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Volunteers in Vernon collect food for the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive in 2021. The province-wide initiative comes to Penticton this Saturday, Sept. 24. (Contributed)

BC Thanksgiving Food Drive comes to Penticton this weekend

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army until noon on Sept. 24

(Photo - Kelowna Beer Week/Facebook)

Oktoberfest, takeover nights and more highlight Kelowna Beer Week

Kelowna Beer Week is happening over 11 days from Sept. 23 to Oct. 8

The Okanagan Vinyl Festival returns this Sunday, Sept. 23, after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. (Photo courtesy of Brenda Smith)

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in the South Okanagan

Return of the Vees, America’s Got Talent comedian and Okanagan’s biggest vinyl festival all coming up

Members of the Summnerland Steam hockey team volunteered their time at a fundraiser for the Summerland Food Bank. (Contributed)
Members of the Summnerland Steam hockey team volunteered their time at a fundraiser for the Summerland Food Bank. (Contributed)
Penticton author and artist Hannah Dueck pictured with her new release, Beautiful Okanagan: A Colouring Book. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)

Experience beauty of the Okanagan like never before with new colouring book

Penticton author Hannah Dueck includes scenes of Skaha Bluffs and Kelowna Sails

Penticton author and artist Hannah Dueck pictured with her new release, Beautiful Okanagan: A Colouring Book. (Photo- Okanagan Publishing House)
Cole Derry started his second round of dialysis April 4, 2022. (Cole’s Kidney Journey Facebook photo)

Lumby man’s kidney journey moves forward

Cole Derry has made it home after successful kidney removal surgery in Vancouver

Cole Derry started his second round of dialysis April 4, 2022. (Cole’s Kidney Journey Facebook photo)
Volunteers are creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers from LocoLanding gardens on Tuesday. The 150 bouquets were delivered to students and staff Out’ma School on Penticton Indian Band land. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Video: Penticton’s LocoLanding ends season by making fresh flower bouquets for students

Volunteers spent day making bouquets that were delivered to Out’ma School

Volunteers are creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers from LocoLanding gardens on Tuesday. The 150 bouquets were delivered to students and staff Out’ma School on Penticton Indian Band land. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
The Penticton Vees are looking for somebody to fill the role of “Harvee,” the team’s mascot. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)

Missing in Action: Penticton Vees without mascot ahead of season opener

The team is currently looking for candidates to fill the part-time position

The Penticton Vees are looking for somebody to fill the role of “Harvee,” the team’s mascot. (Logan Lockhart- Western News)
Thought to be Sam Kee, circa 1909 - 1914. <em>Image courtesy the Denis Marshall Collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum. </em>

Historical whodunit: Tale of foul play part of Salmon Arm cemetery tour

Tour planned for old section of Mt. Ida Cemetery

  • Sep 21, 2022
Thought to be Sam Kee, circa 1909 - 1914. <em>Image courtesy the Denis Marshall Collection in the archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village & Museum. </em>
The medal winners of women’s doubles at the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ Penticton charity pickleball tournament. Taking top spot were Lois Neu and Leah Currie of North Vancouver, Silver went to Jeannie Lister and Lori Needham of Penticton and Bronze to Donna Hammerquist and Leanne Barnes also of Penticton. (Submitted)

Penticton pickleball tournament helps smash mental health fundraising goal

Over $51,000 raised for the local Canadian Mental Health Association branch

The medal winners of women’s doubles at the Canadian Mental Health Associations’ Penticton charity pickleball tournament. Taking top spot were Lois Neu and Leah Currie of North Vancouver, Silver went to Jeannie Lister and Lori Needham of Penticton and Bronze to Donna Hammerquist and Leanne Barnes also of Penticton. (Submitted)
Lise Maurier (left) and friend were applauded for their bravery after rappelling down the side of the 18-storey Landmark office building in Kelowna in support of Easter Seals on Sept. 20, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Superheroes of all forms; Easter Seals Drop Zone on now in Kelowna

All funds raised support the Easter Seals House and Camps

  • Sep 20, 2022
Lise Maurier (left) and friend were applauded for their bravery after rappelling down the side of the 18-storey Landmark office building in Kelowna in support of Easter Seals on Sept. 20, 2022 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
Pets in the Park was furry-friendly fun at Gyro Park on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

PHOTOS: Barking success at Pets in the Park in Penticton

Kona Sankey, founder of Pet Friendly Penticton, organized Sunday’s pet-friendly event

Pets in the Park was furry-friendly fun at Gyro Park on Sunday. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
John Rusch from Applewood Heating (second from left) brought along Lennox Industries regional manager Mike Janzen of Kelowna (fourth from left) and a crew to Lumby Monday, Sept. 19, to install a new furnace at the Lumby Food Bank. Food bank volunteer Bob Wilkinson (third from left) smiles his approval. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Lumby Food Bank heats up with new furnace donation

Vernon’s Applewood Heating and Lennox Industries show and feel the love for food bank volunteers

John Rusch from Applewood Heating (second from left) brought along Lennox Industries regional manager Mike Janzen of Kelowna (fourth from left) and a crew to Lumby Monday, Sept. 19, to install a new furnace at the Lumby Food Bank. Food bank volunteer Bob Wilkinson (third from left) smiles his approval. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Cops for Kids concluded their 2022 ride with closing remarks in the parking lot of Kelowna’s Ramada Hotel on Sept. 18 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)

Cops for Kids rolls into Kelowna to finish the ride

Over $375,000 was raised in the 2022 ride

  • Sep 18, 2022
Cops for Kids concluded their 2022 ride with closing remarks in the parking lot of Kelowna’s Ramada Hotel on Sept. 18 (Brittany Webster - Capital News)
Penticton Firefighter Charity Society hosted its first-ever charity dodgeball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Firefighters’ inaugural charity dodgeball tournament a huge hit in Penticton

Organizers expect at least $10,000 to be raised by the end of the event

Penticton Firefighter Charity Society hosted its first-ever charity dodgeball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Parkway Elementary in Penticton was recently presented with a $2,000 donation from construction company Emil Anderson. (Contributed)

Penticton elementary school gifted with $2k from Kelowna construction company

Parkway Elementary School plans on using the money to expand its student services

Parkway Elementary in Penticton was recently presented with a $2,000 donation from construction company Emil Anderson. (Contributed)
Pathways in Penticton is hosting a barbecue fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 17.

BBQ in Penticton this weekend for Pathways Addiction Resource Centre

The group raised a total of $5,000 at its last fundraiser in May

Pathways in Penticton is hosting a barbecue fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 17.
Nugget, Penticton Western News editor's dog enjoys many dog parks around town. Pets in the Park is Sunday, Sept. 18 at Gyro Park.
Nugget, Penticton Western News editor's dog enjoys many dog parks around town. Pets in the Park is Sunday, Sept. 18 at Gyro Park.
Rene Cortin - Wikimedia commons

Summerland IGA to host donation event for food bank

Goal is to raise $5,000 on Saturday, Sept. 17

Rene Cortin - Wikimedia commons
This is the Welby stagecoach delivering mail on the Keremeos-Penticton route in 1912. B.C. history will be among the topics discussed at the Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Penticton Museum and Archives this fall. (South Similkameen Museum)

Penticton’s Brown Bag Lecture Series takes a journey across the globe this fall

Lectures take place every Tuesday at the city’s museum and archives starting Sept. 20

This is the Welby stagecoach delivering mail on the Keremeos-Penticton route in 1912. B.C. history will be among the topics discussed at the Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Penticton Museum and Archives this fall. (South Similkameen Museum)