Happenings around the lakes area

Check out this week's upcoming events in Detroit Lakes and greater Becker County area. If you want to add your event to Happenings, email us your submission at least a week in advance of the event date.

The New Standards, featuring (from left) Chan Pohling, John Munson and Steve Roehm, will perform their concert "SCORE" at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Contributed / Nate Ryan / Detroit Lakes Tribune

The Detroit Lakes Tribune accepts community calendar items, for publication online and in our Wednesday and Sunday print editions, space permitting.

Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either or .

Each submission must include the following: Date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, 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, November 17

Surviving the Holidays Grief Seminar: Christian Fellowship Church, located at 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes, will be hosting a free GriefShare Surviving the Holidays seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. The Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn how to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays; what to do about traditions and other coming changes; helpful tips for surviving social events; and how to discover hope for your future. Free and open to the public, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP Valerie at 218-847-4147 or . For more information, see or check out the event's Facebook page .

Workforce Workshop: Mike Henke, a nationally-renown workforce retention trainer, will be speaking at the Detroit Lakes American Legion from 12 to 2 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. Cost to attend is $45 for Chamber members and $55 for non-members, including lunch and all workshop materials. Call 218-847-9202 for more information.


Thursday, November 18

ULTRA Snowmobile Club: The next general membership meeting of the ULTRA Snowmobile Club will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes American Legion Club on West Lake Drive. All are welcome to join. For more information about ULTRA go to .

Friday, November 19

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the IOOF Hall at 118 W. Holmes St., Detroit Lakes. Caller is Charley Huhtala.. Cost for the dance will be $5 per person. For more information call 218-849-9317.

Warrant In Concert: Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino will host a concert by rock band Warrant at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20; visit for details, or to reserve your seats.

Saturday, November 20

Art from the Start: Parents and guardians with children between ages 3-5 are invited to bring their budding artists to the Holmes Art Cellar at 10 a.m. for a one-hour "Art from the Start" class on how to make a Thanksgiving-themed piece of wall art. Cost is $15; pre-registration is required. Instructor is artist Courtney Stanley.To sign up, visit or call 218-844-7469.

Lakes Area Community Concert Band: The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will present its fall concert at 4 p.m. in the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

Pet Photos with Santa: Becker Pet & Garden in Detroit Lakes is hosting pet photos with Santa from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your family — including pets — to the store for a holiday photo shoot with Santa. Photos are $25, with proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of the Lakes. With each donation you will receive a memory card filled with your recently-taken photos, along with a $5 gift certificate to The Candy Store (located in the same building).

Paint & Sip: Frazee's Third Crossing Bar & Grill will be hosting a Paint and Sip event with Wadena's Art Bar 39 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $25, with one complimentary drink included.

Sunday, November 21

Turkey Bingo: The Callaway Lions will host an evening of Turkey Bingo starting at 7 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center. Two Thanksgiving turkeys will be given away during each game. Admission is a free will donation; complimentary bars, coffee and juice will be served halfway through the evening.


Tuesday, November 23

Poinsettia Fundraiser: Detroit Lakes Kiwanis will be hosting their annual poinsettia sale from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Bergen's Greenhouses, 801 Willow St. West, Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased from any Kiwanis member or at the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce office at 700 Summit Ave. Plants are approximately 10 inches tall, and come in a plastic pot with a protective paper sleeve. Proceeds support local charities.

Thursday, November 25

Community Thanksgiving Feast: Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Feast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no cost for the meal; it is Holy Rosary's gift to the community, though donations are gratefully accepted to help defer costs. Meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings, along with pie for dessert. Delivery, takeout and in-person meal options are all available this year. Volunteer opportunities also exist for those who wish to get involved. All local residents are welcome. Please call the parish office at 218-847-1393 for more information, or to reserve your meal.


Festival of Trees Tour: The Lakes Crisis & Resource Center's 5th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser will be presented this year as a tour of lakes area businesses. Sixteen trees and adornments will be displayed in storefronts and businesses throughout the community, Nov. 15-30, with online auction bidding available via the LCRC Facebook page at . Stamp cards will also be provided to encourage visits to each location.

Pink Friday: Detroit Lakes is celebrating Shop Small First by hosting the community's inaugural Pink Friday event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20. first Pink Friday event November 19-20. All 16 businesses that have chosen to participate have donated a $100 gift card. Shoppers need to get at least 10 of the 16 stamps on their passport in those two days to be eligible for the prize drawings. Passports will be available at the participating stores the week of Nov. 15. There will be four winners chosen, with each receiving a package of four $100 gift cards from local small businesses.

Holmes Art Show: The 18th Annual Holmes Art Show will be held from Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 18-20 at the Holmes Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Historic Holmes Theatre at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Free admission; artists will have their paintings, jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork and more for sale. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 218-844-7469 or visit for more information.

Lake Park Parade of Trees: The community of Lake Park will host its annual Parade of Trees on Nov. 25-28 at the Lake Park American Legion. Trees will be available for viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. Admission is a free will donation, with proceeds to benefit future Lake Park beautification projects.

Kids' Art Club: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting a weekly Acting Club for kids in grades 3-12, every Monday through Nov. 22. There will be two sessions held each Monday, 4:30 to 6 p.m. for grades 3-6 and 6:30-8 p.m. for grades 7-12. Artist Courtney Stanley will be the club's facilitator. Cost is $140; pre-registration is required, and all materials are included in the program fee. To sign up, call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469 or visit the website at .

Kids' Acting Club: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting a weekly Acting Club for kids in grades 1-12, every Tuesday and Saturday from Nov. 16 to Dec. 18. Actress Lorraine Bahr will be the club's acting instructor and facilitator. There will be two groups, for grades 1-5 and grades 6-12. Cost is $140; pre-registration is required, and COVID protocols will be followed. To sign up, call the Holmes Box Office at 218-844-7469 or visit the website at .


Cornerstone for Kids: Kids from preschool age up through high school students can come to the Detroit Lakes First Baptist Church, 300 Central St. East, every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a chance to learn about your faith, understand God and develop a life lasting relationship with Him. There will also be an adult Bible study held at the same time. For more information call 218-847-4571 or send an email to .

Library Storytime: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will offer weekly storytime sessions this fall, 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 great way to encourage young children to enjoy reading. The library is located at 1000 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes. 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, starting 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.

GED/Adult Diploma Class: If finishing high school is still on your to do list, it is never too late! Lakes Area Adult Education is open and ready to help you meet your goals. Orientation sessions for GED or Adult Diploma classes are held twice a month, so call 218-844-5760 or email to register.

Driver's License Exam Preparation: Lakes Area Adult Education is offering a new driver's license preparation class. This class is designed to help unlicensed adult drivers become familiar with vocabulary, signs, and rules of the road so they can successfully pass the written portion of the Minnesota Driver's License Exam. The class will be offered virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 18. Each session takes place from 5:15-6:45 p.m. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

English Language Instruction: Lakes Area Adult Education is offering free English language instruction for adults, every Monday through Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or email for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Here is the meeting schedule for the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 827 Summit Ave. — Sundays at 1 p.m., 12x12 open meeting; Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Big Book open meeting; Wednesdays at 12 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 the Detroit Lakes Alano Club at 218-844-9970, or the District 3 AA Helpline at 877-833-2327.

Overeaters Anonymous: Do you find yourself turning to food for comfort? Is your eating affecting your health or the way you live your life? Do you find your mind preoccupied with thoughts of food? If any of these describes you, then Overeaters Anonymous may be for you. No diets to follow, no weigh-ins, no fees — just a 12-step program for those who struggle in their relationship with food. The OA Serenity Group meets Tuesdays at noon in Detroit Lakes' Holy Rosary Catholic Church (1043 Lake Ave.); please use the south parking lot entrance. The Freedom From Bondage OA Group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Community Alliance Church, 408 West Elm St., Detroit Lakes. Please use the east door.


Lake Country Woodcarvers: Anyone interested in wood carving or woodworking is welcome to bring their latest projects to the Holmes Art Cellar every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and enjoy a free woodworking session. Pattern books and other resources are available in the Woodcarvers' library for checkout. There is no cost to participate. Call Dale Wavra at 701-371-5204 for more information.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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