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Grading Day- Wednesday, June 29
Buses will pick up students at the regular time in the morning. Buses will wait for the students who will be dismissed between 9:45 and 10:00.

SUMMER SOCCER - Iona Soccer Club
The Iona Soccer Club will be holding their summer recreational league soccer program at Rankin School of the Narrows soccer field on Tuesday evenings beginning June 21st. Times scheduled are as follows:
6 - 7 p.m. - for ages 4 to 8
7 - 8 p.m. - for ages 9 and up
Registration will be held on June 21st. Please bring Health Card number. Registration fee is $10.00 per child, $25.00 for a family of three or more. Please send water with your child.
Cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on centralcapebreton.com
For more information, please call or email:
Murdell MacNeil
Sponsored by Victoria County Community Health Board

Fall Quilt Retreat 2016- October 21st - October 23rd
Gaelic College, St Ann’s Cape Breton. Workshops available:
1. Darlene D’Eon - Hand Embroidery Wool Applique
2. Bill Locke - Once Upon a Christmas - Paper Piecing
3. Kathy Tidswell - Free Motion Embroidery
4. Hermit Study
Hosted by Baddeck Quilters Guild. For more information:

Young Drivers of Canada in Iona - July 5 to 8
Young Drivers of Canada classroom portion of course being offered in Iona July 5 to 8th. Registration deadline June 20th. To register or for more information please contact Ann MacNeil at ann.macneil@ns.sympatico.ca

WCC 45’s card games - Thursdays
45’s card games will resume at the Washabuck Community Center on May 19th 2016. As usual the games will be at 7:30 on Thursday evenings. A light lunch and tea will follow. Admission is $4 with two JACKPOTS,

Barra Food Bank
The Barra Food Bank would like to thank all our volunteers and those who have donated in any way.
A reminder to our residents: If you live in our coverage area, and are in need of assistance, or would like to donate (in any way), please do not hesitate to call:
Michael (902-725-2867; Dolores (902-725-2208); Margie (902-725-2690); John Neilie (902-622-1296)
Coverage area: Barrachois to Little Narrows, including Benacadie, Washabuck and surrounding communities.
The Barra Food Bank is open from noon-3pm, April 28 & 29 and every second Thursday and Friday thereafter (or on demand).
The Food Bank is located at 2629 Hwy. 223 MacKinnon's Harbour.

Weekly Gaelic Immersions - Fridays
Beginning Sat. Feb 20th and every Friday afterwards for 20 weeks, there will be WEEKLY GAELIC IMMERSIONS offered at 335 Benacadie form 10am-3pm. Cost is $200 for 20 sessions. For more info call Stacey: 622-2888 or email steiseag76 @gmail.com.

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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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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Saturday Summer Markets
We are opening the upstairs room of the pub for a Saturday morning market in Iona.
9am-12 noon. Starting July 2nd.

Tables are free if you are interested in booking one to sell some wares. Limit of 8 tables available. If you know of anyone that would be interested in selling some of their craft work or baked goods, please pass the word along. Have them email me jill@jillschocolates.com

Market is open to the public as well as the hotel guests.

Eddie Cummings - Canada Day night
Celebrate Canada's 149th Birthday and a long weekend!
Eddie Cummings is joining us here at the pub for a wicked night of songs and jovial chatter.
Admission is $5. Show starts at 8pm

Sunday Brunch 11-3

Waffles, steak & eggs, original breakfast and more...
Leave the cooking to us on Sundays.

Trivia - Thursdays
Test your intelligence at the Frolic & Folk - Thursday nights starting at 8pm. No admission required

Ceilidh Schedule - Saturdays
Ceilidhs this summer will be from 5-8pm (6-9 on HV day)
June 25th - Mike Barron $5
July 2nd - Paul Cranford $5
July 9th - Darrell Keigan $5
July 16th - Anita & Ben - $5
July 23rd - Boyd MacNeil - $5
July 30th - Lisa MacArthur - $5
Aug 6th - Howie & Flo - $5 (HV weekend...ceilidh from 6-9)
Aug 13th - Roger Stone - $5
Aug 20th - Shelly Campbell - $5
Aug 27th - Kenneth MacKenzie - $5

Songs & Stories - Wednesdays
Wednesday nights this coming summer at the Frolic & Folk have been designated for our Songs & Stories series

All tickets are to be purchased online. (link below)
General seating admission (first come first serve for seats)
Quiet concert style shows...out of respect for the singer and the listeners.

Check out the link and click to buy.

June 29th - Garnet Rogers $25
July 6th - Port Cities $20
July 13th - JP Cormier $25
July 20th - Union Duke $20
July 27th - Lucy MacNeil $25
August 3rd - Laura Smith & Kim Dunn $20
August 10th - Dave Gunning $25
August 17th - Hillsburn $20
August 24th - Matt Minglewood $25

Pass the word along. Buy early. Book a room on show nights and receive a discount with ticket purchases.

Tickets can be printed off in your own home after you buy.


Jills Chocolates Cafe @ Iona Heights Inn
Open weekdays 8 am to 4 pm. Weekends 9am-4pm
Bagels, egg muffins, fruit, waffles, yogurt, oatmeal, espresso based coffees, tea and of course chocolates. Chocolates are also available at the Little Dipper.

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)  
Sunday, July 17th - Barra Strait Waterfront Market - 11am-1pm
This year's market will take place at the Grand Narrows Waterfront from 11am until 1pm in conjunction with the arrival of the Bluenose II at the Iona Port. We'll have local crafts, baked goods, produce, jewelry, local photography, beach art and more. The BBQ will be fired up with sausages and hotdogs and the Cafe will feature market day specials.
Vendor's interested in a table can contact Juanita at GNWDS@hotmail.com or phone 902-622-1313.

Saturday, July 16 - Bras d'Or Watch Field Day 2-5pm
Bras d’Or Watch is a project which was launched by the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association in 2015 to enable and support citizen-based monitoring in the Biosphere.
‘Bras d’Or Watch Field Day’ will be held on July 16, 2016 at seven sites around the Bras d’Or Lake... Grand Narrows is one of those sites.
Simultaneous sampling of several ecosystem properties will take place on the lakeshore and in the shallow waters of the Bras d’Or Lake. Sampling at each site will be overseen by an ecologist and everyone is welcome to come and watch, learn and participate. Many other activities will also be taking place at these sites on the day. Based on this field day we will develop a report card for the Bras d’Or Lake and a plan for future sampling. Come and be part of the excitement.

Public Washrooms, Showers & Laundry - Open for the Season
Propane tank exchange is also available during regular cafe hours.

Wheelhouse Cafe - Now Open for the Season
The Cafe has opened it's doors for the season, offering up their delicious stone baked pizzas and homemade soups, sandwiches and salads.
For the month of June the cafe will be open from noon-6pm with a limited menu.
Starting July 1st the cafe will open from 11am - 8pm with their full menu and open at 9am Sat. and Sun. for breakfast.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
Grading Day- Wednesday, June 29
Buses will pick up students at the regular time in the morning. Buses will wait for the students who will be dismissed between 9:45 and 10:00.

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Canada Day Celebrations - Friday, July 1st
Come celebrate Canada Day with us and bring the whole family.
4:30pm: Changing of the flag: All children are welcome to participate in this ceremony.
5-7pm: Pork Chop BBQ - price: $10 or $13 (hotdogs also available) and Birthday Cake!
Music to follow by Darren Stevens.
Admission is free... everyone welcome!

Robert Bouchard Dance - Tribute to Merle Haggard - Sat. July 9th
He's Back! Join us at the Legion July 9th for a night of dancing from 9:30-12:30
Admission: $10 (tickets on sale now at the bar)
19yrs and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for 04 July:
Rising Jackpot: $1875.75
Building Jackpot: $3900
Toonie Game: $54 plus 1/2 of nights sales
Please Note:We are always looking for new volunteers. Please let John, Billy or Gerard know if you can help out. Thank you.

Chase the Ace Every Sunday - 2:30 - 4pm
Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 2:30 - 4:00pm every Sunday 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 4 Chase the Ace ticket winner: Billy (Maxie) MacNeil of Highland Hill
Billy picked the ten of spades and took home $157
Chase the Ace continues next week (July 3rd) with a growing jackpot of $1550.00 plus 30% of daily sales.
The BBQ will be fired up on the deck.

Bi-weekly Legion Newsletter
The Grandona Legion newsletter is now updated bi-weekly.
To view the current newsletter, please click here or visit the Legion website (link above).

Group Guitar Playing Sessions - Next Session: Sunday, June 26
Once a month group guitar playing sessions from 2:30 - 4:30pm (during Chase the Ace). 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.

Check this site for dates of upcoming sessions
New players are always welcome (19 yrs and over).

Bookmobile Visits Legion Parking Lot
The bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30-7:00pm
Next Visit: July 22.

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.

DARTS 7:30 p.m. Every Thursday Night.
COME OUT AND HAVE A GOOD TIME. Teams are picked each night.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs
Supper from 6 to 7 pm
July 1: Canada Day Pork Chop BBQ (5-7pm)
July 8: Roast Beef
July 15: Boneless Chicken Breast
July 22: Grilled Haddock
July 29: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
July 1: Darren Stevens (Canada Day!)
July 8: Middle River Band
July 15: TBA
July 22: Joe Gillis
July 29: The Corner Crew

You can now book your Friday supper by email or phone during the week.
NEW: Deadline for receiving email supper requests is now 4pm on THURSDAY... After that, you will need phone.
Send your request to: fridaysupper@rcl124grandona.ca
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 - 5:00 to 10:00pm
Friday - 4:00 to Midnight
Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight
Sunday - 2:00 to 5:00pm

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
KitchenFest! Storytelling Tours of Baile nan Gaidheal
Come join us for special storytelling tours of Baile nan Gaidheal as part of KitchenFest! The folklife experience will give you insight into the lives and stories of Nova Scotia Gaels.

KitchenFest! Storytelling tours will take place Sunday, July 3, Tuesday, July 5 & Thursday July 7 from 2:00 to 4:00

$25.00 per person. Reservation required. Call to book a spot - 902-725-2272.

Our Living History and Spors Programs will be running weekly all July and August!
Laithean Sona - Happy Days Children's Living History Program runs on Wednesdays (July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 8-12 only.

Na Deugairean - The Teenagers Living History Program for Youth runs every Thursday (July 7, 14, 21 & 28 and August 4, 11, 18 & 25) The program features special hands-on activities including chores, crafts, games, language and song. Costumes are provided. For ages 12-17 only.

Living history programs are $45 per child and run from 10 am to 4 pm. Prepaid reservations are required.

Spors Mor runs every Tuesday (July 6, 13, 20 & 27 and August 3, 10 ,17 24 & 31) be part of the fun during interactive morning session of Gaelic songs, stories, and traditional games as your children learn what life was like for the Gaelic settlers. Children aged 10-15.

Spors Beag runs every Friday (July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 and August 5, 12, 19 & 26) 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. Children aged 5-9.

Spors programs are free and run from 10 am to 12 pm. If possible, call to book before 10 am on the day of programming.


NSHVS AGM - July 5, 2016
Comunn Baile Ghaidheal na h-Albann Nuaidh
Nova Scotia Highland Village Society
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society will take place on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7 pm in the Tuning Room (backstage). New members are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be available.
Ur beatha am baile.

Canada Day Open House - July 1
To honour the founding of our country, admission to visit the Highland Village on July 1 will be free. A milling frollic will be held at 2 pm.

Highland Village 2016 Season
Highland Village is open for the 2016 season. Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily.

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Central Cape Breton - Community Venture Àros na Mara | World Oceans Day (Website)
Bluenose II to the Iona Port - July 17-19
Come welcome the Bluenose II to the Iona Port as she sails along the Bras d’Or Lake from Baddeck on Sunday July 17th, arriving at approximately 1 pm. Deck tours available upon arrival. Join us for some food, festivities and fun! The vessel will be docked at the Iona Port from July 17-19th. Check centralcapebreton.com or arosnamara.com for schedule of events update. Sponsored by: Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc.

Thank You- World Oceans Day
Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, presenters, demonstrators, and attendees for making our ros na Mara World Ocean Day Festival 2016 a tremendous success in Central Cape Breton.

New Website for Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day
Checkout the new website www.arosnamara.com it has information about our upcoming World Oceans Day Festival.

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
Fis an Eilein-2016 Summer Gaelic Events Program
Summer Music Program
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays July & Aug. Beginning on July 4th we will offer private youth and adult lessons in beginner, intermediate, and advanced fiddle, and beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and step-dancing. Pre-registration required. | $6/half hour or $10/hour Please e-mail maggie.macneil@gmail.com or call 902-622-2627 to book your lessons.

Beginner Gaelic Language Classes
Wednesdays July 6 Aug 10 | 7 9pm $25 for all 6 weeks
Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gidhlig Aig Baile method.

T is Seanachas Tea & Conversation
Fridays July 8 Aug 12 (except Aug.5) 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!

18th Annual Gaelic Concert Series
Tuesday evenings July 12th, 19th, 26th, August 2nd, and 9th
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. Admission Adults $15.00 Children 14 years and younger $5.00 Doors open at 7pm and concerts start at 8pm
Tickets must be purchased at the door on a first come first served basis.

26th Annual Fis an Eilein Tuesday August 16th Saturday August 20th
Fis an Eilein is a community-based festival. It is designed to promote the Gaelic language and culture of our area through educational and social activities for people of all ages. Friends, relatives, and visitors from near and far come to the Fis each year and we invite you to join in the celebration!
Tuesday Aug. 16 Cuirm-Chiil Na Fise -The Fis Week Concert Wednesday Aug.17 Day long sessions in Gaelic language at the beginner and intermediate/advanced levels, Story- Telling Session in co-operation with the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Library Thursday Aug.18 Day Long Gaelic classes, Milling Song Workshop and Milling Frolic Friday Day of Gaelic Song Workshops, Children’s Concert and Family Square Sets Saturday Aug. 20 Workshops, Song Circle Gaelic Story-Telling and adult Square Dance with a cash bar.
Up-Dates Coming Soon to www.feisaneilein.ca - Please watch for our Brochure coming in June!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
Darts - Fridays
There is Darts every Friday night at 8. Teams picked by card draw .A fun time.

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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ATTENTION ALL BAKERS!! The annual parish bake sale at the parish centre, Iona,(Saturday July 2nd) will be held in conjunction with our annual flea market. We need your assistance and generosity please!! If you could make a donation of baked goods and drop them off at the hall on Friday July 1st or early Saturday morning we would be very thankful!! Thanks Ways & Means Committee

St. Columba Church, Iona Flea Market and Bake Sale - July 2
Ways and Means - The annual Yard and Bake Sale at the St. Columba Church Centre, Iona, will take place on Saturday, July 2 between 10 AM and -12 noon. Items can be dropped off at the shed at the back of the hall, Monday-Friday from 8:30 am-3:30 pm. For pick-up of items please call Gregory-902-725-2840 or Aussie-902-725-2810. Bake items for the bake sale will be accepted Friday evening, July 1 or Saturday morning-July 2. Volunteers are needed to help set up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the sale.

St. Barra Parish Bulletin Website
The mass times and Bulletin can be found at the following website:

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
"Celebrate summer Bobber Race" July 2 @ Benacadie River
Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department is having a "Celebrate Summer Bobber Race" . Lots of wonderful prizes:
1st prize is a Skeeter Vac & Propane tank (this eliminates black flies, mosquitos and deer flies) Prize value $900. 2nd Prize - Rain Suit, Fishing Rod, Motorcycle/Off road helmet, Restaurant gift certificates, grocery store gift certificate plus more, Value $600. 3rd Prize - Lawn chair, fire pot, Restaurant gift certificates, grocery store gift certificate plus more..Value $300.
Tickets $5.00 each, any member of the fire department has tickets for sale, Christmas Island Post Office, & Beaver Cove Take Out Or you can do an email transfer to: brianmac_neil@hotmail.com . Only 1000 tickets printed It's the same idea as a rubber duck race.

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.

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

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 Knitting Club - Adult and Youth - Tuesdays
Little Narrows Knitting Club is being held at the Little Narrows Community Centre on Tuesday evening from 7-9pm. Bring your own project, learn to knit and crochet, or knit for charity. Yarn and needles provided. Adults and youth welcome! $2 each evening.

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Cape Breton EagleCentralCapeBreton.com Your On-Line Guide to the Highland Heart of Cape Breton.
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.
The Bras d'Or Coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.