Friday, 30 November 2012

Kelowna to Light Up on Saturday

It is called the Downtown Kelowna Light Up, but it is so much more than just lighting up the Christmas Tree at Kerry Park tomorrow Saturday December 1st. Light Up is an all day event with activities for the whole family to take part in all over the downtown area. Come downtown and check it out you can skate on the outdoor rink at Stuart Park or play street hockey on the plaza just outside Prospera Place or go up in a hot air balloon at Kerry Park. You can also make a paper lantern light at Kelowna Art Gallery or have the kids write a letter to Santa or have their picture taken with him, take in the movie Polar Express at the Paramount Theatre, get your face painted and see the clown at Towne Center Mall, eat cookies I mean decortate cookies at the Laurel Building or take the kids to story time at the library and maybe you can sneak in a much needed rest, I am sure you will need if you take all this in!

Make sure you save some energy to see Santa arrive and the tree light up at 6 pm!

For more detailed schedule of events check

Vernon set to Light Up

Vernon downtown is set to light up Friday, the Christmas lights will be turned on today! The annual downtown celebration will take place from 5:30 -8:30 pm with the official Christmas tree lighting to take place at 5:15 pm in front of the CIBC on the corner of 30th avenue and 32nd street(Highway 97)

Kids can visit Santa Claus at his shop in the 3100 block of  30th Avenue near the UPS store and National Bank. There will be a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the kids and families. So head to downtown Vernon tonight!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Christmas Light Tours

This year there will be a Distinctly Kelowna Tours first Christmas Charity Light Tours which will be held on Sunday December 16th with 2 tours, the first tour beginning at 5:30 pm and the second tour beginning at 7:15 pm each tour will be 90 minutes long. The tour will begin and finish at the Delta Grand Hotel on 1310 Water St. The tour will be held on a 24 passenger seat bus with hot chocolate and cookies. .

Admission is a new unwrapped children's gift or a suggested donation of $15 with proceeds going to the Kelowna Community Food Bank. To make a reservation you can call 250.979.1211 or by emailing

Interested in Japanese Culture

If you are interested in Japanese culture, it will be on display this Sunday Dec 2nd at the Parkinson Recreation Centre from 1 - 4 pm. There will be Japanese calligraphy, martial arts and Taiko drumming will be on display during this fundraiser for the Kelowna-Kasugai Sister City Association.

The association's Taste of Japan 2012 will also feature food, tea, origami and other demonstrations of Janpanese culture. Tickets for this event are $2 and will be on sale at the door, or in advance from Komatsu Japanese Market 1855 Kirschner Rd.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Breath of Life Day

On Saturday Dec. 1st you are invited to A/W in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. There will be visits by the Great Root Bear so come hungry! A/W will donate one dollar from every burger sold, plus 100% of all donations received to Cystic Fibrosis Canada to help you Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis.

There will be free root beer refills, fun for all. Here are the participation locations,Kelowna Westbank, Winifield, Armstrong, Vernon, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. If you are out on Saturday why not stop by A/W grab yourself a burger and help out a worthy cause! I know we will be!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Kelowna the City that keeps on Giving

One of the things I really like about Kelowna is it is small city with a big heart! People here just seem to give no matter what the charity or cause is.

On November 4th more than 25 runners took part in a 100 kilometer (62 miles) relay from West Kelowna to Enderby. This was the 8th Annual Great Big Run for Africa raising funds for Partners In the Horn of Africa, they raised more than $20,000. The funds will go to support women and families in Ethiopia allowing them to start micro-businesses in their villages, which will create a sustainable future for these families and the communities where they live. The $20,000 is enough to support more than 200 women and their families to start their own micro-businesses, feed their families and change their lives forever.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Christmas for the Needy

The Salvation Army in Kelowna will now be accepting applications for family Christmas toys and food hampers at it's Community Life Centre at 200 Rutland Rd. Many of the parents who have already registered are under employed or working for minimum wage. They are working hard to make the best of a difficult situation, but they just need that extra help at Christmas.

When you pass a Salvation Army kettle throw some spare change in if you can, as every little bit helps. For more information, go to or call 250.765.3450

The Carma Project in Kelowna

The Carma Project is the brainchild of Bruce Stranaghan. Bruce is the owner of Intergra Tires here in Kelowna, he started the Carma Project which is named after the Eastern Religion concept of karma in which a person's deeds affect their future lives. However, in this case it is spelled with a "c" because it involves a car give away. Bruce wanted to give back and something to do with automobiles was obvious for me, he said.

So he started talking to others and fixing up a car with the plans of giving it to someone in need. The Carma Project was born, it gave away it's first car last December and immediately set it's sights on making the give away an annual event. This year a unnamed donor provide the used car that was given to a single mother of 3 yesterday. But before the car was turned over to the winner Carla Miles it had it's brakes redone, engine overhauled, tuned up and was detailed.

Congratulations to Bruce Stranaghan for giving back and Carla Miles for winning the car.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

An Upcoming Event

At Kelowna Gossip Mission they are holding an Open House.
They want you to know how much they appreciate and value your support, so they have invited you come to their Open House and let them show you around. Ever wonder how they care for their clients and how your donation helps? Or really how big our kitchen is? Or maybe you've never seen our state of the art dental clinic? 

Stop by 251 Leon Ave on Saturday Nov 24th from 10am - 3pm. Staff will be on hand to answer your questions, and they will have some tasty treats for you to enjoy. 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Stunning Home in Dilworth!

The first thing you will notice is the Amazing Street Appeal when entering the Cull-De-Sac. WOW! And it keeps getting better! This Gorgeous Home has an Incredibly Private Yard on more than a Quarter Acre and with Great Views. Vaulted Ceilings, Cherry Hardwood Floors, Granite, Heated Ensuite Tile. Huge 2 Tier Sun Deck. Unique layout. Formal Living & Dining Rooms plus a Main Floor Family and Office. You can easily add 500 more Square Feet by finishing the basement. The Location is Ideal in Prestigious Dilworth. 5 Minutes to Downtown and 10 Minutes to the Airport. This home is priced to sell. There isn't a better deal around. Hurry. Call Steve for your private viewing. 250-864-7893.

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