Around Town

The Income Tax Clinic has returned to the Volunteer Bureau. The clinic is open Mondays noon-4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Have your documents ready. Maximum income to qualify for the clinic is $25,000 for single people, or $35,000 for combined households. The Volunteer Bureau is located in the old train station on Fourth Street West.

A Spring Food Drive is being held, Thursday, March 25 by the Beyak Automotive Group, with employees from Sunset Country Ford and Fort Frances GM. If you have a donation you’d like picked up, e-mail dani@beyakautogroup.com before March 24.

SnOasis is back! It’s online and outside to comply with COVID regulations, but organizers have plenty of fun family events, including photo mosaics and colouring contests. To see all the events happening throughout the month of March, visit the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre on Facebook.

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is looking for seniors who would like to chat, through Zoom virtual meetings. Reconnect with others and chat about topics of interest from the safety of your own home! Anyone interested can call Cindy Noble at 274-6743 or 271-2021.

The Fort Frances Lakers is seeking a new Head Coach. If you have what it takes, e-mail the Lakers president at garysilander@gmail.com. Resumes will be accepted until March 31 at 4 p.m.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is making tentative plans to return to a modified version of the tournament this summer and is looking to gauge interest from teams. If you are an angler who would be willing to enter a modified FFCBC this summer, contact Greg Gustafson at 807-274-9461 or call/text 275-9589.

The Fort Frances Museum is hosting spring workshops! Registration in underway. To sign up, call 274-7891 Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All classes will take place on Saturdays over Zoom. Available events are:

Spring Wreath Making with Jenny Coats, March 27 from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $40.

Acrylic Painting with Cher Pruys, April 10, from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $65.

Card Making with Meredith Crosswell, May 8 from 1-8 p.m. Cost is $25.

A kids clothing giveaway is being held at the Family Centre on March 23-24 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. If you have any items to donate, drop them ahead of time at the Family Centre during the day, in the old train station.

The March Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 draw is open, and the pot has already topped $5,000! Three chances for $5, 10 chances for $10 and the best deal of 60 chances for $20. Get your tickets now at www.riversidefoundation.ca/5050 or call the Foundation Office at 807-274-4803 to make arrangements for offline payment. Every dollar will go towards two new ultrasound machines.

If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page. The next session is March 4. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here: https://www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/public-sessions.aspx.

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. In-person play is also back on, with regular indoor and outdoor programs. Pre-registration is required. For more, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON on Facebook.

Volunteer opportunities

Best for Kitty, previously known as Paws and Claws Canada is in desperate need of foster homes. They are currently unable to take in all the cats and kittens in need of care, due to a foster home shortage. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail bestforkitty@gmail.com.

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Meals are delivered over the lunch hour. The program welcomes individuals, teams or organizations. To find out more, call Gaby Hanzuk at 807-274-3764.

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29 is always on the lookout for new members! If you would like to know more about joining this group of fun and hard working ladies please contact Cindy Noble at 271-2021 or Joanne Gosselin at 274-5932.

Impact the lives of local girls, by volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada. The Fort Frances Chapter meets Monday nights, with groups in Emo and Rainy River as well. Training, events and scholarships available. Visit girlguides.ca/web/GGC/Volunteers.

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