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There are more than 20 varieties of tulips at the first annual Tulip Festival in Armstrong-Spallumcheen. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

More time to enjoy North Okanagan tulip festival

First Armstrong-Spallumcheen tulip festival extended to May 28, as cold spring delayed bloom of some flowers

(Photo: Tyler Harper)

‘Nerves are high’: Stakes raised in Penticton as Grade 12 students make live theatre debuts

Penticton Secondary students will present ‘Mamma Mia’ at Cleland Theatre from June 1 to 3

A $5,000 cheque was presented to Summerland’s “Camp Boyle,” after the scout club has struggled with finances since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Left to right: Scouters Graeme Cooper, Robert Ames, Mike Field, Shauna Perkins, Kinsmen, Earl Lawrence, Norm Dishkin, Dirk Ordze, Jim Burnett, Greg flook. In front kneeling are Liam Cooper and Jason Miskiman (Photo courtesy of the Penticton Kinsmen/Penticton Kinsmen Resource Centre Society)

Summerland’s ‘Camp Boyle’ will reopen thanks to donation from Penticton-based group

The scout club was unable to open its door because of ‘financial struggles’

Carla Seddon is one of many current South Okanagan Events Centre staff members who has grown up with the Penticton-based venue since it opened in 2008.

Penticton Women in Business: Community building vital to success at SOEC

Carla Seddon has been part of SOEC’s success from the start

Carla Seddon is one of many current South Okanagan Events Centre staff members who has grown up with the Penticton-based venue since it opened in 2008.
Diana Stirling opened the Cherry on Top Shake Shop for the first time at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon at 1029 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Cherry On Top Shake Shop becomes Penticton’s newest dessert spot

The shop is owned by the former operators of the Penticton Peach

Diana Stirling opened the Cherry on Top Shake Shop for the first time at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon at 1029 Lakeshore Drive in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
JCI Penticton is hosting its first-ever beach volleyball tournament at Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 5 to 6. (NEWS file photo)

‘Bump, set, spike’ beach volleyball tournament set for Penticton Peach Festival

JCI Penticton is hosting the first annual tournament from Aug. 5 to 6

JCI Penticton is hosting its first-ever beach volleyball tournament at Penticton Peach Festival from Aug. 5 to 6. (NEWS file photo)
Children aged 5-12 from Rivne, Ukraine have artwork available for purchase at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna to support their fathers and brothers fighting in the war with Russia from May 15-31, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Ukrainian children send art to Kelowna for ‘Bomb Shelter Exhibit’

All the art is available for purchase

  • May 19, 2022
Children aged 5-12 from Rivne, Ukraine have artwork available for purchase at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna to support their fathers and brothers fighting in the war with Russia from May 15-31, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
The Oliver Fire Department is planning a 100-year birthday celebration on July 9. (Oliver Fire)

100-year birthday bash planned for Oliver Fire Department this summer

Canadian country music group Tanner Olsen Band will headline the festivities

The Oliver Fire Department is planning a 100-year birthday celebration on July 9. (Oliver Fire)
(OFTF photo)

MP Albas gives shout out to Okanagan Forest Task Force for cleaning up backcountry

Kane Blake and the rest of the task force were publicly thanked by MP Dan Albas

  • May 19, 2022
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Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Vernon mother caps off educational journey as UNBC valedictorian

Dyra Pridham excelled in her MBA studies years after starting a family, proof that there are plenty of paths to get to success

Vernon’s Dyra Pridham is graduating with a Master of Business Administration degree and will give the valedictory address at Ceremony 2 at the University of Northern British Columbia’s Prince George campus on May 27, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Event will be held June 4.

Celebrate the animals with the Okanagan Humane Society

The Okanagan Humane Society hosts a night for the animals on June 4 in Kelowna

Event will be held June 4.
The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association is hosting a two-hour event at Penticton’s Peach Festival on August 6. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Pistoleras)

Local derby skaters rolling into Penticton Peach Festival this summer

The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association will host a two-hour event at the festival on Aug. 6

The South Okanagan Roller Derby Association is hosting a two-hour event at Penticton’s Peach Festival on August 6. (Photo- Courtesy of the Penticton Pistoleras)
The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Winery donates tasting fees to Summerland Museum

Museum has provided Back Door Winery with information about prohibition era in Canada

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. British Columbia had provincial prohibition of alcoholic beverages from 1917 to 1921. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
The Salvation Army in Penticton is hoping to recruit volunteers at an opening open house on June 10. (Western News file photo)

A nearly 70 % loss of volunteers drives Penticton Salvation Army to host open house

The non-profit organization is on the search for volunteers, will open doors for job fair on June 10

The Salvation Army in Penticton is hoping to recruit volunteers at an opening open house on June 10. (Western News file photo)
Most Summerland festivals did not happen in 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Summerland Farmers Market proceeded each Sunday during the summer and fall, and the Summerland Fall Fair had displays set up in late September. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Fall Fair planned for Sept. 10

Event was cancelled in 2020 and scaled back in 2021

Most Summerland festivals did not happen in 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Summerland Farmers Market proceeded each Sunday during the summer and fall, and the Summerland Fall Fair had displays set up in late September. (Summerland Review file photo)
Skaha Bluffs will be hosting a climbing festival May 28 and 29. (Photo by Dave Mai/DM Productions)

Skaha Climbers Festival auction to support of park watcher program

The program finds work for individuals with barriers to employment

Skaha Bluffs will be hosting a climbing festival May 28 and 29. (Photo by Dave Mai/DM Productions)
The Okanagan Gleaners, pictured here at work in 2017 putting together food for deliver, is one of several charities being recognized and highlighted by the Oliver Tourism Association in their newest campaign. (Submitted)

Oliver campaign highlights local charities and businesses

The tourism association is hoping to bring awareness and support for the community

The Okanagan Gleaners, pictured here at work in 2017 putting together food for deliver, is one of several charities being recognized and highlighted by the Oliver Tourism Association in their newest campaign. (Submitted)
People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)
One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)

Keremeos’ Grist Mill gearing up for packed summer season

An ‘insanely busy year’ is on the way for the heritage site

One of the new slab benches that have been installed in at the Grist Mill in Keremeos. (Grist Mill and Gardens photo)
The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.

Thousands turn out for first-ever outdoor Fest of Ale in Penticton

The event returned from its two-year hiatus on Saturday, May 14, at Okanagan Lake Park

The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.