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LIFT OFF: Riders of all ages with all makes and models of sleds enjoyed the crispy wind and fast strip at Runway Park over the weekend. The Jan. 11 snow drag race is the first of three scheduled races to take place at Runway park. The next happens Saturday, Feb. 29. The series concludes on Saturday, March 28. ALLANA PLAUNT/SPECIAL TO SAULT THIS WEEK jpg, SH

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ALZHEIMER’S WALK: The indoor IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s takes place at White Pines Secondary School on Sunday, Jan. 26. Registration is at noon, and the walk starts at 1 p.m. It’s a fun day for the entire family with face painting, balloons, a clown, and refreshments. Participants are invited to write a name on a forget me not flower to place on the Memory Tree in honor of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. To register and collect pledges visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca. Pledge forms are also available at the local office at 341 Trunk Rd., IG Wealth Management, The Shoe Fits! and the Family YMCA. The local chapter needs to fundraise more than $450,000 each year to provide services such as education, family support, recreation therapy and the Minds in Motion program.


REAL SNOWSHOEING: Voyageur Trail Association’s annual Connor Road to Trout Lake snowshoe expedition takes place Saturday, Jan. 18. Real snowshoeing… no trail. We’ll break trail over what might have been the traditional route between Bawating and Trout Lake. Call Mark or Cheryl for the details – 254-2356


ELKS FISH FRY: Echo Bay Elks will hold a fish fry on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the lodge, 96 Church St., Echo Bay. Choose from fish or chicken. The meal also includes baked beans, potato, salad, bread, dessert, coffee, tea or juice. Adults, single serving, $15, or all you can eat, $20; children six to 12, $9; ages five and under, free. Take out orders will be available. For more information or to order take out, call 705-248-2989. Reservations will be accepted for the 4 p.m. sitting only.


FISH ON FRIDAY: Moose Family Centre holds its regular Friday fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 543 Trunk Rd. Dinner includes lightly beer battered fish or battered shrimp or breaded chicken, served with fresh cut fries or baked potato. Salad bar includes creamy coleslaw, garden salad, and baked beans. Top it up with desert, tea or coffee. Takes outs are available. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar. For more information call 705-759-8623.


ROBERT BURNS: Branch 25, Royal Canadian Legion will hold its Robbie Burns supper on Saturday, Jan. 18. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7, roast beef, with haggis. Scottish Country Dancers, Highland Dancers and the Legion Pipes and Drums will entertain. Cost is $25 per Legion member, $30 per non-Legion member, 96 Great Northern Rd. Call 705-945-8721 for more information.


PANCAKES/PASTA: Branch 25 will hold a pancake breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 26. It includes pancakes and maple syrup, sausages, eggs, fruit and coffee or tea. The Legion will hold a pasta supper on Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission to either event costs: adults, $10, children five to 10, $5, under five, free.


MOOSE: Live entertainment at the Moose Family Centre Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. will feature Forty Creek. For more information call 705-759-8623.


ELKS MATINEE: On Saturdays, the Elks Lodge matinee starts at 216 Bay St. at 2 p.m. and runs to 6. Music and dancing, free admission.


BARGAIN BOX: Westminster Presbyterian Church Bargain Box Thrift Shop at the corner of Albert and Brock Streets is open every Wednesday from 10 to 2 p.m. Find clean, gently used clothing, books and household items. Stop for coffee and treats.


CHURCH CLOSET: The Closet at Central United Church, 160 Spring St. is open Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the collection of gently used seasonal clothing and accessories that arrive daily.


LEGION REGULARS: Carpet bowling takes place every Monday from 1:30, $2 admission. Dance to the big band sound of The Happy Days Band from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, $2. Ladies Auxiliary Bingo takes place Thursdays; call 705-256-2941 for more information and the meat draw begins at 3 p.m., $1 a spin. Friday is Karaoke, which includes prizes. Every Saturday in the Lounge has live entertainment from 8 to 11 p.m. Last Wednesday of every month is the Ladies Auxiliary Family Pasta Dinner and last Sunday of every month (excluding December, June, July and August) has a pancake breakfast from 9:30 until Noon. Call 705-256-2941 for more information.


HELP FOR ALL: Fresh Start meets Mondays: at 1 p.m. at the United Baptist church basement, 41 Malabar Dr., back door. Healthy eating discussions, recipes, lifestyle changes, support and guidance. Contact Verna at 705-777-3053 for more information or just come on Monday.


SENIORS’ HEALTH: Seniors’ Health Advisory Committee: 55+ Citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and Area meet to discuss health issues and stay informed about seniors’ issues. Join us every fourth Thursday of the month (except July, August and December), from 1:15 to 4 p.m., At Algoma Public Health, 294 Willow Ave.


SINGLES: Do you enjoy playing cards, going to movies, making new friends? Call Nancy at 705-253-6475 or Elaine at 705-987-2033. 50+ Singles meets Fridays at 7 at Willowgrove Annex, 55 Tilley Rd.


OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: The group meets Sundays at 7 p.m., at St. Jerome’s Church, 26 Carmel Rd. For information, contact Barbara 705-450-5237 or Liz, 705-297-0897.


VOLUNTEERS: Seniors Wishes, a new non-profit service for senior citizens, needs volunteers. Duties include inventory control of donations and computer help/savvy. A police background check will be required. Contact Teresa Smith, Seniors Wishes, 705-942-3489, or birdy12378@gmail.com for more information.


DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Algoma Cambrian Bridge Club holds duplicate bridge games five times a week at the Bay Street Seniors Centre. All ages are welcome. Game times are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 7 to 10:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $4 a person. New players are welcome. Partners can be arranged. Players are requested to arrive 15 minutes before game time. Lessons are conducted during the year. For more information visit our website www.bridgewebs.com/Algoma Cambrian Bridge Club or call Ian McKay, 705-256-1571.


CNIB AMBASSADORS: Educate the public about vision loss, promote vision health and enhance awareness of CNIB. From service clubs to health fairs, there are a variety of forums that would benefit from hearing about vision loss and how CNIB provides stepping-stones to a more independent, active and confident lifestyle. To volunteer as a CNIB ambassador, contact Rose Jobin-White, Co-ordinator, Volunteer Services at 1-888-675-2468.


EMPLOYMENT COUNSELLING: Sault Community Career Centre’s employment counselors offer one-on-one support and can assist with a wide range of programs and services available to help job seekers find the right job or career. The service is free. For more information, contact the centre at 705-759-0909, or visit the office at 503 Queen St. E. (Corner of Queen and Spring) anytime Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


VOLUNTEER DRIVERS: Canadian Red Cross needs volunteer transportation drivers to get clients to doctor or dental appointments and for other health services. Drop in at the Red Cross office on Wednesdays, after 10 a.m., 5-475 Trunk Rd., send an email ssmarie@redcross.ca or telephone 705-759-4547.


PAID EMPLOYMENT TRAINING: the STTEP program can help persons between the ages of 15 and 30 who need help finding a job. Starting Transitions Toward Employment Program is a 16-week paid employment program that helps to connect young people with employment. For further information call Kathy at 705-945-5178 Ext 309 or email kathy.mckee@ssmymca.ca.


ACTIVE 55+: Play soccer on Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. on the indoor turf at Northern Community Centre, 556 Goulais Ave. Cost is $2 per visit. Bridge lessons will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., $2 per visit. Participants will be required to purchase a bridge textbook from instructor Bruce Richmond. The washer toss league meets on Mondays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., $2, pay as you go. Join anytime. Circle of Friends – needlework, crochet or knitting – meets on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., $1 per visit. Call 705-759-5377 to register.


WEAVING AND KNITTING: Knitting, Knifty Knitters, Swedish Weaving groups gather weekly to work on their own individual projects, on Mondays, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Senior Citizens Drop in Centre, 619 Bay St. Cost is $1 per visit and bring your own supplies. For more information call 705-254-6474 or visit the centre.


LIONS PET CEMETERY: We never like to think of it…but it happens! Keep this number handy, just in case 705-989-4110. The St. Joseph Island Lions Club Pet Cemetery will bury your pet for a total donation of $200. Call for more information.


FRANCOPHONES: Are you a Francophone family with children with ASD? Are you interested in attending Autism Ontario events that are offered in French? If this is you, email aarmstrong@autismontario.com and let Autism Ontario know the ages of your children. The agency wants to offer events specifically in French and is trying to gauge how many families are in the area.

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