OKANAGAN – After a week of rain Environment Canada is calling for a sunny, hot and dry weekend, just in time for some great events in the Okanagan.
Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s Saturday and Sunday with minimal chance of rain, so pack up your kids and your sunscreen and make it count.
If you don’t mind a short drive, Vernon is hosting the 40th annual Creative Chaos craft show. The three day event starts Friday, June 5, at the Vernon Recreation Centre. Over 200 artisans from across B.C. and Canada will be selling everything from pottery and hot sauces to locally-made cosmetics.
The event runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For some old-time good fun, check out Rutland Centennial Hall this weekend for a fiddle contest, dance and concert by Quesnel Fiddle Champions Adam and Deni Johnson. The concert runs Friday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and the fiddle contest starts Saturday at 10 a.m.
Another throw-back event this weekend is the antique tractor show at Father Pandosy Mission June 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Featured will be working antique tractors, farm implements, trucks, steam engines and a 1919 Ford Model T.
The day starts off with breakfast from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. with lunch available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $6 per adult and kids under 12 are free.
For flight enthusiasts of all ages, the Kelowna Flying Club and members of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association will host the COPA for Kids Aviation Program Saturday.
More than 180 Okanagan youth between eight and 17 years old will take to the skies with pilots providing their expertise, time and aircraft. Participants will get the chance for a close-up look at aircraft on the ground and attend a short ground school where they will learn about the airplanes, aviation and flying. Pilots will demonstrate how to prepare for each flight with a pre-flight walk around and brief young enthusiasts on safety. Then they take to the skies where they will cruise over the valley before experiencing landing and shut down.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase and there is plenty for the entire family to do with aviation-related exhibits, displays and activities. Exhibitors include Medi-Vac, Search and Rescue, helicopters, charter aircraft, flight schools, Air Cadets, and more.
International Trails Day will be celebrated in Coldstream on Saturday, along with the grand opening of the Farnsworth Nature Reserve. The event starts at 10 a.m. and will run until about noon. There will be scavenger hunts and guided interpretive walks.
You can also spend Saturday making your community a little bit cleaner. West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation are hosting a community clean-up. The clean-up takes place from 8:30 to noon and is followed by a barbecue lunch at the Lions Hall. For more information regarding the clean-up, call 778-797-8800.
Are intellectual pursuits more your style? Then the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee is hosting a Scrabble tournament at First United Church starting at noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The tournament is open to all levels: youth, novice, and proficient. One can register as an entire team of four, or individually. Novice and youth teams are especially in demand. Prizes will be awarded for the top pledge collector, top team scores, and top individual scores in each category.
Registered participants collect pledges to fund the sponsorship of a family of seven, who were scheduled to arrive in Kelowna on May 20.
The creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, Zarqa Nawaz, will be the guest speaker and will be reading an excerpt from her recently published book, Laughing all the Way to the Mosque.
The Kelowna YMCA is hosting the annual Healthy Kids Day festival Sunday, June 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Healthy Kids Day is a free family festival with live entertainment, games, crafts, healthy food and nutritious snacks, giant inflatables and more. It is a great way to spend the afternoon as a family in an active, educational and fun setting.
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