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Music in the Park returns

Summer has arrived and along with it Parks Alive!, Music in the Park (West Kelowna)Park and PlayDancing in the Park are starting up for the season. 
This year’s first Music in the Park show happens on Friday will feature Ben Klick & various Country Artists treating the audience to performances starting at 6:45pm. Find out more about Ben Klick at
Free, family friendly Music in the Park concerts take place every Friday night from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. through August 28 at Memorial Park, adjacent to Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Music lovers will enjoy a variety of genres including country, pop, classical, and more! West Kelowna Recreation staff will be in the park hosting games and activities for the kids. A food and beverage vendor will be operating during the concerts.
For directions on how to get to Memorial Park here is a video I made a couple years ago so you know how to find Memorial Park in West Kelowna: 
Music in the Park is produced and promoted by Creative Okanagan. The City of West Kelowna would like to thank the 2015 Music in the Park sponsors: Valley First Credit Union, Country 100.7, K 96.3, BMO Private Banking, Castanet, Quails Gate Estate Winery, and Westside Weekly.




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:


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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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