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Auditions for 'Matilda Jr.' start Saturday

The Historic Holmes Theatre will be hosting auditions for this summer's theater camp production of "Matilda Jr." on Saturday, May 22 and Monday, May 24. Saturday's auditions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, while Monday's session will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Auditions are open to all area youth in grades 5-12. Also this week: The return of Food Truck Fridays to Detroit Lakes' City Park, and the Festival of Birds runs this Thursday through Saturday.

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The shelter house, paved walking trail and parking lot at South Shore Park were completed last summer. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground and multi-use courts is set to take place Wednesday, May 19 at 4:30 p.m., with an open house at the park from 4 to 7 p.m. (Vicki Gerdes / Tribune)
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Calling all aspiring thespians in grades 5-12: Auditions for this summer's theater camp production of "Matilda Jr." will take place this Saturday, May 22 and Monday, May 24 at Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave.).

Audition sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday and 5-7 p.m. on Monday. Participants will be expected to sign up for theater camp at the Holmes, which will run June 1-23 from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Performance dates are June 24-26. For more information visit the theater's website at dlccc.org/holmes-theatre.html .

South Shore Park open house, groundbreaking is Wednesday

Detroit Lakes' new South Shore Park will host an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new playground and multi-use courts starting at 4:30 p.m.

The DL Ice Cream Truck and Wood Fire Pizza will be on-site for food purchases during the event as well. South Shore Park is 5.5 acres of green space on Detroit Lake's South Shore, featuring a shelter with bathroom facilities, picnic tables, paved trails and more. Construction planned for this summer includes a handicap-accessible playground on a rubberized surface and a multi-court for pickleball, tennis and basketball.

Utilizing a variety of funding sources and grants, this nearly $925,000 park investment is only $210,000 short of reaching completion. For more information, visit www.cityofdetroitlakes.com/southshorepark , call 218-847-5658 or send email to info@cityofdetroitlakes.com .

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Detroit Lakes' Festival of Birds opens Thursday

The Festival of Birds returns to Detroit Lakes this Thursday, May 20 and continues through Saturday, May 22.

Field trips are planned to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Felton Prairie and Hamden Slough, and a variety of virtual presentations will be hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual event.

Cost is $25 per person. Call the Chamber at 218-847-9202 for more information, as the deadline for registration has already passed.

The return of Food Truck Fridays

Last summer's Food Truck Fridays, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Noon Rotary Club, were such a big hit that the weekly event will be returning to the Detroit Lakes City Park this Friday, May 21.

Every Friday from then until Sept. 3, a variety of local food trucks will gather in the parking lot at the City Park and serve up summer food favorites from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no admission fee, but cost of food will vary.

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