This week’s column is dedicated to Garth Blondin who passed away suddenly at the age of 59. Garth was a frequent customer of the Ramada Hotel. Condolences to his family and Mickie’s friends.
I can’t believe it! Another year has passed and the Maxine DeHart, Ramada Hotel-United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast is again fast approaching, the event taking place Thursday, Oct. 10.
We will be filling and distributing more than 1,400 of the famous breakfast bags, sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union. The RCMP and volunteers are all on board again this year to help with the traffic. All the new and existing sponsors are geared up with overwhelming enthusiasm. Mario’s Towing is a new sponsor this year, generously donating a $1,000 travel voucher, as is WestJet with their “Anywhere Westjet Flies” voucher. Sears is also a new sponsor. Dr. Hugh Jarvin has been a sponsor for many years (toothbrushes) and has rebranded his dental office, now called Kelowna Dental (with Drs. Siwoski and Kozak). They have eagerly agreed to sponsor again as has dentist Dr. Tom Martin, who will also donate tooth brushes. Some well-known long-time sponsors are I. A. Pacific Life, Wealthlink Financial (Terry Wardrop, Gary Wardrop and Mike Mervyn), MarketPlace IGA, Sun-Rype, Progressive Waste (BFI), Coca-Cola/Dasani Water, Fortis, Island Farms Milk, Kellogg’s, Kozy Shack Pudding, Nestle and Scotiabank. The list goes on and on. You will hear more each week about the existing and new existing sponsors. With the Big White Ski Resort coupons, the bags are worth well over $120. So, mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct.10, 6 to 9 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Ave. Remember all donations raised stay right here in our community, so please open your hearts and your wallets. If you would like to speak to me about sponsorship, coupons, gift certificates or gift cards, please call me at 250-979-4546 (Ramada) or 250-862-7662 (cell). Thanks for your valued support.
The United Way has a new addition to their team and just in time for the fall campaign. Nathan Pinfield, formerly with Scotiabank, will now use the bank customer service skills he has honed for the non-profit sector to help the United Way achieve a successful campaign. He will be working at the St. Paul office, three days per week, to assist with promotions, events and also play a key role organizing and helping with the Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast.
After 24 years, well-known news and sports broadcaster Barry McDivitt is leaving Global Okanagan (formerly CHBC). McDivitt originally moved from Toronto to Kelowna in 1980 to do the news at CKOV and then moved from radio to TV. You might not know this about Barry—he is like Kelowna’s own Steven King, having written several historical novels for young adults which have been published and are in schools and libraries around the country, along with writing some screenplays. Keep an eye out for Red Coats and Renegades or Youngest Spy. So, I guess we know what he is going to do in his spare time—writing more novels and screenplays.
Tucked away in the shopping mall behind Wendy’s on Harvey Avenue in Kelowna is the new Formosa Tea Café, 6-2070 Harvey Ave. Owned and operated by Amily and Andy Tsai, this delightful café has a few out-of-the-ordinary treats. Offering certified organic tea and coffee along with lots of loose tea, espresso and ice tea, the cafe also has a good selection of locally purchased pastries, cupcakes, croissants and desserts. The sandwiches and salads (organic products) are made by Han’s Kitchen, who I wrote about a few weeks ago. Formosa also offers a great coffee substitute, Yer Ba Mate, which is a high caffeine tea that people use to quit drinking coffee and is very healthy. Ali Shan Oolong or Gen Mai Cha tea from Japan are also available. What I think will make them famous is their Bubble Tea beverage. It is something that I had never had or even heard about. Bubble Tea is a traditional Taiwanese beverage made with large tapioca-like textured beads and ice tea. It is served hot or cold and the “bubbles” are cooked on premise three times a day to keep them fresh. It is absolutely delicious and is served with a large straw so that you can drink up the “bubbles.” Along with tables and chairs, Formosa has a couple of comfortable lounge seating areas and good parking. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays.
Hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board this summer, more than 800 Okanagan residents pledged to “Make Water Work,” committing to water conservation and entering a contest for $5,000 in a WaterWise yard upgrade. Lynda and Don Grant, of Peachland, are the winners.
The latest project from award winning local chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao, with RauDZ Regional Table, is under construction and due to open soon. micro bar & bites, located right beside RauDZ, is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites. The space is so small that they do not even capitalize the “m” of micro! The bar was built by local wood craftsman Will Brundula with three species of reclaimed wood. He also constructed the trestle community table, front door and bar top at RauDZ. Over the bar will hang a 20-foot wooden chandelier complete with dozens of suspended antique-style caged lights. The space was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Timothy Bullinger, from Vancouver. No fancy stemware here, just a creatively simple approach of a pared-down bar and food menu and the launch of barrel-aged cocktails with international beer and wine.
Discover Wines, at 2080C Springfield Rd. (Orchard Plaza), owned and operated by Tracy Ward will celebrate its 10 year anniversary Sept. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be lots of prizes and a ribbon cutting and cake at 2 p.m. with some funds going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Also from now until Sept. 14 go into the store to enter to win an Okanagan wine getaway tour. Ten years ago, the store opened just before the Okanagan Mountain Park fire started, forcing Ward to cancel the planned grand opening celebration. So join them now to celebrate 10 years of success.
Congrats to Grama and Grampa Steve and Karen Shoranick on the birth of their fifth grandson Hudson Hass, born to parents D.B. and Shawna Shoranick.
The inaugural OJ’s Open golf tournament hosted by the Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar in Kelowna takes place Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Shannon Lake Golf Club in West Kelowna. There will be lots of prizes and the dinner to follow will be at the Original Joe’s West Kelowna location. All proceeds raised from the 50/50 draw and sale of Mulligans and Grenades will go to the B.C. SPCA Kelowna branch. Cost is $115, playing a Captain’s choice four person scramble with registration at noon and a 1:30 p.m. shot gun start. There is limited space so register ASAP. Registration and info at www.originaljoes.ca/golf (Payment to be made at Original Joe’s West Kelowna) or call tournament coordinator Beau McQuat at 250-768-3835 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have not been to, or it’s been a while since you visited Bordello’s Italian Pizzeria on Water Street (above Sturgeon Hall), mark it on your bucket list. We had not been there for a while and forgot just how delicious their pizzas are. Our server was Rachelle Gamache, who has been with the restaurant since it opened and we had a super evening. You are never disappointed at this pizzeria. Make a reservation or get there early as it’s a quaint restaurant with limited seating. Call 250-868-0466.
Kyle’s 100 for 100 Artworks Show is partially on display at the Marmalade Café on Pandosy Street throughout the month of September. A couple dozen of Kyle’s paintings are hanging in the popular café for sale for $100. As Kyle paints more 10×10 acrylic paintings, they will be replaced in the café, selling and replacing them on rotation. He hopes to sell 100. The subject of the paintings runs the gamut from vintage cars to fish to flowers and antiquarian books and old buildings. Drop in and take a look. www.thepeartree.ca/kyle
Theatre Kelowna presents Sentimental Journey, a 1940s Radio Show by Kim Foreman. It’s a celebration of the Golden Age of Radio and fond tribute to the greatest generation at the Black Box Theater Sept. 12 to Oct. 6. As you enter the theatre, you will be part of the studio audience at a broadcast of “Axel Star’s Radio Hours.” Along with songs from the era the show includes the serial comedies and melodramas from 1940s radio shows before the age of TV. The performers include Foreman, Karen Mason, Jeff Samin, Debby Helf, John Van Dyk, Robin Jarman, and Ashley Lewicki. Tickets at www.selectyourtickets.com or 250-762-5050 or Prospera Place Box Office.
Hawaii Comes to the Okanagan. Heart and Sol Tours has a fun day that begins with spirits, beer and wine tastings followed by a choice of poolside party and brunch at A Vista Villa or a Lakeview patio dinner party at Volcanic Hills Winery. Includes live performance, modern Hawaiian cuisine, games, prizes and shuttle service. Call 250-762-7167.
Birthdays of the week: Happy 85th Rose Kardynal, my second mom, (Sept. 10); Russ Light (Sept. 5); Chris DeHart, Tom Harris Cellular (Sept. 11); Andy James, 101-5 EZ ROCK (Sept. 11); Murray Scott (Sept. 11); Tom Lightfoot (Sept. 11); Holly Yerza, Ramada Hotel (Sept. 11); Norm Sandvik, Apple Valley Promotions (Sept. 11); Humberto Morales (Sept. 10); Amber Gerding (Sept. 10); Phillippe Daigle (Sept. 10); Robin Smith (Sept. 7); Mike Wilding (Sept. 9); Gail Magrath (Sept. 6); Iris Moffat (Sept. 7); Sharon Bazil (Sept. 5); Betty Russell, (Sept. 6); Garth Letcher (Sept. 8).