Happenings around the Perham area, Dec. 15-25 – Perham Focus

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Happenings around the Perham area, Dec. 15-25 – 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.

Defensive Driving Class: A 4-hour refresher, personal defensive driving class will be held from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the ITOW (in their own words) Veterans Museum, 805 W. Main, Perham. The cost is $20. To register, please call Denise Lillis at 218-346-3336.

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 local Relay for Life program, which supports the American Cancer Society.

Santa Truck: Come to the parking lot of United Community Bank in Perham between 6:30-8:00 pm and enjoy cookies, cocoa and photos with Santa. Open to the public.

“Window to the World” reception: An open house reception is planned for the new “Window to the World” exhibit, featuring photos from Finland, at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. 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. The photos in this exhibition are from that trip. Everyone is invited to look at the photos, hang out with the photographers, hear stories from the trip, celebrate the holiday season and mingle with friends and neighbors while enjoying light refreshments.

“We believe in music” concert: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, presents a “We Believe in Music” concert, featuring Linda and Wendy, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 for adults, $10 for students. For more information, visit fergus arts.org.

Ruby’s Pantry: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Perham is hosting a pop-up distribution for Ruby’s Pantry from 8-10 am. For a $25-per-bundle donation, guests will receive an abundance of groceries. There is no income or residency requirement. Guests will need to bring 2-3 packages or baskets to receive their bundle.

Photos with Santa Claus: The elusive Santa will visit MN Tru North in Perham and pose for photos from 1 to 3 p.m. Open to the public.

CANCELED-Dylan Doyle Band Concert: The Dylan Doyle Band concert scheduled for 7:30 PM at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center has been canceled due to the band’s unexpected unavailability. For more information call 218-385-3339 or visit kulcher.org.

Christmas Cantata: The Christmas cantata, “The Mystery and the Majesty,” featuring voices from around the Perham area, will be performed at The Hub Auditorium, 200 5th St. SE, Perham, will be offered from 7:00 p.m. The performance is directed by Sheila Childs, and is accompanied by Janell Brakel.

Bo Anderson and friends: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, will host Wurlitzer Theater organ wizard Bo Anderson and his talented group of friends for a holiday music concert at 2 p.m. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for students. For more information, visit fergus arts.org.

Magical Medora Christmas Memories: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, will present a 7:30 p.m. holiday concert with the Medora Musical team, as part of their “Magical Medora Christmas Memories” tour. All seats $36. For more information, visit fergus arts.org.

Longest Night Music Festival: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host a night of live music held annually on the longest night of the year, featuring local musicians including Amanda Standalone, Kevin Mastel, Blue Red Roses (Mary and Dan Olson), Dave Virnala, Generation Gap 3.0, and Day Gun (Michael Dagen), starting at 7:00 p.m. Thirst opens at 6:30 p.m.; snacks and cash bar available. Entry is free and open to the public.

Lance Johnson Christmas: A Center for the Arts, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., Fergus Falls, will present an afternoon concert by organist Lance Johnson on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Admission is a voluntary donation. For more information, visit fergus arts.org.

Multi-day and recurring events

Free Christmas Movies: The Comet Theater in Perham will be offering free Christmas movies, with showings at 11am and 1pm on December 10 and 17. Open to the public.

“Window to the World” Finland Exhibition: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center invites everyone to enjoy photos of Finland on display in the Gallery from December 7-31. 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 exhibition are from that trip.

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.

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 until December 25th. Viewing hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 5.30pm to 9pm. The exhibition 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 every Tuesday at 10:15 am. toddler story time with Becky preschool story time is held regularly on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. 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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