okanagan Events

Storm the Stairs 2017

Sep 2

The most unique fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in BC! Storm the Stairs was started in 2015 by the United Way of Trail and District as friendly fundraising event for those individuals and teams looking for a healthy physical challenge. The course features two routes Express & Grande each route features 18 covered stairs cases (1490 plus steps). While enjoying this challenge, runners and walkers alike see some of the most scenic views of the Columbia River as they cross the Columbia Skywalk Bridge and Rock Walls of Historic West Trail. Storm the Stairs hopes to attract a diverse group of participants from 14 to 70, and people of many different fitness and ability levels. The money raised from this event will go to the United Way of Trail and District Annual Campaign fund for reinvestment to the many organizations supporting the physical, mental and social well-being our the communities we serve. Full details 

Okanagan College 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

May 25

Mark your calendar to join us for a fun and special day that supports Okanagan College students. Okanagan College Foundation and Western Financial Group present the 26th Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Thursday May 25, 2017 Okanagan Golf Club Registration and Sponsorship applications are now open! If you have questions about the 2017 tournament, please call Dawn Douglas at 250-762-5445 ext. 4774 or email foundation@okanagan.bc.ca. Full details 

Let’s Dance Kelowna

Apr 28

Ballroom and Latin dance with the Let’s Dance Kelowna club every second Friday. Join us on the dance floor at the German Canadian Club, 1696 Cary Road. Group lesson from 7:30 to 8 PM followed by dancing from 8 to 10 PM. Full details 


Apr 23

Musaic Vocal Ensemble Presents ‘Annelies’ – April 2017 ‘Annelies’, by UK composer James Whitbourn is a stunning and poignant seventy-five minute choral work for soprano soloist, choir and instrumentalists. The libretto is compiled and translated by Melanie Challenger from ‘Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl’. Annelies is the full forename of Anne Frank. The work was premiered in April 2005 in London. Musaic Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Tracy Stuchbery, is a group of enthusiastic and committed local South Okanagan singers based out of Summerland B.C. “Annelies is beautiful, it is emotional, it is sometimes frightening and often very intimate. The work straddles the achingly fine line between the horrors of the war and the hopeful and creative spirit of the young Anne.” (Dr. Anne Matlock, Harmonium Choral Society, Madison, N.J. USA). The music itself, with it’s blend of choir, the soprano solo voice and the instrumental ensemble, moves from melodic and strong, to dissonant, pulsing and haunting, to gentle, tentative and hushed. Composer James Whitbourn states that Annelies is “a commemorative work” both for Anne and for “…those she watched with penetrating eyes and the voiceless millions who shared her fate. It is those remarkable observations that form the basis of Melanie Challenger’s libretto. The diary has been distilled into this sequence of beautiful and mature, spiritually charged texts… Through Annelies, the wisdom and perception of Anne Frank is there to teach us all.” Anne Frank died alone of illness and starvation at the age of fifteen in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany, sometime in early March, 1945, thirty–two months after she and her family and the others had first gone into hiding in the annex, eight months after being exposed and captured, and a mere two months before the war ended in Europe. “Anne’s legacy challenges each of us to ask ourselves: what can we
do to confront prejudice and discrimination within ourselves, in our schools, family, and society? Bringing Anne Frank’s story into our communities helps teach us all to respect one another in a shared environment. It teaches us to celebrate diversity rather than view differences as obstacles. It teaches us to be proactive and to help those in need. And as idealistic as it may sound, we, like Anne, believe that in spite of everything, people are truly good at heart. We encourage you all to join with us in this noble pursuit, as we bring Anne Frank into our communities, and into our lives.” Beth Slepian, School Programs Manager The Anne Frank Center USA
New York, NY. When we first looked at the score of Annelies, we were not sure whether it was something we could do, either musically or emotionally. The holocaust is a black mark in history, an event of horrific sadness and death, and this is not the theme of traditional community spring concerts. As we read through the score again, listened to the music, and re-read the ‘Diary’ itself, it became evident that Anne’s writing, although done in an environment of oppressiveness, violence, fear and hatred, was in fact hopeful, even optimistic. When we considered what was going on in many parts of our world right now, the overwhelming feeling was, “How could we not do it?” We can look back through history and see many examples throughout the world of cultural intolerance, persecution and even genocide. It is not in remembering or honoring or re-living these things alone that will create change. To create change, we must also look forward. What we get from Anne’s diary is just that. Her words portray a belief in our future, in nature, in goodness, in life and love, in family, relationships and possibilities… This piece, while presenting the chillingly dark side of the Holocaust, is also an affirmation of Anne’s faith in humankind and hope for the world. In Anne’s words, “The blue sky, the bare chestnut tree, glistening with dew, the seagulls, glinting with silver swooping through the air. As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, how can I be sad?” (23 Feb 1944) It is our wish that in bringing Annelies to our communities, we will leave people not with a feeling of despair and sadness, but rather, with a sense of hopefulness for our world. And with that, also a sense of empowerment and responsibility, that each of us can do something to help prevent such things from happening again. We hope that our audience will be encouraged by Anne’s bravery and optimism, find beauty and strength in the music, and feel challenged by the spirit and emotion of the message. Again, in Anne’s words, “Beauty remains, even in misfortune. (7 March, 1944). “As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know you’re pure within” (February 23, 1944). The members of Musaic feel privileged to have the opportunity of presenting this beautiful and poignant story to the communities of the South Okanagan. Local Guest Artists Mia Harris, Soprano; Olivia Walsh, Cello; Sarah Anderson, Violin; Pamela Parenty, Oboe; Dennis Nordlund, Piano Locations and times: Saturday, April 22, 2017 7:30pm at St. Saviour’s, Penticton Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2:30pm at St. John’s, Summerland Friday, April 28, 2017, 7;30 p..m. at Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver Saturday, April 29, 2017, 7:30pm at St. Michael and All Angels, Kelowna Full details 

Super Shopper Spring Market

Apr 22

Spring has Sprung and Mother’s Day is just around the corner We will have 40 Amazing Exhibitors to share their wares for some fantastic one stop shopping. Bake Sale, Door Prizes, Refreshments available and more This event is open to direct marketers, crafter/artisans & services, so we will have a great mix, something for everyone Admission is FREE but we are always appreciate donations for our local food bank Full details 

Let’s Dance Kelowna

Apr 14

Ballroom and Latin dance with the Let’s Dance Kelowna club every second Friday. Join us on the dance floor at the German Canadian Club, 1696 Cary Road. Group lesson from 7:30 to 8 PM followed by dancing from 8 to 10 PM. Full details 

Jazz @ Zias

Apr 13

The Allan Crossley Jazz Quartet presents our last Jazz at Zias before fall on April 13th! The theme is “S is for Swing” – Lots of fun Swing tunes that start with the letter S. And we’ll feature another brand-new tune from the Larry and Allan songbook – “So You Think You’re So So Smart.” Lot’s of S’s in that baby. (As usual there’s a $10.00 cover and you can call Zias at 250-494-1105 to make a reservation. Last month’s was full well in advance, so make that call!) Full details 

“The Shoparama” Spring Market

Apr 8 - Apr 9

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT The Shoparama Spring Market Come on down and support a budding bunch of Entrepreneurs, Crafters, and Home Based Business. Baking toooo!! Lots of new and unique products…all under 1 roof. Together with a fun shopping experience, you can support the Food Bank. There will be entertainment, goodies for the kids, door prizes and a yummy concession. Admission is free, however you are invited to bring a non-perishable food item for the Cancer Society and Food Bank. Help us make this a Special Food Bank fundraiser! April 8/17 10:00-7:00 April 9/17 10:00-5:00 Now in 2 great rooms @ the Vernon Recreation Center 3310 37ave. Vernon B.C. Like us on Facebook! Full details 

Another Conversation

Apr 7 - May 20

Another Conversation…LC Art Gallery Members’ Exhibition with Guest Curator Lee Claremont Exhibition Dates: April 7th to May 20th Opening Reception: Thursday, April 6th 6-8pm Curator Feedback and Discussion: Sunday, April 9th 1-3pm Another Conversation is an exhibition about responding to a pervious idea or opinion. Whether the conversation is about an event, a political movement, a time in art history, post colonialism, feminism, gender equality, the environment or cats vs dogs…this exhibition is open ended. What do you feel deserves more consideration? What subject, question, debate or discussion do you feel needs further examination? The Lake Country Art Gallery invites all artists to submit a work of art to this years Members’ Exhibition with guest curator Lee Claremont. Submission Drop Off Dates: March 30, 31 and April 1st from 10am-3pm at the Lake Country Art Gallery, 10356A Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country Full details 

Open Windows – art exhibit

Apr 6

Open Windows, featuring the De Vine Arts Group, will be the opening show of Summerland Community Arts Council’s new gallery on 9525 Wharton St. Opening reception 7-9 pm, Thursday, April 6. Show runs until May 12. Closed Good Friday and Easter Monday. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday 10am-4pm Full details 

Sugar Shack Brunch – Kelowna MapleFest

Apr 2

Come indulge yourself at the traditional “maple sugar shack” brunch. The Old Time Fiddlers will surely add a touch of folk entertainment to make sure the ambiance is set and fun for the entire family. | BRUNCH MENU | Ham, hash browns, beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, maple tarts, pancakes, pea soup, coffee and orange juice. Full details 

Spring Colours Art Show

Apr 1 - Apr 22

The Federation of Canadian Artists presents a Juried Exhibition of Art works by active members of the South Okanagan-Similkameen Chapter. Location: Osoyoos Art Gallery, 8713 Main Street in Osoyoos, BC. Runs from: April 1-22/2017. Opening reception: April 1/2017 from 2-4 PM. Exhibition hours : Tues- Sat. Noon – 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to drop by and enjoy the opportunity to meet the artists. Full details 

Let’s Dance Kelowna

Mar 31

Ballroom and Latin dance with the Let’s Dance Kelowna club every second Friday. Join us on the dance floor at the German Canadian Club, 1696 Cary Road. Group lesson from 7:30 to 8 PM followed by dancing from 8 to 10 PM. Full details 

Festin 2017 – Kelowna MapleFest

Mar 31

The culinary experience FESTIN returns to the Kelowna MapleFest. CONCEPT: The concept is to create a convivial food-infused evening event full of surprises. AMBIANCE: A night in Montreal! CHEF: Mathew Morazain from MTL | montREALfood Visit our website for full menu! Full details 

Spring Trunk Sale

Mar 26

Do you have gently used goods you’d like to sell? Are you a crafter, farmer, or artisan looking for a market? The Arion Therapeutic Farm Spring Trunk Sale allows for you to park and sell your goods out of your trunk for a low parking fee! Join us Sunday, March 26th at 2457 Saucier rd. Gates open for sellers at 9am (first come first served for premium parking spots) Gates open for Buyers/Guests at 10am There is no admission for buyers, just a small parking fee ($10) for sellers! All parking fees collected go to help Arion Therapeutic Farm Social Initiatives and Farm Animals. Vendors keep their individual proceeds. Not interested in vending? You can donate gently used goods to be sold by volunteers with proceeds going to the Arion Therapeutic Farm! There will also be amazing food, Kona Ice, pony rides and other fun activities for the entire family. If you’d like to organize your own fundraising activity for the Arion Therapeutic Farm, we’ll make room for you! PLEASE RSVP on our homepage if you are joining us as a seller so we have enough parking spots for everyone. Full details 

Garage sale with a Twist

Mar 25 Other event Events

Vendors wanted! Penticton United Church is hosting a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, March 25, from 9 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are renting tables to the public at $20 each, and offering them to you to set up your very own mini yard sale. This is your chance to clean out some closets… Full details 

A morning with an Inventor

Mar 21

Are you fascinated by electricity? Do you like to create, to tinker, to putz around with machines and tools? Well, how about spending a morning exploring the inventions of Vernon’s own, Mr. Garry Garbutt. Garbutt is opening up his workshop for interested participants between the ages of 8 to 108 to check out his projects, re-creations of early electrical experiments, tesla engines, and fun experiments. This is an opportunity for the curious minded of all ages to learn and be inspired. Topics depend on participant’s interests. Some potential topics are: tesla coils, steam engines, electrical devices, physics demonstrations, and gidgets and gadgets. “A morning with an Inventor” is part of The Field School Series hosted by the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives who are teaming up with local businesses, organizations, and experts who have “historic skills.” Three dates are being offered as he can only accommodate 6 people per session. “A Morning with an Inventor” takes place at Mr. Garbutt’s Workshop on March 19th, 21st, and 23rd from 10:00 to 11:00am. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Vernon Museum. Cost is $10/person. For more information call (250) 542-3142 visit http://www.vernonmuseum.ca or find us on facebook. Full details 

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