Bones, Beaks and Teeth: Fri Nov 14

Friday November 14th, 2 pm at the Mayne School Library.

This talk is a hands­‐on look at different animal skulls including mammals and birds. Presented by Becky Wigen, Senior Lab Instructor of Anthropology at University of Victoria. If you have bones you would like identified, please bring them.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Author Reading at the Library: Mon Nov 24

The Mayne Island Library is pleased to present Christine Lowther reading from her new book, “Born Out of This” at the Library (411 Naylor) on Monday, November 24th at 7 pm.

Chris is the daughter of well-known poet Pat Lowther. She describes Mayne Island as her “oasis during a troubled childhood.”

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

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Mushroom Afternoon: Sat Nov 8

Please join us for a Mushroom Afternoon, Saturday November the 8th, 3:30 - 5 pm at the Ag Hall.

Bring down some of your favourite fun-guy friends and we will lay out your discoveries and strive to identify them. There will be prizes for Largest Mushroom and the Most Variety.

Specimens will be easier to identify with an accompanying spore print. Simply place your mushroom cap (one that isn't too old) on a piece of white paper. The spores dropping from the underside of the cap will land on the paper displaying it's colour. If you suspect light coloured spores place your the cap on a black or dark piece of paper.

We will provide resources, talks, and examples of mushroom growing, cooking, and preserving as well as a few short videos on the mighty mushroom. So come down and celebrate the secretive mycelium.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Updating the 2015 Mayne Island Phonebook

Have you been walking around thinking to yourself, gosh, it must be time to update my listing in the Lions Mayne Island Phone Book? You are absolutely right. It is time to make our phone book perfect. So do not hesitate. Do it right this minute. The deadline for changes is now December 1st.

And guess what? Fixing your listing just got way easier. Here’s all you have to do:

1. go to the Mayne Island Lions webpage: (or just google Mayne Island Lions).

2. click on the link that says, “White Page Listings for new/changes”

3. click on “SUBMIT” (Easy peasy, eh.)

If you prefer a paper copy, here’s what you need to do: turn to page 44 of the 2014 book and rip (yes rip) out the whole page; correct any errors, add your e-mail address if it is missing; fill in the whole page if we don't have you listed.

If you do not have a phone book or page 44 is gone, you can pick up a blank form at the Trading Post.

Please submit a form only if there any changes from 2014, or new listings. You don't need to submit anything if the listing is to remain the same.

Then you have two options: you can take the completed page and drop it in the box at the Trading Post or you can mail the page to 615 Williams Place, Mayne Island, V0N 2J2. All changes and additions must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

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Fire Department Auction: Sat Nov 1

The Mayne Island Fire Department needs to dispose of several surplus assets and to do so, we're holding a silent auction on Saturday November 1st at 1 pm.

The items can be viewed at 520 Felix Jack Road on the Saturday and photos are available on our Facebook page

Advance viewing of these items can be arranged by calling the Fire Chief at (250) 539-5156 or email For further information please contact Fire Chief, Steve DeRousie

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2014 Artisan Christmas Studio Tour: Nov 7-9

Seasons Greetings! The artists and shops of this years Christmas Studio Tour invite you to a glorious weekend discovering the diverse artistry of Mayne Island.

Our Artisans offer pottery, art cards, soap, jewellery, photography, paintings, silk works, food, clothing, leather goods, glass sculpture & much more.

Dates: Friday November 7, Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9, 2014.

Pick up a map at participating vendors or the usual places. Click the following link to download a map posted on the MayneNews blog.

For further information please contact Richard De Armand
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Lafayette String Quartet: Sat Nov 8

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present the Lafayette String Quartet.

Date: November 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 (doors open 7:00 pm)
Where: St. Mary Magdalene Church, 360 Georgina Pt Road
Tickets: available at the door and at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, & Farm Gate Store (children under 12 free)

Since 1986, the Lafayette String Quartet has divided their time between entertaining audiences all over N. America & Europe, & teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances & community involvement. Their concerts in Canada & abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riveting, and with flawless ensemble.”

Indeed the LSQ are passionate about everything they do whether it is performing new music, delving into the great classics or giving master classes and workshops. Passion and commitment are the hallmark of the LSQ. They are the only all-female ensemble in the world to comprise the four original members – a distinct rarity, regardless of gender and regardless of profession.

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

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All Candidates Meeting: Sun Oct 26

A moderated All Candidates Meeting. Sunday October 26, 1 pm - 3 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, 530 Fernhill Road.

Bring your questions for all candidates for CRD, Islands Trust and School Board.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Residents and Ratepayers Association

For further information please contact David (250) 539-2128.

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Life's An Adventure — Become A Firefighter

Now accepting applications for 2015 volunteer firefighter positions! Application deadline — November 30, 2014.

The fire and rescue service is one of the most diverse and challenging professions known today. It is this diversity that inspires men and women to enter the service as volunteers, paid on-call firefighters, or career employees. Imagine having to train to prepare yourself to cope with situations that range from structure fires to motor vehicle accidents to hazardous chemical spills to heart attacks and almost any other possible emergency situation in between. This diversity is coupled with the fact that these skills may be needed at any time of day, seven days a week, in any kind of weather, and very often under potentially stressful and emotional circumstances. These factors contribute to our profession being personally very rewarding.

The personal rewards and satisfaction received from the fire and rescue service are often beyond description. There is a sense of accomplishment after controlling a building fire, joy and elation when a person is rescued, compassion for accident victims and fulfillment in teaching fire safety.

What can I expect as a Paid On-Call Firefighter?
You will receive widely recognized & credited firefighter training including:
Structural, Vehicle, & Wild land firefighting training
Emergency Medical Aid - First Responder, CPR & Rescuer skills
Emergency Vehicle Driver / Operator training & so much more!
Benefits: dental, extended health, accident, life & WSBC coverage
All required training, firefighting equipment & uniforms are provided.

What is the cost of the required training?
The required training for Paid-on-Call Firefighters is provided by the Department. Transportation to and from accredited additional training is also funded by the Department.

Upon successful completion of Recruit Training, how much time could a Paid-on-Call Firefighter expect to devote to being an active member? Time requirements may vary, but the average training and call-out time is at least 10 hours per month. There is no limit on the time you may spend on optional or volunteer duties.

Pick up an application at the Fire Hall - 520 Felix Jack Road or visit to print an application form. Successful applicants will begin training January 2015.

Firefighting offers rewarding challenges - personally and professionally. Becoming part of Mayne Island Fire Rescue can change your life!

For further information please contact Fire Chief Steven DeRousie

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Library & Conservancy Movie Night: Fri Oct 24

Vanishing Point: Friday October 24, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall. Admission by donation. A joint presentation by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Mayne Island Library.

The NFB film Vanishing Point is a 2012 National Film Board of Canada documentary directed by Alberta filmmakers and environmental scientists Stephen A. Smith and Julia Szucs, chronicling life in the Arctic for two remote communities linked by a historic migration from Baffin Island to Greenland.

The film is narrated in Inuktitut by Navarana K'avigak' Sørensen, a polyglot Inughuit linguist who is the great-great-great-niece of a Baffin Island shaman who led the migration in 1860. The filmmakers accompanied Navarana on three hunting trips across the remote north and what we see contrasts traditional life on the tundra with life in modern-day communities.

Through Naravana the film draws inspiration and hope from the ties that still bind the two communities to face the consequences of rapid social and environmental change. This is an excellent film!

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Mayne Island Lions Charter Night: Sat Nov 8

Like Lions Clubs everywhere, the Mayne Island Lions Club celebrates the anniversary of its charter with a dinner and dance, and so on Saturday evening, November 8th, it will mark the special occasion of its birth, forty-three years ago, with a dinner and dance at the Mayne School gymnasium.

The doors will be opened shortly before 6 pm and dinner will be served at 7 pm. There will be a sumptuous banquet of roast beef expertly prepared, followed by some abbreviated speechifying, then the presentation of the Mayne Islander of the Year Award for 2014, and finally, when our dignitaries have nothing more to say, you may dance the night away.

Lions members are offered first chance to buy tickets until October 15 (contact Peter, or call (250) 539-5850). Then the sale is opened to the public. After October 18th, Mayne Islanders may buy tickets at the Home Hardware, or at the Sunny Mayne Bakery, where we shall deposit unsold tickets which will be available for purchase until November 2, unless the supply runs out earlier. Tickets cost only $25.00 each.

We are delighted to welcome non-Lions to our Charter Night and we hope to see many new faces at the school gymnasium which will be transformed into a banquet hall for our gala evening.

For further information please contact Peter

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Prairie Fall Supper: Thu Oct 23

Join us for an old-fashioned Prairie Fall Supper at St Mary Magdalene Church House on Thursday October 23.

The menu is roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, Veggie, perogies, cabbage rolls and home made pies. All this for just $15.00.

We will have two sittings, 5 pm and 6:30 pm. No one will go home hungry, we are making most dishes from scratch. The perogies will be made with cheddar cheese and potatoes and the cabbage rolls will be rice, tomato and dill.

Tickets will be for sale at the Mayne Street Mall Saturday October 18 or contact J. Merinuk.

For further information please contact Jeannine Merinuk (250) 539-9998

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Monday Painters’ 5th Annual Show: Opening Fri Oct 17

On Friday, October 17th, at 7 pm, the Monday Painters will open our 5th show of recent works at the Ag Hall to accommodate the larger works that some artists will be showing, as well as allow space for all the artists. This year’s show will continue to feature watercolour, and in addition, acrylics, oils, pastels, coloured pencil, ink, and graphite and perhaps more. Pieces will range from quite small to very large.

The Monday Painters are looking forward to seeing our work displayed together in one big room, and yet still have space to showcase individual work. This year, some long established painters have joined the original group. New participants have brought experience, encouragement, and fresh ideas.

We appreciate the support and encouragement of our many friends in the community, and look forward to sharing our recent works with you. Artists showing work include Cilla Brooke, Dell Maxwell, Elisabeth Whitelaw, Jeannine Merinuk, Marta Izsak, Mary Cooper, Maureen Pearl, Pat Seebach, Tracey DeRousie, Sally Ireland, Bev Whitney, and Yosh Tanaka.

Join us for the opening on October 17th at 7 pm at the Ag Hall for appi’s and refreshments. The show runs Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th, 11 am to 3 pm.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney

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Adult Table Tennis Starts Fri Oct 17

Table Tennis is back! Starting on Friday, October 17, Adult Table Tennis will resume in the school gym. Sessions will run between 3 and 5 pm every Friday afternoon.

Come out and enjoy this healthy and fun activity! Membership for the season is still only $10. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Frankie Gowing (250) 539-5817

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Oktoberfest: Sat Oct 18

The Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighter's Association presents the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest, Saturday October 18th, 2014, at the Community Centre, 6:30 pm.

Tickets $20.00, includes sausage, fresh made pretzel and a beer.

Tickets are available at Sunny Mayne Bakery, Home Hardware and at the door. Firefighter Glass Steins will be on sale (with one beer included). Come with an appetite!

Additional food and beer tickets for sale at the festivities. Vote for your favourite style of sausage. The community bus will be available for rides home.

Prizes awarded for Best Stein, Best Lederhosen, Best Dirndl, Best Yodel and the second annual Pickle Eating Contest. Come out and support your Firefighter's Association as they raise funds to restore the "Old Schoolhouse".

For further information please contact Bill Jamieson (778) 886-5110.

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5th Annual Community Apple Squeeze: Sun Oct 12

Date: Sunday October 12, 10 am to 1 pm.
Where: Ag Hall grounds. Rain or shine!

What an amazing year for fruit as well as just about everything else the earth provides for us! There are certainly a lot of apples out there waiting to be turned into sweet, delicious juice. The community chopper and press have already been cleaned and put to good use and will be set up waiting for you and your apples Sunday October 12, 10 am to 1 pm at the Ag Hall.

As well as apples, don’t forget to bring your own containers along with a donation for the care and maintenance of the press. If you want to participate but do not have apples there may be some for sale on the day. Another possibility is to help someone with lots of apples pick them and then share the juice. Or, if you’re not interested in putting away juice for the dark days of winter and just want to watch and taste please bring your own cup.

Besides the juice there is a lot of pulp produced. This is excellent for your compost and/or your pigs, chickens or other apple-loving animals so . . . bring containers to take it away. Your compost should not miss out on this opportunity! If you bring your apples in plastic bins these can be used to take away the pulp.

To borrow the community press please contact Helen O’Brian at (250) 539-5619 to arrange a date. We prefer the press to be away from its storage shed for no more than a day and to be returned clean and ready for the next person. If you want to use the equipment for the first time you need to find a helper who has had experience. Don’t know of anyone? We can help. Donations by cash or cheque payable to the Mayne Island Farmers Market can be left at the freemail at Gulfport Realty or mailed to Helen at 622 Gallagher Bay Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Music Society Presents Moody Amiri: Sat Oct 11

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present Moody Amiri.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Where: St. Mary Magdalene Church (360 Georgina Pt Rd).
Time: Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 7:30.
Tickets: $20 available at the door or at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate (children under 12 free).

The Music Society is pleased to present Richard Moody (viola) and Amir Amiri (santur) for a wonderful concert at the Church; blending east and west in their eclectic music inspired by the diversity and fluidity between their respective Persian and western classical and jazz training. Amiri and Moody have created an engaging and distinctive sound fusing the elements and balancing tradition and innovation.

Don’t miss this concert – these two have been gaining international recognition!

For further information please contact Don (250) 539-3700

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