Around Town

Around Town is a free community events listing. If you have an event coming up, send us the details at tips@fortfrances.com.

Manitou Mounds has re-opened to the public! The restaurant and gift shop are open, along with indoor and outdoor tours, which must be booked ahead of time, and reservations are preferred for the restaurant. To book, call 807-483-1163.

The Rainy River District Infant and Child Development program will be holding an adaptive water sports event, August 14 and 22 at Point Park. To book a time for your special needs child, e-mail kari.petrin@krrcfs.ca.

Tour de Fort is making a comeback! To kick off the comeback tour, an afternoon of music and entertainment will be held at Rainy Lake Square, Saturday August 14. Admission is by donation. The first set begins at 2 p.m., with the last performer taking the stage at 8 p.m. To check out the line-up, visit Tour de Fort on Facebook or online at www.tourdefort.com.

An “Explore Rainy Lake Digital Fishing Tournament” will be running August 13 to 22, with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs! Sponsored by the Town of Fort Frances in conjunction with the Rainy River Future Development Corp, the catch and release walleye and sauger tournament will be held over the MyCatch app, and managed by AnglersAtlas.com. Registration is $25, or $10 for youth. For the full details and registration, visit the official tournament page at https://buff.ly/3jnjlKp.

A free football skill camp is being offered by the Muskies coaching team. The free drop-in camp will run August 16-19, from 6-8 p.m. It’s open to anyone in Grade 7-12. No experience required. Players are asked to wear t-shirt, shorts, cleats and bring their own full water bottle.

The annual backpack giveaway is just around the corner! The Salvation Army will be giving away 75 FREE backpacks stuffed with school supplies and snacks for grades 1 thru 6 students on Thursday, August 19th from 11:30am to 1pm at 351 Scott Street.  First come, first served.

An All Around Town Scavenger Hunt will be held August 16-30. Pick up your entry form at the Fort Frances Library, then solve the riddles around town! Prizes for participation, and for the fastest-solving participants. To register, stop by or call the library, or e-mail halleenugentffpltc@gmail.com.

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

The Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre is now open, 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.

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 Wednesday 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.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care August 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out – there’s still time to buy before the early bird! 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. Outdoor story time, TD Summer Reads program, Craft Club, Senior’s Technology Workshop, Senior’s Art Studio – 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! 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.