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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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