A love and respect marriage conference, sponsored by the Door of Hope Counselling Services, will be held today (Sept. 22) from 6:30-10 p.m. and again on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Cost is $7.50 at the door.
“Harvest Days” activities, hosted by the BIA, will take place on the 100 block of Scott Street on Saturday, Sept. 23 (weather permitting).
The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at its McIrvine Road location. This week’s theme is “Customer Appreciation Day,” with activities including the “Zucchini 500” at 10 a.m. as well as a vegetable competition.
Kitchen Creek Golf Club will hold its “Windup Weekend” on Sept. 23-24 starting at 9 a.m. both days. Entry fee is $50/person, which includes a breakfast buffet on Saturday and a prime rib dinner on Sunday. Club members are encouraged to participate.
The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
The Emo Speedway will hold its season finale and powder puff races on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
A women’s group, sponsored by the Atikokan Crisis Centre, will meet free of charge every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the United Native Friendship Centre starting Sept. 23. There will be scrapbooking, discussion, and refreshments. Call 1-800-465-3348 for more info.
World-class marathoner Dick Beardsley will speak Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls conjunction with the annual WoodSPORT international marathon festivities. The race itself goes Sunday, Sept. 24 from Ranier to the government dock in Fort Frances.
Alfie Zappacosta will perform a “stage door” performance at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 each, with proceeds going to the Arthritis Society. Call 1-807-345-9535 ext. 5 to get yours.
The annual fall blood donor clinic will be held at Fort Frances High School on Monday, Sept. 25 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Appointments preferred by calling 1-888-236-6283 or by visiting www.blood.ca
The Emo Centennial Choir will begin rehearsing for its Christmas concert on Monday, Sept. 25 at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo. Registration is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the first rehearsal at 7. There is $35 fee to cover the cost of the music.
A public meeting on the town’s 2007 budget will be held Monday, Sept. 25 at the Civic Centre prior to the regular meeting of town council. Those wishing to make a presentation are asked to register with Clerk Glenn Treftlin prior to noon on Thursday, Sept. 21.
The Kitchen Creek ladies will hold their wind-up banquet Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the golf course. Cocktails are at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7. Tickets cost $17 each, which are available at the pro shop (274-4653) or Curves for Women (274-2205). This is open to all women golfers (not just club members).
“tour de Fort” kicks off its 2006/07 season with fiddling sensation “Fidello” on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Passports, which cost $95 each for six shows, are available at www.tourdefort.com or by calling Barb MacDonell (274-2544).
The Ear Clinic, Inc., operated by audiologist Brenda Tullio at 261 Scott St., will hold its grand opening Sept. 27-28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Fort High school council will hold its first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7-9 p.m. in the Alice Widurski Library there. Parents interested in getting involved are asked to attend.
Australian Peter Sparrow of Creation Ministries International will be at the New Beginnings Fellowship on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. to teach a session entitled “Dynamic Answers from Genesis.” Bring your questions—and a friend. For more info, call 274-3638 or e-mail nbf@vianet.ca
Koochiching Hospice and Respite will hold its monthly volunteer working luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in International Falls.
Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. will hold its next open board meeting Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at La Verendrye Hospital.
The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is holding a coach stream clinic on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. and again Saturday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. Contact Wayne Strachan (274-4383) for more info. As well, all new coaches must attend “Speak Out” on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.
A “fall harvest breakfast and bake sale,” sponsored by the Emmanuel Christian Academy, will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship (beside the Lakeview Trailer Court). There also will be craft activities for children and draw prizes. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and $15 for families of four or more.
An “old bags” luncheon, organized by the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, is slated for Saturday, Sept. 30 at noon at the Fort Frances High School cafeteria. Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at Cousineau Brokers, the 364 Store, and Sunset Country Ford, or by calling Joan Allison at 274-9484. There also will be entertainment and games, as well as individually-designed bags to be won.
A bow-making and gift basket workshop is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fine Line Gallery. Cost is $30 (includes all supplies except basket). To register or for more information, call the gallery at 274-1269.
A reminder that entries for the 2007 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship must be received by Sept. 30. The entry fee is $1,250 per team, with forms available at the Fort Frances Times office or online at www.canadianbass.com
The Borderland Bicycle Club will host a “River Road Ramble”—either 25 or 50 km along Highway 602—on Sunday, Oct. 1 starting at 1 p.m. from the public landing by the water tower. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and helmets are mandatory. A donation of $5 would be appreciated, with drinks and snacks provided afterwards. For more info, contact Chris McKinnon at Skates & Blades (274-6180).
The annual “Life Chain” will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on the north side of Scott Street. Signs will be available at St. Mary’s Church starting at 2:15.
The annual “Harvest Supper,” organized by Guthrie United Church in Devlin, will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Devlin Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children six-12, and free for those five and under.
A 10-week, 60-hour course to prepare people to write the GED exam will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. at Confederation College starting on Oct. 2. Tuition is $290.40 (materials and tests are extra).
Fort Frances High School will hold its Parents’ Night for the first semester on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 7-9 p.m. Progress reports will be issued to students on Oct. 3.
A support group for caregivers and family members of older adults with dementia will meet on the first Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at 414 Scott St. starting on Oct. 4. For more info or to RSVP, call 274-9400.
A seminar on how to start a small business, hosted by the Rainy River Future Development Corp. and presented by Angela Halvorsen, will be held Thursday, Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at 608 Scott St. Cost is $20 per person.
A fundraiser for Danielle Lavallie, Scott Witherspoon, and baby Camden will be held Friday, Oct. 13 at the Little Beaver Snow Park (near the landfill site). A spaghetti supper will run from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by a dance featuring “North of the Trax” until midnight. Admission is $20, and donations are welcome. For tickets, call 274-3553.
Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in a seniors’ lifestyle expo scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Fort Frances High School. To register a booth or for more information, call the Northwestern Health Unit at 274-9827 ext. 239.
Tickets for the Border Concert Association’s 2006-07 season (featuring five world-class performances) are on sale now for $50 (Cdn.) for adults, $25 for students, and $100 for families. They are available at Betty’s and the Fort Frances Museum, Ethel Bujold in Devlin, the Emo Clinic, Cloverleaf, and Emo Drugs in Emo, and Rose Kreger in Rainy River.
The local Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, for ages 12-18, meets Wednesdays from 6:15-9:15 p.m. at the Emo Curling Club. There is no cost to join and uniforms are provided free of charge. For more info, contact Commanding Officer Terry Newman at 274-2014.

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