DeHart: Concrete solutions offered by local affiliated companies

Ryan Dore Enterprises owned by Ryan Dore, with Ken Labossiere as general manager, is now affiliated with Apollo Granicrete owned by Kevin Gaetz.

Kelowna Golf and Country Club general manager David Walker (left)

Ryan Dore Enterprises owned by Ryan Dore, with Ken Labossiere as general manager, is now affiliated with Apollo Granicrete owned by Kevin Gaetz. Granicrete offers a solution for any concrete solution. It provides improved resistance to weather, water permeation, stains and abrasives. Granicrete also offers resistance to rain, sun, freezing temperatures, petroleum and deicing salts. It is a product that can be used on sidewalks, driveways, patios, garage floors and pool decks, being time tested for over 12 years in the harshest of conditions including freeze-thaw, high salt, high humidity and arid conditions. The Kelowna Golf and Country Club on Glenmore Road rejuvenated its entire concrete outside patio deck with Granicrete and it turned out amazing. Ryan Dore Enterprises is the approved certified installer for the product that was applied to the Country Club’s patio. Call 250-869-7891

The official launch of the Judie Steeves’ cookbook, Jude’s Kitchen, is April 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the B.C. Wine Museum at 1304 Ellis St. Judie will be there to introduce the book and sign copies. She publishes her recipes in the Kelowna Capital News in her popular food column From Jude’s Kitchen.  The cookbook will be available in stores May 1. The recipes are organized by season beginning with spring and continuing on until winter, all featuring local B.C. ingredients. Make sure you reserve as space is limited at

The local motorcycle community is buzzing with the opening of the area’s newest dealership on May 3.  Bentley Motorrad, owned and operated by Scott Bentley, located at 1110 Stevens Rd. in West Kelowna, features the most exiting European motorcycle brands, including BMW, Ducati, and Triumph. With the new 10,000-square-foot facility, including a full service shop, exclusive brands of riding apparel and accessories, as well as Bentley Motorrad’s experienced staff and club culture, its goal is to be the ultimate riding destination for motorcyclists. The grand opening party is April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.  On May 4, at 6 p.m., there will be a presentation with Rene Cormier, author of The University of Gravel Roads, and on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. a BMW demo day. Call 778-755-5540

West Kelowna’s Dr. Jack DeGruchy, known as Ogopogo’s Dentist, is being honoured by the Alberta Dental Association. He has been busy upgrading his skills and has learned the latest on Invisalign (invisible braces), being the first GP to be trained by Invisalign in Nevada in 2001. He is also welcoming his son-in-law, Lance Huber into the dental profession. Call 250-707-0248.

Current Fashions in Mission Park Mall, owned by Sheila Gross, has changed its name to UndisClothed Fashions as her Current label was discontinued. The women’s boutique carries Mexx, Soya Concept, Kersh, Press, DKR & Co., Studio 59, Mystree and Hue Hosieries.

The Kelowna Women’s Resource Centre is permanently closing today after years of financial struggle to keep the doors open. Provincial government funding to Women’s Centers around the province ended in 2004 and since that time the local centre has struggled to remain open with volunteers, one full-time staff member and very few resources. It is hosting a final closing house from 5 to 7 p.m. and a garage sale at the center on May 14. Micki Smith was the agency coordinator for the last 20 years. People are urged to contact their local MLAs regarding this situation.

Formerly with the Royal Bank, Martin Gove has joined Sun Life Financial as an advisor. Call 250-860-6403, ext. 2236.

Mark Lindsay, formerly of the Okanagan Golf Club, is a new sales representative with Nielsen Agencies. He will be representing the brands of Greg Norman, Puma Golf, Imperial (Headwear Company) and Trimark throughout B.C. Call 250-826-7218 or

AutoMobile, owned by Tom Swaczyna, brings vehicle maintenance to you, offering a service that can get your oil changed or your vehicle maintained wherever you are. Its on-location service provides anything from oil changes, vehicle inspections, belt replacements to tire rotations. It can also make sure your vehicle is taken care of when more serious mechanical issues arise. If the problem can be resolved on location, the necessary repairs will be made and if things are more serious, an estimate will be provided, staff will valet your car, make the repairs and bring it back to you. AutoMobile services and estimates are provided by a licensed and insured technician. Call 250-826-6284

Chatters Hair Salon in Orchard Park has moved locations and is now across from the Sun Glass Hut. To celebrate its reopening on April 30, it will provide haircuts for a donation to support the Children’s Wish Foundation. There will be hourly door crashers, prizes and refreshments. Angela Boulton is the shop manager.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Robert Bateman Get to Know contest encourages young people to develop a deeper appreciation for their neighbours of other species by getting outdoors and creating art, writing, digital photography and videos. This year  has been declared the International Year of Forests by the UN. In celebration, the theme of the 2011 Get to Know contest is This Is My Forest. Winners will receive all kinds of wild prizes, with the contest running until May 23. To learn more and find out how to enter visit

Due to popular demand, Jim Belshaw’s (Roy’s Shoes Boots and Repairs) Soles4Souls shoe campaign has been extended to May 14. With unprecedented support from all over the province and UBCO and the current support of Sunrise Rotary and the public, more time is needed to collect and sort the 20,000 pairs of shoes already collected. For drop off locations go to Also, $1 buys one pair of new sandals. To donate, go to

Naramata’s Lang Winery has been purchased by Bravo Enterprises of Vancouver for an undisclosed amount. Started by Guenther and Kristina Lang in 1990 no name change expected and Guenther is staying on to lead the consultants who are working with winemaker Laurent Lafuente. The winery is best known for its riesling, merlot, gewürztraminer and marechal foch.

Byron Cook is the new chairman of Ducks Unlimited, Kelowna Chapter. It is hosting a fundraising event to conserve Canada’s Wetlands on May 14 at the Ramada Hotel. The evening will feature a live and silent auction and raffle tickets for a Browning Citori 625 Sporting Shotgun. Hot items will be Robert Bateman and Terry Redlin prints and a limited edition 1976 Bobby Orr autographed Team Canada jersey, as well as a one of a kind “See you in the NHL” autographed and framed photo of Shea Webber and Sidney Crosby shaking hands at the Memorial Cup tournament.  Tickets only $65 at 250-769-4378; or online at

Mission Hill Family Estate Proprietor Anthony von Mandl has announced a collaboration with renowned French artist Nathalie Decoster. Her first Canadian solo exhibition, to be held at the winery from June to October, follows recent installations in Paris, at Avenue des Champs-Elysees, the Luxembourg Gardens and the Bagatelle Gardens.

Bone Appetit is hosting holistic vet, Dr. Jewell of Heartland Veterinarian Services on April 30 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Kelowna Italian Club held a dinner fundraiser to donate money to the Red Cross for the Japanese disaster and raised $2,000. The food was unbelievable and made by the club’s members.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Linda Young (April 26); Lynn Kratzer (April 26); Phyllis and Con Litz (yes—both on April 27); Chuck Dixon (April 27); Carol Glenn (April 27);  Ron Labossiere, lawyer (April 28); Dave MacLean, MacLean Group Marketing (April 29); John McCormack (April 30); Harry Grossmith, United Way (May 1); Susan Steen, Hospice (May 3); Verna Burnell (May 3).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173.



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