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Here is the information for Hot Holiday Homes:

As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes.  This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
 
Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging their own collections of décor and ‘insider’ knowledge of their homes to bring out the seasonal spirit, while others have embraced the opportunity to work with professional designers who bring a trained fresh eye to the project.
 
The décor teams from Expressions, Fresh Approach, Lemon Garden Design, JANUS Design, along with décor from Urban Barn, Target, Rona, Beachcomber, Bylands, Art Knapp and others have created beautiful homes to help you discover your own festive style.
 
The homes on the tour include:
 
•          A newly renovated, beach-theme-inspired home with soft blue and green colours and driftwood accessories bringing Christmas to the shores of Lake Okanagan.
 
•          Constructed in 2009, this two-time Tommie Award winning home is a large three-story Tuscan with an amazing 180-degree view of Kelowna, Lake Okanagan and neighbouring vineyards.  The homeowner       keeps the interior design simple and clean with refurbished antique furniture.
 
•          Located in the heart of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area, this small home has been lovingly restored to its 1939 roots capturing the elegance and charm of the era.
 
•          An award-winning 1930 heritage home decorated by the homeowner and her daughter features a staggering twenty-five trees many filled with re-imagined salvaged items.
 
•          An early 1950’s character home that has retained may of its original features filled with revived, re-used and recycled antiques and special finds.
 
•          Perched above the hills of Kelowna, this gorgeous 5500 square foot home fuses Old World elegance with state of the art conveniences.
 
The holiday spirit will be throughout these amazing homes with entertainment, food & beverage samplings, along with artists and artisans with seasonal products for sale. 



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WE scare Hunger!

In a unique drive to collect non-perishable food items for the Kelowna Food Bank, 500+ students at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School were challenged to be “Hunger Heroes” inspired by the ‘WE Scare Hunger’  campaign by Free The Children, an international charity organization that empowers youth to become active local and global citizens. The students brought in food throughout the week leading up to Halloween, where collection bins placed throughout the Junior and Senior Schools were overflowed with wholesome and nutritious, non-perishable food items. In an atmosphere of good-natured competitiveness, children from Pre-K to Gr. 12 vied to tip the generosity scale by having their class collect the most food donations; a challenge where everyone wins!

The Gr. 7 class delivered the non-perishable food items on Monday, November 3rd to the Kelowna Food Bank totaling over 1500lbs. The students at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School became part of the growing effort to bring awareness and aid to those who go hungry everyday.



Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns

Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns: Six homes, dozens of designers, hundreds of ticket holders and thousands of Christmas ornaments

As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes. This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging their own collections of décor and ‘insider’ knowledge of their homes to bring out the seasonal spirit, while others have embraced the opportunity to work with professional designers who bring a trained fresh eye to the project.

The décor teams from Expressions, Fresh Approach, Lemon Garden Design, JANUS Design, along with décor from Urban Barn, Target, Rona, Beachcomber, Bylands, Art Knapp and others have created beautiful homes to help you discover your own festive style.

The homes on the tour include:

  • A newly renovated, beach-theme-inspired home with soft blue and green colours and driftwood accessories bringing Christmas to the shores of Lake Okanagan.
     
  • Constructed in 2009, this two-time Tommie Award winning home is a large three-story Tuscan with an amazing 180-degree view of Kelowna, Lake Okanagan and neighbouring vineyards. The homeowner keeps the interior design simple and clean with refurbished antique furniture.
     
  • Located in the heart of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area, this small home has been lovingly restored to its 1939 roots capturing the elegance and charm of the era.
     
  • An award-winning 1930 heritage home decorated by the homeowner and her daughter features a staggering twenty-five trees many filled with re-imagined salvaged items.
     
  • An early 1950’s character home that has retained may of its original features filled with revived, re-used and recycled antiques and special finds.
     
  • Perched above the hills of Kelowna, this gorgeous 5500 square foot home fuses Old World elegance with state of the art conveniences.

The holiday spirit will be throughout these amazing homes with entertainment, food & beverage samplings, along with artists and artisans with seasonal products for sale.

Organizers have adjusted the tour schedule for Hot Holiday Homes this year making the tour one day only, Saturday, November 15, but opening the doors at 1:00 pm to allow guests to start earlier, stop for a late lunch or early dinner and continue their tour, or to tour more comfortably in daylight hours. As always ticket holders are welcome to tour the homes in any order that they wish.

Tickets are available for $42 before November 1 and $47 after at Art Knapp, Bylands, Expressions, Green & Bear It, and Rick’s Garden World or online at www.hotholidayhomes.ca Groups can save 10% on 10 or more tickets. Ticket holders also receive exclusive discounts at participating shops & restaurants.

You can learn more about Hot Holiday Homes at www.hotholidayhomes.ca.



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Sock it to Homelessness at Trunk or Treat

Willowstone Academy and First Lutheran Church are preparing for the 3rd year of their very successful family event, ‘Trunk or Treat’.  The event is a safe, family-friendly alternative to trick-or-treating, aimed at families with children up to 10 years of age.  The facility’s parking lot is transformed into a “neighbourhood” of parked cars, where children are safe to trick-or-treat from parked car to parked car.  Previous years have seen more than 500 people take part in the festivities. 

This year, in partnership with Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, the school’s Leadership Team is asking for the public’s help to ‘Sock it to Homelessness’ by bringing new or nearly-new men’s socks to the event.  Donations can be brought to the KGM van, which will be at ‘Trunk or Treat’.

Families can expect over 40 vehicles set up for ‘Trunk or Treat’.  All of the trunks are sponsored by church and school families, with the exception of the RCMP and Auxiliary Police, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, and Turner VW Audi’s ‘Fire Bug’ for the Fire Department. The Lower Mission Starbucks will also be providing coffee to keep parents warm.

“I think what made this event such a hit is providing a safe, outdoor event that caters to young families during daylight hours,” explains event coordinator, Heather Sandager.  “It’s pretty great to be able to celebrate Halloween and still maintain regular mealtime and bedtime routines.”

‘Trunk or Treat’ is a free event, open to the community. The event, which runs from 4:00-5:00pm, will take place at Willowstone Academy/First Lutheran Church, located at 4091 Lakeshore Road. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the school gym.  For more information please call (250)764-3111. 



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