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Rainy River District Victim Services Program is a hosting a free BBQ in front of their office (334 Scott Street) on Friday, May 31, from noon-2 p.m. in conjunction with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. They will have several service providers on site to provide assistance and answer questions on how their organizations can be of assistance to victims and survivors of crime.

A grand opening for River Ridge Apartments will be held on Friday, May 31 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 1300-2 Fifth St. East. Ribbon cutting at 1:30. Come and go. Refreshments and cake.

Rainy Lake Gymnastics Academy is hosting a paint night on Friday, May 31 from 7-10 p.m. at the Couchiching Recreation Centre on Frog Creek Road. Tickets are $45 plus tax per person. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information contact Megan Pistilli at (807) 938-5299.

Distant Legacy featuring Brittany Strachan, will play at the Legion on Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. A $5 cover charge for non-members. Age of majority.

A “Relay for Life" bake sale fundraiser for Team "Colours For A Cure” will be held on Saturday, June 1 starting at 9 a.m. at The Bargain Shop.

The team is raising money for cancer research ahead of the “Relay For Life” event here on June 22.

A garage and bake sale in support of Special Olympics will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Métis Hall (714 Armit Ave.).

A “Summer's Day Luncheon” and pie and dessert sale will take place on Saturday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Knox United Church. Menu will include a variety of salads, calico beans, buns, breads, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $10 for adults; $5 for children seven and older; $2 for kids six and under. Bake table.

In celebration of “Paramedic Services Week,” an open house and BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 1 from noon-2 p.m. at the Rainy River District EMS ambulance garage (801 Scott St.). Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank or make a cash donation to support a non-profit peer support group helping first responders dealing with PTSD.

The Borderland Autism Awareness Walk will take place Saturday, June 1 starting at 1 p.m. at the Sorting Gap on the riverfront and ending at the corner of Crowe Avenue and Front Street. Afterwards everyone will meet at the Legion Park on the King's Highway for the “Grampa Magic” show, education discussions and refreshments until 3 p.m.

Stock car racing action goes Saturday, June 1 at the Emo Speedway, with hot laps at 7 p.m. and the first heat at 7:30 (weather permitting). Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, with those nine and under being free.

The Alberton Rec Committee is holding a free community pancake and sausage dinner at the Millennium Park on Sunday, June 2 from 4-6 p.m. There will be games for the kids, plus basketball and volleyball activities. Just bring your own lawn chair and sports balls.

Community Living Art Studio will take place on Monday, June 3 from 3-5 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Everyone welcome. This is a PRIDE WEEK+ event.

The Naicatchewenin First Nation job fair will take place on June 4-5 from 4-8 p.m. at the Naicatchewenin First Nation Community Hall. Spot interviews for jobs will be held both days. Bring a resume and cover letter. For more info on the jobs available, call Jody Smith at 486-3704, ext. 208.

“Pride @ Yoga!” will take place on Tuesday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. First-timers and all ages welcome.

A composting workshop with Peter Kirby will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Museum. Presentations on the impact of climate change on the IISD-Experimental Lakes Area with a Sarah Warrack will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. at the museum. Both workshops, which are being held in conjunction with the current museum exhibit, “Taking Back Our World” exhibit, are free.

“Love, Scott” will be screened on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. This is a PRIDE WEEK+ event.

A “Pride and Awareness” breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 9-11 a.m. at Fort Frances Tribal Area Health (601 King's Highway).

An open house for the Personal Support Worker program will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Rainycrest Long Term Care. Find out more about the program which will start this September.

A workshop on supporting LGBTQ2 youth will be held on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rainy River District School Board (522 Second St. East) Pre-register by emailing

A Senior Fair will be held on Thursday, June 6 at the Fort Frances Senior Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free event will feature exhibits, lunch, prizes. Guest speakers will be David Schwartz (pharmaceutical issues) and Trudy McCormick (financial issues for seniors). Register before June 3 by calling the Senior Centre at 274-7656 or stopping by 401 Nelson St. Registration will be limited so do it early.

“Showcase Your Pride!” Build a Pride March banner or flag on Thursday, June 6 from 1-8 p.m. at the UNFC building (516 Portage Ave.). Youth and families welcome.

Rae Spoon, a trailblazer for trans and gender non-binary folks in the arts scene, will perform a free concert on Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square. Bring your own chair. Refreshments will be sold.

A benefit dinner for Larisa Curr will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 5-7 p.m. at Knox United Church in Fort Frances. Spaghetti dinner, salad and homemade desserts. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at Good Impressions Printing (274-3233). Take outs available.

A “Fort Fabulous Drag Show” will take place on Friday, June 7 at Club 88 (235 Scott St.). Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9. Admission is $5. Age of majority.

The Passport to Pride March will take place on Saturday, June 8. March will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Smokey Bear Park in International Falls and proceed across the bridge to Fort Frances. Remember to bring ID for entry into Canada.

A Pride BBQ will take place on Saturday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Rainy Lake Square. Free BBQ. Music by Warming.

A “Drag Brunch” will take place on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. at Flint House (232 Scott St.). Buffet brunch. Tickets available via Facebook Event Page.

The United Native Friendship Centre will hold its annual general meeting on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion (250 Church St.). Business will include election of officers, presentation of audit, and other business as deemed necessary. All current members urged to attend; new members welcome.

FIREFLY will hold its annual general meeting on Friday, June 14 at 5 p.m. in FIREFLY Room L08, 820 Lakeview Drive, Kenora. Everyone welcome.

Wayne Johnson, CEO of Tearfund Canada, will speak about global poverty at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. The talk will be followed by a potluck meal. If you wish to attend either the speaking portion and/or the meal, please RSVP to Jane Trivers at 274-2930 or by Monday, June 10.

The Lions Legacy Golf Tournament, presented by the Fort Frances Lions Club and the Fort Frances Voyageurs Lions Club, will be held on Saturday, June 22 starting at 10 a.m. at the Heron Landing (Couchiching). The cost is $100 each or $400/team, which includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, and supper. Entries limited to the first 36 paid teams, with the registration deadline being June 6. Proceeds to the homelessness program and the women's shelter program. To register, contact Bill Michl at 276-1334 or or David Beach at 276-0464 or

Student volunteers are needed to help run the “Night at the Museum” on June 22 at the Fort Frances Museum. Up to 10 hours prep time plus event itself. Call the museum at 274-7891 or message through the museum's Facebook page.

The first-annual “Fun in the Sun” Colour Run will take place on July 1 at 9 a.m. at the Sorting Gap Marina. Register at Taggs Source for Sports. Registration fee is $20, $10 for children 12 and under.

A GED preparation course at Valley Adult Learning Association will commence July 2 and run Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-noon through the summer. If you have any questions or wish to register email or call 274-3553.

The Fort Frances Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 2019 induction banquet on Saturday, Aug. 10 at La Place Rendez-Vous. Tickets now on sale at Taggs Source for Sports for $40 each.

The Rainy Lake Market is open every Thursday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Rainy Lake Square. Come see your favourite vendors. If you would like a table or tent please arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Questions about markets? Please call 274 9621.

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I am a kind man) healing circles, led by elder Buddy Loyie, are being held every Monday at the UNFC Circle of Life Centre (use the First Street entrance). Start time us 4:30 p.m. For more info, contact Sheila McMahon at 274-8541.

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