The “Fibre Arts Festival,” a juried show featuring the work of local fibre artists, will be on display in the small gallery upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum starting soon.
Tour de Fort presents “The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer” today (Jan. 17) at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 7 p.m.) The event is open to passport holders but some tickets may be available at the door for $35 each. Passports for the final three shows of the season also will be available at the discounted price of $75.
The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Minnesota Iron Rangers in SIJHL action on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids 12 and under, with those under five being free.
The Borderland Snowmobile Club will hold a poker run on Saturday, Jan. 19 from Fort Frances to Emo, with lunch at the Emo Inn. Registration is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the groomer shack off Eighth Street. No trail permit? A $35 event pass will be available. For more info, call John Homer at 274-6688 or check out the club’s Facebook page.
Museum workshops, in partnership with the “Friends of the Museum,” will include Beginners Wood Carving (instructor S. Latimer) on Saturday, Jan. 19 from noon-4:30 p.m. and again Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1-4 p.m., with the cost being $15, and Abstract Flow Painting (instructor P. Tinkess-Fletcher) on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1-4 p.m., with the cost being $25. Registration must be accompanied with payment (cash or cheque only).
The Fort Frances Fire Brigade will conduct its annual Christmas tree pick-up on Saturday, Jan. 19 starting around 2 p.m. Donations accepted, which will be directed to a local cause. Questions? Call the fire hall at 274-9841.
The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Thief River Falls Norskies in SIJHL action on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids 12 and under, with those under five being free.
The Muskie boys’ hockey team will play the Red Lake Rams in NorWOSSA action on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and again Sunday, Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be played at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for students, with those under 12 being free.
A citizenship test course will start Monday, Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and also run Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Valley Adult Learning Association’s office (the old high school). The sessions will last for 90 minutes and continue for several weeks on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge for the course. To register, contact the VALA office at 274-3553.
Riverside Health Care will hold its next open board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at La Verendrye Hospital.
“Kids & Company” presents Geronimo Stilton (“Mouse in Space”) on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Advance tickets cost $10.50 (available online at or $12 at the door (children three and under are free). For more info, call Tara at 271-0320.
The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its monthly supper–this time featuring cutlets and all the trimmings–on Friday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30). Admission is $16/plate, with take-outs available by calling 274-3772. A 50/50 draw also will be held. A reminder the lift is now in proper working order.
“Suicide Alertness for Everyone,” presented by the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, will be offered in two sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the NCDS office (304 Scott St.) The sessions are free but pre-registration is required by contacting Charlene Strain at 274-2347 ext. 207.
“The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paw,” a puppet show with Chad Solomon and sponsored by the “Friends of the Library,” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Come for the family-friendly show and pizza.
A support group for sexual assault survivors is starting at the end of January. It will be a closed group (you must pre-register) that will meet weekly at a location to be determined. For more info or to register, contact Maggie Burnell at 271-0343 or via e-mail at
“Fibre Content,” a travelling exhibit featuring award-winning artwork created from textiles, will be in the main floor gallery of the Fort Frances Museum beginning Feb. 1 and running through March.
Comic stunt juggler Tuey Wilson will perform on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls (doors open at 6:30). Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for children (U.S. funds), with those under five being free. Tickets are available at Betty’s here, as well as at City Drug and Backus in the Falls, and at the door.
The annual “Forget Me Not” dinner, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, will be held Saturday, Feb. 2 at La Place Rendez-Vous, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6. It also will feature live entertainment. Tickets cost $50 each or $400 for a table of eight, which includes a $25 charitable receipt, which are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts or by calling toll-free 1-800-682-0245. You also can visit
Fort Frances girls’ hockey “Radio Bingo” will hold a “Monster Bingo”–featuring $5,000 in total prizes–on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. on B•93 The Border. Buy 9-Ups for $20, which are available at various locations around town and in the district.
A capote-making workshop, with instructors Caren Fagerdahl and Jane Trivers, will be held Feb. 16 and 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Seven Generations Education Institute (lunch provided). The $45 base price covers sewing materials but participants still need to buy a blanket (prices vary). For more info or to register, call Laura at 274-7891. Registration must be accompanied by payment.
The entry deadline for the 2019 Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts is Friday, Feb. 22. Entry forms can be found on the “Forms, Fees and Resources” page of their website ( and at the back of the syllabus. The updated syllabus also has been posted on the site.
Bingo at the Fort Frances Seniors’ Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre) has resumed Fridays at 1:30 p.m. Everyone aged 55+ welcome!