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Christmas Island Community Fair for All Surrounding Communities
The Christmas Island Community Fair is for all surrounding communities and is an opportunity to display your vegetable gardens, flower gardens and your craft or hobby items. Come out and buy baked goods, preserves, pottery and the many items on the Flea Market tables. If you would like to sell goods please call Kevin MacKenzie (902) 322-4683 to book a table for the Flea Market.

The Cape Breton Antique Car Club will be participating and will have their cars on display for us to view. A raffle will be held on various donated items, an even split draw, and lunch will be available.BBQ hot dogs, chili and a bun, pop, water, tea and coffee will be on the menu.

For several years now the Community Fair has been able to make a bursary available to graduating students. A small profit from the fair has made this possible, We would like to continue with this practice - please come out on Saturday September 10, 2016 10am-1pm to support this event! The doors will open at 8am to set up displays.

Boisdale Historical Society will hold another


Monday, August 29,2016, 7:00 pm
Boisdale Fire Hall
This session will deal with school photos
All are welcome

in Support of Sammy Anderson who lost his summer home in Washabuck
recently to fire.

Silent Auction will be taking place during this time, plus the bar will be open!

When: Saturday, September 10th at 8-11pm
Where: Washabuck Community Centre

Hope to see you there!

Lob Ball - Wednesdays
Come out and play Lob Ball for fun on Wednesday evenings at Rankin School of the Narrows, Iona. Time: 6pm. Bring a water bottle. Ages 14 and up for male and female players.

SUMMER SOCCER - Iona Soccer Club - Tuesdays
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

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)  
Iona C@P Site is open for the season
The C@P Site is open during July & August - Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Wifi access, computers to use, printing and training sessions on mobile devices available.
Cyber camps will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm (starting July 12th) Cost is $5.00 per child and if more than 1 child per family, $2.00 for each additional child. Please bring a lunch and children must be registered by parent/guardian at time of cyber camp.
For more information, please phone 902-725-2785

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  Frolic & Folk Pub - Iona Heights Inn(Website) - Little Dipper - Jill Chocolates  
Andrew Doyle - Friday Aug 26th
Squeeze all you can out of summer ....
Andrew Doyle will be here Friday evening Aug 26th starting at 8pm.
Cover charge is $5

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)
Aug 20th - Shelly Campbell - $5
Aug 27th - Darrell Keigan - $5
Sept 3rd - Chrissy Crowley - $5
Sept 10th - TBA
Sept 17th - 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.

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)  
Music Wednesdays in August at the Grand Narrows Waterfront 1-3pm
A perfect time to drop by the wheelhouse cafe for a special treat, light lunch or pizza and beer. Every Wednesday, we’ll showcase local musicians in casual style (and at no charge).
Aug 24: Fred McCracken & Kevin McCormick
Aug 31: Hughie MacKinnon and Friends

General Meeting - Tues., Aug. 30
The next general meeting will take place 7pm Tues. Aug. 30 at the Grand Narrows Waterfront. New members are welcome to attend.

Grand Narrows Waterfront Lottery Draw 2016 - WINNERS
1st Prize: Sadie (Michael John Joe) Mackenzie from Big Beach - Husqvarna Ride-on Mower
2nd Prize: Dan Quinn from East Bay - Pro-Quip Commercial Pressure Washer 3500psi
3rd Prize: Rod C. MacNeil from Iona - Apple Ipad Mini 16GB
4TH Prize: Margie MacNeil from Boisdale - Krown Rust Protection Application

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and supported our non-profit community group. Through fundraising initiatives like this lottery and the cafe operations, we are able to provide seasonal jobs and provide waterfront services to the public.
ALSO: A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers, the vendors and everyone else who contributed to another successful Motorsport event. Next year's show will be Aug.20th.

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, salads and freshly baked goods.
Accompany your meal with a cold glass of local craft beer or Nova Scotia wine.
The cafe is open from 11am - 8pm and open at 9am Sat. and Sun. for breakfast. Eat in or take home. Phone 902-622-1313

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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)  
Round & Square Dance - Sat. Sept. 17
Saturday Night Square Dance at the Iona Legion: Sept. 17th featuring music by Rodney MacDonald and Friends. 9pm - Midnight.
Advance tickets now available at the bar for $10 or $12 at the door. 19yrs and over.

Monday Night Bingo at the Legion
Every Monday night starting at 7:45pm.
Prizes for 29-August:
Rising Jackpot: $2997.75
Building Jackpot: $4700
Toonie Game: $611 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 12 Chase the Ace ticket winner: Jim MacFarlane
One Aug 21st, Jim picked the Ace of Clubs and took $170
Chase the Ace continues next week (Aug. 28th) with a growing jackpot of $3657.50 plus 30% of daily sales.

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 (NEW DATE): Sunday Aug. 28
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: August 19.

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
Aug 26: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Sept 2: Ham Cold Plate
Sept 9: Boneless Chicken Breast

Free Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
Aug 26 Darren Stevens
Sept 2: TBA
Sept 9:TBA

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)
Celtic Colours Concert at the Highland Village - Tickets still available
The Highland Village has played an important role in maintaining that cultural heritage and the Highland Village Society has hosted Celtic Colours concerts since the first year of the Festival. October 10th at 7:30pm local fiddle and guitar-playing brothers Paul, Dan and Shawn MacDonald welcome Gaelic singing Highland Scottish group Cruinn, and Nova Scotian Gaelic singer Joe Murphy as we celebrate the Gaels' legacy of music on our beautiful island.

Tickets $30. Tickets can be purchased through Celtic Colours at tickets.celtic-colours.com click here or at the Highland Village Gift Shop.

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.


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)
Aros na Mara and World Oceans Day
Checkout our website www.arosnamara.com

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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
The Boisdale Community Fire Hall Presents Boisdale BIG Country Breakfast
In addition to Scrambled Eggs and Sausage, you get: · Home Fries · Home made baked beans · Home made tea biscuits · Toast · Juices · Tea and coffee

Time: 9 am to 12 noon
Cost: $8 per person
Date: Sunday, August 21st

Round and Square Dance - Oct 14
Round and Square Dance
Friday October 14th
8.30pm to 12.00am
Watch this space for further details.

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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St. Barra Cemetery Mass
Cemetery Day mass at St. Barra Cemetery has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 27 at 3 pm.

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

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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
Public Meeting - Neighbourhood Watch Committee
The Christmas Island and Area Neighbourhood Watch Committee will be hosting a public meeting on Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm at the Christmas Island Fire Hall. A representative of the 211 program will be in attendance to explain what the program offers. This is a provincial-wide program to help you find the services you need, everything from emergencies, disability support services, and continuing care, to name a few. Mark the date on your calendar, and plan on coming out for tea, lunch, and lots of information. Everyone welcome.

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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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.