Burns Supper: Sat Jan 27

Come celebrate Scotland's Immortal Bard - Robbie Burns, January 27th, at the Agricultural Hall. Doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6 pm sharp.

Join us for a rollicking good time, Scottish style. Potluck supper, toasts and speeches, haggis, pipers, and singalong, followed by ceilidh dancing for those who wish. BYOB and bring a dish to share. Wear plaid if you've got it, or come as you are. Every one welcome (you don't have to have even a wee drop of Scottish blood to attend!)

Advance tickets only. $15 at the Trading Post. For further information please contact Lael Whitehead whiteheadlael@gmail.com.

posted January 2018

Trail Building: Jan 23, 27 & 30

Trail Building Work Parties. Tuesday January 23, Saturday January 27 and Tuesday January 30, 2018. Meet at junction of Village Bay Road and Felix Jack (closer to the ferry). Bring hand tools e.g. adze, spade, rake.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn mjechael.dunn@gmail.com.

posted January 2018

Library Annual General Meeting: Sat Feb 24

The Library Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 2 pm at the Library. We will be electing one new Board member and receiving reports from the Board Chairs and the Treasurer. Memberships ($5) will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Judi Walker judilu@live.ca.

posted January 2018

Come Join Us Monday Mornings

Come join us for Tai Chi. You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes? Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health? Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain? Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre.

Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45, $25 for the Winter Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter Session begins Monday, January 8. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca.

Tai Chi is an ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted January 2018

Boating Courses for January

The dates for the following courses are now set. Please contact Bryan Westby, bcwestby@shaw.ca or (250) 539-3412, if you wish to attend them. All courses are at the Church House (360 Georgina Pt. Rd.) from 7 - 9 pm. These courses are free to AMIB members but non-members can join for $10 (single) or $20 (family). Get more information on all the courses and on becoming a member at www.mayneislandboaters.org.

1. Boat Safety Equipment – One evening – January 11. Make sure you have the necessary safety equipment aboard your boat so you can avoid those large fines. Covers flares, radios, fire extinguishers, etc.

2. Reading charts – One evening – January 18. Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

3. Understanding the weather forecast – One evening – January 25. This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast particularly the Spring and Fall challenges that Mother Nature throws at us. This includes a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts and describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

For further information please contact Bryan Westby bcwestby@shaw.ca.

posted January 2018

Joy in the Morning Series: starts Jan 10

Joy in the Morning. A 9 week series on Wednesdays, January 10 to March 7, 9 – 10 am, in the Library.

Based on ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Each session will be comprised of study, silent meditation, and group reflection.

The group will be limited to 10 participants. To register or for more information please contact Vicki Turay: vturay@hotmail.com or phone (250) 539-9946. No previous experience is necessary. Cost: Priceless.

January and February can often be the most challenging months in the year.

The holidays are over. It is dark and cold. Here you are on Mayne when everyone else has escaped to Mexico. This seems a perfect time to focus on the theme of Joy.

Joy is a universal energy that transcends personal and often fleeting happiness. So even if you feel miserable, joy can still be available.

"I am offering a 9 week series on Wednesday mornings from January 10th to March 7th, 9 – 10 am in the Library. Using ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu as a guide, we will explore the 8 pillars of Joy that they have identified. The book will be available for sale at the first session, or it can be borrowed from the Mayne Island Library. Each session will be comprised of an introduction, a period of silent meditation, and then a group reflection. If you have never meditated, this may be a good opportunity to try it. The group will be limited to 10 participants in order to provide intimacy. I will be your guide on this fearless journey. My qualifications are: a willingness lead and a 30 year mediation practice. So, if you are interested in putting a little more joy in your life, and you are willing to commit to an hour a week for 9 weeks, then please register" — Vicki Turay.

posted December 2017

Christmas Eve Bonfire: Sun Dec 24

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own mug for hot chocolate or apple cider to accompany some delicious treats! Caroling often breaks out and the air is filled with Christmas joy and laughter. Starts at 6:30 pm.

*Photo courtesy of Toby Snelgrove Photography.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill executiveofficer@mayneislandchamber.ca.

posted December 2017

Japanese Garden Christmas Light Show: Dec 16 to Jan 1

On behalf of all our volunteers at the Japanese Garden you are invited to view our Christmas light show beginning Sat. Dec 16th and ending on Jan. 1st. The entrance to the Garden is just past Dinner Bay Park, follow the posted sign.

The lights will not be on Dec. 24th which is the night for the tree and bonfire at Miners Bay. The hours each night are 5 - 7 pm. Bring your family and friends and enjoy.

For further information please contact Len Epp lenepp@shaw.ca.

posted December 2017

2017 Christmas Parade: Fri Dec 15

2017 Christmas Parade of Lights — It's on! Friday, December 15, 6 - 7 pm.

We are looking for lit up tractors, motorcycles, riding lawnmowers, cars, trucks, wheelbarrows & bird cages.

Kids - decorate your bikes & wagons, even your parents!

Think of this as the pre-Fall Fair Parade. Community groups, exercise groups, restaurants, stores, probation officers, all are welcome & encouraged to put an entry in.

The parade route will be identical to the Fall Fair parade, but ending in front of the mall. Marshalling will start at 5:30 pm.

Look for the lit up John Deere tractor that will be at the front of the line up. This is a format change, there will be no Santa at the end of the parade. So bring candy canes to throw out to the folks braving the weather along the parade route.

Let's make this the biggest ever. For further information please contact Jeff Hansen (778) 385-1917.

posted December 2017

Winter Birds of Mayne: Sat Dec 2

In anticipation of our annual Christmas Bird Count, Michael Dunn will be offering a session on identifying those hard to describe winter birds of Mayne Island. Join in; 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday, December 2, 2017, Church House. Admission by donation.

The session will be geared to all levels of experience, you just need to have an interest in birds. This year we have an abundance of Arbutus berries attracting robins, thrushes and other birds. Steller’s Jays have showed up in numbers and we hope they stay around. The main gull species who winter here are showing up in large flocks around our shores. All of which, we will cover, plus more such as the notorious LBB’s (Little Brown Birds) that abound.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn (250) 539-5168.

posted November 2017