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Falling into family activities

By DAWN WILKINSON Have you been thinking about getting your family more involved

but wonder where to look for ideas? Kelowna Community Resources offers you a window into the life of our community. At you will find a Calendar of Community Events, Community Information Search for the Central Okanagan and in- teresting publications to help your in- vestigative journey.

The Calendar of Community

Events is actually set up like a tradi- tional calendar. Pick a month, pick and day, hover over the event to see a summary of the event, and click to get more detailed information. You have a choice to subscribe in

your favourite calendar program.The result? The Calendar of Community Events comes to you and parallels your own calendar. Set it for one day at a time, a week at a glance or view the month.

The Community Information Search feature opens a window for you to see the programs and ser- vices offered by nonprofit organizations and frontline government services throughout the Central Okanagan. For a peak into recreation activities for young children, check out the 'Everybody Gets to Play' website.Their focus is recreation with- out barriers.

Activities and events are featured that are free and open to the

public. Contact information for the 22 partnering organizations is listed for you to make direct contact and find out more about about what that organization has to offer. Are your thoughts turning to the upcoming holiday season? There

are lots of free and low cost activities planned throughout the Central Okanagan from mid-November through to New Year’s Day. Your window into these activities is The 2012 Holiday Events Guide. Look for ways that you and your family can have fun and maybe volunteer or even donate to a cause that helps others in need.

What captures your fancy? Join a Twinkle Tour to see the Christmas lights. Build a gingerbread house at Parkinson Recreation Centre or take in a free movie at the downtown Kelowna Library. Christmas tree light up activities will be held in Lake Country, Rutland, Kelowna, West Kelowna and Peachland. Sip some hot chocolate and join the festivities. Have Breakfast with Santa and

wear off those calories at the Polar Bear Run and Walk in Peachland. Music is in the air! Christmas recitals are being organized by Kelowna Community Music School.A German Christmas Concert will be held at Lutheran Church on Lakeshore and a Festival of Music

and Lights is at the Anglican Church in West Kelowna. You can sponsor a family, help serve at the Christmas Day or

New Year’s Day dinner, or organize hampers.Donations of grocery gift cards, socks, personal hygiene products or cash are welcomed at many nonprofit organizations. Find your window into our community at Kelowna Community Resources and stay active throughout this fall.

Dawn Wilkinson is community services manager with Kelowna Community Resources.

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