DeHart: Environmentally/socially responsible vet and pet shop

Book on kokanee written by local author for Grades 2, 3 and 4 children.

Pandosy Village Veterinary Hospital and Pounce & Hound Fine Pet Goods has opened at 2720 Richter St.

Owned and operated by 14-year veterinarian Dr. Jason Rowan, and his wife Arnica, the business is a combined integrative medicine veterinary hospital and fine pet goods shop all in one.

The young couple offer a full state-of-the-art surgical suite, pharmacy and dentistry hospital. Dr. Rowan practices both conventional and herbal methods of treatment for your furry friends. His focus on preventative health is pretty unique.

The Rowans source the most environmentally and socially responsible products they can find, and know the story behind everything they sell. In the pet goods shop they offer a wide range of hand-crafted goods and local/organic pet foods such as high quality dog and cat food with brands made with Okanagan fruit and vegetables, food dishes, beds, pet toys, collars, life jackets, one ingredient meat treats, water and pet food feeders, and airplane certified travel cases. They even have a candy shop for your pets and Dr. Rowen’s own herbal tinctures (herbal remedies).

There is plenty of parking with a huge parkade at the back of the shop. Call 778-478-7088.

Earthly Creations Floral, Art, and Gift Gallery owned and operated by Marie Shandalla, is celebrating their 15th anniversary November 19 to 29. Located at 2630 Pandosy St., there will be many in-store specials and door prizes. Earthy Creations offers flowers for all occasions and they support the sale of locally produced merchandise. Drop in and experience “Marie’s World” but make sure you have a lot of time to browse in this lovely shop. Call 250-861-5825.

Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighbourhood Restaurants, owned and operated by Reg Henry are expanding—again! They are opening a new restaurant in Kitsilano in Vancouver on 7th and Burrard in January 2015. The restaurant will have 200 seats and a patio. Chris Pooli from Kamloops will be the manager. This is the eighth Kelly O’s in B.C. Other locations are Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops (2), Prince George, Nanaimo and Vernon.

Teriyaki Experience has purchased the Chopped Leaf restaurant chain based in Kelowna. The chain now has 18 franchised locations in Western Canada originally started by Blair Stevens. Teriyaki Experience is a Japanese restaurant chain that has 135 locations worldwide. The brands will be run separately. Nick Veloce of Innovative Food Brands will oversee both chains. Stevens will remain with Chopped Leaf as president. The plan is to open more Chopped Leaf outlets.

A Business Mixer and Information Session is being hosted by BDO for a fun business mixer and enjoyable evening at their office at Landmark 6, 1631 Dickson Ave., (4th Floor) on November 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. During the mixer, they will share some information on their January, 2015 Human Bonspiel in support of the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The Human Bonspiel is a uniquely Canadian winter game that does not involve a goalie or skates, but inner tubes, a slippery surface and a whole lot of laughter. To learn more about this unique corporate fundraising and team building opportunity while networking, register with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce to attend this free evening. Call 250 861-3627.  For more info call Scott Simpson at BDO at 250-763-6700.

Certified orthotist Renaud Fortin has started Feet Expert at 3103 Shetland Rd., specializing in custom made orthotics. Renaud has been in the industry for many years, relocating from Vancouver. Custom made orthotics can help with foot, knee, hip and back pain. They can improve posture and balance and provide support and stability and can also be helpful in helping foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spur, bunions, Morton’s neuroma, hammer toes, metatarsalgia, flat feet, high arch, corns and calluses. He can make all sizes and fits all types of shoes; high heels, boots, runners and sandals. Many of his orthotics are covered by extended health care. Renaud offers a free consultation by appointment only. Call 778-753-5115.

The public is invited to visit the Okanagan Military Museum at 1424 Ellis St. on November 11 after the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at the Cenotaph, until 4 p.m. Come and share your memories and see their various displays including a time line of World War One. Rebecca Robinson of Life Story Film will be at the Military Museum on the 11th to interview and film veteran’s stories and those that remember them for a digital film donation. The final film will be shown at the Okanagan Regional Library Show and Tell on November 29. Share your stories to commemorate our heroes.

Another special event is being held at the Okanagan Military Museum on November 6 at 2 p.m., presented by the Military Museum Society and Kelowna Museums. A set of medals donated by Senator Ross Fitzpatrick and his family will be accepted by the Military Museum. These medals including the Military Cross were awarded to senator Fitzpatrick’s uncle for his heroic efforts overseas in the First World War. A dedication ceremony will be conducted to celebrate this fine addition to the Military Museum collection. The Fitzpatrick family will also announce a donation to the Military Museum.

Sparkle the season at the Hudson’s Bay Kelowna’s Beauty Giving event on Saturday, November 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus tax, with $8 off your purchase during the event and $2 from every ticket will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will be complimentary refreshments, deluxe gift with purchases, silent auction, door prizes, local vendors and much more. For more info contact us at 250-860-2483 local 360.

Author and former teacher Joanne Swain has published the Life Cycle of the Kokanee Salmon, which she has written for grade levels 2, 3, and 4. She wrote the book because while she was teaching there were very few books written at this level for students to use for research skills that are found in the curriculum. Joanne took all the pictures that are in the book of the spawning salmon which give the children a visual image of what happens as well as the written story. The story is about the kokanee salmon’s life cycle from being laid as an egg in a freshwater stream to returning to that same stream four years later as an adult spawner. The book can be purchased locally at Mosaic Books, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble through the Internet and from Joanne at 250-712-0468.

For the third consecutive year, Bai Tong Restaurant in downtown Kelowna will host a major fund raising event for Project Literacy Kelowna. In 2004 Jamjit and Kitti Karunyasopon arrived from Thailand with limited English skills and began working with Elaine Johnston and a tutor to learn English. In 2007 they became proud Canadian citizens. They have always been grateful for the help they received from Project Literacy and came up with the fundraiser. Vouchers worth $10 and $20 will be sold to the public and redeemed at Bai Tong with 100 per cent of the profits going to Project Literacy. The event will run from November 17 until December 11.Vouchers are available at the Project Literacy office at 1635 Bernard Ave. and at Bai Tong at 275 Bernard Ave. They can be used for lunch or dinner Monday to Thursday. Call 250-762-2163.

In an effort to improve the flow of donations that staff and volunteers are able to process, the Kelowna Women’s Shelter Thrift Store at #6-368 Industrial Way, is setting specific days and times it will now accept donations from the public. Anyone who wants to drop off new or gently-used items that are in good condition is asked to do so between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays only. The store accepts men’s, women’s’ and children’s clothing, women’s footwear, linens, dishes/glasses, plastic items, cookware, electrical toys and some furniture items. They are unable to accept mattresses and box springs, large appliances, old electronics, TVs, microwaves, sewing and craft times, men’s shoes, records, books, magazines and any baby items such as cribs, mattresses, highchairs, swings, car sets and strollers.

The inaugural Lawyers vs. Accountants Blood Drive Competition is October 14 through December 31. You can donate at the Kelowna Clinic at 1865 Dilworth Drive every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and every second Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check your eligibility by calling 1-888-2Donate. Book online at or with the Give Blood App. Stay tuned for the winners to be published in the New Year. For more info call Monica McParland of Pushor Mitchell LLP at 250-869-1120.

The Kettle Valley Halloween Maze hosted by the Okanagan Mission Rotarians was a fantastic success on Halloween night. More than 650 people went through “The House of Clowns” and came out again, mostly screaming. Led by Okanagan Mission Rotary president Laurie Gaymer, other Rotarians involved were Steve Wolfenden, Ross Grimmer and Lockie Bracken. Volunteers were Dan Robinson, Claire Robinson, Freddie Banfield, Tyson Cuylle, Stacey Lukin and Lynsey Stillborn. Mario’s Towing (Nic Moretto) had their truck out for lighting and Paul Lysak donated the generator. Evil Clown Master was Alan Robinson and kudos to all the evil clowns who were unbelievable. Designer and project manager was Steeplejack “Key Grip” with stage manager and Evil Clown Tom Gaymer. A great event and effort from Soccer United, Kelowna City Parks and Rotary. Stay tuned for next year.

Birthdays of the week—Happy 70th Rick Mussellam (Nov. 8); Terry Hoogewoonink, Salon at the Bay (Nov. 5); Rick Appleby (Nov. 6); Marg Craig (Nov. 8); John Weisbeck (Nov. 9); Lawrence Syrnyk (Nov. 9); Bernice Sebastian (Nov. 9); Michael Loewen (Nov. 10); Paul Cleland (Nov. 11); Ron White (Nov. 11); Dave Maxwell (Nov. 11).

Kelowna Capital News