Around Town

Quest for the Best registration deadline is tomorrow! Get ready to show off your talents, under the Big Tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, 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 Watten Fire Hall Flea Market will be held Saturday, July 9, from 7:30 a.m. -1 p.m. Located at the Fire Hall on Reef Point Road. Monster garage sale, bake tables and concession stand. Proceeds support the community.

Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tickets are available for purchase at Taggs Source for Sports. Tickets are $50 per person. Only a handful are left, and they are expected to sell out soon, so don’t delay. The event will include cocktails and dinner at La Place Rendezvous, on Saturday, August 13.

Teddy Bear Picnic will be July 15, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Head down to the library with your favourite teddy, for this carnival-style event. Tickets are $5 per person, and are available ahead of time at the library, or at the door. Art, Music, Photo Booth, Teddy Bear Doctors, Face Painting, Spry Farm Petting Zoo, Bouncy Castles and MORE! Bring a picnic, or buy a hot dog for $2 each.

Railroad Daze will be July 15-17 in Rainy River. Three days of fun community events, including cornhole and baseball tournaments, luncheons, yard sales, inflatables and kids events. For all the details, check out Railroad Daze on Facebook.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Fishing Tournament is on for this year. From July 21-23, the Fort Frances waterfront will be buzzing, with a full slate of events and weigh-ins. To keep up on the full schedule, see Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship on Facebook.

Tai Chi in the Park will be held rain or shine every Wednesday at 11 a.m., in Lion’s Park. No experience needed – all abilities welcome for this free, drop-in event! In the event of rain, the group will move into the library.

Allure Drag Show Spectacular will be taking over the Big Tent at the Bass Tournament, Thursday, July 21 at 8 p.m. featuring some of the best and brightest drag performers from northwestern Ontario, plus games and prizes! Tickets are $18 for advanced tickets, available at At the door, tickets are $20, cash only. Venue is licensed, but show is open to all ages.

Seniors movie at the library 55+ Movie Matinée July 22nd @ 1:00pm – Fort Frances Public Library. A free showing of “Emma” rated PG; 124 minutes.  Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.


The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Fishing Tournament is in need of volunteers, to fill a variety of roles before, during anf after the event. To sign up, e-mail, or message them over Facebook.

Meals on Wheels is seeking Volunteer Drivers. Call Sheri at 274-4818 for more information or email

The LaVerendrye General Hospital Auxiliary is looking for people to take the positions of President, vice- president and special events co-ordinator. We are also looking for someone who will do publicity. The Auxiliary is currently celebrating its 70th year of being active, raising money for hospital equipment. If anyone wishes to know more about the positions they can contact Jan Beazley at 807-276-1360 or

The Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau is seeking new volunteers. Pick up an application from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, call 807-274-9555 or e-mail for more information.

Are you a reader? Do you like books? Friends of the Fort Frances Library Technology Centre is looking for new members. Our mandate is to help the library be the best it can be. We support the library’s programming financially and by helping out at library events. For more information call Arlene at 274-5477.

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 29 is always on the lookout for new members! If you would like to know more about joining this group of fun and hard working ladies please contact Cindy Noble at 271-2021 or Joanne Gosselin at 274-5932.

Culturama is coming back! The Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre is organizing a revival of Culturama – a community multicultural festival. Organizers are seeking committee members and volunteers, or even just feedback on what you’d like to see! To be part of the Culturama team, reach out to Kayleigh Speirs, museum curator, at 274-7891, or check out the Museum’s Facebook page.

Rainycrest is seeking musical volunteers, who would like to perform dances and happy hours for long term care residents. If you have a band, play an instrument, or love to sing, and would like to brighten the lives of seniors, through a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, call Heidi at 807-274-3261 ext 2543.

The Rainycrest Tuck Shop is accepting donations. Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past. The Auxiliary thanks you for your generosity. Residents enjoy having the ability to come to the store to shop and are always excited to see new items in the Tuck Shop. With spring and summer approaching, we are in need of new items: purses/handbags/wallets, scarves, jewelry, medium and large stuffed animals, unscented personal hygiene items for men and women, socks, gift items and décor items that a resident might like in their room or to decorate the door. These are just suggestions and if you are not sure what to donate, drop by the Tuck Shop and talk to Gary. You can drop off items at the Tuck Shop or place the items (labelled ATTN Gary Tuck Shop) on the cart in the lobby.

The Seniors Companion Project is looking for volunteers for its friendly phone call program. Take a little time out of your week to alleviate loneliness in a senior – and even yourself! Training and full support are provided. Call Andrea Avis at 271-6370, or e-mail Seniors looking to receive friendly calls can use the same phone number to sign up.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of drivers to take animals to vet appointments. They are also in need of foster homes to provide a safe and loving environment, while kittens and cats await their forever homes. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is looking for a few volunteers to work on a casual basis covering for someone when they cannot come in. Please call Cindy at 807-271-2021.

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, call 274-5687 or stop by our office at 334 Scott Street.