Around Town

A Christmas Craft and Vendor Market will be held November 28 and 29 at the Fort Frances metis Hall, 714 Armit Ave. The market will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. To 3 p.m. COVID guidelines will be in place and masks are mandatory. Admission is free.

A toy drive will be held at the Salvation Army in Fort Frances, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your new, unwrapped toy to the store, to go towards the organization’s hamper program. Sally Ann herself will be on hand, making her first ever appearance in Fort Frances!

The Bargain Shop has launched its annual Together We Care Toy Drive, in partnership with the Salvation Army. The event launched November 14,and 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.

A toy drive is being held by The Fort Frances lakers and United Native Friendship Centre, 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.

The Stuff-A-Cruiser holiday food drive will take place across the district on December 5. Watch for cruisers at Walmart, The Place, Cloverleaf in Emo, and other venues across the District.

Ticket sales end soon for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care first monthly 50/50 draw. Sales close Nov. 29 at 9 p.m., with the draw taking place Nov 30 at 11 am. The pot is already more than $11,000! To buy your November tickets, visit

Fort Frances Lakers 400 Club Tickets are now available for the 2020/21 season. 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.

The Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is open for winter registration. Membership fees cover trail use, and rental of skis or snowshoes. Early bird pricing until December 31, is $90 for adults, $27 for youth 2-12 and $67.50 for ages 13-17. Register at or contact

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 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.

A coat exchange is being held by The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Bureau. 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.

Flu shots are being offered by the Northwestern Health Unit across the region, with locations, dates and times available in Emo, Fort Frances, Rainy River and Atikokan. Book over the phone at 1-866-468-2240 or book online at