How to get your BC Referendum package if yours hasn't arrived

If you haven’t received a voting package, you have until midnight, November 23, 2018 to request one.

Everyone on Mayne Island should have received theirs by now, there are reports that some haven’t yet.

Here are 3 ways to get your package:

• visit to request one online

• call 1 (800) 661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 8 pm, Sat 9 am to 4 pm.)

• get one in person at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre. Find locations at

There are 2 locations in Victoria; 100 - 1112 Fort St, Victoria or 403 - 771 Vernon Ave, Gateway Village, Victoria

This referendum on electoral reform is important. MayneNews urges everyone to make sure they participate.

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Harmony Singing Workshop: Sun Nov 25

There is a Harmony Singing Workshop scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1 to 4 pm at the Community Centre. Fee: $25.

Victoria based Dale Rasmussen, an experienced community choir director, composer and fine musician, will lead the workshop. No experience reading music is necessary, just the desire to sing.

Please register in advance so we know this is a "go". Register: or call (250) 539-5506. For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom

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Christmas Bake Sale & Tea: Thu Dec 13

Please join us at Church House for a Christmas Bake Sale and Tea. We will also be selling Fashion Accessories. If you have any accessories you care to donate, please call MJ at (250) 539-3777 or Pat at (250) 539-5519. Open at 2 until 4 pm and admission is free. Enjoy a cup of tea and cookies.

For further information please contact Mary Jane Tiller

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It's a Wonderful Life: Nov 29, 30, Dec 1 & 2.

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life. A live radio play written by Joe Landry. Directed by Glenda Goodman and Jessica Easton.

Come see this timeless classic play to start off the holiday season. Tickets on sale now at the Trading post and Home Hardware. Thu Nov 29, Fri Nov 30, Sat Dec 1 at 8 pm. Sun Dec 2 matinee at 2 pm. For further information please contact Linda

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Film Night at the Ag Hall: Fri Nov 23

Mayne Island Library presents the NFB film "Pipelines, Power and Democracy" on November 23 at 7:30 at the Ag Hall. By donation, with delicious free popcorn.

This film, back by popular demand, presents the journeys of 4 people who follow their own pathways to effect change. All were involved in the successful fight against the oil tanker terminal at Cacouna, Quebec. This film challenges us all with the question: Who holds the real power for change?

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

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MI Garden Club Pot Luck & Talk: Thu Nov 15

On Thursday November 15, at the Ag Hall, the Mayne Island Garden Club invites you to our annual Holiday Pot Luck followed by a demonstration by Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions (Victoria) on how to create attractive seasonal outdoor planters for the festive season and beyond. Mark will also have a selection of his succulent plants for sale. The Pot Luck begins at 12 noon and the demonstration begins at about 1 pm. If you are coming to the Pot Luck, be sure to bring something to contribute to the table (enough for about 10 people).

For further information please contact Julie Schueck

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Parade of Lights: Sat Dec 8

Every year in early December we gather to celebrate the Parade of Lights where many different conveyances (anything on wheels will qualify) get decorated with Christmas finery and parade up Fernhill road to the mall parking lot where astute judges pick a winner for the best decorated conveyance.

The parade will follow the same route as the Fall Fair parade. Details are: parade marshalling 6 pm; start time 6:30 pm; Parade ends in the MayneStreet Mall parking lot. As usual there will be fairies and elves around with hot chocolate and other goodies.

Due to a change in the arrival of the Santa Ship there is a change of date for the Parade of Lights this year. December 8, 2018 is the chosen date. Mark your calendars and come out to support our well-lit neighbours (pun intended).

For further information please contact Jeff Hansen

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Mayne Island Lions Charter Night Dinner: Sat Nov 17

The Mayne Island Lions Club was chartered on November 3rd, 1971. Every year on the Best Saturday night in November we celebrate our beginning as a Lions Club.

Charter Night Tickets are available for the Public — This year, 2018, we celebrate Charter Night on November 17th in the Mayne Island School gymnasium.

Tickets may be purchased, in person, at Home Hardware, or, ordered by phone at (250) 539-9876, or, by e-mail from

Tickets for Lion Club members can also be purchased at the General Meeting, Wed. Nov. 7th, at the Ag Hall. Lions are given first dibs on tickets then the event is open to the public. A great evening with catered dinner, entertainment, presentation of Mayne Islander of the Year, music and dancing.

Please join us as, like Lions Clubs everywhere, the Mayne Island Lions Club celebrates the anniversary of its charter with a dinner and dance. The dinner and dance at the Mayne Island School gymnasium opens its doors shortly before 6 pm and catered dinner is served at 7 pm. The dinner is catered by some of our talented Lions.

For further information please contact John Glover

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Lions Santa Ship & Christmas Turkey Bingo: Sat Dec 15

Please note: the Santa Ship will arrive a week later than usual on December 15th at 2:30 pm at the Miners Bay Dock.

The Christmas Turkey Bingo will be 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall. (Doors open 7 pm).

In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys, or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Pacific Northwest, access to the mainland is limited – and children rarely have the chance to visit Santa.

The Lions Step In. Lions Clubs in the Pacific Northwest saw the need, and wanted to do something to make the holidays happier. “The kids on the islands didn’t have transportation to and from the big cities,” according to Don Wight of the Bellingham Lions Club. “One of the islands asked if a boat that had lights on it could possibly come out to the islands with candy and toys for the kids.”

That marked the beginning of the Christmas Ship. Every December for the past 70 years, Santa has suited up and stepped off the Christmas Ship to bring gifts and joy to people living in remote islands off the coast of Bellingham, Washington in the United States and British Columbia, Canada. The Santa Ship sails from Bellingham WA to the Southern Gulf Islands bearing gifts and Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and assorted dressed-up helpers. The motley crew aboard the Santa Ship are all Lion volunteers from various clubs that compete for the privilege of being a participant. Pirates and clowns and assorted merrymakers including a choral group all share in this wonderful opportunity for our island children. Each year is marked by a special Christmas ornament available for sale at each stop. Everything helps to keep the "ship afloat".

The Santa Ship returns to the Gulf Islands every mid-December. Hosted by Lions Club International, the stops include Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Salt Spring Island. Additional stops happen in the following day across the San Juan Islands in the other side of the border. Usually a Unit of the Royal Canadian Marine - Search and Rescue - in their high performance rescue craft are part of the safety escort.

For further information please contact John Glover

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Banquo Folk Ensemble: Sat Nov 24

Join us for an afternoon of lively and lyrical ancient and traditional music with five-member ensemble, Banquo Folk Ensemble. Voice, cittern, harp, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, shawm, vielle, percussion and more!

Saturday, November 24th 3 PM, St. Mary Magdalene Church. Tickets $20, at the door, or in advance at Farm Gate Store. For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

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