Around Town

A Sewing Club: Sewing 101 will be held Wednesdays at the Fort Frances SGEI campus Makerspace. The free weekly Club will run from 12-3 pm and 4-7 pm! Learn how to sew, work on an independent sewing project, or follow along with this week’s sewing challenge. All materials, including a sewing machine, are provided by SGEI. No registration required – drop in – it’s free and open to all! Spots are on a first come, first served basis.

  • (Feb. 7th) Sewing 101 – Learn how to sew! Learn how to sew and make some simple drawstring bags!
  • (Feb. 14th) Valentine’s Day Pillow and Trivet. Sew something lovely for your loved ones this week with a heart-shaped pillow or potholder!
  • (Feb. 21st) Coffee Cozies. Keep your coffee warm with an easy to sew coffee cozy!
  • (Feb. 28th) Phone Charging Station. Need a place to hang your phone while charging? Make a fun and cute charging station with fabric! 

The first ever Coffee, Tea and History event will take place at the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre on February 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. For just $4, you’ll get an exclusive look at unique objects. This month will be historic Winter Recreation Objects, followed by coffee, tea and doughnuts. While you’re there, you can check out the new Tied Together exhibit, and the permanent collections! The theme will change monthly – March 7 will be Musical Instruments: from the unique to the antique! No registration required, but for more information, call 807-274-7891 ext 1112.

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.

Valentine luncheon at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church Friday, Feb. 9. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Cost $10. Assorted soups, sandwiches and dainties as well as a bake table.

A Women’s Wellness Workshop – Held Saturday, February 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets are running out and MUST be purchased by February 3! 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 experts 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 Superbowl Party will be held 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!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper at St. John the Baptist Anglican church. Tuesday Feb. 13, 5-7 p.m. Pancakes, sausages Fruit salad tea or coffee. $6 per person.

The next 55+ Movie Matinee will take place on Friday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. in the Shaw Hub at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. This month’s free movie is the love story, “Pride & Prejudice.”

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. 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.

Alberton is hosting a Family Day Fun Day, Feb. 19! Bring your sled and skates, and head down to Millennium Park on Hill Road for a day of outdoor activities, hot dogs, hot chocolate, games, sledding

A Capote making Workshop will be held over two days – February 23 from 5-8:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre. Registration is required, at a cost of $25, plus the cost of a wool blanket. This immersive and hands-on workshop led by Caren Fagerdahl and Jane Trivers. Registration is through the link on the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre Facebook page. For more information, call the Museum at 807-274-7891.

Bridal Shower showcase at Curvy Chick Boutique – Vendors, Samples, Free swag bags. Come see our new event space. Saturday, Feb. 24 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Brides can register by texting Jennifer at 807-276-7115 or by emailing curvychick@hotmail.ca.

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.

Save the date for SnOasis! The popular annual event will take place in downtown Fort Frances on March 2 – stay tuned for more details as it gets closer! Want to help out? Reach out to Sam at the Fort Frances Museum and

Kids & Company returns from winter break with 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.m., 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

Are you a teen with health questions you’re too embarrassed to ask an adult about? A registered nurse from the Northwestern Health Unit will be hanging out at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre every second Tuesday, from 3-5 p.m. starting February 13, to answer your questions in a safe, private and judgement-free zone.

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!

Tea and Tots is back. 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. February dates are the 9th and 23rd

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 at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Stop by for STEM-based fun, games and crafts! Anyone under 8 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

Dungeons and Dragons will be held Saturdays 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.