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Summer Soccer - Thursdays
The Iona Soccer Club will be holding their summer recreational league soccer program at Rankin School of the Narrows soccer field on Thursday evenings beginning June 25th. Times scheduled are as follows:

Ages 4-8 - 6-7 PM
Ages 9 and up - 7-8 PM

Registration will be held on June 25th. Please bring Health Card number for registration. Registration fee is $10.00 per child, $25.00 for a family of three or more. Please send water with your child. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be posted on centralcapebreton.com

For more information please call or email"
Murdell MacNeil - 902-725-2348 - landmmacneil@ns.sympatico.ca

Christmas Island & Area Neighbourhood Watch - July 9
The Christmas Island and area Neighbourhood Watch Committee will have a public meeting at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Thursday, July 9, at 7 pm. Constable Shaun MacLennan will do a presentation on safety and security, and in light of recent break-ins, it's a timely topic. Come out for a cup of tea and good discussion. Everyone welcome.

"Me Time" in Washabuck at Community Centre - Mondays
Monday evenings - 6:00 to 7:00
Classes are a mix of weight training and Tabata(it’s a type of cardio)
Bring your water and mat and weights if you have them

If you have a questions email community centre@washabuck.com

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.

Harbour Greenhouse - OPEN
Hours 10am-5pm. Harbour Greenhouse 725-1200

Little Narrows Ferry Fee Increase
As of April 1st, 2015 the Little Narrows Ferry Fees are going to increase as follows:

Single Toll: From $5.50 to $7.00
Book of 10: From $13.20 to $35.00
Year Pass: From $162.00 to $250.00
Truck Pass: From $648.00 to $1000.00

This will affect business, tourism, families, seniors and every individual in the District. I encourage everyone to call or email MLA Pam Eyking to voice their displeasure on the proposed Fee Increase.

Pam Eyking Phone: 902-736-7263 Email: eykingpz@gov.ns.ca

Geoff MacLellan (Minister of Transportation)
P.O. Box 186 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2N2
Phone: (902) 424-5875 Fax: (902) 424-0171 Email: TIRMIN@novascotia.ca

Premier Stephen McNeil
P.O. Box 726 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2T3
Phone: (902) 424-6600 Fax: (902) 424-7648 Email: PREMIER@novascotia.ca

Paul MacNeil
District 1 Councillor
Victoria County

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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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  Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
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 6 pm
Chocolates - Coffee - Tea - Muffins and More.

KitchenFest Cilidh @ Frolic & Folk Pub - Tuesday, July 30
Kitchen Fest Gig with Boyd, Kyle and Sheamus MacNeil. $10 admission from 8-11pm. Part of the Gaelic College's KitchenFest program.

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 in July
The Wheelhouse Caf is hosting local entertainers every Wednesday in July from 1-3pm. Come in and enjoy some good food and music.

July 1: Myrna Pointkoski and Patty MacNeil
July 8: Fred McCracken and Kevin McCormick
July 15: TBA
July 22: Rod C MacNeil, Micky MacNeil, Hugh MacKinnon, Barry George
and Brian Madore.
July 29: TBA

Wheelhouse Cafe - Open for the Season
The Wheelhouse Cafe is now open for the summer season from 11am to 8pm. Stop in and say hi and try some of our new menu items or an old favorite.

Public Washrooms, Showers & Laundry - Open for the Season
Public washrooms, laundry and showers are now open for the season. Also available starting June 19th: Propane tank exchange and Marine and RV waste pump out.

 
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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
 
 
Grading Day 2015 - June 30
There has been a change for grading day this year. On Tuesday, June 30th, school buses will pick your child(ren) up at their usual time. They will be leaving the school at 9:45am to return home after getting their report cards.

 
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Canada Day Celebrations - Wednesday, July 1st
Bring the whole family and join us at the Iona Legion to celebrate Canada Day!
3pm: Children’s games
4:30: Changing of the Flag (with the children)
5-7pm Pork Chop Barbeque ($10 for 1 chop, $12 for 2 chops).... And Birthday Cake!
Everyone Welcome! Admission is Free!
We welcome all children to participate in the changing of the flag.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for July 6:
Rising Jackpot: $3563.25
Building Jackpot: $4300.00
Toonie Game: $170 (plus one half of evening sales)
WANTED: BINGO callers and floor walkers.

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, July 26
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).
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: July 3rd.

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.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
July 3: Roast Beef
July 10: Roast Pork
July 17: Boneless Chicken Breast
July 24: Grilled Haddock

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
July 3: Jerome Campbell & Cindy Allen
July 10: Donnie Campbell
July 17: The Roadies

BAR HOURS
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)  
 
Sil gu Lmh - Highland Hand Crafters Day - July 3, 2015
Heritage Skills - KitchenFest! Fis a’ Chidsin!
Join us for a daylong celebration as tradition bearers share and teach heritage skills. Spend the day learning such skills as, natural dyes, woodworking, genealogy, Gaelic language and songs, just to name a few. Individuals can register for two sessions (full day - $55.00) or one (half-day - $30.00) workshop. Registration begins at 9:00am. Morning workshops start at 10am-12pm. There will be an hour for lunch which will than be followed by the afternoon sessions starting at 1-3pm. Lunch is on your own or can be provided for an additional cost. For more information please visit www.highlandvillage.ca or call 902-725-2272.

Chase the Ace - Friday nights - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - July 3, 2015
The Northside East Bay Chase the Ace takes place on Friday evenings at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall. As of Friday, July 3rd, the jackpot will be $2000+ with 38 cards left. Ticket sales take place between 7 and 9 pm 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.

2015 Visitor Season - June 1 to October 18
Baile nan Gidheal | Highland Village is open 10 am to 5 pm daily. 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.

July 1 - Canada Day Open House
July 3 - Heritage Skills Day - Workshops
July 27 - Annual Malagawatch Church Anniversary Church Service
July 28 - Best of Boxwood, Musique Royale Concert
July 28-30 - Stras a' Bhaile Gaelic Folklife School
July 30 - Donald Og Day
August 1 - 54th Annual Highland Village Day Concert
August 20 - Fish Cake & Beans Supper

Recurring Events & Programs
Traditional Ceilidhs - Tuesdays & Thursdays - July 1 to October 18
Milling Frolics - Wednesdays & Fridays - July 1 to October 18
Children & Youth Programs - July & August
Adult & Family Experiences - July & August

 
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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
Celebrate Canada Day In Central Cape Breton
Tuesday June 30 Kitchen Fest @ Frolic and Folk Pub - 8 PM - Boyd, Kyle, and Sheumas MacNeil $10.00

Wednesday July 1

Grandona Legion
Children’s Games 3 PM Flag Raising 4:30 PM
Pork Chop BBQ 5-7 PM
1 Chop $10.00 2 Chops $12.00
Children Welcome for Games and Flag Raising


Highland Village Open House Free Admission 11 to 5 PM
Milling Frolic 2 to 4 PM

Grand Narrows Waterfront Live Music 1-3 PM (Free)

June 29 Central Cape Breton Discover US!
June 29, 2016 7-9 PM
Ferryman’s Hall, Grand Narrows Water Front. 902-622-1313


Meeting theme: Celebrating Early Session Success
The meeting is focused on wrapping up the planning efforts for the summer local tourist season, as we start actually enjoying the summer season and making observations on our efforts. It also is a great tie to celebrate a few early season successes in Central Cape Breton.
Agenda:

1. Introduction
2. Discover Us Brochure Production and Distribution Thank You Christina Lavery
3. Local Events Up date (all)
4. Local Early Season Successes
5. Break
6. Washabuck Lieutenant Governor’s Award 2015- Carmie Maclean Approach, Submission and August Celebration
7. Local Early Season Successes
8. World Oceans Day Wrap up, and looking forward
9. Central Cape Breton Discover US! look ahead.

The Grand Narrows Waterfront will host the meeting. There will be pizza by the slice available from 6 to 7 prior to the meeting. Come early and enjoy the view, food and the fellowship.

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Fis an Eilein Summer Events 2015

A' Moladh Cig Bliadhna Fichead - Celebrating Twenty-Five Years

17th Annual Gaelic Concert Series “Bu Denach Leam Tilleadh
Tuesdays 8 pm July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11

25th Annual Fis an Eilein
August 18th 22nd, 2015

Summer Music Lessons Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays July & Aug $6/half hour or $10/hour
Beginning on July 6th pick up your fiddle or get those toes tapping. We offer private youth & adult lessons in beginner and intermediate fiddle, piano, guitar and step-dancing with Fis instructors Lauren MacDonald, Maggie MacNeil and Lindsay MacNeil. Pre-registration required. Please call 902-622-2627 to book your lessons

Beginner Gaelic Language Classes Wednesdays July 8 Aug.12 7 9 pm, $25 for all 6 weeks
Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gidhlig Aig Baile method. Students will learn conversational Gaelic in a fun and stress-free environment without the need to learn to read or write the language.

Gaelic Playgroup for preschoolers and children Thursdays July 9-Aug. 13 9:30 am 11:30 am Adm. Free
We invite parents and children to join in a morning of Gaelic songs, step-dance, rhymes, and games. Family and friends are also welcome as we learn, participate, and have fun in Gaelic!

T is Seanachas Tea & Conversation Fridays July 10 Aug. 14 10 am 12 pm (except July 31st) 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.

Comunn Fis an Eilein P.O. Box 317 Christmas Island, Nova Scotia, B1T 1R7 Ph.: 902-622-2627 feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca http://www.feisaneilein.ca Facebook: Fis an Eilein Twitter: @feisaneilein



 
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Cape Breton Fiddlers Association Performance - July 5
The Hills of Boisdale will be Alive with the Sounds of Music, Song, and Step Dancing by The Cape Breton Fiddlers Association +Special Guest and Local Performers
Sunday, July 5, 2:30pm
Boisdale Fire Hall
Come join us for an afternoon of Great Fiddle Tunes, Song & Dance, + Tea & Oatcakes
Tickets at door only, $10.00 per person
Support the Cape Breton Fiddler's and their Tour of the Boston States

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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  Parishes  
 
Calling All Bakers!! St. Columba Parish Bake Sale - July 4
Just a reminder for all the bakers out there that the annual bake sale at the St. Columba Parish Centre is on Saturday, July 4th to be held in conjunction with the Annual Yard Sale. Baked goods of all descriptions are welcome and can be dropped off on Friday, July 3rd or Saturday morning. Please help support this annual fundraiser. Also if you are free and can help out at the Yard Sale, call Gregory at 902-725-2840. Thank You!!! St. Columba Ways and Means Committee

St. Columba Parish Yard and Bake Sale - July 4
ST. COLUMBA WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE would like to remind everyone of our
upcoming Yard & Bake Sale to be held on July 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Columba
Parish Centre. Please keep us in mind when spring cleaning and send any items that may be
useful for the sale our way. Items may be dropped off at the Parish Centre sheds from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. For pick up of items call either Gregory at 902-725-2840 or
Aussie at 902-725-2810.

St. Barra Parish 200th Anniversary Activities
St. Barra Parish 200th Anniversary Committee is pleased to host a number of activities this summer.

St. Barra Parish Cemetery Day is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 1 pm at the cemetery on MacNeil Road in Christmas Island. In the event of poor weather, mass will take place at the church. Tea and lunch at the Christmas Island Fire Hall will follow.

St. Barra Parish Picnic will take place on Sunday, July 19, from 2 to 4 pm on the parish grounds. BBQ and soft drinks available. There will be entertainment also. Admission by donation.

The Father Ross Day concert is scheduled for Sunday, August 9, at 1:30 at St. Barra Church. Admission by donation.

Everyone is welcome for all of these events, so we hope you will come out and enjoy yourselves. Commemorative t-shirts and caps will be available for sale.

The date for the mass with Bishop Dunn to close the year of celebration has not been fixed yet, so please check on centralcapebreton.com to get any information on this.

Ministries List for St. Columba and St. Barra
June 27/28

St. Barra - Reader-Jimmy Reddn/Leonard O'Handley, Eucharistic-Gerard MacNeil/Phyllis Petite/Barry George, Servers-Vince Jankowski/Roy MacNeil, Hospitality- Brian MacNeil/Anna Burke

St. Columba-Reader-Peggy MacKinnon/Joe MacDonald, Eucharistic-Francis MacKinnon/Bernadette MacDougall/Elizabeth MacNeil, Servers-Trevor/Sarah/Grace, Hospitality-Donna MacNeil/Jimmy MacNeil/Buddy MacNeil/Timmy MacNeil

Mass Changes and Shared Ministries along Route 223
As we move into April there are a few changes to the mass schedule.

Saturday - St. Barra, Christmas Island - 5:30 PM
Saturday - St. Michael's, Baddeck - 6:30 PM
Sunday - St. Mary's, Frenchvale, - 9:00 AM
Sunday - St. Columba, Iona - 11:00 AM
Sunday - Holy Trinity, Waycobah - 9:30 AM
Sunday - Queen of the World, Wagmatcook - 11:00 AM

The ministries will continue to be shared amoung St. Barra, St. Columba and St. Andrew's throughout the next 3 months. Please check the bulletin for the schedule of the ministries. The bulletin is available at the following website each week. If you are unable to participate in the ministry for the week you are scheduled, please contact someone to replace you on that day.

http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

 
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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  
 
Little Narrows Summer Festival July 10-12th
Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 10th: Dance/Pub Night featuring Eastbound & The Villages (aka Mardeen) from 8-11pm. Admission $10 for those 19+.

Saturday, July 11th: Relay Races/Games 11am-12pm; BBQ 12-2pm; Little Narrows Talks (History, Displays, Speakers, etc.) 1-3pm; Annual Pot Luck 4-6pm [Admission $12].
**All events on Friday and Saturday take place at the Little Narrows Community Centre.

Sunday, July 12th: Want to go for a swim? Join us at the beach!

For more information, please email littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com.

Little Narrows Lessons - Thursdays
There will be a 4-week series of lessons at the Little Narrows Community Centre beginning on Thursday, June 11th, 18th, 25th and Monday, June 29th.

All beginner fiddle, piping and guitar lessons will be a continuation of the last set of lessons that were offered in March. We have added Intermediate/Advanced Guitar for those who wish to do so. At the end of each stepdance lesson, we will be doing a short instruction of squaredancing.
We are pleased to offer beginner and intermediate/advanced Gaelic language classes in partnership with Fis an Eilein (Festival of the Island, in Christmas Island).

4-5pm: Beginner Guitar & Intermediate/Advanced Guitar
5-6pm: Beginner Stepdance & Intermediate/Advanced Stepdance
6-7pm: Gaelic Class
7-8pm: Pipes & Fiddle

$10 per lesson/per discipline

Please pre-register at littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com. However, drop-ins always welcome.

 
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