11th May Day Celebration: Sat May 21

MI Conservancy’s 11th Mad May Day: starts at Farmers’ Market: Face painting, wand/garland making; Morris Dancers, Merry Procession, Maypole dance, May Queen coronation, dancing, games, delicious refreshments, raffle.

Free event, everyone welcome: especially elves, fairies and others.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian helenobrian47@gmail.com.

posted Apr 2016

Ferry Facts May 2016 Update

Representatives of the Ferry Advisory Committees (FAC) from Mayne, Galiano, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands met with BC Ferry staff on April 5 to review more schedule revisions. The most contentious issue is the Off-Peak Friday PM Route 9 (Tsawwassen/Gulf Islands) schedule. The option presented at the meeting provided some improved service to Salt Spring Island but had a major negative impact on the remaining 4 Islands. Following the meeting, changes were made and 7 new schedules emailed to the FAC members. 6 of the new schedules are equal to or an improvement over existing schedules for Mayne Island. The latest Friday PM Off-Peak Route 9 schedule is an improvement over the April 5 schedule, but is not as good as the one presented on March 3. Arrival on Mayne is 30 minutes later than the current schedule. Considering the difficulty with loading on Friday nights, the Queen of Nanaimo frequently arrives late on busy days. If the new ferries can hold to the schedule, the difference from old to new schedule arrival times may be negligible. Overall, Mayne Island has more positive than negative outcomes from the new schedules. The same cannot be said for Galiano, Pender and Saturna.

Some good news for foot passengers. BC Ferries has announced the expansion of the pilot project for foot passenger reservations. From April 11 to September 5, walk-on Passengers will be allowed to make reservations in both directions for Route 9. The rules are: no fee for reservation, pay at the time of the reservation, can reserve up to 2 hours prior to scheduled sailing time and must check in 30 minutes before the scheduled sailing time. To make a reservation, call 1-888-BC FERRY. This new initiative will be most helpful for those wishing to take the 4:20 pm Sunday afternoon departure from Mayne to Tsawwassen.

Progress regarding the through-fare system in Swartz Bay has stalled. The problem is - how can the system be revised to ensure that travellers to and from the Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen have priority loading on the first available sailing? BC Ferries staff have identified several complications that are difficult to resolve. What appear to FAC members to be simple solutions does not seem to be acceptable to BC Ferries. We are told that staff are actively working on the problem and we will be advised when a solution is found. The next FAC meeting is scheduled for May 9 but there is no guarantee that an answer will be forthcoming.

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a new sign located at the bottom of the ferry terminal near Berth 1 which identifies the destination for the ferries leaving from each berth. This should remove any confusion in the minds of foot passengers visiting Mayne Island as to which ferry they must take. Although announcements are made regularly by BC Ferry staff, some travellers do not hear them for a variety of reasons.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 (p.sywulych@shaw.ca). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

posted May 2016

Mamma Mia Night — Terry Fox Fund Raiser: Sat May 28

Mamma Mia '3' Evening of fun!--Dress-up and Sing along to the music! All going to a great cause -- Terry Fox Run Fundraiser! Come out and enjoy a great evening!

When: Saturday, May 28
Time: Doors open at 6:30, Fun starts at 7:00
Where: Ag Hall
Tickets: $15 Available at Trading Post and Bennett Bay Bistro — ticket price includes Door Prizes, Popcorn and Dessert.

For further information please contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-2399.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 7

The second annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament is fast approaching! Information on the tournament is below. If you have any questions, please email smile_gal@shaw.ca.

Tournament date: May 7th, 2016. Location: Dinner Bay Park, Mayne Island BC. Start time: All players must register between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. All score cards must be handed in by 3 pm, no exceptions. Winner announcements will be completed by 4:15 pm.

Division levels (all players receive a disc as part of their registration fee):
Youth 12 and under (men) $10. Youth 12 and under (women) $10.
New player men $20. New player women $20.
Novice men $25. Novice women $25.
Intermediate men $30. Intermediate women $30.
Advanced men $35. Advanced women $35.
Ace pot $5.

Format: One round of 18 holes.
Prizes: Youth categories will receive non cash prizes. Women/men divisions receive cash prizes.
Food: There will also be food available for purchase on site (cash only please).

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill smile_gal@shaw.ca.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Tennis Society AGM: Sun May 15

Mayne Island Tennis Society will hold their AGM on Sunday, May 15th at the Mayne Island Community Centre at 9:00. This meeting will be followed by the Grand Opening of the tennis season for tennis members (weather permitting). There will be tennis activities, door prizes and a barbecue. Hope to see you at the meeting and on the courts.

For further information please contact Carol Ashwell carolashwell1@gmail.com.

posted April 2016

MI Music Society Presents Scott Cook: Sat May 7

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Scott Cook.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Ag Hall
Time: 7:30 (doors open at 7:00)
Tickets: $15 -- available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, Farm Gate (kids under 12 free)

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada's Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.

For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted April 2016

Active Pass Festival Mayne Island Sampler: Sun Apr 24

Active Pass Nature and Arts Festival 2016: The Mayne Island Sampler

Friday April 22, 2016 in honour of Earth Day the National Film Board’s docudrama Hadwin’s Judgment. Based on the book The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant. Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Mayne Island Library Society. Donations at the door.

Sunday April 24, 2016 “The Mayne Island Sampler”. Miners Bay Community Park. 11 am to 5 pm.

Centred in the commercial/retail/historical/cultural heart of Mayne Island at Miners Bay you will be treated to multiple opportunities to explore the island. Using Miners Bay Community Park as the centre you will find food, displays and live music throughout the day. Look for us under the tents.

“Active Pass Inspirations” Featuring the Works of 24 Mayne Island Artists and Musicians. Sponsored by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council. At the Mayne Island Library. The Library will be fully open as well on this day. Open All Day. Donations at the door.

“From the Gaol to the Churchyard” Exploring the History of Miners Bay. Join Helen O’Brian as she takes you through time exploring the historical hub of the Southern Gulf Islands. Walk leaves Miners Bay Park at 1:00 pm. By Donation.

“Explore Mt. Parke Regional Park” This is a guided birding and natural history walk with Michael Dunn to explore Mt. Parke Regional Park. Participants will get to explore the forests and ridges of this park and be treated to outstanding views of the surrounding islands. A moderate level of fitness is required. Photographers welcome. Walk leaves Miners Bay Park at 1:30 pm. By Donation.

“The Japanese Community on Mayne Island” Join author Sarah Jefferies on an engaging exploration of the gardens that commemorate the Japanese Canadian families who lived on pre-war Mayne Island. Bus connection leaves Miners Bay Park at 2:45 pm. By Donation.

Festival Active Pass Banquet Package – Mayne Island. This year’s Festival Banquet looks to be an amazing event and the Mayne Island Conservancy has arranged with the Mayne Island Community Bus to provide transportation for interested Mayne lslanders to and from the banquet venue. This will be using the BC Ferries schedule between Mayne and Galiano leaving Mayne Saturday April 23, 2016 at 5:05 pm and returning from Galiano on the 9:50 pm ferry. All you need is a donation to the bus and a banquet ticket. Banquet tickets are available at the Mayne Island Conservancy Office in the Root Seller building and at the Farm Gate Store. Ticket price is $50.00.

Festival goers can access Mayne Island from Galiano using BC Ferries service from Sturdies Bay to Village Bay and back. On-island transportation will be provided by the Mayne Island Community Bus. By donation.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn (250) 539-5745.

posted April 2016

Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast: Sun May 8

Come Join us for the 44th Annual Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighter's Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast. Sunday May 8th, 9 am to Noon at Dinner Bay Park.

For 45 years, Firefighters have been making breakfast for Mayne Island's Mothers (and everyone else!) The menu has changed over the years, as have the firefighters who prepare and serve the breakfasts.

Thanks to your donations to Tru Value's 1% program, over the past few years we have been able to generate some of the revenues which go back into the community for purchase of equipment, and maintenance of the Old Schoolhouse. This year, any revenues generated will be spent on the improvements to the Schoolhouse. We will be selling our "I Support Mayne Island Fire Rescue Tee Shirts in children and adult sizes and we will be accepting your donations of pennies and Canadian Tire Money as well.

Thanks for your support and enjoy a great breakfast. Still only $10 per adult!

In addition, if anyone has old photo's or stories, we would like to add them to our archives. For further information please contact Bill Jamieson mivffa@shaw.ca.

posted April 2016

Mayne Island Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 23

2016 Notice of Annual General Meeting. The Improvement District will hold its Annual General Meeting Saturday, April 23rd at 1 pm in the meeting room at the Fire Hall, 520 Felix Jack Rd.

At the AGM, three Trustees must be elected; Two must be elected to serve a three year term, one must be elected to serve a two year term. To nominate someone to serve on the Board, the form below must be filled out by the nominator and the candidate. The form may be delivered to the Fire Hall office. Nomination forms are also available at the Fire Hall office. For further information, please contact the office of Mayne Island Improvement District at (250) 539-5116, or Trustee Doug Walker, Chair of the Nominating Committee, at (778) 351-3544.

For further information please contact Katherine Somerville ksomerville@mayneid.ca.

posted April 2016

How Mayne Can Help Syrian Refugees: Sun May 8

How are the 160 Syrian refugees who have landed in Victoria doing, and what can Mayne Islanders do to help them? Ali Hamado of Victoria's Immigrant Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) will speak at the Ag Hall on Sunday May 8, 1:30 - 3 pm. Free, but donations welcome.

Sponsored by The Mayne Island Syrian Refugee Support Group, which is fundraising for ESL classes for the refugees, planning a Family Day on Mayne Island for them (TBA), and arranging billeting for a VIRCS staff working retreat on Mayne. (Let the Mayne group know if you might be able to billet any VIRCS staff, date still to be arranged.)

For further information please contact Brian Crumblehulme briarycottage@gmail.com.

posted April 2016