Santa Ship & Christmas Bingo: Sat Dec 10

This coming Saturday will see the return of the annual Lions Club Santa Ship. Santa and his crew will be arriving at the Miners Bay dock at approximately 2:30 pm. He and his merry elves will then proceed to the Ag Hall for photos with Santa and gifts for the kids.

Also at the Ag Hall that evening is the Christmas Turkey Bingo Night. Doors open at 7 pm and games start at 7:30. Come out and support this worthy activity and win a turkey! See you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted December 2016

Honour A Life At The Japanese Garden: Fri Dec 9

The holidays are time of wonder, but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones or pets in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society would like to invite the community to join us in our fifth annual Honour a Life event.

Please join us on Friday, December 9th at 4:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree. There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact May McKenzie

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Wassail: Dec 21 - Dec 22

“Wassail”. Music to Drive the Cold Winter Away! With Stephen Cropper, Elisabeth Jahren, Sara Partridge, and Lael Whitehead.

Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Come a-wassailing to the Church House at intermission for complimentary beverage and goodies! Wednesday, December 21st, 2016, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm), and Thursday, December 22, 2016, 2 pm (doors open at 1:30 pm), St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island.

Tickets: $20 at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, and Happy Tides. For further information please contact Stephen Cropper (250) 539-2206.

Illustration by Julia Iredale

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Ferry Facts December Update

The Southern Gulf Islands Ferry Advisory Committee had an informative and productive meeting with representatives from BC Ferries on November 15th.

A number of topics were discussed, including an update on the progress of the new vessels. The Salish Orca has left Poland and the sea trials have gone very well with speeds exceeding expectations. The journey will take 55 days and the Orca is expected to arrive by year end. An additional two months for training and inspections will be required before the Orca will replace the Queen of Burnaby on the Comox/Powell River route.

BC Ferries officials are optimistic that the Salish Eagle and the Salish Raven are on schedule and will meet the May 1st, 2017 date for replacing the Queen of Nanaimo. By the end of January, we will know if there will be any delay. If only one new ferry is available, the new schedule will go into effect May 1st as planned with the Queen of Nanaimo serving as the second ferry. If both new vessels are delayed, the Queen of Nanaimo will continue to provide service using the 2016 shoulder season schedule. The new ferries will be operating on LNG but will also have the ability to use diesel fuel if necessary. As with any new technology, there may be some glitches early on.

A reminder that the 50% fare reduction on all routes for selected sailings is in effect until December 18th. For details, go to, click on promotions and then click on the selected route.

The passenger reservation initiative has been very successful and will be continued. The FAC requested an increase in the number of passenger reservations allowed on route 9, and asked for improved communications regarding travel options and the ability to reserve on-line. A reminder that if you have a passenger reservation departing Tsawwassen, you must go through the ticketing agent and not use the machines.

The through fare option from Tsawwassen to the Gulf Islands has been very well received. BC Ferries has been asked to now consider implementing the same process for Islanders travelling to Tsawwassen via Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries has talked with the vendor regarding the ongoing problems with the coffee machine on the Mayne Queen, with no resolution. Due to physical obstacles, the existing machine cannot be removed and replaced until the ferry goes in for a refit in 2018. It was suggested that the vendor’s contact information be placed on the machine so customers can call directly.

Late Tuesday December 13th, the Queen of Cumberland will be taken out of service in order for one of the control systems to be replaced. The project is expected to take one day or less. The Bowen Queen will be the replacement vessel.

The local Ferry Committee advises B C Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

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Surprise! Sat Dec 3

The Mayne Island Conservancy has something thrilling to share with you on Saturday December 3, 2016, 2 pm at the Community Centre.

Please join us for cider, cake and find out about the surprise!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Children's Movie Night: Fri Nov 25

Calling All Children! Bring your parents to Ag Hall on Friday, November 25, to the Library's NFB Children’s Program. Movie Time: 7:30 pm. Admission and popcorn by donation.

Finally, a film night designed for children. These 5 short animated films deal with the themes of parting, love and life changes: “With Grandma”, “Oma’s Quilt”, “Ludovic: Visiting Grandpa”, “Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar”, “Tzaritza”.

For further information please contact David Chase

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Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner & Dance: Sat Dec 3

The Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner and Dance will be held in the Mayne Island School Gymnasium on the evening of December 3. It is the Silver Maynes way of getting into the Christmas spirit. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner follows at 6:30. It will be a traditional Christmas dinner, roast turkey with all the trimmings, and the dessert table will be loaded with the products of Mayne Island kitchens, for we invite all members to donate their favourite desserts. Then you can dance to the music of Bob Connolly.

The dinner is free for members paid up for 2016, but reservations should be made by November 23. Call Barb Baldwin, (250) 539-3757, e-mail For memberships, call Tricia Hope, (250) 539-3273, e-mail There will be door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Bring along a donation for the Food Bank. Let's all have a very merry Christmas!

For further information please contact Eilene Verhuel (250) 539-3710.

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NU 2 U Sale: Thu Nov 24

The Women's Auxiliary is putting on a NU 2 U Sale of winter clothing from 10 am - noon on Thursday November 24th. There will be complimentary tea, coffee and muffins served.

Please join us at the Church House for a fun social morning. All monies raised go towards the needs of the church. See you on Thursday the 24th.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

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Fifty Shades of Green: Sat Nov 26

Saturday, November 26th, 1 pm at the Community Centre.

The Mayne Island Garden Club invites you to a very special event. Claude Ledoux, Horticultural Manager of New Westminster, will be giving a presentation on the wonders and unexpected pleasures of gardening. Claude is a dynamic and knowledgable speaker with a terrific sense of humour, making him both educational and entertaining!

Thanks to a grant from the MI Parks and Recreation, there is no charge for attending, but a small donation by non-Garden Club members would be gratefully accepted at the door. For Garden Club members, watch your email for information on the potluck luncheon that precedes the talk. For further information please contact Julie Schueck

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Community Information Meeting on Housing: Mon Nov 28

The Mayne Island Local Trust Committee is hosting a Community Information Meeting on Housing on Mayne Island. Open to everyone, this includes all aspects of housing from seniors and families, long and short term rentals, STVR's, and so on.

Every island and municipality has a housing crisis that are being addressed in different ways. The CRD are launching a Housing Needs Assessment and John Riley, Manager of Planning Programs for the CRD will be our guest.

Please come with your ideas. 1 pm Monday, November 28th at the Agricultural Hall. Please contact Brian Crumblehulme ( or Jeanine Dodds for more information.

posted November 2016