The Barra Food Bank sends out a huge and sincere "THANK YOU" to all of the generous and thoughtful people who worked on and donated materials and equipment time for the recent upgrades and construction at the Food Bank building. Volunteers and clients alike find parking and access to the building, very much improved and are very appreciative!
Special thanks to Michael Dan MacNeil of Jamesville, James MacNeil of Hill Billy Construction and Timmie LeMoine of Jamesville; your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.
The Food Bank will be offering the Christmas Basket program once again this year. Deliveries will take place Monday, December 19, 2016. Anyone wishing to make a donation or requiring service from the Food Bank is encouraged to contact either, Dolores Murphy (902-725-2208) or Gail MacNeil (902-577-3394).
Efficiency Nova Scotia Product Installation Service
Sustainable Housing offers free energy efficient upgrades like LED light bulbs, and smart power bars to all homes in Cape Breton, and hot water tank insulation, efficient (high pressure) shower heads, and more to electrically heated homes all over Cape Breton through Efficiency Nova Scotia. We properly dispose of the old light bulbs that we remove. It takes about half an hour per home to complete. There is absolutely no cost to any homeowner for the products or for the installation of the products, this program is entirely funded by Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Quick Fact: Just by changing over to new LED bulbs a home can save up to $6 per bulb every year, so if a home has 40 light bulbs, they can save over $240 in electricity a year just by making that change alone.
This particular program is only available to private homes, condos, apartments, etc. It is not available to businesses, group homes, or continued care centers, etc. There are other programs that may be available for those through Efficiency Nova Scotia.
WCC 45 Card Games
45’s card games are now finished for the season, thank-you each and everyone who took part either in playing the game or providing “the tea” after the game. Hope to see you all back in the spring.
Adult Chair Fitness Class - Tuesdays
Adult Chair Fitness Class - Improve your range of motion, coordination, strength and balance. Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Class suitable for persons with all ranges of mobility. Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 20th, St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 10:30-11:30. Instructor: Theresa MacLean, PTS, FIS. Fee $5 per class. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.
We have been asked to bring back our Christmas Markets from last year.
We are late starting/advertising, but we are hoping to get a great turnout for the vendors that are signed up.
The markets have free admission and are from 8-12 and will be in the upstairs room of the pub.
They will be held for the three Saturdays leading up to Christmas...Dec 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Jill's Chocolates will be featuring fresh-made homemade scones (both savory and fruit flavors) and our new Peppermint Hot Chocolate (samples available)...on these Saturdays only.
As for our vendors, expect to see photography/prints/calendars/cards, preserves, baking, makeup, woodworking,
decorations, tshirts/hats/gift cards... as a start....and of course there is always chocolates at the shop.
Hope to see some great local support.
Ceilidh Schedule - Saturdays
Ceilidhs this fall will be from 5-8pm
Dec 3rd - Margie & Dawn Beaton - $5
Dec 10th - Dara Smith - $5
Dec 17th - Buddy MacDonald - $5
Dec 24th - no ceilidh
Dec 31st - no ceilidh - New Years Eve party...TBA
Sunday Brunch 11-3
Waffles, steak & eggs, original breakfast and more...
Leave the cooking to us on Sundays.
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 weekdays 8 am to 4 pm. Weekends 9am-4pm
Bagels, egg muffins, fruit, waffles, yogurt, oatmeal, espresso based coffees, tea and of course chocolates. Chocolates are also available at the Little Dipper.
Boxing Day Family Ceilidh - Monday, Dec. 26 from 5-9pm
A Boxing Day event for the whole family from 5-9pm. Music, Food and Holiday Cheer!
Music by: Middle River Band
Adm. $5 (under 12yrs free)
Santa Comes to the Legion in Iona - Saturday, Dec. 17th
Santa's sleigh is scheduled to arrive at the Iona Legion at 3pm.
All children are welcome to come see Santa.
Treat bags for everyone! Hotdogs and beverages will also be available.
Family Square Dancing Ceilidh - Healthy Living and Exercise - Dec. 16th
The Iona Legion in partnership with the County of Victoria and CB District Health Authority wish to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We would like to have strong interest from all ages so that we can have individual sets for school age, adults, and seniors on the floor at the same time. This will be a great opportunity to teach our youth traditional Scottish dancing, excellent form of exercise, and all while having fun for all ages.
We are also looking for leaders to help organize and assist with this venture. if interested, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.
A new dart season has started up at the Iona Legion on Saturday evenings.
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: Dec. 9th
Don't have a library card? No problem, request one from Larry on the bookmobile.
Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for December 12th:
Rising Jackpot: $1061.50
Building Jackpot: $6000
Toonie Game: $406 plus 1/2 of nights sales Please Note: We are down to our last two bingos for this season. In appreciation for the support we have received over the past year we will be increasing the prizes for the regular booklet games from $100.00 to $125.00 on 12 and 19 Dec. The last bingo for this season is 19 Dec 2016 and bingo will start up again on 3rd April 2017.
Chase the Ace Every Sunday - 2:30 - 4pm
Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 2:30 - 4:00pm every Sunday 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.
Week 9 Ticket Winner: Sandy (Mick) MacNeil from Rear Christmas Island On Dec. 4th, Mick picked the seven of hearts and won $122. Chase the Ace continues Dec 11th with 43 cards in the deck and a growing jackpot of $2168. Tip: Come early to enjoy the guitar session.
Please note: Starting in January, Chase the Ace will be moving to Friday nights to coincide with Friday suppers. Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm with the draw soon afterwards.
Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Next Session: Sunday Dec. 11th
Group guitar/mandolin playing sessions (twice a month) from 2:30 - 4:30pm (during Chase the Ace). 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 (19 yrs and over).
Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Dec. 9: Roast Pork
Dec. 16: Grilled Haddock
Dec. 23: No Supper
Dec. 30: No Supper
Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Dec. 9: Newfie Trio
Dec. 16: Kyle & Dawn Gillis, Helen MacDonald & Scott MacKenzie (Family Square Dance)
Dec. 23: No Music
Dec. 30: No Music
You are invited to join us for our Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome. Teas take place the first Tuesday of the month. The next tea is Tuesday December 6.
Highland Village Off-Season Hours
Off season hours for the Highland Village Gift Shop and administrative offices are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We reopen for the 2017 season on June 1. In the meantime, watch this space for special programs throughout the off season.
Féis an Eilein will sponsor Gaelic Classes @ the Christmas Island Fire hall, 10 weeks $50.00, no charge for students & native speakers. Beginner/Intermediate 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Advanced 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Classes start Monday, Nov. 7th for 5 weeks, and then resume Monday, Jan. 9th for 5 weeks. For more information call Beth 902-871-2187 or e-mail email@example.com. We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Office of Gaelic Affairs
BOXING NIGHT DANCE
Round and Square Dance
Kimberley Fraser, Howie MacDonald
Monday December, 26th,
8.30pm to 12.00am
Tickets $10.00 $12.00 at door
Tickets availble at Beaver Cove Take-Out
after Rememberance Day.
Students and Parents
Please be sure to return Home and School basket tickets to the school by Monday Dec. 12. Also please send in your donated item for the basket by Monday Dec. 12. We thank you in advance for your support. This is the only fundraiser the Home and School has at this time. All funds are directly returned to student activities. Merry Christmas
Home and School needs your help...
We provide the reception following graduation which all of your children will benefit from in years to come……
We help maintain the playground equipment at the school, providing funds for repairs when necessary.
We provide a monetary gift to graduates who qualify for scholastic awards which all of your children may benefit from in years to come……
We provide sponsorships to students who are attending extra-curricular events, Ex. NSSSA, again, wonderful opportunities for all your children…..
We will not ask you for much of your time, we want to simply remain active, so we can continue to offer these programs at our school.
Please consider joining Home & School, for the benefit of all our children and our school.
Christmas Eve Mass will be at 7 pm at St. Columba Church. We will be presenting the annual pageant and would like as many children as possible to participate. Please call or text Liz at 902-295-8483 or call or text Ann at 902-295-0219 to let us know that your children are interested in taking part in the pageant. We will be having a practice the week prior. Thank You in advance.
Apple Pies for Sale
St. BARRA Ways and Means Committee have apple pies available for sale for $8.00 per pie. Please call Pauline at 902-725-2698 or Gregory at 902-725-2840 if you would like to order pies.
St. Barra Parish Bulletin Website
The mass times and Bulletin can be found at the following website:
Bingo, every Sunday at 7 pm, Christmas Island Fire Hall
Ways and Means Committee Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm New members welcome, Christmas Island Fire Hall
General Membership Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Third Tuesday of each month. New members welcome, Christmas Island Fire Hall
The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Bingo Committee is seeking more volunteers to assist with our Sunday night bingos. Jobs include selling bingo cards from 6 to 7 pm, floorwalkers during bingo from 7 to 9 pm, counters and checkers during bingo, and bingo callers. Training will be provided. If you have an hour or two to volunteer and would like to get involved, call Theresa at 902-322-7500, Hughie at 902-622-2004, or Anna at 902-622-1310. We welcome high school students as well.
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.
Christmas Island Flea Market - December 4
10 am - 3 pm
Table Rental $10.00
To Book a table, facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 902-322-7500
You are invited to ‘A Little Narrows Christmas’ on December 8th at the Little Narrows Community Centre. Entertainment TBA. Thank-you to the Municipality of Victoria County for sponsoring this event.
Schedule of FREE Events:
7:30-8:30: Tree Lighting, Santa Visit & Family Ceilidh
8:30-9:30: Pub Night & Squaredance (19+)
**We will be also collecting food donations for the Barra Food Bank**
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