Merchants hosting contest for young writers

Cherry Lane shopping centre merchants are hosting a creative writing contest for young writers

In a contest to benefit the Raise a Reader Program of the South Okanagan, Cherry Lane shopping centre merchants are hosting a creative writing contest for young writers who love to read.

Interested young writers (pre-K to Grade 12) are asked to create a short story or poem (a couple of lines or one to two pages long) to show your creativity. Your opening line is to be … ‘How sweet it is …’ and ending line is to be… ‘that’s what Christmas means to me!’  The creations will be read at an open mic at the shopping centre on Dec. 17 between 3-5 p.m. or on Dec. 18 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each participant receives a new book donated by Raise a Reader. Email Yasmin John-Thorpe at to save your day and time.

The Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is holding a special general meeting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23, in the chamber of commerce boardroom at 553 Railway St.

This special meeting is to discuss and vote on revised organizational bylaws. The board of directors of the chamber will be presenting two versions for member consideration. Copies of both draft versions are available for review at Chamber members are encouraged to pre-read both versions and attend Wednesday’s meeting to vote your preference.

The chamber’s annual Christmas Mixer takes place from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Bufflehead Bistro at the Lakeside. A fun night of networking and sharing conversation with like-minded individuals will be had by all. This annual event is very popular so plan to arrive early with lots of business cards in hand. Future chamber members can attend for $20 at the door.

The chamber is also hosting a Holiday Open House and Member Showcase Dec. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Wine Country Visitor Centre 553 Railway St. The event will feature a member trade show to browse, music, decorations, door prizes, appies and last-minute gift ideas. Admission is a $2 donation to the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper, and wine tickets will be available for $2 each. Member display tables are $75 + HST. For more information or to book your display table, call Lisa at 250-492-4103.

The Literacy Now South Okanagan-Similkameen is searching for a new regional community literacy co-ordinator. A complete job description can be found at and




Erin Hanson is the general manager of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce.