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Wednesday, May 16

'For the Birds' Concert: Kicking off Detroit Lakes' 21st Annual Festival of Birds is this delightful concert featuring the work of composer Victor Zupanc, humorist/storyteller Kevin Kling and four-piece music ensemble Zeitgeist, which gets underway at 7 p.m. on the main stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre (826 Summit Ave.). Tickets are $12 for Festival of Birds attendees, $15 for the general public and $7.50 for students. Please call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469, visit the website at or stop by the box office at 806 Summit Ave. (open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday) to reserve your seats.

Thursday, May 17

Library Mural Project: Children in grades K-5 are invited to join library staff for an afternoon art workshop inspired by author and artist Hervé Tullet. The group will work together to create a colorful mural to be displayed in the library. This event is offered free of charge and will be held at 4 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. No registration is required, but children should wear clothes suitable for painting.

Senior Driver Safety Class: There will be a four-hour safety refresher course for senior drivers offered from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Perham Public Library. To register, please contact Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Friday, May 18

Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30-10 p.m. at the IOOF Hall, 188 West Holmes Street, Detroit Lakes. Phil Miller is the caller. For more information please call Duane Olson at 218-532-7891.

Steak Fry: The First Zinger Squadron of American Legion Post 15 will be hosting a steak fry fundraiser starting at 5 p.m. in the American Legion Club, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Cost is $13 per plate.

Saturday, May 19

Laurentian Lakes Chapter Nature Hike: Join the Laurentian Lakes Chapter of the North Country Trail Association as they hike the completed trail section through Maplewood State Park. This is a three mile guided hike with options for a longer hike while visiting the park. Meet at the entrance to Maplewood State Park at 10 a.m., or to carpool from Detroit Lakes, meet at the M State east parking lot at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Bring water and a snack. For more information, call 218-841-2857.

Youth ATV Safety Training: The Woods-n-Wheels ATV Club is hosting a Youth ATV Safety Training session in the basement of the Detroit Lakes VFW, starting at 8:30 a.m. The driving skills session starts about 15 minutes after the completion of the classroom session, and will be held west of the junction of Highways 10 and 59, in the field behind the Oak Hills addition. Pre-registration for this class is required; cost for the session is $30. (Completion of an online DNR course is also required to complete certification; please contact the club before taking the online course, for a reduced fee.) To register, or for more information, contact Gary Negen at 218-847-4868.

Museum Family Day: Bring your own photos to create Photo Ceramic Tiles, starting at 10 a.m. Perfect for a Mother's Day gift! For more information, including registration cost, contact the Becker County Museum at 218-847-2938, or stop by the museum at 714 Summit Ave. during the museum's regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Lake Park Garden Club Plant Sale: The Lake Park Garden Club will have a plant and garden sale from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Cormorant Community Center, located in Cormorant Village on Becker County Road 5. A planting experience will be available for the children. For more information please contact Marion Jacobson, 218-532-2883.

Lake Region Garden Club Plant Sale: The Lake Region Garden Club of Detroit Lakes will host a plant sale at the Detroit Lakes City Park from 8 a.m. until sold out, rain or shine! Shop for annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, fruits and other garden-related items.

Prayer Walk: Detroit Lakes Public Schools administrators, students and teachers are invited to take part in a Prayer Walk. Meet at the flagpole at the Detroit Lakes High School at 10 a.m. for a prayer of dedication and some instructions, then spread out to prayer-walk or prayer-drive for the area school of your choice. For questions, and to get on our contact list for future school prayer opportunities, send email to, or call Pastor Vergil Moos at 218-850-1917.

Sunday, May 20

Color Guard Breakfast: The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at the American Legion Club. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.

Wildlife Movie: Come to the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge for a free wildlife movie presentation at 2 p.m. This week's movie is "Crane Song." Every year some 80 percent of the world's Sandhill Cranes make their way through the 75 mile stretch of Nebraska's central Platte River Valley on their spring migration. "Crane Song" weaves together striking visuals and majestic sounds of the birds' journey with the storiesand insights of the people who observe them. Run time is approximately 60 minutes. The Visitor Center is located 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29..For more information, contact the Visitor Center at 218-847-2641.

Community Worship Service: An evening worship service for everyone in the lakes area is set to take place at 6:30 p.m. at True Life Assemblies of God Church, 18330 State Highway 59 North, Detroit Lakes. Several area churches will be participating.

Hearts on Fire Spaghetti Dinner: Grace Lutheran Church, located at 213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to support local first responders and firefighters.

Monday, May 21

PEO Chapter DQ: Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Education Association PEO) will meet at 1 p.m. in the Congregational Church of Detroit Lakes.Linda Brockmann will host the meeting with Miriam Moen and Kay Knulph assisting. Marcia Potvin will present the program, "Red Soil, Icons and Trust."

Tuesday, May 22

West Lake Drive Public Hearing: The Detroit Lakes City Council will host a special council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the City Administration Building, 1025 Roosevelt Ave., to hear public comments relative to the proposed West Lake Drive Redevelopment Plan. For more information please contact the city offices at 218-847-5658.

Saturday, May 26

Plant Sale: The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners program will host a plant sale from 8-11 a.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Park on South Washington Avenue. Plant selection will include pollinator-friendly native plants; the Becker County Master Gardeners will be on hand to talk planting tips as well.

Leather Up for Lupus: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie will host its 3rd Annual Leather Up for Lupus Charity Ride starting at 1 p.m., with registration set to get underway at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Eagles Club on Holmes Street. Registration is $20 for motorcycle riders and cars and $10 for passengers. The ride this year will travel to the Fergus Falls Eagles Aerie, then return to Detroit Lakes for dinner and door prizes starting at 6 p.m. The Eagles Club along with ABATE is still working to finalize the route for this year's ride. All bikes and cars are welcome to join the ride and fundraiser, which will raise money for lupus research. For more details contact the Eagles Club at 218-847-5267 or 218-850-9178.

Lake Ida Cemetery Meeting: The annual meeting of the Lake Ida Cemetery board will be held at the cemetery, starting at 1 p.m. For more information call Adeline Sherbrooke, 218-532-2329.


These Happenings section items or events do not have a specific date, or take place on more than one day.

Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: The outdoor pickleball courts at Peoples Park in Detroit Lakes are now open for the season. Everyone is welcome to use one of the five outdoor courts, which are located just behind Zorbaz. They will be open to the public 24 hours a day, but scheduled play will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Monday through Friday, as well as on Monday and Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m. In case of bad weather, play will be moved indoors to the courts at the community center. All skill levels welcome. For free introductory classes, call 218-847-4236.

Tai Chi Chih Classes: Free outdoor drop-in practices for learning T'ai Chi Chih will be held every Monday and Friday through June 29 at the United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, 885 Pembina Trail, Detroit Lakes. Each session will begin with a movement refresher course at 8:30 a.m., followed by a class for beginners starting at 9 a.m. For more information please contact Mary Wichmann at 218-849-1091.

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will once again be hosting their Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics this month at the local University of Minnesota Extension office, 1120 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes, from 9 a.m. to noon on May 14, 21, and 29 (the office will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28). For more information, please contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

Women's Tuesday Lakeview Golf League: This 9-hole golf league meets every Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Lakeview Golf Course from May through August. For more information, e-mail

Shepherd of the Lakes Sunday Worship: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church (LCMC) is now hosting Sunday worship services in Suite 15 of the Washington Square Mall, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Fellowship with coffee and rolls will follow the service.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: The Alano Club of Detroit Lakes (827 Summit Ave.) will host a weekly meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families (ACoA) every Sunday at 8 p.m. For more information please contact Gina B at 218-849-3649.

Library Storytime: Children ages 3 through kindergarten are invited to the Detroit Lakes Library on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for exciting stories and activities that are more fun than a barrel of monkeys. For more information, call 847-2168 or visit your library at 1000 Washington Ave. Information is also available online at

TOPS meetings: Take Off Pounds Sensibly members help each other stay on track to their weight loss goal. No diets, no food to buy and no workouts to follow. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Minnesota TOPS Chapter 30 meets Mondays in Trinity Lutheran Church choir room in Detroit Lakes. Weigh in is at 4:15 p.m., followed by meeting at 4:30. TOPS Chapter 940 meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., also at Trinity Lutheran. TOPS 1251 of Lake Park meets every Tuesday at the Lake Park Lutheran Church, with weigh-in starting at 12 noon, followed by the meeting at 12:30. Come and join us as we help each other reach our weight goals as we improve our health. New members always welcome. For more information call 218-532-2883, or 218-532-5882.

Celebrate Recovery: Celebrate Recovery at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups is Mondays begins with supper at 5:45 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 for more information.

L.A. Moms group: Lakes Area (L.A.) Moms is designed to nurture every mother. At our L.A. Moms group, you will have a chance to socialize with other moms, hear some great teaching, have discussion time and participate in creative activities. L.A. Moms is held the first and third Wednesday of each month throughout the school year from 9-11 a.m. at the Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. For more info, call 218-846-1199.

Senior Social: A Senior Social is held the first and third Thursday of the month at the Neighbor to Neighbor office in Frazee. The address is 501 W. Juniper Suite B. (the "blue building" on old Hwy. 10). Call 218-334-3559 for more information.

Community Alliance Church programs: Community Alliance Church, Detroit Lakes, hosts Quilting for Missions Mondays at 9:30 a.m.; The first Tuesday of every month is High Mileage (suggested ages 55 and up), which meets for "pot-blessing" meal at noon, followed by special music and a Bible nugget.

Foster homes needed: Foster homes are needed. If you or someone you know can help, please call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake. You can make a difference in a child's life.

Bone Builders: An exercise class for seniors called "Bone Builders" is being held at 405 W. Maple Ave. in Frazee, Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m.; the Lake Park City Center every Tuesday and Friday at 10:15 a.m.; and also at the Vergas Event Center, Thursdays at 9:30.a.m. The group focuses on low-impact and balance exercises.

Alzheimer's Support Group: Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the Yoga Studio at Ecumen Detroit Lakes.

Dunvilla Lions Club: The Dunvilla Lions Club will meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Dunn Township Hall.

Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The Refuge is located at 921 8th Street SE in Detroit Lakes.

Be a foster grandparent: For those 55 and older interested in being a foster grandparent through the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council program, call 1-800-584-7020 or visit

The Caring Cup: Every second and last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., community members who are dealing with the loss of a loved one meet at the David-Donehower Funeral Home for friendship, support and encouragement. The free program is open to the public, no registration necessary.

Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group: Lakes Crisis & Resource Center hosts a Women's Domestic Violence Education Support Group every Wednesday from 5:30—6:30 p.m. in the crisis center. Call to pre-register at 218-847-8572 or 218-847-7446. Childcare is available upon request.

Rummikub, more games: Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., come to Holy Rosary fireplace room for coffee, desserts and a game of cards, board games or Rummikub. Everyone is welcome.

Parkinson's Support Group: Emmanuel Nursing Home's Forest Conference Center, 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.

Celebrate Recovery: Every Monday evening the Refuge in Detroit Lakes hosts a supper at 5:45 p.m. and meeting at 6:45 p.m. Call Cleo at 701-367-3313 for more information.

BC Senior Meals: Meals for persons 60 and older are served several times each week at nutrition sites in Detroit Lakes, Lake Park, Osage and Wolf Lake or can be delivered directly to homes in these communities, Frazee and Callaway, via the Meals on Wheels program. One-day advance notice of attendance is required at many sites. For more information, call Lake Park at 238-5336, Detroit Lakes at 847-5823, Osage/Wolf Lake at 573-3663, Frazee at 847-5823, Ogema at 877-498-2865, and Callaway (Meals on Wheels only) at 847-5823.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. Are you caring for a friend or family member age 60 or older? Join other caregivers for education, sharing, problem-solving and refreshments. Facilitated by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota. All are welcome. Contact Jaime at (218) 850-8616 with questions.

Lakes Area Quilt Guild: The Lakes Area Quilt Guild meets every 4th Thursday at 7 pm at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. Check us out on Facebook! All levels of quilters, new and experienced are welcome to attend.

Refuge weekly outreach: The Refuge Christian Outreach & Resource Center weekly gatherings include Monday-Friday from 7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Bible; Monday — Celebrate Recovery Meal at 5:45 p.m. and Meeting at 6:45 p.m. (no childcare), Wednesday — Women Ministry and Crafting at 4 p.m./Bible study on Bible Doctrine at 6 p.m., Thursday — Bible study on Battle Field of the Mind by Joyce Meyers, Friday — Christian Movie at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday — free meal and fellowship at 5-6:30 p.m. Call 847-1982 or check website calendar for updates at

Preschool screening: Preschool screening for 3-5 year olds for the Frazee-Vergas district is provided through Becker County Community Health Services. Call Annie at 218-847-5628 ext. 5419 to make an appointment. This one screening will provide your child the requirements for Early Childhood Screening. Minnesota law requires each child attend a health and developmental screening before kindergarten.

Senior Center Activities: The DL Senior Citizens Center has activities all month long. Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. is Pinochle; at 1 p.m. there will be 500 and other games. Whist is played on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. The third Wednesday of each month will be a celebration of birthdays for the month. The second Monday of each month there will be a Site Council meeting at 11 a.m. For more information, call 847-5823.

Bingo for DL Hockey: The DL Youth Hockey organization holds Bingo every Sunday at Zorbaz in support of youth hockey in Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; Bingo starts at 6 p.m.

Eagles Pinochle: Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. there will be pinochle at the Eagles Club located at 112 West Holmes Street in Detroit Lakes. Members, guests and friends welcome. For questions call Gordy Martinson at 218-841-2940.

Men's lunch, bridge club: Men's lunch and bridge club meets every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Holiday Inn. Call (701) 388-4329 if you are interested in playing.

Overeaters Anonymous: All Red River Valley compulsive eaters are welcome to a 12-step program on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in DL. This is the Serenity Group DL of Overeaters Anonymous. Contact Dorene at 846-0019 for more information.

eReader help: Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions every Tuesday (10:30-11:30 a.m.) and Wednesday (4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Detroit Lakes Public Library, or call for an appointment that better fits your schedule. For more information, call Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.

Breastfeeding support group: A Breastfeeding Support Group is Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Essentia Health conference rooms A & B. Women and children only. Please call the OB floor for more information or to sign up at 847-0804.

Birthing class: Essentia Health St. Mary's hosts childbirth preparation classes for expectant mothers in their sixth to seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include Labor & Delivery, Cesarean Birth, Role of the Labor Companion, Newborn Care, Unexpected Outcomes, Breast & Bottle Feeding, Postpartum Period, Breathing Patterns & Relaxation Techniques. Suggested donation is $30 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (218) 847-0804.