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Monashee Adventure Tours in the Okanagan Valley


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Are you interested in an adventurous tour of the Okanagan Valley? Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Wine-tasting, whatever your interests may be, Monashee Adventure Tours has something for everyone. This 18 year old tour company has been providing clients with fun and memorable tours of the Okanagan as well as provide transport for self guided Trans Canada Trail Tours, rent bikes and snowshoes, offer transport to ski hills year-round for biking, boarding, hiking, skiiing, cater gourmet meals to the trail.

You can even book all inclusive camping and lodging trips upto 8 days in length with them. Got something special in mind? Well, Monashee tours can customize your tour too. For more information, visit: Monashee Adventure tours Kelowna

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Stand Up Comedy in Kelowna

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You've had a hard day at work and in the evening all you want to do is enjoy some comfort food, have a beer and share a laugh with your buddies. How about enjoying some Open Mic Comedy- Train Wreck at your neighborhood pub which features the best local professional and amateur comedians in Kelowna.

The Train Wreck crashes every Wednesday night starting 9.00 pm at O'Flannigan's Pub downtown (located on 319 Queensway Avenue) and is hosted by a local comedian Rob Balsdon. On Thursday nights, you can catch them at Dave's Sports Bar in Rutland (located on 155 Rutland Road S).

For more information, check out: Train Wreck Comedy Kelowna

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2011 Community Day at UBC’s Okanagan Campus

Are you interested in taking a course at UBC Okanagan? Perhaps, your children are interested in studying at UBC Okanagan. September 24th, 2011 is a good day to explore everything that UBCO has to offer because its their 2011 community day. During this event, the visitors will have a chance to engage with faculty, staff, and students while discovering more about UBCO's learning, teaching, and research environment. Some of the featured events for the day include:

•Hands-on activities
•Captivating demonstrations
•Research presentations
•On-the-spot entertainment
•Guided and self-guided tours
•Complimentary food and parking

2011 Community day at UBCO is scheduled to be held from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. For more information, visit: UBC Okanagan Community Day 2011


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2011 Parkinson Superwalk

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Kelowna residents are fairly philantropic and really like to participate in fundraising activities enthusiastically. I am proud to support many of my friends who are participating in the Annual Parkinson SuperWalk taking place on September 10th, 2011 starting 9.00 am at waterfront park.

The Parkinson SuperWalk is the single most important provincial and national awareness and fundraising event for Parkinson Society British Columbia and it's national partner, Parkinson Society Canada. Parkinson Society British Columbia is a not-for-profit charitable organization that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson's disease through education, community outreach, scientific research, advocacy and public awareness.

Getting started is easy for individuals. You can register as a walker, create your own team, designate a team captain, pick a fun name, set your fundraising goals and go online to register. For more information, visit: Parkinson Superwalk 2011 or contact Wendy at 778-478-2624

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Fall Theatre Classes at Kelowna Actors Studio

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You can make 2011 fall in Kelowna exciting for your kids by getting them enrolled in Fall Theatre classes at Kelowna Actors Studio. The registration for fall roster of classes for youth aged 7 to 18 has started and this year's special is the smash hit - Les Miserables School Edition (as performance troupe presentation.)

Other classes include: Junior Performance Troupe - Guys & Dolls from Sept 24 to Dec 11
Saturdays 9am - 11am for Ages 7 to 12

Senior Performance Troupe - Les Miserables from Sept 13 to Mar 3rd on Tuesdays 4-6pm for Ages 13 to 19

Junior Acting Company - Little Mermaid from Sept 19th to Dec 12th for Ages 7 to 12

Senior Acting Company - The Laramie Project from Sept 28th to Dec 13th on Wednesdays, 4pm - 6pm
for Ages 13 to 18

You can contact Randy Leslie (Art Director) at 250-862-2867 ext 204 to inquire about these classes or register through box office at 250-862-2867.

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2011 Paws For A Cause

The 2011 Scotiabank & BC SPCA Paws for a Cause is being held on September 11th and if you want to get involved and help animals then this is not only a great opportunity but also a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

The BC SPCA provides emergency medical care and shelter for almost 37,000 animals each year through its 41 facilities and operations across B.C. The society also conducts more than 4,600 cruelty investigations and provides a wide range of advocacy and education programs for domestic, farm and wild animals.

Paws For A Cause will be held in Kelowna at our beautiful City Park starting at 9am. The participants will also get to enjoy fantastic entertainment and activities, all in support of wonderful furry creatures.

Event Information:
Registration Time: 9am
3k Walk Start Time: 10:30am
1K Walk Start Time: 11am

This year's goal for Paws For A Cause is to raise 1 million dollars for animals in need across the province. For more information, visit: 2011 Paws For A Cause


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2011 Fusion Festival in downtown Kelowna


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Add more fun and excitement to your summer this year by attending 2011 Downtown Kelowna Fusion Festival scheduled to be held in the city on Saturday, August 13th. Formerly known as the Mardi Gras Street Festival, Kelowna Fusion Festival is a celebration of local food, music and culture that takes place in Kelowna's Downtown core.

The guests can expect variety of exhibits and entertainment for all ages at this family friendly event which will take place from Kerry Park to Stuart Park. Cultural activities, Taste of downtown, Music and ethnic food will be the man focus of this year's fusion festival. Banat Al Raks Belly Dancers, Tai Chi Fan Dancers, and Funky Loops Samba Batucada as well as live music by Jeff Bryant, Windborn, Watasun and Kinship will all be showcased to entertain Kelowna residents and tourists.

Although the Festival is free to attend, the Downtown Marketplace located in Kerry Park will be full of downtown businesses, vendors, crafters and artisans selling a wide variety of products. For more information, visit: Kelowna Fusion Festival 2011

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The Hacks Comedy Tour 2011

Imagine seeing four of Canada's best stand up comedians in Kelowna this summer on one great night. Wouldn't that be absolutely awesome. Well, The Hacks Comedy Tour 2011 has made it possible. Four of Canada's top touring headliners team up for one night on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 starting 8.00 pm for stand-up comedy at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Kerry Unger, Paul Myrehaug, Kevin Stobo and Sean Lecomber as all easily recognizable from their many appearances on Just For Laughs, The Comedy Network, CTV, CBC, CMT, XM Radio and CBC Radio and you can see them perform live for only $20/person. You can buy tickets from the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office or by calling: (250) 717-5304.

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2011 Juried Flower Show by Kelowna Garden Club

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On Saturday, July 9th 2011 starting 10:30 am until 3.30 pm, you can see a spectacular arrangement of flowers and learn more about gardening at Guisachan Heritage Garden (1060 Cameron Avenue, Kelowna) at The Kelowna Garden Club's major event of the year called the flower show. Some of the highlights of this year's show include: Flower Arranging Demos, Orchids and Special Floral Art Display, Master Gardeners on hand to answer your questions, Art and Craft show and a Walk and Talk in the Heritage Garden with Don Burnett.

2011 Juried Flower Show is being sponsored by City of Kelowna Parks Department, Interior Savings Credit Union and Central Okanagan Heritage Society. Many local gardeners, not only Garden Club Members, take part in the displays of prize winning entries, from single roses to glorious arrangements of floral art, and many varieties of summer blooming flowers and potted arrangements. There is no entry fee for participation so why not participate in this year's Flower Show? It is fun and educational- even children can enter the competition in their own category.

For More information, visit: Kelowna Garden Club

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Volunteer Program - Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers

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Recently I saw a friend flaunting a brand new tote bag. I asked her about it and she told me about an exciting volunteer program in Kelowna called 'Gifts to Grandmothers'

The Kelowna 'Gifts to Grandmothers' are a group of dedicated volunteers who raise funds to assist vulnerable woman and children of Africa. One specially targeted group who are assisted are the many grandmothers that are placed in the position of having to raise the millions of HIV/AIDS orphans. The funds are raised mainly through the sale of a variety of hand made designer bags like tote bags, slouch bags, 'hippie' bags, mini bags, shoe or wine bags and skirt purses for little girls. One hundred percent of the sales profit goes directly to improve women's lives through micro-loans, feeding programs, sponsorship for school children, housing, health and education issues.

Each Thursday, volunteers can be found making bags at Trinity Baptist Church on the corner of Spall & Springfield in Kelowna from 9:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. So, if you think you can sew and like to meet fellow Kelowna residents, do volunteer for the program or you can help by buying these bags online and make a difference in someone's life. For more information, check out: Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers

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2011 Fat Cat Festival in Kelowna

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There is nothing better than heading out with kids on a beautiful summer day to enjoy a full day of kid- friendly activities and entertainment. So, get ready to have som fun this weekend on June 10 and 11th (Friday and Saturday) at 2011 Fat Cat Festival. This global adventure is all about exciting experiences, artistic exploration, live learning and family bonding with Interactive Activity Stations, Cultural Showcases, Stage Performances and Roving Performancers.

2011 Fat Cat Festival is being held at Waterfront Park from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm on Friday, June 10th and 11.00 am to 5.00 pm on Saturday, June 11th. The admission price is $5/person or $15/family. For more information, check out: 2011 Fat Cat Festival

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2011 Summer Camps in Kelowna

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Want to keep children busy during summer? How about some classes at Kelowna Actors Studio? KAS offers summer camps in musical theatre, acting for film and TV and improv and all their classes are taught by experienced performers. These summer classes are all about fun as well as engaging students artistically and encouraging critical objective thinking, building personality and self-confidence. Most classes culminate in a final performance for family and friends.

Here's a sneak peak at what KAS has to offer this summer:

Musical Magical Theatre (10 am to noon) from July 4th to 8th for Ages 5-8
Alice in Wonderland (9 am to 4 pm) from July 11th to 22nd for Ages 7-13
Wicked- The Musical (9 am to 4 pm) from July 25th to Aug 5th for Ages 11-18
Silly Shenanigans (9 am to 4 pm) from Aug 8th to 12th for Ages 7-13
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (9 am to 4 pm) from Aug 15th to 19th for Ages 7-13
and Improv Workshop called Wacky Improv (9 am to 4 pm) from Aug 22nd to 26th for Ages 10-17

The admission cost for these camps vary from $79 to $400+. Many of them are priced around $239/child. For more information, visit: Kelowna Actors Studio Classes

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