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World Oceans Day Thank You!!!

We would like to express our thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, presenters, musicians and guest speakers for your generosity in making our 3rd World Oceans Day and the opening of the Bras d'Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port a success. Without your help this would not have been possible. Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. - Àros na Mara


The Annual General Meeting of the Boisdale Historical Society will take place at the Fire Hall on Monday July 10 2017, 7pm. Guest Speaker : Anita MacKinnon, will give a presentation entitled: COMMUNITY COOKBOOKS AND THE STORIES THEY TELL. Everyone welcome.

Iona Soccer Club - Summer Soccer Program

Summer Soccer The Iona Soccer Club will be holding their summer recreational league soccer program at Rankin School of the Narrows soccer field on Wednesday 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

Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective June 8, 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.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Summer Songwriter Series at the Frolic

Wednesday evening concerts starting at 8pm.

Ticket prices vary. Book your tickets online at www.ionaheightsinn.com/events

June 28th - Port Cities (sold out)

July 5th - no concert

July 12th - Evans & Dorherty

July 19th - David Francey (sold out)

July 26th - Mo Kenny

Aug 2nd - Villages (sold out)

Aug 9th - Old Man Luedecke

Aug 16th - Steve Poltz

Aug 23rd - JP Cormier

Aug 30th - Pretty Archie

KitchenFest at the Frolic

Monday July 3rd

Gabrielle MacLellan, Kimberly Fraser, Adam Young, Tom Daniels

9pm-12am Admission $10 at the door

Tuesday July 4th

Brenda Stubbert, Paul Cranford, Doug MacPhee, Paul MacDonald

8pn-11pm Admission $10 at the door

Ceilidh Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

June 24th - Dawn & Margie

July 1st - Paul Cranford

July 8th - Melody & Derrick Cameron

July 15th - Keith Mullins

July 22nd - Kenneth & Marion MacLeod

July 29th - Kinnon & Betty Lou

Aug 5th - Howie MacDonald - Admission $10 *6pm-9pm

Aug 12th - Darrell Keigan

Aug 19th - Ian MacDougall

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 daily 8 am to 6 pm. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, 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)  
Wheelhouse Cafe - Now Open Daily from 11am-8pm

The Wheelhouse Cafe is now open for the summer season, bringing you their delicious stone baked pizza, freshly made chowder and soups, sandwiches and salads. And new this year... FISH AND CHIPS!
Drop by for a cold local craft beer and relax on the deck or enjoy an ice cream and a walk on the beach.

Public Services - Open for the Season

Public Washrooms, showers and laundry services are now open for the season.

Lobster & Pizza Ticket Draw - July 1st

Ticket draw for 20 pounds of lobster and two large combo pizza's from the Wheelhouse Cafe.
$5 gets you three tickets for the draw. Available during World Oceans Day Weekend (at cafe) and when the cafe opens for the season June 23rd.
Look for our table on Sunday a the Iona Port (WOD). Proceeds from the draw go to the GNWDS.

Annual General Meeting - POSTPONED

The AGM for the Grand Narrows Waterfront scheduled for June 15 is now postponed until further notice.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Splitting Perennials - Donate to Rankin School

If anyone is splitting perennials this spring and would like to donate them to the school, please feel free to drop them off at the school at anytime or call the school to make arrangements. 902-725-2210

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Iona Legion Celebrates Canada 150

Pork Chop BBQ from 5-8pm
$15 for two chops or $12 for one chop
Everyone Welcome

Dance from 9-midnight
Music by: Robert Bouchard
Adm. $10 19yrs and over

Kitchenfest Comes to the Iona Legion - Thursday, July 6th

Pub Night at the Legion. Music by McGinty!
Admission: $10
19yrs and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for June 26:
Building Jackpot: $1400
Rising Jackpot: $2365
Toonie Jackpot: $50 Plus 1/2 sales
If you would like to volunteer at BINGO once a month, please let John know. Volunteers are always needed.

Family Square Dance Ceilidh

The Iona Legion has teamed up with the County of Victoria and CB District Health Authority in an effort to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We encourage people of all ages to take part in this 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, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.

The next Family Square Dance Ceilidh: June 30
Music by: Joe MacMaster
Admission: Free!

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

The Victoria Co. bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30 - 7pm.
Next visit date: July 7
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.

Chase the Ace Ticket Winner for June 23rd: Dena MacDonald from Iona
Dena picked the nine of spades and won $125
The Chase the Ace jackpot for June 30th will be $1808 with 46 cards in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by: Joe MacMaster (Family Square Dance).

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.
Upcoming session dates TBA

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
June 23: Stuffed Pork Loin
June 30: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
June 23: Silver Moon
June 30: Joe MacMaster (Family Square Dance)

You can 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 - 4:00 to 11:00pm

Friday - 4:00 to Midnight

Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
Ceilidhs & Millings

Céilidh - Tuesday’s & Thursday

June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29 | July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27 | August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 & 31 | September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 | October 3, 5, 11, & 13

Join us for songs, stories and music, or just a chance to chat about the traditions and history of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic-speaking people at our traditional céilidh. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Milling Frolic - Wednesday’s & Friday’s

June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30 | July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28 | August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 & 30 | September 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, & 29| October 4, 6, 11 & 13

Come and join us at the table for songs and friendly conversation at the Highland Village milling frolic. The Gaels way to make the cloth ready for home use was to wet it, beat it and make a time of it, while communally singing choral songs in rhythm during the milling frolic. Regular admission applies. 2:00 -3:00pm

Guided Storytelling Tour & Milling Frolic - Mondays & Fridays in July & August

July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 & 31 | August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 & 28

Come join us for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person. (11:00am- 1:00pm)

Highland Village 2017 Children & Youth Programming

Eilean na h-Òige | Island of Youth History Program - Wednesdays

July 5, 12, 19 & 26 | August 2, 8, 16 & 23

Take part in this special living history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Na Deugairean | The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth - Thursdays

July 6, 13, 20 & 27 | August 3, 10, 17 & 24

Partake in this special living history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required.New this year - pay for three weeks and get the 4th free.

Spòrs Beag - Fridays

July 7, 14, 21 & 28 | August 4, 11, 18 & 25

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. Spòrs Beag is for children aged 5-10 and is free. 10-12.

Là Mór a’ Bhaile|Highland Village Day Concert - Saturday, August 5

An afternoon of fun and 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 56th Annual Highland Village Day Concert.

Headlining this year is Dave Gunning and Allie Bennett. There will be a tribute to John " Jimmy Malcolm" Gillis.

Other performers include: Iona Gaelic Singers, Joanne MacIntyre, Campbell Sisters from Mabou, Shelly Campbell & Allan Dewar, Joe MacMaster, Donna Marie DeWolf, Buddy MacDonald, Donnie Campbell & Jinx O'Neil, from Antigonish, The TownHouse Players (featuring John Hanlon, Junior Fraser & Stan Chapman), Shannon MacKay, Melanie Craig MacDonald, Claire Sampson-MacDonald, Regyn MacDonald, Catherine MacDonald, Andy MacMullin, Malcolm & Maryanna MacNeil, Brent Aucoin, CBU Pipe Band, and The Iona Legion Legends! MC is Roger Stone. Join us for one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scotch Concerts. 2-6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free.

Donald “Og” Day - Thursday, August 3

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 and Eskasoni Cultural Journeys, who will animate throughout the day. The afternoon will feature a céilidh. Regular admission applies. 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Chris Norman & Best of Boxwood (Musique Royale) - Tuesday, 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 (flutes, pipes, voice), Lisa Ornstein (Quebecois and Old-Time fiddle), Magnus Holmström (nyckelharpa), Tomas Limpan Lindberg (guitar, bozouki, mandolin), Rachel Johnston (cello). Tickets are $20 for general and $10 for students (at the door).

Feasgar air Chéilidh - Evening Céilidh Tours - July 20 & August 24

Walk with us as we céilidh from house to house for a guided storytelling tour of the Highland Village. This special folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels. The group will have an opportunity to enjoy some tea and traditional Cape Breton oatcakes. Reservations preferred. $25.00 per person . (7pm-9:00pm)

Our Dinners are Back - July 16 & August 13

Sunday, July 16 - Roast Beef and Marag Dinner - Marag Gheal |White pudding has long been a favourite food of the Gaels. It - remains a favourite dish to the present. Join us for a delicious marag and roast beef dinner where you’ll have a chance to try a taste of this traditional dish. Dinner - $15 per person. Seating is limited. Call to pre-book your tickets - 902-725-2272. 1-4pm

Sunday, August 13 - Feasgar an Truisg | Codfish Supper - It's back! Satisfy your taste buds with a feed of salt cod, potatoes and all the trimmings of a traditional Cape Breton salt codfish supper. Dinner admission includes entry to the Highland Village - $15 per person. Seating is limited. Call to pre-book your tickets - 902-725-2272. 1-4pm

Danns a’ Bhaile – Village Dances (Family Dances) - Monday, July 3 & Thursday, August 3

Monday, July 3 - Often the only gathering space in the community would be the school house. In the evening the desk would be pushed aside and the music would flow through the opened windows for the dancers inside and outside. Join us for an old school dance with Dawn and Margie Beaton. 7:00-9:00 pm $8.00 (A KitchenFest Event)

Watch for details on our August 3rd dance coming soon.

Canada Day Open House - Saturday, July 1

To honour the founding of our country, admission to visit the Highland Village on July 1 will be free. Come to Iona and celebrate Canada’s birthday. A milling frolic will be held at 2pm.

Highland Village Open for the 2017 Season

Baile nan Gaidheal | Highland Village is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, through until October 15, 2017.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
World Oceans Day Thank You!!!

We would like to express our thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, presenters, musicians and guest speakers for your generosity in making our 3rd World Oceans Day and the opening of the Bras d'Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port a success. Without your help this would not have been possible. Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. - Àros na Mara

Central Cape Breton's Canada 150 Celebration! - Iona Port/Aros na Mara Centre - July 1

Central Cape Breton's Canada 150 Celebration!   Come Celebrate with us at Iona Port on July 1st - 12 - 2p.m. A family-fun free event with local entertainment.

  Activities include old-fashioned traditional games for all ages!

  Birthday Cake and refreshments will be served. Prizes for best dressed Canadian theme.

  Join us at dusk for our first Fireworks display!

  Funded by the Government of Canada.

Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc.

Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day

Checkout our website www.arosnamara.ca

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Summer Gaelic Events Program

Féis an Eilein Summer Events 2017

19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series “Bu Deònach Leam Tilleadh” Tuesdays 8pm July 18, 25, Aug 1, 8

27th Annual Féis an Eilein August 15 – 19

Visit www.feisaneilein.ca for full concert details!

Events take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall 8539 Grand Narrows Hwy (Route 223)
feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca feisaneilein.ca 902-622-2627


Music Lessons
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
July & Aug | $6/half hour or $10/hour Beginning July 5 pick up your fiddle or get those toes tapping. We offer private youth and adult lessons in beginner, intermediate, and advanced fiddle, and beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and step-dancing. We are pleased to welcome instructors Maggie MacNeil, Shawnee Paul, and Andy MacMullin back to the Féis this year. Maggie is an accomplished pianist and step-dancer. Andy won our hearts last year with his dynamic step-dancing, and Shawnee has completed her second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Acadia University. She will teach piano, fiddle, and guitar. Lessons fill up quickly and pre-registration is required. Please E-mail maggie.macneil@gmail.com or call 902-622-2627 to book your lessons.

Beginner Gaelic Language Classes
Wednesdays July 5 – Aug 2 | 7 – 8:30pm
$25 for all 5 weeks Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gàidhlig Aig Baile methodology which focusses on oral repetition and the use of body language. Students will learn conversational Gaelic in a fun and stress-free environment without the need to learn to read or write the language.

Tì is Seanachas – Tea & Conversation
Fridays July 7 – 28 | 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!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Canada Day Breakfast Saturday July 1 2017

Canada Day Breakfast Saturday July 1 2017 9am-12 noon admission $10.00 A great country breakfast to start your Canada Day.


KitchenFest at the Hall Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald Friday July 7th 8.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

Music, songs and dance

Boisdale Concert Cape Breton Fiddlers Association Includes "Special thank you to Janet and Father Francis Cameron" with surprise announcements. Sunday July 23rd, 2.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

Crib Game June 15 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

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.

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  Home & School  
Graduation Social - June 28th, 7pm

To celebrate the 2017 Graduates, Home & School sponsors a social after the ceremonies on June 28th. Donations of lunch items are always needed and much appreciated and can be dropped of prior to the ceremony.

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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  
Christmas Island Fire Hall

WIN! WIN! WIN! $1000.00 June 30, Tickets are $10.00 each Members of the Christmas Island Fire Hall have tickets! Drawing will be done live on Facebook at 7pm, on June 30. We will be doing this each month for the rest of the year!! Tickets available from: Terri, Mildred, Michael Angus, Anna, Brandy, Jim, Hughena, Theresa, Marie and Roy. Also at Bingo on Sunday nights.

Christmas Island Fire Hall Events

The CIVFD fundraiser, " a grand in the hand" is an opportunity to win $1,000. There are 200 tickets being sold (available from fire dept members and at Sunday night bingo) for $10.00 each. This fundraiser will continue each month until December. The annual Christmas island Volunteer Fire Dept bobber race is scheduled for Sunday, August 6. More details to follow.

Events at Christmas Island

Bingo, every Sunday at 7 pm, Christmas Island Fire Hall

The Ways and Means Committee of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Dept meets on the second WEDNESDAY of the month at the fire hall. Also, The regular general membership meeting of the Christmas Island Fire Dept takes place on the third WEDNESDAY of the month at 7:30 pm at the 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  
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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.