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General News · 1st March 2020
CISS - Gina
“March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb.”

• Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m.
It is a special event for CISS at Linnaea Farm, 1255 Seaford Road, organized by Cortes Wild! and Cortes Island Museum especially for YOU!
Sabina Leader Mense and Laurel Bohart are inviting you to come to Wild Cortes at Linnaea Farm. They will be your hosts and guides at this exquisite exhibition and will tell you everything you always wanted to know about Cortes wildlife but never knew you could ask. Donations are warmly appreciated. See you there!

We have four lunches, all starting at noon. Contact Carina6793, if you would like to come.
• Wednesday, March 4 – Norah and Jerry, end of Smelt Bay Road, 398 Smelt Bay Road
• Wednesday, March 11 – Gillian and Gary Fast, 315 Whaletown Road
• Tuesday, March 17 – Manson's Hall, Pioneer Room (St. Patrick's Day)
• Wednesday, March 25 – Linnaea Farm

The new writing group gets together on Mondays, 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Room
Would you be interested in participating in the new writing group? For more information contact Carina6793.
• Monday, March 2
• Monday, March 16
• Monday, March 30

This group (now full) gets together on Tuesdays, 2 to 4 p.m.
• Tuesday, March 10
• Tuesday, March 31

• Dream Cuisine, Thursday, March 12, at the Co-op, 5:30 and 7:30 seatings. Reservations required. Veggie option is available.

Cortes Island Garden Club presents: "Compost Junkies Unite! Building Garden Beds & Composting With Whatever You’ve Got” - An Outdoor, Hands-On Workshop with Discussion & Demonstration. Free for club members. A fun & informative outdoor workshop with local compost junkies including Whitney Vanderleest & Lu Schanfarber.
• Saturday, March 14, 1 to 3 p.m., 961 Gregg Road, Mansons Landing. RSVP Lucretia

Annual General Meeting with a special guest David Ellingsen. Do not miss it, it will be a wonderful afternoon.
• Sunday, March 22, Mansons Hall, 1:30 pm

• Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, at 9 a.m., in Manson's Hall, contact Ruth6478 for more information.

• Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m., starting at Manson's Hall parking lot. All welcome. Come and join us rain or shine.

• Every Wednesday, 1–3 p.m., in Manson's Hall, contact De0305 or Carolyn for more information.

• Every Friday, 12–1 p.m., Cortes School, contact Bobo0194 for more information.

• Wednesdays, 7–8:30 p.m., Cortes School Library, contact Dayna.

• Medical Qigong, Om Studio, Manson’s Hall, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Leyland Dowling
• Spiritual Qigong, Om Studio, Manson’s Hall, Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to noon, with Leyland Dowling, 250-204-2453.


The talk about CSIL by Ann McLean on February 24 was clear and interesting.
If you missed it and would like to know more about the program you can:
• call Carina6793 for a CSIL handout
• ask Carina to organize a meeting with Sonya Friesen, whose parents have been using the CSIL program on Cortes Island
• read or listen to Roy Hales's podcast online. The link will be provided in the next newsletter. Roy attended the meeting and has a full recording of the talk.

Most Canadians will mark a miserable rite of spring on March 8, when they’ll groggily climb out of bed only to ask themselves: Why is it still dark at 7 a.m.? Daylight Saving Time goes into effect on Sunday, March 8, when clocks will “spring forward” by one hour beginning at 2 a.m. The shift will essentially make it darker in the early morning hours while leaving one extra hour of light in the evening. It also means that March 8 will only be 23 hours long, and you’ll lose sleep if you have fixed times for waking up on the weekend. Regardless, you’ll probably feel a bit discombobulated over the following days as you adjust to a different sunlight schedule.


Folk U Friday Talks are every Friday from 1 to 2:30 at the Linnaea Education Centre. Bring your lunch & your curiosity. Tea provided. All welcome (designed for the 12 to 112-year-old mind).

March 6 – DIY Probiotics 1 with Norm Gibbons, fermenter extraordinaire. Think probiotics come best in pill form? Think again. Learn the importance of probiotic-rich food and how to make… kimchi and sauerkraut. (It’s so important, this topic kicks off a 3-week mini-course. Come for one or all!)

March 13 – The Microbiome with Maureen Williams, ND. The importance of tending your inner ecosystem.

March 20 – DIY Probiotics 2 with Norm Gibbons. Principles of probiotic drinks and how to make beet kvass, vinegars, kombucha.

March 27 – Grant Writing workshop with Sandra Woods. All day. Learn the art and finance of creating a great grant proposal, how to find new funders, and what makes a winning proposal. Have a great idea but no nonprofit or are you a nonprofit without an idea? This workshop is for everyone interested in creating projects to improve the lives of Cortesians or learning how to write grants for organizations that you believe in.
…. Come during the regular Folk U Friday Talk time (1 to 2:30) and learn about some of the projects being proposed. Bring one of your own if you have it!

After Hours at Folk U Fridays Linnaea Ed Centre

Folk First Aid Sessions with Community Paramedic Kim Robertson – Kim, in partnership with CCHA Teen Szene and Folk University, has been leading a year-long, monthly introductory course to First Aid and Emergencies. This drop-in series has already covered topics such as CPR and AED training, choking and interventions, Heart Attack, Stroke and “Stop the Bleed” training. Drop-ins welcome. Future sessions: March 13, April 17, May 8

And don’t forget: Every Friday Linnaea Dinner & Cinema 6:15. Doors open. Film at 7 p.m.


Mar 12, Linnaea Folk U Room, 1 to 2:30 pm – End of Life Planning

This will be the final meeting in a series of workshops to make progress on our end of life planning – Wills, Power-of-Attorney, Financial, Advanced Care Planning, and Funeral Arrangements. This is open to anyone – from those who are coming to have a completed document witnessed to those who have yet to get started. With Margaret Verschuur.

Mar 6 – 8, Campbell River, Creating Death Friendly Communities

Here is the link to this workshop with Stephen Garrett. If you would like to attend and need accommodation, let Margaret Verschuur know.

Dying isn’t something that happens to us - dying is something we do.”

Carina Verhoeve is the coordinator for Seniors Helping Seniors. She may be contacted Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 250-935-6793. Please respect Carina's days and hours when calling, unless it is an emergency. Contact Carina about Literary Afternoons, seniors’ lunches, and more.

For your pdf copy of the CISS March Calendar click

Send your comments to Gina at or phone 250-935-0080.