DeHart: Cipes family celebrates 30 years at Summerhill

Cipes family has produced 25 vintages over 30 years at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Cipes family at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Cipes family at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Cipes family are celebrating their 30th anniversary and their 25th vintage, featuring organic and biodynamic wine.

Along with receiving many awards throughout the years, recently at the 2016 BC Wine Awards, Summerhill won a Platinum Medal for Cipes Blanc de Blanc 2010 and founder/proprietor Stephen Cipes was honoured by the industry with the prestigious Founder’s Award. Located at 4870 Chute Lake Rd., you can eat local and organic at the Sunset Organic Bistro with chef Alex Lavroff at the helm. Lavroff sources the best regional ingredients from their own biodynamic gardens and wildlife preserves along with their large network of organic farmers. The bistro is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Summerhill was officially designated as a member of the Canadian Signature Experiences collection by the Canadian Tourism Commission with the program’s launch in 2011. The Discover Pyramid Power Signature Experience invites you to tour the winery’s sacred geometric pyramid wine cellar, taste the award-winning organic wines and pair them with farm-to-table cuisine in the bistro. Eric von Krosigk is Summerhill’s wine maker and Ezra Cipes the CEO. Call 250-764-8000; online.

Fitness West is a new equipment store that has opened at 39-2070 Harvey Ave. (behind Arby’s). Owned by Greg Turnovitski, the store is managed by Denise Tatton who relocated from Kamloops, where she managed Red Tag Fitness for the past 13 years and prior to that was at Fitness Depot in Calgary. Fitness West offers brands of Precor, BH Fitness, Life Fitness and Hoist, which is their exclusive brand. They have equipment for both residential and commercial use, including all types of cardio and strength fitness equipment and accessories, along with weights and bars. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 250-763-8456; online.

Congratulations to David Walker, general manager of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, on his 15th anniversary with the club.

Little HoboAfter being in the same location since 1975, Little Hobo Soup and Sandwich Shop has relocated to newer and larger premises at 596 Leon Ave., at the corner of Leon and Bertram (formerly the Streaming Café). Purchased in 1975 by husband and wife team of Stephen MacDonald and Crystal Dougan, the restaurant now has 50 seats inside and a 20-seat patio. The former location had only 23 seats in total. New to the menu are homemade burgers and fries and they are now serving breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. with lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Basically, you will get the same comfortable food with the same comfortable prices. Call 778-478-0411 or look for their daily specials on their Facebook page Little Hobo Soup and Sandwich Shop.

Glenmore Gift Gallery at 110-1940 Kane Rd. is celebrating their first anniversary in business. Owned and operated by Brian and Michelle Potzkai, they will marking the occasion on Nov. 4 and 5 with a pre-Christmas sale and huge savings on other unique gifts such as men’s, ladies and baby gifts and home décor. They carry and represent over 30 local artisan’s hand-made gifts. Many of their Christmas items will be offered at up to 40 per cent off the retail price. Call 236-420-2261; online.

URBA Uptown After Hours will be hosted by Interior Savings at 185 Rutland Rd. S. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., $10 per person (tickets at the door only).

Donations are still coming in for the Maxine DeHart-United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast which put the event well over the top of $51,000. Huge thanks to Arby’s Kelowna on Harvey Avenue, who dropped off a $500 cheque and to other citizens who came in with donations also. Thanks to everyone. Congratulations to the major prize winners who have come forward in Lynda Filionthe past week. Lynda Fillion (Have a Heart Ruby and Diamond Necklace, sponsored by Michelle Urbanovich, GIA Gemologist); Frank Singer (Mario’s Towing,  $1,000 Travel Voucher); Catherine Marshall, Village at Mill Creek ($450 gift certificate from Symmetry Studio donated by Laurie Paxton); Ken Little (Canadian Restricted Firearm Safety Course donated by Const. Steve Holmes); James Haines and Julie Peterson (both won Creative Mortgage, $100 Prepaid MasterCard); Delores MacDougall (Canadian Home Builders Association-Central Okanagan Dewalt Drill/Driver Kit). There are still a couple of grand prizes that have not been claimed. Please call me at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662.

A team consisting of two Okanagan College professors and one student researcher are among only five teams across the country to be awarded prestigious research grants from the Trico Charitable Foundation.  Kyleen Myrah and Kerry Remple, with the Okanagan College School of Business, along with Cassandra McColman, a third-year business student, recently received a Trico Social EnterPrize Award for case study research. The biennial awards go to Canadian organizations demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in social enterprise.

Beautiful Nails and Spa has opened at 2-110 Hollywood Rd. S. (next to Taco Time Cantina). Check out their grand opening special valid until Nov. 15. Call 250-809-1253.

If you are looking for a Halloween Haunted House to visit in our city, there’s one at 945 Grenfell Rd., which is one block south of Ethel Street and Rose Avenue. It will be open Oct. 29, 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Donations will be greatly appreciated for the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

Once Halloween is over, instead of throwing your jack-o-lantern in the garbage, how about composting your pumpkin. The Regional Waste Reduction Office says pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, a big part of a composter’s diet. Chop up your pumpkin into small pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves. It will break down becoming a nutrient rich soil amendment you can put in your garden or flower beds next spring. It’s estimated that 25,000 or nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall. If you do not compost, you can put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup. A reminder that yard waste pick-up end for this year on Nov. 30. Call 250-469-6250; online.

Okanagan Masters Swim Club has recognized several of its members for their achievements at the 2016 AGM. Christy Kirk received Swimmer of the Year. Cailla Patterson was awarded Most Inspirational Swimmer, Robert Mallach, Most Improved Male Swimmer and Leah Perrier, Most Improved Female Swimmer. The Elena Dimitrov Award for Courage and Determination went to 84-year-old Conny Stamhuis, who will also be inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in November. Carol Taylor was recognized as Volunteer of the Year, Rob Epp, Community Volunteer of the Year and the Hammer Award went to Danila Schreiber.

The new OMSC elected board for 2017-18 is Sharon Spring (president), Carmelle Guidi-Swan (vice-president), Laura Fleming (secretary), Brenda Balderson (treasurer), Norma Lachance (meet manager), Greg Harris (registrar), Gordon Sparrey (communications) and Cailla Patterson and Carol Taylor (at-large). Stepping down after eight years is Jennifer Leach-Trask.

Congratulations to the Rider Cider Ride for Autism which raised a total of $40,000 at this year’s event presented by HM Commercial Group.

If you have old, used or unwanted reading glasses kicking around the house, drop them off to Dr. Specs Optical in Orchard Plaza (near Save On Foods) by Oct. 31.  Rotarian Catharine Goheen, former owner of Dr. Specs Optical has taken eyeglasses from the Okanagan to more than 29 different developing countries. She will travel Myanmar-Burma independently distributing the reading glasses to older, poorer people and to farmers and workers in her jungle treks in the mountains and poorer sections of the cities. At this time, Myanmar does not have Rotary, so she is in contact with a local NGO that is working with Taiwan Rotarians. Call 250-878-7684.

Fall Fashion Flea Market will be Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre. There will be more than 50 tables with gently used ladies clothing, shoes and accessories for sale. This is a cash only event with support for Mamas for Mamas.

TUC Okanagan Fly Fishing Film Festival presents Finding Fontinalis on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Laurel Packinghouse, 7 p.m. This event grows every year and all net profits go towards TUC Okanagan river projects. Tickets $20 available from Trout Waters Fly & Tackle, 101-2340 Hwy. 97N. Call 250-860-2262.

Calling all zombie dancers. Studio9 School of the Arts for the second year in a row is hosting Thrill the World, a tribute to Michael Jackson and release of the Thriller Album. At 3 p.m. on Saturday at Stuart Park, you can dance with the rest of the world this year marking the 34th anniversary of the iconic sound and choreography. Everyone is invited to put on your best zombie. You can register free on their Facebook page or at the school website. Please bring food for the Salvation Army Christmas food drive. Call 250-868-8816 for more information.

The National Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is Nov. 16 with an art contest being organized this year. There will be $750 in prizes and the winners will be announced at the event. This is a fun way to use your artistic abilities while showing the ridiculousness of inattention while performing other activities that require constant attention. The art contest will be on the One Crash is Too Many website and the Facebook page. Watch the video for the National Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

Birthdays of the week—Happy 60th Spencer Wylie, happy 75th Bernie Schleppe (Oct. 28); happy 70th Tony Schleppe (Oct. 29); Terry Wardrop (Oct. 27); Al Kirschner (Oct. 27); Gail Harrison (Oct. 27); A’Lana Rains (Oct. 28); Darren Light (Oct. 28); Gary Topham (Oct. 28); Doug Adams (Oct. 29); Loyal Wooldridge (Oct. 29); Laurie Baird (Oct. 30); Mark Beaulieu (Oct. 29); Don Gerein (Oct. 30); Denis Pickard (Oct. 30); Jackie Schleppe (Oct. 31).

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