Impromptu Musical Jam at the Ag Hall - Sat March 27

This Saturday March 27
8 p.m.

Open to everyone

Bring your instruments, voices, and spirit

Acoustic and Electric

There will be a full kit for the rock jam

Bring a snack and beverage

Don't want to play?

Join us by listening


for more info contact Don McDougall

Special Easter Treat - Mayne Island Music Society - April 4th

The Music Society is planning a Very Special Easter Treat for classical music lovers; an afternoon performance by the Saltspring Island Chamber Players.

This trio is made up of Jim and Lauren Stubbs and their son Matt who now reside on Saltspring Island. Jim’s credentials include Principal Trumpet with the American Ballet Theatre, the Opera Orchestra of New York, The Israel Philharmonic and the Joffrey Dance Company. He has appeared as trumpet soloist in Carnegie Hall several times and has performed with Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and Leopold Stokowsky..

Lauren was Principal Bassoonist with the Opera Orchestra of New York, the Riverside Symphony, the Joffrey and Paul Taylor Dance Companies and the National Ballet of Canada. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Matthew, a well known accompanist and soloist started studying the piano at age 7 and has studied with world renowned performer and teacher, David Oei. When Matt was ten years old, he performed as a soloist with the Westchester Philharmonic Youth Concert Series.

The concert will include works by composers Orlando Lassus, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Alexandre Tansman, Aaron Copland and an improvisation by Matt. Doors open at 2:00 pm at the Ag Hall on Sunday April 4th. The concert will begin at 2:30. Don’t miss it!

For further info go to the Mayne Island Music Society on the web.

Mayne Island Chamber AGM - March 24

The brochure is ready for print.

We are holding an Open House @ the Ag Hall, Wednesday March 24
from 3 PM - 7 PM

Cookies & refreshments served

See what the Chambers up to.
How you can get involved.
What we have to offer you.

Come see the sneak peek!!

- Christie Meers

Jaiya’s CD Release Celebration! — Sat. Mar. 20th

Saturday March 20th, 7:30 pm

Mayne Island Community Centre

Come and help Mayne Island Trio Jaiya celebrate the release of their 3rd album:  Invocation: Songs for a Sacred Earth.

Hear the music -- Sacred songs and chants dedicated to the Earth Spirit; for healing, celebration, abundance and peace.

Walk an indoor candle-lit labyrinth in honour of the Spring Equinox!

Refreshments provided

Admission free

CDs will be available for sale at a special introductory price

Invocation is an album of sacred words and music written by band members Miranda Brown, Kim Darwin and Lael Whitehead. The CD also includes Jaiya’s musical settings of the traditional Navaho Earth Spirit Prayer, the ancient Sanskrit mantra, Om Nama Shivaya, and the Christian prayer for peace, Dona Nobis Pacem.

“Our third album seems to be the most meditative yet. Each song is a hymn to life, expressing what the Dalai Lama calls “the yearning for harmony, with oneself and with others, with nature and with the spiritual and sacred within us and around us.” — Jaiya member L. Whitehead

“On this album Kim has found new life in the Rhodes piano from his salad days as a Jazz musician. The bell-like tones of the electric Rhodes (a real instrument by the way – the sound is produced by tines being struck by tiny mallets) combines beautifully with the harp, creating a dreamy/lively soundscape. Of course we couldn’t do without Lael’s heartfelt, soulful whistle and Kim’s sad-sweet, yet irrepressible accordion. 'What?' you say. Well, it might seem like a bit of a contradiction but you’ll just have to hear it… Some tunes called out for drums and percussion and Jaiya members’ best friend and Heaven-sent studio engineer Peter Mann has joined us on a couple of songs, keeping us well anchored with his intuitive bass lines.” — Jaiya member M. Brown

Listen to the music or go to

Questions or for further information:

Housing Options on Mayne Island - Mar 14

What are our options, now and in the future?

High Density?
Senior’s Housing?
Assisted Living?
Affordable Housing?
Rental Pool?
Secondary Suites?
Co Housing?

If you are interested in exploring options and would consider being part of a Task Force to explore needs and options for  housing on Mayne Island, please join us for a brainstorming session

Date: Sunday March 14
Time: 2:00 pm
At: The Mayne Island Community Centre

Sponsored by The Islands Trust

For further information contact Jeanine Dodds 539-2411

Mapping project connects people, places and things

My Google Alerts dropped interesting news about the following event in my inbox today. Mayne Island's Tina Farmilo will lead a community mapping project next month at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver, similar in concept to the Salish Sea project that Tina helped to organize here.

From the Vancouver Courier:

Mapping project connects people, places and things
Sandra Thomas, Vancouver CourierPublished: Friday, March 12, 2010

Mayne Island artist and community activist Tina Farmilo says creating maps of local communities helps link people to place and makes residents more protective of their neighbourhoods.

"It also helps them discover the importance of the history of local areas and appreciate both the built and natural environment," said Farmilo, who'll lead a community mapping project next month at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

The mapping workshop is the final of four events beginning tomorrow, as part of a series called The Water Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the Spirit of False Creek Watershed, organized by the False Creek Watershed Society with the help of the Roundhouse Community Centre and Emily Carr University of Art.

Read more: Vancouver Courier

The Water Beneath Our Feet

Update March 15th: I've been informed by Tina that some of the information in the Courier article is incorrect:

A. the False Creek project is being organised by Celia Brauer. Tina is facilitating the community workshops.

B. Tina was one of 16 community based coordinators for the Islands In the Salish Sea Community Mapping project [2000]. The project was directed by Judi Stevenson and Sheila Harrison, of Salt Spring Island.

Mayne Island Conservancy Society AGM - March 13th

Saturday March 13, Ag Hall, 1:30 pm

A brief business meeting, followed by Restoration Notes from an Neighbouring Isle, a presentation by Odin Scholz, Restoration Coordinator with the Galiano Conservancy .

Odin received his bachelor of Science honours degree from the University of Toronto in Environmental Science and Anthropology in 1992. He followed up with the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at UVic in 1998-99 and has been working in the field of Ecological Restoration for the past 10 years with the Galiano Conservancy Association. Odin has also been working as a private contractor (Ecological Restorationist) doing several contracts on Galiano Island, working with the Lillooet Naturalists Society and the Cayoose Creek First Nation's Band in Lillooet over the past 4 years designing and implementing a restoration project in Lillooet's Dry Ponderosa Pine grassland ecosystem. His talk is a link to the work that MICS is doing on the Henderson Park Restoration Project.

Refreshments will be served.