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Swan Lake Summer Festival comes to Vernon this July

The festival will take place July 23 to 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The sixth Lumby Butter Tart Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Oval Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Baked, beautiful butter tarts event returns to Lumby

Lumby and District Public Market to host sixth Lumby Butter Tart Festival Saturday, Sept. 11, at Oval Park

The sixth Lumby Butter Tart Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Oval Park. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
A memorial tribute to Police Service Dog Gator is growing at a the foot of a flagpole in front of the Campbell River RCMP detachment on July 9, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Memorial for Campbell River police dog killed in line of duty grows

VIDEO: Emergency personnel conduct vehicle parade memorial for Gator

A memorial tribute to Police Service Dog Gator is growing at a the foot of a flagpole in front of the Campbell River RCMP detachment on July 9, 2021. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)

Kelowna elementary school library stays open to combat the ‘summer slide’

Quigley Elementary’s library will be open once weekly to keep them reading over the holidays

Students at Quigley Elementary will have access to the school’s library over the summer. (Contributed)
The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)

VIDEO: Creative kids in Keremeos surf the Similkameen River

Using just some straps and planks, these kids turned the river into a surfers paradise

The iconic Red Bridge in Keremeos was turned into a surfers paradise by these two who were featured in a video posted to the Keremeos, BC Facebook page July 7, 2021. (Keremeos, BC/Facebook)
View of Lake Country from the Spion Kop Summit. 
(Caitlin Clow - Calendar)

Taylor: Watering Walter’s memorial tree

Lake Country area hikers take care of memorial on local mountain

  • Jul 8, 2021
View of Lake Country from the Spion Kop Summit. 
(Caitlin Clow - Calendar)
Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon BMX welcomes back racers

First race held in 21 months after COVID-19 restrictions ease

Vernon BMX held its first race night July 6, 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The Rotary Club of Lake Country will host a sold-out summer Lobster Crawl Thru at Beasley Park Friday, July 9, which includes free lobster dinners for frontline workers. (Facebook photo)
The Penticton Rotary Club will host its Lobster on the Run fundraiser Aug. 14, 2021. (Facebook)
The Rotary Club of Lake Country will host a sold-out summer Lobster Crawl Thru at Beasley Park Friday, July 9, which includes free lobster dinners for frontline workers. (Facebook photo)
The Penticton Rotary Club will host its Lobster on the Run fundraiser Aug. 14, 2021. (Facebook)
Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu and her constituency office staff offered a very happy birthday wish and praise for their local letter carrier for her dedication and positive attitude despite the heat wave. (Harwinder Sandhu - Facebook)

Vernon MLA praises local ‘postie’

Harwinder Sandhu offers happy birthday wishes to letter carrier amid heat wave

Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu and her constituency office staff offered a very happy birthday wish and praise for their local letter carrier for her dedication and positive attitude despite the heat wave. (Harwinder Sandhu - Facebook)
Habitat for Humanity's upcoming bottle drive will help keep the affordable home ownership program running. (Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Habitat for Humanity hosts Kelowna bottle drive

The fundraiser will help build affordable and safe houses for people in need

Habitat for Humanity's upcoming bottle drive will help keep the affordable home ownership program running. (Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)

Help a Kelowna elementary school get a new playground

The school is raising $50,000 for new equipment

Pictured is an example of equipment the SKE PAC would like to install in the new playground at South Kelowna Elementary. (South Kelowna Elementary/GoFundMe)
Tickets for the Paws It Forward raffle can be purchased up to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31. (Lum3n/Pexels)

Kelowna dog shelter launches raffle to fund vet bills

All funds will go towards dog care at Paws It Forward

Tickets for the Paws It Forward raffle can be purchased up to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 31. (Lum3n/Pexels)
The BCAA’s new pilot program aims to keep dangerous child car seats off the road while supporting local non-profit organizations. (Kampus Production/Pexels)

Free child car seat recycling pilot program launches in Kelowna

The program aims to take dangerous car seats off the road while supporting local non-profits

The BCAA’s new pilot program aims to keep dangerous child car seats off the road while supporting local non-profit organizations. (Kampus Production/Pexels)
Historic O’Keefe Ranch will host a pair of afternoon high team fundraisers on July 28 and Aug. 18 in the ranch’s Rose Garden. (O’Keefe Ranch/Facebook)

Tea time looks to raise North Okanagan ranch funds

O’Keefe Ranch will host a pair of fundraising high tea events, complete with Victoria dress, in its Rose Garden this summer

Historic O’Keefe Ranch will host a pair of afternoon high team fundraisers on July 28 and Aug. 18 in the ranch’s Rose Garden. (O’Keefe Ranch/Facebook)
Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)

Former MLA helms Kelowna Rotary Club

The club’s new president, Steve Thomson, previously served as the Kelowna-Mission MLA

Pictured, from left to right, is Brenda Thomson, Steve Thomson Lenetta Parry and Gregory Parry. (Rotary Club of Kelowna/Contributed)
Paws It Forward, a Kelowna-based organization that rescues dogs, is holding a 50/50 raffle online to raise needed funds for the organization. (Contributed)

Raffle to help Okanagan rescue dogs

Kelowna-based Paws It Forward hosting online 50/50 raffle

Paws It Forward, a Kelowna-based organization that rescues dogs, is holding a 50/50 raffle online to raise needed funds for the organization. (Contributed)
Kalamalka Secondary instructor Ian Busfield (left) and Grade 10 student Anna Rinn log in to ChatterHigh — a program utilized in the Canadian Council for Career Development’s recent career month competition. Kalamalka Secondary was crowned Most Informed School in Canada in the AAA division. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)

Coldstream teacher wins prestigious award former student nominated him for

Ian Busfield named the recipient of the Loran Scholars Foundation’s Teachers Building Leaders Award

Kalamalka Secondary instructor Ian Busfield (left) and Grade 10 student Anna Rinn log in to ChatterHigh — a program utilized in the Canadian Council for Career Development’s recent career month competition. Kalamalka Secondary was crowned Most Informed School in Canada in the AAA division. (Parker Crook/Morning Star)
Dr. Gary Wessels has made it his goal in practice to help his patients create ideal dental health. (Contributed)

Small Business Spotlight: Proactivity key to Vernon dentist’s care plans

Columnist Sam McNair turns the spotlight on Gary Wessels Inc.

  • Jul 3, 2021
Dr. Gary Wessels has made it his goal in practice to help his patients create ideal dental health. (Contributed)
A lovely re-wilded nature-scaped yard in Coldstream that doesn’t require watering or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or mowing. Very low maintenance and it attracts and supports many birds, butterflies and other wildlife. (Charlie Peti photo)

Get Outdoors! And learn about bugs: Part 2

Roseanne Van Ee takes us back into the world of insects

  • Jul 2, 2021
A lovely re-wilded nature-scaped yard in Coldstream that doesn’t require watering or chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or mowing. Very low maintenance and it attracts and supports many birds, butterflies and other wildlife. (Charlie Peti photo)
Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)

Kids turn 45 C into fundraising opportunity for South Okanagan Search and Rescue

Lily Traynor raised over $1,300 for Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue on June 30

Lily Traynor (back) and sister Evelyn raised over $1,300 for the Oliver Osoyoos Search and Rescue with their lemonade sales on June 30. (Submitted)