The Mayne Island Orchard Project: Starts Sat Jul 2

Do you want to know your trees?

Mayne Island has a long and interesting history of orchards and fruit trees. Efforts are being made to identify the fruit trees of Mayne (there are many varieties and sub-varieties). Come map your trees at our booth at the Farmer's Market, every long weekend this summer. Take the opportunity to meet with identification experts this fall. You may be surprised what that old tree out back has to say.

For further information please contact Tina Farmilo (250) 539-2402.

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Solo through the Inside Passage: Mon Jul 4

Inside: One Woman's Journey through the Inside Passage. Monday July 4, 2016, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall.

Susan Conrad is an adventurer, writer, educator, and speaker, as well as an accomplished paddler. Her tenacious explorations by sea kayak have fuelled her stories and images that have appeared in Sea Kayaker, Canoe and Kayak, Adventures Northwest, and Figure magazines.

Inside: One Woman’s Journey through the Inside Passage is Susan’s first book based on her solo paddle from Anacortes to Juneau Alaska. In spring 2010, with her world scaled down to an 18-foot sea kayak and the 1,200-mile ribbon of water known as the Inside Passage, Susan Conrad launched a journey of the sea and soul that took her both north to Alaska and inward, as she discovered the depths of her own strength and courage. She paddled marathon distances for weeks on end, forged friendships with quirky people in the strangest of places, and pretended not to be intimidated by 700-pound grizzly bears and 40-ton whales.

This opportunity to hear her story and see her beautiful images is not to be missed. Susan’s book will be available for purchase.

Presented by the Mayne Island Conservancy and the Library. For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

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Community/Syrian Refugees Potluck Picnic: Wed Jul 13

On July 13th Mayne Island will host 160 government assisted Syrian refugees from Victoria to a day of festivities at Dinner Bay Park from noon to 5 pm.

The pot luck picnic starts at noon and will be a time for the Syrian to celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Mayne Island Community. Food contribution should be vegetarian as Halal meat will be provided. Please contact Pat Gasston at (250) 539-5519. Lot of fun activities for the whole family.

We are also raising $20,000 to help with ESL classes for our new Syrian neighbours. Donations can be made by cheque written out to St. Mary Magdalene with "refugees" written at the bottom. These can be dropped off at the church, at Gulfport Free Mail, or at the designated table at the picnic.

For further information please contact Vicki Turay

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Shoko plays Beethoven: Tue Jul 5

Tuesday July 5th at 8 pm.
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.
$15 suggested donation.

Japanese-born pianist Shoko Inoue is a performer endowed with technique, sensitivity and a gift for winning over audiences. In her public concerts she has demonstrated a command of repertoire ranging from Bach to the most virtuosic Romantic works.

For further information please contact Ben

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Quilts By The Sea: Sat Jul 16

Once every four years the Mayne Island Quilters Guild present an amazing Quilt Show. 2016 is the year and the date is July 16th from 10 am to 4 pm. The entrance fee is $5. This is an event you don't want to miss.

200-plus quilts will be on display in the Japanese Garden. There will be a lunch room and vendor stalls on the grounds at Dinner Bay. A beautiful quilt and several door prizes will be drawn so make sure you get a ticket. A shuttle will be available from the ferry terminal. We look forward to seeing you there.

For further information please contact Mayne Island Quilters Guild

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Talking Circle: Thu Jun 16

All are welcome to attend the last talking circle for this year's reading challenge to read "Indian Horse" by Richard Wagamese.

Location: Mayne Island Library.
Time: 7 -9 pm.
Facilitated by John Aitken.

The end of this reading challenge is June 21, which is National Aboriginal Day. Final details are currently underway for our 2nd Community Acknowledgement of National Aboriginal Day which will take place at the school from 11:30 am -3 pm on June 21.

Look for posters around the island made by school children for information. Even if you have not read the book, you are welcome to participate in the dialogue. Many thanks!

For further information please contact John Aitken

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End of our Reading Challenge 2016: Tue Jun 21

This year's reading challenge, part of the Truth and Reconciliation (Healing) process for Mayne Island, was to read the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

As we near the end of the challenge we would like readers to:
— jot a thought about the book or write a quote from it in the notebook at the Library;
— leave a note at the bookstore;
— send an e-mail to John Aitken at;
— write the name of one of the students on a palm-sized stone and bring the stone to the National Aboriginal Day event at the school on June 21st starting at 11:30. The stone will be added to a cairn we will be building in Emma and Felix Jack Park.

For further information please contact

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Silver Maynes Picnic In The Park: Thu Jun 23

The famous Silver Maynes activity, Picnic in the Park will be held on June 23, at Dinner Bay Park.

Barbecue at 5:30 pm but come a half hour earlier to chat with friends and join in other convivial activities. Tickets (only $10) for sale at the MayneStreet Mall on June 10th and 11th, also on June 17th and 18th, between 11 am and 1 pm.

For further information please contact Allan Evans

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MLA Gary Holman Community Meeting: Wed Jun 15

Please join Gary for an update on provincial issues and the progress with the National Marine Conservation Area at 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Everyone Welcome!

For further information please contact Gary Holman

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Mayne Island's first ever KD Cook-off: Sat Jun 11

Come one, come all, to the first ever KD (Kraft Dinner) Cook off held at the School Gym on Mayne Island Saturday June 11th, starting at 6 pm.

Vote with $ for the dishes you like. All proceeds go to Mayne Island Assisted Living - A society dedicated to helping all Mayne Islanders, regardless of age.

There are at least 15 participants totally at least 28 dishes (all with some form of KD or Jell-o). A $5 entrance fee lets you taste to your hearts content and vote as often and with as many $$ as you want.

Watch Mayne Island Assisted Living Society's Facebook page for highlights on the auction items up for grabs. Pledge $100 and pick a participating board member to receive a pie in the face at the event. For further information please contact Colleen Dearden (250) 539-2929.

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Ferry Facts Update June 2016

There is not much news to report in this month’s edition of the Ferry Facts as the scheduled meeting for May 9 of the Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) representatives and BC Ferry staff was deferred to May 30. Included in the agenda are improvements to the through-fare system and finalization of the new ferry schedules. The most contentious remaining schedule issue to be resolved is the Friday afternoon Off Peak Schedule.

The Queen of Cumberland returned to service on April 22 following the mid-life upgrade. Unfortunately the elevator was not in service due to a software problem that occurred just prior to the resumption of service. For the convenience of those passengers unable to use the stairs, a porta-potty was placed on the car deck but was located on an outside lane, wasn’t easily identified and access was difficult. That problem has been corrected and it is now located near the elevator. At the time of writing, the operation of the elevator continues to be sporadic. For the convenience of pet owners, an enclosed pet area complete with a bench and a thermostatically controlled heater has been built on the car deck. The heater will be a welcome addition for the winter months.

Traffic to and from Village Bay is up over last year. Note that the BC Ferry year is April 1 to March 31.On route 5 (Village Bay/Swartz Bay), vehicle and passenger traffic has increased 4.7% and 4.9% respectively. On route 9 (Village Bay/Tsawwassen), vehicle and passenger traffic has increased 4.8% and 3.7% respectively. These numbers are slightly lower than the increases realized on the other Gulf Islands.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (, Diana King ( and Mike Sywulych 250 539 5274 ( Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych. For further information please contact Mike Sywulych

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