Kelowna trio create world of dragons and magic

John Collins, Amanda Broman and Jonathan Nickel call themselves “Outer Geek,” and the local trio have created and printed their own original comic book, titled Blood Of The Overlord.

This is really neat—co-creators John Collins, Amanda Broman and Jonathan Nickel call themselves “Outer Geek,” as the local trio have created and printed their own original comic book, titled Blood Of The Overlord.

It’s an action/adventure story set in a world filled with dragons and magic, suitable for readers ages 14 and up. The main character is Vegraasa, a strong yet reserved young woman who is deadly with a spear. She is on a journey to defeat the seemingly invincible Dark Wyrm, who killed her parents and forcefully took the throne of Dracania. Traveling with Vegraasa is her guardian, Grids, who is usually reliable, but often spends too much money on trinkets and collectibles. Don’t want to give up too much more, as it sounds like a great comic book, the type I like (cops and robbers). The team is currently working on Volume 2, planning to release it in the spring of 2012. It is available at Mosaic Books, Leo’s Video on Pandosy, Earth Whimsy, Artisan’s Market and Tweeked and Yummy, both on Ellis Street. For more info check out

Lake Country is welcoming a new business to their community—Diebel Auto Repair, at 9558A Glenmore Rd., at the corner of Glenmore and Highway 97. Owned and operated by certified mechanic Jeffrey Diebel, the auto repair shop will offer full mechanical service on all makes and models of cars and trucks along with oil changes. It’s also a government safety inspection facility, and a Global and Lubrico Warranty Centre. Business hours will be Monday to Saturday. Call 778-480-5560.

Congratulations to well-known gal around town Laurel D’Andrea and her team on celebrating the fifth anniversary of Beyond 50 Magazine. The magazine’s fall issue has a fresh new look, something like a “mini facelift.” Call 250-878-9194;

Murli and Sudha Pendharkar are celebrating their 50th anniversary in Canada and their 33rd in Kelowna. Coming to Canada, they originally settled in Luseland, Sask., relocating from Tabora, Tanzania. In B.C., they spent time living in Mission and Clearwater before coming to Kelowna. Murli is a member of the Kelowna Rotary Club.

Thom and Associates Financial Planners Inc., located at 107-3001 Tutt St., has acquired the company of Olafson and Associates Insurance and Fianncial Services Group Inc. Wayne Olafson will remain as a consultant during the transition process. Call 250-712-3055.

Congratulations to artist Alex Fong and Cheryl McNaughton on their marriage Aug. 22 in San Francisco.

Twyla Kendall has joined the team at Thom and Associates as a financial advisor, specifically working in the area of people with disabilities. Call 250-470-0079.

What a super shopping idea, all within a few blocks. Six consignment shops have worked together to create what they call “The Consignment Loop.” It consists of Just for Us—14, women’s size 14 plus  at 1793 Harvey Ave. (250-868-2552);  Second Tyme Around, ladies’ and men’s fashions at Springfield and Spall (250-762-9341); L.C. Fashions, casual to formal ladies’ wear, also at Springfield and Spall (250-762-9341); Dressed to Impress, men’s and ladies’ suits and formal wear, 1956 Kirschner Rd. (778-478-0609); Rosebuds Designer Boutique,  ladies’ fashions and accessories, 150-1855 Kirschner Rd. (250-861-1911); and Living Green Kid Company located at 1829 Harvey Ave. (250-868-3764).

The Greek House Restaurant in Lake Country, 3159 Woodsdale Rd., has undergone major renovations. Owned and operated by Christos Vassilopoulos, this long-time popular restaurant has been completely repainted, sports a new bar, new fireplace and has a lovely patio. The food and service is always superb and well worth the short drive to Lake Country. Call 250-766-0090 for reservations.

Master winemaker Howard Soon, with Sandhill and Calona Vineyards Wines (Peller Estates), is a finalist for inclusion into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame, under the category of Friends of the Industry.

The Kelowna Museums is turning 75 this year. To celebrate, the museum will host a gala event called A Fine Vintage—Celebrating 75 Years of the Kelowna Museums, which takes place Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Laurel Packing House, 1304 Ellis Street. Tickets are $50/person.  The evening will take you back in time with music through the eras, dance demonstrations, a vintage photo booth where you can pose on Bernard Avenue in the 1960s and a feature vintage fashion show. There will also be raffles, a door prize, silent auction items, and a candy buffet. The event will kick off with a birthday cake presentation followed by decadent desserts and sparkling beverages. Be sure to come in your best vintage outfit. Call 250-763-2417.

Dr. James Whillans and Dr. Nicole Barbary, own and operated LifeWorks Family Chiropractic, at 204-1740 Gordon Dr. The married couple work with people of all ages and a wide range of health goals, but one of their passions is helping pregnant moms and children achieve better health and wellness. They have also had great success with childhood health problems like asthma, allergies, sinus infections, ear infections and even bedwetting. Call 250-868-4880;

Gadget guy Mark Stone has just launched a new business called Applewhisperer, which helps you get the most out of your Apple products. There is so much cool stuff that today’s techy products can do, but let’s face it, you buy a smartphone or the latest technology and it’s just so daunting to learn how to use it. Stone wants you to feel comfortable and confident in using your technology, but more important to harness the technology to improve your life. He can help you get the most out of your iPhones, iPads and Macs and gives you the tools you need to be your own “Apple whisperer.” Call 250-864-2294;

A big thanks to the guys at Isaak Electrical who helped us load boxes of “toothbrushes” that were generously donated for the Drive-Thru Breakfast (Oct. 6) from Dr. Hugh Jarvin, who has been a sponsor of the driuve-thru for many years. You never know who you will meet in a back alley in Kelowna.

Have you been considering using social media to grow your business, or maybe you are already using it but have not figured out how to make it really work? The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce will host Melonie Dodaro, social media expert and speaker from Top Dog Social Media who will give a presentation on Sept. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., on the topic: Use Social Media Like a Pro. To register go to

Kellie McAffer has opened KYOGAH, a new yoga studio in Guisachan Village. Her studio provides personalized yoga and holistic health counseling and guests may choose to take private or small group lessons. There are a variety of classes for everyone including seniors, men and Buddha bodies. Call 778-484-5511.

Community Futures of the Okanagan Similkameen is building on its 25 year partnership with Okanagan College through a major donation to the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. Chair Linda Larson says the not-for-profit organization will contribute $25,000 to the college’s campaign in support of the building’s commitment to alternative and innovation in green building. Call Community Futures at 250-493-2566.

Catherine Doherty is the new publicity director for the Canadian Federation of Women chapter in Kelowna. Their next monthly meeting is Monday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., at the Senior Centre, 1353 Richter St. New members are welcome. Call Krys at 250-763-7517 or check out

Debra Ann Selzler, of Danceworx, will host Discover Dance on Sept. 17 and 18, a weekend designed for those who want to explore a myriad of dance choices. For only $9.95, dancers can come and go all weekend. Check out

Start cleaning out those file cabinets. BMO Bank of Montreal will hold its third annual Shred-A-Thon on Saturday at BMO Capri Centre, 1141 Harvey Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your personal or business documents that you would like to have confidentially disposed of and Iron Mountain Records Management will have them industrially shredded while you wait for a donation. All funds received will be donated to the Sunshine Foundation Dreams for Kids.

With all the news about hurricanes of late, I received a note from former Kelowna local Terry Balfour, who worked at both the Ramada Hotel and Coast Capri when he resided here. On Aug. 21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, specifically in the metro area called Isla Verde, Balfour experienced his first hurricane, which was Hurricane Irene. It was a #1 on the chart as far as hurricanes go, with #5 being the worst. Winds hit 75 mph and they had no power in the hotel he works in and had no idea as to when it would be back on. They did have some generators, but it was very stressful with a hotel full of guests and no idea of what would happen from one minute to the next.

Breakfast on the run? Drive, walk, blade or bike through the Ramada Hotel (Enterprise Way entrance) and pick up your breakfast bag filled with goodies and surprises valued at over $100 during the Maxine DeHart—United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Tim Hortons crew will be on hand to serve their piping hot delicious coffee and Timbits are in every bag. Popular morning duo Andy and TJ of 101.5 EZ Rock will be broadcasting live as will 99.9 Sun FM. In your breakfast bags you will find Sun-Rype juice, Island Farms Yogurt, fresh apples from long-time orchardists Dave and Marg Hobson, Kellogg’s cereal, Kozy Shack Pudding (all the way from Hicksville, N.Y), Old Dutch potato chips and Nestle chocolate bars (we had to have some munchies for the afternoon), along with The Globe and Mail being distributed that morning. Please join us at this fun event. All proceeds go directly to the United Way and stay in our community. For info or to donate call me at 250-979-4546 or

Birthdays of the week: Happy 80th Doreen Toussaint (Sept. 18); Hildegard Oldendorf (Sept. 13); Marilyn Hedman, KGH Foundation (Sept. 16); Chris Jennens (Sept. 18); Jean Russell, Capital News (Sept. 18); Margot Carson, Peachland (Sept. 19).

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


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