Daylight Saving Time Ends Sun Nov 4

Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 AM, early Sunday morning, November 4th.

Enjoy that extra hour of sleep.

Caring for the Western Purple Martin - Thu Nov 8

Western Purple Martins almost disappeared from the south coast of British Columbia due to losses to their preferred breeding habitat (cavities in trees) as well as competition from introduced bird species such as starlings and house sparrows. The Western Purple Martin Stewardship program was launched to try to restore and increase the breeding populations of these magnificent birds.

On Mayne Island Herbie and Bernard Rochet took up the challenge in 2005 establishing artificial nest boxes in Miners Bay and Bennett Bay. As a result of their hard work, creativity and years of dedication the martins have been breeding successfully at both sites.

Come and hear about the pleasures, triumphs and sometimes the disappointments in their seven year long struggle to provide a bridgehead for this unique regional species.

at the Mayne Island Community Centre
Thursday, November 8th, 7:30 PM

Admission by donation

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Cappella Artemisia Choir - Mon Nov 5

The Mayne Island Music Society presents Cappella Artemisia ensemble, based in Italy - whose inspiration comes from the music performed by cloistered nuns in the 16th & 17th centuries.

A full bio and some links to YouTube music samples are available on their web site:

This is truly an amazing opportunity to hear this world renowned choir.

Monday, November 5, 2012.
St. Mary Magdalene Church 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: Happy Tides, Home Hardware, Farm Gate ($15). Children Free.

Thanks to all those Mayne Islanders who are volunteering their time, their cooking talents, and are billeting our guests.

Lunch for Cappella Artemisia will be held on Monday at 1:00 pm at the Greenhouse Restaurant; anyone wanting to join them for lunch or requiring any further info about this even should contact Kathie at (250) 539-2399.

Psycho-genic Art: Images From Within - Fri Nov 2

Toby Snelgrove and David Lindquist, two non-trained artists, display art created during time of psychological angst. Here is how they view their work.

"Two journeys into the art-making process in search of psycho-biological integration and self-acceptance. Taking counsel from oneself, purpose become play and play purposeful."

Opening night reception, 
Friday Nov. 2, 5-8pm.
Mayne Island Library.

Sponsored by the Trincomali Community Arts Council

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove or David Lindquist

Mushrooms: From Field to Forest - Sat Nov 3

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy's guest Simon Chornick for a talk and workshop that will review the most common West Coast fungi and some of those that are not so common. Get answers to the question "Edible or not?" and if you have examples do bring them along for identification.

Simon Chornick works for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans but in his other life Simon is a vocalist and mandolin player with the Mission based group Random Dander, but more importantly from our point of view he is an accomplished photographer, particularly in the field of mushrooms & other fungi. His mycologia appear in many internet-based reference works and he hunts, paints, grows and eats mushrooms.

Happily sharing his expertise, Simon styles himself as the Fungi Ambassador.

At the Agricultural Hall
Saturday, November 3rd, 2 - 4 pm

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Mayne Island Flu Clinic - Mon Nov 5

Mayne Island Flu Clinic
Mayne Island Community Centre
Monday, November 5, 2012
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

For more information, or to find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot:
• visit
• call Health Link BC at 8-1-1

If you are eligible for a free flu shot, please bring your Care Card to the following local Flu Clinic.

If you are not eligible please contact your family physician or local pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost.

For further information please contact Sandra Dumond

Table Tennis - Cure for the Winter Doldrums

Do you feel like the winter blues have started? Don't worry! We have a possible solution for you.

Come and join the growing gang of Islanders and visitors in a friendly non-competitive game of Table Tennis at the school gym every Friday between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.

The sport is easy to learn and the hardest part is to keep score and try to remember who should be serving next.

The Friday sessions are fun and help to keep us active.

We have all the equipment and the annual membership is only $10.00 or a $2.00 drop in fee.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817 or Murray Gratham (250) 539-3536.

Winter will be gone before you know it.

Open Mic Invitation - sign up by Wed Oct 31

The Mayne Island Early Childhood Society is looking for open mic participants for our upcoming fundraising event, the Great Chili Cook Off (November 3). We are looking for musicians and writers.

The open mic will run from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm. Dance party starts at 8pm. Come eat great chili, perform and be entertained!

Please call Leanna Boyer to sign up before October 31st.

For further information please contact Leanna (250) 539-5937

MIHCA Health Series Discusses Dementia - Thu Oct 25

Come join speaker Irene Barnes on Thursday, October 25th at 1:30 - 3:00pm at the Agricultural Hall and learn more about dementia awareness and safer aging.

She will be discussing prevention strategies, early identification and appropriate care. Donna Regen from Heritage Place, Salt Spring Island, will also join us to share ideas on safety and housing.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Health Centre Association.

For further information please contact Sharon Bunnin (250) 539-2311

Experience the Gulf Islands - Wed Oct 24

Photo courtesy Toby Snelgrove - Graphics courtesy MayneNews
Public Information and Discussion Meeting

“Experience The Gulf Islands”

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00pm at the Ag Hall

The CRD Economic Development Commission for the Southern Gulf Islands is currently looking at six proposals to stimulate island economies and support local communities. 

One of these proposals called "Experience The Gulf Islands" is a unifying theme to enrich the lives of residents and visitors through outdoor recreation and direct contact with the land and waters, communities, people, events and heritage of the Gulf Islands.

It is built on the possibility to extend the Trans Canada Trail, currently being completed along the Fraser Valley, through to the Southern Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island where the CRD is actively creating a network of trails.

This initiative proposes to link the Southern Gulf Islands: Mayne, Galiano, Saturna and the Penders, with a series of hiking/biking trails and marine facilities that look beyond a dependency on ferry and motorized traffic. 

The principal benefits are:

• to build on the strengths of each island community
• to separate pedestrian and cycle traffic from our congested roads
• to encourage non-motorized tourist visitors
• to develop a service infrastructure that will provide jobs and support local economies
• to develop trails and water routes for approved recreational, cultural, heritage and service amenities
• to develop non-ferry water transport between the Islands to rekindle historic relationships that created the Island communities 

A group of Mayne Islanders have been meeting to draft a conceptual plan for the Mayne Island component and are inviting the community to participate in developing this proposal to “Experience the Gulf Islands”. Please join us for this opportunity to create a new green infrastructure and to make our island a better place for everyone. 

For more information please email: Brian Crumblehulme at or Brian Dearden at

Mayne Island Speaker Series - Fri Oct 26

Speakers: Mike and Martha Pennock
"Measuring Happiness in Bhutan and Canada".

Friday, October 26th, 2012, 7:30 pm
Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road.
Admission by donation.
Please join us after for informal discussion and refreshments.

The Pennocks spent the fall of 2006 in Thimphu, Bhutan. This led to the development of a questionnaire to measure the Bhutanese concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Upon returning to Victoria they developed a shorter westernized version of the questionnaire. Since 2006 the GHN work has taken them to a number of other countries and most recently to the U. N. in New York City. A Bhutan led resolution at the UN General Assembly recognizes the the need to have a new, holistic approach to national development promoting happiness, wellbeing and sustainability.

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

Rain Water Collection Workshop - Sat Oct 20

Graphics by Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs, Mayne Island BC
Saturday October 20th
Ag Hall, Mayne Island
Doors open 12:30 PM
Seminar: 1 PM to 4:00 PM

Presentations on Water Collection, Tankage, Grey Water Collection and System Installations.

Displays by Van Isle Water Services, Premier Plastics and Glen Wilson from Mayne Island.

This is a chance to hear four presentations, ask questions and look at the display samples from the suppliers.

Cost: $10 at the door

Presented by the Mayne Island Integrated Water Systems Society. An Island Society working with Islanders on Island Issues

For further information please contact Bill Warning, (250) 539-2399

Update: The original time on this post was 2 PM to 4 PM, but that has now been corrected above. We'll have a correction in the next MayneNews email going to subscribers on Thursday, Oct. 18.

MayneNews has learned today that Mayne Island's own Mary Cooper of the MIIWSS was interviewed on CBC Victoria's radio show "On The Island" on October 5th. For those that missed the interview with Mary, she was speaking about the effects of the long drought we've been through on our Gulf Islands in August through early October. The audio from that interview is embedded below.

Check this out on Chirbit

If for some reason the audio player doesn't work you can go directly to the CBC site and listen to it: [LINK] (Scroll down to Friday October 5th).

Resistance & Revelation through Play - Nov 16 - 18

This weekend workshop is a unique blend of clown technique & body-based release work for actors/non-actors, the inquisitive & creators in life/art.

Mayne Island Community Centre
November 16th (6-10pm), 17th & 18th (12-5pm)
Please register by November 5th (maximum 12 participants)

We will explore:
• the many roles/masks/identities/emotions/patterns we carry in our bodies
• the quirks and delights of our humanness
• the process of letting go/lightening-up physically and emotionally
• our relationship to our own delight and sharing that with others
• the difference between contact and connection

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wishing to bring more presence, flexibility and possibly even humour to their daily life, creative process, work and relationships. This work is also valuable for performers interested in exploring humour, character creation, presence and connection though it is not expressly for performers.

Cost: $120-$200 (this is a sliding scale based on the fact that we come from different economic situations, if you have questions or concerns regarding finances don’t hesitate send them to Lisa)

Contact: Lisa Voth ( or (778) 319-5928) to reserve a space.

For more information on the nature of the work and to read about the experience of past participants go to

New To Yu Sale - Tue Oct 16

St Mary Magdalene Church is sponsoring this event

New To Yu
Tuesday October 16
10- 12 noon
Church House

Come and enjoy muffins and coffee, while you look to find that perfect outfit, at an unbelievable bargain!

For further information please contact: B Hughes (250) 539-9837

Mayne Island to be featured on Global News - Sat Oct 6

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Global TV News highlights a different town/place in BC throughout the newscast.

Mayne Island is going to be the Small Town Feature on Saturday October 6th in the 3 hour show from 7 to 10 a.m.

We want to promote Mayne Island with hopes of encouraging more visitors, and to share with everyone what a great place we live in. We need as many people as possible to watch the program, please tell your family & friends to watch!

We have been asked to send photos of the island, the market, the businesses, parks, hikes and events with your name and a brief description.

Photos will be accepted October 1 – Oct 6 to this email address:

We have put together a Gift Basket with locally produced items for the Global desk which we hope Lynn Collier, Wesla Wong, Kristie Gordon and Jay Janower will open while talking about us!

If you want to view previous episodes of Global's Small Town BC feature you can watch the video at the Global BC web site:

Thank you everyone for all your help and support!

For further information please contact Kara,

Update October 6th - the episode featuring Mayne Island aired on Global this morning, with lots of great photos from around the island and lots of mentions of local people. Watch it below.

(Click on the triangle to play the video and the rectangle in the bottom-right of the video viewer to see it full screen on your monitor. )


(Sorry to those trying to view this video using an iPad or another tablet or smart phone that doesn't have Flash installed, Global TV only makes their video available for computers or devices with Flash installed. Given that Flash technology is pretty much becoming obsolete, this is somewhat surprising for Global.)

Dirty Grace - Fri Oct 12

The Mayne Island Music Society presents Dirty Grace
Friday, October 12 - Ag Hall
7:00 pm Doors open
7:30 pm Open mic
8:00 pm Main presentation Dirty Grace

Dirty Grace is a vocal based trio that features Mayne Island's own, Marley Iredale. The trio of songwriters produce a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective, all driven by a curiosity in the ability of musical interaction to expose, shake-down, tickle and heal the human spirit.

They were inspired to re-form early this year after singing together at the bedside of a friend with terminal cancer. Blending elements of folk, hip hop, swing, rock, jazz and barber shop beneath a swell of three part harmonies and contagious melodies, the collaboration has always left the band and its listeners eagerly guessing what will come next.

For further information please contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-2399.

School Bottle Drive - Sat Oct 13

Mayne School Bottle Drive.

10 am - 1 pm, Saturday, October 13. In the Mayne School parking lot.

Please bring your returnables to us for this Mayne School PAC Fundraiser.

For pickup: call Sandra or Paul at (250) 539-3317

For further information please contact Eden Buday

Community Apple Squeeze - Sun Oct 7

Mayne Island is the proud owner of an amazing crusher and press, thanks to donations large and small. For the last three years apple lovers have gathered together on Thanksgiving weekend to press apples using this equipment along with a traditional manual press.

This year the Community Apple Squeeze will take place Sunday October 7 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Ag Hall grounds. With the help of some experienced users, the crusher and press will be in full action. All that is needed are apples and lots of them.

Perhaps you only have a small number of apples – get together with a neighbour or friend who also has apples or just bring what you have. These can be crushed and pressed with the apples of others and the resulting juice shared. Bring clean containers to take your juice away in for either immediate consumption or for freezing. Besides the juice there is a lot of pulp produced. This is excellent for your compost and/or your pigs, chickens or other apple-loving animals so . . . bring containers to take it away. Your compost should not miss out on this opportunity! If you bring your apples in plastic bins these can be used to take away the pulp. And, bring a small donation for the upkeep and ongoing maintenance of the press and crusher.

If you have a significant crop of apples the equipment is available, for a donation, for residents to transport to their own property for pressing. We ask that you participate in a community pressing before taking away the equipment to use on your own. Tom Hobley has prepared a user-friendly manual with lots of photos.

Perhaps you don’t have any apples but just want to come along to witness this exciting part of the fall harvest. Please drop by between 10 am and 1 pm on October 7. You might just get a sample!

Hoping to see many of you apple lovers October 7. If you are bringing apples for pressing please arrive by noon. And, if you want to borrow the crusher and press please call Helen at (250) 539-5619, or if you have any other questions about the event.