Merry Christmas from MayneNews

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all email subscribers, Facebook "likers", blog readers and Twitter followers of MayneNews.

The photo is courtesy of Toby Snelgrove taken at the Japanese Garden Christmas lights display in 2010. To see more photos go here.

Christmas Lights Parade Photos

Toby Snelgrove has posted some nice pictures of Mayne Island's first annual Christmas Lights Parade that took place on Sunday December 18. Toby provides images of Mayne Island events to view and download. See his images of the parade here: (LINK)

For all who saw the parade or glimpsed it, all the lit up vehicles were very impressive. A fantastic new event for Mayne Island. Congratulations to all who volunteered to make this happen.

Solstice Yoga Fundraiser - Wed Dec 21

Come Celebrate Winter Solstice and the Returning of the Light

December 21st 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Meet at  Community Gardens to walk the Labyrinth followed by gentle Yoga and Meditation in the Community Centre.

This event is a fundraiser for the Yoga programs at the Community Centre (suggested donation $15.00)

There will be several raffles of Gift Certificates for Farm Gate, Massage, Reflexology and Jewellery

Tickets $10:00 each or 3 for $25.00

Refreshments will be served.

Please bring a blanket and your own mat if you have one.

For further information please contact Donna

First Annual Christmas Light Parade - Sun Dec 18

Photo from Surrey’s Santa Parade of Lights - 2010. Courtesy of Shop Cloverdale 
Magazine. Truck owner: Slegg Construction Materials Ltd.

Dress up your truck, car, tractor, motorcycle or sleigh with bright colorful lights & decorations! All motorized vehicles are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 18th.

We’ll be assembling at the yard at 513 Fernhill Road at 5:00 pm. The parade will circle the island (route maps will be provided) and end at Maynestreet Mall with refreshments and treats for the kids and adults.

Please bring a donation of non-perishable food for the local food bank.

Call Doreen at (250) 539-9864 or Rose at (250) 539-2820 for more information.

Santa & Mrs. Santa will be there, and we’ll be offering prizes for the best lit floats!

Sponsored by Sunny Mayne Bakery, Home Hardware & J. Griffin Hauling

"Wassail" with Vox Trium - Thu Dec 22

Concert: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:30PM, Doors at 7:00PM
St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island

Songs to drive the Cold Winter Away! Music from several traditions and eight centuries including poetry, stories, and audience participation carolling. Come join us to welcome in the Yuletide Season with an evening of song and good cheer!

Tickets $15 - available at Happy Tides, Miners Bay Books and at the door. Includes free drinks and goodies at intermission.

More information can be found at or by calling (250) 539-2206

Re-scheduled - Introduction to Brain Health - Thu Dec 8

Mayne Island Health Centre Association has been able to re-schedule "Heads Up", a workshop presented by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Healthy aging and the health of our brain is important to us all. This workshop encourages us to actively engage in protecting our brain by learning strategies that improve the health of our mind, body and spirit. Understanding more about brain health benefits us personally, and for friends and family.

Join us at the Agricultural Hall Thursday December 8, 2011 at 1:30-3:30pm.

Refreshments available.

For more information please contact (250) 539-2311.

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Nov 24, 25, 26, Dec 1, 2, 3

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents: A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tickets still available for all performances.

Matinees: Thursdays, November 24 and December 1  at the Ag Hall at 1:30. Doors open at 1pm.

Evening performances: 8pm Friday November 25, Saturday November 26 & Friday December 2, Saturday December 3. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Tickets available at The Trading Post and Home Hardware.

For further information contact Sam (250) 539-3574

Vivaldi Chamber Choir Concert - Sun Dec 4th

In Search of Saint Nicholas

"In the dark, a robed figure reaches up and drops a parcel through a window.  The three purses of money in it give the three sisters in the house each a dowry and save them from a life of poverty – or worse."

Thus runs the best-known story of Nicholas, the fourth century bishop of Myra who is thereby established as a protector of children and giver of gifts.  Whether he is called Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, or Santa, the Byzantine bishop still plies his trade today.

Music and readings exploring the life and career of St. Nicholas, from Bishop of Myra to Santa Claus.

Choral works by Gallus, Guerrero, Matthias, Warlock, ZieleĊ„ski and traditional Christmas favourites.

Reader: Matthew Lazin-Ryder of CBC’s “On the Coast”

Guest Accompanist: Elisabeth Jahren

Sunday December 4th, 3:30 pm at St Mary Magadalene Church, Mayne Island BC.

For further information contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673 or visit the Vivaldi Chamber Choir's web site

Health Centre Christmas Fundraiser - Sat Nov 26

Get a start on Christmas!

Mayne Island Health Centre Association is selling Christmas wrap, cards, labels, candy bags and cookie boxes.

Come out to purchase your Christmas supplies and support the Health Centre Emergency Room Expansion project. (100% of proceeds go to funding the expansion.)

When: Sat Nov 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Ag Hall

For further information contact (250) 539-2311

Mayne Island Election Results

Dodds and Crumblehulme Win!

Jeanine Dodds and Brian Crumblehulme have won the 2 Trustee spots for Mayne Island according to preliminary election results posted on the Islands Trust web site, late last night.

The votes were as follows:
Jeanine Dodds - 348 - Elected
Brian Crumblehulme - 307 - Elected
David Maude - 223
Aubrie Karagianis - 152
Stephen Cropper - 123
Paul Dumond - 98
Christie Meers - 16

View the results at the Islands Trust Election Results page, as well as results for some of the other Gulf Islands.

As of midnight, Salt Spring, Bowen and Galiano results still were not posted.

Upcoming Silver Maynes Christmas Events

Silver Maynes Christmas Dinner
Sat Dec 3

The Silver Maynes society will hold its annual Christmas dinner, for its 2011 members in good standing on Saturday, Dec. 3rd, at the Mayne Island School gym. Join us for Christmas carol singing!

Members can reserve by e-mailing Pat Campbell at or telephoning Bev MacKenzie (250) 539-5285 or Mary Bushnell (250) 539-5430. We must have reservations by Nov. 20th, for seating capacity is limited. For further information contact James Allan Evans, (250) 539-5790.

Excursion to Butchart Gardens
Wed Dec 14

The Silver Maynes society will sponsor an excursion on Wednesday December 14th to see the Christmas Lights at Butchart Gardens.

We shall catch the 11:15 ferry from Village Bay to Schwartz Bay, have lunch at the White Spot along the way and get to the Butchart Gardens about 3:00 p.m.

Entrance fee: $24.25 each. Return by the 7:40 p.m. ferry to Mayne Island. To RSVP or for fourth information contact Maureen Pearl

MI Speakers Series: Dr. Sid Katz - Thu Nov 17

Join us for our final speaker of the season!

Dr. Sid Katz, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UBC will speak on "The myths and Realities of Biotechnology."  Do we welcome biotechnology's contributions to predicting and curing  devastating genetic disease and solving world food shortages or should we be wary of  resistance to disease and ecological disaster? Dr. Sid Katz discusses the science and the issues that surround  this controversial topic.

November 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Talk followed by informal discussion and refreshments.

Assisted living has kindly offered to provide ride for those not able to drive at night.

For further information contact Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574 or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

Mayne Island Artist Christmas Studio Tour - Nov 12 & 13

Seasons Greetings!

The artists of this year's Christmas Studio Tour invite you to spend a glorious fall day discovering the diverse artistry of Mayne Island. Along your way sip cider and enjoy seasonal treats while browsing the newest creations of some of Mayne’s finest artists. Find the perfect handcrafted gift for that someone special.

Unique locations offer pottery, bath products, jewellery, art cards, paintings,  photography, silk works, native carvings, wood craft, food, clothing, leather goods glass, sculpture and more.

Mayne Island’s artisans and shop owners thank you for your continued support.

For further information contact Richard De Armond - ph: (250) 539-3693 email:

Below are the front and back of the Artisans Christmas Studio Tour Brochure and Map.

Click on each of the images to see a full size version. You can print the map or cover for use when you are touring the island.

Click on above image to see large version for printing

Click on above image to see large version for printing

Joey Wright and Band with David P Smith - Fri Nov 25

Joey Wright and his 4 piece band are on a West Canadian Tour - and we snagged them!

They will be performing on the Compound @ Core 490 Fernhill Rd., Mayne Island on Friday, November 24th, 2011.Tickets are only $15 at the door or pre-sales from Annette Witteman - phone (250) 539-5011

Doors open at 7:30 pm
David P Smith opens the Show at 8:00 pm
limited seating available or to read more or hear samples of the music

For further information contact Annette Witteman

Photos from Oct 29 All-Candidates Meeting

Toby Snelgrove has once again made some of his photos taken at a major Mayne Island event available for anyone to view and download.

Go to his photo download site here: LINK

Lions Charter Night - Sat Nov 12

The Mayne Island Lions Club will hold its annual Charter Night Dinner and Dance at the Mayne Island School Gymnasium on November 12th.

Dress: casual. Tickets: $25.00 each.

For further information email:

Heads Up: An Intro to Brain Health - Wed Nov 9

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association would like to invite you to a workshop presented by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to learn more about brain health and how to protect and maintain your brain.

This will be held at the Community Centre on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 9:30am - 11:30am. Come join us to learn for self and family.

Refreshments served. For further information contact Sharon Bunnin (250) 539-2311

Conservancy Movie Night - Green Fire - Sat Oct 29

Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time

An important early environmentalist, Aldo Leopold's pioneering ideas about the protection and restoration of wilderness, watershed and wildlife have greatly influenced the stewardship of public and private lands around the world.

7:30 pm at the Ag Hall

Admission and popcorn by donation

More info at the Conservancy web site or contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673

MI Music Society presents May Moore - Sat Nov 5

Mae Moore’s Folklore is anything but straightforward folk music. In a way that’s reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn, Moore draws on many musical traditions, but fuses them so carefully as to make their origins indistinguishable. The result is so organic that to even speak of origins seems counterproductive. Moore has perfected an orchestral-jazz-soul-folk synthesis that floats effortlessly. Moore’s voice is unadorned and ethereal – somewhere between Norah Jones and Neko Case.

Saturday, November 5th
Ag Hall
Doors open at 7:00 - Main act at 8:00
Tickets $15 - At Happy Tides, Home Hardware and at the door

For further information contact Carol Munro or go to the MIMS web site

Halloween Contra Dance - Sat Oct 29

Dance On Mayne Presents:  A Halloween Family / Contra Dance

Saturday Oct 29, 2011,  Mayne School Gym 7:30 pm

Live music by the Sybaritic String Band. Special guest caller
Bellingham's Marlin Prowell.

Marlin calls a variety of fun and easy dances and knows how to make sure
that everyone has a great time, from first time dancers to experienced

Come In Costume (something lightweight - and wear comfortable shoes)

This is a great activity to do as a family.   Each dance is taught on
the spot with a walk through before the music starts.  If you can walk,
you can dance!  (Knowing right from left is a bonus, but not absolutely required)

Admission $15 adults; $10 for kids.  Families with more that one kid?
Flat rate of $40 / family.

Have questions? Call Dieter at 250-539-2205, e-mail or talk to Laara

MICHA Health Education Series - Wed Oct 26

Mayne Island Health Centre Association would like to invite you to a presentation by Janet Holland, from the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC).

We will learn more about hearing, communication and aging as it applies to us personally and with our friends and family.

Join us at the Agricultural Hall, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 1:30-3:00pm. See you there!

For further information contact (250) 539-2311.

Banquo Folk Ensemble - Sat Oct 22

Banquo Folk Ensemble presents:
Seven Deadly Songs (and more!):
Ancient ballads of murder, madness and mayhem for All Hallows Eve.

7:30, Saturday, October 22nd, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island
Tickets $15 at the door, or in advance for a lucky $13 at Happy Tides.

Banquo Folk Ensemble performs music from the 12th Century to the present. Their wide range of instruments include: voice, fiddle, Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer, bagpipes, recorders, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, banjo, percussion, jaw harp, theramin and Indian Surepeti.

For further information contact Lael Whitehead

MI Speaker Series - Vanishing Beacons - Thu Oct 20

The second event in the Mayne Island Speakers Series. In recent decades our coastal lighthouses have been de-staffed or decommissioned. How and why has this happened? Do we still need these beacons?  This is the story of our disappearing lighthouses.

Mr. Ivan Bulic of the Gabriola Island Historical and Museum Society will deliver this fascinating slide show presentation.  Mr. Bulic is a sailor, boat builder and journalist.   He is a founding director of the Canadian Lightkeepers Association.

Agricultural Hall,
Thursday, October 20th, 2011
At 7:30 pm

To be followed by informal discussion and refreshments. Admission by donation.

If night driving is an issue please contact Assisted Living.

For further information contact Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574 or Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027

MI Chamber Fall Dance - Sat Oct 15th

The Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Fall Dance at the Mayne Island Resort at Bennett Bay on Saturday, October 15th, 2011.

The band playing is the Wharf Street Band from Victoria. They are a well known and popular dance band and work regularly in the Greater Victoria and South Island area. Their music covers rock, blues, Motown and funk.

Their main goal is to get people of all ages on the dance floor by playing crowd pleasing danceable songs. They played here in May and were a great hit. Check them out live at

Hours 8:00 - 12:00 with doors at 7:00.

Tickets $15 at the door or in advance at Home Hardware.

For further information contact Collen Dearden (250) 539-5971

Land Mammals of the Gulf Islands - Sat Oct 15

7:30 pm Saturday October 15th at the Ag Hall

Crossing the Salish Sea: Land Mammals of the Gulf Islands

Going back to last ice-age, Dave Nagorsen will trace the history of the land mammals on the Gulf Islands, and the conservation issues associated with these animals.

Dave was the mammal curator at the Royal BC Museum for many years and has written four handbooks on the province’s mammals.

Read more on the MI Conservancy Society web site:

For further information contact Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619

Chili Cook Off! - Fri Nov 4th

The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society is challenging any and all groups or individuals to join in the fun at our Chili Cook Off.

Any group is welcome - book clubs, boaters, firefighters, restaurants, businesses, knitters, artists, anyone!
This will be a fun evening, and we would appreciate your support.  See you there!

Please join us on November 4th, 6:00 at the Mayne Island School gym. It’s a western theme, so come appropriately attired.

There are three categories -- chili, cornbread or dessert.

• Each team or individual will be encouraged to have an entry in the food fashion show.
• Winner of the fashion show will be determined by an Applause-A-Meter.
• Teams will be limited to 1 to 4 members
• Voting will be conducted by the members of the community who pay $10.00 to come in, judge and eat.
  Each team will have a container in front of their entry for contributions, and MIECS will be selling
 $10.00 rolls of quarters at the door. The team with the most money in front of them at the end of the night is the winner! If you happen to end up with some $20.00 bills in your container, well that’s fine too!
• For chili, each team will need to provide sixty 1/2 cup portions. For cornbread and desserts, sixty 1”x1” squares.
• Each team provides all fixin’s for the chili, or cornbread or dessert.
• Teams to provide ladles and serving utensils. MIECS will provide tables, dishes, sample containers, cutlery, napkins and glasses.
• There will be trophies for the winning teams, with great public acclaim as the biggest prize of all.

Please call Emily at (250) 539-5738  or Janelle at (250) 539-2350.
Check out the posters around town for more details.

Mayne Island Mural Unveiling - Sun Sep 25

The beautiful new Mayne Island Mural on the outside of the Mayne Street Mall will be publicly unveiled Sunday September 25 at 12:30 pm.

For 3 years Tina Farmilo, Susanne Leddingham and Annette Witteman have been working on this labour of love as a gift to the community. Please join them to celebrate its debut.

Play Again - A documentary Mon Sep 26

Date: Monday September 26, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Place: at the Agricultural Hall.

This 80 minute award-winning documentary is both emotionally moving and humorous. It offers an important message to parents, grandparents and teachers about the need to balance exposure to digital worlds with that of the natural world.

The film follows six teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend five to fifteen hours a day in front of screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure - no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality.

This showing is presented by the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning and will be introduced by Michael Dunn. A discussion will follow.

For further information please contact Michael at (250) 539-5745.

Play Again trailer

The Geezers - Fri Sep 30th

Mayne Island Little Theatre Presents

The Geezers

The comedy duo of Sid Filkow & Arvid Chalmers – back again, whether we want them or not…

In God We Trust – Laugh!!!

One night only! Friday, September 30th at 8:00pm at the Ag Hall
Tickets $16 – Available at the Trading Post.

For further information contact Carol

2011 Mayne Island Fall Fair images

Mayne Island photographer Toby Snelgrove has once again provided his photos of the Mayne Island Fall Fair for anyone to view and/or download free of charge.

Go to and click on the "2011 Fall Fair" to enjoy the memories.

Need a Chimney Sweep?

Are you having difficulty finding someone to clean your chimney? 

Judi Wilson has found a company from Pender Island that will come over and clean chimneys, if they have several appointments in one day.  The day is Saturday October 1st and they need 2 or 3 more appointments to make the trip over.

Call Judi Wilson for more information if you're interested. (250) 539-5710.

A fundraiser for Pat Hennebery - Sat Sep 24

Let's Come Together
A fundraiser for Pat Hennebery, Kit and the kids

On Saturday September 24th at the Ag Hall.
Time: between 6pm and 11pm.

Join the Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighters in supporting one of this community's most generous families.

There will be a potluck dinner in the best tradition of our community. Many of our Island and off-island musicians will provide entertainment.

* Bid on your favourite firefighter in the Slave Auction.
* Bid on your favourite item in the Live Auction
* There will also be a Silent Auction for services and donated goods.
* Buy your raffle tickets for the ongoing raffle.

To donate items contact Christie Meers at the Gas Station. To pre-purchase raffle tickets, contact any firefighter. For cash donations, contact Bill Jamieson (250) 539-3437

Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting - Sat Sep 17

Silver Maynes, a Mayne Island association that provides services for seniors, will hold its annual general meeting on Saturday, Sept., 17th, at the Ag Hall.

Come at 12 noon for a light lunch.

In terms of members, the Silver Maynes is the largest service organization on Mayne Island. It provides excursions for members, and seeks to provide services to promote the interests and physical well-being of seniors. Our annual Christmas turkey dinner is a major event every December.

We need new members on the executive. Pick up a copy of our brochure at the Mayne Library.

For further information contact James Allan Evans

Mayne Island Youth Fitness Sports Day - Sat Sep 17

Mayne Island Youth Fitness Track & Field Sports Day.  For all youth ages.  Ribbons for participation and trophies for highest points!

Start at 10 am, come early if you haven't pre-registered.  Finishes at around 2 PM.

Healthy Snacks and drinks available for $1 each.

Registration is $5 for MIYF members and $10 for non-members.

25, 50, 100 metre runs, hurdles, shot-put, long-jump, baton relay and modified events for the younger ones!

Mayne Island Youth Fitness is a non-profit group under the Community Centre that provides events and activities for any youth who wishes to participate! Come on out and get in the fun.

For further information contact Anita McCamley

MICHA Health Education Series - Wed Sep 21

Mayne Island Health Centre Association would like to invite you to meet Dr. Martha Reid, a Naturopathic Family Physician, who will help us to learn quick and easy natural remedies to support our immune system through the fall/winter season changes ahead.

Join us at the Agricultural Hall Wednesday, September 21st at 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

For more information contact Sharon at (250) 539-2311.

MI Speakers Series - Dr John O'Brian - Fri Sep 16

Dr. John O'Brian UBC Professor of Art History (and Mayne Island resident) opens the series with "Radioactive Postcards and the Atomic Era", an illustrated exploration of the important role postcards, produced during the cold war, played in creating a public image of The Bomb and nuclear power.

Copies of John's latest book, Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War, co-authored with Jeremy Borsos, will also be on sale.

Where: The Ag Hall
When: Friday, September 16 at 7:30 pm
Admission by donation

Slide show and Lecture to be followed by informal discussion, book signing and coffee, tea and cake.

If night driving is an issue, Assisted Living has kindly agreed to provide rides. Contact May McKenzie  at (250) 539-2530

For further information contact Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574 or Mary Crublehulme (250) 539-3027.

Lions Salmon BBQ - Sun Sep 4th

The Mayne Island Lions Club will hold its annual Salmon Barbecue on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at Dinner Bay Park.

Choice of Salmon or Chicken!  There will be a Bingo Tent, and a Beer and Wine Tent, and the 222 Draw, with $1,600.00 in cash prizes, will give some lucky people a chance to go home richer than they came.

Entertainment by Bob Connolly on the new Peter Archer stage.

For further information contact James Allan Evans

Illiteratty Meta Folk Trio - Sun Aug 28

Illiteratty Metafolk Trio

Ag Hall - Sunday August 28th at 8:00 pm

Suggested Donation $12.00

Illiteratty is poetic, silly, angry, fun original folk music featuring Earle Peach on guitar, Albert Klassen on mandolin, Wanda Mundy on bass, and everybody singing.

"Why aren't you guys playing the Folk Festival?" - Bill McNamara, Thundering Word, Vancouver

Much more info about the trio, its personnel & influences (e.g. Moxy Fruvous to KarlHeinz Stockhausen et al.) is available at

For further information contact Alan Ryder

MIYF Fundraiser - Will Millar & Guests - Sat Aug 20

Will Millar & Chuck McCandless are returning to Mayne Island to help raise funds for Mayne Island Youth Fitness

Last year's show was a sell-out and a roaring success. This year they will also be joined by Irish performer Mary Murphy and guitarist Paul Kiem. This is Mayne Island Youth Fitness' main fundraiser for the year.  

The Show is at the Mayne Island Community Centre.
Doors open at 6:30. Show starts just after 7pm. 
Tickets $25 for adults. $10 for youth. 
Refreshments, licensed event and snacks available. 

Fabulous silent auction to support MIYF. Art by WILL Millar and CDs by all performers available for sale. Portion of CD and Art sales to benefit MIYF. Visa & Mastercard will be available for CD & Art sales. 

As of August 10, 2011, this show is in danger of being cancelled due to low ticket sales.  

Please come out and help to support events such as Sport's days, Bikathon, track & field, drop-in dodge ball/basketball, the Soccer program and Soccer Camps on this island.  Let's keep these events available for your children, friends, neighbours and grandchildren to enjoy.

For further information contact or Anita (250) 539-2790

Employment Opportunity - Aug 8-19

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society has launched a two year Community Stewardship Program to increase and expand our community’s knowledge of the diversity of species on the island and to assist local landowners who wish to undertake specific stewardship measures.

MICS is looking for a dynamic and energetic person to fill a 7 month stewardship coordinator position.  The successful candidate will be coordinating the volunteer training activities, school programs, workshops, outreach to the public and landowners as well as, designing an interpretative program for Henderson Community Park.

Closing Date: August 19

For detailed job posting email Leanna at

Introduction to the Night Sky - Sat Aug 20

Learn about what lurks in the night sky and the wonders that await your discovery! David Lee will guide us in this journey at Dinner Bay Park.

David is a well known amateur astronomer and an advocate of public outreach in astronomy and science. He is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, Victoria Centre. His photographs have been published in Sky News, Sky & Telescope and on various space related websites. He has been the website editor for the Victoria Centre and is DaveXX of the "Royal Astronomical Society of Daves".

Plan to come early and join in the fun! Croquet, Boules and a scavenger hunt at 7:00 o'clock on as we wait for dusk - Bring a blanket and a picnic!

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society. (LINK)

For further information contact Helen O'Brian (250) 539-5619

Pooch-and-You Portraits - Sun Jul 31

Mayne Island Assisted Living Fundraiser

You and your Pooch Portraits

Come to the dog show and immortalize you and your pooch.

Toby Snelgrove ( has volunteered his time to capture informal images any time between 1 pm and 3:30 pm.

Dog Show starts at 2 pm

All funds raised go to Mayne Island Assisted Living

$15 for a 5x8 and $20 for an 8x10

Donations also accepted.

For further information contact Jessica Easton

Leigh-Anne Maxwell Solo Art Show - Aug 5-7

Forty five paintings. It feels as though Mike and I live in an art studio.

New canvases, too big to drag downstairs into the work area, simply stay propped against a wall in the dining room. Nearly completed work, still wet, end up in the livingroom where they can be assessed in a different light.

Once in a while there is a "mini disaster" in combining work and personal space. The dog's tail, for example, is covered in green paint and I've just figured out he wagged some trees off a canvas. It's all fixable and almost finished.

I'm looking forward to showing the work.

You are invited. Please join me at the Ag Hall. 

Opening night: Aug 5  7 - 9 pm. 

Show: Aug 6th and 7th, 10 am to 4 pm

For further information contact Mike Maxwell

Deer protection for plants workshop - Fri July 29

Black-tailed Doe ~ Deer picture from Cortes Island Canada.
Photo courtesy of Island Light Photography
Deer protection for trees and shrubs
A hands-on workshop with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society at Henderson Hill
Are you having trouble letting trees and shrubs grow on your property without being munched by deer?  Join us for a short, informative and hands-on session on protecting your plants from deer browse.  We’ll go through some straightforward methods and the reasons for using them, and then put these ideas to practice in a current restoration zone at Henderson Hill.
When: Friday July 29
Where: Henderson Community Park, at the end of Beechwood Drive
Time: Meet at 10:00am
For further information contact Chris Frewell -; (778) 433-6582

All Island Picnic and Dance - Sun July 24

Dance on Mayne invites everyone to celebrate summer at our 2nd annual Picnic and Country Dance, Sunday July 24, 2011, at the Community Centre on Felix Jack Road.

Time:  1 - 5 pm.

Bring a picnic lunch and libation of choice.  Join us for an afternoon of alfresco food and fun.

No dance experience required.  Two left feet are all you need; or sit back and enjoy the music.  

For further information email

UHF at the Ag Hall outdoor stage - Sat Jul 23

The enigmatically named acoustic/vocal trio, UHF, are Shari Ulrich, Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes, as brilliant a teaming of three disparate talents as a Canadian West Coast accident could ever be.

When they first joined forces in 1989 for what was planned as a one off performance at Vancouver’s Winter Roots Festival, Vancouver born Henderson was best known as the long time lead singer and songwriter for the successful Collectors and Chilliwack bands. Ulrich, an ex-Californian, had been a key member of British Columbia's Pied Pumpkin, The Hometown Band and a respected solo singer/songwriter while Forbes, from Dawson Creek and known for years as Bim, was a long time formidable staple on the North American folk/roots circuit.

Ulrich, Henderson and Forbes are all seasoned and prolific songwriters - indeed, each continues a solo recording and performance career - but it took a special focus to come up with tunes that suited the trio and led to the critical success of two albums;  UHF and UHF II.

The trio will bring the outdoor stage to life at the Ag Hall on Saturday, July 23th. Tickets are on sale at Happy Tides and Home Hardware. Don’t miss this one!

For further information go to the Mayne Island Music Society website -

Oliver Needs A New Home

Oliver has lived with me for 2 ½ years and he is a lovely companion. But my life has changed and I am looking at making a change in where I live and “no pets” seems to be the criteria for a move.

Oliver is a mixed breed terrier, approximately 30 lbs, about 10 years old, very healthy, he’s just been checked by Elizabeth and is up to date with shots, has had his teeth cleaned.

He’s very easy to live with, very quiet and accommodating to travel or staying home. He gets along with cats, is very gentle with children and likes other dogs once he gets to know them (he would probably enjoy living with another dog).

He would be a great companion for an older person who wants a pet for company, all he wants in life is his owner to be sitting down so he can lay next to them. He doesn’t require a lot of exercise but is capable to long hikes, he’s a quiet sleeper and doesn’t get up on the furniture or shed.

He’s a lovely little dog and I will miss him but I need to be able to respond to all offers to move.

Please contact Judi at 539-5710

Birders' Ramble - Sun July 17

Want to learn about island birds? How about this Sunday at 10am.

Join Michael Dunn for a look at the summer birds on Mayne Island. Both experienced and novice birders are welcome.

Sunday July 17th - 10 AM

Meet at the intersection of Dalton and Merryman ... just south of the ferry terminal.

Bring sunscreen and water.

For further information contact (250) 539-5619

Mayne Island Church Fair - Sat Jul 9

Photo from 2010 Church Fair by Toby Snelgrove
"Summer by the Sea" at St Mary Magdalene Church at 360 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island, is this year's Church Fair theme. Children's games, musical entertainment by Bob Connolly outside, and Carol Barker inside the Church.

There will be baking, Parish Pies, Ice Cream and Floats, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers.

A Castle Contest - Cash Prizes for the best castle made out of recyclable materials. Judging at noon.

Joyce's Farm Goats Petting Zoo, Book & Treasure Tables, Garden Plants, Horseshoe Pitch, Sand Castle Cafe´ menu of Pulled Pork and coleslaw!

Large and always successful is the Silent Auction under the Big Tent from 10:30 to 2:30.

Children's Face Painting, Popcorn, and generally a lot of fun for everyone. Try the Bottle Booth and Guess the Height of the Bottle and pick something out at the Crafts Table. There might even be dancing!

And Cisco and Susie (horse & mule) may be here again this year.

Check it out! Mark your Calendars now! See you at the Fair.  

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