Straight From DeHart - December 9, 2020

Bake the World a Better Place is a Central Okanagan Food Bank Holiday Pie Fundraiser. Along with 26 of the Okanagan’s finest Chefs and Bakers coming together to bake pies for the Food Bank, the Food Bank has asked local celebrities to bake pies for the special Holiday Pie Auction to raise much-needed funds. The bidding for these celebrity pies is now open at www.cofoodbank/holidaypies/. Believe it or not, I am one of the celebrity bakers. You can bid on my pies at My pie auction includes “two” Okanagan Apple Pies” along with a gorgeous Orange Le Creuset Pie Dish with a retail value of $75.00. I would also sweeten the pot with perhaps, a local bottle of wine…or a third pie! The auction closes on December 17th at 10:00 p.m. The Food Bank and all charities are taking a huge hit this year, especially now that they are not able to raise funds with events that produced thousands of pounds of food and dollars. COVID has hit everyone and everything hard. Please take a look and if you find it in your heart to bid on my pies, I would humbly appreciate your support. Raise funds, eat pie, spread joy!            

What is a StruXure pergola? Who says outdoors is a season? StruXure Okanagan is a new local business that transforms your life outdoors with luxury, automated, adjustable louver pergolas. Rain, snow, and harsh sun are banished with hot summer air escaping from your deck area with the touch of a button. Fireplace heat lingers in your outdoor space during cooler months, allowing you to enjoy the outdoors longer. The company is majority-owned and operated by the Effa family, with Dan Effa, CPA, CA as President. StruXure is a roof that tilts 170 degrees to shield the sun as needed with an app on your smartphone, closes automatically to keep the rain and snow off your living space and is so strong you can walk on it. The manufacturer has been one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US and has won the Best Outdoor Product Award at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. StruXure offers patented interlocking louvers made of the highest quality powder coated and extruded aluminum. The product integrates with smartphones and home automation systems, supporting ease of use, and is available for commercial or residential use. 

For the continued safety of volunteers and customers, BC Transit, Virgin Radio Kelowna, EZ Rock and AM 1150 have cancelled the annual Stuff-A-Bus event in Kelowna and West Kelowna to ensure continued alignment with public health orders. The need is still greater than ever for donations to food banks. Bell Media would appreciate it if the community would make donations online at or   

Currently operating, Ana Perju Hair Artist, Ana Marie Perju has been a local licensed hairstylist for over 18 years. Ana’s main focus is on women’s hair, offering colours, balayage, and extensions. The latest addition to her products is hair Botox, which is a deep conditioning treatment that coats hair fibers with filler. This unique treatment fills in any broken or thin areas on each hair strand to make hair appear more full and lustrous. Ana harnesses the transformative power of hair to create visually-arresting styles, from fashion to popular everyday modern looks. Ana believes that hair is your best accessory and since you wear it every day, you should have fun with it. Incidentally, Ana Marie celebrated her 40th birthday on December 7th. For an appointment visit 

I was delighted to deliver the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Ethics in Business Award to Greg Bickert of Inspire Property Management Ltd. Greg won the award at the recent 2020 Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Paris Jewellers in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre are celebrating the holidays with a special giveaway of a gorgeous pair of earrings and necklace for one lucky winner. This beautiful set is created with blue and white sapphire in sterling silver with a retail value of $158.00. There is no purchase necessary. All you have to do is visit the store and mention you read about the giveaway in Max’s column and submit your name for a chance to win. Paris Jewellers has also launched their Holiday Gift Guide. Visit     

The following are the recipients of the Greater Westside Board of Trade 2020 Key Business Awards. Norm Parent (Geoffrey Paynter Citizen of the Year); A View to Remember Bed & Breakfast (Business of the Year). Okanagan Indigenous Music & Art Society (Arts & Entertainment); West K Women of Influence (Community & Public Service); Shift Power Yoga (Entrepreneurial Spirit); A View to Remember Bed & Breakfast (Environmentally Sustainable Business); YET Human Resources (Home Based Business); Syilx Trail Gallery & Gifts (Indigenous Business); Boyd Autobody & Glass (Large Business); II Mercato Social Kitchen (New Business); West Kelowna Integrative Health Care Centre (Platinum Service Provider); Carls Flower Company (Small Business); Big Bear Software (Technology & Innovation); The Cove Lakeside Resort (Tourism & Hospitality).

Certainly not the usual Christmas light-up celebration the Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) is known for, but they encourage you and your bubble to take a hot beverage and admire their beautiful tree at Roxby Square. It is taller than last year’s tree and is second only to the Tree of Hope as Kelowna’s second-largest tree. Charlie Brown would be proud. 

Happy 50th Anniversary Terry and Marie McCrady (Dec. 12).

Popular morning duo B Mack & Karly at 99.9 Virgin Radio are back with their 4th Annual Cold Weather Clothing Drive. All donations help the most vulnerable members of our community during these cold months. Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society at 442 Leon Avenue offers curbside drop-offs and is distributing donations amongst local charities, including the CMHA. Call Bell Media at 250-763-4905 and ask for Kody weekdays for pickups or to set up a private drop-off. To ensure COVID protocols, place all donations in plastic bags.  

Happy 25th Anniversary Steve and Alana Francis (Dec. 9).

Friends of the Library Kelowna gratefully accept donations of gently used books, CD’s, DVD’s, puzzles, and games. Funds raised support the Okanagan Regional Library branches for their programming for all ages. They are now offering a new service of a drop-off bin (Small amounts) at Parkinson Rec Centre. Donations can be dropped off anytime in the drop-off bin. Do not leave items or boxes next to the bin or they will lose the privilege of having bins at their locations. Large amounts can be taken to their Westlake Road location at #114 – 2476 Westlake Road, on Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There are no drop-off bins at this location. Huge kudos to Protek Powder Coaters Ltd. for painting the box as a donation. Visit for items that they do not accept.   

Christmas is fast approaching. Why not consider giving the ever-popular unique gift of Okanagan History? The Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Historical Society offers you the opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts. The gifts are excellent sources of local and Okanagan History. Purchase Okanagan History: 84th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society; Okanagan Historical Society Kelowna Branch 2021 Calendar or the ever-popular Kelowna Street Names – Their Origins. To order contact Bob Hayes at 250-763-8859 or Chris Jennens at 250-862-2801.  

The Coast Capri Hotel is offering Holiday Turkey to Go. Call and place your order for a complete holiday turkey dinner ranging from a whole 22-pound turkey that serves 18 to 24 persons to a turkey breast that serves 4 to 6 people and everything in-between. Turkey to go must be pre-ordered by calling 250-860-6060 (2242) or by December 18th.    

Congratulations to the BC Cancer Foundation’s Discovery 2020 virtual event, with the theme to Break Down Women’s Cancer, which raised $85,000.00, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal and Sentes Automotive. Pamela Pearson of Sentes Automotive is stepping down this year as chair of the event after eight years on the committee. This year’s sponsors were innov8 Digital Solutions, DKL Financial, Okanagan Office Systems, Waste Connections, and Planet Clean. The campaign was to Break Down Women’s Cancers. If you would like to learn more about the BC Cancer Foundation, contact Drew McLaughlin at     

Birthdays of the week –  Happy 70th Will Hoogewoonink (Dec. 8); Gabriel Giammartino (Dec. 10); Mel Cooper, Victoria, BC (Dec. 10); Barry Lapointe (Dec. 10); Anne Gilbert (Dec. 11); Gerry Fraser (Dec. 11); Lois Bennett (Dec. 11); Bob Levin (Dec. 11); Birte Decloux (Dec. 11); Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Larry McGuire (Dec. 13); Lucy Litz (Dec. 13); appy 70th Will Hoogewoonink (Dec. 8);  Eric Falkenberg (Dec. 13); RJ Bennett (Dec. 14); Melina Cunial (Dec. 14); Anna Stuart (Dec.15); Frank Richter (Dec. 15).
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