Summer Concert, Ag Hall Grounds - Sun Jun 30

Sandy Bone and the Breakdown - Ag Hall Grounds. Presented by the Mayne Island Music Society.

Time: 7:30 pm (gate opens at 7)

Tickets: $15 - available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware and Farm Gate Store.

Sandy Bone & The Breakdown are a dynamic roots oriented band known for their charismatic performances. They present a unique repertoire, much of which is original composition, putting a refreshing spin in the fabric of their blues weaving threads of  R & B, swing, rock-a-billy, country, folk and rock & roll into heartfelt tales of life & death, women & whisky, home fires & travel, love & heartbreak and, of course, trains!

Come out and enjoy some great entertainment under the stars! Remember to bring along your own comfy chairs or blankets.

For further information please contact Kathie or Bill (250) 539-2399

Oceans Day - Sat Jun 8

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy Society on June 8th as we celebrate World Oceans Day!

Proposed by the government of Canada at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, June 8th has been declared “World Oceans Day,” and is celebrated annually around the globe. This day offers the chance for people to explore, learn and celebrate our connections to the oceans.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Mayne Island Community Oceans Day. Open to all ages!

Meet at the gazebo in Miners Bay Community Park.

12 pm -12:45 pm - Beach Seine: We will explore the intertidal zone of Miners Bay with Michael Dunn & MICS Staff and look for creatures that call our eelgrass beds home.

1 pm -2 pm - Under The Sea: Scuba Divers collect weird and wonderful sub-tidal sea creatures for viewing in our aquariums on Miners Bay dock.

2 pm -3 pm Through The Looking Glass: Peer below the waves with aqua scopes and glimpse the underwater communities of the dock. Microscopes will be set up on the Community Dock to view the ocean's tiniest, and most important, creatures.

Bring your curiosity, a lunch and your friends!

In addition this year's event will include a jellyfish making craft and watershed model demonstration. New this year are ocean displays from local organizations such as the Galiano Conservancy Association, SeaChange Marine Conservation Society, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC, and the Georgia Strait Alliance.

For further information please contact Leanna Boyer (250) 539-5168

Ladies Friendship Tea - Wed May 22

Please come and join us on Wednesday, May 22, between 2 and 4 PM at the St. Mary Magdalene Church House.

Be our guest for complimentary tea or coffee and light refreshments.

Take a break from working in the garden, sit back to be served and enjoy some camaraderie with old friends and new.

Everybody Welcome!

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

In Concert - Sat Jun 8

Join Elisabeth Jahren and Stephen Cropper for an evening of piano and voice. Classical Repertoire.

Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7 PM

390 Navy Channel (The Vet's Residence), Mayne Island

Tickets are $15 and available at Happy Tides, Farm Gate, and the Vet's.

For further information please contact Stephen (250) 539-2206

Mayne Island Conservancy's Mad May Day - Sat May 18

Want to have some fun on the long weekend? Join us for the 7th annual Mayne Island Conservancy's May Day festivities.

Starting at the Farmers' Market, we will have face painting, garland and wand making, all by donation. When the market finishes, with a loud trumpet call the fun begins.

We will have Morris dancers, our very own Mayne Island Choir, drummers, and a May Pole. Be part of a noisy procession to Miners Bay Park for the coronation of our 2013 May Queen by last year's Queen. The Green Man and the Earth Sea Spirit will be there all in their finest costumes.

Do you have a funny hat you could wear? There will be lots of dancing and children's games followed by delicious cake and lemonade.

In addition, we have wonderful raffle prizes and lots of raffle ticket sellers!

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

MILT Spring Show - Is This Love? - May 16 - 18

Is This Love?

A fabulous collection of short plays, music, poetry and dance brought to you by Mayne Island Little Theatre, now entering it's 33rd year.

Comedy, off-the-wall, romance, drama and plain fun make up this evening of explorations into one simple question.

May 16, 17 and 18 at the Agricultural Hall.

Shows start at 8:00pm.

Tickets $15 ($5 students) at the Trading Post, Farm Gate Store and the Mayne Island Building Centre.

Mature themes: parental guidance suggested.

For further information please contact Brian Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027

On Tuesday May 14, Vote or Don't Complain

If you've decided not to vote in Tuesday's provincial election because you think, "they're all the same", or are turned off by the political process or the actions of politicians, the only thing you've done is to ensure that the status quo remains.

Once you decide not to vote, you become invisible, since the only people that those with political power care about are those who cast a vote. By giving up your vote you've guaranteed that the candidates will in fact remain "all the same" and that the political process will carry on as it always has.

If you've ever thought that the government should be doing or not doing something, and you have chosen not to vote, you've given up your one big chance to say something about who the government will be and what they will do. If you've opted out of your opportunity to say who will form government, you really shouldn't complain if people who you disagree with are elected and are doing things you think are wrong.

You may think your one tiny little vote won't matter and doesn't count. If you were the only person who had ever thought to not vote because of that, it would surely be true. But when you and 1.5 million others in BC opt out of voting -- when barely half of BC's eligible voters cast ballots, and only 1 out of 3 younger voters do so, those lost votes really would count and could matter quite a bit. They could change everything.

When huge sections of the population don't bother to vote, that tells politicians that a lot of people don't really care what they do about the economy, the environment, education and all the other things the government can effect. That's a dangerous thing to tell them and erodes our democracy.

So do your duty and take a few minutes to vote in Tuesday's provincial election. Or don't complain about the government if you didn't bother.

Lost - Front Bike Fender

Black plastic bike fender, somehow lost while riding the bike (not sure how I didn't notice).

Was reported seen in the vicinity of Village Bay Road and the turn-off to Felix Jack Road, but doesn't seem to be there now.

If you've seen it or picked it up, please email or call Jim - (250) 539-5099 -

Update - May14: Thanks to a kind MayneNews reader, the fender was spotted on the side of the road.

Welcome Summer Dance - Sat May 18

Welcome Summer Dance - Mayne Island Community Chamber of Commerce - Sat May 18

Come and dance to the music of the Warf Street Band 8 pm - midnight.

Tickets $15.00 at Home Hardware, Trading Post and at the door.

For further information please contact Sandra

Emergency Preparedness Open House - Sat May 11

Join us at the Mayne Island Fire Hall, 520 Felix Jack Road on Saturday, May 11th – Noon to 2 PM for an open house.

Information on emergency preparedness and response by Mayne Island Fire Rescue and the Mayne Island Emergency Program.

For further information please contact Gerrie, (250) 508-3002

Mayne School Silent Art Auction - May 3 - 18

Mayne Island School Students have created magnificent works of art and wish to invite you to Mayne School's Fine Art Exhibit and Silent Auction. This is a sanctioned Trincomoli Community Arts Council Exhibit.

The students have generously donated these works of art for this Silent Art Auction to help raise funds for their Playground Revitalization.

We have already raised $25,000 and need up to $45,000 more to complete the student led wish list-and professionally designed playground. Please join us and consider making an investment in a budding artist's artwork and your community.

The exhibit will be up until May 18th (May Day) and final bids are at 3:30 pm on that day at the Library.

if you have any questions please call: Annette Witteman 250-539-5011

MI Emergency Program embraces social media - Tue May 7

The Mayne Island Emergency Program will hold a communications exercise on Tuesday May 7.

One of the goals of the exercise is to test the use of Facebook and Twitter as means of alerting and communicating with the community during emergencies.

If you have a Facebook and/or a Twitter account, please consider following "@SGIEmergPrg" on Twitter and watching for emergency announcements on the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program's Facebook page.

If you take part in the exercise on May 7, please send us a tweet @SGIEmergPrg and a comment (or a "Like") on Facebook to let us know you saw our exercise announcement. That will make it possible to monitor how many people we can reach via Twitter and Facebook during emergencies and how fast we can process that information. Thank you.

For further information please contact Bernard Rochet

Photos of the BC Lieutenant Governor visit to Mayne Island

On March 18th BC's Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon paid a visit to Mayne Island for the day. Toby Snelgrove accompanied the visitors at all the events and captured many photos of the Lieutenant Governor meeting Mayne Islanders.

Toby has put his photos online for all to view and download. Check them out at his web site.

MI Tennis Society Giant Garage Sale & AGM - May 18 & 19

The Mayne Island Tennis Society is having their 2nd Annual Garage Sale on Saturday May 18th from 9 to noon.

If you have any good quality items you would like to donate, please contact Carol Ashwell All proceeds go to the Tennis Society to help us maintain our beautiful tennis courts.

MI Tennis Society AGM - Sun May 19

We are having our Annual General Meeting for the Mayne Island Tennis Society on Sunday, May 19 at the Community Centre at 1:00 pm. Hope you can come and sign up for another great season of tennis activities.

We have a special offer for the month of May. Half price membership fees for first time members. Hope to see you at the meeting.

For further information please contact Carol Ashwell