It’s the most wonderful time of the year … to visit a Central Okanagan winery, cidery, brewery or distillery.
Not only will you get to enjoy some holiday cheer, but you will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the #exploreKelowna Local Savings Pass. That means you will be supporting local businesses, enjoying discounts and entering a contest for a chance to win big—all at the same time.
More than 60 Central Okanagan businesses are part of the #exploreKelowna Local Savings Pass, each of which has a special offer for those who sign up. It can be an expensive time of year, so getting a discount while you’re out celebrating the season with friends is not a bad deal at all.
The Okanagan is known for its wine, so it is no surprise to see so many wineries taking part in the Local Savings Pass program. You can stay in Kelowna, where Meadow Vista Honey Wines, Priest Creek Family Estate Winery, Sandhill Urban Winery, Sperling Vineyards, and The View Winery and Wards Cider are all ready to roll out the welcome mat for you.
And everyone knows that West Kelowna’s Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery is worth the trip at any time of year, but especially so when it is part of the Local Savings Pass.
If cider is more your thing, BC Tree Fruits Cider, Scenic Road Cider Co. and Soma Craft Cidery are ready to offer you their best creations, while Kelowna Beer Institute, Kettle River Brewing Co. and Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. are the perfect places for that beer you’ve been meaning all year long to have with your friends.
Finally, if hard liquor is more your cup of tea, Forbidden Spirits Distilling Co. and Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery are offering free tastings as part of their packages and will provide that special kind of warmth you seek during those cold winter nights.
If you want to make an afternoon of it—and really, who wouldn’t?—Kelowna Concierge, Tiki Time Tours, Vivid Tours, Just Grapes Wine Tours and Wicked Wine Tours are all part of the Local Savings Pass as well.
New offers and deals are added regularly, so be sure to review the pass often.
As an added incentive, Local Savings Pass holders who redeem five offers get into the monthly draw for $500 and also into the $2,500 grand prize draw.
The entire list of participating businesses and their offers can be found here.
We are at the dawn of a new era when it comes to manufacturing, and Kelowna’s Industrial Plastics and Paints is leading the way in the Okanagan.
Whether it’s artists in search of materials or those with side gigs in need of 3D printing filaments, Industrial Plastics and Paints, which is under new ownership, is the perfect place to start.
The store, which is located at 1934 Windsor Rd., offers plastics, composites, castable resins, chemicals and coatings. They are currently popular in the production of river tables and decorative castings, and also for boat building and boat repairs.
“If you have a need for industrial plastics or for casting resins, if you’re into making composites, we are not only your local source, but your source of technical information and your technical liaison to be able to help you with those types of projects,” Industrial Plastics and Paints chief operating officer Greg Fraser says.
It’s the company’s foray into the 3D printing market, however, that has Fraser really excited.
“The reality is 3D printers right now are kind of like where the Compaq computer was in 1993,” Fraser says. “People are looking at it and saying ‘I need to get my kids into this technology, because it’s going to give them future career opportunities.’
“The future of manufacturing will ultimately be additive manufacturing, because it’s less wasteful and it’s more productive. So parents right now are very, very interested.”
Industrial Plastics and Paints has seven stores in Western Canada, making it the region’s largest brick-and-mortar chain that sells 3D printers. The Kelowna location now offers the Creality brand of 3D printers, including the award-winning Ender 3 line platform.
In other words, those in the Okanagan who had to go through the hassle and cost of ordering 3D printing materials online can now pay a quick visit to the Kelowna store, which is located between the Landmark District and Orchard Park Shopping Centre.
“Our people know the product and know the process,” Fraser says. “Most of them are creators or makers in their own right. So they use our materials for their own projects and are really good resources. When you have a problem, the staff in our store really understands that.”
The only limitation when it comes to what a 3D printer can create is your own imagination. They can be used to create art pieces and models that can then be painted, but some use them to create and sell items on the side. Fraser notes there is a 14-year-old in the Lower Mainland who has had plenty of success making plastic replacement pieces for people, whether it’s light switches or broken parts of a bigger item. More women than ever before are creating with plastics and 3D printing, too.
“There’s an infinite range of what you could make,” Fraser says.
Industrial Plastics and Paints does not have 3D printers to rent, but it can print items for you or put you in touch with those who offer 3D printing services. It also supports Okanagan Regional Library’s 3D printing program, which offers services at its Kelowna, West Kelowna and Vernon locations.
More information about Industrial Plastics and Paints can be found here.
With the season of giving here, don’t forget your vehicle.
Winter weather can be hard on cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans, so take them where you know they will get the best wash possible—Skogie’s Auto Spa on Underhill Road in Kelowna.
The car wash’s has reopened after a six-week closure to install the much-anticipated upgrade, a new, state-of-the-art washing system.
The system, the same one used at Skogie’s newest car wash facility on Clement Avenue in Kelowna, will have your ride looking its best.
“The new system is gentler and much quieter,” says Skogie’s co-owner Chris Skoglund. “I think people will be pleasantly surprised by how good it is.”
Skoglund said staff and customers were so impressed with the quality of the wash provided by the equipment at the Clement Avenue location, it was decided to install it at the Auto Spa location as well.
The Auto Spa location opened 52 years ago and was the first automotive car wash in the city. Since then, Skogies has added three other locations, two in Kelowna and one in Vernon and established its popular Wash Club, which gives members deals on washes and other automotive care services and products at its Auto Spa, Clement Avenue and Vernon locations.
Skoglund said the new wash system features brushes that rotate slower and, with its environmentally friendly soaps, gives vehicles a superior wash.
To celebrate the new system and the reopening of the Auto Spa location, Skogies will offer a free wash day on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Underhill location, with customers asked to make a food or cash donation to the local food bank.
“We will have bins set up at the entrance to the car wash and customers can drop their (food) donations in,” says Skoglund. The company plans to match the weight of food collected in dollars as a further donation to the food bank.
On the free wash day, the Auto Spa location will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Skogie’s is a locally owned and operated second-generation family business. Started by founder Dave Skoglund more than 50 years ago, it is now run by his sons, Chris and Jason.
The business is no stranger to lending a hand to help the community and has been a generous community supporter in the past, raising money for organizations such as the Salvation Army, mental illness, Okanagan College and area food banks. If you have a fundraising cause, email the company at [email protected].
So reward your ride with a state of the art wash, make a donation to the local food bank and watch your donation grow thanks to Skogie’s generosity.
As we head into the holiday season, Traveland RV is bringing back its 24 Days of Giveaways.
Starting Dec. 1 and running to Christmas Eve, the popular RV retailer located in West Kelowna will feature giveaways and prizes every day, including Traveland parts and service credits, gift cards, Traveland swag and a grand prize of a Camco camping set.
To enter online, go to Traveland RV’s website.
While there check out the extensive inventory of RVs and see that Traveland has something for every type of traveller. From class A, B and C motorhomes to fifth-wheels, Airstreams, truck campers and folding campers as well as travel trailers, Traveland is your go-to spot for sales and service when you are planning to head out the road.
According to general manager Tyler Steel, this a great time to pick up an RV as there are deals to be had and plenty of inventory now that supply chain issues have been rectified.
“It’s a good time to buy because pricing and inventory levels are both great,” says Steel.
In addition to that, Traveland which is planning to expand in the coming months with more service bays and more storage areas, offers no payments for six months on approved credit plans and the ability to buy now and lock in your interest rates to get your affordable and re-useable vacation vehicles
New in the coming months will be the arrival of the first models of the much-anticipated Brinkley RV line.
The company was formed by the former owners of the popular and well-respected RV manufacturer Grand Design and have a proven track record with one of the top RV lines.
Steel says the Brinkley RV line promises a premium product, starting with the mid-profile fifth-wheel model, expected to arrive in January.
“We’re really excited about this because this is a line every RV dealer wanted to carry,” says Steel.
Brinkley RV is already showing a great deal of promise after unveiling its first design.
The Brinkley RV Model Z is a fresh take on a classic design. The fifth wheel has been referred to as a “re-creation” vehicle because of the way several elements have been improved and reinvented.
The interior is described as “midcentury modern,” with recessed LED lighting over the windows, a large pass-through storage compartment, a quad-step entryway and an extended Safe-T-Rail grab handle. The back of the vehicle even has a small storage compartment that can be used to transport camping gear.
Like most fifth wheels, the main bedroom is situated at the front and features a queen-size bed that can be upgraded to a king. This bed sits partially within a slideout, so there’s plenty of space to navigate the rest of the room.
The front-facing wall contains a closet and space for a stackable washer/dryer setup. Storage comes in the form of built-in cabinets and a sliding dresser top that opens up to reveal a hidden storage compartment.
It has a full bathroom, including a shower and the kitchen and living area are just as impressive. Within a single slideout, there’s a 16 cubic-foot refrigerator, a residential microwave, a combination oven/stove, a fireplace, an entertainment centre and plenty of work space and storage compartments.
The opposing slideout contains a set of theatre seats, a table, a set of chairs and a multi-purpose ottoman. It’s a perfect place for eating or relaxing. The rear wall of the fifth wheel is occupied by a tri-fold sofa that can convert into an extra bed. Multiple people can sleep comfortably in the floor plan.
Traveland RV is a leading RV retailer with six locations in B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.
It’s been another challenging year in many aspects. On the one hand, the changing economic conditions have us wanting to be more conservative with our spending. For many, concerns about taxes, inflation or rising interest rates might impact decisions about charitable giving. At the same time, the holidays are typically a time when many of us want to give to support worthy causes in our community. As a board director for the KGH Foundation, I know first-hand the impact that your support has directly on Kelowna General Hospital and on health care right here in our community.
So what can you do?
Do well by doing good
The answer is: It’s never a bad time to give to charity. There are many financial benefits for donors and investors, despite what the markets may be doing in any given moment. And the silver lining is you can always do well by doing good.
Here are three approaches that may help to reduce your income taxes, while making an investment in the future of our community’s health care:
1. Despite recent market declines negatively impacting portfolio values for many investors, you might still own some publicly traded securities that are worth more now than when you bought them.
By gifting such stocks to the KGH Foundation, you can take advantage of Canada Revenue Agency’s exemption on capital gains tax for donations. Two loyal KGH Foundation donors recently applied this strategy to their annual giving plans.
“We know this isn’t a great time right now with the markets being down and the economy struggling,” they said. “But it’s important to keep giving to our hospital. We all need the care.”
Take advantage of a capital loss
2. Make losses work for you. If you own stocks that are currently in a loss position, donating these shares in-kind may improve your financial picture. Provided your investments meet CRA-approved cost basis methods, this scenario may also work for donations of cryptocurrencies.
You can also sell an investment whose value has gone down, create a capital loss, and donate the cash—with no taxes payable on that investment and the added ability to reduce your overall tax bill with a charitable donation deduction. For incorporated clients, extra care is needed to first clear out any balance that may be held in the corporate capital dividend account.
Capital losses can be carried back up to three years and carried forward indefinitely to offset capital gains realized on specific assets including non-registered investments, recreational and rental properties, and private company shares.
In addition, you have a charitable receipt in hand to claim the donation amount against your net annual income, in the current year or in one of the next five years.
Benefits to estate planning
3. You can gain peace of mind when you plan your estate now, yet far too many continue to put it off. Acting now helps to ensure your intentions will be fulfilled in line with your goals. Pre-planning can also assist with reducing the taxes on your estate.
For example, naming a charity like the KGH Foundation as the direct beneficiary of an RRSP or RRIF account transfers ownership of the plan upon your death. Probate fees may be avoided since the transfer happens outside of your will, and a large tax liability for your estate can be offset with the donation receipt.
For many, giving just feels right
In this season of giving, no matter what the market is doing, a gift to support the health and well-being of our community is not only deeply appreciated by the charities that benefit, it also feels right.
Giving to the KGH Foundation will make a difference right here in our community. Your generosity also sends a powerful message to our doctors, nurses and health-care staff that they have our continued support as we remain committed to advancing world-class care close to home for all who live in this vast and beautiful region.
Keep in mind: It’s never a bad time to give.
Every day at KGH, thousands of little miracles begin with a gift.
To learn more about charitable giving to the KGH Foundation, contact director of planned giving Colleen Cowman at [email protected].
The information provided in this column should only be used in conjunction with a discussion with a qualified professional advisor when planning to implement a strategy for your unique circumstances.
Shauna George, CFA, CFP is an investment counsellor with RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, board director and member of the planned giving and finance committees of the KGH Foundation.
Moving into an independent living community is the start of something wonderful.
Instead of feeling alone and isolated, seniors moving into a new community with plenty of new faces creates memories, inspires new interests and hobbies, and makes many lasting friendships.
Doing it one of the most beautiful parts of Canada makes it an even more fulfilling experience.
Summerland Seniors Village is a dynamic living community that offers both independent and assisted living options for residents, and now you have an opportunity to live there for a full year for free.
That’s right. Retirement Concepts, which owns and operates Summerland Seniors Village, is rewarding one lucky winner with one year of free living at one of its 18 seniors’ housing facilities across B.C.
The grand prize includes accommodation fees for a private one-bedroom unit, plus coverage for meals, hydro and parking. The prize is valued at approximately $70,000 total.
Summerland Seniors Village is located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, which means beautiful weather and nearby warm beaches are part of the package.
There is plenty of fun to be had indoors and on site as well. Summerland Seniors Village offers a large number of enriching daily programs and activities. Its residents can experience their shared special interests together, including baking, walking club, movies, card games, gardening, bridge and a weekly happy hour.
“When a new resident moves in, the comment we always hear is: I wish I had moved in sooner,” West Coast Seniors Housing Management marketing and sales director Rob Akimow says. “We see folks who previously may have been feeling isolated or lonely build new friendships in their new community. It’s really quite heartwarming.”
When new friendships are made, more activities are experienced together. And when more activities are experienced together, a cultivated sense of community is created.
Staff members are always there for anything residents require, and they take feedback to make life even better. The meals are delicious, and special diets are accommodated.
“It’s very clean, and the staff is very friendly,” says Bea Duquette, a current resident of Summerland Seniors Village. “The chef is amazing, and I would recommend this community to anybody.”
In addition to Summerland Seniors Village, West Coast Seniors Housing Management manages the day-to-day operations of Retirement Concepts’ retirement communities throughout the B.C. Interior, including:
• Kamloops Seniors Village
• Williams Lake Seniors Village
To enter the contest for one free year of living, go to contest.gmdpages.com/west-coast-seniors-housing-management to enter for your chance to win your way into a year of free living at your new home.
The contest ends on Dec. 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PST and is open to legal residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are the age of majority in the province or territory of residence at the time of entry.
It’s time to do your holiday party a little differently this year.
The evening get-together is so yesterday. Been there, done that. Who wants lukewarm meat and potatoes yet again?
Pür & Simple has the answer: the holiday brunch.
Get together with colleagues, family members or friends at Kelowna’s Pur & Simple and really enjoy the holiday season with delectable dishes that will keep you coming back throughout the year. The restaurant is located next to Cactus Club at the corner of Harvey Avenue and Banks Road, which also means you won’t have to go far to do some holiday shopping afterwards.
The best part? Pür & Simple is licensed, which means the mimosas will be flowing as you celebrate the holidays and enjoy some of the most delicious brunch food you can find in Kelowna, whether it’s the Don Chorizo, Chocoholic Pancakes, Ri Ri’s Cheesecake or Go Bananas.
Pür & Simple takes reservations Monday through Friday, and on weekends you can put yourself on a waitlist, which allows you to take care of errands and hold your spot at the same time.
In addition, the restaurant is making everyone’s holiday spirit brighter with a gift card promotion; when you purchase a $50 gift card, Pür & Simple will add $10, giving you a $60 total.
The restaurant has also started featuring Peppermint Cream Latte as its specialty coffee for the holiday season. A state-of-the-art espresso machine is available with a full menu from cappuccinos to iced and hot lattes. A smoothie bar and fresh-pressed orange juice are also available, if that is more your cup of tea.
The huge menu of breakfast delicacies includes a variety of skillets, avocado toast, eggs Benedict and brioche bread French toast. Breakfast is available every minute the restaurant is open, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the lunch menu, which is served between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays only, offers burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps that make any mouth water.
“As soon as your plate hits the table, you will not be able to fight the urge to open the Instagram app,” Pür & Simple director of marketing Aisha Al-Khabyyr says. “The presentation is that good—and the taste is even better than that.”
One of the biggest holiday shopping markets in the Okanagan will return to Kelowna this weekend.
For the ninth year, Craft Culture’s Holiday Market at Prospera Place in downtown Kelowna will go Dec. 2 to 4 and feature close to 200 vendors, offering hand-made and locally produced products, including soaps, pottery, clothes, food, ornaments and toys to name just a few.
“We’re delighted to be back and this year will be the first in a three years with no restrictions,” says show organizer Karalyn Lockhart. “We’re really excited.”
Lockhart said the entire arena – including the concourse – will feature vendor booths, making the market a destination stop for those looking for unique Christmas gifts for themselves and others.
The market, will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, and will feature goods produced mainly by B.C. and Alberta vendors.
“It really is a shopping extravaganza,” says Lockhart, who advises those who attend to give themselves plenty of time to see everything.
“I would say two to three hours,” she suggests.
While market organizers are always looking to bring in new vendors, there will also be plenty of familiar faces in the vendor stalls too, providing a good mix of established brands from local vendors and from other areas as well as new vendors appearing at the market for the first time.
“We have vendors who have been staples at the market over the years and we like to support new and upcoming vendors too,” adds Lockhart.
Last year, the market moved to three days from two in an effort to help alleviate the crowds that take in the popular seasonal event. Last year, an estimated 8,000 people passed thorough the doors of Prospera Place over the first three-day run of the market.
While it is no secret the event draws a large crowd, Lockhart wants to ensure customers there will be quieter times to shop.
“We would like to remind customers we rarely see lineups after 3 p.m., she says. “If at all possible, we encourage customers to arrive later in the day. We do have to comply with capacity regulations, and unfortunately are not able to let all of our eager and loyal customers in at once. If you would like to avoid crowds, afternoons and evenings are the best time to visit our event.”
Like so many events nowadays, the market has pivoted to make sure as many people as possible can take it in and enjoy the experience.
“It’s a big show and as a result we can get the best of the best. It’s also a fun thing to come to.”
Attracting a wide demographic from far and wide, the market is a must see for many.
Tickets for the Craft Culture Holiday Market are $7 each and priority tickets can be purchased online at craftculture.ca. Walk ups are also welcome, and customers can purchase cash tickets at the door.
For those not quite ready to visit in-person markets, Craft Culture has launched another round of its popular Holiday Local Boxes.
The Craft Culture Local Box is the perfect solution for gifting this holiday season for anyone who enjoys the simplicity of shopping online and supporting local. Each Local Box is curated with handmade items and treats, packed up and shipped straight to your loved one’s door. Local pick up is also available in Kelowna and Penticton.
The Foodie Box, the Holiday Box, and the Pamper Me Box makes it easy to shop for anyone on your Christmas list. Limited quantities, order online today at www.local-box.ca
This year Craft Culture and Castanet have teamed up on a contest, where one person will win a Foodie Box and two tickets to the Holiday Market. You can enter here. The contest will close Nov. 30.
Friesen, along with his brother, Shelby, were inspired by their Indigenous heritage to open a space where Indigenous cultural events could be held for the community, including ceremony and education.
This came after the brothers and their mother found it difficult to find connections to their culture growing up. Their mom was a part of the Sixties Scoop—a mass removal of Indigenous children from their families into the child welfare system. Though their lineage is from the Grassy Narrows Band in Ontario, the Sixties Scoop brought the family to B.C.
They wanted to make it easy for others to find these types of events, so they created Azhen Sanctuary. Azhen is an Ojibwe word that means “to give back.”
However, the exchange for these types of events tends to be a controversial subject. Many folks don’t think any cultural event should have a price tag. Others understand it to be a deeper conversation about how Indigenous knowledge keepers, space-holders and leaders can continue to pass on important cultural lessons in an economically viable way.
Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Nk’Mip Band, one of the most prominent Indigenous leaders in North America, talks about the high financial costs of putting on such events and stresses the importance of Indigenous peoples finding ways of being financially independent in his book, Rez Rules.
Jaymie says he’s struggled with this question a lot. When he asked his elder, the late Vern Shanoss, what his thoughts were, he said “Back in the day the person leading the ceremony was the wealthiest person in the tribe. People brought horses as offerings. Now our knowledge keepers are finding it harder to survive and focus on their role in the community.”
Jaymie says “there is a lot of controversy around whether people are allowed to charge for events. Every tribe is different. There is not one right or wrong way. But we’ve worked hard to be in a position now where we can afford to host these events where all are welcome for free or by donation, and I’m excited for that. Not everyone is able to offer that.”
Shanoss recently passed away, and one of the first events Jaymie, Shelby and the Azhen Sanctuary team will be conducting is the building of a tipi in his honour, donated by Yvette Moore and Harbour House Yoga, as well as hosting a potluck.
Azhen Sanctuary hosts a variety of workshops and retreats. All dates for 2023 events, including any drum making, drum circles, and sweat lodge ceremonies, will be released Dec. 1.
Ashley didn’t think much of it.
Her daughter was starting to act a little more disconnected. She was struggling with making new friends at Okanagan Mission Secondary, having just moved here from Winnipeg. It was little things at first, like not looking up from her phone at breakfast, to staying in her room all night when the family was all downstairs.
She just thought it was a “phase” and it would turn a corner at one point.
Besides, she was dealing with some joint pain from her new rigorous job, which had her on her feet most of the day.
Days turned into weeks, and Ashley was starting to get more concerned with the lack of interaction with her daughter. She asked her husband if he was concerned at all, and he shrugged it off as just a “phase.” Nothing to be worried about.
Around this time a package arrived.
A big package, on a crane.
It was their new hot tub. They had ordered it months ago and, as Ashley put it, “We kind of forgot about it.”
Around 7 p.m. on most weekday nights the family started to converge in their new Beachcomber Hot Tub, enjoying the warmth and how their muscles felt afterwards. But something else happened. Something unexpected.
“She started to share,” Ashley says.
Being a hot tub, her daughter didn’t feel good about heading in the water with her phone, so all encumbrances for conversation melted away.
Ashley says it’s funny how a smaller space, with bubbles, jets and being outdoors was the best solution for building new bridges with her daughter.
She says it just started happening organically, and she doesn’t know of anywhere else in the house where that amount of sharing would occur naturally.
On top of the newfound dialogue, Ashley says she also noticed more spring in her step at work.
“ I bounced back quicker from a longer shift, and I started to look forward to 7 p.m.,” she says. “It was my treat for myself.”
She says there is an added benefit of the hot tub with her husband, which happens when she is feeling especially worn out.
“He rubs my feet in the tub, and I adore him for it,” she says with a smile.
For more information about Beachcomber Hot Tubs and the new infrared saunas, visit here.
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