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 kari@nicemarmotpr.com or go to this web site.

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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.

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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: maynespirit@shaw.ca

For further information please contact Judi Walker judilu@live.ca.

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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 mflightheart@gmail.com.

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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 biologist@mayneconservancy.ca.

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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 miepc@shaw.ca.

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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.

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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.

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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.