Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Around Town

  • The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship continues today and tomorrow (July 25-26) under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. The Day 2 weigh-in begins at 3:30 p.m., with the Day 3 weigh-in starting at 3 p.m. Spectators welcome!
  • The 59th-annual North Star Stampede goes today (July 25) at 5 p.m., and again tomorrow and Sunday (July 26-27) at 2 p.m., in Effie, Mn. (rain or shine).
  • “Quest for the Best” will be held today (July 25) starting at 7 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office (located upstairs at the Northern Lights Credit Union) and From the Grind Up. For more info, call Chamber manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad at 274-5773.
  • The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, July 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its location on McIrvine Road (just north of Canadian Tire).
  • The “World Famous Kiwanis Steak Fry” will be held Saturday, July 26 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. Cost is $15/meal, with only 200 meals available. Tickets available at Lidkea Optometry and Investors Group (Robin Wright).
  • Stock car racing resumes Saturday, July 26 at the Emo Speedway. Hot laps are at 7 p.m., with the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting). This week also is “Candyman Night.”
  • The Fort Frances Horticultural Society will hold its next meeting Monday, July 28 starting at 7 p.m. at the old CN station. The program will be a “make and take” workshop.
  • Union Duke will perform Tuesday, July 29 at 8 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Admission is free but age of majority required.
  • The annual Soil and Crop Tour will take place Thursday, July 31 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Scott McNabb’s in Stratton. Then at 7 p.m., the Emo Agricultural Research Station will host an open house at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome! For more info, call Kim Jo Bliss at 482-2354.
  • The Fort Frances Museum summer speakers’ series will resume Thursday, July 31 from 7-9 p.m. with “Energy, Highlights and Capital Projects,” featuring former mill manager Jim Gartshore, followed by a session in early August on kraft mill operations with former kraft mill superintendents Greg Shaw and Rick Collett.
  • The Halkirk Township fire protection team will hold its 23rd-annual fish fry Saturday, Aug. 2 from noon-6 p.m. at the Bear Pass fire hall (located on Bear Pass Road). There also will be homemade pies and a penny auction. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids (dessert included). No dogs please!
  • Nolan’s Hockey School for ages five-17—featuring Buffalo Sabres’ head coach Ted Nolan and former Carolina Hurricanes’ centre Brandon Nolan—will run Aug. 3-6 at the Couchiching Arena. Registration costs $300/child. For more info, call Faron at 274-1223 or the band office (274-3228).
  • Cornell Farms presents John Wort Hannam, featuring opening act Brittany Hayes, on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, which are available at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, the Fort Frances Public Library, Main Street Market in Devlin, and Cornell Farms (486-3477 or www.cornellfarms.ca). Tickets cost $18 at the door.
  • The annual Kitchen Creek Classic runs Aug. 8-10, with the entry fee being $120. To enter, call the pro shop at 274-4653.
  • The third-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival (previously postponed from Canada Day) will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina. To sign up as a team or a single paddler, called the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office at 274-5773. The day also will feature volleyball, bathtub races, food vendors, craft sales, and a “Kiddies’ Zone,” followed by fireworks at dusk.
  • The Mud Lake City Music Fest—featuring old-time, country, and bluegrass tunes—returns Sunday, Aug. 10 starting at high noon at 1839 Boxalder Rd. W. (south of Devlin). Admission is free, with grub sold on-site. Bring a chair and no pets, please. To book a performance time, e-mail bsalchert@hotmail.com
  • The Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada is coming to Fort Frances on Aug. 11-15. Register at www.northwesternhockeycanada.ca
  • The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board will hold an open house on the water quality plan of study on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Rainy River Community College theatre in International Falls, followed by a public meeting on water level regulations at 7 p.m.
  • The annual Emo Fair runs Aug. 14-16 at the Emo Fairgrounds.
  • The second-annual Donna Lee Memorial Tournament—featuring two divisions—is set for Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Kitchen Creek. To enter, call the pro shop at 274-4653.
  • The second-annual “Splash & Dash”—featuring a 750m swim and 5K run for ages 16 and over and a 300m swim and 3K run for youth aged 12-15—will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 starting at 9 a.m. at the Point Park. Enter as an individual or a team (cash payment only). Pre-register by Aug. 1 at the Memorial Sports Centre to ensure T-shirt size. For more info, contact the Rainy Lake Triathlon Club at 274-6848 or via e-mail at jwtilson@shaw.ca
  • Canadian Blood Services will hold its annual blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School on Monday, Aug. 18 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday,  Aug. 19 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Make an appointment by booking online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
  • The annual “First Rider” program (for first-time school bus riders this fall) will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Education Centre boardroom. A second one will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at the “Best Start” hub in Stratton. Those interested must register by Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. by calling 274-6664 or 1-800-214-1753 ext. 5040.
  • This year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk, slated for Sunday, Sept. 14, once again will be hosted by the Church of the Holy Spirit. Pledge sheets and T-shirts (adults $20 and children $15) are available by calling 274-7074. More information to follow in the next few weeks.
  • “Tai Chi in the Park” runs Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Legion Park through to mid-September (weather permitting). Questions? Call 274-3958 and leave a message.
  • “Tea & Scones” are being served up at the Fort Frances Museum every “Market Thursday” throughout the summer. Great bargain pricing—$3.50 for tea and scones.