Pearl Django: Fri Oct 11

The Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Pearl Django on Friday, October 11 at the Ag Hall.

Time: Doors open 7 pm / Show starts 7:30 pm

Tickets available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware & Farm Gate Store (children under 12 free).

We're very honoured to have a group of this calibre -- please come out and join us for a wonderful evening!

For further information please contact Don (250) 539-5456

MIHCA - Exercise Control over Arthritis: Wed Oct 16

Mayne Island Health Centre Association invites you to attend our next Health Education Series talk on Wednesday, October 16th at the Agricultural Hall, 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Cari Taylor, an educator from The Arthritis Society, will be speaking on "Exercise Control over Arthritis".

Come and learn how you can help your arthritis or prevent it through proper use of exercise.

Refreshments will be served. Donations accepted. See you there!

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

Mayne Island Speaker Series: Thu Oct 3

The Mayne Island Speaker Series presents award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson and her 2013 documentary "How A People Live".

The film tells the story of how the Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw First Nations were forcibly relocated from their traditional territories on the B.C. coast to Port Hardy.

Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30 p.m.
Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road.
Admission by donation.
Doors open at 7 pm.
Please join us before the screening for coffee, tea and dessert.

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

ESS: Neighbours helping Neighbours: Wed Oct 2

Join us at Mayne Island Community Centre on Wednesday Oct 2 – 9 AM to 3 PM.
 Information, free course & demonstration of our Emergency Support Services & Reception Centre.

Lunch included – come & bring a friend.

Open to existing Emergency Program members and all those thinking about becoming a volunteer.

To register or for further Information, please call Gerrie (250) 539-5148

Please note: Those with food sensitivities or allergies may need to bring their own food. Please call.

Mayne Island Emergency Program steps up to help others in an emergency or disaster. The program encompasses planning, preparation and response. Mayne Island has an effective working plan and through training and exercises, as well as public education, continues preparation. The response portion of the program is mostly the function of ESS, the Emergency Support Service.

ESS assists those who have had to leave their homes because of fires, earthquakes, severe weather or other emergency or disaster. Join this vital response team who are guided by a desire to help their community during times of difficulty.

We are looking for caring, resourceful people who are interested in meeting the rewarding challenges of becoming an Emergency Support Services volunteer.

You may work at the disaster site, reception centres or the Community Coordination Centre as part of the Mayne Island Emergency Support Services team and the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program.

• learn important new skills and apply that knowledge to helping others
• make a positive impact in the lives of people affected by an emergency
• challenge yourself in aid of others
• be rewarded by the knowledge that you are playing a vital role in helping to keep your community safe and resilient.
• receive Volunteer Welcome Kit
• Full training is provided

Close to Home: films of Phillip Borsos - Oct 4 & 5

Please join this two evening celebration of the films of Phillip Borsos. Not only was Phillip a brilliant Canadian film director but he was also a Mayne Islander, owner of Hardscrabble Farm until his death in 1995 at the all too young age of 41.

Friday October 4 The Grey Fox, the story of the old stagecoach bandit Bill Miner, will be screened along with two of Phillip's short industrial films.

On Saturday October 5 don't miss Far From Home: the Adventures of Yellow Dog, much of it filmed here on Mayne Island. For a time in 1994 Phillip and his crew made this quiet island feel like the centre of the film world.

Phillip's brother Jeremy will introduce the films and Mayne Islanders who were involved in and/or have memories of those Yellow Dog days will undoubtedly have memories to share.

Both night's screenings will be at the Ag Hall at 7:30 pm.

For further information please contact Helen

Mayne Island Choir Meets Again

The Community Choir is rehearsing every Wednesday in the Community Centre at 7:00 pm - first get-together of the season will be Wednesday September 25th.

If you love to sing you are welcome - we do 3 and 4 part music and we do read from scores, however sight reading ability is not required. Plenty of single part coaching will be done and practice files (MIDI or MP3) will be made available.

Before we get down to learning some new Christmas pieces we are going to do a "Singalong" Sound of Music - with orchestral accompaniment. We'll also hit the song sheets used at the Christmas Eve Miners Bay bonfire.

All voices are welcome - just turn up at the Community Centre at 7:00 Wednesday September 25th, or any subsequent Wednesday for that matter.

Contact Alan Ryder for more info (250-539-2673 or - if I have notice I can try to ensure music is available for you.

Fall Tai Chi Session Begins Mon Sep 30

Fall Classes begin September 30th.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre.
Experienced 9:30 - 10:30, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45
$25 for the Fall Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee.
Fall Session begins Monday, September 30.
For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

Mayne Island Shoreline Atlas: Sat Sep 28

At the Local Trust Committee Community Information Meeting, biologist Leanna Boyer, will present field work done by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society in the winter of 2012.

Come and learn how the Shoreline Atlas can be used by the community to prepare for climate change related impacts to shorelines.

3 - 5 pm, Saturday, September 28th.
Mayne Island Ag Hall, 430 Fernhill Rd.

To view atlas online go to:

For further information please contact Leanna Boyer

Photos from the Mayne Island Terry Fox run

Toby Snelgrove has posted his images from last weekend's Mayne Island Terry Fox run on his Mayne Island photo web site. They are available on Toby's web site for anyone to view and download.

Terry Fox run photos on Toby's photo site.

Take a look and see if your picture or your friend's are included.

Grant Buday Author Reading: Sat Sep 21

Mayne Islander, Grant Buday, will be reading from some of his works at 4 pm, Saturday, September 21st at the Mayne Island Library.

He is the author of eight books. Two of his works, White Lung and Monday Night Man have been nominated for the City of Vancouver Book Prize. A selection of his novel White Lung won the Fiction Category of the 1997 Western Magazine Awards. His writing has appeared in subTerrain, Vancouver Review and most recently, Canadian Notes and Queries.

For six years, he taught English at Kwantlen University College and Langara College in Vancouver. He has lived on Mayne Island for eleven years.

For further information please contact David Chase

Composting for Mayne Islanders: Wed Sep 18

In 2015 all provincial landfills will be banning food wastes from your garbage. So what do we do with the stuff?

This workshop teaches the basics of composting and will demonstrate alternative methods so hopefully everyone can find a method appropriate to their lifestyle.

Topics covered will include: The science of composting, Passive versus active composting processes, Worm composting and indoor composting options, Dealing with weeds and pests, and Choosing the right composter for your needs.

Like it or not, we are all going to have to deal with this. So join us at the Mayne Island Community Centre and find out what will suit you best.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2 - 4 pm
Free Admission
Green cone use and demonstration at 4 pm.

Presented by the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre, sponsored by the Mayne Island Garden Club and the Mayne Island Recycling Society.

For further information please contact Vicki Turay

Updated Mayne Island Bus Schedule for September-October

There is a new schedule available for Mayne Island's Community Bus for September and October. You can view and download the new schedule via the dedicated page on the MayneNews blog.

Public Meeting About Deer: Sat Sep 21

Original fallow deer photo by Johann-Nikolaus Andreae
The current initiative to deal with Mayne Island’s deer problem will hold one more public meeting, on Saturday, September 21, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, at the Community Centre. Doors will be open at 2:00 pm, when presentation materials from previous meetings will be available for viewing and discussion prior to the formal start of the meeting at 2:30 pm.

This process was initiated by the BC Fish & Wildlife Branch earlier this summer, and it culminates three years of public discussions on Mayne Island regarding the invasive fallow deer and deer populations in general. Representatives from the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Residents and Ratepayers Association have agreed to facilitate open community discussion on this issue, in the hope of leading to a potential solution.

The purpose of this meeting will be to explain the details of how hunting could work on Mayne Island, subject to the regulations to be worked out with Fish & Wildlife. Some time will be allocated to airing alternative perspectives, but as these have already been extensively covered this meeting is intended to draw conclusions and seek direction from the community.

Please come to the meeting and give your consideration to this issue.

For further information please contact Malcolm

Compassion Gorilla - Equinox Dance: Sat Sep 21

Feel like dancing?
Feel like summer can't quite be over yet?

Come celebrate the equinox with Compassion Gorilla!

The band will be presenting their new CD, recorded while on tour in Mexico.

Doors open at 7:30 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
Admission: $10 - $15 (sliding scale)

Tickets available at the Farm Gate Store starting September 13th.

Compassion Gorilla brings a unique concoction of worldbeat, latin folk, dub and gypsy music. The band enwraps audiences in a spell of dance, magic and melody with racy horn lines, brazen guitar harmonies, driving hand-percussion rhythms, thick basslines, and full-bodied vocal harmonies.

For a sneak peek of the new CD: For the band's website:

For further information please contact Chris

Terry Fox Run - Sun Sep 15

Where: Miners' Bay Park
Time: Registration at 10:30 am
Start Time: Run, Walk, Saunter starts at 12:00 noon.

Please come out and join us for the 13th annual Mayne Island Terry Fox Run.

No entry fee - No minimum pledge. Pledge sheets available at Re/Max office, Home Hardware, Tru-Value, Farm Gate. Or you can start fundraising today at

All proceeds go to cancer research.

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

Reverend Rob Willingham Retirement Lunch - Sun Sep 8

All Mayne Island residents, friends and past acquaintances, or anyone who has been touched by Rob in his 22 years of service, on Mayne as the Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Church and counsellor, and mentor to Mayne residents are welcome to attend a Community Luncheon on Sunday September 8th at 12:30 PM.

At St. Mary Magdalene Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road.

Refreshments and a cake will be provided. Finger food by donation. Sandwiches and any other finger food, please contribute if you would like, just bring it along with you.

Donations are also being accepted for a “purse” which is an old-fashioned term for a cash gift and which will be presented to him on behalf of the folks on Mayne Island in recognition of his years of service to the Church and the community as a whole. Please make cheques payable to "Pat Gasston" and there will be a "jar" for cash donations. All are welcome.

For further information please contact Evan Mitchell