Happenings around the Perham area, Nov. 17-27

All the latest happenings in and around perham

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The Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit, "A Look Back: NYMRCC Celebrates 30 Years on Main Avenue." A reception for the new exhibit will take place this Saturday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 6 p.m.
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Thursday, November 17

Give to the Max Day: Support your favorite Minnesota nonprofits and schools with this 24-hour online fundraiser at ; early giving is already underway. Some local nonprofits have secured matching grants, which maximize any donations given during the fundraiser. Golden Tickets (random chance drawings) and other incentives are also given away throughout the event. Visit the website for details.

The Hollywood Songbook: Detroit Lakes' Historic Holmes Theatre will pay tribute to Hollywood musicals with "The Hollywood Songbook: From The Jazz Singer to The Greatest Showman," starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults, $14.50 for students, and may be purchased by phone at 218-844-7469, online at, or in person at the Holmes Box Office, 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, which is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as well as for two hours prior to the show.

Friday, November 18

Designer Purse Bingo: An evening of bingo, with prizes featuring designer purses from Michael Kors, Coach and Kate Spade, will take place at the Lakeside Event Center, 2727 450th St., Perham, starting at 6 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m., with proceeds to support the Perham girls basketball program.


New York Mills Community Carnival: New York Mills Public Schools will host their 11th Annual Community Carnival from 4 to 7 p.m. at the school (209 Hayes Ave., New York Mills). Featuring games for all ages, inflatables and fun for the whole family. In the event of bad weather, this event will be moved to Monday, Nov. 21. Hosted by the NYM Community Supporting Classrooms Committee.

Vergas Festival of Trees: The Vergas Community Club is hosting its inaugural Festival of Trees gala from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vergas Event Center. Each $25 ticket includes admission to a silent auction of creatively-themed Christmas trees and seasonal wreaths, heavy appetizers by Spanky's Stone Hearth, holiday-themed desserts from MW Pastries, door prizes, music and a cash bar, with one free drink coupon included. Tickets may be purchased online at . Proceeds will go towards the purchase of Vergas holiday decor and promotions for the Vergas Community Club.

Saturday, November 19

Perham Wrestling and Gymnastics Fundraiser: A fundraiser for the Perham wrestling and gymnastics programs will get underway at 4 p.m. inside the Lakeside Event Center, 2727 450th St., Perham. Silent and live auctions, games, cash prizes, music and fun get underway at 4 p.m., with dinner to be served at 6 p.m. Dinner for two, with one drink for each included, is $100. Tickets are available at Perham Area Gymnastics.

Vergas Festival of Trees Tour: Enjoy a walk through the Vergas Community Club's Festival of Trees display at the Vergas Event Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cocoa and cookies served; kids will be able to visit with "The Grinch." Admission is a free will donation.

St. Henry's Holiday Craft and Bake Sale: St. Henry's Catholic Church of Perham will host a holiday craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to noon in the church basement at 234 2nd Ave. SW, Perham. Coffee and goodies will be served, with proceeds to benefit the New Kitchen Fund for St. Henry's Area School.

Live Music: Michael Pink performs live at Brew Ales and Eats, starting at 8 p.m. Open to the public.

30-Year Celebration Exhibit Opening: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center is excited to invite the public to help celebrate its 30th anniversary with the opening of its new, original exhibit, "A Look Back: NYMRCC Celebrates 30 Years on Main Avenue." An opening celebration is set to take place in the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit will be open through Saturday, Dec. 3.

Sunday, November 20

Lady Boss Pop-Up Shop: Perham's Wel Collective will host its 3rd Annual Lady Boss Pop Up Shop from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Event Center, 2727 450th St., Perham. Featuring more than 20 "lady boss" makers, boutiques and other service-based small businesses, this event is free and open to the public.


Monday, November 21

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour, in-person defensive driving course will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the ITOW (In Their Own Words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. Cost is $20. To register please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

Community Thanksgiving Worship: The clergy of the Perham Minesterial Association invites the community to come to Calvary Lutheran Church, 619 3rd Ave. SW, Perham, for a 6:30 p.m. worship service. A free will offering will be taken, with proceeds to support the Perham Good Samaritan Fund, which assists those in need.

Tuesday, November 22

Frazee Community Blood Drive: The Frazee Event Center will be hosting a community blood drive for Vitalant from 1 to 6 p.m, sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor. To schedule an appointment please contact Mary at 218-849-0645 or go online to and use the blood drive code FRAZEE.

Thursday, November 24

Gobble Wobble 5K Family Fun Run: The 6th Annual Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K gets underway at 9 a.m. on the Perham Bike Path, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. This family fun run/walk is untimed, but medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in four age categories, ages 12-18 years, 19-30 years, 40-59 years, and 60 years plus. Race fee is $15, with those ages 11 and under participating free of charge. Fee is payable upon registration on the day of the event, which may be canceled for inclement weather. All proceeds benefit Perham's Giving Tree program.

Community Thanksgiving Meal: Northwoods LIFE Church, 945 W. Main St., Perham, will host a community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Turkey dinner with all the fixings; in-person, to-go and delivery (within reason) meal options available. To place your order call 218-346-5433. Open to the public.

Friday, November 25

Parade of Lights: Perham's 22nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights will once again wind its way through the city's downtown, starting at 5:30 p.m. Entries must be received no later than Nov. 22. Entry form and participation rules are available online at . There is no entry fee.

Saturday, November 26

Dent Christmas Market: The community of Dent will host its 4th Annual Christmas Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dent Community Center. More than 30 local vendors and artists will be participating. Amber Rose Photography will be offering Photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food and beverages available all day. Questions? Call Rachel Lorentz, 218-457-0293.

Multi-Day and Recurring Events

Lights in the Pines Grand Opening: The inaugural Lights in the Pines community celebration will be open at the Perham Pioneer Village, Nov. 26-Dec. 25. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. The display will not be open Christmas Eve, but will be on Christmas Night. Suggested donation of $5 per person; hosted by Scouts Troop 321


Off the Wall Art Exhibit: The new "Off the Wall" dimensional art exhibit at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls runs through Dec. 23. Featured artists include Penny Kagigebi of White Earth Ojibwe, Rick Kagigebi of Lac Courte Oreille, Mary Jo Wentz of Battle Lake, Cathy Oehler of Detroit Lakes, Vicky Radel of Norcross, Jarod Marrow of Fergus Falls, Phyllis Joos of Hancock, Judy Christoffersen of Dent, Kae Homeman of Erhard, Kristi Kruder of Battle Lake, Dar Eckert of Fergus Falls, Timothy Cassidy of New York Mills, Mary Williams of Clitherall, Brian Christensen of Fergus Falls and Carl Zachmann of Fergus Falls. The gallery is located at 133 S. Mill St., Fergus Falls. For more information, contact the LRAC office (toll free in Minnesota) at 1-800-262-2787 or 218-739-5780, or send an email to .

Meat Raffle: The Rockin' Horse Cafe in Richville hosts meat raffles every Saturday night at 6 p.m., with proceeds benefiting the the Otter Tail Rod and Gun Club.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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