Giambori Concert: Jul 10-11

Eric Wilson, cello; Elisabeth Jahren, piano; David Gilham, violin; Chiharu Iinuma, piano; Chris Redsell, viola. Program will include music by Brahms, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Schubert. Tuesday, July 10th and Wednesday, July 11th at 7 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Tickets $25 (under 18, $10) sold at Farm Gate, Trading Post, Home Hardware & Happy Tides.

It’s June and we are already looking at concerts being just around the corner, at the beginning of July. Sadly again this year John and Jane from the UK who usually come in the “July slot” are unable to come due to ongoing right arm problems with John. I miss playing with my old colleague John but am consoled by the quality of the replacements that we have booked. Again we will have David and Chiharu who have been here now twice and along with Eric, your VET Elisabeth and I, and we will spoil you with another mixed program. This will include a good variety of music from each of our personal repertoires, duets for four hands, and some fabulous piano quartet music. Who knows, maybe even an accordion or 2 might appear?

Some of the music we do here this summer will be repeated at a UBC concert in September - but Mayne Islanders will hear it first!

For further information please contact Chris

posted July 2018

Story Time at the Library: Friday Mornings

Come to Story Time at the Library this summer. Every Friday morning at 10 am from July 6th until August 31st. Great stories! Great fun!

For further information please contact Libbie Bake

posted July 2018

Vintage & Antique Sale: Sat Jun 30

Vintage & Antique Sale and Live Auction. All proceeds to the Terry Fox Foundation. On Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at 423 Felix Jack Road, Mayne Island. The auction will be at 10 am.

Come along and check out this great sale & auction and support the Terry Fox Foundation. For further information please contact Colleen Proctor (250) 732-2801.

posted June 2018

Mayne Island Library Survey

The Mayne Island Library wants to hear from you on how we are doing. Please fill out a survey during the month of June, 2018. The survey is online, or paper copies are available at the library. We will also have a table set up at the mall on Saturday, June 23.

The website link is:

Looking forward to hearing from as many library users as possible, whether you are full time, part time, weekender, summer vacationer or even an occasional visitor to the island. All responses are welcome. For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom (250) 539-5506.

posted June 2018

Midsummer Dreams Art Show Opens Fri Jun 29

Please join the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council for the opening evening of the Arts On Mayne Summer Group Show "Midsummer Dreams - Spirits of Summer" this coming Friday, June 29 at the Ag Hall, from 7-10 pm.

All welcome! Live Music, refreshments and conviviality, plus the famous annual pie draw! The exhibit continues through the weekend: Saturday June 30 from 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday July 1st from 11 am - 4 pm. For further information please contact Tina Farmilo (250) 539-2402.

posted June 2018

5th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is running our 5th 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 this year’s contest are: native plant(s), native animal(s), fall & winter, ocean/beach scene, insect(s), nature’s colours (contains red, yellow, pink, orange, and/or purple) and young photographer (nature photo taken by anyone 18 or under).

To enter, check out the contest rules, send us photos taken between September 1st, 2017 to August 22nd, 2018 on Mayne Island, tell us the category into which you are entering it, and send it to prior to the end of August 22nd, 2018. If your photo is chosen as a winner by our judges, Jeanine Dodds, Grant Buday, and Barbara McIntyre; it will be published in our 2019 calendar and you will receive a free calendar as a prize.

Rules are listed on our website; 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: 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.

posted June 2018

MLA Townhall: Tue Jun 19

On June 19 Adam Olsen will be on Mayne Island as part of his spring town hall series. The town hall will feature a brief update on British Columbia politics and Saanich North and the Islands followed by a question and answer period.

With the Spring legislative session complete and the first full budget of the BC NDP government there is a lot to discuss.

There has been a number of challenging issues raised by the community and that have arisen in the province over the past several months and I invite you to join me at a town hall to discuss them.

At the Mayne Island Community Centre, 6:30 - 8 pm. For further information please contact Adam Olsen

posted June 2018

St Mary Magdalene Church Fair: Sat Jul 21

St Mary Magdalene Church will host their annual "Summer by the Sea" Fair on Saturday, July 21st. 10 am to 1 pm.

Kids Games, Prizes, Treasures, Books, Meat Pies, Baking, Italian Trattoria, featuring pizza and pasta. Silent Auction, Karaoke ... and so much more. Come on out and help support this popular summer event. Fun for all!

For further information please contact Pat Gasston (250) 539-5519.

posted June 2018

"Only Skin Deep" Day: Thu Jun 21

“Only Skin Deep” Day at the Mayne Island Health Centre on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. By appointment only.

Do you have a mole, blemish, skin discolouration or wart you’ve been wondering about? To find out if it needs further investigation, call the Health Centre at (250) 539-2312 to make an appointment and Dr. Losier will look at it on Thursday, June 21st between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. For further information please contact Diana King

posted June 2018

Marley Daemon Iredale Quartet: Thu May 17

Don't miss the Marley Daemon Iredale Quartet Thursday, May 17th, 7:30 pm, at the Ag Hall! With art on display by Julia Iredale. Marley will be joined by her mom, Lael Whitehead, partner, Jesse Thom and cellist, Dusty Townsend. Opening set by Gail Noonan, Toby Snelgrove and Jim Heshedall. Tickets $15 at Farm Gate store, or at the door. For further information please contact Lael (250) 217-8533.

posted May 2018

Marley Daemon "Shadow Friend" (Live at Herman's)

Tennis Society's Giant Garage Sale: Sun May 20

Image used under license from
The Mayne Island Tennis Association is holding their annual Giant Garage Sale on Sunday, May 20th at the Felix Jack Road tennis facility. Lots of treasures and items you never knew you needed! Sale starts at 10 am. Come out and support this local activity and go home with some great stuff. For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted May 2018

Spring Art Gala: May 18, 19, 20

Over 55 Artists will have their work shown on this May long weekend. The Gala will open Fri May 18 at 7 pm and continue Sat 10 - 4 and Sun 10 - 3. For further information please contact Ingrid Marsh (250) 539-5024.

posted May 2018

MIPATA Trail Building Work Parties in May

Mayne Island Pathways & Trails Association (MIPATA) Trail building work parties for May: Bring shovels, rakes, wheel barrows if you can. Meet at the Village Bay Road entrance to the trail. Look for the big pile of dirt! Light refreshments provided.

Tues May 15, 10 am   |   Thurs May 17, 10 am   |   Tues May 22, 10 am   |   Thurs May 24, 10 am   |   Tues May 29, 10 am   |   Thurs May 31, 10 am

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted May 2018

May Day Celebration: Sat May 19

The event begins while the Farmers’ Market is still in progress (10 am to 1 pm), with face painting (by-donation), garland, mask and wand making, plus a prize draw. And the minute the market closes at 1pm, Morris Dancers explode on to the market grounds and the fun begins. Raffle draws, children’s circle pledge to the earth, singing and then the pole bearers gather and are sworn in. The pole bearers will carry the Maypole (yes, we have one of those) down to Miners Bay Park in a great procession. All sorts of music, drums and noisemakers accompany the pole and very importantly, our soon to be crowned May Queen and her Green Man (a mythical figure who embodies the spirits of plants & trees). Last year’s May Queen is in this noble entourage too because she will crown the incoming queen. Accompanying the VIPs we always have fairies, nymphs & elves. We have bees, ladybugs, brave knights and dragons and a couple of gentlemen dressed in their best summer frocks. What will you wear? You can always make a garland at the market.

In the park, we have a mown grass labyrinth and that is where the coronation will take place. The new queen swears allegiance to the earth and promises to look after the crops and the land and the sea ensuring that we do no harm so that we can all enjoy the fruits offered to us. Following the coronation, the Maypole dances begin: first the children dance and then the island “maidens” perform the colourful ribbon dance. This could be followed by a spiral dance which includes everyone. As all of this is thirsty work, refreshments (by donation) of lemonade and cake are served to all. Children’s games start and they are great fun. Maybe there will be more dancing. We never quite know.

This event is free but donation baskets are at the market and the Gazebo in Miners Bay Park where the refreshments are served. All the proceeds go to the Mayne Island Conservancy to help in the work we are doing on the island. The event finishes mid-afternoon. For more info and to volunteer please contact Maggi Cheetham

posted May 2018

First Aid Training: Wed June 27

The Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA) is sponsoring another annual First Aid Training Program on Wednesday June 27th from 11:30 to 4:30 at the Community Centre.

To register, please email Judi Walker at and include your phone number or call Judi at (250) 539-2208.

The class is limited to 21 participants so register early if you want to be assured of a space. For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted May 2018

Mayne Island Tennis AGM: Sun May 6

Everyone is welcome to the Mayne Island Tennis Annual General Meeting on Sunday May 6 at the Community Centre at 1 pm. You can renew your membership and hear about all the exciting activities planned for a great tennis season.

For further information please contact Carol Ashwell

posted April 2018

Silver Maynes Annual General Meeting: Sat May 5

The Silver Maynes will hold their Annual General Meeting at 10:30 am. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Mayne Island Agricultural Hall. Please plan to attend. For further information please contact Mike Bullis (250) 539-2795.

posted April 2018

Movie Night with Leonard Cohen: Sat Apr 21

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Ag Hall. The Mayne Island Library Program Committee presents "Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen."

Produced in 1965, this 44 minute film is an informal portrait of Montreal poet, novelist and songwriter Leonard Cohen, seen here reading his poetry to a rapt audience, relaxing with family and friends, and spending time on his own.

Along with this film is another, The Boy Next Door, a short film about a relationship transitioning through language differences. When French-speaking Jacques moves next door to English-speaking Jimmy, each is amazed to find that the other doesn’t speak his language. But when it comes to exploring and playing together, language just doesn’t seem to matter. Each soon finds himself venturing into the other’s language.

Popcorn and movie by donation. For further information please contact David Chase

posted April 2018

Silver Maynes Tea, Plant & Bake Sale: Sat May 12

Saturday, May 12th from 1 - 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall and Grounds. Everybody is Welcome!

Plan to attend this annual Sale & Tea to take advantage of the opportunity to stock the freezer with delectable home baking, and acquire a variety of plants for your garden. The Tea Room will be serving tea with an optional assortment of sweet treats. Four raffle ticket holders will go home with beautiful hanging baskets. Tickets for sale at The Mall on Saturday mornings from 10 am - Noon, on April 14th, 21st & 28th, or at the door on May 12th.

For further information please contact Angela Pike (250) 539-5870.

posted April 2018

Disc Golf Tournament 2018: Sat May 5

On Saturday May 5th 2018 we will host the 4th annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament at Dinner Bay Park!

This family friendly event is open to all ages and skill levels. There are divisions ranging from New Player to Youth to Advanced. Everyone will receive a custom disc with registration. All youth entrants will receive non-cash prizes. Check out the website for full details here: For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2018

Mayne Island Assisted Living Society AGM: Thu Apr 19

The Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers will be held on Thursday April 19th at 9:30 am at the Church House.

Refreshments will be served. We hope you will come out in support of our vibrant organization. Bring a friend.

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

posted April 2018

Mayne Island Beach Cleanup 2018: Sun Apr 22

This event will be held Sunday April 22nd. Call your local Beach Captain today to find out how to get involved with this important annual event.

Each year our community gathers together to remove more than 1,000 kg of debris from our beaches. Removing plastics and styrofoam before they break down into small pieces is an important part of preventing these materials from entering into our food web.

Contact information for Beach Captains can be found here: For further information please contact Vicki Turay

posted April 2018

MILT Presents A 12 Hour Life: April 26 - 28

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents its spring performance: "A 12 Hour Life and Other Short Plays". Five one act dramatic comedies about contemporary relationships. Intermission and delicious goodies, as always. Not to be missed!

Three nights only at the Ag Hall — Thursday April 26, Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28. Tickets at Home Hardware and the Mayne Island Trading Post. For further information please contact Deborah Goldman (604) 828-5784.

posted April 2018

MIGC Presents Gary Lewis—Hot New Plants: Thu Apr 12

The Mayne Island Garden Club is pleased to present a talk by Gary Lewis of Phoenix Perennials: “Hot New Plants”. Join us on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:30 pm at the Ag Hall.

Gary's company is among the first nurseries in Canada to offer new cultivars developed by the best international breeders. Gary will give you the inside track on recent new cutting edge garden plants and talk about where plant breeding is heading in the future. If you love new plants, you won’t want to miss this talk.

Gary will be bringing along some of these hot new plants for sale! Free to MI Garden Club members. A donation from non-members would be appreciated. For further information please contact Julie

posted April 2018

Spring Native Plant Sale: Sat Apr 21

The Mayne Island Conservancy will be holding our Spring Native Plant Sale on April 21st from 10 am to 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall grounds.

Come and check out our excellent selection of plants grown from locally collected seeds and cuttings. Using native plants in your garden creates habitat for native insects, animals, and other plants. Our nursery manager Rob Underhill will be available to help you find the right plant for your location. Check out our availability and pricing at For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2018

Mayne Island Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 21

The Improvement District will hold its Annual General Meeting Saturday, April 21st, at 1 pm in the meeting room at the Fire Hall, 520 Felix Jack Rd.

At this AGM, one (1) Trustee must be elected to serve a three (3) year term. To nominate someone to serve on the Board, a nomination form must be filled out. Nomination forms are available at the Fire Hall and at The form may be delivered to the MIID office at the Fire Hall.

For further information, please contact Katherine Somerville, Corporate Administrative Officer, Mayne Island Improvement District at (250) 539-5116.

posted April 2018

Volunteer Fair—Working for the Community: Sat Apr 7

Mayne Island Volunteer groups look forward to seeing all Mayne Islanders at the Ag Hall Fair on Saturday, April 7th (10 am - 3 pm). Twenty community groups will be there to talk about the wide array of services and activities that help make the Island such a great place to live.

Lions will be serving burgers and hot dogs. For further information please contact Allen Slade,

posted April 2018

Active Pass Art Exhibition: Opening Sat Apr 7

Bald eagles begin nesting and Bonaparte gulls return to the Active Pass region of the Salish Sea every spring along with many other migratory species.

The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council celebrates this yearly cycle with our fourth annual exhibition that focusses on our unique locale and environment, our waters and landscape, wildlife and plants, history and cultural heritage.

The show opens Saturday, April 7th, 4 - 7 pm at the Mayne Island Library with a good party. Everyone’s invited. The exhibition runs till the end of May, and it’s open for view during library hours.

For further information please contact Bill Maylone,

posted April 2018

Issues That Matter Speaker Series in April

Three more of the current "Issues That Matter" speaker series.

#2 The Global Chessboard of Climate Change Politics. Speaker: Yves: Tiberghein, Wednesday, April 11, 7 pm at the Church House.

#3 Palestine: One land, two peoples. Speaker Phillip Sherwood. Saturday, April 21, 10 am to 3 pm, Mayne Island School. Participants are asked to call (250) 539-2859 in advance for a background paper.

#4 The rise of Asia: What does if mean for Canada? Speaker Yves Tiberghein. Monday, April 23, 7 pm at Church House.

For further information please contact Jan Nicol (250) 539-2859.

posted April 2018

Estate & Personal Planning: Wed Apr 11

Estate and Personal Planning: A Critical Journey. A talk by speaker Todd G. Wiebe, Notary Public. Presented by the Mayne Island Health Centre Association (MIHCA).

It will cover Power of Attorney, Representation Agreements, Wills and Living Wills. It will be on Wednesday April 11th at the Ag Hall, at 1:30 pm. For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted March 2018

Celebration of Life for Ann Johnston: Sat Mar 24

Saturday March 24, from 1 to 5 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Everyone is welcome to this community event to celebrate the life of Ann Johnston who died November 5, 2017. Ann lived a full and rich life both on Mayne and before she arrived here. She touched the lives of so many and loved this island dearly.

Share with others your stories and memories of Ann in celebration of her almost 90 years on this planet.

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian

posted March 2018

Village Point Improvement District AGM: Sat Mar 31

Our AGM is scheduled at 1 pm March 31st, 2018 at the Mayne Island Fire Hall meeting room.

The presentation will cover what was achieved in 2017 and goals set out for 2018 as part of the 5-yr plan. Topics will include recommissioning of an old well, complete analysis of existing wells and those reserved for future use, upgrading of corporate infrastructure, additional water storage reservoir and updated findings of the Water Meter Committee.

For further information please contact Renate Morell

posted March 2018

MI Music Society — Carlos Del Junco: Wed Mar 21

Mayne Island Music Society Presents Carlos Del Junco & the Blues Mongrels. Wednesday, March 21 at the Groove Island Kitchen. Show starts 8 pm. Tickets are $20, available at Happy Tides, Farm Gate, & Home Hardware

We are so excited to have Carlos & his band perform for us! — This is a show you don't want to miss!

"To say Carlos del Junco plays the harmonica is like saying 'Jimi Hendrix plays guitar'. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he's holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated & raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”. The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock."

Get ready to throw out all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

For further information please contact Kathie Warning (250) 539-0444.

posted March 2018

Mayne Island Lions Easter Bingo: Sat Mar 31

On Saturday, March 31st, the Mayne Island Lions Club will be holding their annual Easter Bingo. Fun will start at 7:30 pm in the Ag Hall. Doors open at 7 pm.

Cost is $10 per person for 20 games with evening ending $100 blackout cards selling for $1 each. Game prizes include hams and gift certificates. There will also be several raffle draws for exciting door prizes. Come on out and enjoy the festivities! All proceeds from this event go toward post-secondary scholarships for our local youth.

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

posted March 2018

Luke Wallace Live at the Ag Hall: Sat Mar 10

On Saturday March 10th please join us at the Ag Hall for an intimate evening with musician, songwriter, and activist Luke Wallace. This is a Mayne Conservancy Fun-Raiser and celebrates the release of Luke's latest album. Admission is by donation, see you there!

For further information please contact Mike Nadeau (250) 539-0123.

posted March 2018

MI Garden Club - Crazy for Tomatoes: Thu Mar 15

On Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 1:30 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall, join us to hear a wonderful talk by Master Gardener, Kristen Crouch!

As the days warm up, it’s time to think about summer salads and fresh garden tomatoes. Learn about new tomato varieties, potting up, care of your new plants and saving seed from an entertaining expert. Free to MI Garden Club members. A small donation from non-members would be appreciated. For more information, check out our beautiful web-site at Join our Club. We will be sure to grow on you.

For further information please contact Julie Schueck

posted March 2018

Upcoming AMIB Boating Courses

All courses are at the Church House (360 Georgina Pt. Rd.) from 7 - 9 pm. As usual, courses are free to Association of Mayne Island Boaters (AMIB) members except for Radio. Non-members can become members for $10 (single) or $20 (family). Please contact Bryan Westby, or (250) 539-3412, if you wish to attend them.

March 1 & 8 (Two evenings): Tides and Currents. 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.

March 21, 22 & 23 (Three evenings): Radio course. Please register and pay by March 1. 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.

March 29: Forum on Local Waters. 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.

April 5: Radio Refresher Course. A review of the most common and essential radio communication situations. Practical examples will be stressed, like calling for a berth at a marina.

April 12: Preparing to go to Desolation Sound. Getting ready to head north and what to expect when you get there. Covers provisioning tips, weather, marinas, anchorages.

April 19: Crossing the border (in both directions). How to prep for a trip to the US and returning to Canada– regulations, customs, anchorages, concerns.

June 21 & 22 (Two evenings): Anchoring and stern tying. 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.

For further information please contact Bryan Westby

posted March 2018

On Again, Off Again, Speakers Series, On: Sat Mar 3

On again, off again, Speakers Series on again! We are pleased to announce that on Saturday, March 3rd at the Agricultural Hall, Yves Tiberghien and Yvonne Xiao will present an illustrated lecture on the Yi region of western China, Tibet and Mosuo.

We are very pleased to have this special opportunity to hear these knowledgeable speakers to a Mayne Island audience. Doors open at 7 pm for refreshments and conversation. Talk begins at 7:30 pm. For further information please contact Mary Crumblehulme (250) 539-3027.

posted February 2018

Silver Maynes Spring Fling: Wed Mar 14

Annual Spring Fling dinner will be held at Bennett Bay Bistro on Wednesday, March 14th. You must be a member to attend so, if you have not already done so,  please plan to renew your membership or purchase a new one when you buy your ticket.  Membership fee is $15 per calendar year.  Spring Fling tickets, also $15 per person,  and memberships are available at the Mayne Street Mall from 10 am till 2 pm  on Saturday, March 3.

Register your menu selections when you buy your ticket: soup or salad, ham or sockeye salmon, dessert,. Door prizes!

Doors open at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm.  Seating is limited to 65 persons. For further information please contact Angela Pike (250) 539-5870.

posted February 2018

Community Dialogue: Mon Mar 5

SWOVA is hosting a community debrief for professionals and community members on the subject of consent. Topics will include: What is happening on Mayne Island? Has the #metoo movement been a catalyst for change? What community supports are needed?

All this will be addressed with the facilitators including The Consent Crew. Monday March 5th at the Agricultural Hall from 2 - 3:30 pm. For further information please contact Sharyn

posted February 2018

John Aitken's Historic Photographs: Feb 28

John Aitken, Amateur Photographer – Exhibition and Open House. February 28, 2018, 1 – 4 pm, Mayne Island Agricultural Hall. Refreshments available.

With a photographer’s eye and a 4” x 5” camera, amateur photographer John Aitken captured images of his Gulf Island life in the late 19th, early 20th century. Settling on Mayne Island in 1909 he and his family lived in and operated a grocery store in Miners Bay. Aitken’s legacy includes over 300 glass plate negatives, now a treasure of the DeRousie family. The family have kindly allowed the Mayne Island Museum to make digital and print copies of these historic photographs.

The collection will be available for viewing at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall on Feb 28th, 1 – 4 pm and permanently at the Mayne Island Museum. This project is made possible by the generous cooperation of the DeRousie family, and financial support from the Mayne Island Agricultural Society and a BC|Canada 150 grant.

For further information please contact David Lindquist

posted February 2018

NFB Film Night - The Road Forward: Fri Feb 23

The Mayne Island Library presents The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, that connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

Friday February 23rd, Ag Hall, 7:30 pm, admission by donation. Free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase,

The Road Forward (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

posted February 2018

Island Trust Budget Consultation

I’m writing to let you know that the Islands Trust Council is looking for feedback on the 2018 - 2019 budget proposal. We are genuinely interested in hearing your thoughts about how the Trust allocates funds in support of its work to preserve and protect the Trust Area.

All feedback sent in by February 12th will be shared directly with trustees on both the Financial Planning Committee (the group overseeing the budget process) as well as the members of Trust Council. The Islands Trust budget consultation webpage ( has information about the proposed budget and how you can share your feedback with us, including through an anonymous survey.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch. -- Brian Crumblehulme, Mayne Island Local Trust Committee, (250) 539-3027.

posted February 2018

AMIB Courses for February 2018

The dates for the following courses are now set. Please contact Bryan Westby, or (250) 539-3412, if you wish to attend them. All courses are at the Church House (360 Georgina Pt. Rd.) from 7 - 9 pm. As usual, courses are free to AMIB members except for Radio. Non-members can become members for $10 (single) or $20 (family).

1. Introduction to Electronic Navigation – One evening – February 8. How to use a chart plotter, depth sounder and radar.

2. Knots – One evening – February 15. There are 8 essential knots that boaters should know. Learn how to tie them and WHY.

3. Preparing for the boating season – One evening – February 22. Getting your sailboat or power boat ready for the season – motors, plumbing, canvas, etc.

For further information please contact Bryan Westby

posted February 2018

Mayne Island Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 10

Gardeners, growers, beginners and children, join us in celebrating the 2018 growing season! Bring your saved seeds to exchange and enjoy an afternoon sharing gardening knowledge with others.

Seedy Saturday, February 10, from 12 to 3:30 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Bring your saved seeds, cuttings, plants, bulbs and tubers to exchange, share and connect with other keen gardeners.  Kids, plant seeds to take home. Speakers and demos, Seed exchange table, Kids planting table.

Sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. Admission by donation. For further information please contact Heather Dow (250) 539-5202.

posted January 2018

Giambori - presents La Modestine: Feb 6 & 7

Tuesday February 6 & Wednesday February 7, 2018, 7:30 pm at the Community Centre.

The King’s Radio: Music from the court of Louis XIV. La Modestine steps into the Sun King’s private chambers to perform sumptuous French baroque music in celebration of the 350th birthday of François Couperin, the greatest of French baroque composers. The program will include music by Couperin, Marin Marais and Jean-Marie Leclair.

La Modestine is a chamber music ensemble formed by four fine west coast musicians with a love of playing music of the 17th and 18th centuries together. The members bring a wealth of international experience to playing this enchanting repertoire on period instruments.

La Modestine is led by violinist Marc DestrubĂ© who is an old friend I met at masterclasses in England in the seventies, and with whom I played duo concerts after that in the early days of our careers. Marc has spent most of his career divided between the west coast here in Canada and in Amsterdam. We have been reunited since we moved to this area and have collaborated again once, so far. I took the opportunity when we were together to suggest that he bring his group to Mayne island ….and so here they are.

For further information please contact Christopher Redsell

posted January 2018

We Got The Point! Celebrate Sat Feb 3

After a whirl wind campaign that began with a splash in December 2016, the Mayne Island Conservancy Society with enthusiastic community support, have completed the purchase of the land known as St John Point. We now have a new park on the island and we are ready to celebrate our collective accomplishment with a huge thank you to all of you.

Come celebrate with us on Saturday February 3rd 2018. The doors to the Agricultural Hall will open at 7 pm, There will libations and live music and a whole lot of merry making. It's our way of letting Mayne Islanders know how much we appreciated their support - both financial & in every other way imaginable.

There will be some groovy pizzas, delectable savories from Astrid's Kitchen and we can't forget beer from our very own Island Brewer oh, and we will have wine too. (Cash Bar).

Music will be courtesy of the Lester Quitzau Trio - sure to get your toes tapping and hips gyrating. Come out & join in the celebration. No admission. For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted January 2018

Award-winning Writer Visits Mayne: Fri Jun 8

Save the date for two events at Mayne Island Library on Friday, June 8, both by award-winning author Susin Neilsen:
1. 3 - 6 pm, fiction-writers' workshop ($75, details below)
2. 6 - 7 pm, free talk by Susin Niesen, details below.

Susin Nielsen is the award-winning author of Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, We Are All Made of Molecules and Optimists Die First. She got her start writing for the original hit TV series Degrassi Junior High, and has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her books have won critical acclaim and multiple awards both at home and around the world, and they’ve been translated into many languages. She’s been described as “the John Green of Canada.” She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.

Free evening talk, 6 - 7. No registration necessary: Susin Nielsen will talk about how she became a writer, and share stories about the inspiration behind some of her books. She’ll also do a short reading from her latest novel, and is happy to take audience questions during this casual evening.

Fiction-Writers' Workshop – Creating An Authentic Protagonist. (3 - 6 pm June 8 at Mayne Island Library. Ten attendees maximum. To register contact Pam Withers,; no money down yet.)

“Write what you know.” From Susin: We’ve all heard that expression. Yet we’ve also read brilliant books that have immersed us into the world of a character whose traits and experiences bear little resemblance to the author’s. What they “know” is the emotional landscape of their characters. They are able to tap into their own emotional memories, and to imagine the emotional landscape of others, to create three dimensional characters. And good stories, whatever the genre, start with good characters.

In this workshop, we will talk about how to build believable, relatable and flawed protagonists. The more you get to know your main character, the easier it will be to place them into certain situations, and know how they would react.

We’ll start by taking a trip down memory lane, with some writing exercises that will tap into your own emotional memories. Later we will work on building a protagonist by answering a series of questions about that person (many of you may have a project on the go, and you’re welcome to come with a character you’ve been spending time with and develop that person. Or just come prepared to create on the fly, which can result in some unexpected discoveries).

For further information please contact Pam,

posted Januray 2018

Burns Supper: Sat Jan 27

Come celebrate Scotland's Immortal Bard - Robbie Burns, January 27th, at the Agricultural Hall. Doors open at 5:30, dinner starts at 6 pm sharp.

Join us for a rollicking good time, Scottish style. Potluck supper, toasts and speeches, haggis, pipers, and singalong, followed by ceilidh dancing for those who wish. BYOB and bring a dish to share. Wear plaid if you've got it, or come as you are. Every one welcome (you don't have to have even a wee drop of Scottish blood to attend!)

Advance tickets only. $15 at the Trading Post. For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

posted January 2018

Trail Building: Jan 23, 27 & 30

Trail Building Work Parties. Tuesday January 23, Saturday January 27 and Tuesday January 30, 2018. Meet at junction of Village Bay Road and Felix Jack (closer to the ferry). Bring hand tools e.g. adze, spade, rake.

For further information please contact Michael Dunn

posted January 2018