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Student Employment - Victoria Farmers Coop Baddeck

The Victoria Farmers Coop in Baddeck has 3 summer positions (8-10 weeks) for students available. 2 cashier clerks and 1 service clerk. Please send resume to: Victoria Farmers Coop PO Box 69 Baddeck, NS B0E1B0 or fax to 902-295-1172 or drop off at Coop.

Roast in Tribute to fiddler and publisher Paul Cranford at Gaelic College on May 27

A evening to roast and celebrate fiddler, composer and publisher Paul Cranford and his contributions to the Cape Breton fiddle tradition will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 6:30 pm to midnight at the Hall of the Clans at Colaisde na Gàidhlig | Gaelic College in St. Ann’s.

Over the years Paul has published thousands of tunes, both old and new, in books, online, and his regular feature in The Victoria Standard. Paul honed his skills during his 34 years as a lighthouse keeper during which he was able to practice, research and compose. When not working he spent his time with dozens of traditional fiddlers from who he acquired many tunes. He has published many collections of fiddle tunes including the Lighthouse Collection, Jerry Holland’s Collection of Fiddle Tunes, The Cape Breton Fiddlers Collection, The Cape Breton Highland Collection, and other titles. Paul has been an artist in residence for Celtic Colours and in 2015, he was named Patron of World Fiddle Day.

The evening will begin with a meet and greet from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by tributes and testimonials from Lucy MacNeil, Joella Foulds, Max MacDonald, Otis Thomas, and Hector MacKenzie with MC Bob MacEachern from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. A dance will follow until midnight with the music of Brenda Stubbert & Howie MacDonald and Kyle and Sheumas MacNeil.

Tickets are $30 for the entire evening and are available through the Gaelic College (902) 295-3441 or Highland Village (902) 725-2272.

The Roast in Tribute to Paul Cranford is sponsored by Colaisde na Gàidhlig | Gaelic College and Baile nan Gàidheal | Highland Village.

Moran taing! Thank you Central Cape Breton!

A big thank you to everyone who supported our 13th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre on May 6. We are pleased to report that this year's dinner raised $5,321.50 for the Patient Care Fund at the Centre. Thank you to our sponsors: Paul MacNeil, Municipality of Victoria County, Highland Village, and Grandona Legion. Thank you to those who donated supplies for the meal: Sysco Foods, Master Meats, Bonnar's Meats, Sobeys Sydney River, Atlantic Superstore Sydney River, TRA Cash & Carry, Harold's Bakery, Farmer's Daughter, and Jill's Chocolates. Thank you to Donnie Campbell and Jinx O'Neil for the entertainment. Thank you to our decorators, cooks, servers and anyone else who volunteered to help out with the evening. It was a great success.

Efficiency Nova Scotia Product Installation Service

Sustainable Housing offers free energy efficient upgrades like LED light bulbs, and smart power bars to all homes in Cape Breton, and hot water tank insulation, efficient (high pressure) shower heads, and more to electrically heated homes all over Cape Breton through Efficiency Nova Scotia. We properly dispose of the old light bulbs that we remove. It takes about half an hour per home to complete. There is absolutely no cost to any homeowner for the products or for the installation of the products, this program is entirely funded by Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Quick Fact: Just by changing over to new LED bulbs a home can save up to $6 per bulb every year, so if a home has 40 light bulbs, they can save over $240 in electricity a year just by making that change alone.

This particular program is only available to private homes, condos, apartments, etc. It is not available to businesses, group homes, or continued care centers, etc. There are other programs that may be available for those through Efficiency Nova Scotia.

You can schedule your free installation by calling 1-877-722-2842 or by signing up online at www.LEDsForMe.ca

Food Bank Hours

New hours for Barra Food Bank: Every second Thursday from 12-3pm effective January 5, 2017.
If you need to access our services at another time please contact one of the following:
Michael 902-725-2867, Dolores 902-725-2208, John N 902-622-1296 or Gail 902-577-3394.
Thank you for your continued support.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
Summer Youth Employment Opportunity

Now accepting resumes for summer employment, 8 weeks (July 3-Aug 25). Duties include; assisting with cyber camps, computer training and special projects. Please send resume to ionacapsite@gmail.com

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Ceilidh Schedule Spring/Summer 2017

Saturdays 5-8 Admission $5

May 20th - Buddy MacDonald

May 27th - Keith Mullins

June 3rd - Chrissy Crowley

June 10th - Bill Cameron

June 17th - Darrell Keigan

June 24th - Dawn & Margie

July 1st - Paul Cranford

July 8th - Melody & Derrick Cameron

July 15th - Keith Mullins

July 22nd - Kenneth & Marion MacLeod

July 29th - Kinnon & Betty Lou

Coffee & Canvas

You've heard of Paint 'n,Wine nights, well this event at the Iona Heights Inn is a version of that, but in the morning and with coffee.

The lesson will be instructed by Lisa Harrison and will begin at 10am. Arrival between 9-10 is recommended so that everyone is set up and ready to go. Cost of the morning lesson will be $40 and includes all art supplies, coffee/tea, muffin & chocolates, not to mention you go home with a new piece of art, that you painted! Just remember to wear old clothes or bring an apron to protect yourself from paint.

A different painting will be done each lesson.

Saturday April 29th Saturday May 13th Saturday May 27th Go online to events at www.ionaheightsinn.com to reserve your space.

(soon to be posted)

Trivia - Thursdays

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

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

Jills Chocolates Cafe @ Iona Heights Inn

Open daily 8 am to 4 pm. Bagels, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, oatmeal, espresso based coffees, tea and of course chocolates. Chocolates are also available at the Little Dipper.

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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
Grand Narrows Joins "The Great Trail" June 10th

In conjunction with World Oceans Day events in the area, on June 10th, Grand Narrows will celebrate it's Access Point to the Bras d'Or Lake Water Route of the Great Trail. With it's completion in 2017, the Great Trail will be the longest and grandest recreational trail in the world and will wind its way through a variety of landscapes - urban, rural and wilderness - along greenway, waterway and roadway

Activities in Grand Narrows on June 10th will include:
Kayak Workshop: 10am-12pm
Lobster Boil: 1-3pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 12:30pm

On June 11 from 9-11am: Think Tank Breakfast at the Wheelhouse Cafe "Cape Breton Weather Monitoring Network"
Cost is $15. To register contact rpointk@hotmail.com

The Wheelhouse Cafe will be open Sat. and Sun of Oceans Day Weekend from 11am-6pm. The cafe will open for the season June 23.

On June 11, the Port of Iona will officially join the Great Trail. Visit the Iona Port June 11 for a full day of WOD activities.

General Meeting - Wednesday, May 31

The next general meeting for the Grand Narrows Waterfront is scheduled for:
7pm, Wednesday, May 31st at Ferrymen's Hall.
New members are welcome.

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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
 
 
Splitting Perennials - Donate to Rankin School

If anyone is splitting perennials this spring and would like to donate them to the school, please feel free to drop them off at the school at anytime or call the school to make arrangements. 902-725-2210

SPRING CONCERT at RANKIN SCHOOL - Wed. May 24 at 7 pm

Our elementary students are hosting a Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 24th 2017. We ask that students participating are at the school by no later than 6:45. The concert begins at 7pm. Admission is by cash donation or food bank donation at the door. We hope to see you there.

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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Kitchenfest Comes to the Iona Legion - Thursday, July 6th

Pub Night at the Legion. Music by McGinty!
8-11pm
Admission: $10
19yrs and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion

Join us every Monday evening for a fun evening of Bingo. Eyes down at 7:45
Prizes for May 29:
Building Jackpot: $1000
Rising Jackpot: $1923.75
Toonie Jackpot: $838
Congrats to Carlyle MacNeil who won the Building Jackpot this week ($1600)

If you would like to volunteer at BINGO once a month, please let John know. Volunteers are always needed.

Family Square Dance Ceilidh

The Iona Legion has teamed up with the County of Victoria and CB District Health Authority in an effort to promote healthy living and exercise by hosting monthly Family Square Dancing Ceilidhs. We encourage people of all ages to take part in this great opportunity to teach our youth traditional Scottish dancing, excellent form of exercise, and all while having fun for all ages. We are also looking for leaders to help organize and assist with this venture, please let us know that you are willing to help us out.

The next Family Square Dance Ceilidh: May 26
Music by: Donna Marie DeWolfe (note music change)
Admission: Free

Following Family Square Dance Ceilidh: June 30 with music by Joe MacMaster.

Saturday is Dart Night at the Iona Legion

Start time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Cost: $5 per person
Teams are picked from a hat each night... All skill levels welcome (19+)

The Bookmobile Visits the Legion Parking Lot Once a Month

The Victoria Co. bookmobile visits the Legion parking lot once a month from 5:30 - 7pm.
Next visit date: June 9
Don't have a library card? No problem, request one from Larry on the bookmobile.

Chase the Ace - Every Friday Evening

Chase the Ace tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm every Friday 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.

Chase the Ace Ticket Winner for May 19th: Robert Stevens from Eskasoni
Robert picked the King of Spades and went home with $156.
The Chase the Ace jackpot for May 26 will be $734 with 51 cards in the deck
Tickets will be on sale from 7-8:30pm. Music by: Donna Marie DeWolfe (Family Square Dance).

Group Guitar Playing Sessions

Group guitar/mandolin playing sessions (twice a month).
These drop-in 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.
Upcoming session dates:
Friday Supper Gig: June 9
Next practice session: Thursday, June 9 at 7pm Note: The practice sessions are a perfect time for new players to sit in. Music will be provided. Bring capo.

Friday Night Suppers/Ceilidhs

Supper from 6 to 7 pm
May 26: Corned Beef & Cabbage
June 2: Roast Beef
June 9: Stuffed Pork Loin
June 16: Boneless Chicken Breast
June 23: Grilled Haddock

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
May 26: Family Square Dance with Donna Marie DeWolfe (Note change in fiddler)
June 2: Corner Crew
June 9: Legion Legends
June 16: The Roadies
June 23: Silver Moon

You can book your Friday supper by email or phone during the week. Deadline for receiving email supper requests is 4pm on THURSDAY... After that, you will need to phone.
Send your request to: fridaysupper@rcl124grandona.ca
Note: If you do not receive an auto reply, please phone the Legion to confirm we received your request.
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 - 4:00 to 11:00pm

Friday - 4:00 to Midnight

Saturday - 7:00 to Midnight

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Baile nan Gàidheal /Highland Village Museum (Website)
 
Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare Day - Saturday, June 10

In conjunction with World Oceans Day Join us for Biadh is Baile | Highland Fare Day as we celebrate Highland Fare! Visit throughout the site as we prepare traditional meals. You can even help us, as we prepare to plant our gardens. General admission fees apply (10 to 4pm).

Calum Cille/St. Columba Day - Friday June 9

Join us for a special Calum Cille/St. Columba Day Milling Frolic in the Centre Chimney House. Tea and traditional bonnach will be served. General admission fees apply (2 to 4pm).

Highland Village Opening June 1st

The Highland Village opens for the 2017 season on Thursday, June 1st. We will be open daily from 10 am to 5 pm through until October 15. For the remainder of May 2017, we are on off-season hours (i.e. gift shop and office open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). We are closed for the Victoria Day holiday on May 22.

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

Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. will be hiring one (1) student as a Beach/Events Co-ordinator for 8 weeks to assist with event planning, beach cleanup/maintenance and other duties as assigned. Applicant must be current full time student returning to full time studies in the fall of 2017. Resumes may be emailed to ccbcvi@gmail.com Deadline for applications is May 19th.

Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Market

This is a call out for the ~ World Oceans Day Market ~ being held Saturday June 10th @ the Iona Port. We are in search of: -GROWERS (veggies, flowers, etc.) & -CRAFTERS (art, jewellery, baking, anything you made with your own hands) Market will happen rain or shine. 12 spaces available in the new port shelter, more spaces outside. You will have to bring your own table and each spot costs $10 for the day, money will go to the Central Cape Breton Community Ventures. If interested please email : ionaportmarket@gmail.com Please note, this is an event to celebrate local artisans, gardeners, talent and imagination. Therefore, this is not a space to re-sell items that you did not create or grow.

World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton

World Oceans Day Festival, Iona, Central Cape Breton – The festival will run from June 8-11th. The 3rd World Ocean Day event will be celebrated here on Sunday, June 11th. Join us for some festivities, fun and food while enjoying and learning about the Bras d’Or Lake! Keep checking our new website arosnamara.com or centralcapebreton.com for further updates.

Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day

Checkout our website www.arosnamara.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Summer Gaelic Events Program

Féis an Eilein Summer Events 2017

19th Annual Gaelic Concert Series “Bu Deònach Leam Tilleadh” Tuesdays 8pm July 18, 25, Aug 1, 8

27th Annual Féis an Eilein August 15 – 19

Events take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall 8539 Grand Narrows Hwy (Route 223)
feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca feisaneilein.ca 902-622-2627

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Music Lessons
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays
July & Aug | $6/half hour or $10/hour Beginning July 5 pick up your fiddle or get those toes tapping. We offer private youth and adult lessons in beginner, intermediate, and advanced fiddle, and beginner and intermediate piano, guitar and step-dancing. We are pleased to welcome instructors Maggie MacNeil, Shawnee Paul, and Andy MacMullin back to the Féis this year. Maggie is an accomplished pianist and step-dancer. Andy won our hearts last year with his dynamic step-dancing, and Shawnee has completed her second year of a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Acadia University. She will teach piano, fiddle, and guitar. Lessons fill up quickly and pre-registration is required. Please E-mail maggie.macneil@gmail.com or call 902-622-2627 to book your lessons.

Beginner Gaelic Language Classes
Wednesdays July 5 – Aug 2 | 7 – 8:30pm
$25 for all 5 weeks Instructor Beth MacNeil will teach Gaelic through the TIP/Gàidhlig Aig Baile methodology which focusses on oral repetition and the use of body language. Students will learn conversational Gaelic in a fun and stress-free environment without the need to learn to read or write the language.

Tì is Seanachas – Tea & Conversation
Fridays July 7 – 28 | 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!

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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
KitchenFest

KitchenFest at the Hall Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald Friday July 7th 8.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

KitchenFest

KitchenFest Pub Night at the Hall Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald Friday July 7th 8.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

Music, songs and dance

Boisdale Concert Cape Breton Fiddlers Association Sunday July 23rd 2.00pm Admission $10.00 at door

Crib Game May 18 2017

CRIBBAGE GAME: Boisdale Volunteer Fire Hall Reserve the “3rd Thursday of Every Month” for the Crib Game at the Fire Hall! Starts at 7:00 pm. All welcome! Come and meet New Friends!! Admission $5, and the bar will be operating

Wednesday 45 Card Game

Wednesdays 45 Card game At 8.

Friday Night Darts

Darts Every Friday at 8 Teams picked by draw of cards. Admission $5.00 19 and over Bar open.

SPRING YOGA

Spring Yoga Tuesday, April. 11, 7:00pm. Boisdale Fire Hall Classes $5.00 per session Pls. bring mat, blanket & wear comfortable clothing. If you have any questions, contact Anita MacKinnon, 902-871-2074

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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  
 
Neighbourhood Watch

The Christmas Island and Area Neighbourhood Watch Committee will be hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 7 pm at the fire hall. Our community Liaison Officer, Chuck Romard, will be in attendance to discuss recent break-ins and safety procedures. Also, the fire department will do a brief presentation on its services and dealing with emergencies. Finally, there will be a draw for " a grand in the hand" fundraiser( tickets are $10.00 each and are available from fire dept members, only 200 tickets available for a chance to win $1,000.) that the fire department has launched. Mark the date on your calendar, and come out for a cup of tea and lots of information. Everyone welcome.

Grand in the Hand-Christmas Island Fundraiser

"Grand in the Hand", Win! Win! Win! $1000.00 Tickets $10 each, drawing May 31 at 7pm, only 200 tickets available each month. See any member for tickets, or at Bingo! Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity! We will be doing this ticket draw each and every month until December. Get your lucky numbers now!

Events at Christmas Island

Bingo, every Sunday at 7 pm, Christmas Island Fire Hall

The Ways and Means Committee of the Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Dept meets on the second WEDNESDAY of the month at the fire hall. Also, The regular general membership meeting of the Christmas Island Fire Dept takes place on the third WEDNESDAY of the month at 7:30 pm at the fire hall. General Membership Meeting of The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Department Third Tuesday of each month. New members welcome, Christmas Island Fire Hall

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.

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 Fire Hall.

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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.
The Bras d'Or Coastline abounds with wildlife and is particularly noted as a breeding area of the magnificent bald eagle.