Community Center Basic Photography Course - starts Feb 10

A Mayne Island Community Centre event: How to Turn Snapshots into Photographs

Angela Pike has asked Toby Snelgrove to offer a basic photography course at the Community Centre.

Starting Feb. 10 for 5 successive weeks Toby will offer successive workshops from 3-5 pm on Thursdays covering five different topics (see the course outline for details).

The course cost is $60 plus $5 of you are not a Community Centre member.

The course is open to anyone but will ensure all understand the basic functions of camera and key elements of a great photo.

Space is limited, reserve your spot soon.

For further information send an email to Toby.

Course Description can be found here on Toby's web site.

Course introduction on YouTube:

MIID Public Information Meeting - Sat Jan 29

Mayne Island Improvement District Public Information Meeting

Saturday January 29, 2011

Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

• Information on referendum for public approval to borrow up to $3.4M to build a new Fire Hall.

• Plans and estimates for the proposed new Fire Hall.

• Question and discussion period.

For further information check out the MIID web site.

Ad Hoc Forum for Community Dialogue - Sun Jan 30

Agricultural Hall - 1 PM, Sunday January 30

A Moderated Panel Discussion on Local Government

Confirmed Panel:
Barbara Thomas, Ministry of Highways
Ken Hancock, Capital Regional District
Jim Marlon-Lambert, Mayne Island Improvement District
Jeanine Dodds & Colin Shew, Local Trust Committee
Grant Hollett, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Mark Stefanson, BC Ferries

Panel members will clarify the role and responsibility of their organization in our community and explain how these individual organizations interact. Join the discussion and gain a greater understanding of how our island functions.

Discussion will be limited to topics of general community interest.

Tell us what issues you’d like to explore in future forums. Anyone interested in becoming involved with planning is most welcome.

For further information call (250) 539-3027


Burns Night Supper and Concert - Sat Jan 22

Burns Night Ceilidh this year features a Celtic Concert by Brennan & Sabir. They are from Kelowna, have performed across Canada, and operate a music school and summer camp. Please join us in things Scottish, with a generous splash of Guinness.

When: January 22, 2011
Where: Ag Hall
Cost: $18. Tickets on sale now at the Trading Post

Doors open at 5:30. Potluck supper begins at 6 pm and we invite you to BYOB, since this will be a licensed event.

The concert starts at 8 pm, and we are also offering door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

See you there!

For further information contact: or call (250) 539-5882

Audio serialization of Mayne Island author's new book

Author Leanne Dyck will be presenting an audio serialization of her newly published thriller The Sweater Curse. Episodes (a series of podcasts) will be accessible from Leanne's blog

Aspiring knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong.
But which wrong? 
Young and in love, she works to establish her career, except fate has different plans. One rash act and she loses everything. Never resting, always seeking, and yearning for what she can no longer have. Gwen faces the truth:  if she remains, others are destined to die.
How will she solve the mystery before it is too late?
From The Sweater Curse

This isn't Heaven. It isn't Hell. And I'm not alive.
Picture this:  a bus stop, tons of people packed into the same small space all waiting to continue their journey. Many buses stop here. Some passengers get off, other get on. Young children with sickly white complexions huddle together in the shelter. Teenagers with rope burns around their necks get off the bus. Old men with bullet holes climb on.
Throughout this confusion, the only constant is me. I remain alone.
I don't know, but I must find the reason. I must examine my life to discover the momentary lapse. The wrong I've committed. The task I've neglected. It's my only means of escape.

For more information, please visit: and click on the Podcast page.

Carole McAndrew: A celebration of her life — event photos

Toby Snelgrove passed along a link to his web page with his photos from the event on January 8th at the Ag Hall, for anyone to view and download. Carole McAndrew: A celebration of her life

Mayne Island Post Office - New hours

Rushing to Miner's Bay today to get to the PO before the 1 PM deadline, I happily discovered that the Post Office has expanded their business hours, in conjunction with the move next door inside the Gas Station store.

I hadn't seen any official notification of this (or missed it if there was) so I thought a post to the MayneNews blog might be useful for others like me who didn't know.

New hours are now:
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm

One positive for me will be that I can make it to the Post Office to pick up a parcel the same day that the notification card is delivered to my mailbox.

Carole McAndrew Memorial Service

Carole McAndrew

July 5, 1959 - December 29, 2010

Her footprint shines bright, through the mist of our tears.

Memorial Service:  St. Mary Magdalene Church, Saturday, January 8th at Noon.

Followed by a celebration of Carole's life at the Agricultural Hall.

For further information contact: May McKenzie (250) 539-2530