Sea To Seed Comes to Mayne: Tue May 9

Featuring Rising Appalachia Music, Peia & The Tailor. At the Mayne Island Community Centre along with a pot luck supper at 4 pm - all are welcome.

Find out more and purchase tickets on their Facebook event page.

A group of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers and photographers set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a month-long sailing trip up through the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. They are on an experimental mission to collect and share the stories of the farming communities sown along the coast. While exploring the importance of localizing food systems, homesteading, organic farming, community building and permaculture they are also engaging the role that art and culture can play in supporting these ways, evolving educational forums and creating positive change.

Along with telling these stories through their various art forms, they have been hosting music concerts and farm to table feasts as a means of creating connections within and between the communities on the islands and an expansive network of potential allies.

Food, language and music carry the beating heart of culture, they hold the possibility of remembering, of realigning ourselves with the simple values of caring for ourselves, each other and the great wild world. We hope to inspire a collective story telling rooted in the fertile soil of generative celebration that cultivates a real way of living with integrity.

By creating a sailboat tour fed primarily through locally sourced food, the Sea to Seed Tour hopes to embody the very ideals we are promoting and create positive models for the post-petroleum reality we are swiftly heading towards. The aim of this adventure is to explore how art and culture feed into sustainable farming structures around the islands; to investigate the cohesion and synergy to be found in such structures, and how they can inspire a greater shift in our current society both locally and globally.

For further information please contact Mary Jane Tiller

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2017 Bennett Bay Waterworks AGM: Sun Apr 30

The 2017 Bennett Bay Waterworks District AGM will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017 in the downstairs meeting room of the Health Centre, 466 Felix Jack Road. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Ted Colley

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Provincial Election Announcement

Attention voters in the upcoming provincial election on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Please be advised that there are no advance polls scheduled for Mayne Island. Voting will take place here only on Tuesday May 9 at the Ag Hall, 8 am to 8 pm.

If you wish to vote early, take advantage of the advance poll locations and dates listed below (polling hours 8 am - 8 pm). These stations are within our provincial electoral district, Saanich North and The Islands, but you may vote at any Advance Polling Station in BC. See the list of all advance polling stations at

Pender Island School, 5714 Canal Rd, North Pender Island, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Salt Spring Elementary School, 122 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Saanich Fairgrounds - Poplar Room, 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30 and Wed - Thu, May 3 - 4.

Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, 9296 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC Fri - Sat May 5 - 6.

And remember to bring proper ID. Review ID options at

For further information please contact Herbie Rochet, Supervisory Voting Officer, Mayne Island (778) 977-7278.

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Mayne Island Tennis Association AGM: Sat May 6

The Mayne Island Tennis Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 6th, at 1 pm in the Community Centre main room. Everyone is welcome and memberships will be available at the door.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

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Silver Maynes Plant Sale & Tea: Sat May 13

On Saturday, May 13, 1 pm the Silver Maynes will hold its annual Mother's Day weekend Tea and Baked Goods Sale in the Agricultural Hall, and at the same time, its annual Plant Sale on the Fairgrounds at Miners Bay.

Plant donations should be brought to the Fairgrounds at 9 am, and baked goods at 9:30 am. The sale begins at 1 pm. The Tea will cost $2 for tea or coffee only, and $3 extra for a plate of goodies. There will be lovely hanging baskets for prize winners, who have had the foresight to buy their tickets on sale at the Maynestreet Mall, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6, 10 am to 2 pm. Everyone on Mayne Island is welcome. Come and make this a memorable weekend.

For further information please contact Bob Baldwin

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Literary Festival Active Pass: Sun Apr 23

The world's second Literary Festival Active Pass is happening at the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, April 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Eight local authors will be presenting readings as part of Festival Active Pass. Relax in the beautiful renovated library setting, enjoy the readings and maybe buy a book and have it autographed. No charge -- but limited seating. Hope to see you there.

9 am: Dorothy Peters and Livia Wolfs present the memoir "Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration" and the children's book "When I'm Big".

10 am: D. R. Graham, author of young adult books, presents books, from romance to psychological thrillers, with issues relevant to teens today.

11 am: Leanne Dyck will give us some insight into what she has been writing since the last festival.

12 am: Grant Buday is the prize-winning author of "The Delusionist" and (with John O'Brian) the soon to be released "Atomic Road".

1 pm: Amber Harvey, author of the popular Magda mysteries set on Mayne Island will share some her recent work.

2 pm: Jack Schofield, author, editor and pilot will read from his works about life as a seaplane pilot in B.C. and the Arctic.

3 pm: Arleen Pare, prize-winning poet and novelist, will read from some of her recent works.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

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The Miraculous Seed: Sat Apr 29

Mayne Island Agriculture Hall. 10 am – 3 pm.

Under each protective seed coat lies a stem, leaf and root system just waiting to spring to life. Learn the simple secrets to successfully start vegetables seedlings.

Cool starts, warm starts, stratification, planting depths, damping off, seed life, and more, will all be demystified in this entertaining and educational one day seminar.

Discover how to decipher seed catalogues and select the vegetable seeds that will perform best in your garden.

Starting from seed can improve food quality, diversity and harvest. There may only be one or two varieties of vegetable starts at the nursery whereas starting from seed gives you dozens of choices.

Once you know all about seeds, the next step is saving your own! Seeds saved from your own garden will acclimatize to your garden and come up stronger each year. One lettuce plant can produce over 30,000 seeds! There is nothing quite so satisfying as planting, and sharing your own seed.

Your instructor, Linda Beer, is passionate about growing good things to eat. A sought after instructor, she loves passing on the knowledge she has gleaned after 30 plus years in the veggie patch. Linda is an Environmental technologist, Master gardener and Organic Master Gardener.

This seminar is a fund raiser for the purchase of St. Johns Point. Join us for an enjoyable day and to support a worthy cause. $40.00. Includes Lunch! For further information please contact Linda Beer

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MI Emergency Program Training: Wed Apr 26

After the unthinkable happens – who can help you?

During and following an emergency, the Mayne Island Emergency Program can provide shelter, food and clothing. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist our community in an emergency.

Want to learn more? The next training sessions are:  Wednesday, April 26th 8:30 am - noon at the Fire Hall. Review of Emergency Social Services: Noon – 3 pm at the Community Centre - Reception Centre set up, lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by April 21st and please indicate any special dietary needs.

All are welcome to take part in this training day, morning or afternoon, or both. Please phone or email Irene (250) 526-0006 / (250) 539-5070 or or Gerrie (250) 508-3002 or and register so we order enough lunch.

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Beach Cleanup 2017: Sun Apr 30

The 2017 Mayne Island annual beach cleanup, an event sponsored by the Recycling Society and the Mayne Island Conservancy, will be returning to a beach near you on Sunday April 30th, at 1 pm. This popular event draws about 100 volunteers each year. They donate a couple of hours of their time, and under the guidance of a team captain comb one of Mayne Island's 10 popular beaches. After clearing away the winter's flotsam and jetsam they leave the beaches in pristine condition.

All of the refuse collect is taken to the recycling depot where it is categorized and weighed. Last year we hauled off 3,647 pounds of garbage which was the largest haul we have made during the 10 years we have been recording. Please consider coming out to help with this event. It is fun, inclusive - dogs, children, all are welcome, and you have the immediate reward of seeing a cleaner beach when you leave. Just check the list of the locations and beach captains let them know if you plan to participate and they will have gloves and bags ready for you.

Contact a Beach Captain Today

Bennett Bay — Mike Nadeau — (250) 539-0123
Campbell Bay — Lael Whitehead — (250) 217-8533
David Cove, Oyster & Reef Bays — Irene and Nigel Barrett — (250) 539-5070
Edith Point — Peter Askin — (250) 539-2199
Gallagher & Piggott Bays — Kim Harris — (250) 539-9878
Horton Bay — Sue Duncan — (250) 539-3640
Kadanaga Bay — Marian MacLean — (250) 539-9995
Lighthouse & Maude Bays — Len Epp — (250) 539-3111
Miners Bay — Mayne Elementary School — Michael Dunn — (250) 539-5745
Village Bay — Patricia Janvrin — (250) 539-5692

For further information please contact Vicki Turay

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Mayne Island Lions Club Easter Bingo: Sat Apr 15

This annual Easter weekend bingo takes place at the Ag Hall on Saturday, April 15th. Doors open at 7 pm with games starting at 7:30. $10 per person, 20 games in all including a $100 blackout game ($1 each). Prizes include hams, gift certificates, and raffle prizes. Come out and support this worthy cause - funds go to our local scholarship awards. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

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Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 6

Come on down and share in the fun on May 6th at Dinner Bay Park. The 3rd annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament is a family friendly community event for all ages and skill levels.

Burgers and hot dogs will be served by the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission. Registration costs, entrance divisions, start times, and other details can be found on our website at

We're asking everyone in the Youth Division (12 and under) to start their round before 10 am this year. Adult registration closes at 11:30 am but we strongly recommend an earlier start time. All score cards must be in by 3 pm.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

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Mayne Island Community Centre AGM: Wed Apr 19

All are invited to attend the AGM for the Mayne Island Community Centre, to be held at the centre on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:30 pm. Come have a say in your centre! Light refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact MJ Tiller (250) 539-3777.

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Fashion Show,High Tea and NU 2 U Sale: Thu Apr 27

The Women’s Auxilliary of St. Mary Magdalene Church is putting on this event with the proceeds going towards the maintenance and renovations to this heritage church and the Church House. It was a great success last year and plans are for an even better event this April. It is called “A Spring and Summer Splash!”

The tickets are $10, which includes the fashion show in the Church , a high tea, a sale and door prizes. Come one, come all, and join in the extravaganza! For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

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Spring Native Plant Sale: Sat Apr 22

On Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm, at the Agricultural Hall Grounds, the Mayne Island Conservancy will host a Spring Native Plant Sale for the first time. We’re excited, and we hope you’ll come down and check out our beautiful stock of locally grown native species.

All of our plants are grown on Mayne Island from locally adapted seeds or cuttings. Some species are only available in limited quantities so make sure to come early! Native plants are the basic building blocks of our ecosystems and attract many birds and insects such as hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies. Our nursery manager Rob Underhill will be available to provide information on growing requirements and post planting care.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

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