Mayne Emergency Communications Exercise: Tue Dec 3

The Mayne Island Emergency Program will conduct a communications exercise on Tuesday December 3, starting at 3:00 pm. If you follow the SGI Facebook page or Twitter feed, or have agreed to be contacted via cell phone text messages, we hope you will be able to participate.

Cell phone text message: You will receive a text from the Mayne Island Emergency Coordinator, signalling the beginning of the exercise. Please reply with a brief note indicating you received the message.

Facebook: The SGI Emergency Coordinator will post a brief announcement at the beginning of the exercise. Please send a "Comment" about that message and indicate where you live (island & neighbourhood). Doing so in a real emergency will allow us to know about problem areas and where to focus our efforts.

Twitter: The SGI Emergency Coordinator will send a tweet at the beginning of the exercise, with hashtag "#SGIcommsXdec3." Please "Reply" to that tweet, making use of the hashtag and indicating where you live (island & neighbourhood).

Looking forward to touching base with you on December 3! Thank you for helping us get ready to help you better in emergencies.

For further information please contact Bernard Rochet

Mayne Island Library - "Reel Injun" - Fri Nov 29

Mayne Island Library Presents "Reel Injun"

. The National Film Board of Canada film traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics and historians.

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema.

Travelling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives.

7:30 Friday, November 29, at the Ag Hall.

Admission and popcorn by donation.

For further information please contact David Chase

Third Annual Christmas Light Parade: Sun Dec 15

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 pm on Sunday, December 15th.

We’ll be assembling along Fernhill Road, in front of the school, at 5 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.

Valdy on Mayne Island: Sat Dec 7

Mayne Island Music Society is very pleased to present Valdy on Saturday December 7 at the Ag Hall (8 pm).

Tickets: $20 available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware and Farm Gate Store.

Valdy is a Canadian music icon and we're so lucky to have him perform for us on Mayne Island. Come out and enjoy a great time.

Check out his website:

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

Birds on the Move with Bruce Whittington: Sun Dec 1

Come to the Ag Hall on Sunday December 1st at 7:30 for an illustrated talk by freelance naturalist, writer and photographer, Bruce Whittington.

Bruce observes “One of the reasons we’re so aware of birds is the fact that they are so mobile, but many of these birds move on other levels we often overlook.”

Bruce offers insights into avian behaviour gleaned from a career that includes working as an onboard naturalist for over 60 Alaska cruises and leading numerous land-based birding tours.

He is a founder and former Executive Director of Habitat Acquisition Trust in Victoria, a former Islands Trust Fund board member.

This is sure to be an absorbing evening for birders and entertaining & informative for all islanders. All welcome; admission by donation.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian or go to the MI Conservancy Society web site:

Mayne Island Speaker Series: Thu Nov 28

Don't miss Mayne Islander landscape architect, and author, Elisabeth Whitelaw, CSLA, speaking on "Designing Arctic Landscapes" this Thursday, November 28th at 7:30 pm.

Elisabeth Whitelaw worked for 25 years with the renowned landscape architect, Cornelia Hahn Obelander In addition to many high profile international projects including the breathtaking inner courtyard at the New York Times Building. This small design team completed two remarkable projects in the Canadian Arctic. Come and hear how, with innovation and research, these landscapes were created in harsh climatic conditions far from nurseries or garden centres.

Skip dessert and join us beforehand at 7 pm for coffee, tea and cake. This illustrated talk takes place at the Agricultural Hall, 430 Fernhill Road. Admission is by donation.

For further information call Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027 or Brenda Webster (250) 539-3574.

Mayne Lions Present The Christmas Ship: Sat Dec 14

Photo courtesy of Steve DeRousie
Every December the Lions Christmas Ship arrives at Miners Bay, Mayne Island, on its two-day tour of the Southern Gulf Islands and the San Juans south of the border.

The Christmas ship, a.k.a "Victoria Star II" sails from Bellingham on December 14, and reaches Miners Bay at 2:45 pm. It brings Santa Claus and his helpers, fifty-five Lions from various Lions clubs who have volunteered -- and paid for -- the chance to sail with Santa, and help him present gifts to the children and to the elderly, who are not overlooked.

The Mayne Island Lions Club is proud to support this visit. Bring your children and grandchildren as well as yourselves. See Mayne Lions Club members dressed as reindeer and Mayne Volunteer Firemen dressed as firemen! There will be cookies and cocoa free at the Miners Bay dock for everyone who comes to greet Santa. The Santa Ship leaves from Mayne Island for Galiano at 4 pm.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

Adult Table Tennis Starting Fri Nov 15

Come out and have some fun every Friday afternoon from 3 PM to 5 PM in the school gym. It's a lot of fun and a great cardio workout! All playing levels are invited to join.

Table Tennis is every Friday until May and membership is only $10 for the entire season. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

Spiders of British Columbia: Sat Nov 16

Join Robb Bennett from the BC Museum in the Ag Hall on Saturday Nov 16th at 2 pm for an illustrated seminar on the Spiders of British Columbia. Robb will discuss the general biology and natural history of spiders and will introduce you to a range of interesting British Columbia spiders. Attendees will also learn about the Royal BC Museum’s current research documenting the province’s spider fauna diversity.

For more about the Spiders talk please visit

Got a spider you've never before? Bring it along & be introduced!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

Silver Maynes Annual Christmas Dinner: Sat Dec 7

The Silver Maynes will hold its annual Christmas Dinner at the Mayne Island School, Saturday, December 7th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

It's a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, which is free for members paid up for 2013. However members should be sure to make a reservation in advance so that we can have a place set for you. Contact Kit Mitchell ( to reserve a place.

This is a opportunity to enjoy a Christmas dinner together, followed by a chance to sing the old familiar Christmas carols and winter songs. For those who have let their membership lapse, some 2013 memberships may still be available. Contact Neil Howard,

For further information please contact Kit

Help us reach you faster in emergencies

In order to keep you informed quickly and efficiently, the Southern Gulf Islands/Mayne Island Emergency Program issues emergency alerts and bulletins when a disaster or emergency is occurring. By signing up to receive those bulletins directly, you will be better informed about potential risks to your safety, and about ways to protect yourself and your family and community (e.g., whether to leave your home or avoid some areas, where a reception centre is located, etc.).

There are presently three ways to sign up to receive alerts directly on your phone or computer: Facebook, Twitter and cell phone text messages. You may choose to subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.

Facebook: If you are a Facebook member, visit the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency page at . Log in to your Facebook account and "Like" the SGI Emergency page to see alerts in your news feed. If you are not a Facebook member, please consider opening an account to receive emergency alerts; go to

Twitter: If you have a Twitter account you can choose to "Follow" the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency account . If you do not have a Twitter account, please consider opening one at .

Cell phone texting: If you are interested in receiving text messages during emergencies (and if you have not already done so), please email your cell phone number to Gerrie Wise at along with your street address. Knowing your address makes it possible for us to send messages only to the people concerned when an emergency affects a small area (e.g., evacuation for a single neighbourhood during a small fire or a hazardous material spill). Also indicate whether you are willing to receive text messages during emergency communications exercises; we hold 2 such exercises a year to make sure that all our systems are operating properly.

Thank you for helping us help you!

For further information please contact Bernard Rochet

New To You: Thu Nov 14

What? New To You

When? Thursday, November 14, 10 AM - 1 PM

Where? St Mary Magdalene Church House

Come and find some (New to You) fall and winter clothing, enjoy complementary coffee and muffins and a bit of a visit with friends old and new.

There will be the usual good selection of women's and men's clothing and jewellery. Muffins will also be available for purchase.

Your patronage is appreciated as the proceeds will help support those less fortunate through Women's Auxilliary donations to outreach programs.

Donations will be accepted at the Church House on Monday, November 4 at 2 PM (regular meeting), Sunday, November 3 and 10 until 12 Noon and Wednesday, November 13 at 2 PM. Call Peggy at (250) 539-3184 for alternate arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you on November 14th!

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

Gulf Islands Sailings Cancellation Information

While the Queen of Nanaimo (Route 9) is undergoing repairs of the damage suffered in Village Bay during last Saturday's high winds and waves, all Gulf Islands traffic will be via the larger vessels (Route 1) to and from the Mainland and Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries have advised they will honour reservations previously made for Route 9 during the period the Nanaimo is out of service, expected to be at least one week. Reservation holders will need the Reservation (Confirmation) Number at both terminals (Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay).

For travellers going to the Mainland from Village Bay, or any Gulf Island Port, ask for a Thru Pass (Purple) at check in at the Island Terminal and be prepared to show this Thru Pass before boarding the larger vessel at Swartz Bay. There is no extra charge for Gulf Island reservations.

For further information, please call BC Ferries information line at 1-250-223-3779.

Please note there will be extra sailings for the up-coming Remembrance Day long weekend.

Elma Maund
Chair, Local Ferry Advisory Committee
(250) 539-5970 or email

MayneNews note: BC Ferries has posted some pertinent information on their web site:

 • A list of additional sailings planned for the Remembrance day long weekend can be viewed here.

 • A list of measures have been put in place to facilitate alternate service for travellers to and from the Gulf Islands, including free reservations for through-fare passengers. They can be viewed here.

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program: Wed Nov 6

You can live a healthy life with chronic pain. Understand and manage symptoms. Deal with stress and difficult emotions. Learn to safely maintain physical activity and improve flexibility. Communicate effectively with your health care team.

Free six session workshop for adults with any kind of ongoing pain. Family members and friends welcome. Facilitated by Nurse Practitioner Leanne Rowand.

Starting: November 6th to December 18th, six Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. at the Church House. Registration required, call 1-866-902-3767 or email

For further information please contact Leanne Rowand (250) 539-2312

2013 Artisan Christmas Craft Tour: Nov 8 - 10

Get all your Christmas shopping done this November 8, 9 and 10 at numerous artisan locations around Mayne Island.

Get your brochure/map from local shops and artisans or download it below. Merry Shopping!

For further information please contact Barbara McIntyre
Brochure/Map: Click on image to view larger, 
then right-click "save image" to download