Around Town

The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Bureau, will be holding its annual Winter Coat Exchange, at the Family Centre. Drop-off days are October 1 to 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Pick-up is from October 16 to 31, from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. daily.

The Fort Frances Lakers are holding a Fish Fry, Saturday, October 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sunset Country Metis Hall, 714 Armit Avenue. Take-out and delivery are available. Cost is $15, cash only, and includes fish, wild rice, baked beans, coleslaw and bannock. Please call for pre-delivery orders. Call Tammy Crowe at 274-8540 or 275-9940 or Mary Polz at 275-9606.

The Life Chain will be holding a peaceful event of silent witness and prayer for unborn children. This pro-life event will be held on the north side of Scott Street, Sunday, October 4, from 2-3 p.. Signs are available in front of Shoppers Drug Mart. Participants are asked to stay 10 feet apart.

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary is making pierogies and cabbage rolls. There will be no pre-orders – all sales are first come, first served. Pierogies are $6/dozen. Cabbage rolls are $7/dozen. Curbside pick-up will take place Oct. 8 starting at 5 p.m. 250 Church Street, and will continue until everything is sold out.

Borderland Skating Club registration is now open. Sessions will begin Oct. 4 in the 52 Canadians Arena. Space is limited. To register, visit or call Sandra McNay at 276-1293.

The Fort Frances Community Clinic is offering flu shots, by appointment only, beginning October 6. Appointments will be available every Tuesday and Thursday in October, from 1-4 p.m. Patients are asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt, and a mask. Those over 65 should call their pharmacy for a high dose influenza vaccine. To make an appointment, call 274-3287 ext 223.

The United Native Friendship Centre is offering a Strollercize program every Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sorting Gap Marina. UNFC Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living for Kids worker Lori will guide participants through cardio and strength training sessions while your child will get some fresh air.

Nigigoonsiminikaaning Community Support Services is seeking a pumpkin patch that would host 20-25 young children and allow them to pick one pumpkin each from the patch. Compensation will be provided. If you can help, call Destiny at 481-1110.

The Fine Line Art Gallery will be hosting the stained glass work of Emily Hyatt, for her 40 year anniversary as an artisan. The Open House will run during regular hours, October 1-7.

The Salvation Army has re-opened to customers. Hours have been modified, running Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations can be dropped at the door between 1 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Fort Frances Public Library has now reopened to the public with limited hours, but still offers curbside pick-up. Open hours are now Tuesdays 3-7 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. Curbside pick-up is Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

The Valley Adult Learning Association is offering a variety of free online courses for adults age 19 or older. The courses are available in live format or independent learning modules, and technology supports may be available for those who meet criteria. For more information or course descriptions call Barb or Kim at 274-3553, or email

Seven Generations Education Institute has organized a free online light yoga class for students, staff and community members. Everyone is welcome! All skill levels can participate. The sessions are Thursdays at noon. Email Andrea Sweigard at for the online meeting link and instructions.

The Fort Frances Public Library will be posting online storytime videos on their Facebook page every Wednesday. Join Miss Sam as she shares storytime with you over the internet.

Fort Frances Rocks is a Facebook community designated for people in and around Fort Frances to paint, hide, discover and share unique and fun rock art. Check out the page for some guidelines for taking part in painting you own rocks or finding other contributors rocks in the community.

Anishinaabemodaa – Waking up Ojibwe – is a partnership between Seven Generations Institute, SayitFirst and the Rainy River District School Board. Their Facebook page posts videos and other resources to give First Nations kids, a way to hear and learn their own language.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre has been posting fun craft and activity ideas on their Facebook page, that families can do at home.

The Emo EarlyON Child and Family Centre is placing craft kits outside the centre each week. Check them out on Facebook to see what’s new.