Lake Life Lottery is back
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The grand prize for this year’s Lake Life Lottery is a fully furnished dream home situated in the serene setting of Okanagan Golf Club’s Quail Course.

The Okanagan’s only dream home lottery is back for a second year, which means you are one ticket away from living the dream.

The second annual Lake Life Lottery has launched in support of Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and YMCA of the Southern Interior of BC. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the two organizations that support those who live in the Interior.

More than $1.6 million in prizes is up for grabs through the lottery, including a $1.37 million Grand Prize dream home in Kelowna’s Quail Landing. The fully furnished home offers panoramic views of the 18th hole at Okanagan Golf Club’s Quail Course. Included in this year’s Grand Prize is an Okanagan Golf Club 25 pass membership.

“We are so excited to collaborate with the KGH Foundation again this year,” YMCA of Southern Interior BC president and CEO Allyson Graf says. “We share a common goal: our deep and genuine commitment to the health and well-being of this community. 

“We were thrilled with how enthusiastically the community embraced Lake Life Lottery last year. We were ecstatic when a local family won the grand prize dream home. And we are grateful that we are back to do it again.”

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There are many goodies up for grabs in addition to the Grand Prize dream home, including once-in-a-lifetime vacations and brand new vehicles. New this year is the $91,000 Splash of Cash, a daily cash prize including holiday jackpots and a $29,000 Leap Year draw. There is also a 50/50 worth as much as $400,000 for the winner.

The Bonus Prize is a luxurious Avalon 2185 GS Cruise pontoon boat and trailer package, which is worth $99,248. Designed for water enthusiasts, this stunning boat boasts a spacious rear platform, a comfortable L-lounge seating area, ambient mood lighting, and a ski tow bar. The package also comes with a transport trailer, including the motor, though once you’re on the water you may never want to get off of it.

If the allure of the open waters isn’t for you, there’s an alternative: a $70,000 cash prize to pursue any dream of your choosing. The Bonus prize ticket deadline is midnight Oct. 4, with the draw scheduled for Oct. 19.

Then there is the Early Bird Prize, which is three amazing offerings all rolled into one. The main prize is a trip to either Morocco or Bali. Immerse yourself in the allure of Morocco for nine nights, journeying through iconic destinations such as Casablanca and Marrakech, with its golden sand dunes beckoning adventure, or bask under the sun in Bali, experiencing seven nights at the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Spa, surrounded by scenic beaches and terraced rice fields with captivating sunsets. The Early Bird winner also gets an $11,000 backyard makeover and also $25,000 in cold, hard cash.

The Early Bird deadline is midnight on Nov. 23, with the draw slated for Dec. 7.

Funds raised will make key resources more accessible than ever, bringing healthier futures to Interior communities, and ticket purchases will support these essential organizations to improve health quality and access for everyone who calls B.C.’s Interior home. 

“These types of partnerships are integral for moving health care forward, at the local level, in our communities,” KGH Foundation CEO Allison Young says. “This partnership illustrates what is possible when collaboration takes place between strong, trusted and well-established charitable organizations – both founded on a shared value system.

“Now, more than ever, we need to support local. And through partnerships and initiatives like this, the benefits to the communities we serve can only improve.”

The deadline to purchase tickets for the Grand Prize is midnight on Dec. 20, and the final draw will take place on Jan. 11, 2024.

Tickets can be purchased on the Lake Life Lottery website here.

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Symphony set to open season
Alistair Waters - Sep 26, 2023 - Think Local

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The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is set to open its new season on Oct. 20 and it’s now easier than ever to enjoy the music of the OSO.

With three concert series this season—Mainstage, Celebration and Satellite—there are plenty of opportunities to hear the orchestra at venues large and small throughout the Okanagan Valley.

“This season we are spreading farther afield into the Okanagan region,” says executive director Geraldine Parent, noting that in addition to its Mainstage concerts at larger venues such as Kelowna’s Community Theatre, Penticton’s Cleland Theatre and Vernon’s Performing Arts Centre, performances will also be held in smaller centres like Oliver, Summerland, Coldstream, and Lake Country, in churches and variety of other venues.

“It’s not so much a departure for us but more of an expansion,” added Parent. “We want to provide more options for people.”

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OSO musical director and conductor Rosemary Thomson.

The Satellite Series will feature what Parent described as a unique and edgier duo of concerts, aimed at exploring new genres of music. It will include Amplify, featuring Poppa Nuge, a throat singer and beatboxer, Cori Derickson, a Syilx singer song carrier, Cree cellist Kethra Stewart and vocalist Quinn Bates, a.k.a “Quarterback.”

With the 2023-24 season marking the final season of long-time musical director and conductor Rosemary Thomson, the orchestra is set to present a stellar line-up of concerts, including New Discoveries, featuring violinist Timothy Choi, Viennese Delights with the UBC Opera Ensemble, Kindred Spirits, featuring violinist Martine denBok and violist Erin Macdonald and Bring on Beethoven, featuring pianist Ian Parker, all part of the Mainstage series.

A special Christmas concert, Yuletide Ukulele, featuring James Hill and Anne Janelle, and Vivacious Vivaldi, featuring OSO concertmaster Rachel Kristenson playing the well-known Four Seasons, are just two of the highlights of the Celebration series.

“We pride ourselves on bringing a wide range of music to our audiences and love to feature women, Canadian and indigenous artists and composers with the orchestra,” says Parent.

Subscription sales packages for the Mainstage series are currently underway, which offer the best concert experience value and an opportunity to lock in your favourite seats. MainStage subscription packages can also include the Yuletide Ukulele Christmas concert at a discount.

This year, the almost 65-year-old OSO has introduced tiered pricing for its Mainstage concerts in another bid to make the OSO as accessible as possible to as wide an audience as possible.

Far from the stuffy stereotype that some may think of when it comes to attending orchestra concerts, the OSO wants to appeal to a broad spectrum and its popularity over the years proves just how  successful it has been.

Credit for a large part of that goes to Thomson, who has worked hard during her 17 years as musical director and conductor to expand the appeal of the OSO.

“She has an incredible knack for connecting with audiences,” says Nikki Attwell, marketing assistant with the OSO.

“We’ve seen that if we can get someone in the door, we have them” she adds.

Single ticket sales for individual concerts in the upcoming season will go on sale Oct. 3 and tickets are available for Kelowna concerts at the Kelowna Community Theatre box office, for Penticton concerts here and for Vernon and Lake Country concerts at Ticket Seller box office.

For more information, visit the OSO website at or check out its digital brochure.

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This season make the 17th and final season for OSO musical director and conductor Rosemary Thomson.

GCOC now at Reid’s Corner
Contributed - Sep 26, 2023 - Think Local

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A well known brotherly duo has brought Great Canadian Oil Change to Reid’s Corner in Kelowna.

Mike and Nick Bernhardt have opened the newest GCOC at 3481 Sexsmith Rd., which is just west of Reid’s Corner primary intersection of Sexsmith and Highway 97. They bring nearly two decades of trusted, community-driven service to Kelowna, cementing their reputation as not just business owners, but as committed members of the local community.

Mike, 39, and Nick, 38, are both family men who have given plenty to the community and who bring expertise and service quality to the region. Mike is the father of five children, while Nick has two and is expecting a third this December. Understanding the significance of family, they bring that kind of approach to their business, treating every customer as an extended member of their own family.

The Bernardts are celebrating their newest venture by offering a 20% off coupon on your next oil change. It can be found here.

Great Canadian Oil Change has been a trusted name since 1978, operating more than 115 locations. It offers drive-thru oil changes and maintenance services that are fast, friendly and aimed to prevent inconvenient breakdowns.

A visit to GCOC includes up to five litres of Valvoline oil, a new oil filter and lubrication of chassis components as per your vehicle’s manufacturer guidelines. Moreover, a host of other features like fluid checks, tire pressure adjustment, and even a light and battery assessment are part of the package.

And now that fall is just around the corner, now would be the perfect time to check out the new Great Canadian Oil Change at Reid’s Corner. Here is a checklist to keep your vehicle running smoothly this fall and winter:


Every oil change at Great Canadian Oil Change comes with the superior protection of Valvoline’s trusted products. Additionally, every full-service oil change comes with a brand new premium Valvoline oil filter, lubrication for your vehicle’s chassis components and a multi-point visual inspection.


Did you know the average tire rotates more than 1,000 times for every mile you drive? That’s a lot of tread wear—especially when it’s uneven—and that can lead to reduced traction, poor handling and decreased brake performance.

To keep your tires sturdy and reliable, you should have them rotated regularly. Intervals vary by make and model, but approximately every other oil change is a good recommendation. Great Canadian Oil Change expert technicians can provide a free consultation and rotate your tires for you in about 15 minutes.


To help you keep your vehicle riding smoothly no matter the conditions, regular transmission maintenance is essential. 

Your transmission is designed to change gears as your speed increases or decreases, allowing your vehicle to lower fuel consumption and maximize performance. To keep your transmission healthy, you’ll need to replenish your transmission fluid at regular intervals, which will reduce wear on the gears and prevent deposits from building up. Otherwise, your vehicle will be at risk of overheating, delayed shifting and ultimately transmission failure.

Consult your owner’s manual to see how often your vehicle needs new transmission fluid, then leave the rest to the skilled technicians at Great Canadian Oil Change.


Your radiator helps protect your engine from overheating or freezing, which can come in handy here in Canada.

Over time, deposits can build up and block the flow of antifreeze to your engine, often leading to rusting, corrosion or even a breakdown as well as overheating and freezing. That’s why most auto manufacturers recommend having your vehicle’s radiator fluid replaced on a regular basis to minimize the risk of a cooling system failure, which could save you money on costly repairs.

Consult your owner’s manual to see how often your vehicle needs radiator fluid, then leave the rest to the experienced technicians at Great Canadian Oil Change.


Your vehicle may have two differential systems—front and rear differentials, and the transfer case—all of which are responsible for delivering power from the engine to the wheels.

Naturally, this process involves several gears, and those gears need to stay lubricated. This is especially important when operating at high temperatures, which can lead to a loss of lubrication and the formation of deposits, possibly causing the gears to grind. Great Canadian Oil Change can replenish your differential and transfer case fluids in about 10 minutes, all while you wait in the convenience of your vehicle.


Air filters, also known as engine intake filters, help keep your engine running smoothly.

Your engine needs clean air flow. It is important to keep dust and debris from getting to the engine. That’s the job of the air filter. But over time, the air filter gets clogged and dirty, and the air flow decreases. The solution? Simply replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one. A clean air filter will help prevent stress and wear on your vehicle’s internal engine parts, which can lead to improved performance.

How often should you change out your air filter? Generally every 20,000 kilometres or once a year. But that varies from vehicle to vehicle, and may be impacted by your driving conditions. For example, if you drive on dusty roads or in dense urban settings, you may need to replace it more frequently. A simple visual inspection is all that’s needed to tell if your air filter needs to be replaced.

Find a Great Canadian Oil Change location near you, and it will inspect your air filter as part of a free maintenance check every time you purchase a full-service oil change.


If fuel is the lifeblood of your vehicle, then keeping the fuel system clean is essential for a clean bill of health.

As deposits get into your fuel system over time, they can create blockages, which leads to issues like rough idling, loss of acceleration and hesitation. Great Canadian Oil Change’s fuel system cleaning service uses advanced detergents to get rid of deposits like grease, dirt and sludge to help keep your vehicle running smoothly.

Great Canadian Oil Change technicians will perform this service in roughly the same amount of time it takes for an oil change, all while you wait from the convenience of your vehicle.

If your vehicle is powered by a diesel engine, you’ll have to provide extra care for a heavy-duty machine.


Like most modern machines, your vehicle uses battery power. A sturdy battery typically lasts you up to five years, but you’ll need to keep an eye on it when you’re going on three years.

There’s no rocket science behind battery life; they simply lose their charge over time, as all batteries do. Unfortunately, your car’s battery won’t give you any warning signs when it’s about to fail, so a battery failure is often unexpected and inconvenient. Great Canadian Oil Change’s battery service replacement test will give you an estimate on how much longer your car’s battery will last.

Find a Great Canadian Oil Change location near you and let the experienced technicians check your battery in about 15 minutes to see if it needs to be replaced.


When you have a headlight or tail light go out, it may be tempting to continue driving with just one. But it’s simply not worth the risk.

Driving with burned-out bulbs is an easy way to get stuck in the dark—and get a traffic citation. More importantly, it’s unsafe to drive at night with impaired vision, and it could keep other drivers from noticing you as well. Thankfully, headlights and tail lights are easy to replace.

Find a Great Canadian Oil Change location near you, and its technicians will replace your burned-out bulbs in about the same amount of time it takes for an oil change.


All too often, drivers neglect their windshield wipers—even though they’re right in front of our eyes.

Windshield wipers are a crucial safety measure for your vehicle, helping improve visibility in rain, sleet, snow and other elements. And if you don’t have your wiper blades replaced regularly, they can wear down and become less effective. Common signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced include streaking, chattering, and torn edges.

Great Canadian Oil Change technicians will inspect your wiper blades as part of its free maintenance check, all while you wait from the convenience of your vehicle.

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The families of Mike, left, and Nick Bernhardt.


Connected Supply delivers
Contributed - Sep 25, 2023 - Think Local

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If you have something that needs to get somewhere, Connected Supply Chain Solutions can make it happen.

The Kelowna-based company has such a diverse group of offerings that it is as much a solution company as a transportation one. It specializes in refrigerated transport, hotshot services, cross docking, final mile delivery and third-party logistics, which means it can store products until they are sold.

And then, of course, Connected Supply will deliver it, too.

Co-founder A.J. Chaddock said the company, which started out working with primarily the cannabis sector, wants to showcase its versatility to the world, because it has always had the ability to meet specialized demands. The company’s business model offers end-to-end solutions for firms, ensuring products are transported, stored and managed efficiently. 

“We’ll bring your bulk products in,” Chaddock says. “We can store it and manage your inventory, and then deliver it as you need it.”

The company’s expansive range of transport options, from local five tons and sprinter vans to semis, ensures flexibility and adaptability. Notably, the entire fleet is temperature-controlled, accommodating both chilled and dry cargo.

Connected Supply Chain Solutions is also proud of its cross-docking capabilities, a game-changer for those facing delivery or transportation complications.

“Let’s say you have a trailer coming into Kelowna, and the delivery is not until the next day,” he says. “You can bring it here, any time of the day or night. We’ll offload it. That trailer can keep going, and the next day another trailer or truck can come pick it up and do deliveries.”

The company’s less than trailer load, or LTL, line haul is another significant offering, operating a weekly temperature-controlled trips between Richmond and Ontario. It embarks on its journey every Friday and arrives three days later, making stops in Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg along the way. Connected Supply also has storage capabilities in the Kootenays and makes a delivery trip from the region to the Central Okanagan every Friday.

Connected Supply’s Kelowna facility also has a standard cannabis processing licence, which means it can provide co-packing services for cannabis brands that send in bulk products for further processing, packaging and delivery.

More information about Connected Supply Chain Solutions and everything it offers can be found on its website here.

Let Bluebonnet cook for you
Contributed - Sep 25, 2023 - Think Local

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Bruno Terroso and Neeley Brimer

If the thought of Thanksgiving has you excited about spending time with your family and enjoying a delicious meal together—but then has you dreading the work that goes along with it—look no further than Bluebonnet Culinary.

The mobile restaurant that offers high-end culinary experiences is ready to make your Thanksgiving a breeze. All you have to do is cook the turkey, and Bluebonnet Culinary will bring everything else and then ease the anguish of a post-Thanksgiving cleanup.

The dynamic duo of chef Bruno Terroso and Neeley Brimer has prepared a special menu full of delicious salads, sides and desserts that will make your Thanksgiving a memorable one. It is based on a family of six, but it can be altered to a family of any size.

“If you’re a family cooking from home, we want you to spend time with your family—not in the kitchen, not cooking, not cleaning,” Brimer says.

Bluebonnet Culinary is also perfect for upcoming holiday or any small business gatherings, whether that’s a neighbourhood dinner or a work Christmas party. Terroso and Brimer have created menu templates to get you started, but they can pretty much make any of your culinary dreams a reality.

“We do anything from catered breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners … you name it, we can do it,” Brimer says. “We can cook on site, or we can drop off. The world is your oyster.

“We cater to any budget, any size, any dietary restrictions, anything like that. So it’s very much a personalized and individualized service one on one, as opposed to it being a very vague, bog-standard approach to catering.”

Terroso was the executive chef at the Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Winery for its entirety and then at Play Winery before moving on to the Hooded Merganser. Brimer worked within the Earls organization and played a key role in the growth and expansion of Salty’s Beach House.

Terroso was born in Portugal but moved to Canada when he was young. He got to the Okanagan in 2001 and has been making mouths water ever since.

Once the menus are finalized, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy what Bluebonnet Culinary brings to the table.

“People really like it because they can kind of determine what what gets in front of them, and they can feel confident in what their clients or their customers or employees are getting,” Brimer says. “They’re very involved in the process and can feel confident in that.”

The menu templates can be found below and on Bluebonnet Culinary’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Brimer and Terroso can be reached through direct messages on Instagram and Facebook.

Hunters Hill proves popular
Contributed - Sep 23, 2023 - Think Local

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The third time will no doubt be the charm when it comes to you finding your dream home at Hunters Hill.

The master-planned community in Summerland, developed by Hunters Hill Joint Venture, recently launched the third phase of its development. It unveiled 14 new custom estate lots that, like the two phases before it, offer the community’s most expansive lake and mountain view homes.

Fully serviced lots start in the $380,000s, making it easier than ever to live the Okanagan lifestyle. The first two phases are already 90% sold and 17 newly built homes are already occupied, so do not expect the third to be around for too long.

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Downtown Summerland

“We are seeing many new home builds underway at Hunters Hill,” Hunters Hill JV principal Patrick Murphy says. “The design guidelines are working well to produce a cohesive mix of modern farmhouse and Okanagan-inspired contemporary designs.”

Inspired by its natural surroundings, including 80 acres of preservation area bordering on 500 acres of Crown land waiting to be explored, Hunters Hill offers room to breathe. There are opportunities for custom dream homes, carriage homes and private poolside retreats.

Hunters Hill has gained national attention as one of the most coveted properties in the Okanagan Valley, in large part because it sits perfectly between urban amenities available in both Kelowna and Penticton. That makes the community attractive to both young families and active retirees, and the third phase is being released earlier than scheduled due to the development’s popularity.

“Summerland has a distinctive agricultural feel, and our fully serviced, lakeview lots provide a wonderful opportunity for those seeking an active lifestyle in a small-town setting,” Murphy says.

The first five lots in Phase 3 are both deep and spacious, providing an opportunity to build a custom home, a carriage home and a pool, with access at both ends of the lot. The remaining lots offer custom home and pool opportunities with panoramic views of Giants Head Mountain and the Okanagan Lake below.

Phase 3 offers the highest vantage point at Hunters Hill to date.

“We highly encourage anyone considering a move to the Okanagan to experience Hunters Hill first-hand,” Hunters Hill JV principal Mike Jacobs says. “Walk the lots, explore your builder options, and start thinking about the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.

“Hunters Hill is a destination community that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Additional information about progress within the community, upcoming events and sales opportunities at Hunters Hill is available by registering at

Hunters Hill JV consists of industry leaders in residential and commercial development, including Hunters Hill Holdings Ltd. and Emil Anderson Properties.

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Get connected with ispeed
Contributed - Sep 23, 2023 - Think Local

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The internet is still out in certain locations on Westside Road, and there is no indication as to when it might return.

Last month’s McDougall Creek Fire destroyed property as well as communication lines, and the big companies are doing what they can to get internet access back up and running.

In this instance, however, being a small company means you have agility, which is what Dave Bradich and ispeed Communications bring to the table. The company is able to get your internet back and up running in just a couple of days thanks to its wireless technology.

ispeed, which serves Western Canada and parts of Ontario, got started in 2005 and has raised its prices only twice in the last 18 years. It is a local company that has been around for nearly two decades and delivers on what it promises.

“We’re local, so you can support local,” Bradich says. “You can get fast, friendly service from a human being. You’re not going to be speaking with someone in a different country. They’re going to know your area.”

ispeed’s ability to get wireless internet service to rural areas is what sets it apart from the rest, but it can also offer the same wired lines that the big communication companies can. When Bradich is talking to prospective customers, he will always be frank and tell them what service is best for them.

“We offer that choice of providing customers what fits for them,” he says. “Not just one company.”

People will be more than satisfied with ispeed, whose technology consists of all the latest and greatest equipment. The wireless internet plan can produce speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, which Bradich says is “really fast. No one needs faster than that, in my opinion.”

In addition to getting Westside Road residents back online quickly, ispeed’s internet service is also ideal for new condominiums and apartments that are rising across the Central Okanagan region. It offers speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second.

ispeed also offers TV and phone service. You can purchase the TV box for $195, and monthly fees are only $25 for basic cable and $45 for the big package.

“Our monthly fee is very low compared to what the big companies charge,” Bradich says. “You can get internet and TV in town for under 60 bucks a month.”

And if you still need a home phone, they come with every feature you’d need, including call forwarding, voicemail, call display and online portal to look at all your calls.

The company is so confident you’ll be happy with it that it offers a 30-day, money-back trial, and the first month of service is free.

“I want to make sure people are happy if they start with us,” Bradich says.

More information about ispeed can be found on its website here.

Prepare for natural disaster
Contributed - Sep 22, 2023 - Think Local

BLUETTI’s power-saving devices can help ensure sustained connectivity at a critical time.

People around the world have never been more dependent upon technology that helps ensure and preserve safety, comfort and resilience in the face of a natural disaster or an infrastructure failure that results in a long-term power outage.

BLUETTI, a pioneering leader in innovative energy storage solutions, was founded to create products that address this very need.

And now, BLUETTI has introduced a comprehensive set of safety guidelines that helps individuals and communities manage unexpected power outages effectively.

Here are some of the key guidelines:

Prior to a natural disaster

BLUETTI’s AC300&B300 is designed to last through extended periods of power unavailability.

Keep you and your loved ones well informed. Regularly check trustworthy sources—local news outlets, emergency management agencies and government emergency notification services—for information about potential events that may lead to a power outage. 

Also, ensure you know your building or neighbourhood’s designated evacuation pathways and assembly areas.

A comprehensive emergency kit should also contain essential goods for survival, including non-perishable food, potable water, medications, first-aid provisions, illuminative devices, batteries, battery-operated radios and documents such as photo IDs and health-care cards.

For people heavily reliant on electronic devices, a BLUETTI EB3A, EB55 or EB70S portable power station can help ensure sustained connectivity at a critical time.

If you have a family, develop an evacuation plan that includes a selection of routes and a pre-established meet-up location. Rehearse your strategies to ensure each family member knows their responsibilities and how to carry them out.

You should also take steps to ensure an enduring backup-power infrastructure for your home. BLUETTI’s AC300+B300 and AC500+B300S are designed to last through extended periods of power unavailability, whether due to a wildfire, an ice storm or virtually everything in between.

The AC300+B300’s solar-charging capacity is powerful enough to facilitate sustained operation of essential household appliances, lighting, heating and more. Meanwhile, the AC500+B300S is an expandable power system designed to help you go through power outages and stay connected to unlimited energy, ensuring anything you plug in will be running to its full functionality and capacity.

When a natural disaster is in progress

Remain calm and refer to information sources that are reporting real-time developments. Comply with any official instructions, such as when and where to seek shelter. Assemble your family members in a secure area, away from windows and exterior walls.

In the event of a mandated evacuation, use only recommended routes and bring your essential emergency provisions alongside BLUETTI backup-power resources. Don’t return home until official sources confirm it’s safe to do so.

When a natural disaster has ended


Carefully assess any potential safety risks on and around your property and meticulously document any damage. Photos are especially useful if you need to submit an insurance claim. Continue to monitor local news outlets and authorized organizations to remain informed about ongoing recovery efforts, availability of emergency shelters and locations for relief distribution.

While a natural disaster is one of the most significant challenges an individual, family or community can face, being thoroughly prepared—along with resources like BLUETTI’s power solutions—provides increased safety and peace of mind.

BLUETTI is committed to promoting sustainability and green-energy solutions. The quality of its eco-friendly energy storage solutions has helped the company expand its reach to more than 100 countries and gain the trust of millions of customers worldwide.

To learn more about BLUETTI and its various energy storage products and solutions, visit

Edge View comes to life
Contributed - Sep 22, 2023 - Think Local

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It’s time to explore West Kelowna’s new boutique townhome community, Edge View, the latest from Tallus Ridge.

Like its predecessor, Nature’s Gate, Edge View offers a variety of spacious townhome floor plans, designed to suit homeowners in various stages of life. Whether you’re just entering the real estate market, downsizing, or starting or growing your family, there is a home that was designed with you in mind.

Construction of homes in Phase 1 is progressing quickly, with move-ins anticipated for this fall and winter. It’s not every day you get to tour a home under construction, but now’s your opportunity. 

Beginning Sept. 23, Edge View will be open for open houses on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. until November.

“Construction tours offer the ideal way to envision your life, discover the floor plans and see the quality of construction and attention to detail,” says Darcy Nyrose of Nyrose & Associates-RE/MAX Kelowna, which is leading the sales for the community.

“If you’re looking to make a move soon and in the market for a brand new townhome, Edge View will be West Kelowna’s only new townhome community with move-in ready homes.”

As construction continues to progress, it’s easy to see why Edge View is the perfect place to plant your roots.

Three-storey walk-up homes offer three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a double garage and approximately 1,608 square feet to 1,991 square feet of living space. They start at $729,900. Families love this floor plan, with the bedrooms all sharing the top floor and living spaces on the main floor.

Phase 1 also offers rancher walk-outs with approximately 2,418 square feet of living space and double side-by-side garages. In these homes, the primary bedroom, ensuite and walk-in closet is on the main floor. The lower levels offer two to three additional bedrooms, flex space and an open recreation and living area. They’re a great floor plan for downsizers and families alike. The ranchers start at $949,900.

These construction open houses offer buyers the opportunity to see the modern design and interiors as they come to life. It’s an exclusive, inside opportunity to see the quality, style and connection to nature and community for which the Tallus Ridge neighbourhood is known.

Edge View open houses are held Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. at 2835 Canyon Crest Dr. Private tours are available by calling 778-652-4498.

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An unconventional winery
Contributed - Sep 21, 2023 - Think Local

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Red Barn Winery in Oliver.

Explore the uncharted and unknown with Red Barn Winery in Oliver through daringly disruptive wines sourced from organically-farmed vineyards on Black Sage Bench. Surrounded by steep rocky cliffs at 1,400 feet elevation, a deep respect for the land and an edgy, experimental attitude join forces to harness the greatness this rugged terrain can deliver on. 

There is no such thing as convention at Red Barn, and winemaker Kaylee Barss can attest to that. 

“The best part about Red Barn is that there are no rules,” she says.

“Year-to-year, I make completely different things. Reimagining traditional Okanagan varieties, such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, while exploring exotic Italian grapes, like Nebbiolo and Barbera. With grapes nurtured in our own backyard at Jagged Rock, expect some seriously fun wines fermented in stainless steel or concrete that will keep you on your toes. Catch you on the wild side.”

Join the “unordinary”

Have the chance to try Kaylee’s wines first through Red Barn’s Wine League, where members can enjoy priority access to small-batch wines, experiences and pop-up pours offsite with select partners. 

Did we also mention this comes complete with three curated wine shipments throughout the year with giftable perks if you’re not in the area?

Get in touch with Red Barn Winery through its exclusive member hotline, where they can book you in for an experience, or just chat about the unruly beauty of its vineyards in Jagged Rock. Bottles and banter await.

(778) 743-4776 or [email protected]

Red Barn—Tradition meets misfit, that’s its wine game.

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Red Barn, and winemaker Kaylee Barss.

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