Around Town

The LaVerendrye Hospital Auxiliary is holding a silent auction in the hospital lobby, to benefit healthcare in our region. The event ends tomorrow (Friday) so hurry in!

An Outdoor Bake Sale will be held November 28, from 1-3 the St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in Fort Frances. Mystery gift tables for adults and children and special guests Princess Elsa, Snow White and the seven dwarfs! The event is weather permitting, and COVID guidelines will be in effect – please wear a mask.)

A toy drive will be held at the Salvation Army in Fort Frances, November 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your new, unwrapped toy to the store, to go towards the organization’s hamper program. Sally Ann herself will be on hand, making her first ever appearance in Fort Frances!

The Bargain Shop has launched its annual Together We Care Toy Drive, in partnership with the Salvation Army. The event launched November 14,and will wrap up December 5 with Fill a Sleigh Day, during which the store will donate 10 percent of its sales for the day to charity.

Knox United Church, 340 Church Street Fort Frances, is holding a first come, first served, curbside sale of soup, on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. Until noon. You have a choice of Hamburger Soup, Wild Rice Soup, or Lentil Soup. Cash only – $10 per 32 oz container.


The Fort Frances lakers and United Native Friendship Centre is holding a Christmas Toy Drive, Friday, December 4 from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. at the Circle of Life Centre, 616 Mowat Avenue. Lakers players will be accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for the UNFC’s Adopt-A-Family Program.


The Stuff-A-Cruiser holiday food drive will take place across the district on December 5. Watch for cruisers at Walmart, The Place, Cloverleaf in Emo, and other venues across the District.


Ticket sales end soon for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care first monthly 50/50 draw. Sales close Nov. 29 at 9 p.m., with the draw taking place Nov 30 at 11 am. The pot is already more than $7,000! To buy your November tickets, visit

Tickets are now available for the 2020/21 Fort Frances lakers 400 Club. All members of the Board of Directors have tickets for sale or contact Ria McPherson at 274-9679. Tickets are $50 each with 27 chances to win cash prizes. Two $300 Draws every two weeks between November 2020 and April 2021 with $1,000 draws on December 14 and April 30.


If you have questions for the Medical Officer of health, Dr. Kit Young Hoon, she participates in a live Question and Answer session every second Thursdays at 1 p.m. over facebook Live at the NWHU Facebook page. You can also access the chat through GoToMeeting, with links available here:


The Fort Frances Senior’s Centre is resuming activities, both on and off site. The arena auditorium will host BINGO, each Friday ay 1:30, beginning November 6. Tai Chi will be held Wednesday mornings, beginning November 4. The workshop is currently open, one or two days a week. For more information or to book an appointment to participate, call Cindy Noble at 271-2021.


Fall Workshops with Fort Frances Museum have returned! Registration is by phone, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. To 5 p.m. Choose from Indoor Plant Care, over Zoom on November 21, Snow Globes at Lowey’s Greenhouse, Dec. 5 or Christmas Floral Arrangements, at the Metis Hall, Dec. 21. For more information on times and prices, call the museum at 274-7891, visit or visit the Fort Frances Museum on Facebook.

The Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club is open for winter registration. Membership fees cover trail use, and rental of skis or snowshoes. Early bird pricing until December 31, is $90 for adults, $27 for youth 2-12 and $67.50 for ages 13-17. Register at or contact

Join the Air Cadets! The 908 Rainy lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is looking for new members. Registration is ongoing, and the program has no cost to join. Open to anyone aged 12 to 18, who enjoys marksmanship, outdoor survival, sports, planes and fun! Meetings are Mondays, 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the memorial Sports Centre. For more, contact the Squadron at 274-1365, or visit

Girl Guide Cookies are available! The troupe is only 100 boxes from its annual goal! Due to COVID-19, orders are only available online, with delivery. To have cookies counted towards the local tally, type this into your browser:, or get the link from any Girl Guide member, or leader Monica R. Armour over facebook.

A coat exchange is being held by The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Bureau. Pick-up and drop-off is daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Family Centre, located at the Old CN Station. Coats, boots and mittens for men, women and children, will be accepted throughout the winter for those in need.

Fort Frances Girls Hockey Radio Bingo is back! Starting October 19, the bingo will run Mondays at 7 p.m., on CFOB. Prizes range from $500 to $1500. Cards are available at Windey’s, CC Complex, Rainy Lake Sports, Ski’s Variety, Einar’s Grocery, The Place, Taggs, Cloverleaf and Zig’s Place.

Flu shots are being offered by the Northwestern Health Unit across the region, with locations, dates and times available in Emo, Fort Frances, Rainy River and Atikokan. Book over the phone at 1-866-468-2240 or book online at

Flu shots, are by appointment only at the Fort Frances Community Clinic. Appointments will be available every Tuesday and Thursday in October, from 1-4 p.m. Patients are asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt, and a mask. Those over 65 should call their pharmacy for a high dose influenza vaccine. To make an appointment, call 274-3287 ext 223.

A Strollercize program is being held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sorting Gap Marina. United Native Friendship Centre Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living for Kids worker Lori will guide participants through cardio and strength training sessions while your child will get some fresh air.

The Salvation Army has re-opened to customers. Hours have been modified, running Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Donations can be dropped at the door between 1 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Fort Frances Public Library has now reopened to the public with limited hours, but still offers curbside pick-up. Open hours are now Tuesdays 3-7 p.m., and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. Curbside pick-up is Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

The Valley Adult Learning Association is offering a variety of free online courses for adults age 19 or older. The courses are available in live format or independent learning modules, and technology supports may be available for those who meet criteria. For more information or course descriptions call Barb or Kim at 274-3553, or email

Seven Generations Education Institute has organized a free online light yoga class for students, staff and community members. Everyone is welcome! All skill levels can participate. The sessions are Thursdays at noon. Email Andrea Sweigard at for the online meeting link and instructions.

The Fort Frances Public Library will be posting online storytime videos on their Facebook page every Wednesday. Join Miss Sam as she shares storytime with you over the internet.

Fort Frances Rocks is a Facebook community designated for people in and around Fort Frances to paint, hide, discover and share unique and fun rock art. Check out the page for some guidelines for taking part in painting you own rocks or finding other contributors rocks in the community.

Anishinaabemodaa – Waking up Ojibwe – is a partnership between Seven Generations Institute, SayitFirst and the Rainy River District School Board. Their Facebook page posts videos and other resources to give First Nations kids, a way to hear and learn their own language.

The Fort Frances EarlyON Child and Family Centre has been posting fun craft and activity ideas on their Facebook page, that families can do at home.

The Emo EarlyON Child and Family Centre is placing craft kits outside the centre each week. Check them out on Facebook to see what’s new.