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Posted: Friday, March 3, 2017

The 35th-annual Nestor Falls Winter Carnival will be held March 3-5. Activities will include a fish cook-off and vendor blendor today, a fish derby, cribbage tournament, blind curling, kids’ games, photo contest, and a dance tomorrow, and then a pancake breakfast on Sunday. See the ad on page B2 of Wednesday’s Times for a full schedule of events or check out the group’s Facebook page.
The Muskie girls’ hockey team will face the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in Game 1 of the NorWOSSA final today (March 3) at 7:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Game 3 (if necessary) will be played Wednesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for kids aged 13-18, and free for those 12 and under (season passes not valid for playoff games).
The Borderland Chiefs women’s hockey team is hosting its second-annual Open Invitation tournament March 3-5 at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena). Spectators welcome.
A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, March 4 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Sister Kennedy Centre. Open to everyone (not just seniors). Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children under five. Sponsored by the 55+ senior games committee.
“SnOasis 5: Canada Alive!”—presented by Friends of the Fort Frances Museum—goes Saturday, March 4 from noon-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Free outdoor games and activities, face-painting, hot chocolate, cookies, BBQ, Storytime yoga, and more. A family movie (“Pinocchio”) will be shown at 2 p.m. The Memorial Sports Centre also will hold a toonie swim at 2:30 p.m.
The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Dryden GM Ice Dogs in SIJHL action Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. The team first will hold its annual awards banquet Saturday at 1 p.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The Muskie boys’ hockey team will face the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) in Game 1 of the NorWOSSA final on Sunday, March 5 at 1:45 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Game 3 (if necessary) will go Thursday, March 9 at 1:15 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $7 for adults and $2 for students (those under 12 are free).
The committee of the whole of council will hold a special meeting Monday, March 6 at 4 p.m. downstairs at the Civic Centre to further review and discuss the 2017 operating and capital budgets.
The FFHS senior band will perform a pre-Cuba trip concert on Monday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Admission is free but those attending are asked to bring along items (such as toiletries) that band members can distribute to the students they meet in Cuba.
The Fort Frances “Pairs ’n Squares” will hold a lesson for beginners on Tuesday, March 7 from 6-7 p.m. at Knox United Church. The club then will hold its regular dance from 7-9 p.m. If you would like to learn to dance, call 274-9593 to reserve a spot in a square (partners are not necessary). The first lesson is free, with a fee of $2/person after that.
The International Joint Commission will hold a public information meeting on Tuesday, March 7 from 7-9 p.m. at the Rainy River Community College theatre in International Falls. There will be presentations on basin conditions and spring water level regulations, as well as an update on potential changes to the 2000 rule curves on Rainy Lake and Namakan Lake.
The Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will hold its next meeting Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. upstairs at the Legion. Hope to see you there!
“Tour de Fort” presents critically-acclaimed performer Rebecca Perry and her solo show, “Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl,” on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 7 p.m.) Admission by passport only.   
Learn to make felt stuffed animals with instructor Jamie Nelson on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12 at the Fort Frances Museum (must attend both days). Cost is $15. Call 274-7891 to register.
“True Colors,” presented by the Rainy River Figure Skating Club, will be held Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. and again Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Rainy River Recreation Centre. Advance tickets available at Beaver Mills, the Rainy River Drug Store, Woods Quality Bakery, and Baudette Ronnings, cost $6 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under while tickets at the door cost $8 and $5, respectively.
Paper crafts will be held Monday, March 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library (drop in). Children under eight must be accompanied by an adult.
The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary will hold its spring general meeting and luncheon on Monday, March 13 at Hallett Hall (Rainycrest). Guest speaker will be nurse practitioner Danette McIntyre. Tickets cost $15 each, which are available at the La Verendrye Hospital gift shop, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart until noon on March 10.
March Break activities at the Fort Frances Museum include egg-decorating on Tuesday, March 14 ($2 per child or $5 per family) and beading with instructor Linda Guimond on Thursday, March 16 (no charge). Both classes run from 1-3 p.m. and refreshments will be served. Children six and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Pokémon fun will be held Tuesday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library (bring your own Pokémon cards or a Nintendo 3DS with a Pokémon video game). Recommended for ages eight-14+.
A musical Storytime—for ages two-six—will be held Wednesday, March 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library (stories accompanied by musicians).
Ojibwe Baby Time will be held Thursday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Special guest will be renowned aboriginal musician Shy-Anne Hovorka.
A teen event—featuring pizza and a movie—will be held Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.
A family luau, along with a craft, snacks, and a movie with a Hawaiian theme, will be held Friday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library.
The first rehearsal for this year’s Easter cantata is slated for Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings Fellowship. Those interested in participating must call Diane Maxey A.S.A.P. at 274-7309.
Fort Frances Minor Hockey parents: need help with your “Respect in Sport” course? The Valley Adult Learning Association can help. For more details, call 274-3553 or e-mail vala@jam21.net
Tournament passes for the 2017 OFSAA boys’ hockey championships, hosted by Fort Frances, are now available at a cost of $40 for a premium pass and $20 for a regular pass (only 250 will be sold). To buy yours, call OFSAA ticket master Wilf Belluz at 274-3758.
“The Refuge,” a hot lunch program open to all Fort Frances High School students, will be served at the Bethel Church (behind the Copper River Inn) every Monday until the end of the school year. A donation of a toonie is requested to help defray costs. For more info or to volunteer to help, call Laura at 274-0226 or Barb at 274-0851.