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Washabuck's Swim Program - July 25 to 31
There will be Red Cross Swimming Lessons located at the Washabuck Beach from July 25th to July 31st, 2015 (1 Week). Cost is $35 per child and $15 for each additional child in the family. For more information or to register call 902-725-2444 or email chrissy.macneil@gmail.com Please bring your child's progress card to the first day of lessons.

Harbour Greenhouse Closed for the Season
We are now closed for the season. Do not hesitate to call the greenhouse at 725-1200 or Wilma at 725-2201 for an appointment to view plants.
Thanks to all for your patronage. - Wilma, Marie and Mary Lou

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. Times scheduled are as follows:

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

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

"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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  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.

"Amazing Voices" Series @ Frolic & Folk Pub - Wednesdays
Wednesdays - 8 to 10:30 pm
Aug 5th - Songbirds, Meaghan Kemp & Rosie MacKenzie $8 cover
Aug 12th - Dylan Guthro - $15 cover
Aug 19th - JP Cormier - $20 cover

Reservations for tickets/tables can be made by calling (902)-622-2190. Or take your chances and just show up.

These are meant to be shows that simulate a house concert, as opposed to louder pub nights.

Saturday afternoon Ceilidhs @ Frolic & Folk Pub (Iona Heights Inn)
Saturday afternoon ceilidhs - 4 to 7 pm - $5 cover charge
August 1 - Lisa MacArthur and Sheamus MacNeil (6 to 9 pm this week only).
August 8 - Dawn and Margie Beaton
August 15 - Dwayne Cote and Dougie MacPhee
August 22 - Mike Barron and Dougie MacPhee
August 29 - Kenneth MacKenzie and Patrick Gillis

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)  
5th Annual Motorsport Show - Sunday, August 16 - noon until 4pm
The Cape Breton Antique and Custom Car Club
The Volkswagen Touring Club and other motorsport exhibitors.
Live music by: Celtic Rant
Free admission
Lottery prize draw for 4 fabulous prizes (at 4pm)
Bring the whole family!

General Meeting - Tuesday, August 4th
The next General Meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront is scheduled for 7pm, Tuesday, Aug. 4th at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are always welcome.

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. Need ice for your cooler? We have lots!

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)  
Highland Village Day Dance - Aug. 1 from 8pm - Midnight
It's tradition! Join us at the the Legion for an evening of song and dance. Music by Shelley Campbell & Darrell Keigan. Adm. $10. 19yrs and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
Prizes for August 3:
Rising Jackpot: $4119.75
Building Jackpot: $4700.00
Toonie Game: $116(plus one half of evening sales)
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: July 31st.

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
July 31: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Aug 7: Roast Beef
Aug 14: Roast Pork
Aug 21: Grillled Haddock

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
July 31: Silver Moon
Aug 7: Robert Bouchard
Aug 14: Wills Addiction
Aug 21: 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)  
Na DeugaireanIThe Teenagers Living History Program for Youth - Thursdays
Partake in this special living history program for teens and get a sense of the responsibilities and the lifestyles of young Gaels in days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 13-17. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. The program runs every Thursday in July and August.

Lothian Sona I Happy Days's Living History Program - Wednesdays
Take part in this special living history program for children and get a sense of what life was like for Gaels in those days past. The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language, and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only. 10 am to 4 pm. $45 per child. Prepaid reservations required. The program runs every Wednesday in July and August.

Sprs Mr - Wednesdays
Be part of the fun during an interactive morning session of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Sprs Mr is for children aged 10-15 and is free. 10am - 12pm. The program runs every Wednesday in July and August.

Sprs Beag - Fridays
Join us for a fun morning of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Sprs Beag is for children aged 5-9 and is free. 10am 12pm. The program runs every Friday in July and August.

L Mr a’ Chlachain/Highland Village Day Concert
 - August 1
Join us for a fun, afternoon of Gaelic arts. Fiddlers, step-dancers, pipers, and more, come together to treat visitors to traditional Nova Scotia Gaelic culture in this outdoor concert overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes. 2014 marks the 54th Annual Highland Village Day Concert, one of Cape Breton Island’s original Outdoor Scottish Concerts. 2-6 pm. $15 per person, children 12 and under free. No refunds or discounts.

Chase the Ace - Friday nights - Northside East Bay Fire Hall - July 31, 2015
The Northside East Bay Chase the Ace takes place on Friday evenings at the Northside East Bay Fire Hall. As of Friday, July 31st, the jackpot will be $2400+ with 34 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.

August 20 - Fish Cake & Beans Supper
September 12 - Pioneer Day

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
Children & Youth Programs - July & August
Adult & Family Experiences - July & August

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Feis an Eilein Summer Gaelic 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 Adm. $12 ~ Children 14 & Under $6

While working in the lumber camps local bard Hugh F. MacKenzie lamented leaving his home. "Christmas of 1927 overtook me in Northern Ontario, eighty miles from civilization. While my associates amused themselves playing cards, I laid in bed to indulge in my melancholy alone. My thoughts of home and Cape Breton I tried to voice in the following verses vowing: “Bu Denach Leam Tilleadh”- I would willingly return.” Some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians gather at the Christmas Island Fire Hall to share the stage with emerging talent and local tradition bearers in bilingual Gaelic-English concerts. A traditional tea with oatcakes and tea biscuits will be served.
Tickets must be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis.

August 4
Cirdean Bho Astar Is Bho‘n Nbachd Friends from Near and Far
The tunes will be flying tonight as Bean an Taighe Brittany Rankin welcomes two phenomenal fiddlers Marc Boudreau and Donnie LeBlanc of Cheticamp. They will be joined by piano player Robbie Fraser. Fis instructors Lauren and Maggie will show their steps. To round out our connections to other parts of Cape Breton and across the pond we will present highly respected piper Fin Moore.


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 and 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 9pm $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 Thurs. July 9 Aug 13 9:30am 11:30am | 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 Fri. July 10 Aug 14 (except July 31st) 10am 12pm | 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!

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

Events take place at the Christmas Island Fire hall (8539 Grand Narrows Hwy (Route 223)
E-mail: feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca Website www.feisaneilein.ca Phone: 902-622-2627

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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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  Home & School  
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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:

Week 3 - August 1-2
St. Barra- Christmas Island - 4:00 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

Week 4 - August 8-9
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am


Week 1 - August 15/16
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:15 pm
St. Columba - Iona - 6:30 pm
St. Michaels-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

Week 2- August 22/23
St. Andrew's - Boisdale - 4:00 pm
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 5:15 pm
St. Mary's - Frenchvale - 6:30 pm
St. Michael's-Badddeck - 9:00 am
Queen of the World - Wagmatcook - 10:15 am
Holy Trinity - Waycobah - 11:15 am

St. Barra Parish 200th Anniversary Events - Next event August 9
1. The Father Ross Day concert is scheduled for Sunday, August 9, at 1:30 at St. Barra Church. There will be open mic entertainment, free hamburgers, hotdogs, pop, and tea. Admission by donation. Everyone welcome.

2. 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.

3. 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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  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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