Bird Identification with Michael Dunn: Sat Dec 1

Did you know that winter is the best time to see shorebirds and waterfowl in the Gulf Islands?

Birding is both a passion and a practice that takes time to perfect. Winter on Mayne is the best time to see a large diversity of shorebirds, sea birds, gulls and waterfowl that we wouldn’t see at other times of the year. On December 1, 2018 1 - 4 pm at the Agricultural Hall, Michael Dunn will take you through a review of the wintering birds found on Mayne and its marine waters. He will highlight tips to identification, especially those species that are toughest to determine in winter plumage.

The session is interactive and will be geared to what’s most helpful to the participants. There will also be some simple tests to reinforce some of the tips. It is anticipated that the whole group will get a chance to go outside and practice during the session.

Small snacks and hot beverages will be provided after the event. Please come dressed for the weather, bring binoculars or spotting scopes and your favourite ID book or app. See you December 1st. For further information please contact Michael Dunn

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All Things Christmas Sale

On sale at the Thrift Shop on Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10 am - 1 pm. Everything you need for festive entertaining, decorating and gifts. Decorations, lights, wreaths, serving dishes, mugs, tableware, ornaments...all reasonably priced.

Drop by the Mistletoe Market at the Agricultural Hall on December 8, 10 am - 2 pm for additional Christmas shopping. The Thrift Shop is open Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm year round for your shopping convenience. Across the road from the Ag Hall.

For further information please contact the Agricultural Society

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How to get your BC Referendum package if yours hasn't arrived

If you haven’t received a voting package, you have until midnight, November 23, 2018 to request one.

Everyone on Mayne Island should have received theirs by now, there are reports that some haven’t yet.

Here are 3 ways to get your package:

• visit to request one online

• call 1 (800) 661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 8 pm, Sat 9 am to 4 pm.)

• get one in person at a Referendum Service Office or Service BC Centre. Find locations at

There are 2 locations in Victoria; 100 - 1112 Fort St, Victoria or 403 - 771 Vernon Ave, Gateway Village, Victoria

This referendum on electoral reform is important. MayneNews urges everyone to make sure they participate.

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Harmony Singing Workshop: Sun Nov 25

There is a Harmony Singing Workshop scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 25 from 1 to 4 pm at the Community Centre. Fee: $25.

Victoria based Dale Rasmussen, an experienced community choir director, composer and fine musician, will lead the workshop. No experience reading music is necessary, just the desire to sing.

Please register in advance so we know this is a "go". Register: or call (250) 539-5506. For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom

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Christmas Bake Sale & Tea: Thu Dec 13

Please join us at Church House for a Christmas Bake Sale and Tea. We will also be selling Fashion Accessories. If you have any accessories you care to donate, please call MJ at (250) 539-3777 or Pat at (250) 539-5519. Open at 2 until 4 pm and admission is free. Enjoy a cup of tea and cookies.

For further information please contact Mary Jane Tiller

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It's a Wonderful Life: Nov 29, 30, Dec 1 & 2.

Mayne Island Little Theatre presents It's a Wonderful Life. A live radio play written by Joe Landry. Directed by Glenda Goodman and Jessica Easton.

Come see this timeless classic play to start off the holiday season. Tickets on sale now at the Trading post and Home Hardware. Thu Nov 29, Fri Nov 30, Sat Dec 1 at 8 pm. Sun Dec 2 matinee at 2 pm. For further information please contact Linda

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Film Night at the Ag Hall: Fri Nov 23

Mayne Island Library presents the NFB film "Pipelines, Power and Democracy" on November 23 at 7:30 at the Ag Hall. By donation, with delicious free popcorn.

This film, back by popular demand, presents the journeys of 4 people who follow their own pathways to effect change. All were involved in the successful fight against the oil tanker terminal at Cacouna, Quebec. This film challenges us all with the question: Who holds the real power for change?

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

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MI Garden Club Pot Luck & Talk: Thu Nov 15

On Thursday November 15, at the Ag Hall, the Mayne Island Garden Club invites you to our annual Holiday Pot Luck followed by a demonstration by Mark Dickerson of Garden Coach Solutions (Victoria) on how to create attractive seasonal outdoor planters for the festive season and beyond. Mark will also have a selection of his succulent plants for sale. The Pot Luck begins at 12 noon and the demonstration begins at about 1 pm. If you are coming to the Pot Luck, be sure to bring something to contribute to the table (enough for about 10 people).

For further information please contact Julie Schueck

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Parade of Lights: Sat Dec 8

Every year in early December we gather to celebrate the Parade of Lights where many different conveyances (anything on wheels will qualify) get decorated with Christmas finery and parade up Fernhill road to the mall parking lot where astute judges pick a winner for the best decorated conveyance.

The parade will follow the same route as the Fall Fair parade. Details are: parade marshalling 6 pm; start time 6:30 pm; Parade ends in the MayneStreet Mall parking lot. As usual there will be fairies and elves around with hot chocolate and other goodies.

Due to a change in the arrival of the Santa Ship there is a change of date for the Parade of Lights this year. December 8, 2018 is the chosen date. Mark your calendars and come out to support our well-lit neighbours (pun intended).

For further information please contact Jeff Hansen

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Mayne Island Lions Charter Night Dinner: Sat Nov 17

The Mayne Island Lions Club was chartered on November 3rd, 1971. Every year on the Best Saturday night in November we celebrate our beginning as a Lions Club.

Charter Night Tickets are available for the Public — This year, 2018, we celebrate Charter Night on November 17th in the Mayne Island School gymnasium.

Tickets may be purchased, in person, at Home Hardware, or, ordered by phone at (250) 539-9876, or, by e-mail from

Tickets for Lion Club members can also be purchased at the General Meeting, Wed. Nov. 7th, at the Ag Hall. Lions are given first dibs on tickets then the event is open to the public. A great evening with catered dinner, entertainment, presentation of Mayne Islander of the Year, music and dancing.

Please join us as, like Lions Clubs everywhere, the Mayne Island Lions Club celebrates the anniversary of its charter with a dinner and dance. The dinner and dance at the Mayne Island School gymnasium opens its doors shortly before 6 pm and catered dinner is served at 7 pm. The dinner is catered by some of our talented Lions.

For further information please contact John Glover

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Lions Santa Ship & Christmas Turkey Bingo: Sat Dec 15

Please note: the Santa Ship will arrive a week later than usual on December 15th at 2:30 pm at the Miners Bay Dock.

The Christmas Turkey Bingo will be 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall. (Doors open 7 pm).

In parts of the world, Santa arrives by sleigh, slides down chimneys, or walks through front doors. But for people living in small island communities in the Pacific Northwest, access to the mainland is limited – and children rarely have the chance to visit Santa.

The Lions Step In. Lions Clubs in the Pacific Northwest saw the need, and wanted to do something to make the holidays happier. “The kids on the islands didn’t have transportation to and from the big cities,” according to Don Wight of the Bellingham Lions Club. “One of the islands asked if a boat that had lights on it could possibly come out to the islands with candy and toys for the kids.”

That marked the beginning of the Christmas Ship. Every December for the past 70 years, Santa has suited up and stepped off the Christmas Ship to bring gifts and joy to people living in remote islands off the coast of Bellingham, Washington in the United States and British Columbia, Canada. The Santa Ship sails from Bellingham WA to the Southern Gulf Islands bearing gifts and Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus and assorted dressed-up helpers. The motley crew aboard the Santa Ship are all Lion volunteers from various clubs that compete for the privilege of being a participant. Pirates and clowns and assorted merrymakers including a choral group all share in this wonderful opportunity for our island children. Each year is marked by a special Christmas ornament available for sale at each stop. Everything helps to keep the "ship afloat".

The Santa Ship returns to the Gulf Islands every mid-December. Hosted by Lions Club International, the stops include Mayne Island, Saturna Island, Pender Island, and Salt Spring Island. Additional stops happen in the following day across the San Juan Islands in the other side of the border. Usually a Unit of the Royal Canadian Marine - Search and Rescue - in their high performance rescue craft are part of the safety escort.

For further information please contact John Glover

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Banquo Folk Ensemble: Sat Nov 24

Join us for an afternoon of lively and lyrical ancient and traditional music with five-member ensemble, Banquo Folk Ensemble. Voice, cittern, harp, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, shawm, vielle, percussion and more!

Saturday, November 24th 3 PM, 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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Lions Single Seniors Night: Wed Dec 12

Lions Single Seniors Night is one of the Club's favourite events. It takes place each year in early December and offers single seniors (over 65 years) a complimentary Christmas Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, dessert and wine. Usually about 35 seniors and a similar number of Lions and their spouses sign up, so the Ag Hall , which is decorated for the occasion, is packed and lively.

Not even severe weather disrupts this tradition. A few years ago, during a blizzard, seniors made their way to the Wild Fennel restaurant, in many cases thanks to rides provided by Lions. Over 60 happy revelers packed the restaurant to enjoy dinner and good fellowship. It's a tradition that seniors sit with Lions and their spouses, and are introduced by a Lion. After dinner, there is live entertainment and carol-singing. Of course, when "Here comes Santa" is sung, the Jolly Fellow himself appears, with his helper, to hand out gifts to all the seniors. Sometimes poinsettias adorn the table and guests get to take these home as well. All in all, it is a wonderful time for everyone. The guests enjoy and appreciate a great Christmas meal that they might not have cooked for themselves. Many take the time to write and thank us .

How to get involved. Volunteers are needed on the day to help set up and decorate the tables, greet guests, and in some cases provide transportation for the guests. Volunteers can also help the Planning Committee in purchasing gifts, telephoning riders for pick-up, and other jobs.

For further information please contact John Glover

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Mayne Island Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 14

This year's Flu Clinic is scheduled for Wednesday November 14th between 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre, 493 Felix Jack Road.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by getting a flu shot. If you are eligible for a free flu shot, please bring your CareCard to the local Influenza Clinic.

For information visit or call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. To find out if you are eligible for a free flu shot visit If you are not eligible please contact your family physician or local pharmacy about vaccine availability and cost.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

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2019 Mayne Island Phone Book Ads

Please consider advertising in the Mayne Island Phone Book Yellow Pages. As well as being a great way of connecting with your customers, the Phone Book is major fund raising project for the Mayne Island Lions that benefits many other local charities, events and activities. And it's a great way for your business to show to the community that you support these causes.

Deadline for booking new ads and/or changes is December 1st.

Commercial Advertisers (Yellow Pages)
Existing Customers
1. No changes  to your ad:
You should have received your renewal invoice. Payment deadline is Dec 1.
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 or complete the form found in the phonebook (centre, in front of yellow pages) and leave it at the Gulfport Realty Free Mail addressed to Lions Club noting that it is a “Changed Ad”. Deadline: Dec 1.

New Customers
Complete the on-line form. Any questions contact or call (250) 539-5361.

Job Posting - Community Centre Activities Coordinator

The Mayne Island Community Centre Society is seeking an activities coordinator to promote and manage event bookings and programs offered at the centre. Reporting to the board of directors, the coordinator is the first point of contact and liaison for all aspects of the centre’s operations.

Application Closing Date: November 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Position Start Date: December 2018. Hours of Work: Flexible; approximately 20-30 hours per month with seasonal variation. Wage: $600 per month.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Promote and market the centre’s facilities and programs to members and the public
• Act as the main contact person for members, instructors, current and prospective event hosts; troubleshoot and problem solve when issues arise
• Maintain and coordinate user bookings; manage the calendar and website; monitor and respond to email and phone requests promptly
• Provide administrative support to the board of directors as well as advise on operational issues as requested
• Manage and operate the centre’s equipment; liaise with facilities caretakers when necessary
• Other duties as required

• Demonstrated organization, time and general management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Administration, record keeping and document management skills
• Ability to work independently and show initiative
• Friendly and approachable personality, team player, reliable and dependable
• Ability to bend and lift up to 50 lbs
• Foodsafe, Serving it Right, First Aid are assets

To Apply: Email resume and expression of interest to For further information also email Jon Sanders

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