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SEPTEMBER 2013 Success stories from the South Okanagan

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IN THIS ISSUE Where did the summer go?

All of a sudden, it’s back to school for all the students! For the rest of us, that means a new season of activities and fall programs, so why not check out what your area is offering? In Okanagan Falls, visit, in Oliver go to and in Osoyoos visit the site for all the latest programs. In this issue we check in with the AlleyCATS Alliance Society to learn about their Wedding Dress Dinner fundraiser, sure to be the wedding of the year! Dig out your old wedding dress, tux or bridesmaids dress to join in the fun and support a great cause. Speaking of weddings, we catch up with Zechariah Nyarza on his wedding day on page eight. Zechariah is a Sudanese refugee who settled in Osoyoos seven years ago. Congratulations to the new couple! Congratulations also goes out to Nancy Katerenchuk of Osoyoos, who won our Okanagan Sun / Oliver Theatre contest this month. The contest is still running, so stop by and click on the contests tab to enter.


As always, we invite readers to submit their stories, artwork and school and club news to be printed and shared.


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BRIAN HIGHLEY has run international campaigns with Adbusters magazine and published the OK Sun newspaper in Osoyoos. He is of course writing this, and feels strange referring to himself in the third person.



has been living in the South Okanagan and writing for newspapers for 25-plus years, ever since she graduated from the Journalism Program at Langara, VCC

CONTRIBUT0RS JUDY HARVEY has always had a passion for food and loves to learn and share the knowledge she has gleaned. In the early 1990’s she looked after the cooking classes at Benkris School of Culinary Arts in Calgary. Judy has been helping with classes at Osoyoos Home Hardware for the past seven years.

PETER HOVESTAD has been an avid photographer since discovering the dark room tucked under the stairs of his high school in the 1970’s. He is the president of the Osoyoos Photography Club.

JORG MARDIAN is a Certified Kinesiology

Specialist, Myoskeletal Therapist, Fitness Trainer and Registered Holistic Nutritionist. He specializes in injury/pain therapy, functional fitness, weight loss and holistic nutrition.

THERESA NOLET is a lifelong animal advocate. She operates O.A.T.S. Horse Rescue (One @A Time Success), and is a founding member of AlleyCATS Alliance. She and her husband share their home and property with four rescue horses and one rescue dog.




8 Zechariah Nyarza Marries In Osoyoos 9 Rock Creek Fall Fair 13 Business Feature: ILLskILL Clothing 20 Lauren Sherwood Is New BC Ambassador 24 The Wedding Of The Year

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.”


AlleyCATS Alliance Directors test drive their wedding dresses for the Wedding Dress Dinner. Photo contributed 4

- Helen Hunt Jackson

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Farmers Appreciation Week

Celebrate BC Farmers September 8 to15, 2013

Anytime is a good time for Caitlin’s!

Breakfast time: Bacon & eggs with hashbrowns. Lunch time: tackle our enourmous burger. Snack time: our doughnuts are made fresh everyday. WEDNESDAYS Meatloaf

The week of September 8 to15 is the fourth annual Farmers Appreciation Week, a province-wide event celebrating BC farmers, agriculture and food. You can demonstrate your support for BC farmers throughout the week by buying local at the farmers market, farm stand, or choosing local produce at the grocery store.



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Former Osoyoos Sears owner Randy Kassian will assist new owners Spencer and Theresa Toepfer as they transition from operating OS Audio on Main Street. The three have been busy preparing the 85th Street Sears location for a Grand Opening slated for mid-September. “So excited but going to be hard to leave the store I grew up in for the last 27 years, feeling excited,” notes Spencer on his Facebook page. The Toepfers formerly had the Radio Shack store on Main Street in Osoyoos for many years, and then more recently OS Audio and Video in the same location. OS Audio will remain open for the time being, while remaining stock is cleared out. In addition, the Sears store is in the process of a redesign, allowing for better displays and more showroom space.






You may have already seen Charles and Marguerite's colourful beach themed van around town this summer. Well, now Beach Bum Lunch Box is opening at a new location in mid-September at the Nk' MIP Resort Convenience Store (8000 45th St.) in Osoyoos. In partnership with the Osoyoos Indian Band and Petro Canada, the new location will be open all year round seven days a week. Check out the classic menu, but also the different kind of poutine and deep- fried treats. Breakfast and different daily specials every day. (250) 495-1202.

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owadays, secondhand stores seem to be popular with shoppers, with the idea of recycling and reusing items all the vogue. Newly opened on Main Street in Osoyoos this summer, ‘The Mad House’ has both highend and lowend used furniture, household items and a wide variety of other secondhand finds. Owners Jack and Kim Durand invite people to come and browse through the store, which is open every day but Saturday. They are located at 8322 Main Street. The Osoyoos Flea Market has been closed since before the summer, but there is good news for local customers who miss finding bargains there. Community Living Auxiliary president Margaret Ogilvie tells the Okanagan Sun that they hope to be reopening at the end of September, with the same hours of 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday mornings. There will be a complete report about the renovations and new look of the popular flea market in our October issue.

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Double O Bikes in Osoyoos and Oliver are celebrating their anniversary with a huge bike sale this month. The popular bike shops were created as a for-profit enterprise of the Southern Okanagan Association for Integrated Community Living to generate revenue to help support the Society’s Mission.

Sun Sightings Tim Hortons in Osoyoos celebrated its scholarship program at the Pizza Factory with its 2013 recipiants August 30. $6,150 was given to the students this year (right), for a grand total of $69,500 in bursary money. In addition, Tim Hortons is once again running its Smile Cookie campaign this month. The entire proceeds from Tim Hortons Smile Cookies, available from September 23 to September 29, will be dontated to the Osoyoos Splash Park. The one dollar cookies will be available at all locations in the South Okanagan.

Recipients of the Tim Hortons 2013 Scholarships are (from left) Brooke Jesus, Darlene Melgar, Sumanjit Toor, Avneet (Neetu) Dhaliwal, Navreen Chauhan, Ashley Burk, Parveen Chauhan, Gagan Dhaliwal, Gharry Gill and Brittany Mendes. Kneeling are Steven Lalonde and Ryan Melgar. Photo Brian Highley Joanne Alibuga, Bre Symchuk, Richelle Diaz and Ariane Alba.


Zechariah Nyarza Marries In Osoyoos By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug There was a lot of national media attention and fanfare when the Nyarza family came from the Sudan seven years ago as refugees, to settle in the town of Osoyoos. Their turbulent life amidst the civil war and personal turmoil there, led to sponsorship by a local family and Osoyoos Baptist Church in their long journey to Canada on New Year’s Eve of 2006. They have now all settled into life in their new country, forging independent paths and lives. One of the most well known locally of the Nyarzas is Zechariah, who became a familiar face in town due to his several years of working at Osoyoos Home Hardware. Last month, Zechariah got married to a young Jamaican woman named Danessa, in a simple but touching ceremony at Osoyoos Baptist Church. The happy couple have settled in Alberta, where Zechariah will work. Osoyoos Baptist Church’s official responsibilities as sponsors ended one year after the family arrived. 8

They continued to financially support them until the end of June 2008, to encourage them in the pursuit of their education. But the Nyarzas are seen as extended family by the Osoyoos Baptist Church congregation, which keeps in touch with them. As well as Zechariah and his new bride, the other four family members, Joyce, William, James and the oldest Peter John, are all living and working in various regions of Alberta. Peter John was the first to get his Canadian citizenship, while brothers William (now married with a daughter), Zechariah and James are in the process of doing so. The two youngest boys, Victor and Charles, continue to reside in Osoyoos. Charles is aged 18 and attending Osoyoos Secondary School. He continues to do well in his soccer and he referees hockey games in the winter. Victor, the youngest, aged 12, goes to Good Shepherd Christian School. He has become an avid reader and loves playing his Wii. Both boys continue to attend Osoyoos Baptist


t is the “biggest little country fair” around, and the crowd pleasing Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair is back for the weekend of September 14 and 15. Now in its 68th year, the fair has become an annual event for people of the South Okanagan and Boundary country to attend every fall. In addition to all of the animal, craft and agriculture

exhibits, there are educational displays, international vendors of goods and foods, a beer garden and the Shooting Star Midway. “Many new things at this year’s event,” says organizer Terry Keough. “On stage we have a huge lineup, including Canadian country recording sensation Tim Hus performing Saturday evening,

Fred Penner Sunday and many more acts in between from near and far.” Hus’s new album ‘Western Star’ will be released September 10 on Stony Plain Records/Warner Music, and the fair will be the first appearance in promotion of the new release. Fred Penner performs on Sun-


day only. This musical master brings 25 year to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed "Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, among his repertoire are a prolific 12 Children’s Albums and countless energetic live shows across North America. The lawnmower races have become an institution in Rock Creek for fair goers. “There is never an empty seat when they happen on Saturday,” says Keough. ‘Uncle Chris’ the clown is at the fair all day Sunday to entertain the kids. There are plenty of horse events to watch, like trailer races, barrel racing, heavy horse competitions and more. For more information go to www.

1946 ... The Beginning The Rock Creek and Boundary Fair first opened in 1946 and has been an annual event since then. The fair began as a one day event to showcase agricultural products and to bring the community together for a day of fun. Although the fair has expanded to two days and now includes other attractions, the country fair atmosphere remains. The fair is still a community event and is organized and presented almost entirely by volunteers. There is a core group of volunteers that are involved in planning on a year round basis. In the weeks that lead up to fair days, most of the community becomes involved in some way. Some are involved in the cleanup and preparation of the buildings. Many others are busy getting their entries ready for judging and display. The emphasis of the Rock Creek and Boundary Fair remains on agriculture and home crafts. Animal shows and judging are a central part of the program. Displays of fruits and vegetables, cooking and canning, baking and needlework are varied and interesting with everyone from kids to seniors vying for a blue ribbon. The fair venue has changed from the first fair, which was held at the community hall on the highway, to the sixty acres that it now occupies. There is a pavilion building to house the displays as well as barns and an arena for animal housing and show. Throughout the years, the Fair has seen many improvements to the grounds, which are ongoing. Lights have been added to the arena so that shows can go on after dark. The Pavilion building has been decorated with murals designed and painted by local artists. These murals depict the landscape and history of the local area.

The Cullpeppers of Rock Creek To Perform At Fair Saturday and Sunday​. The Cullpeppers are an acoustic trio from Rock Creek whose crisp three part harmonies provide a treat for listeners as they perform a range of original music and interesting arrangements of covers from New Grass Revival to Green Day. From the smooth haunting vocal and violin melodies of “I’m Growing Old With You”, to the pioneer tribute “Wooden Boxes”, (both from the cd of the same name), the Cullpeppers are always a crowd pleaser. You won't want to miss the opportunity to hear this vocal trio. 10

Create Change To Overcome Your Fitness Plateau By Jorg Mardian

How's your training going? Sometimes it feels like we are on top of the world, where excess weight comes off easy and strength arrives in spades. But inevitably the dreaded plateau rears its ugly head and your progress grinds to a screeching halt. This happens because the amount of exercise and healthy diet you started with was good enough to get you to a respectable level of fitness. To get beyond, it's now time to pay attention and start working harder. But you lead a busy life and spending more time at the gym and managing your nutrition is not something you want to hear about right now. What happened to slow and steady? It still applies, but you have to do things smarter now. A healthy diet doesn't require constant management and calorie counting. And a more challenging workout will take more effort, but not necessarily more time. Here are some tips to overcome your plateau: 1. Tighten your nutrition You may think you’re eating healthy, but if you take a closer look and start writing things down, you'll find that you’re not eating as good as you think. 80% of your results are based on your nutrition, and only 20% is based on the exercise you do. To see the changes you desire, make sure your portions are not too big, eat healthy foods and make sure they are of the best quality (and least refined). 2. Hit the weights The more muscle you have, the more calories

you burn when you exercise or are at rest. We're not talking about bulky muscle here, but the lean, pleasant looking type on women. Don't worry, you won't bulk up because you simply don’t have the hormones to do so – you'll just get leaner. Faster, weight based workouts enable your body to burn more calories day after day. 3. Keep it fresh Our bodies have an incredible ability to quickly adapt to whatever we do. If you continually do the same workout, your progress will stall. A good approach to beating a plateau, is to overhaul your workouts and change not only the exercises, but the intensity and tempo as well. Perhaps you're only running on the treadmill and your body is used to steady state running. Change it up! Try some interval running, something you couldn't do a few months ago when 30 pounds heavier. It's a new challenge which is stimulating to the body and mind, making for another successful training period until a new change is needed. You can also increase reps, weight, tempo, frequency, intensity and so on. 4. Avoid overdoing it Many hit a plateau and believe they should now keep cutting calories. But you can actually damage your progress by creating too much of a deficit between your calorie intake and calorie burn, slowing down your metabolism. Some-

times it's better to up the workout intensity as WELL as calorie intake, to keep progress coming. Some women take in as few as 800-1000 calories daily. They forget it's not so much about the deficit as it is about making sure you’re getting enough calories. Everyone is different. Caloriemonitoring devices are very helpful in gauging this. Try these tips and see if you don't overcome your plateau. Nothing tastes quite as good as success and anything else is like biting into a lemon - it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. A positive change affects your mind, body and fitness outcome.

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Enjoy your evening out, taking in a movie at the Oliver Theatre!

September, 2013 Programme Visit our website


Regular Showtimes


Sun.-Mon.-Tues.-Thurs...7:30 P.M. Fri.-Sat.................7:00 & 9:00 P.M. (Unless otherwise stated)

Phone 250-498-2277

Oliver, B.C.

Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Sept. 21 - 22 - 23 - 24 Showtimes on Sat. at 7:00 & 9:10 p.m.

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. Sept. 5 - 6 - 7 Showtimes on Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 & 9:10 p.m.

Violence, coarse language.

Sun. - Mon. - Tues., Thurs.

Sept. 8 - 9 - 10, 12


Violence, coarse language.

(re-opens Sept. 13)

Fri. - Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Sept. 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 17 Showtimes on Fri. & Sat. at 7:00 & 9:10 p.m.

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. Sept. 26 - 27 - 28


There will also be a matinee of this show on the Sat. at 2:00 p.m. All seats $6.00 for the matinee.

Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Coarse and sexual language.

Thurs. - Fri. Sept. 19 - 20


Coarse language. Programme subject to unavoidable change without notice


Sept. 29 - 30, Oct. 1

Improving Safety For Motorists And Pedestrians By Linda Larson

MLA for Boundary-Similkameen

We’re ‘driving’ change here in the riding of BoundarySimilkameen, with a series of projects that will improve safety on Highway 3, which is a key inter-provincial passage for motorists between B.C. and Alberta. Work is underway to resurface Highway 3 from Eholt Road to Fisherman Creek Road, and some side roads between Grand Forks and Greenwood. An improved road surface enhances the safety of the highway by making the driving experience much more comfortable and enjoyable. Another project will see a new cantilevered sidewalk designed and constructed for the bridge on Highway 3 over Osoyoos Lake. This will complement the existing sidewalk on the south side, improving safety for pedestrians. Finally, Highway 3 will also benefit from a new DriveBC webcam, located at the Highway 33 Junction in Rock Creek. This will allow motorists to go online and check road and weather conditions before heading out on a trip. There are more than 300 highway webcams on the DriveBC network, and I encourage you to visit in preparation for your next adventure. The Boundary-Similkameen Riding is very diverse both economically and geographically. What is of interest locally to the people of Grand Forks is not necessarily of interest to the residents of Kaleden or Hedley. Next month I will put on my other hat as Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors and include information on healthy aging issues that affect the majority of our ridings’ senior population, as well as local issues that will be of interest to all residents. After almost 3 months of waiting I finally have a Constituency Office phone and computer access. Please note the contact information below, and call at any time with your questions or concerns. You can also send an email to Toll free number: 1 855 498 5122 498 5122

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The Constituency Office is in Oliver at 6369 Main Street and will be open after the Labour Day weekend. In closing, I would like to remind everyone to take extra caution on our roads in the coming weeks as school resumes. Remember to slow down and be patient in school zones and crosswalks, and help ensure students come and go from school safely. I wish all of you a great school year

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hen it comes to the Okanagan Valley, there is year round extreme sport talent. ILLskILL Clothing was created by Damien Hannah and Beau Dupuis of Osoyoos in 2013 as a clothing brand, and a company that highlights/sponsors the best of the riders around the Okanagan Valley. ILLskILL was con-

is currently selling at Heatstroke ceived and "raised" in Osoyoos, Cycle and Yore Movie Store in and in a few short months, it has been heard about as far as Osoyoos, with plans to expand Salmon Arm or perhaps further. to clothing stores throughout the On March 30, 2013 ILLskILL Okanagan Valley. ILLskILL Clothing is a statement. Clothing held the "Rule The Park" competition at the Osoyoos skate Set goals, strive towards them, ...positive, stories from the South Okanagan those goals and sucpark, and filmed inupbeat HD for a soon accomplish to be released full length DVD. ceed. Since then, 250.535.0540 ILLskILL Clothing has Whatever your skill... be ILL. printed clothing. It · Box bright 177 · coloured Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0

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The Oliver Art Gallery Features

Steve Staresina

By Michael Jorden, B.Sc., M.B.A.


n March 2010 I received a phone call from Steve Staresina, an Oliver painter who I had known as one of the Oliver artists associated with the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. Steve had a vision that, because of the closure of an established commercial gallery on Oliver’s Main Street, an opportunity had arisen to create a new commercial gallery dedicated exclusively to local artists from the south Okanagan. He was determined to make sure Oliver continued to have a community art gallery. The Oliver Art Gallery, well into its third year, exists because of his vision. No dreams however, no matter how noble, are brought about without effort. A few hundred hours of ‘sweat equity’ were invested in bringing about this vision, by Steve in particular, and his intrepid assistants including yours truly. In April 2010, the Oliver Art Gallery opened its doors with six members. Today, it is a registered artists cooperative with 21 members and running like a well-oiled machine. This month Steve is the featured artist at the Oliver Art Gallery. His choice of medium is oil and 14

acrylic, and his subject matter is the landscapes and people of western Canada. As a child living in Croatia, Steve was influenced by Roko Stokic, a wheelchair bound artist with whom he spent countless hours sketching hands, feet, faces and figures of friends and neighbours. He stood out among his peers and had his first art gallery show at the age of seven. He has had a varied career in business and the construction industry, but has devoted himself to painting fulltime only since retirement. He is a participating member of a number of arts organizations including the Oliver Community Arts Council, Oliver Sagebrushers and the Oliver Art Gallery Artists Cooperative. Steve’s work will dominate the gallery during September. Come and view his art Tuesdays through Saturdays between 11 am and 4 pm at 6046 Main Street in Oliver. The Oliver Art Gallery is also presenting art classes for the fall. Come in and register for drawing classes, painting classes, pastels and more.

Back to School Tips:

Guard your child from computer eye damage


id you know that the average North American child spends from one to three hours per day with his or her eyes on a computer screen? The startling increase of nearsightedness (myopia) in children worldwide may be a direct consequence of this activity, pediatric eye doctors say. “In fact, children using computers before their visual systems are fully developed are at the very heart of the public health problem called 'computer vision syndrome',” says Bijan Minbashion, vice president of operations for Hakim Optical, a national leader in retail eye

care. “A study at the University of California reports that 25% to 30% of computer-using children need corrective eyewear to work with the equipment comfortably and safely – and similar studies in Asia report that first-graders with myopia has increased from 12.1% to 20.4% since 1995. In the last three years, myopia is reported to have doubled to 34% in seven- to nine-year olds.” To guard against early damage to your child's eyes, consider these Hakim Optical tips: • Schedule a comprehensive eye exam as your child enters kindergarten, including near-point (com-

puter and reading) and distance testing. • Schedule an eye exam before school begins every year. • The recommended distance for children between the monitor and the eye is 18-28 inches. Any closer risks eye strain. • Be aware of behaviour that indicates problems such as eye redness, frequent rubbing of the eyes, unusual posture, or complaints of blurriness or eye fatigue. – News Canada

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Acne is most common in teenagers and is caused by overactive sebaceous glands. Creams and lotions with benzoyl TRAVIS peroxide, salicylic PHARMACIST acid, glycolic acid or sulphur are available through Remedy’sRx without a prescription. For serious acne, antibiotic lotions may help.

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Oliver Artist John Salsnek


It’s not yet known what causes rosacea, a skin disorder that causes your face to become redder and appear inflamed. If it becomes severe, a doctor may prescribe antibiotics to reduce inflammation.


Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, features small, itchy bumps and is most common in babies and small children. It is best to stay away from creams, ointments, soaps or anything that will irritate the skin. A doctor will prescribe corticosteroids or antihistamines if necessary.


Psoriasis is a severely itchy, chronic skin condition. There is no permanent cure, but there are many creams and lotions available, including coal tar, that help. Talk to your Remedy’sRx pharmacist or doctor about other treatments such as topical steroids, ultraviolet B light and calcipotriene.

These common skin conditions can affect the quality of your life. Ask your Remedy’sRx pharmacist for help coping with them.

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Artist Julie-Ann Miller displays her work at the new Front Street Gallery in Penticton. Photo Brian Highley

A popular South Okanagan art gallery in Penticton has a new name, a new look and features some new local artists. The Front Street Gallery had a grand opening at the beginning of this month, and it is now open every day. Well-known Oliver artist John Salsnek will be among those featuring their artwork at the revamped gallery, formerly known as Local Colour Gallery. Over the last five years, Lynne Marand and Sharon Snow have experienced the art appreciation in this gallery of both visitors and those who call the Okanagan home. Other Okanagan artists in addition to Salsnek are Carol Avedon-Savage, Danny Johnson (photographic artist) and Julie-Ann Miller. Front Street in Penticton could be a great place to explore on a Sunday afternoon. Front Street Gallery is leading the way with Sunday openings. From September to December the gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm. For more information, check out their website at: and on Facebook.


Festival of the Grape Popular South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce festival takes place October 6


ow that summer is coming to a close, Oliver’s popular Festival of the Grape will soon be upon us. The grape stompin’ fall event will take place Sunday, October 6 this year, and it will take on a jazz and salsa beat with live entertainment from the Juno nominated Vancouver favourite band Rumba Calzada.Their latest CD, Album 4, was nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding World Recording of the Year. “Guaranteed to move your feet and reach your soul.” – Latin Beat Magazine, Los Angeles. The annual event sponsored by the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce attracted close to 3,500 people last year, who were treated to tastings from 50 wineries, with 20 food vendors serving dishes from the basic to the

Crafts Exhibit to take in. Children exotic; and 60 trade vendors on are welcome at the festival too, hand to display their items. as there is a fun entertainment The Festival of the Grape begins area set up just for them, with with a lively banner- filled parade face painting, balloons, activity leading to the outdoor venue at stations and games. the community centre, where the For more information about the mayor of Oliver makes a short Festival of the Grape, go to www. welcoming speech, followed by ‘Bacchus’ who officially opens the wine festival. A-1 SECURITY Musical enterRENE’S LOCK & KEY tainment at the grandstand and grape stomping competitions, food and vendor booths and wine RENE BOUTIN tasting under the big tents follow, as well as an extensive indoor RESIDENTIAL • COMMERCIAL • AUTOMOTIVE quality Arts and OKANAGAN SUN • SEPTEMBER 2013 • 17

New SORCO Building Opening By Early Winter By Andrea Dujardin-Flexhaug


or the last 25 years, owls and Raptors that are injured have been given refuge and good care at the 200 sq.ft. South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre For Owls (SORCO). There has been an increase in the number of birds of prey admitted and treated over the last

Okanagan College and SD67 students and the SORCO building committee.


few years, and already in 2013 they have had over 70 of them brought into the centre. SORCO realized the need for a more spacious 1440 sq. ft. building in which to treat and house the birds; and modernize the clinic space for those who care for them. That building is now in the final stages of construction, and SORCO hopes to be finished and open to feathered patients in late fall, early winter. “We just finished the drywall and now we are waiting to start to paint the inside,” says SORCO manager Lauren Meads. “It is much larger, more rooms, better ventilation, heating and cooling, better light, it will have laundry, bathroom facility and an office for intake of the birds.” Photo by Dave Whitton

The public Grand Opening will be held next spring on the first Monday of May, in combination with their annual Open House and fundraising Silent Auction. Public visits are restricted to one day a year to reduce the stress level of the birds of prey being treated there. However, SORCO does announce periodic releasing parties, where the public can watch rehabilitated birds returned to the wild. SORCO is a non-profit organization and does not receive funding from the government. It relies on fundraising efforts, donations and volunteer help, as well as one employed qualified manager. SORCO is thankful for the students of the Okanagan College Residential Construction Program and School District #67, who helped to build the new structure. It was also made possible by the generous donations of materials from many suppliers throughout the Central and Southern Okanagan. For more information on SORCO, go to

About SORCO SORCO is a registered non-profit organization relying on public support. SORCO issues tax deductible receipts for all items donated and monies given. Our purpose is to treat and care for injured and orphaned birds of prey (Raptors). Our goal is to release them back into the wild whenever possible. Because of the dwindling population of raptors, we are dedicated to their preservation through upkeep of the clinic facilities and the organization itself. We chose the word “OWLS” in our name because the Okanagan is home to one of BC’s endangered owls, the Burrowing Owl. Greater still is the fact that 14 of the 15 owls found in BC can be seen in the Okanagan, Thompson and Similkameen Valleys at some point throughout the year. Hopefully through our efforts in public education, birds that are now on the threatened list may never be listed as endangered, but will regain the stronghold they once had in a balanced ecosystem.

Public Invited To Watch Bird Banding All members of the public are invited from now until October 15 to watch Doug Brown et al band birds migrating south through the valley. Especially requested are Naturalist volunteer helpers for data recording, removing birds from mist nets, etc. No special expertise is needed but your help is. Bring bug spray, binoculars, lunch and water. The bird banding station is located through the white gate one km north of the Vaseux Lake parking lot, and operates from 6 am to 11 am daily. Contact Doug at 250-495-6164 if you wish to help. OKANAGAN SUN • SEPTEMBER 2013 • 19

Lauren Sherwood Of Osoyoos New BC Ambassador

The new team of BC Ambassadors chosen in August include (left to right) Casey Helgason of Kamloops, Camelia Vokey of Penticton and Lauren Sherwood of Osoyoos. Photo by Juliana Martine

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soyoos’s own Lauren Sherwood, aged 24, was chosen in August as one of the three new BC Ambassadors for 2013. The other team members include teens Carley Vokey of Penticton and Casey Helgason of Kamloops. Sherwood has recounted for the Okanagan Sun the moment at the Merritt final week of competition when the three team members were announced. “When I heard "Representing Osoyoos, Lauren Sherwood" as the final BC Ambassador for 2013, I couldn't believe it,” she says. “To be crowned is such a huge honour and it was a very surreal but ecstatic moment.” Sherwood firstly 20

acknowledges the sponsorship of the Osoyoos Elks Lodge #436, and she comments, “ I cannot express my gratitude enough for their support. I'm honoured to have represented Osoyoos and now to be representing British Columbia.” This month Sherwood heads back to the University of Victoria, where she is majoring in Geography and Professional Writing, in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science Degree. She will also be travelling around BC to other town pageants throughout the year, as well as attending and volunteering at events in Victoria and the rest of the island. Sherwood also placed in the Top Five in the Ambassador People’s Choice and received a medal for that; plus she medalled in Promo-

tion, Community Presentation, Public Speaking and Talent and Knowledge. “I thank everyone that has supported me on my journey as a candidate,” she says, “Words cannot express how much that support is appreciated.” A full article about Lauren Sherwood and her life growing up as a young person with hearing challenges was printed in the July issue of the Okanagan Sun. It can also be viewed on our website in the ‘Archives’ section at Lauren’s favorite quote comes from anthropologist Margaret Mead who wrote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.

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ethany Handfield, local encaustic artist and teacher, has a vision for encaustic painting in Canada and the Okanagan in particular. “Encaustic painting has been growing by leaps and bounds around the world. We have amazing encaustic artists across Canada and an extremely high concentration of them in the Okanagan. The need for an Okanagan wide encaustic exhibition is just the beginning. Encaustic art in Canada needs to be raised to the same level of encaustic in the States. The time has come.” Encaustic in the Okanagan area was spearheaded by the arrival of painter and teacher Thea Haubrich who has taught and mentored many local artists. Both Thea and fellow artist Carol Munro have been significant to the encaustic community becoming the first encaustic artists in the Federation of Canadian Artists and winning awards at many major art shows. Shary Bartlett of Vancouver will be the guest artist for Waxing Poetic, a celebration of encaustic painting beginning September 27 at the Shatford Centre in Penticton. Shary teaches fine art at Capilano University and Langara College. Bethany and Shary, in conjunction with the Okanagan School of the Arts, are hosting Michelle Belto who will be bringing her hands-on seminar “Encaustic Wax and Handmade Paper” to the Penticton in September. Bethany felt that this was the perfect time to showcase encaustic artists as well. It is the hope that this will become an annual event attracting artist from all over Canada and tourist from far and wide. Waxing Poetic is open to all encaustic artists in the Okanagan. The opening reception featuring a special talk on her process by Shary Bartlett will be on September 27. There will be an artist’s talk by Michelle Belto on September 29.



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n exciting new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that coffee drinking may add years to your life span, and may help you lose weight. Evidence is rapidly accumulating about the ability of coffee to reduce vascular disease, slash cancer risk, preserve cognition and mitigate diabetes/obesity. Rich in polyphenols, coffee contains over 1,000 different natural compounds that favourably interact within cells. Coffee has the proven ability to turn on genes that promote youthful cellular functions. One coffee compound in particular, chlorogenic acid, provides a multitude of these benefits, including impeding after-meal glucose surges, that can contribute to obesity and diabetes. Green, unroasted coffee beans are extremely rich in the polyphenols, especially chlorogenic acid, that improve health. But prior to consumption as brewed coffee, the beans are roasted at high temperatures 375 – 425 degrees Fahrenheit. These extreme temperatures destroy an enormous amount of the beneficial polyphenols, leaving standard supermarket coffee substantially less healthful than it could be . Therefore, one would have to drink from four to as many as l2 cups a day to get enough of the polyphenols require for protective benefits. It’s obviously hard to drink that much coffee, and many people develop unpleasant, though not dangerous side effects, such as heart palpitations and upset stomachs, if they try to consume that amount. Large reductions in the occurrence of Type Two diabetes are associated with higher chlorogenic acid consumption. If you aren’t already diabetic, you may be able to cut your risk by an impressive 67% by us-




ing chlorogenic acid. Even if you do have diabetes, chlorogenic acid inhibits uptake of sugar from the intestine, reducing blood sugar levels. By inhibiting several enzymes in the sugar-regulating system, chlorogenic acid reduces production and release of new glucose into the bloodstream. Of special importance, green coffee’s chlorogenic acid can cut the after-meal glucose surge that’s known to increase diabetics’ (and others’) cardiovascular risks. Fortunately, chlorogenic acid is available in capsule form for those who do not wish to increase their caffeine consumption with regular coffee. This acid is extracted from raw green coffee beans to produce a concentrate that preserves its unique characteristics, and provides the benefits of inhibiting the release of glucose in the bloodstream, while simultaneously boosting the metabolism. With these two mechanisms working together to inhibit the accumulation of fat, you’ve discovered the perfect support you need to help achieve your weight-loss goals. Detailed analysis of coffee’s many components reveals that polyphenols, especially chlorogenic acid, are the main contributors to coffee’s beneficial effects. Since conventional roasting processes readily destroy these compounds, it’s important to seek out coffees that retain the maximum amount of polyphenol content. That way, you can enhance your health without the overconsumption of coffee. Those who cannot tolerate coffee should consider taking 200 to 400 mg of standardized chlorogenic acid supplement before most meals. Ref: Life Extension Magazine, Sept. 2012

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The Eagle... By Bob Etienne The Eagle is one of the First Nations’ most respected birds. The eagle is in a category all by itself as a mighty hunter. From where it flies and glides with the wind it sees and knows everything it is supposed to; especially from the sky. The eagle’s territory covers the majority of the Rockies and the West Coast. On the west coast, the Eagle means something different, as all nations and tribes are unique, as are the animals. For the Okanagan people, Mlk’nups (eagle) is one of the 4 Chiefs that ‘paved the way’ for the people we know as humans. Stories and legends regarding this magnificent bird-of-prey go back thousands of years, written in stone and spoken and sung in stories and song. The eagle can stand 4 feet in height and have a wingspan of about 8/9 feet. Anyone witnessing an eagle in flight knows that the winds are carrying it higher and it is spying on the world below, either looking for food or just wind surfing. First Nations people did offerings and prayers in hopes that some plumage (feathers) would fall to the earth. The feathers often used in eagle staffs and other significant pieces are done so to show respect for the creature. The golden eagle and the bald eagle are two of the most honored birds in ANY native culture.

We are featuring a live performance of Nagamowin: The Song at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. It will take place September 21 at 7 pm. The performance is to be featured on the Aborigianl Peoples Television Network in 2014. Admission is free. Our hours have changed: We are now open from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm 7 days a week. OKANAGAN SUN • SEPTEMBER 2013 • 23

The Wedding Of The Year By December van den Berg

AlleyCATS Alliance Directors test drive their wedding dresses for the Wedding Dress Dinner. From left to right: December van den Berg - President, Marielle Brule - Treasurer, Theresa Nolet - Director, Cheryl Hubbard - Vice President



lleyCATS Alliance is a 100% non profit charity dedicated to providing rescue, rehabilitation, medical care & adoption to feral & orphaned cats & kittens throughout the Okanagan Valley. What began as a bunch of women getting together to “discuss the possibilities” quickly turned into a busy and worthwhile organization, and it wasn’t long before they had their charity status and the beginnings of a bank account. “Each of our directors has a long history in the world of animal rescue and brings something unique and valuable to the table,” says president December van den Berg. “Once we realized we shared the same vision and values for our organization, there

was nothing that could stop us and we were off and running!” AlleyCATS Alliance celebrated their one year anniversary July 10 this year, and what a year it was. Families With Cats In Oliver And Okanagan Falls Helped In one year of operation, 95 cats were spayed & neutered and either adopted out or re-released depending on their situation. This included 31 cats who were spayed and neutered as part of their S.N.A.P. Program (Assisted Spay & Neuter Clinic) in June, when 21 families were helped from Penticton, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Cawston and Keremeos. They have had three major yard sales, a plant sale, developed

and sold a stunning 52 week calendar featuring cat-themed artworks from artists around the world, received a grant from the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan, gained in membership, acquired a ton of amazing new foster parents, developed relationships with local veterinarians and adoption centers, met some incredible furry characters and had so much fun! AlleyCATS Alliance is funded solely by private donations and their many fundraising endeavours. “The response from the community has been just incredible,” says van den Berg. “We could not have pulled any of this off without the support of so many people like veterinarians, volunteers, financial supporters, foster


parents, adoption centre staff, and of course, our extremely understanding spouses. It’s amazing how people will get on board when they see what you are doing and they like what they see.” Wedding Dress Dinner Fundraiser Their newest and possibly greatest fundraiser is coming up soon and this is one that you will not want to miss. The Wedding Dress Dinner is a wedding for 140 people where everyone is the bride/ groom/bridesmaid/groomsman! Beginning with Cocktail Hour at 5pm, guests will have many opportunities to have their very own wedding portrait by donation taken by Artistic Moments Photography in the stunning Linden Gardens. An auction will take place throughout the evening with many wedding gifts available to win! The evening will continue with a traditional wedding dinner followed by a dance party, hosted by Penticton’s very own Randy Farmer. Wedding-themed surprises galore await guests of this one-of-a-kind event, which is certain to be an unforgettable evening. Guests are encouraged to dig out their old wedding attire

and re-live the most important day of their lives! But it’s not just for brides and grooms - there will be prizes for the Ugliest Bridesmaid Dress, and so much more. The wedding of the year is set to take place on Saturday, September 28 at 5 pm at Linden Gardens in Kaleden. Tickets are very limited and are sure to sell out fast. The cost of a ticket is $65 with donation receipts available, and they can be purchased now at: Bosleys Pet Foods and The

Tease Hair Salon in Penticton. Return Shuttle Service to and from Linden Gardens will be available starting at 4 pm, and leaving from and returning to the Best Damn Sports Bar. How did this idea come to be? Vice President Cheryl Hubbard had the idea long ago to get together with a few of her closest girlfriends, and go out to dinner wearing their wedding dresses. What bride doesn’t long for the

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chance to wear that dress again, and re-live that special moment??? And so the Wedding Dress Dinner was born. Raffle tickets go on sale soon for the Diamond Ring Raffle. Prizes include a stunning diamond ring courtesy of Jardin Antiques, a Weekend Honeymoon Getaway at Naramata Heritage Inn, and an original painting by artist Kindrie Grove, Housewarming Gift. Raffle tickets are available now by calling 250-488-2223, or ‘like’ the Wedding Dress Dinner Facebook for more information. While planning and coordinating events is definitely a highlight of their work, one cannot forget the real meaning behind the countless hours each director and volunteer puts into this cause. “Everything else is really secondary to the cats and kittens who come into our care. We get calls to rescue animals from all kinds of situations. We help as many as we can, and in doing so are blessed to get to know some wonderful little characters. It’s a lot of work, and it’s not always easy, but nothing is more rewarding than that day when you match up one of your precious kitties with a fabulous new home, and send them on their way forever,” says van den Berg. “The hardest

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part is often saying goodbye to the kitties, and that does help explain why we all have so many pets of our own.” “Uno,” pictured above, was AlleyCATS Alliance’s first client. At a mere one week old, he was found stranded in the summer sun in the industrial area of Penticton, his mother nowhere to be found. AlleyCATS Alliance took him in, filled his belly with lots of warm kitten formula every four hours for several weeks, and Uno grew up to be big, strong, beautiful and full of antics. He got adopted and now lives happily ever after with his very own humans, cat, and dog. There are so many more stories like that of Uno, and so many more still to be told. The AlleyCATS Alliance AGM is coming up soon, so if you haven’t yet registered for a $20 annual membership, head over to their website and get yours. Or you can make a donation, knowing full well that every penny goes directly to help the plight of cats and kittens in your region. Need For Homes For Cats And Kittens

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“We have a serious overflow of cats and kittens in our care at the moment and are eagerly searching for loving “fur-ever” homes,” says van den Berg, “so if you are considering adoption, please contact us for information. and to meet that someone special for your life. “ “And lastly, I cannot end without reiterating the importance of spaying and neutering. Did you know that one unspayed female cat and her offspring can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in only seven years? Please have your pets spayed and neutered!”

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Roasted Vegetable Strudel with Balsamic Reduction This is the perfect time of year to make this spectacular creation with all of our wonderful fresh veggies and herbs in the valley. It would make a great light lunch with a green salad. • 3 tbsp. olive oil • cube each of the following: 2 red peppers, 1 eggplant, 1 zucchini, 1 red onion 1 cup mushrooms, quartered • 6 garlic cloves, minced • The following herbs, fresh if possible: 1 tbsp. rosemary, 1 tbsp. oregano, 1 tbsp. basil • 1 tsp. salt and pepper • 8 sheets of phyllo pastry (thaw in fridge overnight) • ½ cup butter • 1 cup goat cheese or feta cheese, crumbled • ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and washed ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped Balsamic Reduction: 1 ½ cups balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. honey In a roasting pan, toss red peppers, eggplant, red onion, zucchini, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil and bake in a 350 F oven for 20 minutes or until roasted. Let cool and add salt, pepper, oregano, rosemary , basil, crumbled goat cheese, olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss together gently. Make a stack of 4 sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet lightly with the butter. Arrange half of the vegetable mixture down the middle of the phyllo lengthways and roll up in a cylinder, tucking in the ends. Repeat with remaining 4 sheets of phyllo and the rest of the filling. Put both strudels on a large cookie sheet and bake in a 400 F oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Note: If your last sheet of phyllo pastry breaks, just butter another sheet and put atop the others and wrap it around. It is very forgiving. To prepare balsamic reduction, put balsamic vinegar and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat and let reduce until “syrupy”, about 15 minutes. To assemble strudel, slice into portions and drizzle with sauce. If you are able to find balsamic reduction already bottled so much the better. The Covert Family has some for sale at their new market at the Barefoot Beach Market near the airport in Penticton.


1 tbsp. maple syrup 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. sesame oil 1 tsp. pepper ½ cup good quality olive oil In a large salad bowl, toss greens with cheese, pecans and fresh fruit. To prepare the vinaigrette, mix together all ingredients except olive oil until well blended. Add oil in a slow, steady stream until incorporated. Toss greens with dressing. To caramelize pecans: spread pecans on a baking tray and roast in a 350 oven until just starting to brown. Remove and toss with enough melted butter to lightly coat. Sprinkle nuts with 2 tsp. white sugar and 1 tsp. salt and toss again. Return to oven for just a few minutes, being careful not to burn them. Love visiting Arlene and her family at Matheson Farms on Eastside Road between OK Falls and Penticton. One of her favourite salads has cantaloupe with fresh berries and greens, with a maple syrup vinaigrette. Doesn’t that sound refreshing!

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12 cups spring greens ½ cup crumbled goat cheese or gorgonzola ¾ cups pecans, caramelized 1 cup fresh strawberry or orange slices

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Am having so much fun with the different colors, sizes, shapes and flavours of these wonderful tomato plants that I bought from Stephanie of Sun Valley Tomatoes in the Spring. Watch for her ad in the local papers next spring and join the fun. It is really quite an adventure. I took one of those sugar baby watermelons (either yellow or red) and cubed whatever portion you might need for your group, adding some of my wonderful heirloom tomatoes to complement the colours. It is really quite spectacular, with a potluck supper complementing whatever the main dish might be. A lemon vinaigrette seems to be the best, and crumbled feta or goat cheese to finish it off. Lemon Vinaigrette: 1 tsp. Dijon mustard; zest of 2 lemons; juice of 1 ½ lemons; salt and pepper to taste; approx. 6 tbsp. of a good quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) and some fresh basil leaves julienned set it off just nicely. On a recent camping trip we were celebrating a special birthday. I had my Hamilton Beach toaster, convection/conventional oven, which I bought from Osoyoos Home Hardware, and gave it a real test. We cooked a 3lb. chateaubriand roast at 400 F, together with a sheet of fresh Yukon gold potatoes, which we slathered in olive oil, sprinkled with kosher salt and laid branches of fresh rosemary over. We cooked it for 90 minutes, shifting the roast to the bottom and the potatoes to the top at half time. The meat was medium and the potatoes fork tender. The best thing is that we cooked outside, so the motorhome didn’t heat up.



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Sept 6: The Healing Power of Art opening reception at Leir House in Penticton. 7pm. This dual exhibition features the artwork of local artists, Kim Greenhow (acrylic painting & pottery) & Bethany Handfield (acrylic & encaustic painting, art figurines). Sept 6 - 8: Skaha Kennel Club Dog Show, 8 am-4:30 pm. Three All Breed Championship Shows Four Obedience Trials Four Rally Trials, Nk’Mip RV Park in Osoyoos. Sept 7: Blackie & the Rodeo Kings perform at Tinhorn Creek as part of their concert series. 7:00 pm $65. No minors, no outside alcohol permitted, No chairs permitted; cushions & blankets welcome. Shuttle return from Osoyoos or Penticton available. Sept 7: Lobster On The Beach hosted by the Rotary Club of Osoyoos. Sept 8: Hike on Mount Baldy (Intermediate level). A 3 ½ hour hike to the top of the mountain on the service road. Meet at the Oliver Info Center at 9 am. Contact Margaretha Hogeling at 250-485-4222 Sept 8: Summerland Kiwanis Club Charity Golf Tournament at Summerland Golf and Country Club in support of the BC Children’s Hospital. Tickets available by calling 778-516-0081 Sept 12: Fall Harvest Dinner with Joy Rd. Catering. 6 pm at Covert Farms Wine Lounge. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased through or call 250 498 9463. Sept 13 - 15: Invitational and Sea Spray International Championship Regatta. For information, visit www. Sept 14 - 15: Rock Creek Fall Fair. One of the last “true” country fairs. Overnight camping fee is $17.00 per vehicle per night. Heavy horse show, livestock competitions, trailer race, live entertainment. Admission $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Children 6-12 are $5 and Children 5 and under are free. 30

Sept 18: Annual brush clearing of the Vaseux boardwalk. Bring loppers,gloves, etc, as well as lunch and binoculars for afterward. Meet at Vaseux Parking lot at 10 am. Skip King at 250-485-0263. Sept 20-22: The Okanagan Nation Alliance hosts the annual Salmon Feast & Celebration at Okanagan Falls Provincial Park. Stick Game Tournament Friday night with prizes - registration to take place until 5:30 pm Friday September 20th. Pancake breakfast on Saturday prior to the canoe paddle which will start at Senk’lips Home to Okanagan Falls at 10 am. Evening entertainment will follow dinner with performances from local artists. Sept 21: The Freakin’ Farmer Adventure Obstacle Race at Covert Farms. For more information, visit Sept 21: 1st Annual Wine Moon Paper Lantern Celebration at Moon Curser Vineyards. 7:15 pm. Paper lantern parade through the vineyard followed by live music and dancing. Refreshments for sale by the glass. Make a paper lantern creation at home and participate in the parade or come and watch the fun and listen to the music. Shuttles from the Osoyoos Sonora Centre. No parking at the vineyard. Tickets are $7.00 (shuttle included). Prizes for best paper lantern creation. Sept 22: Wine Country Drag Races at the Osoyoos Airport. 1/8 mile side-by-side drag racing. Spectators, bring a lawn chair so you can relax & enjoy the action. Proper footwear encouraged as area is natural habitat to cactus. Gates Open: 9 a.m. and driver registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Time trials take Place at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eliminations: 1 to 4 p.m. Oct 6: Festival of the Grape presented by the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce. Oliver Community Centre. Live entertainment by Rumba Calzada. Grape Stomp, Art Show, Kids Zone, Food Vendors. Ticket information available at www.oliverfestivalofthegrape. ca

Every Monday Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, St. Anne Parish, Osoyoos, 7 pm Every 3rd Monday Arthritis community group, Osoyoos Health Centre, 1 pm Everyone welcome Info: 495-8041, 495-3554 First Monday Parkinson’s Disease group, Osoyoos Health Unit, 1 pm Maureen 250-495-7978 Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday Oliver Kiwanis Club, Community Centre, noon lnfo: Rosemary 250- 498-0426 Every Tuesday Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Oliver Search & Rescue Bldg. 4 pm-5:30 pm Info: Norma 250-498-8455 Third Tuesday Soroptimist Osoyoos, McKia’s Restaurant, 6 pm (no meetings summers) Info: Doris 250-495-442 New members welcome Third Tuesday Women of Oliver for Women Info: 250-498-0104 First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Quilters, Anglican Church Hall, 9 am Info: 259- 4954569 First & Third Tuesday Oliver Royal Purple Lodge #63, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: Annie 250- 498-2170 Every Tuesday Toastmasters, Oliver, 7 pm Info: Bill 259- 485-0006. First & Third Tuesday Osoyoos Photography Club, Room above Art Gallery, 7 pm Info: Peter 250-535-1278 First & Third Wednesday Osoyoos Royal Purple Lodge #240, Elks Hall, 7:30 pm Info: 250-495-6748 First Wednesday & Second Thursday O’s Own Writers, Osoyoos Art Gallery, 10 am (Wednesdays) and 7:30 pm (Thursdays) New members welcome Last Wednesday every month Osoyoos Reiki group, Holistic Desert Connections Info: 250-495-5424 Every Thursday Bingo, Osoyoos Senior Centre,1 pm First & Third Thursday Kiwanis Club of Osoyoos, Cactus Ridge, noon. Info: Donna 250- 495-7701 Second Thursday Multiple Sclerosis group, Oliver Community Services basement, 10 am – noon. Info: Cathy 250-4956866 Thursdays Osoyoos Rotary Club, McKia’s Restaurant, noon.Visitors welcome Every Thursday Desert Sage Spinners & Weavers drop-in, Oliver Community Centre, 10 am to 3 pm. Info: 250-498-6649 First & Third Thursday Osoyoos Lake Lions Club, Jack Shaw Gardens, 7 pm Info: 250-495-2993 Every Thursday Oliver & Osoyoos Search & Rescue. Oliver SAR hall, 7 pm Every Friday night Osoyoos Elks Bingo. Doors open 5 pm Bingo starts 7 pm

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Known around the Okanagan for fresh food Entrees & excellent service! Set under the dramatic landscape of McIntyre Bluff (Indian Head), the historic Ye Olde Welcome Inn has been a long-time favorite place for people to relax and dine by the real wood burning fireplace. Enjoy a barbeque on the patio or play a game of pool or darts. Our extensive menu features most meals for under $10 or up to $19.95 for a New York Steak and Lobster. You can depend on Dale or any of the eight year-round staff to give you “old school service” every day of the year, with a chef on duty until 11:00PM seven days a week. Come savour fresh, homemade food served by well trained staff in our warm, friendly and comfortable establishment! Eat in or take out.

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