Straight From DeHart – Nov. 6, 2019

Dragon King Restaurant owned and operated by Alan and Celia Choi at their new premises at 2435 Harvey Avenue (formerly Ricky’s) has added Chinese Gourmet Hot Pot cuisine to their menu. The two new beautiful hot pot tables, which came directly from China, are installed and ready to go. The large round tables that seat up to 12, have induction heaters in the middle of the tables that cook the food. To describe the authentic hot pot service, it’s like a fondue with large pots, except nothing is cooked in oil. All the food is cooked in either water or a broth right in front of you. It’s an extremely healthy way to eat and the food would appeal to everyone including kids. The hot pot service starts with six different sauces and then a large selection of food is presented in a beautiful boat-like dish. There was a good selection of seafood, tofu, oysters, various mushrooms, lots of greens, wontons and dessert. Hot pot service requires a minimum of six people and you should reserve the day before.     Restaurant hours are 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. Pickup, takeout and delivery also offered on their regular menu. Call 250-861-1305.

After a busy year covering a maternity leave at the United Way SIBC as Community Investment Manager, Jude Brunt is returning to her business interests for the next couple of months to get her two restaurants Globe Café & Tapas and The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern revved up for the ski season at Big White Ski Resort. Jude’s charity sector is where her heart is and she plans to return to that in some capacity in the New Year, including maintaining involvement with the United Way. Reanne Amadio returns to the team (with new baby Wesley) in the Community Investment role, working closely with the 70+ United Way funded programs across the region.

The Okanagan Historical Society (Kelowna Branch) 2020 fundraiser calendar is available for purchase for $20.00. All proceeds of the sale of this calendar are directed to the OHS, Kelowna Branch for charitable activities. It’s a beautiful calendar and a great gift. I always buy the calendars and send them to relatives who do not live in Kelowna or who have lived in our city and relocated. It is available at the museums in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna or call Bob Hayes at 250-763-8859 or Chris Jennens at 250-862-2801.

Long-time local airline guy, David Atkins is now the Director of Business Development & Regulatory Affairs for Air North, Yukon’s Airline. David has been in the industry for many years in various senior positions, including KF Aerospace (formerly Kelowna Flightcraft) for 11 years and Flair Airlines for 14 years. David will be based out of Kelowna. [email protected].

PRIME is a new business that is an integrated health, fitness, nutrition, medical and musculoskeletal rehabilitation center located at 2755 Tutt Street. The business, owned and operated by CEO Brandt Fralick, is a 5,600 square foot medical clinic consisting of 14 large private treatment rooms, private offices, a large sterilization room, large functional movement and rehabilitation gym, multiple bathrooms, conference room, spacious lobby and over 180 parking stalls. The large athletic performance gym consists of the most high-end functional and athletic performance training equipment on the market. The gym also offers athletic performance coaching, personal training, group fitness classes, club memberships and 24/7 access. PRIME is comprised of Physiotherapists, Kinesiologists, Primary Care Physicians, MSK Physicians, Occupational Therapists and athletic performance coaches. They offer sports medicine, occupational health and rehabilitation, disability management, pain clinic, and a pharmacy. PRIME is a one-stop shop that believes in the enhancement of healthcare through a multi-disciplinary and integrated clinical environment, providing family physicians to those who do not have one.

Congratulations to Arlene Lee on celebrating 10 years with the Kelowna Hostess. This great organization volunteers throughout the community helping at all types of community events. If you would like to have some fun and meet great people, call Membership Chair Robin Barrett at 250-861-3487 or [email protected]

Remembrance Day is a year-long endeavor at the Okanagan Military Museum (OMM). Remembrance Day, 2019 marks the 20th Anniversary of their opening. Now officially a part of the Kelowna Museums Society, the OMM was originally founded by a core group of veterans and volunteers. Their goal was, and remains to collect, preserve and exhibit militaria related to local contributions to Canada’s military history. They have collected more than 20,000 objects, including artifacts, photographs, books, uniforms, medals, weapons, rare and unique items and archival documents. To celebrate, OMM is holding an exhibit entitled Keepers of the Flame – 20 years of Connecting and Collecting, which runs through to April, 2020. They are inviting the public to come and visit the exhibit on Remembrance Day on Monday, which will be open until 3:30 p.m. Admission by donation. Keith Boehmer is the Military Historian.

Special thanks to drummer David Webb who brought a lot of fun and laughter to the United Way, Maxine DeHart Celebrity Roast

Westside Toastmasters Club #872 in District 21 marked its 30th Anniversary in October. In honour of the occasion, they will be celebrating with an open house on November 13th at the Lakeview Heights Community Hall, 860 Anders Road in West Kelowna. Members of the public and past members are invited to enjoy a regular Toastmasters meeting that will include prepared speeches, Table Topics (Impromptu Speeches), evaluations and a break with a special anniversary cake. They meet Wednesday’s at 7:00 p.m. at the community hall. Their current board is Anita Reimer (President), Dave Maller (VP Education), Elena Tilton (VP Membership), Floortje Molenaar (VP Public Relations), Connie Kimmich (Secretary), Robert Mellalieu (Treasurer) and Bun Chan (Sergeant-At-Arms).

Over 40,000 Smile Cookies were sold during Tim Hortons Smile Cookie week which translated into an incredible $40,000 donation to the YMCA of Okanagan. Local Tim Hortons have been supporting the YMCA Healthy Snack Program through the cookie campaign since 2013, ensuring over 540 children participating in Y preschool or out of school care programs will receive a daily nutritious snack every day with 100% of Smile Cookie donations going directly to the YMCA’s Healthy Snacks Program.


Tonit, one of the fastest-growing motorcycle social media, which is a motorcycle app built by riders for riders, got off the ground with $2.2M raised from the Kelowna Angels and VC’s such as Valhalla Capital and Mavan Capital. Pretty exciting as their next funding round will now take place in Silicon Valley. Jason Lotoski, CEO and founder is one of the only Kelowna startups seeking significant capital from the vaunted Silicon Valley; their trajectory to date has been meteoric. Jason is building on hometown support to create International success.

Open to the public, The Sip N’ Shop is November 14th at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be over 30 local artisans displaying their creative talents and what’s neat about this event is that you can sip wine while you shop. It’s a fun evening with Frosty the Snowman in attendance for photos. For more information call Cheryl Stecko at 250-762-2531 (226).

The grand-opening of Florencia’s Consignment; New to You at 215 Rutland Road North (between Floral Design’s by Lee and Whisk Cake Company) is Saturday, November 10th all day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Owned and operated by Florencia Matute, all consignments are welcome and you can drop in with your clothing at any time without an appointment. Florencia’s offers some great designer labels at a fraction of the cost. Open seven days a week. Call 250-215-5882.

Krystyna Bellamy’s book Never Young won 1st prize for the Book of the Month. She will be at Kennedy’s Parable on Enterprise Way to sign books tomorrow, Thursday, November 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Birthdays of the week – Happy 95th Eleanor Howk (Nov. 12); Joachim Nierfeld (Nov. 7); Reinhard Foerderer (Nov. 7); Geoffrey Couper (Nov. 7); Rick Worrall (Nov. 8); Lawrence Syrnyk (Nov. 9); Sharon Hoeft (Nov.9); Don Sipos (Nov. 9); Gordon Rattray (Nov. 9); Michael Loewen (Nov. 10); Lianna Michaylow (Nov. 10); Duane Lockwood (Nov. 10); Jeff Bourne (Nov. 11); Tom Watters (Nov. 11); Sofia Simeonidis (Nov. 11); Greg Capozzi (Nov. 12);

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. E-mail and web-site