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Year: 2017

Wearable Art: Denise Oyelese cosies up to felting

If there is one thing Denise Oyelese understands, it’s how to stay warm. Born and raised in Saskatchewan where the thermometer can descend to minus double digits, it is little surprise that this Kelowna creative has turned the idea of being “cozy” into a much sought after wearable art form. For those unfamiliar with textile arts, “felting” is the oldest known form of fabric making, with archaeological finds dating to as early as 6,500 BC. Pure wool fibres are manipulated by using the basic principles of soap, water and friction. As the wool fibres contain microscopic “scales” and “kinks”...

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Social entrepreneurs shortlisted for Change Up 3

Six groups, five minutes, $9,000 to support social change Hundreds will flow the Kelowna Community Theatre next week to participate in audience real-time voting to support social entrepreneurship in their community. At stake: a $5,000 top prize and mentorship in kind from KPMG, a $3,000 second price and $1,000 third-placed prize. Six local social enterprises that will have five minutes each to fast-pitch their business model, sharing how their organization (for-profit, non-profit, charity or youth led)  can tackle some of society’s most difficult challenges. Through live voting, the audience will pick the best social impact initiatives to win cash...

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Opera Kelowna heralds the holidays with A Classical Christmas

Vancouver Opera Maestro Leslie Dala, four acclaimed soloists, and Kelowna Children’s Choir Gather for a heartwarming evening of traditional & operatic favourites Opera Kelowna celebrates the festive season with A Classical Christmas, November 25, 2017 at 7:30pm at Evangel Church. The beloved annual programme of seasonal favourites and timeless classics will be given soaring voice by an ensemble of four stellar operatic artists, including returning stars from past Opera Kelowna productions. The exquisite soloists will be joined by the angelic voices of Kelowna Children’s Choir, and accompanied on piano by Maestro Leslie Dala, Associate Conductor of Vancouver Opera. “Christmas is...

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Bartenders gear up for Mixoff

Okanagan Spirits is showcasing the Okanagan’s cocktail culture to the public with the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff, Nov. 2, at the Laurel Packinghouse. The participating restaurants will be designing cocktails using local wine and two items from the Okanagan Spirits product portfolio, then pairing their cocktails with creative food bites. Bartenders will not only be trying to impress the panel of judges for the Judges Choice Award, but also the public with the People’s Choice Award. The public will also have a chance to recognize the hard work done by the chefs by choosing their favorite food item...

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Historic $4.5 million Kiwanis endowment support local children

A donation of  $4 million from The Kiwanis Clubs of Kelowna to the KGH Foundation will benefit child and youth health care in the Central Okanagan, and $500,000 to the Central Okanagan Foundation will support local programs for children and youth in arts & culture, community services and education. It’s the single largest gift the Kelowna General Hospital has received in its 109 year history of serving this community. “We applaud Kiwanis’ leadership in championing the wellbeing of our kids for over 70 years, and now, in perpetuity,” says Doug Rankmore, CEO of the KGH Foundation.  “We are honored and...

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