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This week‘s column is dedicated to Tracie Ward, executive director of the Rotary Centre of the Arts who passed away March 31. Her impact on the RCA and the entire cultural community will be felt forever. Personal condolences to her family and many friends.
Dave Schroeder of Urban Links (formerly on the Westside) and Paul Wammer of Camber Golf (formerly on Benvoulin Road) have merged their two companies to better serve their golf clientele and are now located in new premises at 1046 Richter Street. They are a one-stop golf facility with lessons, training, custom fitting, putting, gaming and much more, offering many specials this month during their open house. Call 250-448-8872.
Fernando’s Taqueria at 279 Bernard Avenue has changed their licensing and is now a pub, hosting live bands. Owned and operated by Louis Drummond and Bernard Wilson, who also own Sturgeon Hall Restaurant and Bordello’s Italian Pizzeria. They are introducing a new menu which will include basic pub fare and also Mexican food. Their new hours are from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. seven days a week and open at noon for lunch/brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Congrat’s to Winn Rentals Ltd. at 910 McCurdy Road on receiving the prestigious B.C. Rental Store of the Year, Canadian Rental Store of the Year and President’s Image Award. These awards were received for store looks, condition of rental equipment, staff, customer service and relationships with suppliers. Owned and operated by Bert andBrad Gretzinger, the company rents all types of equipment, from small hand tools and garden equipment to excavators and other name brand large equipment. Konrad Schafer is the general manger.
Naturopathic Physician, Dr. David Wikenheiser has a new medical office assistant, Mitsi Schulte. Mitsi has an extensive background in retail management and customer service. The office, located at 308 – 1500 Hardy Street, has new office hours which are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Wikenheiser has also arranged for a special gym membership rate for his patients with Gary Dutz, owner of World Gyms in Kelowna and West Kelowna. He is now offering a new treatment called Magnetic Bio Stimulation that turns on healing, and according to some medical experts, even stem cells for true regeneration. If you would like to receive his info on special presentations, service promotion offers or products by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-762-8900.
Just had a new slick new decorative window film installed for privacy on the long window adjacent to our front door by Budget Blinds, owned and operated by Tyler Waterfield at 1873 Spall Road. It’s really a great idea, as although the light still comes into the entry way, if there is anyone standing at your door, they cannot see into your home. The decorative film comes in a few different patterns, was easily installed and is a safety vehicle as well. Budget Blinds features Springs “Signature Series” window treatments, including shutters cellular, woods, roller shades and verticals. They offer free installation, expert fit and a five year, no questions asked warranty on most products. I initially met Tyler at the home show. Call for your in-home consultation at 250-491-3686 www.budgetblinds.com
Creative Trophies has been in business for over 25 years. Located at 108 – 1755 Springfield Road (by The Tool Place), the company has new owners, Jessica Kessler and Julian Axe. To reintroduce the business, they now have brought the company, product offerings and technology into the 21st century along with expanding their product lines into gift ware that can be personalized, hence their new name “Creative Trophies & Gifts”. The company provides engraving services for sports awards and gift items as well as very personal memorial items. They now offer additional corporate awards, promotional items and custom products with creative ideas. Drop into their showroom to view everything that they offer. Call 250-860-1153 or Jessica@creativetrophies.ca; www.creativetrophies.ca
KE Performance Horses is located at the East Kelowna Riding Stable at 4030 Spiers Road. Services that KE offers include indoor/outdoor/self-board, lessons, clinics, training, horse transportation, breeding, sales, equine therapy and horse showing. It is also Home of “Drivin to Hollywood” and “Oh Royal Chic”. To do this, well-known AQHA Professional Horseman/Trainer Gus Evagelopoulos with KE specializes in breeding, training and producing solid reining horses for both non-pro’s and open riders. He also has a strong background in roping, barrel racing and pleasure riding. With many wins in the NRHA Open Divisions, Gus is very accomplished as not only a trainer, but also a showman and clinician. He puts a solid foundation on all his horses to maintain a happy horse with a good mind. Gus also specializes in starting youngsters, ground work, lessons, reining, barrel racing and is very experienced with all types of breeds and levels of riders. Whether you are looking for a horse to take you to the next level or to put a solid foundation on your youngster, Gus has over 20 years’ experience that he loves to share with all horse lovers. Call 250-307-3990 or Google KE Performance Horses.
Russ Latimer from Gallagher’s is the new golf operations manager at Black Mountain Golf Club. Tyrel Griffith also came to Black Mountain with Russ from Gallagher’s. Golf anytime at Black Mountain in April and you will be entered to win a golf membership to the club for the remainder of the year. Kids 14 and under play for free. Eric Thorsteinson is the general manager. Call 250-765-6890
Did you know that we have Canada’s top LinkedIn expert right here in Kelowna? Melonie Dodaro from Top Dog Social Media says that “Your LinkedIn Profile is even more important than your website.” Find out the three reason why at http://GetLinkedInKelowna.com. On May 3, Melonie will be running a LinkedIn training seminar at the Ramada Hotel. It’s an interactive training to optimize your LinkedIn profile and rank at the top of LinkedIn search results. You will also learn how to attract and engage your ideal client’s right within your LinkedIn profile. For more info e-mail email@example.com
Okanagan Mission Rotary is hosting a “Trivia Night” fundraiser on Friday, April 27th at the Mission Hall on DeHart and Lakeshore starting at 6:45 p.m. with the games starting at 7:15 p.m. sharp. It’s a great evening with seven rounds of trivia, prizes after each round, includes dessert and all this for only $30 per person. Speaking of fun, Mike Roberts is the MC, with Mohini Singh, Robyn Middleton and Maxine DeHart as judges. For more info or tickets call Lois Serwa at 250-862-9048 or Robyn Middleton at 250-764-3448.
Sherry Kowalchuk of Okanagan Valley Rentals, who managed multiple luxurious vacation suites at Barona Beach (Westside) Playa Del Sol and Discovery Bay, has now assumed responsibility for the vacation management and concierge service at the Strand Lakeside Resort in Vernon. On the shores of Okanagan Lake, the strand is a year-round playground and destination resort. To reserve your getaway weekend, vacation other events call Sherry at 250-801-6651 or visit www.okvr.ca
Frank Stewart, general manger of the Ramada Hotel in Calgary (who has many Okanagan Valley friends) has received the “Alan S. MacKellar” Award” in Calgary from the Calgary Grey Cup Committee. This award is given annually to the member of the committee that best exemplifies the quality of self-less dedication to community service which characterized Al’s committee participation throughout the years. You might have heard, or you might have even been in Vancouver this past Grey Cup in November when Calgary brought their horse right into the hotel where they were staying, which was the Holiday Inn on Howe Street. They have a habit of doing this at every Grey Cup event they attend. They will be attending the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto later this year. firstname.lastname@example.org
You won’t want to miss this. Gourmet and Grapes Iron Chef at Cabana Bar and Grille is Sunday, May 6. Ned Bell, partner of Cabana and executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver will take on Dale MacKay, chef/owner of Ensemble & Ensemble Tap. Dale was the first winner of Top Chef Canada on Foodnetwork Canada, so it will be an exciting evening. There will be seven food stations and seven wine stations. Tickets $79 available at Cabana or call 250-763-1955. I have attended this event in the past and if you only attend “one” of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival events, this would be my choice.
Happy 35th Anniversary to Glen (retired RCMP) and Connie Penner on April 16.
“Discover Your Personal Greatness” is a day with Yvonne Evans at Sparkling Hill Resort on Saturday, April 29th. Yvonne is the founder of personal corporate and global consciousness seminars and author of "Creating and Changing Your Life and Corporate Consciousness -The New Performance Culture”. She will present a powerful day of dialogue and interaction and will also answer questions from the audience and offer personal insight for those with issues in their personal work or spiritual life. Topics discussed will be Your Bigger Story, Success & Greatness at Work and Future Abundance. Registration is limited so book your tickets by visiting www.yvonneevans.net. If you are interested in purchasing Yvonne’s books they are available at Mosaic or Chapters.
The Second Annual Kelowna Vaisakhi Parade 2012 is Saturday, April 14th hosted by the Okanagan Sikh Temple & Cultural Society, celebrating the birth of the Khalsa. The parade starts from the Okanagan Sikh Temple at 1111 Rutland Road and all members of the community are invited to join in. For more info Call Parmjit Patara at 250-717-7844.
Make sure your credit cards are protected against identity theft. Just a reminder that the Kelowna Crime Prevention Association Smart Card Defender Sleeves can be purchased tomorrow, Friday April 13th at the Mission Community Policing Station at 4065 Lakeshore Road.
Dr. Ross Halperin is the guest speaker at the Okanagan Jewish Community Philosopher’s Café on April 16th at 102 Snowsell Street N (Glenmore). Open to the public at no charge. Dr. Halperin will be speaking on exciting initiatives at our local cancer centre.
Birthdays of the week – Happy 80th Bill Bennett, Former BC Premier (Apr. 14); In memory of our mom Helen Abram (Apr.13); Dave Langton, Competition Glass (Apr.13); Bob Brummitt, (Apr. 14); Walley Lightbody (Apr. 14); Ken Thompson, Sleep Country (Apr. 14); Roy Adams, Fernbrae Manor (Apr.15); Happy 89th Hilda Nielsen, Chatsworth (Apr. 8); Chris Brown, Rutland Park Society (Apr. 15); Mike Guzzi, Vedanta Academy (Apr.7); MJ Bennett, Victor Properties (Apr.17).