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Remembrance Day ceremonies at Couchiching First Nation will take place November 11 at 11 a.m. at the cenotaph behind the Band Office.

Remembrance Day Ceremonies for the Fort Frances Legion Branch 29 will be live streamed at 11 a.m. on the Legion’s Facebook page. The legion is also asking residents to show their support for veterans by decorating windows and doors with poppies. All Royal Canadian Legion services are closed to the public this year, due to COVID restrictions. Those wishing to pay respects or lay wreaths are asked to do so after the official ceremonies are complete.

The Pjs and Pearls Virtual Gala will be held November 28, organized by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br#29. This Ladies Night IN will feature dinner, prizes, games and entertainment, all taking place over Facebook Live. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, visit the Legion ladies on Facebook, or call Christina at 271-4292. All proceeds to complete the Legion kitchen renovation, and support local charities.

Future Majority is holding a town hall on the Green and Just Recovery and youth political priorities for northwestern Ontario, November 12 at 4 p.m. MP Patty Hajdu has confirmed her attendance. MP Marcus Powlowski has also been invited to attend. The zoom link is:

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.

Knox United Church, 340 Church Street Fort Frances, is holding a first come, first served, curbside sale of soup, on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. Until noon. You have a choice of Hamburger Soup, Wild Rice Soup, or Lentil Soup. Cash only – $10 per 32 oz container.

Fall Workshops with Fort Frances Museum have returned! Registration is by phone, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. Choose from Indoor Plant Care, over Zoom on November 21, Snow Globes at Lowey’s Greenhouse, Dec. 5 or Christmas Floral Arrangements, at the Metis Hall, Dec. 21. For more information on times and prices, call the museum at 274-7891, visit or visit the Fort Frances Museum on Facebook.

The Christmas Hamper program will go ahead as planned this year. Christmas Hamper Applications are available at The Salvation Army Thrift Store and must be returned by Tuesday, November 10. The Thrift Store is open Monday thru Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Birch Bark Yarns is (virtually) hosting the November Mitt Knit-A-Long & there will be prizes!

The Knit-a-long is free and open to everyone – Knitters, Crocheters & Makers are all welcome!  Beginners & experts are welcome! To join us, join the “November Mitt Knit-a-long” Facebook group. More details are available on the group page as well as on our Facebook Page @birchbarkyarnsco. The Knit-a-long will run from Nov 1-30, but registration is still being accepted.

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 more than halfway to its annual goal, but still needs to sell 124 more boxes to get there! 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.

A Free Tipping Day, for lawn and garden waste, will be held at the Fort Frances landfill, November 7 from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.

A craft sale will be held at 1216 First Street East in the garage. Dates are November 13 from 1-5 p.m. and Nov 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks required. Handicap accessible. Dress warmly. Please call ahead, 274-2099, to arrange your time to attend.

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

Flu shots, are by appointment only at the Fort Frances Community Clinic. 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.

A Strollercize program is being held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sorting Gap Marina. United Native Friendship Centre 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.

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.