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Let the painting begin. Presented by the Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA), Phase Two of the Uptown Mural Project is underway. The first mural painting has started on the building located at 170 Rutland Road North where tenants Rutland Vapes, Kinara Mortgages, Kim’s Hair Studio and Living Faith Centre lease space.  The artist is Ali T. Bruce who is a visual artist, muralist and tattoo artist living and working in Vancouver. After completing seven murals in 2019, URBA is set to secure four to six buildings this summer. The mural project contributes to Rutland’s unique identity with home-grown artists coming from the Okanagan and lower mainland painting world class street art. Along with URBA, support for the project also comes from the City of Kelowna and the Central Okanagan Foundation. Jamie Needham is the president of URBA.
Now that more people are working from home these days, Wayne Cooney, president of Heritage Office Furnishings at #100 – 395 Penno Road has been receiving a lot of requests for ergonomic seating. The Leap (I have The Leap at my office at Ramada) and Gesture Chair are very popular and CNN has announced Steelcase’s new Series 1 Chair as the top office chair of 2020, standing out as one of the most customizable, high-quality, comfortable office chairs on the market.  All are affordable home office or office chairs in general. Heritage Office Furnishings is the authorized Steelcase dealer for all of B.C. except the Island and has all the models in their showroom for clients to see by appointment. Heritage celebrated its 30th anniversary in business in Kelowna earlier this year. 
Each year, Mary Kay Cosmetics has an annual seminar and awards in July in Toronto. This year was different because of COVID. Well-known local Independent Mary Kay Consultant Carol Heath has been recognized as #8 in the Director Court of Personal Sales for all of Canada. Carol has shared Mary Kay products for 26 years with the Mary Kay mission to enrich women’s lives. Mary Kay’s research and product development continually produces new products that have gone through intense product tests for quality, safety and performance. As products have gone through many changes, the mission and values of the company have stayed constant.
Smitty’s Family Restaurant in The Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre has new temporary hours of operation. They are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. 
A modern new playground is being installed in the 13.5 hectare waterfront park at Traders Cove Regional Park along Westside Road. The work will take two weeks to complete and once installed, children between the age of 18 months and 12 years will be able to enjoy a new dual-bay swing set (four swings), two slides, climbing apparatus and a play fort structure with a safety approved wooded fibre surface below. The cost was just over $71,000.00 and later this fall, the park picnic shelter is slated to be replaced. Visit for your next adventure but remember to follow physical distancing and good hygiene whenever using playground equipment. 
Happy 40th Anniversary Jack and Marlene Trelenberg (Aug.9).
Kudos to Lounge Manager Pooya Ebrahim and the dockhands team at the Kelowna Yacht Club who ran to the rescue to extinguish a boat fire on the public boat launch prior to firefighters arrival.
Personal congratulations to the 45th Annual Civic & Community Award Winners. They are  Randy Benson (Anita Tozer Memorial Award – Bestowed by Kelowna City Council); Darcy Rysz (Bob Giordano Memorial - Coach/Sport Administrator of the Year); KSS Owls AAA Girls Volleyball Team (Bryan Couling Memorial Award – Athletic Team of the Year); Madelyn Hettinga (Female Athlete of the Year); Trevor Brigden (Male Athlete of the Year); Madelyn Hettinga (Female Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – High School Female Athlete of the Year); Roan McCarthy (Male Augie Ciancone Memorial Award – High School Make Athlete of the Year); Operation Take Two (Champion for the Environment); Sarah McIntyre (Teen Honour in the Arts); Erin Scott (Honour in the Arts); Abby Kiehlbauch (Young Citizen of the Year); Al Hildebrandt (Citizen of the Year ); Avalon Event Rentals (Corporate Community of the Year Award); Project Literacy (Central Okanagan Foundation’s Volunteer Organization of the Year). 
Summerhill Pyramid Winery has been moving toward a complete redesign of their labels and brand. Their new log, with the silhouette of their pyramid in relief against a dash of soil, or cosmic dust, or however you interpret the design, has now made its way onto their labels for the first time. They are proud to continue to use natural cork, which is the most sustainable closure by far. Every cork actually has a carbon negative effect on the overall emissions of a bottle of wine. That’s because the cork is a renewable resource and it is the bark of a cork oak, harvested from a mature forest ecosystem. They have replaced the metal capsules with a simple paper tamper-proof seal, made from 100% post-consumer water. They have also introduced the 2019 Organic Pinot Gris and 2018 Merlot along with their new 2019 Alive Organic Rose and 2019 Syrah Malbec Rose. 
Kudos to all the TELUS Community Ambassadors who are continuing to volunteer where and when they can, while being safe to support the communities they live in throughout the Okanagan. The volunteers are busy doing various good deeds including sewing cancer hats, sewing masks, knitting toques and gloves, helping other organizations, knitting and sewing baby jackets with matching bonnets, afghan’s and pug walking. TELUS will reward a volunteer with $1.00 for every volunteer hour recorded up to a maximum of $500.00 which they can put towards a charity of their choice.   
Thanks to the coordination of Frequent Pour Wine Merchant and four of their generous community-spirited winery partners, $10,000.00 was donated to the United Way’s COVID Relief Fund last week. The promotion ran for three months in local liquor stores with $1.00 from every wine purchase going towards the program. Kudos to 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Vibrant Vine, River Stone Estate Winery and Oliver Twist Winery for this collaborative initiative where the impact is greater working in a partnership with others.     
Although presented in a different way, the Greater Westside Board of Trade is calling for 2020 nominations for The Annual Key Business Awards. They have added a couple of new awards plus making a few changes to their previous award categories. Categories are: Tourism & Hospitality, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business of the Year, Community and Public Service, Indigenous Business, New Business, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Small business – Service or Retail (under 15 employees), Large Business - Service or Retail (16+ employees), Platinum Service Provider, Environmentally Sustainable Business and Citizen of the Year. Submit nomination forms online at 
Birthdays of the week – Maxine DeHart (Aug. 6); Mike Zimmerman (Aug. 4); Elizabeth Bologna (Aug. 4); Ross Grimmer (Aug. 5); Ron Eberle (Aug. 5); Mohini Singh (Aug. 6); Roger Sellick (Aug. 7); Marje Engelhart (Aug. 7); Gary Johnston (Aug. 7); Val Pelechaty (Aug. 7); Peter Schultz (Aug. 8); Rose-Anne Turner (Aug. 9); Kathleen Stang (Aug. 9); Stuart Broughton (Aug. 10).  
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail and web-site