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General News · 1st June 2021
Are we looking into a better summer? Back to Normal is anticipated for September.


Are we looking into a better summer than last year? Is there some hope in fighting COVID-19 with more people being vaccinated? Time will show... So, we continue with what we can do.

Walking Group
The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 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. Observing COVID-19 restrictions.

There are no planned lunches in June. If we have any, CISS members will get an email with the information.

• Thursdays or Fridays, 12:30, weather depending. Read more below.

Father's Day and First Day of Summer
• Sunday, June 20, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Friday Market
• Every Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Manson's Hall

Free Store
• The Free Store is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 to 3. No more than one bag or box per household.

Gabbing About Gardening
• Every Monday, at 3:30 p.m., free Zoom presentations, donations appreciated. Links provided on Tideline. Read full Gabbing program in our newsletter.

• FolkU – 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at CKTZ, repeats Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Cortes Island Museum
• Main Gallery, 957 Beasley Road, Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. – new exhibit Listening to Bees
• Wild Cortes at Linnaea Education Centre, 1255 Seaford Road, Friday and Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. – new exhibit The Big Three, about bears, wolves and cougars on Cortes Island
• Summer hours start on June 15
Main Gallery, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wild Cortes, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
• Interested in Cortes Island History? Visit the new Online Archives or


We will continue the picnics in June, aiming at Thursdays and/or Fridays. The announcements via email will be sent to CISS members about two days before the date.

So far, we have been to the Gorge Marina, where spring nature is smiling at us in all her beauty and The Sunflower food truck is right there, so you don’t have to bring your lunch. In case of a shower, we can sit in the gazebo. You could also buy your lunch at the Co-op deli or, on a Friday, order a meal from Toki Bap the day before, and bring it to the picnic place. With the maximum of 10 people gathering, Carina6793 would like to know in advance if you are planning on coming.

It would be nice to see you there.


The bestselling author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova, in her new book Remember, explores the intricacies of how we remember, why we forget, and what we can do to protect our memories.

The book is recommended by Carina.

Learn more on this podcast: Remember.

The book, with lots of practical advice, can be purchased at Marnie’s bookstore. Call 250-204-8228 or email to order your copy.


We are reaching out to seniors on neighbouring islands who would like to connect in writing, via snail mail, with seniors on the other Gulf Islands. If you would like your name in the hat, call Carina, coordinator of Seniors Helping Seniors, at 250-935-6793, with your name and mailing address, or send an email to


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, meals, other services, Better at Home, and more.


The more members we have, the more we can do to help our neighbours on Cortes Island, and the better impression we can make when we approach governments over concerns or apply for housing or other grants. We accept anyone over 50. Our dues remain at a reasonable $10 per person. Encourage your friends to join us. You can get the membership form here: CISS MEMBERSHIP FORM.



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