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10 things to do in Kamloops and the Okanagan this weekend

Gino and the Lone Gunman is just one of the premiere bands participating in the Pentastic Hot Jazz and Music Festival in Penticton this weekend.
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September 06, 2019 - 6:00 AM

A weekend of music, art and tomatoes, yes tomatoes, awaits you in the Okanagan and Kamloops this weekend.

KAMLOOPS

Come celebrate the joy of local tomatoes at the Kamloops Regional Farmers' Market located in the 200 block of St. Paul Street and the Stuart Wood Schoolyard.

The Tomato Festival goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5. Some events such as the tasting will start a little later at 9 a.m., and the deadline to drop off entries to for the contest is 11 a.m.

Taste assorted varieties grown by local farmers, learn about seed saving for tomatoes, enter your own grown tomatoes in the contest for biggest (by weight), most colourful, largest cluster and most unusual shape.

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It’s time to get your feet dirty at Sun Peaks.

The North Face Dirty Feet Mountain Run Sunday, Sept. 8 is back for another year with four course distances to choose from a 42 km and relay start at 8 a.m., a 21 km at 9:45 a.m., a 10 km at 10:30 a.m. and a five km at 11 a.m.

Marathon and relay runners will receive a finishers piece.

The Mountain Half 21km run will start in the village and go up Mt. Morrisey and follow some of the fun backcountry Nordic trails through the forest.

The 10 km course will leave from the village and run a loop through some sweet trails with amazing views and back through the village.

The five km run/walk and kids race will be on the Nordic ski trails. This is a fun run for everyone on some great trails around Sun Peaks, come out and enjoy the day and the resort.

Race package pick up will be outside in the upper plaza stage area at Sun Peaks on Friday, Sept. 6 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., or on race morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

For event details call 250-578-5442 or visit the website.

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Big Kids helping Little Kids has always been the motto of Kiwanis Kamloops crew.

The annual Kamloops Toy Run event to collect toys for Christmas Amalgamated and to raise funds for other charitable organizations is about having a good time while doing good for the community.

The group tries to collect gifts for the hard age group of youth 11 to 17, however, they know it’s hard to resist those oversized teddy bears.

Breakfast starts at 10 to 11 a.m. by donation. There will be live music, a show and shine and a few other fun things. Invite friends and family to join you or see you off around 1 p.m.

Remember that this year is a two-day event if you want a full weekend of Run and Fun. Saturday, Sept. 7 is the first Poker Run and Fun. Both days start at the Aberdeen Mall. Visit here for more info

VERNON

Sponsored by The Paul Docksteader Foundation, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Charity Classic takes place at Predator Ridge Resort Sunday, Sept. 8.

The VJHF Charity Classic Golf Tournament is the North Okanagan’s premier golf tournament supporting the best in healthcare for the region.

Join other leaders in community and business who participate annually in this prestigious event. The festivities begin the evening before with an exclusive reception (for Gold Sponsors and higher) at Predator Ridge Resort and continue through an amazing day of the greatest game followed by a gourmet dinner with live auction and unique prizes.

iNFOnews is a proud media sponsor of the event that last year raised $306,317. Since its inception in 2010, the tournament has raised over $1.7 million to improve healthcare in the North Okanagan. For more info visit the foundation website here.

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The National Association of Federal Retirees Okanagan North Branch is pleased to host a meet and greet opportunity for members and the public to chat with candidates for the upcoming federal election on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Hall in Vernon.

Light refreshments including sandwiches, cake, and coffee/tea - will be served at approximately 3 p.m.

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Record City is hosting another Vinyl Record Fair Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Several dealers are bringing their classic rock, metal, punk, R&B, jazz and country records, tapes and CDs for your consideration. Doors open at 9 a.m. sharp, and the café will be open for refreshments. Call 250-503-0038 for more details.

KELOWNA

Join in on the Okanagan’s largest arts festival this weekend; Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at George Elliot Secondary School in Lake Country.

The theme of the 26th annual ArtWalk is Art in Fashion. The amazing showcase attracts over 7,000 attendees and features displays of visual and performing arts from more than 200 artists, hands-on children’s activities, live artist demonstrations, workshops, a live art auction and a delicious menu of food and beverages.

For more information and the full ArtWalk experience guide can be found here.

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Welcome to the Race To I Do.

The Race to I Do brings together brides and their tribes, or gals and their pals (wedding not required!) to the amazing businesses that bring Kelowna's wedding industry to life.

The best part - not only will you discover who will elevate your big day, but The Race to I Do is a 100 per cent non-profit event that benefits Mamas for Mamas.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, future brides and their tribes will start the hunt at Tourism Kelowna and solve clues that will take them to businesses throughout downtown Kelowna.

After all that scavenging and figuring out their final destination, teams will enjoy a cocktail hour featuring wine and snacks.

So grab your squad, or come meet other bridal enthusiasts, while helping out your community.

PENTICTON

It’s going to be a jazzy kind of weekend in Penticton.

The 23rd Annual Pentastic Hot Jazz and Music Festival comes to five venues around town on Sept. 6, 7 and 8.

Bands include Dave Bennett and the Memphis Speed Kings, Gator Nation, The Black Market Trust, Cornet Chop Suey and many more world-class bands.

iNFOnews.ca is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event this year.

Bands will be performing at the Trade and Convention Centre, The Orchard House, The S.S. Sicamous and The Elks Hall.

For more info. and a map and schedule, go here.

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The Dragon Boats are ready to head out on Skaha Lake for the 19th Annual Penticton Dragon Boat Festival.

The event consists of two 500 meter qualifying heats on Saturday, followed by semis Sunday morning and finals Sunday afternoon.

Proceeds will go to Survivorship-The South Okanagan’s Breast Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team. There will be a beverage garden, plenty of food vendors, entertainment and a marketplace, plus the sandy Skaha Beach and a race that’s visible for the entire 500-metre course. It’s an exciting event to watch and cheer on your favourite team.

Visit here for more info.


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