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Thank you Central Cape Breton for supporting our Annual Cancer Centre Appreciation Dinner
Many thanks to everyone who supported our 12th annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. This year we have raised $4,818 for the Patient Care Fund at the Centre. Thanks to our sponsors: Nova Scotia Highland Village Society, Paul MacNeil, Councillor District 1, Municipality of Victoria County, Grandona Legion Branch 124, and St. Columba CWL. Thanks also our volunteers (cooks, servers and decorators), and those who contributed donations of food, flowers or tables: Sysco Foods, TRA, Master Meats, Atlantic Superstore, Sobeys (Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, Sydney River), Helen's Bakery, Julia's Bakery, Doolies Funeral Home, Sydney Memorial Chapel, Chants Funeral Home, Tim & Janet MacNeil, Paul Kressner, and the Gaelic College. Finally, a big thank you to all of the folks at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre for the support they provide to our family, friends and community members.

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,

Nos is Daoine A Place, a Tradition and a People
I am writing to you about our awareness project in Gaelic Affairs for Gaelic Awareness month called Aite, Nos is Daoine A Place, a Tradition and a People. It is meant to encourage Nova Scotians to explore their own connection to Gaelic language and culture.
Aite, Nos is Daoine is a Facebook campaign where we invite you to post a photo of a person, place or thing that represents what Gaelic Nova Scotia means to you. It could be a person (past or present), place or thing that inspires you or reminds you of Gaelic Nova Scotia. It could be a relative, teacher or friend, maybe a house, community centre, place in nature, an instrument or piece of art.
Taking part is easy! Participants just have to post an image on the Gaelic Affairs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/gaelicaffairs or on Twitter #gaelicns, along with a few sentences (in Gaelic, English or both) that explain the significance of what is pictured.
Or you can simply emailed me your photos at this email address: Frances.maceachen@novascotia.ca and I will post the submission to the Gaelic Affairs Facebook page on behalf of the participant.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing your photo and invite you to ask others to post their photos as well.
Le deagh-dhurachd,
Frangag

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)  
Student Employment Opportunity - Deadline June 1
Iona CAP has a summer employment opportunity for a Heritage Assistant/C@P Assistant for 8 weeks - 35 hours per week from July 4 - Aug. 26. See detailed job description www.ionacapsite.com
Qualified students must be currently enrolled in a full time high school or post-secondary program.
Email resume to ionacapsite@gmail.com before June 1st, 2016 at 4pm.

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  
Our Part for the Fort Mac Fires
In light of the fires that have affected many from our community here in Iona, we have decided upon a few things to help contribute toward the road to rebuilding and relief.

The Little Dipper will be selling tickets this month.
Prize will be a nights stay at the inn, tickets to the Breeze & Wilson show (june 22nd), a $25 gift card to the frolic and some of Jill's Chocolates.

Donations collected will be given to the Red Cross.

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)
May 28th - Dara & Adam $5
June 4th - Margie & Dawn $5 (Ocean's Day weekend)
June 11th - Andrea Beaton $5
June 18th - Rachael Davis $5
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 22nd - Breeze & Wilson $20
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 Dun $20
August 10th - Dave Gunning $25
August 17th - Evans & Doherty $25 (Cancelled)
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.

https://www.ionaheightsinn.com/eve…/category/ticketed-shows/

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)  
 
Annual General Meeting - Tuesday, May 24th
The AGM for the GNWDS will be 7pm Tuesday, May 24th at Ferrymen's Hall. New members are welcome to attend.

 
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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
 
 
Cell Phone and Battery Recycling
Rankin School's Grade 4-5 Eco Group have received containers for the recycling of old cell phone, cell phone batteries and regular alkaline batteries. If you have any of the above around your home and would like to get rid of them, either send them to the school with your child(ren) or bring them to the school and they will be placed in our container and sent to be recycled. Make sure that any stored information is deleted or and SIM cards are removed. Thanks for your continued support for our schools initiatives!!

 
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Summer Student Position - Kitchen Assistant/Grounds Keeper - Deadline June 3
Grandona Legion is looking to hire one student for the summer season (8 weeks @35 hrs/wk), July 4 - Aug. 26.
Duties will include: Assisting with kitchen duties (ie. food prep, table setup and cleanup) and light maintenance (ie. mowing, grass trimming, painting, cleaning). Qualified students must be currently enrolled in a full time high school or post-secondary program.
Email resume to info@rcl124grandona.ca Deadline for resumes: 4pm June 3

Survey
From our last Branch meeting in April, it was suggested to seek from our membership/customer input to help us adopt to financial challenges we are experiencing in our Legion. So if you are a full time or summer resident of the area and frequent the Legion we are interested to hear about your experience and an opportunity for you to offer any suggestion(s). This can be done by completing a short survey by clicking on the following link (survey is limited to 100 respondents). Thank you. To participate in survey click here

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for May 30:
Rising Jackpot: $1266.50
Building Jackpot: $3400
Toonie Game: $959

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 21 Chase the Ace ticket winner: Natalie MacIver (formerly from South Cove)
On May 22nd Natalie drew the Queen of Spades and took home $370
Chase the Ace continues on May 29th with a growing jackpot of $6484.50 plus 30% of daily sales.
Tip: Come early for the the door prize draws.

Other events going on in conjunction with Chase the Ace on Sunday afternoon:
May 29: GROUP GUITAR SESSION with the Legion Legends.

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, May 29th
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: May 27th.

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.

Dart Night - NOW ON THURSDAY'S
DARTS 7:30 p.m. Every Thursday 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
May 27: Corned Beef & Cabbage
June 3: Grilled Haddock

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
May 27: Darlene, Malcolm & Elizabeth
June 3: Kenny (Porrier) & Kendra

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


BAR HOURS
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)
 
Highland Village 2016 Season
Highland Village opens for the 2016 season on June 1st.
Our summer hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily.

In the meantime, the visitor/administration building is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

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

Bras d'Or TALKS - June 4

Bras d’Or TALKS will be held on Saturday June 4 , 2016 as part of the Aros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival near the Barra Strait in Cape Breton Nova Scotia.

The 2016 TALKS's theme: “Adapting to Change in Canada's Inland Sea".

We are pleased to have a list of distinguished panelists including: Fred Baechler (Hydrogeologist, EXP) Dan Christmas (Senior Advisor, Membertou), Jim Foulds (Chair, Bras d'Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association) and Lori Kennedy (Co-Founder, Louisbourg Seafoods)

Each panelist will inspire the round table discussion by speaking to one or more of the key topics: The State of the Ecosystem, The Need for Adaptation, The Opportunities for Development, The Roles of Research and Education.

We are looking for significant audience participation to expand on the personal experiences and outlook that can help shape the future as we adapt to changes in the Bras d’Or Watershed.

The TALKS session will conclude with a Delegate Lobster Dinner featuring Bras d’Or Lake Lobster. Robin Stewart will be sharing insights from years of aquaculture endeavours at the dinner. (limited seating so book early)


Aros Na Mara World Oceans Day 2016
Planning effort is well underway for Aros Na Mara World Oceans Day June 2 to 5 2016.

Thursday - June 2 - Bras d'Or Trivia - Frolic and Folk Pub

Friday June 3 - Friday Legion Supper

Saturday June 4 - “market at the Iona Port 10am-12:30, Bras d'Or TALKS, Family Day Grand Narrows, Oceans Day Dance Legion music by Silver Moon

Sunday June 5, World Oceans Day - Iona Port and St. Columba Parish Centre 12-4:30 - Children’s activities, food, crafts, market, HMCS Moncton, music (Susan MacLean, Mike Barron, Paul Wukitsch and Eddie Cummings), CBU touch tanks, RC Navy Bus, NSCC Life Boat Simulator, Kennedy Boat, RCMP Boat, Louisbourg Seafoods (fish filleting/fish truck with fish for sale) Geologist, and much, much more.....For detailed schedule of events please see: www.aros-na-mara.com

Come Celebrate ..... Come Learn ..... Come Participate ..... Come Share ..... Come Enjoy ..... Come Support

Come to Aros na Mara - World Oceans Day


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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Comunn Fis an Eilein Seeking Host Homes
We are seeking accommodations for 2 and possibly 4 visitors from Scotland during this year’s Annual Fis an Eilein. Gaelic singers Joy Dunlop and Noeleen Ni Cholla have confirmed that they are very eager to spend time in our community and visit with Gaelic speakers. They will also participate in various Fis events. They plan to arrive on Tuesday Aug, 16 and return home on Sunday Aug. 21. Joy and Noleen will be departing for home from Halifax and would like to purchase their airline tickets as soon as possible to take advantage of favorable prices for booking early. If you would like further information or can welcome these ladies into your homes please let us know as soon as possible by e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca or by telephone at 622-2605. Sincerely the membership of Comunn Fis an Eilein

 
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
BOISDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING - June 12
Boisdale Historical Society regular meeting will be held Sunday June 12,2016, 1;00 pm at the Boisdale Fire Hall. There will be a photo discussion.
If you have any old photos; they can be scanned on site and passed back immediately.

Please note the earlier time & the fact that the meeting will be at the Fire Hall.
All are welcome.

Keltic Drive - June 18
KELTIC DRIVE Last year's biggest hit variety show will stop by the Boisdale Firehall on June 18th 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Admission $20.00 at Door
Starring Aaron Lewis, Kimberley Fraser, Lyndon MacKenzie and Emily Dingwall
you will be treated to a musical journey through Cape Breton with some dance and humour thrown in for good measure.

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

Spring Tea & Plant Sale - June 5
The Hills of Boisdale Community Association will host their spring tea & plant sale, Sunday, June 5, 2016, from 2-4pm at the Boisdale Fire Hall. Admission $5.00. The sale includes bake table, door prizes, tickets for a wheelbarrow filled with gardening supplies, 50-50 tickets, novelty and vendor tables.

Round and Square Dance with Kimberley Fraser and Howie Macdonald - May 28
Round and Square Dance
with Kimberley Fraser and Howie Macdonald
Special Guest Aaron Lewis
Saturday May 28th 8.30pm to 12.00am
Admission $10.00 at door

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  
 
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  
 
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

Book Club - 1st Tuesday of the Month
The Christmas Island Book Club meets regularly on the first Tuesday of every month at the fire hall. If you are interested in joining, or just finding out how the book club operates, we invite you to a tea and lunch at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Tuesday, February 2 at 2 pm. Everyone welcome.

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  
 
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.

4-Week Spring Music Lessons - Tuesdays in May
We are pleased to host 4-Week Spring Music Lessons on Tuesday evenings from May 3-24 at the Little Narrows Community Centre. We will be offering Beginner/Intermediate Stepdance (5-6pm) with instructor Lauren MacDonald, and Beginner/Intermediate Guitar (6-7pm) with instructor Darlene Ellis. $10 per lesson. To pre-register, email littlenarrowscommunity@gmail.com or phone (902) 756-2731.

 
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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.