Straight From DeHart – Nov. 13, 2019

Lost Horn Mediterranean Grill has opened in West Kelowna at 2424 Main Street. Owned and operated by Peter Contos the newly renovated restaurant has a warm and inviting atmosphere. Peter has been in the food/restaurant industry since he was a youngster, as his family lived above his father’s diner in Edmonton, and rest is history. Well-known Chef Richard Desnoyers uses only the freshest local and B.C. produce, meat and food products. Everything possible is made in-house, including all their sauces and even the fries are hand-cut. Along with their regular menu, they feature a different country’s food every week and specials. Richard made us a little bit of everything so we could try a variety of what they had to offer. Everything was absolutely delicious including the flat iron steak, steamed mussels, grilled seafood trio and calamari. Then came some beef short ribs, Mediterranean ribs with the best-ever fennel coleslaw and chicken Souvlaki. Believe me, you cannot leave the restaurant without having the deconstructed Baklava. It’s amazing. Wednesday evening, two can dine for $79.00 including a bottle of wine and this include no shares – two of everything. Sunday evening is all-you-can-eat mussels (three kinds) and fries for $29.95. Open Wednesday to Sunday with Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Call 250-707-4908.

The Central Okanagan Foundation has added David Knapp to their team as the new Executive Director. David, since moving to the valley in 2000, has provided leadership and business development expertise in the financial services sector, developing valuable business and personal relationships in communities across Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from OUC.

Creative Touch Interiors is owned and operated by director Paulette Facca, who is also the senior designer and project manager of the company. In business for over 12 years, Creative Interiors is an interior design and renovation company. They recently remodeled and opened their new design studio office at 7B – 1404 Hunter Court, specializing in design plans and project management. The company’s main focus is on building relationships with clients as well as suppliers and contractors who share the same values of commitment to excellence and service. They collaborate with trades in the industry to form teams for any size project. Whether you are a home owner looking for a start to finish renovation or a contractor seeking design plans, Creative is the firm for you. The company won three prestigious Gold Awards in 2019 from the Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellence (OHAE).

Wells Gray Tours have purchased their own building in Kelowna that will now house both their sales and reservations staff and marketing department at 2575 Richter Street. Owned and operated by Roland Neave, with their head office in Kamloops, they have been operating in Kelowna since 1979. The company now has a staff of 29 throughout B.C. The grand-opening will be Tuesday, December 3rd where they will be giving away a grand prize of a $500.00 travel voucher to one lucky attendee. Well-known Kelowna business gal, Joan Niemeier CTP has been with Wells Gray Tours for over 10 years.

Floral Designs by Lee, owned and operated by Lee (Leanne) Barber, formerly at 235 Rutland Road N. has moved to new premises at 215 Rutland Road N., beside the new Florencia’s Consignment and Whisk Bakery. Floral Designs is a full-service floral business, specializing in unique, creative and fresh floral designs for all occasions. Lee offers pick-up or delivery service or you can also purchase and order online at Call 250-718-1155.

Downtown Kelowna After 5 is Wednesday, November 20th at the Laurel Packinghouse from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. hosted by Downtown Kelowna. Admission to this great after work party is only $10.00.

The Global Okanagan 5th Annual Your Okanagan Food Bank Fundraising Calendar Campaign is now available until December 31, with 100% of donations going to the local food banks. The calendars are not for sale as they are a gift to anyone who makes a monetary donation to the food bank of their choice. There is no minimum donation, but if a tax receipt is required, the minimum donation is $30.00 per calendar. Since 2015 Global has raised over $271,000 for the food banks. For information and a link to on-line donations visit

Due to popular demand, Rick Worrall is bringing back John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High – An Evening with John Denver on November 28th, 29th and 30th at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Once again, Mr. Holdridge will conduct the OSO and this time around they are including John Denver’s Christmas music and A Rocky Mountain High Christmas will debut. Guest artists are Melina Schein and Justin Moore. This will support both the Boys and Girls Club and the Food Bank. Tickets at


Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Shelli Cohen of Wood & Words is hosting a sign painting workshop on November 27th from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Match Eatery in Playtime Casino in downtown Kelowna. Choose form over 60 pre-designed stencils or get one custom made. Shelli provides the tools and materials for your wooden masterpiece. Seats are limited. Register at

Around our town…….

The Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1091 Coronation Avenue is hosting a Pierogies Supper on Sunday, November 17th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pierogies, cabbage rolls, Caesar salad, sauerkraut with sausage, smokies, buns, dessert, and beverage.  No take outs.

Joe Rich Fire Food Bank Drive is Sunday, November 17th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Members will be going door to door collecting food and donations for the food bank or you can also drop off donations at either Station 51 or Station 52.

Anna Jacyszyn’s Jazz Cafe at Black Box Theatre is Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. performing songs by her two favorite vocalists Julie London and Anita O’Day. The quintet consists of Anna, Loni Moger, Bernie Addington, Stephen Buck and Scott Gamble. Tickets $25.00 by calling 250-763-6141 or fabulousPR@gmailcom.

Immaculata High School Fine Arts Department presents a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1493 KLO Road. Local vendors, artisans, children’s face painting, crafts, lunch, door prizes, bake sale.

The newest Rotary Club in the Central Okanagan is RotaryNow!Kelowna. They have been running a Speakers that Inspire Series and their next keynote presenter is Linda Edgcombe on Thursday, November 28th at 5:00 p.m. at the Innovation Centre. Visit [email protected]

For people with Autism or Diversabilities, Positive Relationship, How to Meet New People and Be a Great Friend presented by Dr. Margaret Newbury Jones, of SHADE Consulting and Counselling is Saturday, November 30th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Pathways, 123 Franklyn Road. Register at [email protected]

Birthdays of the week – Mark Filatow (Nov. 13); Mayor Colin Basran ( Nov. 14); Alli McNeill (Nov. 14); Nick Imthorn (Nov. 15); Erwin Malzer (Nov. 16); Sue Murphy (Nov. 16); Doreen Giebelhaus (Nov. 17); Stacey Hadden (Nov. 17); Kay Mutter (Nov. 18); Sharron Simpson (Nov. 18); Jay Christensen (Nov. 19); Carl Stef (Nov.9); Keith Funk (Nov. 19).

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