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WEEK 3 ***** April 23rd
Donna MacDonald/ Connecting Seniors with Technology and the Internet.
Clean Nova Scotia will be speaking about the Homewarming Program and will assist qualified individuals with making application for these programs.

Harbour Greenhouse Shrub Pre-order Special
If there is a particular shrub or a tree that you wish to purchase, let us know at:
harbourgreenhouse@bellaliant.net
or 902-725-2201

We will reply with availability and 25% off regular price.
View the on-line catalogue of our main supplier of shrubs:
www.pepinierelemay.com

Deadline for this offer is May 2nd.

The Little Narrows Presbyterian Ladies Aid
Will host its annual spring tea and sale on Saturday, May 2nd in the church hall from 1:00 3:00 pm. It consists of tea, desserts, baked goods, dollar table and silent auction [bids 1-2 pm]. Hope you can join us.

Little Narrows Ferry Fee Increase
As of April 1st, 2015 the Little Narrows Ferry Fees are going to increase as follows:

Single Toll: From $5.50 to $7.00
Book of 10: From $13.20 to $35.00
Year Pass: From $162.00 to $250.00
Truck Pass: From $648.00 to $1000.00

This will affect business, tourism, families, seniors and every individual in the District.
I encourage everyone to call or email MLA Pam Eyking to voice their displeasure on the proposed Fee Increase.

Pam Eyking
Phone: 902-736-7263
Email: eykingpz@gov.ns.ca


Paul MacNeil
District 1 Councillor
Victoria County

The Wellness Walkers - Mondays & Wednesdays
The Wellness Walkers - walk and use of fitness equipment. Two evening classes each week Monday and Wednesday. Location: Rankin School of the Narrows. Time: 7-8 pm. Wear shoes for indoor use. Use of the gym facility for walking is for age 7 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Use of the fitness equipment is for age 16 and up. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and supported by Rankin School of the Narrows, Nova Scotia Highland Village and Naturally Active Victoria County. For further information please contact Ann 725-2253 or Sharon 725-2177. Note: If school is cancelled for the day there will be no fitness program in the evening.

Little Dipper Boutique - NOW OPEN!
The Little Dipper Boutique is now open.
Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm.
The store carries beer, wine, spirits and coolers via the NSLC.
Everyday convenience items, confections, tobacco and lottery are also be available.
Phone number is (902)725-2000.
Email is: littledipperboutique@gmail.comSuggestions as to what we should carry and sell in the store are welcome.

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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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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
Garden Workshop II - Saturday, April 25th
This workshop will take place at the Iona Legion on Saturday, Apr. 25 from 9am-1:30pm. Cost $25 (includes lunch).

Speakers and Topics (updated):
Marilyn MacDonald (Bayside Garden Centre): A practical discussion on herb/vegetable planting on what, where, when and how much to plant. Discussion also on plant protection strategies for emerging tender plants.
Michelle Smith: "Get a jump on the season with soil blocks" Michelle will being her specialized blocking equipment for a hands on block-work bee. Bring your warm season seeds (there will be some available on site as well) and we'll all work together to make the healthiest, happiest transplants ever!
Brooke MacAuley: "Plan Your Guild" Exploring Permaculture Principals for Guild Planting by understanding complimentary plant relationships, developing a companion planting plan can help benefit each member of the plant guild community.

To Register: Email Randy rpointk@hotmail.com
or visit the following facebook page and hit the FB button: https://www.facebook.com/events/830169037057227/

Student Summer Employment Opportunities
The Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society is now accepting resumes for student summer employment positions.
Pending funding approval, positions will include: Marina Attendant, Recreation Coordinator, Event Planning Coordinator, Business Development Coordinator and Cafe attendant.
Preference will be given to those attending or entering post-secondary school programs. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age.
Interested candidates should email resume to: GNWDS@hotmail.com
Note: Hiring will be ongoing… Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. Positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found. Apply Today!

General Meeting - Tuesday, April 28th
The next General Meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront will be held 7pm, Tuesday, April 28th at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are always welcome.

 
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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
 
 
Dave Gunning-In Concert - Rankin School of the Narrows
Rankin School of the Narrows is proud to present a performance by DAVE GUNNING on Friday, May 29. The concert will begin at 8:00 PM Doors open at 7:00 PM and is open to people of all ages!! Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for student/children. Tickets will be available at Rankin School, Iona, The Little Dipper Boutique, Iona, The Beaver Cove Take Out, Beaver Cove, The Curiosity Shop, Charlotte St. Sydney.

If you have any questions please call us at Rankin 902-725-2210. You can hear Dave Gunning's music by visiting his website - www.davegunning.com

 
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Eddie Thistle Memorial Dart Shoot - Sunday, April 26
Open to the public - limited number of 18 teams (mixed teams of 3)
Starts at 10:30am with captain’s meeting at 10:00am (new time)
To register, or for further info, contact
Billy Bonaparte @ 258-7042 or Valerie @ 258-5609
Lunch will be available (19 yrs and over)

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for April 27th:
Rising Jackpot: $2388.00
Building Jackpot: $3300.00
Toonie Game: $739.00 (plus one half of evening sales)
WANTED: BINGO callers and floor walkers.

Weekly Legion Newsletter
The Grandona Legion weekly newsletter is updated every Thursday. To view the current newsletter, please click here or visit the Legion website (link above).

Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Next Session: May 3rd
Group guitar playing sessions, the first Sunday of every month from 3-5pm. These sessions are not meant to be lessons just 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. Also... if possible please bring a music stand, capo, pick and a pen.

The next session will by led by: DONNIE CAMPBELL
Anyone wishing to drop in to observe or sing along is welcome. (19 yrs and over).
Any questions contact: Brenda (newsletter@rcl124grandona.ca) or Quentin (qmd@seasidehighspeed.com)

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next visit: May 8th

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.

Saturday Night Darts
DARTS 7:30 p.m. Every Saturday Night.
COME OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. Teams are picked each night.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
April 24: Corned Beef & Cabbage
May 1: Roast Beef
May 8: Roast Pork

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
April 24: tba
May 1: tba
May 8: Brian MacIvor & the Middle River Band

BAR HOURS
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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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
 
Student Summer Employment Opportunities
The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach 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:

Student Heritage Animator - Reporting to the Manager of Interpretation, 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. The Animator also cares for the objects and buildings assigned to them. 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. Applicants must be current full time post-secondary students, returning to full-time studies or current high school students attending post-secondary studies in the fall. Salary is $10.60/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 28, 2015.

Animator/Musician - Reporting to the Manager of Interpretation, 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 cilidhs 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. Applicants must be current full time post-secondary students, returning to full-time studies or current high school students attending post-secondary studies in the fall. Salary is $12.50/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 28, 2015. Application procedure:

Applications must be received by the Highland Village no later than 4 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015. Send a resume and cover letter to Director, Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3; fax (902) 725-2227; or e-mail highlandvillage@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. The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach 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.


Caidreabh na T - Gaelic Tea and Social - April 7
You are invited to join us a Gaelic tea and Social on the first Tuesday of the month. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome. Our next tea is on Tuesday, April 7.

Winter Hours
The Highland Village is now on winter hours. The Visitor Centre (Admin & Gift Shop) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

 
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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
Meeting #5- Iona Legion 7 Pm Thursday April 16 Railroad Version
Meeting attendees of this umbrella group called have represented 23 organizations, enterprises, government organizations and interests ranging through Orangedale, Iona, Washabuck, Grand Narrows, Boisdale, and greater Cape Breton.

Within the organization are various groups supporting a wide range of community ventures such as the development of marinas, promotion of tourism, encouragement of community businesses etc. Instead of competing they are working jointly for the benefit of the whole area.

Thursdays special guest speakers Dr. David Rae and Dr.Greg Macleod:

Dr. David Rae, Dean of the Shannon School and chairperson of Scotia Rail Development Society explaining their campaign to preserve rail service in Cape Breton, along with challenges of keep the railroad in Cape Breton and the need for citizen monitoring any salvage activity of railroad asset.

Dr. Greg MacLeod will encourage local groups to take advantage of the provincial Community Economic Development Fund program. This program allows local investors to receive 35% in provincial tax credits this reducing income tax paid. New dawn and BCA group have raise millions in this way to invest in local businesses. Br. Greg will explain how this excellent tool for a business can be applied to development of tourist projects in Central Cape Breton.

Together they will also review the concepts of a “Tourist Train” to carry passengers from the cruise ships in Sydney by rail to Iona. Older residents who used the passenger rail service report that the ride along the Bras d”Or Lakes is one of the most magnificent rides in Eastern Canada. A closure of the rail line will dash any such tourism enhancements.

EVERYONE WELCOME
Thursday, April 16, 7 PM Royal Canadian Legion Branch #124 4237 Hwy 223, Iona, N.S.

Randy Pointkoski, Spokesman
Central Cape Breton Discover Us!

World Oceans Day - June 7 - On the Map

See the Cape Breton's Aros na Mara Event on the Global Perspective
http://www.worldoceansday.org/events


CENTRAL CAPE BRETON - DISCOVER US 2015 NEEDS AREA PHOTOS

As we move forward with Discover US 2015 we will be needing area photos so we can help promote the scenic virtues of the area as we organize the promotion of local events.

Please send photos, with include in email the name of the submitter, the location (event with an address) and a story behind the photo, date taken (if known) and sent to rpointk@hotmail.com


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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Student Employment
Fis an Eilein is seeking applications from qualified students for two Gaelic language/ music instructors. The provincial student position is for a work term of 14 weeks beginning on May 18th and continuing until August 21. Student must be currently attending university or college and be returning to full time study in the fall. The second position is for a period of 8 weeks beginning on June 29 and continuing until August 21 and is open to students 15 years and older. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday May 1. Please e-mail your resume to feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca or mail to PO Box 317 Christmas Island NS B1T 1R7

Gaelic language classes

Fis an Eilein will sponsor a 10 week session of Gaelic language classes at the Christmas Island Fire Hall beginning on Monday February 2 and continuing until Monday April 10. The Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes will focus on speaking Gaelic through the TIP/ Gaidhlig Aig Baile method and will take place from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. The Advanced class will focus on conversational Gaelic and will take place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm. Cost is $50.00 for all 10 weeks. There is no charge for native Gaelic speakers and youth. The classes are presented with funding assistance from the Office of Gaelic Affairs. If you require additional information please e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca


 
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Beginners Yoga - Thursdays

Yoga Classes
Winter Yoga Classes at Boisdale Fire Hall over for the Season, Spring Season Starts:

With Certified Yoga Instructor: "ANITA MACKINNON" CYT
Thursday, April 16, 2015.    7:00pm

Admission: $5.00

Please bring a mat & blanket & wear comfortable clothing

For more information, Pls. contact Anita MacKinnon, CYTat 902-871-2074

Namaste 


PROGRESSIVE 45 CARD GAME
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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  Parishes  
 
Mass Changes and Shared Ministries along Route 223
As we move into April there are a few changes to the mass schedule.

Saturday - St. Barra, Christmas Island - 5:30 PM
Saturday - St. Mary's, Frenchvale - 5:30 PM
Sunday - St. Michael's, Baddeck - 9:00 AM
Sunday - St. Columba, Iona - 11:00 AM
Sunday - Holy Trinity, Waycobah - 9:30 AM
Sunday - Queen of the World, Wagmatcook - 11:00 AM

The ministries will continue to be shared amoung St. Barra, St. Columba and St. Andrew's throughout the next 3 months. Please check the bulletin for the schedule of the ministries. The bulletin is available at the following website each week. If you are unable to participate in the ministry for the week you are scheduled, please contact someone to replace you on that day.

http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

New Website for Parishes
Check out the new site which includes the up to date bulletins. Website for the parishes. http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

 
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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
 
Dance
The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a dance at the fire hall on Saturday, April 25, from 9 to 1. Admission at the door is $5.00 and music is by DJ Hector MacNeil. 19 and over ID's on request.

Seniors Cafe
THE CHRISTMAS ISLAND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL SENIORS FROM IRONVILLE TO LITTLE NARROWS AND ALL SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

WE WILL BE HOSTING NINE WORKSHOPS THAT WILL BE INTERESTING AND FUN. WE ARE INVITING SENIORS (50 and up) AND YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. THERE WILL BE GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE LEGAL COMMUNITY, A.C.A.P .,CB. REGIONAL LIBRARY , DIETICIANS AND /NUTRITIONISTS, CAREGIVERS NS , CLEAN N.S , DEPT. OF HOUSING,
FITNESS EXPERTS, AND DANCE AND GAELIC INSTRUCTORS!!!

MANY OF OUR GUEST PRESENTORS WILL BE COVERING TOPICS WHICH PROMOTE WELLNESS AND HEALTHY AGING BY CONNECTING SENIORS TO VITAL RESOURCES WITHIN THE C.B.R.M. AND THE PROVINCE.

TEA AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AS WELL AS WEEKLY DOOR PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS!!

THE CAF WILL BE HELD APRIL 9TH, 16, 23, 30 MAY 7, 14, 21, 28th AND JUNE 4 AND 11TH STARTING AT 7PM.

THIS IS A GREAT OPORTUNITY TO SOCIALIZE AND HAVE FUN.

THE WORKSHOPS ARE FREE OF CHARGE

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOT NECCESARY!! SEE YOU THERE!!


Sponsored by: Department of Seniors

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  
 
Final Songbird Series Concert - Little Narrows Community Centre - April 25th
We are thrilled to announce that Ian Sherwood will be our featured artist on April 25th for our final concert in the 2014/15 series! He is an extremely talented and sought-after performer and singer-songwriter who has toured extensively in Canada and beyond. Admission $15; Children 14 & Under $7. Doors open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 7pm. To purchase tickets phone (902) 756-2731, email thesongbirdseries@gmail.com, or online at songbird-series-ian.brownpapertickets.com.

Final Songbird Series Concert - Little Narrows Community Centre - April 25th
We are thrilled to announce that Ian Sherwood will be our featured artist on April 25th for our final concert in the 2014/15 series! He is an extremely talented and sought-after performer and singer-songwriter who has toured extensively in Canada and beyond. Admission $15; Children 14 & Under $7. Doors open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 7pm. To purchase tickets phone (902) 756-2731, email thesongbirdseries@gmail.com, or online at songbird-series-ian.brownpapertickets.com.

 
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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.