Iris Collective Free Film Screening: Sat Aug 30

Iris Film Collective presents a rare screening of: Edward Curtis' In The Land Of The War Canoes. It will be preceded by a series of short experimental films by members of the collective.

Saturday August 30, 9 pm
Georgina Point Park and Lighthouse
Bring blankets and/or chairs!

More Iris info: or on Facebook

For further information please contact Lisa

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MICS Photo Contest Deadline: Sun Aug 31

The countdown is on! There are only 8 more days until the Mayne Island Conservancy's Nature Photo Contest is closed to entries.

Check out the photos you have taken on Mayne since March 2014 (or hurry out and take some new ones!); if they fit into any of the categories below send them to us for a chance to win a free calendar featuring your photo!

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, tell us the category into which you are entering your photo or photos, and send them in the highest resolution possible to prior to August 31, 2014.

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

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

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Grant Buday Book Launch & Reading: Tue Aug 26

Mayne Islander Grant Buday will be reading from his latest book, The Delusionist at the Agricultural Hall on Tuesday, August 26 at 7:30 pm.

The Delusionist has received great reviews in the Vancouver Sun (above the fold!) and BC Bookworld.

Anvil Press, when interviewed by Canada Reads, had this to say: "...Grant Buday is a brilliant storyteller, a master crafter of the self-contained worlds in which he places his characters. The characters in Buday’s fiction are real, everyday people that readers can relate to; they are people you pass by on the streets of your community.

The Delusionist also shines light on an under-examined atrocity in world history, that of the Holodomor, in which millions of people in the Ukraine were systematically starved to death by Stalin and his communist regime.

And, Grant Buday has a wonderful sense of black humour. The Delusionist is a funny, sad, and heart-warming novel about love, loss, creativity, and coming to terms with the horrors of history.

Refreshments will be served, including, of course, Eden's culinary delights.

For further information please contact Lynn (250) 539-3346

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2014 Lions Club Salmon BBQ: Sun Aug 31

Illustration & graphics © Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs
By time-honoured tradition, the Mayne Island Lions Club hosts a salmon barbecue at Dinner Bay Park on the Sunday before Labour Day, and this year it falls on the last day of August.

Come and feast on barbecued salmon! Or, if you don't like salmon, take barbecued chicken instead! The salmon -- or chicken -- comes with all the fixings, dessert and coffee or tea, all for $18.00.

In the big bingo tent we shall have continuous bingo games with proceeds earmarked for the Lions' scholarship and grants-in-aid educational program, and on the Peter Archer stage, Scott Naylor's rock band (The Mortimers) will keep you entertained as you wile away the afternoon.

We start serving the salmon and chicken at 12 noon, and the kitchen remains open until 5 p.m. This is a popular event for visitors to Mayne Island who like to celebrate the end of summer with a feast of barbecued salmon.

"The Mortimers" band -- Kurt Turner, Greg Wall, Jimm Fedyk, Colin "Boomer" Pow and Scott Naylor -- is four years old and has already made a reputation for rock dance music dating from the 1950s to the present. All four are veterans of the rock band scene.

The Lions annual 222 draw also takes place at the Salmon Barbecue, with a top prize of $800.00. Proceeds go towards paying for a safe bicycle path from the ferry dock at Village Bay to Miners Bay. Everyone is welcome!

For further information please contact Allan Evans

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All about Herons - at the Mayne Library: Sun Aug 17

You are invited to the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, August 17th at 3 pm. The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council presents a reading/presentation by Julie Emerson of her book about our local Pacific Great Blue Heron with photos by Martin Passchier: "The Herons of Stanley Park”.

A family-friendly event - ages 6 and up welcome! Find out all about herons. See you there, the day after the Fall Fair.

For further information please contact Julie Emerson

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Ruth Moody - Outdoor Concert: Sat Aug 23

Who: Ruth Moody and her band.
Date: Saturday, August 23.
Where: Ag Hall Fair Grounds -- Outdoor Concert.
Time: 7:30 pm (gates open at 7 pm).
Tickets: $20 -- available at Happy Tides, Home Hardware, & Farm Gate Store.

Ruth is a founding member of Wallin' Jennys; she's performed in sold out venues around the world and is a featured artist on Mark Knopfler's latest album.

This is going to be a great show; please come out to welcome this amazing artist.

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

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2014 Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 16

Come and join us at the Agricultural Society's 89th Annual Fall Fair.

Parade. First off is the Parade which starts at 11:30 am. Everyone loves a parade and ours is full of local and a few imported characters, music and marching. Be sure to be early to get a good spot.

Entertainment. The fair grounds and Agricultural Hall open at 12 noon after the parade. We have an action-packed day planned for you. Ben and Michelle will be back this year, but this time, with events, races and competitions for both adults and children including a bike decorating contest, an egg and spoon race, nail driving, double buck log sawing, and a tug-o-war.

There will also be a visit from Mr. Bubbles, the Balloon man, a scavenger hunt, face painting for the children, and demonstrations and hands-on participation of pottery-making, butter churning, knitting and weaving for all ages.

Community Groups. Our Community Groups will have displays, participating games or demonstrations during the Fair. The Lions will again have their famous Bingo Tent on Dixon Road.

Food. On the Fair Grounds there will be burgers and hot dogs from the Legion/Lions bun wagon, ice cream cones by the Parents Advisory Committee, water and soft drinks from the Silver Maynes, and popcorn from the Agricultural Society.

We will also have coffee, tea and cookies in our rest area behind the Hall. If you have bought some lunch at the Farmers Market and are looking for a quiet place to enjoy it you are welcome to join us at the rest area.

Fall Fair Entries. Be sure to visit our Hall to see the entries (and the Judges ribbons!) for produce, flowers, crafts, and baking, to name only a few of the more than 1,000 entry items open for competition.

Agricultural Displays and Museum. Across the road you can visit the jail and farm museum for a look at Mayne Island history; a mason bee information display; and for the kids, hands-on wheat grinding, old-fashioned manual water pumps, clothes washing and bubble blowing, Ricky Martin's  horses and Duncan Martin's Backyard Chicken display.

Music. Our musical entertainment this year will be the always enjoyable Bob Connolly and the Pender Piper and Drum Corp. Brian Haller who did such a great job last year will be returning as our Master of Ceremonies.

Door Prizes and Raffle. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the afternoon. The Raffle Prize draw takes place at 4 pm, so make sure you have a ticket.

And last but not least, the price - same as last year, only $2 per person, children 12 years and under are free. Best deal in town for a full days' entertainment!

For further information, please contact Velda (250) 539-5933.

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Mayne Lions Club Fall Fair Bingo: Sat Aug 16

Here’s a welcoming notice to visitors of the Mayne Island Fall Fair, August 16. Next door to the Fairgrounds, on Dixon Road, the Lions will pitch a big tent for bingo players.

Come and enjoy a game of bingo! The Lions bingo games fund the Lions scholarship and grants-in-aid program which opens the door of opportunity for Mayne Island students and residents. Play bingo, help a Mayne Island student and have fun, all at the same time! This is not a chance to miss.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

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