We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.



Happenings around the lakes area, Sept. 14-24

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

United Way Community Celebration
The United Way of Becker County will host its annual Community Celebration at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Detroit Lakes Tribune File Photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

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 dltribune@dlnewspapers.com or vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com . 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, September 14

North Country Trail Hike: Join the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association for a 4.5 mile, informal hike on the North Country Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at the 400th Ave trailhead. Have fun while getting to know other fellow hikers. This hike features a 1,000-foot puncheon across a spruce bog. Dress for the weather, bring water and a snack to enjoy this enchanting section of the North Country Trail.

Cruise DL Night: Head down to West Lake Drive along the Detroit Lakes City Beach from 4-8:30 p.m. to see a wide array of vintage vehicles, parked along both sides of the street for viewing. This is the final Cruise Night of the season. No registration fee; all classic cars welcome. Visit facebook.com/cruisedlnight for more information.

Thursday, September 15

Vergas Community Blood Drive: The Vergas Event Center will host a community blood drive for Vitalant from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment please contact Pam at 701-261-1632 or go online to donors.vitalant.org and use the blood drive code: VERGAS. Sponsored by the Vergas Lions Club.


Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, in-person Defensive Driving Class will be held from 5 to 9 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.

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.

Highway 34 Info Meeting: The Friends of the Lake Country Scenic Byway and Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) are hosting an informational meeting regarding the Minnesota Department of Transportation's plans for clearing trees along State Highway 34 in conjunction with their 2023 road resurfacing project. The informational meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Jack Pines Resorts’ Conference Center, 53014 State Hwy. 34, Osage. A presentation by IWLA will be given at 6 p.m. Public input is also welcome during the meeting.

Women Take the Mountain: The Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will "Cozy Up to Autumn" with a fun, relaxing evening of activities for women from 5 to 9 p.m., including wine tasting, scenic lift rides, a soup bar, mini-massages and more. All tickets $10; for ages 14 and up. Call 218-844-7669 for more information.

Friday, September 16

Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Golf Scramble: The Detroit Country Club will host the 39th Annual Noon Rotary Golf Scramble from 12:30 to 6 p.m. This four-person scramble will have a 12:30 shotgun start. Register online at dlrotarygolf.com or contact Katie Lundmark, 218-849-5888 or katielundmark@gmail.com for more information.

Bethlehem Lutheran Fall Dinner: Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Frazee will host its fall dinner and bake sale, starting at 4:15 p.m. Meals available by drive-through or inside the fellowship hall. Turkey steak dinner with all the trimmings, plus dessert, all for a free will offering. Bake sale is inside only. Proceeds go to support the church's mission projects.

Saturday, September 17

Storytime and Book Signing-Dawn Marie Duncan: Children's book author Dawn Marie Duncan will be at the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for a special storytime and book signing event. Duncan will read from her new children's book, "Seraphina the Ballerina," and answer questions, after which there will be a chance for young participants to create their own mini-book to take home. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.

Women's Conference: First Baptist Church of Detroit Lakes will host a women's conference, "The Truth That Will Set You Free," 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free event, lunch provided. Please RSVP by calling 218-847-4571 or sending an email to dlfirstbaptistchurch@gmail.com ; deadline is Sept. 14. For more information, visit us on Facebook or online at www.dlfirstbaptistchurch.com .


Sunday, September 18

Color Guard Fundraiser 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.

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "An Original Duckumentary," 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 fws.gov/refuge/tamarac or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Monday, September 19

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.

Library Book Club: The Detroit Lakes Public Library's Book Club will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss "Stamped: Racism, Anti Racism, and You," by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, an examination on the topic of race that looks at the past to help us understand the present. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book. If you have any questions, email the library at detroit@larl.org .

Tuesday, September 20

Youth Acting Club Kickoff: The Historic Holmes Theatre's Youth Acting Club will kick off its fall season, starting at 4 p.m. for grades 1-5 and 5:30 p.m. for grades 6-9. Session will last approximately one hour; cost is $130 for the eight-week fall season. Call 218-844-7469 or visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html to sign up.

Lions Club Picnic: The Detroit Lakes Lions Club will host a picnic and membership drive starting at 5 p.m. in the Lions picnic shelter at the City Park. Come learn about the Lions organization and how you can serve your community. Bring your spouse or significant other. Please RSVP so we can be sure to have enough food for all. Call Del, 218-234-6026 or Gary, 218-234-1100 to sign up.

Old-Time Variety Dance: Marie and the Boys 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.

Wednesday, September 21

Women's EDGE Speaker Series: The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce presents Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, an executive coach, author and podcast host who will help you train your mind, gain your edge and achieve your goals. Presentation at Meadows on Lind gets underway at 3 p.m. Call the Chamber at 218-847-9202 for ticket information.


Thursday, September 22

DLHS Class of 1951 Reunion Lunch: Members of the DLHS Class of 1951 will meet for lunch at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, starting at noon. RSVP by Monday, Sept.19 is appreciated. Call Pru at 218-969-0369 or email her at plolich@mediacombb.net to sign up. Spouses and friends are welcome.

Adult Acting Club Kickoff: The Historic Holmes Theatre's Adult Acting Club (for ages 17 and up) will kick off its fall season, starting at 5 p.m. Session will last approximately 90 minutes; cost is $100 for the six-week fall season. Call 218-844-7469 or visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html to sign up.

United Way Community Celebration: The United Way of Becker County will host its annual Community Celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion. Festivities include free food and beverages, children's games, door prizes, face painting, "Hero Vehicle" display in the parking lot, informational booths on area nonprofits supported by the United Way, and a free bike giveaway (14 bikes will be distributed). Free and open to the public.

Chicago Tap Theatre: The Historic Holmes Theatre's 20th anniversary season kicks into high gear with this energetic showcase of the best in tap dance, from the 1920s to the present, and including some of the Chicago Tap Theatre's innovative original work. Call 218-844-7469 or visit dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html for ticket information.

Friday, September 23

Chris Lane: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host an 8 p.m. concert by country artist Chris Lane. Tickets start at $41; visit starcasino.com for more information.

Saturday, September 24

Pumpkin Fest: The city of Lake Park will host its annual Pumpkin Fest fall celebration all day, with a craft and vendor show, 5K run, car show and more.

Mountain Fest: Detroit Mountain Recreation Area will host its first-ever Mountain Fest starting at 10 a.m., with events throughout the day including a Sasquatch Run, More Cowbell Bike Ride and Rolling Thunder Rock Concert, with the latter featuring The Fat Cats and Guys & Dahls. Visit dlmountainfest.com or call 218-844-7669 for more information.

American Legion Luau: Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 will host a luau fundraiser from 4 p.m. to midnight, with music, food, hula, karaoke and more. Come dressed in your best Hawaiian attire and join in the fun.

Richwood Winery Closing Celebration: Richwood Winery will end its 12-year run with a closing celebration and retirement party for winery coordinator Deb Krogsgaard; live music by Doug Thompson gets underway at 4 p.m. The winery will officially close after the last guest goes home.

Multi-day and Recurring Events

Shelter Bash 2022: The Humane Society of the Lakes will host a week-long series of activities, Sept. 19-25, including an online contest on Sept. 19; community booth at Lakes Area Farmers Market on Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and an end-of-week celebration at TJ's on Lake Eunice, Sept. 25 from 12-3 p.m. More festivities to be added. Visit the event's Facebook page (under Humane Society of the Lakes) for updates.

Comprehensive Driving Class: A full, eight-hour driving course will take place on Sept. 21-22, 5-9 p.m. each night, at the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Department of Public Safety-approved, in-person class for those age 55 and older, with no tests or workbooks. Must attend both nights; those completing the course will get a 10% reduction in their car insurance premium. Call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336 to register or for more information.

Rotary Blood Screening: The Detriot Lakes Noon Rotary Club's Community Blood Screening is Sept. 20-23 from 7-9:30 a.m. in the Essentia Health St. Mary’s EMS Building, 225 Park St., Detroit Lakes. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; no pre-registration is necessary. Cost is $40 per person, and the screening covers collection of blood samples, analysis, results and refreshments after sample is drawn.

Lakes Area Changed Lives Outreach: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church will host three days of outreach by evangelist Danny Ottoson, Sept. 23-25, with sessions at 7 p.m. each night and 10 a.m. on Sunday. There will be special music by the Ottosons and area artists. The church is located at 12986 Co. Hwy. 15, Detroit Lakes. No cost to attend.

Maplewood Leaf Days: The Friends of Maplewood State Park will host a Leaf Days celebration at the park on Sept. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Shady Hollow Flea Market: Detroit Lakes' Shady Hollow Flea Market will be open two more Saturdays this season, on Sept. 17 and 24. Hours are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit shadyhollowfleamarket.com or call 602-809-6661 for more information. You can also check out the market's Facebook page for updates.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday and Saturday this summer from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park. All are welcome.

Plant, Pest and Gardening Clinics: To help answer your questions and provide helpful ideas for your trees, shrubs, home gardens and lawns, the Becker County Extension Service hosts plant, pest and gardening clinics by the Becker County Master Gardeners every Monday through September, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Extension office. Stop by the Clinics with your questions and problems. The Becker County Extension Office is located at 1120 8th St. SE Detroit Lakes; for more information, call 218-846-7328 (Ext. 7105).

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.

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.

Detroit Lakes Tribune newsroom
What to read next
All the upcoming events and gatherings in the Detroit Lakes area.
Incumbent Detroit Lakes City Council members and the candidates running to replace them discussed sidewalk snow removal, the future of the Pavilion and other issues affecting the city during a candidate forum, hosted by the League of Women Voters, at the Detroit Lakes Police Department on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
With 15 guns to be given away to Bingo winners and another 8 guns to be raffled, the Detroit Lakes Jaycees hope the allure of free firearms will draw another 400 people to their Gun Bingo event at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion on Oct. 8.
Campaign signs and other campaign material are immediately available free of charge.