Thursday, October 23, 2014

Around Town

  • The Fort Frances Aquanauts are hosting their annual “Fall Frolic” meet today through Sunday morning (Oct. 17-19) at the Memorial Sports Centre pool. Spectators welcome.
  • The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its location on McIrvine Road. The market also is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary’s annual fall tea and bake sale, also featuring a penny auction, cookie walk, and door prize, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Admission is $4 and auxiliary memberships also will be available. Everyone welcome.
  • A fish fry benefit dinner for Arlene Mainville, whose home and belongings were lost in a recent fire, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18 from 4-6 p.m. at the Couchiching multi-use facility. Admission is $10/plate, which includes fish, potatoes, beans, salads, bannock, dessert, and beverage. There also will be a penny table. Donations of household items and women’s clothing (size large and XL) welcome, as well.   
  • “Jimmy the Janitor” will bring his comedy act (rated PG 13+) to the Townshend Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30. Tickets cost $25 each, available at Fort Frances General Supply and Donald A. Taylor Law Office, with proceeds to the Fort Frances Aquanauts.
  • The Fort Frances Lakers will host the English River Miners in SIJHL action Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
  • The Muskie boys’ hockey team will hold a door-to-door bottle drive Sunday, Oct. 19 starting at 11 a.m. People can leave bottles on their doorsteps or call 276-5965 to arrange for a pick-up.
  • A “Human Library” event will be held Monday, Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Visit www.library.fort-frances.com to view a list of the “human books.” You can reserve your copy online or by calling 274-9870.
  • The first rehearsal for the Christmas cantata will be held Monday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Practices then will be held there each Monday up to and including Dec. 1. The cantata will be performed Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship, with a second one slated for Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.
  • The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its next regular meeting (via videoconference) on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis School.
  • John Mann, a songwriter, Juno Award-winning musician, and actor recently diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 7 p.m.) Presented by the Fort Frances branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association in support of “Tour de Fort.” Tickets cost $35 each, which are available at the box office and From the Grind Up on Scott Street.
  • The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and again on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
  • St. John’s Anglican Church will hold its fall supper—featuring turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pies—on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for kids aged six-10 (those five and under are free).
  • Walmart will hold its 10th-annual Hallowe’en scavenger hunt (for kids up to age 14) on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. Treats and safety tips in each department.
  • A lecture series on World War Two, presented by Jim Curr, will begin Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. The cost is $50 for the 15-week series (reserve your spot by calling 274-7891). Drop-ins welcome ($4 per evening) but space is limited.
  • Pharmasave will hold a ’flu shot clinic—for high-risk individuals only—on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. (no appointment necessary).
  • CUPE Local 65 will hold a general membership meeting and nominations on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station).
  • Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. will hold its next open board meeting Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at La Verendrye Hospital.
  • “Bras for a Cause,” hosted by the Rainy River District Breast Health Network in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the local Legion. “Ivanka” is coming to do a comedic sketch, and prizes will be awarded to the top three designer bras/models. Advance tickets, which go on sale Oct. 7, cost $15, which includes appetizers, refreshments, and entertainment. For more info, call Shawn McCaig (274-4817) or Teresa Hazel (276-5491).
  • The Rainy River Future Development Corp., in conjunction with “Small Business Week,” will hold an open house in its new office space (second floor of the Northern Lights Credit Union building) on Friday, Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Snacks and beverages served, and also enter to win a $25 “Go Local” gift card.
  • A free two-part “Seminar of Hope,” which teaches you how to pray for your sons/daughters and featuring speaker Vernon Robertson, will be held Friday, Oct. 24 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Free lunch and manual. Please pre-register by calling 274-5233 or via e-mail at stmarys@jam21.net
  • The Northwest Community Legal Clinic will hold its annual general meeting Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at its office in Kenora (308 Second St. S., Ste. 6). For more info, call 1-800-403-4757). Everyone welcome.
  • “Ragamala Dance” will perform Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls as part of the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families (pre-kindergarten kids are free), which are available at Betty’s here, the Backus office and City Drug in the Falls, or online at www.backusab.org
  • A blood donor clinic will run Monday, Oct. 27 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday, Oct. 28 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at Fort Frances High School. Book an appointment online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
  • “Kids & Company” will open its 2014-15 season with a production of “Where the Wild Things Are” on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Season passes cost $35, which are available at the Fort Frances Public Library, Betty’s, and Revco Carpet, as well as The Coffee Landing in International Falls. Tickets for individual shows cost $10 each (kids three and under are free). For more info, call Tara (274-4377) or Leslie (275-5199), or visit www.kidsandco.ca
  • “An Evening at the Officers’ Club,” a wine-and-cheese fundraiser for the “Friends of the Museum” tying into the current wartime exhibit at the Fort Frances Museum, will be held there Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, games, and more. Tickets cost $35 each or two for $60, which are available at the museum, the Fort Frances Times, and “Friends” members.
  • The Fort Frances Public Library is starting a new book club, with the first book (“The Invention of Wings”) to be discussed on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. (copies are available at the library). Register online.