Straight From DeHart, November 18, 2020

At the home of the famous Kelonut (half donut and half croissant with crème filling), Specialty Bakery, owned and operated by Brent Browne has now expanded to West Kelowna and has opened a third retail outlet at 3550 Carrington Road, which is open seven days a week. Head bakers, Bob Gibson and Lisa Remillard, along with eight other bakers, bake over 40 different varieties of breads, including European, gluten-free artisan, sourdough, and rye breads. Specialty has a large selection of other bakery products, including buns, cakes, sausage rolls, and meat pies, all made in-house from scratch. Specialty Bakery’s bistro at their main bakery outlet at #101 – 833 Finns Road is now open for breakfast and lunch with new chef Kevin Coles from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. All Covid protocols are in place in all three locations, including the retail location at #16 – 150 Hollywood Road at the corner of Hollywood and Hwy. 33. www.specialtybakery.ca     

Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA) is undergoing some changes within their office. Layla Miller left the DKA after nine years last September. Elizabeth Densmore is their new part-time administrative assistant. Elizabeth is a downtown resident and has been working downtown for some time now. Shayna Lawrie left the marketing and events manager position to take a new position with Fraiche Living. Veronika Kubik has joined the DKA as the new marketing and promotion manager. Veronika has worked with Little Italy BIA in Toronto and Sea Smart in Vancouver. Kudos to Tim Davenport who has cut hair at Plan B on Water Street for the past 13 years. Tim took it upon himself to volunteer at the Kelowna Gospel Mission and gives haircuts to those who are in need of one. November is men’s health awareness month, aka Movember. www.downtownkelowna.com      

Kelowna will be the home to a new Canadian Blood Services plasma donor centre, opening in June 2021. The new donor centre will be located in the Orchard Park Mall in the former Sears location. Blood, it’s in you to give. Gayle Voyer is the Territory Manager. www.blood.ca

Great Way Martial Arts has developed a mother and daughter self-defense class for four weeks from November 29th to December 19. Covid protocols are in place as there will only be five sets of mother-daughter teams in a 7,000 square foot area. This will ensure that students train and maintain social distancing guidelines with no contact. Owned and operated by James and Esmeralda Heinrich, the skilled instructors teach practical self-defense techniques to empower you to defend yourself regardless if you are on your feet, in a confined space, or even if you find yourself on the ground. Learn self-defense in a supportive, safe, and fun environment without the fear of injury. www.greatwayma.ca/mother-and-daughter-self-defense-classes/  

Mike and Kim Jacobs are donating $80,000 to the Our Students, Your Health Campaign to support the completion of the $18.9M Health Sciences Centre at the Okanagan College Campus. The Jacobs’ gift will support a new classroom for nursing students. Okanagan College educates Health Care Assistants, Practical Nurses, and the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in the nursing program. With forecasts predicting that health care and social assistants will have the greatest number of job openings in B.C. in the next 10 years, a new Health Sciences Centre could not come at a better time. I am honoured to be the Campaign Ambassador for the Our Students, Your Health Campaign. www.OurStudentsYourHealth.ca   

Three Temples Sensory Design, owned by Lindsay Krieg, is a locally based company that will change the way you think about the spaces around you. Sensory design is about addressing our sensory needs, which are the inputs we receive by sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell. We each experience these inputs differently; in fact, no two people on Earth experience these inputs the same way. Sensory design is about surrounding yourself with the inputs that bring you the most comfort. This type of design includes individual choices in lighting, sounds, textures, and scents. What are your unique sensory needs? What do you like, or dislike? Think in terms of colours and intensity of lights, sound and volume of music, hot or cold temperatures, soft or hard surfaces. Implement those discoveries into your own space and help you create spaces that facilitate improved mental, emotional, and physical well-being. www.threetemplesdesign.com

Happy 65th Anniversary Gary and Rose Topham (Nov. 12). 

Got Phones N’ Repairs is located in West Kelowna at 2 – 2411 Drought Road. Owned and operated by Tj and Lisa Jilg, the company offers cellular phone repairs, tablets, and IPads, accessories for these devices, and also deals with software issues and unlocks. They also sell used cell phones with a one-year in-store warranty and public mobile activations with plans. A lifetime warranty is offered on all the parts replaced by the company. Lisa also takes donations for mental health and the less fortunate, which includes warm clothing, hygiene products, and warm blankets that are dropped off at the business. www.gotphones.com     

Can you help? The Salvation Army has officially launched its 2020 Christmas Kettle Campaign. As Covid-19 continues to impact lives, it is expected that the need for support will continue to grow. The organization is asking for your help to fill the gap and ensure that everyone has a Merry Christmas. The Kettle Campaign’s success is dependent on volunteers with 3,600 hours to fill ringing the bells for a two-hour shift from November 13 to December 24. Volunteers will be provided with and are required to wear PPE and sanitization measures will take place throughout the day. Shifts are scheduled based on the volunteer’s availability. Captain Darryl Burry is the Executive Director. Signing up is easy at www.kelownasalvationarmy.ca, email kettles@kelsa.ca or call 250-860-2329 (113).  

Gingerbread smells Christmas and Habitat for Humanity is hosting a new fundraiser, which is a virtual Gingerbread House Photo Contest. The title sponsor is the Canadian Home Builders Association, Central Okanagan. Other sponsors are Peter's Grocers, Tops Communication, REMAX, Ian Paine Construction, and Creative Touch Interiors. Gingerbread house kits are being sold through their Restores and online at www.habitatforhumanityokanagan.ca. Participants purchase a kit and are entered into the contest. They must complete their house and submit a photo back to Habitat by December 14th. There are two categories, family/individual and group/teams with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category and a People’s Choice Award of $240.00 chosen by the public. 

Join the Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) and people from all sectors for the virtual HEADS UP! Community Mental Health Summit November 25th and 26th. The Summit boasts three major themes and 22 world-class speakers and facilitators, promising something for everyone interested in and affected by mental health issues and opportunities. Kelowna local Tom Smithwick, BA, LLB, QC, and Freedom’s Door Director will be speaking on Thursday afternoon, November 26th from 1:45 to 2:20 p.m. on the topic of Stories Behind The Statistics: Successful Models of Care for Substance Use. Registration is by donation. www.freshoutlookfoundation.org     

Residents of the Joe Rich area are encouraged to support the annual Joe Rich Fire Rescue Community Food Bank Drive on Sunday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members of the Fire Rescue will be going door-to-door throughout the community collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for the Food Bank. This involves contactless pickup and physical distancing. Residents are asked to leave their donations on the doorstep or at the end of their driveway. You can also drop off donations at either Station 51 or Station 52. For more information call 250-469-6179

The Homes for the Holidays for the Central Okanagan Hospice Association (COHA) has been moved to a virtual format. The on-line tour will allow viewers to participate remotely from home with professionally pre-produced programs on Saturday, November 28 at 6:45 p.m. Homeowners are Kim Andrei (Vintage enthusiast); Linda Stober (Social entrepreneur); Janet Kluftinger (Baker); Jessalyn Broadfoot (Thrift store renovator) and Jillian Harris (Lifestyle guru). Tickets at www.homefortheholidaysYLW.com 

Birthdays of the week – Happy 60th Barry Gerding, Kelowna Capital News (Nov. 21); Sharron Simpson (Nov. 18); Kay Mutter (Nov. 18); Steve Sweeney (Nov. 19); Marjana Campbell (Nov. 20); Ed Schiller (Nov. 20); Mike McLoughlin (Nov. 20); Craig Garries (Nov. 20); Luanne Kumagai (Nov. 20); Mike Krevesky (Nov. 21); Kevin Crowell (Nov. 22); Danny Richardson (Nov. 23); Barry Brandon (Nov. 24); AJ Gill (Nov. 24).   
 
Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna City Councillor and local hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662; E-mail max@maxinedehart.ca and web-site www.maxinedehart.ca