Wednesday, July 10

NARFE Potluck Picnic: The National Active & Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 will hold their Annual Potluck Family Picnic at Dunton Locks County Park at noon. The Chapter provides the brats, buns, condiments and pop, plates, napkins and utensils. Bring your family, an appetite and a side dish, salad or dessert to share. Please contact President Virginia Weston, 218-847-6483 or if you have questions or need directions to the park.

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Brown Bag Lunch: Come to the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, for a fun and educational lunch presentation on "The History of the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival," featuring 2019 Northwest Water Carnival Admiral Brian Anderson and a round table of former admirals. Bring your own lunch, or reserve a catered lunch from La Barista for $8 by contacting the museum at 218-847-2938 by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the presentation. There is no museum admission fee charged during this event.


Christian Women's Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting starting at noon in the Detroit Lakes Holiday Inn on Highway 10 East. Theme is "Rockin' in the Summertime," featuring guest speakers Suzanne and Raymond Berg of Mound, Minn. Suzanne will talk about her years as a Northwest Airlines flight attendant, while Raymond will perform the song, "Joy in the Journey." Cost is $12.50 for the lunch and program. Call Esther, 218-847-5443, by Monday, July 8, to reserve your spot. Nursery service is also available, free of charge, by contacting Diane Enslin at 849-2165.


Library Knitting Group: The Library Knitting Group meets at 4 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Knitters of all experience levels are invited to join us, by bringing new and ongoing projects and sharing experience and inspiration with fellow knitters.


DL Cruise Night: Come down to West Lake Drive along the Detroit Lakes City Beach between 4-8:30 p.m. and enjoy music, shopping, food and beverages at our local restaurants, and an opportunity to view over 200 classic cars on display (weather permitting). If you have a vintage vehicle of your own to display, come down early and park your car along the beach for public viewing; there is no fee to participate. For more information please call the Detroit Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 218-847-9202.


Road Construction Open House: The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Becker County Highway Department and the City of Detroit Lakes invite local residents to an open house regarding upcoming construction on Highway 10, Randolph Road, Kris Street, and County Road 54 at the Detroit Lakes City Office, 1025 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, July 11

Tamarac Wildlife Excursion: Explore the refuge with a knowledgeable guide. Search for wildlife and learn about the cultural and natural history of the refuge. Meet at the visitor center at 10 a.m.


Summer Reading Program-Alien Day: The Detroit Lakes Public Library is inviting its Summer Reading Program participants to come in to the library and decode an alien language to communicate with our friends from outer space, and make your own slime planet sun catcher to take home! Alien Day starts at 2 p.m. Call 218-847-2168 for more information


Thursday Trucks & Tunes: The Detroit Lakes City Park will host live music from Hardwood Groove and tasty offerings from three local food trucks, 5-8 p.m. In case of rain, both the music and food trucks will be relocated to the Historic Holmes Theatre, which is co-sponsoring the event along with the City of Detroit Lakes. Free and open to the public.

Friday, July 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.


Miss Northwest Pageant: This year's Miss Northwest and Miss Northwest Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on the stage of the HIstoric Holmes Theatre. The pageant will consist of production numbers by the contestants, on-stage interviews, a lifestyle and fitness competition, talent competition, evening gown competition, presentations by the current titleholders and the crowning of the new royalty. New this year: no swimsuit competition.

Saturday, July 13

Fly-In, Drive-In Breakfast: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1498 is once again hosting the annual Northwest Water Carnival Fly-in Drive-in Breakfast at the Detroit Lakes Airport (24813 US Highway 10). Planes from around the region as well as drivers of classic cars will be the focus of attention, and there will be a pancake breakfast served from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $7 for ages 11 and up and $3 for kids age 10 and under.


Midsummer Bike Tour: The Midsummer Bike Tour, a part of the Northwest Water Carnival, will be from 7 to 9 a.m., with participants asked to meet at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion on the city beach. For more information, contact Kim Bettcher, 218-234-6900.


Museum Family Day-Rain Gutter Regatta: Come to the Becker County Museum, 714 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, and celebrate the Northwest Water Carnival in the museum's comfortably air conditioned space! Build your own boat with the provided materials and then race in a specially-built rain gutter water track. Cost is $5 per family or free with a Water Carnival button! Call 218-847-2938 for more information.

Sunday, July 14

Tamarac History Excursion: Take a journey through the history of the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge with seasoned volunteer guide and history enthusiast John Hovdenes. Learn about the early settlers, the loggers and how Tamarac came to be with the help of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Visit key sites on the refuge and discover Tamarac's roots on this driving tour. Meet at the Visitor Center at 2 p.m.


Northwest Water Carnival Family Day: The Detroit Lakes Jaycees invite all families in the area to come to the Detroit Lakes City Park, Beach & Pavilion for a full afternoon of family-friendly activities, starting with a Family Picnic at 11:30 a.m. and continuing through a Kids' Music Concert at 4:30 p.m. under the City Park Bandshell, featuring Tim Eggebraaten. A full schedule is available at


Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, "Charlie and the Curious Otters," will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Charlie James has filmed otters for the last 25 years. They are playful, adaptable, and champion swimmers. Through the eyes of 3 orphaned otters, a set of groundbreaking experiments and some incredible wild encounters, Charlie reveals their survival secrets in this 55-minute film. The Tamarac Visitor Center is 9 miles north of State Highway 34, at the junction of Becker County Highways 26 and 29. For more information, call 218-847-2641.

Monday, July 15

Patriot Assistance Dogs Golf Tournament: The Northwest Water Carnival and Patriot Assistance Dogs would like to invite the community to participate in a golf tournament at the Detroit Country Club's Lakeview Course, starting at 11 a.m. For more information please contact Nancy Zehnacker, 910-330-6387.

Tuesday, July 16

Old-Time Variety Dance: Stan’s Country Dutchmen 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.

Dance on Detroit: The Northwest Water Carnival and Historic Holmes Theatre's Tuesdays in the Park are joining forces to bring you a dance featuring DL's own Doc & the Scrubs, starting at 7 p.m. at the City Park Bandshell (or inside the Pavilion if it rains). Call Brian Anderson, 763-438-9745 or the Historic Holmes Theatre, 218-844-7469 for more information.


League of Women Voters Summer Social: The Detroit Lakes Area League of Women Voters will be hosting a Summer Social and Picnic at 23586 Warbler Way, Detroit Lakes. The social starts at 5 p.m., with the picnic to follow at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 for League members, or free for their guests. Please RSVP by Friday, July 12 to Beth Pridday at or send a text to 701-306-5438.

Wednesday, July 17

Taco in a Bag Fundraiser: The Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary and Laker Prep Preschool are co-sponsoring a Taco in a Bag fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 807 13th Ave. SE, Detroit Lakes, to help raise funds for the Rotary Club's December Children's Book Giveaway. Cost is $4 per bag, and you can arrange for delivery to your business or organization (minimum six tacos) by calling 218-844-3090 by no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.


Veterans Drop-In Legal Clinic: A free drop-in legal clinic for military veterans in need of help with wills, child support issues, housing, debt collection and more will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the at the Fargo Veteran Affairs Health Care System Third Floor Auditorium, 2101 North Elm St., Fargo. Direct representation services provided are free for low-income veterans; however, any veterans or active military personnel are welcome to attend for brief legal advice. This clinic is co-hosted by the legal firm of Fredrikson & Byron, the Minnesota Assistance Counsel for Veterans (MACV) and the Fargo VA Health Care System.

Thursday, July 18

Home Brew Contest & Beer Tasting: The Detroit Lakes Jaycees will host the Northwest Water Carnival Home Brew Contest and Beer Tasting at Zorbaz, starting at 5:30 p.m. Contact Kate Spaeth, 218-234-9131, for more information.

Saturday, July 20

Prairie Fun Day: The Friends of the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District will host a free Prairie Fun Day event at the Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities, which are all free and open to the public, will include a guided nature walk, face painting, native plant potting, crafts and games as well as a lunch featuring a choice of pulled pork sandwiches or hot dogs. All activities will be based at the Hamden Education Building. Directions: Take Highway 10 from Detroit Lakes to Audubon, then go north on Main Street to the stop sign, take a left and continue north for 1½ miles until you reach the sign for Hamden Slough, then take another right and proceed to the education building (on the left-hand side of the road).


Community Pig Roast: The Lake Region Mennonite Church will host a pig roast fundraiser, featuring live music from local talents Janice Ramsey, Virgil & Judy Moos, Esther Bromander, Dick McLaughlin and others, starting at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 35502 State Highway 34, eight miles east of Detroit Lakes, and admission is a free will offering, with proceeds to benefit the church's building fund and the congregation's plans to add bathrooms and a fellowship hall on the main level, making the church building much more accessible.

Sunday, July 21

Parade of the Northwest: The 84th Northwest Water Carnival concludes with the Parade of the Northwest, which steps off at 1 p.m. on Washington Avenue, followed by the Water Ski Show on the City Beach at 3 p.m.


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Northwest Water Carnival: The Detroit Lakes Jaycees will host the 84th Northwest Water Carnival from Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 21. For more information on specific events, including registration fees, dates, times and locations, and a full, downloadable schedule, please visit


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 offerings from area food trucks on July 11 and 25 as well as Aug. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, both the music and food trucks 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 July 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.