Straight from DeHart – August 9th, 2017

Famoso Pizzeria & Bar will open on Friday, August 11th in Sopa Square at 3030 Pandosy Street. The franchise is owned and operated by Seth Carlyle and Liz Markulin who have relocated from Jasper where they also operated a Famoso. The soft yet crispy thin crust pizzas are hand tossed by their Pizzaiolos, then fire-baked in an authentic bell-shaped oven imported from Italy for 90 seconds at 900 degrees F. The tomatoes come from the Campania region of Italy and a highly refined ’00’ flour is used. All pizzas are topped with foir-di-latte which is a fresh mozzarella cheese that has a mild milky flavour and creamy texture. Along with a huge selection of pizzas they offer appetizers, soup, salads, pasta, fire bread sandwiches, desserts and an extensive drink menu. All sauces and dips are crafted in-house. Open seven days a week 11:00 a.m. to midnight for lunch. dinner and late night dining.

With 20 years in the flooring industry, Jack Routly has accepted a new position as sales representative for Impression Floors at #1 – 1725 Baron Road. Jack will provide free in-home consultation, business quotes, flooring samples and recommendations, schedule installations, manage teams and provide his expertise in working with builders and contractors. Patrice Raven is the CEO of Impression Floors. Call 250-979-7419

Stellar Gem Services has relocated downtown to #301 – 478 Bernard Avenue upstairs in the Scotiabank building. Owned by Graduate Gemologist, Heather Davis GIA, CAP-CJA, Stellar will assist you in evaluating jewellery and watches for insurance, estate valuation or fair market value. Heather is also a military veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and is proud to now serve her fellow veterans and their friends and families. Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, after hours and weekends by appointment. Call 250-864-7619

Todd and Leslie Denoncourt have started MOLT Bin Rentals Ltd. in West Kelowna. The company rents large bins for residential, commercial and construction purposes to eliminate refuse for new construction or renovations. They deliver the bins and rent daily or weekly. The bins are an army green colour to blend in with the environment. Call 250-864-4667

Executive Chef Derek Benitez has joined the team at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club. Originally from Ottawa, where he won Ottawa Gold Medal Plates in 2004, Derek moved to Kelowna five years ago. Previously in Kelowna he worked for Lake City Casinos Restaurant operations, Deli City Catering and owned and operated a small bistro in the Mission area of the city.

Management changes in the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in our area. Karl Johnston will be the new general manager of the Kelowna/Vernon Division effective September 15. He will be taking over the management of the three radio stations in the Okanagan cluster from Stu Crouse who is retiring at the end of September. Karl has spent the last 16 years in Saskatchewan as GM/GSM of the Pattison stations.

After a blind tasting by the Wine Align panel of judges, Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards has been awarded a Gold Medal for their 2013 Fitz Brut at the National Wine Awards of Canada 2017. The winery is located between Peachland and Summerland on Highway 97 on the historic Greta Ranch property. Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Calling all 1957 KSS grads. Your 60th reunion is September 7 and 8 with two full days of social activities. If you know of any grads that have moved away and have their contact information call Barbara Logie at 250-548-4197. They would also like to contact friends who were part of their class in earlier grades.

Waterfront Gift Shop has opened at 1334 Water Street, down from the Delta Grand. Owned and operated by husband and wife team David Park and Lucy Joo, the small unique shop is chocked-full of wall clocks, home decor, paper art, toys, world maps, Korean cosmetics, wall decor, wood crafts and lighting. Waterfront specializes in importing all kinds of handcrafted, stylish designed non-ticking silent wall clocks. There are many different clock themes including owls, swinging horse, spaceship, sky balloon, airplane, comma and their most popular world clocks that can be displayed on world maps. Open seven days a week 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Call 250-808-4325.

Join Dr. Dale Forsythe on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 p.m. as he unpacks the many issues around neck pain and solutions. Free workshop with limited seating. Call 250-765-1466 to reserve.

SHARE is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a BBQ on August 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 581 Gaston Avenue. The SHARE Depot and Thrift Store receive quality clothing and household goods and offer volunteer and work exchange opportunities as well as clothing and goods to people, particularly those in temporary need of assistance. They are entirely non-profit and locally based. The Thrift Store offers affordable items at reasonable prices Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Happy 50th Anniversary Bryan and Rose Girard on August 12. Rose is also celebrating her 71st birthday on the same day.

The Legion is sponsoring a 40th Anniversary ELVIS Tribute show on Saturday, August 12 with a dinner, show and dance. Elvis passed away August 16, 1977. Where were you on that date and what were you doing? Tickets $30.00. The Legion is hosting Steve Hollis on September 9 with tunes from Roy OrbisonBuddy Holly and more. Mark your calendars for their bake, crafts and preserve sale on October 1. Call 250-762-4117 or 778-436-9665. Legion kitchen is now open five days a week.

The Legion is also asking for help. With summer holidays they are having difficulty covering all the bar shifts and need some bartenders. If you can help them out or know of anyone that might give them a hand, call 250-762-4117 and ask for Greg Vasey or Betty Ross.

Giving Day is a one-day Hudson’s Bay event on Friday, September 15 to help charitable and non-profit organizations raise awareness and funds through the sale of tickets to their networks. Interested organizations can contact Kim Proulx at 250-860-2483 (224) or [email protected] and order free tickets to sell for only $5.00 keeping the entire $5.00. The ticket provides shoppers up to 20% off in The Bay. They can also enter to win a $5,000.00 shopping spree. The organization that sells the most tickets will also receive a portion of the sales on September 15. Every non-profit should sign up to do this.

Speaking of the Hudson’s Bay, former Kelowna manager Rein Nurmsoo who is now the Vernon manager is celebrating his 40 anniversary with the company. In April, Rein received the General Manager of the Year Award for Hudson’s Bay.

Parkrun Okanagan started by Bill Justus has been in existence for one year meeting on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. behind Parkinson Rec Centre. August 19th will be their 53rd free timed 5K in Kelowna. Runner’s total 505 and the number of 5K to date runs are 2,301. Numbers of first finishers is 47 with 24 clubs and 494 PBs. The average number of runners is 47 per week and the average number of runs per runner is 4.6. Their largest attendance was 108. They will have 37 people from around the globe visit for the Parkrun on August 12. There are now 10 Parkruns in Canada. For more info contact Bill at [email protected].

The Kelowna Community Concert Association is hosting a free concert with an opportunity to see the world-renowned Canadian brass perform on the Island Stage at 7:00 p.m. on August 23 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.

URBA is hosting Crusin’ in the Park, a car, bike and truck show presented by Kal Tire on Sunday, August 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 Lions Park in Rutland. Free admission. Food trucks and market vendors. To register or more information call 250-451-9861.

Chamber Music Kelowna is hosting the Classical Trumpet and Piano Concert with Jens Lindemann on Trumpet and Jennifer Snow on piano at the Mary Irwin Theatre on August 17. Tickets at 250-717-5304

Received a bouquet of flowers for my birthday. They were designed and delivered by Creations by Mom & Me and were absolutely beautiful. The flowers and the design were unique and something you would not normally see.

Birthdays of the week – Shari Rea (Today, Aug. 9); Kathleen Stang (Today, Aug 9); Stuart Broughton (August 10); Wilbur Turner (Aug10); Paula Turner (Aug. 10); Jacquie Kine (Aug. 10); Christine Daley (Aug.10); Cathy Slade (Aug. 12); Willy Burgess (Aug 12); Craig Hostland (Aug. 12); Abby Sones (Aug. 13); Kali Howden (Aug. 13); Rupert Gruen (Aug. 13); Scot Amis (Aug. 14); Randy McBride (Aug. 14); Warren Welters (Aug. 14); Christine Daley (Aug.15); Emily Hubbard (Aug.15);

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councilor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail [email protected].