Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Chapter: The Laureate chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will meet at 10 a.m. in La Barista, located just inside the south entrance of the Washington Square Mall. Marilyn Tinjum is the hostess and Ethel Duenow will present the program.

Tuesday, April 2

Community Health & Wellness Summit: Join Becker County Energize members for the 2nd Annual Community Health & Wellness Summit, set to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1401 Madison Ave., Detroit Lakes. Becky Dale of Minnesota Communities Caring for Children will discuss adverse childhood experiences and NEAR science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience). Anyone who cares about building resilient communities, where kids and adults can thrive is encouraged to attend — community members, faith leaders, parents, grandparents, government officials, service providers, policy makers, etc. For more information, please contact Karen Pifher at [email protected].

The Magic of Dr. Seuss: The Detroit Lakes Public Library will host a Dr. Seuss-themed magic show, “The Magic of Dr. Seuss”, starting at 1:30 p.m. Dive into the wacky and wonderful world of Dr. Seuss with this performance of magic, story-telling and silly comedy featuring the characters found in some Dr. Seuss’ most famous works. Perfect for families with toddlers, preschoolers and pre-kindergartners, this show is offered free of charge, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This event is offered in connection with 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a library program that helps children develop literacy skills.

Wednesday, April 3

TeacHaiti Update: Miquette Denie McMahon, founder of TeacHaiti, will be giving an update on the educational nonprofit and its two Schools of Hope in Haiti during the evening Lenten service at Cormorant Lutheran Church, 14314 County Highway 4, Lake Park, starting at 7 p.m. (There will also be a meal served prior to the service, starting at 6 p.m.) Visit to learn more.

Thursday, April 4

Church Basement Ladies: The Church Basement Ladies return to the Historic Holmes Theatre (806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes) for two shows, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As the title indicates, the gents take center stage for his year’s performance, “Rise Up, O Men,” as the church prepares to celebrate its centennial. Visit the website at or call the box office at 218-844-7469 for ticket information.

El Zagal Shrine Circus: The Detroit Lakes Shrine Color Guard is once again hosting three shows by the El Zagal Shrine Circus at Kent Freeman Arena, 1310 Rossman Ave., starting at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door; children age 3 and under are admitted free of charge. Advance tickets may be purchased at Central Market.

Friday, April 5

Rummage & Bake Sale: The congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, located at 1100 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host a rummage and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A barbecue lunch will also be available, so you can come and spend the day browsing.

Friday Night Fish Fry: The Detroit Lakes Knights of Columbus, Council 3166, will host a Lenten season fish fry on Friday, April 5 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.

Twelve Angry Women: Join the Detroit Lakes Area League Of Women Voters and a cast of 12 impassioned Becker County women — including Melissa Swenson, Amy Erickson, Amber Schwarock, Patti LaBarre, Sheila Welle, Mary Haney, Carol McCarthy Fisher, Lauren Seien, Angei Koltes, Chandler Esslinger, Kristal Kadrie, Wendy Spry, Sharon Josephson and Colleen Froke — as they lend their voices to a staged reading of the classic play “12 Angry Men” starting at 7:30 p.m. inside the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. This performance is a part of the 12,000 Voices campaign. Learn more at There will also be voter registration after the show, which is free and open to the public, though free will donations will be gratefully accepted to help with expenses.

Saturday, April 6

Live B.I.G. Women’s Workshop: Come to The Clubhouse at The Village of Riverview (14799 US Hwy 59, Detroit Lakes, MN) between 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an exclusive event designed just for the women of Detroit Lakes! This morning of courage, connection, and inspiration will feature national speaker Rebecca Undem, small town advocate and author of “How Mommy Got Her Groove Back,” who will share her inspiring signature message encouraging us all to embrace our circumstances and live big right where we are. Each participant will get a signed copy of Rebecca’s book plus the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes! Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online at (search for “Live B.I.G. in Detroit Lakes”).

Clean Transportation Talk: Come to the Detroit Lakes Eagles Club (112 W. Holmes St.) for a 10:30 a.m. presentation on electric vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them, hosted by West Central Climate Action, the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, and the Sierra Club. Presenters will include Dan Juhl, founder of Juhl Energy, and Jason Grenier of Otter Tail Power Company; event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 7

Pancake Breakfast: The Knights of Columbus Council 3166 will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser with a choice of pancakes or French toast, sausage and a beverage, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. All are welcome; proceeds will benefit Detroit Lakes’ Health Resources Center.

Ham Bingo: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 210 W. Maple Ave., Frazee, will host a fun, family-friendly afternoon of “Ham Bingo” from 1-3 p.m. Cards are available at a cost of three for $1; prizes will include one ham to the winner of each game, plus solation prizes if there is more than one bingo. Last game will be a “black-out,” with the grand prize being supplies for a ham dinner. All proceeds will benefit the church’s project to repair the siding on the parsonage.

Lakes Area Chorale: The Lakes Area Chorale will perform a special concert, “New York, New York,” featuring the best of Broadway and Lincoln Center, at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes. There is no admission fee, though a free will offering will be taken.

Nature Poetry Workshop: Author Kevin Zepper will be at the Tamarac Discovery Center for this special workshop hosted by the Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn some creative techniques for writing poetry inspired by nature, from the man who wrote “Moonman,” a book-length collection of poems, along with four poetry chapbooks. Zepper is also an English professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and volunteers with the Poets Across America Initiative. Cost for the workshop is $15; scholarships are available. For more information, or to register, please call 218-847-2641.

Wildlife Movie: A free screening of the movie, “Viva Puerto Rico,” will take place at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Tired from the long winter? Escape to Puerto Rico, a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders. Some of the island’s special native wildlife — including manatees, parrots, and turtles — is threatened with extinction. Meet the charismatic scientists dedicated to restoring Puerto Rico’s rich biological heritage 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 call 218-847-2641.

Monday, April 8

Successful Gardening with Eric Bergeson: Learn how to grow plants in the cold climate of the Northern Prairie from author Eric Bergeson, who will visit Detroit Lakes to share helpful tips and information for gardeners on the plains of Minnesota and North Dakota. Bergeson will share from his latest book, “Successful Gardening on the Northern Prairie,” which is an easy-to-read, common sense manual for gardeners. This author presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave. Admission is free and all are welcome, thanks to funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Big Rigs & Trucks: Kids, parents and caregivers can get up and close to some “big rigs and trucks,” and meet the workers who drive them, during this special open house at the Detroit Lakes City Garrage, 508 Front St. E., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 10

Christian Women’s Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women’s Club will meet at the Holiday Inn, 1155 U.S. Highway 10 E., Detroit Lakes, starting at noon. This month’s topic is “God’s Gift of Salvation,” and the guest speaker will be Arlene Gabrielson, Cambridge, Minn., who is a mom, grandmother, blogger and part-time hairstylist. She will be speaking on the topic, “A Sister’s Gift.” Cost for the lunch and presentation is $12.50; please RSVP to Norma at 218-846-1977, or Esther, 847-5443 no later than Sunday, April 7. Free nursery care is also available; contact Diane Enslin, 847-2165 by Monday, March 8.

Detroit Lakes NARFE: Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will hold their regular meeting at noon in the Holiday Inn’s Ice Cutter Room. District Field Officer, Carolyn Billing, will be our guest speaker, and there will be an update on the May 21-22 State Conference to be held at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. All federal retirees and current Federal employees are invited to attend. The noon lunch will be from the menu, with the business meeting beginning at 1 p.m. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact Chapter President Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for additional information.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Becker County Museum’s April Brown Bag Lunch presentation will highlight “The History of the Detroit Lakes Library.” To celebrate Library Month in April, join the museum’s staff to hear about the 106 years of history of the Detroit Lakes Public Library, a cornerstone of our community. There is no admission fee for the museum during Brown Bag Lunch events. Bring your own lunch or call the Museum at 218-847-2938 to reserve a box lunch for $8.

Gymnastics Open House: Jump and move at the Minnesota Flyers Gymnastics Open House, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Upstairs Little Tykes Gym, MN Flyer Gymnastics, 1306 Rossman Ave. Learn more about local gymnastics programs to practice skills and build strength. This event is part of Week of the Young Child, April 7-13. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 11

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.

Early Childhood Native American Pow Wow: Sample traditional food and dance at the 3rd Annual Early Childhood Native American Pow-Wow, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Detroit Lakes Middle School. There will be a free community feast at 4:30 p.m., followed by the grand entry at 5 p.m., with an opportunity to watch or join intertribal dancing. Educational booths, a book giveaway, traditional food sampling and more will also be featured during the event, which is part of local Week of the Young Child festivities.

Dad’s Night: Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School will host a Dad’s Night open house as part of local Week of the Young Child festivities, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All dads and their families welcome.


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

Lenten Fish Fry Fundraiser: The Knights of Columbus Council 12581 of Frazee will host a Friday night fish fry fundraiser on March 29 and April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frazee. The Lenten 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.

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 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 protected] and join the Facebook group DL Pickleball. Rules are available at

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

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

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.

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