Help the Library - Take Out Books: Sep 2 - 22

Before the upcoming library renovations start all the books must be stored. You can help by storing many in your own home.

Take out as many as you want between September 2 and September 21 and keep them until the beginning of December.

Bring bags, bags and more bags and fill them up with books, books and more books!

For further information please contact Mairi Munro

posted August 2016

Otters Swim Club Registration: Fri Sep 23

Our summer season has ended, we are busy planning our Fall and Winter sessions. Friday September 23 is registration day and the first practice of our Fall season at Panorama Pool. Look for the neon green T-shirts with our club logo in the viewing area beside the pool to sign up.

Registration starts at 10 am, followed by deck warm-ups and pool times between 11 am and 2 pm. The Fall Session practices are Fridays, September 23 through to Dec. 16.

We welcome members from all Southern Gulf Islands and our swimmers range in age from 5 – 75. Programs include: Learn to Swim, Developmental, Competitive and Masters. Our Membership fees with special family rates make the Otters Swim Club the best deal around!

For registration forms and more information, please check out our website and contact us at or phone Helen (250) 629-2020 on Pender Island or Laara (250) 539-2205 on Mayne Island.

posted September 2016

Monday Painters' Art Show: Aug 26-28

The Monday Painters Art Show will be held on August 26 - 28 at the Ag Hall. The opening is Friday, August 26 from 7 - 9 pm. The show is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

The Monday Painters group is an open group of Mayne Islanders who have been meeting every Monday afternoon for the past 8 years at the Community Centre to create visual art. Mostly self taught, we enjoy sharing our work with the community as we develop our individual styles and hopefully show improvement each year.

We work in watercolour for the most part, but also acrylics, inks, charcoal and some non- traditional mediums like smoke or beeswax. You will see some representational work, as well as abstract and impressionistic pieces.

Although a core group has participated for several years, we always welcome new people. This year, the recent work of ten artists will be shown.
We invite you to share our joy as we celebrate another year of working together.

For further information please contact Bev Whitney

posted August 2016

Scotland's Tannahill Weavers: Wed Sep 28

Scotland's finest traditional band, the Tannahill Weavers is coming to Mayne on September 28th. Don't miss this, it will be a great show. They play beautiful ballads and exhilarating jigs and reels with fiddle, flute, penny whistle, bodhran, guitar, and bagpipes.

Tickets are $22 advance, $25 at the door and available at Home Hardware.

For further information please contact Kathy

posted August 2016

Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk: Sat Aug 27

Mayne Island Music Society presents Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk Saturday August 27th under the stars at the Ag Hall Fair Grounds. Gates open at 7 pm and the performance starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate Store. Children under 12 are free.

Lauren describes her indie folk-rock music as “honest, affectionate with a little bit of whimsy”. The Fairly Odd Folk write and play music described as falling into a warm comfortable day at the end of a long tiring day -- “a vibrant sonic tapestry saturated with sunlight that holds a buoyant gait”.

Join us for some good fun and joyful music! For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted August 2016

Olde English Pub Night: Sat Sep 17

At the Ag Hall, 6 pm to whenever, on Saturday September 17.

There will be:
English pub food, (Shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasties & more, including vegetarian fare),
Beer, cider, etc.,
Music, Darts, Entertainment,
Silent Auction.

Tickets, $15 (includes dinner & entertainment). Available at Farm Gate, Trading Post, Home Hardware & Happy Tides. Only 75 seats – buy your ticket soon!

A fundraiser for the Syrian refugees in Victoria (for ESL classes) by the Mayne Island Syrian Refugee Support Group. For further information please contact Pam Withers

posted August 2016

Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 20

91st Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair 
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Mayne Island Agricultural Hall and Grounds

Come and join your community in the celebration of our 91st Fall Fair.  We look forward to you entering exhibits in the Fair, participating in the amazing Zucchini Races, and enjoying the games and events planned for the day.

Our theme this year is "Home Grown". We will have displays of home grown produce and materials as well as home grown performers on our stage all the while using our home grown volunteers. There will be a Farmer's Market on Minty Drive, the Lions will have their hamburger and hot dog stand, the Lunch Room will be open again this year with a quiet restful place to eat and catch your breath, as well as popcorn and ice cream for all.

Fernhill Road will be closed to vehicle traffic for the day which allows everyone to enjoy the activities on both side of Fernhill at the Gaol/Museum and at the Agricultural Hall and on the grounds.  Hope to see you there!

Schedule of Activities:

9:00 am Road closure

10:00 am Fair grounds open
Lunch Room opens on the Hall Patio serving sandwiches, sweets, coffee, tea and lemonade
Farmers Market and Community Groups on Minty Drive
Museum/Gaol and Barn open
Parade assembly, Fernhill and Campbell Bay Rds. with walkers at Fernhill and Mill Rds.

11:30 am Parade begins

12:00 pm Fair and Hall exhibits declared open by Trustee Jeanine Dodds and MLA Gary Holman.
Master of Ceremonies, Brian Haller will announce Door prizes and activities throughout the day.
Ongoing Main Grounds Activities:  Face Painting, Mr. Bubbles the Balloon Clown, Demos of weaving, and spinning, Arts and Crafts for Children, Conservancy Game and Recycling Game, Guess the Weight of the Round Hay Bale and Raffle ticket sales.
“Home Grown” display showcasing the produce and products of Mayne Island farmers and producers.
The Lions will be serving up their famous hot dogs and hamburgers and calling Bingo on Dixon Road.
Popcorn and Ice Cream cones, water and pop available from 12:00 pm. Water refill station located on  the grounds for those wishing to fill their thermal containers.
Museum/Thrift Shop Area Activities:  Miniature Horse, Wheat Grinding, Water Pumps, Wringer Washing Machine, Bubble Station and Mason Bees Display.

12:15 pm Nail Driving, children and adults

12:45 pm Pender Highlanders Pipe Band

1:00 pm Adult Trophies awarded

1:15 pm Songs by Hailey Stobart

1:30 pm Zucchini Races

2:30 pm Songs by Taelor Anderson

2:45 pm Children's Trophies awarded

3:15 pm Tug of War, children and adults

4:00 pm Raffle Draw
Fair Closes

Please keep in mind that exhibits must remain in the Hall until the Fair closes at 4:00 pm.

For further information please contact Carol Haller (250) 539-2847

posted August 2016

Campbell Bay Raftup: Sat Aug 13

Who: all Association of Mayne Island Boaters members and guests, all types of boats including kayaks.
When: Saturday, August 13th.
Time: 1 pm on. Plan on having dinner together.
Where: look for us in the northern corner of Campbell Bay.
Bring: swimsuits, towels, your own dinner, beverages, music.

Join us for an afternoon of fun with our boats rafted up together. Swimming, a dinghy race, dinner onboard our boats, and lots of socializing.

Don't have a boat and want to attend? Contact us and we can get you on board one of the boats. Details and registration are on our website: For further information please contact Cliff Kiyooka

posted August 2016

Honouring Cairn at Emma & Felix Jack Park

The Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission have agreed to have a second permanent public art installation on Emma and Felix Jack Park.

As a part of acknowledging the effects that the residential school system has had on First Nations society and on Canada as a whole the installation will be based on a burial cairn, which has been used in many cultures to honour their departed.

The installation began on National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2016) as part of our community’s acknowledgement of this day. The installation began with the burying of a large rock, representing the residential school system. Over the buried rock were placed palm sized rocks. The Mayne Island school children began building the honouring cairn with their chosen rocks, some of which have been decorated.

The building of the cairn will be ongoing until it reaches its final dimensions of approximately 5 feet in diameter and 2-1/2 feet in height.

Each rock will represent a child who died in a residential school or a survivor of the residential school experience. My rock honours someone I know who survived.

This cairn will be situated towards the bottom of the Park.

All community members/visitors are welcome to add a rock or two at anytime, as an ongoing gesture of remembrance, awareness and respect.

All my relations,
John Aitken

For further information please contact John Aitken

posted July 2016

MI Music Society Presents Real Ponchos: Sat Aug 6

Mayne Island Music Society presents Real Ponchos -- Saturday, Aug. 6.
Where: Ag Hall Fair Grounds.
Time: Grounds open at 7 pm performance at 7:30.
Tickets: $20 -- available at Home Hardware, Happy Tides and Farm Gate Store.

This is going to be a fun, high energy performance, along with some soulful sounds -- blend of country roots, rock and jam band influences -- tried and true tunes that won't let you down.

Come out and enjoy the fun!

For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2016