Saturday, April 20
Fur Trade Exhibit Opening: The grand opening of the Becker County Museum's new exhibit, "The Fur Trade in Minnesota," will take place at 10 a.m. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound voyageur's pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans during the 19th century. The exhibit, which is being offered through the Minnesota Historical Society, will be on display through June 22. The museum is located at 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. For more information please call 218-847-2938.
Fish Hatchery Tour: The staff of the Becker County Museum is hosting a guided tour of the fish hatchery at Dunton Locks, operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tour participants will meet at the museum (714 Summit Ave.) before heading out to the fish hatchery for the afternoon. This April Family Day event is being offered free of charge, but pre-registration is required as space is limited. Those who signed up for the originally scheduled date on April 13 do not need to sign up again; however, if you are unable to make it for the new date, please call to cancel. To sign up, please call the museum at 218-847-2938 anytime during its regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Sunday, April 21
Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Great Yellowstone Thaw: Part 2," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Spring in Yellowstone brings new life and a break from the brutal temperatures of winter. But the dangers aren't over. The wildlife families now face a torrent of water cascading down the mountains as the Great Thaw gets underway, and the beavers are in particular danger. 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, April 23
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.
Defensive Driving Refresher Course: A 4-hour defensive driving refresher course will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Frazee High School Media Center (door 16). 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 assembly room at the Becker County Courthouse in Detroit Lakes. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24
Lake Park-Audubon NHS Blood Drive: The Lake Park-Audubon chapter of the National Honor Society will host a Spring Blood Drive at the LP-A High School Theatre in Lake Park from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Each blood donation can help multiple patients such as preemies, surgery patients and cancer patients. To register, you may call Cheryl Hogie at 218-325-0754 or email email@example.com.
Thursday, April 25
Tamarac Spring Clean Up Day: Volunteers spruce up Tamarac! Litter pick up along roadsides, landscaping projects, visitor center touch ups will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Lunch is provided so please register if planning to participate by calling the refuge at 218-847-2641.
United Way Celebration of Heroes: The United Way of Becker County will host its 2019 Celebration of Heroes from 5 to 7 p.m. in the HIstoric Holmes Theatre Ballroom, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. Tickets are $25, and must be purchased in advance. Call LuAnn at 218-847-0727 to reserve your seat.
Middle School Band Concert: Detroit Lakes Middle School band students in grades 6-8 will present their final concert of the school year at 7:30 p.m. in the George Simson Auditorium. This spring concert is free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 27
Bike Rodeo: Detroit Lakes' 9th Annual Bike Rodeo will be held at Kent Freeman Sports Arena, 1300 Rossman Ave., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to all ages, targeting children in grades K-8 with parental participation encouraged. Complete the bike rodeo to enter a drawing for the chance to win a new bike! Learn safety skills while having fun riding in a bike rodeo course. Bike helmets will also be given out to participants. For more information please contact Leigh Nelson-Edwards at 218-846-7328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trapping 101: In conjunction with its newest exhibit, "The Fur Trade in Minnesota," the Becker County Museum will be hosting two presentations on the do's and don'ts of animal trapping, with the first, from trapper and outdoorsman Rick Julian of the Cormorant Sportsman's Club, starting at 11 a.m. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jake Swedberg will speak at 12:30 p.m. Both presentations are included in the museum's admission fee, which is $5 for adults or free for kids under age 18 and museum members. For more informaiton please call 218-847-2938.
All Aboard Train Fest: Fun activities for children ages 0-5 and their families will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Washington Square Mall, in conjunction with the model train show. There will also be booths with resource materials for local early childhood programs. This event is free and open to the public.
Rummage & Plant Sale: St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Audubon will host a rummage and plant sale, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. There will be barbecue sandwiches, bars and homemade donuts for sale as well. The church is located at 19747 County Highway 6, Audubon.
St. Peter's Fish Fry & Youth Bake Sale: St. Peter's Lutheran Church in rural Audubon will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m.; there will also be a bake sale to benefit the church youth group going on at the same time. The church is located at 19747 County Highway 6, Audubon.
Free Leg Screening: Essentia Health is hosting a free leg screening event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Essentia Health St. Mary's Clinic, located at 1027 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes. Essentia Health encourages the public to attend this free screening event to learn more about your risk of artery disease. Walk ins are welcome, or you can schedule an appointment by leaving a message at 218-314-7866. This event is sponsored by the Essentia Health Foundation.
Heart O'Lakes Harmony: The Heart O'Lakes Harmony Men's Barbershop Chorus will present their annual spring concert, "Everyone in Harmony," at 7:30 p.m. in Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. This show features Kordal Kombat with special guests Acapella Express. Don't forget to join them after the show for After Glow in the Holmes Ballroom! Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door for adults, $5 for students (age 13 and up), and free for all kids age 12 and under. For more information please call 218-844-7469, visit the website at www.dlccc.org, or stop by the Holmes Box Office at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.
Sunday, April 28
Lakes Area Community Concert Band: The Lakes Area Community Concert Band will present its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. on the stage of Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre. There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken to help support the band. For more information please visit www.dlccc.org or call 218-844-7469.
Monday, April 29
Humane Society Volunteer Orientation: If you are interested in being a Humane Society of the Lakes volunteer, attend this orientation session, which takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. at the HSL shelter at 19665 U.S. Hwy. 59, Detroit Lakes. For more information, or to obtain a volunteer application, please visit the website at www.hsofthelakes.org or call 218-847-0511. There is no cost to attend.
Tuesday, April 30
Farmers Union: The Becker County Farmers Union will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the 59er Diner, located just north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59. For more information, please contact Roger Schafer, 218-334-4631.
Sexual Assault Film Screening: A free screening of the award-winning documentary about one community's reconciliation with sexual assault, "Roll Red Roll," will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the conference center at M State in Detroit Lakes. This event, which is being held in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is hosted by the Becker County Sexual Assault Response Team. For more information please call Nicole at the Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, 218-847-7446. Note: Due to the subject matter, this film is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13.
Wednesday, May 1
Memorial Flower Pots for Grieving Teens: Hospice of the Red River Valley will host a special event for grieving teens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bergen's Greenhouse, 801 W. Willow St., Detroit Lakes. This session focuses on creativity and remembrance as we create do-it-yourself memorial flower pots. Teens ages 13-18 will learn ways to cope with grief and important self-care strategies with others who have experienced a similar loss through death. The class is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required because space is limited. Register for classes online at www.bit.ly/griefclassregistration or call 800-237-4629 and ask for the bereavement department. Pre-registration deadline is April 24.
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Red River Model Train Show: The Washington Square Mall will host its annual Red River Model Train Show from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Free and open to the public. For more information please call Dawn Olson at 218-847-1679.
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.