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What is your Vision for Tourism in Victoria County? - Public Working Session - January 24

When: Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. Where: NS Highland Village, Iona

If you are a Victoria County business or organization involved in tourism come share your ideas to shape the Tourism Strategy for Victoria County.

Background: Victoria County plays a prominent role in the region’s tourism industry development and growth. Victoria County’s Recreation and Tourism Department works with local associations, attractions, organizations and partners in areas such as research, product development, marketing, websites, training and capital projects. In addition, the County actively supports its not-for-profit organizations with festival and event funding, online marketing and social media. The Municipality of Victoria County has hired Group ATN Consulting (GATN) to develop a 3 Year Tourism Strategy (2017-2019) to grow tourism revenues in the county. GATN is working with a Project Steering Committee on this important initiative.

We will be meeting with businesses and organizations in communities throughout the county to discuss tourism market readiness, new product opportunities, signature experiences, research, marketing, training and future projects. Topics to be addressed:

• Your vision for a vibrant tourism industry in Victoria County • The county’s greatest challenges and opportunities • The county’s key competitive advantage (i.e. what’s special about the County?) • Tourism priorities for the county • The role of the municipality in growing tourism in the county; and • How do we measure success?

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 - New 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.

Christmas Cards

Emma Cholak & Kaj Udby are looking for your old Christmas cards to recycle into tags to sell next year as part of their business venture. There are boxes located at the back of Boisdale and Iona Church to place your cards or card fronts into. This is part of their business to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle. Thank you very much for your support.
Emma & Kaj

Thanks and if you have questions you can contact 902-622-6000 Gwen

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
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 - Thursday March 9

Grand Narrows Waterfront General Meeting 7pm, March 9th at the Legion. New members are welcome.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Family Square Dancing Ceilidh - Friday, Feb. 17

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.

The first Family Ceilidh is now scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17th From 7-9 PM
Admission to the ceilidh will be free.
Music by: Kyle and Dawn Gillis, Helen MacDonald and Scott MacKenzie

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 - NEW DATES

The Victoria Co. bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30 - 7pm.
Next visit date: Feb. 10
Following dates: March 10; 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 15 Ticket Winner: Cathy Morrison
On Jan. 20th, Cathy picked the two of hearts and went home with $166.
Chase the Ace continues Jan. 27th with 37 cards in the deck and a growing jackpot of $3531.50++.
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by Merle and the Boys. Tip: Come early for supper (Corned Beef and Cabbage served from 6-7pm).

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 session dates:
Sunday, Jan 22 from 2-4pm (19yrs and over)
(Note: The Sunday sessions are practice sessions and 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
Jan 20: Grilled Haddock
Jan 27: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Feb 3: Roast Beef
Feb 10: Boneless Chicken Breast and special valentines desserts

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Jan 20: Alton MacKinnon
Jan 27: Merle and the Boys (installation of officers and executive)
Feb 3: Legion Legends
Feb 10: TBA

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


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)
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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
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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  
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 Jan 19 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 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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  Home & School  
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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  
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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  Little Narrows Community Centre  
Tupperware Bingo - January 18

Tupperware Bingo is BACK! Join us on Wednesday, January 18th from 7-9pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. $10 for 3 up/5 games (no limit). $10 for 10 TUPPERAMA raffle tickets (no limit). All prizes are tupperware - come join us for the fun!

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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.