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Fun with grandparents

Lyla Moen and her grandmother, Cheryl Armstrong, had some fun and laughs during the “Grandma and Me” workshop at the Fort Frances Public Library this morning. Grandparents were invited to join in to learn songs, rhymes, and other games to do with their grandkids.

A little unsure

Not all the youngsters quite knew how to react Saturday during the annual “Cookies and Cocoa with Santa” event at the Fort Frances Museum. They were many unsure faces, and even a few tears, as Santa and Mrs.Claus greeted them.

Candlelight vigil

More than 50 residents gathered Saturday afternoon to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The ceremony and candlelight vigil, which took place at Knox United Church, was in memory of the 14 women killed by a gunman at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal 19 years ago, as well as women from the across the district who are victims of gender-based violence.

Browsing for goodies

Kerry Zucchiatti, left, and her mother, Anne, eyed up the selection of packaged baked goods and other snacks laid out at the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Upscale” bake bale last Thursday at the Little Beaver Snow Park lodge. The inaugural event saw about 50 people drop in, buy gifts, and mix-and-mingle, raising about $2,000.

Visit with Santa

The Danylchuk girls (Piper, left, Regan, and Wendy) were among the many children who patiently lined up at the Emo Legion to see Santa Claus on Saturday. The youngsters all wanted to have their picture taken with jolly St. Nick and to tell him what they want Christmas.

Strumming away

A group of youth gathered at the Circle of Life building on Mowat Avenue here last night to show off the guitar skills they’ve learned over the last 10 weeks to their family and friends. Both the Akwe:go and Li’l Eagles groups participated in this music program, which received an $8,000 boost earlier this year through the Moffat Family Fund.

Holiday treats

Clara Badiuk was all smiles as she picked out a cake at the Church of the Holy Spirit’s Christmas tea and bake sale Saturday afternoon. The festivities also included door prizes, complimentary gifts, and dainties.

On Santa’s knee

Cookies and cocoa with Santa at the Fort Frances Museum on Saturday proved to be a success despite a few tears and apprehension of some of the youngsters. The event also featured Christmas books, decoration making, and all the tools needed to write letters to jolly St. Nick.