Community

The Okanagan Fest of Ale welcomed 2,500 people on Saturday, May 14, for its first event since 2019.

Thousands turn out for first-ever outdoor Fest of Ale in Penticton

The event returned from its two-year hiatus on Saturday, May 14, at Okanagan Lake Park

 

Penticton Secondary School students recognized the Moose Hide Campaign on May 12, calling for an end to violence against women and children. (Photo courtesy of Eva Koch)

Okanagan high school students campaign to end violence against women and children

‘No one deserves to be afraid,’ a pair of students displayed on a sign

 

A block party in Coldstream came as the result of a Neighbourhood Small Grant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program in the North Okanagan is accepting applications until Monday, May 16, 2022. (Contributed)

Deadline nears to apply for Neighbourhood Small Grants in the North Okanagan

The $500 grants can be used for community-building projects; deadline to apply is May 16

 

Students at Penticton Secondary recognized National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Thursday, May 5, for the first time in the school’s history. (Photo: Eva Koch)

PHOTOS: Penticton high school students honour lost Indigenous lives with Red Dress Day

May 5 is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Students at Penticton Secondary recognized National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on Thursday, May 5, for the first time in the school’s history. (Photo: Eva Koch)
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.

Foundry supports youth in living a good life

Free and confidential health and wellness supports for BC youth ages 12 to 24 – online and in-person

  • May 2, 2022
Staff at Foundry Vancouver-Granville, operated by Providence Health Care. One of many Foundry centre across BC that provide integrated health services to young people like Aslam and Lee. Jeff Topham photo.
The Pleasant Valley Community Garden is a great option to grow your own tasty and nutritious food. (Debbie Hartwig photo)

Gardener wannabees wanted in Vernon

Plant Sale and Seed Swap at new Pleasant Valley Community Garden

The Pleasant Valley Community Garden is a great option to grow your own tasty and nutritious food. (Debbie Hartwig photo)
CFNO has sponsored more than 2,600 food boxes with the Fill the Gap Food Program this past year and plans to continue helping as long as donations to the Better Together Fund permit.

Better Together: Ongoing Responsive Support for the North Okanagan

“Never let a good crisis go to waste.” – Winston Churchill What’s…

  • Apr 26, 2022
CFNO has sponsored more than 2,600 food boxes with the Fill the Gap Food Program this past year and plans to continue helping as long as donations to the Better Together Fund permit.
The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre will hold its second annual Tee it Up For Kids Golf Tournament on September 2 at Oliver's Fairview Mountain Golf Club. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Hockey Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer gets behind Oliver charity golf tournament

The 2nd annual Tee it Up for Kids Tournament goes Sept. 2 at Fairview Mountain Golf Club

The OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre will hold its second annual Tee it Up For Kids Golf Tournament on September 2 at Oliver's Fairview Mountain Golf Club. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
While leaving a gift in your will makes it possible to leave a much larger gift, remember that you don’t have to be wealthy to create a charitable legacy – there is no gift too small to make an impact.

Your Will is Powerful

Leaving a charitable gift in your Will can be as simple as adding a one-line direction.

  • Mar 21, 2022
While leaving a gift in your will makes it possible to leave a much larger gift, remember that you don’t have to be wealthy to create a charitable legacy – there is no gift too small to make an impact.
Barking Parrot shows their support of Ukraine in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘Heartening, but not surprising’: Over $26k raised for Ukraine Friday night in Penticton

Hundreds of people made their way to the Barking Parrot for a barbecue fundraiser

Barking Parrot shows their support of Ukraine in Penticton. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
First West Credit Union and its local divisions, including the Okanagan-based Valley First, have donated $25,000 to support Ukraine relief efforts (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky).

Okanagan-based Valley First donates $25k to Ukraine relief efforts

Valley First is waiving all transfer fees for people who send relief money to Ukraine

First West Credit Union and its local divisions, including the Okanagan-based Valley First, have donated $25,000 to support Ukraine relief efforts (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky).
Local golfers teeing-off at the 14th hole at the Penticton Golf and Country Club on Saturday (March 5) to celebrate the course’s opening weekend. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Opening day in the Okanagan: Penticton golf course welcomes new season

The Penticton Golf and Country Club is celebrating its 100th-anniversary in 2022

Local golfers teeing-off at the 14th hole at the Penticton Golf and Country Club on Saturday (March 5) to celebrate the course’s opening weekend. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Lakeshore Drive in 1930, looking east. (Penticton Museum and Archives photo)

Penticton’s Okanagan lakeshore was not always owned by the city

W. T. Shatford donated waterfront so it would always be public and not ‘marred by unsightly buildings’

Lakeshore Drive in 1930, looking east. (Penticton Museum and Archives photo)
One of two giant salmon lanterns in Runaway Moon Theatre’s Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession in Enderby on Feb. 20 were built at Kingfisher Centre and papered at local schools. (Meghan Budd image)

VIDEO: Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession shines light on salmon

Runaway Moon Theatre holds month of lantern workshops to help Shuswap through winter doldrums

One of two giant salmon lanterns in Runaway Moon Theatre’s Out of the Darkness Lantern Procession in Enderby on Feb. 20 were built at Kingfisher Centre and papered at local schools. (Meghan Budd image)
Organizations of all types are encouraged to apply for funding and reach out with any questions prior to beginning their application.

Open Call for Grant Applications

All North Okanagan charitable organizations are encouraged to apply!

  • Feb 21, 2022
Organizations of all types are encouraged to apply for funding and reach out with any questions prior to beginning their application.
Peach City Radio, CFUZ 92.9 FM celebrated its three-year on-air anniversary on Saturday (Feb. 5). Claire Thompson (pictured on-air) hosted one of the station's morning programs and accepted financial donations from community members on behalf of the platform during the show. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘A reflection of the community’: Penticton’s Peach City Radio celebrates anniversary

‘If you are part of this community, then there’s a place for you here’: Jackie Del Rizzo

Peach City Radio, CFUZ 92.9 FM celebrated its three-year on-air anniversary on Saturday (Feb. 5). Claire Thompson (pictured on-air) hosted one of the station's morning programs and accepted financial donations from community members on behalf of the platform during the show. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)

Robots and AI being used to help combat COVID-19 loneliness at UFV

Findings will be shared with government, industry, and community partners to enhance wellness

UFV is working with artificial intelligence robots that can help combat isolation and loneliness, thanks to funding from the TD Bank Group. (UFV photo)
The City of Kelowna has its plans in place and vision for the future (Photo - City of Kelowna)

The City of Kelowna has a vision for the future

The plans are set to make the city more vibrant and sustainable

The City of Kelowna has its plans in place and vision for the future (Photo - City of Kelowna)
Local YMCA members take part in the ‘Move to Give’ campaign (Contributed)

$25,000 raised for YMCA of Okanagan’s programs for less fortunate

Members of the YMCA take part in various events to raise money to make programs available for the less fortunate

Local YMCA members take part in the ‘Move to Give’ campaign (Contributed)
The Vernon Native Housing Society is building a five-storey affordable rental building, beside Thunderbird Manor, which currently provides 38 rental homes for Indigenous peoples.

Affordable Housing is a Pressing Community Need

A collaborative approach is vital to respond to local housing needs

  • Jan 24, 2022
The Vernon Native Housing Society is building a five-storey affordable rental building, beside Thunderbird Manor, which currently provides 38 rental homes for Indigenous peoples.