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Black Phoenix Tea Room is located at 2459 Main Street in West Kelowna. (Helen Ive/Facebook)

Turning a dream into reality: West Kelowna woman opens new coffee shop

Felisha Xavier dreamed for more than 10 years of owning her own coffee shop

The Kelowna RCMP’s held their third and final ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event of January was held at Bean Scene on Pandosy Street.The Vernon North Okanagan detachment’s officer in charge, Supt. Shawna Baher, hosts Coffee with a Cop specifically for seniors at Vernon’s Schubert Centre Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (Black Press - file photo)

Coffee with a Cop extends cups to Vernon seniors

Coffee with a Cop focuses on seniors and their concerns, Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Schubert Cewntre

The winning ice sculpture was created as an ode to Star Wars’ The Mandalorian (Bowen Assman - Morning Star)
The winning ice sculpture was created as an ode to Star Wars’ The Mandalorian (Bowen Assman - Morning Star)
The North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce chose the name Pebbles for the Winter Festival mascot. Pebbles will hang out at the festival, taking place from Feb. 17-19, 2023. (North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce- Facebook)

North Shuswap Winter Festival brings together communities

Pebbles the Penguin will oversee bed races, chili cook-off, games and more

The North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce chose the name Pebbles for the Winter Festival mascot. Pebbles will hang out at the festival, taking place from Feb. 17-19, 2023. (North Shuswap Chamber of Commerce- Facebook)
Pat Corbet, 88, has always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, and she had the chance to cross the experience off her bucket list thanks to the Chartwell Wish Foundation Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Vernon senior fulfills lifelong wish with hot air balloon ride

Pat Corbet took to the skies on a bluebird Saturday morning

Pat Corbet, 88, has always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon, and she had the chance to cross the experience off her bucket list thanks to the Chartwell Wish Foundation Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Volunteers from CFUZ Peach City Radio celebrate the station’s fourth anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. From left to right: Nils Finnsson (technical director), Dave Del Rizzo (vice president and program director), Jackie Del Rizzo (past president) and Cameron Baughen. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)

‘We started from nothing’: Penticton’s Peach City Radio celebrates 4 years on the FM dial

‘A lot of places in Canada don’t even have a community radio station,’ said Dave Del Rizzo

Volunteers from CFUZ Peach City Radio celebrate the station’s fourth anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. From left to right: Nils Finnsson (technical director), Dave Del Rizzo (vice president and program director), Jackie Del Rizzo (past president) and Cameron Baughen. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)
A 100 Men Who Care Event on Summerland Heritage Cider Company’s patio in preparation. (Contributed)

100 Men Who Care events return to Penticton next week with focus on mental health

The group’s first event of 2023 goes on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Tin Whistle Brewing

A 100 Men Who Care Event on Summerland Heritage Cider Company’s patio in preparation. (Contributed)
2nd Penticton Scouts hosted its annual scout-racing event at the Concordia Lutheran Church and School on 2800 South Main Street on Saturday, Feb. 4.

‘Beaver-buggy rally time’ returns as 2nd Penticton Scouts build and race miniature cars

Beaver Scouts kicked off the day with a series of races on Saturday morning, Feb. 4

2nd Penticton Scouts hosted its annual scout-racing event at the Concordia Lutheran Church and School on 2800 South Main Street on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Jeff VanDooyeweert, Eagle Valley Road Rescue deputy chief, pulls up carpet in a unit at The Haven seniors’ living complex in Sicamous as the 48-year old unit undergoes a renovation. (Rebecca Willson- Eagle Valley News)

Two Sicamous nonprofits work together to improve affordable seniors’ living situation

Road Rescuers volunteer time and tools to revamp Haven unit; seniors’ housing plans moving forward

Jeff VanDooyeweert, Eagle Valley Road Rescue deputy chief, pulls up carpet in a unit at The Haven seniors’ living complex in Sicamous as the 48-year old unit undergoes a renovation. (Rebecca Willson- Eagle Valley News)
(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Thousands turn out for ever popular Vernon Winter Carnival parade

There were plenty of TV show designs among the floats, fitting in with this year’s Carnival theme

(Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
(BGC Okanagan/Submitted)
(BGC Okanagan/Submitted)
Pictured is the four, one-of-a-kind library cards that you can get, starting Feb. 6 (Contributed)

Okanagan libraries launch Minecraft-inspired cards

The cards will also come with a tracker, so kids can monitor their reading progress

Pictured is the four, one-of-a-kind library cards that you can get, starting Feb. 6 (Contributed)
Lake Country Brewing is now open at #4-10058 Highway 97. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Lake Country Brewing is now open at #4-10058 Highway 97. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Pilinka Wiseman has furnished almost her entire trailer and outdoor area where she lives with things she has taken from the Share Shack at the Scotch Creek Refuse Transfer Station, including a trunk full of books and shelving. (Pilinka Wiseman photo)

‘We don’t all need something new’: Shuswap woman passionate about reducing waste

Pilinka Wiseman is willing to give anything a second chance at Scotch Creek Share Shack

Pilinka Wiseman has furnished almost her entire trailer and outdoor area where she lives with things she has taken from the Share Shack at the Scotch Creek Refuse Transfer Station, including a trunk full of books and shelving. (Pilinka Wiseman photo)
Grant Huffman, chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, gives a report to delegates during the last BC Cattlemen’s AGM held in Williams Lake back in 2019 (Monica Lamb-Yorski Photo)

BC Cattlemen’s first AGM in three years roams into Vernon

The event will be at Kal Tire Place from May 25-27

Grant Huffman, chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, gives a report to delegates during the last BC Cattlemen’s AGM held in Williams Lake back in 2019 (Monica Lamb-Yorski Photo)
Dogs are allowed in Unleashed Brewing, after receiving overwhelming support. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Dogs are allowed in Unleashed Brewing, after receiving overwhelming support. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)
Ben Baker died of an accidental overdose on Jan. 23, 2023. The family is fundraising for two memorial benches to make a monetary donation in Ben’s name to The Last Door in New Westminster. (Ben Baker’s Legacy/GoFundMe)

‘It only takes one step back’: Benches in West Kelowna, Lower Mainland help keep man’s legacy alive

All additional donations will be donated to the treatment facility Ben stayed at

Ben Baker died of an accidental overdose on Jan. 23, 2023. The family is fundraising for two memorial benches to make a monetary donation in Ben’s name to The Last Door in New Westminster. (Ben Baker’s Legacy/GoFundMe)
Nicole Frey feeds animals across the world through the Animal Food Bank. (contributed)
Nicole Frey feeds animals across the world through the Animal Food Bank. (contributed)
Okanagan Okie did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dog, therefore predicting an early spring. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Early spring forecast by Okanagan Okie

Stuffed Vernon marmot mascot did not see his shadow at Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Okanagan Okie did not see his shadow on Groundhog Dog, therefore predicting an early spring. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
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