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The Fort Frances Lakers and United Native Friendship Centre are holding a Christmas Toy Drive, Friday, December 4 from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. at the Circle of Life Centre, 616 Mowat Avenue. Lakers players will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the UNFC’s Adopt-A-Family Program. Stuffed or plush toys can’t be accepted this year, due to COVID.

The Stuff-A-Cruiser holiday food drive will take place across the district on December 5. Watch for cruisers at Walmart, Safeway, The Place, Cloverleaf in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market. All food donations collected will go to restock local food banks.

The Bargain Shop’s annual Together We Care toy drive will wrap up December 5 with Fill a Sleigh Day, during which the store will donate 10 percent of its sales for the day to charity.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 draw draw tickets are available for December. Sales close December 30 at 9 p.m., with the draw taking place December 31 at 11 am. Last month’s pot was more than $18,000! Makes a great gift or stocking stuffer, and all money raised benefits our local healthcare facilities! To buy your tickets, visit

Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club will be operating for the winter season under some COVID restrictions. Masks (no substitutes please) will be required to go in the chalet, which will be open strictly for changing into ski boots; rental equipment will be available. The maximum occupancy of the chalet will be four (4) people, and NO gatherings, events, or loitering will be allowed. User fees are in effect for all activities (day use, per person, or membership) including walking. Memberships are available at

The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) is offering a free program for parents helping their elementary school kids with virtual and blended learning. Delivered via Zoom and facilitated by an educator, the program focuses on helping parents build their knowledge, skills, and strategies to better support their child’s learning. The program is open to all Ontario residents. Further information can be found at

Fort Frances Lakers 400 Club tickets are available. All members of the Board of Directors have tickets for sale or contact Ria McPherson at 274-9679. Tickets are $50 each with 27 chances to win cash prizes. Two $300 Draws every two weeks between November 2020 and April 2021 with $1,000 draws on December 14 and April 30.

If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here:

The Fort Frances Senior’s Centre is resuming activities, both on and off site. The arena auditorium will host BINGO, each Friday ay 1:30, beginning November 6. Tai Chi will be held Wednesday mornings, beginning November 4. The workshop is currently open, one or two days a week. For more information or to book an appointment to participate, call Cindy Noble at 271-2021.

Fall Workshops with Fort Frances Museum have returned! Registration is by phone, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. Choose from Snow Globes at Lowey’s Greenhouse, Dec. 5 or Christmas Floral Arrangements, at the Metis Hall, Dec. 12. For more information on times and prices, call the museum at 274-7891, visit or visit the Fort Frances Museum on Facebook.

Join the Air Cadets! The 908 Rainy lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is looking for new members. Registration is ongoing, and the program has no cost to join. Open to anyone aged 12 to 18, who enjoys marksmanship, outdoor survival, sports, planes and fun! Meetings are Mondays, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the memorial Sports Centre. For more, contact the Squadron at 274-1365, or visit

Girl Guide Cookies are still available! The troupe is only 100 boxes from its annual goal! Due to COVID-19, orders are only available online, with delivery. To have cookies counted towards the local tally, type this into your browser:, or get the link from any Girl Guide member, or leader Monica R. Armour over facebook.

Winter gear is being distributed through The Family Centre. Pick-up and drop-off is daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family Centre, located at the Old CN Station. Coats, boots and mittens for men, women and children, will be accepted throughout the winter for those in need.

Fort Frances Girls Hockey Radio Bingo is back! Starting October 19, the bingo will run Mondays at 7 p.m., on CFOB. Prizes range from $500 to $1500. Cards are available at Windey’s, CC Complex, Rainy Lake Sports, Ski’s Variety, Einar’s Grocery, The Place, Taggs, Cloverleaf and Zig’s Place.