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The Bear Clan Fort Frances will be holding a fundraising barbecue, Sunday July 11, from 5-8 p.m. They are looking for donations of supplies, including smokies, burgers, buns, condiments, plates, napkins and drinks. All the funds raised stay with the local volunteer group. Although they’re best known for their needle pick-up service, they provide a broad range of services for those in need. Funds help offset the costs of gas, PPE, safety equipment, and help them to provide snacks and water to those in need. If you would like to donate supplies or money towards the group’s barbecue fundraiser, message them over facebook, or call or text 276-2332.

The Castin’ for Cash Bass Tournament will be taking place this weekend, July 9 and 10, at Lake Despair Lodge. Almost 40 teams have already joined the tournament, which is only open to Canadian anglers this year. To sign up, visit lake Despair Lodge on Facebook or call Bill Godin at 486-0532.

Rainy River FIXIT Club general meeting open to club members and adults interested in building things for themselves or working on club projects. Tuesday July 13 at 10 a.m. Please respect current COVID regulations.

Borderland Racing is back! The cars will hit the track this Saturday, with hot laps at 7 p.m., racing at 7:30. Spectators are allowed, with some restrictions.

The Nevin Bonot Golf Tournament is making a comeback! The memorial tournament will be held July 17 at Heron Landing Golf Course. To register, call Glen Kellar at 274-5678.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is just around the corner! The historic tournament turns 25 this year. Although it won’t have the same fanfare as previous years, the fish will still bite, and $10,000 cash is up for grabs for the winning team. The tournament will be July 22-24. There’s still time to register – sign up your team at

Emo Fair Queen contestants are being recruited by the Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society. To take part, call Mary at 271-1586 or Sis at 276-2483.

Rainy Lake Gymnastics will be holding its AGM on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The meeting link will be posted on the group’s Facebook page, and website, The upcoming season will be discussed.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Centre has re-opened programming to in-person outdoor events! Each week brings new activities, staged at area parks. Activities include picnics, craft time, open play, and other events. To see the week’s offerings, and how to register your child for some fun outdoor play time with other kids, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON Centre on Facebook.

The Rainycrest Auxiliary would like to thank you for all of your generous donations to the Tuck Shop. It means a lot to the residents to be able to go shopping at our shop for gifts, toiletries, personal items and snacks, especially during the times when we have all been asked to stay at home due to Covid. We could use: unused toiletries (remember Rainycrest is a scent free zone) knick knacks or decorative items for residents to use as gifts or to decorate their own space. Jewelry and stuffies are always appreciated. We would also like you to remember to donate items for our male residents. Items can be left inside the front door with a label saying ATTN Gary in the Tuck Shop.

Volunteer opportunities

The FORT FRANCES VOLUNTEER BUREAU (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers. 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.

The WWRD Lions Club is seeking new members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church. Fort more information, contact Secretary, Peggy Advent at or phone 807-483-5403.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of foster homes to provide a safe and loving environment, while kittens and cats await their furever homes. Many cats have had to be turned away from the shelter, due to a lack of fosters. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail

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.