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Y not get assessed?

Jun 14, 2015 / 8:59 am

The YMCA wants to ensure seniors have access to resources and programs that will help them maintain their independence and health. To do this, the Y is offering a free health assessment this week in Kelowna. “We want to make it easier for seniors to be active and social,” says...

Naked for some causes

Jun 13, 2015 / 4:18 pm

Cyclists bared it all this afternoon for the World Naked Bike Ride, an internationally celebrated event with a grab bag of causes. Riders met at Mushroom Beach, just south of the William R. Bennett Bridge on the Kelowna side, and stripped down to whatever level they were comfortable with. There...

Fat Cat parade draws crowd

Jun 13, 2015 / 1:20 pm

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Hundreds of people lined the streets of Cawston Avenue this morning for the 25th annual Fat Cat Children's...

Castanet's week in review

Jun 13, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Castanet's week in review with Jen Zielinski.

Art supporting nature

Jun 13, 2015 / 11:00 am

A former Penticton mayor is donating her artistic talent to protect critical habitat in the South Okanagan. Dorothy Tinning's painting Springtime, Mahoney Lake, will be up for auction at The Nature Trust of B.C. fundraiser, Earth Wind Fire in Kelowna June 20. “My work is often a...

Sports car slams into van

Jun 12, 2015 / 10:32 pm

A Corvette slammed into parked vehicles on Clement Avenue in Kelowna's downtown north end, Friday evening. Witnesses report the high-powered sports car passed another car, went out of control and hit a light post before slamming into the back of a minivan, coming to rest underneath...

Fun for kids of all ages

Jun 12, 2015 / 4:36 pm

Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen Photo: Nicholas Johansen The Fat Cat Children’s Festival kicked off its 25th year, Friday, with plenty of smiling faces – despite a lack of co-operation...

Vandal strikes cenotaph

Jun 12, 2015 / 3:11 pm

A man was arrested Thursday after bylaw officers witnessed an act of vandalism at the Kelowna cenotaph in City Park. Kelowna RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Duncan said bylaw staff saw a man writing on the monument with a felt marker about 3 p.m. The long-winded rant has since mostly been cleaned...

Tech event brings the best

Jun 12, 2015 / 9:11 am

Fifteen startup companies put their best foot forward Thursday at the Coast Capri hotel in Kelowna, in an attempt to convince investors their company will be the next big thing. Metabridge, a Dragons Den-style event, brought small technology companies from across Canada to speak in front of...

Laundry move worth it?

Jun 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

Escalating laundry privatization costs in the Lower Mainland should raise warning flags about a similar scheme being floated in the Interior Health region, says the Hospital Employees' Union. Published financial statements show payments for private laundry contracts made by Vancouver Coastal...

Are you prepared?

Jun 12, 2015 / 5:00 am

Are you ready to grab and go? If an emergency official was on your doorstep and said you had 15 minutes to leave your home, would your family be ready? Or would you be scrambling through your house grabbing anything within reach? This scenario has been all too real for thousands of Central...

Judge to rule on dogs' fate

Jun 11, 2015 / 6:16 pm

A woman gasped and the eyes of two dog owners welled up as a video played in a Kelowna courtroom, Thursday. The video showed a Presa Canario named Jake running at and jumping on a fake decoy dog as an example by prosecutors of its aggressive tendencies. Jake is one of two dogs currently on...

Pianos pop up in Kelowna

Jun 11, 2015 / 4:54 pm

Street pianos are popping up in New York, Vancouver – and now Kelowna. Festivals Kelowna showed off five pianos on Thursday that will be placed in parks around the downtown. They'll be there for anyone to tickle the ivories, anytime they like. "Pianos in Parks grew out of a...

Winery flying high

Jun 11, 2015 / 12:21 pm

A Kelowna winery has scored a Canadian first. St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery is the first to have a Canadian liquor product offered on an international airline, according to MLA John Yap, B.C.'s parliamentary secretary for liquor reform. Its Pinot Blanc will be served on Cathay...

Time to pay the man

Jun 11, 2015 / 9:56 am

Municipal tax time is approaching. The City of Kelowna reminds homeowners property taxes must be paid by midnight July 2. “Taxes can be paid through your bank as a bill payment,” says Lynn Walter, revenue manager for the city. “Do it online, by telephone or in person. We...

Not weak on mussels

Jun 11, 2015 / 9:40 am

Invasive zebra and quagga mussels have never been detected in British Columbia’s waters – and the provincial government wants to keep it that way. With the addition of the mussel early detection and rapid response program announced earlier this year, officials are stepping up...

Grant boost for Canada Day

Jun 11, 2015 / 6:23 am

Canada Day celebrations in Kelowna will receive a boost from a provincial gaming grant. The Canada Day Concerts Society is among three groups to receive grants totalling $72,200. Those groups are: Okanagan Artists Alternative Association – $32,000; Central Okanagan Liquid Lightning...

Bells ring in church birthday

Jun 10, 2015 / 8:00 pm

Bells were ringing across Canada this morning in celebration of the United Church of Canada’s 90th anniversary. Kelowna’s First United Church joined in on the celebrations, which involved ringing church bells 90 times, at 10:30 a.m. sharp. That specific time was chosen because the...

Water restrictions in place

Jun 10, 2015 / 7:00 pm

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is introducing Stage 2 water restrictions for customers of its six water systems. Beginning Tuesday, June 16, restrictions will be in place for customers of Star Place, Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Sunset Ranch, Upper Fintry-Shalal Road-Valley of the...

Celebration of hard work

Jun 10, 2015 / 6:30 pm

Well done, Kelowna. Non-profit and social service agencies patted themselves on the back, Wednesday, at the Kelowna Gospel Mission. The mission hosted a barbecue to acknowledge the hard work done in support of the less fortunate. Representatives of more than 20 agencies broke bread and...

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