The Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s locomotive was decorated with holiday lights for the annual Summerland Christmas Express runs. The Christmas train rides are popular among railway passengers.

The Kettle Valley Steam Railway’s locomotive was decorated with holiday lights for the annual Summerland Christmas Express runs. The Christmas train rides are popular among railway passengers.

Musical production will be staged

Arts and culture news and events from Summerland and the rest of the South Okanagan.

Soundstage Production’s presents Whistle Down the Wind by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman; a musical based on the 1961 Hayley Mills film.

It is believed this is the first time Whistle Down the Wind has been performed in Canada. It will be staed at Penticton Lakeside Resort.

The show has played in London’s West End and on Broadway. Dec. 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. and a Sunday, Dec. 22 matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets available at front desk of the Penticton Lakeside Resort, 250-493-8221.

Symphony

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas Reflections at the Cleland Theatre on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

At the gallery

Celebrate the End of the World As We Know It at the Penticton Art Gallery and cap off an amazing six-week celebration of art in all its forms.

This is a licensed event featuring the fine brews of Cannery Brewing and fine wines from Moraine, Misconduct and Perseus Wineries.

It will feature the amazing Shane Philip and DJ Rafferty Funksmith plus activities for kids of all ages and a host of special guests. Phone 250-493-2928.

Live webcast

And on Saturday, Dec. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. you are invited to be a part of the Planetary Smile at the Penticton Art Gallery. See the Wheel of Co-creation by Barbara Marx Hubbard, watch the live webcast of world wide Birth 2012 and experience Heart Coherence, face painting, a community “paint in” mural, speaker’s corner, hear the Peace Planet Proclamation, yoga, crystal bowl meditations, Warren Hooley, Richard Knox and more. Radio Free Canada will be onsite broadcasting.

Visit Birth2012.com and our Facebook page.

All are welcome to bring their gift to this celebration of the New Earth.

Holiday hours

Although the Summerland Community Arts Council office will be closed over the Christmas holidays you can always check our website and events calendar for other information about the local art scene at summerlandarts.com.

Theatre

Short of ideas for Christmas gifts? How about gift certificates to the South Okanagan’s favourite theatre company? Many Hats Theatre Company Gift Certificates are available at the Wine Country Visitor’s Centre Railway and Eckhardt or phone 250-276-2170 www.manyhatstheatre.com

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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 dfinnis@telus.net or call 250-494-8994. summerlandarts.com and twitter.com/artspalette

David Finnis is the president of the Summerland Community Arts Council.