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Happenings around the lakes area, Sept. 21-Oct. 1

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

The contest for largest homegrown pumpkin returns to Lake Park's annual Pumpkin Fest celebration this Saturday, Sept. 24, with weigh-ins starting at 9 a.m. The festivities continue throughout the day, ending with an 8:30 p.m. street dance.
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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. Show will be followed by a farewell dessert reception for former Holmes Theatre Executive Director Amy Stoller Stearns in the Holmes Ballroom. 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

Ride to Provide: A motorcycle ride to raise funds and awareness for the Lend a Hand Up organization, the Ride to Provide departs from Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes at 11 a.m., returning at approximately 4:30 p.m. for an evening of live music, pizza and prizes. Registration starts at 10 a.m.; cost is $25 per bike in advance, $30 on the day of the event. You can call Terry at 701-866-0591 for more information, or sign up online at lendahandup.org .

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

Taste of Lund: The 17th Annual Taste of Lund celebration gets underway at 9 a.m. inside Lund Lutheran Church , located nine miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road. A wide variety of Scandinavian delicacies will be served, with sample tickets being sold for $1 each. There will also be a quilt and bake sale. Call 218-847-9662 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, starting at 1 p.m.; Doug Thompson will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. The winery will officially close its doors after the last guest goes home.

Sunday, September 25

Tamarac Fall Festival: The annual Fall Festival at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge will take place from noon to 4 p.m. There will be children's activity stations, nature walks, photography workshops, a phone photo contest, family photo booth and more, all taking place at the Visitor Center, Discovery Center and points in between. An "early bird" photo safari at 11 a.m., with photographer Denise Warweg and refuge manager Kent Sundseth, will take participants by carpool, behind the gates to one of the Refuge's best spots for fall photography; and you can also take a scenic photo cruise on the Blackbird Wildlife Drive to soak in all the season has to offer. The Friends of Tamarac will be serving lunch for just $5 per plate; all other activities are free and open to the public.


Monday, September 26

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. A different theme is discussed at each monthly meet-up, and snacks are always available.

Candidate Forum: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum for all 2022 Becker County commissioner and sheriff candidates, starting at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, 807 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Holmes Art Club Kickoff: The kickoff for the Holmes Art Club's fall season takes place at 4:30 p.m. for grades 1-6 and 6:30 p.m. for grades 7-12, in the Holmes Art Cellar at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Weekly sessions will be held every Monday at the same time and location, through Nov. 21 (no session Oct. 31). Cost is $130 per person, and includes all materials. Class size is limited, so sign up promptly by visiting the website at dlccc.org/artcellar.html , or calling 218-844-7469.

Tuesday, September 27

Detroit Lakes Library Club: This month's Library Club will feature a 2 p.m. presentation about the Washington Park development project by Terry Eiter, DLHS Social Studies teacher and baseball coach, in the main meeting room of the DL Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Eiter will provide information about the project, and answer questions. The meeting will start with a sing-a-long led by Carol Shipley and Kris Tovson! Stay after the program for refreshments and conversation. Library Club is open to all. Anyone is invited to join for $5 a year, or $50 lifetime membership.

Family Fun Movie Night: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 5 p.m. for a special screening of the 2022 animated movie "The Bad Guys," based on the popular children's chapter book series.

Wednesday, September 28

Meatball Supper To Go: The Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church will host its annual meatball supper from 4 to 6:30 p.m., with "to-go" meals only. Menu includes two meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, roll, green beans, coleslaw and dessert; cost is $12 per plate, with cash, credit cards and checks all accepted for payment. The church is located at 885 Pembina Trail in Detroit Lakes.

Open Acoustic Jam: Bring your acoustic instruments and go to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an unplugged jam session, starting at 5 p.m.

Candidate Forum: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters and Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a candidate forum for all 2022 Detroit Lakes School Board and City Council candidates, starting at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Detroit Lakes Police Department, 807 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Thursday, September 29

Pints and Plaid: The St. Mary's Essentia Health Foundation will host a Pints and Plaid fundraiser at Bucks Mill Brewing, 824 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring gourmet cuisine, live and silent auctions, and a cash bar for testing some of Bucks Mills' variety of brews, made on site. Proceeds support patients with cancer in our community. Call Cara Frank at 218-847-0867 to learn more, or visit thegiftgoeson.org/info/dl-tickets to reserve your spot.

Saturday, October 1

Lakes Area Coffee Crawl: The 2nd Annual Lakes Area Coffee Crawl takes place between 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with five stops between Hawley and Perham including Fill Thy Cup in Hawley, Ella Marie's Cafe and Collectibles in Lake Park, Roasted and La Barista in Detroit Lakes, and Gathering Grounds in Perham. With purchasing a $25 ticket you will receive a customized coffee mug along with a road map to each of the destinations. At each destination your cup will be filled with a fall themed coffee. Tickets available at eventbrite.com .

Free Movie Screening: A free showing of the family-friendly animated movie "Hotel Transylvania" will take place at 10 a.m. inside Cinemagic Washington Square 7 Theaters in Detroit Lakes. Concessions available for purchase starting at 9:30 a.m.

Frazee Fall Extravaganza: A fall-themed craft and vendor show takes place at the Frazee Event Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by a "Christmas in October" open house at Forest Edge Gallery, 4-7 p.m., with live music, fire pits, concessions and horse-drawn wagon rides. Open to the public.

Damien Home Tour: The Damien Society will host a tour of five area homes including residences on Detroit, Franklin and Pelican lakes, 12:30-4 p.m. Tickets for this fall fundraiser for area charities are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event, available at Central Market, Mainstream Boutique and the Chamber of Commerce in Detroit Lakes as well as from Damien members. For more information, contact Mara Bergen, 218-234-6041.

Family Storytime: Wiggle, giggle, sing and play at a family storytime session starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., and help your child develop exceptional reading skills. Family storytime lasts 30 minutes and includes a coloring sheet. Free and open to the public.

Vergas Hairyman Festival: The Vergas community will host an all-day "Hairyman Festival," including an ATV trail ride, scavenger hunt, kids games, trap shooting demonstration, axe throwing, a live performance by the band Whiskey Business, bean bag tourney, beer pong, food and beverage trucks and so much more! Open to the public.

Dancing Into the Future: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for a performance and presentation on Native American jingle dresses and dancing, starting at 1 p.m. Four different jingle dresses will be featured, along with a drum circle and dance demonstrations. Free and open to the public.

Lonestar: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will host a 7:30 p.m. concert by the multi-platinum-selling, award-winning country band Lonestar. Tickets available online at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html , by phone at 218-844-7469 or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

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, culminating in 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.

Pumpkin Fest: The city of Lake Park will host its annual Pumpkin Fest fall celebration on Sept. 22-24, beginning with the Lil' Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and concluding with a street dance at the Lake Park Liquor Store, 8:30 p.m. until closing on Saturday, Sept. 25. There will also be contests for pumpkin and scarecrow decorating, yard decorating, pumpkin carving, a weigh-in contest for the largest pumpkin, a pumpkin brunch bake-off and more. Full schedule available at the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest Facebook page .

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. There will be hot dogs and brats available at the Friends' food stand, and various activities taking place throughout each day, along with hiking and viewing Maplewood's gorgeous fall colors.

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.

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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