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Film production continues to be a growing industry in the Okanagan region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)

Okanagan film industry booming despite COVID-19

Productions booked into summer of 2021, with filming currently taking place in Kelowna, Peachland and Vernon

Film production continues to be a growing industry in the Okanagan region. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press)
Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm is hosting a drive-in movie to support local food banks on Aug. 22. (Pixabay Photo)

Salmon Arm mall hosts drive-in movie to help food banks

A limited number of cars will be able to take in the movie for a cash donation.

Piccadilly Mall in Salmon Arm is hosting a drive-in movie to support local food banks on Aug. 22. (Pixabay Photo)
Here is the scheduled lineup for Sunday’s final night of the 28th annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (Photo submitted)

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Fest wraps Sunday

Lineup is a beauty for final evening of virtual festival

Here is the scheduled lineup for Sunday’s final night of the 28th annual Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm. (Photo submitted)
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Parkview Elementary Christmas concert goes virtual
Swinging with the Stars- Team Jamela
Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff shakes up Kelowna
Le Cirque De La Nuit in Kelowna
Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)

Opening night lineup for online Roots & Blues festival released

The first night of the festival on Aug. 14 will be stacked with favourites from previous years

Lil Jimmy Reed keeps up the tune on guitar and harmonica after climbing down from the Roots & Blues main stage to walk amongst the crowd during the 2018 festival. Reed will be one of the performers featured in the online 2020 festival’s first night. (Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer)
Award-winning author Sheri-D Wilson, who also combines music and poetry, was a big hit at the 2017 Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm. (Observer file photo)
Award-winning author Sheri-D Wilson, who also combines music and poetry, was a big hit at the 2017 Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival in Salmon Arm. (Observer file photo)
Sandra Northway, pictured here with her grandson Braden, is retiring after 45 years as a volunteer and employee with Malakwa Elementary and Parkview Elementary. (Photo Contributed)

Shuswap school secretary looks back on 45 years with School District #83

Parkview Elementary’s Sandra Northway to retire at end of month

Sandra Northway, pictured here with her grandson Braden, is retiring after 45 years as a volunteer and employee with Malakwa Elementary and Parkview Elementary. (Photo Contributed)
Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall stand amidst the massive collection of cars at Mike’s property near Tappen. (Image contributed)

Rust Valley Restorers behind car show and cruise to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The event at White Post Auto Museum is closed to the public but people can watch the cruise

Rust Valley Restorers’ Avery Shoaf, Mike Hall and son Connor Hall stand amidst the massive collection of cars at Mike’s property near Tappen. (Image contributed)
Diana Cameron (left), Okanagan Screen Arts director, joins bursary recipient Sierra Shaw in accepting the $2,000 2019 bursary from Vicki Porter, OSA president; Jennifer Finlay, OSA director; and Gerry Sellars, Vernon Towne Cinema manager. The other recipients of last year’s bursary were Bree Vanderleest and Shaughnessy O’Brien. (OSA photo)

Okanagan film society screening for scholarships

North Okanagan students pursuing creative arts can apply for $2,000 bursaries

Diana Cameron (left), Okanagan Screen Arts director, joins bursary recipient Sierra Shaw in accepting the $2,000 2019 bursary from Vicki Porter, OSA president; Jennifer Finlay, OSA director; and Gerry Sellars, Vernon Towne Cinema manager. The other recipients of last year’s bursary were Bree Vanderleest and Shaughnessy O’Brien. (OSA photo)
Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)

Viral Video: Boat crosses Shuswap Lake with trailer attached

Local resident films bizarre boat. Clip viewed over 6 million times.

Rob Winder took a video of some unconventional boat travel as this boater appears to have taken to the water with his trailer still attached. (Rob Winder/Facebook)
Armstrong MetalFest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and recommendations outlined by provincial health officials. (Morning Star file photo)

COVID-19 knocks out Armstrong MetalFest

Tickets can be refunded or honoured next year

Armstrong MetalFest 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and recommendations outlined by provincial health officials. (Morning Star file photo)
Tracey Kutschker, director/curator at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, holds a poster as the gallery prepares for its Virtual Protest Party on April 30. (Contributed)

Salmon Arm Art Gallery to hold Protest Poster Party to think about remaking world

Bring your poster to a virtual gathering on Thursday morning, April 30

Tracey Kutschker, director/curator at the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, holds a poster as the gallery prepares for its Virtual Protest Party on April 30. (Contributed)
Vernon resident Gabriel Newman started a YouTube channel called the Daily Goat on March 24, 2020, to share videos of his baby goats and alpaca named Jack with his friends to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)

WATCH: Vernon man shares baby goat videos to show beauty amid pandemic

‘There is such a desperate need for some reminders of purities in this world’

Vernon resident Gabriel Newman started a YouTube channel called the Daily Goat on March 24, 2020, to share videos of his baby goats and alpaca named Jack with his friends to bring joy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (YouTube)
Robin Reed gets his front skis up off the ground as he races over the course at the classic sled race held at the Burner Grille in Malakwa on Saturday, March 14. (Clancy Whiteside/Eagle Valley News)

In Photos: Classic sleds race in Malakwa

There was still enough snow on the ground for sledders young and old to have some fun races.

Robin Reed gets his front skis up off the ground as he races over the course at the classic sled race held at the Burner Grille in Malakwa on Saturday, March 14. (Clancy Whiteside/Eagle Valley News)
Brad Paisley performed with MacKenzie Porter at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, March 6. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)

Gallery: Brad Paisley and surprise guest rock Penticton

The country music star surprised the Okanagan town with an appearance by Brett Kissel

Brad Paisley performed with MacKenzie Porter at the South Okanagan Events Centre on Friday, March 6. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Beyond the Woods, filmed in Westwold, is a psychological thriller which will be screened at the Kamloops Film Festival. (Beyond the Woods image)

Westwold film in spotlight at Kamloops Festival

Psychological thriller Beyond the Woods was filmed in the rural community

Beyond the Woods, filmed in Westwold, is a psychological thriller which will be screened at the Kamloops Film Festival. (Beyond the Woods image)
The Okanagan Singer Songwriter Competition is now open with auditions March 5-April 9. (Submitted Photo)

Local vocal talents sought for Okanagan stage

Okangan Singer-Songwriter Competition auditions underway

The Okanagan Singer Songwriter Competition is now open with auditions March 5-April 9. (Submitted Photo)
Ian Parker reunites with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra March 6-8. (Submitted Photo)

Old Friends return to Okanagan Symphony stage

OSO marks 60th anniversary with Masterworks series in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon

Ian Parker reunites with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra March 6-8. (Submitted Photo)
Organizers hope to bring a summer music festival to Sicamous with the Monashee Music Festival scheduled for July. (Pixabay image)

Rock and country music festival planned for Shuswap

Kelowna nightclub owner organizing Monashee Mountain Festival

Organizers hope to bring a summer music festival to Sicamous with the Monashee Music Festival scheduled for July. (Pixabay image)
Singer Justin J. Moore, who was raised in Vernon, had a video with his father go viral online and on Feb. 2, 2020, he is preparing to release a duet with his opera singer mother, Melina Schein. (Justin Moore - Facebook)

Viral Okanagan singer to serve up Moore music

Justin J. Moore to release new video starring opera singer mom

Singer Justin J. Moore, who was raised in Vernon, had a video with his father go viral online and on Feb. 2, 2020, he is preparing to release a duet with his opera singer mother, Melina Schein. (Justin Moore - Facebook)
Dirt Road Opera will be playing a small intimate Sicamous venue at the start of February. (Dirt Road Opera Photo)

House show in Sicamous a country cure for the winter blues

Space is limited for the Feb. 1 show from Dirt Road Opera.

Dirt Road Opera will be playing a small intimate Sicamous venue at the start of February. (Dirt Road Opera Photo)