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ALS Tea - October 18

Stability Ball - Exercise Class - Mondays
Stability Ball - Exercise Class - Welcome to a new fitness program starting on Monday evening, Oct 5th and ending on Monday, Nov. 30th. Classes take place at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 7-8pm. Instructor: Theresa MacLean. Fee $5 per class. Participants will do exercises to build strength and flexibility using a stability ball. Bring your own stability ball (Important note: correct ball sizes for your height - 4'11" to 5'4" height: 55 cm ball; 5'4" to 5'11" height: 65 cm ball; 5'11" to 6' 7" height: 75 cm ball), wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.

Stronger Seniors - Chair Exercise Class - Thursdays
Stronger Seniors - Chair Exercise Class - Welcome to a new program starting on Thursday, Oct. 1st and ending on Thursday, Dec. 3rd. Classes take place at St. Columba Parish Centre, Iona. Time 10:30-11:30. Instructor: Theresa MacLean. Fee $5 per class. Participants will do aerobic, strength training and stretching exercises while seated in a chair. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. Bring water. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows the fitness class will be cancelled. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee.

Barra Food Bank
Starting on Thursday Sept. 17th, the food bank will be open for clients every Thursday and Friday from 12-3. All clients are requested to access the food bank during these hours, right after the delivery truck comes, when produce is fresher.
As usual, if rides or deliveries are needed, call workers ahead. Thanks!
Gail 902-577-3394, Dolores 902-725-2208

45's Card Games are back - Thursdays
The 45’s card games have resumed on Thursday nights in the Washabuck Community Centre. Start time 7:30 admission $4.00 with two jackpots building weekly.

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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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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Iona Market @ Iona Heights Inn - Saturday
Iona Market Info
When: Saturday Oct 10th, 10am-1pm (vendors set up any time in the morning)
What: Fudge, Jewelry, Preserves, Christmas decorations, Crocheted crafts, flea market items, pottery, and clothes!
Nice variety, isn't it??
No admission fee.
(Suggestion - donate some food to the food bank).
Free hot chocolates samples and chocolates samples.
Coupons - everyone has a chance to win - 10%, 25%, 100% of chocolate purchases for the month of November - coffee, wine, meals....and a grand prize winner ....a bit of everything, including a night at the Inn (transferable and applicable year round based on availability).
If anyone wants to try busking...we have a nice front step or stage.
The Highland Village is open...when is the last time you took a walk around that amazing property?? Come get a Maple Latte at Jill's and take a hike to the top of Hector's Point.
Don't forget - MUSIC
Saturday 4-7 Kenneth MacKenzie & Howie MacDonald $5
9:30-12am - Keith Mullins & Angelo Spinnazola $15
Sunday 9:30-12am - Port Cities $20
Pass the word along

Trivia Night - Thursdays at the Frolic & Folk Pub
No need to stay home, come on out and get smart while you drink.
8 PM start. Prizes to be won.

Frolic & Folk Pub @ Iona Heights Inn
Open daily starting at 11 am. Food service until 9 pm.
6 Nova Scotia beers on tap - including Big Spruce Kitchen Party & Breton Brewing Sterling Hefeweizen.

Jills Chocolates Cafe @ Iona Heights Inn
Open daily 8 am to 4 pm
Chocolates - Coffee - Tea - Muffins and More.

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)  
General Meeting - Tuesday, October 27
The next general meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 7pm. New members are welcome.

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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)  
Special Friday Thanksgiving Ceilidh Featuring Robert Bouchard
Back by popular demand! Join us at the Legion Friday (Oct 9) from 7-10 for an evening with Robert Bouchard (free admission).
Children welcome until 9pm (must be accompanied by an adult).
Tip: Come early for supper and stay for the music.

Chase the Ace Every Sunday afternoon at the Iona Legion
Starting Sunday, Oct. 11th, Tickets will be on sale from 2:30 until 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 cut 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 is a joint venture with two other local non-profit community groups: Central C.B. Community Ventures and The Grand Narrows Waterfront Dev. Society.

Chase the Ace Kick-Off -- Oct 11th
We invite everyone to attend our very first "Chase the Ace" afternoon.
Come out, support your local community groups and enjoy a social afternoon with friends and neighbours.
We'll have bbq'd octoberfest sausages, chili, crib games, darts and of course "The Draw". The pot already has $150 in it to get started. 19yrs and over.

Halloween Dance - Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9:30-1:30
It's back! Get working on your costumes... Prizes go to the best costumes of the night.
Music by DJ Jeff Romard. 19yrs and over. Admission: $10
No backpacks permitted in the hall. Identity must be revealed (secretly) before entry to the hall.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for October 12:
Rising Jackpot: $5633.00
Building Jackpot: $1500.00
Toonie Game: $43 (plus one half of evening sales). )

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: Sunday, November 8
Once a month group guitar playing sessions from 3-5pm. 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. Also... if possible please bring a music stand, capo, pick and a pen.

Check this site for dates of upcoming sessions
Anyone wishing to drop in to observe or sing along is welcome. (19 yrs and over).
New players are always welcome.

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next visit: October 23.

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
Oct 9: Roast Pork
Oct 16: Grilled Haddock
Oct 23: Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
Oct 30: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Oct 9: Robert Bouchard
Oct 16: Decota McNamara
Oct 23: Joe Gillis
Oct 30: Middle River Band

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)  
Square Dance workshop & Family Dance - October 11
Start the morning off right with a little square dance! Join Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller at the Highland Village, as they guide you through the figures of a square set. Once you feel comfortable, Anita and Ben will play for everyone to practice what they have just learned. 1:00 - 4:00pm. $15 per person. Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272.

Photographing Gaelic folklife and landscape Workshop - October 13
When you stand at the top of the hill at the Highland Village you are greeted with spectacular views of the Bras d’Or Lake. If you enjoy taking photos you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn some new photography skills as you wander around the site for the day with a photographer, Kris Tynski. Space is limited so you will want to book early. $100.00 per person. Call to register, 902-725-2272

Oidhche nam Bcan|Night of the Spooks - October 23 & 24
Come and celebrate Halloween with a special evening tour of the Highland Village by lamplight, complete with storytelling, skits and special effects. The tour is followed by a storytelling session in "The Tuning Room" with fuarag, oatcakes and more. This is a family activity enjoyed by all. Prepaid reservations are required. No refunds or discounts. Cost $18 per adult, $40 per family, or $10 per student. Call (902) 725-2272 for tickets. (7-9 pm each evening)

Annual Fall Gift Shop Sale
Our annual fall Gift Shop Sale is now on. All clothing, including new logo wear, is 30% off. All giftware and jewellery is 20% off. All books, music and videos are 10% off. (Excludes red tag and food items). The gift shop is open daily 10 am to 5 pm until Sunday, October 18.

Chase the Ace - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - Friday nights
Join us on Friday evenings at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall for the Northside East Bay Chase the Ace. October 2nd's winner was Peggy Gillis of East Bay. She drew the 9 of diamonds and took home $901. As of Friday, October 9th, the building jackpot will be starting at $8,000+ with 24 cards left. Ticket sales take place between 7 and 9 pm at the hall with the draw shortly after 9 pm. This is a fundraiser for the Northside East Bay Volunteer Fire Department and the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.

October at Highland Village - Celtic Colours & Halloween
Baile nan Gidheal | Highland Village is open 10 am to 5 pm daily until October 18. Watch this space or check out our website for more information on our events and programs. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

October 9 - Celtic Colours Milling Frolic
October 10 - Special Storytelling Tour & Celtic Colours Traditional Cilidh
October 11 - Square Dance workshop & Family Dance
October 11 - Eilean Briagha: Beautiful Island - Celtic Colours Concert, Malagawatch Church - SOLD OUT
October 13 - Chun A’ Rubha | Gaelic tour
October 13 - Photographing Gaelic folklife and landscape Workshop with Kris Tynski
October 14 - Sil gu Lmh - Highland Hand Crafters Day - Heritage Skills
October 14 - Marag Lunch
October 16 - Celtic Colours Milling Frolic
October 17 - Special Storytelling Tour & Celtic Colours Traditional Cilidh
October 23-24 - Oidhche nam Bcan|Night of the Spooks Halloween Program

Recurring Events & Programs
Traditional Ceilidhs - Tuesdays & Thursdays - July 1 to October 18 - 2 pm
Milling Frolics - Wednesdays & Fridays - July 1 to October 18 - 2 pm
Suas e! Stories and Songs - Saturdays -July 1 to October 18 - 2pm

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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
Cape Breton Farm and Food Show
We will be having a "Central Cape Breton - Discover US!" table at the Cape Breton Farm and Food show to help draw local awareness to some of the great local food experiences and activities in the Central Cape Breton Area.

Cape Breton Farm and Food Show
Experience the Harvest of Cape Breton
October 10, 2015 Centre 200 Sydney
10:00to 5:00pm
Sponsored by the Cape Breton/Richmond Federation of Agriculture

The Celtic Colours Farm and Food Fair event is a one day event located at Centre 200 in Sydney, Saturday October 10, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm showcasing Cape Breton farm, fish and food products. This event is delivered in conjunction with the launch of the Celtic Colors International Festival.

This event is being organized to raise the public awareness of Cape Breton produced Farm and Food products, including seafood while at the same time providing a venue for producers to sell their locally produced wares. Through this event, organizers hope to create linkages between consumers, food producers and processors, restaurants, seafood and farm-related products.

If you have events, promotional items, brochures of interest in Central Cape Breton and would like them showcased at the "Central Cape Breton - Discover US!" table, please advise Randy Email rpointk@hotmail.com...... or better yet come out to the event and help promote Central Cape Breton to the Local Sydney Marketplace.

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Gaelic Language Classes - Monday nights
Comunn Fis an Eilein will sponsor a 10 week session of Gaelic language classes beginning on Monday September 21st and continuing until Monday November 30th. 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. Classes will be held at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. 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. For information please e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
COD FISH SUPPER - October 24
Saturday Oct. 24th, 2015
Boisdale Fire Hall
MENU: Cod Fish, Potatoes, Onions, Scrunchens, Cottage Cheese
DESERT: Ginger Cake & Sauce, Tea / Coffee
Cost $12.00

Sponsored by: Boisdale Vol. Fire Dept. Ways & Means

YOGA - Thursdays
Instructor: Anita MacKinnon
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:00pm.
Classes $5.00 ea.
Please wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat & a blanket.
If you have any questions, please contact Anita at 902-871-2074

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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Mass to Close St. Barra Church
Mass which will close St. Barra Church, takes place on Sunday, October 25, at 5 pm.

Mass Schedule
October 10/11
St. Columba- Iona - 4:00 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale- 6:30 pm

St. Michaels-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am
St. Andrew's - Boisdale -4:00 pm

St. Barra Parish 200th Anniversary Events - Next event October 18
Bishop Brian Dunn will be the celebrant for the final mass at St. Barra scheduled for Sunday, October 18, at 3 pm.

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Public Meeting, October 14, 2015
The Christmas Island and Area Neighbourhood Watch Committee will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. Constable Shaun MacLennan will be present along with a representative of the Red Cross to discuss safety and the Seniors' Help Program. Everyone welcome!

Christmas Island Fire Department
Please return pagers - Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department are requesting all retired and non-active firefighters to please return all radios. They can be dropped off at the post office. Much appreciated.

Training for firefighters - Oct 3 at 10 am, and every second Saturday

Ways & Means Committee Meeting - October 13 at 7 pm at the firehall

Halloween Movie Night for Kids - October 24 @ 6 pm, donations of treats for this event to be dropped of at the Post Office by Wednesday, October 21. Admission by donation

Facebook Page - check out our facebook page - Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department

Christmas Craft, Bake Sale & Tea - November 22
Sunday, Nov 22 from 10 am - 2 pm. Christmas Island Firehall. Admission $2.00. Table Rental $10.00. Contact: civfd2015@gmail.com

Crib Tournament, Christmas Island Firehall - October 17
October 17 Saturday @10:00 am. Admission $5.00. Prize for most wins. Please bring own crib boards and cards. Tea and coffee will be served.

Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department recruiting for additional firefighters

Benefits are: $500.00 provincial tax credit, $3000.00 federal tax credit after one year of service, vehicle plates, training provided, scene safety, radio communication, traffic and people control, participation in Santa Claus Parade and other community events.

We are also in need of volunteers on our various volunteer committees - Ways and Means, Bingo and Building.
contact: civfd2015@gmail.com or any of our firefighters.

Fire Hall Available for Rent
Christmas Island Firehall is available for rent for weddings, parties, showers, etc
Wedding/private party $400.00

Private party/dance (with bar) $300.00

Private party/dance (no bar) $200.00

Meetings (4 to 8 hours) $150.00

(less than 4 hours) $ 75.00
contact: civfd2015@gmail.com

Iona Volunteer Fire Department
The Iona Volunteer Fire Department will not be doing the Door-to-door Fundraising Campaign this year. Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by calling 725-2840 or by mailing a cheque or money order to IVFD 4372 Highway 223, Iona, NS B2C 1A2. Please include your return mailing address so we can send you a receipt for Income Tax purposes. Thank you for your support!

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  
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