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.

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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.

Oliver Fall Festival back after two-year hiatus, featuring famous activities like the Grape Stomp Competition

 

STOMP GRAPES AND BE MERRY!

Canada’s Wine Capital is extra thrilled to welcome guests back to the Oliver Fall Festival after two years on pause.

From September 30 to October 2, 2022, the event will bring together breweries, wineries, distilleries, artisans, musicians and eateries together for three days of family-friendly fun.

“Our community could not be more excited to welcome everyone back to the Fall Festival this year,” remarks Danielle Hutton, chairman of the Fall Festival Committee and vice chair of the Oliver Tourism Association.

“This event means so much to our local businesses and we truly cannot wait to celebrate the harvest with locals and visitors alike, and showcase the bounty that our mighty little town has to offer.”

This year’s lineup includes signature festival events Cask & Keg and Festival of the Grape featuring the world-renowned Grape Stomp Competition, as well as exciting new events like the Amazing Oliver Race, Beer Olympics and the Kick-Off Party at District Wine Village featuring award-winning Canadian band The Trews.

“This year marks 25 years since the first Festival of the Grape and it has been amazing to see the festivities continue to grow each year,” says Ian Lobb, executive director of the Oliver Tourism Association.

“Throughout the weekend, guests will get to experience the very best that our region has to offer and also be treated to the musical stylings of award-winning Canadian musicians The Trews and the Randy Bachman Band Cease & Desist. I can’t think of a better way to welcome harvest in the Okanagan.”

Early bird tickets are available online now until August 15 with regular price tickets available until September 29.

Guests can purchase singular event tickets, a package to attend all three days of festivities or an exclusive VIP package to make the most of their festival weekend that includes priority access and seating for all signature events.

To view the full range of events, competitions and ticket options, go to VisitOliver.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest event updates.

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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Penticton celebrating return of Ironman with call for artists to create new mural

 

EARN $4K FOR IRONMAN MURAL

The City of Penticton is putting a call out for artists to submit proposals for a new outdoor mural near Okanagan Lake, in celebration of the impending long-awaited return of Ironman Canada.

Artists have until July 8, 2022 to submit a proposed design as well as examples of previous work. The winning design will earn the artist $4,000 courtesy of grant funding from the provincial government.

Art will be installed by the municipality on the west wall of 185 Lakeshore Drive, facing the triathlon’s swim event starting point.

It will be up and ready the week of Aug. 17, just in time for Ironman to return on Aug. 28.

“The city is proud to welcome back Ironman Canada to Penticton, where the iconic race began nearly 40 years ago,” said Carly Lewis, economic development manager.

“We envision this mural will capture the spirit of this event and help tell the story of its history and importance to Penticton.”

The successful artwork will be photographed and reproduced as a graphic on the exterior wall surface. Designs should be divided into four panels representing four major themes: swim, bike, run and community/volunteerism.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Lots of local fun for kids coming up in Penticton

 

LOCAL FUN FOR KIDS

The countdown to the end of school for 2022 has begun, and some schoolchildren have already wrapped up the year and packed up their gear.

If your kids are getting into summer fun mode and you’re looking to burn off that early vacation energy, there are a few fun and creative festivals and events coming up, with many will be great for the whole family to enjoy.

Sign the kids up for an art class with the Okanagan School of the Arts. A weekly pottery class with Artables has recently started, but of you missed it, consider signing your young ones (aged 6 to 12) for the Under the Sea Creativity Camp taking place at Cherry Lane Shopping Centre from July 4-8.

The Creativity Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m daily, and offers a mix of visual art and activities, featuring an ‘under the sea’ theme, fish painting, and even sandcastle construction.

From July 11-15 the Creativity Camp theme will be ‘Jurassic Journey’, followed by ‘Barnyard-palooza from July 18-22, and ‘STEAM!’ (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), from July 25-29.

To get in a creative mood, the first in-person HaHaHa Kidzfest, running June 9-11 in Penticton’s Gyro Park will provide some inspiration.

“We’ll have performances all day long, and it’s all appropriate for any age,” says Kidzfest board chair Rachel Bland.

“And ‘Around the World in a Festival Day’ is our theme.”

Kids get a passport when they come to Kidzfest, can get it stamped and then win a prize. As well, everyone will be able to explore an Indigenous Village that will have Pow Wow dancing and story telling.

Numerous arts and culture organizations, including the Penticton Public Library, Penticton Museum & Archives, Penticton Art Gallery, and Penticton & District Community Arts Council, are partners in the event, which expects to welcome 3000-3500 visitors on Thursday and Friday.

While those two days have more than 20 schools attending, Kidzfest will be open to everyone. Saturday it will be adjacent to the Farmers’ Market and feature some additional performers, and Rachel reminds visitors that Kidzfest will be fenced and for safety, no dogs will be allowed.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate and online.

Hoodoo Adventures has a number of activities in the works, not to mention the climbing wall is open – check for availability and events in advance; there’s an occupancy counter online that shows how many climbers are on the wall, in real time.

Summer programs for youth include one-day clinics for mountain biking, outdoor survival, and introduction to outdoor climbing.

Longer multi-day clinics are offered in July and August for ages 10-14: outdoor climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Some space is still available for the Trekkers summer camps for kids aged 5-7, the Explorers summer camps for kids from 8-12. These camps are week-long adventures that let kids experience and discover nature while learning skills with qualified and caring instructors.

Explore the options with Hoodoo before they’re fully booked.

Get the kids ready for a summer full of fun in and around Penticton.

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