Wellness Fair at Greater Vernon Recreation Centre – March 2nd & 3rd  
Vernon

This free event is a great opportunity to explore a wide variety of wellness products and services all in one convenient location. Exhibitors from the health and wellness industry will be showcasing natural and organic products. Nutritionists, counselors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and massage therapists will be on site. This event is a great way to gain inspiration on ways to become healthier.

http://www.bodyandsoulwellnessfair.com/vernon

Luke McMaster with Guest: Andrew Allen at Creekside Theatre – March 3rd at 7:30pm
Lake Country

Two celebrated Canadian songwriters will be performing at the Creekside Theatre this month. Andrew Allen has scored five Top 10 hits in Canada. Luke McMaster has an impressive performance history including sharing the stage with some of the biggest acts of the day such as Randy Bachman, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and more.

https://www.kelownatickets.com/Creekside/

SEISMIC Mountain Festival at Silver Star Mountain Resort – March 22nd to 31st
Vernon

Silver Star will be hosting it’s first annual 10-day spring mountain festival. The SEISMIC Mountain Festival will include a ton of events including 7 signature sporting events, live music acts, beverage gardens & village DJ’s, wine & spirit festival & dinners, art exhibitions, vendors & live showcases. There will be games, prizes, fireworks and so much more. Be sure to show your support at the first annual event of it’s kind at Silver Star.

https://www.seismicfest.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1iI-RkFaujmJiIY1nepWghXR12JzKQU0T7xJqXfi_g8a7mmreg6drRrcI

  1. Focus on eliminating interest
    It’s very difficult to save when you’re in debt. Hard earned cash is going towards hefty interest rates and it can put a serious strain on your efforts to save. Focus on paying those credit cards off first and foremost.
  2. Set a budget
    The only way to create a budget is to assess your current spending. Determining where your money is going identifies which areas you need to streamline. Make it your mission to cut the amount spent in these areas by half.
  3. Set up automatic transfers
    Set your online banking up to automatically transfer a designated amount of money to a savings account every payday. By using a hands-off approach, you won’t even notice the difference.
  4. Move to more modest living quarters
    Think moving from a two bedroom to a one bedroom. Or if you are really serious, find a roommate or even move home temporarily. Rent is a huge expense that could add up to a substantial savings in no time.
  5. Sell or downsize your car
    This isn’t practical in more rural locations, but take advantage of public transit, carpooling and biking when possible. This saves fuel, maintenance and wear and tear. Alternatively, you could sell your car and downsize to a smaller vehicle that’s more fuel efficient and lower in insurance.
  6. Put away every unexpected money you receive
    Think a bonus at work, tax return or rebate. Don’t look at this money as a reason to spend. This is an added bonus that you aren’t relying on to pay the bills. Tempting as it may be to treat yourself, sock it away and keep that goal of home ownership in mind.
  7. Save your money in a TFSA or your RSP
    A TFSA is a tax-free savings account and just like the name suggests, you can earn interest on your savings without having to pay any income taxes on it. With a Retirement Savings Plan (RSP) the amount you contribute to it each year is deductible from your taxes. This helps you save money by reducing your taxable income for that year, which allows you to pay less tax now. And RSPs aren’t just for retirement – the Canadian government allows you to withdraw up to $25,000 per year from your RSP to put towards your first home!

The Vernon Winter Carnival – February 1st –10th
Vernon

The Vernon Winter Carnival is the largest winter festival in Canada and has been a tradition in the North Okanagan since 1960.The event kicks off January 31 with a Hot Air Balloon Festival, and is followed by a jam-packed schedule of events sure to please everyone!

FEB 1 – 2019 BC Snow Sculpture Competition @ Silver Star Mountain Resort

FEB 2 – 59th Annual Winter Carnival Parade

FEB 2 – Tips up Cup Challenge @ Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

FEB 2 – Celebration of Talent

FEB 5 – Pinot & Paint @ Vernon Public Art Gallery

FEB 6 – The BeerCanBeiner @ Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

FEB 7 – Jopohouse Luncheon – Dueling Pianos @ Prestige Vernon Lodge

FEB 7 – UnWined

FEB 8 – Jopohouse Luncheon – The Soul Men @ Prestige Vernon Lodge

FEB 9 – Family Day @ Polson Park

FEB 9 – 10th Anniversary Blues Dance Party @ Five Knuckle Shuffle

FEB 9 – Parka Party @ Predator Ridge Resort

FEB 10 – Toonie and a Tine @ Kal Tire Place

FEB 10 – Polar Bear Swim @ Kalamalka Lake

FEBR 10 – Guided Snowshoe Tour @ Sovereign Lake Nordic Club

Check out this link for the whole program. 

The Snowed In Comedy Tour at The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre – February2nd
Vernon

Featuring four top international comedians, Debra DiGiovanni, Pete Zedlacher, Dan Quinnand and Paul Myrehaug. Each with their own unique take on comedy. The Snowed In Comedy Tour has turned in to a Canadian success story, having grown to become the biggest comedy tour in Canada.

Click here for additional info and tickets. 

The Complete History of Science at The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre – February 16th  
Vernon

Monster Theatre’s We Now Know: The Complete History of Science is a one-hour rapid-fire comedy show for young audiences chronicling the history of science. It uses a variety of mediums including puppets, masks and original songs and encourages audience interaction. Explore the discoveries, inventions and innovations of human kind since the dawn of time.

Click here for additional info and tickets. 

Whether you love beautiful snowfalls and calm frozen lakes or prefer to spend the chilly months cozied up indoors with a hot drink, the Okanagan is undoubtedly one of the best places to live and vacation during the winter season. This region offers mild winter temperatures, plenty of snow and some beautiful sunshine. It’s perfect if you like to participate in traditional winter activities. There’s downhill skiing at Silver Star Mountain Resort, scenic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Sovereign Lake and stunning mountain views on snowmobile trails spanning from Silver Star to Armstrong. There are also a few unique options for anyone looking to try something new this season.

 

Night Skiing –

There is nothing more peaceful then enjoying a calm starlit evening on an illuminated trail. The quiet surroundings make for great conversation and an enjoyable evening spent outdoors with friends and family.

Sovereign Lake, Vernon BC

 

Fat Biking –

Take in your favourite mountain biking trails all year round! Fat bikes have wide tires designed for riding in the snow. Making them a great new way to adventure on the mountains and trails. Rentals are available at Silver Star Mountain Resort & Sun Country Cycle.

 

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides –

Take in the scenery of Silver Star’s back trails on a horse drawn sleigh. After a tour through the picturesque wilderness you’ll be taken to a rustic cabin to warm up and enjoy a hot drink and freshly baked treat or stay for a buffet dinner and dine by firelight with your loved ones.

Image courtesy of http://www.skisilverstar.com/

 

It’s a new year, a fresh start.  It’s a time of resolutions and goal setting and we are all about working to be better. So how about making a resolution to improve your home? Now we don’t mean expensive renovations and upgrades, but implementing a few small changes could bring big results in functionality and the costs associated with home ownership. We’ve put together a few of our best tips and tricks for you to put to good use in 2019.

Clean & Declutter Room by Room

The best approach for tackling the organization of your home is to pick one room to work on at a time, this allows you to really dig in without getting overwhelmed. Gather each item in the space and determine whether it’s an item you need to keep, clutter to be donated or junk destined for the trash or recycling. Once everything you’ve chosen to keep has a place, do a full deep cleaning.  This is a lot of work but so worth it to start the year with an organized and functional living space. If you get in the habit of going through each room every year this task gets easier and easier.

Use What You Have Before Buying More

This is one of the easiest ways to keep your home streamlined and clutter free. Use the last bit of everything you buy. Think finishing that bottle of shampoo, using the entire jar of BBQ seasoning, and mailing every last envelope you keep in your home office before purchasing more. This is a simple way to save space and money.

Budget for Home Improvements

Creating a yearly budget for home maintenance eliminates an immense amount of stress related to home ownership. New roofing, appliances and hot water tanks can come up every few years, creating unforeseen financial strain. A good rule of thumb is to budget 1%-3% of your home’s initial price to upkeep and improvements every year. If there’s extra savings at the end of the year you can use the remainder to pay for those new kitchen counter tops you’ve been dreaming of without it seeming like an added expense.

Implement Safety Precautions

How long has it been since you tested that Co2 detector? Now is a great time to test and, if needed, install all smoke detectors, Co2 detectors and fire extinguishers within the home. Protect your home from damage and keep your family safe in the case of an emergency.

 

Change the Way You Heat & Cool

Nearly half the energy used in homes goes towards temperature control. With a few minor adjustments, you can make a noticeable dent in energy costs.

-Utilize ceiling fans instead of air conditioners.
-Turn the thermostat down when nobody is home. Keeping the temperature just a few degrees lower can save up to 10% on heating costs while still keeping your home a comfortable temperature.
-Take advantage of your wood or pellet stove, they are much more efficient sources of heat than a furnace.
-Replace the air filters in air conditioners and heaters.

Install an On-Demand Water Heater

On-demand water heaters provide hot water on an “as needed” basis, no holding tank required. Water is heated directly with a gas burner or electric element as the water travels through a pipe to the unit, thus forgoing the tank of hot water on standby.

Switch to LED’s

Traditional incandescent lights convert only a small amount of the energy they consume into actual light, while the rest becomes heat. Switching to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will drastically reduce energy use. LED’s use 75% less energy and last more than 10 times longer than traditional bulbs. Another bonus is they don’t contain any harmful mercury.

Utilize Efficient Shower Heads & Toilets

There are many systems available today to help you save water without even realizing it.

-Low-flow shower heads are available in different flow rates, some even have a pause button which shuts off the water flow completely while the bather lathers up.
-Toilets consume 30% to 40% of the total water used in homes, making them the biggest water users. A low- flow toilet uses just 1.6 gallons of water per flush versus a traditional toilet at 3.5 gallons. To save even more, consider a dual flush model, it lets you choose between a 1-gallon or 1.6 gallon flushes.

Cook Smarter

Cut down on energy costs and time spent in the kitchen with a few simple changes. It’s a win, win.

-Consider an oven upgrade. Convection ovens use fans to force hot air to circulate more evenly, allowing food to be cooked at a lower temperature for less time. If that’s not an option, try to stick to the top rack of your conventional oven, it’s much hotter.
-Place pans on the matching size heating element or flame.
-Use lids on pots and pans to keep heat and steam from escaping into the air.

Holiday Market at Arrowleaf Cellars – December 1st & 2nd   
Lake Country

Stop by Arrowleaf Wine Cellars and get your holiday shopping done. A wide variety of local vendors set up shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gift ideas that are perfect for everybody. There will be complimentary mulled wine and tastings will be available at the bar so you can give (or keep ;) a bottle or two of delicious wine this holiday season. This is a free event but monetary and non-perishable food donations for the local food bank are greatly appreciated.

https://www.arrowleafcellars.com/news-events/2018/10/31/2018-holiday-market-at-arrowleaf-cellars

 

SEDNA at Caravan Farm Theatre – December 11th – 31st
Armstrong

A holiday production unlike any other, Caravan Theatre is the world’s only horse drawn sleigh ride theater. Set on a stunning farm just outside of Armstrong. Take in an incredible performance presented by Urban Ink, a Vancouver based theater company.

http://caravanfarmtheatre.com/shows/winter-2018/ 

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival at The Vernon Performing Arts Centre –
December 29th & 30th
Vernon

The Vernon Search and Rescue Society presents their annual “Best of Banff Mountain Film Festival” fundraiser. Produced by Mountain Culture at The Banff Centre, it features award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered in the annual festival.

https://tickets.ticketseller.ca/TheatreManager/1/login&event=2658