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

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

Sept 9 - Stan Chapman, Junior Fraser, John Hanlon

Sept 16 - Sheiiy Campbell

Sept 23 - Keith Mullins

Sept 30 - Brad Reid

Oct 7 - Darrell Keigan

Oct 14 - Rachel Davis

Oct 21 - Paul Cranford

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)  
General Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 10 at 7pm

The next General Meeting for the GNWDS will take place:
7pm, Tuesday, Oct. 10th at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are welcome to attend.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Rankin School Bottle Drive

Rankin School is holding our annual bottle drive next week. PICK UP FOR BARRACHOIS - Shenacadie will be on SUNDAY, Sept 17 from noon until 5:00 pm. On WEDNESDAY, Sept 20 th pick up will be between 3-7 pm . Parents and volunteers are welcome to come to the school on Wednesday afternoon/evening to help sort! This is our major fundraiser of the year and many hands make light work!!

Rankin School Boys and Girls Soccer Game

Game 2 of our season is in Baddeck on Sunday Sep. 17. The boys will kick off at 3:00 and the girls at 5:00. We ask that the players arrive for the game a half hour before game time. Good luck to the teams this season!! Our first home game is Tuesday September 19 at 3:00 and 5:00. Come out and cheer on the Rankin Highlanders!!

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Halloween Dance - Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9:30-1:30

Music by: DJ Curtis MacNeil
Admission $10
Prizes for the best costumes.
19yrs and over (ID's on request). No backpack, duffel bags etc.

Celtic Colours Community Meal - Thursday, Oct. 12

The Iona Legion will be hosting a Roast Pork Dinner in association with the Celtic Colours International Festival...
Thurs., Oct 12 served from 5-7pm
Dinner will include dessert (apple crisp) and coffee/tea
Cost: $18 (tax included)
Tickets are now available for purchase at the Legion bar (cash only), or through the Celtic Colours box office.
This meal will coincide with the evening concert at the NS Highland Village. Everyone welcome. Bar will be open.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for September 25:
Building Jackpot: $2700
Rising Jackpot: $3886.75
Toonie Jackpot: $608 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. 29
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 September 22: Elizabeth MacNeil from Jamesville
Elizabeth picked the King of Hearts and won $182. So... that means the jackpot for September 29th will be $5658.50 with 33 cards left in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music will be by Richard Schaller.

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: Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Legion 2pm. Bar open (19 and over).

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Sept 29: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Oct 6: Roast Beef
Oct 13: Roast Pork

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Sept 29: Richard Schaller
Oct 6: Final Cut
Oct 13: Legion Legends

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


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

September 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

September 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

Là Fhèill Mìcheil/St. Michael’s Day - Friday, September 29

St. Michael was the Scottish and Irish patron saint of horses, travel, sea and seafarers. His calendar day was celebrated in the Hebrides with eating of a multi-grain bonnach called struan. Join us for a special St. Michael’s Day Milling Frolic in the Centre Chimney House. Traditional tea and struan will be served. General admission fees apply (2 to 4 pm).

Eilean Briagha: Beautiful Island - Official Celtic Colours Concert - Thursday, October 12

When the Gaels arrived from Scotland, they brought their language and music. The community of Iona is one of the places they settled. Rich in Gaelic heritage, the area has maintained close ties to the roots of its settlers and the Highland Village has played an important role in maintaining that cultural heritage. Renowned Gaelic singer Margaret Stewart comes from the Isle of Lewis. With her passion for the songs and culture of Scotland, she should feel right at home in this setting. Colin Watson is a gifted singer with an impressive repertoire of songs and puirt-a-bheul. The singers will be joined by Hailee LeFort and Cailean MacLean, young artists with deep roots in Cape Breton. Hailee will delight us with her fiddle playing and dance steps, accompanied by Cailean on guitar. There are few places more inspiring for a performance steeped in Gaelic culture and tradition than this little church on the hill. Tickets are $25 and are available through the Highland Village Gift Shop (902) 725-2272 or 1-866-442-3542. (7:30pm) 

Celtic Colours Events at Highland Village - October 6 to 14

Friday, October 6 - Celtic Colours Milling Frolic  - Join us for a traditional milling frolic in a period setting at the Highland Village. Refreshments served. Museum admission charges apply. (2:00-3:00 pm)

Saturday, October 7 - Storytelling Tour & Traditional Céilidh  - Come join us for a special storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. Reservations required. $25.00 per person. (10:30 am-12:30 pm) Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272. 

Sunday, October 8 – Storytelling Tour & Traditional Céilidh - Come join us for a special storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. Reservations required. $25.00 per person. (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272.

Monday, October 9 - Milling Frolic  - Join us for a traditional milling frolic in a period setting at the Highland Village. Refreshments served. Museum admission charges apply. (2:00-3:00 pm)

Tuesday, October 10 - Traditional Céilidh - Join us for a traditional céilidh as we share stories, songs and music in a period setting at the Highland Village. Refreshments served. Museum admission charges apply. (2:00-3:00 pm)

Wednesday, October 11 - Storytelling Tour & Traditional Céilidh - Come join us for a special storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. Reservations required. $25.00 per person. 10:30am -12:30 pm) Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272.

Wednesday, October 11 - Milling Frolic  - Join us for a traditional milling frolic in a period setting at the Highland Village. Refreshments served. Museum admission charges apply. (2:00-3:00 pm)

Thursday, October 12 - Finding Your Roots - A Genealogy Workshop. - Sorting through the many online sources available for genealogy can be a tricky. This workshop will teach you some of the tips and tricks to help you find the roots of your family. Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272. $15.00 per person. (10:00-11:00am)

Thursday, October 12 – Barry Shears Book Launch - ** Sorry this event has been postponed until a later date.**

Thursday, October 12 - Storytelling Tour & Traditional Céilidh - Come join us for a special storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. Reservations required. $25.00 per person.  (2:00-4:00 pm) Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272. 

Friday, October 13 - Am Breacan Bòidheach Fàsanta:Mary’s Bonny Plaid - Natural Dye Workshop - Using natural dyes to add colour to the cloth and yarns that pioneer women made was an important aspect of 19th century life. If you have ever wondered what materials were used to produce such a wide range of hues, please join us for an afternoon of wool dying. Participants will learn about various dyeing techniques and will be able to dip a few skeins of their own. Pre-registration required. Admission is $25. (1:00 pm -3:00 pm)

Friday, October 13 - Joe Neil MacNeil Lecture  - ‘’Tighinn o’n Cridhe’’ - ‘coming from the centre’: an ethnography of sensory metaphor on Scottish Gaelic communal aesthetics. Dr. Tiber Falzett will explore ways of talking about music in Gaelic. Dr. Falzetts, research relied upon the generosity of Anna MacKinnon, Theresa Burke, Peter Jack MacLean, Joe Peter MacLean in sharing their knowledge. This lecture will take place in the Tuning Room from 3:30-4:30pm.

Friday, October 13 - Milling Frolic  - Join us for a traditional milling frolic in a period setting at the Highland Village. Refreshments served. Museum admission charges apply. (2:00-3:00 pm)

Oidhche nam Bòcan|Night of the Spooks - Halloween Presentation - Fri & Sat, October 20 & 21

Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in “The Tuning Room” with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is a family activity enjoyed by all. Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts. Cost $18 per adult, $40 per family, or $10 per student. Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets. (7-9 pm each evening) 

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)
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

Iona Port Weekly Farmers' Market - Sundays

Join us at the Iona Port for our weekly Farmers Market every Sunday from 12-3pm.

This week’s vendors include fresh locally grown vegetables, photography, preserves, baked good and more! In addition to the market we are also having a flea market. Have a few things to sell? Want to book a table? Tables are $10.00.

For more information on how to become a vendor or reserve a flea market table, Contact ionaportmarket@gmail.com See you Sunday in Iona!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Celtic Colours Week

SQUARE DANCE Friday, October, 13th, 9:00pm-12:30am Adult Round and Square Dance Music by Andrea Beaton, Troy MacGillivray, Kimberley Fraser and Friends Ages 19 and over Admission $10:00 At Door Contact: Fred McCracken : 902- 871-2655

Celtic Colours Week

Celtic Colours event - HISTORICAL HIKE Saturday, October 7th 10:00 Free event Historic Hike Of Downtown Boisdale about 1 and 1/2 hours casual walk. Tea served in Firehall afterwards Contact: Joe MacDonald. 902-871-2013

Celtic Colours Week

CELTIC COLOURS CONCERT Sunday, October 8th, 7:30pm Raising The Roof Concert Cathy Ann MacPhee & Patsy Seddon, Colin Grant, Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, & Brian Doyle, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin


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.


Yoga Boisdale Fire Hall Tuesday, September 12, 2017. 7:00 pm. Please bring a mat, blanket & wear comfortable clothing. For additional info please contact Anita MacKinnon, 871-2074 All are welcome.

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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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  
Annual Christmas Island Craft & Bake Sale

November 12‎, 10-3, At the Fire Hall Admission: $2.00 Table Rentals: $10.00 each Contact : civfd2015@gmail.com, or call 902-322-7500. Quality crafts and baked goods!

Christmas Island "Grand in the Hand" Winners:

May: Ann MacNeil June: Tracy Viva July: Roy MacNeil August: Michael MacKinnon Tickets are now available for September $10.00 each, only 200 tickets available Check out our facebook page!

Ceilidh, Christmas Island Fire Hall, September 15th

Clan MacNeil and Feis an Eilein will be hosting a ceilidh at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Friday, September 15 from 1 till 4 pm for a visiting group from the Isle of Barra. Everyone is welcome.

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. 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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Cape Breton EagleCentralCapeBreton.com Your On-Line Guide to the Highland Heart of Cape Breton.
Located in the center of Cape Breton Island, almost completely surrounded by the magnificent Bras d'Or Lakes - Canada's Only Inland Sea. The Bras d'Or  is one of the finest sailing and boating venues in the world.
The Bras d'Or Coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.