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Posted on: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 13:01

The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship continues today and tomorrow (July 21-22) under the big tent at the Sorting Gap Marina. Today's weigh-in gets underway at 3:30 p.m., with the final one starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The 30th-annual “Railroad Daze” continues today through Sunday (July 21-23) in Rainy River.

The annual “Quest for the Best” singing contest, presented by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, will be held today (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).

The Fun in the Sun committee is holding a “fun day,” featuring kids' activities and log-rolling, on Thursday, July 27 from noon-5 p.m. at Point Park.

The next Open Air Art Studio, presented by Community Living Fort Frances and District, will be held Thursday, July 27 from 3-7 p.m. at Lowey's Greenhouse. This week's activity will be heliographs (watercolour painting that harnesses the sun). Admission is free, and all ages and abilities are welcome to attend.

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

The Halkirk fire protection team will hold its 26th-annual fish fry on Saturday, Aug. 5 from noon-6 p.m. at the Bear Pass fire hall (Bear Pass Road). A bouncy castle will be on hand again this year. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids (dessert included). No dogs please!

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.