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

May 22

Kids Connect NOYFSS group for ages 10-12 to connect with peersm build self-esteen and learn to create and maintain friendships. Free program running Wednesdays 3 p.m. until June 19. Register at or call 250-545-3572.

May 23

Bats of B.C. Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Society host informative session with Megan Olson, North Okanagan regional coordinator for the B.C. Community Bat Program. Meet at the Juniper Bay picnic area Thursday 7 p.m., dress for the weather, bring along a chair to sit on during the presentation. After the talk, stay and look for bats at dusk (optional)! Register at subject: B.C. Bats.

May 25

Perennial Plant Sale Plant lovers, mark your calendar for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the O’Keefe Ranch. All proceeds go to the O’Keefe Ranch and Allan Brooks Nature Centre. We look forward to seeing you there.

Community Shred-a-thon Crime Stoppers North Okanagan/Shuswap fundraiser Saturday at the Wholesale Club 10 a.m.-12 noon. Personal papers, CDs and other items destroyed, minimum $8/box. Support Cooper & Roary in their work as RCMP Trauma Bears by purchasing lottery tickets, $2 each or 6 for $10.

Vernon Buddhist Temple Meditation Session 2:30-3:30 and Service 4-5:15 on Saturday. Come to the Japanese Cultural Centre @ 4895 Bella Vista Rd., for an afternoon of peace.

Vallee Harmony pop/rock choir concerts, 7 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Church Vernon, and May 26 Salmon Arm at The Nexus at First. Groove to a cappella harmonies of the Eagles, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Queen and many more, plus guest performers. Tickets $20 at Doors open 6:30 p.m., children 15 and under free.

Kristian Alexandrov & Shannon Gaye perform at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday, doors open at 6:45, show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets online at and at the door.

May 26

Playing in my Shoes Lakers Disc Golf Course from 10-2, promoting inclusion in disc golf and accessibility for players of all experience and ability.

Walk for Dog Guides Enderby Lions Club is sponsoring the 10th annual Pet Valu Walk at the Lions Gazebo in Riverside Park. Registration starts at 9 a.m.; the walk starts at 10. There will be three walk lengths – 2 km, 2.5 km, and 5 km. Pledge sheets are available at Enderby Jewellers, Enderby Library, Enderby Garage Sale (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), and M.V.Beattie Elementary School. For more info, call Adele at 250-838-7855 or Jean 250-838-7410.

Charity Golf Tournament in support of Camp Winfield Sunday at Vernon Golf & Country Club, 2 p.m. shotgun start, dinner, auction and prizes. Put on by the Vernon Lions Club.

May 27

CFUW Vernon Hearing lots about the housing issue these days? Our speaker for May is Cindy Masters, executive director of the Okanagan Village Housing Society, an organization committed to providing safe, comfortable, affordable housing for individuals and families in need. Meeting starts at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Schubert Centre. Fees are only $4 for the speaker and all are welcome.

Screen Smart free workshop Monday 6-8 p.m. at NOYFSS. Pre-register by calling 250-545-3572 or email

May 29

Something Rotten: A Comedy Musical Seaton Secondary’s 27th Street Theatre production directed by Lana O’Brien Wednesday to Saturday 7 p.m. plus 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays, on until June 8.

May 30

Emotion 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

Music at Mackie Under the Rocks bluegrass band Thursday 6:30 p.m. For tickets call Ticket Seller 250-549-7469.

May 31

Mindful Parenting Fostering Connection and Resilience in Families Friday 6-8 p.m. at NOYFSS. Free workshop, pre-register at 250-545-3572 or email

Village of Idiots Kalamalka Secondary show Friday-Saturday 7 p.m. plus June 1 at 2 p.m. and June4-8.

June 8

People Place Garden Tour Tickets on sale for 20th annual tour, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at People Place, Briteland, The Flower Spot, Swan Lake Market & Garden, Oopsie Daisy Flowers, Nicholas Alexander in Vernon and Kelowna, Blue Mountain Nursery in Armstrong. This self-guided tour features nine gardens, live music and the work of local artists, with all proceeds to People Place. Info., call 250-558-6585 or email or

June 9

Vernon Elks 45 mega meat draw Sunday, doors open at 1, draw 2-4. To reserve a table call 250-309-7706.


Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band meets Thursday evenings at Knox Presbyterian Church. We welcome new members and provide instruction. Please contact Maureen at 250-306-2594.

Caetani Centre self-guided tours in the newly renovated building from Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try it Tuesdays introduction to square dancing free at the Halina Centre 4-5 p.m. throughout 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.

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

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. Gentle yoga Fridays at noon. And drop-ins are welcome to all events at 2913 – 29th Ave.

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