MICS Nature Photo Contest: Mar 1 - Aug 31

MICS Nature Photo Contest Rules.

Starting March 1st until August 31st, the Mayne Island Conservancy Society will be running an amateur Nature Photo Contest for Mayne Island residents and visitors. If you have a camera, like exploring Mayne Island, and want to share your enthusiasm for the natural world, this is the event for you!

Categories for the contest are: Native Plant(s), Native Animal(s), People Enjoying Nature, Ocean/Beach Scene, Forest Scene, and Kids Only.

To enter, check out the contest rules, take a photo (or photos) during 2014 on Mayne Island, tell us the category into which you are entering it, and send it to info@conservancyonmayne.com prior to August 31, 2014.

If your photo is chosen as a winner by our judges, Toby Snelgrove, Linda Steele, and Brian Dearden; it will be published in our 2015 calendar and you will receive a free calendar as a prize.

For more details and rules, check out our website (www.conservancyonmayne.com), Facebook page, or one of our posters.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Underhill at: info@conservancyonmayne.com, (250) 539-5168, or visit our office at 478 Village Bay Rd. (The Root Seller).

Posted February 2014

2-Day Marine First-Aid Training: Sat Mar 15

A group of volunteers is bringing Marine First-Aid training to Mayne Island.

A basic two-day course offering an overview of first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for the marine/fishing industry. The course meets the requirements of Transport Canada outlined in Transport Publication (TP) 13008.

Designed for any person who wants to obtain a rating certificate, endorsement, or a Master or Chief Mate limited certification, and for those providing first aid on board a vessel engaged on a near-coastal voyage, class 2, or on a vessel on sheltered waters.

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove toby.snelgrove@mac.com

Posted February 2014

The Mayne Island Photomarathon: Mar 1 & 2

The Trincomali Community Arts Council presents the Mayne Island Photomarathon.

March 1st 12 pm - March 2nd 12 pm 2014.

No muscle or agility required, just a wild imagination!

We provide participants with a camera and a list of 12 themes/ideas at the Camassia Cafe (574 Fernhill Rd) at 12pm (noon) on Saturday, March 1st; they take 12 photos referencing these themes, in order, and return the camera at Dragonfly Gallery (478 Village Bay Rd) by 12pm on Sunday, March 2nd.

Our team will print the images as a collage grid, and display them at the Mayne Island Reading Centre for the month of March 2014 - with an opening celebration on March 7th – and all participants see their photos for the first time, together!

Amateurs, hobbyists, artists and professionals alike encouraged to participate! 12 themes, 12 photos, 24 hours. You could win a mini digital camera!

Registration is $20 to cover the expense of camera purchases and photo printing.

To register or for further information contact Kat Ferneyhough. Call (250) 222-8258 or email kat.ferneyhough@gmail.com.

Posted February 2014

Information about new Firehall proposal

The Board of Trustees, Mayne Island Improvement District, invite everyone to read the information brochure providing details of a new Mayne Island fire hall proposal. The brochure is found on the Improvement District website at www.miidonline.com and the Fire Department site at www.mayneislandfire.com

Printed copies are available at the fire hall and the Library.

The site plan, floor plan and model view are included along with financial information and the impact to taxpayers.

A referendum will be held April 19th with advance polls on the 9th and 12th asking voters to approve the Improvement District borrowing up to $2,400,000. to construct a new firehall. The Board of Trustees, the Administrator and the Fire Chief would be pleased to answer your questions. Call 250-539-5116 or email miid@shaw.ca

Posted February 2014

BC Ferries Propose Off Season Mayne Island Sailings Cuts

Commencing October 2014 BC Ferries propose reducing weekend sailings between Vancouver and Mayne Island to one ferry departing Vancouver Friday at 7 pm, one departing Vancouver Saturday at 10:10 am and one returning to Vancouver Sunday, vehicles and passengers departing Mayne Island at 4:55 pm.

Comments are requested. Contact any Local Ferry Committee Member, Elma Maund, (250) 539-5970, David Maude, davemaude@hotmail.com, or Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 before March 11, 2014.

For further information please contact Elma Maund (250) 539-5970

Posted February 2014

MayneNews is growing and more popular than ever

Since 2009 when the service was founded, MayneNews is steadily increasing in reach and popularity month by month. Currently the MayneNews email list has over 500 subscribers who receive the announcements of community events directly in their inboxes, on computers, tablets and smartphones. The subscribers represent the majority of households on Mayne Island who use email as well as many weekend residents and frequent visitors.

The MayneNews blog, where each announcement is linked to, now has over 3000 hits per month on average. The MayneNews Facebook page has 255 "Likes" currently and the MayneNews Twitter account has close to 200 followers.

The mission of MayneNews is to provide a place where Mayne Island's community and non-profit groups can help to get the word out about their events and where Mayne Island residents and visitors can easily keep in touch with what's going on in our community. MayneNews is clearly accomplishing that mission now and only continues to get better.

For those groups not using MayneNews to help them, the service is well-established, effective and free of charge. It's the result of regular volunteer hours every week by the MayneNews founder Jim Traversy. To contact him directly email: info@maynenews.ca

To submit an announcement to MayneNews go to the MayneNews submission form. It's best to allow 10 days to 2 weeks prior to the day you'd like your announcement to be sent out to the email list, to ensure your announcement can be accommodated and sent in time.

posted February 2014

Mayne Island Library presents NFB Film "Chi": Fri Feb 21

Mayne Island Library Presents "Chi".

Anne Wheeler is an award winning director and producer whose documentary of Babz Chula’s journey to India for Ayurvedic cancer treatment follows the hopes, growing awarenesses and disappointments of the irrepressible West Coast actress as she battles the disease.

7:30 pm Friday, February 21, at the Ag Hall.

Admission and popcorn by donation.

For further information please contact David Chase maynechase@yahoo.com

posted February 2014

Ecosystem Restoration Volunteer Event: Thu Feb 20

Event Name: Ecosystem Restoration Volunteer Event
Location: Henderson Park
Date and Time: February 20th, 2 - 4 pm

Time to shake off the cold and get outside! Join the Mayne Island Conservancy volunteers and staff for an afternoon at Henderson Park where we will be removing Scotch broom or maintaining tree protectors. All tools will be provided.

We need your help to maintain this beautiful park.

Please RSVP to Rob Underhill or contact for further information: biologist@conservancyonmayne.com or (250) 539-5168.

posted February 2014

Emergency Drinking Water Information: Sat Feb 22

Earthquake ... Water service disrupted ... Store shelves empty. How much water do you have available? How do you make water safe?

On Saturday, Feb 22nd, 2014 the Southern Gulf Islands Emergency Program will provide a hands-on information session on obtaining drinking water in an emergency situation. Demonstrations and displays will be held.

The session will also include information on waste handling (sewage). The presenters will be Ian Elliott and Pat Haugh from the Southern Gulf Islands Area Emergency Program.

Join us for an informative session from 1 to 3 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Demonstrations, displays, information, prizes.

For further information please contact Gerrie miepc@shaw.ca

posted February 2014

Growing Native Wildflowers from Seed: Wed Feb 19

At the regular Garden Club meeting on Wednesday February 19, 2 – 4 pm at the Ag Hall, Rob Underhill, Mayne Island Conservancy's staff biologist, will be discussing and demonstrating how to sow and raise some of our vanishing wild flowers. We are hoping that people will raise some of these and plant them on their properties where they are protected from the deer.

Everyone welcome! This event is being co-sponsored by the Mayne Island Garden Club, Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Ag Society.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill biologist@conservancyonmayne.com or visit the MICS web site.

posted February 2014

Ahoy! Mayne Island Boaters AGM: Sat Feb 15

The Association of Mayne Island Boaters is holding an AGM on Saturday February 15 starting at 10 AM at the Church House.

All boaters are invited and encouraged to attend. A new crew is required to navigate and steer the course for the club.

Board positions up for election include President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, as well as Directors.

Membership and participation in the Boating Association supports and promotes boating education, infrastructure, and safety, as well as a social network for boaters on and around Mayne Island.

Memberships available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

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

posted February 2014

Cumberland Goes Out For Refit: Feb 11 to Mar 19

The Queen of Cumberland will be removed from service on the Swartz Bay – Southern Gulf Islands route from Tuesday February 11th to Wednesday March 19, 2014 for refit and dry dock.

The Bowen Queen will be the temporary replacement vessel for the duration of the refit. As the Bowen Queen is a smaller vessel, please note that overloads may occur. Where possible, passengers are encouraged to plan ahead and consider carpooling, travelling outside of peak sailing times and/or arriving at the terminal early for their desired sailing.

Commercial customers are advised that vehicles over 10,000 kg GVW are restricted to centre lane loading only on the Bowen Queen. As a result, available commercial vehicle capacity will be reduced while the Bowen Queen is in service. The maximum width of an over-height vehicle is 10.1 ft. (3.074 meters).

For further information please contact the Local Ferry Advisory Committee Chair, (250) 539-5970.

posted February 2014

Mayne Reading Centre Society - AGM: Sat Feb 15

Mayne Island Reading Centre Society Annual General Meeting, Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2 PM in the Church House.

Come and hear about your Library, our accomplishments of the past year and our plans for the next. Membership $5.

Tea, coffee and refreshments served. Everybody welcome!

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

posted February 2014

Winter Hoot: Sat Feb 22

The Mayne Island Music Society presents our annual Winter Hoot on Saturday, February 22.

Bring along your voices and musical instruments and participate in the open mic, or sit back and enjoy some of Mayne Island's great talent!

Entrance fee, $10 at the door. Time: 7 pm doors open.

Tended bar -- wine, beer / water, soft drinks, tea, coffee available.

For more info or to sign up contact Bob (250) 539-9995.

Come along and enjoy the fun!

Family Day Weekend Hot Dog Sale: Sat Feb 8

Tru Value Foods and the Mayne Island Firefighters are teaming up once again for a Family Day Weekend Hot Dog Sale.

Come on down to the Maynestreet Mall on Saturday Feb 8th from 12 -3 pm for a hot dog and a drink and some friendly chit chat. Don't forget to bring your family!

One hundred percent of proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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

Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 8

February 8, Seedy Saturday, at the Ag Hall, 2 to 4 pm.

Many other communities hold Seedy Saturdays and now it's time for Mayne Island to do so. This is an opportunity for you to exchange seeds, cuttings, divided perennials, bulbs and/or tubers and excess plants with fellow Mayne Island gardeners.

Bring what you have and take away what you want. Haven't got anything to contribute? Come anyway. Everyone is welcome.

This event is being sponsored by Mayne Island Conservancy Society, the Mayne Island Garden Club and the Agricultural Society.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill biologist@conservancyonmayne.com

posted February 2014

Invitation to the Pender Island Winter Market

A call to all Mayne Island farmers, bakers, artists and artisans! Come over to Pender Island to sell your wares at the weekly Pender Island Winter Market.

Every Saturday at the Pender Island Community Hall from 10 am - 1 pm we host a market for islanders to sell their wares of mainly locally produced items, hard to find "without going to the city" items, local services and Community Organizations tables.

If you are interested in knowing more or booking a table please email bookings@penderislands.org or call Andrea at (250) 629-3669.

Pender Island Agricultural & Recreational Hall Association

posted February 2014