Around Town

The Salvation Army, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances, are celebrating SPRING BREAK and providing FREE Activity/Nutrition Bags for kids (Ages 5 & up). They will be giving away 75 bags stuffed with crafts, snacks, and lunch items on Friday, April 9 from 11:30 am to 1pm at 351 Scott Street. (Some nutritional items will require heating up.) No registration will be taken – first come first served.

March Break fun has gone virtual with the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre! Activity bags will be available for pick-up, to follow along with at home, provided in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce. There will be art packs, for “Paint with Jesse”, a lantern kit for “Tween Tea Lights”. Kids who pick up the “STEM Activities To Go” will be able to make a balloon car from recycled materials. The “Detective Mission” game gives players multiple mystery tasks to complete, towards a final goal, for ages 5-9 or 10 and up. Activity pack pick-ups will be Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday 1-5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just pull up to the library and text 271-6367 if no-one comes out. On Thursday, at 11 a.m. the “JoJo Entertainment Magic Show” will stream over Zoom. For more information, or to get the magic show Zoom link, visit the library’s website at or Facebook page.

The Fort Frances Community Garden is reopening the kids’ garden! Plots are $15 for a 10 by 10 plot. Young gardeners and their families are responsible for planting and maintenance, but all seeds and plants will be provided. A great way to get outside and do something fun as a family! If you are interested in a plot, call the Northwestern Health Unit at 274-9827, and ask for Amy at ext. 303639.

The Emo Walleye Classic is set for April 10-11. The event will be virtual, but the cash prizes are real! It’s not to late to sign up. Visit for more information. To register, contact Colleen Vennechenko at 276-4128 or

The Fort Frances Museum is looking for help to beautify the town. They have taken over Project Petunia, which sees hanging flower baskets installed along King’s Highway. Baskets can be sponsored for $50 each, but all donations are welcome. To chip in, contact the Fort Frances Museum at 274-7891.

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. in the Volunteer Bureau. 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.

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 Centre also hosts a variety of events, including tai chi and a fully equipped wood shop. Contact Cindy to find out more!

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 a spring Card Making workshop with Meredith Crosswell, May 8 from 1-8 p.m. Cost is $25, and the class will be over Zoom. To sign up, call 274-7891 Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The April Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 draw is open, and the pot is climbing! The last prize was more than $26,000! Three chances for $5, 10 chances for $10 and the best deal of 60 chances for $20. Get your tickets now at or call the Foundation Office at 807-274-4803 to make arrangements for offline payment. Every dollar will go towards two new ultrasound machines.

A Walking Tour is being organized by the Fort Frances Museum, and organizers would like your input! What sights and sounds would you like to see showcased? Contact the Fort Frances Museum with your ideas!

The Fort Frances Writer’s Group meets virtually at 4:30 every second Wednesday of the month. Share your work and get some feedback from like-minded writers! If you’d like to attend, call the Museum at 274-7891 or message them over Facebook for the Zoom link.

Volunteer opportunities

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers for this upcoming year running April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. If you are a volunteer or someone interested in volunteering and believe in the positive impact volunteers have on our community, please pick up an application form at the FFVB (open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily) or send an email to requesting an application form.