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Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective June 8, 2017.
If you need to access our services at another time please contact one of the following:
Michael 902-725-2867, Dolores 902-725-2208, John N 902-622-1296 or Gail 902-577-3394.
Thank you for your continued support.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
CAP Site Open

Iona CAP Site is open Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm. Cyber camps are Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 2pm. 725-2785

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Summer Songwriter Series at the Frolic

Wednesday evening concerts starting at 8pm.

Ticket prices vary. Book your tickets online at www.ionaheightsinn.com/events

Aug 16th - Steve Poltz

Aug 23rd - JP Cormier

Aug 30th - Pretty Archie

Ceilidh Schedule Summer 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

Aug 19th - Ian MacDougall

Trivia - Thursdays

Test your intelligence at the Frolic & Folk - Thursday nights starting at 8pm. No admission required

Little Dipper Boutique @ Iona Heights Inn

Sunday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm.
NSLC Agency Store - Beer, wine, spirits and coolers.
Everyday convenience items, confections, tobacco and lottery are also be available.
Phone number is (902)725-2000

Jills Chocolates Cafe @ Iona Heights Inn

Open daily 8 am to 6 pm. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, oatmeal, espresso based coffees, tea and of course chocolates. Chocolates are also available at the Little Dipper.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
"Stages & Spaces" Outdoor Concert at the Grand Narrows Waterfront - Friday, Aug. 25

Enjoy a FREE outdoor concert at the Grand Narrows Waterfront with music by "The Roadies".
6-8pm on the outdoor stage. Some seating will be available, but feel free to bring your own chair.
The "Stages and Spaces" concert series is presented by CBRM Recreation.

7th Annual Motorsport Show - Sunday, August 20th

See you at the Grand Narrows Waterfront Aug. 20th, from noon until 4pm for a fun family event. Featuring:
- The Cape Breton Antique and Custom Car Club
- The Volkswagen Touring Club & other Motorsport Exhibitors
- Games and Prizes
- Live music by "Final Cut"
- Market Vendors
- BBQ & Cafe Specials
- Lottery Draw (at 4pm)
Free Admission! Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the whole afternoon.

GNWDS - Annual Lottery Draw

1st prize: Husqvarna Lawn Tractor – 22hp with 42” deck. Retail value $2399 (Belmac Supply).
2nd Prize: XStream Generator – 4200 watts (low oil shut down). Retail value: $600 (Russell Hawkins Automotive Supply).
3rd Prize: Krown Rust Protection Application. Retail value: $130 (Seaview Motors).

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Wheelhouse Café. Draw date: 4pm, Aug. 20th “Motorsport Day”.
Proceeds from draw go directly towards operational costs at the Grand Narrows Waterfront.

Wheelhouse Cafe - Now Open Daily from 11am-8pm

The Wheelhouse Cafe is now open for the summer season, bringing you their delicious stone baked pizza, freshly made chowder and soups, sandwiches and salads. And new this year... FISH AND CHIPS!
Drop by for a cold local craft beer and relax on the deck or enjoy an ice cream and a walk on the beach.

Public Services - Open for the Season

Public Washrooms, showers and laundry services are now open for the season.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for August 21:
Building Jackpot: $2200
Rising Jackpot: $3281.50
Toonie Jackpot: $315 Plus 1/2 sales
If you would like to volunteer at BINGO once a month, please let John know. Volunteers are always needed.

Saturday is Dart Night at the Iona Legion

Start time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Cost: $5 per person
Teams are picked from a hat each night... All skill levels welcome (19+)

The Bookmobile Visits the Legion Parking Lot Once a Month

The Victoria Co. bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30 - 7pm.
Next visit date: Sept. 1
Don't have a library card? No problem, request one from Larry on the bookmobile.

Chase the Ace - Every Friday Evening

Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm every Friday with draw shortly afterwards.
Purchase a strip of 3 tickets for $5 for a chance to win 20% of daily sales plus a chance to draw the Ace of Spades to win the growing jackpot. Participants must be 19yrs or older (bar will be open).
Complete details including "House Rules" can be found on the Legion Website (link above).
This fundraising initiative is in support of three local non-profit organizations:
Grandona Legion Br. 124; Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society; Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc.

Chase the Ace Ticket Winner for August 11th: Ursula Gunther from Chilliwack, B.C.
Ursula picked the six of hearts and won $190! That means the jackpot for Aug. 18 will be $3725 with 39 cards left in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by: The Corner Crew

Group Guitar Playing Sessions

Group guitar/mandolin playing sessions (twice a month).
These drop-in sessions are a fun way to strum and sing along with a group at no cost and with no pressure. Players should already have basic guitar skills.
Check this site for dates of upcoming sessions. New players are always welcome.
Next practice/jam session: Thursday, Aug 17 at the Legion 7pm.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Aug 18: Grilled Haddock
Aug 25: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Sept 1: Roast Beef
Sept 8: Roast Pork

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Aug 18: Corner Crew
Aug 25: Darren Stevens
Sept 1: Sean MacMullin
Sept 8: Jean Marie Sherlock

You can book your Friday supper by email or phone during the week. Deadline for receiving email supper requests is 4pm on THURSDAY... After that, you will need to phone.
Send your request to: fridaysupper@rcl124grandona.ca
Note: If you do not receive an auto reply, please phone the Legion to confirm we received your request.
You can also phone the Legion anytime during regular bar hours to book your supper. 902-725-2178

BAR HOURS

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - bar closed

Thursday - 4:00 to 11:00pm

Friday - 4:00 to Midnight

Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
 
Ceilidhs & Millings

Céilidh - Tuesday’s & Thursday

August 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31 | September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 | October 3, 5, 11, & 13

Join us for songs, stories and music, or just a chance to chat about the traditions and history of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic-speaking people at our traditional céilidh. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Milling Frolic - Wednesday’s & Friday’s

August 18, 23, 25 & 30 | September 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29| October 4, 6, 11 & 13

Come and join us at the table for songs and friendly conversation at the Highland Village milling frolic. The Gaels way to make the cloth ready for home use was to wet it, beat it and make a time of it, while communally singing choral songs in rhythm during the milling frolic. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Guided Storytelling Tour & Milling Frolic - Mondays & Fridays in July & August

August 18, 21, 25 & 28

Come join us for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person. (11:00am- 1:00pm)

Highland Village 2017 Children & Youth Programming

Eilean na h-Òige | Island of Youth History Program - Wednesdays

August 16 & 23

Take part in this special living history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Na Deugairean | The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth - Thursdays

August 17 & 24

Partake in this special living history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required.New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Spòrs Beag - Fridays

August 18 & 25

Join us for a fun morning of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Spòrs Beag is for children aged 5-10 and is free. 10-12.

Feasgar air Chéilidh - Evening Céilidh Tours - Thursday, August 24

Walk with us as we céilidh from house to house for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person . (7pm-9:00pm)

Highland Village Open for the 2017 Season

Baile nan Gaidheal | Highland Village is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through until October 15, 2017.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
Great Trail Celebration - Iona Port - August 26

Join as we Celebrate The Great Trail

Saturday, August 26th - 11am -2pm

Àros Na Mara Centre, Iona Port

Food, Fun and Live Music all free!

Try paddle boarding, take a hike along the beach, and listen to Darren Stevens, while enjoying a BBQ and cake!

We hope to see you all there!

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
27th Annual Féis an Eilein

August 15 – 19

Visit www.feisaneilein.ca for full concert details!
Events take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall 8539 Grand Narrows Hwy (Route 223)
feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca feisaneilein.ca 902-622-2627

Wednesday, August 16

Ar Seanachas, Ar Daoine agus Ar n-Àiteachan
“Our Stories, Our People and Our Places”
7:30 pm | Adm. by donation.
Tea & Lunch will be served. Each community in the Gaelic world had an active and lively tradition of song composition. Songs from Central Cape Breton were made by people such as Alec Steele, Captain John MacKinnon, Shamus Campbell, Jonathan MacKinnon, and Mary MacLeod. Who were these composers and what were their songs about? Do these songs matter in our modern world? This evening’s event pays tribute to them and examines some of the issues around retaining their songs in the 21st century.
Join long time Féis contributor Bean an Taighe Lorrie MacKinnon as she welcomes Winnie MacDonald and her son Paul MacDonald, Rod C. MacNeil, Mickey MacNeil, and Emily Clegg as they explore some of the composers and singers from our area and the music they created.

Special guest: Alison MacLeod will read from her book, "all the beloved ghosts".

Thursday, August 17

Gaelic Language Classes
10am – 4pm | Adm. $25/per day ~ Seniors & Students $10 | Please bring your own lunch. Tea, coffee, and snacks will be provided.
Intermediate/advanced class with Goiridh Dòmhnallach and TIP/GAB with Stacey MacLean are continued.

Milling Song Workshop
6pm – 7:30pm | Adm. $6
The instructor for this workshop is Angus MacLeod. He teaches and performs throughout North America and at events around the island. Come learn some milling songs and choruses and join in the singing tonight.

Traditional Milling Frolic
8pm | Adm. $10 ~ Ages 14 & Under Free
Singers once gathered around the milling table to keep a constant rhythm while pounding newly-woven cloth – now the work is done for the sheer pleasure and to keep the songs and culture alive. This milling frolic is one of the best known on Cape Breton Island and is not to be missed! Tea and lunch will be served.

Friday, August 18

Latha De Dh’Òrain – Day of Gaelic Songs
Adm. $6 per workshop
We are pleased to offer this day devoted to the study of the Gaelic Song Tradition. A wide-variety of song styles will be taught. Our instructors are all well- known Gaelic singers.
11:30am – 1pm Instructor Betty Lord is a Gaelic singer, organizer, and promoter.
1pm – 2:30pm Instructor Colin Watson is a native Gaelic speaker and a long-time contributor to Féis an Eilein.
2:30pm – 4pm Instructor Shay MacMullin has organized and taught numerous Gaelic language classes and song workshops.

Féis Children’s Concert & Family Square Sets 7pm – 9pm | Adm. Free
Students of our summer music program will perform in a Féis style recital at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. Stay for some square sets with music by Féis Instructors Maggie MacNeil and Shawnee Paul. Former Féis instructor Lauren MacDonald will guide everyone through the figures. Hot dogs, pop, and ice cream will be provided. Donations accepted at the door.

Saturday August 19

Conair Moire – The Rosary
10:30am – 12pm | Adm. $6
In many homes in our area it was a ritual to recite the Rosary in Gaelic each evening. Some people still up-hold this tradition. Among them is Rod C. MacNeil of Barra Glen who will teach the Rosary and other prayers in Gaelic. Rod is a noted Gaelic tradition-bearer and singer who has taught many classes and workshops over the years. He has supported the Féis since its inception and we sincerely appreciate his support again today.

Gabh do Naidheachd – Tell Your News
1:30pm | Adm. Free
Fear an Taighe Shamus Y. MacDonald will host this session which is conducted entirely in Gaelic. Held at the Grand Narrows Hotel, it is an opportunity to share stories and be immersed in the language. Refreshments will be served.

Sreath de dh’Òrain – Gaelic Song Circle
3:30pm | Adm. Free
Bean an Taighe Lorrie MacKinnon will lead the singing at The Grand Narrows Hotel. Tradition bearers and new singers alike will be welcome to share their songs.

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Friday night Darts

Darts Every Friday at 8 Teams picked by draw of cards.Fun night. Admission $5.00 19 and over Bar open.

Boisdale Crib Game will return Sept 21 2017

Crib Game will return Sept 21 2017 CRIBBAGE GAME: Boisdale Volunteer Fire Hall Reserve the “3rd Thursday of Every Month” for the Crib Game at the Fire Hall! Starts at 7:00 pm. All welcome! Come and meet New Friends!! Admission $5, and the bar will be operating

Boisdale Fire Hall Wednesday 45 Card Game

Boisdale Fire Hall every Wednesday 45 Card game At 8.

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  Parishes  
 
St. Barra Parish Bulletin Website

The mass times and Bulletin can be found at the following website: http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
 
Christmas Island Community Fair

Christmas Island Fire hall. Saturday Sept. 9. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Entries can be set up between 8 and 9 a.m. Judging starts at 9 a.m. Entry tags and booklets will be available the week before at Christmas Island Post Office. There will be a car show, bake sale, 50/50 draw, flea market (tables available for $10.00 book with Kevin 902-322-4683). Hot dogs and chili for sale at noon. Come out for a great time seeing friends and enter your crafts, baking, plants, vegetables and other for some friendly competition.

Christmas Island Fire Hall

WIN! WIN! WIN! $1000.00 June 30, Tickets are $10.00 each Members of the Christmas Island Fire Hall have tickets! Drawing will be done live on Facebook at 7pm, on June 30. We will be doing this each month for the rest of the year!! Tickets available from: Terri, Mildred, Michael Angus, Anna, Brandy, Jim, Hughena, Theresa, Marie and Roy. Also at Bingo on Sunday nights.

Events at Christmas Island

Bingo, every Sunday at 7 pm, Christmas Island Fire Hall

The Ways and Means Committee of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Dept meets on the second WEDNESDAY of the month at the fire hall. Also, The regular general membership meeting of the Christmas Island Fire Dept takes place on the third WEDNESDAY of the month at 7:30 pm at the fire hall. General Membership Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Third Tuesday of each month. New members welcome, Christmas Island Fire Hall

Iona Volunteer Fire Department Monthly Meeting

The Iona Fire Dept. regular meeting is usually held on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Fire Hall.

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