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Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.

Sebell hosts homecoming concerts

Greg Sebell will play two shows Feb. 18 in Salmon Arm

Greg Sebell will be playing two shows in Salmon Arm at the Salmon Arm Secondary Theatre on Feb. 18. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the matinee and at 7:30 for the evening show. -Photo contributed.
Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day

Irish Mythen to play Salmon Arm on Feb. 14.

Breakout star of Roots & Blues returns to warm hearts on Valentine’s Day
Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Drawings connect autistic student with the world

Leifen Mitchell-Banks creates colourful cartoon characters at Salmon Arm Secondary.

Barb Brouwer photo                                Left: Leifen Mitchell-Banks poses with some of his larger works on display at Salmon Arm Secondary.
Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Crowds enjoy the show on the Main Stage at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. Observer file photo.
SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo

Poetry collection preserves Indigenous knowledge

B.C. author collaborates with Shuswap students, First Nations elders

SD83 District Principal of Aboriginal Education Irene LaBoucane (left), Neskonlith elder Louis Thomas and poet Wendy Morton look at one of the books created through the Elder Project: A Way Toward Knowledge. -Barb Brouwer photo
Gil Risling, left and Mike Melnichuk, right, accompany Patrick Rylley who performs as Hank Williams who fell off the wagon, at the sold-out Louisiana Hayride Christmas show at the Salmar Classic on Monday, Nov. 27. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Christmas season rolls in

All seats taken at Louisiana Hayride Christmas Show

Gil Risling, left and Mike Melnichuk, right, accompany Patrick Rylley who performs as Hank Williams who fell off the wagon, at the sold-out Louisiana Hayride Christmas show at the Salmar Classic on Monday, Nov. 27. -image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
It’s a Christmas concert with a jazz twist as from left, Sandy Cameron, Terry Kosowick, Andréa Roberts, Colin Spence, Jake McIntyre-Paul and Gareth Seys present “Merry Krizz” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the hall at First United Church.

Jazzing up the season

Musicians offer a Merry Krizz at First United Church

It’s a Christmas concert with a jazz twist as from left, Sandy Cameron, Terry Kosowick, Andréa Roberts, Colin Spence, Jake McIntyre-Paul and Gareth Seys present “Merry Krizz” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the hall at First United Church.
Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Roots and Blues announces first six acts for 2018

Tickets for red-hot festival in Salmon Arm go on sale Dec. 1

Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, Everyday People, Dance To The Music, Thank You, Family Affair, I Want To Take You Higher, M’Lady and Hot Fun In The Summertime.-Image credit: Photo contributed
After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer

Syrian mother gets behind the wheel

Ability to drive gives Salmon Arm newcomer and her husband more freedom

After a year of study, Lena Alhamad, at the wheel, and her husband, Hussam Al Hassan, recently obtained their BC Driver’s licences. The parents of four children are thrilled by the welcome Salmon Arm has given them and are committed to giving back to the community.-Image credit: Jim Elliott/Salmon Arm Observer
Auditions will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 for Shuswap Theatre’s production of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Opening Night. -Image credit” Photo contributed

Actors needed for Shuswap Theatre production

Auditions for Norm Foster’s Opening Night take place in the first week of December.

Auditions will take place on Dec. 5 and 6 for Shuswap Theatre’s production of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Opening Night. -Image credit” Photo contributed
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok addresses members of local non-profit groups at a strategic planning and granting evening co-hosted by the CSRD and the Arts Council for the South Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Non-profits work as one in South Shuswap

Community groups discuss strategic planning and grants-in-aid.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area C South Shuswap director Paul Demenok addresses members of local non-profit groups at a strategic planning and granting evening co-hosted by the CSRD and the Arts Council for the South Shuswap. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Photo contributed                                This tea pot created by Bob Kingsmill, a well-known potter and clay sculptor, is one of 75 items available in the Shuswap District Arts Council’s online art auction, which closes on Friday, Dec. 8.

Auction aids in art acquisition

Online event supports Shuswap District Arts Council projects

Photo contributed                                This tea pot created by Bob Kingsmill, a well-known potter and clay sculptor, is one of 75 items available in the Shuswap District Arts Council’s online art auction, which closes on Friday, Dec. 8.
Members of the Salmon Arm Community Band are in full rehearsal for the Dec. 9 Christmas concert at the Nexus.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Band strikes a Christmas note

Community concert takes place Dec. 9 at the Nexus in Salmon Arm

Members of the Salmon Arm Community Band are in full rehearsal for the Dec. 9 Christmas concert at the Nexus.-Image credit: Photo contributed
Photo contributed                                Known to readers as Isana, the Blind Bay author has written a book in which she hopes to inspire other women to overcome the trauma caused by abuse.

Author faces and triumphs over abuse

Book intended to inspire women who suffer from any form of abusive behaviour

Photo contributed                                Known to readers as Isana, the Blind Bay author has written a book in which she hopes to inspire other women to overcome the trauma caused by abuse.
Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Brewers create anti-fascist ale

Not For Nazis Nut Brown Ale will be ready in time for Christmas

Crannog Ales owners Brian MacIsaac and Rebecca Kneen support Boundary Brewing owner Oliver Glaser and brewer Simon Astle in their stand against Facism and racism by hoisting a flag. -Image credit: Photo contributed
Peter Rizzi operates an excavator to collect illegally dumped garbage at a site on Shaw Road not far from the Canoe Creek Golf Course.-Image credit: Photo contributed

Dumping at Shaw Road “disgusting”

CSRD praises volunteers, wants illegal dumpers prosecuted

Peter Rizzi operates an excavator to collect illegally dumped garbage at a site on Shaw Road not far from the Canoe Creek Golf Course.-Image credit: Photo contributed
Pro-Am division winners Fred Green and Ingalise Abbott dance the cha-cha during the Dancing with the Shuswap Stars fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 17.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer

Video: Shuswap stars shine for Larch Hills

Competitors dance to the tune of $30,000 for the chalet expansion

Pro-Am division winners Fred Green and Ingalise Abbott dance the cha-cha during the Dancing with the Shuswap Stars fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 17.-image credit: Jim Elliot/Salmon Arm Observer
Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz’s request to withdraw from the CSRD Economic Development Committee after promising to commit funds to the 2018 budget. The district’s Economic Development Corporation will be launched on Jan. 1, 2018. - Image credit: File photo

Sicamous pulls out of CSRD economic committee

District launches its own economic development corporation on Jan. 1, 2018

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved Sicamous mayor Terry Rysz’s request to withdraw from the CSRD Economic Development Committee after promising to commit funds to the 2018 budget. The district’s Economic Development Corporation will be launched on Jan. 1, 2018. - Image credit: File photo
Columbia Shuswap Regional District finance manager Jodi Pierce drafted a remuneration bylaw that pleased electoral area directors, but was defeated by municipal directors at a Nov. 16 board meeting.-Image credit: File photo

No raise for regional district directors

Remuneration bylaw rejected by municipal directors at Nov. 16 board meeting.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District finance manager Jodi Pierce drafted a remuneration bylaw that pleased electoral area directors, but was defeated by municipal directors at a Nov. 16 board meeting.-Image credit: File photo
Maryanne Jespersen’s “Shuswap Gold” is one of the entries in the Salmon Arm Art Gallery’s juried exhibition, which opens with a 7 p.m. reception Friday, Nov. 17. -Image credit: Photo contributed

Making the best of winter in Canada

Shuswap artists portray the season in a Salmon Arm Art Gallery exhibition

Maryanne Jespersen’s “Shuswap Gold” is one of the entries in the Salmon Arm Art Gallery’s juried exhibition, which opens with a 7 p.m. reception Friday, Nov. 17. -Image credit: Photo contributed