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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Check out all the events around Vernon and beyond

May 7

Stronger Parents - Stronger Children/Youth free presentations Tuesday 6-8:30 p.m. at VSS foyer (2100 15th St.) featuring guest speakers, sponsored by Shuswap North Okanagan Division of Family Practice. Vaping Prevention and Education by Interior Health legal substance reduction coordinator Jared Dennis, Anxiety in Children and Youth from SD22’s mental health and health promoting school’s liaison Natasha Baccus and team leaders for child and youth mental health Christine Rothwell, and Demystifying Autism Funding SD22 inclusion specialist Candice Young and child and youth with support needs social workers Jane Minhas. Each topic will run twice, 6:15-7 and 7:10-7:50.

May 8

Vernon & District Family History Society meeting 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (lower level) 1204 30th Ave. Trevor Dyck from the BC Archives will speak about the types of materials available at the Archives and how to search for information. The resource centre is is open Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon, and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday 10-noon and Saturday 1-3 p.m.

April Wine classic rock band returns to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

May 9

Vernon Probus meets Thursday @ 10 a.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church. We are an active seniors social group with many exciting activities and excursions in addition to our monthly meetings. New members are welcome. There is construction in front of of the church but parking is available at nearby Trinity United.

The Exquisite Hour Powerhouse Theatre play wraps up Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 7:30 shows.

Royal BC Museum at home livestream virtual tour of Enderby’s Cardiff Miller Art Warehouse Thursday 4 p.m. with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Free event, but register at Then join in the Community Conversation at 6 p.m., which includes entry to experience the artworks at 5 p.m.

May 10

Stay Golden NOCLS fundraiser Friday at the Elks Hall with a Golden Girls theme featuring music by DJ Miss Demeanour, Freida Whales and special guest performances in Golden Girls themed drag (and some extra fun), photo booth, games, trivia, food, drinks and more (don’t forget the cheesecake). Tickets $50 at

May 11

Vernon Garden Club Plant Sale at the Home Hardware - Home Building Centre 4601- 27th St. Saturday 8-11 a.m. Please bring plants that are for sale at 6:30 a.m.

Armstrong and District Garden Club will be holding its annual sale on Saturday, May 11, at the IPE grounds in Armstrong, 3375 Pleasant Valley Road. Come and shop from the wide selection of perennials, annuals, fruits, vegetables and more!! Sale runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Japanese Cultural Center Community Market and White Elephant Sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4895 Bella Vista Rd. Japanese concession with Japadogs, Japanese shaved ice and popcorn with furikake. Japanese items, crafts, furniture, framed paintings, housewares, toys, books, games. Doors will be locked until 9 a.m.

Paddlewheel Spring Community Garage Sale and Stationhouse Museum opening at 7813 Okanagan Landing Rd. Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Refreshments available (cash only please). Call 250-558-4233 for info & table rental ($10). Hosted by Okanagan Landing Community Association.

Hike for Hospice Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the DND grounds.

Lumby Community Showcase Saturday starting at 10 a.m. in downtown featuring a car show, sidewalk sales, demos, samples and more.

To Weather A Bouquet poetry tour of B.C. starting in Enderby with Kevin Spenst and Rob Taylor at the Cardiff Miller Art Warehouse (507 Granville Ave.) at 5:15 p.m.

Bad Moon Riders ultimate CCR tribute concert Saturday 7:30 p.m. at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. or 250-549-7469.

May 12

Fintry Fair Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. celebrate spring at our Mother’s Day Fair. Performers and musicians will play from the front veranda of the Manor House, games and activities to entertain children of all ages, exhibitors and vendors on the lawn showcasing plants and shrubs, gardening know-how, food stuffs, house maintenance and arts and crafts, silent auction, 50/50, food truck vendors. Entry to the Fair is by donation and there is no charge for Fintry members and school-age children. Guided tours of the Manor House offered throughout the day.

Mother’s Day pancake/waffle brucnh at Vernon Army Navy Club Sunday 11-2. RSVP at 250-351-4849. Kids under 6 free, mothers $18, others $20.

May 13

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary meeting at 1 pm in the Education Rooms at the hospital. Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary is welcome to attend. Call Elaine @ 250-542-8546 for more info.

AL Fortune Wall of Fame Inductions Monday at 4 pm for Larry Stankoven and Jade Bourelle in the school theatre. Pass the word around!

Theatre BC O Zone Festival at Powerhouse Theatre Monday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

May 14

Vernon Horsehoe Club new members welcome to the Alexis Park Road. Pitching shoes every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. and starting May 14 at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Annual membership is $45, children under 18 free but must be accompanied by an adult. For more info contact Dwight at 250-545-2798 or

May 15

National Association of Federal Retirees hosts Koffee Klatch at the Village Green Mall food court Wednesday 10:30 a.m. and every third Wednesday of the month thereafter. Casual event, friends are welcome that are eligible for membership (retired Canadian Armed Forces, federal public service, RCMP and federally appointed judges, as well as partners and survivors).

Honeymoon Suite Wednesday 7:30 p.m. at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre with Rock’n Horse. or 250-549-7469.

May 16

Emotional Focused Parenting Family First NOYFSS free workshop for parents and caregivers of children 12-18 takes place Thursday 6-8 p.m. Pre-register: 250-545-3572 or

Cassie and Maggie Vernon Folk Roots Music Society concert at Vernon Jazz Club Thursday 7:30 p.m.

May 18

Vernon Stamp Club (est.1975) reminds members and the general public that our 4th monthly meeting and social at People Place Saturday will start and end earlier than usual, this meeting only from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring your want lists and/or collections for appraisal, as at least four area dealers will be attending. An auction of duplicated items will be held in the last hour of the programme, so please no entry after 12:50 p.m.

Vernon Lawn Bowling Club is having a Try It Day, Saturday, from 11-1 in Polson Park. Come and see how we roll! Free!

Health & Healing A Baha’i Perspective Saturday, from 1-2 p.m. at the Vernon Library, main floor meeting room. Free public presentation by local physician, Dr. Aref Tabarsi, sponsored by the Vernon and Coldstream Baha’i Communities.


Try it Tuesdays introduction to square dancing free at the Halina Centre 4-5 p.m. through April and May from Star Country Squares.

National Association of Federal Retirees hosts Koffee Klatch at the Village Green Mall food court every third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. Casual event and friends are welcome that are eligible for membership (ie. active and retired Canadian Armed Forces, federal public service, RCMP and federally appointed judges, as well as their partners and survivors.

People Place needs gardens for our 20th annual Garden Tour June 8. This is our major fundraiser for the year and we still need a few local gardens for this self-guided tour: large, small, full of flowers or xeriscaped: all gardens welcome! If you know of a garden we should include or if you’d like to feature your garden, please give us a call at 250-558-6585 or email us at

Enderby Farmers Market 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday in downtown Enderby.

Parkinson’s Disease support group meets the third Thursday of each month at People Place (in the basement) from 1-2:30 p.m.

Cardiff Miller Art Warehouse a 19,000 sq.ft. hall in Enderby with entertaining, technology-based art installations, open every Sunday 11-5 @ 507 Granville Ave., Enderby. 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.

Vernon Area Newcomers meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the Vernon Public Library. For more information visit the club website or email

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

Freemasons meet at the Masonic Lodge at 3005A - 32nd St. every month. 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.

BCOAPO Vernon Seniors Br. 6 meets every third Tuesday of the month, except July and August, at 1:30 p.m. at 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.

Seniors shinny 60+ shinny hockey on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:45-12 noon, 70+ shinny on Mondays 10:45-12 noon. Located at PV Arena, full hockey gear required, goalies play for free. Contact Greater Vernon Recreation for further information at 250-545-6035.

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

North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club meets in person and online on 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. To find out more visit

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 more information contact

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 plusCome 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 2 p.m. and meeting begins at 2:15. For more information, call Karen at 250-540-7172 or visit Parking and wheelchair accessible.

Taoist Tai Chi This practice helps people of all ages and all physical abilities to relax, build strength, flexibility and to find balance inside and out. Sessions are Thursdays 9:30 -11:30 a.m. and Saturdays 10 - noon at Peace Lutheran Church, East Hill. Contact us at or 250-542-1781. Visit to learn more about us.

Scrabble We delight in teaching ‘newbies’! Bring your dictionary, have fun, meet new friends, and even learn new words every Wednesday, 10 a.m., Vernon’s Schubert Centre. Everyone welcome.

A Circle of Men a place to be supported in all aspects of life without fear of blame or judgement Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. A group of men with a desire to take responsibility, to live authentic lives and to be accountable to ourselves, our families and our community. For location and to confirm attendance call or text Grant at 250-896-0376 or email

Vernon Community Concert Band We welcome all new members to join our band. In operation since the 1980s, we practice Wednesday nights from 7-9 p.m. at W.L. Seaton Secondary School. We play at various venues around town between Oct-June. Haven’t played in a while? Not to worry. Please drop in and we will provide the music! Have questions? Call Sue at 250-540-7786.

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is an international, non-profit, non-denominational, self-help organization for parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age, from any cause. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month at People Place, located at 3402-27th Ave. For further information contact: Lainey at 587-343-1285 or Ramona at 250-308-5584 (evenings are best), or email

Vernon Scottish Country Dancers meet at Knox Presbyterian Church Hall on Alexis Park Drive every Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m. Come join us and learn to jig, reel and dance the Strathspey. Instruction in basic steps to get you going. Check us out on Facebook — Vernon Scottish Country Dancers.

Vernon Turning Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 2 p.m. Meetings are held at the Men’s Shed, 7158 Meadowlark Rd. (just past the weigh scales). Meetings often include a demonstration of a project. New members are welcome.

Army Navy & Air Force Live music and dinner available every Friday night. Meat draw Saturday’s 2 p.m., kitchen open!

Al-Anon meets Wednesdays 7 p.m. @ Peace Lutheran Church (1204 30th Ave.) in person, Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church (3300 Alexis Park Dr.) in person. Also Tuesday 7 p.m. in-person and Zoom meeting at Schubert Centre, ID 297150938, password 338604. For more information 250-545-4933.

Women’s Group for newcomers/immigrants every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. at the Vernon and District Immigrant & Community Services Society. Childminding available for kids 12 and under. To register email

Pregnancy Outreach Program continues to provide services to people who are pregnant and/or have a baby under six months old. Follow us on Facebook at Vernon Pregnancy Outreach Program, text us at 250-306-9954 or call us at 250-542-1247.

Vernon & District Garden Club meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., in the Vernon Arts Centre, 2704 Highway 6 (Polson Park). There will be a guest speaker each meeting. Guests are welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous meet @ Alano Club (3204 Alexis Park Dr.) everyday 7 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Also Mondays 7 p.m. (men’s) and Fridays 7 p.m. Meetings @ Peace Lutheran Church (1204 30th St.) Mondays 7 p.m. (women’s), Fridays 12 noon and Fridays 7 p.m. Meetings @ building #43 (2201 53rd Ave.) Tuesdays 7 p.m. Vernon Family Church (3508 25th Ave., back entrance) meets Thursdays 7 p.m. Vernon Treatment Centre (2810 48th Ave.) Saturdays 12 noon. Falkland Senior Centre meets Mondays at 7 p.m. Killiney Beach fire hall meetings Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Lumby Christian Church (1962 Maple St.) meets Wednesday’s @ 7 p.m. Armstrong meetings at Zion United Church (2315 P.V. Blvd.) Sundays, 7 p.m. For more info call 250-545-4933 or visit

Vernon & District Family History Society Resource centre at Peace Lutheran Church 1204 30th Ave. (lower level) is open Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon, and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday 10-noon and Saturday 1-3 p.m. Are you wondering about your family’s roots? Come in and start look.

Monashee Toastmasters Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Lumby Museum (1785 Glencaird St.) or on Zoom. Toastmasters is a win-win for those who want to get over the fear of public speaking with a supportive and fun group of members who learn from each other during our 1 1/2 hour meetings. We are very welcoming of guests! If interested contact Mike 250-547-9335 ( or Louise 250-547-6480 ( Or just turn up in person!

Vernon Toastmasters is meeting in person every Thursday at People Place (101-3402 27th Ave.) doors open at 7:15 p.m. meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Toastmasters has for 98 years helped people from diverse backgrounds to become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Guests welcome. Check out Send questions to

Hi Noon Toastmasters meets every Wednesday noon until 1 p.m. via Zoom. For further information, contact Ken at 778-442-5461 or

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

Vernon Fiddlers Club is seeking new members who are developing or skilled in the old—time fiddle genre to jam, with a potential for performance at retirement homes and for old-time dances. Also seeking back-up players on guitar and piano who may have the opportunity to play lead. Call 250-306-8918.

Gentle Yoga is offered on Fridays at 12 p.m. through the Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living. Come and enjoy the Spiritual atmosphere as well. By donation at 2913 29th Ave.

Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living Weekly activities include Sunday meditation, and Sunday celebration at 10:30 a.m., Monday meditation, Science of Mind book study on Tuesdays, Wednesdays offer a Yoga class, A Course in Miracles, and the first and third Wednesdays of the month a Women’s Group meets. On the last Wednesday of each month there is a movement meditation, and once a month on a Friday is a chance to relax and have fun with a Games Night, held outdoors in fair weather and with indoor board games in winter. And drop-ins are welcome to all events at 2913 – 29th Ave.

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