DeHart: ‘Okanagan Picker’ opens home furnishings store

OK Estates Furniture and More is a buy-and-sell company that deals exclusively in lightly used home furnishings.

Cal Manky is the owner of the OK Estates Furniture and More store located in Kelowna.

Cal Manky is the owner of the OK Estates Furniture and More store located in Kelowna.

OK Estates Furniture and More is a buy-and-sell company that deals exclusively in lightly used home furnishings.

Owned and operated by Cal Manky, who is known as the “Okanagan Picker” (he enjoyed picking through yard sales and flea markets), he specializes in solid wood furniture, purchasing high quality items at fair prices, passing the savings on to their customers. OK Estates has a good selection of modern, vintage and antique furniture and décor items in their store at 3292 Highway 97 N (beside Sheepskin Boutique). Along with the retail store, they also help in estate liquidation and downsizing, offering inventory and assessment of contents; purchase of all or part of an estate; clean out of entire properties and optional cleanup and repair of structures for resale. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Call 250-807-7775;

Dr. Guy Fradet has been appointed head of cardiac surgery for the Interior Health Cardiac Services Program, based in the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital. Dr. Fradet is an internationally recognized cardiac surgeon with more than 25 years experience in the field with more than 150 published articles, abstracts and conference proceedings.

The husband and wife team of Bill and Carmen Justus have started UBU Creations, a customized promotional items company for just about any item you can imagine. You can have your picture or logo digitally printed in high resolution onto items such as coffee mugs, golf balls, baseballs, flash-drives, poker chips, tile coasters or hockey pucks. It can be printed on any surface, including ceramic, textiles, metal, canvass, plastic, wood, poly and glass. Imagine having your picture on golf ball, hockey puck or saddle pads. Carmen is a professional photographer while Bill has more than 10 years experience with Adobe Illustrator. They even made me look great on a coffee mug and poker chip. It’s also a great way for artists to reproduce their original work. Great ideas for any occasion. Call 250-860-0406;

Janine Draper, of First Lutheran Christian School, was the recipient of the Spirit of Kelowna Award for all the great work she did to organize the mock election for the Grade 3 and 4 class.

Leanne Holowach has joined the team at Csek Creative and Dot Com Media. Her experience is in graphic design with her career focus to-date being from the print world. Having worked for the Calgary Flames, Holowach has strong eye for design. Nikki Csek is the principal owner of Csek Creative. Call 250-862-8010;

Long-time Kelowna Golf & Country Club Golf Course superintendent Craig Lewis has resigned and Barry Evans will take over his job. Evans has been the assistant superintendent, mentored by Lewis, for the past 15 years.

Congratulations to Pooja Anand, Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake for 2009-10. She has been chosen as a delegate for the Miss World Canada Pageant in May 2011.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is March 17 hosted by Black Mountain Golf Club, while the Westbank Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is March 10 hosted by Quails’ Gate Winery.

Congratulations to Claire Sokoloski on winning the Westbank & District Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Along with running a daycare, Sokoloski works tirelessly with Girl Guides of Canada as a leader with the Pathfinder Unit of 25 and as the District Commissioner for Naitaka District.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has been awarded Top Exporter of the Year at the 2010 B.C. Export Awards recognizing B.C.’s Top 25 Exporters for Excellence and Achievements in 12 categories. Ritchie Bros. started in Kelowna in 1958 and is now based out of Burnaby.

Local shortlisted authors of the 13th annual Okanagan Short Story contest are Lindsay Diehl, Ryan Ennis, Glenna Turnbull, Jan Kennett, Maegan Church, Kaitlin Callaghan, Gord Grisenthwaite, Johana van Zanten, Kim McMechan, Burnet McLean and Gordon Brayshaw.

Vineyard Networks has been nominated as a “Top 25 Innovative Company” by the Canadian Innovation Exchange  and also named to B.C.’s Ready to Rocket list for 2011. The Ready to Rocket program profiles technology companies with the greatest potential for revenue growth in 2011.

Sparkling Hill Resort and Eagle Pass Heli-skiing in Revelstoke are offering resort guests skiing excursions in high altitude, untouched terrain. The company flies the helicopter to the resort, picks up skiers and takes them to terrain near Vernon and Revelstoke. The day of heli-skiing costs about $9,800. Hans-Peter Mayr is the resort CEO.

Fission Energy Corp.,  of Kelowna, has been named to the TSX Venture 50, consisting of the top 10 companies in five industry sectors that are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange. The company is one of the top performance company’s in the mining industry. Ross McElroy is president of the company.

Minimal or barefoot running is catching on quickly and stores are selling out of this type of footwear. Barefoot running is not as simple as just buying a pair of five-toed shoes; you need to retrain your body to run the way nature intended. Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner Sandra Bradshaw is part of the, a dedicated group of Feldenkrais practitioners whose aim is to help other fine tune their bodies as they run upon the often unforgiving and unnatural urban running surfaces of today. They are here to help runners transition to the inherently natural style of barefoot running and presenting the barefootbootcamp’s pilot project along with Susinn Shaler and Brent Kisilevich. Bradshaw has been walking and running in her five-toed shoes for over a year now. Barefootbootcamps are being held in Kelowna on April 16 teaching runners how to find their best stride, running knowingly and with less risk of injury and with greater satisfaction, running the way nature intended. Call 250-862-8489 or to register.

CBD Network will host the monthly Career Fair on Tuesday, March 29. Whether you are currently recruiting or may be in the future, CBD’s monthly Career Fair is a great opportunity. Space is limited. Call 250-717-1821;

The Guide to Dining Out in the Okanagan is now online. The website is a comprehensive directory of every restaurant, café and pub in the valley.Check out

The Arts Alive! Program is getting ready to launch again as applications are now being accepted from artists who would like to showcase and sell their artwork in key, downtown parks this summer. Arts Alive! is a juried, artisan and crafters program that runs from mid-May to the end of September in City Park and Kerry Park, accommodating up to 36 artists at one time. Interested artists can download a detailed application from and follow the links to the Arts Alive! page. Deadline for the first jury review is April 26 with space allocated on a first come, first served basis. Renata Mills is executive director of Festivals Kelowna. Call 250-868-3326

Congrats to local winners of the 28th annual Okanagan College International Spaghetti Bridge Building competition: Heavyweight Competition, Chad Marsh, Rajveer Dhillion, Cory Konkin, Tyler Weise (Okanagan College, 2nd place); Patrick D’amour, Jeff Earl, Scott Juniper, Jarod Kawalle (Okanagan College, 4th place); Secondary, Anna Offenwanger (George Elliott Secondary, 2nd place); Elizabeth Hardy, (KLO Middle, 3rd place); Kenedi Hurlburt (KLO Middle, 4th place); post-secondary teams, Chris Pieper (Okanagan College, 1st place) and Cory Konkin, George Winter, Luke Sebastianis (Okanagan College, 3rd place); Secondary Teams, Rebecca Ruthven, Kenedi Hurlburt, Kohl Rieger (KLO Middle, 1st place) and Alex Ewing (Glenrosa Middle School, 3rd place).

Education Week Open House at the Heritage Classroom, 1825 Richter St., is March 15 to 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The classroom will be set up like a one room school in the 1940s and ‘50s in the Central School Building by heritage school teacher Sig Ottenbreit.

Dr. Rose Beckman, one of Canada’s most magnetic “tell it like it is” speakers on mind/body wellness and life management, will be the guest speaker Saturday, March 26, at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, from noon to 4 p.m., with lunch included for a $29 fee. Pre-registration is required at 250-860-9592;

The next Rutland Resident’s Association meeting is March 17, 7 p.m., at Rutland Centennial Park. Guest speaker is Shelley Cook, of the John Howard Society, with an update on the new Gate Housing project being built at 195 Rutland Rd. Call 250-765-4113

Cascade of Choirs—Five Okanagan Choirs with the five Piperazzi takes place March 12, 7:30 p.m., at First Lutheran Church on Lakeshore Road. Tickets $15 (children and youth free) available at Mosaic Books, Lee Music and Paramount Music.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Lise Sinclair (March 13); Ryan Coome, Ramada Hotel (March 10); Rick Galitzine, recruiter for the B.C. Dragoons (March  7); Karen Shoranick (March 9); lawyer Roger Watts (March 10); Helen Hut (March 12); Tracy Larsen, Kelowna Golf Club (March 12); George Apostolidis, Georgio’s Restaurant (March 14).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email

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