Join the Star Country Squares for a free, fun evening of dance, friends, refreshments and some good ol’ TV Western shenanigans Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Halina Activity Centre. Come dressed in your favourite Western gear for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, smiles guaranteed. (Roxy Joe creation)

Join the Star Country Squares for a free, fun evening of dance, friends, refreshments and some good ol’ TV Western shenanigans Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Halina Activity Centre. Come dressed in your favourite Western gear for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, smiles guaranteed. (Roxy Joe creation)

What’s happening around the North Okanagan

COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Check out what’s on this week around town

Jan. 26

Vernon Winter Carnival online auction underway until Feb. 12 at vernonwintercarnival.com. Visit the website or pick up an events book around town (including The Morning Star) for all the Feb. 3-12 Carnival events, like the Downtown Vernon Gold Rush with clue packages sales starting Jan. 27, BC Snow Sculpture Competition at SilverStar Feb. 3-5, Balloon Glow Feb. 3 at Polson Park at 5 p.m. and Parade Saturday at noon.

Family Literacy Week Story Window Walk underway until Jan. 29 free self-guided activity in downtown Vernon presented by the Literacy Society of the North Okanagan. Follow the antics of Charles and his friends store to store as they attempt to build the Greatest Snowman in the World. Pick up your map and entry form at the library, answer the questions, and enter the prize draw. Stay awhile and check out some great books to enjoy at home, too!

Jan. 27

Paddlewheel Hall Music Coffee House Friday, 7 p.m. (doors 6:30). Admission $5. Refreshments available. Cash bar (beer, wine). Hosted by Okanagan Landing & District Community Association at 7813 Okanagan Landing Rd. Call 250-558-4233 for further info.

Jan. 28

Pancake Breakfast all you can eat Saturday at the Halina Activity Centre, 8-11:30 a.m. $8 for pancakes, sausages, applesauce, coffee, tea or juice with kids under six eating for free at 3310 -37th Ave. (back of the Vernon Rec Centre).

North Okanagan Early Years Fair families with children 0-6 invited to free fun event with resource groups, bouncy castle, Kiki the Eco Elf, face painting and more 10-12 at BGC Okanagan, 3300 37th Ave.

Mystic A-Fair Psychic Fair featuring experienced psychics from the North Okanagan Saturday at the Essence Spiritual Bookstore and Teahouse 12-noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 donation/fundraiser at the door for our non-profit hosts, Okanagan Centre for Spiritual Living – 2913 29th Ave. mysticafair.com.

Melody Diachun at the Vernon Jazz Club Saturday. Tickets at vernonjazz.com.

Feb. 1

No-cost workshops for tablet and phone users: Social Media 9-10:30 a.m., Health Portal/App 11-12:30 (email registered with Interior Health required), Feb. 8 Password Management, Feb. 10 Samsung Basic. Small group classes with limited space, to register call 250-275-3117 or email digitalsupport@literacysociety.ca. All workshops held at Literacy Society of the North Okanagan, 4705A 29th St.

Feb. 2

Vernon Winter Carnival pick up an events book around town (including The Morning Star) for all the Feb. 3-12 Carnival events, like Feb. 4 one mile race ahead of the parade and free Queer Field Trip for ages 10-12 at the Okanagan Learning Foundation at 2 p.m., Feb. 5 free family skate at Centennial Rink with MP Mel Arnold at 12 noon and free jopo swim at the pool at 1:30 p.m., Feb. 7 Bingo Marathon at the Halina Centre 12 noon to midnight and Bed Races in the Kal Tire Place parking lot at noon. Check out all the events at vernonwintercarnival.com, where you can also find the online auction and raffle tickets available.

Feb. 6

Youth Choirs Do you know any kids 9-13 who love to sing? Here’s a wonderful local opportunity for them to show off, have fun singing exciting repertoire with friends while learning vocal and choral technique. Award-winning conductor Terry Logan, along with long-standing K-7 music teacher and choir master Jenn Britton, are directing an auditioned youth choir called Hope Sings! which is a part of the family of Vernon Youth Choirs. The choir has the opportunity to perform with professional musicians and singers. Sessions start Feb. 6, running Mondays 4–5:30 p.m. at Vernon’s Peace Lutheran Church. Support from North Okanagan Regional District has allowed the choir to set an affordable tuition of $45 per 3-month semester. Visit vernonyouthchoirs.ca to set up an audition.

Feb. 8

Vernon & District Family History Society meeting Wednesday 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (lower level) 1204 – 30th Ave. Program – Writing your Family Stories by members of our Writing Group. Guests are welcome, come in person or email verfamhist@shaw.ca for the Zoom invitation.

Feb. 9

Wild Wild West Winter Carnival Join the Star Country Squares for a free, fun evening of dance, friends, refreshments and some good ol’ TV Western shenanigans Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Halina Activity Centre. Come dressed in your favourite Western gear for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, smiles guaranteed.

Feb. 10

Valentine Dinner at Army & Navy, 2500 – 46th Ave. Dinner will be cordon blue with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, soup, bun & dessert all for only $20 Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservation recommended, call Moe at 250-558-0876.

The Reklaws Don’t miss the biggest live music event to hit Vernon in years at Kal Tire Place! Vernon Winter Carnival 2023 Snowglobe Concert ‘Country Barn Burner’ featuring Country music sensations, The Reklaws plus special musical guests Ashley Cooke and Michael Daniels and DJ Lunchboxx. Prizes for best dressed country gear and crews having the most fun. It will be Vernon’s largest party! There will be a beverage garden and VIP areas! Get your tickets in the stands or join us in the Stompin’ Grounds on the floor! Ages 8 and up, tickets at vernonwintercarnival.com.

Feb. 11

Judy Rose & the Killer B’s at the Vernon Jazz Club. Tickets online vernonjazz.com and at the door.

Feb. 17

Reflections Ballet Kelowna artist in residence is Vernon’s own Cameron Fraser-Monroe, presenting ʔɛmaxwiygə [ehmaxweega] Feb. 17 & 18 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets and information at balletkelowna.ca

Feb. 19

National Association of Federal Retirees AGM Feb. 19 at the Army & Navy hall 1 p.m. with lunch $15. Call Tina at 250-545-4058 or Ken at nafrvernon@shaw.ca for tickets. This is a very important meeting.

ONGOING:

Halina Winter Carnival Variety Show Auditions For musicians, jugglers, comedians, magicians, vocals, dancing, etc. For all ages! Contact halinaseniors@telus.net or 250-542-2877 for info. Centre also seeking volunteer bingo callers for up to 1 to 2 days a week. Call or emai if interested.

Monday at the Arts the Towne Theatre presents Tehranto Jan. 30 @ 2:45 and 6:15 p.m. Wine/cider/beer bar. Tickets at door and theTowne.ca. 19+ only.

Ethel Gamma Education Fund sponsored by Grannies à Gogo, seeks donations for a university education for a brilliant grade 12 student. She has earned many academic distinctions, has an avid thirst for knowledge, is extremely hard-working, lives with her unemployed mother in a shack, and plans to pursue medicine. To donate, go to https://granniesagogo.com/ethel, or mail a cheque to the Grannies à Gogo Treasurer addressed to the Ethel Gama Education Fund, Box 1652, Vernon, B.C., V1T 8C3.

Gallery Odin winter hours Wednesdays and Saturdays 1–6 p.m. at 215 Odin Rd., Silver Star Mountain.

Are you a single senior 65+, (widowed or divorced), looking to make new friends? Do you like to dance, play games, dine out, etc? We are open to your suggestions also. Come meet this friendly group every Wednesday 10 a.m. at Village Green Mall, food court (look for the sparkly centrepiece). Have questions contact Donna at pihowichd@gmail.com, 250-212-4546 or Sandy 250-558-7990. Looking forward to meeting you.

Substance Use First Aid free program at the Vernon library, delivered by Interior Health about how to support someone struggling with substance use. Informative and educational presentation focused on the different categories of substances: effects, risks and how to support someone under the influence. It also includes an overview of available harm reduction services, including medication, counselling and reversing an opioid overdose. The drop-in program takes place at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

FASD Adult Support Group Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder group brings together people who are experiencing difficulties in supporting a family member with FASD. The group is facilitated by an educated parent with lived experience. It provides an opportunity to come together for culturally safe mentorship and information sharing. Takes place Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Vernon library’s Okanagan Room Feb. 7 & 21, March 7 & 21.

Knox Yarn & Darn Too much yarn? Donate it? Need yarn? Take it! The Yarn Cubby is open at Knox Presbyterian Church, Vernon to accept your unwanted yarn, needles, patterns, unfinished projects. Or, if you are in need of yarn for crafts, gifts or projects, help yourself. The Cubby is open Tuesday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.at 3701 32nd Ave.

Cribbage every Wednesday 1-3:30 p.m. at Vernon Lawn Bowling, Polson Park. Cost is $2 to play $2 for coffee and cookie and a nickel if you get 19 or skunked! Everybody welcome!

Table tennis Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. at the Halina Seniors Centre, and Thursdays 6:30 p.m. at Kal Tire Place (enter at the main far-right doors, turn right in the building and head to the north end meeting room). Both nights have a $5 drop-in fee. Halina is cash-only and Kal Tire Place play is with a punch pass that you can purchase at the rec centre. If you can’t do that before you come, bring $5 cash. You can also get a punch pass over the phone at the rec centre, 250-545-6035.

Volunteer snow shovellers sought for 10-unit residential strata on Mt. Ida Drive, made up of mostly senior residents. Those interested can contact William at 250-541-1799.

Georgette Shop Thrift Store All clothing with green or white tags are 50 per cent off for the month of January. Your purchase supports local Canadian Mental Health Association programs. Thank you! Open 10-5 Mon-Fri, 10-4 Sat. 3100 28th Ave.

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 aa.org.

Senior Men’s Curling twice a week for men 50+ drop in Tues/Thurs 9:30 a.m. Your chance to return to the game. Not league play. Never curled? Instruction can be arranged. Vernon Curling Club 3400 39th Ave. Tel. 250-542-6713.

Scrabble’s Back! 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. Masks appreciated.

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 looking.

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 Meat Draw Saturday’s 2 p.m., kitchen open!

Schubert Centre schedule with sing for your life, Tai Chi, yoga, floor curling and regular cards and exercise programs. We also have happy hour on Friday afternoons with live music.

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

Monashee Toastmasters Lumby club meets online every second and fourth Tuesday 7 p.m. via Zoom. For more info contact Marena at 250-550-7124 or Mike at 250-547-9335, or visit https://1348085.toastmastersclubs.org

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 1929.toastmastersclubs.org/ Send questions to hootyowl@shaw.ca

Hi Noon Toastmasters meets every Wednesdays noon until 1 p.m. via Zoom. For further information, contact Ken at 778-442-5461 or kbarrtm21@gmail.com.

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 jaclow@telus.net.

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 zibragimova@vernonfrc.ca.

Hike and Cycle Maps Vernon Outdoors Club now has hike and cycle maps and route info online at vernonoutdoorsclub.org, click on the Resources tab on the home page. Maps and route info are available free as a community service for personal use.

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.

Santas Anonymous Society for birthdays and Christmas for underprivileged children in the North Okanagan ages 12 and under. Bring your child’s care card and make an appointment by calling 250-542-4448.

Huntington Society Okanagan Chapter relaunch! Looking for volunteers willing to participate in a Zoom meeting once a month, or as often as needed. Email Dan at hscokanagan@gmail.com.

Vernon Accordion Club meets Monday nights 7 to 9 p.m. at the Halina Centre. Bring your accordion and join us. Come listen or dancers come and dance to music that includes waltzes, polkas, foxtrots, schottisches and Latin. $3 a person for members or $5 non member. For info phone Nyla @ 250-546-3192.

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.

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Youth Choirs Do you know any kids 9-13 who love to sing? Here’s a wonderful local opportunity for them to show off, have fun singing exciting repertoire with friends while learning vocal and choral technique. Award-winning conductor Terry Logan, along with long-standing K-7 music teacher and choir master Jenn Britton, are directing an auditioned youth choir called Hope Sings! which is a part of the family of Vernon Youth Choirs. The choir has the opportunity to perform with professional musicians and singers. Sessions start Feb. 6, running Mondays 4–5:30 p.m. at Vernon’s Peace Lutheran Church. Support from North Okanagan Regional District has allowed the choir to set an affordable tuition of $45 per 3-month semester. Visit vernonyouthchoirs.ca to set up an audition.

Youth Choirs Do you know any kids 9-13 who love to sing? Here’s a wonderful local opportunity for them to show off, have fun singing exciting repertoire with friends while learning vocal and choral technique. Award-winning conductor Terry Logan, along with long-standing K-7 music teacher and choir master Jenn Britton, are directing an auditioned youth choir called Hope Sings! which is a part of the family of Vernon Youth Choirs. The choir has the opportunity to perform with professional musicians and singers. Sessions start Feb. 6, running Mondays 4–5:30 p.m. at Vernon’s Peace Lutheran Church. Support from North Okanagan Regional District has allowed the choir to set an affordable tuition of $45 per 3-month semester. Visit vernonyouthchoirs.ca to set up an audition.

Youth are invited to sing with the youth choir at Peace Lutheran Church. Sessions start Feb. 6, running Mondays 4-5:30 p.m. Visit vernonyouthchoirs.ca for more info. (Contributed)

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