Around Town

March break is coming March 11-15. There’s plenty going on around town!

FORT FRANCES LIBRARY

The Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre has family events each day!

MONDAY
March Madness Crafts Kites and Windsocks 1-3 pm
TUESDAY
Family Movie Sing-Along: Frozen 11:30 am – 1 pm
Talk to a Nurse 3-5 pm
Teen Movie Matinee: The Super Mario Brothers Movie 4 – 5:30 pm
WEDNESDAY
Storytime (St. Patrick’s Day Themed) 10:15 – 11:15 am
March Dance Party! 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
THURSDAY
Baby Time 10:15 – 11:15 am
Lego Club 3:30 – 5 pm
Teen Movie Matinee: Spiderman into the Spider-Verse 4 -5:30 pm
FRIDAY
Family Movie Matinee: Encanto 11:30 am – 1 pm
Pokémon Club 4 -6 pm

FREE SKATING AND SHINNY

Free March Break Public Skating and Shinny will be held at the Fort Frances Memorial Sports Centre arena. It is being sponsored by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services. Open to everyone! To see the schedule and requirements, visit Weechi-it-te-win on Facebook.


Celebrate International Women’s Day with a free drop-in bagged lunch and learn event, Friday March 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Fort Frances Branch. The event is hosted by the Rainy River District Victim Services program, The Women’s Shelter of Hope and ther UNFC. Inforation booths from organizations aim to Inspire Inclusion. Talk to women entrepreneurs. Lunch is free! All are welcome!

A prom dress giveaway is being organized by Curvy Chick Boutique, 256 Scott Street in Fort Frances. Drop off your gently used prom or bridesmaids dresses, to donate to a student in need. The dresses will be given free of charge, to remove barriers to the experience of prom. Dresses can be dropped off at Curvy Chick untl April 18.

Kids & Company is featuring Tetris. The March 4 show has been postponed to March 11. Come out and see the crazy body bending theatrical acts of the award-winning performance, Tetris. Tickets available online or at the door for $10, with kids three and under free. Show is at the Townshend Theatre, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Backus Community Centre is hosting theatre audiotions for a musical production of Is There a Doctor in the House. Audiotions will be March 10 from 3-5 p.m. and Monday March 11, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Backus 303. Production will go on stage May 23 and 24. All ages needed. For more details, check out the poster on the Backus Community Center facebook page.

Legion Ladies Auxiliary General Meeting Wed. March 13, 7 p.m. upstairs at the Legion.

Open house with the BMI Group about the over all redevelopment and concept plan and planning applications in process. Come to our warehouse at 300 Sinclair Ave. (Corner of Sinclair St. and Victoria Ave. across from the hospital. Thursday March 14, 4-8 p.m. This is a come and go open house.

St. Patrick’s Day Supper at St John’s Anglican Church, Friday March 15, 5-7 p.m. Irish stew, Mashed potatoes with cabbage, Turnip Casserole and Soda Biscuits and dessert. Adults $20 Kids 6-10 $10. 5 and under free. Take out or delivery. Call Sarah 807-275-9330.

Get a glimpse of the future with the Next-Gen Reality Showcase: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education event. It will take place March 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the SGEI Fort Frances Campus. Various stations, including green screen photo booth, a virtual field trip, driving simulator and Anotomage table. Learn about programs, explore the campus and enter your name for prizes!

Kids and Company will feature the Merry Marching Band, March 20 – In a resolutely modern performance that combines world music with the clown arts, The Merry Band introduces young audiences to brass instruments and even a little body percussion. Show will be at ther Townshend Theatre, starting at 6:30. Tickets are $10, available online or at the door. Kids under 3 are free.

Music Bingo hosted by the Kiwanis Club Friday March 22, 6:45 p.m. at the Curl Fort Frances Community Centre.

An All-ages Easter Cardmaking workshop will be held Tuesday, March 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. All supplies provided – all ages welcome!

Come out to the Senior Centre to try out Cardio Drumming! Stop by Tuesday, March 26 from 2-3 p.m. to try out something new! Open to anyone aged 55+.

The 10th annual Easter Egg-stravaganza will be Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Collect a map at the Rainy Lake Square and then go to the participating businesses. Return your map by 1 p.m. for prize draws. Bring your Easter basket and a camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Volunteers welcome!

Save the date for the Ducks Unlimited Fort Frances Dinner. Friday, May 10, 5 p.m. at the Curl Fort Frances Community Centre.

ONGOING EVENTS

The Annual “Lenten Fish Fry” is happening every Friday until March 22 at St. Mary’s Church. This event is open to the whole community. Walleye Fish Dinner & all the fixings for $20 Pick Up for Fish Dinners is 4:00 to 4:30 at St. Mary’s Church. Delivery is available. Tickets are available at St. Mary’s Church Office, 209 Victoria Avenue 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday to Friday. Order cutoff is 3 p.m. the Thursday before the meal. For information, call 807-274-5233.

Milo’s Mutts is collecting damaged, unwearable T-shirts. They’ll be turning them into dog toys, which will be sold, with 50 per cent of the profits going towards Ruffcue Dog Rescue. If you have shirts to donate, drop them at the salon, in the back of 1132 Scott Street.

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.

Lego Club at the Library, every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m. come build, create and connect. Compete in Lego building challenges, create unique builds and build big!

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, a 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 upcoming dates and other news.

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 are ongoing. 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 Is running for nine weeks until March 8, (not 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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch #29 is seeking new members to join their dynamic group of fun, hardworking Ladies. If you would like to know more about this group, please contact Andrea at 275-8912.

Volun-TRY with the Girl Guides! Volun-try is a program that lets adults explore being a Guide leader. Age groups currently overseen are 5-11. Make new friends, have fun, and shape the future for a group of girls. Older groups could start with more leaders! To find out more, contact Monica Armour on Facebook.

The Kiwanis Club is seeking volunteers for the Easter Egg-Stravaganza on March 30! High School students encouraged to sign up – it’s a LOT of fun! To volunteer, reach out to the Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances over Facebook.

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.