Get growing!

It’s finally here!  The 7th Annual Bloomin’ Plant Sale is this Saturday, May 23rd from 8:30 am to 10:30 am at the corner of Co-op and Main St across from Super Valu (outside Dr. Ng’s office).

Donations of plants can be dropped off at the community garden anytime this week or contact Heather at olivercommunitygarden @ or leave a message at 250-485-2575 to arrange pick up.  Many thanks to the generous vendors who have already donated and the talented gardeners who have shared their plants.

Special thanks to the Oliver Youth Cares group wo will be helping us out and hosting a bake sale at the same time.

All proceeds go to support the operation of the Oliver Community Garden – proud supporter of the school gardening program and the Oliver Food Bank.


Meet artists across the border

Art Without Borders Welcome smallART WITHOUT BORDERS – Sister city to visit Oliver - by Marion Trimble

Visitors from Oliver’s sister city, Chelan, Washington, are making a day trip to visit on Friday, May  29.  The invitation to Oliver was made after a group of Oliverites made the trip south to Chelan last year.  During this trip, being hosted royally by our American cousins, a return trip was proposed. This month, nine visitors from Chelan are coming to visit here for the first time.

It’s a tremendous opportunity to get to know our neighbours.  Over the years, mayors and council representatives, have formed friendships borne from official visits to each others city.  An expansion of that friendship to include all interested is the goal of those organizing this trip.  These first exchange road trips have been organized by a couple of local artists. They emphasize everyone is welcome.   Long lasting benefits to our town’s tourism, businesses  and for everyone to meet new friends exist in creating an ongoing annual sister city exchange.

Our visitors will arrive in the morning and be taken on a downtown walking tour hosted by Tara Hovanes. Proudly showing off Oliver’s uniqueness provides the tour focus.  Of interest to our guests will be the several businesses displaying artwork by local artists .  “Welcome Chelan Visitors” signs displayed by Main Street businesses will delight our guests as they wind their way north on the east side of Main Street and down to the Station Visitor’s Centre.   On the way we’ll stop at several businesses displaying art, the Oliver Chronicle and office of our MLA, Linda Larsen.

Midday, the entourage will take a lunch break at the Oliver Legion.  Everyone is invited to come.  The Legion is generously opening their doors with a special menu at $15.00 per person.  Afterwards, we’ll continue on the tour visiting shops on the West side of Main Street, the museum and town hall before heading to Medici’s for a gelato while viewing the Oliver Sagebrushers art on the walls.  Heading back to Main Street , the tour visits the Oliver Art Gallery before finishing up at the old Fields Store parking lot to view the wall mural painted by Leza Macdonald and Sally Franks.

We say goodbye briefly as we meet again later for a potluck dinner, 6-8 pm, at the Quail’s Nest.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Bring a potluck item and if you wish a sample of your art or brochures from your business.  After welcomes from our mayor,  representatives from Oliver Tourism and the Oliver Arts Council, there’ll be time to mingle, greet our guests and make plans for the next exchange visit.

If you plan to attend either the lunch or potluck or both, please let either Marion Trimble or Tara Hovanes know which event you’ll attend. Contact olivercac @ and the arts council will forward your RVSP. Wear a nametag!

It’s live! and all summer too!


Medici’s Friday Night Live in Oliver! Great local artists perform plus Open Mic this Friday, May 15th at 7:00pm- the valley’s hottest live music gig…it’s huge! Get there early! Get a seat!…522 Fairview Rd in Oliver 250-498-2228

This live music gig in town has grown to become a major twice monthly valley event. Marcel is geting better than ever and wants you to bring your stuff and strut it out on stage. We have some new equipment bought out of your generosity that you kicked in the”gig bucket”. We have a cast of very talented folks in our area, some new artists gettin their performance licks down, established performers… who drop in and bless us with a few tunes and guest musicians who come outa nowhere and blow us away. Bring your love of music , your instrument and your voice and become part of the night sounds. We crank up the music shortly after 7:00. The music is huge…Tons of talent…all we need is you!

We are licensed. We have beer, wine, coffees with a kick and our usual great gelato and snacks and sweet treats.

When are the next few dates? May 22 & 29, June 12 & 26, July 10th & 24th and August 7 and 21st. Get set for a summer of hot sounds!

“Awesome Okanagan” on display in June


The Oliver Sagebrushers present

“Awesome Okanagan” 

Opening Reception

Friday June 5

7:00 p.m.

Medici’s Gelateria and Coffeehouse

522 Fairview Rd.

This themed show will feature the best of the Okanagan from the brushes of the Sagebrushers! No cover charge – live music – Medici’s has wonderful appies to pair with alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Best gig in town!

Student? Step into history this summer

OLP.982.168aSummer Assistant Needed

The Oliver and District Heritage Society is looking for a college/university Summer Assistant for a 16 week position.


Please note that funding for the position is being provided by the Young Canada Works program.

Start date: on or after Monday, May 11, 2015

End Date: August 31, 2015 Salary: $12.75 per hour, 35 hrs./wk. (includes some weekends)

Job Description:

The successful candidate, supported by the Community Heritage Manager, will develop museological and archival skills through practical hands-on experience by performing daily tasks and working on special projects essential to the operation of a heritage organization, with an emphasis on collections, exhibits, and programs.

Job Duties:

  • Research and develop materials for exhibits and programs
  • Docent work leading facility and walking tours
  • Collections – cataloguing, inventorying, digital imaging, and conservation
  • Data entry into ca collections management software database
  • Perform customer and visitor services such as assisting with research requests


The successful candidate will be a post-secondary program student currently enrolled in a Canadian Educational institution with an interest in history and heritage resources. Preference will be given to those enrolled in one of the following:

  • Museum Studies
  • Archival Studies
  • Canadian History
  • Heritage Resource Management
  • Information Management
  • Education
  • OR related field Museum or archive experience such as artifact handling, digital photography, and/or conservation experience is preferred.

Any of the following would be assets:

  • basic office skills
  • research skills
  • visitor services experience
  • docent experience
  • experience with the collections management software, PastPerfect
  • graphic design skills

The Museum Summer Assistant will be a team player with the ability to work independently. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, adaptable, have strong organization skills, and an attention to detail.

NOTE: This position is being funded by Young Canada Works funding therefore applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 16-30
  • have been a full-time student in the semester preceding the summer
  • returning to school full time in the fall of 2015
  • be eligible to work in Canada
  • be willing to register as an YCW candidate.

Visit for all eligibility details and registration.

Submit cover letter and resume to info @

or by mail to:

Pamela Woolner, Community Heritage Manager

Oliver and District Heritage Society

PO Box 847 Oliver, BC V0H 1T0

We thank all applicants in advance; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


SVV Costume Craziness

The Sage Valley Voices choir members have fun with costumes prior to singing Beatles hits this Saturday. April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oliver United Church. Admission $10 at the door. Cake and coffee to follow concerts. Food Bank donations welcome.

Federation of Canadian Artists present

FCA-SOS May 2015

Members of the local Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists (Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen) present “Free Form”, a group show of fine art at Leir House in Penticton, May 1-30. There will be an Opening Reception on Saturday afternoon, May 2, from 2:00-4:00 pm. Everyone is invited, and the artists will be present.

Carol Munro
Publicity Committee
Artists of the South Okanagan-Similkameen