Annual Penticton Discovery House golf tournament is back

 

GOLF THAT GIVES BACK

The annual Discovery House golf tournament, dinner and auction is back again this year at St. Andrew’s by the Lake.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, bust out your golf clubs in support of a community cause, and have a good time while doing so.

The tournament supports the many addiction recovery services that Discovery House in Penticton offers for men throughout the South Okanagan, under the motto “Returning fathers to children and sons to families.”

The tournament will be teams of four in a best ball format with shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. plus dinner, online and live auction, games, and incredible prizes, including:

  • $10,000 Parker’s Chrysler vehicle package
  • $10,000 PCS home renovation package
  • Ok Home Centre hot tub spa package
  • Prestige Resorts: Two night stay and $50 dinning credit

Ways to participate include sponsoring a hole, purchasing a promotional table at a hole, or entering a team of four golfers or a single golfer.

The event is on a first come, first serve basis and traditionally sells out, so anyone interested is encouraged to register now.

Registration is $85 per player and includes dinner and entertainment after the golfing.

All proceeds will go towards long-term, abstinence based recovery in the South Okanagan through the Discovery House Recovery Program.

Call Jerome at 250-462-1388 for registration and sponsorship details.

Prep your home against wildfires before they return with Penticton’s FireSmart program

 

BEFORE THE WILDFIRE IS BACK

Penticton FireSmart wants to see the community step up and have their homes checked by the city’s free program now that the area’s drying trend has returned.

The first wildfire in Penticton’s area sparked on Monday afternoon, just above homes on the West Bench.

“We’re really looking for people to be proactive ahead of the wildfire season, it’s a lot easier to do this mitigation before the wildfire is at your back door,” said Miyoko McKeown, FireSmart Coordinator for the City of Penticton.

“One of the benefits of the program is if you are a fire smart certified, you can actually go to the cooperators and receive up to 10 per cent off your property.”

To become FireSmart certified, the first thing to do is to have a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist complete a home assessment. Once the resident has completed any suggestions given by the team, they can become eligible for that insurance discount.

“We’ll go over your whole property, the vegetation, everything around the home up to 100 meters around the home, including the home itself. So what it’s built out of, the roofing, the siding, windows doors, there’s all these boxes you have to check to be certified,” McKeown said.

The team works to turn over those assessments back to the homeowner within five business days.

“This is definitely the time we really want to be seeing people being proactive with FireSmart. We want people cleaning up around their yards, considering some fuel conversion, and just doing the work to build resiliency into their homes and properties and their neighbourhoods,” said Brittany Seibert, the City of Penticton Emergency Program Coordinator.

“Do that mitigation work around your home if that’s cleaning out your gutters, really cleaning out that non-combustible zone around your house, getting rid of all that leafy debris that’s been left over that’s getting super dry this time of year,” McKeown added.

The effectiveness of the FireSmart program has been proven to have a drastic impact on reducing the risk of wildfire.

“We definitely want people to not be complacent, to not forget that wildfire season is still here, it’s still happening. And it can happen at a moment’s notice,” Siebert said.

Assessment takes approximately anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the property.

Its recommended for residents to also be prepared with an emergency plan and a grab-and-go bag if evacuation orders come out in their area.

For more information on the program or to set up an assessment, reach out to firesmart@penticton.ca

Residents outside of Penticton in the South Okanagan, visit the RDOS FireSmart website here.

Penticton opens cooling centres as heat wave settles in

 

COOLING CENTRES NOW OPEN

Extreme high temperatures are expected this week and the City of Penticton is extending hours at several facilities starting today.

“We want to ensure everyone is safe during this period and providing cooling centres is a way to help residents and visitors beat the heat,” says Anthony Haddad, the director of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre.

“We’re extending the hours at civic facilities to assist people who need a place to cool down.”

The extended hours are at the following facilities:

  • South Okanagan Events Centre (835 Eckhart Avenue) will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Penticton Community Centre (325 Power Street) will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
  • Penticton Public Library auditorium and lobby (785 Main Street) will be open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Penticton Seniors’ Drop-in Centre (2965 Main Street) will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Water will be available at those locations as well, and bylaw enforcement and community safety officers will be carrying water for those in need

More community resources and tips on dealing with the heat are available here.

Residents and visitors who may have questions about available resources can call also call 250-490-2400 for assistance finding resources.

The City has activated its Emergency Operations Centre if further response is required.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Interior British Columbia. Temperatures in Penticton are expected to reach 38 C this week.

Beat the heat and get a slice of local Penticton history

 

EXPLORE ‘COOL’ LOCAL HISTORY

“Four seasons of fun” is an ongoing collaboration between Castanet and Visit Penticton showcasing what Penticton has to offer all year round. Watch for it every Monday morning.

Escape the July heat by exploring some ‘cool’ indoor spaces summer, or if you’re looking for a unique outdoor sense of Penticton’s history, some special trees may pull you outside for a bit of an urban adventure.

Together with the Penticton & District Community Arts Council, the Penticton Museum and Archives is celebrating Historic Places Days until July 31, part of larger national event hosted by the National Trust of Canada. The theme is, ‘every place, a story.’

In Penticton, the two organizations are sharing stories about … trees!

“We have trees that are more than 100 years old,” explains Chandra Wong of the Penticton Museum. “They may not be big, but don’t judge a tree by its size.”

Examples? Camperdown trees that are “short, but have a unique structure” that can be found on Windsor Boulevard, first brought here in 1919, also the year Norway Spruce were planted in the Lakeview Cemetery. Or learn about the Coronation Oak sent by the Royal Gardens in London to the local Women’s Institute in Penticton to commemorate the coronation of King George the VI in 1937.

And many years ago, Pentictonites would head from the downtown area to camp on Skaha Lake, surrounded by pine trees.

Explore the city’s historical foliage by downloading a map, taking part in a scavenger hunt, ordownload a colouring book with artwork created by a number of local artists; all available online from the Arts Council.

“Our regular programming is going on, and the Museum is a great place to beat the heat,” adds Chandra.

As is the historic S.S. Sicamous Museum and Heritage Park, once again open after two years on hiatus due to Covid-19.

“We have lots of history to explore, guided tours, and if you’re a ‘ship’ person, me may be able to take you out on the tug boat,” explains Katie Pereira at the S.S. Sicamous.

The Sicamous is generally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), but will be closed on certain days for private events.

While not many events are in the works this summer, a jazz performance on board is planned for Aug. 14. The displays – including the famous Kettle Valley model railroad – have changed a bit, and there are many areas of the ship to see.

“We’d love to see more members join us this year,” adds Katie. Membership info is available online https://ss-sicamous-society.square.site/. And yes, the Sicamous does host weddings and special events, but be sure to check it out and start planning soon, as bookings fill up quickly.

Locals and visitors alike can drop by the Penticton Visitor Centre and grab a cruisin’ the strip guide to plan a historical walking tour of downtown Penticton, or look for these guides while you’re exploring the Downtown Penticton Community Market, held Saturday mornings until autumn.

Learn more at www.visitpenticton.com and on social @visitpenticton.

Penticton encouraging residents to register bikes with Project 529 as thefts rise

 

TACKLING UPTICK IN BIKE THEFTS

A rise in bike thefts in Penticton has the city urging residents to register their bikes through Project 529 as both a preventative and a recovery measure.

The worldwide bike program offers free bike registration that helps track rightful ownership by recording serial numbers, model information and key identifiers.

The program is intended to facilitate a speedier return of stolen bikes to owners and dissuade potential thieves. It allows for a user who recently had their bike stolen to send out an alert to other users within a nearby radius.

Through the database, prospective bike buyers can make sure a bike they are looking at hasn’t been reported missing.

“It’s been in use for a number of years. But we are finding there’s not a ton of people using it. And we really want to make sure that people are registering new and old bikes, so that in the event of a theftt the bikes can get returned to their rightful owners,” said Tina Mercier, city bylaw services manager.

“Officers down at the detachment and community safety officers can both check within their systems to see if the bike has been reported as stolen,” Alexis Hovenkamp, community policing coordinator, added.

Bylaw is working on addressing the rise in thefts and offer up preventative solutions to the community.

“The community has said loud and clear, that they’ve seen more of it and people are experiencing theft of their bikes a lot more frequently, from what we’re hearing and seeing, very active on social media as well,” Mercier said.

“Nobody wants to have their bike stolen, nobody asked for it, we worked very hard for the things we have in our community.”

Preventative bike theft measures suggested from the RCMP include:

  • Recording the serial number, regardless of the value of the bike, so that they can be added to police computer records, which helps bikes be identified if located.
  • Photograph your bike, as a reference, to assist police in identification.
  • Never leave your bike unlocked in public. If securing your bike in public, use a high-quality lock. Take the extra step and remove the seat or a wheel as an extra deterrent.
  • Never lock your bike by the front wheel only. Always lock your bike with two quality locks; use a U-lock and a cable lock. By using more than one style of lock it will take thieves two types of tools and twice as much time to steal your bike.
  • If storing your bike at your residence, store it in a safe location using a lock or on your property inside a locked area.

Reports of stolen bikes in the community are coming forward even as people work to add these preventative measures.

“The more brazen attempts have been challenging and difficult for our community to handle. And that’s why we want to make sure that we can offer this as a solution to help,” Mercier said.

“We also really want to promote the ability to make sure that you are locking up your bikes, you’re taking them in where possible,” Hovenkamp added.

Even if a bike has been tampered with or repainted, it can still be recovered with the 529 system when the registrant has inputted serial numbers and ownership data.

“It’s definitely helping the issue. We rely so heavily on the public’s eyes and ears and your ability to report things. And that’s very important to this process. Without people reporting things, there’s no knowledge for us to determine if that bike has been stolen, just because it might not look like it belongs to that individual,” Mercier said.

The bylaw team reminds people that if their bike has been stolen and is spotted in someone else’s possession, it’s best to report the sighting and let law enforcement handle it.

“There are obvious safety concerns with that, with an opioid crisis and mental health and addictions issues, those are challenges that our community is facing and our entire country is as well. So we want to ensure that the public is safe. So obviously proceeding with very much caution in those situations,” Mercier said.

“Though it might be your bike that you’re trying to retrieve yourself, you need to make sure that you’re considering your own safety before anything.”

With Project 529, if a bike is stolen, officers have the ability to scan and know right away who the rightful owner is.

Register your bicycle – including e-bikes – for free with Project 529, the bike registration program, operated in partnership with Penticton RCMP. You can register your bike for free in less than five minutes at www.project529.com or download the 529 Garage smartphone app. Pick up your decals at the Penticton RCMP detachment or City of Penticton Bylaw Services at no charge.

Community policing will have a booth at the Penticton Farmers’ Market on July 23 where they can assist in registering bikes.

A lot planned for Canada Day in the Park in Penticton

 

Canada’s 155th birthday will feature live music and activities finished by fireworks

Canada Day events have finally returned to Penticton with an invitation for everyone to join in on the fun at Gyro Park on Friday, July 1.

Canada Day in the Park family day goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with live music, performances, inflatables, Hoodoo Adventure Company’s obstacle course, yoga, vendors and food trucks.

The Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) is organizing this year’s Canada Day, taking it back from the city of Penticton.

“We are really excited to be able to bring back community events this year. Since this is the first Canada Day we have been able to have in-person in two years, we look forward to bringing thousands of visitors into the downtown area,” said Brett Turner who is the newly appointed DPA executive director.

“We have a fantastic lineup of entertainers and activities this year, including the Indigenous cultural dance from the Bent Family (2 p.m.), an incredible drum performance by Yamabiko Taiko (11 a.m.), musical acts from local favourites like Aiden & Mandy (3 p.m.), and renowned performers such as The Meliponas and Tiller’s Folly (5 p.m.),” added Turner.

Music and activities start at 10 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 6 p.m. Keep an eye out for our Canada Day Market, free face painting, a colouring station and other family-friendly activities.

The opening ceremony will begin at noon, when Serenity Baptiste will perform the Okanagan Song, followed by the national anthem played by the Penticton Concert Band.

Serenity Baptiste is a Syilx woman who was born and raised in Penticton and is a proud member of the Penticton Indian Band. She is a recent graduate of the nsyilxcen language fluency diploma program.

Canada’s 155th birthday ends with fireworks at Okanagan Lake Park at 10 p.m. put on by Lakeside Resort.

The 20-minute show will begin around 10 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Park.

People can expect a lot more than just fireworks by Okanagan Lake. Live music on the Barking Parrot’s patio, courtesy of Vancouver’s Paul Gibbons.

Osoyoos Canada Day

Cherry Fiesta Parade down Main Street at 11 a.m.

Children’s activities and food trucks at Gyro beach, pie eating contest, three-legged races and more from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Osoyoos’s famous fireworks at 10 p.m.

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Random checks of Penticton residents’ recycling and yard waste carts this summer

 

RECYCLING AUDITS COMING

Recycling teams have started checking through Penticton residents’ curbside recycling and yard waste carts in an effort to improve the community’s sorting success rates.

The city said that the team of “recycling ambassadors,’” random inspections of the bins, is all part of an education campaign.

“Overall, Penticton is doing a great job of sorting their recycling into their blue carts, as well as keeping non-plant materials out of their yard waste carts. With a few tips and reminders, we hope to raise awareness of some common mistakes so that homeowners are more aware about what can go in their carts,” David Kassian, community sustainability coordinator, said.

“Please keep an eye out for the city’s recycling ambassadors, who will be auditing the carts this summer.”

Penticton has a goal to lower recycling contamination rate of 7.8 per cent to 4.5 per cent by year-end to meet RecycleBC requirements, bringing costs down and preventing recyclable material from ending up in landfills.

Residents are reminded to keep these items out of your curbside recycling carts:

  • Soft/hard cover books, scrap metal, electronics, ceramics, household hazardous waste
  • Materials contained inside bags or different types of containers nested together (for example, recyclable items stuffed inside a box)
  • Glass
  • Plastic bags and overwrap
  • Other flexible plastic packaging
  • Accepted material containing residue, which includes containers with food inside
  • Foam packaging

Many of the items below can be dropped off at a recycling depot. If you’re not sure where your recycling item goes, try the “Recycling Wizard” tool at penticton.ca/recycling or call the recycling hotline at 1-800-667-4321.

Yard waste inspections will check for non-plant materials, such as gardening supplies, plastic bags, dog waste, food waste and other not-accepted material.

For further details about what can – and can’t – go in your yard waste cart, visit the city’s website here.

Time is ripe for iconic Penticton experiences

 

ICONIC PENTICTON IDEAS

As the weather warms and the end of shoulder season approaches, now is the perfect time for locals to explore some iconic Penticton and area experiences before tourism gets into full swing.

With more than 80 wineries in the area surrounding Penticton, a natural start is checking out the local vintages.

Both the Naramata Bench and Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive are excited to show off their newest wines to guests.

“Come by and try our brand new white Bordeaux-inspired blend, Serenata Blanco!” says Serendipity Winery, a member of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.

Their bistro is also open, and the tasting room welcomes walk-ins.

The many other Naramata Bench winery options are also waking up for the summer, although some are welcoming guests by appointment only. It is recommended to check with the winery first before heading out for a tasting.

Just up the road in Summerland, the famed Bottleneck Drive is also open for business with plenty to sip and savour.

Check out Millionaire’s Row Cider company for their latest crisp, locally-created sips, or grab a ticket (while they last!) to the Grand Sommelier Express — a unique ride on the iconic Summerland KVR steam train, plus a gourmet reception with local wines, ciders and spirits with live music.

“Be transported to an era of old-world elegance, while enjoying breathtaking scenery aboard the heritage steam train in Summerland. While onboard, our collective of local producers share (and pour) their passion and delicious beverages,” the organizers explain.

And in the heart of Penticton every Saturday, don’t forget the iconic Farmers’ Market.

Returning at regular capacity for the first time since before the pandemic, the market is back in business from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday until October in the 100 block of Main Street.

Find dozens of vendors on any given weekend, offering fresh-grown produce, locally made goods and baking.

“Every Saturday we are pleased to welcome close to 8,000 visitors to the market. Although most are local to Penticton and area many more visit from other parts of British Columbia, other provinces and often from other countries,” the market organizers explain.

The market has 45-50 membership vendors which you will see every week, but that is augmented by a pool of around 60 casual vendors who pop up when they have something to sell and space is available — so be sure and check back.

Plus, as the seasons change, there are sure to be new goodies at the stalls every Saturday.

Jump in and enjoy these iconic Penticton and area experiences now while the time is ripe.Click here for more iconic Penticton ideas.

Learn more at www.visitpenticton.com and on social @visitpenticton

WILDFIRE TANKERS READY TO FLY

Pentictonites can expect to see plenty of activity in the skies and at the airport as wildfire-fighting tankers return to town to prepare ahead of the summer.

BC Wildfire Service dispatched the Penticton tanker group on Saturday, May 7, which will remain at the airport and in the area until early September or as long as required.

The public can expect to see them flying around in the coming weeks. BCWS information officer Karley Desrosires said given the current relatively cool weather and low fire activity, these actions will be mostly practice to retain operational readiness.

The planes will be ready to service the entire region should wildfires break out.

“If fire activity increases as we move into the season the group will be working on fire,” Desrosires said.

“On average the Penticton tanker base is the second busiest base in BC for number of fire dispatches and retardant used.”

In the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the entire Okanagan, 459 wildfires burned during the 2021 season, for a total of 497,497 hectares.