Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Around Town

  • The inaugural “Harmony of Nations” Music Festival—featuring headliners Chad Brownlee and Buffy Sainte-Marie, as well as local talent—will run today and tomorrow (July 18-19) under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Tickets available online at www.harmonyofnations.ca or at the Fort Frances Public Library, The Coffee Landing in International Falls, and Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo.
  • The Clover Valley Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, July 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at its location on McIrvine Road (just north of Canadian Tire).
  • A ladies’ two-person scramble will be held Saturday, July 19 at Kitchen Creek Golf Club. Entry fee is $45/person. 10 a.m. shotgun start. Call today to enter (274-4653).
  • Stock car racing resumes Saturday, July 19 at the Emo Speedway. Hot laps are at 7 p.m., with the first race at 7:30 (weather permitting).
  • Toonie swims will be held every Monday from July 2-Aug. 25 (except for Aug. 4) and each Friday starting today (July 18) and again on Aug. 1, 8, 22, and 29 from 2-4 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre. These are in addition to the regular Tuesday and Thursday swims.
  • A “Quality Time” golf scramble will be held Monday, July 21 starting at 5 p.m. at Kitchen Creek. The cost is $5/person, which includes a hotdog, chips, and a drink. Call the pro shop (274-4653) to register.
  • A seminar on how to protect and grow your money, led by registered investment advisor Craig Brockie, is slated for Monday, July 21 from 7-8 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets cost $10 each, which are available at Brockie’s Jewellers and online at CraigBrockie.com (seating is extremely limited).
  • The Fort Frances Museum summer speakers’ series will continue Tuesday, July 22 from 7-9 p.m. with “Wood Harvesting Through the Years” with foresters Colin Hewitt and Don Dickson. The series will keep going on Thursday, July 31 with “Energy, Highlights and Capital Projects,” featuring former mill manager Jim Gartshore, followed by a session in early August on kraft mill operations with former kraft mill superintendents Greg Shaw and Rick Collett.
  • A teen dance party, held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, is slated for Wednesday, July 23, from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Admission is $5 at the gate.
  • A “Spoke and Mirrors” family bike ride in the community on Thursday, July 24 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Tess’ Kitchen (1030 Scott St). Riders will decorate their bikes, ride through town on safe routes, stopping at Rainycrest and going back to Tess’ for lunch. Helmets are mandatory! Call the Northwestern Health Unit at 274-9827 for more information.
  • A Science North team will be at the Fort Frances Public Library on Thursday, July 24 from 1-4 p.m. with their “Big Building Stations.” The cost is $2/person and is fun for all ages.
  • The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship runs July 24-26 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. The boats launch starting at 7 a.m. all three days, with the Day 1 and Day 2 weigh-ins getting underway at 3:30 p.m. The Day 3 weigh-ins then start at 3 p.m. Spectators welcome!
  • “Quest for the Best” will be held Friday, July 25 starting at 7 p.m. under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship. Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office (located upstairs at the Northern Lights Credit Union). For more info, call Chamber manager Annely Armstrong-Thorstad at 274-5773.
  • The “World Famous Kiwanis Steak Fry” will be held Saturday, July 26 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina. Cost is $15/meal. Only 200 meals available. Tickets available at Lidkea Optometry and Investors Group (Robin Wright).
  • The annual Soil and Crop Tour will take place Thursday, July 31 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Scott McNabb’s in Stratton. Then at 7 p.m., the Emo Agricultural Research Station will host an open house at 7 p.m. Contact Kim Jo Bliss at 482-2354 for more information.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • The Northwestern Hockey Camp Canada is coming to Fort Frances on Aug. 4-8 (for ages under eight, under 11, and under 14) and Aug. 11-15 (for ages under 11, under 14, and under 18). Register at www.northwesternhockeycanada.ca
  • “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” through the summer.