start of class. Class size limited; recommended for ages 16 and up. For more information, or to sign up, call 218-844-7469 or visit .


Artist Reception: A public reception for the Lake Region Arts Council exhibit, "Off the Wall," will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls, 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 .

WCI Autumn Convivium: West Central Initiative will be hosting its Autumn Convivium at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Speakers will include Kevin Kling, a monologist, playwright, and disability advocate; Kevin Lindsey, the CEO of the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC); and Emily Buermann, a Becker County resident and enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. There will also be a variety of interactive booths, food and opportunities for conversation. Free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Go to to sign up.

M State Alumni Social: The M State Foundation and Alumni Association is hosting a social event for alumni of the Detroit Lakes campus at 10 a.m. in room C101. Get connected, stay up to date with your community college’s happenings, and network with area alumni. Send an email to for more information.

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe," by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, an inspiring true story about an Afghan woman who became the only breadwinner for her family. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at

Virtual Writing Class: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a "watch party" for the virtual writing class, "Turning Family Stories into a Memoir," starting at 7 p.m. Taught by Gail Milstein of the Loft Literary Center, this class is intended to help aspiring writers get started on telling their family's stories. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 16

Veterans Appreciation Dinner: The Lions Clubs of Frazee, Vergas, Four Corners and Wolf Lake are co-sponsoring a veterans' appreciation dinner and Quilts of Valor presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Frazee Event Center. If you have been touched by war and not received a Quilt for your service from the Quilts of Valor you can call one of the numbers listed below or go online to . Deadline to sign up for the meal or Quilts of Valor presentation is Nov. 9. Cost is free for all veterans and spouses/guests and $10 for non-veterans who would like to attend. Contact Pam Krieg, 701-261-1632 or Janelle Lotzer, 701-680-2429 for more information.

Thursday, November 17

Teen Advisory Group: Area youth are invited to join the Detroit Lakes Public Library's Teen Advisory Group at 4 p.m. to suggest books and other materials for the library to purchase, assist library staff in creating fun library programs, and make the library welcome for all.

Medical Care Costs Presentation: Detroit Lakes physician Dr. Robert Koshnick will be sharing his thoughts about reducing primary medical care costs at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). In his book, "Empower-Patient Accounts Empower Patients!," Dr. Koshnick goes into detail about the past actions that have led to the present soaring medical care costs. He will present a path forward that would empower patients to pay directly for their primary medical care.


Friday, November 18

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 118 Homes Street West, Detroit Lakes. Caller is Charley Huhtala. Cost is $5 per person. Call 218-849-9317 for more information.

Josh Gates Presentation: Join explorer, author and retired ghost hunter Josh Gates from Discovery Channel’s smash-hit series "Expedition Unknown" and "Expedition X" for a spooktacular evening in the event center of Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are for sale online at .

Festival of Trees: Detroit Lakes' 6th Annual Festival of Trees will take place in the ballroom at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It's a great way to start the holiday season off and the perfect opportunity to add to seasonal décor, while supporting the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center. It’s a fun event featuring a live tree auction, a silent holiday adornment auction, dinner, and games of chance. Your attendance affords LCRC the ability to serve those impacted by trauma and violence. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at LCRC, 1339 Pelican Lane, Detroit Lakes, MN or online at (indicate "FOT" in the note area). Checks can be made out to "LCRC."

Saturday, November 19

Lakes Area Community Concert Band: The locally-based Lakes Area Community Concert Band, featuring more than 50 area musicians, will perform a free holiday concert at 4 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free will donations will be accepted to support the band.

Santa Photo Fundraiser: Becker Pet & Garden in Detroit Lakes will host a special Santa Photo-Time fundraiser for Humane Society of the Lakes. Come in and get your pets' and familiy's photos taken with Santa between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get those Christmas cards made and support HSL. Cost is a $25 donation, for which you will receive a memory card filled with photos and a $5 gift certificate for either Becker Pet or the Candy Store.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Shrek the Musical: Detroit Lakes High School's music and theater department will present "Shrek the Musical" on Nov. 11 and 12 at 7:30 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.

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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