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Pen High leadership students Katie Foreman and Matthew MacDonald with some of the many toys at the 2018 Toys for Tots to Teens which takes place Thursday (Dec. 9) in drive thru format from 7 to 10 a.m. at the school. (File photo)

Time for Penticton’s Toys for Tots to Teens Dec. 9

Bring a gift to the drive thru Toys for Tots to Teens at Pen Hi parking lot Thursday morning

Keremeos Light Up Parade. (Video by Review reporter Brennan Phillips)

Keremeos Light Up Parade a big hit

Lots of floats including Santa and Mrs. Claus being pulled by a tractor

The Vees’ annual Teddy Bear Toss took place on Dec. 3, 2021, with the home team delivering the much-needed goal in short order. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Penticton Vees’ Teddy Bear Toss a huge success on Friday night

Vees forward Brett Moravec scored 1:41 into the game to cue the teddy bear tosses at the SOEC

Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)

Born to be wild: Goat finds family with herd of deer

Greta the Goat sought freedom from the start

Greta on the day she was brought 'home' at four months old, only to run away that very night. (Submitted photo)
The Penticton Art Gallery's 44th annual auction wraps up on Dec. 5. (Monique Tamminga, Western News)

Penticton Art Gallery to send off 2021 with three-day weekend extraordinaire

The weekend kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday with all of the works on display

The Penticton Art Gallery's 44th annual auction wraps up on Dec. 5. (Monique Tamminga, Western News)
Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)

Santa will be cycling the Penticton bike lane Dec. 11

You can join Jolly St. Nick on a community ride with photos after at Gyro Park

Santa is no stranger to taking his bicycle out for rides, having met up with children in Chilliwack in 2018 before coming to Penticton this year. (Jenna Hauck - File)
Santa Claus is coming to town but for the second straight year, meeting him virtually is the only option. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)

Visits with Santa in Penticton will go virtual yet again

The one-on-one visits cost $20 with 100 per cent of the proceeds going back to OSNS.

Santa Claus is coming to town but for the second straight year, meeting him virtually is the only option. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)
Nearly 16 years after first coming up with the idea, Isaiah Fransen finally got around to finishing and publishing his first book this year. (Contributed)

Kelowna man publishes first book, 16 years after writing it

Isaiah Fransen was eight years old when he came up with the idea of his new book

Nearly 16 years after first coming up with the idea, Isaiah Fransen finally got around to finishing and publishing his first book this year. (Contributed)
Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says that his building is in dire need of more volunteers as Christmas approaches. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘Desperately need more volunteers’: Salvation Army Penticton asks community for help

The non-for-profit organization says its workload amplifies during Christmas time

Community Ministries Director at the Salvation Army in Penticton, Alan Madsen, says that his building is in dire need of more volunteers as Christmas approaches. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign runs from Dec. 1 to 12. In 2020, with generous donations from local businesses and individuals, 32 families in need were supported.

Help Jillian Harris support families in need this holiday season

Donate during the 12 Days of Giving for entry to win prizes from some favourite brands

  • Nov 30, 2021
Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving Campaign runs from Dec. 1 to 12. In 2020, with generous donations from local businesses and individuals, 32 families in need were supported.
South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club President Alex Bodden (right) presents club member Jack Shepe with a hot-off-the-press copy of the nature club’s new journal, Nature in Focus, the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Submitted)

Focus on Nature showcases best of Okanagan-Similkameen photo contest

The South Okanagan Naturalists’ have put together a photo journal from the 600 entries

South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club President Alex Bodden (right) presents club member Jack Shepe with a hot-off-the-press copy of the nature club’s new journal, Nature in Focus, the South Okanagan Similkameen. (Submitted)
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The Holiday Market returns to Prospera Place in Kelowna

Stock up on festive cheer at Craft Culture’s Holiday Market this weekend at Prospera Place

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The annual United Against Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at both the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses of Okanagan College. (Image contributed)

Vigils in Salmon Arm, Vernon to remember women killed in Montreal massacre

Okanagan College candlelight vigils to raise awareness of all murdered and missing women

The annual United Against Violence Against Women Candlelight Vigil will take place Monday, Dec. 6 at both the Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses of Okanagan College. (Image contributed)
BGC president Jeremy Welder and Kelowna Chevrolet’s Ian Specman fist bump while holding a giant cheque for $15,000. (Cole Schisler photo)

BGC Okanagan kicks off Gift of Giving campaign with $22k in donations

Kelowna Chevrolet donated $15,000 and Kelowna Kinsmen donated $7,000

BGC president Jeremy Welder and Kelowna Chevrolet’s Ian Specman fist bump while holding a giant cheque for $15,000. (Cole Schisler photo)
The Town of Oliver is celebrating its Light Up Dec. 3 where they will once again light up the Christmas tunnel at Lion's Park as seen here last year with this photo taken by Chelsea Gillis. (Facebook)
The Town of Oliver is celebrating its Light Up Dec. 3 where they will once again light up the Christmas tunnel at Lion's Park as seen here last year with this photo taken by Chelsea Gillis. (Facebook)
Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)

Med student from Okanagan named 2022 Rhodes scholar

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who will head to Oxford University next October

Jesse Lafontaine is one of 11 Canadians who were awarded Rhodes Scholarships and will head to Oxford University in October 2022. (Contributed)
A group of Lake Country residents designed and built a solar-powered star which will be lit up at the top of Spion Kop on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Okanagan residents light up with support for flood victims

People attending the Dec. 3 Lake Country event are asked to bring a non-perishable item for flood victims

A group of Lake Country residents designed and built a solar-powered star which will be lit up at the top of Spion Kop on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Terri McKinlay and Alison Gear are part of the Family Peer Support through a Caregiver Advisory Team at Foundry Penticton. (Submitted)

Free support for parents at Penticton Foundry

More parents are feeling isolated and overwhelmed but there is help at Foundry Penticton

  • Nov 29, 2021
Terri McKinlay and Alison Gear are part of the Family Peer Support through a Caregiver Advisory Team at Foundry Penticton. (Submitted)
Vernon nurse Norma Hilsmann has received a $20,000 scholarship to aid her return to school to complete a doctorate degree. (Submitted photo)

Vernon nurse wins $20K scholarship to pursue doctorate

Norma Hilsmann is researching nurse recruitment and retention at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, among other projects

Vernon nurse Norma Hilsmann has received a $20,000 scholarship to aid her return to school to complete a doctorate degree. (Submitted photo)
Children try out the phones at the OSNS 40th Share a Smile Telethon held at Cherry Lane mall in 2019. This year, the telethon on today, Nov. 28, is virtual and can be watched on Shaw. (File photo)

Over $73K raised at OSNS’s Share a Smile Telethon in Penticton

The child development centre held their telethon and auction on Sunday night

Children try out the phones at the OSNS 40th Share a Smile Telethon held at Cherry Lane mall in 2019. This year, the telethon on today, Nov. 28, is virtual and can be watched on Shaw. (File photo)