Penticton author and naturalist Dick Cannings will kick off the Okanagan summer reading series. A Writing Place: Authors in Rural British Columbia happens Aug. 7 to 11 and is sponsored by UBC, Okanagan College and the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada.
Cannings wrote An Enchantment of Bird and Flights of Imagination and has co-authored guidebooks, with his brother Sydney, who will be joining him at the launch.
The free reading is on Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College.
The Summer Art Program is holding a raffle. The prizes are: First, Summerland Golf Club Package, value $300, second, elephant cushion (design from a Michael Painting) and elephant soft toy, value $75, third, candle holder handcrafted by Alfred Heckmann. Tickets at the Summerland Arts Centre, 9533 Main St.
The Summerland Museum is presenting a tour of geological formations and rock types. Register at the museum Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 250-494-9395. The tour is Saturday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with geologist Kathleen Jagger.
Soprano Madison Johnson will be performing with the Penticton Concert Band at the Naramata Faire in Manitou Park this coming Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and again at the opening of Peach Fest in Okanagan Lake Park on Aug. 8 at 12:30 p.m.
At the gallery
Under the Knife features brightly coloured palette knife paintings by Brian Simons and is in the Main Gallery of the Summerland Art Gallery until Aug. 11. briansimons.com
The Summerland Art Gallery is accepting submissions for the 2013 season. Proposals should include C.V., biography, artist’s statement, five to 20 photographs of work that reflect the theme of the exhibit. Deadline: Sept. 30.
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David Finnis is the president of the Summerland Community Arts Council.