Around Town

The Festival of the Performing Arts will be holding its AGM today, Thursday December 2, at 6:30 in the Shaw Room of the Fort Frances Public Library. Covid protocols will apply. To attend virtually, find the details on Facebook, or online at or call Marie 274-5105.

A Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt is underway, at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Until Friday, December 31, grab your friends or family, and have fun hunting down 15 items in town! For more information, contact the library, or download the list from the library’s event listing.

Stuff a Cruiser will be held across the District on Saturday, December 4. Local first responders will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart, Safeway, The Place, Cloverleaf Grocery and Beaver Mills Market. All items donated will stay with local food banks.

Holly Daze is taking place December 3 and 4, in downtown Emo. Craft fairs, prizes, a parade and fireworks! Check out the 2021 Emo Holly Daze Facebook page for the full schedule of events.

Christmas Hamper applications are being accepted at the Salvation Army. Sponsors and adoptees are also needed for the program. Get the details of a family in need, and your family or workplace can have fun making their Christmas dreams come true. To join, call 807.274.3871 or emailing

A senior’s Christmas Craft Sale will take place at the Fort Frances Senior Centre, Sunday December 5 from 1-5 p.m. Vendors are all local seniors who love to craft! Covid protocols apply, and proof of vaccination required to attend.

A candlelight service will be held in observance of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It will take place at Knox United Church in Fort Frances, at 6 p.m., Monday, December 6. Covid protocols in place. Masks and proof of vaccination required. A light lunch will follow.

Live Christmas music will be performed by a quartet from the Borderland Community Orchestra, Mondays December 6 and 13, starting at 6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.

The Fort Frances Lakers will be holding a toy drive, December 10 from 6-8 p.m. Drop off your new, unwrapped toy at the Memorial Sportsplex lobby before the game! All donations will go to the UNFC Adopt-a-family program.

A Christmas Hamper Drive will take place December 11 from noon to 4 p.m., at Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo. The drive is being organized by the RedRum Motorcycle Club, Treaty 3 chapter. They are accepting unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items, which will be distributed to local families in need. For more details, visit, or contact

The Fort Frances Lions Club is bringing back TV Bingo! It will run Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., on Shaw Cable. Tickets at all the usual places.

The Right Relations Circle meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre at 10 a.m. – EVERYONE WELCOME. This community group is committed to improving settler-Indigenous relations in the Rainy River District (Treaty 3 territory) through education, outreach, sharing, and advocacy on issues of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion.

All seniors are invited to play BINGO each Friday at 1:30 p.m. Participants must show proof of full vaccination. For more details, call Cindy Noble at 274-7656.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out! 20 chances for $10, 100 chances for $20 or 250 tickets for $40. 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.

Manitou Mounds is 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 807-483-11163.

Join the Air Cadets! If you’re between the ages of 12 and 18, enjoy outdoor survival, marksmanship, shorts, planes and having fun, this is the place for you! Registration is free – join anytime. For more information, contact the Squadron at Visit to learn more about the Cadet program.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Centre has re-opened programming to in-person indoor events! Each week brings new activities and crafts. 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.