Straight From DeHart - April 3, 2019

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Brook Bar and Grill at Michaelbrook Golf Club have a new general manager, new chef and new menu with affordable pricing. Both well-known and formerly with Rose’s Pub for many years, Andrew Neville is the new general manager and Sandy Spencer is the new Chef. The restaurant seats 125 inside and 150 on the expansive patio and is now open for breakfast from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., lunch, and dinner served until 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. They now offer happy hour with beverages and food from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., wing night Wednesdays with homemade sauces and more share plates, along with daily specials and a gluten friendly menu. On Sunday evenings they offer a roast beef dinner with all the fixings for $14.95. Some of the other menu items they offer are salads, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, entrees of liver and onions (which they are famous for), ribs, fish and chips, schnitzel, cannelloni, and steak sandwich. Tom Stanbrook is the owner of Michaelbrook Golf Club and Brook Bar and Grill. Call 250-763-7888.

Breezeway Boutique (Se Vente Imports) is tucked away in the corner of Guichican Village at #114 - 2365 Gordon Drive. Owned and operated by Olecia Kelly, who has been in the industry many years in Vancouver and also went back to school in her 50’s for esthetics, the shop has a relaxed buying atmosphere. Catering to ladies ages 40 to 80 years of age, the 450 square foot shop is chock full of dresses, tops, jeans with pearl studded fringe, jean jackets, pants, shorts, sweaters, beautiful short ponchos for elegant or casual wear, leggings embroidered with fringes, purses, jewellery, and accessories. There is truly something for everyone and lots of variety. Open Monday to Saturday. Call 778-478-1604 or

New Wave Appliances has opened in Rutland at 150 Asher Road owned by Tyler McCartney. If you are looking to purchase new or simply want to save a few dollars by purchasing used, New Wave might be the place to visit. Business hours vary so call before you go at 250-878-2951.

He’s done it again. Bill Peckham’s new book “Grandpa Mac and Billy” is hot off the press. It is a memoir of his maternal grandfather and Bill. Each story is 500 words or fewer and is a true pocketbook. The stories follow his grandfather’s relationship from a wee tot to an adult and his experiences in WW1 to his passing at age 97. This is Bill’s fifth collection of short stores since he started writing at age 72 in 2003. It sells for only $10.00 and is available by calling 250-860-2420.

Marie Shandalla of Earthly Creations Floral Art Gift Gallery, 2630 Pandosy Street sent a reminder of some important dates for special arrangements. Easter Week is April 14th to April 22, Administrative Secretaries Week is April 22 to 27 and Mother’s Day Week is May 5 to 12. Call early to order at 250-861-5825 or

Clarence Johnson, volunteer Float Ambassador with the City of Kelowna Parade Float is gearing up with Lady of the Lake Olivia Solano and Princess Jennifer Werner to attend the Tacoma Parade on April 6th. Their next parade will be at the local Rutland May Days on May 18th.

Safeway family member of 27 years and a father of eight children, Ryan Lomax was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer last year. With Ryan being off work for treatment and some of his treatment not covered, the employees have come together to host a benefit for the family. The benefit is April 14th at Rusty’s Sports Lounge, 1525 Dilworth Road from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All you can eat burger buffet (beef, chicken, vegan) $30.00 per person. They are looking for donations for the silent auction, a raffle, and other fund-raising items. All monies raised will go into a trust fund for Ryan and the children. All ages welcome. For tickets or donations contact Lisa Leckie (250-712-9669), Jamie Moffatt (250-215-3349) or Brenda Bentien (250-762-2170).

In honour of National Volunteer Week, I would like to thank the Kelowna Hostesses for their ongoing dedication they show time after time to both the City of Kelowna and West Kelowna. I am very proud that they supported me for 20 years in the Maxine DeHart, United Way – Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast.  To join contact president Brenda Scruton at 250-452-6719.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast and would like to explore and learn more about hunting, fishing, and conservation, you will not want to miss the BC Interior Sportsman Show this weekend at the Capital News Centre. With over 60 exhibitors and hourly presentations and demos, attendees can speak to experts on wildlife conservation, shop from exhibitors and enter to win great door prizes. Guest speakers are Travis O’Shea, World Elk Calling Champion; Dean Trumbley, wildlife biologist and host of Bushnell’s Trigger Effects and Don Freschi, host of the popular TV show Sport Fishing on the Fly. It’s also a great opportunity for those who are new to hunting and fishing and would like to learn more about the sport and how to get started. Tickets only $10.00 for youth and adults and kids 12 and under are free. Free parking.

Jaxon Jurome is an artist and second vice-president of the Federation of Canadian Artists Central Okanagan Chapter (FCA-COC), which is the largest chapter in Canada.  He is also the head organizer of the  Central Okanagan Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists OASIS event on April 27th and 28th at the UBCO Campus, which includes an Inspirational Arts Symposium followed by an art workshop day. This event is an opportunity for all levels of artists and art lovers to come together to be inspired and learn from other senior acclaimed artists. Guest artists/speakers are Brian Buckrell, Jean Pederson, and Renata Kerr. Tickets can be purchased at Attendees can join in on just the symposium or get the full experience by purchasing a seat at one of the very popular workshops. This symposium is linked to the OASIS Art Exhibition held in the Peachland Art Gallery the entire month of July. Angie Kirschner is the secretary of the association.

Mark these two dates in your calendar for Cops for Kids. Wednesday, April 17th is the Kelowna Jail and Bail at Orchard Park Shopping Centre. You might be arrested once in your life for a good deed, which is collecting money for bail for charity. Tuesday, May 14th is the Cops for Kids Charity Golf Tournament at Predator Ridge Resort. Early bird pricing until April 15th.

Voices in the Valley, the BC Choral Federation’s Seniors’ ChorFest Gala Concert is April 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road. The event will bring together more than two hundred senior singers from many B.C. communities. Tickets available at Mosaic Books or at the door.

Hoodoo Adventure Tourism has recently taken over the operations of the Chute Lake Lodge on Chute Lake Road in Naramata.  for year round accommodation and activities such as cycling, canoeing, fishing, Nordic skiing ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling or ATVing. They offer shuttles and have eight cabins sleeping two to nine people per cabin, eight lodge rooms, and a 60 seat restaurant.  Hoodoo Adventure was established in 2007 based in Penticton with the only climbing gym in the South Okanagan and now they are looking to expand their adventures up the valley into Kelowna. They offer adventure tourism such as cycling on the KVR, kayaking rock climbing, single track mountain biking, and hiking, including bike, SUP and kayak rentals. They also offer youth programs for school and holidays camps for all ages, starting at age 4, corporate team building events with groups of four to 400 with all kinds of themes and abilities, annual events such as Ski2Tree, Elevator Race, Freak’n Farmer, Beer Run, Throwdown, and Santa Run. Lyndie Hill is the CEO and general manager of the company. Visit or Contact Lyndie at 250-490-6084.

Birthdays of the week – David Prouse (Mar. 27); Wendy Giammartino (Mar. 28); Hugh Cairns (Mar. 28); Dick Dummond (Mar. 28); Cam Forgues (Mar. 28); Theresa Arsenault, Q.C. (Mar. 29); Don Jefferies (Mar. 29); Mike Rout (Mar. 30); Tove Sorenson (Mar. 31); Bob Hoffman (Mar. 31); Donna Basran (Mar. 31); Gordon Charles (Mar. 31); Dennis Wazny (Mar. 31); Karen Hill (Apr. 1); David Craig (Apr. 1); Carson Chan (Apr. 1); Helmut Hubert (Apr. 1); Jake Jacobsen (Apr. 1); Cynthia Waldek-Peters (Apr. 2.).     

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail