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

Dinner Bay Fundraiser Yard Sale: Sun Jul 7

Please join us on Sunday July 7th from 11 am to 3 pm at Dinner Bay for a big yard sale fund-raiser for the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society and the Mayne Island Health Centre Association.

For further information please contact Bonnie Horsfall

posted June 2019

Terry Fox Vintage Sale and Auction: Sat Jun 29

Vintage Sale and Auction, Saturday, June 29 from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm at 423 Felix Jack Road. All proceeds to Mayne Island Terry Fox Run.

Auction will start at 10 am. Great items including antique trunk, lots of cool stuff. For further information please contact Colleen Proctor

posted June 2019

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