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Be a soldier, swim across the lake, or release some butterflies this weekend in Kelowna

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July 15, 2016 - 7:23 AM

KELOWNA - The weather may not be great this weekend, but Kelowna has events both in and outdoors for absolutely everyone to enjoy.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and other guests will welcome families to the official opening of the new tiered seating in West Kelowna Memorial Park. Music in the Park will feature an Elvis tribute and other artists starting at 6:40 p.m.

Free family friendly Music in the Park concerts take place every Friday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August 19 across from Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Genres include country, pop, folk, and more. Recreation staff will also be in the park hosting games and activities for the kids and a food and beverage vendor will be operating during the concerts.

In Kelowna Friday night is the crowing of the new Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake. This annual pageant starts at 7 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Saturday morning starts off with a splash as City Park hosts the annual Across the Lake Swim at 8 a.m. For more information visit the ATLS Facebook event page.

The annual Across the Lake Swim is just one of the fun things happening around Kelowna this weekend.
The annual Across the Lake Swim is just one of the fun things happening around Kelowna this weekend.
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At 10 a.m. the Okanagan Military Museum is honouring soldiers with their Be A Soldier event. People of all ages are welcome to come see what it was like to be a soldier during World War 1 and 2 and get a crash course in military training and history with games and activities.

On Saturday and Sunday is the Canada Rocks Gem Show at Winfield Memorial Hall at 9 a.m. Dealers selling and displaying rocks, crystals, minerals, fossils, gem stones, beads will be on hand as well as supplies and children’s activities.

If that doesn’t rock your world, check out the Okanagan Historical Society at Memorial Park Cemetary Pioneer section for a Pioneer Cemetery Tour at 9 a.m. Discover Kelowna’s rich history by travelling beyond the walls of the museum, for a tour of the historic Memorial Park Cemetery. Bob Hayes, local historian, will guide visitors through the cemetery and share the stories of some notable community members in Kelowna’s history.

If you’re on the west side of Okanagan Lake Saturday, check out the official opening of the West Kelowna Skate Park from from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mayor Doug Findlater and special guests will speak at noon and there will be games, prizes, vendors, food and music for the whole family.

On Saturday night the Black Box Theatre is staging As The Sun Burns, an improvised soap opera that starts at 7:30 p.m. The popular parody play is set in Kelowna and is now a series on Shaw TV.

Sunday morning Friends of Fintry will host the Fintry Summer Fair. Take in summer and enjoy live entertainment, a variety of food, The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band, Kid’s games, Blacksmithing demonstrations and much more on the front lawn of the Fintry Manor House starting at 10 a.m. Lee Dinwoodie will be emcee. Admission is by donation. Manor house tours are $5 per adult, school age children free. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Hundreds of Monarch butterflies will be released at a fundraiser at Vibrant Vine on Pooley Road Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

COHA's Annual Butterfly Effect raises money for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, which will provide children’s activities, food and refreshments, local music and entertainment.

And finally, also on Sunday, pet-related businesses will be at Rotary Beach Park for Dog’s Day at the Beach BBQ at 10 a.m.

Bring your pet to Rotary Beach Park on the corner of Boucherie and Gellatly Roads for BBQ burgers, hot dogs, kabobs and cold drinks. All proceeds go to Sit Pretty Pit Rescue.


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