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4th Annual Victoria County "Take The Roof Off Winter" ActiveFest 2015
4th Annual Victoria County "Take The Roof Off Winter" ActiveFest 2015 - Join us for a Snowshoe Walk, Skating and Snowman building (weather permitting) at - Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona. Sunday, March 1st starting at 2 - Limited number of snowshoes available. FUN for the whole family! Hot chocolate and treats provided inside the school. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and Naturally Active Victoria County and Supported by Rankin School of the Narrows. If you need to borrow snowshoes or further information on the event please contact: Ann Marie MacNeil 725-2253, Murdell MacNeil 725-2348, or Anne MacKenzie 622-2667.

Bras d'or Lake Biosphere Reserve Ass.

Bras d'or Lake Biosphere Reserve Ass. will hold its March meeting at the Boisdale Fire Hall, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:30 pm. This is a good opportunity to meet the volunteers who oversee this UNESCO designation for the Bras d'Or watershed & get updates on the projects they are involved with.

All are welcome

Community Sector Council of NS - Great Resource for Community Organisations
The Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia brings non-profit & voluntary organizations together to help them meet the needs of Nova Scotia’s communities and citizens. The Council works collaboratively to find innovative solutions to challenges in the sector. The local convenor for the Council is Tanya Andrews, based at the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation. The council frequently circulates a News Bulletin for the Cape Breton Region. To subscribe to this monthly News Bulletin, email Tanya at tandrews@csc-ns.ca

Developing a Social Media Strategy- March 11
Developing a Social Media Strategy This time in Baddeck! The Community Sector Council of NS is hosting a free half-day workshop facilitated by Dan Coffin on Social Media for non-profit organizations. Dan will outline a 7 Step Social Media Plan and will walk each participant through a process for setting up and managing a social media presence that is directly focused on meeting the overall goals of the organization. Dan will also discuss policies that address employee use of social media. Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 1:00 4:00 pm To register - Email tandrews@csc-ns.ca or phone 902-595-0520.

Monday Night Community Hockey
On Monday nights between 6:00pm and 7:00pm, there will be hockey at the Eskasoni rink for anyone ages twelve and older. You must wear full equipment to take part. Both males and females are welcome. This is sponsored by the Victoria County Community Health Board and Northside the Lakes Community Health Board. If you have any questions contact Kevin MacKenzie at 902-622-2667.

Winter Yoga Session St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona
Winter Yoga Session St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona starting Tuesday, Jan. 13th and ending Thursday, March 19th. Daytime classes Tuesday and Thursday 9-10:30 am. Instructor: Linda Bryden. Fee $5 per class. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows Yoga will also be cancelled for the day. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee. For further information please contact Ann Marie 725-2253 or Linda Bryden 379-2041.

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)  
Robotics Club Returns!

After School Robotics takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday 3pm - 4pm. Learn how to build and program Lego Mindstorm and WeDo Robotics. Free program. Parental waiver/permission form must be signed.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
General Meeting - Thursday, March 12
The next General Meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront will be held at the Legion, March 12 at 7:00pm. New members are always welcome.

Gardening Workshop - Saturday, March 7th - Grand Narrows Ferrymen's Hall
A spring gardening workshop will take place at Ferrymen's Hall March 7th from 9am until 2pm. Cost: $25 (lunch inc'd)
Speakers will include:
Speaker #1: Emily Clegg - Discussion on growing potatoes, oats and hay in the method of the Gaels.
Speaker #2: Iris Kedmi - "The Fungal Pharmacy" - Growing medicinal mushrooms in your backyard.
Speaker #3 (ADDED): Brook MacAuley of St Anns providing technical background on Permaculture and in particular Hugelkulture Beds (raised beds built over rotting wood). This is a new movement based on old European approaches to gardening and food production.
To register, send email to rpointk@hotmail.com or gnwds@hotmail.com

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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)  
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: March 1
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, picks and a pen.

The next session will by hosted 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: 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.

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
Feb 27: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Feb 27: Robbie MacLean

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 - March 3
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, March 3.

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.

Chase the Ace - Friday nights - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - February 27, 2015
Chase the Ace takes place Friday 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 Friday, February 27th when the anticipated Jackpot will be $1080+ with 51 cards left in the deck!!

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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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
Welcome Orangedale - Discover Us! GROWS

Central Cape Breton ..Discover Us! 2015……. Grows!!!!!

On a cold and slippery night in February 2015 the Discover Us! initiative grew in spirit, numbers and geography.

At the February 12 meeting (#3), We were honored to have Karen Ross and Sue Betuik of the Orangedale Railway Museum joined our initiative.

One of the key documented action items for our group is to EXTEND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. With Karen and Sue coming on board not only do we hit the objective of our action item, we grow in numbers, add a Key Destination for the tourist area offering, and adds Inverness County as our third County of Cape Breton into our sphere of participation.

All I can say is Welcome OrangeDale!!!!

…..And let the Orangedale Whistle blow LOUD and PROUD in Central Cape Breton!!!!

Randy Pointkoski

Discover Us! 2015


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)  
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
Boisdale Fire Hall
With Certified Yoga Instructor: "ANITA MACKINNON"
Thursday, January 22,2015.    7:00pm

Admission: $5.00

Please bring a mat & wear comfortable clothing

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


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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  Home & School  
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Confirmation Classes
Confirmation classes resume Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm

Sharing of Ministries from St. Columba, St. Barra & St. Andrew's Ministries Lists

Father Abbass has requested of the shared Liturgy Committee from St. Columba, St. Barra & St. Andrew's to create a schedule for readers, Eucharistic Ministers, servers and hospitality ministers for the Jan-March. Find attached the list for masses held during this time at St. Barra (Sundays at 11:00 am) and St. Andrew's (Saturdays at 4:00 pm). If you are not able to make the mass that you are scheduled for please call one of the other ministers from the master list to replace you for that mass (contact names and numbers were attached to the list of ministries available at the various churches)


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

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

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.

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  
5 Week Group Music Lessons

When? Tuesday Evenings: March 3rd to 31st, 2015
Where? Little Narrows Community Centre

5-6: Beginner Fiddle (Instructor Anita MacDonald)
6-7: Dance (Instructor Anita MacDonald)
7-8: Beginner Guitar (Instructor Darlene Ellis)
8-9: *Piping (Instructor Ben Miller)

$10 per lesson/per discipline $50 for all 5 weeks/per one discipline We have a DEAL just for you! $80 for all 5 weeks/per two disciplines (save $20)
$130 for all 5 weeks/per three disciplines (save $20)

Piping classes will run from March 3rd to March 24th (4 weeks) at $10/per lesson or $40 for all 4 weeks.

If you are looking to take this with other disciplines, the deals still apply. Register now! Send us an email at littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com and include your name along with the number and name of discipline(s) you would like to take.

Are you interested but don’t have an instrument? Don’t fret! Please indicate this to us and we will assist you in getting an instrument.

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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.