OVERVIEW: The week starts under the influence of waning moon energy during the night. Egos should be cooling allowing for some dialogue. There is no need to be a wrecking ball, as no one wins when everyone’s house is flattened. It’s better to convince others to give you the keys.

OVERVIEW: Talks of unity are carried over from last week affecting personal or global matters. The key will be to empower what is right and true. Calm the water of division as everyone needs a break. Discuss areas that would be mutually beneficial.

B.C.’s seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie will be in Penticton on Monday, March 30, to speak about the life-long process of aging and to speak with area seniors.

OVERVIEW: Pay attention to information coming to you in dreams or intuitively. It can give you the edge in any choices you are going to make regarding what to do next.

Paul Kalamalka is a name which has long interested me, calling out to be researched and documented. Much of my interest in this name, of course, is because it is shared with the beautiful lake located in our valley.

OVERVIEW: Those who rain on your parade need to explain the reasons why. There is always someone who thinks they know better. Discount those who don’t have any investment in the end game.

OVERVIEW: Toss around different ideas and solutions to problems as the week begins. Some are stewing in their corners about this before bringing it to the attention of those being affected.

OVERVIEW: Let certain matters free float while keeping a tight rein on others.

OVERVIEW: Keep personal and business matters separate for now. It will be important to look at all the facts objectively; go the extra mile to get at them.

As part of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary season, we are delighted to shine a spotlight on the many accomplished musicians that make up the OSO. This week we introduce you to our principal bassoonist Karmen Doucette.

OVERVIEW: A lot of chit chat gets the week going at a faster pace. It seems everyone has something to say or do. This will evolve as a personal spin is put on some of it.

If you love fall colours, then October is the best time to admire Mother Nature’s palette, even if you’ve done the same trail numerous times earlier in the year.


The South Okanagan rocks! Six friends decided to celebrate the arrival of fall by combining three days of cycling trails in the Oliver area with the eighth annual Garlic Festival last Saturday and the Festival of the Grape last Sunday.

A scheduled outing up the Okanagan Rail Trail and then over to Ancient Hill Winery behind Kelowna International Airport was cancelled last weekend. In the forecast were 25-40 km/h north winds and there was a 50 per cent of rain. Not pleasant for cycling.

Several months ago, I had the privilege of looking through some of my cousin Charley Adam’s photographs. For many years, Charley and his late parents, E.L. “Slim” and Ettie (nee Clement) Adam, explored the local hills, often stopping to fish in our mountain lakes. Charley photographed some o…

Summer turned into fall with cooler temperatures this week, but occasional rain didn’t stop outdoor recreation activities.

OVERVIEW: Discuss plans that cover areas where progress can be made. Seek a solid foundation and make sure funding is in place; everyone involved needs to feel secure on some level. Changes will bring unexpected improvements.

OVERVIEW: Compare notes with those of similar interest to see the best way for plans to come together. This can be worked out in a practical way. Keep interactions light to encourage unity and bring in those on the sidelines. Be clear on what the goals are and how each would benefit. Most ar…

VERNON — The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society will celebrate its 18th birthday on Saturday, Sept. 28 with a performance by Canadian jazz pianist/vocalist Michael Kaeshammer.

In recognition of the 55-plus BC Games coming to Kelowna Sept. 10-14, the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is organizing an exhibition to celebrate the contribution this demographic makes to our local arts community. 

The Okanagan Rail Trail between Lake Country and Coldstream was a busy place last weekend with not only hundreds of hikers and bikers but trail ambassadors with the Friends of Okanagan Rail Trail (FORT) and a dog control officer with the North Okanagan Regional District.

If there was an over-riding theme to the Making Tracks columns for the summer of 2018, it was the overwhelming success of the new 49-kilometre Okanagan Rail Trail.

OVERVIEW: The way you are feeling causes inner struggles while making choices between what is right and what offers excitement. This is one of those time when loose lips could sink ships. Consider how many will be affected in the end.

The holiday weekend wasn’t as wet as predicted so the Sheriff and Constant Companion Carmen cycled the Grand Kelowna Triangle and on Tuesday, the Sheriff cycled the Okanagan Rail Trail from Woodsdale Road in Lake Country to Coldstream and back.

The annual East Kelowna winery tour on Mother’s Day turned into a marathon for Central Okanagan Outdoors Club members: 15 minutes of pedalling, 45 minutes at a winery. Then, pedal to the next winery. Mothers, of course, didn’t have to pay the usual wine-tasting fees.


A proposal to erect a commemorative plaque in Skaha Lake Park as a permanent reminder of the controversial waterslide park proposal that divided Penticton residents three years ago has been put on the backburner – for now.

In his book, Don’t sweat the small stuff, Richard Carlson relates the following story.

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On this — the most solemn occasion of the year — we pause to pay special tribute to 10 soldiers from throughout the Okanagan.

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We’re constantly being told that “80 is the new 60.” The Okanagan Valley is blessed with some incredible seniors. In recognition of this, we’re dedicating today’s Okanagan Top 10 to some incredible individuals, doing incredible things, beyond the age of 80.


Ron Ryde, owner of a 1947 Buick Roadmaster convertible, was the official driver for Penticton city councillor Helena Konanz at Friday night's Lake to Lake cruise to officially kick off the annual Peach City Beach Cruise in Penticton. More than 800 classic cars are on display Saturday in Gyro…


Siblings Brian and Gillian Russell perform a traditional Mexican folk ballad at the 19th annual Amigos of Mexico Cinco de Mayo fiesta, Saturday at Tug's Tap House. The event was organized and hosted by local mariachi singer Diego Alcaraz.

Every once in a while one does not need many words to communicate what needs to be said.In fact in this case the message consists of only one word.


Millions of people throughout the world have heard of the Irish Leprechaun, but to me that little man with his Elfin features and distinct green jacket was never more than a figment of one’s imagination. That was

Growing up I attended numerous events where achievement was recognized and accomplishment rewarded. Typically a prominent male figure was the recipient of the award and the focus of the event.

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