DeHart: Get ready to line up for a great breakfast

Among the grand prizes are a Samsung Galaxy Note cellular phone valued at a whopping $780, sponsored by Tom Harris Cellular.

It’s now just a couple of days away—The 15th Annual Maxine DeHart. United Way-Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast takes place Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 a.m.

Among the grand prizes up for grabs this year are a Samsung Galaxy Note cellular phone valued at a whopping $780, sponsored by Tom Harris Cellular (Jim McLellan), and sponsored by RPX Logistics (Neil Saunders) a fabulous Kobo VOX eReader.

Another grand prize that everyone wants to win is the Sun Valley Window Cleaning gift certificate while the Heritage Office Furnishings office chair is always a big hit. Okanagan Strata Management has sponsored several digital cameras and both The Bay and Orchard Park Shopping Centre has been extremely generous with tons of gift certificates

Sleep Country has donated a fabulous basket of goodies each year. As usual, Andy and TJ of EZ Rock 101.5 will be on hand live all morning as will be Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu from 99.9 Sun FM, along with both Global Okanagan and Shaw TV. Other sponsors are BFI, Integra Tire, Good Earth Coffee, Perkins Restaurant, The Globe and Mail, Lakeland Oil, Jacobsen Excellence, Beyond 50 Magazine, Café Soleil, Heather Zais and Chances. The Westside Warriors (I’m told the entire team) will be there to greet you. Please support us by opening up your hearts and your wallets. Remember, all the money raised stays right here in our community. Drive, walk, blade or bike to the Ramada from Enterprise Way and have some fun, along with supporting your community.

The celebration of life for Art Jewell will be held at the Ramada Hotel in the conference centre on Saturday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

Dr. Mansoor Choudhry has joined Dr. Spec Optical, owned and operated by Catharine Goheen at 106-1876 Cooper Road (Orchard Plaza next to Save-on-Foods). With a long list of qualifications and able to speak four languages, (English, Spanish, Urdu and Hindi), Dr. Choudhry completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge and went on to attend optometry school in Puerto Rico. He also spent time living in Los Angeles and Miami while completing his clinical internships. Dr. Choudhry wishes to create awareness of the importance of routine eye exams regardless of one’s age or physical health. Eye doctors evaluate the health of your eyes and utilize that information to give them a bigger picture of your overall health. Call 250-861-1585 for an appointment

Kim Froom and the team at  Phoenix Health and Fitness have acquired their own premises, which they affectionately call the “Nest,” at 1177 Sutherland Ave. Specializing in medical fitness, the private training studio supplies clients of all fitness levels safe and effective programming. From the diabetic looking to manage their condition to the individual preparing for their first Gran Fondo, the team at Phoenix is committed to assisting individuals as they make lifestyle changes and improve their health. Drop into the Nest or call 250-212-7335.

Sharleen McBlain, owner of Secret Hair Affair for five years, has relocated to 101-1289 Ellis Street (Cannery Lofts) and also expanded her business to serve the clients of Peter MacDonald at Stare Hair, who has moved to Toronto. McBlain, a stylist for over 20 years, has completed her third level as a colour technician for La Biosthetique and now provides colour education workshops to other hair stylists around the Okanagan. The product line, La Biosthetique, is a complete line of hair, skin and make-up from Paris. The tint and tone colour line has advanced micro pigment technology which allows a deeper penetration of colour. They also offer retail products for general maintenance and to solve hair and scalp issues. Call 250-860-0040 or 250-862-8998.

LINE-X, Protective Coatings, owned and operated by franchisees Daryle Ehnes and Mike Parent, is now open for business at 111-2955 Acland Rd. in Kelowna. As their second LINE-X franchise, the first being in Vernon, the duo specialize in truck bed protection and protective coatings serving local truck owners and businesses. The company offers a range of protective coating services and products, including its newest spray-on truck bedliner product, Line-X Premium, which offers the superior level of abrasion and impact protection with an additional ultraviolet (UV) protection coating. The products are designed to defend again rust, chemicals, abrasions and even the toughest of environments with maximum protection. The spray-on truck bedliners is a combination of specially formulated polymers that permanently bond to the truck’s bed, sealing out water and dirt. This offers durability, toughness, resistance to most common chemicals, contours to the exact shape of the truck bed, is scratch and dent resistant, has shock absorbing qualities that dampen sound, is attractive and adds resale value to a new or used truck. Call 778-753-6133

Simone Brunton, a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton LLP,  has been appointed as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.  Contact either Simone Brunton, senior manager advisory services at either 250-712-6802 or

The Ramada Hotel and Perkins Restaurant (in the Ramada) is hosting a food drive for Thanksgiving to assist the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Please help us out by dropping off non-perishable food items to the front desk of the Ramada or Perkins Restaurant to be delivered in time for the Thanksgiving weekend. Call 250-860-9711.

Local author Clinton Williams has published a new book titled, Love Me With All Of Your Heart Or Leave Me With All Of Mine. His book is about parent alienation and the effects of emotional abuse and states that when a child is taught to hate a person to win the hate war, the effects are devastating. Williams wants his book to help people stop this cycle in a positive and motivating way. Williams is doing a book signing at the Chapters store at Orchard Park Shopping Centre on Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The 10th anniversary season of the Kelowna Actors Studio starts with Kiss Me Kate in Concert, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park and the classic musical Miracle on 34th Street. Register for their fall classes including RENT, Disney’s Little Mermaid, Jams & the Giant Peach, Teen Acting Theatre and Film. Gift cards are now on sale. For more information see

Celebrating their 85th year of service to their community, our local Rotarians will host an evening with John Hewko, General Secretary and CEO for Rotary International, on Oct. 17, 8 p.m., at the Kelowna Community theatre. Tickets are $10. Hewko’s position with Rotary follows a distinguished career as a partner with the International Law firm of Baker & McKenzie and vice-president at the Millennium Challenge Corp., a U.S. government agency established to deliver foreign aid to the poorest countries of the world. He also served as special advisor to former U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell. The Rotary International Foundation that he oversees distributes more than $180 million US annually to educational and humanitarian projects all over the world. A question and answer session will follow Hewko’s presentation. Call Tony French at 778-754-1025 or Sergei Krasnow at 250-764-6369 for tickets.

The Kelowna Capri Rotary Club will host a Harvest Feast on Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., at the Kelowna & District Fish and Game Club, 4041 Casorso Rd. Tickets $60, available by calling 250-764-8291.

The Kelowna & District Safety Council will put on a two weekend course called “Ride Safe—Learn to Ride Program. It will include eight yours of classroom theory, over 10 hours of skills training in a parking lot, and 12 hours of in-traffic training. The October course will run the evening of Friday, Oct. 12, and all day Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21. The $705 course tuition includes a full face helmet, motorcycle jacket, gloves and bikes for the course.  Call 250-765-3163 for more info or to register.

Inn From the Cold will kick off its annual fundraiser “A Night At The Inn” on Saturday, Oct.13, 7 p.m., at The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave., with widely acclaimed guest speaker “Skid Row CEO” Joe Roberts, who will tell his story about rising from a life on the streets to becoming a CEO of a leading  multimedia company in Vancouver. Tickets $10 in advance or $15 at door. Call Tara Tschritter at 250-448-6403 or

Birthdays of the week: Happy 90th Rosemary Stiell (Sept. 30); happy 60th Tom Lang, Gescan (Oct. 5); Ruth Hill (Oct 1); Dave Proctor (Oct. 5); Marlene Murray (Oct. 6); Kelly Padula (Oct. 7); Barb Martindale (Oct. 7); Cathy Locke (Oct. 8), Karen Roen, Ramada Hotel (Oct. 9).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier and city councillor. Phone her at either 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662, fax 250-860-3173, email

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