The 18th-annual “Castin’ For Cash” bass tournament goes Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at Lake Despair Lodge (located 18 miles north of Devlin on Highway 613). Weigh-ins start at 4 p.m. both days, with a roast pork supper set for the Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. (cost is $12/person). There also will be food booths and refreshments available both days.
Stock car racing action resumes Saturday, July 7 at the Emo Speedway, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting). Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors/students, with those aged nine and under being free.
“Pride Week” runs July 9-15 in Fort Frances, with events to include a screening and discussion of the film, “Fire Song,” on Wednesday, July 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library, an LGBTQ2+Ally breakfast on Thursday, July 12 from 9-11 a.m. at FFTAHS (601 King’s Highway), a “Passport to Pride” march on Saturday, July 14 starting at 10 a.m. from Smokey Bear Park in International Falls, a community “BBQueer” on Saturday, July 14 from 11:3-1 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square, a Drag Queen storyhour/craft time on Sunday, July 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library, and a family movie night, featuring “Love, Simon,” on Sunday, July 15 from 7-9 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls.
Community Living Fort Frances and District will hold an open-air art studio every Monday (except Aug. 6) from 3-7 p.m. at various locations around town, starting on July 9 at the Rainy Lake Square when “Pride” flags and ribbon wands will be made. All sessions are free to the public, and all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.
Town council will hold its next regular meeting Monday, July 9 at the Civic Centre. It will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5 p.m.
The next barn concert at Cornell Farms in La Vallee will feature Pat Temple and the Hi-Lo Players on Thursday, July 12 starting at 7:30 p.m. (the opening act is Paul Caruso). Tickets cost $15 in advance, available at the Fort Frances Public Library, Tompkins Hardware in Emo, and Eventbrite, and $20 at the door.
The Northern Echo Summer Bible Camp, open to boys and girls in Grades 2-8, will run July 22-27 at Sunny Cove. For more info, call Wanda Barker at 486-0334 or 275-6620 (cell) or Pastor Ken at 274-1873.
A Women’s Fun Paint Weekend, featuring two paint classes by Jen Coats and Cherie Serrano, will be held Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29 at Timber Wolf Lodge. The cost is $250, which includes one night accommodation and meals. To register, contact Timber Wolf Lodge at 1-416-548-6208 (space is limited).
Tea and scones are back every “Market Thursday” from June 28-Aug. 30. Come to the Fort Frances Museum from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (back elevator entrance will be open), with admission being $5.