Ryan Donn | Story:
Mar 5, 2015 / 8:30 am
Regardless of whether you have children who are artistically, musically or dramatically-inclined, nature lovers or sports enthusiasts, there are spring break camps happening throughout Kelowna geared for them!
Here is a sampling of what is available around town this Spring Break.
The City of Kelowna is offering a number of half and full day camps for kids.
Acrylic, Watercolour & Drawing Art Camp – for ages 5-14 (younger kids half day)
Golf Camp – Ages 6-12 Tu-Fri Three one hour lessons with 6 students to 1 CPGA Instructor and a fun. Practice balls are included and equipment is provided if necessary.
Sportacular Camp -- Sportacular Camp is for boys and girls looking for a fun-filled week of sports and activities with our qualified instructors. Play Soccer, Hockey, Flag Football, plus other active games. Camp fee includes ice skating and sports at CNC and a swim at H2O pool. Bring a water bottle and healthy peanut/nut free snacks daily.
Day Camp through Parkinson Rec -- This popular day camp is for boys and girls the day camp includes a variety of activities including crafts, games, cooking and much more. Swimming each day from 3:30-4:45PM (camp runs from 7:30-5:15 each day)Licensed Day Camp is through Watson Elementary & Bankhead Elementary. More info here.
by the Kelowna Art Gallery in partnership with Bumbershoot Theatre.
Ages 5 to 7 and 8 to 10
Cost: $65.00 ($50.00 for members)
(sign up for any four classes and get the fifth class free)
The Kelowna Art Gallery and Bumbershoot Theatre are collaborating to offer two exciting weeks of art and theatre for children over Spring Break. Participants will be inspired by short field trips to different places in the Cultural District each day, and then will create visual and performance art based on their experiences. At the gallery children will take part in fun and inspiring activities, such as painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and printmaking, and at Bumbershoot they will explore theatre through a variety of games and play. Each day will be different, and on Friday of each week participants will put together a small exhibition of their art. Parents will be invited to arrive early on Friday to view the art created that week.
SPRING BREAK ARTS BLAST camps for kids ages 5-11 and are two-day camps. M-Tu & Thurs-Fri. 2 day camps! Each camp has a different theme and allows your child to explore the power of imagination, while raising self-esteem & confidence as they take classes in Art, Music, Drama and Dance. Guided by talented and inspiring "top flight" instructors, Arts Blast gives your child the opportunity for individual learning and growth. Bring *peanut free* snacks/lunches.
Contact Email: [email protected] 7 to 15 - Modeled on Kelowna Actors Studio long running Summer Camps, our March Break Theatre Camps are a fun and focused learning environment. Five (or ten!) wonderful days are spent working with theatre professionals, making new friends, and building a show from the ground up all the while exploring their imaginations! The energetic rehearsal process culminates in a a short group performance, presented on the last Friday of each camp to an invited audience of family and friends guided by professional artist educators. Lunch will be provided by the Kelowna Actors StudioCamps Begin Monday, March 17, & Monday, March 24, 2014 9:00 AM
Rodney Hobson Karate Academy
The first week we will continue to offer our popular Karate Camps in the same format we usually do. The kids will know what to expect and it will always be a GREAT experience for everyone.The second week we will be taking a more focused approach and separating the age groups. For the students who are 10 and under we will be offering a wildly exciting NINJA Camp! For the 11 year and older students we will be offering a sport karate competition camp guaranteed to improve their skills. Registration is required.
Spring Break 2015 is fast approaching. Make the most of your child’s time away from school by signing them up for our popular half day camps. Choose between Aquatic Camp or Y World of Sports & Games Camp in the morning and Aquatic Camp or Theme Camps in the afternoon. Limited space available. Members pay $80/week while public pays $90/week
YMCA Kelowna Activities (Call #250-491-9622 to reserve your spot)
Activities will include:EECO Centre Field TripsK–1 Group will be learning about Owls and Ecosystems in Mission Creek Park2–6 Group will be learning about Bears and The Power of HabitatHiking Out Trips1 Swimming out trip per weekSewing activitiesCraftsOutdoor/Gym GamesWeek 1 (Kindergarten–Grade 6)
March 16–20, 7:30 am–5:30 pm
Location: Quigley Elementary
Full week registration: $180
Week 2 (Kindergarten–Grade 6)
March 23–27, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Location: Quigley Elementary
Full week registration: $180
Do you have a child who loves to play soccer? The City of Kelowna and the Simon Fraser University Men’s Soccer Program are pleased to announce the SFU Spring Break Children's Soccer Camp for boys and girls, aged 5-11 years. The camp will run from March 16th-20th, with a morning camp from 8:30am -11:30 am and an afternoon camp from 1:00pm 4:00pm, at the Capital News Centre indoor soccer fields. For a fee of $150.00, participants will have the opportunity to have fun, build their skills and receive coaching from one of the best university soccer programs in Canada. Children will also receive their very own soccer ball and T-shirt, and get to participate in the World Cup tournament on the final day. For registration please contact the Parkinson Rec. Centre at 250-469-8800 or online at www.kelowna.ca/recreation
Dance Camp through Ballet Kelowna & Creator’s Arts –Dance Break for Beginners ages 10-18 as well as Dance Break Intensive
Ballet Kelowna is pleased to announce Dance Break, a two-streamed dance workshop and training intensive for young people aged 10 to 18. At Dance Break, participants will explore different dance styles under the guidance and instruction of Ballet Kelowna’s professional dancers and special guest teachers.
Dance Break For Beginners is designed for youth with no previous dance training. Dance Break Intensive is designed for youth who are currently studying dance and wish to further their training over Spring Break.
ECCO Centre 3-half-day Spring Break Camps Ages 5-7
The 'Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps' go each spring. The three day morning sessions are for youngsters aged five to seven. The cost per three day session is $60 per child. You can get more information by contacting the EECO staff at 250-469-6139 or emailing [email protected].
Ryan Donn | Story:
Feb 26, 2015 / 8:30 am
Devour is perhaps the most scrumdiddlyumptious event that Kelowna will host in 2015 and people are so excited for it that it is already sold out. Aimed at Kelowna foodies, it's mantra is to "Eat, Drink, and be Social". I had a chance to attend the event in year one and it selection of great wine and tapas is mind blowing. You have 49 local leaders in the culinary field competing for your taste buds as they aim to win the Best Bite, Best Sip, and Best Pairing awards that will be chosen by those in attendance. They rise to the challenge with ease.
The initial event in March last year sold out and although the tickets aren't cheap ($110) if you are thinking of going to one food event this spring I would highly recommend this one. “The 2015 lineup will live up to all the expectations”, says Event Director, Holly Dober. “All of the 2014 favorites are returning together with many exciting new Presenters. The event has really caught the attention of the best of the best in the Okanagan culinary scene and they are all bringing their best to DEVOUR this year.” As an open tasting event, attendees will pay a single admission fee to indulge in this unique culinary experience. “It is a cocktail party, a fine dinner at the best local restaurant and a night on the town with friends, all rolled into one" says Dober.
The event is Saturday March 7th and will be held at the The Centre for Learning at Okanagan College. For more information and tickets please go to: http://www.devourkelowna.ca/
Here is a video I shot for them at their inaugural 2014 event:
Ryan Donn | Story:
Feb 19, 2015 / 8:30 am
Over the Winter months the local charity, Inn from the Cold, hosts a number of "Dining out to end Homelessness" events in Kelowna. They partner with local restaurants and once a month that local restaurant donates the proceeds of their sales to Inn from the Cold. Really this event doesn't need much more of a description other than the next one is being held at the Minstrel Cafe on Feb 24th so I thought you might be interested in learning more about what Inn from the Cold is.
Their core programs include:
A shelter, which operates from November-April, and has a capacity for 35 individuals, both men and women, couples and their animal companions. Their guests have access to a safe sleep, personal storage, meals, showers, laundry and case planning through the Outreach Program.
The Kelowna Kodiak Street Soccer Team is a social capacity-building program that focuses on social inclusion and empowerment. Through playing soccer, participants develop key life skills such as: communication, accountability, team work and confidence.
The Chandler House which provides permanent, low-cost housing to men experiencing chronic homelessness in our community. This 8 bedroom, shared accommodation home is staffed 24 hours a day and is pet friendly. The program is wellness-focused and provides opportunities for life skill development, community integration and increased independence.
InnSpire, a social enterprise, led by the students of Enactus Okanagan College who are selling soaps to help raise money for Inn from the Cold. The students package, promote, and sell soap offering 100% of the proceeds to Inn from the Cold. In December alone they have raised over $2500 for the non-profit. They are currently looking for stores to partner with them to sell the soap so please contact IFTC if you are interested in supporting this endeavor.
Just to keep the doors open they need to fill over 1000 volunteer shifts so if you want to help them out in any way go to http://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/ for more information.
Ryan Donn | Story:
Feb 12, 2015 / 8:30 am
We all give in our own way on a daily basis. We work hard for our family, support our friends, and lend a hand when the opportunity arises. A local musician, Gord Brush, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day and has been recovering in the hospital ever since. He's currently in rehab and is expected to eventually make a full recovery but it will take many months. Local musician Andrew Smith has generously taken it upon himself to organize a “Good Luck Gord” to support Gord Brush and Jane Eamon through this difficult time. For those who don’t know Jane and Gord, they are local songwriters who, for over a decade, have acted as community parents to the songwriting. They’ve hosted songwriters events, community workshop sessions, and truly led the charge in promoting and building a songwriting community in Kelowna. Jane and Gord were also the lead musicians for the Kelowna Centennial song a few years ago and Jane has won numerous songwriting awards. As you will hear in the interview below as soon as the concept was launched it had so much support offered that it is now unable to feature all of the musicians that want to lend a hand to support one of their own.
Here is Andrew Smith talking about the “Good luck Gord” concert and his connection with Jane Eamon and Gord Brush.
Whether it is donating to a local charity, buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line, volunteering at an event, or simply holding the door for someone, every generous gesture adds up and makes the Okanagan an even better place to be.
Here are a few ideas from last year that were posted to a Facebook page that has been set up to support the day.
(singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, Councillor at the City of Kelowna).
I love creating and connecting. For years I spent most of my time in Kelowna creating songs. Those songs have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations.
In the past few years I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, etc.
I use this column to connect some of our local creatives, events, unique local projects/non-profits, or perhaps the random column about our city.
Originally from Scotland I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities). In 2014 I was elected to Kelowna City Council.
Opinions are my own and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan.