Mayne Island Dog Show: Sun Jun 30

Don't miss this year's Annual Mayne Island Dog Show coming up on Sunday, June 30th at 2 pm in Miners Bay Park.

Enter your dog for only $5; owners are $2. Registration begins at 1:15 pm. Audience members pay only $2 while kids 6 and under are free! Showtime is at 2 pm. Lots of categories & prizes. Bring your dog, a lawn chair, and get ready for a tail-wagging good time! Proceeds go to our local Lions Club.

For further information please contact Carol, or Jeff,

posted June 2019

Summer Reading Club at the Library: Starts Jun 28

The Mayne Island Library invites children ages 5 to 12 to participate in the 2019 BC Kids’ Summer Reading Club: Imagine the Possibilities. The SRC runs from June 28th until August 23rd.

Children receive a Reading Record, bookmark, and postcard when they register. Every time they visit the Library over the summer they can pick up a sticker for each week they spend time reading. At the end of the summer, participants will receive a Reading Club medal.

Children are encouraged to set their own reading goals. We recommend a goal of 15 minutes/day. They can read anything they like: Library books, their own books, magazines. If parents are reading with them, that counts too.

Regular reading throughout the summer helps kids maintain and improve their reading skills. Everyone is welcome to attend Library story time sessions on Fridays at 10 am at the Library, There will also be a fun Craft Day on Thursday, August 8th from 1 - 4 pm.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted June 2019

National Indigenous Peoples' Day: Thu Jun 20

Please join the Mayne Island School and Mayne Island Public Library in acknowledging National Indigenous Peoples' Day on Thursday, June 20th. The event begins at 12:00 noon in the school gym for lunch and will move to the Public Library at 1:30 pm for the unveiling of the Library's new window, designed and made by Anthony Jamieson Design Studio.

Following the unveiling the students will be sharing information on the Coast Salish peoples in Miners Bay Park. Everyone is welcome. The Community Bus will be available to transport participants from the school to the library and back.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted June 2019

Silver Maynes Annual Picnic In The Park: Wed Jun 19

Join your fellow Silver Maynes members for our Annual Picnic In The Park on Wednesday, June 19th at 5 pm in Dinner Bay Park.

Smokies, hamburgers & garden burgers, bun fixings, potato salad, desserts, and refreshments will all be served along with warm smiles, a few laughs, and great fun!

Look for ticket sales at the Mall on June 15th from 10 am to 12 pm. Tickets are only $10 for members. Membership renewals and new memberships will also be available. If you haven't got your tickets yet, don't miss out. Get yours soon! For further information please contact Mary Hansen

posted June 2019

Ag Society Special General Meeting: Sat Jun 15

As the Ag Society moves towards Charitable Status we are required to update our constitution and by-laws. A quorum of members is needed to ratify these changes.

The proposed constitution and by-laws are posted on the bulletin board at the Ag Hall and on our website at www.mayneagriculturalsociety,com on the Minutes and Meeting Agendas page. Please see our ad in the June MayneLiner.

Come out to the meeting at 1:15 to 2 pm on Sat. June 15 -- right after the Farmers' Market closes. Door prizes and refreshments are offered. For further information please contact Trish Hoff (250) 539-2598.

posted June 2019

St. Mary Magdalene Church Fair: Sat Jul 13

St Mary Magdalene Parish will once again be hosting their Church Fair this summer. Mark your calendars, it will take place on July 13, opening at 10 am and closing at 2 pm.

There will be lots of fun for the whole family. You can search through the Treasures from the Attic for that very special item that you can't live without; bid on Silent Auction items or part with some cash at the bottle roulette stand.

Don't miss the Bake Sale and sale of our special, already prepared, meat pies, frozen and ready for your

Children's games will have several new additions this year, with field games and piƱatas thrown in. For the younger children there will be a fish pond, face painting and a chance to pet Susie and Cisco, our favourite little horse and donkey.

Bring your calculators and guess the height of a bottle or how many candies in a jar. Guys, this is your chance to beat the odds at playing horseshoes. The Lions Club will be there with their Bun Wagon, cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs. The Church House Cafe will host A Ploughman's Lunch with beverages and a great dessert.

Don't miss this Mayne Island tradition. The Fair co-ordinator is Pat Gasston. For further information please contact Jeannine Merinuk,

posted June 2019

New Mayne Island Choir Shares The Stage: Sun Jun 9

Our community choir welcomes the Vivaldi Chamber Choir to St. Mary Magdalene at 3 pm on Sunday June 9th for a concert of songs about our rivers, lakes and seas, almost all from Canadian composers & arrangers.

Some of this music was presented at Vivaldi's Spring show last March. Quite coincidentally our Mayne Island choir has been working on sea shanties and songs about water as well - so getting together comes naturally.

Speaking of the March concert an anonymous admirer wrote "You sang so beautifully! And with such gusto and good humour. I hope you will take this performance to others. St Helen’s is gorgeous, but not exactly approachable. The wider world would so love to hear you, and this particular programme.” So, here they are.

Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at the Trading Post, Farm Gate and Home Hardware. For further information please contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673.

posted June 2019

Through S.W. Africa by Motorcycle: Thu May 23

Mayne Islanders Allen Slade and Don Eadie had a dream to ride motorcycles from Cape Town to Victoria Falls, via Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.They were joined by three other intrepid guys and a formidable South African guide.

Join them as they present pictures of exotic African landscapes, wildlife, challenging riding, and share stories of their epic adventure!

Thursday May 23rd, 7 pm, at the Ag Hall. For further information please contact Don Eadie

posted May 2019

MICS May Day Fundraiser 2019: Sat May 18

The 14th Annual Mayne Island Conservancy Fundraiser, May Day, is upon us!

Join us in your most fantastically "green" madcap costumes and celebrate the return of abundance of the flora and fauna to our gorgeous island!

The Farmer's Market returns with fervour, the raffle prizes are incomparable, and the events are not to be missed. Participate in our best nature-inspired costume contest (as judged by the honourable Elizabeth May, representing the Southern Gulf Island in Parliament), wreath and wand making, face-painting, a parade, cakes, lemonade, music, dancing, field games, and frivolity.

Come to the Ag Hall Grounds between 10 am - 1 pm to enjoy the market, then partake in the fabulous stream of events as we all parade to Miners Bay Park and celebrate the coronation of the new May Queen in the Labyrinth, the weaving dance around the Maypole, and how lovely a spot in the world Mayne Island is. Events run in Miners Bay Park to approximately 4 pm.

Don't miss out, and help the Mayne Island Conservancy with some FUNdraising! For further information please contact Kat Ferneyhough

posted May 2019

3rd Annual Spring Art Gala: May 17-19

More than 50 Mayne Island artists working in a variety of media will be exhibiting their work in the premier art event of the season. All are welcome to attend the Friday evening reception or drop by and see the show on Saturday and Sunday in the Ag Hall.

Opening Reception: Friday, May 17, 7 pm. Exhibition Hours: Saturday, May 18, 10 am - 4 pm & Sunday, May 19, 10 am - 3 pm.

Presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council on Mayne, For further information please contact Deborah Strong

posted May 2019

Fumbling Towards Reconciliation: Sat May 25

UPDATE May 23rd: Event is postponed until further notice.

All are invited to hear John Aitken and Marie Weeks share their experience from when they attended the Santa Fe Art Institute's Residency: Truth and Reconciliation.

John and Marie attended this residency the month of February 2019. Their collaboration explored possible ways in which someone Indigenous, could work with someone non-Indigenous, to create healthy pathways towards reconciliation.

Their collaboration's title: Fumbling Towards Reconciliation. All are welcome and we look forward to sharing and answering questions. When: May 25, 2019. Where: Agricultural Hall. Time: 1 pm for tea and snacks, discussion will begin at 1:30 until 3:30 pm. A small donation at the door will be appreciated.

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted May 2019

MI Garden Club Hanging Basket Sale: Sat Jun 1

Our Garden Club members have created some beautiful moss hanging baskets! We will be selling them on June 1st at the Farmers' Market for $40 each. What a deal!

These baskets are full of lovely, colourful, healthy plants and we even have a few pure white-themed baskets for anyone interested (white shows up so beautifully in areas that are a bit shady). These stunning baskets will sell quickly so pop by early for the best selection.

For further information please contact Mayne Island Garden Club,

posted May 2019

Fashion Show and Tea: Sat Jun 8

The Ladies of the St. Mary Magdalene Church Women's Auxiliary invite you to a Fashion Show, High Tea & Nu-To-U Sale on Saturday, June 8th at St Mary Magdalene Church at 2 pm. Tea will be served by Men in Black. Come see your friends sashay down the aisle to Frankie's Music Selection.

Tickets are $15 and will be available at the Mayne Street Mall on Saturdays until May 25th. Tickets are limited so don't delay. For further information you can also call MJ anytime at (250) 539-3777.

posted May 2019

Writing Workshop & Author Talk: Fri Jun 14

Writing Workshop

Whether you are writing fiction or a memoir, poetry or a play, or journaling, there are ways to make your writing more vibrant and engaging. This workshop will offer tips and techniques for making your writing jump off the page.

We'll start with a short writing activity, then do an editing exercise to make your piece even more precise and effective. Participants will have an opportunity to show their writing to the instructor and receive constructive feedback, and also to share their work with the group.

What: Three-hour workshop
Who: Well-known author Ellen Schwartz,
When: Friday, June 14, 2019, 3 - 6 pm
Where: Mayne Island Library.
Why: Great instructor "I have worked with many authors in my twenty years as a teacher, but none as organized, engaging, and respectful to my students as Ellen has been." — Trish Weaver, teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Vancouver.
Structure: Teaching, in-class writing exercises, sharing and discussion.
Cost: $75. Seven participants minimum, ten maximum
Registration: Send $75 (cheques and money orders made out to Pam Withers) and your contact info to Pam Withers, 764 Steward Drive, Mayne Island V0N 2J2, or drop an envelope with that amount (cash okay) into the white mailbox beside the front door at that address. And/or contact Pam,, (604) 224-1194, cell (778) 384-1194. The fee is fully refundable if someone replaces you before the workshop date.

This is the fifth annual workshop event on Mayne Island sponsored by the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC ( The first was led by Kit Pearson, the second by Maggie deVries, the third by Caroline Adderson, the fourth by Susin Nielsen.

Bio: Ellen Schwartz ( has published 17 books for kids, one for adults and dozens of magazine articles. These include picture books for little kids, chapter books and novels for middle-grades kids, information books for tweens, and young adult novels for older kids. Some are funny. Some are sad. All make you think and laugh and cry.

Before she became a writer, she was a school teacher who taught children with learning disabilities and also primary grades.

Ellen was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in New Jersey. As a child, she read Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, comic books and Charles Dickens. Her two all-time favourite books were The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth.

Her favourite thing to do, though, was dancing.

In 1972, she moved with her husband, Bill, to Canada, going “back to the land” and building their own cabin. They grew huge gardens and raised honeybees and chickens.
Now they live in Burnaby, British Columbia. They have two grown daughters, one a pastry chef and the other a filmmaker/copy editor.

Free 1 Hour Author Talk: 6 pm

Mayne Island readers, writers, parents and grandparents! Burnaby children’s author Ellen Schwartz, who has published 18 books, is speaking from 6 - 7pm at Mayne Island Library on Friday, June 14, 2019.

The former schoolteacher is a highly popular presenter and will include insight into a writer’s life, and readings from her books. No charge, and no need to sign up. Just come and be entertained! Courtesy of the Mayne Island Library.

For further information please contact Pam Withers

posted April 2019
updated May 2019

Waterbird surveyor needed for Horton Bay

Do you know and enjoy our waterbirds? Do you live near Horton Bay? Would you like to put your enjoyment and knowledge to work there? Then please consider volunteering to serve as a BC coastal waterbird surveyor for Horton Bay.

The BC Coastal Waterbird Survey is run by Bird Studies Canada. A number of Mayne Islanders already participate as surveyors for other sites on the island. Horton Bay has two survey sites: from the government dock and from Spud (Potato) Point.

The “job” involves visiting the Horton Bay sites within 2 hours of the daytime high tide on the second Sunday of each month — from September through April — and counting all the waterbirds you see. You enter your counts online. There’s no paperwork!

Good binoculars are essential; a spotting scope is great, too. And Bird Studies Canada provides lots of helpful information and resources for bird identification.

If this appeals to you, please contact Herbie ( or (778) 977-7278) to find out more.

posted April 2019

Mayne Island Tennis Association AGM: Sun May 5

On Sunday, May 5th, the M.I.T.A. will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Meeting begins at 9 am. Annual memberships will be available at the door.

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

posted April 2019

Notice of MIHCA's Annual General Meeting: Sat May 11

Notice of MIHCA's Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday May 11th at 10 am at the Church House. Directors' report and election of board members. New MIHCA memberships and renewals available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

MIHCA supports our Health Centre and promotes the health and wellbeing of Mayne Islanders. For further information please contact Diana King

posted April 2019

Internet Safety and Avoiding Scams: Wed Apr 17

John Glover is providing a Mayne Island Lions service to the community by presenting a well-prepared program on the topic of Internet Safety.

John is a hands-on senior certified management consultant and one branch of his profession deals with internet security. Lions members found his interesting and valuable talk unnerving and appreciated the responses to many questions that followed regarding what can be done to protect ourselves from scammers. John is offering this opportunity to Mayne Islanders at 7:30 Wed April 17th at the Ag Hall.

Along with spam, scams, and identity theft, he will discuss many other ways that our resources can be quickly removed from our control. Bring your questions and personal accounts of your own experiences to contribute to this evening's illuminative presentation. For further information please contact David Chase

posted April 2019

Mayne Island Lions Club Easter Bingo: Sat Apr 20

On Saturday, April 20th, starting at 7:30 pm, the Lions Club will be holding their Annual Easter Bingo. Doors will open at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per person which includes 20 games of Bingo. The evening will end with our $100 blackout game. Come out and win a ham or one of many door prizes. All the proceeds from this fun event go toward scholarships for our local youth. See you there!

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

posted April 2019

Mayne Island Easter Craft Market: Sat Apr 20

Come check out what local Mayne Island artists and crafters have to offer at our Easter Craft Market. You’ll find jams and jellies, handcrafted art, soaps and lotions, jewelry, candles and beeswax wraps, baked goods and more! Many of our summer market vendors will be there. All products locally Made on Mayne. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mayne Island Community Centre, Saturday April 20th from 1 to 5 pm. For further information please contact Heather Harris or Cheryl Funk

posted April 2019

MIALS Annual General Meeting: Thu Apr 18

Thursday, April 18th, 9:30 am at the Church House. Refreshments will be served. For further information please contact May McKenzie, (250) 539-2530.

posted April 2019

Annual Mayne Island Beach Clean-up: Sun Apr 7

Each year about 100 volunteers spend a couple of hours picking up refuse from one of the ten beaches on island. With our stronger than normal storms this winter, we expect a lot of debris will wash up on our shores this year. Please join us for our annual Beach Cleanup on April 7th at 1 pm.

During the last several years we have averaged about 3,000 pounds or more of debris that has been cleared from our beaches and sent to the landfill. This is a great way to meet some of your neighbours, take a pleasant walk, and leave the beaches clean for the enjoyment of the locals and visitors to our lovely island. If you wish to join in this great activity contact a Beach Captain or just show up on the day.

Bennett Bay ....................................... Mike Nadeau 250 539-0123
Campbell Bay .................................... Bill Hayward  250 539-9890
David Cove, Oyster and Reef Bays ... Irene Barrett  250 539-5070
Edith Point ......................................... Peter Askin  250 539-2199
Gallagher and Piggott Bays ............... Kim Harris  250 539-9878
Horton Bay ........................................ Sue Duncan  250 539-3640
Kadanaga Bay ................................... Marian MacLean 250 539-9995
Lighthouse and Maude Bays ............. Len Epp 250 539-3111
Village Bay ........................................ Patricia Janvrin 250 539-5692
Miners Bay .... Mayne Elementary School (Michael Dunn) 250 539-2371

For further information please contact Rob Underhill (250) 539-5168 or go to the Mayne Island Conservancy web site:

posted April 2019

Albatross: The Film. Sat Apr 6

Mayne Island Conservancy and Mayne Island Recycling Society present – Albatross. April 6 at 7:30 - 9 pm, at the Agricultural Hall.

As Islanders we are well aware of the issue of plastics in our oceans. This movie brings home the purpose of the Annual Beach Cleanup in a way that will inspire consider how we can each individually reduce our reliance on plastic in our everyday life.

Albatross is an adult film with strong emotional content, so we recommend it for viewers age 12 and above. For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted April 2019

Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 4

You are invited to play in the 2019 Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 4th at Dinner Bay Park. This tournament is open to all ages and skill levels, even if you've never played the game before! This is a family friendly event, and we encourage you to come down to the park for a picnic even if you don't play disc golf. For information about entrance categories and costs, please check out the website:

Registration will be open from 9 am to 11am. If you can please, play early so players arriving on ferry from other Gulf Islands will have time to play when they arrive. All score cards must be in by 2:30 pm. There will be a fun doubles tournament starting at 4 pm after the prizes are handed out for the main tournament.

We hope to see you there! For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2019

Book Launch for Mayne Island Author: Sun Apr 7

Darlene Crocker, a Mayne Island author, will be reading from her new novel, "Life Doesn't Lie" at her Book Launch at the Mayne Island Library, Sunday April 7 from 3 until 4 pm. Everyone is welcome!

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted April 2019

Juno Nominated Slocan Ramblers on Mayne Island: Thu Apr 4

On Thursday April 4th the newly Juno-nominated Slocan Ramblers will be on Mayne Island to play the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall in celebration of their new album "Queen City Jubilee" (which came out last Spring). Rooted in traditional bluegrass music, the band is instills both the old and the modern into their creative process. Influenced by artists such as The Stanley Brothers, Norman Blake and Steve Earle – the band relishes in blending lightning fast, devilishly intricate instrumentals with sawdust-thick vocals.

Showtime at 7 pm, tickets $20. For further information please contact Kari Zalik or go to this web site.

posted March 2019

Thrifty Toonie Sale: Sat Mar 30

The Agricultural Society is sponsoring a Membership Appreciation Sale of items sale priced at a toonie or multiples of toonies on Saturday March 30th at 10 am in the Agricultural Hall. There will be some great bargains!

The first half hour of the sale will be for Ag Society members only. After 10:30 the sale is open to everyone – until we run out of stock. Of course you can become a member for just one toonie.

If you have any treasures that you would like to contribute you will find us setting up in the Hall after 1 pm on Friday the 29th. The Thrift Shop will be open for its usual Saturday hours of 10 am until 1 pm. For further information please contact Jon Hoff (250) 539-8022.

posted March 2019

Mayne Island Reads: Ends Thu Jun 20

Mayne Island Reads. "In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation" is the 2019 Mayne Island Reading Challenge. Look for posters in the Library explaining the Challenge. Encourage & support each other as we continue to explore the meaning of reconciliation.

This year's reading challenge will wind up on Thursday, June 20th at the school during our acknowledgement of National Indigenous Peoples' Day.

If you have a copy of this year's book, "In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation" and you have finished reading, please return your copy to the Library. There are still Mayne Islanders waiting to read the book.

Also, please write about your "aha" moments: a poem, a haiku, an essay, a song, a story, a drawing. These can be left at the Library or sent to John at:

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted March 2019

Mayne Island Recycling Society AGM: Thu Apr 11

Notice of the Recycling Society's Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at St. Mary Magdalene Church House.

Hear about the changes in recycling in BC. Board elections are on the agenda. Memberships available at the door. Refreshments served, everyone is welcome. Memberships will be available at the door. For further information please contact Maeva Lightheart

posted March 2019

Spring Native Plant Sale: Sat Apr 27

The Mayne Island Conservancy is holding our annual Spring Native Plant Sale on Saturday April 27th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall grounds. All of our plants are grown on island from locally collected seeds and cuttings. Come check out our selection of native trees, shrubs, and perennial wildflowers such as great camas, which we have been nurturing into maturity from seeds started 6-7 years ago!

Native plants are all around us. They provide us with a stunning visual display that changes through the seasons, all while providing food and habitat for native animals, insects, and fungi. Plants are the essential building blocks of our local ecology, and we’re fortunate to live in a place with more plant diversity than nearly anywhere else in Canada! Did you know there are 340 different native plant species currently recorded on Mayne Island? If you’re interested in using native plants in your garden then it’s time to pull out your calendar.

Introducing and maintaining native plants on your property is one of the best ways you can contribute to a healthy local ecosystem, provide food for pollinators, and attract beneficial and interesting wildlife into your garden. Our nursery manager Rob Underhill will be on-hand to provide advice on which plants may work best for your site.

If you hold current membership with the Mayne Island Conservancy, you are invited to place a pre-order for pickup on the day of the sale. Since we are a small producer, supplies are limited and pre-orders are recommended. Availability and pricing is available on our website.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted March 2019

Are You Ready? If it Happens Here? Sat Mar 30

When we see an evacuation due to wildfires such as happened in the past two summers, we begin to wonder: Can this happen here? What would our community do? Are we prepared for evacuation? Do we have emergency shelter and care?

How can you be involved in this vital preparation and readiness? 
Come to an Emergency Program Public Presentation, Saturday, March 30th 9 am at the Fire Hall, 520 Felix Jack Road.
Speakers: Deputy Chief Eric Walker, MI Fire Dept
Assistant Chief Adrian Hanson, Pender Fire Dept

Mayne Islanders, whether full or part time residents, or guests, can be confident of their care and safety in the event of a disaster or emergency. This is due to the work of Island volunteers in the Mayne Island Emergency Program who are committed to the safety and care of their neighbours. Working with the Mayne Island Fire Department, plans and preparations have been made to provide aid in the event of a disaster, such as wildfire, earthquake or weather related events.

Your Emergency Program has a role in providing for the safety and care of Mayne Islanders as well as providing care, when needed, for the MI Firefighters and those persons from agencies who may come to assist, such as Search & Rescue, Coast Guard, or firefighters from other islands under Mutual Aid agreements.

Preparation and planning are the keys to reducing the risk of disasters. In the case of wildfire or structure fire, proper training and equipment such as that of the MI Fire Department is vital. Emergency Program volunteers plan and prepare evacuation procedures, providing shelter, food, clothing, access to medical care, or financial aid; even family reunification if needed.

How can you be involved in this vital preparation and readiness?
Is your home and property “FireSmart"?
Do you have your “Grab & Go” Emergency Kit?
Do you have Emergency supplies for up to 2 weeks? Do you have an Emergency Plan?
Have you registered for the CRD Public Alert Notification System?

Can you volunteer some of your time to the Emergency Program?
• Got computer skills? We need help updating our Excel data which holds vital information for Rapid warning via telephone.
• We need contacts in our Neighbourhood Program to assist making telephone calls for Rapid warnings or to check on residents in the event of power outages or storms.
• Skilled with Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Websites? We need your skills to put Mayne Islanders onto the social network.

Come out on March 30th and bring your neighbour. For further information please contact Gerrie Wise

posted March 2019

Giambori Presents: Apr 1 & 2

Mon Apr 1 at 7:30 pm & Tue Apr 2 at 7 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Music by Dvorak, Brahms, Shostakovich, Mascagni, Bruch, & Rachmaninov performed by Elisabeth Jahren, piano & accordian, and Chris Redsell, Viola.

In the middle of January, Elisabeth and I recorded a number of our favourite works with the intention of producing a CD that will probably be called “ Live at the Vet” …remembering the lovely sessions we used to have in that great room overlooking Navy Channel. The material is now being edited and by our friend Jacob, who came especially from England to record us, and all going well, with a following wind , we should have the cd’s by summer! Having gone through the intense work to do these recordings we have decided to play it all again as a concert, before we put it back to bed! - Chris Redsell.

For further information please contact Chris (250) 885-0365.

posted Mar 2019

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop: Sat Mar 16

The Orchard Project is hosting a fruit-tree pruning workshop and demonstration Saturday March 16 at the Ag Hall.

It begins at 9:30 am with a presentation by Allan Jones, an expert pruner from the Okanagan. Following the talk, the Community Bus will be available to take participants to a nearby orchard, where Allan will demonstrate pruning techniques. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather.

Participation is by donation. For further information please contact Tina Farmilo (250) 539-2402.

posted March 2019

MI Music Society Presents Carlos Del Junco: Wed Mar 13

Carlos Del Junco and the Blues Mongrels, will be playing at the Ag Hall on Wed Mar 13 at 7:30 pm (doors open 7 pm).

We're so lucky to have Carlos and the band back on Mayne Island. This is going to be an exceptional concert. Don't miss this one!

To say that Carlos is just a harmonica player is like saying Jimi Hendrix was just a guitar player. 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 and 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 Carlos and his band 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.

Tickets are $25, available from Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, & Happy Tides.

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

Annual General Meeting — Trustee Election: Sat Apr 13

Mayne Island Improvement District's Annual General Meeting and Trustee Election will be held on Saturday, April 13th at 1 pm in the Fire Hall Meeting room, 520 Felix Jack Road.

For further information please contact the MIID office at (250) 539-5116 or go to the web site at

posted February 2019

The Great Adventure: Fri Feb 22

The Library is pleased to present National Film Board film "The Great Adventure" on Friday, February 22 at 7:30 pm in the Ag Hall. Admission by donation, with free popcorn.

In this film, Jean Lemire and his crew undertake an arduous journey in their three-mast sailing ship through the Northwest Passage, documenting the breathtaking northern scenery, the impact of global warming on this fragile ecosystem and the daily struggle of the sailors just to survive.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted February 2019

Mayne Island Library AGM: Sat Feb 23

Mayne Reading Centre Society is holding our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 2 pm in the Library. All are welcome. If you wish to vote, the membership fee for the Society is $5.

Please note that the Library will be closed at 1 pm that day for the meeting. Cookies and sparkling water will be served. For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted February 2019

Seedy Saturday Events: Feb 15 & 16

Film: Seed—The Untold Story: Fri Feb 15

Friday February 15, 7:30 pm at the Ag Hall.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Seed features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society. Entry by donation. For further information please contact Deb Foote

Seedy Saturday: Sat Feb 16

Saturday Feb 16, 12 - 3 pm, at the Agricultural Hall. Join the Mayne Island Agricultural Society & Mayne Island Conservancy for a Seedy Weekend. We are honoured to announce that Tsartlip Elder Dr. John Elliott will be giving an opening welcome at Seedy Saturday.

Anxious to get out in the garden? 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 demonstrations through the afternoon. Gardening advice. Seed exchange table. Exchange package for package. Have no seeds to exchange? Purchase for a loonie per package. Kids planting table. Fresh, local salad greens and shoots available.

For further information please contact Deb Foote

Family Day Weekend Museum Opening: Sat Feb 16

The Plumper Pass Museum will be open Saturday February 16, 2019 from noon until 2 pm. Tsartlip Elder STOLCEL Dr. John Elliott will officially open the event at noon in the Agricultural Hall.

For further information please contact Trish Hoff

Mayne Island Housing Society AGM: Sat Feb 16

The Mayne Island Housing Society is pleased to welcome all community members to our first Annual General Meeting on Saturday, February 16 at 2 pm at the Church House.

The agenda includes typical AGM business: presentation of Financial Report, Director's Report, election of Board of Directors, and special resolutions to amend MIHS bylaws.

Following the business meeting, we are very pleased to welcome Peter Robinson who will explore the topic: "How rental housing projects can demonstrate environmental and economic leadership in small communities."

Residents of both larger urban neighbourhoods, and smaller rural communities, sometimes worry that purpose built rental housing will have a negative impact on their own homes and properties. The perception is that such housing might not reflect community aspirations for environmental performance, appearance, or ongoing operations.

Peter Robinson, the former CEO of both the David Suzuki Foundation and BC Housing will speak to why this perception is often wrong, and how small scale rental housing projects can actually be a positive legacy for communities such as Mayne Island.

Curious? Come to ask questions.

Want to be more involved as a member, director, volunteer, consultant? Contact the Board Nomination Committee, David Lindquist, We hope you will join us to mark this milestone for the Mayne Island Housing Society. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Deborah Goldman, or phone, (604) 828-5784.

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Gaming and Gambling: a Discussion: Wed Feb 6

Retired Pender Island educator, David Nickoli, will facilitate an introductory discussion around gaming. Enjoy an interactive game of “Trivia” and learn about gaming, gambling and media technology. Discover the connections between gaming and gambling evident in today’s online media-focussed world. Discuss ways to engage your children or grandchildren around the topic of gaming and screen-time use.

Wed February 6th at the Church House at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

David Nickoli is the Prevention & Community Engagement Provider for Southern Gulf Islands, BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program. For further information please contact Janet Guy (250) 539-9876.

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Beyond Crisis; a film: Sat Feb 2

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy and Dr. Simon Dalby for a screening of the documentary Beyond Crisis, a film aimed at sparking meaningful dialogue around climate change while empowering people everywhere to make a difference.

At the Ag Hall on Saturday February 2nd. 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

The reality of climate change may be frightening, but there is good news. Diving into the dramatic climate and energy story unfolding all around us today, this film paints an inspiring vision of the better world we could be building together – if we find the courage to face our shared global crisis, saying yes to a far safer, more sustainable and more compassionate clean energy future.

Beyond Crisis is a story of truth that bridges both poetry and science, intellect and the human heart – a beacon of hope to all people who are searching for an inspiring path beyond climate change, and a future we can actually believe in. Dr. Dalby will lead a discussion after the film, looking at ways our community can take proactive and meaningful action on climate change.

For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted January 2019

Attention Singers!

The New Mayne Choir announces its Spring Season of songs about the seascape, rivers and lakes and the spirits surrounding them. All abilities welcome - no audition, if you love to sing. First practice will go on Wednesday February 6th, 7 pm at the Community Centre and every Wednesday thereafter until the end of April.

The cost will be modest and SoundCloud, YouTube links and home practice files will be available. We will build on the success and fun of our Christmas programme but new faces/voices will be very welcome. The more the merrier and (ahem!) the cheapier. For further information please contact Alan Ryder (250) 539-2673.

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Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready? Sat Jan 26

Mayne Island Emergency Program will hold an information session on Saturday January 26 at 9:30 am at the Fire Hall Meeting Room at 500 Felix Jack Rd.

When disaster strikes, your chances of staying safe, healthy and comfortable are much better if you are prepared. Our presentation will offer the information you need to prepare yourself and your family to survive on your own for at least five days after any type of disaster. Each household participating in the presentation will receive a free take-home informational workbook to help with emergency planning.

Then, take your planning and preparedness to the next level. After a major emergency or disaster, neighbours helping neighbours are usually the first help available. We will discuss a structure for a neighbourhood to organize and plan for preparedness and response. This knowledge will help reduce the impact of a disaster on your neighbourhood and community.

The presentation will provide information and opportunities for those people who want to help their neighbours and neighbourhood further their preparedness.

For further information please contact Gerrie Wise (250) 508-3002, Mayne Island Emergency Program Coordinator (Acting), or Brigitte Prochaska (604) 880-3840, Area Coordinator Southern Gulf Islands.

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Free Soil Building and Composting Class: Sat Feb 2

On Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall join Sean Smukler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Applied Biology and Soil Science, UBC, for a free Soil Building and Composting Class.

Sean is currently working with Vancouver Island growers on a practical soil building project and will share his expertise with Southern Gulf Islands food producers. All growers, farmers and gardeners, experienced or beginners will benefit from this class. This educational event is sponsored by the non-profit Gulf Islands Food Co-op, serving Southern Gulf Islands food producers, eaters and local food sustainability.  Pre-register for this class by email. Drop-ins also welcome.

For further information please contact Zorah Starr

posted January 2019

Valentine Date Event: Sat Feb 16

Mayne Island Has Big Hearts. A Valentine's "dance and delectables" fundraiser (chocolate, cheese & cash-bar drinks). Saturday Feb. 16, 7:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. Tickets $20 from Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware, and the Trading Post. Sponsored by the Mayne Island Syrian Newcomers' Group.

Raising funds for "our" Syrians' citizenship-exam prep class (see Mayneliner article). To donate silent auction items (including service certificates we can do up for you such as an hour of carpentry, cooking, sewing instruction, etc.):, (604) 562-8964. To donate chocolate or cheese treats (quiches, cookies, cakes, etc.):, (778) 995-8385 (Diane).

For further information please contact Vicki

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Sunday Singing: Sun Jan 27

Come and join us one Sunday per month for 3 hours of singing. Lead by Dale Rasmussen from Victoria, these sessions will be fun, informal and open to all. No previous choir experience necessary. We will be singing familiar tunes including folk and classic pop songs with easy harmony parts. These sessions are for anyone who likes to sing, or who hasn't done a lot of singing but would like to do more.

First session is Sunday January 27 at the Ag Hall (the Community Centre is booked that day.) The Feb, Mar, Apr Sundays are at the Community Centre. Time: 12:30 until 3:30 pm. Cost: $100 for 4 sessions, $80 for 3. Register:

For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom (250) 539-5506.

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Poetry Night Featuring Juniper-Mae: Mon Jan 14

Located at Don Eadie's house - 625 Fernhill Road ... (look for the yellow flower indicating his driveway. It's a bit steep if you have difficulty walking.) Featuring performer & poet Juniper-Mae from Victoria.

Juniper-Mae can most often be found raiding roadside beehives for poems, or challenging tide-pools to staring contests. Drawing inspiration from the coast where she grew up, Juniper-Mae finds herself with poetry that is both whimsical and visceral. She aims to bring you at least a little honesty, and at least a little hope.

Bring: Poetry, Potluck Snacks, Hydration & a (financial) Donation for the Mayne Island Food Bank.
6 pm: We gather at Don Eadie’s home (625 Fernhill Road) 6:15pm Poetry Readings Begin (Open Mic*)
7 pm: We take a break & discuss the poetry read
7:30 pm: Juniper-Mae reads a selection of her work
*we probably won’t use a microphone.

Read your own prose, read a piece from your favourite poet, or just enjoy the words and emotions tumbling from those who have chosen to share.... You don't need to have anything memorized, you don't need to confine yourself to a particular style of spoken word (this is not a slam poetry competition).

Readings will begin around 6:15 pm. For further information please contact Kat Ferneyhough

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Robbie Burns Supper: Sat Jan 26

Join us for a potluck feast in honour of Scotland's favourite bard, Robbie Burns. Piper, toasts and speeches, entertainment, singalong, ceilidh dancing and live music by Scottish duo, The Slow Pokes. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner starts at 6 pm sharp. Bring your own tipple (party license -- wine and beer only) and a dish to contribute to the feast. Kilts and plaid encouraged.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney (250) 539-2764.

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Mayne Island Agricultural Society AGM: Sat Jan 12

"Looking to the Future While Preserving the Past". The AGM will be Saturday, January 12th at 1:30 in the Ag Hall. Membership sign up ($2) at 1:15.

After a short AGM we will serve refreshments and Kristine Webber will present the results of the community survey we did last spring and how we are using the information to develop our new three year Strategic Plan for the Society.

This is your Hall, your Museum and your Thrift Shop. Come and participate in its future. For further information please contact Trish Hoff

posted January 2019