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A Christmas Craft and Vendor Market will be held November 28 and 29 at the Fort Frances metis Hall, 714 Armit Ave. The market will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. To 3 p.m. COVID guidelines will be in place and masks are mandatory. Admission is free.

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.

A toy drive is being held by The Fort Frances lakers and United Native Friendship Centre, 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 $11,000! To buy your November tickets, visit

Fort Frances Lakers 400 Club Tickets are now available for the 2020/21 season. 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 Snow Globes at Lowey’s Greenhouse, Dec. 5 or Christmas Floral Arrangements, at the Metis Hall, Dec. 12. 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


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The Associates of St. Marguerite d’Youville, in partnership with the Volunteer Bureau, will be holding its annual Winter Coat Exchange, at the Family Centre. Drop-off days are October 1 to 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.

The Fort Frances Lakers are holding a Fish Fry, Saturday, October 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sunset Country Metis Hall, 714 Armit Avenue. Take-out and delivery are available. Cost is $15, cash only, and includes fish, wild rice, baked beans, coleslaw and bannock. Please call for pre-delivery orders. Call Tammy Crowe at 274-8540 or 275-9940 or Mary Polz at 275-9606.

The Life Chain will be holding a peaceful event of silent witness and prayer for unborn children. This pro-life event will be held on the north side of Scott Street, Sunday, October 4, from 2-3 p.. Signs are available in front of Shoppers Drug Mart. Participants are asked to stay 10 feet apart.

The Fort Frances Legion Ladies Auxiliary is making pierogies and cabbage rolls. There will be no pre-orders – all sales are first come, first served. Pierogies are $6/dozen. Cabbage rolls are $7/dozen. Curbside pick-up will take place Oct. 8 starting at 5 p.m. 250 Church Street, and will continue until everything is sold out.

Borderland Skating Club registration is now open. Sessions will begin Oct. 4 in the 52 Canadians Arena. Space is limited. To register, visit or call Sandra McNay at 276-1293.

The Fort Frances Community Clinic is offering flu shots, by appointment only, beginning October 6. 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 pumpkin each from the patch. Compensation will be provided. If you can help, call Destiny at 481-1110.

The Fine Line Art Gallery will be hosting the stained glass work of Emily Hyatt, for her 40 year anniversary as an artisan. The Open House will run during regular hours, October 1-7.

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.


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Boston Pizza is holding a St. Patty’s Day party today (March 17) starting at 7 p.m., with live music by Paul LeMesurier from 8-11 p.m. There also will be games and prizes.
The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in their SIJHL regular-season finale today (March 17) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The committee of the whole will hold a special meeting–to further review and discuss the town’s 2017 operating and capital budgets–on Monday, March 20 at 4 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre.
The Fort Frances Sportsmen’s Club will hold its annual general meeting Monday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. The public is invited to attend.
The first rehearsal for this year’s Easter cantata is slated for Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Those interested in participating must call Diane Maxey A.S.A.P. at 274-7309.
“Radio Bingo,” a fundraiser for Fort Frances girls’ hockey, goes Mondays at 7 p.m. on B•93 The Border. Cards available at various locations in town and surrounding area.
The Muskies will open play at the OFSAA ‘A’/’AA’ boys’ hockey championship versus the O’Gorman Knights on Tuesday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena, then will face the Immaculata Saints there at 7:30 p.m. following opening ceremonies at 7:15. Fort High will wrap up Pool ‘A’ play on Wednesday, March 22 at 9:15 a.m. against the Holy Cross Raiders at the IFK Arena. Quarter-final games will follow starting at 5 p.m., with the semi-finals set for Thursday at 8:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., the bronze-medal game at 5 p.m., and the gold-medal game at 7 p.m. Tournament passes are sold out but day and evening passes will be available each day.
The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting–via videoconference–on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
CUPE Local 65 will hold a general membership meeting Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station).
St. Mary’s parish is hosting its annual soup-and-bun fundraiser for D&P on Saturday, March 25 from 6-8 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 26 from noon-2 p.m.
An income tax support information session, hosted by the Seven Generations Education Institute and led by Kelly McFayden and Mike Canfield of BDO, is planned for Tuesday, March 28 from 4-7 p.m. in the boardroom at BDO Canada LLP (607 Portage Ave.) Admission is free and supper will be provided. To RSVP, visit (registration also can be found under the events tab at For more info, contact Shana Windigo at 274-9930 or via e-mail at
The 2017 Bridal Show, presented by Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, will be held Wednesday, March 29 from 6-8 p.m. Several vendors will be set up and there also will be bridal gift bags and draws, including one for a watch donated by Brockie’s Jewellers. Pre-register by calling 274-9224.
The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its next monthly supper–featuring a turkey dinner and all the fixings–on Friday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) A 50/50 draw also will be held. The cost is $15/person, with take-outs available by calling 274-3772.
“Rainy River Ag Days” will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. at the Emo Legion. There will be several guest speakers and presentations, and local MP Don Rusnak will be on hand to discuss agricultural concerns. A mini-trade show, door prize draws, and a free lunch also are planned. RSVP to reserve your seat by calling 487-2340, 275-9706, or 487-2387. You also can e-mail or
A workshop on Psyanky Easter eggs, led by Lindsay Hamilton, will be held Saturday, April 1 from 1-4 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. The fee is $5.
The second-annual National Autism Awareness Day Walk is planned for Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in International Falls, starting at Ronning’s. Everyone is welcome to attend.
“Bail or Jail,” presented by the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club, will be held Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce’s trade show. See the ad on page A9 of Wednesday’s Times to fill out a form to have someone thrown in jail!
“Through your lens,” a photo contest hosted by Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Don Rusnak, is now accepting submissions. To apply, e-mail your photos to or by mail (postage free) to Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament, 950 Valour Building, Ottawa, Ont., K1A 0A6. The deadline for entries is May 1.
“The Refuge,” a hot lunch program open to all Fort Frances High School students, will be served at the Bethel Church (behind the Copper River Inn) every Monday until the end of the school year. A donation of a toonie is requested to help defray costs. For more info or to volunteer to help, call Laura at 274-0226 or Barb at 274-0851.