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Posted on: Friday, December 8, 2017 - 13:01

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Thief River Falls Norskies in SIJHL action today (Dec. 8) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice For Kids Arena. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for kids aged 12 and under.

The Northwest Catholic District School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the board office in Fort Frances (located next to St. Francis School).

The eighth-annual “Stuff-A-Cruiser” will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Safeway, The Place, and Walmart here, Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo, and Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River. Those wishing to lend a helping hand are asked to sign up at or call Jennifer Kivimaki at 274-9841.

The United Native Friendship Centre is holding a handmade craft sale on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Circle of Life Centre (616 Mowat Ave.) If you would like to book a table, or have any questions, contact Sheila McMahon or Lori Devoe at 274-8541.

“Pictures with Santa” will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Christmas Store (located at Lowey's Greenhouse and Market Garden).

The “Canada 150 Skating Day,” billed as a nation-wide skating party, will be held Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre. This event is free to everyone. For more details, visit Canada 150 Skating Day-Fort Frances on Facebook.

The Fort Frances Choraliers' will stage an encore performance of their Christmas cantata, this year entitled “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls.

The annual Santa Lucia supper will be held Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church (1105 Scott St.) The service is at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15, with those 12 and under being free. They are available at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts or by calling Todd and Laurie Moxham at 274-6059.

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary will hold a combined Christmas luncheon with the auxiliaries at Rainycrest, the Emo Health Centre, and the Rainy River Health Centre on Monday, Dec. 11 at noon at La Place Rendez-Vous. The cost is $20 each, with tickets available at the hospital gift shop, Pharmasave, and Shoppers Drug Mart until today (Dec. 8).

Town council will hold its next regular meeting Monday, Dec. 11 at the Civic Centre. It will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

The Muskie girls' hockey team will host the Dryden Eagles in NorWOSSA action on Monday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Emo Arena. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for youths aged 13-18, and free for those 12 and under.

The Rainy River Soil & Crop Association will hold its annual meeting Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo. Open to the public. For more info, call John at 271-3216.

The Rainy River District Paramedic Services will face off against Kenora District's Northwest EMS on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the '52 Canadians Arena. Admission is free but non-perishable food items will be accepted at the door for the “Loaves & Fishes” soup kitchen at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church.

Monroe Crossing presents “A Bluegrass Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Local family group Sloughgrass will be the opening act. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families, which are available in advance at Betty's in Fort Frances as well as City Drug and Backus office in the Falls.

“The Best Butter Tart Bake-off” will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at Betty's. Each contestant must supply a baker's dozen of tarts, which can be dropped off there between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day. Betty's gift certificates will be awarded for first and second place. For more info, call Judy Kielczewski at 274-7120 or 271-1027.

The Rainy Lake Orchestra will perform “Holiday Melodies" on Monday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Public Library. Admission is free but donations to the Salvation Army's food bank are welcome. Refreshments provided by the "Friends of the Library.”

A Christmas Eve service will be held Sunday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church on Morrison Crescent (located behind the Copper River Inn).

The annual “Polar Plunge,” organized by the Voyageur Lions Club of Fort Frances, once again will be held on New Year's Day on Sand Bay (behind La Place Rendez-Vous). For more info or to get pledge sheets, call Bill Michl at 276-1334.

The Valley Adult Learning Association will hold a course on conversational English (listening, speaking, and writing skills) for newcomers to Canada. It will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-noon from Jan. 9-Feb. 15 at 241 C on Second St. E. (old high school). To register, call 274-3553 or e-mail