We canNOT be talking about mid-August already! Hope you’re all having a great summer! We’re still right in the middle of the time of year when the Okanagan is at its best, and for that reason, I choose to ignore certain end-of-summer merchandise that is creeping into the stores! Here’s more of what’s happening in these long, hopefully (at least sometimes!) lazy, days of summer:
Dancing in the Park continues this month with free dance lessons that’s a perfect post-dinner family activity. Head over to Stuart Park every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for these fun themes:
Aug. 3 – Throwback Night
Aug. 10 – Hot Latin Nights
Aug. 17 – Line Dancing
Aug.24 – Grand Finale Dance Party
Didn’t get it in gear registering the kids for summer camps? There’s a drop-in baseball program run by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club every Tuesday starting Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. in Rutland (355 Hartman Rd.) Call 250-765-3345 for more info.
Mary Poppins is dropping in on the Kelowna Community Theatre stage for several shows this month. The curtain will rise 8 p.m. Aug. 3-6 with an extra matinee show Aug. 6. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! https://www.kelownaactorsstudio.com/shows/
Aug 3. Dinner in the vineyard, anyone? Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., Quail’s Gate offers a multi-course menu, served between rows of grapes. Throw in the sunset with a view and you’ve got yourself a date night!
The Wednesday Night Showcase concert series continues Aug. 3 at Island Stage in Waterfront Park. From 6 - 9 p.m., enjoy three different Rock N’ Roll bands. Enter to win a trip to Victoria, too! http://parksalive.festivalskelowna.com/
Aug. 3 f you’re looking for an outdoor sport that doesn’t make you sweat, how about a leisurely lawn bowling match? Learn how to play at the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club in City Park every Wednesday this August, starting at 6:30 p.m. Think it’s just for seniors? Apparently, most of the world’s top players are in their 20s and 30s!
It’s Peachfest Aug. 3-7! Five days of midway rides, live bands, crazy stunts, and all the good junk food. Memory-making stuff. Midway opens at 5.p.m. nightly, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. Parade is 10 a.m. Aug. 6 (pancake breakfast starts at 7 a.m.) For more info, visit http://www.peachfest.com/index.html
Aug. 4 Bees are the theme for this month’s NOSH open house 4 – 6 p.m. at the BC Orchard Museum (1304 Ellis St.). Every month, a local producer is showcased in a museum atmosphere, where people can meet, greet and nibble. Check out http://www.meadowvista.ca/calendar/2016/8/4/nosh-at-bc-orchard-museum for more info.
Cruising around in a dream car is how some special kids will spend Aug. 7, as the Okanagan Dream Rally winds its way from downtown Kelowna, to Penticton and back. Spectators can check out the rides starting at 9 a.m., before the rally leaves around 10:30 a.m. Funds raised will go to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association. For more info, visit http://okanagandreamrally.com/
It’s time for the Okanagan Pride Festival, Aug. 7-13! The launch party takes place 5 p.m. Aug. 6 at Wine & Art Piano bar, where you guessed it – painting and Prosecco (perhaps?) are on the menu. Everyone who participates will have art displayed at the bar for the rest of Pride Week. Purchase your tickets here http://www.ticketzone.com/event/Paint-with-Pride-and-We-Are-One-Launch-Party/330014 Other highlights of the week is the Kings and Queens of the Okanagan competition Aug. 12, the Pride Parade, starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 13 in Stuart Park, and finishing with the Pride Festival on the Beach, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday at the north field in City Park. http://okanaganpride.com/festival/
Did you know every Tuesday and Thursday, the District of West Kelowna hosts a morning of free, drop-in fun at local parks? The craft and play zones run 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and are geared towards kids two to 8. Parent / caregiver participation is required. Here are some upcoming dates:
Aug. 4 - Last Mountain Park (Coventry Crescent)
Aug.6 – Casa Loma Beach (Casa Loma Rd.)
Aug.11 – Smith Creek Park (Saddleridge Dr.)
Aug.13 – Shannon Ridge Park (Shannon Ridge Dr.)
The program runs til Aug. 27. For more info, visit http://www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/Calendar.aspx?EID=178
Aug. 7 Every Sunday is a fun day at Hoofprints Barnyard (5850 Anderson Rd., Kelowna). Explore the property, pet the goats, convince the kids to go on a pony ride, and roast some marshmallows. Family day is done! http://www.hoofprintsbarnyard.com/
Ever sat on a lawn chair by the lake to count bats? The Peachland BEEP society (that’s the Bat Education and Ecological Protection Society) needs your help counting these wee winged beasts, so they can learn more about saving the species. Show up around 9 p.m. Aug. 9 outside the Peachland Visitor Centre (5684 Beach Ave). They’ll give you a counting device, or you can download their app. Last time, we counted 156!
When you’re just a mile above sea level, your senses are awakened – that’s according to organizers of the Mile High Wine and Music event at SilverStar Mountain Resort Aug. 13 from 4 – 7 p.m. Savour the atmosphere as you enjoy pairings of wine and cheese, along with bluegrass and country music. This is a rain or shine event! http://www.thewinefestivals.com/mile-high-wine-music
Also on Aug. 13, another wine-involved experience: Liquidity Wines (4720 Allendale Rd., Okanagan Falls) is hosting the last of their 2016 Artist Lecture Series starting at 3 p.m. Whether you’re an artist or a wannabe/ dreamer, here’s your chance to see internationally acclaimed talents discuss their creative process, and what they find inspiring. https://www.liquiditywines.com/Gallery/Artist-Lecture-Series
Shopping under the sun? OK! Pioneer Country Market (1405 Pioneer Rd.) is the place to find everything from arts and crafts, to local reps in direct sales. Lunch, cold drinks and hot deals are on order Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/1577265385907538/
Soul sisters and hitmakers like Stevie Wonder and James Brown will fill the Kelowna Community Theatre Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. You’ve probably never experienced nightlife in 1970s Detroit, but Rann Berry’s Soul of Motown Revue show aims to do just that. There’s a reason it’s the theatre’s most popular summer show, four years running. http://www.selectyourtickets.com/venue.php?venue_id=6
Another nod to the past can be found over at the New Vintage Theatre (925 Paret Cres.), where it’s the 1980s and this live comedy / soap opera is Risky Business. Dress the part and get ready to mix it up with the craziest theatrical cast you’ll ever meet. Show starts 7:30 p.m., Aug. 13.
This will be a lesson: The Hard Knox Challenge goes Aug. 14. It’s a 12 km race up one of Kelowna’s most scenic spots, including road and trail sections that take you along the lakeshore, Paul’s Tomb and down Poplar Point Road to the finish line. There, you’ll find some post-race burgers, in case you need a reason for running! Register at http://www.kelownarunningclub.com/pages/hard-knox-challenge.html
Imagine strolling an idyllic Okanagan farm, wine glass and linen napkin in hand, tasting gourmet creations from the region’s top chefs, farmers and vintners. It’s the Fest of Fields Aug. 14 at Off the Grid Organic Winery (3623 Glencoe Rd., West Kelowna).
I found another winning combination: The winery also offers drop-in yoga every Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Yoga first, wine tasting to follow. http://offthegridorganicwinery.com/yoga.html
Get in your pjs and head outdoors for a fun night at the movies. The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club and Interior Savings are setting up a giant inflatable movie screen in two local parks. Inside Out is playing Aug. 17 in West Kelowna (Webber Rd Community Centre field), and on the 18th, Zootopia is playing at Kelowna City Park. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be games, face painting and a bouncy castle or two. Admission is a $10 donation to the Boys and Girls club.
Tubing the Shuswap River sounds like a lot of fun and brings me back to those long lazy days when summer vacation lasted til September. Depending on where you get in and out, you can go from a half-hour to an all-day adventure. Everything you need to know can be found right here: http://www.enderbychamber.com/tourism/tubing.htm
• Vernon Farmer’ Market Mon & Thurs, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kal Tire Place parking lot, 3445 43 Ave. http://www.vernonfarmersmarket.ca/
• Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market Wed & Sat, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Corner of Dilworth and Springfield.
• Friday is market day at Swalwell Park in Lake Country, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Westbank Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Westridge Shopping Centre (Main St. at Elliot Rd.) http://www.westbankfarmersmarket.com/
• Also on Saturday is the Penticton Farmers’ Market, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the 100 block of Main St. http://pentictonfarmersmarket.org/
• Sundays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. is when the Peachland Farmers and Crafters Market opens at Heritage Park, right on Beach Ave. http://www.peachlandfarmersandcraftersmarket.ca/