Straight From DeHart – Dec. 13, 2017

For last minute Christmas shopping, visit the new Cork & Tap Home Bar Outfitters Ltd. at 534 Bernard Avenue (next to Kelowna Costumes). Owned and operated by Nancy Deschenes, Cork and Tap offers new and unique beer, liquor and wine related products. The store offers a good variety of bar tools and supplies, carafes, decanters, glasses, syrups, books, beautiful olive wood boards, aprons, whiskey stones, ice molds. cool cheese graters, beer cozies and glasses. They also carry Growlers and Kegerators in different sizes that are specific for beer, but can be used for all types of liquor products.  Open seven days a week.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Nancy Deschenes - owner of Cork & Tap Home Bar Outfitters Ltd.

U-Haul at 2076 Enterprise Way will host a ceremony on Monday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m. to showcase its decorative wall honouring the former Western Star plant. They are asking all former employees, the public and media to attend for the wall unveiling with cake afterwards. A book will be available for attendees to sign and share their Western Star stories and original Western Star memorabilia will be on display. In 1967 White Motor Company started the Western Star division with the Kelowna plant. U-Haul is thrilled to honour the role it has played in the community over the years said Horace Martin, U-Haul Company of BC president. Contact Ariel at 250-307-5414.

Pushor Mitchell Lawyers LLP has appointed Eric Miller as Chief Operating Officer of their firm. Eric is taking over from Terry Edwards who served the firm in this role for 12 years and has retired. Eric has held the Chief Legal Officer roles at both Nexen Inc. and Agrium Inc. with over 25 years of global energy, agriculture, chemical and technology industry experience. At Pushor Mitchell he will oversee the continued growth of the firm and will have a wide scope of responsibilities including day to day operations and strategic business development. Call 250-869-1184 or [email protected]

Local non-profit charity Inter-cultural Women’s Education Network (IWEN) has changed their name from IWEN to Her International. Her International will continue to provide education opportunities and sustainable life skills to marginalized women and children in Canada and Nepal. Board members are Kevin Edgecombe (President), Ann Haymond Hill (Vice President), Sylvie Forget (Treasurer/Secretary), Francine WalkerHeather OishiChloe EdgecombeMandy GlinsbockelMaureen CousinsChristina BentyDana Smithers and Carolyn Walsh.

Full service hair and spa, Excel Salon and Spa, owned and operated by Judy and Tim Foster at 2695 Pandosy Street in the lower mission has a couple new team members. Jess Roberts has relocated from Sussex, England bringing with her a skilled intensive training back ground in the hair industry. She grew up in the industry with her grandparents and parents owning and operating salons, not only in the UK but in South Africa as well. In the industry for many years, Traci Savel has returned to Excel in October after a leave, specializing in waxing, massage, facials, artificial nails, along with other esthetic service. Other team members are Anna Shalagan (senior stylist), Amine Bejjani (master stylist) and Ashley Caterer (esthetician), along with their 4-1/2 month old Labradoodle named Tucker. Judy says Tucker is pretty darn cute, but is still working on his manners. Call 250-763-9655.

Congratulations to realtor Michael Bate of REMAX/Kelowna who won the 2017 Realtor Care Award. Along with his exceptional community service, he is a member of the Lake Country Rotary Club.

A reminder that all downtown on-street parking is free on all Saturdays in December. This is a great incentive to also shop downtown this holiday season.

Well-known dog groomer, Jessica Veitch has opened The Dog Groomery at 1054 Ellis Street (inside Doggytopia). Formerly a pet groomer with Pet Smart, Jessica is certified with 10 years’ experience, has a unique approach to grooming and works on only one dog at a time, starting with the bath and all the way to the finished cut. Grooming products are also available for purchase for home use. To book an appointment Tuesday to Friday call 250-878-5716.

<who>Photo Credit: Contributed</who>Jessica Veitch - owner of The Dog Groomery

Wings Restaurant in the Willow Park Mall at #1 – 590 Highway 33 in Rutland has a brand new menu and a new Chef. Chef Jafe Coture, was formerly at La Cucina Ristorante and originally from Nova Scotia. Wings is more than just wings. Their new menu offers new starters, handcrafted burgers, lots of new salads, an entire page of gluten smart items, brand new house-made pastas and fresh main events.  Of course, they have a huge selection of wings, with Wednesdays and Sundays half-price wings nights. All menu items are house-made with both the wings and burgers fresh and never frozen. Our group tried the BBQ Chicken Flatbread, Crispy Pot Stickers, Sun-dried Tomato and Tiger Prawn Linguine, some wings and the Stir Fry Bowl with Grilled Flat Iron Steak.  Everyone tried everyone else’s meals and all were delicious and beautifully presented. We also shared homemade desserts of a Cast Iron Cookie a La Mode, Cast Iron Apple Crisp a La Mode and Classic Cheesecake. It’s a must try and worth a trip to Rutland if you live elsewhere in the city. Brent Stewart is the new owner. Call 236-420-4435

Kudos to the Morningside Rotary Club who gifted a commercial slicer to the Gospel Mission to help prepare for their Christmas meal after their old slicer broke down. Morningside purchased a state-of-the-art commercial slicer for the shelter that provides 600 meals per day for people in need. Terance Coderre is the president of Morningside Rotary and Mandy Phillips is the kitchen manager at the Gospel Mission.

Tourism Kelowna has a new board of director for 2017/2018. Congratulations to the following: Thom Killingsworth, Chair (Kelowna Yacht Club); Tanya Stroinig, Vice-Chair (Prestige Hotels); Stan Martindale, Past-Chair (Ramada Hotel); Heather Schroeter, Treasurer (Manteo Resort); Debbie Dupasquier, Secretary (Distinctly Kelowna Tours); Brent Lavery (Holiday Inn Express); Dan Matheson (Okanagan Golf Club); David McFadden (Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm); Debra Harding (UBC); Katie Balkwill (Big White); Nataley Nagy (Kelowna Art Gallery); Patricia Leslie (Sandhill Wines/Andrew Peller); Penny Gambell (District of Lake Country); Sam Samaddar (Kelowna Airport); Gail Given (City of Kelowna) and Sean Coward (Kelowna Hotel Motel Association). Lisanne Ballantyne is the new CEO of Tourism Kelowna.

A group of elementary school teachers at Pearson Road Elementary School in Rutland are hosting a fund raising event for Isabel Alves-Vicente who has been diagnosed with ALS.  The event will be held on February 3rd at Rusty’s Pub on Dilworth Drive. Prizes and donations will be gratefully accepted until January 15, 2018. To donate call school Principal Robert Zoppi at 250-870-5118 or drop off at the school at 700 Pearson Road.

What fun finding your own Christmas tree. The Okanagan Historical Society is hosting A Christmas Tree Adventure for Families – Find Your Perfect Christmas Tree on December 16th and 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 3130 Hall Road. $25.00 to $35.00 depending on size of the tree you choose. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after your adventure while you warm up around a cozy fire. 50% of all proceeds to the Kelowna Branch Okanagan Historical Society.

The Sons of Italy Galileo Lodge will host a family dinner and dance on December 31st with a DJ at Mission Creek Golf Course. Cost is $60.00 with special pricing for children and teens. Wine, champagne and door prizes at New Year’s included.  For tickets contact Renata at 250-863-5057.

Dr. Dale Forsythe is hosting a Stress Workshop on Tuesday, December 19th at 5:30 p.m. at his office at 202-125 Hwy 33 E. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Call 765-1466 to reserve.

Several members of the Okanagan Masters Swim Club (OMSC) were recognized for their achievements and demonstration of the spirit of Masters swimming at the club’s AGM. Congratulations to Conny Stamhuis, who walked away with the OMSC Swimmer of the Year floating trophy following her performances at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships in Budapest where she won two gold and two silver medals in the age group of 85-89. Awards for Most Improved Male Swimmer and Most Improved Female Swimmer went to Shane Styles and Taylor Musseau, respectively. The Elena Dimitrov Award for Courage and Determination went to Jon Smirl. Most inspirational swimmer award winner was Rosalie Swart. OMSC also recognized Norma Lachance as Volunteer of the Year, Peter Rudd as Community Volunteer of the Year and the Hammer Award for consistent hard effort went to Phred Martin.

Birthdays of the week – Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Steve Vidovic (Dec.3); Judy Hughes, new Kelowna resident (Dec. 17); Lucy Litz (Dec. 13); Frank Richter (Dec. 15); Erika Lipsett (Dec. 15); Kathryn Helmore (Dec. 17); RJ Bennett (Dec.14); Melina Cunial (Dec. 14); Tim Allan (Dec. 14); Anna Stuart (Dec. 15); Sandra Sellick (Dec. 16); Lesley Pierce (Dec. 17); Dave Willms (Dec. 17); Katja Oldendorf (Dec. 18); Deb Doig (Dec. 18); Allison Conroy (Dec. 18); Margy Ringrose (Dec.19); Gary Schnackenberg (Dec. 19).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councilor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, E-mail [email protected].