Socializing and memories

Congratulations to Jason Boyer as he is the new the owner of Xchange Kelowna. 

Xchange is small and lively lounge. Everything Jason does is to encourage socializing and creating memories for friends and family.  

If you haven’t been to Xchange yet, know that it is different because the kitchen is in the heart of the restaurant and they will smoke anything, even their drinks. 

It is their smoked wings that has made their Monday night football events the place to be. Your vegan won’t need to worry because they smoke cauliflower and prepare it the same way they do their wings. 

I think the cauliflower is better than their wings, but you can decide for yourself next Monday. 

Xchange is the recipient of the 2017 certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor, so make a reservation before heading in.   

They cater, accept large groups and host events throughout the year, so check out their website.  

Mel Breitkreutz and Chelsea Harrison of HIITit.ca are changing things up and bringing the HIITit community all together for a night of fun.

These successful working moms have been featured on Castanet many times, they have been on TV and so many other publications for their commitment to health and fitness. 

Scenic Road Cider Co is excited to be hosting Appleooza again this Saturday. 

This is where B.C.’s cideries come together and allow us to taste all their great creations over the year.  

Visit their Facebook page to see who’s coming. Food trucks will be on site serving food pairings, too.

I don’t know how I missed this one, but it sounds fun.

The Freaken Farmer Obstacle Adventure Race is this Saturday morning at Covert Farms. 

They say that there is a Freaken Farmer in all of us, so visit their Facebook page to see all their options for people of all ages to compete. 

There will be a farm to table organic feast with Okanagan beer and wine. The after party will also have live music too.

John Skinner of Painted Rock Winery will be hosting their Harvest Dinner Oct. 7. 

He has welcomed Ben Pallet of Kitchen Sync Catering to prepare a delicious and hardy fall meal paired with their best wines.

You’ve seen me rave of Ben before and it is because his philosophy is to achieve balance and synchronization in his food by growing and harvesting many of his own ingredients. 

Event transportation is available as well, so visit their website to find out how to purchase tickets.

The fourth Annual Strong Community Family Fest is being held at the Parkinson Recreation Centre tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be face painters, rock-climbing wall, photo booth, balloon twisters, clowns, classic games, swimming pool access passes, crafts, and a free barbecue.

Go on down and join the fun and bring your friends.

If you're still looking for something to do this weekend, you can go and cheer on the participants of The Marathon of Sport in City Park this Saturday, attend HopScotch which has a craft brewing section this year or head over to the Rockets home opener.

Lastly remember the Change of Command Parade happens this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Make it a great week!

World Wake Surfing tourney

The Centurion Wake Surf Championships is starting this Wednesday and ending on Friday here in Kelowna. 

This is the 22nd annual and has become a legendary competition, and this year it is an international competition. They are hosting 29 events in nine countries. 

I hope this becomes an annual event in Kelowna again.  

You may find this surprising, but I don’t like ribs. 

Ya, I know, I am probably the only person who doesn’t. So I have never attended any Ribfest, but after hearing about all the fun and other great food that I missed out on last year, I am taking the family down to City Park this year.

Ribfest Kelowna 2017 will be featuring five award winning ribbers from across Canada. There will be live music, vendors, a kids zone and a fun atmosphere for people of all ages. 

The event starts today at 3 p.m. and ends Sunday at 9 p.m. 

Visit their website for all the details and to see the event video from last year proving that you should head downtown with me this weekend. 

James Calder has taken the helm of the Navy League Cadets for 2017. 

You probably know James as the owner of Brandnetic Studios here in town, but his second big passion is cadets. 

This is a fun-filled group that conducts adventure training, archery, camping and sailing training for kids aged 9-12 years old. 

This is a great way to meet other kids and to join the corps that has a member win the medal of excellence award the last three years in a row.

Registration is now open; join the parade nights every Thursday. 

Tickets were released this week for the 2017 Mayor's Luncheon Tuesday Oct. 17.   

This year, the Kelowna Jaycees are hosting the luncheon at the Kelowna Yacht Club. What’s different this year is that Mayor Colin Basran will be holding a round table discussion around a variety of social topics. 

This event always sells out early, so don’t procrastinate.  

The Volunteer Club of Kelowna will be running its Thanksgiving Food Drive this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Make it a priority to go and help them sort and organize donations, and meet some other amazing people. 

This is an excellent opportunity to get involved and help shape Kelowna.   

Tacos and wine tonight at Vibrant Vines

Bare Taco is a vegan-inspired food truck that is doing some pretty cool food. This will be a fun event to check out. 

Congratulations to the Deacon family for organizing the first 100 Kids Who Care this week. 

They had hoping to get 40-50 kids out for the first meeting and they had 182 registered before the event and most likely well over 200 with the kids that registered that night. 

Kelowna will be in good hands in the future if these kids keep working together and taking care of the community.  

If you like meeting new people and getting to know others in the community, then this is the week for you.  Check out Castanet’s event page of networking events because there are some cool and unique locations.  

Make it a great week!

100 Kids Who Care

As parents, we are raising our kids to be kind and to help others in need. 

That's why I am so excited and thankful that the Deacon family has followed in the footsteps of a 100 Men and 100 Women by starting 100 Kids Who Care.

What an amazing way to teach kids that by working together they are stronger as a team and that team can make a bigger impact then if they acted alone.

The 100 Kids Who Care group brings together 100 kids or more between the ages of five and 17 who want to make a difference in their community. They will meet four times a year and donate $10 each. Each child is encouraged to raise the money themselves by doing chores or a maybe a bottle drive.

The kids learn that true happiness comes from helping others and that giving is fun.

To pre-register or for more information, contact 100 Kids Kelowna founders Richard and Mary-Ann Deacon at rdeacon@rjd3media.com.  

Congratulations to Amy Rauchser, as she is celebrating the one-year anniversary of MOGA opening its studio on Harvey Avenue.

She is celebrating this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a fall market.  All moms, dads and caregivers are welcome.

At MOGA, they uplift one another and support each other through their unique journeys and experiences in motherhood. Through fitness classes, moms build the physical strength they need to live a healthy life for themselves and for their families.

MOGA means community and bond; with yourself, with your child, and with your motherhood village.  

This weekend, the Kelowna Curling Club turns 75 – and members are having an all-weekend party.

Come join them Friday night for cocktails, mingling and snacks. 

Saturday is an open house, free to the public ,where curling historians will be signing autographs and you will have a chance at rocks 'n' rings and some curling trophies. 

Saturday night will be the official dinner and dance with the Hip Replacements.

After a full day of partying, Sunday will be makee your own caesar, hangover brunch. Awesome! 

The Kelowna Downtown YMCA is hosting a grand opening event on Sept. 13.   

Centre manager Kelley Taylor is excited to invite the community in for a free day so that everyone will have the opportunity to come in, try out a class, see the facility and learn about its specialty health programs.

The facility will be open to the public all day, with cake, food and refreshments, giveaways and a chance to win a one-year membership.

For all the details about the grand opening  as well as current offers to help you get started on your health and wellness goals, visit ymcaokanagan.ca/downtown.

This is just way out there for me, but too funny not to mention. 

The Comic Strippers are in town.

Apparently, this is not the first time they have been here. So, if you have seen them before, know that they have a new show with new moves and quicker wit. 

Obviously a 19-plus event, but know that there is not extreme nudity, so fitting for both men and women. 

I’m still nervous, but I will see you there – tonight at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

Make it a great week!

Dogs and wine

Vineyard hike for dogs

Wards Apple Cider and The View Winery are hosting the first Wine and Wags Vineyard Hike this Sunday afternoon.

Join them every Sunday in September for a fun and informative walk through the vineyard with your furry friend. If you don’t have a pooch, feel free to go any way because there will be plenty of wags and wiggles to go around.

Fifty per cent of proceeds will be donated to the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program.

This is a program where volunteers and their dogs go to senior homes, extended health care facilities and the Alzheimer’s Society to visit seniors who can benefit from the unconditional love of dogs.

They also visit schools and Okanagan libraries for their TAILS program (Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Success).

Check out another unique winery event tonight by Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Local comedian Dave Kopp is bringing you an evening of wine and laughs. Dave is an award-winning performer and promoter with thousands of performances to his credit.

He will be joined by his funny friends on this exciting night of laughs

Okanagan Estate Winery invites you to a truly magical evening tonight to celebrate the beginning of their Winery Expansion Project and to launch their new Vibrante and Vibrante Rose Sparkling Wines. 

Visit the Vibrant Vine tasting room 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Accelerate Okanagan is hosting a new event as part of an ongoing effort to provide education and networking opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs in the Okanagan Valley. 

There will be a panel focusing on the education and funding gap where many community investors and local companies need support — the early stage investment cycle. 

They are encouraging both investors and entrepreneurs to attend this event. Click here to see all the details.  

The Okanagan Sun are asking for the community's support again this year.  

They are inviting you to join them this Wednesday to continue their excellence on and off the field at their ninth annual 2017 Sunfest Fundraising event.

Tickets are only $50 and include delicious appetizers from Moxies, cold beer, wine and live entertainment by Cosmic Co-Motion, a multi-talented, circus inspired group.

All the proceeds from this event will go to their Scholarship Fund for our athletes. 

Neighbourhood Nosh is making its return each month to the Kelowna Museum at the Laurel Packinghouse downtown.

You will be able to taste local ciders, wines or spirits, nibble made-in-the-Okanagan treats, and unwind in a historical space.

Each month they will highlight a different winery, cidery, brewery, restaurant from our community and showcase the local artistic talent. 

Make it a great week!

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About the Author

Kevin Lavigne is a local advisor with Reid & Associates Financial Solutions creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals and small businesses.  Kevin enjoys meeting and learning about people.  He is known for his abilities to connect both people and businesses as he tries to help everyone to succeed.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He has since completed his Insurance Licence and is in the process of completing his Certified Financial Planning Designation.  He has been involved in multiple businesses and investments including tech start ups.

Kevin married his wife Amy in 2009 and they currently have 2 young daughters.  They moved from Ontario with a few stops along the way and have lived in Kelowna since 2008.   Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors and have a great passion for Food & Wine. 

Kevin was nominated in 2014 for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40 because of his successful business and the financial education he provides in the community.  He is also the 2016 President of Junior Chamber International, he works with multiple non profits as well he is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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