Tai Chi Spring Session begins April 8th

Tai Chi Spring Session begins April 8th.

The 24 Form is a very gentle form of movement. It is all done in an upright/standing position, appropriate for all ages.

Last chance to learn Tai Chi before summer.

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 Spring Session (April 8 through June 3)

For more information or to register contact Dell at 539-3351 or dell29.m@shaw.ca

Tai Chi is a Chinese ancient martial art based on Qigong and “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 shorten form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

MICS Volunteer Broom Removal Event - Thu Apr 4

The Mayne Island Conservancy’s next broom removal event will be at Henderson Park, Mayne Island, on April 4th, from 1 pm - 3 pm and we need volunteers!

We will continue to work along Vulture Ridge. We made great progress on March 21st! It's a steep 10 minute hike to the top but once there we will be removing small broom seedlings and enjoying the amazing view.

We will meet at the parking lot by the kiosk. If you are unsure of how to get there please let us know. This is a great chance to get to know/enjoy Henderson Park and have some interesting conversations, all while getting some exercise.

All tools needed will be provided, we just ask that you bring suitable clothing, footwear and water. The more volunteers the better, so if you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on. Thanks!

Please RSVP Rob Underhill stewardship@conservancyonmayne.com or phone the Mayne Island Conservancy Society's office at (250) 539-5168.

Easter Festivities - Sun Mar 31

Illustration ©2012 Jim Traversy / Artifact Designs
Join the Easter Bunny at Dinner Bay Park.
March 31st at 1 pm

Festivities include; Easter Egg hunt, Easter Bonnet contest and parade, Egg painting with Billie, Races and a visit with the Easter Bunny.

Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission.

For further information please contact Liz Howard (250) 539-3658.

Ministry of Highways at Trust Meeting - Wed Mar 27

At the March 27th meeting of the Islands Trust at the Ag Hall, representatives of the Ministry Of Highways will be in attendance to address community concerns about road maintenance and capital spending.

This will be a rare opportunity to have a voice with Ministry staff and gain insight as to how decisions are made.

1 pm, Wednesday March 27 at the Ag Hall.

For further information please contact David Maude dmaude@hotmail.com

Mayne Lions Club Easter Seals Bingo - Sat Mar 30

Mark Saturday, March 30th on your calendar. That is the day when the Mayne Island Lions Club holds its annual Easter Seals Bingo in the historic Agricultural Hall, at Miners Bay.

The Bingo gets underway at 7:30 pm. Twenty games for just $10! Come and enjoy the fun! You could win a ham or a gift certificate to spend on Mayne Island.

For further information please contact jamesallanevans@hotmail.com or dcwatts@shaw.ca

MICS Volunteer Broom Removal Event - Thu Mar 21


The Mayne Island Conservancy’s next broom removal event will be at Henderson Park, Mayne Island, on March 21st, from 1 pm - 3 pm and we need volunteers!

We will be working on the ridge, cutting the broom that is sprouting in previously treated areas. It’s a small hike to get there, but it has a great view at the top and the broom is easy to cut.

We will meet at the parking lot by the kiosk. If you are unsure of how to get there please let us know. This is a great chance to get to know/enjoy Henderson Park and have some interesting conversations, all while getting some exercise.

All tools needed will be provided, we just ask that you bring suitable clothing, footwear and water. The more volunteers the better, so if you know of anyone who might be interested please pass this on. Thanks!

Please RSVP to stewardship@conservancyonmayne.com or phone the office at (250) 539-5168.

For further information please contact Lauren Underhill stewardship@conservancyonmayne.com

Author Reading at the Library - Wed Mar 20

Come and join local author, Amber Harvey, at the Library on Wednesday, March 20th, 4 - 5 pm.

Amber will do short readings from her popular "Magda Mystery Series" and discuss her next Magda novel: Mayne Island Maniacs.

Following the reading, there will be time for questions and book signing, and of course, refreshments!

Everyone is welcome.

For further information please contact Libbie Bake libbie@shaw.ca

Officially Mayne Island - Again

Don Slinn and Jeanine Dodds posing in front of the Ag Hall
 with the official Mayne Island BC proclamation.

It's so ridiculous you wouldn't imagine it could be true. But it was.

Many years ago a simple thoughtless bureaucratic mistake recorded the official name of Mayne Island as "Mayne BC". Many Mayne Islanders have been aware of this over the years, but could never find a way through the official fog to find out why it was so, or how to get it changed back. Most of us only noticed the error when it came to receiving things from large institutions such as banks or utilities that used addressing software relying on address standards set by Canada Post. And Canada Post has insisted that the name of Mayne Island was officially Mayne BC and only Mayne BC.

When questioned, Canada Post did not even know why it was so. Bureaucrats never ask why, they only quote the rules and expect obedience. Those who did ask why in the past got nowhere. Until Don Slinn came along and wouldn't take one of those bureaucratic non-answers for an answer.

Not long after our recent address changes brought on by Canada Post's switch to new mailboxes and postal codes, there appeared to be a threat from Canada Post that if the official addressing protocol wasn't adhered to we may not receive our mail. Don thought that enough was enough and decided to go after Canada Post to call our island by it's real name, Mayne Island BC. Can you imagine not receiving a letter on Mayne Island because the word "island" was used in the address?

Don made a lot of phone calls and wrote a lot of letters before finally seeing the excuses fall away and finding that what was required was an official submission to the BC Geographical Names Office. With that knowledge and some help from our MP, MLA, the Islands Trust and our Trustee Jeanine Dodds, Mayne Island got it's name back. On November 19, 2012 the name of Mayne BC was rescinded and our island became known officially again as Mayne Island, BC.

On Wednesday, February 27th a small ceremony of recognition occurred at the regular Islands Trust meeting at the Ag Hall, where Don was presented with an official proclamation signed by our MLA and a cake was shared by attendees, featuring an image of Mayne Island on it in green icing.

Thank you Don, for finally getting us our name back and for ending this silliness.

It will likely take some time before Mayne BC is replaced in databases by Mayne Island BC. Software updates have to be made and then that software has to be adopted by the various companies and institutions that use it. As of today, the Canada Post website still shows our community name as Mayne BC. It would be interesting to hear from Canada Post about when exactly they plan to correct their database. But eventually we expect everything should be updated and we will once again be known as Mayne Island, British Columbia.

Or they may have to hear from Don Slinn again.

Vanishing of the Bees - Sun Mar 10

Mayne Island Conservancy Society: Movie Night
7:30pm Ag Hall

Admission by donation - Popcorn

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

“The most important documentary film since An Inconvenient Truth.” - Filmstar
“Be advised, this is more than a documentary” - The Independent
“Alarming enough to convince you that this is an issue that needs action at the highest level.” - The Daily Express
“This Bee Movie has a real sting.” - The Times

More at http://www.vanishingbees.com/

For further information please contact Helen O'Brian heleno@rogers.com