Poetry Night Featuring Juniper-Mae: Mon Jan 14


Located at Don Eadie's house - 625 Fernhill Road ... (look for the yellow flower indicating his driveway. It's a bit steep if you have difficulty walking.) Featuring performer & poet Juniper-Mae from Victoria.

Juniper-Mae can most often be found raiding roadside beehives for poems, or challenging tide-pools to staring contests. Drawing inspiration from the coast where she grew up, Juniper-Mae finds herself with poetry that is both whimsical and visceral. She aims to bring you at least a little honesty, and at least a little hope.

Bring: Poetry, Potluck Snacks, Hydration & a (financial) Donation for the Mayne Island Food Bank.
6 pm: We gather at Don Eadie’s home (625 Fernhill Road) 6:15pm Poetry Readings Begin (Open Mic*)
7 pm: We take a break & discuss the poetry read
7:30 pm: Juniper-Mae reads a selection of her work
*we probably won’t use a microphone.

Read your own prose, read a piece from your favourite poet, or just enjoy the words and emotions tumbling from those who have chosen to share.... You don't need to have anything memorized, you don't need to confine yourself to a particular style of spoken word (this is not a slam poetry competition).

Readings will begin around 6:15 pm. For further information please contact Kat Ferneyhough kat.ferneyhough@gmail.com.

posted January 2019

Robbie Burns Supper: Sat Jan 26


Join us for a potluck feast in honour of Scotland's favourite bard, Robbie Burns. Piper, toasts and speeches, entertainment, singalong, ceilidh dancing and live music by Scottish duo, The Slow Pokes. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner starts at 6 pm sharp. Bring your own tipple (party license -- wine and beer only) and a dish to contribute to the feast. Kilts and plaid encouraged.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney (250) 539-2764.

posted January 2019

Mayne Island Agricultural Society AGM: Sat Jan 12


"Looking to the Future While Preserving the Past". The AGM will be Saturday, January 12th at 1:30 in the Ag Hall. Membership sign up ($2) at 1:15.

After a short AGM we will serve refreshments and Kristine Webber will present the results of the community survey we did last spring and how we are using the information to develop our new three year Strategic Plan for the Society.

This is your Hall, your Museum and your Thrift Shop. Come and participate in its future. For further information please contact Trish Hoff trishhoff@shaw.ca.

posted January 2019

Mayne Island Community Meeting


Mayne Island Community Meeting, Co-hosted by Elizabeth May, MP Saanich – Gulf Islands and Adam Olsen, MLA Saanich North and the Islands. Tuesday January 15, 7 – 8:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Join Adam and MP Elizabeth May to discuss federal and provincial issues on Mayne. Doors open at 6:30 PM and discussion begins promptly at 7 pm. Everyone welcome.

More Information on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/218718228914525. For any further information please contact Jonathon Dickie elizabeth.may.c1a@parl.gc.ca.

posted December 2018

Series on Resilience: Starts Mon Jan 14


Resilience: the path through suffering to well being. An 8 week series. Starting Monday, January 14th to March 4th, from 10 am – 11:15 am or Wednesday, January 16th to March 6th 9 am – 10:15 am. At the Mayne Island Library.

This series will include weekly presentations, group discussions, and a 20 minute period of meditation. Attendance id limited to 10 people in each section. Please do not sign up if you ‘know’ you will be absent for more than 2 sessions. Cost – ‘Priceless’

Presented by Vicki Turay vturay@hotmail.com (250) 539-9946.

Resilience This term is sometimes defined as the ability to bounce back or to recover from trauma. What does it mean to be resilient on a personal, community and global level? During this series we will examine what science, psychology and spiritual traditions have to say about this subject. We will look at, and practice ways that we can train in developing resilience both within ourselves and in the larger world.

Each session will be comprised of an introduction, a period of silent meditation, and group discussion. If you have never meditated, this may be a good opportunity to try it.

The groups on Monday and Wednesday will be limited to 10 participants to allow for intimacy. It is not a drop-in. If you anticipate that you will miss more than 2 of the sessions, this is not the right time to take the series.

I will be your guide on this fearless journey. My qualifications are: a willingness to lead and a 30 year meditation practice.

To register or for further information please contact Vicki Turay by phone at (250) 539-9946, or email vturay@hotmail.com.

posted December 2018

An Evening With Filmmaker Rob Butler: Sat Jan 12


Join the Mayne Island Conservancy for an engaging, enthusiastic and thoughtful evening of stories and understanding by renowned ornithologist, author, film maker and artist Dr. Rob Butler. We will start with the fascinating story of crow society followed by the showing of Dr. Butler’s most recent and stimulating film, "Returning", on the emergence of culture within the context of nature – Nature Culture.

Dr. Rob Butler is an ornithologist, author, filmmaker and artist. He holds a graduate degree from Simon Fraser University (MSc) and the University of British Columbia (PhD). His research career began with the social behaviour of crows.

For over 40 years, Rob Butler watched, listened and lived among birds in the Salish Sea. He followed the birds into marshlands and along beaches of the Salish Sea and distant tropical lands. He met people of many cultures and he wrote and spoke about his discoveries. What emerged was a new view of nature that could inspire and transform the lives of all people.

He is a fellow of The Explorers Club, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and American Ornithologists Society, an outstanding alumnus of Simon Fraser University and Capilano University, and Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.

In his presentation on Mayne Island he will speak on 2 of his favourite topics:

Society of Crows: From a remote island to the urban jungle, the ever popular, Society of Crows will take you on a journey into the mind of the crow to explore its complex social interactions.

Returning: Nature Culture: Rob will open with a short talk about a new vision and relationship with nature, Nature Culture that draws on the latest research into health and well being benefits, describes an emerging market for entrepreneurs, and steps to build a sustainable culture. He will follow with a preview of his latest film that will air on Knowledge Network in 2019 called "Returning". Co-produced with internationally acclaimed film maker Mike McKinlay, "Returning" is about a journey they took in search of nature infused culture in the Salish Sea.

For further information please contact Deb organicdeb@shaw.ca.

posted December 2018

Building a Dream: an Art Show by Pam Carr: Sun Jan 27


Please join us at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Sunday, January 27, from 10 am to 4 pm for an Art Show by Pam Carr entitled Building a Dream, featuring abstract and fluid art. More information pamcarr.ca. For further information please contact Pam Carr rpwrecords@hotmail.com.

posted December 2018

Come Join Us for Tai Chi: Starting Mon Jan 7


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 9:15 - 10:10 am, Experienced Beginners 10:20 – 11:15 am, New Beginners 11:25 am – 12:20 pm. $25 for the Winter Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter Session begins Monday, January 7. For more information and to register contact Dell at 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.

For further information please contact Dell Maxwell dell29.m@shaw.ca.

posted December 2018

Tips for submitting your announcement to MayneNews

MayneNews is a Mayne Island service to help non-profit community groups promote their events and news to the Mayne Island community. 

There are two parts to MayneNews; the blog at www.maynenews.com, and the email list. 

Once submitted your announcement is posted on the MayneNews blog. Once a week, (usually Sundays) new announcements are sent via email to those who’ve subscribed to receive them. If you’re reading this, you’re looking at the MayneNews blog in a browser on your computer, phone or other device.

This service is provided by volunteer labour and at no charge to the community. Following these tips will save volunteer time in getting these announcements out, so you are urged to please try and do so.

Images & graphics: High quality eye-catching graphics are invaluable in the promotion of events and MayneNews urges everyone to use them. Text-only announcements have a lower response rate. In addition to filling in the MayneNews online submission form with the text of your announcement, send your graphics, photos etc. to info@maynenews.ca.

1 image can be included with each announcement. 

Figure 1: Don’t send something
like this and nothing else
Images that contain the text of the announcement (such as an event poster) will not be sent alone without the accompanying text. (See Figure 1) All text must be entered in the online submission form “Text of your event” field. This is because some email recipients will have images turned off in the email programs, so unless all the important info is in your submission as text, it may not be read.

Horizontal (landscape orientation) images work the best for MayneNews. Specifically 1.91 wide to 1 tall orientation. That means your image is 1000 pixels tall it should be about 1911 pixels wide. Or 10 inches tall and 19.1 inches wide. (See Figure 2

Please take a look at the MayneNews blog and the MayneNews email archive to see the kind of images that work. This specific orientation is used so that the full image will appear if shared on Facebook or Twitter at full size without being cut off.






Figure 2: Proportions of 1.91 wide to 1 tall work the best. That can be
1910 pixels by 1000 pixels or a similar proportion of at least 1000
pixels wide.
Images with a minimal amount of wording on them work best because the graphic will get reduced to some small sizes for the upcoming events section of the emails and may also be viewed as small thumbnail images on smartphones.

MayneNews emails are sent to subscribers on Sundays. Your online submission must be made at least by the Wednesday evening prior to the Sunday you want your email to go out on. MayneNews will not be able to get your announcement out if your submission isn't made early enough. Sometimes when there are too many submissions all at once some will have to be put off to the following week. It’s first come, first serve for available spots, so submitting early is a good idea.

Figure 3: All fields on the submission form must be filled in or the form
will not be accepted when you hit "submit". The page will refresh
showing you what you missed.
All fields must be filled in on the online submission form for it to correctly auto-submit. When something is missing and you hit “submit” at the bottom, red text will appear showing you what’s missing. (See Figure 3).

When you submit everything correctly a “Thanks for your announcement” will appear and a copy of what you submitted will be sent to the email address you provided and the information will have been received by MayneNews.

A contact person is required in your announcement with either a phone number or email, otherwise people contact MayneNews for info that we don't have. A name is also required, but it can be simply a first name. This information will be published on the internet, so if you are submitting someone else’s name and info for your community group, please makes sure you have that person’s permission to put their info on the internet. If you are worried about receiving spam because your email address is on a web site, please use a free gmail or other free email service that you can set up for this purpose.

Text of your announcement. The amount of text published in the MayneNews emails is usually kept to less than approximately 100 words. If your text is longer than that, a link in the email will re-direct the reader to "read the rest of this article on the MayneNews blog". The full announcement will be on the blog and can be up to 1000 words. If your announcement is longer than 100 words, the essential information should be in the first 100.

It’s a good idea to write something that will be engaging to the reader, that will entice or convince them why they should be interested in your event. Just putting in the bare essential information will result in less response to your event.

That said, please make sure you include all the essential information. Correct date, day of the week, time, place, price of tickets if applicable and where tickets can be bought if applicable. Please proof read all the wording you submit to make sure it’s correct and spelled properly. An announcement that’s full of typos won’t sell your event very well either.

Please make sure you spell everyone’s name correctly. If you’re aren’t sure, please check. People really dislike seeing their name published somewhere but spelled wrong.

Thanks for using & subscribing to MayneNews. Not only is MayneNews a great way for community & non-profit groups on Mayne to help promote their events via direct email contact, but the links to the events on the blog stay there indefinitely. You can use links to the blog posts of your event when posting to Facebook pages and to Twitter and the graphic will display nicely in the post. Also other social media such as Instagram. It’s advisable for those using MayneNews to take advantage of this capability. Your group puts a lot of volunteer time into your various initiatives, you should use every tool to make sure your audience knows about those events and announcements.

Click this link to get to the online submission form.

Any questions? Email info@maynenews.ca

All the best,

Jim T.

Head Labourer & CEO/Flunky