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BIG Little Science Centre at Bert Edwards School, 711 Windsor Ave., is open Thursdays and Fridays, 3 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with an interactive show or activity at 1:30 p.m. This Saturday it's the Amazing Magnetism Show. Upcoming: Chemical Reaction Lab and Show, May 14; Rockets - Up, Up and Away, May 21; Earthworms: Incredible Soil Specialist, May 28; Admission: free for children age 5 and under, $2 forchildren 6 to 15, $5 per adult or $10 per family. Admission by donation.
SHIRLEY Ann Gasparin author of Simplicity: Your Life ...You Can Make a Choice, will be doing two book signings in Kamloops: Friday, May 6, 1-3 p.m. at Walmart and Saturday, May 7, 1-3 p.m. at Chapters book store, 1385 Hillside Dr.
PERFORMING Arts Westsyde presents Dearly Departed, a family comedy, continuing tonight and Saturday at the school's Rachel Ball Theatre. Curtain time 7:30 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Tickets available at the door or in advance from the school office.
SA-HALI secondary presents A Delightful Quarantine, the school's spring drama production, continuing tonight and Saturday, 7 p.m. in the school theatre at 255 Arrowstone Dr. Tickets, $10 for adults or $8 for seniors and students, are available in advance from the school office. Seating is limited.
B.C. OLD Time Fiddlers' Association, Kamloops branch, presents world-class fiddler Calvin Vollrath May 6, 7:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church Hall, 2826 Bank Rd. in Westsyde. Tickets are $15. The concert precedes the 27 thannual Old Time Fiddle Contest the next day, Saturday, May 7 at the same location. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. ($5 admission), followed by evening finals at 6 p.m., awards and a dance ($10). All tickets available in advance from Coppers Foods at Lansdowne Village or Bookland at Fortune Shopping Centre.
BLUE GROTTO, 319 Victoria St. presents Soupbone, a five-piece blues band from Williams Lake, tonight and Saturday. Upcoming: Burlesque Monsters, Thursday, May 12; Wheelhouse, May 13-14; Frapp City, May 20-21; David Gogo, Wednesday, May 25; KO/Daniel Wesley/Rebel Emergency, Thursday, May 26; and The Young 'uns, May 27-28. Music from 8 p.m. to midnight. See www.thebluegrotto.ca. David Gogo and KO/Daniel Wesley are 19-and-over shows with tickets available from Long & McQuade.
KAMLOOPS Choristers present A-May-Sing with guests Desert Sounds Harmony Chorus on Friday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sixth and Douglas. Admission by donation.
THE SEVENTH annual Spring Fling dinner, dance and silent auction takes place Friday, May 6 at Colombo Lodge. Proceeds support So All Kids Can Play. Tickets available at the City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services office, 910 McGill Rd. For more information or to donate items call 250-828-3581 or 250-554-3681.
THOMPSON Valley Community Orchestra presents Classics 'n Jazz, with guest Anita Eccleston on trumpet and vocals. 7 pm, Saturday May 7, at Calvary Community Church. Admission at the door: Adults, $10, Children $5, Family $25.
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B.C. LIVING Arts presents a Day at Chef School, on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, in collaboration with TRU Culinary Arts. For details visit www.bclilvingarts.ca.
BEATTIE School of the Arts presents Long Ago, Far Away, an evning of non-traditional renderings of one-act fairytales, at Sagebrush Theatre on Tuesday, May 10, and Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a matinee Wednesday at 11 a.m. Admission is $7/$5.
A SERIES of tours of Kamloops Art Gallery's spring exhbition, The Optmism of Colour, featuring a retrospective of Canadian abstract painter William Perehudoff, begin next week. On Tuesday, May 10, 12:15 p.m., and Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., assistant curator Craig Willms guides visitors. On Thursday, May 12, curator Terry Fenton gives a talk on Perehudoff, A. Y. Jackson and Ted Smith, focussing on the importance of landscape painting in Canada.
KAMLOOPS Players present two episodes of the hilarious comedy Fawlty Towers May 12-14 at Kamloops United Church.Evening performances will be dinner theatre with dinner at 7 p.m. and show at 8.There will also be a matinee performance on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. (no meal served).Tickets are $35 for dinner theatre and $15 for matinee, available at Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St.;Avalon Used Books, 417 Tranquille Rd; and Andrena's Book Company, 1-910 Columbia St. (behind Superstore). Tickets for the dinner theatre must be purchased by noon, one day before performances.
KAMLOOPS Film Society concludes its spring series with Biutiful, a tale of redemption set in Spain, May 12. Films begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 with a $2 yearly membership.
GRADUATING vocal students Natalie Paul and Alannah Burkholder present Classically Jazzed, a concert featuring standards such as Love and At Last as well as popular tunes including Jar of Hearts and I Will Always Love You, on Saturday, May 14, 7 p.m. at Southwest Community Church, 700 Hugh Allan Dr. Donations at the door.
LIVE MADness, the downtown spring festival, takes place May 12-14, this year including a competition of community bands from around the province and an artist/artisan show on Saturday, May 14.
THE ART We Are, 246 Victoria St., has an April lineup including: Abigail Lapelle, Thursday, May 12; Glenna Garramore, Friday, May 20; Alamagokus, Friday, May 27; and Just Like That, Saturday, May 28. Shows begin at 8 p.m. For details visit theartweare.com.
THE MIKE Puhallo Benefit Concert, an benefit in support of the Kamloops impresario and cowboy poet, who is battling cancer, takes place Friday, May 13 at Calvary Community Church, 1205 Rogers Way. Lineup includes: Gary Fjellgaard; Dave Longworth; Tim Hus and his band; Matt Johnston; Shirley Field; Butch Falk; and Hugh McLennan. Donations accepted at the concert or online at www.bcchs.com. Advance tickets, $15 ($20 at the door), available by phone at 1-888-763-2224 or at The Horse Barn in Kamloops.
SILVER Follies, the grey-powered, fundraising variety show of songs, comedy, skits and dancing, returns to Pavilion Theatre on Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m. Proceeds to local charities. For tickets, $15, call Kamloops Live! Box Office, 374-LIVE.
CULTURE/Transformation, featuring works by five emerging artists from the TRU fine arts grad class, runs May 13-28 at Arnica Artist Run Centre at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 W. Seymour St. Opening reception Friday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.
A MUSIC Jamboree takes place May 14, 7:30 p.m. at Chase Community Hall. The lineup includes a host of Shuswap musicians, including: John Clinch, Chris Stevens Family Bluegrass Band, old-time fiddlers Nadia Olafson and Harley Jansen, bluegrass/Celtic fiddler Colin Butchart and Fiddlin' Burt Jensen with Denise Ford on piano. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information call 250-577-3857.
THE BOOB Tour, a standup comedy team, performs in support of the Spirit Warriors Survivor Dragon Boat team at Kamloops Convention Centre, Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m. Tickets, $30, can be purchased at Caffe Motivo on Victoria and Tranquille, Home Hardware or online at spiritwarriors.ca.
LET'S Dance, presented by the Thompson Valley Activity and Social Club, returns to the Ukrainian Hall, 725 York St., Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets $10. Door prizes, spot dances and 50/50 draw.
KAMLOOPS Poker Tournament: Texas Hold 'Em, a fundraiser for B.C. Living Arts, takes place Saturday, May 14 at the Plaza Heritage Hotel. Seating at noon; tournament begins at 1 p.m. Tickets/buy-in are $75 (includes dinner), available from Kamloops Live! Box Office, www.kamloopslive.com.
TARA School of Irish Dancing presents its year-end recital, Erin Go Braugh (Ireland Forever) Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m. at Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets, $15/$13, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office.
AT THE CROSSROADS, the CFBX blues radio show hosted by Brant Zwicker, hosts a benefit dinner at the Fox & Hounds Pub May 15, 5-8 p.m. Proceeds support the Kamloops Brain Injury Association.
COMEDIAN Derek Edwards returns to Sagebrush Theatre Monday, May 16 on his Blunderful Life Tour. Tickets, $43 or $45, available from Kamloops Live! Box Office, www.kamloopslive.com.
SWOLLEN Members with guests The Diplomat and Sick Steen perform May 16 at Rivers Night Club, 355 Lansdowne St. Doors 9 p.m. VIP bracelets, $25, available from Mountain High Pizza, 314 Victoria St., or by email at email@example.com. Admission $15.
SHUSWAP Writers' Festival runs May 27-29 in Salmon Arm. Registration is now open. For details see www.saow.ca. Early-bird fee saves $50 before May 6.
ART BC presents its annual spring Impressions Art Show and Sale, May 19-23, in the Rivers Room at the Interior Saving Centre. Original paintings and boutique items created by local artists. Times are: Thursday, May 19, 1-6 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Monday May 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
SOUL Food Entertainment, in co-operation with Rob Heys and Tony Robertson, presents the southern-rock band Vaqueros in a 10-year celebration/reunion of the founding of the Blues Underground Network. The event takes place Saturday, May 21, 8 p..m. in Blackwell Hall at The Plaza Heritage Hotel, 405 Victoria St. Tickets, $20 in advance or $20 at the door, available from the hotel front desk. Blues Underground memorabilia for sale with proceeds going to Kamloops Food Bank.
THE CHAIR Affair Auction, presented by the Kamloops CanGo Grannies in support of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, takes place Thursday, May 26, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Terrace Room of TRU's Campus Activity Centre. Live auction. Kazuri jewelry on sale. Tickets, $20, available from the Smorgasbord Deli, Bookland, Moviemart, Artists' Studio and Gallery in Sahali Mall, Bookies at TRU or Kamloops Arts Council. The chairs are on display in downtown windowfronts for Artwalk 2011.
THE SALVATION Army's Pentiction Band and Choir return for their second annual concert, O Happy Day, Saturday, May 28, 7 p.m. at 344 Poplar St. in North Kamloops. Free will offering to support missions.
BURTON Cummings brings his Your Backyard Tour, his first solo tour in a decade, to Interior Savings Centre May 31. Tickets, ranging from $45 to $95, available at 1-855-985-5000, through Ticketmaster outlets and Rogers Wireless Box Office.
AMIE Laws hits the road with her Rock for MS show, performing at Pogue Mahone June 1. A portion of her Only Human album sales, plus any merchandise and donations collected between May 25 and June 4, will be donated to the MS Society.
HEFFLEY Creek Community Recreation Association presents a pig-roast dinner Saturday, June 4. Doors open at noon. Roast barbecue dinner with salad bar. Pig ready 5-6 p.m. Live entertainment. Beverage garden. Advance tickets $12 or $10 at the door.
KISS is coming to Kamloops June 26 for a concert at Interior Savings Centre. Tickets, ranging from $125 to $175, are available from Ticketmaster outlets.
MERRITT Mountain Music Festival returns July 7-10, 2011, promising a revival of the Mountainfest tradition of music, sunshine and fun. Headliners include Montgomery Gentry, Vince Gill and Crystal Gayle. All tickets sold through the website www.mountainfest.comor by phone at 1-877-569-7767.
CARAVAN Farm Theatre near Armstrong presents its summer production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 19-Aug. 21, nightly at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine. For tickets call 1-866-311-1011.
TICKETS to the 19 thannual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival are on sale now. Headliners include Jonny Lang. The festival runs Aug. 19-21, 2011. Weekend passes, $106, $80 (seniors) or $69 (students), can be purchased by calling 833-4096 or online at rootsandblues.ca.
GORDON Lightfoot performs Tuesday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m. at Interior Savings Centre. Tickets, $59.50 and $69.50, available from the ISC box office or Ticketmaster outlets.
CASEY'S Caffeine, 104-340 Victoria St. next to Boston Pizza, hosts an open-mic night every Tuesday, 7-10 p.m. There is no cover. Musicians encouraged to join in. PA system provided. Full karaoke option for those who just want to sing. First-come, first served. Call 250-377-1956 for more information.
HAMPTON Gallery features Allan Dunfield, an award-winning artist represented in the recent Federation of Canadian Artists show. His brightly coloured landscapes always have something new to offer.
The show runs from until May 20 at the gallery, 167 Fourth Ave., 250-374-2400.
RIVERS Night Club hosts the B.C. Karaoke Championships semi-finals run every Tuesday through May. Finals are set for Tuesday, May 31. Singers have a chance to compete to represent Kamloops at the finals June 18 in Vancouver. Shows start at 7 p.m. Singers can pre-register at www.bckaraokechampionshoips.com or show up on any of the qualifying round nights and sign up.
FOURTEEN inspired artists partner in May for Spring Fusions at the Courthouse Gallery, 7 W. Seymour Street, Kamloops.Fine art and craft with a spring theme, pottery, painting, glass, textile, weaving, table art, jewelry, felting, handspun and dyed yarns, and sculpture. Artists demonstrations May 12 and 13, workshops in yarn scarves, glass art, felting, May 14.No HST on our products, free parking, handicap accessible.Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.
DOWNTOWN Artwalk continues to May 23, featuring artworks by local artists displayed by city merchants. Look for the red footprint marks on doors of participating retailers', where maps are available. The Chair Affair, an auction supporting the Can Go Grannies, Tuesday, May 26.
THOMPSON Nicola Shuswap Chapter of the Federation of Canadian continues with its annual National Art Show until Sunday, April 17 at the Courthouse Cultural Centre.
KAMLOOPS Art Gallery presents The Optimism of Colour, a retrospective exhibition of works by William Perehudoff until May 28. The show runs in tandem with Familiar Territory, a show of landscapes by Ted Smith and A.Y. Jackson. Karla Griffin's Almost Everything runs in The Cube until May 28. Coming this summer: Yousuf Karsh and Edward Steichen: The Art of the Celebrity Portrait, June 11-Sept. 3.
KAMLOOPS Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) is accepting registration for this summer's music camp. KISSM is a three-week camp offering a variety of levels of classes for kids 5-18 years old.Beginner classes available for the camp, which runs July 4-22, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Registration details available on line www.kiss.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 250-574-5437.
LIEDERKREIS Choir, a mixed group of seniors that brings old German folk songs to senior homes and care facilities, invites new members of German-speaking background to join them. They practice every second Thursday, 2 p.m., at North Shore Community Centre, 750 Cottonwood Ave. For more information call Heidi Colasti at 250-372-2973.
INLANDER Pub continues with its Unplugged House Band. Every Friday night, musicians can play for the chance to win a six-month gig as the Inlander house band. Apply at email@example.com. The event is a fundraiser for the Boogie the Bridge Cultural Fund.
DESERT Sounds Harmony, the Kamloops chapter of Sweet Adelines International, sings four-part harmony, barbershop-style, and has fun doing it. They meet Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage House in Riverside Park. For more information call 320-2258.
KAMLOOPS Happy Choristers invites new members age 55 and over to join us for fun, singing, harmony and a variety of songs under the direction of the talented Mary Jackson.They meet Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. For more information call 579-9505.
BEGINNER'S Bridge, duplicate bridge for beginners, is held every Monday, 7 p.m. Lessons available. Call 828-1993 or 571-1069 for more information.
DESERT Gardens Community Centre offers a variety of games and invites people aged 55 or older to join them in daily play. Whist, Mondays, 1 p.m.; bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m.; table tennis, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.; bingo, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.; table tennis, Thursdays, 12:30 a.m.; euchre, Thursdays, 1 p.m.; cribbage, Fridays, 1 p.m.; carpet bowling Fridays, 10 a.m. Registration not required. There is a $2 entry fee to cover costs for each game. Cribbage tournaments ($10 entry fee) are held the third Sunday of each month. Register at 10 a.m. For more information call 372-5110.
WANT to have fun with music? Have you blown a reed or brass instrument? Ever thought about the Rube Band? The band practices Monday evenings at the Yacht Club, 1140 Lorne St. For more information call Sandra Gregson, 372-2045.
FOR fun, fitness and friendship, the Bee-Jay Square Dancers invite others to join them Wednesdays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., for adult dance sessions. No experience needed. Casual attire. For more information call 374-0277 or 828-2389.
THE ARTISTS' Studio and Gallery, Sahali Centre Mall, is an artists' co-operative with a goal to provide a venue for developing artists from the Kamloops region to show and sell their paintings. Open regular mall hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
SAGEBRUSH Quilters Guild meets every second and fourth Monday monthly in the Terrace Room at TRU from 7 to 9 p.m. New members welcome, whether novices or experienced. For more information call Beverly McIntosh at 372-5791.
A MYSTERY book club hosted by At Second Glance Books, 448 Victoria St., resumes on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The club provides a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the company of mystery lovers. Each month they feature a particular title/author and explore aspects of style and character development.
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 107 in Chase holds Fun Darts on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Free meat draws on Tuesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., Crib on Thursdays at 7 p.m., TGIF Meals (members $5, non-members $6) Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., meat draws on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 250-679-3536.
ROYAL Canadian Legion, Branch 107, 515 Shuswap, holds free meat draws, 4-6:30 p.m. and fun euchre at 7 p.m. Tuesdays; crib at 7 p.m. Thursdays; TGIF meals at 5:30 Fridays; meat draws 2-4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 679-3536.
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