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NHL Playoffs!
Christmas Island Fire Dept will be hosting the NHL playoffs starting on Saturday evening, April 26, at the fire hall. Come out to see Pittsburgh Penguins face Columbus Blue Jackets. 8 pm. 19 and over.

CBRM - 2014 Residential Heavy Garbage Collection - May 5th
The annual CBRM Residential Heavy Garbage collection will begin Monday, May 5th. Residents must have their large, heavy or bulky items placed at the end of their driveway no later than 6:00am on May 5th. Regular household garbage and blue bags must not be mixed in with heavy garbage.
Residents are encouraged to review the heavy garbage collection requirements on the CBRM website www.cbrm.ns.ca or phone the Hotline: 567-1337 (mon-fri 8:30am-4:00pm)

Washabuck's Clean-up Day
Great Nova Scotia Pick Me Up program! SATURDAY, MAY 3 AT 2 pm

Join your community in partner with Clean NS for our Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 3 at 2:00 pm. We will be covering from Washabuck Bridge to MacKay’s Point. All ages welcome!

The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up is Nova Scotia’s primary volunteer-driven community cleanup program, facilitating year-round, cleanups across the province. For the past 25 years, Clean Nova Scotia is proud to provides supplies and support to participants (individuals, groups, businesses, schools), to carry out community-based cleanups.

Zumba
Join us for some fun!!!

Try a free Zumba Class in Washabuck!
Friday, May 2, from 7 - 8 pm
Instructor: Jane Gesner, 945-2108
Facebook.com/zumbacapebreton

The Little Narrows Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid Spring Dessert Tea, Sale and Silent Auction
The Little Narrows Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid Spring Dessert Tea, Sale and Silent Auction (Bids taken from 1:00 pm to 2 :00 pm) will be held on Saturday, May 3rd. from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. It will consist of Dessert, Dollar, and Bake tables. We hope you will be able to join us.

District #3 is Going Clean & Green - Saturday May 24
Come out and join our litter cleanup team! Gathering places: Boisdale Volunteer Fire Dept, Christmas Island Fire Dept and Ferrymen's Hall Grand Narrows… Team Up & Clean Up!
Time: 10am - 12:00 noon. Rain or Shine. All ages welcome. For further info contact Mae Rowe - 902-794-2715

The Wellness Walkers
The Wellness Walkers - walk and use of fitness equipment takes place Wednesday evenings - April 9-30th at 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. Note: If school is cancelled for the day there will be no fitness program in the evening. 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 Marie MacNeil 725-2253 or Sharon MacNeil 725-2177.

10th Annual Appreciation Dinner for the Cape Breton Cancer Centre - May 24
We are moving....to the spring. The 10th Annual Appreciation Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 24 at the Legion. Mark your calendars....details will follow.

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  Iona CAP Site (Website)  
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  Br. 124, Royal Canadian Legion (Website)  
Eddie Thistle Memorial Dart Shoot - Sunday, April 27
Open to the public with a limited number of teams (mixed teams of three - max. 18 teams). Starts at noon (captain's meeting at 11:30). Chili & Soup will be available.
To register or for more information, phone Billy Bonaparte: 258-7042 or Valerie: 258-5609. (19 yrs and over)

Monday Night Bingo
Join us at the Iona Legion every Monday evening for a fun night of BINGO. Starts at 7:45pm
Jackpots for April 28: Building Jackpot: $1400; Rising Jackpot: $8357.75; Toonie Game: $360 plus 1/2 sales

General Meeting - May 7
Next meeting: May 7th at 7:30pm. All members welcome.

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 25 - Corned Beef & Cabbage
May 2 - Roast Beef
May 9 - Roast Pork

Ceilidh from 7 to 10 pm
April 25 - The Roadies
May 2 - tba
May 9 - Eastbound

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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  Highland Village Museum/ An Clachan Gàidhealach (Website)  
 
Winter Hours
The Highland Village/An Clachan Gidhealach (administration office and gift shop) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. The 2014 season starts on June 1.

Caidreabh na T / Gaelic Tea and Social - Tuesday, May 6
Come to the Highland Village Tuesday, May 6 between 2:00 and 4:00 for Gaelic conversation and a social tea. Only Gaelic will be spoken. Everyone is welcome.

 
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  Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society (Website)  
 
Healthy Growing & Eating Workshop I - Saturday, May 3 from 9am-2pm
This workshop will focus on growing and preserving herbs & the benefits of eating local. Speakers will include: Alicia Lake (Baddeck & Area Community Market), Marilyn MacDonald (from Bayside Garden Centre) and Michelle Smith (Seed Collector). There will also be a noontime tailgate mini-market.
Workshop Cost: $25 (includes lunch from Ferrymen's Hall kitchen) To Register: Email… gnwds@hotmail.com

Student Employment Opportunity - Business Development Coordinator
The GNWDS is looking to hire a summer student for the position of Business Development Coordinator for 13 weeks from June 9th until Aug. 29. Applicant will assist in coordinating waterfront activities and operations. Applicant must be self-motivated with good communication skills. $10.50/hr. Some weekend and evening work will be required. Deadline for resumes: May16th. Email resume to: gnwds@hotmail.com

Central Cape Breton Trans Canada Trails - Community Discussion
The Grand Narrows Waterfront Development Society is hosting a meeting on Monday 05-May to discuss “Trans Canada Trails” initiatives in our area. We welcome all community members and community group representatives to participate. It will be an opportunity for residents to express their ideas on local trails and how we can collectively support and benefit from this endeavor. Ferrymen’s Hall, 7pm coffee/tea provided.

Next General Meeting - Tues., May 6
The next general meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00pm. New members are welcome to attend.

 
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  Boisdale Fire Hall  
 
Beginners Yoga - Thursdays
Yoga resumes it's regular scheduled time Thursday Jan. 9th 7:00pm

Boisdale Fire Hall, starting: Thursday, Jan.9, 2014, 7:00pm
Bring a mat, a blanket & wear comfortable clothing
Class is $5.00 per session
Everyone welcome
For information, contact Anita MacKinnon, Certified Yoga Instructor, 871- 2074

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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  Féis an Eilein (Website)  
 
Student Employment Opportunities
Comunn Fis an Eilein is seeking applications from interested students for two positions at the Fis this summer.
The Provincial Student Grant Program will begin on May 26 and continue until August 29 (14 weeks). Hourly wage is 10.50 at 35 hours per week. Students must have been enrolled full-time in college or university this past school year and be returning to school in the fall. Consideration will also be given to students currently attending grade 12 and entering college in the fall.
The Federal Student Grant position will begin on June 30 and continue until August 23 (8 weeks). Hourly wage is $10.50 at 40 hours per week. Students must be between 15 and 30 years of age, have been enrolled in full time study in the most recent school year, and intending to return to school in the fall.
Preference will be given to applicants who have facility in Gaelic language and who are able to work as instructors for our Summer Music Program teaching fiddle, piano, and /or step-dance.
Please forward your resume by e-mail to feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca or by mail to PO Box 317 Christmas Island B1T 1R7. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday May 9th.

Cilidh airson Eachainn- A Ceilidh for Hector
Comunn Fis an Eilein will host an evening of support and friendship for Hector MacNeil. He has been dealing with health issues for the past two years and has been diagnosed with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS), a rare neuromuscular disorder that limits his mobility. This will be an opportunity to wish Hector well and lift his spirits in this trying time.

The ceilidh will take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Saturday May 3rd from 7 11 pm. All ages are welcome to attend.

Gaelic language Classes in Christmas Island

Comunn Fis an Eilein will sponsor a series of evening Gaelic language classes at 3 levels utilizing the Gidhlig aig Baile method.

A New Beginner class is being offered for school children and adults who have little or no knowledge of the language.

An Advanced Beginner class will be offered for those former beginners who wish to also begin to read and write the language

An Advanced class will be offered which will also focus on conversational Gaelic

The Beginner and the Advanced Beginner classes will take place Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm for a period of 8 weeks, beginning on March 12th and continuing until April 30th

The Advanced class will take place from 7:30pm- 9:30pm for a period of 10 weeks beginning on March 12 and continuing until May 14th.

Classes take place at the Christmas Island Fire Hall.

Registration fee is $50.00. There is no charge for students or native Gaelic speakers.

For more information please e-mail feisaneilein@ns.sympatico.ca or telephone 622-2605

Fis an Eilein gratefully acknowledges funding support received from the Office of Gaelic Affairs


 
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  Rankin School of the Narrows
Sgoil Mhic Fhraing a' Chaolais (Website)
 
 
Heritage Fair - Wednesday, April 23
This year's Heritage Fair will be open for public viewing on Wednesday, April 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. This is an excellent opportunity to see our students' work.

Parent/Teacher Meetings
Parent/teacher meetings are being set up for Thursday, April 24, for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS by appointment only, between 3 pm and 6 pm
Please call the school at 725-2210 to set up a meeting. If this is not a convenient time, an appointment can be made for a later date during school hours.

Bottle Drive
The students will hold a bottle drive on May 14. More details to follow.

TEAworks
Rankin's Junior Achievement Company, TEAworks, continues to sell their gauze tea bags. 5 pack - $5.00; 10 pack - $10.00; 2 pack (pot size) - $8.00. To place an order, phone Rankin School 725-2210 or visit the website: www.bringbackthegauze.com

 
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  Home & School  
 
May 5th Meeting
Home & School will meet on Monday, May 5th at 7pm at Rankin School. Everyone is welcome to attend.

 
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  Parishes  
 
Employment Opportunity
St Barra Parish in Christmas Island will be hiring one student for 8 weeks this summer. The successful applicant must be in full time attendance in school, college, or university and returning to full time study in the fall. Primary responsibility will be the maintenance of cemetery and parish grounds so some mechanical skills would be an asset. Resumes may be emailed to hlmackinnon2@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 12.

Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturdays

St. Barra-Christmas Island- 5:30 pm
Holy Trinity-Waycobah- 4:00 pm
Queen of the World-Wagmatcook- 5:30 pm

Sundays

St. Michael's-Baddeck- 9:00 am
St. Mary's-Frenchvale- 9:30
St. Columba-Iona- 11:00 am

 
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  Volunteer Fire Departments  
 
Employment Opportunity
The Christmas Island Volunteer Fire Dept will be hiring one student for 8 weeks this summer. The successful applicant must be in full time attendance in school, college, or university and returning to full time study in the fall. Computer skills, people skills, flexibility, and your own transportation are necessary as the primary job entails the updating of information on civic properties served by the fire department. Send resumes to hlmackinnon2@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 12.

NHL Playoffs!
Christmas Island Fire Dept will be hosting the NHL playoffs starting on Saturday evening, April 26, at the fire hall. Come out to see Pittsburgh Penguins face Columbus Blue Jackets. 8 pm. 19 and over.

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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  NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH  
 
Next meeting date - TBA
The Neighbourhood Watch meeting scheduled for February will be rescheduled in April or May.

 
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