Goes good with turkey

It is once again time for the Sage Valley Voices spring performance.  It will once again be at the Oliver United Church.  There are two performances.  The first is Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm and the second is Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30pm.  Admission is $5.00 at the door with proceeds going to support local non-profit organizations.  Our special guest this spring is the Naramata Choir.

The title of this concert is ‘A Sentimental Journey’ and it features songs from the 40’s and 50’s.  If you were at the concert last spring you will recognize some of the tunes but there will be many new ones.  As always, we will all be decked out in period attire.  I am going for a 50’s greaser look (which might be a challenge.  How do you slick back no hair?)

It is a fun show put on by people who just like to sing.  If you have nothing going on, swing on down to Oliver and check it out.  There are some fantastic places to eat there and their movie theater is top notch.  For more information on the Sage Valley Voices please feel free to check out the Oliver Arts Council website (http://oliverartscouncil.org/).  They have a little feature about the choir.  Please feel free to post comments below (and after the show, post your reviews!).

Wrap your noodle around this

This Saturday we attended the annual Kaleden Spaghetti dinner.  This dinner is put on by the Kaleden Community Church Youth Group in support of their Mexico Mission trip.  This annual trip takes a group of young people from the South Okanagan down to poor region of Mexico to build a house.  These are very basic one room homes but they are sturdy and a great improvement over the standard pieces of sheet metal and boards most of the town’s residents live under.  This year over 250 people turned up for the event.  This is an amazing number.  That represents over 10% of Kaleden’s population.  Try running any charity event and getting that kind of response.


Being a member of the Church’s congregation we get to listen to the teens when they return.  They speak about what they did and how it affected them.  That feedback is really important to me.  It really helps me connect with the donations I have made.  I may not be able to attend in person and experience it first hand but at least I can see how the trip improved lives there and back home.  I think the trip is important for both the needy families in Mexico and the youth that traveled there.  It gives them much needed perspective on what we have to be so thankful for.


I also like this dinner because it is just another excuse to get everyone together for some fun.  My wife’s family has lived in the area for many years.  Everyone comes over to the table, shakes hands and catches up.  Most of the regulars know me and have kind of adopted me as their own.  I have only been with my wife for 3 years now and already I am hunted down specifically for hugs and handshakes.  Things are pretty friendly on the west side of the lake.


I also want to mention that they have a live band at this event playing dinner jazz music.  I am not sure who these kids were but man could they play.  There were three of them: drummer, lead guitar and bass.  They all did an amazing job.  My attempts to play guitar have really helped me appreciate good guitar and bass work.  These young men were fantastic.