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Posted on: Friday, December 1, 2017 - 13:01

“Holly Daze” festivities in Emo go today and tomorrow (Dec. 1-2). See page C1 of Wednesday's Times for a complete schedule of events.

The Muskie girls' hockey team will host the International Falls Broncos in exhibition action today (Dec. 1) at 7:30 p.m. at the '52 Canadians Arena. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for youths aged 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. The team's annual “Teddy Bear Toss” also will be held at this game.

The Fort Frances Lakers will host the Thief River Falls Norskies in SIJHL action today (Dec. 1) 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 annual Laker Christmas bake sale will be held from 4-8 p.m. in the IFK lobby.

“Breakfast at the North Pole” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9-11 a.m. at St. John's Anglican Church. There also will be gingerbread house decorating, crafts, and activities for kids. Santa also will be there from 9:30-10:30 a.m. so bring along your camera. The cost is $8/person.

Christmas cookie decorating, with professional baker Kayla Brady, will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Fort Frances Public Library Technology Centre. Make sure to bring along a container to take your cookies home! Adults and children must pre-register online at and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Muskie girls' hockey team will hold its annual tea and bake sale, also featuring a penny table, on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Frances High School cafeteria. Admission is $5.

A book launch for local author Jack Hedman's new work, “Dire Needs—Dire Straits,” will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon-3 p.m. at Betty's. The book contains first-person accounts of education in this region from the 1930s-1960s, from railcar classrooms to residential schools.

The Church of the Holy Spirit will hold a tea and bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-3 p.m., with admission being by donation. Come and bring a friend!

An “open studio” for children and families will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. upstairs at the Fort Frances Museum. Admission is $2/child or $5/family. Questions? Call Sherry at 274-7891.

The annual “Community Christmas Parade" will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Reid Avenue and proceeding west along Scott Street to Mowat Avenue. This year's theme is "Christmas Candyland.” Those wishing to enter a float, or volunteer to help out, are asked to e-mail

The Fort Frances Choraliers' Christmas cantata, this year entitled “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” is set for Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at the Townshend Theatre. Admission is a free-will offering and there also will be a bake sale. An encore performance is slated for Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls while Rainycrest residents will be given a free concert on Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

“Hearing Voices That Are Distressing,” a workshop intended for those who work with or care for people who have a psychiatric disability, will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5 and again Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Northwest Community Legal Clinic (206 Scott St.) Admission is free but pre-registration is required by calling 274-2347 ext. 220 or by e-mailing Nancy Daley-Fulton at

The Borderland Community Orchestra will hold a holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Backus Community Center in International Falls. Refreshments will be served during intermission. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students, and $25 for families (pre-kindergarten children are free), with tickets available at Betty's here, the Backus office and City Drugs in the Falls, and the door. For more info, call 1-281-285-7255 or visit

A candlelight service, in observance of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at Knox United Church. Refreshments to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 274-8541.

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 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 Friday, Dec. 8.

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 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.