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Lawn bowling revival

When you think of lawn bowling, images of prim and proper ladies and gentlemen of a certain age tend to spring to mind, not young, successful, professionals. Well, this summer an event at the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club is seeking to change that! 
The local Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club, established in 1909, a mere three years after the City was founded, is the host venue for a fun, unique event this summer capitalizing on fundraising and introducing newbies to the game. 
On The Lawn, a new initiative, is a summer tournament and finale party designed especially with young professionals in mind. Beginning Thursday, July 30th, for three consecutive Thursdays, players will compete for prizes, socialize, network, and enjoy the exploration of the sport of lawn bowling. 
Twenty teams of four will compete at the lakeside club, with all proceeds of the event going towards Elevation Outdoors, whose mission is to enhance the lives of underprivileged youth via specially-designed outdoor programs. 
For me personally I think this event offers a glimpse into the potential of the Kelowna Lawn Bowling facility and hopefully increase the usage of a venue that has some prime real estate in Kelowna's City Park. 
Daylin Mantyka and Fiona McGregor, co-organizers of the event, are excited to bring lawn bowling to a new generation, they have both bowled in countries where lawn bowling is a popular game for young people. 
Designed for young professionals in Kelowna, On The Lawn brings three evenings of entertainment, networking and socializing in the form of a lawn bowling tournament and finale party. 20 teams of four will bowl it out each week. As Fiona says "We will provide bowls, music, BBQ, wine, beer, and cocktails, all at Kelowna’s downtown, lakeside, sun-drenched Bowling Club while all the proceeds go to our chosen charity, Elevation Outdoors."
Of  course they will also have some "talented old timers" to help offer some tips and tricks on how to ensure your team comes out on top. 
If you're looking for a fun, new activity this summer and a way to network with other professionals while giving back, gather a team together and check out this truly unique event! On The Lawn runs July 30, August 6, and August 13.
For more information and to register your team of four, or to join this event through sponsorship opportunities, visit:


Bottles for Change

A couple years ago I had a chance to meet Michael Lavigne. He is the founder and visionary behind the Open for Change initiative. As noted on their promotional material "Open for Change is a For-Profit Social Enterprise committed to making a meaningful impact by investing two-thirds of all profits back into our communities."
They have successfully led two campaigns in Kelowna that combine volunteerism, active citizenship, and some great community bonding. The next project they are working on is "Bottles for Change". It has a few different aspects to it but the main component is that they are encouraging everyone to reduce the amount of water used in their toilets flush by adding a water bottle filled with sand to the tank behind the toilet seat.
In a day when the California drought is front page and areas of our own region are starting to put water restrictions in place its a very timely project.
For full information about how you can get involved in this initiative check out the various volunteer roles listed in their website:
I met up with Michael earlier this week to talk about his Open for Change initiative, their last campaign, and to get some more information on their newest campaign.
Open for Change "Bottles for Change"
WHERE 1009 Lawrence Ave
WHEN Saturday, June 20, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015 
TIME 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Who: Open For Change
What: Environmental impact campaign to reduce our water consumption
Where: Community located around Artisan House, 1009 Lawrence Ave
When:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm on July 11, 2015
Why: Inspires people to place a bottle in their toilet, thus conserving water and starting the conversation around other ways we can support our environment.
Cost: FREE!

Pianos in Parks

Earlier this week Pianos in the Park was launched in Kelowna. You may have already seen them but you should know that Kelowna now has 5 pianos downtown for the public to use at their leisure.  It’s a program that is modeled after the growingly popular “Street Pianos” initiative that is happening in various cities throughout the world.
It all started last summer when a busker, Leila Neverland, came into the Festivals Kelowna office asking if we would consider looking at hosting a street piano program in Kelowna. The reality was that we were in our event season so we didn't have the time to look into it but she took it upon herself to research what it would take to create such a program in Kelowna. One of her first discoveries was that Elmer at Keystone Music had the ability to supply pianos for the program through both community donations and their stock supply. Over the course of the Winter and Spring he would drop by the Festivals Kelowna office randomly and drop off a piano for the program.
Jumping forward in the spring of 2015 Disney Interactive came on board and offered to use their volunteers to help paint three of the pianos using their in-house creatives. As you see in the video above they chose to focus on Mickey, Puffles, and an Okanagan landscape. So now they are out there waiting to be played. If you see them play them, post a video, use the hashtag #pianosinparks but most of all enjoy seeing our parks animated with the sound of spontaneous music.
For more information on the program you can go to the Festivals Kelowna site:
Or check out the newly dedicated Facebook page:


Summer camps for kids

In just a few short weeks, summer will officially hit the Okanagan! That means lots of sun, beach time, and, the kids are out of school! Thankfully, it also marks the start of dozens of different summer camps for kids. Outdoor, musical, church, artistic, sports, and academic-themed camps are being hosted throughout the city to help fend off boredom, give kids an opportunity to meet new friends, and of course, have some summer fun away from the confines of home. Here are just a few camps for your consideration. More can be found by looking through the hard copy or online version of City of Kelowna’s recreation guide at or by contacting various organizations directly to inquire about their specific programs especially if you require full time summer childcare options. Daycares and recreation centres throughout the city are available for drop-ins, summer rates, and full-time childcare. 
Gymnastix FUN-Tastic Day Camps for Ages 3-5/6-12 from July 6-August 27
All summer camp activities are supervised by our Gymnastics BC trained instructors who are focused on providing a safe and fun learning environment for our campers. Our gymnastics summer camps are open to children 3 – 18 years old (unless specified in the camp descriptions).
Join our popular theme based camps that incorporate instructional skill building gymnastics, games, crafts and tons of fun. We encourage kids to be active as well as build new friendships in a safe and positive environment.
For more information and to register:  
Sports Lovers XploreSportZ Camps
For sport-lovers (ages 9-12) who want to experience some new & exciting sports. If you're tired of the same old sport scene, come discover the dynamic variety of sports we have to offer! XploreSportZ camps include:
-Sports Led by Certified Coaches
-Exposure to Cool, New Activities
-XploreSportZ T-Shirt
-Daily Recreational Swim
-The "XploreSportZ Olympics"... and loads of fun!       

Camps fill up quickly, so be sure to visit: to register!

*Drop-off 8:30-9:00am
*Pick-up 5:00-5:30pm    
Camps vary in price and are hosted at various locations throughout the city and region. Visit the website for more information. 
Art Adventures Summer Art Camps at Kelowna Art Gallery
Draw it, Paint it, Sculpt it
Join us for a creative adventure this summer! Make unique art, new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
During the months of July and August, the Kelowna Art Gallery will be offering a variety of half-day and full-day art camps for children ages 5 to 12. Camps will be taught by local artists, and classes will include trips to local studios within the cultural district, as well as special visits by guest artists. Each week will be different and will incorporate unique drawing, painting, and sculpture projects. Programs emphasize self-expression, and allow young artists to discover and create in a lively studio environment complemented by outdoor fun with trips to places such as Waterfront Park and Kasugai Gardens.
Class size is limited so that children receive one-on-one instruction in a friendly, non-competitive environment. Call 250-762-2226 to register!
Make it a day with Bumbershoot Children’s Theatre!
Bumbershoot is pleased to be collaborating with the Kelowna Art Gallery to ignite and inspire imaginations. The week of July 27 and August 17 children may spend the morning at the Art Gallery taking part in such fun and inspiring activities such as painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media or printmaking, and as an option spend the afternoon at Bumbershoot exploring theatre through a variety of games and play.
You may sign up just for the morning session at the Art Gallery, just the afternoon session with Bumbershoot, or make a day of it and sign up for both sessions!
H20 Adventure & Fitness Centre Day Camps
The H20 Centre in Kelowna Mission offers a wide variety of half-day camps for Ages 5-12 and mini 2-hour camps for preschool kids Ages 3-5. Visit their website for more information on specific themes, prices, and to register 
Kelowna Actors Studio: Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark - Kids
July 20 to 31, Ages 7 to 12yrs

Summer Theatre Day Camp! An adaptation of the first of Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series. What would you do if a tree house in your neighborhood could transport you anywhere you wanted to go? While exploring one afternoon, siblings Jack and Annie discover a tree house full of books. Jack looks through a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see a real one. Suddenly the wind begins to blow and the tree house starts to spin wildly. When it finally stops, Jack and Annie open their eyes to find they have been transported back to the time of the dinosaurs. Join Jack and Annie on their adventure back in time to experience an amazing group of dinosaurs face to face.
TV & FILM: I’m Ready For My Closeup
Aug 17 to 21, Ages 8 to 15

This course includes character development, cold readings, audition techniques, improvisation and monologues. In a FUN environment students will concentrate on how to deliver lines for TV commercials, Scripts from TV and Film. They will write their own commercials, film them and perform them live as well.
Limited availability. Register TODAY!
Classes run 9am to 4pm
Kelowna Actors Studio supplies healthy lunch
Performance on our professional stage with costumes and lights
To Register: 
Camp OC- Okanagan College – Grades 2-9
Welcome to Camp OC Our educational day camps are full of interactive fun and adventure. Campers experience small class sizes with experienced instructors and School District student volunteers. Camp OC is a great place to engage kids and teens in their interests and passions such as engineering, arts, music, science, culinary arts, trades and computers. Whatever their interests are, we are sure they will find it here. From Lego-themed camps, Mini-Chef, Mad Scientist or Glee, for younger kids, to Sports Leadership training, Babysitting course, Red Carpet club, or Flight Academy for older kids (to name a few), your child will love these exciting offerings! Sign up for one, two or more weeks of camp!
For more information check out: or check out the official brochure with detailed information on each camp 
Summer Camp at Aberdeen Hall
Join us for our Summer Camps at Aberdeen Hall! Our themed summer camps are perfect for children ages 3 to 5, & 6 to 9, and they feature games, arts, activities and much more! Choose from Fun & Games with Friends, Arty Party, All Star Sports Academy, or Junior Einstein Science & Technology Week. These day-long camps run weekdays from 8:00am-5:00pm from June 22nd-July 17th.
For more information and to register for any of these camps visit: 
Church Camps
Throughout the city, various churches are hosting day camps for kids. Below are a few links for more information and to register for the camps. 
Willow Park Church: 
Trinity Baptist Church: 
Mission Creek Alliance Church: 
Kelowna SPCA Kids Camp
Ages 6-12  9am-3pm 
Campers are immersed in animal-themed activities and are challenged, in fun and engaging ways, to learn about responsible animal care, discover fascinating new animal facts and develop positive, respectful relationships between people, animals and nature. They leave feeling inspired to be ambassadors for animals in their community.
Activities range from active games, both indoors and outdoors, to quiet hands-on projects and include crafts, guest speakers and time with animals. All activities have been designed by the BC SPCA to incorporate positive animal welfare themes.
We do our best to provide some hands on time with animals throughout the week.
For more information and to register: 
Summer Nature Day Camps at EECO Centre 
Registration starts June 1st at the EECO Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park for this summer’s nature camps.  
This popular half-day morning summer program for youngsters returns during July and August with camps for youth aged 5 - 7. There is also a special program for pre-school children age 3 and 4 years running mornings July 6th to 9th and August 4th through 7th.
The camps use Mission Park and Bertram Park as a backdrop for fun, active indoor and outdoor activities with a focus on environmental education to foster an appreciation for our natural environment. 
For more information on camps and to register go online to , or contact Regional Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or the EECO at 250-469-6140

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About the Author


Ryan Donn
(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. 

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