Around Town – November 4

Public Notice

The Salvations Army is moving! The Salvation Army THRIFT STORE, Community Family Services & Ministries tare on the move to 242 Scott Street. This move will result in future sustainability to ensure service to the community for years to come. During the transition, they will be unable to accept clothing and household item donations. However, anyone wishing to make a financial donation can do so by via Canada Post to:  The Salvation Army Fort Frances Corps, PO Box 101, Fort Frances, ON  P9A 3M5. During this transition time the food bank is accessible through the 351 Scott Street location.  Christmas Hamper applications can be requested by calling 807.274.3871 or emailing

Events listing

The Volunteer Bureau is holding a winter coat drive, which will run daily until November 7, between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old CN Station, at 140 4th Street West. Donations will be accepted during that time. All sizes and winter gear, including snow pants, mitts and hats, are welcome.

Musical Pathways Theatre and the FFHS Theatre Arts Department are presenting All Together Now! It’s a global event, celebrating local theatre. The show will be November 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday Matinee on November 14, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adulkts, and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts.

Knox United Church (Fort Frances) is holding their Soup for the Soul fundraiser in November. Varieties available are wild rice, hamburger, or lentil (vegetarian) in 32oz and 16oz sizes for $10 and $5 respectively. Soups will be frozen and available for pickup between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 20th. Fresh soups are also available in advance, by request. Delivery is available within Fort Frances. For more information or to place an order, email or call 274-4543.

The Fort Frances Lions Club is bringing back TV Bingo! It will run Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., on Shaw Cable, beginning November 4. Tickets at all the usual places.

Birch Bark Yarns is (virtually) hosting the Fall Fair Isle Knit-A-Long! The Knit-a-long is free and open to everyone! Beginners & Experts are welcome! The suggested pattern is a tuque (beanie) using Fair Isle knitting techniques. To join us, join the “Fall Fair Isle KAL” Facebook group. More details are available on the group page as well as on our Facebook Page @birchbarkyarnsco. The Knit-a-long will run from Oct 15-Nov 15.

Samaritan’s Purse “Christmas Child Shoe Boxes” are ready for pick-up at Lowery’s and The Bargain Shop. Fill a box to brighten the life of a child.

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.

Victory Baptist Church is holding a kids’ club for ages 4-12. Awana Clubs has games, bible memory, food and lessons for life to help kids live in hope, not fear. The club will meet Thursday nights until December 8, from 6-7 p.m. Call 274-1472 to join.

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.

Valley Adult Learning Association will be holding a Basic Computer Class on Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m., beginning October 14. No fee. Proof of vaccination required. Call 274-3553 to register.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care October 50/50 tickets are available! Don’t miss out! 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.

Manitou Mounds has re-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 outdoor events! Each week brings new activities, staged at area parks. 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.

Volunteer opportunities

The Fort Frances Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteer drivers to deliver meals to seniors. To join in, or get more information, call the Riverside Community Support Services at 274-2244.

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.

The Fort Frances Lakers are looking for billet families and a billet coordinator, to provide a home away from home for players. To join, or just to find out what’s involved, call Sarah at 275-6991.

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.

The FORT FRANCES VOLUNTEER BUREAU (FFVB) is accepting applications for membership renewals and new member volunteers. 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 requesting an application form.

The WWRD Lions Club is seeking new members. They meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church. Fort more information, contact Secretary, Peggy Advent at or phone 807-483-5403.

Best for Kitty is in desperate need of foster homes to provide a safe and loving environment, while kittens and cats await their furever homes. Many cats have had to be turned away from the shelter, due to a lack of fosters. Full support and supplies are provided. For more information on what’s involved, or to volunteer, e-mail

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.