Around Town

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is this weekend! Although traditional celebrations have been set aside this year, the boat launch and weigh-ins can still be viewed by the public, with social distancing in mind. For the full line-up and schedule, visit www.canadianbass.com.

A free non-contact football skill and touch football camp is being offered by the Muskies coaching team. Five sessions are left. It runs Thursday July 22 and then Monday July 26 through Thursday July 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Football field. The camp is free of charge, open to anyone in grades 7-12. No experience necessary. No sign-up required – join in anytime and just show up. Participants must bring soccer or football cleats, shorts and t-shirt and a full water bottle.

A Fish Filleting Workshop will be held at the Couchiching multi-use facility, Friday July 23 at 9:30 a.m., to celebrate Water Week. Everyone welcome!

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29 will be re-opening Monday, July 26. The clubroom hours will be Monday through Saturday, 1-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. Darts, pool and cards can resume, with some precautions.

The Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre is re-opening, Tuesday, July 27 featuring Cassandra Cochrane: Nindinawemaaganag: My relations & Nidizhichigewinan by Nancy Jones. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. 259 Scott St, Fort Frances. For more information visit www.fortfrances.ca/museum or check out the museum on Facebook.

Auntie Bear will be holding a pop-up summer Bear Pop, July 28 from 6-7 p.m. at the Point. Dance with Auntie Bear for a chance to win prizes! Auntie Bear represents the Nanodo Giikendaan Program, which aims to provide safe spaces for womxn, girls and 2SLGBTGIAP+folx. She provides education, and support, including prevention, intervention and harm reduction. A pop-up paint night will be held at some time in the future. For more information, visit facebook.com/binesiwagwellness.

The Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy will hold its AGM on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. The Zoom link will be posted to the group’s Facebook page. Anyone interested in the upcoming year is encouraged to attend.

Square Days are back! The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre will be holding fun activities in the Rainy Lake Square, for kids aged 4-12. Registration is $5, and is required to attend. Participants will be Covid-screened and masks are highly encouraged. Events run from 1-3 p.m. each Tuesday in August. Themes include Olympics, Blast from the Past, Mad Scientist, Unleash your inner artist and Mix it up! To register, call the museum at 274-7891 or message them on Facebook.

Did you know the Fort Frances Public Library loans fishing rods and tackle?? Members with a valid card can sign out equipment for a week.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out! Five chances for $5, 20 chances for $10 and the best deal of 100 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 raised will go towards the $1.5-million Picture This diagnostic imaging campaign.

Summer programming is up and running at the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre, from the TD Summer Reads program, to Craft Club to tech help, there’s something for everyone! Check them out on Facebook or online at ffpltc.ca to see the latest.

The annual WWRD Lions Pontoon Boat tickets are going fast! They sold out by August last year, and tickets are going even faster this year! Only 5,000 will be sold. Tickets are available at the Fort Frances Times office and other local merchants, or e-mail WestRRDLions@gmail.com or phone 807-483-5403. They can be purchased right online through an e-transfer at www.westlions.ca

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.

Volunteer opportunities

Rainy River District Victim Services Program is looking for compassionate and empathetic individuals for our team of volunteers. Our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to victims in their time of need. Individuals in all major centers of the District (Atikokan, Fort Frances and Rainy River) are encouraged to apply.  Free specialized training is included and involves 30 online hours (work at your own pace) and 10 hours of in house certificate training based on Ministry Standards. For more information please visit www.rrdvsp.ca, call 274-5687 or stop by our office at 334 Scott Street.

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 bestforkitty@gmail.com.