St. Mary Magdalene's Fiesta by the Sea: Sat Jul 12

Missed a Mexican holiday this year? You are in luck!

Come celebrate a Fiesta by the Sea at St. Mary Magdalene Church on Saturday, July 12th from 10 am to 3 pm.

Fun for the whole family! Just what you would expect to find at an old-fashioned church fair. We've got it all -- fun, food and music. Lots of children's games, contests, and horse shoes. Not to mention our two guest donkeys.

And the food. Sit down and enjoy delicious enchiladas, cole slaw and dessert in Santa Maria's Cantina; take home some frozen meat pies or goodies from the Bake Table.

Want to eat while wandering around the fair? There are ice cream cones, hamburgers and hot dogs for dining on the go. Lots of books in the Buy the Book stall, real finds in the Treasure's from the Attic stall, a huge array of plants. Who knows what you will find at the Bottle stall. You will be amazed at the selection at the Silent Auction. New this year: home-made sombrero contest for adults and children.

Don't miss this wonderful, fun-filled family activity. You won't find this in the city -- only on Mayne Island.

For further information please contact Pat Gasston (250) 539-5519

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The Zen Garden at the Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Garden is completing an exciting new project. A fence defines the Zen Garden, and rocks have been placed. Come and see the progress throughout the next few weeks.

If you would like to support this project, you can for a $100 donation buy one panel with a name plaque by contacting Len Epp at (250) 539-3111.

For further information please contact Ingrid Marsh

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Total Fire Ban effective Mon Jun 30 11:59 pm

As of July 1st fire permits issued prior to June 30th 2014 are cancelled.

All types of wood fuelled outdoor fires and wood burning appliances are prohibited July 1st until October 15th 2014. However, UL listed propane, gas, and briquette barbecues or other certified cooking and heating appliances are permitted to be used for their intended purpose.

If you have any questions regarding these appliances - call us, (250) 539-5156. Office hours are 9 am to 3 pm, six days a week, Monday to Saturday.

Anyone lighting a backyard fire or campfire anywhere on Mayne Island - including a beach fire - is subject to a cost recovery invoice issued by the Mayne Island Improvement District for a fire lit in violation of by-law #46 , sect. 26, 27 to the individual homeowner to recover costs for the fire department to control and extinguish the fire.

With the cooperation of everyone, we can have a safe, wildfire free, and enjoyable summer.

Visit Mayne Island Fire Rescue online.


For further information please contact Fire Chief Steven DeRousie (250) 539-5156.

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Storytime at the Library this Summer: beginning Fri Jul 4

Join us for stories every Friday morning at 10 am at the Mayne Island Library.

Storytimes begin Friday, July 4th and carry on until Friday, August 29th.

Everyone is welcome!

Children are also invited to join the Summer Reading Club.

For further information please contact Libbie Bake

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MIHCA announces Helen Brittain Bursary

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is inviting applications for the annual $2000.00 Helen Brittain Bursary awarded to individuals who are furthering their education to allow them to provide services and skills that will benefit the health and well-being of Mayne Island residents.

Letters of application should include details of the program, applicant's previous education, their experience and how this will benefit local residents.

Applications must be received by June 30, 2014.

They can be mailed to MIHCA at #100-526 Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island B.C. V0N 2J2 or dropped at Gulfport Realty free mail box - attention MIHCA Board. Applicants will be contacted for interviews after June 30, 2014.

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

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Author Reading - Pam Withers: Sat Jul 5

Pam Withers, part-time Mayne Island resident and writer, will be doing a reading at the Mayne Island Library on Saturday, July 5th at 4:00 pm.

Pam writes adventure and sports stories for middle readers and teens. She also the co-author of the non-fiction book, Jump-starting Boys: Help Your Reluctant Learner Find Success in School and Life.

This is an author reading for the whole family--kids, teens, parents, and grandparents (and teachers and other writers).

For further information please contact Judi Walker

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Celebrate Canada Day: Tue Jul 1

Come to Dinner Bay Park for our 2014 Canada Day celebration, organized by the Mayne Island Lions Club.

There will be a Lions Club Flea Market with quality items to sell, and an antiques and collectibles mart sponsored by the Silver Maynes.

We shall have hamburgers and hot dogs to eat, (proceeds go to the Legion), and bingo games (proceeds go to the Lions scholarship fund).

There will be a Beer Garden, and, starting about 12:20, we shall have musical entertainment by "Ray & Lo".

At 12 noon, the Royal Canadian Legion will raise the flag of Canada on the flagpole at Dinner Bay, and the assembled citizens of Mayne Island will sing our National Anthem in English and French. It will be a day to remember. A hearty welcome to all from the Lions Club!

For further information please contact Allan Evans

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"Hi Ho Mistahey" Library Movie Night: Fri Jun 20

In the feature-length documentary, "Hi Ho Mistahey", Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education in safe and suitable schools for First Nations children. Strong participation in this initiative eventually brings Shannen's Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

Friday, June 20, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall.
Free Popcorn Admission by Donation.

For further information please contact David Chase

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Oceans Day Event and Film: Sat Jun 14

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy for a day of learning about the Salish Sea in celebration of World Oceans Day. The Mayne Island event coincides with low tide so that we explore the beach! Displays, aquarium, kids activities and more will take place on Miners Bay dock. We will welcome a special friend from the Georgia Strait Alliance who is black and white, has fins and needs a name!

12 pm Displays on Miners Bay Dock (Raincoast, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Georgia Strait Alliance).
12 - 1:30 pm Beach seine on Miners Bay Beach.
1 - 2 pm Plankton tow and microscope on Dock.
1:30 - 3 pm Divers collect organisms for aquarium on Dock.

Film: 7 pm at the Ag Hall.
Do you love sea mammals? How about spectacular nature footage? If so come learn with the Mayne Island Conservancy as we host Raincoast’s Misty MacDuffee for an evening of engaging dialogue and powerful film. The film, Groundswell, is a small film about making a big stand. Word-class surfers surf the gnarly waves of the Great Bear Rainforest following the proposed route of the Enbridge pipeline. The presentation will focus on marine mammals of our very own Salish Sea. Door prizes.

For further information please contact Leanna Boyer

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Open Burning Restrictions in Effect

For Immediate Release:
Mayne Island - June 3, 2014.

Notice of Category 2 Open Fire restriction: 2 metre backyard fires and incinerators are prohibited June 4, 2014 until Oct 15, 2014 unless the public is otherwise notified. Campfires are allowed providing it is in a safe location on your own property (maximum size of one half metre by one half metre) any type of fire larger than one half metre is prohibited.

Details are posted on the Fire Department website.

The Fire Ban includes beach fires, backyard fire pits, sky lanterns, weed torches, wood fired chimneys & barbecues.

If you have any questions, ask us! For further information please contact:

Mayne Island Fire Rescue, 520A Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island, BC, V0N 2J2, (250) 539-5156, Web site:

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Silver Maynes Picnic in the Park: Thu Jun 26

For good food and good company, come to the Adachi Pavilion at Dinner Bay Park on June 26 for "Picnic in the Park", sponsored by the Silver Maynes, Branch #84 of the Senior Citizens Association of British Columbia.

Yes, if you do not have a membership, you will have to buy one to come. (It costs $10.00). The menu is beef or chicken breast burgers, pork and beans, coleslaw, potato salad and dessert, plus coffee, tea or water to drink. All this will cost $7. Not bad, eh? Beer, wine and hard liquor will be available. They cost extra.

Jot down the date on your calendar. June 26th, 2014. The crowd will start to gather at the Adachi Pavilion at 4 p.m. Eating will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m. This is a Silver Maynes annual event.

For further information please contact Kit Mitchell

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Advanced Composting Workshop: Wed Jun 18

Advanced Composting aims to broaden the scope of participant's knowledge of composting methods. Topics covered will include dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. How to use the Green Cone Digester will also be discussed at the end of the workshop.

Alysha Punnett, Site Manager for the Compost Education Centre’s gardens, will be presenting this workshop.

For further information please contact

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Lions Welcome All To Summerfest: Sat Jun 21

The Mayne Island Lions Club ends the Lions Year, when new officers take over, about the time of the summer solstice, and it marks the date with "Summerfest", a gourmet feast and fun at the Community Centre.

This year, "Summerfest" falls right on the summer solstice, June 21, and the Lions Club is inviting non-Lions to join them at the celebration. Lions Club members who want to come, have tickets reserved for them until June 11 at midnight, and then, on June 12 the sale is thrown open to non-Lions who are friends of the Lions Club. First come, first serve, as long as tickets last.

There will be an epicurean spread prepared by Shaun Fitzgerald of Saturna Island. Speeches will have word limits in very low digits. The winner of the Lions Fred Greenslade Scholarship will be announced. Revels will follow with a merry band of ukelele performers led by Paul Larsen of the Laverick School of Music, Victoria.

Tickets cost $30.00 and are available from Allan Evans,, or John Glover, It's at the Community Centre, Saturday, June 21st, 6 pm. Tickets are limited.

For further information please contact James Allan Evans

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