Happenings around the Perham area, Dec. 1-15 – Perham Focus

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Happenings around the Perham area, Dec. 1-15 – Perham Focus

The Perham Focus is accepting community calendar items for publication online and in our Thursday print edition, space permitting. Submissions must be made in writing to either party at least a week before the event date

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

Otter dazzles: The Ottertail City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host its annual Otter Dazzle celebration at the Ottertail Community Center, beginning at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and continuing with a vendor and craft show, hayrides, children’s crafts, a visit from Santa, Christmas tree lighting in the City Park and a chili bar to end the day. Open to the public.

Rudolph’s closet: Dent United Methodist Church is offering free holiday shopping for kids from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids can buy gifts for their whole family and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and treats while they shop.

Christmas Bake Shoppes: Calvary Lutheran Church, located at 619 3rd Ave. SW, Perham, will host its annual Christmas Bake Shoppes from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Shopping opportunities include the Minnesota Store, Kitchen Store, Cookie Store, Candy Shop, Craft Shop, The Pantry, Card Shop, The Bakery (formerly The Broodwinkel) and Smakte Godt Lefse. There will also be drinks and treats in the Fellowship Hall.

American Indian Education Parent Committee: Frazee-Vergas Public Schools will host an American Indian Education Parent Committee meeting at 6:00 pm in District Conference Room 331, Frazee-Vergas High School, 305 North Lake Street, Frazee. All parents and guardians of American Indian students enrolled in the district are encouraged to attend. Meeting is open to the public.

Holiday Open House: The History Museum of East Otter Tail County, 230 First Ave. North, Perham, will host its annual holiday open house from 1 to 4 p.m., open to the public.

Free Marketing Seminar: Clarity Branding Co. will present a free marketing seminar, “How to Talk About Your Business So People Will Buy,” 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Perham City Council meeting room. Refreshments provided. The seminar will be presented by Clarity Branding Co. owner, Nikki Thompson of Perham.

Horse Sleigh Rides: The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor sleigh rides from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, departing from behind City Hall/Chamber Building.

Photos with Santa Claus: The elusive Santa visits MN Tru North in Perham on December 10th and 17th and poses for photos from 1:00pm to 3:00pm during each visit.

BookEnds Online: The Wadena County Historical Society’s BookEnds Online Edition will feature author Ryan Rodgers. He will talk about his book, “Winter’s Children: A Celebration of Nordic Skiing,” which captures the essence of cross-country skiing in the Midwest, from its earliest days of making wooden skis to the snowmaking loops and big races of today. This Zoom presentation hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society will begin at 11:30 am. For more information, including access to the Zoom program, call 218-631-9079, email [email protected] or visit WadenaCountyHistory.org.

Mallrats Unplugged: The Mallrats Band will perform a special tribute show, “MTV Unplugged,” at The Hub Auditorium, 200 5th St. at 7 p.m. Presenting SW, Perham. MTV Unplugged was a television series that showcased the biggest musical artists of the ’90s in “unplugged” acoustic performances filmed and recorded in front of small audiences. This tribute show will capture all the essence and nostalgia of those shows on stage, the lighting, the vibe and most importantly the music, from superstars like Eric Clapton, Alanis Morisette, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and more. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will go to support Perham businesses during the 2024 Main Street restoration project.

Wrap For Life: Volunteers from Otter Tail County Relay for Life will wrap Christmas presents from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gym at the Perham Area Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life program, which supports American Cancer Society programs.

Multi-day and recurring events

NYM Artists Bazaar: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host its 13th annual artist bazaar on Thursday, December 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, December 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, December 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with wrapping paper available on Saturday. For more information visit kulcher.org or call 218-385-3339.

NYM Christmas Tree Festival: The annual New York Mills Civic & Commerce Association Community Christmas Tree Festival will continue through Saturday, December 3 at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom.
Tree viewing will be Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; with a special “Sip and Paint” event from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday and concluding with the Lions Community Christmas Party from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday, with a social hour at 6pm, dinner at 19:00 and dancing to follow, with the band Hard Days Night. Bidding is open until 10pm on December 3, with proceeds benefiting the Santa Anonymous program.

Free Christmas Movies: The Comet Theater in Perham is hosting a free Christmas movie screening at 11am and 1pm on December 3rd, 10th and 17th. Open to the public.

Cupkie Christmas Village: The Cupkie Christmas Village will be open daily until December 23 (except for Thanksgiving Day), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be trolley and pony rides, a petting zoo and visits from Santa, December 3-4 from 12 to 4 pm daily.

Lego Holiday Town: Come to United Community Bank in Perham between December 5-23 and vote for your favorite entries in the Lego Holiday Village competition. Winners will receive prizes including Perham Bucks, Lego building sets and more.

Lights in the Pines: The first 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 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The show will not be open on Christmas Eve, but on Christmas Eve. Suggested donation of $5 per person; presented by Scouts Troop 321

From the wall art exhibition: The new “Off the Wall” dimensional art exhibit at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery in Fergus Falls runs through December 23rd. 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 email [email protected]

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

Baby Bin: Come look through the baby drum at Crosspoint Alliance Church, 600 8th St. NE, Perham, on the first Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All WIC participants receive one pack of diapers and wet wipes. Everyone can look through our children’s clothes, sizes 0-10.

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

Library story times: The Perham Area Public Library offers preschool story time every Tuesday at 10:15 am. Kindergarten Storytime with Becky is held regularly on Monday nights at 6:00 pm Visit perhamlibrary.org 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 offers Trivia Night every Tuesday at 7pm open to the public.

Perham Networking Event: The Nest in Perham hosts a free one-hour business networking event on the first Wednesday of every month, starting at 8:15am. 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 in the library. No previous experience necessary as experienced players will teach the game to newbies.

Sit-n-Stitch: A weekly gathering of fiber artists will be held every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm at the Cultural Center in New York Mills. Free and open to all.

Old time photos: 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 in identifying old photographs. Hours are 11:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 9:00am-12:00pm on Saturdays. Call 218-346-7676 for more information.

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