6th Annual Community Apple Squeeze: Sun Oct 11

Date: Sunday October 11, 10 am to 1 pm.
Where: Ag Hall grounds. Rain or shine!

The apples, and just about everything else, have been very early this year but there should still be plenty of fruit on October 11 for the annual ‘Squeeze.’ With or without apples a squeeze is promised!

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, including deer, 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. You can use the equipment on the grounds or take it to the source. If the latter, the press should be away from its storage shed for no more than a day and 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. A fee of $20.00/day can be paid by cash or cheque payable to the Mayne Island Farmers Market. This can be left in the freemail at Gulfport Realty or mailed to Helen at 622 Gallagher Bay Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2.

For further information or to make a booking, please contact Helen O'Brian helenobrian47@gmail.com.

posted September 2015

Talking Circle: Wed Oct 7

Final talking circle to discuss "The Inconvenient Indian".

When: October 7, 2015, 7 - 9 pm.
Where: Mayne Island Library.
Who: All are welcome!
Facilitator: John Aitken.

A talking circle creates an open, undivided space that enables all to be seen and heard in a respectful way that honours that we are all individuals, with something to say. Also, it is a space where someone can simply sit and listen. An object is circulated around the circle, whoever has this object is speaking. There is no cross talking and if you do not want to say something, simply pass the object to the next.

John likes to use this format because it is inclusive and there is no judgment. A Talking Circle creates an opportunity to share and heal in tandem.

For further information please contact John Aitken MITandH@shaw.ca.

posted September 2015

Highlighter: Sat Oct 3

Highlighter features new artwork by artist, Brigitte Lochhead. Through this body of text-based work Lochhead plays with language through the use of light, reflections, and architecture. Highlighter marks out influential moments in literature and language heard within Lochhead's everyday lived experiences that have shifted her perspective and visual practice. Please join us on Saturday October 3, 2015 from 7-9 pm for the exhibition opening at Mayne Island Library. Highlighter will be on display from October 4-November 4, 2015 during library hours.

Opening reception October 3, 2015 7-9 pm at the Mayne Island Community Library. Hours: Wednesday 11 am - 3 pm, Friday 11 am - 3 pm, Saturday 11 am – 3 pm.

For further information please contact Brigitte Lochhead brigittelochhead@gmail.com.

posted September 2015

MIHCA Operation AED 2015

Help save a life! Support Operation AED 2015.

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is raising $10,000 to purchase five additional Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to be placed in strategic locations around the island. Currently we have three AEDs — outside Gulfport Realty, the Ag Hall and the Community Centre.

In the case of a cardiac arrest, an AED provides a “shock” to restore the heart’s normal pumping function. The “shock” should be delivered within 3 minutes of the arrest — hence our goal to have more AEDs available in other areas around the island. An AED is safe and easy to use and over 150 Mayne Islanders have already received training through the First Aid Courses we sponsor every year.
To donate please complete a donation form (available outside Tru Value or at the Health Centre), drop it off at the Health Centre or mail it to MIHCA, #100 - 526 Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island BC V0N 2J2. Please note on both the form and your cheque that your donation is for “Operation AED 2015”.

Donate on-line at www.mayneislandhealth.ca. Click on: “Donate Now” (bottom right hand corner of the home page). Then click “General” and select the “Operation AED 2015" option. Thank you for your support.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan lindsayallan100@gmail.com.

posted September 2015

Seeds: Planting, Harvesting, Storing - Sat Sep 26 & 27

Seed photo by Dawn on Flickr

Dates & Times: Saturday September 26th & 27th.
2 pm tour at the Community Gardens and 7:30 pm presentation at the Ag Hall.
Sunday Sept 27th 10 am seed gathering workshop at the Ag Hall. Bring dry seed heads, mature tomato fruit, etc., and your own bags to put seeds in.

Tour, Talk, and Workshop presented by Mojave Kaplan, aka Seed Warrioress, of the Planting Seeds Project. Mojave is a community educator and seed saving advocate who is passionate about sharing her knowledge on harvesting and storing seeds wherever she travels. She & her partner Martin Faucher operate an organic farm in Lytton BC.

Brought to you by the Mayne Island Conservancy, the Agricultural Society and the Garden Club. Admission by donation.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian helenobrian47@gmail.com.

posted September 2015

Community Centre Fitness: Open Mondays starting Sep 21

The Community Centre will be open for Drop-in Fitness on Mondays from 5 pm - 6:30 pm starting Monday, September 21.

Come by and make use of the cardio equipment, including our new Elliptical machine, free weights, bands, balls and mats.

Dave Ewanchuk will be there to answer any questions and assist as required.

For further information please contact Dave Ewanchuk djewanchuk@gmail.com.

posted September 2015

MI Pathways & Trials Assoc AGM: Tue Sep 22

Mayne Island Pathways and Trails Association AGM. Tuesday September 22, 2015, 4:15 pm at The Church House.

Tea and coffee will be provided.

Everyone welcome. Membership $5.

For further information please contact Irene Barrett barrett@shaw.ca.

posted September 2015

Fall Tai Chi Classes Start Mon Sep 21

Come join us for Tai Chi.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes? Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health? Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?

Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre. $25 for the Fall Session (9 or 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 21st. Times to be announced once registration is complete.

For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca.

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “internal” or soft style. There are several styles of Tai Chi. The Yang style postures are wide and comfortable. Yang style is more suitable for common people with no martial art training. In Yang style Tai Chi, the structure is not strict and demanding, the body is upright, and the movements are smooth, light, agile and rooted. Yang style 24 Form was created in China in 1956. It is a simplified form that contains all the essential principles of the 108 Form. This shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory form.

posted September 2015

Otters Swim Club Fall Registration: Fri Sep 18

Friday, September 18 is Registration Day and the first practice of our fall 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 Fall Session practices are on Fridays, September 18 through December 11. (We have reduced lane practices in the main pool for home school members and masters swimmers on dates that School District 64 is in session.)

The Otters Swim Club welcomes members from all the Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 thru 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, 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 penderislandotters.webs.com and contact us at penderislandottersswimclub@gmail.com or phone Helen Lemon-Moore on Pender Island (250) 629-2020 or Laara Jarvey on Mayne Island (250) 539-2205.

posted September 2015