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Barra Food Bank Hours

Barra Food Bank hours for December: Thursday Dec. 7 and Dec. 21 from 12-3pm.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Barra Food Bank services will be available on an on-demand basis only.
To access a food bank representative, 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 to all for your donations and continued support.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Ceilidh Schedule Fall 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

Dec 16 Dara Smith-MacDonald and Adam Young

Dec 23 Buddy MacDonald

Dec 30 Darrell Keigan

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)  
 
Next General Meeting - 7pm, Thursday, Dec. 21

The next general meeting for the GNWDS is scheduled for 7pm Thursday, Dec. 21 at the Iona Legion.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Santa Comes to the Legion in Iona - Sunday, Dec. 17th

Santa's sleigh is scheduled to arrive at 3pm.
All children in the area are welcome to come say hi to santa (treats for everyone).
Hotdogs and beverages will be provided.

Boxing Day Family Ceilidh - Tuesday, Dec. 26 from 5-9pm

Boxing Day Family Ceilidh at the Iona Legion
Music, Dancing, Food, Moosemilk and Fun!
Music by: Middle River Band
Admission: $5 (12 & under free)
Members and Guests.

Legion Legends Treasure Chest - Winner

Treasure Chest Winner: Diane MacDonald from Whycocomagh.
Diane (Dan Murdoch) was on hand at the Christmas Tea and Ceilidh to claim her prize.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets or purchased perogies or fruit cake.
Thank you also to everyone who contributed to a fun and successful Christmas Tea & Ceilidh.
As a means of giving back to the community, a portion of the day's proceeds was donated to the Barra Food Bank.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for Dec. 11th:
Building Jackpot: $1400
Rising Jackpot: $5332.25
Toonie Jackpot: Starts back at $0 (plus 1/2 daily sales).
Congrats to Alexina Sampson who won the Toonie Jackpot this week ($272).

Please Note: All Regular booklet games Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 will be $125.
The last game of the season is Dec. 18th. Bingo will return in the spring.

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: Dec. 22
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.

A new round of Chase the Ace has started
Winner on Dec. 15: Anthony Bonaparte

Anthony picked the four of diamonds and went home with $55. That means the jackpot for Dec. 22 will start at $582.50 with 51 cards in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by The Legion Legends.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Dec. 22: Baked Pork Chops

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Dec. 22: **New** the Legion Legends will be here trying out their new sound equipment!

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 - 5:00 to 10:00pm

Friday - 4:00 to Midnight

Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
 
Highland Village Off Season Hours

Baile nan Gaidheal | Highland Village is now on off-season hours. The Visitor Centre (gift shop & administration) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. The full site will re-open for the 2018 Visitor Season on June 1, 2018.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
Adult Chair Fitness Class

Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Bring light weights or two bottles of water to use as weights. Class suitable for persons with all ranges of mobility. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring a bottle of water. Thursday mornings: 10:30 - 11:30, starting Sept. 28 until Dec. 7th, St. Columba Church Centre, Iona. Instructor: Theresa MacLean PTS, FIS. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the class will be cancelled for the day. Cost: $5.00 per class. Sponsored by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Gaelic Language Classes

Féis an Eilein will offer two 5 week sessions of Gaelic language classes using the TIP method.
The WINTER SESSION will take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall Thursday evenings January 11th until February 8th. Beginner class 6:30-8:00pm, Intermediate class 7:30 until 9:00pm.

The cost for each 5 week session is $25.00. There is no charge for school children and native Gaelic speakers.
For more information e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Time change 45's card game

Time change: Boisdale 45's card game Wednesday's at 7:30

EXERCISE CLASSES

EXERCISE CLASSES Exercise classes at the Boisdale Fire Hall will resume at 10:00am on Thursday Sept. 28th. It is required that the registration forms for this no fee older adult fitness program be completed before officially beginning the program. For further information, please call Marie MacSween at 902 578-9070. FINISHED FOR THE SEASON, WATCH IN JAN. FOR NEW START UP DATES

YOGA

Yoga Boisdale Fire Hall Tuesday, 7:00 pm & Friday, 10:00 am FINISHED FOR THE SEASON, WATCH IN JAN. FOR NEW START UP DATES

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

Crib Game Jan 18 2018 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

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  Home & School  
 
ABOUT US - Rankin Home and School Association

The Rankin School of the Narrows Home and School group meets at the school at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of the following months: October, November, May, June. In the event of cancellation of school, the meeting will be held the following Tuesday at 7 pm. H&S provides support to the school and students by providing scholastic bursaries, student sponsorships for extracurricular activities and educational trips. We also provide the luncheon following graduation for the grade 12 students each year. Our annual major fundraiser is a Christmas Basket, which we fill and sell tickets on. Please reach out to a student to purchase tickets and we welcome any donations to our basket, they can be dropped off at the school. We would like to extend a warm welcome to parents to join Home & School. Juanita MacNeil – Chair, Alison MacNeil-Secretary, Liz MacNeil – Treasurer.

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  Parishes  
 
St. Barra Parish- Christmas Eve Annual Children’s Pageant…… Planning is underway.

Christmas Eve Annual Children’s Pageant…… Planning is underway. Please contact Liz MacNeil at 902-295-8483 to confirm that your children will be taking part in this celebration of the birth of Jesus. All children ages 5-12 are welcome.

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 "Grand in the Hand" Winners:

Winner for November was Angela Higgins December tickets now on sale, get them early, great stocking stuffer!! Ticket sellers are: Mildred, Michael Angus, Anna, Brandy, Jim, Hughena, Theresa, Marie and Roy. Also at Bingo on Sunday nights.

Christmas Island Fire Hall

Christmas Island Fire Department - Community Tree Lighting Celebration, Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm. Agenda for the evening: Treats and hot drinks, Children will be singing some carols, the list of names that bulbs were purchased for will be read, then we go outside and listen to the bagpipes as the tree is lit and then fireworks! Light bulbs can be purchased in memory of, or in honor of, in the colors of white $10, red $15. green $20. Dec 17 - Santa Parade, everyone is welcome to be part of the parade, decorate a float or your vehicle! Visit with Santa at the fire hall after the parade and get your pictures taken with Santa!

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. New members welcome!

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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  Little Narrows Community Centre  
 
MEETING REGARDING THE LITTLE NARROWS COMMUNITY CENTRE

There will be a meeting at the Little Narrows Community Centre regarding the future of the hall. All community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held on Monday, December 18th, 2017 at 7pm.

A Little Narrows Christmas

You are invited to A Little Narrows Christmas on Tuesday, December 12th from 7-8pm at the Little Narrows Community Centre. There will be entertainment by Rob MacLean, some Christmas snacks, a tree lighting and a visit from Santa. We will collecting non-perishable food items for the Barra Food Bank.

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