Happenings around the Perham area, Dec. 22-Jan. 1

All the latest happenings in and around perham

Spanky's Stone Hearth in rural Vergas will be hosting a New Year's Eve bash on Saturday, Dec. 31, complete with fireworks at midnight.
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Thursday, December 22

Wrap For Life: Volunteers from Otter Tail County Relay for Life will be wrapping Christmas gifts from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Perham Area Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the local Relay for Life program, which supports the American Cancer Society.

Friday, December 23

Lance Johnson Christmas: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, will host a noon concert by organist Lance Johnson on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. Admission is a free will donation. For more information, visit fergus .

Saturday, December 31

Spanky's New Year's Eve: Spanky's Stone Hearth in rural Vergas will have a New Year's Eve celebration, complete with fireworks at midnight.


Multi-Day and Recurring Events

"Window to the World" Finland Exhibit: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center invites all to enjoy photographs from Finland on display in the Gallery through Dec. 31. In September 2022, 11 travelers from the New York Mills area spent 12 days in Finland, learning about the people, food, architecture and design, culture, and life in Finland as part of the Center's "Window to the World" program. The photos in this exhibit are from that trip.

Cupkie Christmas Village: The Cupkie Christmas Village will be open daily through Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lego Holiday Village: Come to United Community Bank in Perham between Dec. 5-23 and vote on your favorite entries in the Lego Holiday Village contest. Winners will receive prizes including Perham Bucks, Lego building kits and more. Entries must be picked up between Dec. 26-30.

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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