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January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. There are several events underway for the month, to help caregivers and their loved ones navigate life with dementia.

  • January 25: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Making the Most of a Visit with Someone who has Dementia
  • For more information about the events call 807-486-1516 or email info@alzheimerkrr.com.

January 26 is a PD Day! Here are some events taking place:

A kids Movie Matinee, featuring Monsters University, will be showing at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, Friday, Jan 26 at 1:30 p.m. Head to the children’s department to enjoy the show!

Grab your skates and head down to the Memorial Sports Centre for PD Day! From 8:30 – 10 a.m., the 52 Arena will have Under 9 Shinny hockey. Public skating will be open from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $3 per skater, or free for membership holders.

The Alberton Rink and Sliding Hill will be a fun place to be, on Friday from, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Grab your sleds, skates or snowshoes, and head on down! Dress warm! Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre will be hosting a lunch! Kids need to be accompanied by a caregiver.

Get ready for a “frosty” adventure with Miss Sam at the Museum! (Currently full, but accepting wait list.) Taking place January, 26 at 2pm. (**registration required).Together we will craft not one, but TWO adorable sock snow buddies! Enjoy snowy tales, play frosty games, and cozy up with some snowman hot chocolate. Join us for a snow-tastic time without the chill. Let the sock snowman party begin! $4.00 per child. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces available. Registration required- please message us or call 807-274-7891 ext 1112.

Legion Ladies Auxiliary Monthly Supper – Pork Cutlet dinner Friday Jan. 26 Cost $25. Dine-in or pickup, tickets pre-order or at the door. Delivery available within Fort Frances (must be prepaid by Jan. 23. Call Dawn at 807-276-4549 to pre-pay or for more information.

Soup for the Soul Saturday Jan. 27 9-11 a.m. Wild Rice, Hamburger and Vegetarian Lentil Frozen soups available in large (32 oz) $12 or (small 16 oz.) $6. Delivery available in Fort Frances. Pick up at Knox United Church Fort Frances. Call 807-274-4543 to order, pre-order not required.

A free lunch will be held at the Senior’s Centre, Febru- ary 29 at 11:30. You must book ahead by January 26. See the ad on P3 for full details!

A Women’s Wellness Workshop – Held Saturday, February 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets must be purchased by February 2! The event is being organized by the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary as a fundraising event. Lunch is provided, and there will be a choice of sessions, ranging from mental health to physical well-being to personal development, each delivered by ex- perts in their field. Tickets are $75, with a $40 tax receipt available. Tickets are available at Leon’s or the Hospital Gift Shop or by calling Janice at 807-271-3665.

A free beaded lanyard and keychain workshop will be held February 5 from noon to 3 p.m. and again from 4-7 p.m. at the SGEI Makerspace. Create a beaded lanyard and keychain for your work or home keys! Decorate them in your own style with thousands of beads to choose from. No beading experience is necessary to participate. This event is free and open to everyone. Register online at https://forms.office.com/r/spX2WZWZ6X. For more information, contact our Makerspace Assistant: Fort Frances campus: Maggie LeMesurier at (807) 274-2796 or maggiel@7generations.org.

Taking the fear out of online banking – local bank managers and an IT coordinator come together to dispel the myths which surround online banking and the internet. At the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Tuesday Feb. 6, 2024 1-3 p.m Open to all adults.

Recreation Master Plan Open House – Help shape the future of recreation and culture in Fort Frances. Feb. 8, 2024. 5-7 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Complex Auditorium. Get a sneak peek at the initial analysis and provide feedback on what you think Fort Frances needs.

An All-Ages Valentine’s Day Card-Making Workshop, will be held Thursday, February 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Make a special homemade card for your favourite person! Supplies are provided.

A Superbowl Party – February11 at the Fort Frances Legion. Darts, crib, food and football! Stay tuned for more details!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper­ – Tuesday Feb. 13 5-7 p.m. Knox United Church 340 Church St. Fort Frances. Pancakes, Sausages, fruit, juice, tea and coffee. Free will offering. Everyone is welcome!

Voyageur Lions Club Polar Plunge is being held Family Day! The annual jump to raise funds for your favourite charity or Non-profit has been delayed to Family Day, due to a lack of New Year’s ice. Weather permitting, the event is now scheduled for noon on Monday, February 19. Prizes for top fundraiser & team to raise the most receives an additional donation from the Lions Club! Stay tuned for details. For registration or more information contact Bill Michl – 807-276-1334 or bmichl226@gmail.com.

The Rick Bourre Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is on February 24, from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. at Hannam Park Public Docks in Rainy River. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 for 18 and under. Fun and prizes! Register by February 12 for the chance to win an early bird prize. For more information, contact Lindsay at 807-271-4463 or Rainy River Rec at 807-852-4446.

Kids & Company ‘23 ‘24 season will be on hiatus until March – But there are two shows in March! The first in March 4. Experience Arch8’s physically awe-inspiring work – Tetris – featuring a gravity-defying combination of acrobatics, extreme physicality and movement. Tetris, inspired by the addictive puzzle game and the twists and turns of a Rubik’s Cube, has performers fitting, merging, stacking and combining in various feats. Tickets available online or at the door.

Do you have a picky eater? Firefly is offering free virtual workshops to give caregivers the knowledge and tricks they need to navigate picky eating. Sessions will be: April 24 at 5:30 p.., June 17 at 5:30 p.m., September 25 at noon and November 18 at noon. Sign up online at www.fireflynw.ca/pickyeaters/

ONGOING EVENTS

The Museum is seeking local fibre artists! The Museum is assembling a Community Ties and Tapestries: Fibre Artists of the Rainy River Valley exhibit. Whether you’re an experienced textile artist or just starting, we want your submissions for a vibrant celebration of fiber arts in the Rainy River Valley. Theme: Fibre arts made in or with ties to the Rainy River Valley. Deadline for entry is March 15. See the Museum on facebook for more information.

Stroke Survivors group – meeting the Second Wednesday of every month 10-11 a.m. Let’s have a coffee and talk. A good time to make friends with other people that understand what you’re going through. To register call or text Nathan Galusha 807-271-6262 or Shelly Jones 807-276-1319.

A (mini) Teen Reading Challenge has kicked off at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Sign up for prizes, including Apple Airpods, a $75 Dominos Gift Certificate, or a special mystery prize! Sign up at the library, read or listen to books to fill out your BINGO card, and turn it in by April 1 for a chance to win!

The Fort Frances Kiwanis Club is celebrating 100 years this year with 100 monthly missions– One mission for January is a food drive. Food can be dropped off at Knox United Church’s west entrance Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. You can contact the Kiwanis Club via facebook to arrange pick up as well. They are hoping to donate at least 100 food items!

Tea and Tots is back for the new year. The drop-in play group runs every second Friday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at 605 McIrvine Road, in Fort Frances. Stop by, and make some new friends! Check out the Tea and Tots Facebook page for updates. January playdates will be held on the 26th.

A joint exhibit, Tied Together, featuring beadwork from across the region, is open at the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre. The exhibit has been created in partnership with Kay-nah-chi-wah-nung Historical Centre, and will move to that facility in the spring.

The Winter Recreator is out! Link is available at the Town website or Memorial Sports Centre Facebook page. There’s loads of drop-in Pickle Ball, shinny hockey, public skates, yoga, tai chi, Rec N Crew and kids drop-in programs and upcoming camps. (Even some programs that are free!) Registration has started, but there’s drop in options as well – something for everyone to stay active all winter long.

Drop in shinny hockey and public skating starts in the new year. Cost is $3. A waiver needs to be signed for hockey. Check out the full winter schedule on the Memorial Sports Centre facebook page.

Kiwanis/Senior Centre Bingo resumes on Friday Jan. 12. running for nine weeks until March 18, all seniors are welcome!

Stem Saturday is back for the New Year. Saturday, Jan 6, head down tot he Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for STEM-based fun, games and crafts! Anyone under 8 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Dungeons and Dragons will be held Saturday, January 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Age 13+. No previous experience with the game is required, and all supplies provided.

Legion Burgers and Brew – stop by the Royal Canadian Legion Fort Frances Branch for $10 burgers and brew, each Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. Tickets will be available for the meat draw as well!

Monday Night Radio Bingo is back! Play Bingo and support Girls and Women’s hockey! The game gets underway every Monday night at 7 p.m. over B93.1. Bingo cards are available at: The Great Bear, CC Complex, Rainy lake Sports and Tackle, Ski’s Variety, Tagg’s Source for Sports, The Place Fine Foods, Cloverleaf Grocery, Wood’s Quality Bakery, and Zig’s Place.

Lions TV BINGO – on Shaw channel 10 every Thursday from 6:30-8:30 cards available from the usual outlets including the Fort Frances Times.

Narcotics Anonymous Meeting – Thursdays, 6:30pm at 140-4th St W, Fort Frances. “No addict seeking recovery ever need die from the horrors of addiction.” More info: FortFrancesNA@gmail.com

The Right Relations Circle meets the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. At the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre. The group is committed to improving settler-Indigenous relations, through education, outreach and advocacy. For more, find the Rainy River District Right Relations Circle on Facebook.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Be a Snow Buddy! Would you like to help out local seniors by shoveling snow (once we get some to shovel) Sign up as a volunteer with the Fort Frances Seniors Centre by calling 807-274-7656 or online at snowangelscanada.ca.

The Seniors Companion Project is seeking volunteers for the Friendly Phone Call program. Full training and support are provided. For more information, call 807-271-6370 or e-mail seniorsproject@fortfrances.ca. Seniors looking to receive friendly calls can call the same number to sign up!

The Rainycrest Tuck Shop is accepting donations– The Tuck Shop is open to residents, family, staff and visitors. Great items for donation are things like large stuffed bears, men’s and ladies’ slippers, socks, hats, personal care items, knick knacks, gift items and items for residents to place on their night stands or wall/door. Proceeds from the Tuck Shop go to the Rainycrest Auxiliary, which benefits residents. Donations can be dropped off inside the main entrance, labelled ATTN: Gary Tuck Shop. For more information, call 807-274-9559.

Rainycrest Auxiliary Membership – New members are always welcome and current members are reminded to renew their membership for 2023 dues are $5 per year and can be paid at the Tuck Shop or by calling 274-6954 (Judy) or 271-4114 (Donna).

Meals on Wheels – Seeking volunteer drivers. Contact Nicole Piotrowski at 807-274-3266 ext 4818 or by email n.piotrowski@rhcf.on.ca.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of foster homes, to provide a safe, warm and loving environment to house casts and kittens, while they wait for their forever homes. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information, e-mail bestforkitty@gmail.com, or visit Best for Kitty over Facebook or at bestforkitty.net for more information.

Lakers Need Billets–The Fort Frances Lakers are in need of billet homes for players for the 2023-24 hockey season. Contact Sarah Kivimaki 807-275-6991 or see fortfranceslakers.com/billet-host-families.