Happenings around the lakes area, Oct. 8-19

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

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The chart-topping country band Lonestar performs live at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre next Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.
Contributed / Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
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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.

Saturday, October 8

Children's Winter Gear Give-Away: Detroit Lakes' Trinity Lutheran Church will host a free winter gear give-away for children (preschool through high school age) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winter jackets, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens/gloves and sweatshirts will be given away; attendees can select one item from each category per child. Church is located at 1401 Madison Ave. in Detroit Lakes.

Lakes Pet Fest: The 2nd Annual Lakes Pet Fest in Detroit Lakes will include a variety of events, from Woof-Woof Day at Mi Cartegena Cafe (702 West Lake Drive) at 10 a.m. to Barktoberfest at Bucks Mill Brewing (824 Washington Ave.), 4-7 p.m. Other activities will include a "Fast and Furrious 5K" at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center at 8:30 a.m.; a Toy and Treat Bar at Becker Pet and Garden , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pet-themed Playdate and Storytime at Lincoln Education Center (204 Willow St. East), 10 a.m. ( hosted by the Detroit Lakes Public Library ); and "Sippin' With Our Furry Friends" at Seven Sisters Spirits , 12-3 p.m. Full schedule at .

Christmas in October: Forest Edge Gallery, located between Frazee and Vergas, will host a Christmas in October event from 4 to 7 p.m., with indoor and outdoor shopping, prize drawings, live music on the patio, assorted treats and refreshments, fire pits and horse-drawn wagon rides. Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lions Beer Tasting: The Detroit Lakes Lions Club will be hosting a beer tasting event at American Legion Post 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be up to 30 different types of beers, seltzers and ciders available for tasting. Open to the public.


Gun Bingo: Come to the Detroit Lakes Pavilion and play Gun Bingo. Doors and bar open at 6 p.m., first game starts at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Detroit Lakes Jaycees. For ages 18 and up.

Sunday, October 9

Church Music: Dan and Merilee Ottoson will perform at Lund Lutheran Church, 25213 County Highway 21, Detroit Lakes, at 9:30 a.m.

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Leave it to Beavers," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

ULTRA Snowmobile Club Membership Dinner: The ULTRA snowmobile club will hold its membership dinner at Audubon Liquors, with social at noon, and dinner starting at 1 p.m. ULTRA will provide a complimentary dinner to those who renew their membership or join the club (cost is $25 per person or $40 per family) at this event, which will also include games and door prizes. For more information go to , or check out the club's Facebook page .

Tuesday, October 11

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 Meeting: The Sons of Norway, Vikingland Lodge 1-495 will have their monthly meeting at 5 p.m., followed by an anniversary membership dinner with program at 6 p.m. Both will be located in the lower level of Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran church. Please contact Dorothy Hoover for more information at 218-849-7691 or 218-847-6345.

Breakfast Rotary Wine and Dine: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary will host a wine pairing dinner at Spanky's Stone Hearth; cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost is $65 per person, and includes four courses with a different wine served for each, along with a wine basket raffle, prize giveaways and more. For ticket sales or more information, send an email to .

Wednesday, October 12

Rummage Sale: Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host a rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free will donations accepted for rummage items.


Thursday, October 13

Student Blood Drive: Frazee-Vergas High School in Frazee will host a student blood drive for Vitalant from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Taylor Drewes at , call 218-334-3181, ext. 5334, or go online to and use the blood drive code FRAZEEVERGASHS. Sponsored by the Minnesota Honor Society.

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 "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, in all of its many adaptations — book, graphic novel, TV shows, and movies. Visit or call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Genealogy Research Presentation: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., for a 7 p.m. presentation by genealogist Rick Crume on how to use for research, preserving, and sharing your family history. Free and open to the public.

Ladies Night Out: Detroit Lakes' Holiday Inn will host a Ladies Night Out from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Presented by Leighton Broadcasting and Essentia Health, this event will include vendors, prizes, designer purse giveaways, live music and demonstrations, as well as food and drink specials. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Aimee at 218-847-5624 or 218-209-0453, or send an email to .

Beer Bash 2022: Seven Sisters Spirits will be hosting a free beer sampling event from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to all those ages 21 and up.

Tamarac Movie Premiere: The Fargo Theatre will host the premiere of the movie, "Rhythms of Refuge," which was shot entirely at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, with two screenings at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. An open house reception, including an appearance by the filmmakers, will take place at Teddy's from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a free event, but with limited seating in the theater, so please order tickets through .

Friday, October 14

Baked Potato Lunch: The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will host a Build-Your-Own Baked Potato Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Order in advance, online at or by phone at 218-847-5700 (ext. 0), or stop by in person at 150 Richwood Road, Detroit Lakes, to make your own loaded baked potato with a choice of tasty toppings. Dine-in and to-go options are both available. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Becker County.

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host their 65th Anniversary dance at the Century School, 501 Helten Ave., Park Rapids, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Larry Johansen will be calling, with potluck following the dance. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.


Saturday, October 15

Secrets of the Glensheen Family Murders: True crime fans are invited to come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 1:30 p.m. for a special presentation by reporter Joe Kimball, author of "Secrets of the Congdon Mansion," on one of Minnesota's most infamous family murder cases.

True Life Time Capsule Reveal: Please join the True Life Assembly of God Church congregation for the unveiling of the time capsule from 1947 that was placed behind the cornerstone of the current Becker County Museum, which was previously the Detroit Lakes Assembly of God Church, starting at 6 p.m. You Must RSVP to 218-731-1722 in order to reserve your spot.

Lakes Area Electric Vehicle Event: The inaugural Lakes Area EV (Electric Vehicle) Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church. Representatives from four area electric utility companies will be on hand, along with local EV owners and dealers, the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America and West Central Climate Action. WCCO meteorologist and children's book author, Paul Douglas, will be presenting "A Christian Case for Climate Conversation," inside the church sanctuary at 11 a.m. There will be electric vehicles and e-bikes on hand to "test drive," along with demonstrations of electric-powered yard appliances, EV charging stations and a variety of kids' activities. Healthy and environmentally friendly snacks will be served. Free and open to the public.

Wave of Light Memorial Service: Please join in at the 4th Annual International Wave of Light Service to remember all babies that have died too soon, located at the Angel of Remembrance memorial on the campus of Essentia Health St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes. Please bring flashlights in place of candles; event starts at 7 p.m. and lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Wings Over America: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will present "Wings Over America," an evening of hits from the Beatles, Paul McCartney & Wings presented by Minnesota's own Collective Unconscious, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the website, , by phone at 218-844-7469, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Sunday, October 16

Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $8 for a meal including scrambled eggs, pancakes or French toast, sausage or bacon, and coffee or orange juice. All are welcome.

Turkey Dinner: St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Hawley will host a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including salads and desserts, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for all preschoolers age 5 and under. Church is located at 1418 Main St., Hawley; event is co-sponsored by Catholic United Financial Council 321 of Detroit Lakes.

Figure Skating Information Meeting: The Lakes Figure Skating Club will host an informational meeting for parents of children who are past, current or hopeful future members, starting at 5 p.m. in Kent Freeman Arena, Detroit Lakes.

Monday, October 17

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, October 18

Blood Drive: Sanford Clinic in Detroit Lakes will host a community blood drive for Vitalant, with bloodmobile donation appointments available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To schedule an appointment please email Heather Perry at , call 218-846-2078, or go online to and use the blood drive code SANFORDDETROITLAKES.

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "The Spanish Daughter" by Lorena Hughes, which dives into 1920's Ecuador with Puri as she travels to claim her inheritance of a cocoa estate while uncovering secrets. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at .

Wednesday, October 19

M State Campus Visit Day: Minnesota State Community and Technical College will host a Campus Visit Day at its Detroit Lakes location from 5 to 7 p.m. Event will include campus tours, free snacks and presentations from instructors about their programs. Open to the public.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Live Music: The Fat Cats perform live at Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.; Terry Mackner will present a special three-hour homecoming show at the Detroit Lakes American Legion, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.

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. He will be giving an artist talk at the library on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m., and will also lead a street photography walk around Detroit Lakes on Saturday, Oct. 22 departing at 10 a.m. from the library at 1000 Washington Ave.

Janu's Pumpkin Patch: The final weekend at Janu's Pumpkin Patch , 50617 404th Ave, Frazee, is Oct. 8-9. The patch will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Come on out and pick some pumpkins for the whole family!

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. 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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