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Best paw forward

The BCSPCA is asking you to put your best paw forward this September 7, and walk with animal lovers across BC to help fight animal cruelty.

The non-profit is holding its annual Paws for a Cause event to raise much needed funds and awareness to help the over 41,000 animals in distress and in need of the society’s services each year.

In Kelowna, the event will be held at City Park Sunday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the Kelowna walk will benefit animals at the Kelowna SPCA.

“There is lots of fun for the day, we have our bouncy tents and face painting for the kids, we have the RCMP K-9 unit who come down to put on a show, which happens the following weekend and is open to the public,” explains Heather Harrison, the Regional Branch Fundraising Support.

There are three walks happening in the Okanagan on the 7th:

  • City Park in Kelowna
  • Gyro Park in Penticton
  • BX Ranch Dog Park in Vernon

“We are overwhelmed by the amazing participation each year – it’s so great to see thousands of people come together across the province to help BC’s most vulnerable animals. Our supporters not only raise essential funds, the events are so much fun for two-legged and four-legged participants,” says Harrison.

To register or donate, and to get all the latest news and information, visit



BrainTrust Canada and Pihl Law Corporation are seeking golfers for the LAST golf marathon

In its 20th year, this will be the last year of the Pihl Law Corporation in support of BrainTrust Canada where golfers get the entire day to themselves on the Bear golf course at the Okanagan Golf Club on Friday September 12th.  Golfers can “golf a little or golf a lot,” enjoy meals and snacks all day, their own golf cart, take a shot at $50,000 in hole in ones plus a Million Dollar Hole in One courtesy of Capri Insurance for 5 randomly drawn golfers, be entered into the Grand Prize getaway including car rental from Valley Mitsubishi, overnight in Vancouver, 2 nights at the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler and golfing at Nicklaus North and Furry Creek courtesy of Golf BC.  There are also “Top Fundraiser” prizes including Golf and overnight at Predator Ridge Resort; a new DKNY suit from Torino Clothing; and a getaway to the Prestige Oceanfront Resort in Sooke and golf at Olympic View Golf Club in Sooke courtesy of Golf BC.
Title sponsor Pihl Law Corporation is joined by long-time supporters Gold Sponsors Valley Mitsubishi and Adams Heymen Owen; and Silver Sponsors BDO, Viewpoint Media Assessment Services (a Centric Health Company) and WorkSafe BC; as well as Media Sponsors Bell (AM 1150/EZ Rock/SUN FM), Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna Capital News, Castanet, SHAW, and Global Okanagan.
Those interested in golfing, or sponsoring a hole for $300, or volunteering should contact Magda Kapp at [email protected] or (250) 762-3233 local 115. BrainTrust Canada is a progressive community rehabilitation association dedicated to reducing preventable brain injuries and maximizing independence for those living with brain injury.


Tiptoe through the lavender

Festival season is here, and there is no shortage of celebrations in the Okanagan.

On July 13, the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm will be hosting its 12th annual Art in the Garden.

Coinciding with the lavender harvest, the family friendly festival takes place each year at the farm located at the corner of Takla and Saucier Roads in South Kelowna.

This year’s theme is ‘The Chair in the Garden’, a vintage gathering for families with art, food and music.

The farm has organized a juried exhibit and is inviting the public to place entries in the following categories: upcycled pallet/barrel chairs, vintage garden chairs, and fairy garden chairs (for children and for children at heart). Entry forms are available at the farm or online.

The exhibition begins on Saturday, July 12. On Sunday, July 13 there is a judge’s breakfast and voting; judges include: Maxine DeHart, Michelle and Chris Sorenson, Annabel Stanley and Jennifer Schell.

You can pick your own lavender bouquet, weave a lavender wreath or wand and take a guided tour, during the festival. History buffs will enjoy the farm’s heritage museum and there are plenty of activities for children such as searching for ‘Bob’, getting lost in the hedge maze, following the scavenger hunt and washing laundry with a hand pump and wash board.

Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. each day and and run until 6 p.m.


Volunteers needed for Midsummer 8K road race

Love being part of the athletic community?

Interested in assisting others in achieving their goals?

Why not become a volunteer at this years Midsummer 8K Road Race taking place Sunday July 6th.

They are currently looking for road marshals, food handlers, setup/takedown crew, finish line crew, and water station distributors. 

Please contact RJ Dueck, Race Director at 250.878.3388, or email [email protected] 

The Midsummer 8K is part of the Timex BC Series, and is sanctioned by BC Athletics.

Location - Gyro Beach
Start Time at 7:00 am
End Time at 10:00 am

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