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13th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre - May 6

You are invited to a special evening to raise money for the Patient Care Fund of the Cape Breton Cancer Centre in appreciation for the care, compassion and dedication shown to cancer patients and families from our communities who have benefited from this valuable resource.

You will be treated to a delicious assortment of handmade Hors d’Oeuvres. The meal will begin with a Blueberry & Strawberry Spinach salad with Honey vinaigrette, followed by Stuffed Pork Tenderloin & Whipped potatoes. Top your evening off with a choice of Chocolate Mousse or Strawberry Shortcake.

Entertainment by Donnie Campbell & Jinx O’Neil

100 % of the ticket proceeds goes directly to the Patient Care Fund.

Tickets are $30.00 each and are available from the Highland Village (902-725-2272) or the Legion (902-725-2178)

Efficiency Nova Scotia Product Installation Service

Sustainable Housing offers free energy efficient upgrades like LED light bulbs, and smart power bars to all homes in Cape Breton, and hot water tank insulation, efficient (high pressure) shower heads, and more to electrically heated homes all over Cape Breton through Efficiency Nova Scotia. We properly dispose of the old light bulbs that we remove. It takes about half an hour per home to complete. There is absolutely no cost to any homeowner for the products or for the installation of the products, this program is entirely funded by Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Quick Fact: Just by changing over to new LED bulbs a home can save up to $6 per bulb every year, so if a home has 40 light bulbs, they can save over $240 in electricity a year just by making that change alone.

This particular program is only available to private homes, condos, apartments, etc. It is not available to businesses, group homes, or continued care centers, etc. There are other programs that may be available for those through Efficiency Nova Scotia.

You can schedule your free installation by calling 1-877-722-2842 or by signing up online at www.LEDsForMe.ca

Gaelic Immersion Sessions - Fridays

Central Cape Breton Gaelic Immersion Sessions. Every Friday from 10am-3pm at 335 Farrell Settlement Rd in Benacadie. All levels of Gaelic are welcome. Bring a packed lunch. 8 weeks for $80.00. For more information contact Stacey at 622-2888.

Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective January 5, 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  
Ceilidh Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

April 22nd - Rachael Davis

April 29th - Donnie/Jinx

May 6th - Chrissy Crowley

May 13th - Paul Cranford

May 20th - Buddy MacDonald

May 27th - Keith Mullins

June 3rd - Chrissy Crowley

June 10th - Bill Cameron

June 17th - Darrell Keigan

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

Coffee & Canvas

You've heard of Paint 'n,Wine nights, well this event at the Iona Heights Inn is a version of that, but in the morning and with coffee.

The lesson will be instructed by Lisa Harrison and will begin at 10am. Arrival between 9-10 is recommended so that everyone is set up and ready to go. Cost of the morning lesson will be $40 and includes all art supplies, coffee/tea, muffin & chocolates, not to mention you go home with a new piece of art, that you painted! Just remember to wear old clothes or bring an apron to protect yourself from paint.

A different painting will be done each lesson.

Saturday April 29th Saturday May 13th Saturday May 27th Go online to events at www.ionaheightsinn.com to reserve your space.

(soon to be posted)

Youth Open-Mic

The Frolic & Folk has decided to host an open-mic for youth interested in getting some exposure in front of an audience.

The stage will be open for those 19 years and under. All music genres welcome. Solo acts or bands. Time on stage will be limited to 3 numbers. (approximately 15mins each).

The events will hosted by Dane Pederson of Millville:

April 23rd- 2pm

All participants, each Sunday, will have their names put into a draw to win a gas card of $25 and a box of chocolates. A keyboard will be available for use. Donations to the Treasures of Youth will be accepted at the door.

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 4 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)  
Summer Student Employment Opportunities - APPLY NOW

The Grand Narrows Waterfront development Society is now accepting resumes for summer student employment positions. Available positions will include:
- Cafe Worker
- Marina Attendant
- Events Planning Coordinator
- Business Development Coordinator (12 week position)
Preference will be given to those attending or entering college or university programs. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age. Send resume to GNWDS@hotmail.com. Hiring will be ongoing, and positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found and final funding approval is confirmed.

General Meeting - Wednesday, May 10

The next general meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront is scheduled for:
7pm, Wednesday, May 10th at Ferrymen's Hall.
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)  
Eddie Thistle Memorial Dart Shoot - Sunday, April 30

This annual dart shoot is open to the public. Mixed teams of three, starts at 11am.
Kitchen facilities available. Limited number of teams so register early
For more information and to register, contact Billy Bonaparte 902-258-7042 or Valerie 902-258-5609.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

A new BINGO season has started. We welcome back our regular players and invite new players to join us at the Legion every Monday evening for BINGO. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for April 24th:
Building Jackpot: $1200
Rising Jackpot: $1473.50
Toonie Jackpot: $606+

If you would like to volunteer at BINGO once a month, please let John know. Volunteers are always needed.

Family Square Dance Ceilidh - Friday, April 21

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 Ceilidh is now scheduled for Friday, April 21 From 7-9 PM
Admission to the ceilidh is free.
Music by: Rodney MacDonald & Allan Dewar

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: May 12th.
Following date: June 9
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.

Week 25 Ticket Winner: Congrats to Mary Lucina MacNeil from Rear Christmas Island
On April 20th, Mary Lucina picked the jack of hearts and walked away with $254
The next Chase the Ace will be Friday, April 28 with 25 cards in the deck and a growing jackpot of $7109
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by: Richard Schaller.

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:
Sunday, April 16 (practice session) at 2pm
Friday Supper Gig: May 5
Note: The Sunday practice sessions are a perfect time for new players to sit in. Music will be provided. Bring capo.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
April 21: Grilled Haddock
April 28: Corned Beef & Cabbage
May 5: Roast Beef

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
April 21: Family Square Dance with Rodney MacDonald & Allan Dewar
April 28: Richard Schaller
May 5: Legion Legends

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)
An Rubha

The latest issue of An Rubha: The Highland Village Gaelic Folklife Magazine has been released. It is available in pdf format on our website: https://highlandvillage.novascotia.ca/about/rubha-gaelic-folklife-magazine

Caidreabh na Tì - Gaelic Tea - April 4, 2017

You are invited to join us for our Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome. Teas take place the first Tuesday of the month. The next teas are Tuesday, April 4 & Tuesday, May 2.

Highland Village Off-Season Hours

Off season hours for the Highland Village Gift Shop and administrative offices are Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. We reopen for the 2017 season on June 1. In the meantime, watch this space for special programs throughout the off season.

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

This is a call out for the ~ World Oceans Day Market ~ being held Saturday June 10th @ the Iona Port. We are in search of: -GROWERS (veggies, flowers, etc.) & -CRAFTERS (art, jewellery, baking, anything you made with your own hands) Market will happen rain or shine. 12 spaces available in the new port shelter, more spaces outside. You will have to bring your own table and each spot costs $10 for the day, money will go to the Central Cape Breton Community Ventures. If interested please email : ionaportmarket@gmail.com Please note, this is an event to celebrate local artisans, gardeners, talent and imagination. Therefore, this is not a space to re-sell items that you did not create or grow.

World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton

World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton – The festival will run from June 8-11th. The 3rd World Ocean Day event will be celebrated here on Sunday, June 11th. Join us for some festivities, fun and food while enjoying and learning about the Bras d’Or Lake! Keep checking our new website arosnamara.com or centralcapebreton.com for further updates.

The Wellness Walkers - Fitness at Rankin School

The Wellness Walkers - Fitness at Rankin School of the Narrows will be on Wednesday evenings, starting, Feb. 1st. Time: 7-8 pm. Wear comfortable shoes for indoor use. Use of the fitness equipment is for age 14 and up (or turning 14 in 2017). Walking is for age 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. If school is cancelled at Rankin School of the Narrows class will be cancelled for that evening. Sponsored by Central Cape Breton Community Ventures, Wellness Committee and supported by Rankin School of the Narrows, and Naturally Active Victoria County. For further information contact Sharon 725-2177.

Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day

Checkout our website www.arosnamara.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Gaelic Language Classes

Féis an Eilein will sponsor Gaelic Classes @ the Christmas Island Fire hall, 10 weeks $50.00, no charge for students & native speakers. Beginner/Intermediate 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Advanced 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Classes start Monday, Nov. 7th for 5 weeks, and then resume Monday, Jan. 9th for 5 weeks. For more information call Beth 902-871-2187 or e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca. We gratefully acknowledge funding support from the Office of Gaelic Affairs

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Crib Game May 18 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.


Spring Yoga Tuesday, April. 11, 7:00pm. Boisdale Fire Hall Classes $5.00 per session Pls. bring mat, blanket & wear comfortable clothing. If you have any questions, contact Anita MacKinnon, 902-871-2074

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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  
Events at Christmas Island

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

Ways and Means Committee Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm New members welcome, Christmas Island 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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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.
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