The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for everyone, especially society’s most vulnerable, and that’s why a local supporter of Penticton’s Salvation Army Food Bank is asking local residents to come forward to help grow food.

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Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets in cities and towns across the United States, giving voice to an emerging consciousness of humanity’s impact on Earth. Protesters shut down 5th Avenue in New York City, students in Boston staged a “die-in” at Logan ai…

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A unique low-waste, low-health- risk market supplying locally-grown, high-quality groceries will be opening soon in Penticton.

Dear Debbie: Is it worth the trouble to paint a ceiling? My partner thinks it will look great and I am afraid it will pull the ceiling lower. Help.

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Family, friends and admirers of the late Laurel Burnham came out today to The Leir House for a five-hour celebration of life.

A national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen is currently being explored through an online public consultation process.

The annual Seedy Saturday in Penticton will be held Feb. 24 at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College, 583 Duncan Ave.

This past weekend, many people took a moment to contemplate what they are thankful for. So I’d like to take this opportunity to give thanks to everyone who has helped to make a difference to our regional program this year.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

In an earlier article I wrote about how the spring flooding will allow some invasive plants in our region to thrive.

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Life in the country teaches one that the really stimulating things are the quiet, natural things, and the really wearisome things are the noisy, unnatural things. It is more exciting to stand still than to dance. Silence is more eloquent than speech. Water is more stimulating than wine. Fres…

While it may seem repetitive to my regular readers, I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t write an article on the spiny annuals we love to hate.

For the second time this summer, local art will be showcased at the historic Summerland Ornamental Gardens. Artists from Summerland will gather on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to introduce you to their work — quilting, painting, photography and etchings to name just a few.

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The Penticton and District Garden Club recently held their Festival of Flowers awards night and summer social at the beautiful Linden Gardens in Kaleden hosted by owners Margaret and Ken Hayter, honorary members of the club.

Competitive. Aggressive. Tenacious. These are all words commonly associated with invasive species. In today’s article however, I am going to speak about opportunity.

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An exciting new pilot project entitled Garden Artisans: Fresh food in the kitchen for children and youth began on Monday, July 17 at Shatford Centre involving vegetable growing and cooking with young people and elders.

As the floodwaters around the Okanagan are finally receding and the cool days of a long wet spring are seemingly behind us, it’s time to think about the next stage of the season.

To commemorate World Environment Day taking place today, Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is proud to announce its first annual Wildlife Habitat Stewardship Awards. The wwards recognize landowners and volunteers who have made a significant contribution towards a collaborative stewardship pro…

The Okanagan Community Bat Program is seeking volunteers and bat colonies for the Annual Bat Count. This citizen-science initiative encourages residents to count bats at local roost sites. “Bat counts are a wonderful way for residents to get involved in collecting important scientific inform…

The Penticton and District Garden club is giving blooms – and residents – a chance to blossom. The Festival of Flowers, on Saturday, June 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., invites residents to enter their most bountiful blooms to be judged. There are cateogires for roses, border plants, flower ar…

Recently a landscape architect friend told me about a great gardening book entitled “Planting in the Post-Wild World” written by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West.

The Penticton and District Garden club is giving blooms – and residents – a chance to blossom. The Festival of Flowers, on Saturday, June 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., invites residents to enter their most bountiful blooms to be judged. There are cateogires for roses, border plants, flower…

When you work with invasive plants on a regular basis as I do, there is a fairly high expectation that your own property will be devoid of unwanted invaders.

BC Nature has announced the opening of a new public viewing facility (bird blind) at Vaseux Lake Wildlife Refuge. This three-storey, architect-designed structure, situated at the end of the trail and boardwalk leading from the parking lot, replaces one built in the 1990s.

The following is an excerpt from “Best Places to Bird in British Columbia” by Russell Cannings and Richard Cannings. Published by Greystone Books, April 2017. Condensed and reproduced with permission of the publisher.

If you can’t wait to go camping or be in the great outdoors, there are good reasons for it beyond the desire to get out of Dodge. Research proves what we have long intuited;

There was a special four-footed guest in Penticton last week. Hilo is a black lab cross golden retriever who works for the Alberta government as part of the Conservation K-9 Unit.

 Billed as the South Okanagan's largest outdoor market, the Downtown Penticton Community Market returns Saturday.

Happy spring! It’s great to be back writing about invasive issues in the Okanagan-Similkameen. These articles will run every second week and I am always open to hearing from readers about what topics you would like to learn more about.

Dear Tony: I live in a townhouse complex in the Okanagan, and each home has three steps leading up to the front door. My husband recently had a mild stroke and requires a walker so access has become a problem for us.

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After a large renovation project this winter, the Kettle Valley Station Pub in Penticton celebrated their fresh, new look on Wednesday with a customer appreciation event.