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While the Okanagan Rail Trail remained open, Coldstream parks have been closed for a month now, but could re-open mid-May. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Funds link Okanagan Rail Trail to Predator Ridge

1.3 km section of multi-use trail with a safe crossing under Highway 97 between Bailey Road and the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail

Providing seniors with tablets in order to stay connected is just one of the services offered by the Lake Country Health Planning Society. (Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society photo)

Support helps Okanagan society reduce COVID impacts on mental health

District grants funding to Health Planning Society

Youth from Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton and the Kootenays were able to dig into two evenings of online learning and connection through United Way Southern Interior B.C.’s <CODE>anagan program. (Submitted)<code> </code>

CODEanagan gives youth a chance to learn about technology

The youth, aged 12 to 21, built their own WordPress sites and developed blogging ideas

A webinar on dealing with dementia will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (Submitted)

Webinar on dementia scheduled for March 10

Okanagan residents invited to event on legal issues surrounding dementia

A webinar on dealing with dementia will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (Submitted)
The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Enchante the cat. AlleyCats.

Okanagan pet rescue looking for adoption hero

AlleyCats is looking for a special forever home for a young grey tabby

Enchante the cat. AlleyCats.
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Holiday lights in West Kelowna
The Kelowna Capital News team plants a tree for Earth Day
Cougar caught on camera in Lake Country
Snow blankets Kelowna
Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)

Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
A Penticton resident since 1999, Helen Goodwin has been with Valley First for almost 20 years, holding several positions within the organization. (Contributed)

Penticton Valley First Credit Union welcomes new branch manager

Helen Goodwin will be returning to Penticton as branch manager of the Valley First on Main Street

A Penticton resident since 1999, Helen Goodwin has been with Valley First for almost 20 years, holding several positions within the organization. (Contributed)
Members of the Total Restoration South Okanagan team in 2109 at the Chamber Business Excellence Awards. (Contributed)

Penticton’s Total Restoration up for ‘Best Community Impact’ award

The BC Small Busines Awards will announce the winner in May

Members of the Total Restoration South Okanagan team in 2109 at the Chamber Business Excellence Awards. (Contributed)
Penticton's Global Grocers, an expansion of Oliver's Global Grocers will be opening up around the end of April. (Facebook)

Penticton to get taste of global flavour with new grocer in April

Oliver’s Global Grocers are opening up their new store by the start of May

Penticton's Global Grocers, an expansion of Oliver's Global Grocers will be opening up around the end of April. (Facebook)
Students from Summerland’s Okanagan College often posed for photographs on the Big Rock. The rock was on the northern slope of Giant’s Head Mountain. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Summerland’s Big Rock had been deposited during last ice age

Rock was once a prominent feature on Giant’s Head Mountain

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Students from Summerland’s Okanagan College often posed for photographs on the Big Rock. The rock was on the northern slope of Giant’s Head Mountain. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Mike Boersma and Adrienne Betts of Granny’s Cafe, at left, present Janet Peake of the Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre, with a cheque for $1,310 from a recent fundraising event. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Cafe raises more than $1,300 for Summerland Food Bank

Money raised during one-day fundraiser in early February

Mike Boersma and Adrienne Betts of Granny’s Cafe, at left, present Janet Peake of the Summerland Food Bank and Resource Centre, with a cheque for $1,310 from a recent fundraising event. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)

Osoyoos Indian Band receives $400,000 grant for heritage project

Some of the money will be used to build a traditional pit house at Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

The Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos. (Nk'mip Desert Cultural Centre photo)
The Naramata Slow Society is reviving the Naramata Community Market which will launch in June. (Submitted photo)

Naramata Community Market is coming back

The market will be every Wednesday from June to September

The Naramata Slow Society is reviving the Naramata Community Market which will launch in June. (Submitted photo)
Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Konanz acclaimed as Federal Conservative candidate for South Okanagan West Kootenay riding

In 2019 Konanz came with 796 votes of incumbent NDP MP Richard Cannings

Former MP Stockwell Day came back to Penticton in July 2019 to give a speech in support of Helena Konanz during her run for one of the districts that were formed out of the one Day used to represent. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
This year’s Pink Shirt Day event will be held virtually with the Breakfast in a Box. (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs photo)

Pink Shirt Day 2021 kicks off with virtual event

“When you’re functioning from a place of kindness, there’s no way that bullying can exist.”

This year’s Pink Shirt Day event will be held virtually with the Breakfast in a Box. (Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs photo)
This is how Main Street in Penticton looked in the 1930s. (Stocks photo collection: courtesy of Old BC: The Way It Was)
This is how Main Street in Penticton looked in the 1930s. (Stocks photo collection: courtesy of Old BC: The Way It Was)

Main Street Penticton looked a lot different in the 1930s

Can you spot the Capital Theatre and Stocks Photo and Film store?

This is how Main Street in Penticton looked in the 1930s. (Stocks photo collection: courtesy of Old BC: The Way It Was)
This is how Main Street in Penticton looked in the 1930s. (Stocks photo collection: courtesy of Old BC: The Way It Was)
Penticton artist Stephanie Perry takes a break from painting her mini mural of Okanagan’s favourite bird, the quail. (Her quail Vans worn for inspiration). Perry has been chosen as one of eight local artists participating in a joint art venture with Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing. (Facebook)

Eight Penticton artists selected to paint ‘mini murals’ at Cannery Brewing

The murals will be introduced over a series of unveilings beginning in March

Penticton artist Stephanie Perry takes a break from painting her mini mural of Okanagan’s favourite bird, the quail. (Her quail Vans worn for inspiration). Perry has been chosen as one of eight local artists participating in a joint art venture with Penticton Art Gallery and Cannery Brewing. (Facebook)
Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.

North Okanagan pool reopens after week-long closure

Lanes, leisure and hot tub back up and running Feb. 23

Morning Star file photo
The Vernon swimming pool will host free events Sunday and Monday.
Ice formations add to the things for hikers to see along the trail leading up to Margaret Falls on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Ice formations add to the things for hikers to see along the trail leading up to Margaret Falls on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)