The Rainy River District Best Start Network will host a one-day gathering and interactive workshop, entitled “Creating Community Change,” on Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Copper River Inn. Lunch will be provided. There is no cost to attend but registration is required by contacting Tanis at 274-5349 or via e-mail at
The Muskie football team will face the St. John’s Tigers in its annual Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. at Muskie Field. It also is the squad’s final game of the WHSFL regular season. Spectators welcome.
“The Longest Night of the Year,” featuring a sidewalk “sleep-out” on Scott Street to raise awareness and funds on the local homelessness problem, will be held Friday, Oct. 12 from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Anyone who would like to register, pick up pledge forms, or ask questions about the event can call 274-3871.
The “Saturday Craft Club for Kids” will take place Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the children’s department at the Fort Frances Public Library. Drop by and create some wild and wacky crafts to take home (children under eight must be accompanied by an adult).
The La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary will hold a fall harvest tea, also featuring a bake table, cookie walk, white elephant table, and a door prize, on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church. Admission is $5 and everyone is welcome.
Icebox Radio Theatre presents the classic Edgar Allan Poe story, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Community Centre in International Falls. Admission is by a free-will donation, with a cash bar provided by the Borealis Bards. Visit for more info.
The Sunset Country Métis will hold a fish fry and barbecue, also featuring music, crafts, door prizes, and more, on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sunset Country Métis Hall (714 Armit Ave.) Admission is free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in attending are asked to R.S.V.P. to or call/text 276-4481.
The St. Mary’s youth groups will be hosting a spaghetti supper on Sunday, Oct. 14 starting at 5 p.m. in the parish hall. Admission is $12/person, with tickets available at the parish office after mass or at the door.
Voting for the municipal election (telephone/internet only) gets underway Monday, Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. and runs through to Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Community Living Fort Frances and District will hold a string art open art studio on Monday, Oct. 15 from 3-6 p.m. in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library. The workshop is free and open to all ages. All supplies also provided.
A listening session for those interested in singing in this year’s Christmas cantata is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship on Mill Road. For more info, call Diane Maxey at 274-7309.
The Valley Adult Learning Association will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m. in its office located at 241 C Second St. E. (old high school). Everyone is welcome to attend.
A library volunteer appreciation lunch will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 from noon-2 p.m. in the Shaw Room at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Next week is Ontario Public Library Week.
The Fort Frances Museum is hosting “Coffee Breaks & Old Photos” each Tuesday in October from 1-3 p.m. The theme for Oct. 16 is “Agricultural District.”
The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting (via teleconference) on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the board office adjacent to St. Francis School.
Irish Mythen will open the 2018-19 season of “Tour de Fort” on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Townshend Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the curtain rising at 7:30. Passports for the six-show season cost $135, which can be purchased at From the Grind Up on Scott Street or online at (if there are any left).
The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, $5 for kids 12 and under, and free for those under five.
A fall turkey supper, hosted by the St. John’s Anglican Church Auxiliary, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at St. John’s. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children aged six-10, with kids five and under being free. Everyone welcome!
“Monday at the Manor,” a two-act comedy dinner theatre written and directed by Tracy Gibson, will be performed Oct. 18-20 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the play to follow. Tickets cost $45 each (cash or cheque only), which are available at the Rendez-Vous.
The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association will hold its next cattle sale on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Stratton sales barn (bred cattle will sell at 1 p.m.) For more info, contact sales barn manager James Gibson at 487-2731 (home) or 271-2005 (cell), via e-mail at, or at the sales barn (483-5354).
The Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s annual fall gala, this year entitled “Fiesta like there’s no manana,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium. Cocktails are at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6. Tickets cost $55 each, which are available by calling 274-4803.
The Fort Frances Native Urban/Wahkaihganun Futures Corp. will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Everyone is welcome. For more info, call 274-8530.
The Valley Adult Learning Association is holding free fall courses on Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, and Circuit Training starting the week of Oct. 23. Class sizes are limited. For more info or to register, call 274-3553 or visit
The Associates of Ste. Marguerite d’Youville will be holding its annual coat drive on Oct. 24-25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station). Drop-off days will be Oct. 22-23 from 1-4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by.
A “Dress for Work” self-care workshop is slated for Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Curvy Chick (256 Scott St.) Come make dreamcatchers with Nathalie from Betty’s. To sign up, e-mail
“Jimmy the Janitor” will perform as a fundraiser for the 908 Rainy Lake Air Cadets Squadron on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 6:30). Tickets cost $25 each, which are available at Fort Frances General Supply and Cloverleaf in Emo.
The local Knights of Columbus is seeking community donors to sponsor its 2018 “Coats 4 Kids” campaign now through Oct. 31. For more information, contact Nathan Cousineau at 276-7142 or e-mail
The Rainy River District Victims Services Program will host its 12th annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 at noon at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The Friends of the Fort Frances Museum will hold its seventh-annual wine-and-cheese fundraiser, this year entitled “Novemberfest,” on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the museum. It also will feature beer, hors d’oeuvres, live music, games, and an auction. Tickets cost $30 in advance (available at the museum) and $35 at the door.
“Monday at the Manor,” a two-act comedy dinner theatre written and directed by Tracy Gibson, will be performed Friday, Nov. 2 at the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River. Cocktails are at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and the play to follow. Tickets cost $35 each (cash or cheque only), which are available at Kreger Sales & Service.