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General News · 30th November 2021
In this newsletter: Christmas Bird Count – January 2 Luc is seeking a new place Gutter and Roof Meals on Wheels Just for laughs... Photo gallery Housing Committee appeal and more and much more ...


Our luncheons continue in December. Call Carina6793 if you would like to come. The first two are on Thursdays, the last three on Wednesdays, all at 12:30 p.m.
• Thursday, December 2, 12:30, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall
• Thursday, December 9, 12:30, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall
• Wednesday, December 15, 12:30, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall
• Wednesday, December 22, 12:30, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall
• Wednesday, December 29, 12:30, Pioneer Room, Manson's Hall

Literary Afternoons
Literary Afternoons take a break for December. See you in January. We have the dates already set for 2022: Sundays, January 23 and February 20. But if you missed November Afternoon, you can hear it on the Cortes Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM!
• Sunday, December 12, CKTZ 89.5 FM, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cortes Island DeathCaring Collective
• Tuesday, December 7, 2 to 3:30, Hollyhock, on natural burials. More details coming in a Tideline post.

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

Christmas Fairs
• Saturday, December 4, 11 to 3, Gorge Hall
• Saturday, December 11, 11 to 3, Manson's Hall

Cortes Island Museum
In case you missed the Moss Walk, a great event, you still have a chance to participate in the Moss Talk, date rescheduled from November 28 to December 12.
CBC, Christmas Bird Count, is another Museum's all-island event scheduled for Sunday, January 2, 2022.

• Sunday, December 12, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mansons Hall – Talk on Citizen Science, iNaturalist & Rare Mosses with Daniel Tucker, moss researcher
• Sunday, January 2 – the Museum invites all to participate in the Christmas Bird Count. More details and bird count forms at

Cortes Museum and Wild Cortes will be closed on Friday and Saturday, December 24 and 25, and December 31 and January 1. Visit the Museum in December for your holiday shopping!

Folk University has been going strong with new Folk U Radio programming and, thanks to Roy from Cortes Currents, a few past episodes are now available as podcasts. Check it out: and

Walking Group
The walking group meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m., Manson's Hall parking lot, for 30-min to one-hour walk, followed by coffee observing COVID-19 restrictions. Location TBA.

BETTER AT HOME – Roof and gutter cleaning available

Better at Home (BAH) on Cortes has gutter and roof cleaning available for Better at Home clients. It is our newest service.

Better at Home: Who can sign up?
The BAH program offers non-medical services to seniors who are:
• 65 years of age or older
• CISS members between 50 & 65 with mobility or health challenges
• Residents of Cortes Island
• Living in their own home
Contact Ester by email: or phone Carina 250-935-6793 (Monday–Friday, 10–5). We can send you an intake form, help you fill it out if needed, and are happy to answer any questions.


Sujon and Fenella will be cooking meals on a few Mondays this month, starting December 6.
The dinners will be delivered to your doorstep by volunteers. We will send out an email with the menu and details.
The cost is on a sliding scale of $5 to $20 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
For now, this service is offered to CISS members only who can't or don't want to cook for themselves.
Call Carina6793 if you are interested. Call before Friday, 5 p.m. to book your meal.

December 6 menu:
• Chicken Kiev (baked herb butter stuffed chicken breast crusted with g.f. bread crumb)
• roast lemon paprika potato
• honey thyme carrots
• bread raisin pudding


I am a senior, currently on Cortes year-round, who owns and lives in a moveable tiny home. I am currently seeking a new place to move my 400 square foot cabin, ideally a property with existing seniors or someone that might need an extra source of rental income and/or help with chores like creating firewood, tending lawns & gardens, assisting with house maintenance & repairs.

Please e-mail me via or call to chat by phoning 250-203-6106. Thanks, Luc Bugeaud



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