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Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)

Salmon Arm school’s music video receives love from indie rocker Hawksley Workman

Hillcrest Elementary releases entry to CBC Music Class Challenge

Hillcrest Elementary Grade 5 students and music teacher Brook Roberts, left, perform a cover of the Hawksley Workman song, Safe and Sound, for their video entry to this year’s CBC Music Class Challenge on Nov. 10, 2021. (Hillcrest Elementary image)
Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)

Kal Rotary Dream Auction raises more than $182K in Vernon

Community’s generosity highlighted in unique 37th annual event

Auctioneer Don Raffan (left) and chair Brian Reid (bow tie) were again front-and-centre for the Kalamalka Rotary Club’s 37th annual Dream Auction held Saturday, Nov. 20. (Carousel Studios photo - file picture)
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.

Jillian Harris joins Do Some Good to drive more community impact

Team Jilly’s 12 Days of Giving campaign runs Dec. 1 to 12

  • Nov 22, 2021
Jillian Harris and Team Jilly have joined with Do Some Good to engage the community, support local causes and amplify the many amazing stories that non-profit organizations share. Join her for the 12 Days of Christmas campaign, Dec. 1 to 12.
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)

Salvation Army kicks off red kettle campaign with extra flood donation goal

Divisional secretary Mike Leland says this year’s need is ‘through the roof’

  • Nov 22, 2021
“That money has to last 365 days a year, because that’s how many days we’re on the street helping vulnerable individuals.” (Breanna Himmelright/Black Press Media)
Stock photo from Unsplash.com

Kelowna’s seniors desperate for help

Seniors are in need of food and money as the cost of living continue to rise

Stock photo from Unsplash.com
Princess Margaret leadership students busy collecting donations in 2020 for their Penticton Provides campaign. (Penticton Provides Facebook)

Penticton high school students ready for food and toy drive

Teens will be collecting food donations at people’s door or driveway Nov. 25

Princess Margaret leadership students busy collecting donations in 2020 for their Penticton Provides campaign. (Penticton Provides Facebook)
Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

Swimming lessons once offered at Summerland beaches

Beginning in 1950s, lessons were offered at Powell Beach and later at Rotary Beach

Summerland’s Rotary Club was founded in 1946. From 1951 to 1956, the Rotary Club offered free swimming lessons at Powell Beach. In 1956, a portion of the shoreline of Summerland’s Lowertown was cleared. In 1957, the new Rotary Beach was officially opened. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Gifts are being collected for the 34th annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens gift drive. (Summerland Review file photo)

Gifts collected for Summerland toy drive

Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens presents collected until Dec. 15

Gifts are being collected for the 34th annual Toys and Toonies for Tots and Teens gift drive. (Summerland Review file photo)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
Hope the golden retriever puppy is surrounded by volunteers at Hope Secondary School. The adorable guest was renamed as a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who helped hundreds of people during the floods in Hope. (Photo/Hope Secondary School)
Ronda Caron took this photo of the flood in Princeton. (Facebook)
Ronda Caron took this photo of the flood in Princeton. (Facebook)
The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)

Salvation Army launches emergency response in support of flood victims

Agency on front lines in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna

The Salvation Army’s emergency response units are on the ground providing food and other items to flood victims and first responders in B.C. communities that have been impacted. (Salvation Army photo)
Winner Brian Noble. (BC Lotto)

West Kelowna man $25,000 richer

Brian Noble won the money on a Keno ticket

Winner Brian Noble. (BC Lotto)
Kelowna-based KF Aerospace and Okanagan College will be hosting a virtual information session on Nov. 17. (Submitted)

KF Aerospace and Okanagan College team up to host information session

Prospective career seekers interested in aerospace can register for free

Kelowna-based KF Aerospace and Okanagan College will be hosting a virtual information session on Nov. 17. (Submitted)
(Left to right) This picture in 2020 of Gizella Samu of the LSCSS, Lisa Flex (president and past president of the Keremeos Royal Purple), Marie Farren, Ginny Bennett, Julie Ellison and executive director Sarah Martin collect 72 handbags for women in need which were filled with toiletries. (Submitted)

Fill Handbags for Hope in Keremeos

The Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple are back to help women in need

(Left to right) This picture in 2020 of Gizella Samu of the LSCSS, Lisa Flex (president and past president of the Keremeos Royal Purple), Marie Farren, Ginny Bennett, Julie Ellison and executive director Sarah Martin collect 72 handbags for women in need which were filled with toiletries. (Submitted)
Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)

Similkameen’s Kulture Kompass program gets $15k boost from Fortis

The group showcases art by local Indigenous and other minority artists

Members of the Similkameen Kulture Kompass staff and volunteers in front of one of the murals they helped paint. The group was recognized with a $15,000 donation by FortisBC. (FortisBC Youtube)
Vernon-based subscription box company Townships and Tales is committing 50 acts of kindness to mark World Kindness Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Contributed)

Vernon company completing 50 acts to mark World Kindness Day

Subscription box company Townships and Tales has already been pairing every sale with an act of kindness

Vernon-based subscription box company Townships and Tales is committing 50 acts of kindness to mark World Kindness Day on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Emilio and Olivia Vardabasso were married Nov. 11, 1956 in Italy. (Contributed)

Okanagan couple marks 65th anniversary on Remembrance Day

Emilio and Olivia Vardabasso were married Nov. 11, 1956, in Trieste, Italy

Emilio and Olivia Vardabasso were married Nov. 11, 1956 in Italy. (Contributed)
Before COVID at least eight hundred residents crowded Veterans’ Square on Nov. 11 each year, for the laying of wreaths and two minutes of silence.  Spotlight file photo

Princeton shows remembrance like few other communities

Per capita and historically, Princeton has one of the highest turnouts on Nov. 11

Before COVID at least eight hundred residents crowded Veterans’ Square on Nov. 11 each year, for the laying of wreaths and two minutes of silence.  Spotlight file photo
Photo: Keith Boehmer, Military History Interpreter at the Okanagan Military Museum.

Oyama and the First World War

Story supplied by the Lake Country Cultural and Heritage Society

  • Nov 11, 2021
Photo: Keith Boehmer, Military History Interpreter at the Okanagan Military Museum.
A famous picture from the Second World War has a Summerland connection. The photographer was Vancouver Daily Province staff photographer Claud Dettloff. (Contributed)

Famous war photo has connection to British Columbia

1940 photograph was taken at New Westminster CPR docks

A famous picture from the Second World War has a Summerland connection. The photographer was Vancouver Daily Province staff photographer Claud Dettloff. (Contributed)