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Happenings around the Perham area, June 16-26

All the latest happenings in the Perham area

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Trad and True, a fiddle, banjo, and guitar trio, will be performing between 3-6 p.m. Friday, June 17 at the 1894-Thrivent Kickoff Party for Perham's Turtle Days celebration.
Contributed / Trad and True
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The Perham Focus accepts community calendar items for publication online and in our Thursday print edition, space permitting. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either editor@perhamfocus.com or vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com .

Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.

Thursday, June 16

Turtle Fest: Today's Turtle Fest activities include the Lakeside Golf Course's "Free bucket of balls" for the driving range, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; a used book sale at the Perham Library, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and a performance by "Flashback" at the Perham Center for the arts, 6:30 p.m. (part of the Summer Music Series).

Friday, June 17

Turtle Fest: Today's Turtle Fest activities include the RDO Farmers Market at NP Park, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Turtle Fest 3x3 tournament for boys and girls in grades 3-9, all day, Perham Area Community Center; Street Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Main Street; Turtle Races at Turtle Park, 10 a.m. registration, 10:30 a.m. races start; Trolley Rides, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., between Chamber of Commerce and Ma's Little Red Barn; Rib Fest, Central Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; used book sale, Perham Library, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; free ice cream treats, United Community Bank (Perham, Dent and Frazee locations), 10:30 a.m. until gone; Imaginick (Nick Bretz, magician), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street; sidewalk chalk art contest, Crosspoint Church, 1-3 p.m.; pizza eating contest, United Community Bank, 1 p.m.; Meet the Author with children's book author Darla Johnson, 2:15 p.m., Willow Bookstore; ring toss, 3-5 p.m., Main Street; beer tasting, 3-6 p.m., Landmark Liquors; Block Party, hosted by Thrivent atn 1894, 3-6 p.m.; Grand Parade, 6:30 p.m.; live music at 1894, Generation Gap, 7-10 p.m. Check out perham.com/turtlefest for a list of all the festival's individual events and information.

Kids Night In: Kids can come to the Perham Area Community Center at 5 p.m. for an evening of swimming, fun activities and a movie. Please call 218-346-9843 for prices; group rates available.

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Saturday, June 18

Turtle Fest: Today's Turtle Fest activities include a pancake feed, 7-11 a.m. at the Perham Fire Department; 5K/10K run/walk, Arvig Park, 8 a.m. start; Turtle Fest 3x3 tournament for boys and girls in grades 3-9, all day, Perham Area Community Center; All-City Rummage Sale, all day, various locations in the Perham area (stop in at Coldwell Banker for a list or check out the online map); RDO Farmers Market, NP Park, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Street Fair, Main Street, 9 a.m- 6 p.m.; Yoga in the Park, Perham Library Park, 10-11 a.m.; Trolley Rides between the Chamber and Ma's Little Red Barn, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; used book sale, Perham Library, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; Bingo with the Boy Scouts, Main Street (under the tent), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Trowbridge Creek Zoo animals, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., East Main Street; Imaginick (Nick Bretz, magician), 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street; Live Music with Michael Ray Pfeifer, 3-6 p.m., 1894; Live Music with Kissing Company, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., Brew Ales & Eats; Shearer's Fireworks, EOT County Fairgrounds, at dusk. Check out perham.com/turtlefest for a list of all the festival's individual events and information.

Craft Pong: Come to Disgruntled Brewing, 735 2nd Street NE, Perham, 1-4 p.m., for a life-sized beer pong tournament under the pines. There is a cost to register; team participants get $1 off pints until fully eliminated; must be at least age 21 to enter.

Perham High School Class of 2001-2002 Reunion: Join fellow members of Perham High School's Class of 2002 for a fun afternoon and evening of activities at the small shelter at Paul Miller Park, from 3 to 10 p.m. There is electricity for crock pots, music, and charging phones. Trash shall be brought to the appropriate dumping areas when we're done.
The class of 2001 will also be at the park that day in the larger shelter, celebrating their 20-year reunion a year late. Kids and spouses welcome.

Sunday, June 19

Rotary Turtle Fest Breakfast: Perham's Turtle Fest celebration concludes with a Rotary-sponsored breakfast at Lakes Cafe, 8 a.m.-noon. Check out perham.com/turtlefest for a list of all the festival's individual events and information.

Wednesday, June 22

Art in Your Park: Lund Park in New York Mills will be hosting an Art in Your Park event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., hosted by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. AIYP is free to attend and open to all children in grades K-6. Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Friday, June 24

Empowering Kids Golf Scramble and Bags Tournament: Perham's Lakeside Golf Course will host a golf scramble and bean bag tournament, 4 to 8:30 p.m., with proceeds to benefit the Empowering Kids program. The golf event will be a nine-hole scramble with four-person teams; the bags tournament will feature round robin and bracketed play. Register online at empoweringkidsperham.org .

Art in Your Park: Green Island will be hosting a free Art in Your Park event in Wadena from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., hosted by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. AIYP is free to attend and open to all children in grades K-6. Children under the age of 8 need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

International Turtle Races: Perham offers turtle racing every Wednesday, June through August, at Turtle Race Park (next to the Perham Chamber of Commerce), starting at 10:30 a.m. (registration starts at 10 a.m.). Turtles are provided, or bring your own. Suggested donations of $2 per racer help care for the turtles over the summer months. All ages welcome to participate.

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Adult Regional Art Show: The Cultural Center in New York Mills will be hosting an adult regional art show through July 2. The show will feature artists throughout the region exhibiting their best 2D and 3D artwork, with the theme "When the Work is Done." Open to the public. For more information, contact the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or cheryl@kulcher.org .

Sit-n-Stitch: A weekly gathering of fiber artists will be held every Thursday from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Free and open to all.Progressive Bingo: Every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Thumper Pond, Ottertail.

Glendalough Scavenger Hunt: Beginning June 1, visitors to Glendalough State Park can add some extra fun to their summer experiences with an educational scavenger hunt launched by Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota. This scavenger hunt is tailored to Glendalough, highlighting 19 different types of birds, mammals, wildflowers, trees and recreational activities that can be found there. The hunts are designed for all ages, but with a special attention to parents of young children. Visit Parks & Trails Council's website at parksandtrails.org to access the hunt or look for a flyer in the park for more details the next time you visit.

Summer Museum Activities: STEAM into Summer with NASA–approved activities at the Otter Tail County Museum in Fergus Falls, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum received an Earth and Space grant from the National Informal Science Education Network, which enables them to offer STEAM and STEM activities in both English and Spanish versions. The grant provides hands-on activities and games for the whole family, covering topics such as Asteroid Mining, Nebula Spin Art, Orbiting Objects and Space Guess Quest. All activities are free. The Otter Tail County Museum is located at 1110 Lincoln Ave. West in Fergus Falls. For more information call 218-736-6038 or email mhermes@otchs.org .

Perham Networking Opportunity: The Nest in Perham will host a one-hour free business networking opportunity on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:15 a.m. Personal introductions, sharing of upcoming events and projects, and a focus presentation. Coffee will be provided by the focus topic presenter.

Tuesday Trivia Night: Billy's Corner Bar & Grill in Vergas will be offering Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Open to the public.

Library Storytimes: The Perham Area Public Library hosts preschool storytime every Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. Toddler Storytime with Becky is held periodically on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. Visit perhamlibrary.org or call 218-346-4892 for more information.

Old Time Photographs: Stop by the History Museum of East Otter Tail County, at 230 First Ave. North in Perham, and take a trip down memory lane. The museum would like the public's help identifying old photos. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays. Call 218-346-7676 for more information.

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