Sunday, June 23

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Plants Behaving Badly," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Orchids have an ethereal beauty, whether growing hundreds of feet up in a misty rainforest or along busy suburban roads. But their exotic flowers are shaped for just one purpose - to seduce pollinators. Learn more about this rare and beautiful flower in a 50-minute film at the Tamarac Visitor Center, 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

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Tuesday, June 25

Lakes Area Adoption Support Picnic: The Lakes Area Adoption Support group will host a picnic from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Audubon City Park. Please bring one side dish to share. This event is for families who have adopted or are in the process of adopting. In case of rain: we will reschedule and let you know when. Questions? Contact Lori Kenney at 701-238-8046 or

Wednesday, June 26

Book Reading & Nature Hike: Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge's Wild Wednesdays event will feature special guest author Barbara Renner, who will reads her new book "Spring! Time to Build a Nest," a story about trumpeter swans, at 10 a.m. in the Tamarac Discovery Center. Craft and hiking activities will follow. Geared toward 3-7 year olds and their parent or guardian.

Thursday, June 27

Outdoor Pickleball Grand Opening: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball will host an 11:30 a.m. grand opening celebration at the new Peoples Park outdoor courts. Free and open to the public.

Sing-Along with Larry: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a special at 2 p.m. Get moving and grooving with special guest Larry Swenson as we sing silly songs from Planet Earth!

Neighbor to Neighbor Spaghetti Feed: A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Frazee-Vergas Neighbor to Neighbor program will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vergas Community Center.

Friday, June 28

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.

Oak Crossing FUN-draising Festival: The Essentia Health St. Mary's Oak Crossing Family Council hosts its 27th annual FUN-draising Festival (formerly Party in the Park) to benefit the Oak Crossing senior living community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center at 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Barbecue sandwiches, pickles, chips, beverages, desserts and ice cream will be served at a cost of $8 per person. Each ticket for the luncheon will be put into a drawing for a variety of door prizes, all donated by local individuals and businesses. Entertainment will be provided by The Front Row and Off the Wall Band.

Saturday, June 29

5th Annual Detroit Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Show: This event will be held at the Detroit Lakes City Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antique and classic boats from 1994 or before are invited for display. No fee for registration and free admission for the public. Skipper's Choice and additional awards will be given after the show. For more information please contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202.

Welcome Back Summer Luau & Pig Roast: Detroit Lakes American Legion Post 15 will be hosting a 'Welcome Back Summer Luau & Pig Roast' from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Legion Club on West Lake Drive. The pig roast gets underway at 5 p.m., and there will also be summer-themed drink specials, games, a dunk tank, silent auction and music by Jerry the King of Karaoke as well as special guest... Elvis! Hawaiian shirts, grass skirts and leis are encouraged, but not requred. Cost is $13 per person; proceeds will go toward the purchase of a new roof for the Legion Club.

Sunday, June 30

Eagles Family Picnic: Detroit Lakes Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary Unit 2342 will host a picnic for all Eagles members and their families at 1 p.m. in Long Lake City Park. Call 218-847-5267 for more information.

Tough Laker Youth Obstacle Course: Spend an afternoon getting dirty and having fun by participating in a challenging obstacle for kids ages 4-14 years old, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes City Park, 1361 Washington Ave. For the 4-6 year olds, there will be a half-mile obstacle course, while for the 7-14 year olds, there will be a mile-long obstacle course. Register online in advance at or call 218-844-4221.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Kingdoms of the Sky-Himalaya," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Meet the extraordinary wildlife and people of the Himalaya- the highest mountain range on earth where the air is the thinnest, the wind the strongest, the storms the fiercest. See snub nosed monkeys, snow leopards on the prowl, and Tibetan monks performing ancient rituals high in the mountains during this 55-minute film at the Tamarac Visitor Center, 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

Be Better Dads Presentation: Joe Johnson, founder of the Father Project, will be presenting "Helping Fathers Be Better Dads" at 7 p.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 210 E. Maple, Frazee. Coffee and bars will be served. Call 218-334-2866 for more information.

Thursday, July 4

Fireworks on the Beach: The Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce will once again be hosting an Independence Day fireworks display on the City Beach, starting shortly after sundown (approximately 10 p.m.). Free and open to the public.


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

Shakespeare in the Park: The Historic Holmes Theatre is hosting six performances of William Shakespeare's popular comedy, "As You Like It," at the Detroit Lakes City Park Bandshell, presented by a cast of local thespians under the guidance of director Nikki Caulfield. Performance times are 7 p.m. on June 27, 28 and 29, as well as July 5 and 6 with an additional 4 p.m. matinee on Sunday, July 7. There is no admission fee, though free will donations will be gratefully accepted. Seating is limited, so attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show comfortably - and come dressed for the weather, as performances will be held rain or shine.

13th Annual Quake the Lake Powerboat Races: This event will take place on Little Detroit Lake on both Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. Hot laps begin at noon and the racing begins at 1 p.m. For the best viewing, bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit by the mile-long city beach to catch the action. Free and open to the public. Contact the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202 for more information.

Sacred Heart Bake & Craft Sale: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee will host a bake and craft sale in honor of Independence Day on Saturday, June 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 from 8 to 10 a.m. The sale will include homemade bread, caramel rolls, angel food cakes and many other goodies for your picnic and family get-togethers, as well as handcrafted aprons, table runners, pillow cases, throws and many other custom items. Proceeds benefit RE and CBS students. Everyone is welcome.

Nondenominational Sunday Services: Worship services at the nondenominational Shoreham Chapel are held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. through the end of the summer, with Rev. Tim Cook officiating. Visit for more information.

Fair Hills Family Fun Night: Join the staff at Fair Hills Resort in rural Detroit Lakes every Tuesday night this summer for some old-fashioned family fun. Kick off the evening with a cruise around Pelican Lake on the 55-foot Big Pelican Pontoon at 5 p.m. Then enjoy a Smorgasbord dinner in the dining room from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and follow that up with the Hills' much-celebrated Hootenanny, beginning at 7:45 p.m. in the Pavilion. Come for one or all of these events! Fun for all ages! Fair Hills is located at 24270 Co. Hwy. 20, Detroit Lakes. Call 218-847-7638 for more information.

Thursday Trucks & Tunes: The Detroit Lakes City Park will host live music and visits from area food trucks from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 20 and 27; July 11 and 25; and Aug. 1. In case of rain, both the music and food offerings will be relocated to the Historic Holmes Theatre, which is co-sponsoring the event along with the City of Detroit Lakes. Each event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee.

Lakes Area Farmers Market: The Lakes Area Farmers Market is now open for the season at Detroit Lakes' Peoples Park (behind Zorbaz). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday. For more information visit or call 661-345-7450.

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will once again be hosting their Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics throughout the summer at the local University of Minnesota Extension office, 1120 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes. Clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 17, 21, 24 and 28; July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29; Aug. 2, 5, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30; and Sept. 3, 9, 16, 23 and 30. For more information, contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

Tuesdays in the Park: Every Tuesday night from June through August, Habitat for Humanity will serve hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, beans, potato salad and beverages in the Detroit Lakes City Park from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Following the meal, live music begins at 7 p.m. under the bandshell and lasts for approximately an hour, though some performers do continue to play a little later into the evening. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, as bench seating is limited. In case of inclement weather, both the picnic and the concert will be moved inside the Pavilion.

Wild Wednesdays: Explore the world of nature with your child during this hour long adventure geared for 3-7 year olds. Meets at Tamarac's Discovery Center every Wednesday this summer, June through August, starting at 10 a.m. For more information contact Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.

Tamarac Wildlife Excursions: Explore Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge on this two hour driving tour. Tours will be offered on the second Thursday of each month, June through August, starting at 10 a.m. in the Visitor Center. For more information contact Refuge staff at 218-847-2641.

Volunteer Respite Care: Become a respite care volunteer! For those 17 years and older interested in providing basic companion and supervision to older adults to relieve their primary caregivers. AmeriCorps volunteers receive a $200 per month stipend and after completing 450 hours in a year, receive a $1,600 educational grant. Community volunteers, individuals willing to help on a minimal basis, also welcome! Please contact Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 or if you are interested in learning more.

Let's Go Fishing: To schedule a fishing or scenic pontoon trip this summer, or to volunteer with the local chapter of Let's Go Fishing, call 218-847-5670 or email More information, including what times and dates are available, can also be found online at

Outdoor Pickleball: Detroit Lakes Area Pickleball hosts organized play from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday at the Peoples Park outdoor courts (Saturday mornings are also busy). All players are welcome. Courts are marked by skill level. park north of the courts during Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Market. The new courts are open to the public at all times. On rain days, 2-4 courts are available at the DLCCC, depending on program scheduling. Check the gym door for details. To get more information about lessons, events and socials email or like the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

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. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at Audubon Elementary School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Child care 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, call 701-388-7585. For more information on the First Lutheran group, contact Donna at 218-329-5335.

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.

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.

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 at 112 W. Holmes St. 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 Laura Rasmussen at 218-220-7517 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 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 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, call Becker County Children and Family Services 218-847-5628 and ask for Intake.

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 second 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 third 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 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. child care 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 fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at Ecumen in Detroit Lakes, Emmanuel Nursing Home in the Forest Conference Center. 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.