Around town

A Night in Pink Spa evening, will be hosted by the Seven Generations Educational Institute (SGEI) Esthetician students, today, from 3:30 – 6 p.m. To pre-register, e-mail For a small donation, participants can enjoy a relaxing hand massage, with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society.

The Christmas Hamper program will go ahead as planned this year. Christmas Hamper Applications are available at The Salvation Army Thrift Store and must be returned by Tuesday, November 10. The Thrift Store is open Monday thru Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rainy River Rec presents the Rainy River’s Trail of Terror. The spooky event will take place Fridays and Saturdays until October 31. Soft scare and hard scare options available. Maximum of six people per group, with a cost of $5 per person for the soft scare, and $10 per person for the hard scare. To book, visit the Rainy River Trail of Terror Facebook page.

Birch Bark Yarns is (virtually) hosting the November Mitt Knit-A-Long & there will be prizes!

The Knit-a-long is free and open to everyone – Knitters, Crocheters & Makers are all welcome!  Beginners & Expects are welcome! To join us, join the “November Mitt Knit-a-long” Facebook group. More details are available on the group page as well as on our Facebook Page @birchbarkyarnsco. The Knit-a-long will run from Nov 1-30.

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

A coat exchange being is held by The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Bureau. Pick-up is daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily 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.

A virtual Halloween party will be hosted October 31, by the Fort Francs Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Br#29. This Facebook Live event is free for kids 12 and under, and includes a drive-thru trick-or-treat at 4:30 p.m. With a virtual party, with contests, games and prizes, live at 7 p.m. Register over Facebook, with the Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br#29. There will be an early Bird Draw for those who register before October 15. Registration deadline is October 22. Organizers are collecting food donations.

A special Halloween event will be held at the Emo Arena from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Halloween day. Those wishing to attend with their kids or to hand out candy at the event are asked to visit the “Emo Halloween 2020” Facebook page and comment your availability or the number of kids you will be bringing.

A Free Tipping Day, for lawn and garden waste, will be held at the Fort Frances landfill, November 7 from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.

The Pjs and Pearls Virtual Gala will be held November 28, organized by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Br#29. This Ladies Night IN will feature dinner, prizes, games and entertainment, all taking place over Facebook Live. Tickets are $40 per person, with an Early Bird prize of a Guess purse for those who purchase tickets before October 31. For more information, visit the Legion ladies on Facebook, or call Christina at 271-4292. All proceeds to complete the Legion kitchen renovation, and support local charities.

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.

Rainy River Federation of Agriculture is holding its Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30 p.m. over Zoom. You must register with Eventbright, at Contact Bernie at 807-275-7912 for information.

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.