Ok, so it’s the start of fall: a new season turbo-charged with fresh ideas that compel a modish enthusiasm for a new spectrum of preference.  Our inclinations shift to warmer, more romantically-fueled sentiments and among the falling leaves, changing colours and assortment of smoky smells, we find ourselves in the grip of a melodrama that precedes the hollow of winter.  But that doesn’t mean pack up your party boots and find reclusive solace beneathe those bulky sweaters!  In fact, the changing of the seasons ushers in a whole range of activities and events that trumpet seasonal diversities that you and your family can dive right into! The party starts tonight, while we all chorus: thank God its Friday!

As the week rolls into a luxurious weekend full of warm weather and sunshine, we’re celebrating the close of “Bike to Work Week” with a BBQ wrap-up party at the Barking Parrot, from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Enjoy live music by Penticton’s favourite band, One 2 Many, indulge in some tasty burgers and take in the breathtaking views of the South Okanagan from one of the best lakeside patios in the valley.  With all proceeds going to the Bike to Work Foundation, it’s a great excuse to get out and support a fantastic cause.

Library Voices follows suit, this Tuesday, September 27,  taking center stage, once again at the Barking Parrot.   Let us bring what’s hot, new and hip in the Canadian music scene to you this fall, with a night chock full of cutting-edge sound that heralds the exciting future of pop music.  An iconic Canadian indie ten-piece band, Library Voices generates a buzz wherever they go, with notable reviews and showpieces by The New Yorker and Spin magazines and the alternative newsweekly Now. It’s a music experience not to be missed!

Of course, we couldn’t use the terms “iconic” and “music” in the same reference without giving a grand ol’ nod, bow and curtsey to real pop royalty.  ABBA, a truly iconic phenomenan and legendary band who marshaled a whole new era of dance music, popular culture and fashion furors that reverberate into the trends of today, are back!  ABRA Cadabra, a renowned tribute band having performed for large audiences to rave reviews all across North America, is coming to the Penticton Lakeside Resort, Oct 1.  Tickets are $50.00 + tax, which includes the fabulous Lakeside Market Buffet, and can be purchased at the front desk. For more information call: 250-493-8221.

-Elizabeth Cucnik