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Author: Patti Shales Lefkos

Music makes the world go around

Kelowna City Band members first picked up instruments in 1894 and the Penticton Concert Band has been making music since 1910. Vernon has boasted a community band since the 1920’s. In 2001, Kamloops joined the bandwagon with the formation of the Kamloops Community Band.Where did many of these eager and talented musicians get their start? A visit to the twentieth annual Okanagan Concert Band Festival revealed the secret.               Festival flashback Noon hour approached at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre during the March festival. The atmosphere was electric. Students from grades 5...

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Here comes summer! Okanagan summer camps

No longer defined by canoes and crafts, drafty cabins and spidery pit toilets, summer camps for kids have evolved into a smorgasbord of opportunities. Here are a few possibilities to inspire the future celebs, super athletes and scientists of the Okanagan.   The Rock Garden Boot Camp, Vernon Long gone are the days of basket weaving, swimming and canoeing, and a once a week horseback riding session for the lucky ones, as the only summer camp options for kids. Day campers or overnighters can explore a huge variety of activities like computer camps, boot camps, cheerleading, fitness, triathlon, mountain biking, rowing, instrumental music, choir...

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Help on Wheels: Bikes offer Opportunities

See how Patrick Rosen and his staff turn old bikes into hope for a better life As seen in [downloads ids="11709" columns="1"] One of Patrick Rosen’s most vivid childhood memories is of a Sunday afternoon with his dad. Patrick’s hazel eyes light up as he recalls his dad behind him, pushing the bike. “I remember the moment when he let go and I was able to balance on my own. It was an amazing sense of accomplishment. I want to share that experience with others,” he says. And this community minded cycling enthusiast means spreading the joy to everyone, in...

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Play it safe on the water

On a July evening in 2013 Penticton resident Rene Bourque and his female companion, both standing at the windshield of his 28-foot cabin cruiser, approached the Penticton City Wharf. The only illumination on the pier at 10:30 p.m. was a red navigation light located at the end. It blinked every six seconds. Rene says he throttled down to 20 kilometres an hour, saw the dock and thought it was further out. Too late. The boat hit the dock and ended up perched on the Kiwanis Walking Pier. Luckily, neither he, his passenger nor the young people on the pier...

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