Ferry Facts: November 2016

BC Ferries has announced a 50% off standard vehicle fares promotion from November 14 to December 18 on selected sailings. For example, on Route 9 from Tsawwassen to Mayne Island, the promotion is for the morning sailings Sunday to Thursday and the Saturday 8:45 pm sailing. This is similar to last Fall’s promotion and is intended to encourage travellers to use off-peak sailings. For those who use the experience cards, a reminder that the 50% reduction is off the regular fare and not the e-card fare. If the regular fare is $41.90, the promotional fare is $20.95. For details, go to bcferries.com, click on promotions and click on the selected routes.

The new Fall/Winter schedules have a different look. In order to differentiate from the Summer schedules, BC Ferries has printed the schedules in blue. For several years, the Ferry Advisory Committee has been requesting different colours be used to identify the current schedule, so we are pleased that this suggestion was implemented.

As of this writing, the Queen of Cumberland’s elevator is out of service pending the repair of a main cylinder. To accommodate passengers who have difficulty with stairs, a portable toilet has been placed on the car deck. The elevator is expected to be operating again on November 2nd.

The local Ferry Committee advises BC Ferries on fares and schedules. Mayne Island representatives are: David Maude (davemaude@hotmail.com), Diana King (diana@dianaking.ca) and Mike Sywulych (250) 539-5274 (mikesywulych@gmail.com). Ferry Facts is submitted by Mike Sywulych.

For further information please contact Mike Sywulych mikesywulych@gmail.com.

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Halloween Night Fun

The Mayne Island Volunteer Firefighters Association is hosting the Halloween Festivities at the Mayne School field.

Fernhill Drive will be closed from Felix Jack Road to the School Driveway from approximately 7 pm to 8:15 pm so that the fireworks display can be put on.

Halloween at the Fire Hall is a community activity. All are welcome to come out and enjoy free hot chocolate, hot dogs and candy bags for the kids.

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Community Oil Spill Response Forum: Sat Nov 5

The Southern Gulf Islands are not well prepared to respond to a serious marine oil spill. The Mayne Island Conservancy Society will host a forum to discuss the current state and how it may be improved.

The public is welcome. Come and hear a presentation from Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, the federally-designated marine spill responder, and discuss options with local authorities.

Please note that this is a working session to deal with the current risk from all shipping and small-boat traffic in this region. It is not an occasion for advocating against new pipeline, LNG and coal-shipping proposals, legitimate as those concerns are. MICS has advocated strong positions regarding many of these matters, but will take a neutral, solutions-oriented approach on November 5.

Saturday, November 5, 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Agricultural Hall

For further information please contact Malcolm Inglis (250) 539-2402.

More details on the Mayne Island Conservancy web site.

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2016 Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 23

The Flu Clinic will be held again this year at the Mayne Island Community Centre on Wednesday, November 23rd. 12:30 until 3:30 pm.

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

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Annual Poppies & Remembrance Day: Fri Nov 11

Island Veterans We welcome three new associate members to our Branch and encourage anyone to consider being part of our group. Membership is open to any age level, both current or former members of many organizations. Fire fighters, paramedical staff, cadets and Primary Reservists are fully able to join. We are always hopeful that you will be added to the Branch list of friends here at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 84 Mayne Island.

Acts of Remembrance Dates We will be having the traditional service and Act of Remembrance this year beginning at 10:30 am on November 11th, in front of the Lych Gate at St Mary Magdalene Church followed by a church service. After the service a gathering will be held at the Ag Hall with food and fellowship. Our Interim Priest, The Rev. Greg Lynn, will be the officiant. A piper from Vancouver will join us, whom many of you may have seen when he performed here last month with the Tannahill Weavers.

For further information please contact Ron M Weeks ronm.weeks@gmail.com.

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Pipelines, Power & Democracy Movie Night: Fri Oct 28

The Mayne Island Conservancy and the Mayne Island Library jointly present this timely documentary. The expansion of Canada’s oil sands industry—one of the most polluting on the planet—represents a huge environmental challenge. And, as the documentary Pipelines, Power and Democracy makes clear, when it comes to fossil fuels, political power doesn’t always lie where we think it does.

From the hallways of Quebec’s National Assembly, where parliamentary power resides, to the campaigns waged by environmental defence groups and the big media splashes made by some activists, director Olivier D. Asselin follows the journeys of four people who adopt a variety of tactics—showing that it is still possible to effect change. Over the course of two years, Asselin documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec that rekindled a sense of collective purpose and solidarity. The result is a film that urges action at a moment in which our planet’s fragile ecological balance is threatened by those who embrace economic growth at any cost.

Ag Hall Friday, October 28, 7:30 pm. For further information please contact David Chase maynechase@yahoo.com.

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Mushroom Day: Sun Oct 30

Sunday October 30, 2016, 1 - 3 pm, at the Ag Hall.

As the rains set in beautiful mushrooms start to appear. This year MICS will be hosting Mushroom Day on Sunday October 30th from 1 - 3 pm at the Ag Hall. We encourage all members of the community to get out there to collect specimens to bring in. Let's see who can bring in the largest collection and the largest individual specimen! We will have local experts, along with books to help identify! As well we will be having spore print art and MICS staff, Stephanie Hurst, will be giving a short talk shortly after 1, about ecologically responsible mushroom harvesting. We look forward to having everyone come out for this wonderful learning event.

For further information please contact Stephanie Hurst stephanie@conservancyonmayne.com.

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MI Music Society Presents the Aerialists: Sat Oct 29

Mayne Island Music Society is pleased to present The Aerialists -- Saturday, October 29th.
Where: Ag Hall.
Time: 7 pm doors open, 7:30 performance.
Tickets: $20 (kids under 12 free), available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides, Farm Gate.

The Aerialists music fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, creating an effortless fusion between the raw intensity of traditional fiddle music and the carefully crafted soundscapes of contemporary pop music. Hope you'll come out and enjoy this great group!

For further information please contact Meg mayneislandmusic@gmail.com.

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Fashion Show Fundraiser for MIALS: Sat Nov 5

Get your tickets for another great evening! New winter fashions from the Tree Frog Gallery will be modelled at our gala event. No host bar, delicious appetizers and another amazing live auction! Saturday Nov. 5th at 7 pm at the school. Tickets available at Tree Frog. Hurry, they sell out!

For further information please contact Libbie Bake libbie@shaw.ca.

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The Mayne Island Bus Needs You

The Mayne Island Community Bus has a successful operating track record over the past 3 plus years servicing hundreds of people from the ferry, folks without a car, as the “designated driver” for weddings, parties and special events, and much more.

We also need your help.

We currently have several dedicated volunteer drivers and we need a few more. If you have a class 4 drivers license or better, and are willing donate some time helping your community, please give us a call.

The MICB is a fully licensed bus under the Provincial Passenger Transportation Department . We provide the training, and support - we even provide the bus. Support your community by reducing traffic and helping those that need a ride. Please call Mayne Island Community Bus at (250) 539-0851 and speak with one of our volunteers.

Do you have guests coming?

The Mayne Island Community Bus provides a regular pick up service from the ferry every weekend. Several Island visitor accommodation facilities use our service and you will have seen the throngs of passengers climbing aboard on holiday weekends.

So if you plan to catch a ferry as a walk-on passenger, we can get you to and from Village Bay and your accommodations via one of our 5 identified routes covering the major areas of Mayne Island. Reducing Mayne Island traffic is what we do and for those folk that need it, the bus is wheelchair lift equipped. For further information please contact Richard de Armond (250) 539-0851.

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The Dark Side of the Universe: Sat Oct 15

Come and hear author and physicist Pauline Gagnon talk about the Dark side of the Universe.

Since the discovery of the Higgs bosun, particle physics now has a powerful new tool to describe the material world. But all this still only amounts to 5% of the universe. Everything else is described as either dark matter or dark energy, both of which remain completely mysterious.

To explain the biggest challenge in particle physics today Dr. Gagnon will describe the current model, then review the evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy as provided by astronomy and cosmology. In conclusion, she will discuss ongoing experiments that attempt to detect these recently discovered materials, on Earth, deep at the bottom of mines, and on board the International Space Station.

For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme briarycottage@gmail.com.

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Annual Native Plant Sale: Sat Oct 15

The Mayne Islands Conservancy Society will be holding it's 3rd annual Native Plant Sale on October 15th from 10 am - 1 pm in front of the Root Seller on the corner of Village Bay Rd. and Fernhill Rd.

Our plants are looking better than ever this year! So come on down and take advantage of our discounted sale prices. If you want a large order you can pre-order by contacting Rob Underhill at (250) 539-5168 or biologist@conservancyonmayne.com. Fall is the best time to plants trees and shrubs so they can set roots in anticipation of next summer’s drought.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill (250) 539-5168.

Oct 13th Update ... Attention: The MICS Native Plant Sale this Saturday, October 15th has changed location. Due to the forecast of heavy rain and wind, the plant sale will be held at the Mayne School in the outside undercover area to the south of the School. The time is unchanged, 10 am to 1 pm. We hope to see you there!

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Adult Table Tennis - all levels welcome: Begins Fri Oct 14

Friday afternoon table tennis will begin on October 14th and will run through to April of next year. This fun, healthy activity will be held in the school gym and run between 3 and 5 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend from beginners to seasoned veterans.

Come out and be active. For further information please contact Frankie Gowing (250) 539-5817.

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Ready for the New Societies Act? Sat Oct 22

BC's new Societies Act comes into effect on November 28, 2016; societies have a two-year window to complete the transition to the new Act. Kate Bake-Paterson, the lawyer who drafted the changes to the Act has family on Mayne and has offered to do a workshop for Mayne Island non-profit societies to explain the changes and the transition process.

The workshop will be held at the Community Centre on October 22nd from 2 - 4 pm. Mayne Island societies are invited to send 1 representative for the information session. A small donation to help with room rental would be appreciated.

For further information please contact Judi Walker or Libbie Bake judilu@live.ca.

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The Comedy of Music: Sat Oct 15

Konstantin Bozhinov introduces Maestro Oscar Stickman in The Comedy of Music. A one-man show with song, dance, improvisation, and many instruments. Coming to Mayne Island, Saturday October 15, 7 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

The Comedy of Music, conducted by the hilarious character Maestro Oscar Stickman (performed by Konstantin Bozhinov), presents a satirical view on modern culture and a wonderful reassessment of the arts and their role in contemporary society. Maestro Stickman accomplishes this with his brilliant use of a multitude of musical instruments and an assortment of songs and dances, wrapped in layers of comical stories and anecdotes.

If you struggle to see the point of a symphony orchestra, or of Mozart, this show is for you. But no matter if your preference is for dance, for singing, for music, or just plain old jokes about violins and politicians, Maestro Stickman has it all.

Maestro Stickman’s seemingly endless talent is spread in all artistic directions as he satirically demonstrates that modern visual art is no more difficult to master than an exquisite Greek folk dance. Maestro reveals his passionate side with a tender Irish ballad and an Argentinian tango, and in one of the more practical portions, Sir Stickman comically demonstrates what to do while on hold and which 1-800 line to call if you need a backup orchestra. A highlight of the show surely has to be Maestro’s playing of a Beethoven symphony on a comb as one of his brilliant ideas on how to reform classical music.

Konstantin Ruslanov Bozhinov is a versatile musician, scholar, and entertainer. He specializes in improvisation, composition, and character comedy and enjoys a busy concert schedule as soloist, collaborator, and educator. Individuality and originality through improvisation and composition are at the core of Konstantin's philosophy and approach to music and theatre.

Konstantin’s academic credentials are many: he holds a Performance Diploma in Classical guitar (Douglas College); a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar and lute performance (University of British Columbia). Graduate studies include a Master of Music degree in lute performance (McGill University), and he is presently a PhD candidate in historical musicology (University of Victoria).

Konstantin’s performance credits are countless and include: co-founder and former music director of Ensemble Musica Humana; McGill’s University Baroque orchestra and various opera productions; Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and tours with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra principal cellist, Phil Hansen.

For further information please contact Debora Gordon debgordon03@gmail.com.

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Apple Events on Thanksgiving Weekend

The Orchard Project; Apple Events on Mayne Island.

Saturday October 8: Apple Identification at the Farmers’ Market. 11 am - 2 pm. (Also Sunday at the Squeeze.)
Heritage Orchard Tour: 2:30 pm. Register for the tour at the Market. Community Bus available.

Sunday October 9: Community Apple Squeeze. 10 am - 1 pm at the Ag Hall.

For further information please contact Helen O’Brian: (250) 539-5619, or Tina Farmilo: (250) 539-2402.

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