Saturday, December 8
Holy Rosary Cookie Walk: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host its 28th Annual Cookie Walk from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish Center. Homemade cookies and candies will be sold by the pound, as well as lefse fresh off the griddle, breakfast rolls warm from the oven, hot coffee and more.
PEO Chapter FG: Detroit Lakes Chapter FG of the Philanthropic Educational Association (PEO) will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church. Hostesses are Sue Eidenchinck, Joyce Armstrong and Jane Miller. The program, "Kwanzaa, an American Holiday," will be presented by Carol Ann Dahlberg.
Family Day at the Museum: Families are invited to come paint their own ceramic Christmas ornaments, which will then be professionally glazed and kiln fired to preserve them for future holidays. Family Day at the Becker County Museum (714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; call the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information, or to reserve an ornament for $5.
Ice Palace Book Launch: Come buy a copy of the Becker County Museum's new commemorative book, "Detroit Lakes Ice Palace 2018: By the Community, for the Community," and have it autographed by the authors between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the museum, which is located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. You can also call to reserve a copy at 218-847-2938, or order one online at www.beckercountyhistory.org.
Sunday, December 9
Christmas Caroling Concert: The Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus will host a Christmas Carol Concert at 3 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids. The public is invited to come listen to and sing the carols of Christmas as the men of Heart O' Lakes Harmony Barbershop Chorus lead the singing and proclaim the message of Christmas through song, scripture, prayer and reflection. This free concert is one of the ways the men of Heart O' Lakes Harmony give back to their community — though there is no cost to attend, an offering will be received to help support area families in need during the holiday season.
Monday, December 10
Holiday Concert: The Lake Park-Audubon High School Music Department will present its 2018 Holiday Concert, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," at 1:45 and 7:30 p.m. in the high school theater. The concert will feature the LPAHS Junior and Senior High Choirs as well as the Raider Pop Group. Free admission.
Izaak Walton League: The local Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is hosting a gathering with Grant Merritt, former Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, long-time environmental lawyer, and author of the 2018 book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment." The public is invited to attend the event at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall, starting with a discussion about the Ikes and conservation in Minnesota with Grant at 6:30 and then a book signing (books will be available for purchase) at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12
Christian Women's Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club will meet at noon in the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn on Highway 10 East. Presenter Jan Ostroot of South Haven, Minn., will share her story, "Peace in Any Circumstances." Cost is $12.50, and includes dinner. Reservations must be made by Sunday, Dec. 9. Please RSVP to Norma, 846-1977; Esther, 8947-5443; or Ruth, 847-5507. Free nursery also available: Please call Diane Enslin, 849-2165, by Monday, Dec. 10 to reserve your spot.
Advent Mini-Concert: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host an Advent Mini-Concert, featuring the Fergus Falls-based gospel quartet, aChord. The concert starts at noon in the church sanctuary, and will be followed by a (free will offering) soup and sandwich lunch in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend both the concert and the lunch. The church is located at 912 Lake Avenue. Call 218-847-5656 for more information.
Brown Bag Lunch: This month's installment of the Becker County Museum's Brown Bag Lunch series will feature Detroit Lakes American Legion member Tom Frank, who will talk about what the organization does to support the veterans it serves. This event is free and open to the public; bring your own lunch, or reserve a box lunch for $8 by calling the museum at 218-847-2938.
Thursday, December 13
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train: The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will make its annual stop in Detroit Lakes at 2:30 p.m. on Soo Avenue, between Holmes and Front streets. Featured entertainers this year will be The Trews and Willy Porter, who will perform live on the train stage starting at 2:45 p.m. The concert is expected to last approximately half an hour; Santa will be on hand to distribute hot chocolate and accept donations of non perishable food items and cash for the Becker County Food Pantry. For more information, please visit
Medicare Meetup: Minnesota-based health insurer, UCare, will be hosting an EssentiaCare Medicare Meetup event at 11 a.m. in the Essentia Health St. Mary's EMS Building, 225 Park St., Detroit Lakes. UCare representatives will review the benefits of each plan so seniors can choose the one that best fits their lifestyle and budget. Reserve your spot at www.ucare.org/essentiacare01 or call 1-888-236-1651 (TTY 1-800-688-2534).
Friday, December 14
Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a Square Dance at Century School in Park Rapids. The caller will be Charley Huhtala. Schedule: 7:30 p.m. plus, 8-10 p.m. mainstream. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.
Saturday, December 15
Santa's Reindeer at the Mall: The Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a visit from Santa's Reindeer, 12-3 p.m. in the mall parking lot. Come meet these amazing animals and learn some fun and interesting facts about reindeer! The event is free and open to the public.
Donuts with Santa: Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes will be hosting a special "Donuts with Santa" event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food items and/or cash for the Becker County Food Pantry. Hub 41 is located at 104 West Lake Drive. For more information call 218-844-8488.
Lakes Area Community Concert Band: First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host a Christmas Concert by the Lakes Area Community Concert Band on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Free admission, but a free will offering will be taken. The Lakes Area Community Concert Band has been in existence since 2006, and includes members from throughout the region. More information at www.lakesareaband.com. First Lutheran Church is located at 912 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Sunday, December 16
Christmas Concert: Detroit Lakes' United Methodist Church Adult Choir will host two performances of the Christmas concert, "Silent Was the Night," at 8:15 and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16. Directed by Diane Jordan, the concert will feature percussionist Bill Mohn and accompanist Sharon Wesbrook. A Christmas tea will be served following both performances. The United Methodist Church is located at 885 Pembina Trail in Detroit Lakes. For more information please call the church office at 218-847-4818.
Candles & Carols: Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host its 16th annual Candles & Carols Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16. The church at 1401 Madison Ave. will once again open its doors to the community at 4:30 p.m. for the Candles & Carols celebration — to be followed by a homemade turkey dinner in the church fellowship hall. For questions about Candles & Carols or tickets for the turkey dinner, call the church office at 218-847-7211 or the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, 218-847-9202.
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Christmas Bake Sale: Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Frazee will be hosting a Christmas Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, 8-10 a.m. The sale will include homemade breads, caramel rolls, angel food cakes and many other goodies for your Christmas get-togethers, as well as hand crafted vintage Christmas stockings, pillows, aprons, sofa throws, baby/child quilts, and many other custom items. Proceeds from the sale will go toward children's religious education programs. Everyone is welcome.
Photos & Wishes with Santa: Jolly Ol' St. Nick himself will be at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-4 p.m. on Sundays. Free popcorn and cider will be served, along with candy canes for the kids. Proceeds benefit the Mt. Tabor Masonic Lodge's Christmas project, which supports local families in need during the holidays.
Commemorative Ornament Painting: The Becker County Museum is offering local residents the opportunity to come in and paint a commemorative ornament to place on the museum's Christmas tree, every Tuesday through Saturday during the first two weeks of December, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Call the museum at 218-847-2938 for more information.
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 Dec. 4-5, Dec. 18-19, Jan. 15-16, Feb. 5-6, March 5-6 and April 16-17. 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.
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.
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: The Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, located at 112 W. Holmes St., hosts a pinochle game every Wednesday at 6:30 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 please email DLPickleballDL Pickleball.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.