The Halkirk fire protection team will hold its 26th-annual fish fry on Saturday, Aug. 5 from noon-6 p.m. at the Bear Pass fire hall (Bear Pass Road). A bouncy castle will be on hand again this year. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids (dessert included). No dogs please!
Stock car racing action resumes Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Emo Speedway. Hot laps are at 7 p.m., with the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).
Joey Landreth will headline the next barn concert at Cornell Farms in La Vallee on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, available at the Fort Frances Public Library, Tompkins Hardware, and Cornell Farms, and $18 at the door.
A community arrival for “Canoe Expedition 2017,” sponsored by the Métis Nation of Ontario and “Ontario 150,” will be held Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Point Park and La Place Rendez-Vous.
The next “Pop Up Play” event will take place Thursday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Legion Park. It also will be held at the same time on Aug. 17 (Lillie Avenue Park) and again Aug. 24 (Point Park). It features free activities and games for kids of all ages, including soccer, a bean bag toss, parachute games, giant games, baseball, volleyball, scoops, skipping ropes, croquet, frisbee, and more.
The next “Open Air Art Studio,” presented by Community Living Fort Frances and District, will be held Thursday, Aug. 10 from 3-7 p.m. at the Point Park. This week’s theme is the Japanese art of Shibori dyeing. The session is free, and all aged and abilities are welcome to attend.
A “Stuff-A-Bus” drive to collect school supplies for the “Backpacks for Kids” campaign will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Walmart. The public also is invited to drop off supplies, backpacks, or cash donations at Causeway General Insurance (229 Scott St.) or M. Wu Dentistry (1201 Colonization Rd. W.), or call Dr. Wu’s office at 274-5365 to arrange for pick-up. You also can donate at The Bargain Shop, with the deadline being Aug. 19.
The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets are available at Taggs Source for Sports, by calling Barb Ogden at 274-5195, or via e-mail at
The Rainy River Valley Agricultural Society will hold its annual fall fair Aug. 17-19 at the Emo fairgrounds. Advance midway tickets, which cost $28 (a savings of $5) are available until the evening of Aug. 17 at Wilson’s and Fort Frances General Supply (Fort Frances, Dev-Lynne’s (Devlin), Tompkins Hardware, Village Variety, and Cloverleaf (Emo), the Stratton Cafe (Stratton), and the Beaver Mills Market (Rainy River).
The 15th-annual “Ride for Memories,” presented by the local Alzheimer Society, will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, with start locations in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden. A steak dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at the Legion in Dryden. The early-bird registration is $20, with the price being $25 after July 27 (dinner ticket included). For more info, call toll-free 1-800-682-0245, e-mail, or visit
A “Teen Open Mic Night” is planned for Monday, Aug. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. To register, call 274-9879 or e-mail Not a musician? Come for the show! Pizza, refreshments, and prizes will be provided.
A class reunion for all FFHS Grade 12 attendees from 1976-78 will be held Aug. 26-27 at Sunny Cove. Tickets cost $100 each, which includes a cabin or camping if needed, a live band, a DJ, karaoke, a pig roast, and more. Get your tickets at or call (807) 274-6890 for details.
Fort Frances Lakers’ season passes are now available by calling John at 276-4207 or Ria at 275-6272. They cost $220 for adults (age 18 and over), $175 for students (ages 13-18), and $110 for children (aged 12 and under).
“Market Thursdays” take place each Thursday on the 200 block of Scott Street. It features locally-grown veggies, baking, crafts, and more. To book a table, contact Betty’s (274-9565).