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13th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre - May 6

Mark your calendars. The 13th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Iona Legion. Watch this space for further details.

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.

You can schedule your free installation by calling 1-877-722-2842 or by signing up online at www.LEDsForMe.ca

Gaelic Immersion Sessions - Fridays

Central Cape Breton Gaelic Immersion Sessions. Every Friday from 10am-3pm at 335 Farrell Settlement Rd in Benacadie. All levels of Gaelic are welcome. Bring a packed lunch. 8 weeks for $80.00. For more information contact Stacey at 622-2888.

Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective January 5, 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)  
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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Ceilidh Schedule Winter 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

March 25th - Dawn/Margie Beaton

April 1st - Anita MacDonald

April 8th - Brad Reid

April 15th - Gillian Head

April 22nd - Rachael Davis

April 29th - Donnie/Jinx

Coffee & Canvas

You've heard of Paint 'n,Wine nights, well this event at the Iona Heights Inn is a version of that, but in the morning and with coffee.

We have 4 dates set aside for a Saturday morning painting lesson. The lesson will be instructed by Lisa Harrison and will begin at 10am. Arrival between 9-10 is recommended so that everyone is set up and ready to go. Cost of the morning lesson will be $40 and includes all art supplies, coffee/tea, muffin & chocolates, not to mention you go home with a new piece of art, that you painted! Just remember to wear old clothes or bring an apron to protect yourself from paint.

A different painting will be done each lesson.

Go online to events at www.ionaheightsinn.com to reserve your space.

March 11th - 10am

March 25th - 10am

Youth Open-Mic

The Frolic & Folk has decided to host an open-mic for youth interested in getting some exposure in front of an audience.

The stage will be open for those 19 years and under. All music genres welcome. Solo acts or bands. Time on stage will be limited to 3 numbers. (approximately 15mins each).

The events will follow our Sunday afternoon snowshoe walks on these dates:

March 5th - 2pm

March 19th - 2pm

All participants, each Sunday, will have their names put into a draw to win a gas card of $25 and a box of chocolates. A keyboard will be available for use. Donations to the Treasures of Youth will be accepted at the door.

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 4 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)  
 
General Meeting - April 6

The next general meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront is scheduled for:
7pm, Thursday, April 6 at Ferrymen's Hall.
New members are welcome.

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Family Square Dance Ceilidh - Friday, April 21

The Iona Legion has teamed up with the County of Victoria and CB District Health Authority in an effort to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We encourage people of all ages to take part in this 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, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.

The next Family Ceilidh is now scheduled for Friday, April 21 From 7-9 PM
Admission to the ceilidh is free.
Music by: Rodney MacDonald

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: April 7th.
Following dates: May 12; June 9
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.

Week 24 Ticket Winner: Patsy Whitty from Ingonish
On March 24th, Patsy picked the two of spades and won $200. Patsy is participating in the ladies zone 1 dart tournament at the Legion this weekend.
Chase the Ace continues next Friday (March 31st) with 28 cards in the deck and a growing jackpot of $6149.
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music will be by: Joe Gillis. Tip: Come early for supper (boneless chicken breast).

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.
Upcoming session dates:
Sunday, April 2 (practice session) at 2pm
Sunday, April 16 (practice session) at 2pm
Friday Supper Gig: May 5
Note: The Sunday practice sessions are a perfect time for new players to sit in. Music will be provided. Bring capo.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
March 31: Boneless Chicken Breast
April 7: Roast Beef
April 14: CLOSED (Good Friday)
April 21: Grilled Haddock
April 28: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
March 31: Joe Gillis
April 7: Buddy MacDonald
April 14: CLOSED (Good Friday)
April 21: Family Square Dance with Rodney MacDonald
April 28: Richard Schaller

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 2017 Summer Student Employment Openings

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is Nova Scotia’s Provincial museum and folk life centre for Gaelic language and culture. Each year, Nova Scotians, and visitors to Nova Scotia, engage with the Highland Village for transmission and experiential presentation of Nova Scotia Gaelic culture and language, by way of first person (role playing) animation, special programs, workshops, hands-on activities, and outreach. The Highland Village is seeking individuals to join its team in the following student positions:

Heritage Animator/Interpreter (Student)

The Student Heritage Animator, in costume, provides informative, effective and entertaining interpretation of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage and culture through first person (role playing) interpretation; demonstrations of language, culture, crafts, and folklife; and participation in “living history” and cultural and interpretive programming. Applicants must have the ability to explain relevant content in a clear and entertaining way; comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds; general knowledge of the Gaelic Nova Scotia story and identity; demonstrated skill in the area of interpersonal skills and teamwork; gives and takes constructive feedback; strong communication skills (both oral and written); and friendly, courteous and outgoing personality. Cultural and heritage skills are assets. Salary is $10.85/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 25, 2017.

Animator/Musician (Student)

The Animator/Musician, in costume, provides knowledgeable and courteous interpretation of the music tradition of Gaelic culture, informative, effective and entertaining interpretation of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage and culture through first person (role playing) interpretation; demonstrations of language, culture, crafts, and folklife; and participation in “living history” and cultural and interpretive programming. Applicants must be able to interpret the Nova Scotia’s Scotch music tradition (pipes/fiddle) to visitors and provide music for céilidhs and other interpretive activities. Applicants must also have the ability to explain relevant content in a clear and entertaining way; comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds; general knowledge of the Gaelic Nova Scotia story and identity; demonstrated skill in the area of interpersonal skills and teamwork; gives and takes constructive feedback; strong communication skills (both oral and written); and friendly, courteous and outgoing personality. Cultural and heritage skills are assets. Salary is $13.00/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 25, 2017.

Curatorial Assistant - Research (Student)

Working with staff, the student will support the continued evolution and growth of the Highland Village interpretive animation program through the development of an interpretive resource manual for one interpretive building, which will be used as a template for the preparation of manuals for each of the other buildings. The student should be enrolled in a Celtic Studies, Museum Studies, or History program at a Canadian University and be eligible for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions Program, have documented experience in historical research, report writing, good time management skills, be able to work with others and alone, and must be able to provide a clean criminal record check if selected. Knowledge of, and interest in, Nova Scotia Gaelic culture and identity would be an asset. Salary is $15.00/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 11, 2017.

Curatorial Assistant - Collections (Student)

Working with Highland Village staff in preparation for a province wide evaluation project, the student will assist with an inventory of 11 period buildings and storage areas containing artifacts, containing up to 3800 artifacts, assist in preparing inventory sheets, enter and update locations in the Provincial database, continue our reorganization project by photographing and documenting artifacts, and creating custom housing for selected artifacts. The selected artifacts with be boxed and placed on shelving. The student should be enrolled in a Museum Studies program at a Canadian University and be eligible for the Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions Program, have documented experience with artifact handling, excellent communication skills, experience with digital photography, good time management skills, be able to work with others and alone, and must be able to provide a clean criminal record check if selected. Knowledge of, and interest in, Nova Scotia Gaelic culture and identity would be an asset. Salary is $15.00/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 11, 2017.

All applicants must be current full time post-secondary students returning to full time studies in the fall, or current high school students attending post-secondary studies in the fall.

Application Procedure

Applications must be received by the Highland Village no later than 4 pm on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Send a resume and cover letter to Director, Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3; fax (902) 725-2227; or e-mail rodney.chaisson@novascotia.ca. No phone calls please.

Please ensure you demonstrate in your application how you meet the above qualifications.

In accordance with the Highland Village’s Gaelic Policy, preference will be given to those applicants with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Gaelic language and/or a demonstrated interested in learning.

Offers of employment contingent upon successful applicant providing a satisfactory Criminal Records check.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

All positions are subject to funding approval by external funding partners.

Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum and is operated in partnership with the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society. The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is an equal opportunity employer.

An Rubha

The latest issue of An Rubha: The Highland Village Gaelic Folklife Magazine has been released. It is available in pdf format on our website: https://highlandvillage.novascotia.ca/about/rubha-gaelic-folklife-magazine

Caidreabh na Tì - Gaelic Tea - April 4, 2017

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 teas are Tuesday, April 4 & Tuesday, May 2.

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.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton

World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton – The festival will run from June 8-11th. The 3rd World Ocean Day event will be celebrated here on Sunday, June 11th. Join us for some festivities, fun and food while enjoying and learning about the Bras d’Or Lake! Keep checking our new website arosnamara.com or centralcapebreton.com for further updates.

The Wellness Walkers - Fitness at Rankin School

The Wellness Walkers - Fitness at Rankin School of the Narrows will be on Wednesday evenings, starting, Feb. 1st. Time: 7-8 pm. Wear comfortable shoes for indoor use. Use of the fitness equipment is for age 14 and up (or turning 14 in 2017). Walking is for age 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows class will be cancelled for that evening. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and supported by Rankin School of the Narrows, and Naturally Active Victoria County. For further information contact Sharon 725-2177.

Back to Basics Fitness Class

Back to Basics Fitness Class: New year! New focus! Thinking of starting an exercise program or expanding on your current workout? Join us for the The Back to Basics Workout. This workout involves; cardio, weight training, and stretching. Bring your yoga mat, hand weights and skipping rope. Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:30, starting January 19, St. Columba Church Centre. 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

Adult Chair Fitness

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. 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. Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30, starting Jan 17, St. Barra Church Centre. 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

Back to Basics Fitness Class

Back to Basics Fitness Class: New year! New focus! Thinking of starting an exercise program or expanding on your current workout? Join us for the The Back to Basics Workout. This workout involves; cardio, weight training, and stretching. Bring your yoga mat, hand weights and skipping rope. Thursdays: 10:30 - 11:30, starting January 19,St. Columba Church Centre. 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

Adult Chair Fitness Class

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. 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. Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30, starting Jan 17, St. Columba Church Centre. 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

Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day

Checkout our website www.arosnamara.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Gaelic Language Classes

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 feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca. We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Office of Gaelic Affairs

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Crib Game April 20 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

Wednesday 45 Card Game

Wednesdays 45 Card game At 8.

Friday Night Darts

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

WINTER YOGA

Winter Yoga Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7:00pm. Boisdale Fire Hall Classes $5.00 per session Pls. bring mat, blanket & wear comfortable clothing. If you have any questions, contact Anita MacKinnon, 902-871-2074

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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  
 
Events at Christmas Island

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

Seeking Volunteers

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.

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