Saturday, August 2, 2014

Around Town

  • The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its location on McIrvine Road (just north of Canadian Tire). This week will feature peaches & cream corn. The market also will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. starting today (Aug. 1).
  • The Halkirk Township fire protection team will hold its 23rd-annual fish fry Saturday, Aug. 2 from noon-6 p.m. at the Bear Pass fire hall (located on Bear Pass Road). There also will be homemade pies and a penny auction. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids (dessert included). No dogs please!
  • Stock car racing resumes Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Emo Speedway. Hot laps are at 7 p.m., with the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting). This week features WISSOTA Race Night.
  • Nolan’s Hockey School for ages five-17—featuring Buffalo Sabres’ head coach Ted Nolan and former Carolina Hurricanes’ centre Brandon Nolan—will run Aug. 3-6 at the Couchiching Arena. Registration costs $300/child. For more info, call Faron at 274-1223 or the band office (274-3228).
  • A Fifty.Five+ movie matinee will be held Sunday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. For details, call the movie hotline at 274-9879 or visit the library’s website.
  • The Daily Bulletin will not be published on Monday, Aug. 4. Have a safe and happy long weekend, everyone!
  • A brainstorming session to plan the Fine Line Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary in 2015 is set for Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at the gallery (529 Mowat Ave.) For more info, call the gallery at 274-2242.
  • Cornell Farms presents John Wort Hannam, featuring opening act Brittany Hayes, on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance, which are available at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market, the Fort Frances Public Library, Main Street Market in Devlin, and Cornell Farms (486-3477), and $18 at the door.
  • The annual Kitchen Creek Classic runs Aug. 8-10, with the entry fee being $120. To enter, call the pro shop at 274-4653.
  • The “Mullet River Boys,” billed as vaudeville and bluegrass-influenced jug band music, will perform Friday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls. Tickets, available at Betty’s here and Backus/City Drug in the Falls, cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families.
  • A Standard First Aid course will be held Aug. 9-10 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the local Confederation College campus (adjacent to Fort Frances High School). The cost is $125. For more info, call 274-5395 or e-mail fortfrancescampus@confederation.on.ca
  • The third-annual Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Festival (previously postponed from Canada Day) will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina. To sign up as a team or a single paddler, called the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office at 274-5773. The day also will feature volleyball, bathtub races, food vendors, craft sales, and a “Kiddies’ Zone,” followed by fireworks at dusk.
  • “Postcards from the True Country,” an exhibit featuring watercolours, acrylics, oils, and Sumi-e ink, will run Aug. 9-Sept. 13 at the Pictograph Gallery, located on the lower level of the Voyageur Mall in Atikokan. Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. until Aug. 23 and then noon-3 p.m. until Sept. 13.
  • Smokey the Bear’s 70th birthday is being celebrated at the Fort Frances Public Library on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. Drop by for cake, games, stories, and a special visit from Smokey.
  • The Mud Lake City Music Fest—featuring old-time, country, and bluegrass tunes—returns Sunday, Aug. 10 starting at high noon at 1839 Boxalder Rd. W. (south of Devlin). Admission is free, with grub sold on-site. Bring a chair and no pets, please. To book a performance time, e-mail bsalchert@hotmail.com
  • The Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada is coming to Fort Frances on Aug. 11-15. Register at www.northwesternhockeycanada.ca
  • The International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board will hold an open house on the water quality plan of study on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Rainy River Community College theatre in International Falls, followed by a public meeting on water level regulations at 7 p.m.
  • A paper lantern workshop, led by Lindsay Hamilton, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum. Cost is $5 and all ages are welcome (kids under eight should be accompanied by an adult). Only 12 spots available. Register in advance at the museum (274-7891).
  • The annual Emo Fair runs Aug. 14-16 at the Emo Fairgrounds.
  • The second-annual Donna Lee Memorial Tournament—featuring two divisions—is set for Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Kitchen Creek. To enter, call the pro shop at 274-4653.
  • The second-annual “Splash & Dash”—featuring a 750m swim and 5K run for ages 16 and over and a 300m swim and 3K run for youth aged 12-15—will be held Sunday, Aug. 17 starting at 9 a.m. at the Point Park. Enter as an individual or a team (cash payment only). Pre-register by Aug. 1 at the Memorial Sports Centre to ensure T-shirt size. For more info, contact the Rainy Lake Triathlon Club at 274-6848 or via e-mail at jwtilson@shaw.ca
  • Canadian Blood Services will hold its annual blood donor clinic at Fort Frances High School on Monday, Aug. 18 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and again Tuesday,  Aug. 19 from noon-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Make an appointment by booking online at www.blood.ca or by calling 1-888-2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
  • The annual “First Rider” program (for first-time school bus riders this fall) will be held Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Education Centre boardroom. A second one will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at the “Best Start” hub in Stratton. Those interested must register by Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. by calling 274-6664 or 1-800-214-1753 ext. 5040.
  • A Standard First Aid/CPR recertification will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the local Confederation College campus (adjacent to Fort Frances High School). The cost is $85. For more info, call 274-5395 or e-mail fortfrancescampus@confederation.on.ca
  • This year’s Terry Fox Run/Walk, slated for Sunday, Sept. 14, once again will be hosted by the Church of the Holy Spirit. Pledge sheets and T-shirts (adults $20 and children $15) are available by calling 274-7074. More information to follow in the next few weeks.
  • The second-annual “Sticks & Stones” curling/golf event will take place Oct. 3-4 at Kitchen Creek and the Fort Frances Curling Club. Cost is $60/person, which includes green fees, cart, curling, and a banquet. Further details at www.fortfrances.curlingclub.ca or by calling Dave/Barb at 274-1233.
  • “Tai Chi in the Park” runs Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Legion Park through to mid-September (weather permitting). Questions? Call 274-3958 and leave a message.
  • “Tea & Scones” are being served up at the Fort Frances Museum every “Market Thursday” throughout the summer.
  • A “Tech Boot Camp” is available at the Fort Frances Public Library for those who are technology-challenged or need a little help. Call the library to book an appointment with one of its tech experts.