Straight From DeHart – Sept. 4, 2019

Long-time grocery store Lakeview Market at 3303 Pandosy Street has completely renovated the outside of their building and boasts a brand new look. Owned and operated by the Jones family since 1968, the store has been in operation since 1946 and moved to the Pandosy location in 1982. Well-known local, Ed Desjardins has been the store manager for over 30 years (started at the store when he was 13) and Barb Hill represents the Jones family. Lakeview market has always kept its local community charm while being a high quality market. They offer quality service including a full time butcher, Brad Struck, who cuts their own meat, a bakery in which everything is made from scratch with bakery manager Rory Taylor, locally sourced produce, floral department, lots of parking, no charge for carts, no charge for bags and if you need carry-out to your vehicle, they are there to help. The store employs several staff that has been with the company for many years, including Ed’s mother Shirley Desjardins and Barb Farris both with 30 plus years of history. It’s an absolute pleasure to shop locally at Lakeview Market. Open seven days a week.

Well, here we go again and it’s going to be a blast…or so they tell me! You are invited to the inaugural United Way Celebrity Roast featuring yours truly, Maxine DeHart.  Enjoy delicious good, local wines, entertaining local jazz…and a roast to a passionate community. Join local personalities, community leaders and a few surprise guests at this entertaining evening of laughter and giving. Please join me for an exceptional cause. Proceeds help the United Way support the most vulnerable children and families in our communities. Early bird tickets on sale now at

Once Upon a Bookstore has opened at 2795 Tutt Street across from Raymer Elementary School. Owned and operated by Melissa BourdonKing, who managed a children’s bookstore in Toronto for 12 years, the atmosphere of the bookstore is a bright and inviting space for children and families. It is designed to allow kids to roam, be tactile and stop and enjoy a good book. The store offers a highly curated selection of books from baby to young adult, (with a few adult books), puzzles, games, crafts, art supplies and toys. Melissa offers personalized service as she is passionate about books and would like to share that love with the community. Story times for ages 2 to 5 are Saturdays. The grand-opening is September 7th from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. featuring Cale AtkinsonJessika VonInnerebner (book signing) and a concert at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. by Sherri Funk and Dave Watland.  Don’t forget to visit Wally the Bear. Open Monday to Saturday.

Canada’s largest fiberglass boat builder and local company, Campion Marine has officially launched a new logo and the unveiling of the new Rage R22 Multi Species performance fishing boat, new glass dash technology and future models in virtual reality. Under the new ownership and management team and in addition to completely overhauling their branding and dealer programs, Campion has launched their first new boat model in 12 years, the Rage R22 and has committed to 23 new models over the next five years. Campion is taking orders for the R22 immediately with full production to begin in December, 2019. Subsequent new models will be launched quarterly by Campion starting in January, 2020. Contact Brian Milligen at [email protected]

The brand new tasting room at CedarCreek Estate Winery is now open. The stunning space will offer customers the newest releases along with all of Cedar Creek favourites. Open daily 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. New releases include 2013 Platinum M, 2018 Platinum Haynes Creek Viognier, 2017 Platinum Haynes Creek Syrah and 2018 Home Block Sparkling Brut. No bookings required for tastings at the bar. Elevated tasting experiences can be booked by contacting 778-738-1027 or [email protected]


Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao, the duo behind RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. have announced that local Chef Geoffrey Couper has joined their team as culinary education director at the soon-to-be-open The Okanagan Table – Kitchen Events Catering. Chef Couper has had the opportunity to provide culinary inspiration for many wine producers in the valley including, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, CedarCreek Estate Winery, Blue Mountain Winery and Andrew Peller Ltd. Chef Couper has represented the province in various competitions and served as past chair and past president of the Okanagan Chef’s Association. He was inducted into the Canadian Culinary Honor Society in 2016. For the past decade he was the apprentice instructor in the Culinary Arts Department at Okanagan College.

This Friday, September 6, the Cops for Kids Ride presented by the Kelowna Foundation for Hope and Social Innovation will leave Kelowna on their annual 1,000km journey across South Eastern B.C. The team of 34 RCMP members and friends will return on Sunday, September 15th to the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre. All funds raised will support ongoing requests from families within South Eastern BC in medial, physical and traumatic crisis. Each rider has volunteered at community events, provided their own bike, trained on their own time and fundraised a minimum of $2,500 in order to participate. Recently, a donor has come forward with a generous offer to match all donations made until September 15th. Please donate to a rider at Part of the team from Kelowna are Auxiliary Cst. John Bauer, Cst. Dan Carson, Cpl. Gevan Dale, Marc Gruber, Gail Harrison, Garnet Lloyd, Cst. Macklin McCall, Auxiliary Cst. Dr. Darcy March, Sgt. Carmen Penney, Special Cst. Neil Penney and Cst. Carl Stene. Julio Krenz is the ride captain.


Huge thanks to Colin Summerfield of the Bank of Montreal for his excellent service regarding MasterCard.

Marriott International Okanagan Valley Charity Golf Tournament in support of BC Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network is Thursday, September 26th at the Black Mountain Golf Course starting at 10:00 a.m. In collaboration with their guests, business partners and Marriott, they have raised $130 million in Canada and the US to help children needing hospitalization in their local communities. Joseph Clohessy is the general manager of the Delta Grand Okanagan. Register at

Discovering The Roots of Self (Connect Counselling & Therapy Society) is free group for men who are trying to navigate difficult experiences of depression, anxiety, grief, loss, PTS, shame and relationships. Its trauma recovery for men by men, which begins on Thursday, September 19th at 204-347 Leon Avenue from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. Subsidy available for transportation/childcare. Call 250-860-3181 to register.

The End Summer Hunger 2019 Finale for the Salvation Army is September 7th at Save-On-Foods Glenmore, Orchard Plaza and Rutland and September 8th at Lakeshore Road from noon to 6:00 p.m. The team at Scotiabank behind the event has announced that Scotiabank will cash-match up to $15,000.00. They require another $3,000.00 to have the maximum matching.  Contact Adam Dewar at [email protected]

Aritzia, an innovative design house and fashion boutique that conceives, creates, develops and retails fashion brands with exceptional depth of design and quality is opening its first Kelowna location with a 4,000 square foot space at Orchard Park Shopping Centre in the fall of 2019. Each Aritzia destination, physical and digital is considered individually, taking the time and effort to create places that provide the most beautiful and immersive shopping experience. Founded by Brian Hill in 1984, Aritzia now has more than 95 locations across North America.


Let your kids get dirty at the Black Mountain Cub Crawl. It’s a muddy obstacle course for kid’s ages 6 to 14 on Saturday, September 7th at Results 4 Life Fitness located in Black Mountain, in support of the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club.

After that, get muddy at the Dirty Mutter, a muddy obstacle course for you and your canine bestie on Sunday, September 8th at Results 4 Life Fitness located in Black Mountain. In support of Paws it Forward non-profit dog rescue.

Join fellow animal lovers at the BCSPCA Paws for a Cause on September 8th in City Park. Register at www.walk.spca.bc.caKaren Massar is the Senior Officer, Community Fundraising – Kelowna for the BCSPCA.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 90th John Moxness (Sept. 7); Rose Kardynal, my second mom (Sept. 10); Former Mayor Walter Gray (Sept. 4); John Marritt (Sept. 4); Jean Treadgold (Sept. 4); Sharon Bazil (Sept.5); Peter Rochfort (Sept. 5); Betty Russell (Sept. 6); Gail Magrath (Sept. 6); Leo Bulach (Sept. 7); Iris Moffatt (Sept. 7); Robin Smith (Sept.7); Garth Letcher (Sept. 8); Bonnie Hoffman (Sept. 8); Bill Wightman (Sept. 10); Amber Gerding (Sept. 10); Bryden Winsbey (Sept. 10); Eunice Foster (Sept. 10); Philippe Daigle (Sept. 10). In memory of Russ Light (Sept. 5).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 of 250-862-7662. E-mail [email protected]. Website