Straight From DeHart – Oct. 2, 2019

Copper Brewing has opened at 102 – 1851 Kirschner Road. Owned and operated by business partners Sean White and Darla Ariss, the new beer brewing company is in a cool space with 70 seats inside and a 40 seat patio, offering easy drinking approachable craft beer.  Copper offers 20 beers on tap, a house flagship beer and a tap Copper lager. At this time, the most popular beers are House Net Brown and House English Pale Ale. Other beers offered are Guava Sour, Passionfruit Sour, Hazy Pale Ale, Dry Hop Sour and House IPA. Copper Brewing also offers local ciders and Kombucha’s. It is family friendly with video, board games and treats for the kids and dog friendly with dog treats homemade from grains from the brewing process. Copper Brewing has a wonderful relationship with their neighbors MTL-montREALfood, who prepare the food on Copper’s menu. You can choose from MTL’s famous smoked meat sandwiches, pulled pork ciabatta sliders or perogies Reuben style, along with funky fries and beer battered onion rings. The food is prepared by Chef Matthew Morazain and his wife Sous Chef Amanda and their team. It’s a match made in heaven.   Open seven days a week from noon until late.


Debra Lawless is again preparing to open Halloween Alley for a ninth year.  Halloween Alley is a Canadian company that continues to grow and pride themselves on supporting local businesses and many charities throughout the season. For the third year in a row, they will be supporting the Kelowna Women’s Shelter. So everyone can enjoy Halloween, bring in a gently used costume and you will be given an entry form to win a prize pack valued at $150.00. Halloween Alley is located in the former Home Outfitters store at 102-1500 Banks Road (Beside Michaels). Debra’s position with the company has evolved and she is now the District Coordinator overseeing all stores in Canada but still living in Kelowna. Tracey Bikow has worked with Debra for the past three years and will be working in the store again this year.

Well-known media gal Karen Hill, Director of Sales for Black Press BC Interior South is celebrating her 30th anniversary with the Kelowna Capital News and Black Press, today October 2nd.  Karen started her career in the classified department of the Capital News and then moved on from classifieds to accounts receivable, accounts payable and then onto becoming accounting department manager. That followed with promotions to CFO for the Okanagan, Publisher of the Vernon Morning Star and Kelowna Capital News and now to her present position. Karen is well-versed in all aspects of running the day to day operations of a newspaper and all that goes with it. On a personal note, I have known Karen for many years, well before becoming associated with the Capital News. It is a pleasure to recognize her in this column and   I have immensely enjoyed working with Karen for the past 21 years.


Congratulations to Penny Horovatin who is celebrating being a volunteer for 10 years with Kelowna Hostess. If you would like to join this exceptional organization and give some time to community service, contact membership chair Robin Barrett at [email protected] or 250-861-3487.

Rosebud’s Designer Consignment Boutique has added an extra day of shopping at their 5th Annual Closet Clean Out from Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6 at 150 – 1855 Kirschner Road. There will be tons of shopping, including racks for $5.00 and $10.00 of clothing, shoes and purses. Accessories will be priced from $3.00 to $5.00. Owner, Kathy Wiebe is asking everyone to bring their consignments in the week before or the week after the Closet Clean Out.

The OCCA Communities Association (Formerly known as Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association) is inviting the public to an open house on October 8th at 11:00 a.m. The association is raising funds in order to buy another half of a property at 1472/1460 Inkar Road to consolidate and then they will be able to accommodate all their activities. Dr. Hua Meng is the general administrator of the association. [email protected]

The prolific western group, The Sons of the Pioneers will be performing at the Kelowna Community Theatre, celebrating their 85th Anniversary Tour on October 12th. They are also releasing their first album in eight years, 85 Years of Harmony. Tickets available at or at their box office.

The City of Kelowna Float with Ambassador Clarence Johnson and Lady of the Lake Priyaali Kanti and Princess Gracie Huber will be on their way to the Issaquah Salmon Days 50th Anniversary Parade in Issaquah, Washington on Saturday, October 5th.

The City of Kelowna is seeking up to seven applicants to provide expertise and advice on community recognition and program development for the Civic and Community Awards Steering Committee for a four year term to run concurrent with the Council term. The committee is an Advisory Committee of Council who oversees the City‘s annual awards program to recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in our city. The steering committee has four sub-committees and two supporting organizations that assist with nominations and the selection process of the awards program. If you are interested in serving on this committee complete the online application at  Call Melina Moran at 250-469-8646 or [email protected] for more information.

The 20th Annual Okanagan Fall Classic hosted by Tom Light added a new 50/50 program to their golf weekend. The 24 players who participated reached deep into their wallets in support of the Central Okanagan Food Bank, resulting in a donation of $900.00. [email protected]


All elections are important and the The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and Okanagan College has invited all registered candidates in both ridings that touch Kelowna to attend and speak to their membership and other attendees who are interested. On October 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Capri Hotel they will then open with a round of speed dating wherein candidates will move from table to table to introduce themselves and hear about any burning issues. Then, they will host a more formal panel session when the audience can ask questions through interactive Q&A software, moderated by Phil Ashman, Regional Dean Okanagan College. Tickets at

Happy 75th anniversary Bob and Gwen Jemson (Oct. 10).

The Downtown Kelowna Library is hosting a free, fun and unique team-building event. The Inaugural ADULT Team Spelling Bee is October 19th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Gather some friends and colleagues or just come alone and make some new friends as your crew battles to win the spelling bee. Register at or by calling 250-762-2800.

The team at Orchard Park Shopping Centre and Primaris Management Inc. along with their sponsor partners, supporters and volunteers raised $105,420.00 for Canadian Mental Health Kelowna at their 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that was held at Predator Ridge Golf Resort.  Awareness around mental health continues to grow as more and more people discuss their struggle or the struggle of loved ones. Orchard Park and Primaris believe that taking the conversation from a whisper to a roar is how we help ourselves, loved ones, employees and community. They are proud to take a leadership role in this cause.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Award nominees are now listed on their website. Take a look at this year’s nominees representing a diverse mix of local businesses of all sizes, not-for-profits and exceptional individuals

Congratulations to Scotiabank who offered to match $15,000.00 toward the End of Summer Hunger Campaign.  This is a significant increase from $3,000.00 last year’s amount. Kudos to the 40 volunteers from Scotiabank and Scotia Wealth, who now have raised $42,000.00 in cash and food. [email protected]

Pathways Abilities Society and Community Connections Support Service are hosting The 6th Annual Community Inclusion Chain on Tuesday, October 8th at 11:00 a.m. in front of Kelowna City Hall. Join them and show your support.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 75th Barry Gilmour (Oct. 4); Happy 30th Gurinder Pabla (Oct. 7); Robert Louie (Sept. 30) Archie McKinnon (Sept. 30); Lorene Charlton (Oct. 2); Jean Bird (Oct. 2); Roy Sommery (Oct. 3); Lenetta Parry (Oct. 3); Tammy van Wilde Rode (Oct. 4); Diana Warnock (Oct. 5); Linda Bell (Oct. 5); Dave Proctor (Oct. 5); Marlene Murray (Oct. 6); Rick Montgomery (Oct. 6); Harold Heyming (Oct. 7); Wendy Waller (Oct. 7); Cathy Locke (Oct. 8).

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