Merchants’ group shows Wizard of Oz

There are plenty of arts and entertainment events scheduled in Summerland and the surrounding area.

The Summerland Merchants Association is showing the original Wizard of Oz on Friday, Oct. 28 at the IOOF Hall with a costume contest and goodie bags for the kids starting at 6:30 p.m.

Fibre festival

The Desert Sage Spinners and Weavers Guild from Oliver is host for South Okanagan Slow Fibre Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the South Main Seniors’ Centre, 2965 South Main St. in Penticton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a wearable fashion show at 2 p.m. There will be 26 fibre artisans from B.C taking part this year. The vendor markets will be selling their quality hand crafted articles.  There will be demonstrations all day on drop spindling, spinning on a wheel, carding fibre, weaving, felting and other techniques. Admission is free. Lunch and refreshments will be available.

Film series

The next film in the Kitchen Stove Film Series will be Oranges and Sunshine on Nov. 3 at the PenMar Cinema on Martin Street in Penticton.

For children

The next Children’s Showcase performance is 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Cleland Theatre in Penticton.

Axe Capoeira is an exciting group of young performers who combine dance and marital arts, drumming and vocals for a pulse-pounding experience of Brazilian culture.  For more information call 250-492-622 or visit

Tickets are available at The Sweet Tooth Café.

Studio tour

There will be a Fall Studio Tour on Saturday, Nov. 5 and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info at

Maps are available from participating artist studios and the Visitor Info Centre, the Summerland Library and the Summerland Art Gallery. Studio tours are fun for the family, informative and a great way to find gifts.

On stage

Christmas Belles opens on the Cannery Stage in the Cannery Trade Centre on Nov. 10 and runs until Dec. 3.  It’s Christmas time in Fayro, Texas and the Futrelle sisters, Frankie, Twink and Honey Raye are busy planning the annual Christmas pageant at the Tabernacle of the Lamb. Problem is the entire world seems to be conspiring against them as their best planning efforts spin riotously out of control.

Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

For tickets call 250-493-4055.

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If you know of an event you feel should be included in the Arts Palette or on the Arts Council’s online calendar, please email: or call: 250-494-4994. and

David Finnis is a member of the Summerland Community Arts Council.