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Christmas Merchandise Bingo - Sunday, November 29
Join us at the Christmas Island Fire Department on Nov. 29th for Christmas Merchandise Bingo.
Starts at 2pm. Sponsored by Clan MacNeil. Everyone Welcome!

The Wellness Walkers - Tuesdays
The Wellness Walkers - walk and use of fitness equipment takes place Tuesday evenings at Rankin School of the Narrows. Time: 7-8 pm. Bring a water bottle and wear shoes for indoor use. Use of the gym facility for walking is for age 7 and up - use of the fitness equipment is for age 14 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Note: If school is cancelled for the day there will be no fitness program in the evening. 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 Marie 725-2253, Murdell 725-2348 or Sharon 725-2177.

Stability Ball - Exercise Class - Mondays until November 30
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 until December 3
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
The food bank is 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  
Saturday Market at the Iona Heights Inn. 10-1
Hi all. We are going to try a market on Saturdays. Definitely this Saturday (28th) and possibly the remaining Saturday's leading up to Christmas depending on demand.
Tables are free for vendors interested - we have a few tables left this weekend.
It is a great opportunity for bakers and crafters to make a few dollars before Christmas.
We have Christmas decorations, yarn/crafts, jewelry and odds/ends so far this weekend.

Fall & Winter @ Frolic & Folk Pub
The off-season hours for the Frolic & Folk Pub are
Thursday to Sunday - 11 am to close
Expect a reduced menu and weekend dinner specials.
Trivia on Thursday. Ceilidhs on Saturdays.

Nov 21st 4-7 Kinnon & Betty Lou
Nov 28th 4-7 Shelly Campbell
Dec 5th 4-7 Buddy MacDonald
Dec 12th 4-7 Darrell Keigan
Dec 19th TBA
Dec 26th - no ceilidh
Evening show 8:30-11 Keith Mullins & Angelo Spinazzola

Expect more shows to be added throughout Christmas week and of course New Years.

We are hoping to have a market on site Saturday mornings starting Nov 28 to the 19th. Will see how they go
Flying by the seat of our pants here.
Stay tuned for info as we make decisions daily here

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, December 15
The next general meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 15th at 7pm. New members are welcome.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Rankin School Annual Christmas Concert - December 9th
December 9th at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to come out for a evening of fun and laughter as the grades P-6 students of Rankin School of the Narrows/Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a'Chaolis present this years concert. Keep checking our website for performance "trailers" for this year. You will find us at rankinschoolofthenarrows.com Admittance to the concert is by donation. Walso e encourage you to bring along non-perishable food item(s) to donate to the Barra Food Bank.

Christmas Basket Draw
The Rankin School Home and School Association is once again holding its major fundraiser -for the year. Please help support this annual fundraiser by buying tickets and/or donating items to the basket. Items such as home decor items, non-perishables, chocolates, decorations, etc! To donate items for the basket, please send items to school with a student or drop them off at the school - school contact -902-725-2210.

Tickets can be purchased from students, at the school or on the evening of the Christmas Concert - Dec. 9. All proceeds go towards maintaining playground equipment, scholastic awards and supporting educational trips for students.

Thank you for your continued support!

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Annual Boxing Day Family Ceilidh - Saturday, Dec. 26 - 5-9pm
Join us at the Legion on Boxing Day for some live music, socializing, dancing and holiday cheer!
Music by: Robert Bouchard. Admission: $5 (children under 12 yrs free)
Come early for complimentary moosemilk (limited supply). Food will be available.

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 2 (round 2) Winning Ticket Holder - Gerry MacNeil of Washabuck
On Nov. 22nd, Gerry drew the five of diamonds and took home $156
Join us on Nov. 29th when the jackpot will be $597.00 plus 30% of daily sales.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for November 30th:
Rising Jackpot: $139.00
Building Jackpot: $2200
Toonie Game: $309 (plus one half of evening sales).
Congrats to Claudine Marshall, who won the rising jackpot this week ($6514.75).

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, Dec. 6th
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: November 20.

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
Nov 27: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Nov 27: Joe Gillis

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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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
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. November 20th's winner was Gale MacNeil from Benacadie Pond. She drew the six of spades and took home $670. As of Friday, November 27th, the building jackpot will be starting at $16,500+ with 17 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.

Highland Village Winter Hours
Baile nan Gidheal | Highland Village is now closed for the season. The Visitor Centre is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. 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.

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Gaelic Language Classes - Monday nights - until Nov 30
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  
CHRISTMAS TEA AND SALE, sponsored by the Hills of Boisdale Community Association, will be held at the BOISDALE FIREHALL, on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 2-4pm. Admission is $5.00/person. (Door Prizes, Bake Table, Parcel Post, Ticket Sales, Novelty Table, Crafts). Everyone welcome.

To celebrate the FEAST OF ST. ANDREW, the Hills of Boisdale Community Association will be hosting a "Concert in the Church" at St. Andrew's in Boisdale on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 7:00pm. Entertainment by Patti and John Fukula and Friends (Richard Poulette, Darren Stevens, Tom Sylliboy and John Mac Donald). Tea and oatcakes will be served. Admission is $10/person with proceeds going to the St Andrew's Cemetery Fund and the local Food Bank. Donations of non-perishable goods will also be accepted. All are welcome.

YOGA - Thursdays
YOGA, fall season with
Instructor: Anita MacKinnon is finished for the season.
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  
Christmas Basket Draw on December 9th
Please help support our annual fundraiser by buying tickets from students on a Christmas Basket filled with home dcor items, non-perishables, chocolates, decorations and much more! All proceeds go towards maintaining playground equipment, scholastic awards and education trips for students.
To donate items for the basket, please send items to school with a student or drop them off at school - contact the school at 725-2210.

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Apple Pies For Sale from Parish Fundraiser
There are still apple pies available for purchase. If you are interested in getting pie(s) please contact Gregory at 902-725-2840 (home) or 902-295-7843 (cell) to arrange purchase and pick-up. Thanks

Memorial Mass at St. Andrew's - Date Change
The Memorial Mass originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 16th is re-scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 26th, 7PM at St. Andrew's. Fr. Paul is away next week . There will be a note in the Parish bulletin this week-end.

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Crib Tournament-Christmas Island
Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department
Crib Tournament - Tuesday, Dec 1 at 7 pm. Admission $5.00


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

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

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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