Kelowna Green Clean Ltd. is a new professional office and commercial janitorial service.
Owned and operated by Patricia and Chris Rantucci, the company was started this year and specializes in cleaning commercial, medical, industrial, office, vacant residential and post-construction space. The company also offers professional deep tile floor cleaning while using only eco-friendly products. Chris has 15 years in the janitorial field and has obtained his professional custodian certificate from Okanagan College. The company is insured, bonded and consultations for service are free. Be clean, green and germ free. Call 250-862-7423 or 250-863-2256; www.kelownagreenclean.com.
Wesley Forgione has joined the team at Pushor Mitchell LLP as an associate lawyer. He will be developing a general litigation practice. Call 250-869-1226
For the past three years, Tarcicio Roslaes, owner/operator of Image Laser Works, has practiced laser acupuncture for smoking cessation, drug, alcohol, and food addiction, chronic and acute pain and other health problems. Now he is diversifying their services by opening another clinic in the same location at 304-3001 Tutt St. in the Tutt Professional Building (Mission area), called Infinity Laser Clinic. This clinic will offer services in laser podiatry and aesthetic treatments including, nail fungus, warts, corns, calluses, spider veins, acne, rosacea, hair removal and skin rejuvenation. They have both male and female certified laser technicians and also offer free consultations with an appointment. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and on weekends by special request. Call 250-862-3553; www.infinitylaserclinic.com
Westbank is celebrating its 110th anniversary since the community was founded Aug. 17, 2013. The Historic Westbank Association will sponsor many activities to mark the occasion, including a dinner and barn dance at the Westbank Community Centre. On behalf of the association, Peter Lepold has designed a postage stamp to honour this historical event. The stamp is not available at the post office, but can be purchased at the Westbank Museum, the local farmers’ market, the association or from Peter directly by contacting him at 250-765-3502 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Coral Field, former manager of Bell Orchard Park, is now the regional manager of Bell and Virgin Mobile.
Best friends and business partners Amy Bizovie and Alexander Del Hierro, both with diplomas in photographic technology and graduates at the top of their class from NAIT in Edmonton, own and operate Ivenkaye Photographics. This duo are in their third season of specializing in wedding photography, but both are also adept in other photography specialty areas as well. It is their goal to branch out and create a commercial photography company and work around the province. They are also advertising through the Wedding Café on Pandosy Street. Call 250-215-7158;www.ivenkayephoto.com
Available from their online store www.barefootvenus.com and a few select retailers in the Okngan at www.barefootvenus.myshopify.com/pages/locations, the legendary Mustard Bath has received the 2013 Best Gift Award for Body and Soul by the Canadian Gift and Tableware Association. From hundreds of entries, just a handful of products are chosen for this award. Owner Trina Speiser relays the mustard bath story being evolved from a deep-rooted family recipe and since 1999 it has been their best selling product. It is all natural with amazing therapeutic benefits for all ages and genders.
Rudi Metzger is with Bowman Employment Services, 211-1664 Richter St. Bowman offers government funded programs focused on helping businesses and non-profit organizations grow the potential of their employees by providing access to funded training for eligible staff. Funding is provided through the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement for the Aspect Targeted Skills Shortage Program (TSSP). There is no cost funding for employee training and development. Some of the eligible employer sectors are technology, healthcare and social assistance, transportation, manufacturing, natural gas, mining, forestry, fishing and tourism, including food and accommodation services. Bowman delivers the program in the Thompson/Okanagan and Lower Mainland areas. Contact 250-861-6891 or 250-869-6891; email@example.com www.tssp.ca
The book Heart of a Toastmaster features 133 contributing members of Toastmasters International around the world.Stories by two Kelowna women have been chosen to be included among them. Theresa Shaver’s story “I Love to Talk” is one local entry and the other is by Jan Mills, titled “Turning Disability Into Ability.” As well a photo contributed by Mills is featured on the cover of the book. Both Mills and Shaver are members of the Okanagan Advanced Toastmasters Club. I know Mills and her story is truly an inspiration to those readers who want to make a difference in the world. Shaver has been a tireless leader in Toastmasters and as Division Governor was appropriately recognized when she achieved her Distinguished Toastmaster Award. The book will be released at the Toastmasters International Convention at Cincinnati on Aug. 21. For more info about Toastmasters, call Theresa at 250-469-3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for book orders contact Jan Mills at www.janmills.net.
House of Rose Winery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Gala Anniversary Dinner on Aug. 24. Tickets $95 for a four-course meal, each paired with one of their wines, music and a free ride home supplied by Let’s Go Wine Tours. Call 250-765-0802 for tickets. www.houseofrose.com.
The Okanagan Family Health Expo is Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Okanagan Adventist Academy, 1035 Hollywood Rd., with free admission. In addition to their roster of exhibitors, there are eight screening stations which will offer glucose checks, cardiac, blood pressure checks, body fat percentage analysis, lung capacity testing, massage and health age assessment. At the end of the screening, you can meet with a volunteer health counsellor. There are cooking demonstrations and free food samples. For more info call Thomas or Marcie Drobott at 778-754-1989 or email@example.com
The KGHF 12th annual Celebrity Tennis Classic and Bocce Ball Tournament is approaching soon—Sept. 13 to 15 at “Centre Court,” 2302 Abbott St., hosted by Walley and Marietta Lightbody. Joachim Nierfeld is this year’s honouree, an individual with an intense passion for tennis. All proceeds dedicated to essential life savings cardiac diagnostic equipment. To register or for more info call Chandel Christie at 250-862-4438 or Walley or Marietta at 250-762-2783; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local company Flair Air and Travel Guild are working together to present a 20 day-tour entitled “South American by Private Jet” that will originate from Kelowna. They swap the normal interior of the aircraft to a 76 seal all-business class interior for a premium travel experience. They are currently offering a $1,000 discount to Flair customers/referrals from the original price of $24,995. Call 1-800-268-4284 or for more info contact David Atkins at 250-807-5344; www.privatejettours.ca/South_ America_Tour.html.
BrainTrust Canada is seeking golfers, volunteers and hole sponsors for its annual Pihl Law Corporation Golf Marathon on Friday, Sept.6, at The Bear golf course. The event offers the ultimate day of golf with golfer’s choice of a full marathon of 100 holes or a half marathon of 50 holes of a team relay of four people. Contact Magda Kapp at 250-762-3233; email@example.com
Solo GI Nutrition is a Canadian company headquartered in Kelowna. President and CEO Sol Katz has more than 20 years of experience leading the research and development of innovative functional food products. Solo GI Nutrition introduced the first line of clinically validated low glycemic energy/nutrition bars in 2005. Now, with a bright, fresh, new look, and two new exciting flavours, the company launched its certified low glycemic and now gluten free certified line of bars in April and is expanding sales of SoLo Bars right across Canada. Some of the local places you can find the SoLo Bars locally are Quality Greens, Choices, Nature’s Fare, Save-On-Foods, Coopers, Urban Fare, MarketPlace IGA, Lakeview Market and many pharmacies. Packed with nutrients and natural ingredients, SoLo Gl low glycemic energy and nutrition bars sustain energy longer, without the spike, crash and crave; providing a solution for weight and blood sugar management. The energy bars, which come in five flavours, are the ideal in-between meal snack bar for the entire family, containing no additives, artificial preservatives, artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or hydrogenated oils.. You might remember a couple of years ago; the bars were in the breakfast bags in the Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast. We are pleased to announce they will again be sponsors of this year’s drive-thru on Oct. 10. Call 250-491-1720; www.soloenergybar.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you love listening to audiobooks? Okanagan Regional Library, in partnership with RBdigital from Recorded Books, has launched OneClickdigital, an on-line service that allows patrons to download a wide range of digital audio books, including best sellers, recorded books exclusives, classics and selections for children and young adults. Try it out at www.orl.bc.ca or visit your local branch.
Creekside Theatre in Lake Country, 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd., is featuring Evergreen rocker Jo Burt on Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. He is an English songwriter, storyteller, singer and guitar player possibly best known for his incredible history working with musical legends such as Freddie Mercury, The Troggs and Black Sabbath over the past 40 years. Tickets $25, $23 for students and seniors group of four for $84. For tickets, call 250-766-9309
Wheels for a Cure, the inaugural Charity Poker Run, takes place Sunday, Aug. 18, 7 a.m., (breakfast) starting at the A&W in Peachland, sponsored by A&W Southern Interior restaurants. Register on-site at the Peachland A&W the morning of the run ($10 per hand) and monies raised go to prostate cancer initiatives. All vehicles are welcome with the top three hands winning cash prizes. For more information, check out www.wheelsforacure.ca.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 70th John Law (July 27); happy 85 maestro Leonard Kamplin (Aug 16); Claus Larsen, RPB Hotels (Aug. 15); Herb Comben (Aug. 16); Tena Kristalowich (Aug. 20); Warren Welters (Aug. 14); Bernard Gauthier, Kozy Shack Pudding (Aug. 21); Ted Rhind (Aug. 21); Berna Shoemaker (Aug. 22); Dave Hodgkinson (Aug. 21).
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier and Kelowna city councillor.