Around town

Rainy River Rec presents the Rainy River’s Trail of Terror. The spooky event will take place Fridays and Saturdays from October 17 to 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 & Markers 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.

A coat exchange being is held by The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Beaureau, at the Family Centre. Drop-off is daily until October 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Pick-up is from October 16 to 31, from 11 a.m. To 3 p.m. daily.

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 www.eventbrite.com/e/rainy-river-federation-of-agriculture-annual-meeting-tickets-1244274666903. 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 https://clinicreservation.com/book-now/northwestern-health-unit.

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.

The United Native Friendship Centre is offering a Strollercize program every Tuesday at 10 a.m. beginning at the Sorting Gap Marina. UNFC 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.

Nigigoonsiminikaaning Community Support Services is seeking a pumpkin patch that would host 20-25 young children and allow them to pick one pumpin each from the patch. Compensation will be provided. If you can help, call Destiny at 481-1110.

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.

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 andreas@7generations.org for the meeting link.

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.

Around Town

The Fort Frances Library and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming up for a drive-in movie event, this Friday, Aug. 7, from 6-9 p.m. On the big screen will be Trolls 2: World Tour, followed by Unbreakable. Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for details.

The RailRoad Daze committee is holding a drive-in movie night at the Rainy River Rec parking lot, Friday, Aug. 14. Showtime is 10:15, with The Great Outdoors on the big screen. The event is a goodwill offering, with canteen and washrooms available. Keep an eye on the RailRoad Daze Facebook page for details.

The Riverside Foundation for Healthcare is selling 50/50 tickets to raise funds for medical equipment and other critical supplies. To buy your ticket online, visit riversidefoundation.ca. Estimated prize is currently $4,478, but the more tickets sold, the bigger the pot will get! Early Bird prize is a two day, three night, guided fishing package for two at Manitou Weather Station Fishing Lodge. Early Bird draw date is Friday, August 7.

The Rainy River Baudette Border Lions Club is selling tickets for it’s annual raffle. The grand prize is a 21-foot pontoon boat, trailer and motor package. Tickets can be bought online by e-mailing RRBBLions@gmail.com.


The Rainy Lake Market runs each Thursday, from 10 a.m. To 3 p.m., at Rainy Lake Square, featuring local venders and crafters.

The Fort Frances Public Library now offers curbside pick-up. Place your chosen items on hold by calling 274-9879, Monday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or e-mail ffpltc@gmail.com. When your item is ready, you’ll be contacted. Pick-up is available from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call from your car for parking lot delivery. Please return borrowed items to the drop box during regular library hours, to prevent a backlog of work for library staff.

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 vala@jam21.net

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 andreas@7generations.org 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.

Community Living Fort Frances and District Open Air Art Studio will be sharing Online Art Studio projects for kids and families to create at home using common household materials. See their Facebook page for the most recent project and instructions.

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.

A Friendly Voice is a phoneline for adults aged 55+, who feel lonely and isolated, so they can have a conversation with someone who understands. Residents of Ontario can call 1-855-892-9991.

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.