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Enjoy Black Friday sales locally! Many Scott Street businesses are offering specials today through Saturday (or even Monday) with some staying open later than usual. See the ad on page A2 of yesterday's Times or on the Times' Facebook page.

A Christmas lobby sale, hosted by the La Verendrye General Hospital Auxiliary, will take place Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the lobby at La Verendrye Hospital. Holiday baking, handcrafted items (ornaments, jewellery, etc.), stocking stuffers, gifts for babies, and much more.

The Legion Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its next monthly supper—featuring pork cutlets and all the fixings—on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. upstairs at the Legion (doors open at 4:30). Admission is $16/person, with take-outs available by calling 274-3772. Bring a friend!

The Muskie boys' hockey team will face the Red Lake Rams on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:15 p.m. at Ice for Kids Arena. It's both “Winter Whiteout" and "Teddy Bear Toss" night. Wear white to show school spirit and "white out" the arena; bring a stuffed animal to toss on the ice between periods to donate to the UNFC's "Adopt-a-Family” program. Admission $8 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 12 get in free. Season tickets apply.

“Tour de Fort” presents The Slocan Ramblers on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre (doors open at 7 p.m.) A limited number of tickets may be available at the theatre box office on the night of the show.

“Centre-Line" will be playing downstairs at the Legion on Friday, Nov. 29 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. p.m. and again Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. p.m. Prizes for "Best Rudolph Painted Face" on Friday night and "Best Ugly Christmas Sweater” on Saturday night. Food drive both nights—no cover charge for non-members who bring a non-perishable food item; donors also get a draw ticket. Cover charge is $5 for non-members who don't bring a food item. Age of majority.

The United Native Friendship Centre's “Christmas Craft Sale” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the UNFC Circle of Life building (616 Mowat Ave.). Craft vendors, baked goods, and pictures with Santa. Tacos-in-a-bag will be sold starting at 11 a.m. as a fundraiser for the UNFC's Community Action for Children Program. Taco-in-a-bag $4, taco-in-a-bag with pop $5.

A Christmas tree lighting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. at the post office (corner of Portage and Scott). Everyone is welcome to attend this free community event, which is sponsored by the BIA and Tbaytel with help from the Fort Frances Power Corp. and Town of Fort Frances.

“Scams and Cons,” a special presentation on fraud by the Ontario Provincial Police, will take place on Monday, Dec. 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Senior Centre. All seniors invited. Please pre-register by calling Cindy at 274-7656.

The Muskie boys' hockey team will host the Baudette Bears on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:15 p.m. at Ice for Kids Arena. Admission $8 for adults, $2 for students, and children under 12 get in free. Season tickets apply.

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be the subject of a dramatic reading and holiday celebration on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Emo Knox United Church (3 Roy St.). Musical interludes by the Knox Choir and refreshments and baking at intermission (included with admission). Tickets cost $15/adults, $10/students. Tickets available at Meyers Clothing, Emo Knox United Church and at the door. Limited admission.

St. John The Baptist Anglican Church will host its Christmas tea on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. Baking, draws, jewellery, mystery gifts, music items. Admission $5 per person (kids under 5 free); admission fee includes tea, coffee, Jell-O, rye bread, and dainties. Everyone welcome.

The Santa Claus parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7. Start time is 5 p.m. with lineup to begin at 3:30 p.m. and float judging to take place at 4:15 p.m. The parade route will be the same as in recent years, beginning at Reid Avenue (the library parking lot) and then heading west on Scott Street, ending at Mowat Avenue. Questions or interested in registering a group for the parade? Go to www.ffsanta.com or email ffsanta2019@gmail.com or check out the Facebook page “Fort Frances Christmas Parade 2019.”

A bird identification workshop, hosted by the Rainy River Field Naturalists, is slated Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Brush up on your avian knowledge and learn more about the Christmas bird count on Dec. 14. For more info, call 274-2988.

The Rainy Lake Community Orchestra will be performing a free concert at the Fort Frances Public Library on Monday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

A TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group meets Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Church of the Holy Spirit (824 Victoria Ave.). TOPS can help you reach your weight-loss goals. First meeting is free. For more info, contact 807-577-5924.

The 908 Rainy Lake Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is looking for new members. They meet Monday nights now through June 11, 2020 in the arena auditorium. Ages 12-18 welcome. Registration is ongoing through the year. For more info, contact the squadron at 274-1365, 908aircadets@gmail.com or facebook.com/908AirCadets.

The Fort Frances Kiwanis Club will hold bingo at the Fort Frances Senior Centre (Sister Kennedy Centre) every Friday at 1:30 p.m. through the end of November. Everyone aged 55+ welcome!

Lions TV Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday on Shaw Cable Channel 10. Bingo cards sold at the Fort Frances Times.

Free yoga for adults (16+) is being offered every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Instructor is Meghan Spooner.

Genealogy research services are available at the Fort Frances Public Library. Call 807-274-9879 or email ffpltc@gmail.com to make an appointment with local experts.

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