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Final Songbird Series Concert - Little Narrows Community Centre - April 25th
We are thrilled to announce that Ian Sherwood will be our featured artist on April 25th for our final concert in the 2014/15 series! He is an extremely talented and sought-after performer and singer-songwriter who has toured extensively in Canada and beyond. Admission $15; Children 14 & Under $7. Doors open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 7pm. To purchase tickets phone (902) 756-2731, email thesongbirdseries@gmail.com, or online at songbird-series-ian.brownpapertickets.com.

Lesson Rescheduled - Little Narrows Community Centre - Thursday, April 2, 2015
The lessons that were cancelled last night, Tuesday, March 31, at the Little Narrows Community Centre are rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, 2014 at the same times.

Holiday Garbage Pickup

Easter Holiday CLOSURES

Public Works Department

 

Changes to Waste Collection: Collection for Friday April 3 will be moved to Wednesday April 1. Collection for Monday April 6 will be moved ahead to Wednesday April 8.

 

Municipal Offices in the Courthouse in Baddeck will be closed Good Friday April 3 and Easter Monday April 6.

 

Baddeck Enviro Depot                     Baddeck Transfer Station

Closed Friday April 3                     Closed Friday April 3

Closed Monday April 6                   Closed Monday April 6

Closed Tuesday April 7                   Open Tuesday, April 7

 

New Haven Enviro Depot               Dingwall Transfer Station

Closed Friday April 3                     Closed Friday April 3

Closed Monday April 6                   Closed Monday April 6

Closed Tuesday April 7                   Closed Tuesday, April 7


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

 

Paul MacNeil

District 1 Councillor

Victoria County


Boisdale Historical Society
There will be a regular meeting of the Boisdale Historical Society on Sunday 5 April 2015 at 2 p.m. in the AA rooms just south of the church on Bourinot Rd. All are welcome.

Bras d'or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association
RE-SCHEDULED MEETING The Bras d'or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association has re-scheduled it's meeting at the Boisdale Fire Hall for April 16,2015, from 1:30 to 4:30. This is a good opportunity to meet the volunteers who oversee this UNESCO designation for the Bras d'Or watershed and to get updates on the projects they are involved with. All are welcome

The Wellness Walkers - Mondays & Wednesdays
The Wellness Walkers - walk and use of fitness equipment. Two evening classes each week Monday and Wednesday. Location: Rankin School of the Narrows. Time: 7-8 pm. Wear shoes for indoor use. Use of the gym facility for walking is for age 7 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Use of the fitness equipment is for age 16 and up. 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 725-2253 or Sharon 725-2177. Note: If school is cancelled for the day there will be no fitness program in the evening.

Little Dipper Boutique - NOW OPEN!
The Little Dipper Boutique is now open.
Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Friday & Saturday 10am-8pm.
The store carries beer, wine, spirits and coolers via the NSLC.
Everyday convenience items, confections, tobacco and lottery are also be available.
Phone number is (902)725-2000.
Email is: littledipperboutique@gmail.comSuggestions as to what we should carry and sell in the store are welcome.

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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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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
Student Summer Employment Opportunities
The Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society is now accepting resumes for student summer employment positions.
Pending funding approval, positions will include: Marina Attendant, Recreation Coordinator, Event Planning Coordinator, Business Development Coordinator and Cafe attendant.
Preference will be given to those attending or entering post-secondary school programs. Candidates must be at least 15 years of age.
Interested candidates should email resume to: GNWDS@hotmail.com
Note: Hiring will be ongoing… Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for an interview. Positions will be filled once suitable candidates are found. Apply Today!

General Meeting - Thursday, April 9th
The next General Meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront will be held Thursday, April 9th at 7pm. New members are always 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)  
Monday Night Bingo Starts Back April 6
Every Monday night is BINGO night at the Iona Legion. Starts at 7:45pm
The season will start off with the following prizes:
Rising Jackpot: $2077.00
Building Jackpot: $3000
Toonie Game: $588 (plus one half of evening sales)

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: April 5th
Group guitar playing sessions, the first Sunday of every month from 3-5pm. These sessions are not meant to be lessons just 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.

The next session will by led by: DONNIE CAMPBELL
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: (to be determined)

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
April 3: No Supper (Closed for Good Friday)
April 10: Roast Pork
April 17: Grilled Haddock

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
April 3: Closed (Good Friday)
April 10: tba
April 17: Joe Gillis

BAR HOURS
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday - bar closed
Thursday - 5:00 to 10:00pm
Friday - 4:00 to Midnight
Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
 
Student Summer Employment Opportunities
The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach is Nova Scotia’s Provincial museum and folk life centre for Gaelic language and culture. Each year, Nova Scotians, and visitors to Nova Scotia, engage with the Highland Village for transmission and experiential presentation of Nova Scotia Gaelic culture and language, by way of first person (role playing) animation, special programs, workshops, hands-on activities, and outreach. The Highland Village is seeking individuals to join its team in the following student positions:

Student Heritage Animator - Reporting to the Manager of Interpretation, the Student Heritage Animator, in costume, provides informative, effective and entertaining interpretation of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage and culture through first person (role playing) interpretation; demonstrations of language, culture, crafts, and folklife; and participation in “living history” and cultural and interpretive programming. The Animator also cares for the objects and buildings assigned to them. Applicants must have the ability to explain relevant content in a clear and entertaining way; comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds; general knowledge of the Gaelic Nova Scotia story and identity; demonstrated skill in the area of interpersonal skills and teamwork; gives and takes constructive feedback; strong communication skills (both oral and written); and friendly, courteous and outgoing personality. Cultural and heritage skills are assets. Applicants must be current full time post-secondary students, returning to full-time studies or current high school students attending post-secondary studies in the fall. Salary is $10.60/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 28, 2015.

Animator/Musician - Reporting to the Manager of Interpretation, the Animator/Musician, in costume, provides knowledgeable and courteous interpretation of the music tradition of Gaelic culture, informative, effective and entertaining interpretation of Nova Scotia’s Gaelic heritage and culture through first person (role playing) interpretation; demonstrations of language, culture, crafts, and folklife; and participation in “living history” and cultural and interpretive programming. Applicants must be able to interpret the Nova Scotia’s Scotch music tradition (pipes/fiddle) to visitors and provide music for cilidhs and other interpretive activities. Applicants must also have the ability to explain relevant content in a clear and entertaining way; comfortable speaking in front of groups and interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds; general knowledge of the Gaelic Nova Scotia story and identity; demonstrated skill in the area of interpersonal skills and teamwork; gives and takes constructive feedback; strong communication skills (both oral and written); and friendly, courteous and outgoing personality. Cultural and heritage skills are assets. Applicants must be current full time post-secondary students, returning to full-time studies or current high school students attending post-secondary studies in the fall. Salary is $12.50/hour, 35 hours per week for up to 14 weeks ending August 28, 2015. Application procedure:

Applications must be received by the Highland Village no later than 4 pm on Friday, April 17, 2015. Send a resume and cover letter to Director, Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach, 4119 Highway 223, Iona, NS, B2C 1A3; fax (902) 725-2227; or e-mail highlandvillage@novascotia.ca. No phone calls please. Please ensure you demonstrate in your application how you meet the above qualifications. In accordance with the Highland Village’s Gaelic Policy, preference will be given to those applicants with a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Gaelic language and/or a demonstrated interested in learning. Offers of employment contingent upon successful applicant providing a satisfactory Criminal Records check. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gidhealach is a part of the Nova Scotia Museum and is operated in partnership with the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society. The Nova Scotia Highland Village Society is an equal opportunity employer.


Caidreabh na T - Gaelic Tea and Social - April 7
You are invited to join us a Gaelic tea and Social on the first Tuesday of the month. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome. Our next tea is on Tuesday, April 7.

Winter Hours
The Highland Village is now on winter hours. The Visitor Centre (Admin & Gift Shop) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

 
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  Central Cape Breton - 2015 Discover Us!  
World Oceans Day - June 7 - On the Map

See the Cape Breton's Aros na Mara Event on the Global Perspective

http://www.worldoceansday.org/events



CENTRAL CAPE BRETON - DISCOVER US 2015 NEEDS AREA PHOTOS

As we move forward with Discover US 2015 we will be needing area photos so we can help promote the scenic virtues of the area as we organize the promotion of local events.

Please send photos, with include in email the name of the submitter, the location (event with an address) and a story behind the photo, date taken (if known) and sent to rpointk@hotmail.com


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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Gaelic language classes

Fis an Eilein will sponsor a 10 week session of Gaelic language classes at the Christmas Island Fire Hall beginning on Monday February 2 and continuing until Monday April 10. 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. 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. If you require additional information please e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca


 
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Beginners Yoga - Thursdays

Yoga Classes
Winter Yoga Classes at Boisdale Fire Hall over for the Season, Spring Season Starts:

With Certified Yoga Instructor: "ANITA MACKINNON" CYT
Thursday, April 16, 2015.    7:00pm

Admission: $5.00

Please bring a mat & blanket & wear comfortable clothing

For more information, Pls. contact Anita MacKinnon, CYTat 902-871-2074

Namaste 


PROGRESSIVE 45 CARD GAME
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  
 
Confessions at St. Barra - Tuesday Mar 31
There will be confessions heard at St. Barra on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.

Sharing of Ministries from St. Columba, St. Barra & St. Andrew's Ministries Lists

Father Abbass has requested of the shared Liturgy Committee from St. Columba, St. Barra & St. Andrew's to create a schedule for readers, Eucharistic Ministers, servers and hospitality ministers for the Jan-March. Find attached the list for masses held during this time at St. Barra (Sundays at 11:00 am) and St. Andrew's (Saturdays at 4:00 pm). If you are not able to make the mass that you are scheduled for please call one of the other ministers from the master list to replace you for that mass (contact names and numbers were attached to the list of ministries available at the various churches)

http://www.centralcapebreton.com/Parishes.pdf


New Website for Parishes
Check out the new site which includes the up to date bulletins. Website for the parishes. http://heartofcapebretonparishes.com

Weekend Mass Schedule Starting Jan 3rd and 4th
Saturdays
St. Andrew's-Boisdale-4:00 pm
St. Mary's-Frenchvale- 5:30 pm

Sundays
St. Michael's-Baddeck- 9:00 am
Holy Trinity-Waycobah- 9:30 am
St. Barra - Christmas Island - 11:00 am
Queen of the World-Wagmatcook- 11:00 am

 
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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
 
Seniors Cafe

THE CHRISTMAS ISLAND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL SENIORS FROM IONA TO IRONVILLE TO OUR SENIORS CAF!!

 

WE WILL BE HOSTING NINE WORKSHOPS THAT WILL BE INTERESTING AND FUN.  WE ARE INVITING SENIORS (50 and up)   AND YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.   THERE WILL BE GUEST SPEAKERS FROM THE LEGAL COMMUNITY,  A.C.A.P .,CB. REGIONAL LIBRARY , DIETICIANS  AND /NUTRITIONISTS, CAREGIVERS NS , CLEAN N.S ,  DEPT. OF HOUSING,

FITNESS EXPERTS, AND DANCE AND GAELIC INSTRUCTORS!!!

 

MANY OF OUR GUEST PRESENTORS WILL BE COVERING TOPICS WHICH PROMOTE WELLNESS AND HEALTHY AGING BY CONNECTING SENIORS TO VITAL RESOURCES WITHIN THE C.B.R.M.  AND THE PROVINCE.

 

TEA AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AS WELL AS WEEKLY DOOR PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS!!

 

THE CAF WILL BE HELD APRIL 9TH, 16, 23, 30  MAY 7, 14, 21, 29 AND JUNE 4 AND 11TH  STARTING AT 7PM.

 

THIS IS A GREAT OPORTUNITY TO SOCIALIZE AND HAVE FUN.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOT NECCESARY!!  SEE YOU THERE!!


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  
 
Final Songbird Series Concert - Little Narrows Community Centre - April 25th
We are thrilled to announce that Ian Sherwood will be our featured artist on April 25th for our final concert in the 2014/15 series! He is an extremely talented and sought-after performer and singer-songwriter who has toured extensively in Canada and beyond. Admission $15; Children 14 & Under $7. Doors open at 6:30pm; Concert begins at 7pm. To purchase tickets phone (902) 756-2731, email thesongbirdseries@gmail.com, or online at songbird-series-ian.brownpapertickets.com.

Lesson Rescheduled - Little Narrows Community Centre - Thursday, April 2, 2015
The lessons that were cancelled last night, Tuesday, March 31, at the Little Narrows Community Centre are rescheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, 2014 at the same times.

HIP HOP & JAZZ LESSONS
HIP HOP & JAZZ LESSONS *Starting April 4th* The Little Narrows Community Centre will be offering a series of beginner Hip Hop and Jazz lessons on Saturday mornings (10:30 am - 12 pm) from April 4th to June 2nd, 2015 with instructor Eileen Forrester. Lesson Rates: Individual sessions - $25 per person. All 5 sessions - $115 per person (Save $10!) These sessions are open to ages 7 and over. We encourage young and old to take part in these sessions as dance is an important element in expression and self-confidence. Even more importantly, it is great way to socialize and have fun! Note: These sessions will ONLY take place if we have more than 14 registered dancers by Friday, March 20th. Please register now by emailing littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com or anitamacd@hotmail.com.

5 Week Group Music Lessons

When? Tuesday Evenings: March 3rd to 31st, 2015
Where? Little Narrows Community Centre

5-6: Beginner Fiddle (Instructor Anita MacDonald)
6-7: Dance (Instructor Anita MacDonald)
7-8: Beginner Guitar (Instructor Darlene Ellis)
8-9: *Piping (Instructor Ben Miller)

$10 per lesson/per discipline $50 for all 5 weeks/per one discipline We have a DEAL just for you! $80 for all 5 weeks/per two disciplines (save $20)
$130 for all 5 weeks/per three disciplines (save $20)

Piping classes will run from March 3rd to March 24th (4 weeks) at $10/per lesson or $40 for all 4 weeks.

If you are looking to take this with other disciplines, the deals still apply. Register now! Send us an email at littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com and include your name along with the number and name of discipline(s) you would like to take.

Are you interested but don’t have an instrument? Don’t fret! Please indicate this to us and we will assist you in getting an instrument.


 
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