Around Town – March 14

A Mindful Eating Workshop is being hosted virtually by the Fort Frances Family Health Team and Canadian Mental Health Association to help participants learn about the benefits of mindfulness and how to practice mindful eating. This free 6-week workshop is meant for anyone who is struggling with emotional eating, powerful food cravings or has an interest in improving self-care. Groups run every Wednesday from 1-3pm starting April 21-May 26. To register, call the Fort Frances Family Health Team @274 3287 Ext 267.

The Fort Frances Community Garden is reopening the kids’ garden! Plots are $15 for a 10 by 10 plot. Young gardeners and their families are responsible for planting and maintenance, but all seeds and plants will be provided. A great way to get outside and do something fun as a family! If you are interested in a plot, call the Northwestern Health Unit at 274-9827, and ask for Amy at ext. 303639.

Hanging baskets don't just happen – Project Petunia needs your help! The Fort Frances Museum has taken over Project Petunia, which purchases the flower baskets installed along King's Highway each summer. Baskets can be sponsored for $50 each, but all donations are welcome. To chip in, contact the Fort Frances Museum at 274-7891. 

The Income Tax Clinic has returned to the Volunteer Bureau. The clinic is open Mondays noon-4 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Volunteer Bureau. Have your documents ready. Maximum income to qualify for the clinic is $25,000 for single people, or $35,000 for combined households. The Volunteer Bureau is located in the old train station on Fourth Street West.

The Fort Frances Senior Centre is looking for seniors who would like to chat, through Zoom virtual meetings. Reconnect with others and chat about topics of interest from the safety of your own home! Anyone interested can call Cindy Noble at 274-6743 or 271-2021. The Centre also hosts a variety of events, including tai chi and a fully equipped wood shop. Contact Cindy to find out more!

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is making tentative plans to return to a modified version of the tournament this summer and is looking to gauge interest from teams. If you are an angler who would be willing to enter a modified FFCBC this summer, contact Greg Gustafson at 807-274-9461 or call/text 275-9589.

The Fort Frances Museum is hosting a spring Card Making workshop with Meredith Crosswell, May 8 from 1-8 p.m. Cost is $25, and the class will be over Zoom. To sign up, call 274-7891 Monday to Friday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The April Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 draw is open, and the pot is climbing! The last prize was more than $26,000! Three chances for $5, 10 chances for $10 and the best deal of 60 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 will go towards two new ultrasound machines.

A Walking Tour is being organized by the Fort Frances Museum, and organizers would like your input! What sights and sounds would you like to see showcased? Contact the Fort Frances Museum with your ideas!

The Fort Frances Writer’s Group meets virtually at 4:30 every second Wednesday of the month. Share your work and get some feedback from like-minded writers! If you’d like to attend, call the Museum at 274-7891 or message them over Facebook for the Zoom link.

If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page.You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here: https://www.nwhu.on.ca/covid19/Pages/public-sessions.aspx.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre has been posting fun craft and activity ideas on their Facebook page, that families can do at home. For more, visit the Fort Frances EarlyON on Facebook.

Volunteer opportunities

The FORT FRANCES VOLUNTEER BUREAU (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers for this upcoming year running April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. If you are a volunteer or someone interested in volunteering and believe in the positive impact volunteers have on our community, please pick up an application form at the FFVB (open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm daily) or send an email to fortfrancesvb@gmail.com requesting an application form.

Best for Kitty, previously known as Paws and Claws Canada is in desperate need of foster homes. With kitten season just around the corner, fosters will be needed to provide a save and loving environment while kittens and moms await their forever homes. Be a part of all that cuteness. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail bestforkitty@gmail.com.

Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers. Meals are delivered over the lunch hour. The program welcomes individuals, teams or organizations. To find out more, call Gaby Hanzuk at 807-274-3764.

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.

Impact the lives of local girls, by volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada. Training, events and scholarships available. Visit girlguides.ca/web/GGC/Volunteers.

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