Happenings around Becker County
Wednesday, April 10
Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum's April Brown Bag Lunch presentation will highlight "The History of the Detroit Lakes Library." To celebrate Library Month in April, join the museum's staff to hear about the 106 years of history of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, a cornerstone of our community. There is no admission fee for the museum during Brown Bag Lunch events. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8.
Detroit Lakes NARFE: Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will hold their regular meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn's Ice Cutter Room. District Field Officer, Carolyn Billing, will be our guest speaker, and there will be an update on the May 21-22 State Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. All federal retirees and current Federal employees are invited to attend. The noon lunch will be from the menu, with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact Chapter President Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.
Gymnastics Open House: Jump and move at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Open House, 12-2 p.m. at the Upstairs Little Tykes Gym, MN Flyer Gymnastics, 1306 Rossman Ave. Learn more about local gymnastics programs to practice skills and build strength. This event is part of Week of the Young Child festivities, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 11
Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving refresher course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perham Public Library. Cost is $20 (no workbooks and no tests). To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.
Township Officers Meeting: The Becker County Association of Township Officers will meet at 7 p.m. in the third floor jury room of the Becker County Courthouse, 913 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.
Tamarac Volunteer Training: New and seasoned volunteers will get a spring update on refuge projects and opportunities. For more information and to sign up, please contact Janice Bengtson at 218-844-1756 by Monday, April 8. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Tamarac.
Early Childhood Native American Pow Wow: Sample traditional food and dance at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Native American Pow Wow, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Middle School. There will be a free community feast at 4:30 p.m., followed by the grand entry at 5 p.m., with an opportunity to watch or join intertribal dancing. Educational booths, a book giveaway, traditional food sampling and more will also be featured during the event, which is part of local Week of the Young Child festivities.
Dad's Night: Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will host a Dad's Night open house as part of local Week of the Young Child festivities, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All dads and their families welcome.
PEO Chapter FG: Detroit Lakes Chapter FG of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) will meet at 6 p.m. in the home of Pat McDaniel. Assisting hostesses are Sue Boyle and Julie Aanenson. Program will be by Sarah Federle.
Friday, April 12
Baby Bounce: The Detroit Lakes Public Library has scheduled a Baby Bounce session at 10:30 a.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. A half-hour program of songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers will be followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. Call the library at 218-847-2168 for more information.
Back Yard Playtime: The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center, 826 Summit Ave., will offer free playtime and climbing activities in The Back Yard indoor playground from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of Week of the Young Child (April 7-13) festivities.
Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581 of Frazee will host a Lenten fish fry fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The Lenten meal will include fried fish, scalloped potatoes or French fries, green beans, cole slaw, bread and ice cream. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 7-12, and free for kids age 6 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry, local scholarships and the ongoing project to restore the church's stained glass windows.
Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century School in Park Rapids. The caller will be Jim Lizakowski. Schedule is as follows: 7:30 p.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.
Saturday, April 13
Cupcakes with the Easter Bunny: Kids age 12 and under are invited to bring their parents down to the Washington Square Mall between 9:30-11 a.m. and enjoy decorating some cupcakes with the Easter Bunny himself! Free and open to the public.
Scavenger and Egg Hunt: There will be an Easter egg and scavenger hunt at the Audubon City Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. This event is part of Week of the Young Child festivities, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.
Homemade Donut Sale: The ladies of Lund Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes will be making fresh donuts for sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You can purchase a donut and coffee or buy a box of donuts at a cost of $5 per dozen. Large orders can be reserved in advance by calling 218-847-9662. Lund Lutheran Church is located 9 miles north of Detroit Lakes on Richwood Road.
Brain Injury Workshop: Have you, or do you know someone who has had a concussion? Please join the Brain Injury Collaborative of West Central Minnesota for an informative, free workshop to learn more about "The Invisible Injury" from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA in Fergus Falls. Featured presenters will include Dr. David Stussy, a lifelong student of health, philosophy, and the brain who has helped many people recover from concussions and other injuries; and Dr. Zena Xanders, who specializes in chiropractic care for women and children, and is also certified in acupuncture. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Jacque Mortenson, email@example.com.
Lions Bowling Blast: The Detroit Lakes Lions will host an evening of bowling fun at Voyageur Lanes, 1377 West Lake Drive, starting at 5 and 7 p.m. Cost for entering a four-person team is $100; to be eligible for the trophy competition, at least one of the four must be of the opposite gender. First game is moonlight bowling; second game, eight pin no-tap; third game, Scotch doubles. Bowling prizes, drawings and more will also be part of the evening's festivities. Proceeds will go to support local charities. For more information please contact Howard Mooney, 218-849-7125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dirt Bag Ball: The Detroit Mountain Ski Patrol is hosting its annual Dirt Bag Ball fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring live music from Matt Aakre, at the DMRA Lodge. Freshly grilled burgers will be on the menu for this special event; tickets are $20 in advance from Ski Patrol members, or $25 at the door. For more information please call 218-844-7669.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre: The Historic Holmes Theatre is excited to bring Gregory Popovich and his amazing performing pets to Detroit Lakes for a 3 p.m. show. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is entertainment for the whole family, featuring the unique blend of comedy and juggling skills of former Moscow Circus veteran Gregory Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his cast of world-class jugglers, Diamond the Shetland Pony and over 30 performing pets. Tickets are available online at DLCCC.org, by phone at 218-844-7469, or at the Holmes Theatre box office located at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the show.
Sunday, April 14
Ham Bingo: The Callaway Lions Club will host a fun evening of "Ham Bingo," featuring "bone-in" hams as prizes, starting at 7 p.m. in the Callaway Community Center. Proceeds go to support community projects.
Tuesday, April 16
Old-Time Variety Dance: Eric's Dance Band will provide the music for an Old-Time Variety Dance, set to take place from 1-4 p.m. at the White Pine Room in Frazee. A potluck supper will follow the dance. Admission is $5 per person.
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ABE Orientation: Detroit Lakes Adult Basic Education is offering a two-day orientation for those wanting to enroll in GED or Adult Diploma classes. Orientation dates are April 17-18. Prior to Orientation, students are required to complete ABE Enrollment paperwork.This should take about 90 minutes. Orientation is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days; students must attend both days. Call 218-844-5760 to register or stop by the ABE office at M State-Detroit Lakes.
Eagles Bingo: Bingo is back at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.
Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball: Open pickleball play will take place every Monday through Friday, 8:30-11 a.m., at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center. Two to four courts are available depending on gym and school schedules. All skill levels are welcome; all equipment provided. Wear good quality court shoes. For more information email email@example.com and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at www.USAPA.org.
Lakes Area Adoption Support: Lakes Area Adoption Support is an adoption support group for anyone who has adopted or who is in the process of adoption. We meet the last Tuesday of each month at the Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Childcare available.
Overeaters Anonymous: Two local chapters of Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step food addiction recovery program, meet weekly in Detroit Lakes: One group meets on Sundays at 6 p.m. in Community Alliance Church, while the other meets on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. No diets, weigh-ins, or fees. All are welcome! For more information on the Community Alliance group, please call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, please contact Donna at 218-329-5335.
Mom's Morning Out: A Mom's Morning Out meeting is held every Thursday morning, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall. You and your little one are invited to come visit with other breastfeeding moms and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee or tea. A breastfeeding and infant care expert will be present to answer questions. For more information or to sign up call 218-314-7051.
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 $40 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-314-7051.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is hosting this new caregivers' class on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Lakes Area Vineyard Church in Detroit Lakes. Classes last approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681.
Free English as a Second Language Classes: Adult Basic Education in Detroit Lakes offers free English language instruction for adults every Monday-Thursday. The schedule is flexible and individualized. Call 218-844-5760 or stop by the ABE offices at M State to register or for more information.
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.
Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of every month at 10 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran 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 Ashlee Grussing at 701-330-1681 with questions.
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 www.larl.org.
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, for hurts, habits and hang-ups, is held every Monday at Christian Fellowship Church, 28048 Meadow Drive, Detroit Lakes. It begins with supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by large group and small group at 6:30. Contact Cleo Smith at 701-367-3313 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.
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 www.tvoc.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.