Thursday, March 14
Dr. Seuss's Birthday Bash: Celebrate the 115th birthday of Dr. Seuss at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, starting at 4 p.m. Wear your most outrageous hat, enjoy birthday treats, create your own Silly Seussical characters and play bingo for a chance to win books. Bingo starts at 4:30 PM. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Friday, March 15
Spring Crafts Day at the Museum: Since local schools have the day off, kids of all ages are welcome to come in to the Becker County Museum (714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and create a variety of spring-themed craft projects, ranging in price from $1-$5, then explore the museum's latest exhibits. Call 218-847-2938 or visit www.beckercountyhistory.org for more information.
Crochet Class: Want to level up your crochet skills? Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library for an Intermediate Crochet Class, starting at 4 p.m. Learn how to read patterns, how to perform increases and decreases to shape your work and how to seam. Registration is required; call 218-847-2168 to register or to learn more.
Eagles Karaoke: Larry's Rock'n Country DJ service will provide the music for a night of karaoke at the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club, 112 W. Holmes St., starting at 8 p.m.
Square Dancing: The Country Twirlers will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes IOOF Hall, 118 W Homes St. Roger and Bernadette McNeil will be the caller and cuer, respectively. For more information please call Duane Olson, president, at 218-532-7891 or 218-849-9317 (cell).
St. Urho's Day Kickoff: The crowning of the 2019 St. Urho King and Queen opens St. Urho Days in Menahga. The ceremony begins at 6:30 pm. in the Menahga High School gym.
Saturday, March 16
St. Urho's Kahvi Aika: The Menahga Area Historical Museum will be having their 5th annual St.Urho's Kahvi Aika (coffee time) from 10 a.m. to noon. Coffee, cider and Finnish coffee bread, called Pulla, will be available for a freewill offering.
St. Urho Changing of the Guard: The St. Urho Days Changing of the Guard ceremony starts at noon in front of the St. Urho statue in Menahga.
St. Patrick's Pub Crawl: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little early by participating in this fun event. Stop by any of the participating businesses — Detroit Mountain, Northside, Brygge, Roasted, Hub 41, Lakeside, Zorbaz and the American Legion Club. Stop by Hub 41 starting at 3 p.m. and get your passport (punch card), then venture out to each of the participating stops to enjoy St. Patty's Day specials and get registered for some unique prizes to be given away at each location, then bring your completed passport to Hub 41 and claim a special prize. Enjoy live music featuring Matt Aakre at Detroit Mountain starting at 3 p.m., and The Haymakers at Hub 41 starting at 8 p.m.
Wild Game Feed: Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church (EFC) will host a wild game feed and special presentation by Sunrise EFC's Dave Ingram, Ada, starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please call Pastor Dale Robins at 218-234-0151 or 218-439-3255 (leave message).
Sunday, March 17
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, 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes. Suggested donation is $7 for a meal including scrambled eggs; pancakes or French toast; and sausage or bacon, plus beverage.
Turkey Dinner: St. Andrew's Catholic Church of Hawley will be hosting a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Assorted salads and desserts are also included; admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for all preschoolers (age 5 and under). Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the event will go to support local charities.
Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Penguin Post Office," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Yellowstone is home to North America's most iconic wildlife, and every year these animals must survive the Thaw — one of the harshest seasonal changes on Earth. To understand how the animals cope, this series follows the Thaw during 2016 — a year when the unpredictable weather broke new records. Watch their story unfold in this 50-minute film. 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, please contact the Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.
Tuesday, March 19
Book Discussion Group: Come to the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 3 p.m. for a discussion of the book "Still Life" by Louise Penny. Share your thoughts with your fellow book lovers! In "Still Life," Penny introduces the series' hero, Inspector Gamache, and tells the story of his quest to solve a mysterious death in a rural village south of Montreal. All are welcome to join in the discussion. Call 218-847-2168 for more information.
Meatball Dinner: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club will host its 12th Annual Meatball Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the M State cafeteria (900 Highway 34 East). "To go" meals are available. Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will benefit the Becker County Food Pantry.
Special Movie Presentation: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters is hosting a special screening of the movie "Iron Jawed Angels" at 5 p.m. in Ecumen's Forest Conference Center, 1415 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes. This free showing of the movie will be followed by a discussion of its theme: The Women's Suffrage movement that fought to give women the right to vote prior to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Snacks will be provided. There is no cost to attend, but in lieu of admission, your hosts request that each guest brings an item or items for inclusion in "move out baskets" that are given to soon-to-depart residents of Mary's Place, the emergency domestic violence shelter for Detroit Lakes area women and children.
Health Talk: Naturopathic physician Dr. Joan Waters of Practical Health Solutions will be giving a presentation titled "'Naturopathic Approach to Healing Leaky Gut'" at 6 p.m. in the Healing Hub, 115 Willow St. W., Detroit Lakes. Call 970-482-2010 or visit www.practicalhealthsolutions.com for more information.
Izaak Walton League: The Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will meet at 7 p.m. in the upper level conference room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library (1000 Washington Ave.). Bridget Penton and Vernell Roberts of the City of Detroit Lakes will be giving a presentation on renewable energy issues as they apply to Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area. The meeting is open to the public.
Photography Presentation: The Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "Life of a Nature Photographer" by Richard Hamilton Smith, starting at 1 p.m. in the Park Theatre, 107 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. Smith's award-winning photographs have been featured in Newsweek, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, Sports Illustrated, Sierra Club and more. The program is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 20
Crochet Group: Calling all crocheters! People of all experience levels are welcome to bring new and ongoing projects to this craft group, starting at 4 p.m. Share experience, inspiration and the love of crocheting. Refreshments provided; registration required. Call the library at 218-847-2168 to sign up.
Thursday, March 21
Spring Gardening Workshop: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a spring gardening workshop, "Let's Talk Plants," at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room. Stop by the library to plant an herb for your kitchen, gather planting wisdom from Becker County Master Gardeners and find a new gardening book to check out. Refreshments will be served. This event is offered free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Call the library at 218-847-2168 for more information.
Friday, March 22
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.
Saturday, March 23
Rachel Kurtz Concert: Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes will host a special concert by singer-songwriter Rachel Kurtz at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to all; a free will offering will be taken "to support and empower women both locally and globally."
Sunday, March 24
Mark Kiser & Kim Softing Concert: Faith Lutheran Church in rural Detroit Lakes will host a special concert featuring Mark Kiser and Kim Softing at 6:30 p.m. The duo will perform a mix of southern gospel, hymns and other old favorites; a free will offering of thanks for Mark and Kim will be received in lieu of admission. The church is located at 24688 County Highway 6, Detroit Lakes. Call Gaye Harris, 218-850-4774, for more information.
Honors Music Recital: The Lakes Area Independent Music Teachers Association will host an Honors Music Recital at the Historic Holmes Theatre, 826 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, starting at 4 p.m. Outstanding area music students will perform for the public; a free will donation will be taken in lieu of admission, to offset the expenses of the program.
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Friday Night Fish Fry: The Detroit Lakes Knights of Columbus, Council 3166, will host a Lenten season fish fry on Friday, March 22 and Friday, April 5. Serving will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students under age 12.
Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581 of Frazee will host a Friday night Lenten fish fry fundraiser on March 15, March 29 and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The 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.
Beginning Experience: The Fergus Falls area Beginning Experience support group for divorced, widowed or separated men and women who are coping with life alone will be offered in 10-week sessions starting March 18, with registration at 6:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls. For more information call 218-998-4300. Walk-ins welcome.
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 March 20-21; April 3-4; and 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.