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BOISDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - MARCH 5

The Boisdale Historical Society will hold it's regular meeting at the AA Rooms in Boisdale, Sunday March 5th 2017 at 2pm. All are welcome.

Victoria Standard - Community Editorial Meeting - Feb 28

Hello Central Cape Breton! The Victoria Standard is working to ensure representation from all areas of Victoria County in our coverage of local news. Over the next two months, we will be hosting open editorial meetings in several communities including Iona. During our meeting we want to learn more about the interesting and important news coming out of Central Cape Breton. We also hope to connect with potential news writers in the area. We hope you can join us for conversation and refreshments, 7-8:30pm on February 28th at the Highland Village. Please RSVP to carolyn@victoriastandard.ca . We look forward to meeting everyone!

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.

Washabuck's Annual Snowshoe Hike

February 20th is Family Day!! This is a long weekend!!
Why not spend the weekend and take in two snowshoe events!

February 18, Snowshoe Along the Beautiful Shores of Washabuck. Come out for a fun winter hike with friends and family, enjoy our beautiful scenery and join us in a social afternoon. Start time is 1:00 pm. Light hot lunch to follow after the walk. This is part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017 events. Pre-registration is required - contact snowshoeing@washabuck.com , Zina at 725-2444, Cheryl at 371-0169 or Quentin at 725-2852. This event is sponsored by Washabuck Community Centre, and Naturally Active Victoria County.

February 19 another afternoon snowshoeing in Iona , sponsored by NS Highland Village and Iona Heights Inn. Go to ionaheightsinn.com to book your space. Start time is 1pm. Cost is $15 per person. ($10 if you have your own shoes). The walk will be followed by a youth open-mic, starting at 2pm at the inn.

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

February 25th - Richard Schaller

March 4th - Mike Barron

March 11th - Dara Smith

March 18th - Buddy MacDonald

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.

Feb 11th - 10am
Feb 25th - 10am
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:

February 5th - 2pm
February 19th - 2pm
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.

Snowshoe Walk around Hector's Point

For 2017, the Iona Heights Inn & the Highland Village are hosting six separate “Hector’s Point Snowshoe Walks”

This will be a hike around the Highland Village. It will be approximately 3km, and end at the pub with a 10oz pint (for those that are 19/over), or a cup of Jill’s Hot Chocolate. Walk is for all ages. Shorter routes available if need be.

$15 per person including snowshoes , or $10 if you bring your own.
Space is limited, so reserve on line, and pay at the door cash/debit/credit card.
www.ionaheightsinn.com/eventing

• Meet at The Frolic’n Folk Pub just inside the Inn

February 5th - 1pm (sold out)
February 10th - 7pm
February 19th - 1pm
March 5th - 1pm
March 10th - 7pm
March 19th - 1pm

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.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
General Meeting - NEW DATE: Thursday Feb 23

Grand Narrows Waterfront General Meeting 7pm, Feb. 23 at the Legion. New members are welcome.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
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: March 10
Following dates: April 7; 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 19 Ticket Winner: Sandy (Mick) MacNeil
On Feb. 17th, Mick picked the three of diamonds and won $233. Chase the Ace continues Feb. 24th with 33 cards in the deck and a growing jackpot of $4605.50++.
PLEASE NOTE: Chase the Ace tickets for Feb. 24th ONLY will be on sale from 6-7:30 to accommodate the zone dart tournament being hosted at the Legion. Supper will be served an hour earlier as well... from 5-6pm

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:
Friday, Mar. 3 (Friday supper gig) at 7pm
Sunday, March 19 (practice session) at 2pm
(Note: The Sunday practice sessions are a perfect time for new players to sit in. Music will be provided. Bring capo if you have one)

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Feb. 24: Corned Beef & Cabbage (Please note: Supper for this week will be from 5-6pm)
March 3: Roast Beef
March 10: Roast Pork
March 17: Corned Beef & Cabbage (St. Partricks Day Supper)
March 24: Grilled Haddock

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Feb 24: No music (dart tournament)
March 3: Legion Legends
March 10: TBA
March 17: Cyril MacPhee (Wear your green!)
March 24: Corner Crew

You can now 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)
 
Caidreabh na Tì - Gaelic Tea - March 7, 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, March 7, 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)
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

Snowshoe Hike - March 4th - Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2017

Snowshoe/Hike: Central Cape Breton Gets Active 2017 -Come out for a snowshoe hike in Iona, located along Route 223, Central Cape Breton overlooking the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake on Saturday, March 4th at 11 am.. Be sure to take your camera! Meet at the Iona Port. This is part of the 6th Annual Victoria County Winter ActiveFest 2017 and Hike Nova Scotia events for 2017. Pre-registration is required - contact ccbcvi@gmail.com or Ann Marie at 902-725-2253 or Murdell at 902-725-2348. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and Naturally Active Victoria County.

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  
 
Fish Cakes and Beans Supper - Feb 25

SATURDAY, 25 February 2017 The Boisdale Community Fire Hall Presents FISHCAKES AND BEANS SUPPER, Complete with Condiments, Coffee, Tea Renowned Boisdale Biscuits, Superlative Dessert. This Event has been cleverly timed to happen between 4 pm and 6 pm, For both the “Eat-In Traffic”, And the “Take Out Traffic”, For those Who want to collect some post-Valentinian Brownie Points, By taking home a meal(s) to a Loved One(s). Only $10 per wholesome meal.

St Patrick's Day Bash - March 11

Boisdale Fire Dept St Patrick's Day Celebration Darrell Keigan Stuart MacDonald with Special Guests The Fitzgerald School of Irish Dance Saturday March 11th 8.00pm to 10.00pm Chili and Biscuits available Admission $10.00 at door Join us for some Irish songs and dance and good Craic Boisdale Firehall

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.

Crib Game March 16 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

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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