The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill has opened at 3030 Pandosy St. in Sopa Square.
Owned and operated by managing partners DJ Ilg and Felipa Marioras, this is their second location, with the first being in Canmore, Alta. The restaurant is large with 256 seats, a 30-seat patio opening next year and 50 staff. The menu is extensive with a selection of soups and salads, appies and snacks, poutine, burgers, wraps, steaks, donairs, sandwiches, pasta, butter chicken, shepherd’s pie, 13 pizza choices, desserts and lots more. The location also offers daily specials and a Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for viewing NFL games. There are 30 beers on tap plus a large selection of cocktails and wine. Dustin Martin is the general manager, who was formerly with Original Joe’s for several years. The Canadian Brewhouse & Grill is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. Call 250-980-4521.
Winners of the 2015 Communities in Bloom Green Thumb Garden Contest are: Don Burnett (Gardener of the Year); Christine and Allan Surtees (Best Large Heritage House Garden); Lorraine Hodges and Murray Sandulac (Best Large Garden); Ribbit Farms, Chef Rod Butters (Best Medium Sized Garden); Jayne and Hugo Koller (Best Small Garden); Kathy and Rick Shave (Best Xeriscape Garden); Growing Chefs —Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture (Best Community Project -A.S. Matheson and Glenmore schools); Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club (Best Golf Club Landscaping); Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Best Winery Landscaping); Brandt’s Creek Mews (Best Seniors’ Residence Landscaping); Meadowbrook Estates, Enterprise Way (Best Multi-Unit Landscaping); Landmark 6 (Best Large Commercial Landscaping); The Train Station Pub (Best Small Commercial Landscaping); Sandpointe (Best Gated Community Landscaping); Earls Kitchen and Bar (Best Restaurant Patio Landscaping); Central Okanagan Heritage Society for Benvoulin Church and Guisachan Heritage Park (Best Heritage Preservation Project and Landscaping); Victor Projects, Baron Road (Best Urban Forestry Project); Tulameen Road, Kettle Valley (Best Block). Wilma Schellenberger is the contest coordinator.
Long-time local Ian Rennie, a founder of the volunteer ambassador program at the Kelowna airport, has now served 16 years as a volunteer ambassador and celebrated his 94th birthday on Sept. 4. He still plays nine holes of golf. Pretty good for 94!
Kelowna Psychologists Group was founded in 1983 by Drs. Gary Lea and Bill de Bosch Kemper. Dr. Heather McEachern joined the Kirschner Road practice in 1994 and is now at the helm of the expansion on the 15th floor of Landmark 6 at 1510-1631 Dickson Ave. KPG is the largest psychology practice in Kelowna, seeing people of all ages with Drs. McEachern, Lea, Young, Woodworth, Libben, Langill, Aubrey, Keating, Burnett, Driscoll, Dominelli and Marceau. They work with schools, doctors, lawyers, do talks, and treat numerous issues including sleep, grief, chronic pain, phobias, stress, PTSD, depression, ADHD, sleep and eating disorders, G.I. issues, phobias and learning memory functions. KPG have a long history of service to individual police, veterans, injured workers and MVA claims. The office is a home town tribute with Dr. McEachern’s lake paintings and antique photos. She even sits in Dr. Knox’s antique office chair. There is no referral necessary. Call 250-762-2525; online kelownapsychologists.com.
Fast Signs co-branded with Rapid Printing is celebrating their first anniversary. Owned and operated by Phil and Kim Walker, the pair will host an open house party and networking event on Thursday, Sept. 24, at their office, 1980 Springfield Rd. Call 250-860-2200; online fastsigns.com or rapidprinting.net.
Presented by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce with Platinum Sponsors, the Business Development Bank and Farris, Vaughn, Wills & Murphy LLP, the 2015 Business Excellence Finalists are: Cottage Quilting Ltd., Express Employment Professionals, Float Space (Rising Star); CareSmart Seniors Consulting, Magnetix Matchmaking, Meadow Vista Honey Wines (Micro Business); Bellamy Homes, Giobean Coffee, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery (Small Business); Ecora Engineering & Resource Group, Edgecombe Builders Group, SK Form & Finish Inc., Yeti Farm Creative (Mid-Size Business); Arion Therapeutic Farm, Habitat for Humanity, Open For Change (Social Enterprise); AJ Hazzi, Yuriko Larson, Shane Pizzey (Young Entrepreneur); 1-800-Got-Junk, St. Hubertus Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery (Sustainability); BC Golfguide.com, Hotel Eldorado, Urban Distilleries (Distinction in Hospitality & Tourism); Smart Betty Media, McManus Marketing & Communications, marketer inc., (Marketer); QHR Technologies, QuestUpon, TELUS (Technology/Innovation); Big Steel Box Corp., Emil Anderson Construction, KF Aerospace, Sun Rype Products (Large Business). The recipient of the Business Leader of the Year Award will be announced prior to the awards dinner on Oct. 21. Tickets available online at kelownachamber.org.
The Maxine DeHart, United Way-Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is fast approaching on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel. WestJet has come on board again as a major sponsor. One lucky person will receive an Interior Savings breakfast bag with a WestJet flight for two. Other major sponsors include Tom Harris Cellular (Smart Phone); Heritage Office Furnishings (Leather office chair); B.C. Tree Fruits (Colin Pritchard delivers the apples himself); Skogies Car Washes, IGA (Shopping Spree) and Coca-Cola giving out their Dasani water.
This year, Linda Winnick, of Picture Perfect, has partnered with local artist Douglas Morgan, who has donated a stretched canvass called Wood Lake Blossoms which retails for $325.
In the goody bags you will also find Kellogg’s cereal, Old Dutch potato chips, Nestle chocolate bars, Sun-Rype juice and bars.
All the signs have been generously donated by Doug and Jeff Gossoo, with Prosign, who have been sponsors for many years. Another lucky person will receive the fabulous Sleep Country basket.
Major sponsor RONA will be once again donating gift cards and will also be in the line-up giving out free items.
Scotiabank will donate the bank’s famous Scene Movie Passes, while Princess Auto just delivered several boxes of a variety of goodies to my office. Stay tuned for more info next week.
If anyone would like to donate a gift certificate, gift card or free coupons please let me know. All gratefully appreciated. Remember all the funds raised stay right here in our community and not one cent is used for any administration costs for this event. Call 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662.
Watch for the Taste of Downtown Kelowna on Saturday, Sept. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. as 35 amazing restaurants will offer complimentary samples to only those lucky enough to hold a Taste of Downtown Passport. Visit to see the full list of restaurants and where to get your passports, go to downtownkelowna.com.
Made in India Restaurant has opened at Unit 2-1790 KLO Rd., tucked in between Williams Automotive and The Italian Market at KLO and Benvoulin. Owned and operated by Brijesh Negi and Sheeshpal Singh, both chefs educated in India, the restaurant has about 25 seats, but also does a large amount of take-out service and delivery. The afternoon I walked into the restaurant, it was very busy, lined up to the door and the phone was ringing off the hook. The smell in the restaurant was wonderful and they have an extensive menu. Some menu items are appetizers of samosas, Onion Bhaji and Fish Pakora; rice and several types of Naan bread; Beef and Chicken Curry, Mango Chicken, Lamb Roagan, Laal Maas; Kadhai, Mutter and Saag and Saag Paneer, Bangan Bhart and Yellow Daal Tudka. The restaurant also has sides of Raita, Poppadoms and various desserts. Call 778-484-6233;online madein-india.ca.
The Daringly Mindful Workshop Program for Women is a series of monthly one-day workshops starting Sept. 20. The team of leaders are Diana Reyers (authenticity coach); Tania Gustafson (nutritionist and fitness coach); Joy Kingsborough (mindfulness coach); Leslie Davies (image consultant); Meaghan Alton (growth strategist); Pamela Lynch (law of attraction coach); Laurie Bartley (life energy coach) and Kasia Rachfall (intuitive artist). For full details visit daringlymindfull.wordpress.com.
The Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation is a new non-profit charitable organization for education in the arts at Kelowna Actors Studio. The foundation now has five full-time students in the program, four from senior high and one from middle school. For more information for next year’s classes call Randy Leslie at 250-862-2867 (#102). For donations to create classrooms, build programming opportunities, schedule specialty workshops and provide scholarships for those families that cannot afford tuition at kelownaactorsstudio.com/donate.html. To date, Actors Studio has donated close to $100,000 in resources and funds to this valuable project.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, BMO Financial Group and Iron Mountain invite residents and businesses to drop off documents for confidential shredding at the BMO Capri Centre Branch, 1141 Harvey Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shredding is for a donation to The Sunshine Foundation of Canada for Sunshine Dreams.
If you have always wanted to play the piano but thought it would take years to learn, Paulette Breault, national director of EZee Piano Systems, can show you that you can play right from the first lesson hands together and sound great. She offers a free beginner piano seminar for adults and seniors that she is bringing back by popular demand on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3 and 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the new Parkinson Activity Centre. No matter what age (Paulette has a senior student in her 90s) you can learn to play. She says in just eight weeks, you will be chording, improvising and having fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Seminar participants will receive a 90-minutes of instruction and learning with the opportunity to play on digital keyboards. Space is limited. Call 250-768-5059. To pre-register, go online to Ezeepianosystems.com.
Kelowna Community Concert Association will host its annual general meeting on Sept. 29, 1 p.m., at the Kelowna Curling Rink, 551 Recreation Ave. Call Sue MacDonald at 778-484-0546.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Peter Baker, Acklands (Sept. 20); Marj Roseberry (Sept. 16); Marilyn Hedman (Sept. 16); Sharon Barnes (Sept. 17); Jean Russell, Kelowna Capital News (Sept. 18); Cathy Jennens (Sept. 18); Greg Salloum (Sept. 18); Mo Crosby (Sept.19); Felix Benincasa (Sept.19); Margo Carson, Peachland (Sept. 19); Lea Gray (Sept. 20); Jim Herperger (Sept. 20); Laurel D’Andrea (Sept. 21); Jonathan Wright (Sept. 21); Ev Rea (Sept. 22); Nathan Pinfield (Sept. 22); Gwen Zilm (Sept. 22); Beverley Orr (Sept. 22).