The Perham Focus accepts community calendar items for publication online and in our Thursday print edition, space permitting. Submissions must be made at least a week in advance of the event date, in writing, to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
Each submission must include the date, time and location of event, whether it is recurring or a one-time happening, and where to go for more information (phone, email and/or website). Also include whether the event is free or paid admission, and how much it costs when applicable.
Otter Dazzle: The Ottertail City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to present its annual Otter Dazzle celebration at the Ottertail Community Center, starting at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, and continuing with a vendor and craft show, hay rack rides, kids' crafts, a visit from Santa, Christmas tree lighting in the City Park and a chili bar to conclude the day. Open to the public.
Rudolph's Closet: Dent United Methodist Church will be hosting free holiday shopping for kids from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids can shop for gifts for their whole family and enjoy hot chocolate, coffee and goodies 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 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 Bread Store) and Smakte Godt Lefse. There will also be beverages 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 p.m. 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-Drawn Sleigh Rides: The Perham Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring sleigh rides from 1 to 3 p.m., departing from behind the City Hall/Chamber building.
Photos With Santa: The elusive Santa Claus will be visiting MN Tru North in Perham on Dec. 10 and 17, posing for photos from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 large races of today. This Zoom presentation hosted by the Wadena County Historical Society will begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information, including access to the Zoom program, call 218-631-9079, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit WadenaCountyHistory.org .
Mallrats Unplugged: The Mallrats Band will present a special tribute show, "MTV Unplugged," at 7 p.m. in The Hub Auditorium, 200 5th St. SW, Perham. MTV Unplugged was a television series that showcased the biggest musical artists of the 90s, in "unplugged" acoustic performances that were filmed and recorded in front of small audiences. This tribute show will capture all the essence and nostalgia of those shows the 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 may 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 be wrapping Christmas gifts from 5 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Perham Area Community Center. Proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life program, which supports American Cancer Society programs.
NYM Artists Bazaar: The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host its 13th Annual Artists Bazaar on Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with gift wrapping 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, Dec. 3 at the New York Mills City Hall Ballroom.
Tree viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; with a special "Sip and Paint" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and concluding with the Lions Community Christmas Party from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, with a social hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dance to follow, featuring the band Hard Days Night. Bidding is open through 10 p.m. on Dec. 3, with proceeds to benefit the Santa Anonymous program.
Free Christmas Movies: The Comet Theatre in Perham will host a free Christmas movie screening at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Open to the public.
Cupkie Christmas Village: The Cupkie Christmas Village will be open daily through Dec. 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, Dec. 3-4 from 12 to 4 p.m. daily.
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.
Lights in the Pines: The inaugural 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 to 9 p.m. The display will not be open Christmas Eve, but will be on Christmas Night. Suggested donation of $5 per person; hosted by Scouts Troop 321
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 LRAC4@LRACgrants.org .
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 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 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.