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Posted on: Friday, September 29, 2017 - 13:01

The Legion Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its next monthly supper—featuring pork cutlets—today (Sept. 29) at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30). Admission is $15/person, with take-outs available by calling 274-3772. A 50/50 draw also will be held.

The Sister Kennedy Centre will hold a fundraiser garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8-11:30 a.m. Proceeds will go towards helping local competitors attend the 2018 Senior Games in Mississauga.

The Rainy River Cattlemen's Association will hold its fall cattle sale Saturday, Sept. 30 starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Stratton sales barn. For more info, contact manager James Gibson at 487-2731 (home), 271-2005 (cell), or 483-5354 (sales barn) or via e-mail at

An “Orange Shirt Day” community barbecue will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fort Frances Tribal Area Behavioural Health Services (601 King's Highway). There will be free T-shirts, as well as a chance to win a smart TV. For more info, call 274-2042.

Open studios for children and families, featuring instructor L. Hyatt, will run from 1-4 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at the Fort Frances Museum. These drop-in sessions cost $2 per child or $5 for families. Questions? Call Sherri at 274-7891.

An “Orange Shirt Day” activity, in recognition of residential school survivors, will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Local teacher and ETFO member JoAnne Formanek Gustafson will help people make lapel pins and answer questions.

A memorial tribute to Stompin' Tom Connors, performed by his son, Taw Connors, will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Couchiching multi-use facility. Admission is $10.

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids 12 and under.

The annual “Life Chain” event will be held Sunday, Oct. 1 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. along the north side of Scott Street from Victoria Avenue and running west.

Guthrie United Church will host its annual “Harvest Supper,” featuring turkey, ham, and all the trimmings, on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Devlin Hall. Take-outs available. Admission is $18 for adults and $10 for kids aged six-12 (those five and under are free).

“Teddy Roosevelt,” a one-man historical play about America's youngest-ever president, will kick off the 2017-18 Backus Performing Arts Series on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Community Center in International Falls. To get your season tickets, contact Diane Maxey at 274-7309. Individual show tickets available at Betty's and at the door.

Representatives from Ontario's 21 universities will be at Fort Frances High School on Monday, Oct. 2 from 2-3:15 p.m. High school students and their parents are welcome to attend.

An open house on “Kangoo”—billed as the latest fitness craze—will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 3-7 p.m. at Curves (281 Second St. E.) Everyone welcome! For more info, drop by or call 274-9990.

The Rainy River District Victim Services Program will hold its annual general meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous. Everyone welcome!

The annual “Steps Against Stigma" 1K and 5K glow walk/run, in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Sorting Gap Marina. Opening ceremonies are at 7 p.m., with both walk/runs getting underway at 7:30. The registration fee is $10, with late registration (i.e., on the day of the event) being $15. Registration forms available at the Fort Frances branch of the CMHA and Energy Fitness Centre. Prize awarded for the best "glow.” For more info, call 274-2347.

A seniors' fair is set for Friday, Oct. 6 at the Sister Kennedy Centre. Doors open at 9 a.m., with the program getting underway at 10 a.m. There also will be entertainment by Orville Councillor and the “Chirpy Chicks.” Admission is free and lunch will be provided. Those interested are asked to register by dropping in at the centre or calling 274-7656.

A wellness clinic, courtesy of the Rainy River District EMS Community Paramedicine Program, is set for Friday, Oct. 6 from noon-1 p.m. at the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in the New Beginnings Fellowship Church (1301 Mill Rd.) Have a paramedic check your blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

A walk—in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week—will be held Friday, Oct. 6. It starts at noon at the “Circle of Life” building on Mowat Avenue, with lunch to follow. Register for door prizes. For more info, call Christa at 274-3131.

The Valley Adult Learning Association will hold its annual general meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. at 241C Second St. E. (old high school). For more info, call 274-3553 or e-mail

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary will hold a fall tea on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 2-4 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church. There also will be a bake table, cookie walk, “Lucky Dozen” draw, raffles, and a door prize. Admission is $5 and everyone is welcome to attend.

The first rehearsal for this year's Christmas cantata, entitled “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” is set for Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Those interested in singing this year are urged to give Diane Maxey a call at 274-7309 so they can get their music prior to Oct. 16.

“Hockey Legends All-Stars" will be in Fort Frances for an exhibition game on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $22, with tickets available at Causeway Insurance and Kreger Sales and Service (Rainy River). A portion of proceeds to support the Fort Frances Girls'/Women's Hockey Association. For more details about playing for or against the "legends,” contact Jason Kabel at 274-4561 or via e-mail at

The local writers' group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum (back door entrance will be open). Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Call Sherry at 274-7891.

The “Keep It Hanging Around” fundraiser will run through the month of October at the Fort Frances Museum. Donate gently-used decorative pieces for the silent auction, then stop by often and bid on decor you like. Winners will be drawn each Tuesday at 4 p.m.