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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Check out what’s on this week, and beyond, around Vernon and area

Nov. 16

Climate Resilience for an Aging Nation Deep Dive #26 Thursday, 7 p.m., First Things First Okanagan Climate Action invites you to this online presentation with an expert in how to design and plan cities to protect all vulnerable citizens, featuring community resilience and housing expert Danielle Arigoni. Register online at

Nov. 17

Okanagan Horsey Ladies charity fundraiser Friday @ Schubert Centre, auction room and cash bar open at 5 p.m., turkey buffet including veg lasagna at 7. Tickets in advance only, $45 available (cash or cheque only) at Briteland, Cowboys Choice, Country West Supply (Armstrong), Touch A Texas (Samon Arm) and Diamond H Tack (Kelowna).

Nov. 18

Vernon Rocks Lapidary Club returns to the Dogwood Gym at the Vernon Recreation Center with exhibition of rocks, minerals, crystals, gems and jewelry both Saturday (9-5) and Sunday (9:30- 4:30). Bring the family to enjoy demonstrations, a kids corner and a draw prize. Admission by-donation.

Glass and Pottery Sale Looking for a treasure for yourself or someone special? Three artisans are hosting a sale Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4 at 1520 Phoenix Dr. (Foothills subdivision) where you will find whimsical and functional pottery and glass works with 20% of all sales to Hospice House. Cash, credit or e transfer accepted.

Musical Merriments fundraising concert created by Chapter BA P.E.O. (helping women with their educational goals) at Knox Presbyterian Church Saturday 2-4. Tickets $15 at the door and bake sale during intermission. Performers include Janice Third singing, Toni Rose hot on piano and country crooner Duane Marchand.

Coldstream/Halina Coffee House Saturday @ Halina Centre. Doors 6:30 p.m., show @ 7. Admission $5 cash, concession available, 50/50 draw. Open mic, musicians sign up at door. A Guitar Pull with a few musicians will be featured this month. Park at rear between Priest Valley Gym & the Rec Centre. Visit Coldstream Coffee House Facebook page for more info.

Dead Bob is the solo incarnation of John Wright, drummer of long time and apparently legendary, but now retired, Punk rock band No Means No. Playing Vernon’s Record City/BDBS Saturday with guests Hippiecritz and Rad Dog. Doors at 7:30, $30 FCFS.

Nov. 19

Alexis Park Holiday Market Sunday 10-3 featuring many vendors, food trucks and a silent auction. Support the school at 4205 35th St.

Falkland Turkey Supper Sunday 5 p.m. annual delicious, old-fashioned turkey supper at Falkland Community Church. Admission by donation. All proceeds for maintenance, Hydro, insurance, etc. of the community church building and grounds. Everyone welcome. Phone 250-379-2066.

OSO Shimmering Strings celebration series Sunday 7 p.m. at Coldstream Community Hall featuring Rachel Kristenson, Susan Aylard, Martine Denbok, Narumi Higuchi, Erin MacDonald, Sylvia Lange, Olivia Walsh and Martin Kratky. or 250-549-SHOW(7469).

Nov. 20

CFUW Vernon learn about the Sunflower Childcare Centre now being built at Okanagan College that will address a critical need of student parents. The informative presentation by Helen Jackman, Sasha Carter and Lloyd Davies at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Schubert Centre, $3 for the speakers, or $5 if coffee is added. All are welcome.

Diabetes Support Family First NOYFSS free workshops Monday, 6-8 p.m. for kids with Type 1 diabetes with support and tools for coping. Parenting/supporting a child with Tupe 1 workship Nov. 24, 6-8 p.m. Register at or call 250-545-3572.

Nov. 21

Vernon Outdoors Club Have an active interest in experiencing the diverse recreational activities that Vernon and the North Okanagan has to offer? Looking to meet others with similar interests? Come and see what’s going on with the Vernon Outdoors Club at its fall general meeting Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Okanagan Regional Library, 30th Avenue.

Nov. 22

Digital Support no-cost workshop on BCID & Health Gateway/Portal Wednesday 10-12 at the Literacy Society, 4705A 29th St. To register call 250-275-3117 or email

It’s a Wonderful Life Powerhouse Theatre production Wednesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Nov. 26 @ 2 p.m. and Nov. 29-Dec. 2 @ 7:30.

Nov. 24

Paddlewheel Hall Open Mic Coffee House Friday doors 6:30, music starts 7 p.m. Admission $5. Call 250-558-4233 for a playing slot. Hosted by Okanagan Landing & District Community Association

Burger & Bids 6th Vernon Scouts fundraiser. Enjoy a delicious, house-made gourmet burger meal and bid on amazing auction prizes. Find special gifts for everyone on your list plus help send scouts to Pacific Jamboree! Friday 6-8 p.m. at the Salon Room at Prestige Hotel. Tickets, $40, via Eventbrite.

Buddhist Meditation Class with visiting nun Gen Kelsang Delek, Friday 7-8:15 p.m. at Vernon Centre For Spiritual Living 2913 29th Ave. The class topic is Becoming A Friend Of The World. A Bodhisattva is a person motivated by compassion. Their way of life is to be a friend of the world by practising the six perfections. We will look closely at these perfections and be inspired to integrate them into our busy daily life. This class will comprise practical teachings and meditations. Everyone welcome. For more info:

Darby Dolls at Headbones Gallery two nights: Nov. 24 and 25. The house concert series features Tanya Lipscomb, Judy Rose and Melina Schein at 8 p.m. both nights. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets are $35 available by email or call 250-307-5595.

Nov. 25

Lumby’s Sacred Heart Church is hosting their annual bazaar Saturday from 11 - 2. Come out and enjoy a soup and bun, browse through homemade crafts, baked goods, and grannies attic. Enter your name into the many prizes that can be won.

Vernon Stamp Club looks forward to its November meeting on the fourth Saturday of the month rather than the usual third one. Members, guests and the general public are invited to join the social program from 1 p.m. at People Place to be followed by an informational program and auction at 2 p.m. There is plenty of parking with wheelchair accessibility and an elevator to reach the meeting rooms. Estate heirs wishing to assess their collections or to have funds raised for their favourite charity are always welcome.

Ancora Wintersongs Concert with conductor Terry Logan and accompanists Jenn Britton and Jen Poulin Saturday, 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church. Tickets $25 at Wentworth Music or at the door. Under 16 free.

Nov. 28

Quartetto Gelato at the Performing Arts Centre, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., presented by NOCCA. With 30 years of sold out performances around the world, this iconic Canadian quartet brings a performance that features virtuosity combined with a taste of opera, vaudeville, humour, and downright amazing entertainment. or 250-549-7469.

Nov. 29

Santa’s Elks Christmas Toy Breakfast Wednesday 6:30-9:30 a.m. at the Vernon Elks Lodge. Bring an unwrapped toy and receive a free pancake breakfast and enjoy live entertainment, or receive a to-go bag and coffee on request.

Nov. 30

Gallery Odin opening receptions Thursday, Nov. 30, 6-10 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 2, 2-6 p.m. at 215 Odin Rd., Silver Star Mountain. The gallery is open Wednesdays and Saturdays fro, 1-6 p.m.

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Dec. 2

Halina Artisan Fair We are currently accepting applications for the Halina Artisan Fair to be held Dec. 2, Saturday. This is a good opportunity to promote your home-based business or crafts. For more information contact or ph 250-542-2877.

The Melodia Singers with conductor Terry Logan and the Kampana Bells with conductor Janine Carscadden present A Hometown Christmas on Saturday, at 3 p.m. at the Amstrong Bible Chapel. Tickets are $20 at Shepherd’s Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce and at the door. Under 16 free.

Dec. 8

Sleigh All Day Polson Artisan Market Dec. 8-10 @ Kal Tire Place. Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 11-4.


BCOAPO Vernon Seniors Br. 6 meets every third Tuesday of the month, except July & August, at 1:30 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. Interesting guest speakers and we invite you to join us for fellowship and to learn ways of improving your life as well as having a voice. For info call 250-545-0384

Knox Yarn & Darn Too much yarn? Donate! Not enough yarn? Take what you need! The yarn cubby at Knox Presbyterian is now open for donations of yarn, needles, patterns. Or, grab what you need to finish a project, or make a gift. Half finished items welcome. Tuesday - Thursday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. @ 3701 32nd Ave.

Stories Out Loud If you have trouble with your vision and find it hard to read, or you just want to hear a great short story, visit the Okanagan Regional Library Vernon branch’s Stories Out Loud program, a free, drop-in program offered every two weeks and open to all adults. It’s at 1:30 p.m. every second Tuesday.

North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club meets in person and online the third Thursday of every month. Interested in becoming a licensed radio ham? Then come and join us. Club members also meet socially for coffee in Armstrong and Vernon on a weekly basis. NORAC plans to run a basic radio amateur license course in Vernon starting in Jan 2024. To find out more visit

Vintage Car Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.

Cardiff Miller Art Warehouse 19,000 sq.ft. hall in Enderby with entertaining, technology-based art installations. Featuring The Forty Part Motet, a virtual 40-piece choir as well as 3 other large works by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Open Nov-Dec. 17 Sundays only @ 507 Granville Ave.

Monday at the Arts the Towne Theatre presents Stay the Night on Nov. 20 @ 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. Wine/cider/beer bar. Tickets at door and 19+ only.

Single Friends 70+ Join us for weekly coffee, lunches & dinners, social outings, pot lucks, events in the community, games & cards. Our meeting place is Vernon Family Church Hall. Call Carol 250-260-5238.

Vernon Flying Club/COPA Flight 65 meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month except December. New members welcome, at 6210 Tronson Rd. For further information contact

Vernon Newcomers meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:15 p.m. at the Vernon Public Library.

Freemasons meet at the Masonic Lodge at 3005A - 32nd St. every month except July and August. Miriam Lodge #20 tyles at 7:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Kalamalka Lodge #160 tyles at 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Travelling Freemasons are always welcome.

Vernon Elks meat draw third Sunday of each month, doors open 1 p.m. draw 2-4. Bar and kitchen open. Call 250-549-1883 to reserve your table.

Halina Centre Floor curling on Monday mornings at 9:30. All equipment supplied, $3 members, $5 drop-in. First time free. Bingo every Tuesday afternoon at 1 (doors open at noon) and Friday night at 6 (doors open at 5). Mahjongg 1 p.m. every Wednesday, open to experienced players and everyone who would like to learn the game: $3 for members and $5 for non members. Dance the Afternoon Away every Thursday 2-4 p.m. to old time music plus Come alone, bring a partner or just listen. 50/50 tickets and snacks. Everyone welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) meets in Armstrong on Sunday afternoons at Zion United ChurchHall (2315 Pleasant Valley Blvd). Doors open at 2pm and meeting begins at 2:15pm. For more information, call Karen at 250-540-7172 or visit Parking and wheelchair accessible.

Monday Night Vernon Toastmasters helps you build confidence by developing your speaking and leadership skills through their personalized educational program. Are you ready to move forward? Join us on Zoom the first and third Monday, 7 p.m. Contact Jackie at

Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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