Carlos del Junco & the Blues Mongrels - Wed Mar 13

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Carlos del Junco and his band, The Blues Mongrels on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 7:30 at the Ag Hall. (Doors open at 7 pm)

Tickets are $20. and are available at Farm Gate Store and Home Hardware. Children under 12 are free.

Carlos and his band are well renowned throughout Canada/US & internationally -- we're so very lucky to get this calibre of entertainment: Carlos has received dozens of international jazz & blues awards (& a Juno nomination!) for world's best jazz/blues harmonica player.

Please check out Carlos at his web site - - they'll blow your socks off! Hope you can join us!

For further information please contact Mayne Island Music Society (250) 539-5456

In addition to the Carlos del Junco web site there are a huge selection of videos of Carlos playing on YouTube.

MIHCA Health Info Series - Thu Feb 28

Come join the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) and hear Laurie Salvador from Salvador Davis & Co in Sidney share her knowledge about will preparation, estate planning, power of attorney and advance planning.

Her last presentation in 2010 was a full house with lots of important information and updates.

The presentation will be held at the Agricultural Hall, Thursday, February 28th at 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. See you there!

For further information please contact Pat Mauch (250) 539-3022

Climate Change & Sea Level Rise - Sat Mar 2

Coastal Communities: Adapting to Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

Saturday March 2, 1 - 4pm

Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Rd.

$10.00, includes refreshments.

Grant Lamont is a senior coastal and metocean engineer with SNC-Lavalin who has worked on projects ranging from large harbour developments to small shoreline restorations. He will discuss innovative approaches to adapting to sea level rise that work with nature.

An update on MICS shoreline work and a short field trip to Miners Bay beach will round off the workshop.

Please RSVP for event and for further information contact Leanna Boyer: (250) 539-5168

Dan Jason to Speak at the Garden Club - Wed Feb 20

As we begin a new season for the Mayne Island Garden Club and we all start itching to get back outdoors and into our gardens, our first speaker is, appropriately, Dan Jason, founder of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada and Salt Spring Island Seeds. He is "a dedicated educator on sustainable organic gardening and farming, food politics, seed saving, and a farmer of beautiful gardens full of vegetables, grains, medicinal and culinary herbs and flowers".

Dan's Salt Spring Seed Company specializes in heritage and heirloom open-pollinated and non-GMO seed varieties of vegetables and plants. He has a talk prepared and will bring along his catalogue and a sampling of seeds.

Join us on Wednesday, February 20th at 2 pm in the Ag Hall.

Membership in the Garden Club gives you a full year of informative speakers and garden tours for just $10.00.

For further information please contact Trish Hoff

Silver Maynes Excursion to Chemainus - Thu Mar 21

The Silver Maynes Society is planning an excursion to Chemainus on March 21 to take in the Chemainus Theatre spring production of the jazz musical, "The Buddy Holly Story".

Meet at Village Bay ferry terminal at 7 a.m.; return by the 7:40 p.m. sailing from Schwartz Bay, with a brief stop in Sidney.

Price: Theatre only: $47.00 each. If you want the buffet lunch before the show in the theatre, the combined cost is $67.00. Cheques which are made out to the Silver Maynes, can be left at Gulfport Realty Freemail. Address your envelopes to Maureen Pearl. You are confirmed once your cheque is received. No refunds will be made for cancellations after February 26th.

For further information please contact Maureen

The Italian Dinner - Sat Feb 23

The Italian Dinner - A night of delicious food and live entertainment. Hosted by the Community Garden Members.

Saturday, February 23 at the Community Centre. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Hors d'oeuvres at 6:30-ish.

$25. Refreshments Available

Our Four Course Meal.
• Homemade antipasto with crackers
• Focaccia dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar
• Italian green salad
• The Main Course
Chicken or Vegetarian Cacciatore
Gnocchi or Polenta (gluten free)
Cannelloni - meat or vegetarian
Vegetarian Torta
Grilled Veggie Skewers
• Pears poached in Wine Sauce, Hazelnut squares with Amaretto Cream

Tickets available at Happy Tides, The Trading Post & Home Hardware.

Come enjoy the food and the fun.

For further information please contact Dell Maxwell

*posted 2013/02/13

Mayne Island Reading Centre AGM - Sat Feb 16

Saturday, February 16, 2013, 2 PM at the St. Mary Magdalene Church House.

Memberships to the Society will be available at the door at a cost of $5 and light refreshments will be served.

Come and hear what we're planning for 2013!

All welcome!

For further information please contact Mairi (250) 539-5418.

*posted 2013/02/13

Service for Gordon "Punch" Robson - Sat Feb 16

    Photo by Brian Haller
A service will be held for Gordon Robson, better known as "Punch", at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Saturday February 16th, 2013 at 12 noon.

A Celebration of his life will follow at the Mayne Island Resort - 494 Arbutus Drive.

Finger foods welcome.

Following is the obituary published in the Victoria Times-Colonist:

Gordon Stanley "Punch" ROBSON

Passed away very peacefully in his life-long home at the Glenwood Farm on Mayne Island on Monday, January 28, 2013.

He was born in Victoria on August 23, 1921. His entire life was spent on the Mayne Island farm and his wishes were to live out his life there and his wish came true. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Mildred Robson (nee Page), his older sister Vera Greene and his older brother Fred Robson. He leaves to mourn his passing the future generations of Robsons; his nephew Don Frederick Robson and his children Sarah, Fred and Matthew and Dons' grandchildren Maya and Luke. Also his niece Carol May Robson and her children Lori and Kim and grandchildren Haley and Tej.

"Punch" was born into a British Columbia pioneering family. The original Robsons arrived on Mayne Island in 1867 and homesteaded in the rough and tough years into the depression and into the new century. They provided farm produce in many ways including a large orchard of fruit trees that sustained life and continues to bear fruit to this day. They raised pure-breed cattle and sheep and were known province wide.

During the 2nd World War Punch was a member of the Pacific Coast Rangers, co. 126. He was a member of the Mayne Island Fire Department and the Galiano Rod And Gun Club. The farm was always his priority. Punch had a many sheep dogs which were always called "Jake". These dogs were trained for precision sheep handling. Many medals and ribbons were won during exhibitions including the PNE for agricultural entries in many categories.

There is now an empty space in our lives as Uncle Gordy was our last elder and we will all miss him very much. Funeral will be on February 16, 2013 on Mayne Island at St. Mary Magdalene Church at 12:00 p.m. with a "Celebration of Punch's life" to follow at the Mayne Island Resort at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements by Hayward's Funeral Service, Salt Spring Island, BC.

Mayne Library Film Night - Fri Feb 8

Mayne Island Library presents a public screening of the National Film Board new release, “The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche”

7:30 Friday, Feburary 8, at the Ag Hall. Admission and popcorn by donation.

The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche uses both dramatic and documentary techniques to untie the tangled life of this compelling woman. The film explores her uncommon family life and reveals the secrets behind the extraordinary partnership that allowed the Jalna saga to grow into the phenomenon it is today.

For further information please contact David Chase

Mason Bee Talk & Box Building Workshop - Sat Feb 23

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will be hosting Gord Hutchings on February 23, 2013 for a talk on native bees, and a box making workshop.

Box making will involve the construction of 3-tiered condo boxes for native cavity-nesting bees. Gord is an entomologist who has been studying insects for several decades, and is a recognized expert on native pollinating bees. He has given numerous workshops on this topic and is dedicated to spreading education about our native pollinating bees and their importance in matters of food security and habitat requirements.

The workshop will begin at 12 pm at the Mayne School, with an hour talk followed by a half hour lunch break (a light lunch will be provided). After lunch, box building will begin and will go to around 3:30 pm. The cost will be $20 to cover material expenses and food.

Please RSVP for this event either by email ( or phone (250-539-5168).

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill,

Family Day Fundraiser - Mon Feb 11

Tru Value Foods and your Mayne Island Firefighters are hosting a hot dog sale fundraiser on Family Day, Monday Feb 11th from 11 am to 2 pm.

Come on down to the Maynestreet Mall for a BBQ hot dog and a drink and bring the family!

All proceeds will be going to the Meredyth James Fund. This is a new community fund in memory of Meredyth James, that provides short-term financial support to Mayne Islanders with a critical illness.

For further information please contact Kyle Stobart (250) 539-0880

Silver Maynes Spring Fling - Thu Feb 21

On February 21st, enjoy a ham dinner for the rock-bottom price of $5.00, if you are a Silver Maynes member.

On Thursday, February 21st, the Silver Maynes Society will hold its "Spring Fling" at the Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay, on Mayne Island, at 6 o'clock in the evening.

Tickets on sale on Saturday, February 9th. Jean Gratham and Marion Worrall will be selling them at the Maynestreet Mall, between 10 am and 2 pm.

Only 60 tickets are available. Don't miss this event!

For further information please contact Jean -

MICS Volunteer Broom Removal Event - Thu Feb 7

The Mayne Island Conservancy’s next broom removal event will be at Henderson Park, Mayne Island, on February 7th, from 1 pm - 3 pm and we need volunteers!

This event follows our previous event's success of clearing 2.3 acres of previously treated area. By removing broom from these areas, we are ensuring that work already invested in cutting broom does not go to waste.

This event will again have staff and volunteers working in a previously treated area. We will be working in an easier part of the park terrain-wise, no hiking will be required and the ground is not steep (no sides of hills for this removal day).

We will meet at the parking lot by the kiosk. If you are unsure of how to get there please let us know. This is a great chance to get to know/enjoy Henderson Park and have some interesting conversations, all while getting some exercise.

All tools needed will be provided, we just ask that you bring suitable clothing, footwear and water.

The more volunteers the better, so if you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on. Thanks!

Please RSVP to or phone the office at (250) 539-5168.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

Mayne Island Music Society Winter Hoot! Sat Mar 2

Come on out and listen to some music!
Come on out and play some music!
Come on out for a fun evening!

Saturday, March 2nd 7:00 pm
Agricultural Hall
Admission by donation

To sign up for the open stage please or for further information please email Gail Noonan at: