Straight From DeHart – Sept. 25, 2019

Ryan Carson is the new Area Manager B.C. Interior of Cloverdale Paint Inc. Ryan has been with the company for 22 years, 15 of those in the Lower Mainland and the past six as the Area Manager covering Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. Ryan has replaced Steve Farrington who retired. Cloverdale Paint offers quality paint and coatings and is 100% Canadian owned and operated by the Vogel family. The company is celebrating its 85th anniversary in business this year, with over 70 locations nationwide. The Kelowna Cloverdale Paint location is at 1950B Springfield Road and has been managed by Pam Reid for the past two years.  The West Kelowna outlet is located at Unit 2, 1726 Byland Road. When I asked Pam what colours were still in vogue this year she said that people are still in love with white and variations of white and soft grey tones.

Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) Business after Hours is Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by Old Town Farm Market at 170 Hollywood Rd. S. (Hollywood Station). $10.00 per person.

The Uptown Rutland Scarecrow Festival presented by Interior Savings is Sunday October 6th from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Lions Park on Gray Road (behind Plaza 33) in Rutland. There will be events for the entire family including the City of Kelowna Inflatables and Active Living & Culture Team, food trucks, face painting, outdoor market and roaming entertainment. You can create your scarecrow onsite or register your pre-made scarecrow. Only limited pre-made spots available. Call 250-451-9861 to register.

The Kelowna Float with Ambassador Clarence Johnson and Miss Lady of the Lake Priyaali Kanti and Princess Gracie Huber will be in Leavenworth for the Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival Parade on September 28th.

The Kelowna Lioness Club has again started their meetings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Army& Navy Club at 270 Dougall Road N. If you would like to give back to your community in a fun way and make new friendships with these wonderful women, join them for an evening. Call Ann Luhoff at 250-861-1202.

The Bridge Youth & Family Services is raffling a trip with WestJet in support of the Youth Recovery House Campaign to build a 16-bed, state-of-the art treatment facility for youth struggling with addiction. Second prize is an adult season’s pass to Big White. The draw will take place at the Tributes for Teens: Arrival and Dreams Concert on October 25th. To purchase tickets call 250-763-0456 or drop into The Bridge at #8-2604 Enterprise Way.  Tickets are $10.00.

The Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake program and information evening is October 7 at Northwood Retirement Resort, 1277 Gordon Drive at 7:00 p.m. Candidacy training runs every Monday evening from January to July with training including a variety of topics from public speaking, self-defense, car maintenance, dance and financial literacy. This program is a great resume boost and is helpful for any young woman who would like to further extend her education and set herself apart from a crowd. The AGM is at Kelowna Bible Chapel, 1423 Vineland Street at 7:00 p.m. on October 8th.  [email protected].

After 100 days of renovation at 121-3640 Gossett Road in West Kelowna, the new II Mercato Social Kitchen is now open and is located in the previous location of the La Cucina Ristorante. Owned and operated by Trevor and Julia Jones, the restaurant is all about family, friends and community. Well-known local Chef Darren Kashin, formerly of Sun Peaks and the Kelowna Yacht Club uses only the freshest local ingredients for the season bringing local and Italian flair to the restaurant, serving pizza, pasta and signature dishes. Food is served on platters in abundance, along with a wine wall showcasing wines of B C. Hailey Gliege. formerly of Mission Tap House and The Train Station is the front of house manager.


The Tourism Kelowna newly designed website which was launched in May of 2019 has received international recognition with an Honorable Mention at the 2019 dotCOMM Awards in the category of Travel Website. There were over 2,000 entries from countries around the world in the competition and only five percent were honorable mention winners.  Utilizing a mobile-first design, focusing on improving and functionality and how the visitor interacts with the website, Tourism Kelowna has seen huge increases in their website analytics and has even increased website views to Tourism Kelowna’s participating stakeholders by 16%. The dotCOMM Awards honours excellent in web creativity and digital communication and third party recognition from one of the most recognized and highly regarded evaluators of creative work in the world.

The Okanagan Self-Advocate Group is hosting a presentation entitled Anxiety: A Common Barrier to Social Inclusion on September 28th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Pathways on 123 Franklyn Road.  It will be presented by Becky Roth, Clinical Supervisor for Laurel Behavior Support Services and is for adults 19 years of age and over with Autism or Disabilities. They will discuss the challenges anxiety poses to social relationships and practical strategies and exercises to manage it. You must pre-register. Contact Linda Youmans at [email protected] or 778-478-1304.

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection is back at town at Art Lovers Gallery & Tours at the Delta Grand. Discover for yourself the Art of Appreciation which is art that appreciates as you appreciate your art.

Dragon King Restaurant owned and operated by Alan and Celia Choi at their new premises at 2435 Harvey Avenue (formerly Ricky’s) has added Japanese cuisine to their menu. Their new two hot pot tables are now finished, installed and ready to go. Try Japanese from Wednesday to Friday 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. Hot pot service will be for the winter season and will start the first week of October. If you would like to try the new hot pot tables reserve at 250-861-1305.


Jennifer Roberge, formerly with the new Wyant Group dealership of Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo is now the new sales and marketing manager with Acorn Homes, (Acorn Communities) based out of their Sunset Ranch show home. Jennifer is originally from Saskatoon where she sold luxury vehicles at Mercedes-Benz Saskatoon, which is also a Wyant Group dealership.  [email protected].

The finalists for the 2019 Key Business Awards for The Greater Westside Board of Trade have been chosen. Truck 59 Ciderhouse, Visit Westside, Volcanic Hills Winery and Westside Celebration Society (Tourism and Hospitality); Vertical Edge Window Cleaning, West Kelowna Integrative Health Centre and Galleria Fashions (Small Business); Kal Tire, Quails’ Gate Winery and Total Restoration (Large Business);Truck 50 Ciderhouse, 9Round and West K Wine Accessories (New Business); Country Pawn and Kekuli Café (Aboriginal Business); Cask and Barrel Liquor Store, Environmental Towing and The Chopped Leaf (Young Entrepreneur); Griffin Farm, Off The Grid Organic Winery and The Cove Lakeside Resort (Sustainable Green Business); Everwood Custom Woodworking, Manchester Signs and Snap Commercial Photography (Platinum Service Provider); Boyd Autobody & Glass, Prospera Credit Union and West K Women of Influence (Community and Public Service); Klick Entertainment, Music in the Park and Creative Okanagan, Sarafanov Dance Studio (Performing Arts). The Geoffrey Paynter Citizen of the Year Award winner will be announced at the awards on October 4th. Tickets at

B Indoor Cycle & Strength Studio has opened at 648 Cook Road (tucked behind Basil & Mint Restaurant). Owned and operated by instructor and personal trainer Britney Bresciani and with a team of over ten experienced instructors leading 30 classes per week, the atmosphere of the shop is welcoming, comfortable, warm, and motivating and is the first studio in North American to offer the brand new Johnny G Spirit Bikes. B offers two types of spin classes. Classic Ride is sequenced using timed intervals and drills to mimic more of a road ride type training. The instructors of these classes are generally avid road riders themselves with years of teaching and cycling experience. Britney finds the more mature demographic prefer this class. RIDE is a rhythm based ride where you can work to the beat of the music. It incorporates on the bike pumps, dips and tap backs and is in a very dark room with loud trending playlists. It’s like a party on a bike to get your cardio working. In addition to spin classes and being big on strength they also offer Straight Strength, Boot camp, Arms and Abs, Booty Blast, Combo Classes, Buff B Signature Class.


Why not get your spouse or a friend and attend the Savannah Goncalves Dance Fundraiser at the Olympia Greek Taverna on Monday, September 30th to raise money for Savannah to attend a dance competition being held in Poland. $40.00/person. For information contact Marek Buryska at [email protected].

The Peachland Chamber of Commerce will present Creative Ignition, an inaugural two-day event bringing together an intriguing group of artists at the Peachland Historic School and Visitor Centre, 5684 Beach Avenue. The exhibit will run September 27 and 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily featuring a variety of work from local, yet world renowned talent, including Geert MaasAlex Fong and Lee Claremont among others. For more details visit or call 250-767-2455 or [email protected].     

Birthdays of the week –  Happy 85th Lambert Schmalz (Sept. 28); Charlie Styles, my brother in law (Sept. 26); Karyn Schueler (Sept. 25); Ernie Patterson (Sept. 25); Rosemary Kean (Sept. 25); Larry Henderson (Sept 26); Gordon Savage (Sept. 27); Don Harrison (Sept. 27); Barry Gibbs (Sept. 28); Penny Caley (Sept. 28); Betty Casey (Sept. 29); Archie McKinnon (Sept. 30); Steve Jarvis (Sept. 30).

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