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Along the Shores of Washabuck 8th Annual Summer Festival

Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 14th Ten days

40th Anniversary of the Annual Square Dance, Kayaking, beach party, 5K Poker Walks, Washabuck Cafes, Cribbage Tournament, Kitchen Party, Golf Scramble, Family and Friends Lobball, Old Timers Softball, BBQ Social and Games Night, 45s Card Game, Kids Activity Day, concert at the Holy Rosary Church, Pub Night, Mass at Holy Rosary Church and Beach Day to name a few of the many events.

For more information

Lob Ball Re-scheduled until Wednesday, July 27th
Come out and play Lob Ball for fun on Wednesday evenings at Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona. Time: 6pm. Bring a water bottle. Ages 14 and up for male and female players.

Washabuck's Swim Program - July 25 - 29
Red Cross Swimming Lessons located at the Washabuck Beach from July 25th to July 29th, 2016. Cost is $30 per child and $10 for each additional child in the family. To register email chrissy.macneil@gmail.com If your child(ren) has a progress card from previous lessons, please bring this to the first day of lessons.

Iona Red Cross Swim Program - August 6-12
Iona Red Cross Swim Program will be held at the Iona Beach, starting Saturday, Aug. 6th and ending Friday, Aug.12th. Cost $40 per child or $75 per family.

Please bring your progress card to the first lesson. To register contact: Ann Marie 902-725-2253 - ann.macneil@ns.sympatico.ca or Murdell 902-725-2348 -landmmacneil@ns.sympatico.ca. Supported by District 1, Councillor Paul MacNeil and Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 124 Iona.

SUMMER SOCCER - Iona Soccer Club - Tuesdays
The Iona Soccer Club will be holding their summer recreational league soccer program at Rankin School of the Narrows soccer field on Tuesday evenings beginning June 21st. Times scheduled are as follows:
6 - 7 p.m. - for ages 4 to 8
7 - 8 p.m. - for ages 9 and up
Registration will be held on June 21st. Please bring Health Card number. Registration fee is $10.00 per child, $25.00 for a family of three or more. Please send water with your child.
Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on centralcapebreton.com
For more information, please call or email:
Murdell MacNeil
Sponsored by Victoria County Community Health Board

WCC 45’s card games - Thursdays
45’s card games will resume at the Washabuck Community Center on May 19th 2016. As usual the games will be at 7:30 on Thursday evenings. A light lunch and tea will follow. Admission is $4 with two JACKPOTS,

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.

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)  
Iona C@P Site is open for the season
The C@P Site is open during July & August - Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Wifi access, computers to use, printing and training sessions on mobile devices available.
Cyber camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm (starting July 12th) Cost is $5.00 per child and if more than 1 child per family, $2.00 for each additional child. Please bring a lunch and children must be registered by parent/guardian at time of cyber camp.
For more information, please phone 902-725-2785

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Saturday Summer Markets
We are opening the upstairs room of the pub for a Saturday morning market in Iona.
9am-12 noon. Starting July 2nd.

Tables are free if you are interested in booking one to sell some wares. Limit of 8 tables available. If you know of anyone that would be interested in selling some of their craft work or baked goods, please pass the word along. Have them email me jill@jillschocolates.com

Market is open to the public as well as the hotel guests.

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

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

July 27th - Lucy MacNeil $25
August 3rd - Laura Smith & Kim Dunn $20
August 10th - Dave Gunning $25
August 17th - Hillsburn $20
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)  
Music Wednesdays in August at the Grand Narrows Waterfront 1-3pm
A perfect time to drop by the wheelhouse cafe for a special treat, light lunch or pizza and beer. Every Wednesday, we’ll showcase local musicians in casual style (and at no charge).
Aug 03: Hughie MacKinnon and Friends
Aug 10: Fred McCracken and Kevin McCormick
Aug 17: Richard Schaller
Aug 24: TBA
Aug 31: Hughie MacKinnon and Friends

General Meeting - Wed. Aug. 10
The next general meeting will take place 7pm Wed. Aug. 10 at the Grand Narrows Waterfront. New members are welcome to attend.

Grand Narrows Waterfront Lottery Draw 2016
1st Prize: Husqvarna Ride-on Mower 48” - 22hp from Belmac Supply ($2400 value)
2nd Prize: Pro-Quip Commercial Pressure Washer 3500psi from Russell Hawkins Automotive Supply ($895 value)
3rd Prize: Apple Ipad Mini 16GB from GNWDS ($279 value)
4TH Prize: Krown Rust Protection Application from Seaview Motors ($130 value)

Tickets are $5 each and are available at the Wheelhouse Cafe.
Draw date: Aug. 21 at 4pm during the Motorsport Sunday.

Public Washrooms, Showers & Laundry - Open for the Season
Propane tank exchange is also available during regular cafe hours.

Wheelhouse Cafe - Now Open for the Season
The Cafe has opened it's doors for the season, offering up their delicious stone baked pizzas and homemade soups, sandwiches, salads and freshly baked goods.
Accompany your meal with a cold glass of local craft beer or Nova Scotia wine.
The cafe is open from 11am - 8pm and open at 9am Sat. and Sun. for breakfast. Eat in or take home. Phone 902-622-1313

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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)  
Tragically Hip Farewell Concert Video Party - Aug. 20
Drop by the Legion Sat., Aug 20, as local Hip fans gather to watch the final Tragically Hip concert on the big screen. The concert is scheduled to air on CBC 9:30 ADT. More to come...

Family Square Dance - Thursday, July 28
Bring the whole family to a Family Square Dance at the Legion.
Music will be by Anita MacDonald and Friends.
Admission is $8 but free for those 12 and under.
Have never square danced before or need a refresher? No problem, come at 8pm for a quick lesson.
Dance will be from 9pm until midnight.
A licensed bar will be open downstairs.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for 25-July:
Rising Jackpot: $2264
Building Jackpot: $4200
Toonie Game: $246 plus 1/2 of nights sales
Please Note:We are always looking for new volunteers. 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 8 Chase the Ace ticket winner: Anthony Bonaparte from MacKinnon's Harbour
Anthony picked the nine of hearts and took home $142
Chase the Ace continues next week (July 31st) with a growing jackpot of $2529.50 plus 30% of daily sales.
ALSO NEXT WEEK: The Legion Legends guitar session from 2:30-4:30. New players are welcome to sit in.

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, July 31
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: August 19.

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
July 29: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Aug 5 Roast Beef
Aug 12: Roast Pork
Aug 19: Grilled Haddock
Aug 26: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
July 29: The Corner Crew (Darlene, Malcolm & Elizabeth)
Aug 5: The Roadies
Aug 12: Ernie Wells
Aug 19: TBA
Aug 26 Darren Stevens

You can now book your Friday supper by email or phone during the week.
NEW: Deadline for receiving email supper requests is now 4pm on THURSDAY... After that, you will need 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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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
Donald Og Day Louisbourg & Eskasoni visit the Highland Village - Aug 4
August 4th On board a British man of war patrolling the Bras d’Or Lake following the 1758 Seige of Louisbourg, Domhnall Og MacNeil brought news of the lake’s natural wonders home to his native Isle of Barra. Join us as we commemorate the Donald Og legend and the early days of Cape Breton’s European history. Traditional food, natural dye, barvas ware and other demonstrations will take place throughout the day, along with a special running of Cash’s Carding Mill. We will also be joined by our friends from Fortress of Louisbourg as well as Eskasoni Cultural Journey, who will animate throughout the day. The afternoon will feature a cilidh . Regular admission applies. 10 am 3 pm.

La Mor a’ Bhaile I Highland Village Day Concert - Aug 6
August 6 Join us for a fun, afternoon of Gaelic arts. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. This year marks the 55th Annual Highland Village Day Concert, one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scotch Concerts. 2 - 6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free.

Best of Boxwood Tour with Chris Norman at the Malagawatch Church - Aug 1
Monday, August 1 The ‘Best of Boxwood’ Musique Royale tour is a traditional Maritime ensemble. Programs combine originality, intelligence, fun, and sheer mastery that have garnered respect from audiences, presenters, and colleagues alike in North America, Europe and Asia. The music brings to life the energetic traditional dance music of Maritime Canada, Scotland, & Ireland. This year’s performers include, Chris Norman and guests. Tickets $20.00, $10.00 for students- 7:30 pm.

The Anniversary Church Service in the Malagawatch Church - July 31
The River & Lakeside Pastoral Charge of the United Church of Canada hosts their annual Anniversary Church Service in the Malagawatch Church this year on Sunday, July 31st at 3 pm. Free admission to service. Voluntary collection taken up by the Pastoral Charge.

Our Living History and Spors Programs will be running weekly all July and August!
Laithean Sona - Happy Days Children's Living History Program runs on Wednesdays (July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only.

Na Deugairean - The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth runs every Thursday (July 7, 14, 21 & 28 and August 4, 11, 18 & 25) The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 12-17 only.

Living history programs are $45 per child and run from 10 am to 4 pm. Prepaid reservations are required.

Spors Mor runs every Tuesday (July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3, 10 ,17 24 & 31) be part of the fun during interactive morning session of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Children aged 10-15.

Spors Beag runs every Friday (July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 and August 5, 12, 19 & 26) Join us for a fun morning of Gaelic songs, stories and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Children aged 5-9.

Spors programs are free and run from 10 am to 12 pm. If possible, call to book before 10 am on the day of programming.


Highland Village 2016 Season
Highland Village is open for the 2016 season. Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day
Checkout our website www.arosnamara.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Feis an Eilein-2016 Summer Gaelic Events Program
SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM (Mons, Weds, Thurs & Fris July & Aug.):
Beginning on July 4th we will offer private youth and adult lessons in beginner, intermediate, and advanced fiddle, and beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and step-dancing.
Pre-registration required. | $6/half hour or $10/hour
Please e-mail maggie.macneil@gmail.com or 902-622-2627 to book your lessons.

7-9pm $25 for all 5 weeks
Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gaidhlig Aig Baile method.

TEA & CONVERSATION (Fris July 8-Aug 12 (except Aug.5):
10am-12pm | Adm. Free
Native Gaelic speakers and learners alike are invited to join Fear an Taighe Mickey MacNeil to enjoy a cup of tea and a snack as they visit, converse, and share songs and stories in Gaelic!

18th ANNUAL GAELIC CONCERT SERIES (Tues July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9):
Admission: Adults $15.00 Children 14 years and younger $5.00
Doors open at 7pm and concerts start at 8pm.
Tickets must be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis.

26th ANNUAL FEIS AN EILEIN (August 16th-August 20th):
Tuesday Aug. 16: The Feis Week Concert

Wednesday Aug.17: Day-Long sessions in Gaelic language at the beginner and intermediate/advanced levels, Story- Telling Session in co-operation with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Library

Thursday Aug. 18: Day-Long Gaelic classes, Milling Song Workshop and Milling Frolic

Friday Aug. 19: Day of Gaelic Song Workshops, Children’s Concert and Family Square Sets

Saturday Aug. 20: Workshops, Song Circle Gaelic Story-Telling & ADULT SQUARE-DANCE (+19) with Kenneth MacKenzie & Friends (9pm-1am).

Visit www.feisaneilein.ca for more info on these events!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
There will be Fun with Old Photos session at the Boisdale Fire Hall.
Monday July 25, 2016, 7pm
Sponsored by the Boisdale Historical Society.
All are welcome

Round and Square Dance - July 29
Home for the holidays?
Join us FRIDAY July 29th for this summer's biggest square dance.
8.30 pm to 12.00 am
Special guest fiddlers Kimberley Fraser, Howie MacDonald and Troy MacGillivray Admission $10.00, Boisdale Firehall. All are welcome

Darts - Fridays
There is Darts every Friday night at 8. Teams picked by card draw .A fun time.

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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St. Barra Cemetery Mass
Cemetery Day mass at St. Barra Cemetery has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 3 pm.

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

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
33rd ANNUAL CLAN MACNEIL DAY - Friday, August 5
FRIDAY AUG. 5, 2016
2:30-4 PM: CONCERT
8:30-12 PM: SQUARE DANCE - ADM $8.00


www.clanmacneilap.ca Hughena: 902-622-2254

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

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  
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.

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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.