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Touch of Christmas this weekend

The Penticton Trade and Convention Centre will be where the nuts will go this weekend for the Rancho Vignola dried fruits and nuts showcase. It is free to attend.
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November 08, 2013 - 4:48 AM

PENTICTON - The calendar of things-to-do is a little sparse this weekend but there will be plenty of nuts over at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre to enjoy. The festive weekend will be followed by the more sombre Remembrance Day on Monday.

Rancho Vignola will hold its Harvest Event, a two-day free-to-attend show, showcasing and selling a new crop of dried fruits and nuts. The Penticton stop is part of a regular tour of British Columbia and Alberta communities. The idea of bringing the nuts and fruits to consumers was the idea of Richard and Sue Vignola who began operating out of their natural food store in Vernon in the late 1970s. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

If this event is too nutty for some, two more events offer different changes of pace. There will be music to listen to this Sunday at the Cleland Theatre. The Bergmann Piano Duo, of Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, will use two pianos to plink out jazz tunes as well as contemporary pieces with new interpretations and twists.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from concert series membership which runs from $90 for adults and $15 for students. Single performance tickets may be made available prior to a concert if seating is available. For more information head to Penticton Community Concerts

The second event will be the Christmas Market at the S.S. Sicamous which has hundreds of handmade artisan and vintage goodies this Saturday and Sunday as well as next weekend. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Monday, everyone will be asked to remove their hats for a moment of silence to honour Canada's war dead and those still serving in the nation's armed forces.

The city's convention centre will feature a colour party from the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit 97 as well as army and air cadet members. The centre's doors open at 9 a.m. with events starting at 10 a.m.

There'll be a six-plane flyover of the city at 10:30 a.m. by the Penticton Flying Club if weather permits. The aircraft will be flying in a rough diamond formation and will pass over Summerland and Peachland as well.

The Manitou Park in Naramata will be the staging grounds for its Remembrance Day activities. From 10:50 to 11:15 a.m. residents and veterans will pay their respects.

A Remembrance Day service will take place at the cenetaph in Manitou Park on Monday from 10:50 A.M to 11:15 A.M.

Following the memorial the Naramata Community Church Hall will have refreshments and story sharing. Craig Henderson and Julio Cochoy will tell stories about Cochoy's experience during the 36-year-long civil war in Guatemala. More than 200,000 people were killed in the conflict that began in 1960 and ended with peace accords in 1996.

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