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Students can still register for Okanagan three-hour short story competition

Organizers of Okanagan College’s short story competition will be a little lenient with students having difficulty deciding whether to enter.

Mozart’s Requiem opens Okanagan Symphony season

After their triumph with Beethoven in 2010, the Okanagan Symphony Chorus will once again join the orchestra for Mozart’s Requiem Mass.

Brazilian beat heats up the stage in Penticton

The Children’s Showcase presents the second of four exciting performances in the 2011-2012 season: Axé Capoeira, a Brazilian troupe.

Theytus celebrates three decades of publishing

Theytus Books, North America’s oldest Aboriginal publishing house, is celebrating its 30th birthday next week.

Documentary looks at nature’s great predators

Karen and Ralf Meyer have captured the predators’ ongoing drama in their new documentary, Lords of Nature.

Win eludes female driver in Vernon

With her victory in the Hot August Nights Mini Series just two weeks ago at Motoplex Speedway in Vernon, Sarah Cornett-Ching was eager to get back behind the wheel after a week off.

International Film Festival coming to Okanagan Resort

Organizers of an international film festival in Washington State are bringing a selection of their most popular films to the NK’MIP Resort for a three-day film-and-wine event this fall, showcasing first-class independent films at the extensive Osoyoos-area resort.

George Ryga tribute adds performance dates

Theatre lovers throughout the Thompson Okanagan will have a chance to see a special George Ryga production. Portrait of a Lady, a Tribute to Margaret Laurence is based on George Ryga’s seminal adaptation of Margaret Laurence’s classic novel The Stone Angel and features Dorian Kohl’s acclaimed portrayal of heroine Hagar Shipley.

Okanagan observatory opens for meteor shower viewing

The public is invited to come and enjoy the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 12 at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, located at 717 White Lake Rd., south of Kaleden. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with talks by Ken Tapping, Ryan Ransom and Roland Kothes at 8:15 p.m. By 9:30p.m., it should be dark enough to view the brightest meteors. Also, the Royal Astronomical Society members will set up telescopes for the public to enjoy other celestial wonders.

Shortlist announced for 2011 George Ryga Awards

The George Ryga Society and Okanagan College have announced the shortlist for the eighth annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.

Okanagan Hockey School busier than ever

In its 49th year of operation, the Okanagan Hockey School (OHS) has seen consistent growth throughout the years.

Vacation on kids’ time in B.C.

Shhhhh … here be dinosaurs. And whales slapping tails. And wilderness where you can zoom through trees on a cable or splash down whitewater rivers. Heck, there are even castles and gargoyles on a sandy promenade … at least until high tide.

Men’s fastpitch season ends strong

Penticton’s Men’s Fastpitch season got off to a shaky start but ended on a high.

Flight Path takes off

Norm Foster’s Here on the Flight Path, the latest production from Many Hats’ Theatre, features the musings of John Cummings from the balcony of his apartment in the Aurora Terrace out by the airport, observing and commenting on the lives of his neighbors Fay, Angel, and Gwen who inhabit the suite next door.

Summer strings at Shatford

A quartet of entertainers from this summer’s Strings the Thing music camp will be performing an eclectic mix of classic quartet literature

New theatre still on horizon for Penticton

The Penticton & District Performing Arts Facilities Society has erected a new set of signs at the former Nanaimo Hall location, reaffirming both the commitment of the society to develop a performing arts centre and its planned location.

UBC’s Okanagan teams to compete at Canada’s highest level

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will now compete at the highest level of interuniversity sport in Canada.

Triathlons nearing and seeking helping hands

Fast approaching is the 25th Boston Pizza Junior triathlon and the 29th Investors Group Peach Classic triathlon on July 16 and 17 respectively.

Latin rhythms come to Naramata

The four walls of the Naramata Elementary gym are accustomed to 85 kids playing floor hockey or volleyball, but on June 25 a whole new energy and vibe will resonate from the gym, when multi Juno Award-winner Oscar Lopez brings his Nuevo flamenco guitar to the school for a fundraising concert.

All aboard the Kettle Valley Railway

The Kettle Valley Railway is still going strong on a portion of maintained track in Summerland