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Christmas Eve at the Lakes

Several area churches are planning special Christmas Eve events on Sunday, Dec. 24. Strandvik Lutheran Church in rural Lake Park will be holding a candlelight service at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. A free will offering will be taken, with proceeds going to the Becker County Food Pantry. The church is located 5 miles south of Highway 10 on Becker County Road 5. Strandvik Lutheran Church has closed, but members of the former church are joining together to continue the lovely tradition of welcoming the coming of the Christ Child on Christmas Eve.

Two rural Frazee churches are also planning special events. The Sunday School classes at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evergreen will present "His Name Is Jesus" at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 13084 County Highway 39, Frazee. And the children of St. John's Lutheran Church-Height of Land will be performing a Live Nativity program at 7 p.m. The church is located at 37425 County Highway 56, rural Frazee. For more information please call 218-847-9600. All are welcome at these area events. Also on Sunday, Dec. 24, the Humane Society of the Lakes will be hosting a Sleigh Ride Fundraiser at JF Stables, located at 21168 Klein Road, Detroit Lakes, from 1 to 4 p.m.. Come enjoy sleigh rides, pony rides, buggy rides, a bonfire with s'mores, Christmas cookies, beverages, and refreshments; you can also bring your own sled to play on the hills. Admission is $10 for adults — or you can bring one item from the Humane Society's wish list (visit and click on "Donations" for details).

Museum Kids' Days all next week

The Becker County Museum, located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, will be hosting Kids' Days at the Museum during the last week in December. Starting at 1 p.m. each day, Dec. 26-30, families can come in and enjoy board games, puzzles, scavenger hunts and other child-friendly activities, such as exploring the kid-sized gingerbread house in the museum's lower level. K'nex, Legos and Lincoln logs will also be set up for both children and adults to enjoy. Admission is free for all kids under age 18 and for museum members; for all others it is $5 per person. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information.

Holiday Tea and Open House in Wadena

The Wadena County Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Tea and Open House on Thursday, Dec. 21 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Wadena County Museum.

This year, in addition to freshly brewed tea and delicious holiday treats, the event will include live music beginning at noon, with singers from the Wadena Deer Creek Elementary School. They will be followed at 1 p.m. by Mario Arroyo, a local musician who plays pan flutes. Mario is originally from Quito, Ecuador. He has performed with his Pan Flutes all over the world. He records, produces, and performs relaxing instrumental music with his own handcrafted bamboo instruments. He also sells his music and instruments for other musicians in addition to giving lessons on how to play the pan flutes. The rest of the afternoon will include Christmas music played by area pianists on the museum's 100-year-old piano. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 218-631-9079 or email