Direct from DeHart – October 6, 2021

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There are always beautiful sunny fall and winter days in the Okanagan. Good Time Okanagan launched a new boat rental business in mid-July. Owned and operated by Zach Palmer, originally from Yellowknife NT, Good Time Okanagan offers pontoon boat rentals on Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood Lake. Their boat can be delivered free of charge to any wharf in West Kelowna to Vernon. While they tow the boat to your location for each rental, Zach works with his client’s schedule on drop-off and pick-up times. As a winter special, Good Time Okanagan now offers a limited number of punch style packages. They consist of five days on the water, at a reduced price, which can be spread out for use now and for a period of one year in advance. There are no blackout dates until the boat is already booked. This would be great for any holiday use, including around the Christmas season. Friends, family and coworkers are always on the lookout for unique things to do while on vacation. The boat can be rented for the day or half a day. Good Time Okanagan will expand its services in the spring by diversifying into other types of outdoor rentals that will also be delivered to their customers. www.goodtimeokanagan.com

The Ramada Hotel & Conference Center has a new chef and a new sous-chef. Chief Chris Russell has 20 years of industry experience and has moved from Invermere to Kelowna. Chris has worked at several well-known establishments in Kelowna including the West Coast Grill, Gray Monk Winery and Harvest Golf Club. Chris used to work for the famous Mark McEwan for over four years as a sous chef in Toronto. He attended the Ottawa Culinary School and worked in Montreal. Deputy Chief Brodie Boland has been in the industry for 24 years. He moved from Kaslo, BC, and has been a chef for the past six years. Brodie previously worked at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson and the Kaslo Hotel in Kaslo. Stay tuned for exciting new changes to the hotel and Mickie’s Pub menu items. The opening hours of Mickie’s Pub are Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The kitchen closes at 9:00 p.m. daily. www.ramadalodge@rpbhotels.com

Speaking of the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, the Ramada’s family-run Smitty’s restaurant has a new menu. Try the New Mediterranean Salad, Cajun Chicken and Cheddar Sandwich, Roast Beef Dip, or Southwestern Benedict. They also offer many delicious desserts. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If I had a $ 1.00 for every time someone asked me why Phil johnson is not on the air and if he were okay I would be rich! I am now here to tell you that the CEO of BELL Ken killullen and the staff of the three local BELL Media radio stations eagerly await Phil’s return to the airwaves. Phil has been in a traffic accident due to a medical emergency and he’s pretty open about what happened. On the night of the federal election, Phil pulled off the road in a ditch and eventually landed in a creek in the Vernon area. Fast forward, he had a mini-stroke, a brain hemorrhage and was completely oblivious to his situation. Phil is really lucky to be alive with no paralysis, no loss of speech, and his brain functions are fine. He is grateful for the love of friends and people who have been linked to his show over the years, whether you put your ears on the other end of the radio or are genuinely concerned about him. He will be back soon.

Formerly of Soft 103.9 in Kelowna and Beach 107.5 in Vernon, Kevin rothwell is now the new Marketing Director for BlueSky Organics in Vernon. The company is a 20-person manufacturing company that produces organic soil, amendments, and nutrients for agriculture, wineries, golf courses, cannabis, and other businesses. They have renewed a contract for the second year with The Home Depot across Canada for their Whole Earth line of organic lawn and garden products. www.blueskyorganics.com

Since 1980, well-known husband and wife team, Geert and Elly maas owned and operated the unique Geert Maas Sculpture Gardens and Gallery at 250 Reynolds Road. Geert’s works are part of many international, national and local collections. Visitors from all over the world enjoy this tourist attraction. Currently, the gallery features recent works by Geert, including dry / hand-colored needle prints, wax cuts, and screen prints. To visit the gallery, dial 250-860-7012. www.geertmaas.org

Nominations are now open for the 34th Annual Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. It’s a great way to show your appreciation for your favorite organization by acknowledging their efforts during an extremely difficult time in our lives. Show some local love by naming them today. The 16 categories are Rising Star Business of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Nonprofit Excellence, Environmental Impact, Social Leadership Excellence, Arts & Entertainment, Achievement , Business Ethics, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Indigenous Business of the Year, Inclusive Workplace, Agricultural Excellence, Tourism Excellence, Tech Innovator of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Mid-Size Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year, which is selected by an independent panel of business and community leaders. Visit www.kelownchamber.org/events-programs/business-excellence-awards/

West Kelowna celebrates a big win as the city’s OurWK initiative earned it the 2021 Community Excellence in Governance Award from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). The OurWK initiative engaged the community from June 2020 to April 2021 as the first step towards updating its official community plan, to create the city’s first community vision. The award recognizes the work of local governments that demonstrate leadership, collaborate with their residents, businesses and other stakeholders, and build stronger and more sustainable places to live, work and play. www.westkelownacity.ca/communityvision

Marika Sun is the local coordinator of the Shoebox Project for Women, Kelowna Chapter. The Chapter is starting its campaign for Women for the Holidays and it’s a great way for you to get involved. Now in Canada and the United States, they are working with charities and shelters to support their efforts to help homeless people in our community. Local partners are HOPE Okanagan, Karis Society, Kelowna Women’s Shelter, NOW Society and The Bridge Youth and Family Services, as well as the food bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, LUSH Cosmetics, Mary Kay and LIVV Group Inc. The goal is to fulfill 150 shoe boxes. You can either make your own shoebox or donate items to put in the shoeboxes. Essential items for the box would be body or hand lotion, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, comb, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, cosmetic bag, little Kleenex, a journal, a set of pens and all the makeup items. Important items are a scarf, socks, gloves, toque or mittens. Edibles would be tea, coffee, instant coffee, hot chocolate, chocolates, and candy. Any $ 5 to $ 10 gift card. And finally, a greeting card with a heartfelt message. The places of deposit are Tara Graves at Oval Medical Laser Aesthetics, # 210 – 1855 Kirschner Road, or heating Sellers at Bayshore Home Health, 210 – 3001 Tutt Street. For more information, visit www.shoeboxproject.ca or contact Marika at 778-214-1773 or kelowna@shoeboxproject.com.

The 22nd Annual Okanagan Fall Classic Golf Tournament, launched by Tom Light 20 years ago, and now run by Grant hewitt was a huge success, raising $ 6,600.00 for the Central Okanagan Food Bank. The tournament brought together 32 participants over the three-day event and money was raised through daily 50/50 putting contests, team events and live auctions thanks to generous corporate donations. local.

Trevor Salloum launched a new Facebook group dedicated to wine and music. Okanagan Winery Concerts was created to provide a one-stop-shop for finding live music events in Okanagan wineries. Do not hesitate to post your cellar concerts on the site. Invite your friends, colleagues and wine and music lovers. You can join their page to post and stay informed about the latest wineries gigs in the Okanagan. www.facebook.com/groups/okanaganwineryconcerts

The Kelowna Actors Studio is set to venture back into “Into The Woods” as they reopen their Ellis Street Dinner Theater for the first time in a year. In the woods is a Stephen Sondheim Tony Award-Winning Musical and will perform from October 20 to 31 for an audience that is 50% of its standard capacity. This exciting and clever production sheds new light on all your favorite fairytale characters. Into The Woods is sponsored by Odlum Brown and directed by Artistic Director and Actor Studio co-founder Randy Leslie. Support your local theater by calling the box office for tickets at 250-862-2867 www.KelownaActorsStudio.com

Birthdays of the week РMarlene Murray (Oct 6); Gurinder Pabla (October 7); Beatriz Dionisio (October 7); Meleena Brister (October 7); Kahir Lalji (October 8); Cathie Lock (Oct 8); Wilf petkau (Oct 8); Denette sumner (October 9); Lioubov Omasheva (October 9); Karen roen (October 9); Jeramie cole (October 9); Virginie pisio (Oct 10); Michele rule (October 11); Stan biggs (October 11); Irene Morrison (October 11); Ros̩ Agostino (Oct 12); Cecilia Jans (Oct 12).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councilor and local hotelier. Call him at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; Email max@maxinedehart.ca and website www.maxinedehart.ca


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