Around Town

Today is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day. The local FASD Community Partners of the Rainy River District invite the community to participate in the Red Shoes Rock campaign giving voice and support to those affected by prenatal alcohol exposure by wearing red shoes on September 9th. Local events on September 9th include: A pancake breakfast (breakFASD) hosted by The United Native Friendship Centre at the Rainy Lake Market Square starting at 10:00 a.m. and in Atikokan join the 3 km walk at 10:00 a.m. starting from 211 Main Street.

The Fort Frances Fire Rescue will be holding a 9/11 Stair Climb Memorial event, by climbing the stairs of the lookout tower. They may also be joined by local paramedics and police officers. They will climb it 14 times, which is the equivalent height of the World Trade Centre, in honour of first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on New York’s twin towers. The public is encouraged to come out and show their support for the climbers. The event begins at 2 p.m.

Sign up for the D.I. Dash, to kick off the official Picture This campaign at Riverside Foundation for Heath Care. Run, walk or bike relay style, between Emo and Fort Frances, all taking place Sunday, September 12. Not interested in walking, but still ant to come out? Stop by at the Community Pancake Breakfast at the rainy River Legion hall from 8-9:30 a.m., a Community Luncheon at the Emo Health Centre from 11:30 a.m. To 1 p.m. or a community barbecue to wrap up the day at La Verendrye General Hospital, from 5-6;30 p.m. Transportation is available for walkers. To sign up, call Allison at 274-4803.

Municipal Hazardous Waste Day will be held Saturday, September 11 from, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Yard, 900 Wright Ave, Fort Frances. Accepted items include batteries, corrosives, oil filters, antifreeze and much more.

A Fort Frances Skeet Club Shoot-off is being planned for September 11 at 9:30 a.m. There will be two rounds before coffee, two after. All shooters past and present welcome. For more information, call Ted Brockie at 274-9136 or Brad Houghton at 275-6183.

The International Rainy Lake of the Woods Watershed Board will be holding a virtual public meeting, September 14 from 1-3 p.m. Meeting will be held over Zoom, at the Board’s website: Learn about the board’s activities on water levels, ecosystems and engagement. Questions from attendees are allowed.

Rainy Lake Gymnastics will be holding a Grand Opening celebration, to give the public a look at their completed facility. Join the Academy, in partnership with Beyak Automotive Group, on Wednesday, September 15, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 248 Scott Street in Fort Frances.

The Rainy River Walleye Tournament is almost here! There’s still a few spots left, but you don’t need to fish to have fun! The event will feature live music, silent auction, fish fry dinner and pancake breakfast, all open to the public. A kids’ mini-tournament will take place Saturday morning, followed by kids’ activities. The event will wrap up with a pig roast and dance Saturday night. For the full event schedule, visit

The Fort Frances Curling Club will be holding online registration until September 24, with in-person registration September 15 and 16. Keep an eye on the Club’s Facebook page for more details.

The Rainy River Future Development Corporation will be holding its Annual General meeting September 21 at 6:30 p.m. at La Place Rendezvous. Register at or call 274-3276.

Fort Frances Minor Hockey is seeking senior and junior referees for the upcoming season. Experience an asset, but training available. Criminal record check required. For more, call Matt McLellan at 271-4411.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care September 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 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.

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 or phone 807-483-5403. They can be purchased right online through an e-transfer at The draw is next week, so don’t delay!