Campbell Bay Fest: Jun 19-20. Local Tickets Discount

Campbell Bay Music Fest is offering discounted advance tickets to Mayne Island locals, available at Farm Gate Store on Fernhill Road. The special advance tickets are $40 per person for the weekend, and do not include camping - they're meant for folks staying offsite. These are hard-copy tickets, and must be purchased in person at Farm Gate Store, discount is not available online. Kids under 12 are always free!

Campbell Bay Music Fest runs June 19 - 20th 2015 on Iredale Farm, 327 Campbell Bay Road.

For further information please contact Elise,, or visit the Campbell Bay Music Fest web site for artist bios and links.

2015 Campbell Bay Music Fest Artist Lineup: 
Brasstronaut (Vancouver, BC)
The Choir (Victoria, BC)
Crikey Mor (Victoria, BC)
Dirty Grace (Canada)
Elise Boeur / Nate Sabat (Vancouver, BC / New York, NY)
Entangados (Argentina)
Fist Full O' Snacks (Vancouver, BC)
Hutch (Duncan, BC)
Mile Twelve (Boston, MA)
Moody / Amiri (Victoria, BC)
Rachael Cardiello and the Warm Electric Winter (Toronto, ON)
Slow Spirit (Winnipeg, MB)
Speaker Face (Toronto, ON)
Wax Mannequin (Hamilton, ON)
Wooden Horsemen (Vancouver, BC)

Forest Stage Lineup
Bonney You Bastard (Vancouver, BC)
DJ Blake Wrinkles (Saltspring Island, BC)
Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (Vancouver, BC)
Marina Lagace (Victoria, BC)
Red Haven (BC)
Up Folk (BC)

Square dance in the field with Mile Twelve! Live art with Annalee Kornelsen. Storytelling with Juniper Tree.

Amateur Nature Photo Contest

Starting April 2015 and closing on August 22nd, 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 in nature, ocean/beach scene, insects, kids only (nature photo taken by anyone 16 or under)

To enter, check out the contest rules, take a photo (or photos) during 2015 on Mayne Island, tell us the category into which you are entering it, and send it to prior to August 22nd, 2015.

If your photo is chosen as a winner by our judges, Paul Van Giesen, Michael Dunn and Lynn Tanaka; it will be published in our 2016 calendar and you will receive a free calendar as a prize.

Rules are listed on the Conservancy website, and Facebook page; also our posters will be displayed on the island in all the usual spots.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: or (250) 539-5168, or visit our office and the Mary Jeffery Resource Room at 478 Village Bay Rd, otherwise known as The Root Seller.

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Stephen Harper: The Musical. Wed May 20

Stephen Harper: The Musical. After successful runs in the rest of Canada, talented musician and playwright James Gordon brings his engaging one man show to Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Gordon skillfully blends humour, political commentary, pathos, original songs, spoken word, projected images and audience participation.

Wednesdday May 20th at the Ag Hall.

See a video of one of the numbers in the show.

Tickets $20. For sale at Farmgate, Home Hardware, Trading Post and Camassia Cafe. Proceeds go to the Mayne School Playground Fund.

For further information please contact Anita Bates (250) 539-8056.

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Plant Sale, Baked Goods Sale and Tea: Sat May 9

On Saturday, May 9th the Silver Maynes Society of Mayne Island will hold its annual Mother’s Day weekend Plant Sale on the grounds of the old Agricultural Hall, and within the venerable Ag Hall itself, there will be a sale of baked goods and a Mother’s Day Tea.

Plants are for the most part donated from Mayne Island gardens and are used to island conditions. The baked goods come from Mayne Island kitchens. The Tea will be a proper Tea, served in china cups, with assorted goodies, and everyone is welcome.

The Silver Maynes will also hold its annual hanging baskets raffle at the Tea. Raffle tickets for the Hanging Baskets draw can be bought in advance at the Maynestreet Mall on May 2, 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets can also be purchased at the Tea itself. Cost: $2 per ticket or three for $5.

The Silver Maynes extends a warm welcome to all comers. For further information please contact Maureen

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Otters Swim Club Summer Registration: Fri May 1

Friday, May 1 is registration day and the first practice of our summer season. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool at Panorama Rec Center to sign up. Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm ups and pool times between 11 am - 2 pm.

Our club practices on Fridays until the end of June when we switch to Tues - Thurs workouts. We welcome members from all the Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include, Learn to Swim, Competitive and Masters. Our membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around.

For registration forms and more information check out our website and contact us at For any further information please contact Laara Jarvey (250) 539-2205.

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Dirty Grace and Redhaven at the Ag Hall: Fri May 1

Bring your dancing shoes! Dirty Grace and Red Haven at the Ag Hall May 1st.

The three song-writing members of Dirty Grace (Marley Iredale, Jesse Thom and Beth Stupple) produce a playful mix of music ranging from the provocatively cheeky to the intimately introspective. With lush three-part harmonies, and musical flavours ranging from dixieland, swing, tribal indie-pop to alternative hip hop, Dirty Grace offers up a soulful, circusy soundtrack for the times we're living in.

Dirty Grace is joining forces with Red Haven, a hot indie-swing blues band from Vancouver. Mayne Island will be the 2nd stop on their double CD release cross-country tour. Come out and help them celebrate Beltane with an evening of intimate folk songs followed by some lively, hip-swingin,' toe-tapping tunes.

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8. Tickets $15, kids are free! For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

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Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting: Fri May 1

The Mayne Island Silver Maynes Society will hold its annual general meeting on Friday, May 1, at the Agricultural Hall, Miners Bay. Doors open at 11:30 am.

A light lunch will be served, followed by a business meeting, where the slate of officers for 2015-16 will be elected. Members and would-be members are urged to attend. Memberships will be available for sale at the meeting.

So, too, will raffle tickets for the hanging baskets draw at the annual Silver Maynes Mother’s Day Tea on May 9th. Raffle tickets cost $2.00 each or three for $5.00. Also available will be the new “I ♥︎ Mayne Island” T-shirts sponsored by the Silver Maynes.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

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Mayne Island Tennis Annual General Meeting: Sun May 3

Mayne Island Tennis Society will have their AGM on May 3rd at 1 pm at the Community Centre. This meeting will follow the Opening Day activities at 10 am and a bar-b-q at 11:30 am.

We welcome new members who can sign up at any time. During the season, mentors/coaches are willing to help beginning tennis players. A great outdoor activity with fun-loving people.

For further information please contact Carol, (250) 539-9880.

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William Deverell on Mayne Island: Sun May 3

William Deverell, best-selling author, will be reading and speaking at the Agricultural Hall on Sunday, May 3rd from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.

William Deverell is a lawyer, well-known BC author, and creator of the CBC television series, Street Legal. He has written screenplays and radio plays as well as wonderful mystery novels, including his most recent, "Sing a Worried Song". He is the recipient of the Arthur Ellis Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize. Mr. Deverell lives on Pender Island.

Come and spend a fine Sunday afternoon with him. For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

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Bennett Bay Waterworks District AGM: Sun Apr 26

The Bennett Bay Waterworks District Annual General Meeting will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, April 26 at the Mayne Island Health Centre. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Ted Colley

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Mayne Island Health Centre Association AGM: Sat April 25

MI Health Care Association notice of Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 25th 2015 10 am at Church House. Show your support for Health and Wellness on Mayne.

▶︎ Our year in review.
▶︎ Our plans for the future.
▶︎ Election of new Board Members.

We'd like to thank Pat Mauch and Sharon Bunnin for their tireless contributions to the board over the past 6 and 4 years respectively.

MIHCA memberships and annual renewals available at the door. $5 individual - $10 family.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

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Annual Mayne Island Beach Clean-up: Sun Apr 26

The annual Beach Clean-up 2015 will be on Sunday April 26th at 1 pm.

Contact a Beach Captain near you! Help clean up our beaches.

Bennett Bay — Mike Nadeau (250) 539-3776.
Campbell Bay — Elizabeth Whitelaw (250) 539-5582.
David Cove, Oyster and Reef Bays — Pat Seebach (250) 539-2476.
Edith Point — Peter Askin (250) 539-2199.
Gallagher and Piggott Bays — Kim Harris (250) 539-9878.
Horton Bay — Sue Duncan (250) 539-3640.
Kadanaga Bay — Marian MacLean (250) 539-9995.
Lighthouse and Maude Bays — Len Epp (250) 539-3111.
Miners Bay Mayne Elementary School (Matti Girardi) (250) 539-2371.
Village Bay — Al Cannon (250) 483-4225.

For further information please contact Vicki Turay (250) 539-9946.

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Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 2

Come join us for the first ever Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament and Official Course Opening!

Location: Dinner Bay Park.
Time: May 2nd, 10 am - 4 pm (scoring round must be completed by 2:30 pm).

Registration Costs (Cash Only):
Under 15 years old: $10
New Player: $15
Novice: $20
Amateur: $25
Advanced: $30

Registration costs go towards a custom disc and cash prizes for each category (the Under 15 category will not have a cash prize).

No experience is necessary and there will be a free beginners workshop at 10:30 am. This is a family friendly event and there will be food available for purchase (cash only). We look forward to seeing you there! For more information check out the course website at:

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

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Festival Library Readings April 18 & 19

The Library will be presenting readings from ten local authors, April 18th and 19th as part of Festival Active Pass. Come to the Library, listen to them read, ask questions, maybe buy a book. There is no charge--but seating is limited.

Here is a schedule to help you plan:

April 18: 4 -- 5:30 Cathy Ford will read from her poem "Flowers We Never Know the Names Of".
Adrienne Brown will read from "The Life and Art of Harry and Jesse Webb”.

April 19: 9 am Pam Withers will read from her newest young adult novel "Andreo's Race".

10 am Amber Harvey will read from her mystery novel for young readers, "Magda's Mysterious Stranger".

11 am Leanne Dyck will read two short stories and a flash fiction.

12 am Kit Pearson will read from two novels set on Mayne Island, "The Whole Truth" and "Nothing But the Truth".

1 pm Helen O'Brian & Debbie Bowles will present "Fin's Swim: 21 Days on the Fraser River" and Debbie will read from her picture book, "Lucy and the Sky".

2 pm Lee Beavington will read from "Poetic Inquiry into Nature's Wisdom" and discuss ecology and creativity.

3 pm Arleen Pare will read from her recent (GG winning) book of poetry, "Lake of Two Mountains".

See you there! For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

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MayneNews is now on Instagram

Illustration by Jim Traversy/Artifact Designs
The eggheads in the MayneNews Social Media Labs at the vast and sprawling MayneNews World HQ, have been studying on how best to integrate the new MayneNews Instagram account into our mission of helping to promote local community groups. They still aren’t too sure on how it will all work, but are pressing ahead attempting to take advantage of Instagram.

If you are an Instagram user please follow @maynenews and you’ll be followed back as well. Please use the hashtag #MayneIsland in your Twitter and Instagram posts and we’ll all be able to easily find local content.

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Good News for the Recycling Depot

Come celebrate this news with us at our AGM on April 23, 7:30 pm at the Church House. Memberships available at the door.

On March 11, the full board of the CRD voted to extend transitional funding for four years to recycling depots in this region. This is the first long term funding our depot has had in 3 years, and it means that we are better able to plan for the long term future.

As many of you know, industry in the form of Multi Material BC (MMBC) is now responsible for funding packaging and printed paper recycling in BC. However, they are not funding depots at a level sufficient to continue operation. We have been aggressively lobbying MMBC for more funding, and the Provincial Government to enforce their Regulations and require MMBC to adequately fund us. In February, the Ministry of the Environment asked MMBC to review their model for depot funding. This was great news but this review process will take time. Therefore, we have also been lobbying the CRD for “transitional funding”, to keep us viable while MMBC works the bugs out of their system.

We now have 4 years to lobby MMBC to adequately fund rural recycling depots, and to make sure that the Government makes MMBC comply with its Recycling Regulations. This will not be as easy as one might think. Just after the CRD extended our funding, MMBC head, Allen Langdon wrote an article for the Times Colonist stating that MMBC would not be increasing funding for depots, as we were using CRD funding to take more items than printed paper and packaging, which is what they fund. This is not true, as Allen Langdon knows from our budgets, which he has, and from repeated personal communication. We use money from memberships and donations from the community to fund such things as batteries, electronics, paint and small appliance recycling. He does not want to fund depots to save industry money. It’s as simple as that.

Thanks to the board and volunteers for weathering this storm of uncertainty. We also want to thank the population of Mayne Island for all the support we have received in word and in deed. And thanks for signing the petition which we feel pressured the Provincial Government to act. We are greatly looking forward to this stability over the next 4 years. Yippee!

For further information please contact Kim Harris

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Volunteers Needed for Recycle Depot

Mayne Island is fortunate to have the services of a Recycle Depot that is run for the large part by volunteers. Some volunteers have worked for over 25 years there and are looking to retire. Volunteers are needed to keep this facility running.

There are 2 shifts per month for a total of 4 hours on either Wednesday or Saturday. If you are able to spare some time to help Mayne Island, please contact

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Village Point Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 11

VPID Annual General Meeting: April 11th, 2015, 1 pm at the Ag Hall.

Review of work completed in 2014 on the Community Septic fields located at Spinnaker, Quadrant and Lundy Lane. Piping, tanks, and lift stations have been replaced and upgraded to comply with Vancouver Island Health standards.

Projects under way for 2015: replacement of pipes and filtering equipment at the water treatment plant. An engineering firm has been engaged to design the new building and specify equipment upgrades required. Estimated completion: late fall 2015.

For further information please contact Renate, VPID Administrator (250) 539-2202.

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What's this biodiversity stuff anyway? Sun Apr 12

Mayne Island Conservancy Society is proud to present Dr. Fred L. Bunnell: "What's this biodiversity stuff anyway?" Fred will review its role in the mission of fostering harmony between nature and community.

Date: Sunday April 12, 2015.
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Agricultural Hall
Admission by donation. Tea & coffee will be available.

Fred L. Bunnell studied forestry and wildlife biology in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States. When not frolicking abroad, he has been at the University of British Columbia for 40 years where he is Professor Emeritus. He has published over 200 scientific articles and received 13 provincial, national and international wards for applied research. Dr. Bunnell has held commissions and served on over 70 provincial, national, and international committees dealing with resource management.

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

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