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There's always something happening in Vernon - check out our events calendar below, which is updated regularly with new events. If you can't find the event you're looking for, please refer to the Vernon Morning Star's Community Calendar www.vernonmorningstar.com or visit the Vernon Events listing at www.VernonEvents.ca

Wednesday
July
30

Saturday, July 26, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 Vernon Ghost Tours Week

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is pleased to announce that the Ghost Tours of Vernon is back for it's eleventh year of spine tingling tales and haunted houses.
Tours leave at 9:00pm from the steps of the Vernon Museum and the former Library. It is an outdoor walking tour and runs rain or shine so dress appropriately. Ticket price is $10 for thsoe over the age of 12 and $5 for those under (cash only)
So, if you have never gone, or haven't gone ina while, you have one week before the Ghost Tours disappear into the darkness again.
No reservations necessary unless you want to book a private tour for 20 or more.
Contact Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd - Paranormal Expert, Entrepreneur, and Purveyor of Medicinal Remedies

Vernon Museum & Archives
3009 32nd Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]

Monday, July 28, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 Summer of Science: Sprouting Science @ Science Centre

Get hands-on with the science behind our valley's rich farming history. Sprout your very own pizza garden full of yummy herbs, explore compost and the miniature world of insects, and discover how many products can be made with natural ingredients. For ages 6-8. Runs from 9am to 3pm, $150 + GST for members, $175 + GST for non-members.

Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014 ABNC Kid’s Summer Camps: Avian Adventures!

Learn about song birds, wetland birds and raptors in BC, and especially in the Okanagan! Find out how birds are different, what they eat and what adaptations they have to survive. Learn bird songs, and flight patterns. Use ABNC binoculars to find local birds.

Our Half- Day Summer Camps run from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Mornings only are offered due to the afternoon heat.
Our Programs offer hands on nature experiences in a fun learning environment. Each session is customized for the age group indicated.

Tuesday Ages 4-5
Wednesday Ages 6-7
Thursday Ages 8-10

$20 for members, $25 for non members

Allan Brooks Nature Centre
250 Allan Brooks Way Vernon BC   [ map ]

9:00 am to 3:00 pm Wild On Science Day Camps: Inside Okanagan Science! ages 6-10

Through intellectually stimulating hands-on activities, children will be able to expand their curiosity while improving their questioning skills and knowledge regarding the world in which they live. Wild on Science! encourages critical thinking and creativity as a means for expanding educational experience and personal development. By participating in an enjoyable program focused on science and technology, children will build a strong foundation for the appreciation of science and may consider it as a possible career opportunity.
Each camp is $40 + GST for members and $50 + GST for non-members

Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

9:30 am to 3:30 pm Creative Kids Art Camp ages 7-10

Our art camps are designed to offer a variety of projects with technical and skill levels appropriate for the age group. Projects include painting, drawing, sculpture, fibre art, puppetry, printmaking, collage and mixed media*. The class will hold an art exhibit for family and friends the last day of camp. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks and snacks.
July 7-11, Members $160 Non Members $170 Materials $25
To register phone 250-542-6243 or visit www.vernonarts.ca

Vernon Community Arts Centre
2704A Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Johnny Popper Orchard Tours @ Davison Orchards

We've got a beautiful orchard and we'd love to share it with you! Johnny Popper Orchard tours are a great way to see the landscape and beauty of our farm, to learn about what we grow and how we grow it, to hear where we've come from as a family and how Davison Orchards has grown into what it is today. Every season will highlight a different aspect of farming: Springtime focuses on bees and blossoms, summer is filled with fruit of all kinds and fall is the season of harvest - pumpkins and apples galore! Jonny Popper Orchard Tours leave every hour on the hour from the Village Market

Davison Orchards Country Village & Gift Shop
3111 Davison Road Vernon BC   [ map ]

11:00 am Planet Bee Educational Presentation: Basically Bees! 11am & 2pm

Offered at 11:00am & 2:00pm daily
Recommended for ages 10 and under
Approximately 15 minutes.
$2.50 / person, ages 3 and under free.
A brief introduction to bee species and the life of a honey bee.
Includes a free honey stick for each guest.

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Gift Shop
5011 Bella Vista Road Vernon BC   [ map ]
(877) 233-9675 (250) 542-8088 (250) 542-8072
info@planetbee.com
www.planetbee.com

12:00 pm Planet Bee Educational Presentation: All About Bees! 12pm & 3pm

Offered at 12:00pm & 3:00pm daily.
Recommended for ages 14+:
Approximately 50 minutes.
Adults (16+): $7.00; Children (15 and under) $5.50; Family $25.00 (max. 5 persons, 3 adults)
Enjoy a very informative PowerPoint presentation on bees in our quiet and comfortable indoor presentation room.
Bring your questions and curiosity for the presenter who will be ready to literally teach you "All About Bees"!
To make your memory of us even sweeter, all tour guests will receive a complementary personalized jar of honey valued at $4.00. For those 19+, you may choose to substitute your honey for a glass of mead.

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Gift Shop
5011 Bella Vista Road Vernon BC   [ map ]
(877) 233-9675 (250) 542-8088 (250) 542-8072
info@planetbee.com
www.planetbee.com

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Jammin’ in Justice

Every Wednesday is free entertainment during lunchtime, from noon to 12:30pm at Justice Park, across from the Vernon Court House. Starts July 9th with Vernon band Steel Wound.

July 9th - Steel Wound
July 16th - OM
July 23rd - Nice Verdes
July 30th - Steel Wound
August 6th - Tasman Jude
August 13th - Raquel Cole
August 20th - Treble Makers
August 27th - AMISTAD

Justice Park
Vernon BC   [ map ]

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Live Music @ Dorian’s Greek Taverna

Wednesdays songwriter/guitarist Chris Madsen provides live music on guitar. Sundays jazz and classical pianist Heather Mehain provides live music on piano.

Dorian's Greek Taverna
3224 30th Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]
250-558-5100

7:00 pm Native Plants Edible or Not? @ Allan Brooks Nature Centre

To eat or not to eat, that is the question? For hundreds of years people have been dining on the richness of the natural plant life of the North Okanagan. On Wednesday, July 30th you too can learn all about what’s edible and what’s not at the Allan Brooks Nature Center as part of their Sunset Speaker’s Program. Allan Brooks welcomes guest speaker Barb Le Beau, an Aboriginal Education Worker whose knowledge of traditional plants comes from the Secwepemc and Okanagan people and who now shares this knowledge with schools and at nature events such as this.

Allan Brooks Nature Centre
250 Allan Brooks Way Vernon BC   [ map ]

7:30 pm War on the Home Front

A powerful, moving and entertaining journey back to the time of World War II both here in Vernon and the battle-torn countryside of Italy.
$22.50 Adult
$17.50 Cadet/Student
$17.50 Senior

Powerhouse Theatre
2901 35 Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]

7:30 pm The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy

This Summer Caravan Farm Theatre presents The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy by Jacob Richmond, with music by Hank Pine. It is the story of Mr. Punch, who, along with his wife Judy, The Devil, Pretty Polly, Joey the Clown, Jack Ketch the Hangman, Scaramouch, and Mr. Pugs the Shaved Monkey, have been performing their famous, children's puppet show, Punch & Judy, for over 350 years. When Judy grows tired of the show's insolent, unsophisticated humour and falls in love with the handsome and refined actor, Oedipus Rex, Mr. Punch goes on a journey to win her back. Under the Devil's direction, Mr. Punch must learn how to become a kind, compassionate, and beautiful person. A summer comedy for the whole family to enjoy! Box office opens at 6:30pm, gates open at 7pm.

Caravan Farm Theatre
4886 Salmon River Road Spallumcheen BC   [ map ]

8:00 pm to 12:00 am Spotlight Karaoke

Spotlight karaoke and DJ entertainment.

Longhorn Pub
4513 25th Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]
(250) 542-9222

Thursday
July
31

Saturday, July 26, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 Vernon Ghost Tours Week

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives is pleased to announce that the Ghost Tours of Vernon is back for it's eleventh year of spine tingling tales and haunted houses.
Tours leave at 9:00pm from the steps of the Vernon Museum and the former Library. It is an outdoor walking tour and runs rain or shine so dress appropriately. Ticket price is $10 for thsoe over the age of 12 and $5 for those under (cash only)
So, if you have never gone, or haven't gone ina while, you have one week before the Ghost Tours disappear into the darkness again.
No reservations necessary unless you want to book a private tour for 20 or more.
Contact Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd - Paranormal Expert, Entrepreneur, and Purveyor of Medicinal Remedies

Vernon Museum & Archives
3009 32nd Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]

Monday, July 28, 2014 to Friday, August 1, 2014 Summer of Science: Sprouting Science @ Science Centre

Get hands-on with the science behind our valley's rich farming history. Sprout your very own pizza garden full of yummy herbs, explore compost and the miniature world of insects, and discover how many products can be made with natural ingredients. For ages 6-8. Runs from 9am to 3pm, $150 + GST for members, $175 + GST for non-members.

Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014 ABNC Kid’s Summer Camps: Avian Adventures!

Learn about song birds, wetland birds and raptors in BC, and especially in the Okanagan! Find out how birds are different, what they eat and what adaptations they have to survive. Learn bird songs, and flight patterns. Use ABNC binoculars to find local birds.

Our Half- Day Summer Camps run from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Mornings only are offered due to the afternoon heat.
Our Programs offer hands on nature experiences in a fun learning environment. Each session is customized for the age group indicated.

Tuesday Ages 4-5
Wednesday Ages 6-7
Thursday Ages 8-10

$20 for members, $25 for non members

Allan Brooks Nature Centre
250 Allan Brooks Way Vernon BC   [ map ]

8:00 am to 1:00 pm Vernon Farmer’s Market @ Kal Tire Place

Discover the diversity and uniqueness of the area at one of the very best Farmers’ Markets in the region. With over 200 local growers and artisans, we offer everything from fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, crafts, art, gourmet foods, plants, flowers, gifts, and delicious baking. Buskers, live entertainment and children’s activities often add to the cheerful atmosphere. Lively chatter and friendly faces welcome residents and visitors alike. We’re surrounded by tons of free parking so bring the whole family to experience the vibrant colours, fresh flavours, aromatic smells, and fun sounds.
Make It A Fresh Day! @ The Vernon Farmers Market

Vernon Farmers’ Market
3445 43rd Ave vernon BC   [ map ]

9:00 am to 12:00 pm Silly Science Half-Day Camps for Preschoolers: Astro Tykes!

The Silly Science preschooler program at the OSC will be back in action with more incredibly fun activities than ever before. Your preschooler will explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity, captivate, motivate, and prepare them for ideas important to later learning as well as having some "serious fun"! For children age 3-5 and their parent/caregiver (parent accompaniment optional). Members $20 + GST; Non-members $25 + GST
*Each day features different activities, register for each day separately

Okanagan Science Centre
2704 Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

9:30 am to 3:30 pm Creative Kids Art Camp ages 7-10

Our art camps are designed to offer a variety of projects with technical and skill levels appropriate for the age group. Projects include painting, drawing, sculpture, fibre art, puppetry, printmaking, collage and mixed media*. The class will hold an art exhibit for family and friends the last day of camp. Lunch is supervised; participants need to bring a lunch, drinks and snacks.
July 7-11, Members $160 Non Members $170 Materials $25
To register phone 250-542-6243 or visit www.vernonarts.ca

Vernon Community Arts Centre
2704A Hwy 6 Vernon BC   [ map ]

10:00 am Back in Time-Thursday Tours @ Mackie Lake House

Bring your guests and yourself for a tour of the exquisitely crafted 1910 Historic Mackie Lake House. Learn about the architecture, history and characteristics of this unique home and the families that lived here in a 1 ½ hour tour. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream these weekly tours are $10 per person, no reservations required.

Mackie Lake House Foundation
7804 Kidston Road Vernon BC   [ map ]

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Johnny Popper Orchard Tours @ Davison Orchards

We've got a beautiful orchard and we'd love to share it with you! Johnny Popper Orchard tours are a great way to see the landscape and beauty of our farm, to learn about what we grow and how we grow it, to hear where we've come from as a family and how Davison Orchards has grown into what it is today. Every season will highlight a different aspect of farming: Springtime focuses on bees and blossoms, summer is filled with fruit of all kinds and fall is the season of harvest - pumpkins and apples galore! Jonny Popper Orchard Tours leave every hour on the hour from the Village Market

Davison Orchards Country Village & Gift Shop
3111 Davison Road Vernon BC   [ map ]

11:00 am Planet Bee Educational Presentation: Basically Bees! 11am & 2pm

Offered at 11:00am & 2:00pm daily
Recommended for ages 10 and under
Approximately 15 minutes.
$2.50 / person, ages 3 and under free.
A brief introduction to bee species and the life of a honey bee.
Includes a free honey stick for each guest.

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Gift Shop
5011 Bella Vista Road Vernon BC   [ map ]
(877) 233-9675 (250) 542-8088 (250) 542-8072
info@planetbee.com
www.planetbee.com

12:00 pm Planet Bee Educational Presentation: All About Bees! 12pm & 3pm

Offered at 12:00pm & 3:00pm daily.
Recommended for ages 14+:
Approximately 50 minutes.
Adults (16+): $7.00; Children (15 and under) $5.50; Family $25.00 (max. 5 persons, 3 adults)
Enjoy a very informative PowerPoint presentation on bees in our quiet and comfortable indoor presentation room.
Bring your questions and curiosity for the presenter who will be ready to literally teach you "All About Bees"!
To make your memory of us even sweeter, all tour guests will receive a complementary personalized jar of honey valued at $4.00. For those 19+, you may choose to substitute your honey for a glass of mead.

Planet Bee Honey Farm & Gift Shop
5011 Bella Vista Road Vernon BC   [ map ]
(877) 233-9675 (250) 542-8088 (250) 542-8072
info@planetbee.com
www.planetbee.com

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Trail Rides @ O’Keefe Ranch

Saddle up for an O'Keefe Ranch Tour experience on horseback! Trail rides Thursday to Sunday During July & August 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00pm. $40 plus tax includes admission and one hour horseback tour of Historic O'Keefe ranch. $30 for children (9 years and up) accompanied by an adult. All riders must have proper footwear with closed toes. Trail ride reservations are encouraged.

O’Keefe Ranch
9380 Hwy 97N Vernon BC   [ map ]
(250) 542-7868
www.okeeferanch.ca

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Free Park & Play Family Fun @ Polson Park

Join us this summer for Park & Play! A FREE program for FAMILIES and children to get out
and be active during the summer months. With a focus on sports movement skills we will use games and
activities to get you moving, laughing and having FUN!

Polson Park
Vernon BC   [ map ]

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm VPAG Opening Reception: Decolonize Me

Decolonize Me is a group travelling exhibition created by Ottawa Art Gallery. The artists in the exhibition are Sonny Assu, Jordan Benett, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Nigit’stil Norbert, Barry Pottle, and Bear Witness with an additional curatorial project by Heather Igloriorte and Carla Taunton. The exhibition is a critique of colonial legacy in Canada, with the focus on the individual and collective quest for self-determination.

Vernon Public Art Gallery
3228 31 Ave Vernon BC   [ map ]

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Civic Sounds Live Music Downtown Vernon

Every Thursday throughout July & August the Civic Plaza (between the Library & Museum) truly comes alive with the FREE Civic Sounds concerts! Civic Sounds attracts Vernon and area residents and visitors out to listen to live local artists perform as the sun goes down! Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy our local talent! For inquires please contact the Downtown Vernon Association at 250-542-5851.

Vernon Museum & Archives
3009 32nd Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]

7:30 pm War on the Home Front

A powerful, moving and entertaining journey back to the time of World War II both here in Vernon and the battle-torn countryside of Italy.
$22.50 Adult
$17.50 Cadet/Student
$17.50 Senior

Powerhouse Theatre
2901 35 Avenue Vernon BC   [ map ]

7:30 pm The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy

This Summer Caravan Farm Theatre presents The Tragical Comedy of Punch & Judy by Jacob Richmond, with music by Hank Pine. It is the story of Mr. Punch, who, along with his wife Judy, The Devil, Pretty Polly, Joey the Clown, Jack Ketch the Hangman, Scaramouch, and Mr. Pugs the Shaved Monkey, have been performing their famous, children's puppet show, Punch & Judy, for over 350 years. When Judy grows tired of the show's insolent, unsophisticated humour and falls in love with the handsome and refined actor, Oedipus Rex, Mr. Punch goes on a journey to win her back. Under the Devil's direction, Mr. Punch must learn how to become a kind, compassionate, and beautiful person. A summer comedy for the whole family to enjoy! Box office opens at 6:30pm, gates open at 7pm.

Caravan Farm Theatre
4886 Salmon River Road Spallumcheen BC   [ map ]