Almost Maine, a delightful romantic comedy, is at Centre Stage Theatre March 27 to 30.
This production by Summerland Singers and Players stars James Fofonoff, Colleen Fox, Christa Phillips, and Vance Potter. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 30. You can pick up tickets at the Summerland Arts Centre and Good Omens Coffee Shop.
At the gallery
Our Permanent Collection — One Piece at a Time, the new show at the Summerland Art Gallery, is an overview of the Summerland Art Gallery’s permanent collection which includes works by Irvine Adams, Marjorie Croil, Bettina Somers and Doug Charles, as well as recent acquisitions by Bruce Crawford, Bill Hibberd, Michael Sime and Michael Hermesh.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see works by renowned local artists past and present.
This is also one of the final shows to be held at the current location.
Three books have made the shortlist for the prestigious George Ryga Award, an annual literary award granted to a B.C. writer who has achieved an outstanding degree of social awareness for a book published within the last year.
The shortlisted books are: Adrienne Fitzpatrick’s The Earth Remembers Everything. Written by a Prince George author this fictional narrative is based on her travels to some of the most violent sites in history, including Vietnam, Japan, Poland and historical First Nations areas.
Another Prince George author, Gillian Wigmore has been shortlisted for her book of poetry Dirt of Ages. This poetry collection is written from the perspective of a meth dealer and highlights the destruction of the natural environment and the social complexities in a pulp mill town.
They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School is the third nominee and is written by the Chief of the Xat’sull First Nation.
This non-fiction work by Bev Sellers of Soda Creek, recalls the experiences of three generations of women forced to attend the St. Joseph’s Mission School, a residential school, in Williams Lake.
The George Ryga Award was created in memory of Summerland playwright and novelist George Ryga’s commitment to social justice and his contributions to Canadian literature.
All three books shortlisted for this year’s George Ryga Award are available from the Summerland Library, as are winners and nominees from previous years.
The Arts Palette column is written by David Finnis, publicity chair and president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1217, 9533 Main St., Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z0.