Christmas Eve Bonfire & Carols at Miners Bay

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park with your fellow islanders. The Mayne Island Chamber of Commerce will provide hot chocolate and hot apple cider (bring your mug) and song sheets with Alan Ryder coordinating carolling. 6 PM.

We hear Santa will be present providing gifts to the children.

For further information please contact Toby

Resistance & Revelation through Play - Jan 11-13

Back by request ...
Inviting Revelation & Resistance Through Play: A unique blend of clown and body-based release & sensation work.

For actors/non-actors, the inquisitive, the curious & the creators in life and art.

Mayne Island Community Centre
Jan. 11, 6 - 10
Jan. 12, 11 - 5
Jan. 13, 12 - 4

We will explore and embody:

• the many roles / masks / identities / emotions / patterns we carry in our bodies
• the quirks and delights of our humanness; things that frustrate, sadden, tickle, and elate us
• 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 great opportunity for anyone wishing to bring more presence, flexibility and possibly even humour into their daily life, creative process, work and relationships. This work is also valuable for performers interested in exploring humour, character creation, presence and connection; however, it is not expressly for performers.

This course will draw on various clown techniques (including material from David MacMurray Smith, Richard Pochinko and John Turner) and various body based approaches to emotions, sensation, and release (including Reichian and Somatic Experiencing Therapy).

Cost: $80-$200 (this is a sliding scale based on the fact that we come from different economic situations, if the sliding scale still seems challenging don’t hesitate to contact Lisa).

Please contact Lisa Voth to reserve a space, or (778) 319-5928. Space limited to 12, so reserve early!

See Lisa's web site, and Facebook page,

A Celtic Wassail with Vox Trium - Sat Dec 22

A Celtic Wassail with Vox Trium and guest Elisabeth Jahren

Vox Trium members Lael Whitehead, Susan Larkin, and Stephen Cropper invite you to an evening of Songs, Tunes, and Tales from the Celtic Lands to Drive the Cold Winter Away!

Come "A-Wassailing" at intermission for complementary refreshments and goodies.

Saturday, December 22, 2012, 7:30 pm

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island

Tickets are just $15 either at the door or to be sure, get them in advance from Happy Tides or Miners Bay Books.

For further information call (250) 539-2206, visit or email

BC Buy Local Week - Dec 3 -9

A little late with this post (that is the sleepy Mayne Island way, of course) but the Province of British Columbia has announced that this week is the first annual Buy Local Week.

As many know we have our own little campaign here on Mayne Island called "Shop Mayne Island First". You may have seen our graphic in the MayneLiner or on the door of one of your local businesses.

Shopping local is an extremely powerful act and the effect can be magnified in smaller communities like ours. Here's some info from the Buy Local week campaign:

Some people think that shopping local is kind of an act of charity they're doing. "If I support my local business it might cost me a little more than going to a big chain store in town, but I'll consider it a donation." But really when the benefits of supporting local businesses pay everyone back who values having an economically strong and viable community, it can just as well be seen as an investment in one's own self interest. Can we imagine what our island life would be like if our local businesses couldn't survive?

Island communities like Mayne are very tough places to make a living when the tourists aren't around (not that it's a piece of cake in the summer either), but right now is a big challenge for our local retailers and services. Fortunately the holiday season is a time when everyone needs to spend a little on gifts and extra things and at lot of that can be purchased right here on Mayne Island.

Of course we can't buy everything we need here, but even spending a few more dollars than we currently do on Mayne can have a large effect if more people participate.

So think about Shopping Mayne Island First. When you've got something you need to buy the answer doesn't necessarily involve a ferry trip.

2nd Annual Christmas Light Parade - Sat Dec 15

photo by Toby Snelgrove
Dress up your truck, car, horse, tractor, motorcycle, bicycle or sleigh with bright colourful lights & decorations! All motorized vehicles and two or four legged creatures are welcome to join the parade, which starts at 6:00 pm on Saturday, December 15th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, in front of the school, at 5:00 pm. The parade will proceed down Fernhill to Miners Bay 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 John at (250) 539-0887 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, Tru Value Foods & J. Griffin Hauling

Honour A Life - At the Japanese Gardens - Sun Dec 9

The holidays are a time of wonder but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of Mayne Island Assisted Living would like to invite the community to join us in our first annual Honour A Life event.

Please join us on Sunday, December 9th from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens. For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree.

There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact Jessica Easton (250) 539-2123

Last Chance Craft Fair - Sun Dec 9

Merry Marketeers and More Craft Fair
Sunday December 9th
10 am - 2 pm
At the Agricultural Hall

Featuring hand made local crafts, jewelry, knitting , felting, photos, G.G.'s Butttercrunch (yes it's back!), preserves. And more ...

Come and enjoy Eden's goodies from the kitchen and stock up on last minute gifts and stocking stuffers

For further information please contact Glenda Goodman

BC Ferries Consultation Meeting - Mon Dec 3

Mon Dec 3
5 - 8 PM
at the Mayne Island Community Centre

The government is seeking input from all coastal communities on how to make several million dollars in cuts to the service. This is our chance to offer our opinions. There will be some innovative presentations from Mayne Islanders showing positive ways that costs could be trimmed while providing additional benefits to our island communities.

For more information and to fill out an online survey go to

Brian Dearden on CKNW discussing the Ferries

Below is an audio clip from the Tuesday November 27th edition of the Bill Good Show on CKNW featuring Mayne Island's Brian Dearden and another guest discussing the upcoming consultations with BC Ferries over cost-costing. Although constrained by time, Brian discusses some ideas that will be presented at the meeting here on Monday.

Check this out on Chirbit : This audio ©CKNW : Use of this clip for news reporting only.

A note about this audio clip: Brian is continually referred to by the host as a "Member of the Islands Trust" but he is not, it was a mistake in the information provided by his staff. Brian is an active member of the Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in the ferry issue. See Brian's excellent commentary on the issue published in the November MayneLiner and republished here on MayneNews. LINK

I wanted to find a CKNW link that I could post or embed here that would provide this audio, but I couldn't find a link on the CKNW web site to anything other than a link to download the full audio of Hour 2 of the Bill Good show, which includes a discussion unrelated to the ferry issue. Link to download full audio. The audio posted here includes only the ferry discussion portion and is posted here to provide information to the local community.

Volunteer Appreciation Tea & Open House - Tue Dec 11

Mayne island Emergency Program and Mayne Island Fire Rescue Service invite all to an afternoon Tea to celebrate and appreciate all our volunteers.

When: Tuesday Dec 11
Where: Mayne Island Community Centre
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Fire Chief Steve DeRousie and Emergency Program Co-ordinator Gerrie Wise are hosting this event and will be on hand to explain the services provided by our Mayne Island volunteers.

Drop in for Christmas goodies and a warm drink ( tea, coffee or cider).

For further information please contact Gerrie Wise (250) 539-5148