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Late September – Walking Group at Hank's Beach
General News · 1st October 2020
Gina for CISS
With a nice weather forecast for October, we can still enjoy our beautiful outdoors!


Walking Group
The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for a 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee in the outside seating of the Co-op café.

CISS Group Picnics/Luncheons
Since the weather in October can still be good, we will continue scheduled picnics, possibly catered, on Wednesdays. If the forecast wouldn’t be good for Wednesday but great for Tuesday or Thursday, the day might change. We will keep you posted.

Literary Afternoons
• Sunday, November 1, Manson's Hall, 2 to 3 p.m. (read more below)

Carpet Bowling
• Tuesdays, Manson's Hall, 1:30 pm.

Housing News – Rainbow Ridge Rezoning Public Hearing
• Wednesday, October 15, Manson's Hall, 11 to 12:30 and 2 to 3 p.m. (read more below)

Cortes Island Museum
Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road – noon to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Wild Cortes, 1225 Seaford Road (at Linnaea Education Centre) – Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.
Annual General Meeting, via ZOOM, October 25, 1:30 p.m. (details and link to the meeting will be sent to members and will be posted on the Museum's website)

Folk U
Folk U on CKTZ 89.5 FM.

Eating Out/Food
• Bear's Picnic – is planning to be open.
• The Sunflower at Trude's place will be two afternoons a week, probably on Sunday and Monday. Carie will be making cold-weather food, like soups, stews, lasagna, and she will be selling cold meals for two to freeze or to warm up at home. There will be vegetarian and gluten-free options.
• Toki Bap Cafe, Manson's Hall – every Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Co-op Cafe – Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Boathouse restaurant – closed in October.

Cortes Island Library, 1225 Seaford Road
The Cortes Island Library is now open for Take-out service. You can access the entire collection at or by calling 1-877-415-8475.
You will pick up your materials without any contact with staff or other customers.
You can return library materials during Take-out Service hours.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – closed
Thursday – 2 to 3 and 6 to 7
Friday – 11 to 12 and 2 to 3
Saturday – 11 to 12 and 2 to 3
Sunday – closed


Found at Norah and Jerry's house after the last seniors' lunch there:
• one long soft woolen scarf, grey mushroom coloured
• one sunhat, light grey canvas
Please let Carina6793 know.


We've decided to continue with the Literary Afternoons – the 10th season! We will have them in Manson's Hall, where we can gather with 22 people, socially distanced, in a well-aired room – unless Dr. Bonnie Henry will advise otherwise, later in the season.

On every 4th Sunday of the fall and winter months (except October 25 was rescheduled for November 1, and there is none in December), from 2 to 3 p.m., Cortes writers will read from their own work: fiction, non-fiction, travel logs, poetry, and more.

We have plans to record the readings and broadcast them later on Cortes Radio. We will keep you posted. For now, you may want to mark your calendar for the live readings: November 1, November 22, January 24 and February 28.


The rezoning hearing for the Rainbow Ridge affordable housing development on Cortes Island will be at 2 p.m. on Oct 15, 2020. The meeting will be live online and in-person at Manson’s Community Hall located at 983 Beasley Road. More on Tideline:


Hurricanes occur every year, and sometimes two or three hurricanes can be active at the same time. Using names for these storms makes it much easier for meteorologists, researchers, emergency response workers, ship captains and citizens to communicate about specific hurricanes and be clearly understood. Read more in the October 2020 CISS Newsletter in the pdf format, attached below.


If you have not renewed your membership, please do so now. The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person.

If you have not updated your membership, please do it now. The Membership Form is included as an attachment.


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 seniors' lunches, seniors’ meals, masks, and more.


Your October Newsletter in the pdf format – attached below.

Email your comments to Gina at

If you are a CISS member, you should be getting an email with the October Newsletter. If you cannot find it in your email – check your spam folder; if it is not there, call Gina250-935-0080.

You can read the email format newsletter here –

1. Your October Newsletter in the pdf format
2. Membership Form