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Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.

Sebell hosts homecoming concerts

Greg Sebell will play two shows Feb. 18 in Salmon Arm

Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.
Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Irish Mythen to play Salmon Arm on Feb. 14.

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day
Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Drawings connect autistic student with the world

Leifen Mitchell-Banks creates colourful cartoon characters at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.
Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.
SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo

Poetry collection preserves Indigenous knowledge

B.C. author collaborates with Shuswap students, First Nations elders

SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo
In her second memoir, author Kay McCracken explores her journey from ill-health and despair to healing and a place of peace. )Image credit-Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Writing her way to recovery

Shuswap author finds healing and well-being by writing

In her second memoir, author Kay McCracken explores her journey from ill-health and despair to healing and a place of peace. )Image credit-Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
The CP Rail Holiday Train in support of food banks across Canada and the US. will roll into Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Canoe and Notch Hill on Thursday, Dec. 14 and Chase the next afternoon. -Image credit: Photo contributed.

Holiday train lights up the Shuswap night

The annual CP Rail event raises food and funds for food banks

The CP Rail Holiday Train in support of food banks across Canada and the US. will roll into Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Canoe and Notch Hill on Thursday, Dec. 14 and Chase the next afternoon. -Image credit: Photo contributed.
Gary Brooke, Jim Downs, Chris Letham, Brian Sansom, Chris Papworth, Patty Munro, Georgia McLeod, Chelsea Kraft. Missing is Joan Scholinder continue to serve on the board of the Salmar. -Image credit: File photo

Entertainment with community in mind

Buying a ticket for non-profit Salmar Association benefits Salmon Arm

Gary Brooke, Jim Downs, Chris Letham, Brian Sansom, Chris Papworth, Patty Munro, Georgia McLeod, Chelsea Kraft. Missing is Joan Scholinder continue to serve on the board of the Salmar. -Image credit: File photo
Salmon Arm Fire Department Halls 2 and 3 are responding to a fire near a hot water tank at Off the Beat Pub at 995 Lakeshore Dr. SW.-Image credit:Lachlan Labere

Update: Firefighters extinguish pub fire

RCMP establish perimeter to keep people away from Off the Beat Pub area

Salmon Arm Fire Department Halls 2 and 3 are responding to a fire near a hot water tank at Off the Beat Pub at 995 Lakeshore Dr. SW.-Image credit:Lachlan Labere
Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve star in the French film The Midwife, which shows Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Film navigates towards forgiveness

The Midwife shows at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Salmar Classic Theatre.

Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve star in the French film The Midwife, which shows Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.-Image credit: Photo contributed
Moustaches, both real and artificial were on display for the fourth annual Moustache Formal at Grattitude Yoga on Saturday, Nov. 25. Over $500 was raised for prostate cancer research.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Hair, hair for research

Grattitude Yoga raises funds for prostate cancer research

Moustaches, both real and artificial were on display for the fourth annual Moustache Formal at Grattitude Yoga on Saturday, Nov. 25. Over $500 was raised for prostate cancer research.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Column: Time to say goodbye – for now

Column: Time to say goodbye – for now

Sleeping in past 6 a.m., leisurely cups of coffee, impromptu activities and…

Column: Time to say goodbye – for now
Gil Risling, left and Mike Melnichuk, right, accompany Patrick Rylley who performs as Hank Williams who fell off the wagon, at the sold-out Louisiana Hayride Christmas show at the Salmar Classic on Monday, Nov. 27. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Christmas season rolls in

All seats taken at Louisiana Hayride Christmas Show

Gil Risling, left and Mike Melnichuk, right, accompany Patrick Rylley who performs as Hank Williams who fell off the wagon, at the sold-out Louisiana Hayride Christmas show at the Salmar Classic on Monday, Nov. 27. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
It’s a Christmas concert with a jazz twist as from left, Sandy Cameron, Terry Kosowick, Andréa Roberts, Colin Spence, Jake McIntyre-Paul and Gareth Seys present “Merry Krizz” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the hall at First United Church.

Jazzing up the season

Musicians offer a Merry Krizz at First United Church

It’s a Christmas concert with a jazz twist as from left, Sandy Cameron, Terry Kosowick, Andréa Roberts, Colin Spence, Jake McIntyre-Paul and Gareth Seys present “Merry Krizz” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the hall at First United Church.
Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Roots and Blues announces first six acts for 2018

Tickets for red-hot festival in Salmon Arm go on sale Dec. 1

Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed
After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Syrian mother gets behind the wheel

Ability to drive gives Salmon Arm newcomer and her husband more freedom

After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
Auditions will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 for Shuswap Theatre’s production of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Opening Night. -Image credit” Photo contributed

Actors needed for Shuswap Theatre production

Auditions for Norm Foster’s Opening Night take place in the first week of December.

Auditions will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 for Shuswap Theatre’s production of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Opening Night. -Image credit” Photo contributed
North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has announced he will run again in the 2019 federal election. -Image credit: File photo

MP announces intention to run

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold sets sights on 2019 federal election

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold has announced he will run again in the 2019 federal election. -Image credit: File photo
Crews are working to repair a broken water main in Cedar Heights. -Image credit: File photo

Tap turned off in Cedar Heights

Crews are working to repair a broken water main.

Crews are working to repair a broken water main in Cedar Heights. -Image credit: File photo
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok addresses members of local non-profit groups at a strategic planning and granting evening co-hosted by the CSRD and the Arts Council for the South Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Non-profits work as one in South Shuswap

Community groups discuss strategic planning and grants-in-aid.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok addresses members of local non-profit groups at a strategic planning and granting evening co-hosted by the CSRD and the Arts Council for the South Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo contributed