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The Fort Frances KCs are hosting a PeeWee ‘AA’ tournament today through Sunday at the Memorial Sports Centre.

The annual “Penny for your thoughts” weigh-in, in support of the local Alzheimer Society, goes today (Jan. 19) until 5 p.m. and again tomorrow (Jan. 20) from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Canadian Tire.

A Chinese New Year’s dinner, hosted by the Columbus Club, is slated for today (Jan. 19) at the St. Mary’s Church hall. A social will start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults, with children 12 and under free. They are available at the parish office.

The NHL Legends will play Hopper’s Bruins tonight (Jan. 19) at 8 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena. Tickets cost $15 in advance, which are available at Skates & Blades, Cooper Chiropractic, Lakeland Personnel, Bob Mainville, and Bruins’ players. Proceeds to go towards the CT Scanner fundraising campaign.

The Muskie boys’ hockey team will host the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears in exhibition action Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena. (Note: the game between the Fort Frances Canadians and the Golden Bears’ junior varsity team has been cancelled).

Icebox Radio Theatre will stage “Dogwatch” (based on the books by local author Mary Casanova) on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls. There also will be a live performance by the band “Sloughgrass.” Tickets cost $7 for adults, $3 for children eight and under, and $25 per family (available at Betty’s, Backus, and Espresso Lane).

The second-annual “Chefs Charitable Dinner & Auction,” hosted by the district Alzheimer Society, will be held Sunday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Tickets cost $50 each (a $25 tax receipt will be issued), which are available now at the Adventure Inn, Emo Inn, La Flambée, and Lee Garden, or by calling 1-800-682-0245.

Those interested in volunteering to start a local chapter of KidSport, a program created to help disadvantaged kids participate in sports, are invited to a meeting Monday, Jan. 22 from noon-1 p.m. at the Northwestern Health Unit office (396 Scott St.) For more info, call Elaine at 274-9827.

Town council will hold its next regular meeting Monday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The committee of the whole meets first at 5.

Celeste’s and The Den will donate $2 to the “Just Imagine” campaign for a CT Scanner at La Verendrye from every service purchased there on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is holding a “How to Start a Small Business” seminar on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 6-9 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. Call 274-3276 to register.

A winter “pops” concert, featuring the Borderland Community Orchestra, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Community Centre in International Falls. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and $25 per family. Tickets available at the Fort Frances Public Library and at the door. Rides available by calling 1-218-285-7225.

“Families Learning Together,” a series of workshops and guest speakers organized by the Rainy River District School Board, will be held Thursday, Jan. 25 from 4:30-8 p.m. at J.W. Walker School (Fort Frances), Donald Young (Emo), Riverview (Rainy River), and North Star (Atikokan). There also will be a supper and giveaways, and free child care will be available.

Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. will hold its next open board meeting Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom at La Verendrye Hospital.

The annual “Sweetheart Baby Contest,” organized by Beta Sigma Phi (Alpha Upsilon chapter), is accepting the first 20 entries, which must be received by Friday, Jan. 26 at Betty’s. The photos then will be displayed at The Place from Jan. 27-Feb. 11. Entry fee is $2, with proceeds going to the “Just Imagine” campaign for a CT Scanner at La Verendrye Hospital.

Koochiching Hospice and Respite will hold training for new volunteers on Friday, Jan. 26 from 1-5 p.m. over in International Falls. Anyone interested in this rewarding opportunity is asked to call 1-218-283-7058 to sign up. You can attend, then decide if you wish to volunteer. Join local MP Ken Boshcoff for a “Winter Warm-up” open house on Friday, Jan. 26 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Little Beaver Snow Park (located at the ski hill by the landfill site). Everyone welcome.

The Borderland Community Orchestra will stage a second performance of its winter “pops” concert on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Legion in Emo. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

The Cabin Country Quilt Guild presents a lecture/trunk show by Cori Derksen and Myra Harder on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the gym at J.W. Walker School. Admission is $5 and everyone is welcome.

Dini Petty presents “A Broad View” on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Tickets, which cost $20 each, are available at the Fort Frances Museum (334 Scott St.), Betty’s, the Chamber of Commerce, Fine Line Art Gallery, and the Fort Frances Public Library. There also will be a unique penny table. Proceeds will go towards museum renovations.

A retirement dinner for OPP Cst. Paul Pirie will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the local Legion. A cash bar will be held at 5 p.m., followed by dinner/presentations at 6 p.m. Tickets, which cost $25 each, are available at the Fort Frances OPP detachment (274-3322).

A prayer service will be held Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church (1105 Scott St.) to commemorate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All are welcome.

A listening session for those interested in singing in the Easter cantata will be held Monday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church. Call Diane Maxey (274-7309) for more info.

A workshop on workplace mental health awareness, organized by the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the local Canadian Mental Health Association and Super 8 Motel, will be held Thursday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau (old CN station). Cost is $50 per person.

A Super Bowl party will be held Sunday, Feb. 4 starting at 4 p.m. at the White Pine Inn. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door, with proceeds going to the Couchiching Hockey for Kids Committee and the “Just Imagine” campaign for a CT Scanner at La Verendrye.

A support group for caregivers and family members of older adults diagnosed with a dementia will hold its next meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the District Mental Health Services for Older Adults Program office (414 Scott St.) The topic will be “Caregiver stress.” For more info or to RSVP, call 274-9400.

The third-annual VALA Follies presents “Las Vegas Legends” on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Tickets, available at Betty’s, cost $12 for the matinee and $15 for the evening show for adults and $8 for children for both shows.

A tribute to Tom Jones, starring Daylin James, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 7 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Tickets cost $20 in advance (available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts, Greensides in Devlin, and Emo Drugs, or by calling Mary Jane Pearson at 274-3326) or $25 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Kidney Foundation.

The annual M.E.C. kids’ bowling tournament will be held Feb. 16-17 at Plaza Lanes. Names are being taken until Jan. 30 by calling Vanessa at 274-4256 (M.E.C. members only).

“Curl for Cancer” will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Fort Frances Curling Club. Entry fee is $80 for a four-person team (which also includes supper and a dance), with each team also required to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges towards the Canadian Cancer Society. The social afterwards (featuring music by Night Shift) is open to all, with tickets costing $5 at the door. For more info, call Nadine Johnson (274-6252), Pearl Pidlubny (274-3726), Becky Robinson (274-7652), or the curling club (274-6667).

The Rainy River Future Development Corp. is holding a free information session on the Self-Employment Benefits program. For more info, eligibility, and to register, call Angela Halvorsen at 274-3276.

The M.E.C. winter/spring fishing derby (lake trout only) will run until May 31. Weigh-in will be at Rainy Lake Sports.

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