Happenings around the Perham area, Oct. 6-16

All the latest happenings in and around perham

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The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will present a live flamenco music and dance performance by Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi, with guest artists Juan Pedro Jiménez (vocals) and Juanito Pascual (guitar), at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the Center's visual arts gallery.
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Thursday, October 6

Coats for Kids Distribution: Calvary Lutheran Church in Perham will host a Coats for Kids distribution event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

Friday, October 7

Rib Fest: Central Market in Perham will be hosting its Rib Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., cooking and selling racks of ribs for $13 each while supplies last; $3 of every rack sold will be donated to the United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties.

Tarot Readings: The Willow Bookstore in Perham will host live tarot readings starting at 4 p.m. Freewill donations accepted for a 30-minute reading with Chuck. Pre-registration is required; sign up online via The Willow's Facebook page (search under Events tab).


Saturday, October 8

Christmas in October: Forest Edge Gallery, located between Frazee and Vergas, will host a Christmas in October event from 4 to 7 p.m., with indoor and outdoor shopping, prize drawings, live music on the patio, assorted treats and refreshments, fire pits and horse-drawn wagon rides. Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spaghetti Supper: Richville United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m., with spaghetti and meatballs, root beer floats, and live music. Admission is a free will offering; proceeds will go to support Feed My Starving Children and new flooring for the church classrooms.

Sunday, October 9

Tamarac Sunday Movie: A free screening of the family-friendly, nature-themed movie, "Leave it to Beavers," will be held at 2 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. All are welcome. For more information on this event, contact 218-847-2641, visit or check the Refuge's Facebook page .

Tuesday, October 11

Coats for Kids Distribution: Maslowski Wellness & Research Center in Wadena will host a Coats for Kids distribution event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

Wednesday, October 12

Colores Flamenco: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will present a live flamenco music and dance performance by Sachiko “La Chayí” Nishiuchi, with guest artists Juan Pedro Jiménez (vocals) and Juanito Pascual (guitar), at 7:30 p.m. in the Center's visual arts gallery. To purchase tickets, or learn more about the performance, call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit the Center's website at . 

Thursday, October 13

Coats for Kids Distribution: Trinity Lutheran Church in Henning will host a Coats for Kids distribution event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by United Way of Otter Tail and Wadena Counties.

Tamarac Movie Premiere: The Fargo Theatre will host the premiere of the movie, "Rhythms of Refuge," which was shot entirely at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, with screenings at 7 and 8:30 p.m. This is a free movie showing with limited seating so please order tickets through .

Friday, October 14

Free Kids' Vision Screening: Lakes Family Eyecare, located at 222 Market Drive, Perham, will host a free vision screening for area school children, ages 5-17, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Call 218-346-3073 for more information.


Square Dancing: The Park Rapids Friendly Squares will host their 65th Anniversary dance at the Century School, 501 Helten Ave., Park Rapids, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Larry Johansen will be calling, with potluck following the dance. Spectators are welcome. For more information contact Karen at 218-252-3853.

Saturday, October 15

Firearms Safety Training: The Perham Area Sportsman's Club is hosting a firearms safety training day for participants age 11 and up, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sign up online at ; must include full legal name, address and phone number to be accepted. Class size limited to 30 participants.

EOT Wranglers Open Fun Show: The East Otter Tail Wranglers 4-H Club will host an open, fun horse show starting at 9 a.m. at the EOT County Fairgrounds, 455 4th St. SE, Perham. No dogs are allowed. Registration for each event closes one event prior to the next event's start.

Cancer Benefit: Perham's Playtime Sports Bar will host a cancer benefit for Ivy McGuire and Evan Guck, 4-8 p.m., with a silent auction, gun raffles, turkey sandwiches, kids games and more. Open to the public.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Live Music: Lonesome Dan Kase performs live at 1894 as part of Perham's Oktoberfest celebration, Oct. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.; Mike Morse performs at 1894 in Perham, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

Janu's Pumpkin Patch: This is the final weekend of 2022 for Janu's Pumpkin Patch, 50617 404th Ave, Frazee, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9. Come on out and pick some pumpkins for the whole family!

Perham Octoberfest: Perham will celebrate Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7-8. There will be a chili and bake sale fundraiser to kick off the festival from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and a brewery beer tasting fundraiser hosted by the Perham Rotary from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Other events include face painting, family-friendly games, fire pits, music, a pumpkin carving contest, downtown food trucks and street fair (Saturday only), hayrides and more. Full schedule available on the Perham Events Facebook page .

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 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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