Joy in the Morning Series: starts Jan 10

Joy in the Morning. A 9 week series on Wednesdays, January 10 to March 7, 9 – 10 am, in the Library.

Based on ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Each session will be comprised of study, silent meditation, and group reflection.

The group will be limited to 10 participants. To register or for more information please contact Vicki Turay: or phone (250) 539-9946. No previous experience is necessary. Cost: Priceless.

January and February can often be the most challenging months in the year.

The holidays are over. It is dark and cold. Here you are on Mayne when everyone else has escaped to Mexico. This seems a perfect time to focus on the theme of Joy.

Joy is a universal energy that transcends personal and often fleeting happiness. So even if you feel miserable, joy can still be available.

"I am offering a 9 week series on Wednesday mornings from January 10th to March 7th, 9 – 10 am in the Library. Using ‘The Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama and Desmund Tutu as a guide, we will explore the 8 pillars of Joy that they have identified. The book will be available for sale at the first session, or it can be borrowed from the Mayne Island Library. Each session will be comprised of an introduction, a period of silent meditation, and then a group reflection. If you have never meditated, this may be a good opportunity to try it. The group will be limited to 10 participants in order to provide intimacy. I will be your guide on this fearless journey. My qualifications are: a willingness lead and a 30 year mediation practice. So, if you are interested in putting a little more joy in your life, and you are willing to commit to an hour a week for 9 weeks, then please register" — Vicki Turay.

posted December 2017

Christmas Eve Bonfire: Sun Dec 24

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own mug for hot chocolate or apple cider to accompany some delicious treats! Caroling often breaks out and the air is filled with Christmas joy and laughter. Starts at 6:30 pm.

*Photo courtesy of Toby Snelgrove Photography.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

posted December 2017

Japanese Garden Christmas Light Show: Dec 16 to Jan 1

On behalf of all our volunteers at the Japanese Garden you are invited to view our Christmas light show beginning Sat. Dec 16th and ending on Jan. 1st. The entrance to the Garden is just past Dinner Bay Park, follow the posted sign.

The lights will not be on Dec. 24th which is the night for the tree and bonfire at Miners Bay. The hours each night are 5 - 7 pm. Bring your family and friends and enjoy.

For further information please contact Len Epp

posted December 2017

2017 Christmas Parade: Fri Dec 15

2017 Christmas Parade of Lights — It's on! Friday, December 15, 6 - 7 pm.

We are looking for lit up tractors, motorcycles, riding lawnmowers, cars, trucks, wheelbarrows & bird cages.

Kids - decorate your bikes & wagons, even your parents!

Think of this as the pre-Fall Fair Parade. Community groups, exercise groups, restaurants, stores, probation officers, all are welcome & encouraged to put an entry in.

The parade route will be identical to the Fall Fair parade, but ending in front of the mall. Marshalling will start at 5:30 pm.

Look for the lit up John Deere tractor that will be at the front of the line up. This is a format change, there will be no Santa at the end of the parade. So bring candy canes to throw out to the folks braving the weather along the parade route.

Let's make this the biggest ever. For further information please contact Jeff Hansen (778) 385-1917.

posted December 2017

Winter Birds of Mayne: Sat Dec 2

In anticipation of our annual Christmas Bird Count, Michael Dunn will be offering a session on identifying those hard to describe winter birds of Mayne Island. Join in; 1 pm to 4:30 pm, Saturday, December 2, 2017, Church House. Admission by donation.

The session will be geared to all levels of experience, you just need to have an interest in birds. This year we have an abundance of Arbutus berries attracting robins, thrushes and other birds. Steller’s Jays have showed up in numbers and we hope they stay around. The main gull species who winter here are showing up in large flocks around our shores. All of which, we will cover, plus more such as the notorious LBB’s (Little Brown Birds) that abound.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn (250) 539-5168.

posted November 2017

Airstream Elegies Book Launch: Fri Dec 8

Want to spend Christmas in an Airstream? Neither do we. But you should peek inside Airstream Elegies, the new book by Toby Snelgrove and Grant Buday, the quirkiest view of Mayne Island since Stranger on a Strange Island. And while you’re at it have a glass of wine and appetizers on the house, or rather in the Ag Hall. Books will be available.

Friday December 8, Ag Hall, 7 - 9 pm. For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove

posted November 2017

Wassail: Dec 21 & 22

“Wassail” with Stephen Cropper - Elisabeth Jahren - Sara Partridge - Lael Whitehead. Songs to Drive the Cold Winter Away!

Music from several traditions including poetry, stories and audience participation carolling.

Thursday, December 21, 7:30 pm & Friday, December 22, 2 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island. Tickets: $20 (Including complementary beverage and goodies).
Available at Farm Gate Store & Home Hardware

For further information please contact Stephen (250) 539-2206.

posted November 2017

Library & Arts Council to Produce Artist "Brag Book"

Update: Only 8 entries submitted so far; deadline extended to Jan. 13!

Artists, writers, musicians, quilters, sculptors, photographers and other creative types: Want to display your work for free to islanders and visitors? In early 2018, the library, local hotels, cafes and eateries will be invited to display a Mayne Island “Brag Book” binder featuring bios and photos of creative islanders’ work.

Modelled after a similar project on Quadra Island, the project involves a loose-leaf binder featuring one page for each creative. All costs are being covered by the Mayne Island Library Programming Committee and Mayne Island’s Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.

Creative types need only compile the information below and send it by Jan. 1, 2018 to: Tina Farmilo,, (250) 539-2402. Sample pages are available at the library (big envelope on the central table) or by request from Tina. Committee members: Pam Withers, Tina Farmilo and Kriss Boggild.

If you would like to participate, please send Tina the following information:
1. Name
2. Bio (150 words max)
3. Up to three thumbnail photos of your work (painting, sculpture, book cover, etc.)
4. Optional: Artist photo (send Jpeg)
5. Optional: As many of the following as you wish to provide: your phone number, website address, email address, and location where your work can be found/purchased (Envision Gallery, your in-home studio, whatever).
6. Optional: A line such as the following: “Email or phone ahead to arrange a home studio visit.”

If you need help with any of this (including tech support), contact Tina at (250) 539-2402 or by email. P.S. from Tina: “I've discovered it's better if people send me larger picture files, as small ones don't reproduce well.”

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

posted November 2017, updated January 2018

Lions Annual Christmas Bingo + Santa Ship: Sat Dec 9

On Saturday, December 9th, Santa Claus will arrive on his ship at 2:30 pm at Miners Bay dock.

Later the Lions Club will be sponsoring their Annual Christmas Bingo. This fun event will take place at the Ag. Hall and doors open at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per person with a total of 20 games played. Winners will receive a Christmas turkey (Tru-Value) or a $25 gift certificate. The evening will finish with a $100 blackout bingo game ($1 per card). All proceeds from this event go toward post-secondary scholarships for local youth. Come out and have some fun and support this worthy, island cause.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing

posted November 2017

Honour a Life: Fri Dec 8

The holidays are a time of wonder but they can also be a time of challenge. For those of us who grieve the loss of loved ones or pets in our lives, a time of reflection and commemoration can bring a sense of peace into the holiday season.

The Board of Mayne Island Assisted Living would like to invite the community to join us in our annual Honour A Life event. Please join us on Friday, December 8th at 4:30 pm at the Japanese Gardens.

For those who would like to participate, we will provide mementos that you can personalize and hang on a tree. There will be refreshments.

For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530.

posted November 2017

Affordable Housing on Mayne Island

The CRD and the Islands Trust are collaborating to complete a housing needs assessment for the Southern Gulf Islands. This short survey has been prepared to help us understand the current housing situation and the impact it is having in this community.

Shown below are two short survey links for residents and businesses. Please take a few minutes to complete one or both of these surveys to provide the maximum information for this assessment. The survey is confidential and you do not need to include your name.

This information will be compiled and included in the Housing Needs Assessment for the Southern Gulf Islands. This work has been funded by the Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Community Works Fund, and will be undertaken by Janis Gauthier of JG Consulting Services from Salt Spring Island. A Project Advisory Group with representation from each of the Southern Gulf islands is providing support by gathering data from the community and stakeholders.

Resident’s Survey:

Survey for Island Employers:

The survey has been designed to take about 10 - 15 minutes. Please complete by November 30th. For more information or to obtain a printed PDF, please contact Terrill Welch, Mayne Island representative on the Housing Advisory Group or Brian Crumblehulme, Mayne Island Trustee and CRD Commissioner for Mayne Island,, (250) 539-3027.

posted November 2017

2018 Mayne Island Phone Book Listings/Ads

Residential customers
If you have changes to your 2017 listing
1. Go to the Mayne Island Lions web site and make the necessary changes.
2. Or, complete the form found at the Trading Post or in your phonebook and leave it addressed to Lions Club Phone Book at the freemail drop off at Gulfport Realty. Otherwise your 2017 listing will carry forward to 2018.

Deadline for new listings and/or changes is December 1st 2017.

Organizations, Societies and Clubs
Please check Page 4 in the phonebook and make sure your information is correct. E-mail changes to

Commercial Advertisers (Yellow Pages)
Existing Customers
1. No changes  to your ad:
You should have received your renewal invoice. Payment deadline is Dec 31, 2017.
2. Changes to your ad but not to its size:
Submit your changes to Alea Design & Print by Dec. 1.
3. Changes to your ad AND the ad size:
Complete the on-line form at the Mayne Island Lions web site or complete the form found in the phonebook (centre, in front of yellow pages) and leave it at freemail addressed to Lions Club noting that it is a “Changed Ad”. Deadline: Dec 31, 2017.

New Advertisers
Complete the on-line form. Any questions contact or call (250) 539-5361.

posted November 2017

Banquo Folk Ensemble - Now is Yule Comen! Sat Nov 25

Welcome in the Yuletide season with ancient and traditional music for Midwinter - performed on voice, pipes, cittern, hurdy-gurdies, recorders, harp, flute, shawm, mandolin, percussion and more.

Saturday November 25th, 2 PM, at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Tickets $20, at the door or in advance at Farm Gate store. For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

posted November 2017

Possible AMIB Courses for Next Year

The following courses will be offered this year, starting in January, by the Mayne Island Boater's Association if enough interest is shown. Please respond by November 30 so a schedule can be set up. Courses will be spread out from January to the summer. Contact Bryan Westby by email at or phone (250) 539-3412.

1. Radio course – Two evenings – This course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. Cost is $100. Lifetime certificate issued upon successful completion. Test at end. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law! This is a Canadian Power Squadron course and requires a serious commitment. Course limited to 6-12 participants.

2. Boat Safety Equipment – One evening – Make sure you have the necessary safety equipment aboard your boat so you can avoid those large fines. Covers flares, radios, fire extinguishers, etc.

3. Forum on Local Waters – Two evenings – Ferries, Tugs and Tows, Deadheads – all those things that are not on the chart. This will be a forum with 4 - 6 local Island experts discussing a certain locale that they are familiar with, around Mayne Island, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Handouts will be given out.

4. Reading charts – Two evenings – Charts describe not only where the water is but also the characteristics of the waterway and seabed. They show the shape of the coast, location of islands and hazards, navigation markers, warnings of hazards, the height of bridges and other obstructions, and offer much more additional information.

5. Introduction to Electronic Navigation – Two evenings – How to use a chart plotter, depth sounder and radar.

6. Tides and Currents – Two evenings – A sound understanding of tides and currents is the most important aspect of boating, especially kayaking, in the Gulf Islands. This course gives boaters the confidence to enjoy a safe and efficient passage wherever they are cruising or kayaking.

7. Understanding the weather forecast – Two evenings – This course gives a description of weather on BC’s coast particularly the Spring and Fall challenges that Mother Nature throws at us. This includes a familiarization with weather systems and terminology, an understanding of Marine weather forecasts and describes where to obtain good weather information at home and on the water.

8. Anchoring and stern tying – Two evenings – Learn how to stern tie your boat to the shore in a congested anchorage, which types of anchors to purchase, where to anchor and how to set the anchor, and which knots are best to use for different situations.

9. Crossing the border – One evening – How to prep for a trip to the US – regulations, customs, anchorages, concerns.

10. Preparing to go to Desolation Sound – One evening – Getting ready to head north and what to expect when you get there. Covers provisioning tips, weather, marinas, anchorages.

11. Winterizing and De-Winterizing your Boat – Looking after your boat at the end and beginning of the season – motors, plumbing, canvas, etc.

posted November 2017

Health Matters: Wed Nov 22

Please join us for a lively and informative discussion Wednesday November 22nd 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Ag Hall.

Panelists will talk about:
­— The New Community Paramedic Program
­— Telehealth and Telemedicine
­— Health Survey Priorities
… and much more.

Panelists include: Dr. Juliana Losier, Nurse Practitioner Dr. Leanne Rowand, representatives from the new Community Paramedic Program, Beacon Home Support, Island Health and MIHCA. Refreshments will be served. For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted November 2017

Mayne Mushroom Muster: Sat Nov 18

Join us for another fun afternoon featuring the fabulous fungus of Mayne Island. Saturday, November 18th, 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Bring your foraged fungal finds to show and identify. We will help with reference books, knowledge and information.

The Mayne Mushroom Muster 2017 will be an opportunity, even for the casual observer of mushrooms, to be awed by the variety that can be found in our forests and fields. Mike Nadeau and Michael Dunn plus others will be available to help with identification. We will also show a short presentation on mushroom picking etiquette. Join us! Prizes for most variety of specimens and the largest mushroom.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn (250) 539-5168.

posted November 2017

2017 Mayne Island Christmas Studio Tour

We are all set and ready for the Nov 10-12, 2017 Christmas Studio Tour. Many artisans and shops located around the Island will have Christmas seasonal cheer and and their latest projects available. Come on out and support our local artists.

More info and a printable map is available on the Christmas Studio Tour web site: For further information please contact Richard De Armond (250) 222-0034.

posted November 2017

Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 15

Flu season is here. Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot. Families with children under 18 can also get their flu shot at the scheduled clinic.

Wednesday, November 15, 12:30 — 3:30 pm. Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Remember to bring your care card. To find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot go to the VIHA flu web page: If you are not eligible please contact your physician or pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost. For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted October 2017

Fashion Show Fundraiser: Sat Nov 4

Fundraiser for the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society. Sponsored by The Tree Frog Gallery.

At Mayne School, Saturday, November 4th. Doors at 7 pm — Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $15 at Tree Frog Gallery at the Fernhill Centre.

For further information please contact Bonnie Horsfall (250) 539-0626.

posted October 2017

The Point-alists Fundraiser: Fri Oct 20

The Point-alists at the Springwater, 7:30 pm Friday Oct 20. Three Singer Songwriters make a point of supporting the Save St John Point campaign.

Featuring: originals by Gail Noonan with James Heshedahl (rhythm guitar) and Toby Snelgrove (bass); Lou Keating & Bill Bender with Toby Snelgrove (bass) and Al Barber (lead guitar).

Come for dinner or come for a drink … but do come and enjoy the music and make a donation to the fund to acquire St. John Point.

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove (250) 539-2123.

posted October 2017

Movie Night, Angry Inuk: Fri Oct 27

The MI Conservancy and the MI Library join in presenting NFB’s Angry Inuk (1 hour 22 minutes).

In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Agricultural Hall, Friday, October 17, 2017 7:30 pm. Admission by donation, free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase

UPDATE OCT 16: It's been pointed out that there are 2 dates on this post. My *guess* would be that Fri October 27 is the actual date, but cannot be 100% sure because both dates were submitted to MayneNews. October 17 is not a Friday, whereas Oct 27th is. To be sure, email the contact person for this event, David, email address above. -- JT.

posted October 2017

Giambori: Oct 21 & 22

On October 21st and 22nd we will be back playing Piano Quartets. This time we will have an English Violinist, a long-time colleague of Chris’s who visited Canada and Mayne Island last year when she was on holiday. We convinced her to come back and play. Daphne Moody , notable English violinist had her own quartet for more than 25 years; the Eberle Quartet.

David Gillham and Chiharu will be absent as they will be in Germany recording and so we will not have Chiharu to share the piano duties this time. Two enormously difficult masterpieces Brahms G minor Piano quartet and Faure Piano quartet will be shouldered by your Elisabeth.

Eric Wilson will again manage to squeeze himself away from his life at UBC and his busy playing schedule to take part!

At the Vet’s; 390 Navy Channel Road. Tickets $25, available at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware & Happy Tides.

For further information please contact Chris Redsell

posted Oct 2017

Sex Please - A MILT Event: Oct 13, 14, 20, 21

Sex Please We're Sixty. A comedy farce like no other.

What happens when three women check into the Rose Cottage B&B (in)famous for romance? And what happens when the little blue pills get mixed up? Written by Michael Parker, a British actor (Best Actor of the Year Award) and American writer Susan Parker, Sex Please, We're Sixty is their 14th winning comedy show.

Friday October 13th & Saturday October 14th. Friday October 20th & Saturday October 21st. 8 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Tickets $15

A Mayne Island Little Theatre production. Celebrating 36 years of community theatre and over 90 shows! By special arrangement with Samuel French. For further information please contact Brian Crumblehulme

posted October 2017

Adult Table Tennis: Starts Fri Oct 13

Yes, it's that time of year again. Table Tennis is back!

This is a fun, healthy activity for all interested adults. Mixed play will be held every Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the Mayne School gym.

Come out and meet your fellow players and escape the wet, cool days of winter! For further information please contact Adrian Gowing at (250) 539-5817.

posted October 2017

Fall Native Plant Sale: Sat Sep 30

The Mayne Island Conservancy will be holding a Native Plant Sale on September 30th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Root Seller (corner of Fernhill Road and Village Bay Road). We will have a diversity of native trees, shrubs, and low growing plants available at discounted prices.

All of our plants are grown on Mayne Island from locally collected seeds and cuttings. Fall is the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs so they can begin to set down roots before next summer.

Biologist Rob Underhill will be on hand to offer advice on plant selection and post-planting care. If you cannot make the event but wish to purchase plants, or for further information, please contact Rob Underhill at or (250) 539-5168.

posted September 2017

Take Back the Wild: Register by Oct 15

Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices of Gulf Island Seniors, is a free, 5-month long program which includes two multi-day summits in November, mentorship, and participant-led marine conservation projects.

Participants will receive training in a wide range of campaign skills including communications, media relations, community engagement, working with Indigenous communities, and government relations. Further, participants will learn about the proposed Southern Straight of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area. Following the summit, participants will apply their new skills to a conservation project in their community.

We are seeking seniors, aged 60 and above, living in the Gulf Islands who have an interest in marine conservation in the Southern Straight of Georgia and desire to develop skills in campaign planning. Our goal is to bring a diverse and passionate group of people together to learn from local leaders in conservation, to engage in dialogue on key components of campaign planning, and to inspire and celebrate regional conservation in action.

How Do I Apply? Apply online: by Sunday, October 15th. For further information please contact Alana Wittman

posted September 2017

Monday Night Fitness starts Sep 18

Community Centre open for drop-in fitness from 5 pm - 6:30 pm Mondays until further notice.

Strength and Stretch class from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm on Mondays. A bit of movement to keep our heart rates up, mostly resistance exercises with handheld weights followed by a good stretching session.

As you pick the weights, a class for anyone. Come and try it out if you want.

If you already have a card, the class is like any other class.

If you want to drop in for the class, cost is $10. A group of 15 sessions is $90

For drop in for the cardio equipment, cost is $5.

Dave and Deanna. For further information please contact Dave Ewanchuk

posted September 2017

Tai Chi Classes Begin Sep 25

Fall Classes begin Monday, September 25th.

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.

Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am. $25 for the fall session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. The fall session begins Monday, September 25th. For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

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 2017

Mayne’s Terry Fox Run: Sun Sep 17

Mayne Island Terry Fox Run on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Miners Bay Park. Registration for the run is at 10:30 am. The run starts at 12 noon.

Come out and support this wonderful event for the whole family. Walk, run, bike, wheel, stroll, blade. There are 10 km, 5 km and 2 km routes. Remember to get your ice cream sundae at the end. Hot dogs and hamburgers by the Mayne Island Lions Club.

For further information please contact Colleen Proctor

posted September 2017

Launch of Lunch Program: Thu Sep 21

Please join the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society and the Mayne Island Health Centre Association on Thursday, September 21st 2 - 4 pm at the Church House for lemonade, cake and live music for the launch of a new twice monthly Lunch Program for Mayne Island Seniors.

For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530

posted September 2017

Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 19

Don't miss the excitement and fun of the 92nd Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair!

Starting at 10 am, the Fair grounds, Gold Nugget Cafe, Museum and Farmers' Market open. Watch the parade at 11:30.

The Fair and Hall exhibits officially open at noon. Ongoing during the day located on the grounds will be Mr. Bubbles Magic Show, Pender Highlanders Pipe Band, Zucchini Races, Eric the Juggler, Trophy Awards and Raffle Draw.

Behind the Museum, try your hand at Gold Panning, pet a Miniature Horse and talk to Eden about her Chickens. Wander through the Barn and Museum and view the household wares and farm equipment of the past.

See you at the Fair! For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted August 2017

Art Show and Opening: Aug 4, 5 & 6

Please join us on Friday, August 4th, 7 - 9 pm for the opening reception of our art show, “Island States”, at the Ag Hall. All paintings by Tania Godoroja Pearse and Kathy Kaiser, are recent and have not been shown before.

We are delighted that, in addition, Bill Hayward is showing some of his wonderful wire sculptures and Kristine Webber is including her beautiful ceramics. See you there!

The showing continues Saturday & Sunday August 5 & 6th, 10 am - 3 pm.

For further information please contact Kathy

posted July 2017

Giambori presents “Live at the Vet” Aug 29 & 30

Concerts on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 at 7 pm at the “Vets”, 390 Navy Channel Road.

What is Giambori?  It is a chamber music festival that has it’s roots in the hills of Tuscany where it was born and flourished in  the beautiful  rural  valleys  north of Lucca and just into the “Garfagnana”.  Chris Redsell founded and directed it in Italy where he lived  and it eventually attracted high calibre musicians from around the world who came for the music making and festive environment they found there. Giambori played in the most beautiful mountain side villages, in stunning walled piazzas and churches and then were feasted by the very generous and hospitable villagers well into the night.

In 2014 Chris and his wife Donna moved to a new Mediterranean climate here in the Gulf Islands and now live on Mayne. Provoked by many musicians who hankered after that Rural Italian Chamber music experience Giambori has been reborn here in the Gulf Islands and this will be the third season –playing on Mayne, Saturna and Galiano. In the past two summer seasons the emphasis has been on string quartets. This summer the concerts will be based around The Piano Quartet.  This season the musicians are made up of one musician (cellist Eric Wilson)) who has played in the Italian Giambori, two of his fellow faculty members from UBC, David Gillam (violin) and Chiharu Iinamu (piano), Chris Redsell (violist) and Elisabeth Jahren (piano and accordion).

Music will include a piano quartet from Dvorak and music from Mozart, Schubert and Rachmaninov.

Tickets are $25 (under 18, $10) and are available at Farm Gate store, Home Hardware & Happy Tides. Parking is limited so please carpool.

For further information please contact Chris

posted July 2017

Movie Night Under the Stars: Sun Aug 6

Annual Movie Night Under the Stars -- Sunday, August 6 at dusk - approximately 9 pm - at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own cozy blankets and chairs. Popcorn, drinks, & snacks will be available. The movie will be the 1981 classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

Come out and enjoy the evening. Everyone is welcome. All donations will go towards The Terry Fox Foundation.

Don't forget the Mayne Island Terry Fox Run/Walk on Sunday, September 17 starting at Miners Bay Park. For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2017

Free Fall Fair Workshop: Mon July 31

Have you wondered what makes a prize winning fruit, vegetable or flower? Join Julie Schueck for a free workshop Monday, July 31 from 1 to 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Learn how to best present your exhibits and what judges look for in determining the winning entries.

For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted July 2017

Artists on The Point Auction & Party: Sat Jul 29

Mark your calendars Mayne Islanders - This is an event you will not want to miss.

Starting in May of this year, creative people of many disciplines have spent some rich inspirational time on St. John Point. The objective, to create a piece of work to donate to a fundraising auction. The work that has been delivered thus far is amazing.

There will be music & prose featured through out the evening, kindled, again by the Point. Be prepared to be entertained by your favourite Mayne Island musicians.

Artwork will be up for auction. Stop by on Friday July 28th between 4 pm & 8 pm, or Saturday July 29th between 10 am & 4 pm to spend time looking at the artwork and planning your auction strategy! The art work is sure to amazing. This is an event you will not want to miss out on.

The Auction and party starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 29.

There will be a cash bar (offering Mayne Island Brewing Co. beer as well as wine) and things to nibble on.

All proceeds from the Auction & Bar sales will go to the Campaign to Save St. John Point.

For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted July 2017

Total Fire Ban & Work Restrictions in Effect

Total Fire Ban in Effect

This ban prohibits all of the following:
• Campfires
• Beachfires
• Open fires in an outdoor stove/chimney
• Category 2 open fire
• Category 3 open fire
• Fireworks, including fire crackers
• Tiki and similar kinds of torches
• Sky lanterns
• Burning barrels or cages of any size or description
• Binary Exploding Targets
• Gas stoves and other portable campfires NOT CSA/ULC approved
• Charcoal briquettes NOT in CSA/ULC approved devices
This fire ban will remain in effect until at least October. 

Work Restrictions in Effect

We are again on Extreme Fire Danger rating. Work restrictions began on July 26th.
All high risk work is now banned until the Fire Danger rating drops later in the season. 

High risk activities are listed as follows from the BC wildfire regulation:
• mechanical brushing;
• disk trenching;
• preparation or use of explosives;
• using fire or spark producing tools, including cutting or grinding tools;
• using or preparing fireworks or explosives;
• mechanical land clearing;
• clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing
• any of the following carried out in a cutblock (or Forest)
    • operating a power saw;
    • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    • welding;
    • portable wood chipping, milling; processing or manufacturing;
    • skidding logs;
    • yarding logs using cable systems;

Watch for fire signage or go to the Mayne Island Fire Rescue web site for updates.

posted July 2017

Emergency Notification System Sign Up: Sat Jul 8

In the event of an emergency in our area, the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will send messages to subscribed residents notifying them of potential threats to their safety and well being. The ENS ensures trusted and accurate info is distributed quickly. This info can be crucial in letting your family know where to go and what to do in an emergency. Each subscriber can choose whether to be notified by text message, phone message or email.

Mayne Island Emergency Program volunteers can help you with the sign up process. They will be outside the Tru Value at the Mayne Street Mall, Sat July 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can also sign up right now at

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted July 2017

Eelgrass: Understanding Our Shores: Mon Jul 10

Join us to hear UBC student Keila Stark explain the vital and complex Eelgrass ecosystems found along the coast of British Columbia. Keila is currently executing research analyzing the biodiversity of Eelgrass ecosystems for Mary O'Connor's lab of Zoology at UBC. This community event will take place at the Mayne Island Conservancy office on July 10th at 7 o'clock PM. Attendance by donation.

Keila's research currently focuses on multi-trophic level biodiversity analysis of Eelgrass communities from Tsawwassen North up to Haida Gwaii. Mary O’Connor’s lab particularly aims to identify the main drivers that determine Eelgrass community assembly at different spatial scales. Keila is interested in sampling the Southern Gulf Islands because of the local proximity to heavy human activity relative to more northerly sites, and the salinity and temperature gradient that is particular to the Gulf Islands region. She will be taking samples from established eelgrass meadows around Mayne Island with the help of the Mayne Island Conservancy.

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at (250) 539-5168 for more information.

posted July 2017

MI Music Society Presents Lester Quitzau: Sat Jul 1

Lester Quitzau Trio -- Saturday - July 1, 2017.
When: Canada Day! -- 7:30 pm (gate opens at 7 pm)
Where: Ag Hall Grounds
Tickets: $20 -- Happy Tides, Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware (children under 12 free)

Come out and enjoy Canada Day evening with this great Canadian roots music artist! -- Acoustic, electric guitars and well crafted songs with warm vocals; eclectic and enthusiastic, Juno Award winner!

Bring blankets, chairs, dancing shoes, some drinks provided. For further information please contact: Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted June 2017

Celebrating the Arts: Fri Jun 30

Come celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday at this Visual Canada Day Weekend Arts & Multidisciplinary Event presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council. At the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

Opening night event: Friday, June 30, 7 - 10 pm. Art exhibition, live performances, refreshments. The art exhibition continues through the weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Open to all Mayne Island artists. Presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.

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

posted June 2017

Seedlings Early Years Day Camp in July

Seedling Nature Day Camp 2017

Wondering what your preschool age child or grand-child might like to do this summer? Looking for new friends for your young visitor? There are still a few spots open for Seedling Nature Day Camp 2017, the GICEL* Early Years program here on Mayne Island. (*GICEL = the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning.)

Seedlings is a playful, nature~based social and creative program for young children ages three to five years of age. Excellent qualified staff and ECE specialist supervision.

Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21
9 am - noon daily
$150 per week. Go to for registration forms.

Need More information? Please contact Tina Farmilo at (250) 539-2402 or

posted June 2017

Hanging Basket Sale: Sat Jun 24

The Mayne Island Garden Club will be selling beautiful hanging baskets (moss and other) as well as unique planters at the Farmer's Market on Saturday June 24, 2017. All proceeds will be donated to the Church. Prices vary, so stop by and see what we have!

For further information please contact Julie

posted June 2017

Every Plate Full - Food Bank Campaign: Starts Fri May 26

The Mayne Island Food Bank will be taking food and money donations outside True Value, Farm Gate and the Saturday Farmers Market. The dates are Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th, Friday June 2nd, Saturday June 3rd and Friday June 8th from 10 am Until 2 pm. All donations will be gratefully received by the Mayne Island Food Bank.

For further information please contact Evan Mitchell (250) 539-2859.

posted May 2017

'Some Bunny Loves You' Puppet Show: Sun May 21

Come celebrate May long weekend with a bunny puppet show! Geared to ages 3-8, but everyone is welcome and "grown ups" also really enjoy it.

Mayne Island Ag Hall, Sunday, May 21st, 1 pm - 2 pm.

Jesse Thom has just released his first musical picture book, "Some Bunny Loves You," and to celebrate he's touring his puppet show of the same name, featuring real-life characters from the book!

“…the highlight of my son’s year.” - Tanya Rowe, mother of 3

“The best kids show I’ve seen in 5 years.” - David Silver, Stage Director, Kispiox Music Festival

“The book has the makings of a classic.” - Library of Clean Reads

“Perfect - I love it!” - Norman Foote, Juno Award Winning Children’s Performer

“Heartful, playful...entirely delightful!” - Tara Brach, bestselling author of ‘Radical Acceptance’

“One of the best shows I have seen.” - Melissa Friend (Elementary School Teacher)

“A huge hit…unique and intimate.” - Andrea Mueller (Event Coordinator, Whistler Arts Council)

Learn more about the book and watch the show trailer:

Join British puppet Chyld Saint Thomas as he takes you on a delightful journey to the peculiar world of Carpenter Glen. Watch as he’s rudely interrupted (on several distinct occasions) by an authentically Russian bunny rabbit. Be amazed at your own telekinetic powers as you help Gerald the bunny levitate on a giant piece of toast. Relax and allow your tootsies to be tickled by the Bunnwardian Epic, “The Legend of Chester & the Pink Moustache.”

Complete with a whale submarine, oversized raspberry and freestyle bunny rap (“hip hop”!), this show has something for everyone (even grumpy uncles). Attend the show or not, the fact of the matter is that some bunny loves you…aren’t you curious to find out which one? I dare you to hop to it and make an alarming discovery.

Books will be available at the event for signing. Hope to see you there! ♥ For further information please contact Jesse

posted May 2017

Going Batty for Bats: Sat Jun 3

Would you like to learn more about bats and their habitat? 

Join the Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Executive Director Jill Robinson and biologist Christian Engelstoft at the Agricultural Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday June 3rd for an informative presentation on our local bats, as well as Habitat Acquisition Trust's Community Bat Program.

We will explore local bat biology and outline bat stewardship measures. A community bat survey event will follow the presentation weather depending.

Are you interested in hosting bats on your property through the Mayne Island Conservancy Community Bat Program?

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at 250-539-5168 for more information.

posted May 2017

New Summer Hours at the Thrift Store

The Mayne Island Thrift Store is expanding it's store hours!

We will now be open for sales from 10 am until noon on Wednesdays, beginning May 24th as well as our ever popular Saturday shopping spree hours of 10 am until 1 pm. We will still be accepting drop-offs on both days. Be the first to check out our new stock!

For further information please contact Velda (250) 539-5933.

posted May 2017

May Day is Coming! Sat May 20

Come to Mayne Island Conservancy’s Crazy May Day fundraiser May 20th at the Farmers’ Market.

There will be (by-donation) face painting, garland, mask & ‘wand-making’. Then at 1pm: Morris Dancers, raffle draws, children’s circle & Fanciest May Day Hat competition. Maypole procession to Miners Bay Park: music, drums, plus our soon-to-be May Queen & her Green Man.

Last year’s May Queen crowns the 2017 Queen in a labyrinth among fairies, nymphs, elves, bees, ladybugs, brave knights and dragons & a couple of gentlemen dressed in their summer frocks.

Maypole dances: first the children then ‘maidens’ & maybe a spiral dance. Yummy refreshments (by donation) & children’s games follow. Great fun.

For further information please contact Maggi Cheetham

posted May 2017

The Honey Tongues - Live Music Dance: Sat May 20

This year Mayne Island is offering a May Day Festival after party featuring live music by The Honey Tongues! Come celebrate the beginning of summer and bring your dancing shoes!

See you on Saturday, May 20th, 8:30 pm, at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

The Honey Tongues is an amalgamation of two bands: Dirty Grace and Red Haven, which features Mayne Islander, Marley Iredale. A collective of 8 songwriters and 4 couples, the music of The Honey Tongues features 6 part harmonies, beat boxing, saxophone, accordion, mandolin, violin, upright bass and rhythm section. The high-spirited songs of this powerhouse collective range from mo-town to R&B, to gypsy swing and tango, to indie-folk and hip hop. They guarantee to rock the house!

For further information please contact Marley Iredale at or (250) 516-5413.

posted May 2017

1st Annual Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest: May 27 - 28

We are excited to invite Mayne Islanders to attend Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest, a music and arts festival on Mayne Island featuring racialized artists, gay, lesbian, queer, two-spirit, transgender people and women.

On the weekend of May 27 - 28 there will be workshops along Felix Jack Rd between Emma & Felix Jack Park and the Mayne Island Community Centre. Workshops range from dancing, electronic beat-making, to musical screaming and will include a silent mediation led by John Aitken. There will be an exciting evening of performances, including taiko drumming, poetry, R&B, hip hop, rock and soul. The fest connect arts, culture, and nature-based learning with the intention of making urban and rural exchanges more accessible. We are committed to centering voices and experiences that often go underrepresented, as well as fostering a strong commitment to accessibility and the environment.

The aim of the festival is to create points of connection for different communities to come together through sharing music and art, where people from different backgrounds can learn from one another. We are inviting people from on island as well as off island with the hope that people from the city will have the chance to experience the beauty of Mayne Island and people from Mayne will have the chance to experience the diversity the city can offer, so everyone can meet new people and connect in new ways.

We are doing everything we can to keep the festival financially accessible, so tickets are sliding scale ($25 - $50) free for youth and kids, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We ran a successful crowd-funding campaign and we we’re amazed by the support we received - we exceeded our goal (which just covered the costs to pay the artists an honorarium.) We are hoping that with enough ticket sales, we can manage to pay for American Sign Language interpreters to help make the fest more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In the future we will to apply for grants to subsidize costs, but since its our first year there aren't many grants available. So it’s thanks to our wonderful communities that we are able to put the fest on this year!

We are working to keep the fest’s environmental footprint as small as possible. We are asking people to walk on the ferry, not drive. We are buying local goods and will be selling beer from the Mayne Island Brewery. We are providing “composting” ashtrays for the smoking area, made with oyster mushrooms that have been trained to break down the plastic in cigarette butts!

All are welcome to attend and we have reserved tickets for Islanders, so we hope to see you there! For more information, go to our website:, Facebook, or look for our posters on the notice boards on Mayne Island.

For further information please contact Claire

posted May 2017