Archives for June 24, 2018
Saturday – Lion’s Park
Thanks to all the volunteers – Oliver Parks and Recreation
Happy Birthday Barb.
“In the summertime, when the weather is fine”, Oliver has music on their mind. And the Music in the Park concert series, courtesy of the Oliver Community Arts Council, has it all lined up.
Live music fans gather every Thursday evening at the Oliver Community Band Shell. Concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. The evening market on site invites visitors to stroll by for bakery goods, fresh fruits and veggies, crafts, and other retail items. A food vendor offers picnic suppers each evening.
Award-winning classic rock band Timbre Wolves, lifts the roof off summer on Thursday July 5. Jill Fai’s powerhouse vocals have been compared to Heart’s Ann Wilson or Amanda Marshall. Appearing as a duo at Music in the Park a couple of years ago, they are back with a full rock band sound. Audiences can expect hits from the 60s to 90s, including the ladies of rock, Pat Benatar and Blondie, to the Beatles and the Doors.
The sound gets bigger the following Thursday July 12 when the South Okanagan Big Band performs swing and jazz hits from the 30s to 60s and familiar pop tunes guaranteed to please.
Crowd favourites Rob ‘n’ Walker return for a second year in a row on Thursday July 19. Previously appearing as The Rob Robertson Band, the trio has a new name but the same great country rock and Americana sound. Lead singer Rob, with street cred as a Nashville musician, has been on a killer song-writing streak of late, so audiences can expect a few originals tossed in. Rob ‘n’ Walker play as the sponsored Feed the Valley concert. Besides a donation for the music, audiences are invited to bring an item for the Oliver Food Bank. An initiative by Music in the Park sponsor Valley First, the goal is to encourage the public to remember and support the food bank year-round.
Acoustic duo, That Girl and Earl plays 50s pop, rock, and country on Thursday July 26. Diane Strom (“that girl”) and Earl Staten have been performing together for 12 years through the Kootenays, and are now driving their talent westward.
Sabrina Weeks brings her sultry blues voice to town on Thursday August 2, backed by blues guitarist Mike Hilliard. This duo is recognized nationally, having won the Maple Blues Award in 2011, and has been racking up the accolades while gigging from Toronto to L.A. Sabrina’s singing style has been described as “sassy”, “more energy than the battery bunny” and “sizzling, scintillating, swinging, soulful”. Hilliard’s blues guitar has earned him comparisons to Colin James.
Audiences will want to stand up and salute the music of the Naden Band (Royal Canadian Navy) on Thursday August 9. One of the most popular – and repeat – performers at Music in the Park, this brass and wind ensemble will blow out a diverse repertoire from classic marches to the pops.
After too many years away, the Steve Jones Band rocks the Oliver park again on Thursday August 16. Hailing from just up the road at Vaseux Lake, Steve fronts the band with a big confident voice, lead guitar, and crowd-pleasing charm. Their secret ingredient? Ryan Schick’s talented fingers on piano, channelling The Door’s Ray Manzarek.
Multi-talented sisters Diane Ball and Joanne Fauteux entertain as Sister Soul on Thursday August 23 with toe-tapping dance and pop favourites. Diane Ball, often described as “Osoyoos’ wedding singer and one-woman band” knows her way around a song, and an audience. She will double the musical fun with sister Joanne adding her vocals and guitar.
All concerts are rain-or-shine on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Oliver Community Stage band shell, 6359 Park Drive. Rain venue is on–site at the Oliver Community Centre. Suggested donation is $5. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Info: OliverCAC@gmail.com 250-498-0183.
Presented by the Oliver Community Arts Council.
THE BRAIN THAT LIVES ON THE SHELF
How well I remember being dragged, screaming and kicking, into the world of computers. The year was 1982, I was in my mid 30’s and had a fear of computers taking over our lives.
Most of us have at least one computer in our home and use them for emailing, word processing and many other functions. However in those early days I was suspicious of the workings of computers. I had read sci-fi novels and seen movies where they were portrayed as machines with brains, capable of changing the course of mankind’s future.
I was right of course, maybe not in the scary, brain controlling way that I thought, but the world now completely depends on computers for virtually every single thing we do. We have put so much of our information into computers that the business world plus medical, travel and any other thing you can think of cannot function without them.
The scariest words in the world are “the computer is down”. How often have you heard that when trying to book an appointment, complain about any particular service or ask questions about a utility account? Without computers business just cannot function.
Remember the dreaded approach to the year 2000? It was almost like approaching the end of the world as millions of people worried that the business world would no longer function.
During the last part of my schooling I applied for a weekend job in the local Woolworth’s store. I was taken into an office given pencil and paper and had to do a list of additions and subtractions. This basic knowledge and a pleasant attitude were the only requirements needed for the job of being in charge of my particular counter.
Nowadays, you cannot buy a box of matches if the computer is down and sales clerks are no longer able to do this simple transaction. Even the smallest purchase has to be done through the computer as the information keyed in not only gives the correct change but alerts the store that one box of matches has been removed from stock. This constant stocktaking is the reason that shelves very rarely are seen empty, the computer keeps tabs on what is needed to be reordered.
My first introduction to a computer was a very simple one called a Vic 20, not a PC as we know them to day but a machine that executed all sorts of patterns and simple games if you typed in the instructions. I remember spending hours typing in two or three pages of letters, numbers and symbols and the result would be an array of stars or some sort of pattern that would dance up the screen of the small tv set the machine was hooked up to. Today’s nine year old would be disgusted with what we thought was marvellous in 1982.
We then moved up to an Atari ST which played great adventure games. I would sit up till 3.00am playing King’s Quest or Leisure Suit Larry, the graphics were so childish compared to today’s games but they were bang up to date at that time and I loved playing. I have always had a competitive nature so loved trying to do better each time I sat at the machine.
I now use my lap top mainly for word processing. It is a wonderful way to keep all my various interests and business ventures sorted into various categories all reachable at the touch of a button. With four daughters and many friends I find that emailing is the way to go, I think nothing of sending off just a couple of sentences to one of my girls where I would not bother taking the time to phone with the short message I have to impart.
When they are working they are man’s best friend but, they can be the most frustrating machine ever invented when you press a wrong button and you lose a couple of hours work to the great void where emails and accounts go to hide.