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Downtown Vernon: City Centre evolution

Vernon’s historic city centre is buzzing with the kind of renewed vitality that attracts residents and draws visitors.

Recent construction projects update and blend with familiar streetscapes, taking advantage of easy access to the host of retail outlets, restaurants, pro-fessional services, arts and cultural venues already available.

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Okanagan literary festival ‘puts Vernon on the map’ with award-winning writers hosting workshops

There’s a novelist who’s written a bestseller about Daniel Boone, a non-fiction writer who voyages to Antarctica, an award-winning playwright whose work is being staged at this moment in Saskatchewan, and a poet whose name is more or less synonymous with creative writing in the Okanagan... the lineup of “big and local” names hosting workshops at the upcoming second annual Spoke Literary Festival means Okanagan writers don’t have to go far to learn from some of the best in Can Lit. “You don’t have to go to a big centre to get a really high quality writing workshop experience,”...

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Lake levels continue to rise to historic highs

500,000 additional sandbags on their way As of Monday (June 5) morning, the level of Okanagan Lake was 343.246 m, exceeds historic highs. Local government crews and BC Forestry crews have been deployed to inspect existing barriers after last night’s high winds, review protection in vulnerable areas and make all required adjustments. The Emergency Operations Centre will be using a lake level of 343.5 metres as a planning number for analyzing flood protection measures and residents in impacted areas are advised to do the same. Residents should also ensure protective measures include an additional buffer for wave action. Although the snowpack...

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See The Big Picture at the Kelowna Art Gallery

What is it about big things that fascinate us so much? Could this fascination for “going big” hold true for art as well? An exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery, entitled The Big Picture, gives visitors a chance to decide for themselves. The Big Picture features fifteen works drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection, all chosen for their large size. To illustrate, a pair of works created by artist Wanda Koop dominate an entire gallery wall, each piece measuring 13 feet long by 9 feet tall. Working big has its own history – whether in drawing, painting, printmaking, or...

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