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.

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'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: http://somebunnybook.com/.

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 jesse.thom@gmail.com.

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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.

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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.

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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 mcheetham@shaw.ca.

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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 marleydaemon@gmail.com or (250) 516-5413.

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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: tinytinycozyfest.tumblr.com, Facebook, or look for our posters on the notice boards on Mayne Island.

For further information please contact Claire hey.dogwood@gmail.com.

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Take the Community Bus To Vote: Tue May 9

Do you need a ride to the Ag Hall to vote next Tuesday, May 9th? Take the Mayne Island Community Bus!

The bus will be free that day to help everyone get out to vote.

Call or text (250) 539-0851 to request a ride. And please allow about 2 hours for the bus drivers to respond to your request.

Thank you to the Mayne Island Bus Society for generously sponsoring this ride-to-vote opportunity! For further information please contact Herbie Rochet (778) 977-7278.

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4th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is running our 4th annual amateur Nature Photo Contest for Mayne Island residents and visitors. If you have a camera, like exploring Mayne Island, and want to share your enthusiasm for the natural world, this is the event for you! Categories for the contest are: native plant(s), native animal(s), fall & winter, ocean/beach scene, insects, and young photographer (nature photo taken by anyone 16 or under).

To enter, check out the contest rules, send us photos taken between September 1st, 2016 to August 23rd, 2017 on Mayne Island, tell us the category into which you are entering it, and send it to lauren@conservancyonmayne.com prior to August 23rd, 2017. If your photo is chosen as a winner by our judges, Allison Taylor, Heather Dow, and Rob Underhill; it will be published in our 2018 calendar and you will receive a free calendar as a prize.

Rules are listed on our website, and Facebook page; also our posters will be displayed on the island in all the usual spots. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren at: lauren@conservancyonmayne.com or (250) 539-5168, or visit our office and the Mary Jeffery Resource Room at 478 Village Bay Rd, otherwise known as The Root Seller.

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MIHCA AGM Saturday: Sat May 6

Mayne Island Health Centre Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 am at the Church House.

This an opportunity to hear what your Health Board has been working on over the past year. As well, an opportunity to renew your membership. $5 single or $10 per family.

We will also be voting on a Special Resolution to adopt amendments to our Bylaws, in accordance with the revisions required by the BC Societies Act. Hope to see you there.

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

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