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Christmas Island/ Boisdale Santa Claus Parade
The Christmas Island/ Boisdale Santa Claus Parade takes place on Sunday, December 21 beginning in Barrachois at 11 am and continuing on to Grand Narrows. Santa will be at the Christmas Island Fire Hall for pictures at 1:30. Everyone welcome.

The Wellness Walkers - back January 5
The Wellness Walkers - walk and use of fitness equipment - last class for 2014 Wednesday, Dec. 10th and resuming Monday, Jan. 5th. 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.

Harbour Greenhouse Shrub Pre-order Special
To order trees, shrubs and fruits go to our supplier’s on-line catalogue: www.pepinierelemay.com Email us at harbourgreenhouse@bellaliant.net with subject line shrub wish, email, name & phone number We will respond with availability, price quote and advice. Please share this with your gardening friends. Note that as time goes on, availability decreases

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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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
CCB 2015 Discover Us!

On November 27, 2014 35 people representing 19 local entities met at the Grandona Legion in Iona to review the planning of 2015 community events in Central Cape Breton Area. A wide range of challenges, concerns, opportunities were raised.

General Comments that I have heard about the event:
- it was needed, it is inspirational, good turnout, positive discussion, it was fun, Central Cape Breton has a lot to offer!,
We should be proud of ourselves!
-26 specific events in the area were identified along with 13 ongoing or TBD events.

Key action items that came out of the exercise include the need for accurate consolidated printed and online media information about the wide number of summer events, , enhancing the management of volunteer engagement, lobby government of a few strategic items of concern, extend the engagement of other local organizations, and enhancing the Central Cape Breton experience.

This is event should be considered a very positive step forward for the area.
Next meeting January 8, 2015 7 pm, Iona Legion
For more information contact Randy Pointkoski Rpointk@hotmail.com

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
E-Business Toolkit
A new online tool for Nova Scotia businesses has been released.

This toolkit will show different areas of online engagement and importance - how to better connect with customers and clients - how to be competitive in a digital environment - how to make the most effective changes based on resources - how to streamline processes for greater efficiency.

Access the toolkit: http://ebusinesstoolkit.ca/

For more information, visit www.vccaps.com

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Starting Sunday, Jan. 4
Do you have a guitar at home collecting dust? Well dust it off, tune it up and bring it to the first guitar playing session at the Iona Legion, Sunday, Jan. 4th from 3-5pm. Follow-up sessions will be the first Sunday of every month. These sessions are not meant to be lessons just a fun way to strum and sing along with a group at no cost... Who knows what will happen! Players should already have basic guitar skills.
Anyone wishing to drop in to observe, or sing and play along is welcome. (19 yrs and over). Any questions contact: Brenda (newsletter@rcl124grandona.ca) or Quentin (qmd@seasidehighspeed.com)

Boxing Day Family Ceilidh - Friday, Dec. 26 from 5-9pm
Music by: Buddy MacDonald and Rachel Davis. Admission: Only $5 (under 12, free). Chili and soup will be available.
Everyone Welcome! (come early for moose milk... limited supply)

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next visit: Friday, January 9th
Following Visits: Feb. 6, March 6

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.

Monday Night Bingo
Join us at the Iona Legion every Monday evening for a fun night of BINGO. Starts at 7:45pm
Jackpots for Dec 22 (last BINGO of the season): Building Jackpot: $2900; Rising Jackpot: $1930.50; Toonie Game: $518 plus 1/2 sales.
NOTE: $125 regular booklet games Dec. 22
Final Bingo for the season will be Dec. 22. Monday Night Bingo will start up again April 6th (Easter Monday).

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

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
Dec. 26: No Friday Supper (Boxing Day Ceilidh 5-9pm)
Jan 2: No Friday Supper
Jan 9: Roast Beef

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Dec 26: Boxing Day Ceilidh with Buddy & Rachel (5-9pm)
Jan 2: No Ceilidh
Jan 9: tba

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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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
Caidreabh na T - Gaelic Tea and Social - January 6
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, December 2.

Winter Hours - Closed December 20 to January 4
The Highland Village is now on winter hours. The Visitor Centre (Admin & Gift Shop) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We will close for the Holidays at 5 pm on Friday, December 19th, returning Monday, January 5th.

Chase the Ace - Thursday nights - Northside East Bay Fire Hall
Chase the Ace takes place Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall, 310 Eskasoni Road, Northside East Bay, NS. This is a fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society & the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Open to those 19 years of age and over. For more information, including the house rules, visit our website at www.chasetheace.ca or follow us on Facebook at Northside East Bay Chase the Ace. Join us next Thursday, December 18 when the anticipated Jackpot will be $1,457.50+. There are 37 cards left in the deck!! This will be the last Chase the Ace until January.

These Were My People - Washabuck: An Anecdotal History by Vince MacLean - IN STOCK
These Were My People by Vince MacLean is available in the Highland Village Gift Shop for $19.95 plus tax.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
General Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 15
General meeting, Thursday Jan. 15 at 7:00. New members are welcome.
Please Note: This meeting, and all other waterfront general meetings during the winter will be held at the Iona Legion

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  

Friday, Dec.26, 2014 9-1pm
Boisdale Fire Hall
Admission $10.00 per person,
19yrs. & older, (ID'S upon request)

Music by: Kinnon, Lou Betty Beaton
Joel Chiasson & Rodney MacDonald
Tickets at door

NEW YEARS DANCE - December 31

Boisdale Fire Hall
Wednesday, Dec.31, 2014 10-2pm
Admission $10.00 per person,
19 yrs. & older
Music by : Arnold Rolson

Cold plate served after mid night
For any additional info contact Gerald O'Handley 902-871-2848

Beginners Yoga - Thursdays

Yoga Classes
Boisdale Fire Hall
With Certified Yoga Instructor: "ANITA MACKINNON"
Classes will resume again in the new year

For more information, Pls. contact Anita at 871-2074 

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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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
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  Home & School  
Thank You!
Thank you to all the parents, community members, Rankin staff and students who donated and sold tickets on the Christmas Basket. Your very generous support of items and time ensured that our annual fundraising goal was met. Congratulations to Sharon (FX) MacNeil, the winner!


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Weekend Mass Schedule Starting Jan 3rd and 4th
St. Andrew's-Boisdale-4:00 pm
St. Mary's-Frenchvale- 5:30 pm

St. Michael's-Baddeck- 9:00 am
Holy Trinity-Waycobah- 9:30 am
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 11:00 am
Queen of the World-Wagmatcook- 11:00 am

Christmas Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve
St. Columba-Iona-6:30 pm
St. Mary's- Frenchvale- 7:00 pm
St. Michael's- Baddeck- 8:00 pm
St. Andrew's- Boisdale- 8:00 pm
St. Barra-Christmas Island- 9:00 pm
Holy Trinity- Waycobah- 6:00 pm
Queen Of the World- Wagmatcook- 8:00 pm
St. Mary's -Frenchvale- Midnight

Christmas Day
St. Michael's - Baddeck - 9:00 am
St. Andrews - Boisdale - 10:30 am
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 11:00 am

New Years Eve - Dec 31
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 5:30 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:30

New Years Day - Jan 1
St. Michael's - Baddeck - 9:00 am
St. Columba - Iona - 11:00 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 9:30 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 11:00 am

Confirmation plans are now being made for the parishioners of St. Columba, Iona, St. Barra, Christmas Island, St. Andrew's, Boisdale as well as St. Michael's, Baddeck. The young adults eligible for confirmation this year would be students from grades 9-12. If you would like to have your child confirmed, please make initial contact with Father Antolin at the following email address or speak with him at any of the weekend masses. Father Antolin's email address is: antonasor@gmail.com Thanks

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
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.

No Bingo on December 28th
There will be no BINGO at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on December28 because of the Christmas season.

Christmas Island/ Boisdale Santa Claus Parade
The Christmas Island/ Boisdale Santa Claus Parade takes place on Sunday, December 21 beginning in Barrachois at 11 am and continuing on to Grand Narrows. Santa will be at the Christmas Island Fire Hall for pictures at 1:30. Everyone welcome.

The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a New Year's Eve dance from 9 pm till 2 am at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. Music is by DJ Hector MacNeil and admission is $15.00 per person. Tickets are available from fire department members or first come, first served at the door. Lunch will be served at midnight. 19 years of age and older( ID must be available on request).

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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