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Treaty #3 MMIWG Awareness Month Events will be hosting a virtual livestream of the documentary “1200+” followed by a Q&A session with co-producer Sheila North on Wednesday, May 12 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The documentary examines the impact of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and explores how and why some of these women went missing. A link to the Zoom event can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is organizing a kids’ clothing exchange, to offset the difficulty parents are facing in buying children’s clothing during the stay-at-home order. If you have clothing to donate, drop it off at the Volunteer Bureau, located in the Old CN Station on 4th Street, any day. Parents in need of clothing are welcome to stop by and search for what they need.

The Rainycrest Tuck Shop, is in need of items! Top of the list is large stuffies, purses, and lap blankets. Crafters are welcome to make and donate! Also accepted are knick knacks, jewelry, CD’s, small stuffed animals, decorative items & movies. No kitchen items please – residents no longer cook. The shop also has enough books at this time. Residents love to go shopping and this means the world to them. Items can be left inside the front door. A label saying “Attention Gary in the Tuck Shop” is helpful. If possible, call and tell them you are coming and someone will pick up your goodies quickly from the front door. Thanks in advance for helping to brighten the lives of our senior residents in Rainycrest!

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.

Project Petunia needs your help! The Fort Frances Museum has taken over Project Petunia, which purchases the flower baskets installed along King’s Highway each summer. 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!

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.

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.You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here: https://www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/public-sessions.aspx.

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