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 organicdeb@shaw.ca.

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. 7 - 8 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, 7 - 8. 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, withers@intergate.ca; 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, withers@intergate.ca.

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 whiteheadlael@gmail.com.

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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 mjechael.dunn@gmail.com.

posted January 2018

Library Annual General Meeting: Sat Feb 24

The Library Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 24th at 2 pm at the Library. We will be electing one new Board member and receiving reports from the Board Chairs and the Treasurer. Memberships ($5) will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Judi Walker judilu@live.ca.

posted January 2018

Come Join Us Monday Mornings

Come join us for Tai Chi. 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, $25 for the Winter Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Winter Session begins Monday, January 8. For more information or to register please contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca.

Tai Chi is an 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 January 2018

Boating Courses for January

The dates for the following courses are now set. Please contact Bryan Westby, bcwestby@shaw.ca 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. These courses are free to AMIB members but non-members can join for $10 (single) or $20 (family). Get more information on all the courses and on becoming a member at www.mayneislandboaters.org.

1. Boat Safety Equipment – One evening – January 11. Make sure you have the necessary safety equipment aboard your boat so you can avoid those large fines. Covers flares, radios, fire extinguishers, etc.

2. Reading charts – One evening – January 18. 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.

3. Understanding the weather forecast – One evening – January 25. 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.

For further information please contact Bryan Westby bcwestby@shaw.ca.

posted January 2018