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The Great Cape Breton Regional Municipal Cleanup - May 14
Come out and join our Annual Litter Cleanup Team! Sat. May 14 (rain or shine) from 10am-2pm.
Local Gathering Places: Christmas Island Fire Hall; Boisdale Fire Hall and Grand Narrows Ferrymen's Hall. Come out and volunteer your time. All ages welcome. Gloves and littler bags will be provided. CBRM Solid Waste will be collecting the garbage at 1pm. Stick around for the prize draws. For further info, contact Mae Rowe: 902-794-2715

Barra Food Bank
The Barra Food Bank would like to thank all our volunteers and those who have donated in any way.
A reminder to our residents: If you live in our coverage area, and are in need of assistance, or would like to donate (in any way), please do not hesitate to call:
Michael (902-725-2867; Dolores (902-725-2208); Margie (902-725-2690); John Neilie (902-622-1296)
Coverage area: Barrachois to Little Narrows, including Benacadie, Washabuck and surrounding communities.
The Barra Food Bank is open from noon-3pm, April 28 & 29 and every second Thursday and Friday thereafter (or on demand).
The Food Bank is located at 2629 Hwy. 223 MacKinnon's Harbour.

80th Birthday Celebration for Carleton Matheson - April 30
There will an 80th Birthday Celebration for Carleton Matheson at the Little Narrows Community Centre on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2-4 pm.
Everyone is invited to attend

Meeting to Discuss Gillis Point Road - April 28
There will be a meeting to discuss the Gillis Point Road at the Washabuck Community Centre on Thursday, April 28 at 7:00pm all residents are welcome.

District 1 Councillor
Paul MacNeil

12th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre - Saturday, May 14
The 12th Annual Central Cape Breton Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre will take place on Saturday, May 14th at 6 pm at the Iona Legion (Cocktail Hour 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm).

Join us to raise money for the Patient Care Fund of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in appreciation for the care, compassion and dedication shown to cancer patients and families from our communities who have benefited from this valuable resource.

You will be treated to a delicious assortment of handmade Hors d'Oeuvres. The meal will begin with a light spinach salad, followed by Chicken Cordon Bleu. The meal will conclude with your choice of pistachio or chocolate desert.

Tickets are $30 each and are available from the Highland Village (725-2272) or the Iona Legion (725-2178). All proceeds will go to the Patient Care Fund.

Sponsored by the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society, Branch 124 Royal Canadian Legion, St. Columba CWL, and Paul MacNeil, Councillor, District 1, Municipality of Victoria County.

Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Class Thursday Mornings April 7-May 12th
At St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 10:30-11:30am. Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring a bottle of water. Open to men and women. Instructor: Theresa MacLean, PTS, FIS. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.

Total Body Workout - Monday Evenings - April 4 May 9th
Get ready for summer! Cardio, weight training and body weight exercises will help you get FIT for the warm summer days ahead. Bring weights, yoga mat and water. Time 7-8 pm. Classes take place at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Instructor: Theresa MacLean, PTS, FIS. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.

Weekly Gaelic Immersions - Fridays
Beginning Sat. Feb 20th and every Friday afterwards for 20 weeks, there will be WEEKLY GAELIC IMMERSIONS offered at 335 Benacadie form 10am-3pm. Cost is $200 for 20 sessions. For more info call Stacey: 622-2888 or email steiseag76 @gmail.com.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
Helping Older Adults Connect With Mobile Technology

The C@P Program helps older adults learn how to use mobile technologies like tablets and smart phones. Want more information, visit  http://www.vccaps.com/

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
A night with John Campbelljohn
Enjoy a night of songs with John Campbelljohn
Sunday May 22nd (long weekend in May)
Admission is $10. Show starts at 7pm

Sunday Brunch 11-3

Waffles, steak & eggs, original breakfast and more...
Leave the cooking to us on Sundays.

Test your intelligence at the Frolic & Folk - Thursday nights starting at 8pm. No admission required

Ceilidh Schedule
Ceilidhs this summer will be from 5-8pm (6-9 on HV day)

April 30th - Donnie & Jinx $5
May 7th - Darrell Keigan $5
May 14th - Buddy MacDonald $5
May 21st - Brenda & Howie $10 (long weekend)
May 28th - Dara & Adam $5
June 4th - Margie & Dawn $5 (Ocean's Day weekend)
June 11th - Andrea Beaton $5
June 18th - Rachael Davis $5
June 25th - Mike Barron $5
July 2nd - Paul Cranford $5
July 9th - Darrell Keigan $5
July 16th - Anita & Ben - $5
July 23rd - Boyd MacNeil - $5
July 30th - Lisa MacArthur - $5
Aug 6th - Howie & Flo - $5 (HV weekend...ceilidh from 6-9)
Aug 13th - Roger Stone - $5
Aug 20th - Shelly Campbell - $5
Aug 27th - Kenneth MacKenzie - $5

Songs & Stories
Wednesday nights this coming summer at the Frolic & Folk have been designated for our Songs & Stories series

All tickets are to be purchased online. (link below)
General seating admission (first come first serve for seats)
Quiet concert style shows...out of respect for the singer and the listeners.

Check out the link and click to buy.

June 22nd - Breeze & Wilson $20
June 29th - Garnet Rogers $25
July 6th - Port Cities $20
July 13th - JP Cormier $25
July 20th - Union Duke $20
July 27th - Lucy MacNeil $25
August 3rd - TBA
August 10th - Dave Gunning $25
August 17th - Evans & Doherty $25
August 24th - Matt Minglewood $25

Pass the word along. Buy early. Book a room on show nights and receive a discount with ticket purchases.

Tickets can be printed off in your own home after you buy.


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.

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.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
General Meeting - Tuesday, May 3rd
The next general meeting for the GNWDS will be 7pm Tuesday, May 3rd at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are welcome to attend.

Summer Student Employment Opportunites
The GNWDS is now accepting applications for student summer employment. Pending funding approval, positions will include: Marina Attendant, Events Coordinator, Business Development Coordinator and Cafe workers. Students must be enrolled in a full time high school or post secondary school program. Send resume to GNWDS@hotmail.com. Preference will be given to candidates enrolled in post-secondary programs. Only those short listed will be notified.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Rankin School would like to thank all those who supported our bag collection. The totals will be in this week. We will be bringing them to Walmart, Sydney River for recycling!!

Cell Phone and Battery Recycling
Rankin School's Grade 4-5 Eco Group have received containers for the recycling of old cell phone, cell phone batteries and regular alkaline batteries. If you have any of the above around your home and would like to get rid of them, either send them to the school with your child(ren) or bring them to the school and they will be placed in our container and sent to be recycled. Make sure that any stored information is deleted or and SIM cards are removed. Thanks for your continued support for our schools initiatives!!

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
From our last Branch meeting in April, it was suggested to seek from our membership/customer input to help us adopt to financial challenges we are experiencing in our Legion. So if you are a full time or summer resident of the area and frequent the Legion we are interested to hear about your experience and an opportunity for you to offer any suggestion(s). This can be done by completing a short survey by clicking on the following link (survey is limited to 100 respondents). Thank you. To participate in survey click here

Robert Bouchard - Tribute to Merle Haggard Sat., May 21 - SOLD OUT
Mark your calendar and get your dancing shoes ready. Robert Bouchard pays tribute to country music legend, Merle Haggard Sat., May 21 at the Iona Legion.
8pm - midnight. Admission: $10. 19yrs and over.

This show is now SOLD OUT Come early to get a good seat... Doors open at 7pm.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for May 2:
Rising Jackpot: $805
Building Jackpot: $3000
Toonie Game: $708

Please Note: Thank you to the new BINGO Recruits. We can still use a few more volunteers to help out. If you can spare just one Monday a month we would greatly appreciate it. Please let John, Billy or Gerard know if you can help out. Thank you.

Chase the Ace Every Sunday - 2:30 - 4pm
Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 2:30 - 4:00pm every Sunday 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 17 Chase the Ace ticket winner: Anthony Bonaparte from MacKinnon Harbour
On April 24th, Anthony drew the queen of diamonds and took home $354.
Chase the Ace continues May 1st with a growing jackpot of $4537.50 plus 30% of daily sales.
Tip: Come early for the the door prize draws. The Legion Legends will also be on hand May 1st for their monthly guitar session.

Bi-weekly Legion Newsletter
The Grandona Legion newsletter is now updated bi-weekly.
To view the current newsletter, please click here or visit the Legion website (link above).

Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Next Session: Sunday, May 1st
Once a month group guitar playing sessions from 2:30 - 4:30pm (during Chase the Ace). These 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 (19 yrs and over).

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next Visit: April 29th.

Canadian Diabetes "Clothesline" Drop Box
A Clothesline Drop Box is now located outside the Legion (beside the back deck). Feel free to drop off your donations of gently used clothing anytime.

DARTS 7:30 p.m. Every Thursday Night.
COME OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. Teams are picked each night.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
April 29: Corned Beef & Cabbage
May 6: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread
May 13: Ham and Scalloped Potatoes

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
April 29: The Roadies
May 6: TBA
May 13: TBA

You can now book your Friday supper by email anytime during the week. Deadline for receiving emails is 4pm on Friday... After that you'll have to phone.
Send your request to: fridaysupper@rcl124grandona.ca
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
Sunday - 2:00 to 5:00pm

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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
Caidreabh na T I Gaelic Tea & Social - Tuesday, May 3
You are invited to join us on the first Tuesday of the month for a Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome. The last tea for the spring takes place on Tuesday, May 3.

Highland Village Winter Hours
Baile nan Gidheal | Highland Village is now closed for the season. The Visitor Centre is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Watch this space or check out our website for more information on our events and programs. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
New Website for Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day
Checkout the new website www.aros-na-mara.com it has information about our upcoming World Oceans Day Festival.

Bras d'Or TALKS - June 4

Bras d’Or TALKS will be held on Saturday June 4 , 2016 as part of the Aros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival near the Barra Strait in Cape Breton Nova Scotia.

The 2016 TALKS's theme: “Adapting to Change in Canada's Inland Sea".

We are pleased to have a list of distinguished panelists including: Fred Baechler (Hydrogeologist, EXP) Dan Christmas (Senior Advisor, Membertou), Jim Foulds (Chair, Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association) and Lori Kennedy (Co-Founder, Louisbourg Seafoods)

Each panelist will inspire the round table discussion by speaking to one or more of the key topics: The State of the Ecosystem, The Need for Adaptation, The Opportunities for Development, The Roles of Research and Education.

We are looking for significant audience participation to expand on the personal experiences and outlook that can help shape the future as we adapt to changes in the Bras d’Or Watershed.

The TALKS session will conclude with a Delegate Lobster Dinner featuring Bras d’Or Lake Lobster. Robin Stewart will be sharing insights from years of aquaculture endeavours at the dinner. (limited seating so book early)

Aros Na Mara World Oceans Day 2016

Planning effort is well underway for Aros Na Mara World Oceans Day June 2 to  5 2016.

Thursday - June 2 - Bras d'Or Trivia - Frolic and Folk Pub

Friday June 3 - Friday Legion Supper

Saturday June 4 - Bras d'Or TALKS, Family Day Grand Narrows, Oceans Day Dance Legion

Sunday June 5, Family Wharf Celebration,  Exhibition Hall 

Beauty, Science & Culture Meet at the Barra Strait.......

..... Come Celebrate ..... Come Learn ..... Come Participate ..... Come Share ..... Come Enjoy ..... Come Support

Come to Aros na Mara - World Oceans Day

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Comunn Fis an Eilein Seeking Host Homes
We are seeking accommodations for 2 and possibly 4 visitors from Scotland during this year’s Annual Fis an Eilein. Gaelic singers Joy Dunlop and Noeleen Ni Cholla have confirmed that they are very eager to spend time in our community and visit with Gaelic speakers. They will also participate in various Fis events. They plan to arrive on Tuesday Aug, 16 and return home on Sunday Aug. 21. Joy and Noleen will be departing for home from Halifax and would like to purchase their airline tickets as soon as possible to take advantage of favorable prices for booking early. If you would like further information or can welcome these ladies into your homes please let us know as soon as possible by e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca or by telephone at 622-2605. Sincerely the membership of Comunn Fis an Eilein

Comunn Fis an Eilein Annual Meeting - May 11
The Annual Meeting of Fis an Eilein will take place on Wednesday May 11th at 7pm at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. New members are very welcome to attend. Tea and Lunch will be served. We hope you can join us!

Student Employment Opportunities
Feis an Eilein is seeking applications from qualified students for Summer Employment. Positions are available for Gaelic language/Music Instructors. Applicants must be currently attending school and be returning to full time studies in the fall. Preference will be given to post-secondary applicants. Please forward your resume to feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca as soon as possible. Deadline is Friday April 29th.

Gaelic language classes

Fis an Eilein will sponsor an 8 week session of Gaelic language classes at the beginner/intermediate level using the TIP method. Classes will take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Monday evenings beginning on March 28 and continuing until May 16 from 7:00-8:30pm. The cost is $40.00 and there is no charge for students and native Gaelic speakers. E-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca  

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
The "Hills of Boisdale Community Association" will be holding a Flea Market at the same time and date, from 9am to 12 noon at the Boisdale Firehall (during the Famous Pancake Breakfast). Flea Market proceeds will be used to assist with the cost of upkeep of the St. Andrew's Cemetary

Confirmation of donated items BEFOREHAND will be appreciated. Please call Peggy MacKinnon, 902-304-6787, so that she can arrange for enough tables to hold all the nice items.

TWO WAYS to donate:
1: Call Peggy at 902-304-6787 to make arrangements for delivery or pick-up.
2: Come to the Pancake Breakfast early (around 9 AM) and drop items off then.
You are probably questioning: "What should I bring to donate?"
The answering is: "Anything "nice" that other people would be pleased to pay $1 to $10 for the feeling that they got a great deal and that they helped the Community maintain the Cemetary."
Tickets will also be sold on OUR "FAMOUS WHEELBARROW of Useful Treasures"
(The Wheelbarrow was donated by Home Hardware, North Sydney)

Sausage, Homemade Maple Baked Beans, Tea Biscuits and Toast, Tea, Coffee & Juice.
Sunday, 1 May 2016, 9am-12 Noon.
Adults $8, Children $5
"Highland Gold" Maple Syrup is made right here in the Boisdale Hills! A "real local product."
Bring Jugs of it home with you, for your later enjoyment and for Uniquely Cape Breton Gift

Round and Square Dance with Kimberley Fraser and Howie Macdonald - May 28
Round and Square Dance
with Kimberley Fraser and Howie Macdonald
Special Guest Aaron Lewis
Saturday May 28th 8.30pm to 12.00am
Admission $10.00 at door

Winter Yoga - Tuesdays
Winter Yoga will start Tuesday , January 19th. 7:00pm at the Boisdale Fire Hall. Please bring a mat and blanket and wear comfortable clothing.
Admission $5.00 per class. If you have any questions, contact Anita 902-871-2074. Please note the change in days: Tuesdays instead of Thursdays

Progressive 45's Card Game - Wednesdays
Will be held every Wednesday at 8:00pm at the Boisdale Fire Hall. Light Lunch will be served. Jackpot, Loonie draw & even Splits.

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  Home & School  
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General Meeting - May 1
A general meeting of the Wardens of the Church of St. Barra Society will be held on Sunday, May 1 at 2pm at the Christmas Island Fire Hall.
The meeting is for those living in the former St. Barra Parish. By-Laws will be discussed as well as the Bishop's answer to the appeal of closure.

St. Barra Parish Bulletin Website
The mass times and Bulletin can be found at the following website:

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Flea Market, BBQ - May 7
Flea Market, Christmas Island Fire Hall, May 7, 10 am - 2 pm, bbq hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for sale. Table rental $10.00, admission $2.00. Call 902-322-7500 or email civfd@gmail.com or check out our facebook page "Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department" to book a table.

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.

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

Book Club - 1st Tuesday of the Month
The Christmas Island Book Club meets regularly on the first Tuesday of every month at the fire hall. If you are interested in joining, or just finding out how the book club operates, we invite you to a tea and lunch at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Tuesday, February 2 at 2 pm. Everyone welcome.

Christmas Island Monthly Meetings
The regular monthly meeting of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department takes place on the third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the fire hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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 the Fire Hall.

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  Little Narrows Community Centre  
Spring Tea & Sale - May 7
The Little Narrows Presbyterian Ladies Aid will host its annual spring tea and sale on Saturday, May 7th in the church hall, 1-3 pm. There will be baked goods, crafts, dollar table and a variety of desserts. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Hope you can join us.

Annual Little Narrows Spring Fundraiser Concert - May 12
Join us on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm at the Little Narrows Community Centre for the Annual Fundraiser Concert featuring performances by Evan Bonaparte, The Corner Crew (Darlene Ellis, Elizabeth & Malcolm Matheson), Ben Miller, Tyson Chen & Zakk Cormier, Lauren & Katherine MacDonald & Blanche Sophocleous. $10 Admission, Children 12 & Under $5. Purchase tickets at the door.

Stronger Seniors Chair Exercise Class in Little Narrows - Mondays starting Feb 1
There are still a few more sessions being held at the Little Narrows Community Centre on Monday afternoons at 2pm. $5 per session.

Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring a bottle of water. All abilities/mobilities welcome. Open to men and women.

Little Narrows Knitting Club - Adult and Youth - Tuesdays
Little Narrows Knitting Club is being held at the Little Narrows Community Centre on Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. Bring your own project, learn to knit and crochet, or knit for charity. Yarn and needles provided. Adults and youth welcome! $2 each evening.

4-Week Spring Music Lessons - Tuesdays in May
We are pleased to host 4-Week Spring Music Lessons on Tuesday evenings from May 3-24 at the Little Narrows Community Centre. We will be offering Beginner/Intermediate Stepdance (5-6pm) with instructor Lauren MacDonald, and Beginner/Intermediate Guitar (6-7pm) with instructor Darlene Ellis. $10 per lesson. To pre-register, email littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com or phone (902) 756-2731.

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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.