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Happenings around the Perham area, Sept. 22-Oct. 2

All the latest happenings in and around perham

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Perham's new eight-court pickleball complex is officially complete. There will be a grand opening celebration this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Contributed / BJ Peters
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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, September 22

OTC Conservative Coalition: The monthly meeting of the Otter Tail County Conservative Coalition will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fergus Falls VFW. Several partisan and non-partisan political candidates will be speaking. Meeting is expected to last approximately 90 minutes, but candidates will be available to speak one-on-one afterwards.

Friday, September 23

Honor Flight Food Truck: Come to United Community Bank in Perham between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and enjoy some Baby's Bagels, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Honor Flight of Minnesota/North Dakota program. All donations will also be matched by UCB.

Saturday, September 24

Ruby's Pantry: St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Perham is hosting a pop-up distribution for Ruby's Pantry from 8-10 a.m. For a $22-per-bundle donation, guests will receive an abundance of groceries. There is no income or residency requirement. Guests will need to bring 2-3 totes or baskets to receive their bundle.


Perham Pickleball Grand Opening: The Perham Pickleball Club invites the general public to enjoy the new KLN Pickleball Courts at a grand opening celebration, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Open to the community.

MnUSA Region Meeting: A regional meeting of the Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association will take place at 1 p.m. in the Shoreline Restaurant in Battle Lake (across from West Battle Lake on Hwy. 78). Pizza will be served to all attending; meal does not include beverages, which must be purchased separately. Those from regional clubs who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP by contacting Woody at 218-731-6126 (call or text) no later than Sept. 21.

Thursday, September 29

Brewing For a Cure: Disgruntled Brewing and EOT Relay For Life are joining forces to host "Brewing for a Cure" at the Disgruntled tap room, 735 2nd St., Perham, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets include one pint of the special release brew Kourageous Kathy (honoring Kathy Bickell), a meal from Baby's Bagels food truck, and live music from Sam Babler and Katie Baker (5:45-7:45 p.m.). There will also be a raffle, with proceeds benefiting cancer research and treatment.

Saturday, October 1

Lakes Area Coffee Crawl: The 2nd Annual Lakes Area Coffee Crawl takes place between 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., with five stops between Hawley and Perham including Fill Thy Cup in Hawley, Ella Marie's Cafe and Collectibles in Lake Park, Roasted and La Barista in Detroit Lakes, and Gathering Grounds in Perham. With purchasing a $25 ticket you will receive a customized coffee mug along with a road map to each of the destinations. At each destination your cup will be filled with a fall themed coffee. Tickets available at eventbrite.com .

Frazee Fall Extravaganza: A fall-themed craft and vendor show takes place at the Frazee Event Center, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., followed by a "Christmas in October" open house at Forest Edge Gallery, 4-7 p.m., with live music, fire pits, concessions and horse-drawn wagon rides. Open to the public.

Vergas Hairyman Festival: The Vergas community will host an all-day "Hairyman Festival," including an ATV trail ride, scavenger hunt, kids games, trap shooting demonstration, axe throwing, a live performance by the band Whiskey Business, bean bag tourney, beer pong, food and beverage trucks and so much more! Open to the public.

Glen Campbell Tribute: The Perham Center for the Arts will host "Wichita Lineman: A Tribute to Glen Campbell," starring Carl Acuff, Jr., at 7 p.m. in the old Perham High School Auditorium, 200 5th St. SE. Tickets are available at the Perham Chamber office and P.S. I Love You Boutique in Perham. You can also reserve your seats by calling 218-346-2787 and leaving a message.

St. Henry's Gala: The Friends of St. Henry's Area School are hosting a fundraising gala at the Perham Lakeside Event Center, 320 17th St. NW, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at the St. Henry's parish and school offices, or by sending an email to sthenrysschoolalumni@arvig.net . For ages 21 and up.


Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Mick Klein performs at Brew Ales & Eats in Perham, 8-11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; R & R (Romyn Hanks and Rick Schroeder from the band Troubadour) will perform at 1894 in Perham, 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; The Fladlands perform at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25; Kyle Colby performs at Brew Ales and Eats in Perham, 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. All are open to the public.

Perham Potato Field Days: Come one, come all for free potatoes from R.D. Offutt Farms. The R.D. Offutt Perham farm team is inviting fellow neighbors and members of the community to an “all-you-can-dig party,” at the upcoming Potato Field Days, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. From sunrise till sunset, those interested can bring potato forks and buckets to an RDO field and dig to their heart’s content. The field is near the Perham Airport (45481 425th Ave.) and will be marked with signs and flags. More information can be found about R.D. Offutt Farms and Potato Field Days at rdoffuttfarms.com/news .

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack: The Perham Boys and Girls Club will host a two-day Mobile Pack event for Feed My Starving Children, Sept. 23-24. Forty-eight teams of 10 will pack about 108,000 meals in two days, in two-hour shifts that follow a 30-minute orientation. The packing shifts on Sept. 23 are 12:30-2:30 p.m., 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The packing shifts for Sept. 24 are 8-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Each team will raise $500 ($50 per person) for the cost of the food they pack. If you want to volunteer or donate toward the Perham event, go to give.fmsc.org. If you have any questions, contact Carla Gauwitz at 218-841-1175 or cgauwitz@arvig.net . To learn more about Feed My Starving Children, go to fmsc.org .

Maplewood Leaf Days: The Friends of Maplewood State Park will host a Leaf Days celebration at the park on Sept. 24-25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be hot dogs and brats available at the Friends' food stand, and various activities taking place throughout each day, along with hiking and viewing Maplewood's gorgeous fall colors.

Poetry Walk at Green Island: This month, the Poetry Walk at Green Island in Wadena includes poems by Mike Tauber, who grew up, lives, and works in the Pineland Sands/Headwaters area of Minnesota. Much of his life is centered around displaying the value of local, natural ecological systems, and the wisdom of functioning within, preserving, and propagating these systems and their components back downstream. Green Island is located at 850 Scheer Drive, Wadena. It is open daily to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We Are Water: The We Are Water Minnesota-Otter Tail County interactive exhibit will be showcased at the Fergus Falls Public Library through Oct. 10. The exhibit is free to the public and is open during library hours. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the exhibit at their leisure to listen to stories, perform a puppet show, read inspirational messages from locals and have fun exploring the many interactive displays.

Baby Bin: Come look through the baby bin at Crosspoint Alliance Church, 600 8th St. NE, Perham, on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All WIC participants receive one pack of diapers and wet wipes. Everyone may look through our children's clothing, sizes 0-10.

Mah Jongg at Calvary Lutheran: Men and women are welcome and play Mah Jongg at Perham's Calvary Lutheran Church on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the library. No prior experience necessary, as experienced players will teach the game to newcomers.


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.

Quilting: The Calvary Cut-Ups quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursdays at Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham. Questions? Contact Brenda Halvorson at 320-493-0802.

Progressive Bingo: Every Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Thumper Pond, Ottertail.

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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