The Point-alists Fundraiser: Fri Oct 20

The Point-alists at the Springwater, 7:30 pm Friday Oct 20. Three Singer Songwriters make a point of supporting the Save St John Point campaign.

Featuring: originals by Gail Noonan with James Heshedahl (rhythm guitar) and Toby Snelgrove (bass); Lou Keating & Bill Bender with Toby Snelgrove (bass) and Al Barber (lead guitar).

Come for dinner or come for a drink … but do come and enjoy the music and make a donation to the fund to acquire St. John Point.

For further information please contact Toby Snelgrove (250) 539-2123.

posted October 2017

Movie Night, Angry Inuk: Fri Oct 27

The MI Conservancy and the MI Library join in presenting NFB’s Angry Inuk (1 hour 22 minutes).

In her award-winning documentary, director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit as they campaign to challenge long-established perceptions of seal hunting. Armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, this group is bringing its own voice into the conversation and presenting themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Agricultural Hall, Friday, October 17, 2017 7:30 pm. Admission by donation, free popcorn. For further information please contact David Chase

UPDATE OCT 16: It's been pointed out that there are 2 dates on this post. My *guess* would be that Fri October 27 is the actual date, but cannot be 100% sure because both dates were submitted to MayneNews. October 17 is not a Friday, whereas Oct 27th is. To be sure, email the contact person for this event, David, email address above. -- JT.

posted October 2017

Giambori: Oct 21 & 22

On October 21st and 22nd we will be back playing Piano Quartets. This time we will have an English Violinist, a long-time colleague of Chris’s who visited Canada and Mayne Island last year when she was on holiday. We convinced her to come back and play. Daphne Moody , notable English violinist had her own quartet for more than 25 years; the Eberle Quartet.

David Gillham and Chiharu will be absent as they will be in Germany recording and so we will not have Chiharu to share the piano duties this time. Two enormously difficult masterpieces Brahms G minor Piano quartet and Faure Piano quartet will be shouldered by your Elisabeth.

Eric Wilson will again manage to squeeze himself away from his life at UBC and his busy playing schedule to take part!

At the Vet’s; 390 Navy Channel Road. Tickets $25, available at Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware & Happy Tides.

For further information please contact Chris Redsell

posted Oct 2017

Sex Please - A MILT Event: Oct 13, 14, 20, 21

Sex Please We're Sixty. A comedy farce like no other.

What happens when three women check into the Rose Cottage B&B (in)famous for romance? And what happens when the little blue pills get mixed up? Written by Michael Parker, a British actor (Best Actor of the Year Award) and American writer Susan Parker, Sex Please, We're Sixty is their 14th winning comedy show.

Friday October 13th & Saturday October 14th. Friday October 20th & Saturday October 21st. 8 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Tickets $15

A Mayne Island Little Theatre production. Celebrating 36 years of community theatre and over 90 shows! By special arrangement with Samuel French. For further information please contact Brian Crumblehulme

posted October 2017

Adult Table Tennis: Starts Fri Oct 13

Yes, it's that time of year again. Table Tennis is back!

This is a fun, healthy activity for all interested adults. Mixed play will be held every Friday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in the Mayne School gym.

Come out and meet your fellow players and escape the wet, cool days of winter! For further information please contact Adrian Gowing at (250) 539-5817.

posted October 2017

Fall Native Plant Sale: Sat Sep 30

The Mayne Island Conservancy will be holding a Native Plant Sale on September 30th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Root Seller (corner of Fernhill Road and Village Bay Road). We will have a diversity of native trees, shrubs, and low growing plants available at discounted prices.

All of our plants are grown on Mayne Island from locally collected seeds and cuttings. Fall is the best time of year to plant trees and shrubs so they can begin to set down roots before next summer.

Biologist Rob Underhill will be on hand to offer advice on plant selection and post-planting care. If you cannot make the event but wish to purchase plants, or for further information, please contact Rob Underhill at or (250) 539-5168.

posted September 2017

Take Back the Wild: Register by Oct 15

Take Back the Wild: Raising the Voices of Gulf Island Seniors, is a free, 5-month long program which includes two multi-day summits in November, mentorship, and participant-led marine conservation projects.

Participants will receive training in a wide range of campaign skills including communications, media relations, community engagement, working with Indigenous communities, and government relations. Further, participants will learn about the proposed Southern Straight of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area. Following the summit, participants will apply their new skills to a conservation project in their community.

We are seeking seniors, aged 60 and above, living in the Gulf Islands who have an interest in marine conservation in the Southern Straight of Georgia and desire to develop skills in campaign planning. Our goal is to bring a diverse and passionate group of people together to learn from local leaders in conservation, to engage in dialogue on key components of campaign planning, and to inspire and celebrate regional conservation in action.

How Do I Apply? Apply online: by Sunday, October 15th. For further information please contact Alana Wittman

posted September 2017

Monday Night Fitness starts Sep 18

Community Centre open for drop-in fitness from 5 pm - 6:30 pm Mondays until further notice.

Strength and Stretch class from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm on Mondays. A bit of movement to keep our heart rates up, mostly resistance exercises with handheld weights followed by a good stretching session.

As you pick the weights, a class for anyone. Come and try it out if you want.

If you already have a card, the class is like any other class.

If you want to drop in for the class, cost is $10. A group of 15 sessions is $90

For drop in for the cardio equipment, cost is $5.

Dave and Deanna. For further information please contact Dave Ewanchuk

posted September 2017

Tai Chi Classes Begin Sep 25

Fall Classes begin Monday, September 25th.

You’ve thought about taking or returning to Tai Chi classes?
Want a gentle exercise that improves your balance, improves your health?
Need to learn something new to stimulate your brain?
Come join us for Tai Chi on Mondays at the Community Centre.

Experienced 9:30 - 10:30 am, beginners 10:45 – 11:45 am. $25 for the fall session (8 to 10 lessons) or $5 drop-in fee. The fall session begins Monday, September 25th. For more information or to register contact Dell at (250) 539-3351 or

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 shortened form reduces the time required to learn the exercise. It is a nice introductory Form.

posted September 2017

Mayne’s Terry Fox Run: Sun Sep 17

Mayne Island Terry Fox Run on Sunday September 17, 2017 at Miners Bay Park. Registration for the run is at 10:30 am. The run starts at 12 noon.

Come out and support this wonderful event for the whole family. Walk, run, bike, wheel, stroll, blade. There are 10 km, 5 km and 2 km routes. Remember to get your ice cream sundae at the end. Hot dogs and hamburgers by the Mayne Island Lions Club.

For further information please contact Colleen Proctor

posted September 2017

Launch of Lunch Program: Thu Sep 21

Please join the Mayne Island Assisted Living Society and the Mayne Island Health Centre Association on Thursday, September 21st 2 - 4 pm at the Church House for lemonade, cake and live music for the launch of a new twice monthly Lunch Program for Mayne Island Seniors.

For further information please contact May McKenzie (250) 539-2530

posted September 2017

Mayne Island Fall Fair: Sat Aug 19

Don't miss the excitement and fun of the 92nd Annual Mayne Island Fall Fair!

Starting at 10 am, the Fair grounds, Gold Nugget Cafe, Museum and Farmers' Market open. Watch the parade at 11:30.

The Fair and Hall exhibits officially open at noon. Ongoing during the day located on the grounds will be Mr. Bubbles Magic Show, Pender Highlanders Pipe Band, Zucchini Races, Eric the Juggler, Trophy Awards and Raffle Draw.

Behind the Museum, try your hand at Gold Panning, pet a Miniature Horse and talk to Eden about her Chickens. Wander through the Barn and Museum and view the household wares and farm equipment of the past.

See you at the Fair! For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted August 2017

Art Show and Opening: Aug 4, 5 & 6

Please join us on Friday, August 4th, 7 - 9 pm for the opening reception of our art show, “Island States”, at the Ag Hall. All paintings by Tania Godoroja Pearse and Kathy Kaiser, are recent and have not been shown before.

We are delighted that, in addition, Bill Hayward is showing some of his wonderful wire sculptures and Kristine Webber is including her beautiful ceramics. See you there!

The showing continues Saturday & Sunday August 5 & 6th, 10 am - 3 pm.

For further information please contact Kathy

posted July 2017

Giambori presents “Live at the Vet” Aug 29 & 30

Concerts on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 at 7 pm at the “Vets”, 390 Navy Channel Road.

What is Giambori?  It is a chamber music festival that has it’s roots in the hills of Tuscany where it was born and flourished in  the beautiful  rural  valleys  north of Lucca and just into the “Garfagnana”.  Chris Redsell founded and directed it in Italy where he lived  and it eventually attracted high calibre musicians from around the world who came for the music making and festive environment they found there. Giambori played in the most beautiful mountain side villages, in stunning walled piazzas and churches and then were feasted by the very generous and hospitable villagers well into the night.

In 2014 Chris and his wife Donna moved to a new Mediterranean climate here in the Gulf Islands and now live on Mayne. Provoked by many musicians who hankered after that Rural Italian Chamber music experience Giambori has been reborn here in the Gulf Islands and this will be the third season –playing on Mayne, Saturna and Galiano. In the past two summer seasons the emphasis has been on string quartets. This summer the concerts will be based around The Piano Quartet.  This season the musicians are made up of one musician (cellist Eric Wilson)) who has played in the Italian Giambori, two of his fellow faculty members from UBC, David Gillam (violin) and Chiharu Iinamu (piano), Chris Redsell (violist) and Elisabeth Jahren (piano and accordion).

Music will include a piano quartet from Dvorak and music from Mozart, Schubert and Rachmaninov.

Tickets are $25 (under 18, $10) and are available at Farm Gate store, Home Hardware & Happy Tides. Parking is limited so please carpool.

For further information please contact Chris

posted July 2017

Movie Night Under the Stars: Sun Aug 6

Annual Movie Night Under the Stars -- Sunday, August 6 at dusk - approximately 9 pm - at Miners Bay Park. Bring your own cozy blankets and chairs. Popcorn, drinks, & snacks will be available. The movie will be the 1981 classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

Come out and enjoy the evening. Everyone is welcome. All donations will go towards The Terry Fox Foundation.

Don't forget the Mayne Island Terry Fox Run/Walk on Sunday, September 17 starting at Miners Bay Park. For further information please contact Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted July 2017

Free Fall Fair Workshop: Mon July 31

Have you wondered what makes a prize winning fruit, vegetable or flower? Join Julie Schueck for a free workshop Monday, July 31 from 1 to 3 pm at the Agricultural Hall. Learn how to best present your exhibits and what judges look for in determining the winning entries.

For further information please contact Heather Dow

posted July 2017

Artists on The Point Auction & Party: Sat Jul 29

Mark your calendars Mayne Islanders - This is an event you will not want to miss.

Starting in May of this year, creative people of many disciplines have spent some rich inspirational time on St. John Point. The objective, to create a piece of work to donate to a fundraising auction. The work that has been delivered thus far is amazing.

There will be music & prose featured through out the evening, kindled, again by the Point. Be prepared to be entertained by your favourite Mayne Island musicians.

Artwork will be up for auction. Stop by on Friday July 28th between 4 pm & 8 pm, or Saturday July 29th between 10 am & 4 pm to spend time looking at the artwork and planning your auction strategy! The art work is sure to amazing. This is an event you will not want to miss out on.

The Auction and party starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 29.

There will be a cash bar (offering Mayne Island Brewing Co. beer as well as wine) and things to nibble on.

All proceeds from the Auction & Bar sales will go to the Campaign to Save St. John Point.

For further information please contact Deb Foote

posted July 2017

Total Fire Ban & Work Restrictions in Effect

Total Fire Ban in Effect

This ban prohibits all of the following:
• Campfires
• Beachfires
• Open fires in an outdoor stove/chimney
• Category 2 open fire
• Category 3 open fire
• Fireworks, including fire crackers
• Tiki and similar kinds of torches
• Sky lanterns
• Burning barrels or cages of any size or description
• Binary Exploding Targets
• Gas stoves and other portable campfires NOT CSA/ULC approved
• Charcoal briquettes NOT in CSA/ULC approved devices
This fire ban will remain in effect until at least October. 

Work Restrictions in Effect

We are again on Extreme Fire Danger rating. Work restrictions began on July 26th.
All high risk work is now banned until the Fire Danger rating drops later in the season. 

High risk activities are listed as follows from the BC wildfire regulation:
• mechanical brushing;
• disk trenching;
• preparation or use of explosives;
• using fire or spark producing tools, including cutting or grinding tools;
• using or preparing fireworks or explosives;
• mechanical land clearing;
• clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing
• any of the following carried out in a cutblock (or Forest)
    • operating a power saw;
    • mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    • welding;
    • portable wood chipping, milling; processing or manufacturing;
    • skidding logs;
    • yarding logs using cable systems;

Watch for fire signage or go to the Mayne Island Fire Rescue web site for updates.

posted July 2017

Emergency Notification System Sign Up: Sat Jul 8

In the event of an emergency in our area, the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will send messages to subscribed residents notifying them of potential threats to their safety and well being. The ENS ensures trusted and accurate info is distributed quickly. This info can be crucial in letting your family know where to go and what to do in an emergency. Each subscriber can choose whether to be notified by text message, phone message or email.

Mayne Island Emergency Program volunteers can help you with the sign up process. They will be outside the Tru Value at the Mayne Street Mall, Sat July 8th, from 10 am to 1 pm.

You can also sign up right now at

For further information please contact Irene Barrett

posted July 2017

Eelgrass: Understanding Our Shores: Mon Jul 10

Join us to hear UBC student Keila Stark explain the vital and complex Eelgrass ecosystems found along the coast of British Columbia. Keila is currently executing research analyzing the biodiversity of Eelgrass ecosystems for Mary O'Connor's lab of Zoology at UBC. This community event will take place at the Mayne Island Conservancy office on July 10th at 7 o'clock PM. Attendance by donation.

Keila's research currently focuses on multi-trophic level biodiversity analysis of Eelgrass communities from Tsawwassen North up to Haida Gwaii. Mary O’Connor’s lab particularly aims to identify the main drivers that determine Eelgrass community assembly at different spatial scales. Keila is interested in sampling the Southern Gulf Islands because of the local proximity to heavy human activity relative to more northerly sites, and the salinity and temperature gradient that is particular to the Gulf Islands region. She will be taking samples from established eelgrass meadows around Mayne Island with the help of the Mayne Island Conservancy.

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at (250) 539-5168 for more information.

posted July 2017

MI Music Society Presents Lester Quitzau: Sat Jul 1

Lester Quitzau Trio -- Saturday - July 1, 2017.
When: Canada Day! -- 7:30 pm (gate opens at 7 pm)
Where: Ag Hall Grounds
Tickets: $20 -- Happy Tides, Farm Gate Store, Home Hardware (children under 12 free)

Come out and enjoy Canada Day evening with this great Canadian roots music artist! -- Acoustic, electric guitars and well crafted songs with warm vocals; eclectic and enthusiastic, Juno Award winner!

Bring blankets, chairs, dancing shoes, some drinks provided. For further information please contact: Kathie (250) 539-2399.

posted June 2017

Celebrating the Arts: Fri Jun 30

Come celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday at this Visual Canada Day Weekend Arts & Multidisciplinary Event presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council. At the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall.

Opening night event: Friday, June 30, 7 - 10 pm. Art exhibition, live performances, refreshments. The art exhibition continues through the weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am - 4 pm. Open to all Mayne Island artists. Presented by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.

For further information please contact Tina (250) 539-2402.

posted June 2017

Seedlings Early Years Day Camp in July

Seedling Nature Day Camp 2017

Wondering what your preschool age child or grand-child might like to do this summer? Looking for new friends for your young visitor? There are still a few spots open for Seedling Nature Day Camp 2017, the GICEL* Early Years program here on Mayne Island. (*GICEL = the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning.)

Seedlings is a playful, nature~based social and creative program for young children ages three to five years of age. Excellent qualified staff and ECE specialist supervision.

Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21
9 am - noon daily
$150 per week. Go to for registration forms.

Need More information? Please contact Tina Farmilo at (250) 539-2402 or

posted June 2017

Hanging Basket Sale: Sat Jun 24

The Mayne Island Garden Club will be selling beautiful hanging baskets (moss and other) as well as unique planters at the Farmer's Market on Saturday June 24, 2017. All proceeds will be donated to the Church. Prices vary, so stop by and see what we have!

For further information please contact Julie

posted June 2017

Every Plate Full - Food Bank Campaign: Starts Fri May 26

The Mayne Island Food Bank will be taking food and money donations outside True Value, Farm Gate and the Saturday Farmers Market. The dates are Friday May 26th and Saturday May 27th, Friday June 2nd, Saturday June 3rd and Friday June 8th from 10 am Until 2 pm. All donations will be gratefully received by the Mayne Island Food Bank.

For further information please contact Evan Mitchell (250) 539-2859.

posted May 2017

'Some Bunny Loves You' Puppet Show: Sun May 21

Come celebrate May long weekend with a bunny puppet show! Geared to ages 3-8, but everyone is welcome and "grown ups" also really enjoy it.

Mayne Island Ag Hall, Sunday, May 21st, 1 pm - 2 pm.

Jesse Thom has just released his first musical picture book, "Some Bunny Loves You," and to celebrate he's touring his puppet show of the same name, featuring real-life characters from the book!

“…the highlight of my son’s year.” - Tanya Rowe, mother of 3

“The best kids show I’ve seen in 5 years.” - David Silver, Stage Director, Kispiox Music Festival

“The book has the makings of a classic.” - Library of Clean Reads

“Perfect - I love it!” - Norman Foote, Juno Award Winning Children’s Performer

“Heartful, playful...entirely delightful!” - Tara Brach, bestselling author of ‘Radical Acceptance’

“One of the best shows I have seen.” - Melissa Friend (Elementary School Teacher)

“A huge hit…unique and intimate.” - Andrea Mueller (Event Coordinator, Whistler Arts Council)

Learn more about the book and watch the show trailer:

Join British puppet Chyld Saint Thomas as he takes you on a delightful journey to the peculiar world of Carpenter Glen. Watch as he’s rudely interrupted (on several distinct occasions) by an authentically Russian bunny rabbit. Be amazed at your own telekinetic powers as you help Gerald the bunny levitate on a giant piece of toast. Relax and allow your tootsies to be tickled by the Bunnwardian Epic, “The Legend of Chester & the Pink Moustache.”

Complete with a whale submarine, oversized raspberry and freestyle bunny rap (“hip hop”!), this show has something for everyone (even grumpy uncles). Attend the show or not, the fact of the matter is that some bunny loves you…aren’t you curious to find out which one? I dare you to hop to it and make an alarming discovery.

Books will be available at the event for signing. Hope to see you there! ♥ For further information please contact Jesse

posted May 2017

Going Batty for Bats: Sat Jun 3

Would you like to learn more about bats and their habitat? 

Join the Habitat Acquisition Trust’s Executive Director Jill Robinson and biologist Christian Engelstoft at the Agricultural Hall at 7:30 pm on Saturday June 3rd for an informative presentation on our local bats, as well as Habitat Acquisition Trust's Community Bat Program.

We will explore local bat biology and outline bat stewardship measures. A community bat survey event will follow the presentation weather depending.

Are you interested in hosting bats on your property through the Mayne Island Conservancy Community Bat Program?

Please contact the Mayne Island Conservancy at 250-539-5168 for more information.

posted May 2017

New Summer Hours at the Thrift Store

The Mayne Island Thrift Store is expanding it's store hours!

We will now be open for sales from 10 am until noon on Wednesdays, beginning May 24th as well as our ever popular Saturday shopping spree hours of 10 am until 1 pm. We will still be accepting drop-offs on both days. Be the first to check out our new stock!

For further information please contact Velda (250) 539-5933.

posted May 2017

May Day is Coming! Sat May 20

Come to Mayne Island Conservancy’s Crazy May Day fundraiser May 20th at the Farmers’ Market.

There will be (by-donation) face painting, garland, mask & ‘wand-making’. Then at 1pm: Morris Dancers, raffle draws, children’s circle & Fanciest May Day Hat competition. Maypole procession to Miners Bay Park: music, drums, plus our soon-to-be May Queen & her Green Man.

Last year’s May Queen crowns the 2017 Queen in a labyrinth among fairies, nymphs, elves, bees, ladybugs, brave knights and dragons & a couple of gentlemen dressed in their summer frocks.

Maypole dances: first the children then ‘maidens’ & maybe a spiral dance. Yummy refreshments (by donation) & children’s games follow. Great fun.

For further information please contact Maggi Cheetham

posted May 2017

The Honey Tongues - Live Music Dance: Sat May 20

This year Mayne Island is offering a May Day Festival after party featuring live music by The Honey Tongues! Come celebrate the beginning of summer and bring your dancing shoes!

See you on Saturday, May 20th, 8:30 pm, at the Mayne Island Community Centre.

The Honey Tongues is an amalgamation of two bands: Dirty Grace and Red Haven, which features Mayne Islander, Marley Iredale. A collective of 8 songwriters and 4 couples, the music of The Honey Tongues features 6 part harmonies, beat boxing, saxophone, accordion, mandolin, violin, upright bass and rhythm section. The high-spirited songs of this powerhouse collective range from mo-town to R&B, to gypsy swing and tango, to indie-folk and hip hop. They guarantee to rock the house!

For further information please contact Marley Iredale at or (250) 516-5413.

posted May 2017

1st Annual Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest: May 27 - 28

We are excited to invite Mayne Islanders to attend Tiny Tiny Cozy Fest, a music and arts festival on Mayne Island featuring racialized artists, gay, lesbian, queer, two-spirit, transgender people and women.

On the weekend of May 27 - 28 there will be workshops along Felix Jack Rd between Emma & Felix Jack Park and the Mayne Island Community Centre. Workshops range from dancing, electronic beat-making, to musical screaming and will include a silent mediation led by John Aitken. There will be an exciting evening of performances, including taiko drumming, poetry, R&B, hip hop, rock and soul. The fest connect arts, culture, and nature-based learning with the intention of making urban and rural exchanges more accessible. We are committed to centering voices and experiences that often go underrepresented, as well as fostering a strong commitment to accessibility and the environment.

The aim of the festival is to create points of connection for different communities to come together through sharing music and art, where people from different backgrounds can learn from one another. We are inviting people from on island as well as off island with the hope that people from the city will have the chance to experience the beauty of Mayne Island and people from Mayne will have the chance to experience the diversity the city can offer, so everyone can meet new people and connect in new ways.

We are doing everything we can to keep the festival financially accessible, so tickets are sliding scale ($25 - $50) free for youth and kids, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. We ran a successful crowd-funding campaign and we we’re amazed by the support we received - we exceeded our goal (which just covered the costs to pay the artists an honorarium.) We are hoping that with enough ticket sales, we can manage to pay for American Sign Language interpreters to help make the fest more accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community. In the future we will to apply for grants to subsidize costs, but since its our first year there aren't many grants available. So it’s thanks to our wonderful communities that we are able to put the fest on this year!

We are working to keep the fest’s environmental footprint as small as possible. We are asking people to walk on the ferry, not drive. We are buying local goods and will be selling beer from the Mayne Island Brewery. We are providing “composting” ashtrays for the smoking area, made with oyster mushrooms that have been trained to break down the plastic in cigarette butts!

All are welcome to attend and we have reserved tickets for Islanders, so we hope to see you there! For more information, go to our website:, Facebook, or look for our posters on the notice boards on Mayne Island.

For further information please contact Claire

posted May 2017

Take the Community Bus To Vote: Tue May 9

Do you need a ride to the Ag Hall to vote next Tuesday, May 9th? Take the Mayne Island Community Bus!

The bus will be free that day to help everyone get out to vote.

Call or text (250) 539-0851 to request a ride. And please allow about 2 hours for the bus drivers to respond to your request.

Thank you to the Mayne Island Bus Society for generously sponsoring this ride-to-vote opportunity! For further information please contact Herbie Rochet (778) 977-7278.

posted May 2017

4th Annual Amateur Nature Photo Contest

The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is running our 4th annual amateur Nature Photo Contest for Mayne Island residents and visitors. If you have a camera, like exploring Mayne Island, and want to share your enthusiasm for the natural world, this is the event for you! Categories for the contest are: native plant(s), native animal(s), fall & winter, ocean/beach scene, insects, and young photographer (nature photo taken by anyone 16 or under).

To enter, check out the contest rules, send us photos taken between September 1st, 2016 to August 23rd, 2017 on Mayne Island, tell us the category into which you are entering it, and send it to prior to August 23rd, 2017. If your photo is chosen as a winner by our judges, Allison Taylor, Heather Dow, and Rob Underhill; it will be published in our 2018 calendar and you will receive a free calendar as a prize.

Rules are listed on our website, and Facebook page; also our posters will be displayed on the island in all the usual spots. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lauren at: or (250) 539-5168, or visit our office and the Mary Jeffery Resource Room at 478 Village Bay Rd, otherwise known as The Root Seller.

posted May 2017

MIHCA AGM Saturday: Sat May 6

Mayne Island Health Centre Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 am at the Church House.

This an opportunity to hear what your Health Board has been working on over the past year. As well, an opportunity to renew your membership. $5 single or $10 per family.

We will also be voting on a Special Resolution to adopt amendments to our Bylaws, in accordance with the revisions required by the BC Societies Act. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Lindsay Allan

posted May 2017

Sea To Seed Comes to Mayne: Tue May 9

Featuring Rising Appalachia Music, Peia & The Tailor. At the Mayne Island Community Centre along with a pot luck supper at 4 pm - all are welcome.

Find out more and purchase tickets on their Facebook event page.

A group of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers and photographers set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a month-long sailing trip up through the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea in British Columbia. They are on an experimental mission to collect and share the stories of the farming communities sown along the coast. While exploring the importance of localizing food systems, homesteading, organic farming, community building and permaculture they are also engaging the role that art and culture can play in supporting these ways, evolving educational forums and creating positive change.

Along with telling these stories through their various art forms, they have been hosting music concerts and farm to table feasts as a means of creating connections within and between the communities on the islands and an expansive network of potential allies.

Food, language and music carry the beating heart of culture, they hold the possibility of remembering, of realigning ourselves with the simple values of caring for ourselves, each other and the great wild world. We hope to inspire a collective story telling rooted in the fertile soil of generative celebration that cultivates a real way of living with integrity.

By creating a sailboat tour fed primarily through locally sourced food, the Sea to Seed Tour hopes to embody the very ideals we are promoting and create positive models for the post-petroleum reality we are swiftly heading towards. The aim of this adventure is to explore how art and culture feed into sustainable farming structures around the islands; to investigate the cohesion and synergy to be found in such structures, and how they can inspire a greater shift in our current society both locally and globally.

For further information please contact Mary Jane Tiller

posted April 2017

2017 Bennett Bay Waterworks AGM: Sun Apr 30

The 2017 Bennett Bay Waterworks District AGM will be held at 1 pm, Sunday, April 30, 2017 in the downstairs meeting room of the Health Centre, 466 Felix Jack Road. Refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact Ted Colley

posted April 2017

Provincial Election Announcement

Attention voters in the upcoming provincial election on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Please be advised that there are no advance polls scheduled for Mayne Island. Voting will take place here only on Tuesday May 9 at the Ag Hall, 8 am to 8 pm.

If you wish to vote early, take advantage of the advance poll locations and dates listed below (polling hours 8 am - 8 pm). These stations are within our provincial electoral district, Saanich North and The Islands, but you may vote at any Advance Polling Station in BC. See the list of all advance polling stations at

Pender Island School, 5714 Canal Rd, North Pender Island, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Dr, Sidney, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30.

Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Salt Spring Elementary School, 122 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC Wed - Sat, May 3 - 6.

Saanich Fairgrounds - Poplar Room, 1528 Stellys Cross Rd, Central Saanich, BC Sat - Sun, Apr 29 - 30 and Wed - Thu, May 3 - 4.

Saanich Peninsula Presbyterian Church, 9296 East Saanich Rd, North Saanich, BC Fri - Sat May 5 - 6.

And remember to bring proper ID. Review ID options at

For further information please contact Herbie Rochet, Supervisory Voting Officer, Mayne Island (778) 977-7278.

posted April 2017.

Mayne Island Tennis Association AGM: Sat May 6

The Mayne Island Tennis Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 6th, at 1 pm in the Community Centre main room. Everyone is welcome and memberships will be available at the door.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted April 2017

Silver Maynes Plant Sale & Tea: Sat May 13

On Saturday, May 13, 1 pm the Silver Maynes will hold its annual Mother's Day weekend Tea and Baked Goods Sale in the Agricultural Hall, and at the same time, its annual Plant Sale on the Fairgrounds at Miners Bay.

Plant donations should be brought to the Fairgrounds at 9 am, and baked goods at 9:30 am. The sale begins at 1 pm. The Tea will cost $2 for tea or coffee only, and $3 extra for a plate of goodies. There will be lovely hanging baskets for prize winners, who have had the foresight to buy their tickets on sale at the Maynestreet Mall, April 28 & 29, and May 5 & 6, 10 am to 2 pm. Everyone on Mayne Island is welcome. Come and make this a memorable weekend.

For further information please contact Bob Baldwin

posted April 2017

Literary Festival Active Pass: Sun Apr 23

The world's second Literary Festival Active Pass is happening at the Mayne Island Library on Sunday, April 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm. Eight local authors will be presenting readings as part of Festival Active Pass. Relax in the beautiful renovated library setting, enjoy the readings and maybe buy a book and have it autographed. No charge -- but limited seating. Hope to see you there.

9 am: Dorothy Peters and Livia Wolfs present the memoir "Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration" and the children's book "When I'm Big".

10 am: D. R. Graham, author of young adult books, presents books, from romance to psychological thrillers, with issues relevant to teens today.

11 am: Leanne Dyck will give us some insight into what she has been writing since the last festival.

12 am: Grant Buday is the prize-winning author of "The Delusionist" and (with John O'Brian) the soon to be released "Atomic Road".

1 pm: Amber Harvey, author of the popular Magda mysteries set on Mayne Island will share some her recent work.

2 pm: Jack Schofield, author, editor and pilot will read from his works about life as a seaplane pilot in B.C. and the Arctic.

3 pm: Arleen Pare, prize-winning poet and novelist, will read from some of her recent works.

For further information please contact Eleanor Cocker

posted April 2017

The Miraculous Seed: Sat Apr 29

Mayne Island Agriculture Hall. 10 am – 3 pm.

Under each protective seed coat lies a stem, leaf and root system just waiting to spring to life. Learn the simple secrets to successfully start vegetables seedlings.

Cool starts, warm starts, stratification, planting depths, damping off, seed life, and more, will all be demystified in this entertaining and educational one day seminar.

Discover how to decipher seed catalogues and select the vegetable seeds that will perform best in your garden.

Starting from seed can improve food quality, diversity and harvest. There may only be one or two varieties of vegetable starts at the nursery whereas starting from seed gives you dozens of choices.

Once you know all about seeds, the next step is saving your own! Seeds saved from your own garden will acclimatize to your garden and come up stronger each year. One lettuce plant can produce over 30,000 seeds! There is nothing quite so satisfying as planting, and sharing your own seed.

Your instructor, Linda Beer, is passionate about growing good things to eat. A sought after instructor, she loves passing on the knowledge she has gleaned after 30 plus years in the veggie patch. Linda is an Environmental technologist, Master gardener and Organic Master Gardener.

This seminar is a fund raiser for the purchase of St. Johns Point. Join us for an enjoyable day and to support a worthy cause. $40.00. Includes Lunch! For further information please contact Linda Beer

posted April 2017

MI Emergency Program Training: Wed Apr 26

After the unthinkable happens – who can help you?

During and following an emergency, the Mayne Island Emergency Program can provide shelter, food and clothing. We are looking for additional volunteers to assist our community in an emergency.

Want to learn more? The next training sessions are:  Wednesday, April 26th 8:30 am - noon at the Fire Hall. Review of Emergency Social Services: Noon – 3 pm at the Community Centre - Reception Centre set up, lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by April 21st and please indicate any special dietary needs.

All are welcome to take part in this training day, morning or afternoon, or both. Please phone or email Irene (250) 526-0006 / (250) 539-5070 or or Gerrie (250) 508-3002 or and register so we order enough lunch.

posted April 2017

Beach Cleanup 2017: Sun Apr 30

The 2017 Mayne Island annual beach cleanup, an event sponsored by the Recycling Society and the Mayne Island Conservancy, will be returning to a beach near you on Sunday April 30th, at 1 pm. This popular event draws about 100 volunteers each year. They donate a couple of hours of their time, and under the guidance of a team captain comb one of Mayne Island's 10 popular beaches. After clearing away the winter's flotsam and jetsam they leave the beaches in pristine condition.

All of the refuse collect is taken to the recycling depot where it is categorized and weighed. Last year we hauled off 3,647 pounds of garbage which was the largest haul we have made during the 10 years we have been recording. Please consider coming out to help with this event. It is fun, inclusive - dogs, children, all are welcome, and you have the immediate reward of seeing a cleaner beach when you leave. Just check the list of the locations and beach captains let them know if you plan to participate and they will have gloves and bags ready for you.

Contact a Beach Captain Today

Bennett Bay — Mike Nadeau — (250) 539-0123
Campbell Bay — Lael Whitehead — (250) 217-8533
David Cove, Oyster & Reef Bays — Irene and Nigel Barrett — (250) 539-5070
Edith Point — Peter Askin — (250) 539-2199
Gallagher & Piggott Bays — Kim Harris — (250) 539-9878
Horton Bay — Sue Duncan — (250) 539-3640
Kadanaga Bay — Marian MacLean — (250) 539-9995
Lighthouse & Maude Bays — Len Epp — (250) 539-3111
Miners Bay — Mayne Elementary School — Michael Dunn — (250) 539-5745
Village Bay — Patricia Janvrin — (250) 539-5692

For further information please contact Vicki Turay

posted April 2017

Mayne Island Lions Club Easter Bingo: Sat Apr 15

This annual Easter weekend bingo takes place at the Ag Hall on Saturday, April 15th. Doors open at 7 pm with games starting at 7:30. $10 per person, 20 games in all including a $100 blackout game ($1 each). Prizes include hams, gift certificates, and raffle prizes. Come out and support this worthy cause - funds go to our local scholarship awards. Hope to see you there.

For further information please contact Adrian Gowing (250) 539-5817.

posted April 2017

Disc Golf Tournament: Sat May 6

Come on down and share in the fun on May 6th at Dinner Bay Park. The 3rd annual Mayne Island Disc Golf Tournament is a family friendly community event for all ages and skill levels.

Burgers and hot dogs will be served by the Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission. Registration costs, entrance divisions, start times, and other details can be found on our website at

We're asking everyone in the Youth Division (12 and under) to start their round before 10 am this year. Adult registration closes at 11:30 am but we strongly recommend an earlier start time. All score cards must be in by 3 pm.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2017

Mayne Island Community Centre AGM: Wed Apr 19

All are invited to attend the AGM for the Mayne Island Community Centre, to be held at the centre on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:30 pm. Come have a say in your centre! Light refreshments will be served.

For further information please contact MJ Tiller (250) 539-3777.

posted April 2017

Fashion Show,High Tea and NU 2 U Sale: Thu Apr 27

The Women’s Auxilliary of St. Mary Magdalene Church is putting on this event with the proceeds going towards the maintenance and renovations to this heritage church and the Church House. It was a great success last year and plans are for an even better event this April. It is called “A Spring and Summer Splash!”

The tickets are $10, which includes the fashion show in the Church , a high tea, a sale and door prizes. Come one, come all, and join in the extravaganza! For further information please contact Frankie Gowing

posted April 2017

Spring Native Plant Sale: Sat Apr 22

On Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm, at the Agricultural Hall Grounds, the Mayne Island Conservancy will host a Spring Native Plant Sale for the first time. We’re excited, and we hope you’ll come down and check out our beautiful stock of locally grown native species.

All of our plants are grown on Mayne Island from locally adapted seeds or cuttings. Some species are only available in limited quantities so make sure to come early! Native plants are the basic building blocks of our ecosystems and attract many birds and insects such as hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies. Our nursery manager Rob Underhill will be available to provide information on growing requirements and post planting care.

For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted April 2017

Village Point Improvement District AGM: Sat Apr 8

Saturday April 8th, 1 pm at the Agricultural Hall.

Review of 2016 improvements.
Completion of the new water filtration system.
Renovations of well pump houses.
BC Government's new water sustainability act and financial responsibility for VPID.
Registration of wells - private and improvement district.

For further information please contact Renate

posted March 2017

Work and Play at Henderson Park: Sat Mar 25

Work up a hunger by hiking and helping at Henderson Community Park before joining us for a delicious potluck lunch. On Saturday March 25th from 10 am - 1 pm.

This is an opportunity to learn about the ecosystem restoration work at Henderson Park that has been ongoing since the parks inception in 2006, and to share in the success by helping remove Scotch broom for an hour. Following the walk and work, we will gather for a potluck lunch at the park to enjoy some delicious food!

Please RSVP to receive instructions for the potluck etc. or (250) 539-5168. For further information please contact Rob Underhill

posted March 2017