The DLCCC is always ready for a game of pickup basketball, swimming in the open pool (by reservation), or using its exercise equipment during business hours, but its summer programs, along with the Historic Holmes Theater, should bring the focus back to community engagement, Kim said Bettcher, marketing and youth sponsorship coordinator for the center.
“We’re back to the planning we had for summer 2019, which is very exciting,” said Bettcher.
For the Sunfish Swim Teams in the DLCCC, new swimming courses (competitive and non-competitive) will start in May. Classes range from $ 70 to $ 140 and last through the first week of July. A summer dive camp is also offered by Bobbi Jo Koons, diving instructor at Detroit Lakes High School, in June for 5th to 12th grade children who can already dive from the edge of the pool.
“The upside of the Sunfish is that children who might want to be competitive and prepare for their fall or winter college season can swim and attend meetings when they are available,” she said. “But there are also children who may be level three or four who like to swim and want to keep swimming, but may feel like they have finished their lessons … (it) allows them to keep swimming and those skills to develop. “”
Also in May, Little League Baseball’s registration for the youth tee ball begins with the season slated to begin in June. The DLCCC will host a free youth baseball clinic for Minnesota Twins at Snappy Park on Saturday, July 24th, with members of the Twins staff teaching for little leagues ages 6-13. If you are interested in your child attending the clinic, please email Dave Harman at [email protected] Dave is also seeking referees and coaches for the DLCCC baseball programs.
“The first time (teeing off) they had three teams, and now we have about six to eight teams, depending on the summer,” said Bettcher. “It’s a lot of parenting and stuff, so it’s a lot of fun.”
The Historic Holmes Theater is hosting additions to their summer musical: Matilda on May 22nd and 24th. Any fifth to twelfth grader who wants to add themselves can register for a time slot through the theater’s website. The month-long music theater camp costs $ 150. The rehearsals will take place from June 1st to 23rd and the public shows from June 24th to 26th.
Matilda: The Musical Jr.
“We had a very unusual, extremely challenging and sad year with the stage being quiet and dark last year,” said Amy Stearns, General Manager of the Historic Holmes Theater. “And we’re coming back big and it’s getting bigger and bigger. We hope that people feel like going to art classes, theater camps and music, and it’s going to be a fun summer.”
In addition to camps, the theater offers around 7 different art courses for children and adults throughout the summer. Sessions range from painting classes to dream catcher making and everything in between.
Tuesday in the park starts on June 1st and lasts every Tuesday through August 31st. The events are free to the public and start at 7:00 p.m. The organizers recommend that guests bring their own garden chairs and blankets.
The bands playing Tuesdays in the park for 2021 are:
- June 1 – The Becker County Dixieland Authority
- June 8 – Mike Hokanson
- June 15 – Buffalo River Ramblers
- June 22nd – Rhoda Habedank
- June 29 – Eric Reitan
- July 6 – Jan Severson
- July 13th – Doc & the Scrubs
- July 20 – Tim Eggebraaten
- July 27th – generation gap
- August 3 – Ulen Centennial Band
- August 10th – Doc & the Scrubs
- August 17th – DeMasi Brothers
- Aug. 24 – Mark Fogelson
- August 31 – The Becker County Dixieland Authority
The Detroit Lakes Outdoor Recreation Center, located next to Washington Avenue Ballpark on North Shore Drive, opens June 7th for a wide variety of youth-oriented activities. Two group play activities are scheduled daily, and exercise equipment can be checked out by the recreation center staff.
“It’s mostly occupied by older high school and college kids and they play games,” said Bettcher. “They play pickle ball, go out and play frisbee golf and play dodgeball every day at 3pm.”
Even if kids aren’t interested in some activities, The Rec has a local record book of strange skills, like longest uninterrupted use of pogo sticks, she said.
Kim Bettcher, Marketing and Youth Sponsorship Coordinator for the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center, smiles as she works at her desk on April 22, 2021. The DLCCC has a full list of youth activities planned for the summer, returning after a limited number due to the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. (Michael Achterling / Tribune)
The Rec will also host a ping pong tournament for adults and children during the Northwest Water Carnival 2021 on July 10th. Entry fee is $ 5 with trophies and prizes awarded to tournament winners. To register for the tournament, contact Harman at 218-844-4221 ext. 118 or email.
“We saw with the 150th year … we just thought it was going to be a fun thing to do,” said Bettcher.