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Christmas Island Community Fair - September 12
The Christmas Island Community Fair is for all surrounding communities and is an opportunity to display your vegetable gardens, flower gardens and your craft or hobby items. Come out and buy baked goods, preserves, pottery and the many items on the Flea Market tables. If you would like to sell goods please call Kevin MacKenzie (902) 322-4683 to book a table for the Flea Market.

The Cape Breton Antique Car Club will be participating and will have their cars on display for us to view. A raffle will be held on various donated items, an even split draw, and lunch will be available.BBQ hot dogs, chili and a bun, pop, water, tea and coffee will be on the menu.

For several years now the Community Fair has been able to make a bursary available to graduating students. A small profits from the fair has made this possible, We would like to continue with this practice - please come out on Saturday September 12, 2015 10am-1pm to support this event! The doors will open at 8am to set up displays.

"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.

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)  
Iona CAP Site is now open!
We welcome you to join us at Iona CAP Site for another summer season. The Site is open Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. We offer computer use, wireless internet access for mobile devices, training on using mobile technology, MS Office Suite and youth technology camps (cyber camps).

Youth Technology Camps take place on Tuesday & Thursdays 10am - 2pm. Ages 5-14 can expect to enjoy a fun filled day of activities including Mindstorm Lego Robotics, Makey Makey (ever played a piano with a banana!), computer games, crafts and much more. Pre-registration is not required but a permission waiver must be signed. Cost of camps are $6.00 for each child. For more information, email alyssa@vccaps.com.

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  
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.

Entertainment @ Frolic & Folk Pub (Iona Heights Inn)
Upcoming music. Fall start.
Sept 5th - Shelly Campbell 4pm-7pm $5
Sept 5th - Rosie/Patrick/Meg 9:30-12 $12
Sept 12th - Darrell Keigan 4-7pm $5
Sept 19th - Wendy MacIsaac **4:30-7:30 $5
Sept 26th - Brenda Stubbert 4-7pm $5
Oct 3rd - Kenneth Mackenzie
Oct 10th - Wendy MacIsaac 4-7pm $5
Oct 10th - Keith Mullins/Angelo Spinnazola 9:30-12 $15
Oct 11th - Port Cities 9:30-12 $20
That's a start....

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.

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)  
 
Motorsport Show and Lottery Update
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Annual Motorsport Show on Aug. 16th.
The winners of the lottery prizes were as follows:
Prize #1: Husqvarna Ride-on Mower: Anthony Bonaparte
Prize #2: Raybestos Shop Cabinet: Mildred MacLellan
Prize #3: Apple Ipad Mini: R Sives
Prize #4: Krown Rust Protection Treatment: Allan E. MacDonald

Wheelhouse Cafe - Last Day of the Season: Sunday, Sept 6th
The Wheelhouse Cafe will close its doors for the season at the end of the day, Sunday, Sept. 6th. There's still time to drop by for a pizza.

Public Washrooms, Showers & Laundry - Open for the Season
Public washrooms, laundry and showers are now open for the season. Also available: 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)
 
   
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for September 7th:
Rising Jackpot: $4949.00
Building Jackpot: $1000.00
Toonie Game: $505 (plus one half of evening sales)
Congrats to Alexina Sampson, who took home the Building Jackpot this week ($5100)
STILL 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, September 13th
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: September 25th.

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
Sept 4: Roast Beef
Sept 11: Roast Pork

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Sept 4: The Roadies
Sept 11: tba

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)  
 
Pioneer Day - September 12
This afternoon festival of rural life is for the entire family. See demonstrations of flax processing, candle and soap making, and play horseshoes. Watch the Cash Carding Mill demonstrations, treadle sewing, and a spinning frolic, fiddling, piping, Gaelic singing, step dancing, a cilidh, corn boil, and a whole lot more. In addition, there will be a textile exhibit on display in the Malagawatch Church. Regular admission rates apply. (Noon-5pm)

Chase the Ace - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - Friday nights
The Northside East Bay Chase the Ace takes place on Friday evenings at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall. As of Friday, September 4th, the jackpot will be $3,200+ with 29 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.

September 29 - L Fhill Mcheil/St. Michael's Day
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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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
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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  Parishes  
 
New Mass Schedule
As many know, Father Antolin has been assigned to a parish in St. Peter's and as a result we are now served by only one priest for seven churches. So there has had to be changes made to the mass schedule. See below the schedule for these mass time changes:

(1) August 29/30
SATURDAY MASSES:
St. Barra- Christmas Island - 4:00 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
(NO MASS AT ST. ANDREW'S - BOISDALE THIS WEEKEND)
SUNDAY MASSES:
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

(2) September 5/6
SATURDAY MASSES:
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
(NO MASS AT ST. BARRA - CHRISTMAS ISLAND THIS WEEKEND)
SUNDAY MASSES:
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

(3) September 12/13
SATURDAY MASSES:
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:15 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 6:30 pm
(NO MASS AT ST. MARY'S FRENCHVALE THIS WEEKEND)
SUNDAY MASSES:
St. Michaels-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

(4) September 19/20
SATURDAY MASSES:
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
(NO MASS AT ST. COLUMBA - IONA THIS WEEKEND)
SUNDAY MASSES:
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

REPEAT THE 4 WEEK CYCLE

St. Barra Parish 200th Anniversary Events - Next event September 25
1. The mass to close the year of celebration for the 200th anniversary of St. Barra Parish will take place on Friday, September 25 (the feast of St. Barra) at 6 pm at the church. Father Paul Abbass will be the celebrant. A hot meal will follow mass at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. Tickets for the supper are $10.00 and are available from Hughie (902-622-2004), Dolena (902-622-2254) and Hughena at the Christmas Island Post Office.

2. Bishop Brian Dunn will be the celebrant for the final mass at St. Barra scheduled for Sunday, October 18, at 3 pm.

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.

 
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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
 
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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