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

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

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.

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.

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 Exhibition: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center invites everyone to enjoy photos of Finland exhibited in the Gallery until December 31st. 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 23 December, from 09:00 to 17:00

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. Entries must be collected between 26-30 December.

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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