Komasket Gathering: Respect Live Here

Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) is working collaboratively with Allan Brooks and the City of Vernon to immerse the Vernon Public and Area with suknaqinx (Okanagan) Culture and Traditions . OKIB will provide a venue with Cultural Prayer, Welcoming, Drumming, captikwl theatre by nkamplqs insmamayatn iklsqilixwtet school (oral story telling), story of the Qw’ci (pithouse), traditional games, plateau bags, cattail headbands, canoe paddles and baby rattles on September 24, 2017.

Allan Brooks will be sharing a Free Flight Demo with their raptors

We invite you to come and share an Okanagan Cultural experience.

Everyone Welcome!!

Please RSVP via Eventbrite here

Family Fun Day & Summer Music Series

Bring the whole family for RespectFest related displays and activities on the grounds.  Paint a rock for our Caetani Community Art Project Installation, learn about water purification with Valhalla Pure Outfitters, learn about indigenous plants with Back to Earth,  join the CedarBridge School for activities, Gypsy Jay will be doing hennas for a fee,  take fun images in our photo booth, and let the kids be entertained by ItsyBitsy Music Together.

Basket Case Picnics will be offering their fresh local food for purchase onsite, our Caetani refreshments bar will be running and Teassential will be selling their signature tea blends.

Live Music from Betty Johnson and the Aaron Loewen Trio runs 2-4 p.m. as our final Summer Music Series Event.

Cordage Workshops with Jaymie Johnson:

We are pleased to welcome for both events, our current Fresh!AiR artist resident, Jaymie Johnson joining us from Vancouver, BC. Jaymie will be hosting youth and adult cordage workshops on the grounds of the Caetani Centre throughout both of the RespectFest events.

Using local plant material, learn to make cordage that will become part of an eco-art installation inspired by weavings and webs found in nature. We will use tried-and-true fibres, such as stinging nettle, as well as explore new fibres. Come with curiosity and leave with a new skill.

Allan Brooks Raptor Free Flight Demonstration

Join us for the final Raptor Free Flight Demo of the year! From your seat in the Grassland Theatre be thrilled by some breathtaking predators flying freely above your head. Get up close and learn some amazing facts about these spectacular birds.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

Click here for free tickets!

B.X. Creek Clean Up hosted by the RDNO

This event marks International Rivers Day, the last Sunday in September, as well as the end of RespectFEST.

B.X. CREEK CLEAN UP

Show your respect for our environment and help clean up B.X. Creek.

Clean up kits provided: gloves, garbage bags, safety vests

Meet your neighbours and enjoy free treats!

       Pants, long sleeves, work gloves, & boots are recommended.      

Meet at Hidden Park

(on 33rd Ave between 34th & 35th Streets)

Can’t make it on Sunday?
Contact 
jmiles@rdno.ca to adopt-a-stream in your neighbourhood.

Pre-registration for this event is encouraged so we can ensure we have enough safety equipment. 

RSVP for free tickets here!

Fly a Kite! at Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Bring your kite to Allan Brooks Nature Centre for a flight high above the grasslands. Everyone is welcome to participate. Send your respects and wishes for the future by sailing your kites over Vernon. Please be sure to bring your own kite.

 

No registration is required for this FREE event.

Everyone is welcome!

Multicultural Celebration

Join the Downtown Vernon Association and thousands of people from across the North Okanagan as we celebrate cultural diversity in our community!

 

Civic Plaza and Spirit Square will come alive on September 23, 2017 with delicious food, upbeat music, cultural performances, art and history activities and educational opportunities for all ages.

The Respect Stage will be rocking throughout the day as local reggae and calypso group ChipkoJones kick off the celebration in the morning, join world fusion group Barefoot Caravan on a raw and true musical journey in the afternoon and just try and stay seated as  Zimbamoto brings their electrifying and high-energy African beats to Vernon from Vancouver, BC.

Autrey Bell, the Chidorai Japanese Dance Group, local Bhangra artists, Chinese fan dancers, O’Keefe Ranch and the Allan Brooks Nature Centre will be gracing the Cultural Corner Stage with interactive performances and educational talks throughout the day.

Mollie Bono, Okanagan-Similkameen, has a deep and personal understanding of the history of the Okanagan/Similkameen and other Interior Salish First Nations and will be offering three workshops throughout the day focused on the History of the First People – an excellent opportunity for anyone who is motivated to change or is willing to look within to succeed.

What: RespectFEST Multicultural Celebration

Where: Civic Plaza & Spirit Square (near the Museum & City Hall)

When: Saturday, September 23 10am-4pm

No tickets are required! Mark your calendars and join us for this FREE family-oriented event as we celebrate respect and diversity in the North Okanagan!

Allan Brooks Nature Centre Vernon History Day: How Far Have We Come?

Jump back in time to the historical city of Vernon, September 23rd for Cultural History Day at Allan Brooks Nature Centre. From the viewpoint and all around the grounds play an all-ages immersive and interactive game of “The Lost Letter”. Help the Postmaster make his rounds – you may run into some historical figures such as Major Allan Brooks, Sveva Caetani, and the Laird of Fintry, just to name a few! Everyone welcome. For the full program, including the Free Flight Demonstration at 11:30am, be sure to register ahead!

 

Pre-registration for this event is encouraged!

Click here for free tickets.

Outdoor Art Show at Mackie House

Enjoy FREE admission to Mackie House and an outdoor art show focused on Respect put on by the North Okanagan Federation of Canadian Artists.

Chat with artists from the North Okanagan Federation of Artists who will be painting and drawing outside on the beautiful grounds of Mackie House.
Participate in the theme of RespectFEST by painting something that you respect about Canada on a large canvas.
A small parking area is available in front of Mackie House, additional parking is available next door at Sovereign Park.

No tickets are required for this free event! Everyone is welcome to check out the art and visit the grounds of Mackie House.

RespectFEST 123 Artful Workshop

Join upbeat, local artist, Kris Fuller as she leads you step-by-step through a 30 minute mini-paint session. Sessions begin on the half hour and will offer participants the opportunity to paint a postcard sized canvas of local lavender – a plant that is respected and valued in the Okanagan.

Session times:

2:30pm

3:00pm

3:30pm

4:00pm

4:30pm

Pre-registration for this event is encouraged!

Click here for free tickets.

Outdoor Art Show at Mackie House

Enjoy FREE admission to Mackie House and an outdoor art show focused on Respect put on by the North Okanagan Federation of Canadian Artists.

Chat with artists from the North Okanagan Federation of Artists who will be painting and drawing outside on the beautiful grounds of Mackie House.
Participate in the theme of RespectFEST by painting something that you respect about Canada on a large canvas.
A small parking area is available in front of Mackie House, additional parking is available next door at Sovereign Park.

No tickets are required for this free event! Everyone is welcome to check out the art and visit the grounds of Mackie House.