A “Fort Frances Kitchen Party,” a free concert featuring local musical duo Entyrely Mac, will take place today (May 17) from 6-8 p.m. to cap the grand opening of the Rainy Lake Square.
The Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. The public is invited to attend.
A “Welcome Rally” for U.S. anglers crossing the border here will be held Friday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend with a fun, homemade sign to show our American neighbours our Fort Frances Boundless hospitality.
Rainy River First Nations will hold its 48th-annual fish fry on Friday, May 18 starting at 4 p.m. at the RRFN pow-wow grounds (located on Highway 71 just north of the Highway 11 junction). Volunteers are greatly appreciated and donations welcomed!
The first movie night at the Rainy Lake Square will take place Friday, May 18 at 8:30 p.m., with “E.T.” to be shown. Admission is free but those attending are reminded to bring along a lawn chair.
A free weekly workshop on chronic disease self-management will run Tuesdays from 2-4:30 p.m. from May 22-June 26 at the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (612 Portage Ave.) To register, call the Fort Frances Family Health Team at 274-7741 ext. 1.
The Borderland Community Orchestra will hold a spring concert, entitled “Fairy Tales and Magical Stories,” on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Special guests will be Bel Canto, the Borderland Choir, and the Rainy River High School band. Admission is $12 at the door, with children under 12 being free.
In celebration of Community Living Month, a barbecue will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square. The cost is $2 for a hotdog and beverage, with free entertainment also planned.
An opening reception for Bakaan Nake’ii Ngii-izhi-gakinoo’amaagoomin (“We Were Taught Differently: the Indian residential school experience”), will be held Wednesday, May 23 from 3-7 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. This includes one exhibit on loan from the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora and the work of Glenn Jourdain of Couchiching that focuses on St. Marguerite’s Indian Residential School here in Fort Frances. Everyone welcome.
The Mill Alumni (formerly the “Oldtimers Club”) will hold its annual banquet on Thursday, May 24 at the local Legion, starting with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Tickets, which cost $30 each and must be purchased by May 14, are available at the Sister Kennedy Centre and From the Grind Up. They also are available by calling Ed (274-5237), Herman (274-9529) Al (486-0360), Don (274-9139), Robert (274-6435), or Stan (274-5083).
Riverside Health Care will hold its next open board meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the Rainy River Health Centre.
An all-candidates’ meeting, hosted by the Rainy River Federation of Agriculture, will be held Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Emo Walleye Classic runs May 24-26, with the entry fee being $500/team. Download a registration form at
The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its next monthly supper–featuring pork cutlets–on Friday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) A 50/50 draw also will be held. Admission is $16/person.
The “Friends of the Library” will hold its annual book sale on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Donations welcome (drop books off at the library the week prior to the sale). Proceeds to benefit the local library.
To mark Paramedic Services Week, the Rainy River Association of Professional Paramedics and Rainy River District Paramedic Services will hold free barbecues from 4-8 p.m. on May 28 (Atikokan ambulance base), May 29 (Rainy River ambulance base), and May 31 (Emo ambulance base), as well as on Saturday, June 2 from noon-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances ambulance base. There also will be games, prizes, a bake sale, open house, and ambulance tours.
The Northwest Training and Adjustment Board will hold is annual general meeting on Monday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Best Western Plus in Dryden. R.S.V.P. by May 22 to or by calling 1-807-223-3813.
The District 1A Senior Games, open to residents aged 55+ as of Dec. 31, 2018, will be held in Fort Frances on June 5-6. Registration forms available at the Fort Frances Senior Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre), with the deadline being May 29. The registration fee is $35, which includes lunch both days and a banquet on the Tuesday night (extra banquet tickets cost $25 each).
The Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Any interested parties may attend.
The United Native Friendship Centre will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, June 7 at 5 p.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion. Dinner and refreshments will be provided.
The annual “Walk for Alzheimer’s”–featuring 1K and 2K routes–will be held Saturday, June 16 starting at the Sorting Gap Marina. Registration begins at 10 a.m., with a welcome and warm-up to follow at 11 a.m. A free barbecued lunch will be held afterwards. Registration/pledge forms available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts here or by visiting
“Relay for Life” will be held Saturday, June 23 from 4-10:30 p.m. at the new Rainy Lake Square in downtown Fort Frances. Teams are urged to sing up today by contacting organizer Monica Sus at 274-7043 or by dropping by the “Welcome Home” Fort Frances Family Centre (272 Scott St.) on Monday to Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Rainy River District Stewardship Group once again is selling white spruce and red pine seedlings in bundles of 20 for $5 (supplies are limited). Pick-up will be at the Emo Agricultural Research Station or the Fort Frances Public Library on May 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more info or to make an order, contact Kim Jo Bliss at 275-9706.
The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is accepting applications for house league and ‘AA’ coaches, as well as league conveners. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 18.
Tea and scones are back every “Market Thursday” from June 28-Aug. 30. Come to the Fort Frances Museum from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (back elevator entrance will be open), with admission being $5.