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DeHart: Local go-cart operation adds 10 new state-of-the-art carts

Malibu Grand Prix and Laser Tag have been operating at on Stremel Road (just off Highway 97 North) since 1985. Owned and operated by the Prowse family and managed by Darren Prowse, the business now has a new fleet of 10 brand new, state-of-the-art Malibu-brand carts that are from the U.S. The carts are great for both kids and adults. Malibu also offers speed ball/paint ball in a closed arena. It’s a great place for corporate events, all kinds of parties and even stag and stagette parties. Fat Daddy’s Pizza will soon have an outlet there, operated by Paul St. Pierre, who operated a pizza outlet in downtown Kelowna for many years. Malibu is open seven days a week. Call 250-765-1434.

Giovanni Lauretta’s popular coffee spot Giobean Espresso has moved a couple of doors down the street to new premises at 1320 Water St.  The new shop has been completely renovated, is brighter, considerably larger, has a lovely patio and is open seven days a week. The outside patio now looks and feels just like a piazza in Italy.

Well-known financial guy, Rennie Wutke, senior account manager of commercial banking at Valley First Credit Union on Bernard Avenue, is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company. Rennie was with HSBC before joining Valley First. Call 250-860-1900.

A first in the valley, a Color Me Mine franchise has opened at 2-1470 Harvey Ave. (beside Cora’s). Owned and operated by Kerri and Rob Visnjak, this paint-it-yourself ceramic studio is all about the art of having fun. Here’s how it works. First you pick the ceramic piece you want to paint, then you plan your one-of-a-kind design. After that you select colours to paint with and have fun painting. When you are done, the store will glaze and fire your piece for you and you pick it up in about seven days. There are hundreds of pieces to choose from in different categories, including pets, kids, Disney, cups, kitchen, décor and garden. All finished pieces are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. The store also offers paint workshops for kids and adults along with classroom auction projects, corporate team building, fundraising for schools, summer workshops and birthday parties. Call 250-861-4FUN www.kelownacolormemine.com.

The contact info for Luanne Chore, new senior manager of business development at Grant Thornton, LLP is 250-712-6864 or Luanne.Chore@ca.gt.com.

After 33 years in the RCMP, eight of those in Kelowna, Insp. Cam Forgues is retiring June 1. He is going to enjoy life and do what he likes best—riding his motorcycle, playing golf and traveling. I first met Cam on the steps of the RCMP office in Kamloops. I was going into the office and he was coming out (Cam held the door for me as my hands were full with cookies) and we started chatting. I asked him who he was and he told me he was being transferred to Kelowna. What good luck for us. We have been friends ever since.

Formerly with The Bug Man for five years, Kurt Wallman is now the owner-operator of his own pest control business, Budget Pest Solutions. Providing both residential and commercial properties with professional, timely and efficient bug service for a fair price, Kurt is a fully government licensed technician servicing the Okanagan, offering free quotes. He specializes in eradicating and controlling “odorous ants, mice, birds and wildlife solutions or any other pest problems you might encounter. Call 250-718-8000 or lessbugs@telus.net; www.budgetpestsolutions.net.

This year’s honoree at the United Way Dinner of Distinction, being held on Nov. 15, is Paul Demay, regional director for Investors Group. Over the years, Paul has been on the board of United Way, eventually becoming both board and campaign chair.

The Okanagan Sun Football Club, in partnership with Craig Wynsouw and Karol Sokolowski, have opened a retail store, offering all Sun fan gear, including clothing memorabilia and seasons tickets. Located at 1278 Ellis St., the grand opening is Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fans are invited to join the team and Geroy Simon of the B.C. Lions for a barbeque beginning at 4 p.m. Call 250-215-1099 or craig@overtimeathletics.ca.

With 22 years under his belt with the City of Kelowna, David Graham, director of strategic initiatives is retiring at the end of September. David has helped create and transform many of the recreation and cultural programs that the city has today. He is going to enjoy climbing mountains, doing a little consulting work and bike riding on our new city bike lanes.

Well-known major home fashion consultant at The Bay, Kam Mann is relocating to the Lower Mainland and is transferring to The Bay in Metrotown in Burnaby on May 18. Kam has been with The Bay here for seven years and will be in the same department in Metrotown.

The Central Okanagan Community Gardens 2012 board of directors will be made up of Ruth Mellor (president); Becky Vien (secretary); Alain Frenoi (treasurer), Georgiann Kasdorf (newsletter editor); and Sandy James (project coordinator). Members of the board include Roxana Adams, Teresa Banka, Nathalie Begin, Christina Elliot, Bob McCoubrey, Denise Taylor, Rebecca Kaus, Marnie Vanstone, Cori Forner, Darla Wiebe and Kate Bergen. Outgoing board members are Doris Major, Betty Gal and Barbara Bowmar.

Kelowna pilot and businessman Braden Messenger has been recognized with the Spirit of Hope Award as an important part of Hope Air’s success in the organization’s mission of providing free flights to low-income Canadians getting to specialized health care that does not exist in their local communities. Braden received the Distinguished Volunteer Pilot Award, reflecting 18 flights flown since 2007 for donating his time, expertise as a pilot, the use of his aircraft and a significant portion of flight expenses. He has racked up a total of 2,964 nautical miles and 26.6 hours in the air on behalf of Hope Air clients. www.hopeair.org.

New Life Concrete is a new company that repairs, rejuvenates and protects concrete pool decks, pools, patio decks, driveways and walkways. The company, owned and operated by Ryan Dore and Greg Ford, also installs new concrete for all construction projects including patios, retaining walls, pool decks, driveways and walkways. New Life converts vinyl-topped decks into gorgeous concrete finishes and can also resurface, beautify and protect concrete with a micro topping application that is actually a polymer resin, three times stronger than concrete. It can be applied to any trowel effect desired and coloured with multiple colours to add depth. All their projects are protected by a sealed membrane system with an anti-slip component. The installation product cannot be permeated by oil and spills are easily cleaned. The product resists cracking and masks existing floor cracks. The company offers a 25-year workmanship guarantee based on their maintenance program and stay abreast of the latest technologies and techniques in concrete treatments and protection. Bring new life into your old concrete and add value to your home. Layne Clarke is the sales manager at 250-0869-7723 or layne@newlifeconcretebc.com; www.newlifeconcretebc.com.

Pioneer physician Dr. Walter Anderson has been honoured posthumously with the dedication of a new building at KGH. The clinical support building will now be known as the Dr. Walter Anderson Building in recognition of his significant contribution to the community, as both a physician and a philanthropist.

A big thanks to both Keela Martinson and Bryan Williams of Original Joe’s on Pandosy for their exceptional customer service.

StarDyne Technologies of Kelowna has improved its ranking to 109th on the Branham300 list for 2011 from a solid 114 for the past two fiscal years. The list is the most comprehensive and trusted source of information on the health of the Canadian Information and Communications Technology Industry. Brad Imrich is the CFO and vice-president of finance of the company. Brad.imrich@stardynetech.com.

M&M Meat Shops charity barbeque day for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada is Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all three locations (Mission Park, Highway 97 and West Kelowna). Every penny raised will go to the CCFC. Brett Irving of the Mission Park store and volunteers (me included) will grill hamburgers and hot dogs to help meet the national goal of $1.5 million. While you are there, and for one day only, the popular salt and pepper or honey barbeque wings will be on sale for only $6.99. While you are there, also pick up two new super products, Four Corners grilled vegetable pizzas with gourmet multigrain thin crust and lemon blueberry tarts. The tart is a European-style dessert made with a refreshing lemon filling

on a shortbread crust, topped with wild blueberries. A Mother’s Day treat. See you there.

The Rutland Hospital Auxiliary thrift shop, at 140 Douglass Road North, is holding a storewide sale from May 14 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.each day with all proceeds to KGH.

A fundraising event, Love for Lilee (Lilee Jean Putt-Whittle), who is 15-months-old and now on her sixth round of chemo for brain cancer, is slated for May 20 at McCulloch Station Pub from 6 p.m. until closing. Tickets are $30 for a burger and first beverage. There will be three bands playing, one of which features Lilee’s father as lead singer. There will also be two trips on auction as well as sports memorabilia. Tickets at McCulloch Station or from Sarah Lindsay at250-869-5602 or s.lindsay68@yahoo.com.

Anna Jacyszyn has a very special Jazz Café presentation on May 18 at the Black Box Theatre. Alta saxophonist Dylan Cramer and his quartet will bring its technical brilliance, along with creative interpretations that are intense, yet sensitive. Call Anna for reservations at 250-763-6141 or email fabulousPR@gmail.com.

The correct time for the community document shredding event is Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crown Packaging parking lot at 2092 Enterprise Way.

I mentioned Alan Dolman’s birthday on April 25, but did not know he was “65,” so now I am telling everyone.

Birthdays of the week:  Happy 60th Lynn Hamilton (May 13); Allan McPhee (Today, May 10); Bjorn Oldendorf, Delta Grand (May 10); Bruce Henderson (May 10); Laurie Anne Livingstone, Save On Foods (May 11); Arnie Schneider, Schneider, Sample, Ohlmann (May 13); Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel (May 16); Michael Dorsel (May 16); In memory of my father, Edward Abram (May 16).

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