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.

posted January 2019

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.

posted January 2019

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

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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