Christmas Eve Bonfire: Tue Dec 24

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at the bonfire at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own mug for hot chocolate or apple cider to accompany some delicious treats! Carolling often breaks out and the air is filled with Christmas joy and laughter. Starts at 6:30 pm.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill

posted December 2019

Japanese Garden Lights until Jan 1st

The Japanese Gardens are ready for the Annual Christmas display. After many days of decorating and tweaking of the lights we will be open this weekend. The Garden is open from 5 - 7 pm nightly from Friday, December 20 to Jan 1st, except for Christmas Eve. Donations for the lights would be appreciated. Thanks to the nearly 40 Mayne Islanders who help this event happen every year.

For further information please contact Ingrid Marsh

posted December 2019

Dinghy Discussions: Wed Dec 18

Mayne Island Boaters present a workshop on dinghies - their uses, handling, repairs, etc. As usual, our most informative presenter, Blair Smith will be at the helm.

Mayne Island Library, Wednesday December 18th - 7 - 9 pm. No charge for AMIB members - membership applications available at the workshop. For further information please contact Renate

posted December 2019

Cozy Pyjama Party: Mon Dec 16

The Library is hosting our first Cozy Pyjama Party for little ones and their families at the Library Monday, December 16 from 6 to 7:30. There will be stories, songs, refreshments and fun! Wear your snuggliest pj's, bring a blanket, pillow and your favourite stuffed toy. All are welcome but kids 8 and under and their families might like it best.

Please note the date change since the December Mayneliner article. December 16 at 6:00! Hope to see you then! For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted December 2019

Mistletoe Market: Sat Dec 7

The Mayne Island Farmer's Market presents the Mistletoe Market, Saturday December 7th from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ag Hall.

Still need to get some Made-on-Mayne Island Christmas gifts and treats? Come on down to the Market on Saturday to find stocking stuffers and gifts for everyone.

Sponsored in part by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society.

posted December 2019

Santa Ship & Lions Christmas Bingo: Sat Dec 14

The annual Christmas tradition continues! The Santa Ship arrives at 2:15 pm at the Miners Bay Dock. Santa will make his way up to the Ag Hall to hand out goodies for the kids.

Plus - The Lions Turkey Bingo will be happening in the Ag Hall starting at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm. Admission is $10 per person.There will be 20 games in total with turkey prizes and fantastic door prizes. The night will end with the $100 blackout bingo game. Cards are $1 each.

Come out and celebrate the season and win some great prizes! For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted December 2019

Christmas Bake Sale and Accessories: Sat Dec 7

Please join us on Saturday, December 7th at 1-3 pm for our Annual Christmas Bake Sale, Tea and Accessory Sale at the Church House, St Mary Magdalene Church, 360 Georgina Point Road.

Mix and Match Cookies. Gluten Free Selections. Jewelry, scarves and more.

For further information please contact MJ (250) 539-3777.

posted December 2019

Birding in the Wild: Sat Dec 7

It has become a tradition that every year in late November or Early December, Mayne Island Conservancy holds a Winter Bird identification event. We decided to take a different approach for 2019. We are holding two sessions this year that are more interactive. You will learn where to look for birds, how to identify them by their song and habits, and how to estimate numbers for those of you participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count scheduled for Saturday December 14th.

Join the Mayne Island Conservancy's Executive Director & life long bird enthusiast Michael Dunn, along with other experienced birders for an exploration of Mayne Islands terrestrial, shoreline and marine winter bird habitats.

Part 1 of the series has already taken place on Saturday morning November 30th, where the habitat of terrestrial winter birds were explored.

Part 2 will take place on Saturday afternoon December 7th. Meet the team at the Lighthouse at Georgina Point at 1:30 pm (the walk begins at 2 pm), where the habitat of shoreline & marine winter birds will be explored.

Please dress appropriately for the weather, and don’t forget your binoculars. Donations are appreciated, we will also have copies of the Birds of Mayne Island Checklist available - $5 each, a perfect stocking stuffer for the bird lovers in your life. For further information please contact Nancy Gibson (604) 370-2670.

posted December 2019

Banquo Folk Ensemble Concert: Sat Nov 30

Join the five members of Victoria’s Banquo Folk Ensemble for an afternoon of beautiful ancient songs and tunes to celebrate the winter season. Voices, harp, recorders, flute, bagpipes, cittern, hurdy-gurdy, vielle, percussion and more!

2 pm, Saturday, November 30th at St. Mary Magdalene Church. Doors open at 1:30.

Tickets $20 at the door or in advance at Farm Gate Store or online at For further information please contact Lael Whitehead

posted November 2019

NFB Film "Love, Scott": Fri Nov 22

The Library presents the NFB film, "Love, Scott" on Friday November 22 at the Ag Hall, 7:30 p.m. As usual, admission by donation and plenty of free popcorn!

This powerful film follows the journey of a young gay musician who is attacked and paralyzed from the waist down. "Love Scott" is the story of a bittersweet transformation and a visually evocative window into the queer experience. It is set against a stunning score by Sugur Ros.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted November 2019

Seeds for the Future with Dan Jason: Wed Nov 20

Hosted by the Mayne Island Agricultural Society on Wednesday, November 20th 2 - 4 pm at the Ag Hall.

The need for community-led food security has never been greater. This event will begin the discussion on working together to establish a local seed library and do our part as a community to preserve seed diversity and meaningful connection to our food.

Dan Jason will guide us through his knowledge and experience and share his insight on how we can grow together.

Dan Jason has been an activist and leader in the non-GMO seed saving movement for most of his life and operating his business, Salt Spring Seeds, since 1988. He was involved in the founding of Seeds of Diversity Canada and the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada. He has written many books on the topic of seed security including Sowing Seeds As If Our Lives Depended On It, Changing the Climate With The Seeds We Sow, The Whole Organic Food Book, The Power of Pulses, and Awesome Ancient Grains and Seeds. He has also supported the development of local seed banks and libraries, including on our neighbouring islands such as the Seed Library of Galiano.

We look forward to beginning the discussion about how we can start a Seed Library here on Mayne. For further information please contact Selena Flood (250) 539-8094.

Mayne Voices Open Rehearsal/Recital: Wed Dec 4

The New Mayne Island Choir has adopted the informal name of "Mayne Voices" and will present an open rehearsal and recital at the Community Centre on Wed Dec 4th. Free admission - doors open at 7:15 pm.

Come and hear what we've been working on: World Music from South Africa, Japan, Nigeria and folk idioms from Ireland and Scotland are on the stocks. Of course "Christmas" works its way into some of the titles. Come hear the Joy!

For further information please contact the choir at

posted November 2019

Mayne Voices hosts Vivaldi Chamber Choir: Sun Dec 8

Mayne Voices welcomes the Vivaldi Chamber Choir to St. Mary Magdalene on Sunday December 8th at 3 pm. Elisabeth Jahren will accompany music expands and comments on Gospel readings of the Christmas Story. Tickets ($25) will be at the door and in advance at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware and The Trading Post.

This special program, not to be missed, features narration as a thread throughout, with carefully selected choral music describing verses taken from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Professional actor Bernard Cuffling, a veteran favourite for Vancouver theatre-goers, is Narrator. Artistic Director Edette Gagne conducts. Elisabeth Jahren accompanies.

Mr. Cuffling has been a professional actor in Vancouver for well over forty years. His credits include All's Well That Ends Well (as the Viceroy, for Bard on the Beach, summer 2019) and It's a Wonderful Life (as Clarence, the Angel, for the Arts Club Theatre...for 5 Christmas seasons), as well as Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Cuffling has received the Sam Payne award (from TV/Radio Unions); a Jessie Richardson award (for recognition in theatre), and has a star on the BC Walk of Fame. Added enjoyment for Mr. Cuffling comes from presenting talks to clubs and associations (i.e., Hycroft, Brock House).

Music for The Christmas Story includes pieces by Handel (from Messiah); John Rutter (Rise Up, Shepherd, Jesus Child); David Willcocks (O Come, O Come Emmanual, Gabriel's Message, Il est ne, le divin enfant/arr.); Michael Praetorius (Puer natus in Bethlehem); C.V. Stanford (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis); a powerful, emotional arrangement of Mary Did You Know (arr. Jamie Ray, as performed by vocal ensemble Voctave); the beautiful Coventry Carol and Anton Bruckner's sublime Ave Maria; Als ich bey meinen schafen wacht (from 1623, arr. David Millard), and Hail, the Blest Morn (arr. Earle Peach).

For further information please contact Alan or (250) 539-2673.

posted November 2019

Mayne Island Flu Clinic: Wed Nov 27

Wednesday, November 27th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre at 493 Felix Jack Road.

Don't miss this chance to get your annual flu shot and enjoy a fun social gathering while you're at it. Drop in at your convenience and just remember to bring your BC ID with your personal health number (BC Services Card or Care Card).

For further information please contact MIHCA

posted November 2019

Maynely Mushroom Extravaganza: Nov 15 & 16

Mayne Island Conservancy brings you: Maynely Mushroom Extravaganza on Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, 2019. Location: Mayne Island Agricultural Hall & Mount Parke.

An annual event celebrating Mayne Island mycology. If you want to learn more about Mushrooms on Mayne Island, you will want to participate in all of our events over the weekend, a perfect opportunity to help you experience and learn about the amazing world of fungi.

Join us and the Vancouver Mycological Society’s Paul Kroeger & Sharmin Gamiet who will share their wisdom & provide pointers for all levels of mushroom enthusiasts. Late Breaking News - Sierra Steele will join us for the weekend, she is studying natural health and has discovered the special healing qualities of many varieties of mushrooms. She will share some her knowledge with us on Friday evening at our Exclusive Mushroom Tasting Event & Presentations, "The Mystique of Mushrooms".

Friday November 15th 7  to 9 pm: Ag Hall. Limited Seating – tickets $20 per person (includes a glass of wine and some amazing mushroom appetizers). Tickets available at Farm Gate & the Trading Post. Learn how mushrooms inspire, nourish and heal us while making life possible on this planet.

Guided Walk at Mount Parke. Saturday November 16th 10 to 11:30 am: Kim Road Entrance. Our experts will lead a walk, at Mount Parke, pointing out various varieties of mushrooms in their natural habitat. And will help identify where the illusive, most coveted varieties might be found in season. A perfect primer for the novice mycologist. Please dress appropriately for the conditions. Admission by donation.

Mushroom Identification - Saturday 12:30 to 3:30 pm: Ag Hall: bring in your mushroom collection for identification by our experts and amateur mycologists. Tables will be set up where you can display your mushrooms. From 1 to 2 pm there will be presentation on the Mushrooms of Mayne Island. At 3:15 prizes to be awarded for the Largest Mushroom and Most Diverse Collection! A concession will be open providing light refreshments including some tasty mushroom treats & chaga tea.

Know Your Mushrooms – A movie. Saturday 7 to 9 pm, Ag Hall. Popcorn and Chaga Tea will be served. Admission by donation.

Mushrooms – you either love them or you hate them. If you are a mushroom lover, and have never experienced the flavour of the wild varieties that are a part of the biodiversity of Mayne Island, this event is going to be the perfect cup of Chaga for you.

It’s often said that without fungi there can be no forests. Fungi, and their fruiting bodies, mushrooms, play many roles in sustaining the diversity and health of habitats in a forest ecosystem. They have proven to be an essential service as decomposers, in cycling nutrients and in the many symbiotic relationships they form with soil and other plant organisms.

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes, some are considered a delicacy (golden chanterelle or morels) others are deadly poisonous (death cap), while yet others have medicinal qualities not readily found in any other food source (Lions Mane) all the more reason to learn basic skills in identification, including the habitat where some of those most delicious varieties are most likely to be found. That is what our weekend extravaganza is all about!.

Our guest speakers are well known Mycologists from the Lower Mainland: Paul Kroeger has studied mushrooms for over thirty-five years and is a founding member of Vancouver Mycological Society in British Columbia. He has been involved in many projects and studies about diverse aspects of mushrooms, gaining knowledge about fungal ecology, biochemistry of toxic, hallucinogenic, medicinal and edible mushrooms. Years of experience have created unique insights and understanding of fungal life-ways and interactions in temperate ecosystems.

Some of Paul’s many activities and accomplishments in this field include: researching the biochemistry of medicinal mushrooms at the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a long time research associate in their Department of Botany; major contributor to the mycological herbarium collections in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC; significant contributions to the DAOM Herbarium in Ottawa and DAVFP Herbarium in Victoria; frequent consultant for various agencies, including the British Columbia Drug and Poison Information Centre.

Sharmin Gamiet has been working with fungi for over 30 years, focusing on mushrooms and their relatives found in the Pacific Northwest (BC, Washington and Oregon). She has trained at UBC and the University of Washington using the Friesien species concepts, that is macro and micro morphological, rather than genetic traits, used to group fungi. Sharmin has led mushroom forays throughout BC for many years and enjoys sharing and discussing mushrooms in their habitats.

Sierra Steele, has been studying Phytotherapy at Pacific Rim College, a program that explores the medicinal uses of North American and European herbs. Students study both traditional knowledge of herbal medicine – that which is passed down through various world traditions over the ages – and modern day, scientific-based knowledge. This, the most comprehensive program of western herbal medicine available in either Canada or the United States, is comprised of both theoretical and practical courses, implementing advantages of hands-on study of plants. The health benefits of wild mushrooms is included in the program and has captivated Sierra. We welcome her as a late addition to our program.

For further information about all these events please contact Deb Foote

posted November 2019

AMIB Boating and Kayak Workshops

Association of Mayne Island Boaters is pleased to announce that Blair Smith has agreed to conduct a series of workshops again. Welcome back Blair!

Workshops commence on November 6th, 2019 and will run through to March of 2020. All workshops are held at the Mayne Island Library from 19:00 to 21:00 and are free to AMIB members. New members can sign up at time of workshops.

Blair is an experienced navigator with many years of boating under his sail; he is also a qualified Power Squadron Instructor and we are fortunate to have him.

November 6th: "Local currents and passes"
November 20th: "Favourite anchorages"

For further information please contact Renate Morell

posted November 2019

Remembrance Day Service: Mon Nov 11

The community is invited to join the Remembrance Day Service at the Lych Gate, in front of St. Mary Magdalene Church, on Monday, November 11th, starting at 10:45 am. Followed by a short service at the Church.

A Chili lunch will be available at the Ag Hall From 12 noon after the service.

For further information please contact Ron Weeks or Doug Dzus

posted Nov 2019

Restart a Heart Day: Wed Oct 23

Learn hands-only CPR and AED awareness from your Mayne Island Community Paramedics at their free 30-minute sessions on Wednesday October 23rd at the BC Ambulance Station at 524 Felix Jack Road. No need to register. Just drop in any time between 11 am and 3 pm.

For more information please email or phone Barb Edwards at (250) 539-0167.

posted October 2019

Wild Whales - Be Whale Wise: Sat Oct 26

Saturday October 26, 7 pm at the Ag Hall. See a whale, dolphin, porpoise or sea turtle? Learn about the importance of reporting your sighting to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network.

While seeing orcas and other magnificent sea creatures in their natural environment is a thrilling experience to say the least! We live in a place where sightings are a regular occurrence, especially for those who live along our shorelines.

In this presentation, Jessica Scott, Coordinator at the BC Cetacean Sightings Network, will show us how to report sightings, as well as where to report sick, injured, entangled or dead marine mammals. In addition, she will give us a better understanding of how on a day to day, season to season basis we can take an active roll in the conservation of marine life.

We have come to recognise that there are many issues that effect the well being of our neighbours who inhabit the oceans that surround us. Not unlike humans, marine mammals need space to find food, choose mates, raise their young and socialize. In our excitement to view the cetaceans that make their homes, breeding grounds or migratory routes through the Salish Sea, we sometimes forget to take into account the fact that when we get too close we may be disturbing these activities and cause our aquatic neighbours undue stress by approaching too fast or making too much noise.

New laws and regulations have been established through out the region, both in Canada and the US. These regulations prohibit the harassment and disturbance of marine mammals, most particularly our southern resident orcas which we all know are on the list of endangered species.

The BC Cetacean Sightings Network is looking for our assistance and is actively engaging in community dialogue to help in achieving a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of all of the cetaceans that are commonly seen in British Columbia.

For all of you boaters, fishers, observers & interested community members this is a must attend session. For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted October 2019

MILT is Looking for Story Tellers: Sat Nov 30

Mayne Island Little Theatre is looking for story tellers for An Evening of Stories. At the Ag Hall, on Saturday, November 30.

Are you interested in presenting a story about Island Life? An original story or one you have heard that you would like to share.

For further information please contact Justine,

posted October 2019

Fashion Show Fundraiser: Sat Nov 2

For Mayne Island Assisted Living Society sponsored by Tree Frog Gallery. Saturday November 2nd, 7 pm at Mayne Island School.

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets available at the Tree Frog Gallery, $20. Each ticket includes one complimentary drink. Wine provided courtesy of the Summerhill Winery.

Tip: Bring your husband/partner/significant other and let them know what you want for Christmas. For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530.

posted October 2019

Annual Harvest Dinner: Thu Oct 24

It's time for our Annual Harvest Dinner on Thu October 24th at the Church House, 360 Georgina Point Road.

This is a fun event offering a scrumptious dinner while mingling with friends. Two seatings: at 5 pm and 6:30 pm.

Menu: Butternut Squash/Apple Soup, Salad, Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Red Cabbage
Glazed Carrots, & Fall Pies.

Tickets on sale now, call Mary Jane Tiller-Weeks (250) 539-3777 (specify seating time when ordering). Tickets are $15. Also available at Farm Gate Store. For further information or to buy or reserve tickets please call MJ (250) 539-3777.

posted October 2019

Child Health and Emergencies Workshop: Wed Oct 30

Join Nurse Practitioner Leanne Rowand (DNP) and Jenna Grant (Nurse Practitioner Masters student) for an informative presentation about dealing with child health and emergencies while living on an island.

Parents, grandparents, guardians or child-sitters will appreciate this interactive session with Leanne and Jenna. The presentation will take place on  Wednesday October 30th, 2019 from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at the Fire Hall Meeting Room. Please register by October 28th. To register or for further information please contact or call Malcolm at (250) 539-2402.

posted September 2019

Meditation Retreat: Oct 25, 26

Meditation Retreat with Margo McLoughlin, called "The Medicine of Awareness:
Mindfulness and the Healing Path of Practice".

Through our practice of meditation, we discover the healing properties of mindful awareness. This kind of awareness is a profound training of the heart and mind that re-establishes inner equilibrium and nurtures an attitude of caring compassion.

Friday, Oct 25th 7 - 9 pm & Saturday, October 26th, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. The registration fee is $25.

To register, email For further information please contact Donna Williams (250) 539-3693.

posted September 2019

Cougar Annie Tales: Sat Oct 5

Update correction: Show starts at 8 pm, doors at 7:30 pm. Original submission was incorrect.

One night only! Don't miss the Mayne Island performance of the award winning: Cougar Annie Tales. Created and performed by Katrina Kadoski.

Saturday, October 5 at the Ag Hall. Doors open 7:30, show at 8 pm. Tickets at the door: $15. Presented by the Mayne Island Little Theatre. For further information please contact Michele Steele (250) 530-0555.

posted September 2019

Naturalist of the Middle Way: Tue Oct 1

Join renowned Naturalist Trevor Goward for a 60-minute presentation offering up three propositions: 1) naturalists have an important role to play in this period of rapid and disturbing change; 2) it’s about time we made ourselves ready; and 3) lichens can help. Q&A to follow.

Internationally regarded as a leading authority on lichens, Goward has written three books on the subject and more than 80 peer-reviewed papers. He has named two dozen species and has had several lichens named in his honour. All this, and yet he has never taken a biology course, much less one on lichens. In fact, his only formal degree is a Bachelor of Arts. Tuesday October 1st, 7 pm, at the Church House.

For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted September 2019

Movie Night at Ag Hall: Fri Sep 27

Friday Sept. 27, 7:30 pm, free popcorn, admission by donation. Art meets environmental awareness in this arts-oriented documentary from the National Film Board. Sponsored by the Mayne Island Library Programming committee. Mark your calendar.

Official summary: "A poem for the planet, Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper's film Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. Metamorphosis captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis. Forest fires consume communities, species vanish, and entire ecosystems collapse. Economic growth, tied to increased speed of resource extraction, has created a machine with the capacity to destroy all life. But this crisis is also an opportunity for transformation. Through a tidal flow of stunning images, Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world."

For further information please contact Pam

posted September 2019

Something is Happening at Our Museum: Sat Sep 28

Over the past year we have been working on the W̱SÁNEĆ “Saltwater People” Interpretation / Relationship-Building Project which is a partnership between the Mayne Island Agricultural Society (Museum) and the Saanich Native Heritage Society (Tsartlip and WSANEC Elders and Artists) with generous support from the Heritage Legacy Fund of British Columbia, and the CRD Arts Commission. Tsartlip elders and drummers will be present for this event.

Everyone is invited to the unveiling of the art plaques at 12 noon on Sat, Sept. 28th at the Museum (across the road from the Farmers' Market). At 2 pm there will be a celebratory potluck luncheon in the Agricultural Hall. Agricultural Society members are invited to attend (memberships are $2). Due to limited seating tickets are available for $10 at the Museum on Sat. Sept. 14 & 22 from 10 am to 1 pm and Sun. Sept. 15 & 22 from noon to 2 pm. We ask people to bring a small salad or dessert.

For further information please contact Trish Hoff,

posted September 2019

Share the Pie: Talk Cancelled

How to Benefit the Community and Save Taxes Too. Please join the Mayne Island Conservancy and the Health Centre Association to enjoy a slice of pie while Sara Neely and Natasha Benn from the Victoria Foundation outline how you can help yourself, your family and your community through your financial and estate planning.

Did you know? You can provide for your family and offset taxes in your estate when you give a life insurance policy to a charity. When you give publicly-traded securities to a charity there is no capital gains tax.

If a charity is the beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF, you can save taxes in your estate. Join us for an afternoon of pie & tea while Sara and Natasha share their knowledge.

The meeting is at the St. Mary Magdalene Church House, 360 Georgina Point Rd, Thursday September 26, 1 pm to 3 pm. For further information please contact Deb Foote

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the talk on Planned Giving that was scheduled for September 26 has been postponed to a future date yet to be determined. Apologies for the short notice.

posted September 2019

Mayne Island Country Dancers: starting Sun Sep 15

You are invited to join the Mayne Island Country Dancers 3:30 pm – 6 pm Sundays at the Ag Hall, starting on Sunday September 15th. The fee is $5 per session, first session is free. No partner required.

This is your opportunity to try country dancing, and we will teach you so no previous experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes and light soft shoes. Sessions begin at 3:30 pm with a half hour of basic technique, and a short refreshment break is included. Since 2006 the Mayne Island Country Dancers have explored English and Scottish Country dance along with American Contra in a wide variety of jigs and reels.

If you are a musician and would like to join our small live band, please contact David Lindquist at (250) 539-2128. If you have any questions about the Mayne Island Country Dancers, please call Brenda Webster at (250) 884-2472 or Brian Crumblehulme at (250) 539-3027. See you on the dance floor!

posted September 2019

MIPATA AGM: Sat Sep 21

The Mayne Island Pathways & Trails Association (MIPATA) AGM will be held on Sat Sept 21st 2019, at 4 pm, at the Mayne Island Library. Join us for a review of our past year and a look forward at a new project for the coming year. Input from the community is welcome.

We are looking for some new board members. It is not a big time commitment with 3-4 meetings/year. Please come and join us. Membership is $5 which goes towards the cost of insurance for volunteers while at work parties. Please contact Irene Barrett if you need more information

posted September 2019

Celtic Music Concert & Ceilidh Dance: Sat Sep 28

Celtic duo Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres launch their new album at the Ag Hall, 430 Fernhill Road, Mayne Island, on Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Wear your soft shoes as the concert will be followed by a fun community Ceilidh style dance lead by caller Merrie Klazek. Tickets are $20 in advance at Farm Gate or $25 at the door. Free for kids 12 and under.

For further information please contact Gail Noonan

posted September 2019

Fall Tai Chi/Qi Gong Classes start Mon Sep 16

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, Beginners 10:45 – 11:45. $25 for the Fall Session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. Fall Session begins Monday, September 16. For more information or to register please contact Dell at 539-3351 or

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong an “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 September 2019

Mayne Island Quilt Guild Open House: Tue Sep 10

You are invited to an open house of the Mayne Island Quilters Guild. Tuesday September 10, 2019 from 10:30 am – 2 pm at the Mayne Island Ag Hall.

Come and meet us & see what the Guild has to offer you. We are looking for new members. Sew a small take home project and enjoy a sweet or two.

See you there. Please call Sandy Sandvik with any questions (604) 842-2296.

posted September 2019

Mayne Island Terry Fox Run: Sun Sep 15

Please join us for the Terry Fox Run (Walk, Bike, Saunter!) – on Sunday, September 15 at Miners Bay Park. Registration from 10:30 am to noon. Run/Walk/Bike starts at 12:00 noon. Free ice cream! Lions will be selling their great hamburgers & hot-dogs. Lots of fun!

The Terry Fox Foundation is volunteer driven; with low administration costs. Donate if you can, or just come out and join us to keep Terry's dream alive!

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

posted August 2019

Nia Dance Movement Classes Ongoing

Nia classes – Come and experience the joy of movement.

➤ a low-impact physical conditioning and systemic movement class
➤ practiced barefoot to diverse music styles suitable to all ages and body types
➤ results in body awareness, increased strength, flexibility, mobility, agility and sensed stability

On-going drop-in classes Wednesdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm at the Mayne Island Community Centre. The instructor is Diane Watson ( The cost is $5 per class.

For further information please contact: Diane Watson (250) 539-8030.

posted August 2019

Giambori September concerts are here

Live at the Community Centre. Thursday September 12 & Saturday September 14 at 7 pm.

Music: Dvorak opus 87; Beethoven opus 9, number 3; Brahms; Villa-Lobos; Piazzolla. Elisabeth Jahren, Piano and Accordian; Daphne Moody, Violin; Bryony Moody, Cello; Chris Redsell, Viola.

Tickets $25 (under 18, $10) available at Farm Gate, Home Hardware, Happy Tides & the Trading Post.

We look forward to these concerts, which are a bit earlier than our usual Autumn series mostly done in October other years. We are welcoming back Daphne from the UK, an old colleague of mine, who you will remember for her very sweet tone and refined playing.

Of course Elisabeth and I will be there and have just been rehearsing some lovely arrangements of hers when we visited at Green Lake this week. This month Eric is in the Northwest Territories on a first nations project and so Daphne will bring her daughter Bryony with her, who just happens to be ...a cellist. Both will give master classes to the respective sections of the string orchestra that I conduct on Vancouver Island while they are here and who knows... we may one day get the orchestra here for a concert soon. - C.R.

For further information please contact Christopher Redsell

posted August 2019.

New Mayne Island Choir

Calling all singers - Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses!

The new Mayne Island Choir is beginning its Fall season on Wednesday, September 11th from 7 pm - 9 pm at the Community Centre. If you love to sing and enjoy creating exciting harmonies, join us for some musical fun. No previous experience is necessary - really!

For more information, please email, text or call Mary Hansen at or (778) 773-0468.

posted August 2019

barcode band, Live at the Ag Hall: Sat Sep 21

‘barcode’ is a Vancouver-based rock band featuring Michael Varabioff on keys/guitar/vocals, David Macdonald on guitar/vocals, Chris Cambon on bass, and Bruce Forster on drums/vocals. Musical style ranges from classic rock to pop to alternative. Not known for glam-punk or electro-pop. Join barcode for a laid back evening, Mayne Island style.

Saturday, September 21st, at the AgHall on Mayne Island. Doors open at 7 pm.
Georgia Lee Johnson plays at 7:30 pm. barcode plays at 8:10 pm. $10 suggested donation for admission.

For further information please contact Georgia Johnson

posted August 2019

Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 17

The 94th Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair is on Saturday, August 17, 10 am to 4 pm. Below is the Schedule of Events.

9 to 4 Fernhill Road Closure – Dixon Rd. To Thrift Shop. Parking at School, Fire Hall, Community Centre and road allowance in front of school. Community Bus shuttle to Fair via Felix Jack Rd. No traffic through parade marshalling area on Fernhill Rd. From 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Do not throw candy from floats into the crowd. This is very dangerous. Handicap parking is available at Service Station
10:00 Fair grounds open
Good Karma Cafe opens on Hall patio: coffee, tea, sandwiches, sweets Farmers' Market and Community Groups on Minty open Museum/Gaol and Barn open
Lions burgers and hotdogs open
Parade assembly, Fernhill and Campbell Bay Rd., parade judging starts
10:30 am to 11:30 Live entertainment on Fair grounds outdoor stage with Dita
11:30 Parade begins
12:15 Fall Fair declared open
Hall exhibits open. Registration for Zucchini Races begins.
Master of Ceremonies, Brian Haller announces door prizes and activities
during the day.
12:15 to 2:00 Children's Games, Face Painting
12:30 Pender Highlanders Pipe Band
12:45 Zucchini Races
2:00 Tug of War
2:20 Zucchini Race Grand Champions
2:45 Children's Trophy awards
3:05 Adult Trophy awards
3:20 Raffle Draw
3:30 - 5 Live entertainment on Fair grounds outdoor stage with Dita
4:00 Exhibits can be picked up from the Hall.
5:00 Fair closes.

Ongoing Activities On Main Grounds:
Mr. Bubbles Balloon clown, Conservancy Game, Raffle ticket sales, Ice Cream, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Soft Drink

Museum / Barn Area Activities
Animals, Children's Games, Weaving Demonstration, Wool Carding and Spinning demonstration, Museum and Barn

If you do not have a copy of this year's Fall Fair booklet please visit our website to view our online Fair Booklet.

posted August 2019

Starry Nights in Dinner Bay Park: Sat Aug 17

UPDATE: Postponed due to cloudy weather on August 10th. Scheduled for Saturday August 17th, 8:30 pm, Dinner Bay Park.

Saturday August 10th, 8:30 pm Dinner Bay Park. It’s a tradition — every August when the Perseid Meteor Showers are at their peak, the Conservancy hosts a “Starry Nights” event. We’ve invited back last years expert, Scott Mair who will show us some of earth’s closest neighbouring planets including Jupiter & its moons along with Saturn & its rings in our tour of the night skies, conditions permitting. Goodies & warm beverages by donation.

For further information please contact Don Enright

posted August 2019

Movie Night at Miners Bay Park: Sun Aug 4

Movie Night at Miners Bay Park: Sun Aug 4 starting at dusk. Everyone is welcome.

Bring warm clothes, blankets, chairs. Drinks are available; free popcorn. Admission is free, or by donation. All proceeds go to the Terry Fox Foundation.

Come out to support Terry Fox and start thinking about the Terry Fox Run-Walk in September. For further information please contact (250) 539-0444.

posted July 2019

Made on Mayne Midsummer Market: Sun Aug 4

Come see what Mayne Island artists and crafters have to offer at our Made on Mayne Midsummer Market. Sunday August 4th at the Community Centre from 12 to 4 pm. From baked goods to jams and jellies to home decor, soy wax candles and beeswax food wraps, cards, artwork and organic juices, we’ve got it all on Mayne. See you then.

For further information please contact Heather Harris

posted July 2019

Library Annual Book Sale: Sat Aug 3

The Mayne Island Library will be holding the annual book sale on Saturday August 3 from 10 am until 2 pm.

Great bargains! Please bring your own bag. For further information please contact Marilyn Winterbottom (250) 539-5506.

posted July 2019

Plants for Pollinators: Mon July 29

Join guest expert Lori Weidenhammer, author of Victory Gardens for Bees, to learn how to transform your gardens into habitat for wild pollinators.

Monday, July 29th, 7 pm at the Ag Hall. Admission by donation.

You’ll come away with insight into the factors limiting the availability of food for pollinators and what you can do to help. To support you in the creation of pollinator habitat in your backyard, we will be handing out native plant seeds collected right here on Mayne Island, and providing instructions on how to get these plants established. We’ll also share some preliminary results of our inter-island citizen science project, highlighting some of the pollinator-plant relationships our community has uncovered.

For further information please contact

posted July 2019

Giambori Concerts at the Community Centre: Jul 16 & 18

Giambori presents: Live at the Community Centre. Tue Jul 16, 7:30 pm and Thu Jul 18, 7:30 pm. Tickets $25 (under 18, $10) available at Farm Gate, Home Hardware, Happy Tides & the Trading Post.

Music: Schubert Roasamunde String quartet, Dvorak piano quintet no 2, Piazzola. Elisabeth Jahren, Piano and Accordian; Eric Wilson, Cello; Mara Milkis and Kathy Caswell, Violins; Chris Redsell, Viola.

This summer's concerts are of particular interest because not only do we have a fantastic program, with, arguably one of Schubert's greatest pieces. But a "stunner" from Dvorak, plus some little gems..... to be played by 5 people who are all, somehow connected. The two violinists have had their careers in New York and Eric, whom we all know on Mayne from the many concerts performed here. Kathy comes from 30 years in the Met and Mara was eased into our Canadian culture and habits by Kathy in Banff about 40 years ago. She is originally from Russia, her father, who is still alive was Concert Master in the TSO. Kathy, Mara and I were students together, but have not played together since that time. Everyone knows Elisabeth, our own veterinary celebrity. They will all arrive on the 9th of July to start rehearsing in the quiet and relaxing environment of Mayne Island.. This will be Kathy and Mara’s first time here in the Gulf Islands. Come join us for what should be a magical concert.

For further information please contact Christopher Redsell

posted July 2019

Kit Pearson Book Launch: Sun Aug 25

Please join Order of Canada and Governor-General Award-winning author Kit Pearson for the Mayne Island launch of her latest novel, "Be My Love", 2 pm at the Library.

Be My Love is the companion volume to "The Whole Truth" and "Nothing But the Truth". All three novels are set on a fictitious island called Kingfisher Island — which is actually Mayne Island. There will be copies of the book available for sale and for signing. Everyone is welcome.

For further information please contact Judi Walker

posted July 2019

Fumbling towards Reconciliation: Sun Jul 14

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 will also be sharing some exciting news!

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: July 14, 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 July 2019

Poetry Reading by Ronaye Hudyma: Sun Jul 21

There will a poetry reading at the Library, Sunday July 21 at 3 pm.

The poet, Ronaye Hudyma is a Mayne Islander with a gift for poetry and a fascinating life story. Her lifelong career has been in the entertainment business beginning at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto where she studied piano and voice, and continuing as a solo performer on the stage, in television and in nightclubs on several continents.

Later she became a contracted songwriter for publishing companies in Nashville, TN. She is the author of the books "With a Broken Wing" and "How Many Heartbeats" She will read for us from her books and possibly add some new works as well. All are welcome on this summer afternoon to come, meet Ronaye, enjoy the poetry and have some refreshments.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted July 2019

House & Garden Tour: Sun Jun 30

Come and see these hidden gems on Mayne Island! Unique homes, gardens and sites! Tickets at Home Hardware, Trading Post and the Tree Frog. VIP tickets sold out.

For further information please contact Ingrid Marsh (250) 539-5024

posted June 2019