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Wednesday, May 2

Community Schools Engagement Meeting: A community engagement meeting regarding proposed facilities improvements at Detroit Lakes Public Schools is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Rossman Elementary School (1221 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes). As with prior community meetings Brian Berg from Zerr-Berg Architects will present the latest information regarding the referendum process and provide opportunities for community input and questions.

Veterans' Issues Roundtable: There will be a roundtable event to discuss veterans' issues, hosted by staff from the office of U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minnesota) from 3 to 4 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the Becker County Courthouse in Detroit Lakes. All veterans and military families are welcome to attend. For more information, you may contact the Becker County Veterans Service Office at 218-847-7312 or 1-800-LINK-VET (toll free).

M State Graduation: The Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community & Technical College (M State) will hold its 2018 spring commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at Detroit Lakes High School. The student speaker is Andrew Hanson (Architectural Drafting and Design, Associate of Applied Science degree). Commencement ceremonies for M State's other campuses will take place Thursday, May 3 at Fergus Falls, Friday, May 4 at Wadena and Tuesday, May 8 at Moorhead. A total of 810 degrees will be awarded. For more information please contact Peter Wielinski, 218-631-7810.

Thursday, May 3

Week of the Young Child Powwow: The 2nd Annual Week of the Young Child Powwow is set to take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Detroit Lakes Middle School. There will be a feast at 5 p.m., followed by the Grand Entry at 6 p.m.; there will also be a variety of demonstrations from 5 to 8 p.m. All dancers welcome; regalia is not necessary, and there will be some fancy shawls and other dress items available for kids to use. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 4

Talk of the Town: The first "Talk of the Town" event of summer 2018 is set for 9 a.m. at the Cormorant Community Center (10929 County Highway 5, Cormorant Village). Enjoy free coffee and cookies while listening to special guest speaker Brad Laabs talk about his work as an expert fishing guide in the lakes area.

Saturday, May 5

Angel of Remembrance Dinner: A fundraising dinner to benefit the Angel of Remembrance statue and healing garden project at Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital is set to get underway with a 5 p.m. social at the Lake Park American Legion (2051 Second St., Lake Park), followed by a catered dinner of chicken and ribs with all the fixings (and angel food cake for dessert) starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Essentia Health St. Mary's Gift Shop in Detroit Lakes or Hair It Is in Lake Park. For more information, please contact Abby Anderson at 218-841-7034 or 218-238-5872 (work); Hope Mathern, 701-540-2384; or LaVerne Moltzan, 218-841-8548.

Military Family Appreciation & Community Fun Day: American Legion Post 15, located at 810 West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, will host a Military Appreciation & Community Fun Day from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games and activities from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a delicious dinner and door prize drawings.

Rummage & Bake Sale: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church of Callaway will host a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 14, just north of Callaway. Call 218-375-2786 for more information.

Sunday, May 6

Pancake breakfast: The local Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a pancake, French toast and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holy Rosary Parish Center, 1043 Lake Ave., Detroit Lakes. Admission is a free will donation.

Monday, May 7

P.E.O. Chapter DQ: Chapter DQ of the Philanthropic Education Association (P.E.O.) will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a potluck social meeting at the home of Nancy Christensen.Carolynn Blanding, Pam Anderson and Vicki Johnson will assist the hostess.

Tuesday, May 8

Arbor Day Celebration: The City of Detroit Lakes will celebrate Arbor Day as part of the Lakes Country Water Festival. Mayor Matt Brenk will give a short presentation at 11:25 a.m. at the entrance to the Kent Freeman Sports Arena and will recognize the City of Detroit Lakes for receiving the Tree City USA award for the 30th consecutive year. Area students will help plant trees, and Smokey the Bear will be on hand to help. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, May 9

Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club: The Detroit Lakes Christian Women's Club is hosting a luncheon program, "I Remember Mama," starting at noon at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes. Special guest speaker is former teacher and newspaper editor Cynthia Sheppard of Egan, S.D., who will discuss how she found the answer to insecurity. Cost of the luncheon is $12.50 (meal and program inclusive). Reservations (or cancellations, if necessary). must be made no later than Sunday, May 6. Please contact Norma at 218-846-1977, Esther at 847-5443, oir Ruth at 847-5507. Free nursery services are also available by contacting Diane Enslin, 849-2165, before May 6.

Detroit Lakes NARFE: Detroit Lakes Chapter 1842 of NARFE (National Active & Retired Federal Employees) will hold their first regular meeting of 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, with lunch from the menu at noon, followed by the business meeting at 1 p.m. The scheduled speaker this month is Terry Kalil, State President of the League of Women Voters, who will discuss the importance of voting and early voting procedures. All current and retired Federal employees and spouses are encouraged to attend. If you need directions or have other questions, please contact President Virginia Weston at 218-847-6483 for more information.

Senior Driver Safety Class: A defensive driving class for seniors will be held at the Perham Public Library from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Please call Denise Lillis at 218-345-3336 to register.

Community Schools Engagement Meetings: Two community engagement meeting regarding proposed facilities improvements at Detroit Lakes Public Schools are scheduled to take place today, with one set for 2 p.m. at La Barista in the Washington Square Mall, and the second at 6:30 p.m. in the commons at Detroit Lakes Middle School (500 Eleventh Ave.). As with prior community meetings Brian Berg from Zerr-Berg Architects will present the latest information regarding the referendum process and provide opportunities for community input and questions.

Thursday, May 10

Senior Driver Safety Class: A defensive driving class for seniors will be held at the Frazee High School Media Center (Door 16) from 5 to 9 p.m. Please call Denise Lillis at 218-345-3336 to register.

Friday, May 11

Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host a square dance at the Century School in Park Rapids. Schedule is as follows; 7:30 p.m. plus; 8-10 p.m. mainstream, all dancers and spectators are welcome. The caller for this dance will Abe Maier. For more information call Karen Van De Venter at 218-252-3853.

Sunday, May 13

Mother's Day Dinner: Holy Rosary Catholic Church will host a Mother's Day Dinner in the Parish Center, with serving from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Meal will include a choice of turkey or ham, with all the trimmings (dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, raisin sauce, cranberries, buns and dessert). Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for kids age 4-12 (those under age 3 are admitted free of charge). This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 3166, with all proceeds to be returned to the community.


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Detroit Lakes Pickleball: An Intro to Pickleball class is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at the Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center from 10 to 11 a.m., and a Step Up Pickleball Class is scheduled Friday, May 4 at the same time and location. Learn the basics of the fun, family game of pickleball, or take a "step up" class to improve court coverage, shot placement and kitchen play through drills. All equipment provided, just wear court shoes. Limited to 8 players for each class. Sign up at the Front Desk of the DLCCC, or send an email to More information is also available at the DL Pickleball page on Facebook.

Spring Rummage Sale: Grace Lutheran Church, located at 213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes, will host a spring rummage sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 4 and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5. Friday's sale will include a light supper of barbecue sandwiches, chips and lemonade, while Saturday's event will include fresh rolls and coffee. Free will offering for most sale items. Call the church at 218-847-4568 or send emails to for more information.

Tai Chi Chih Classes: Free outdoor drop-in practices for learning T'ai Chi Chih will be held every Monday and Friday, May 4-June 29 at the United Methodist Church Memorial Garden, 885 Pembina Trail, Detroit Lakes. Each session will begin with a movement refresher course at 8:30 a.m., followed by a class for beginners starting at 9 a.m. For more information please contact Mary Wichmann at 218-849-1091.

Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics: The Becker County Master Gardeners will once again be hosting their Plant, Pest & Gardening Clinics this month at the local University of Minnesota Extension office, 1120 Eighth St. SE, Detroit Lakes, from 9 a.m. to noon on May 7, 14, 21, and 29 (the office will be closed for Memorial Day on May 28). For more information, please contact the Extension office at 218-846-7328, ext. 7105.

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.

Shepherd of the Lakes Sunday Worship: Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church (LCMC) is now hosting Sunday worship services in Suite 15 of the Washington Square Mall, 808 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, starting at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Fellowship with coffee and rolls will follow the service.

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 at The Refuge, for hurts, habits and hang-ups is Mondays begins with supper at 5:45 p.m., with large group and small group at 6:45. Call 701-367-3313 or 218-847-1982 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.

Free hot meal: Stop into the Refuge every Thursday and Friday evening for a hot meal served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The Refuge is located at 921 8th Street SE in Detroit Lakes.

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.

Caregiver discussion group: A caregiver discussion group is held the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Catholic 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 Jaime at (218) 850-8616 with questions.

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.

Refuge weekly outreach: The Refuge Christian Outreach & Resource Center weekly gatherings include Monday-Friday from 7-8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Bible; Monday — Celebrate Recovery Meal at 5:45 p.m. and Meeting at 6:45 p.m. (no childcare), Wednesday — Women Ministry and Crafting at 4 p.m./Bible study on Bible Doctrine at 6 p.m., Thursday — Bible study on Battle Field of the Mind by Joyce Meyers, Friday — Christian Movie at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday — free meal and fellowship at 5-6:30 p.m. Call 847-1982 or check website calendar for updates at

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.

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.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous: All Red River Valley compulsive eaters are welcome to a 12-step program on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the First Lutheran Church in DL. This is the Serenity Group DL of Overeaters Anonymous. Contact Dorene at 846-0019 for more information.

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.

Breastfeeding support group: A Breastfeeding Support Group is Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in St. Mary's Essentia Health conference rooms A & B. Women and children only. Please call the OB floor for more information or to sign up at 847-0804.

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 $30 for all five classes. Classes are Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call (218) 847-0804.