Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s 55th Season Opens

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s 55th season opens Friday, October 17 in Kelowna with “Rhapsody” and a performance October 18 in Penticton. Tickets for performances are available at Kelowna Actors Studio ph: 250.862.2867, Wine Country Information Centre in Penticton or online via http://www.okanagansymphony.com.

They also have the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra under their umbrella, their Family Matinee and the very popular Education Series and expanded program into Penticton for youth.

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia; entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960. To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at http://www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at http://www.twitter.com/OKSymponyOrch or http://www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra. See it, Hear it, Love it!


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Blood inventory in critical condition

Blood inventory in critical condition Canadian Blood Services launches urgent appeal for blood donors

Canadian Blood Services is appealing to all eligible donors to make a blood donation immediately to increase Canada’s critically low blood inventory. All blood donors are needed, in particular those with type O and A blood. “Without the help of Canadians we may have difficulty meeting the expected hospital demand across the country. For patients, this may mean deferring elective or routine treatments,” says Mark Donnison, Canadian Blood Services vice-president of donor relations. “We are committed to doing everything that we can to bring new blood donors into the system and encourage current donors to regularly donate to ensure we don’t find ourselves in the same situation in the future.” In recent months extremely low attendance at blood donor clinics across Canada in combination with the constant need for blood has caused the national inventory to be used faster than it can be replenished. This has created the lowest national blood inventory since 2008. “While we are extremely concerned that the reduced availability of blood may result in delays in treatment for certain patients, we are confident in the work Canadian Blood Services is doing, in collaborating with healthcare authorities to ensure patient safety,” says Lorna Warwick, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada senior national director. “We are calling on Canadians to donate blood today to ensure our system can help patients tomorrow.” Canadian Blood Services is working closely with its partners within provincial and territorial health systems to ensure the safe, optimal and equitable supply of blood and blood products.

  • Approximately 52 per cent of Canadians say they, or a family member, have needed blood or blood products for surgery or for medical treatment. Every minute of every day someone in Canada needs blood.
  • To meet anticipated hospital demand, Canadian Blood Services regularly collects 17,000 units of blood per week. On top of that regular requirement, we now need an immediate 7,500 blood donations, to replenish our lower than required inventory.
  • Soon Canadian Blood Services will have less than three days’ worth of inventory of our major blood groups on hand. The ideal level of inventory for blood products is between five and eight days.

To book an appointment today, download the GiveBlood app, visit blood.ca or call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236 6283).

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Festival of the Grape This Weekend in Oliver!

Festival Of the Grape

Okanagan’s largest family fall wine festival set for Oct. 5

Record crowds expected for 50+ wineries, wine & food pairings, Grape Stomp, Kids Zone + Live Band
Oliver, BC  – “We generally attract approximately 3500 guests to the Festival Of the Grape,” says Bonnie Dancey, CEO of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce that organizes the event. “We expect that number to climb closer to 4000 this year. The word is out the Festival Of the Grape is THE family fall event to attend to sample some of the world’s finest wines and celebrate Okanagan cuisine and culture.”


New feature at Oliver Festival of the Grape (FOG)

Okanagan wineries & restaurant food pairings

oliver-festival-of-the-grape-wine-food-pairingsOliver, BC – For the first time since the launch of the Oliver Festival of the Grape in 1997, there will be dedicated tents featuring wine and food pairings from Okanagan wineries that have associated restaurants or that provide a unique food offering at the winery.
“We are thrilled to offer a new wine and food tasting experience for FOG goers that will feature Okanagan wineries from Kelowna to Osoyoos,” says Luke Whittall, Chair of FOG’s wine committee. “Each of these wineries will be pairing a selection of their best wines with bite sized food samples assembled on site by expert food vendors and chefs.”
Adds Whittall, “In the weeks leading up to the October 5th festival we’ll be sharing a few of the featured wine and Okanagan cuisine combos that FOG goers can expect to experience. This is a must attend event for wine lovers looking to experience multiple Okanagan food and wine pairings in one location.”


Live Entertainment with Juno Award Winners The Paperboys

and Adult & Kids Barefoot Grape Stomps

oliver-festival-of-the-grape-musicOliver, BC  – In addition to a wine and food pairing tent, 50+ Okanagan wineries offering tastings, a separate Kid Zone play area for children, 15 food trucks, indoor art show, and 60 retail vendors, FOG ’14  is providing outstanding live entertainment with The Paperboys, a Vancouver band that has received both Juno and Western Canadian Music Awards. As well, there will be loud, messy and fun grape stomping competitions for both kids and adults.
“For $23, (free entry for kids under 19) you won’t find a better family entertainment package than what we are offering at this year’s Festival of the Grape,” says Ed Dukes, FOG’s Entertainment Chair. “The Paperboys have a mix of musical energy and talent that will have our audience dancing and engaged. And in terms of pure entertainment – it doesn’t get much better than good ‘ol fashioned barefoot grape stomping where costumed contestants literally dance on grapes for five minutes at a time.”

Dukes noted that the number of grape stomping teams is limited to 12 in the adult category.  “If you want to experience the thrill of a life-time by grape stomping in front of a live audience, you had better get your teams registered early. We are expecting that this year’s teams will be the most competitive to date.”

Chateau de Kids fun zone keeps kids active at Festival of the Grape

Okanagan’s largest family fall wine festival

oliver-festival-of-the-grape-kids-zone“We have assembled a wide variety of engaging activities designed for kids and youth that will keep them entertained and active wile having a ton o fun” says Linda Berkland, Co-chair of the Chateau de Kids.  “We encourage parents to participate with their children in the numerous activities.  There will be both staff and volunteers to assist parents and kids in having a fun-filled day at the park.”

Some of the activities of the gated Chateau de Kids fun zone include the following:

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Renewed focus to drive the B.C. economy in BC Jobs Plan 3-year Progress Update

bc logoThe Government of British Columbia released the BC Jobs Plan 3-Year Progress Update today with a renewed focus on strategic priorities to grow the economy and create long-term, well-paying jobs that strengthen families and communities.  Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour and Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan made the announcement while visiting Saltworks Technologies today.

The Jobs Plan strengthens B.C.’s unique competitive advantages and sets targets to help drive new investment and economic growth, which support job creation across these eight sectors: Agrifoods, Forestry, International Education, Mining and Energy, Natural Gas, Technology and Green Economy, Tourism and Transportation.

This year, there is new focus on four cross-sector areas of strategic priority: Aboriginal Peoples and First Nations, International Trade, Manufacturing and Small Business. These four areas work together to help drive economic growth and job creation across the eight sectors of the Jobs Plan.

Jobs Plan progress is being demonstrated by the near record 2.3 million people working in B.C., the $3.9 billion in economic growth last year, the $7.2 billion in economic expansion and the 50,000 new jobs since 2011. Of the original 19 targets set out in the Jobs Plan, 11 have been met and the remaining eight are on schedule to be achieved between now and 2020.

The BC Jobs Plan was launched in 2011 as the government’s strategy to grow B.C.’s economy and enable job creation.

The complete BC Jobs Plan 3-Year Update can be found on the updated website, www.bcjobsplan.ca. Details can be found on the progress made on the original Jobs Plan targets and the commitments made in the 24-Month Update. The website also profiles BC Jobs Makers – people and companies that fuel the B.C. economy.

The BC Jobs Plan 3-Year Update delivers on the government commitment to grow the economy by creating more opportunities for everyone by addressing five points:

  1. Control spending and remain committed to fiscal responsibility.
  2. Open new markets and attract new investment
  3. Leverage our existing strengths.
  4. Realize the incredible opportunity of Liquefied Natural Gas.
  5. Prepare British Columbians to be first-in-line for job opportunities through skills training.
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Miglio Coming To Osoyoos October 10

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How Old Is Your Smoke Alarm?

  1. Did you know smoke alarms have to be replaced every 10 years?
  2. Does someone in your family test your smoke alarms monthly?
  3. Do you replace the batteries annually?
  4. Is there a smoke alarm on every storey of your home?
  5. Do you plan and practice a home fire drill?

During Fire Prevention Week, October 5 – 11, 2014, children in schools in Osoyoos and other communities, will be learning about fire safety using lessons and activities created by educational experts in consultation with the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners.

There is a great resource available to help families discuss fire prevention and fire safety practices at testandreplace.ca. There’s even a contest you can enter to win a $500 Gift Card for Home Depot or one of 6 Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

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