Happenings around the Perham area, Nov. 24-Dec. 4 – Perham Focus

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Happenings around the Perham area, Nov. 24-Dec. 4 – 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.

Gobble Wobble 5K Family Fun Run: The 6th Annual Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K begins at 9:00 a.m. on the Perham Bike Path, with registration opening at 8:30 a.m. start. 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 ages 11 and under entering free. 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 dinner 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.

Parade of Lights: Perham’s 22nd annual holiday parade of lights will once again wind through the city’s downtown, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Entries must be received no later than 22 November. Entry form and rules of participation are available online at perham.com. There is no entry fee.

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

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.

Multi-day and recurring events

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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There will be trolley and pony rides, a petting zoo and visits from Santa, November 25-27 and December 3. -4 from 12 to 4 pm daily.

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 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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