Happenings around the lakes area, Oct. 19-29

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

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Local musician Mike Hokanson performs live at Eagles Aerie 2342 in Detroit Lakes this Friday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 10 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.

Thursday, October 20

Blood Drive: TEAM Industries in Audubon will host a community blood drive for Vitalant, with bloodmobile donation appointments available from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment please email Robyn at , or go online to and use the blood drive code TEAM1.

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.

Artist Talk: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for an artist talk by W. Scott Olsen, who is exhibiting his photography at the library through the end of November. Olsen, a professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead and author of 12 published nonfiction books in the narrative travel and adventure category, will discuss street photography and his exhibit, "A Memory of Steel," a collection of images taken at the abandoned Fargo Foundry in Fargo the day before the building was destroyed by fire.

Women Take the Mountain: All area women age 14 and up are invited to come to Detroit Mountain Recreation Area from 5-9 p.m. for a relaxing evening of wine and food sampling, vendor booths offering free samples and services, live music and much more. All tickets $10; sign up online at .


Friday, October 21

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

Three Dog Night Concert: Legendary band Three Dog Night performs live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets available online at or by phone at 800-453-7827.

Saturday, October 22

Street Photography Art Walk: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10 a.m. to join in a photography walk that will explore street photography opportunities in downtown Detroit Lakes, led by W. Scott Olsen, a professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead and author of 12 published nonfiction books in the narrative travel and adventure category. An exhibit of his work, "A Memory of Steel," is on display at the library through the end of November.

Sunday, October 23

Marine Corps League Breakfast: The Lakes Area leathernecks chapter of the Marine Corps League will host a fundraiser breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 15, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Cost is $8 for a meal including scrambled eggs and French toast or pancakes, with a side of sausage or bacon. All are welcome.

Peggy Schons Benefit: Holy Rosary Catholic School will host a benefit for local resident Peggy Schons, who is battling lymphoma, from 12 to 3 p.m. in the school gymnasium at 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Live music, silent auction, food and fellowship, with proceeds to help support Schons and her family in their fight against cancer.

Monday, October 24

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. This month's discussion will focus on monster anime — vampires, slimes, ogres, mummies and more! Learn more about series like Trinity Blood and Tokyo Ghoul as well. Open to all area teens who are interested in joining the discussion.

Dream Catcher Workshop: Join artist Christy Goulet at the Detroit Lakes Library for a 7 p.m. workshop bringing the artistry of creating dream catchers to life. Offered free-of-charge, the library invites the community to learn about the traditions around dream catchers and the materials used to create them. Participants will be guided in using traditional materials, such as willow and sinew, to create their own dream catcher. Christy Goulet is an artist and tribally enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. This program is made possible in part thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Participation is limited and registration is required; contact the library at 218-847-2168 to sign up.

Tuesday, October 25

Library Club: The Detroit Lakes Library Club will host a 2 p.m. presentation by local resident Dennis Lange about his trip to the Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James. This network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great is located in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition holds that the remains of the apostle are buried. Following his presentation, stay for refreshments and conversation. Free and open to all! 


Family Fun Night: Families are invited to come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 5 p.m. for a 90-minute Family Fun Night, where participants will make a monster-themed craft to take home. Make your own Halloween monster, try out some origami, and color some Halloween-themed scenes at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Supplies available on a first come basis. This program is appropriate for ages 6 and older.

Creative Writing Virtual Workshop: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a 7 p.m. "watch party" for a Creative Writing Sampler virtual class, taught by The Loft Literary Center's Gail Milstein. Participants will sample poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, then explore craft techniques common to all three and experiment with each type through creative writing exercises. Free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Wednesday, October 26

Library Board Meeting: The Detroit Lakes Public Library board meets in the library's main meeting room, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m. All experience levels are welcome to this supportive and family-friendly event. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 27

Quilt Guild Meeting: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild will hold its regular monthly meetingin the meeting room of 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. Email for more information.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Mike Hokanson performs live at Eagles Aerie 2342, 112 Holmes St. West, Detroit Lakes, Oct. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m.; Stella performs live at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. Open to the public.

DMRA Job Fair: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host a job fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the DMRA Lodge. Interviews can be scheduled in advance or on the spot; to sign up, go to .

Haunted House: The Becker County Museum is hosting its third-annual Halloween Haunted House, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 27-29 at the county fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes. Not intended for younger children, this haunted house will bring participants an experience inspired by some of the classic Halloween thrillers. CineMagic Washington Square 7 will also provide a limited number of popcorn buckets be handed out each evening for you to refill at your next trip to the movies. Admission is $10 cash at the door. Tour groups are limited to five people or less; larger groups will be split up to take the tour. Costumes are permitted, but masks must be removed prior to entering the haunted house.


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 .

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market will be open every Saturday through the end of October, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. All are welcome.

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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