Around Town

The Mill Alumni will hold its 10th annual banquet on Wednesday, May 25 starting at 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by May 15 and are available at the Senior Centre as well as from Committee members, Al at 486-0360, Allan at 274-9202, Wendell at 274-7318, Herman at 274-9520, Don at 274-9139, Stan at 271- 4675, Dave at 274-7086, Keven at 275-8118 or Bill at 274-9648.

The Senior Games are taking place across the region, and the Fort Frances Senior Centre wants you there! Registration is $15, and gives participants access to a wide variety of sports, including billiards, Bowling, euchre and darts. Registration deadline is May 20, with games running from May 24-June 7. Registration forms are available at the Senior Centre.

55+ Movie Matinée: Friday, May 20 at 1:00pm at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. A free showing of “Cyrano” (rated PG-13; 123 min) for ages 55+. Cyrano is the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, who dazzles with both ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay, but is convinced that his appearance makes him unworthy of the love of his devoted friend, Roxanne, who has fallen in love at first sight with Christian.

All seniors are invited to play BINGO each Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Senior Centre. For more details, call Cindy Noble at 274-7656.

Spring workshops at the Museum are back! On May 21 and 22, Jamie Nelson will teach Felting Spring Toads. Cost is $55. Register early – class size is limited!

Friends of the Museum is holding its Annual General Meeting, Thursday, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum.

The Friends of the Library are happy to announce the Book Sale is back! Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Books for sale by donation; cash only. Bring your own bags. Donations appreciated! Please drop off the week prior to the sale.

Pride Month activities will kick off May 31, with All Tea, No Shade – a tea to be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Rainy River Public Library. Tea and dainties will be served. Hosted by Borderland Pride. For a full listing of Pride Month events, visit

Spring Plant Event: Fort Frances Public Library – June 4 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. The Northern Ontario Plant Exchange and FFPLTC welcome everyone to a meet & greet, plant exchange, seed swap and general event. A free event to share all things plants and gardening including cuttings, pots, soil, seeds, seedlings, outdoor growing containers, bird feeders, house plants, bedding plants, perennials, trees, shrubs, moss, rocks, you name it! To reserve a table or for more information please call Nadine at 807-274-9879.

Choir! Choir! Choir! will be in town June 11 for a free show at the Rainy Lake Square, through a partner- ship between Borderland Pride and Tour de Fort. The concert will kick off right after the Pride March that day. Although tickets are free, pre-registration is required. To register, visit

The Amazing Drag Race will be held June 18. The race is a car rally, taking place from noon to 2 p.m., with a barbecue and karaoke from 2-4 at Point Park. Register to race, or come down for the after party! A team is 2-5 players. All racers must be in drag or costume! Visit to register your team. Space is limited!

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is looking for AA coaches for the 2022-2023 season. Coaches are needed in the U11, U13, U15 and U18 divisions. To apply, visit

Quest for the Best is back! Get ready to show off your talents, under the Big Tent on Friday July 22. Entry deadline is July 8. $40 for solo acts; $50 for duets. For more information, contact the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, or visit

The Fort Frances Lions Club TV Bingo 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.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 tickets are available. Don’t miss out on your chance to keep health care close to home! Get your tickets now at

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.

OPP Marine officers are conducting free dockside inspections and encourage members of the public to come to one of the locations listed below. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and to have your pleasure craft inspected to ensure it’s in safe working order. The available dates and locations include:

  • Noden Casueway and Sorting Gap Marina, Fort Frances: May 19 to 20, 2022 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Tompkins Outdoors, 6152 ON-11, Emo: May 25, 2022 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Canadian Tire, 1000 King’s Highway, Fort Frances: May 26, 2022 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Ukraine fundraisers

A Ukrainian Relief Dinner will be held May 25 at the Elk Lodge, International Falls. A goodwill donation will be accepted at the door, with several ways to donate throughout the evening. For more information, e-mail or call 218-286-5649.

Atikokan Stands with Ukraine is a grassroots organization to raise funds and provide housing for several Ukrainian refugee families. They will be collecting monetary donations, as well as clothes, toys, bikes, and household items for the region’s refugees. Monetary donations over $100 are eligible for a tax receipt. E-transfers are accepted at