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Posted on: Friday, July 14, 2017 - 13:01

The Fort Frances Lakers will hold a tryout camp today through Sunday (July 14-16) at Bronco Arena in International Falls. Registration and orientation begins at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by a scrimmage at 8:30. Scrimmages also will be held Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m., and again Sunday at 10 a.m.

“Northern Lights” Bible fun will be held July 17-20 from 9 a.m.-noon at Bethel Baptist Church (located behind the Copper River Inn). For more info, contact Mark and Tina Mast at 852-3202.

A three-day “wellness event,” hosted by Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services, will be held July 18-20 at the Nanicost grounds. A free lunch will be provided daily. For more info, contact Jody Smith or Jesykah Wilson at 274-2042.

The “Canadian Coasters" coast-to-coast 50th anniversary tour will be stopping in Fort Frances on July 19-21, with the "Scott Street Show & Shine” slated for Wednesday, July 19 and then a car show on Thursday, July 20 at the Sorting Gap Marina. Meanwhile, the local International Early Iron Car Club will present a '50s dance (featuring The Sensational Hot Rods) on Thursday, July 20 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Tickets for that cost $10 each, which are available at Carl's Eatery, From the Grind Up, Fine Line Art Gallery, and Flint House in Fort Frances, Norlund Oil in Emo, or from club members.

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship runs July 20-22 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. See page C1 of Wednesday's Times for a full schedule of events.

The next Open Air Art Studio, presented by Community Living Fort Frances and District, will be held Thursday, July 20 from 3-7 p.m. at the Lions' Park. This week's activity will be wind socks. Admission is free, and all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.

The 30th-annual “Railroad Daze” will run July 20-23 in Rainy River. See page A8 of Wednesday's Times for a full schedule of events.

The annual “Quest for the Best” singing contest, presented by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday, July 21 under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the first act taking the stage at 7:30. Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at the Chamber office (240 First St. E.), From the Grind Up, and Northwoods Gallery & Gifts. VIP tickets, which cost $20 each, are available at the Chamber office only.

“A Splendid Obsession,” an exhibit of beadwork (jewellery and mixed media) by Karin Motschko, will run July 26-Sept. 9 at the Pictograph Gallery in Atikokan. A grand opening is slated for Saturday, July 29 at 1 p.m.

The Rainy River Soil & Crop Association will hold its annual crop tour on Thursday, July 27 (meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Emo Agricultural Research Station). Lunch will be held at 1 p.m. at Morley Park (pack your own).

A public information meeting on the proposed Erin Crescent residential development is slated for Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.

The Emo Agricultural Research Station will host its annual open house on Thursday, July 27 beginning at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

“Harlequin" will perform in concert Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at "The Duke" (Couchiching Arena), with local band "Kings of None” as the opening act. Tickets cost $35 in advance (available at Sight & Sound, the CC Complex, and the Couchiching band office) and $40 at the door.

The “Lions Legacy" golf tournament, featuring a four-person, best-ball format, will be held Saturday, July 29 starting at 9 a.m. at Kitchen Creek. There's a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one, as well as putting, driving, and other fun contests. The entry fee is $100/person or $400/team, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and supper. All proceeds to go to district charities like KidSport, Special Olympics, the "Community Chest,” and the Emo and District Medical Fund. To register, contact David Beach (276-0464 or, Bill Michl (276-1334 or, or Joanne Ogden (271-0941 or

A “Stuff-A-Bus" drive to collect school supplies for the "Backpacks for Kids” campaign will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Walmart. The public also is invited to drop off supplies, backpacks, or cash donations at M. Wu Dentistry (1201 Colonization Rd. W.) or call Dr. Wu's office at 274-5365 to arrange for pick-up. You also can donate at The Bargain Shop, with the deadline being Aug. 19.

The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Aug. 12 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets are available at Taggs Source for Sports, by calling Barb Ogden at 274-5195, or via e-mail at

The 15th-annual “Ride for Memories,” presented by the local Alzheimer Society, will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, with start locations in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden. A steak dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at the Legion in Dryden. The early-bird registration is $20, with the price being $25 after July 27 (dinner ticket included). For more info, call toll-free 1-800-682-0245, e-mail, or visit

A class reunion for all FFHS Grade 12 attendees from 1976-78 will be held Aug. 26-27 at Sunny Cove. Tickets cost $100 each, which includes a cabin or camping if needed, a live band, a DJ, karaoke, a pig roast, and more. Get your tickets at or call (807) 274-6890 for details.

“Market Thursdays” take place each Thursday on the 200 block of Scott Street. It features locally-grown veggies, baking, crafts, and more. To book a table, contact Betty's (274-9565).