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July 16 - 31 - Know it. Live it. Okanagan Events with Marika Wolf

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Blog by Marika Wolf | July 16th, 2016

Summer is when we can really embrace life on the lake. Isn’t it tempting to spend all our free time lounging at the beach? But as we all know, the Okanagan offers much to explore. So, let’s do it! This edition of Know it, Live it has everything from backyard harps, to bones and a bit of Bollywood!

Here’s a unique way to spend a Saturday evening: Ashley Dawson is a recent high school graduate with a big talent. The music she makes from her unique, handmade harp is something else. She’s hosting a series of backyard concerts this summer, and tickets are available for July 16 at 7 p.m. Log on to Facebook to find out more https://www.facebook.com/ashgrovetunes/ 

July 16 Visit the glamour and excess of the 1920s, the age of jazz, and the complicated world of Daisy, Nick, and the great Jay Gatsby in the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald story. The Great Gatsby runs 7:30-9:30 p.m., until July 23. http://rotarycentreforthearts.com/event/the-great-gatsby/2016-07-15/

July 16 Across the lake, the new West Kelowna skatepark (at the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Center) will host its official grand opening from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be games, prizes, food and music - even a special XGames medalist guest! Check out the Westside Skatepark Society on Facebook for more info.

July 16 Ever been to a wine launch party? Well, what are you waiting for? Take in a concert with a view while sampling food truck fare and flights of Kitsch Wine (3330 Neid Rd.) http://www.kitschwines.ca/collections/tickets/products/launch-party-ticket 

July 16 & 17 If you’re like me, HGTV is up there on the channel rotation. All that design inspiration makes up for the lack of time and ambition I actually have to do those neat projects. But then I came across the workshops being held at Superior Interiors Kelowna (Unit #3 1050 Leathead Rd., call (250) 448-4847). Every Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m., they’ll teach you to prep, paint and distress your way to HGTV-worthiness. Check out https://superiorpaintco.ca/collections/workshops for more info.

July 17 Treat the Euro car lover in your life to an entire show dedicated to VWs, Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs and more at the 6th Annual DAS Weekend Autoschau. Kelowna City Park beach is where you’ll find the lineup, starting at 10 a.m. How many punch buggy jokes will you overhear. 

If kids can do it, so can you….right? On July 17 the H20 Adventure and Fitness Centre is the site of the SunRype TRi KiDS Triathlon. Kids from 3-15 can participate, and as I write this, there’s a handful of spots left. http://www.trikids.ca/tri-kids-races/

One of the best things about living near water is the chance to do some lakeside yoga. On July 17, bring your mat, your water and a $10 donation to the Mats for Metta charity, and try something new! 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Stuart Park.

In West Kelowna, Just 4 Fun Playcentre (#105 2374 Bering Rd.) is celebrating their second summer with some fun day camps! There are still morning and afternoon spots available for July 18-22 and July 25-29. You can even book a full day, and the camps (ages 5 and up) run throughout August too! Check out http://www.just4funwk.ca/ or call (250) 863-7858.

July 19 Extend that peaceful feeling the following morning in Peachland, where you can grab a coffee and walk the lakefront to the local art gallery (5684 Beach Ave.) The OASIS Art Show and Sale runs daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until August 1. http://www.peachlandarts.ca/

July 18 – 22 Love the stage and into a unique challenge? Then wake up early for this theatre workshop: Mémoire Enchanté is for actors of all ages. This five-day francophone program is open to anyone, but space is limited. http://www.afracb.ca/index.php/activites

Are you a woman who works in tech? The Hotel Eldorado sunroom is where you can meet others who work in the industry. On July 19 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., get connected over great company and local wines. The event is part of the Women in Technology Unwine’d series.  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-in-technology-unwined-tickets-26064706238

If you’re in Vernon July 20, head to Justice Park (2705 30th Ave.) for some free noon hour entertainment. Jammin’ in Justice takes place every Wednesday, and features fun and funky music. For the full lineup, visit http://downtownvernon.com/things-to-do/jammin-in-justice 

We’ve all heard about how helpful essential oils can be. If you have a baby, the options can be overwhelming. On July 20 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., let Garnette Schoonbaert, RHN sort out what’s best for you and your little. Hosted by MOGA Moms (#3-1745 Spall Rd.) Check out the FB event page for details https://www.facebook.com/events/1059620074117280/

According to Ticketmaster, not many tickets are left for the Adele concert July 20 and 21. Methinks it’s already a sold out show. I can still dream of gleefully making my way to Vancouver for a midweek girls trip, can’t I? 

Talk biz while taking in the view July 21 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Diversified Rehabilitation hosts the Roof Top Patio Business & Bevvies event (1495 Gordon Drive). Check http://www.kelownachamber.org/events/Roof-Top-Patio-Business-Bevvies-Diversified-Rehab--1707/details for details.

July 22 Get the girls together for an evening of art, wine and dancing! Out of your comfort zone? Don’t worry, it’s Ladies’ Night and the instructors at Worldbeat (1650 Pandosy St.) are all ready to make your Friday fabulous. You’ll get a one-hour Bollywood dance lesson, followed by a social with Indian appetizers and a glass of wine. Then, complete an Indian art project to take home! Check out http://www.worldbeatdancearts.ca/ for more classes or call (778) 215-7418. 

For another kind of evening entirely, head out to Sun Peaks resort for a thrilling theatrical adventure. The Knights of the Sun Medieval Tournament Theatre promises adventure, dance, and intrigue, and it all takes place on the Sun Peaks soccer field (3240 Village Way). Performances run every weekend. Check http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/summer/activities/medieval-tournament-theatre for more details.

Everyone loves a block party and the Downtown Kelowna Block Party is always a good time. On July 23, Bernard Ave. will be closed between Richter and Abbott and the avenue will open up for food, fun, music and games. Fun starts at 10 a.m. For the day’s event schedule, click here http://www.downtownkelowna.com/what-to-do/downtown-kelowna-block-party/

If you’re around Big White this weekend, you’ll see plenty of cyclists. L’Alpe de Grand Blanc is a 60-km road bike race that starts in Kelowna 8 a.m. July 24 and ends in Big White’s village area. Find out more at http://www.bigwhite.com/events/lalpe-de-grand-blanc-road-bike-race/

Mega Boat Party alert! Kelowna Cruises and local DJ Invizible are teaming up to host an event that will take three houseboats to contain. It all happens July 29 at 8:39 p.m. Follow the event on FB for details https://www.facebook.com/events/887366184742764/ 

July 24 Have you ever heard of NatureKids Kelowna? They’re a group of volunteer scientists who are passionate about exploring the outdoors. Every few weeks, they host a themed day of activities. This time, it’s all about the adaptations that make every organism unique. By examining bones and muscles of different species, one can unlock mysteries of those who have gone extinct. This will be a code-breaking scavenger hunt / walk and you need to purchase a NatureKids to attend. Visit http://ynckelowna.weebly.com/upcoming-events.html.

I cringe as I write it, but Halloween is only three months away! You don’t have to wait that long, as the Ghost Tours of Vernon is back for another year (their 13th!) starting July 24. Your guide is Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the Second, and he’ll entertain you with macabre oddities, stories of gruesome murders and of course, some haunted house horror. Tours start at 9 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ghosttoursofvernon.com/

July 26 at 10 a.m., take storytime outside as the RDCO hosts a free drop-in program for kids age 3-5 and their caregivers. Meet near the playground in Mission Creek Regional Park, or if you’re on the other side of the lake, storytime also takes place at the Gellatly Nut Farm, on Thursdays. http://www.regionaldistrict.com/your-services/parks-services/events-and-programs.aspx

July 27 Lawn Bowling isn’t just for seniors anymore. Try a new sport in a beautiful setting. The Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club is offering free lessons every Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. http://www.kelownalawnbowling.club/ 

July 28 Thursday nights in Vernon are all about Civic Sounds. Head down to the plaza (3009 32 Ave.) for a free, open-air concert. Stop by a local restaurant, or enjoy a pic nic dinner while you savour the sounds. For a list of performers, see http://downtownvernon.com/things-to-do/civic-sounds

Back to Big White again: Starting July 30, Sip, Hike and Seek with your family and friends, as you take part in two different weekend activities – a GPS hiking scavenger hunt challenge, and the area’s second-annual Ciderfest, on July 31. http://www.bigwhite.com/events/sip-hike-seek/ 

July 29 Music in the Park starts 6:45 p.m. at Memorial Park in beautiful West Kelowna. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a celebration of West Kelowna art and culture. http://www.districtofwestkelowna.ca/717/Music-in-the-Park

Summerland Spend Wednesdays on the Water with a lawn chair or blanket, maybe apicnic, and the soothing sounds of local musicians as the community arts council hosts its annual summer concert series 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Peach Orchard Park. The Penticton Concert Band is playing July 20, and July 27 is Good Enough for Dad. Perfect! http://summerlandarts.com/events/wednesdays-on-the-water

Suddenly, we’re in the thick of farmers’ market season!

• 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.


• 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/