The pig's on the barbie

Congratulations to Sharon and Andy of Mission Meats for 20 years of business.  

They will be having specials all week, but Friday, June 30, they have invited all of us to enjoy a barbecue pig roast to help them celebrate.  

The  barbecue is by donation and the proceeds will help the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. 

Go enjoy some food and win some prizes.

Dinner in the Vineyard Series starts this Wednesday at Quails' Gate.

This is one of my favourite events of the summer. You receive a four-course farm-to-vineyard, long-table dinner from the Quails' Gate culinary team, which is perfectly paired with their award winning wines.
Don’t think this can be a last minute decision.

Book early!

I didn’t know Kelowna had a polo club. Why didn’t anyone tell me we have a polo club?

This Saturday, the Kelowna Polo Club is having another fundraiser for the Cyclepath Cyclotrons Ride to Conquer Cancer team.

This fundraiser will have a polo match, booze raffle, 50/50, toonie toss, music and lawn games.  

The match begins at 4 p.m., but make sure to check out the event page to know what you need to bring.  

Tonight is the summer kickoff party aboard Kelowna Cruises being hosted by Where It’s At Entertainment.  

Where It’s At Entertainment has been in business since 2008 and has been staying ahead of the game by bringing us the best entertainment everyone can enjoy.  

They are one of the top featured promoters in Vancouver. They have been nominated Best Urban Promoter five times and Event of the Year twice by Vancouver Nightlife Awards.

This cruise is like no other because the electric dance floor starts at 7:45 p.m. and there will be various hip hop performances all night long. If that’s boat's a rockin', start swimming. I don’t know something water related that rhymes with rockin'?

Happy birthday Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market.

No one knows how old they are and I wonder how we know it’s really their birthday, but who cares, they have a great Saturday planned for us.

They will be celebrating with cupcakes, a kids maze, alpacas and live music. Bring the whole family and come have some fun

Metro Community is hosting another Breakfast Club at MontREAL Food, Thursday, June 29.  

This is a bunch of men getting together for breakfast, friendship, encouragement. There is always a thought for the day that requires so some discussion.

These have been extremely popular and it doesn’t matter where you come from or what you do they just want you there.

Go check it out

This week in my video blog I talk about the three professionals you need in your life to reach your financial dreams. Have a watch and let us help you goals. 
Make it a great week!

Get wasted on conversation

Wasted – A Time to Start a Conversation is being presented by Unless Market and Zero Waste Okanagan next week.

This event will be featuring the documentary The Clean Bin Project.

This zero-waste event will be held Thursday, June 22, so make sure to bring your own mug and make it a good one as there will be a door prize for the most unique mug.

Visit their page to learn about the documentary and how you can participate in the conversation.

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce Top 40 over 40 wrap-up party is Wednesday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Delta Grand by Marriot.

This is an evening to celebrate these remarkable nominees who have been featured in this year's Top 40.  

I encourage you to go out and meet these individuals while enjoying some wine and appetizers.

Your age doesn’t matter if you would like to attend.

If you’re interested in aviation and want to know more about flying, make your way to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) convention and trade show at the Kelowna International Airport next Saturday.  

They are expecting over 400 people to bring their aircrafts to our airport. 

If you can’t make it during the day, visit their webpage to see how you can participate in their first under the wing camping night.

Even though summer is not entirely here Kitchen Sync Catering Pop Up Dinners have started.  

Owner Ben Pallett has done it the same as last year. You won’t know where you will be dining until a few days before the event.  

But you do know you will enjoy a beautiful evening of live music and snacks before you are served a three-course meal of local cuisine.

Get your tickets right away as these are always a sell out. 

Landmark Centre is getting some great tenants and seems like a great working community to be part of.  

Go and see for yourself Saturday afternoon and take part in the grand opening of QB Gelato.  

Kevin Bojda and Victor Laderoute are offering free scoops of their hand-crafted gelato 1-10 p.m.

They will be offering 16 flavours, so I am sure everyone in your family will be happy.  

"Walker" or "roll" your way to greater awareness and support of our mobility and health challenged community members this Saturday at Stuart Park.

You can challenge yourself using a walker, wheelchair or one of the other mobility aids we provide.  

Again this year, they will have the Toilet Brush Race, so go and cheer on your team and see who gets their toilet sparkling clean first. 

This week in my video blog, I give away some free retirement tax savings strategies as well as show you why I am the king of the grill.

Make it a great week.

Flood of talent needed

One of the fastest growing financial tech companies in the country is Refresh Financial and they are located right here in our own backyard.

Their goal is simple: help you build better credit safely and reach your financial goals. Your success is so important to them that they offer a free money education course to get a head for good.

Their product and service is so great that they need to have a hiring fair.  It is being held on June 15 at Refresh Financial in the Landmark Buildings from 5-7 p.m.  

Go in and meet the staff, play a game of ping pong and hear about the awesome benefits that come with being an employee of Refresh. 

One of the first lines on their event talks about their core values of respect and being the champions of time, talent and treasure.

Watch out for this company as they will make one of the top companies to work for in Canada and if I am right Michael Wendland will become one of the biggest philanthropists this world has ever seen.

Talking about talented champions, Wilbur's Piano Bar at WIne & Art is stepping it up once again by offering Jazz Alive @ 5. Every Friday from 5-7 p.m.

You can wine down your week in style with live jazz on their baby grand piano while you enjoy a selection of happy hour wines, beers and half price feature tapas.

Wilbur's Piano Bar has always been the place to be but even more so now after work. Reservations recommended. 

I am constantly amazed at Kelowna's art scene. 

Who thought an Art Battle would ever be a big thing. If you have never heard of this or been to an art battle, you need to check out the OK Corral on June 16 for Art Battle Kelowna.

This is a night of live competitive painting and connecting with others through art. Painters have 20 minutes to take their canvasses from blank to beautiful and then the audience picks the winner.

You're allowed to watch the painters work, and move around the easels to examine the creative process. 

You need to check out their event page to learn what tools are allowed and learn how you might be able to take your favorite painting home with you. 

Another creative new event is merlot and munchies.  

This is being held at the Fixx Cafe, which is one of the best restaurants in Kelowna. Chef Jeremy has teamed up with Rollingdale wine maker Brendan Smith to create a five-course, paired dinner.

Seats are filling fast for this June 11 event, so cross your fingers while you dial their number in hopes that you can get a seat.  

Next week is just full of unique events.

Big West Wrestling presents Bowl A Rama 3 next Friday, June 16.

With the champion, Shreddz, on vacation after vanquishing five challengers in less than 72 hours at Rutland May Days, a new No. 1 contender needs to be crowned.

So, two former champions, a living legend, and an up-and-coming rookie will battle that night in hopes of becoming the contender to battle the champ in July for the television title.

You can come and bowl with the wrestlers or just come watch the wresting. OHHHH, YEAH!

$750 billion will be transferred from Canadian parents to their kids in the next decade, so my video blog gives you options if you're worried your kids might not do well with their new money.  

Make it a great week!

Lottery shakes things up

BCLC is shaking things up in regards to gambling. They have announced a new online competition to focus on new games for new customers in the Fun with Friends category.  

The British Columbia Lottery Commission is inviting game developers, start-ups and entrepreneurs to register and submit their ideas for the next innovative game. The games can be physical, virtual reality, augmented reality, digital, social, online, or off.

You can read Heidi Mann's AO blog for all the details and how to submit your ideas. 

Congratulations to Gasoline Alley Harley Davidson for an incredibly successful first year.  

They will be celebrating in true Gasoline Alley fashion this Saturday from 10 a.m. To 6 p.m. There will be music, barbecue and a burnout pit.   

I am not a movie guy, but I can be talked into driving to Enderby to watch a movie outdoors if you bring the bug spray. 

Now, I don’t need to worry about all of that any more because Eric Thorsteinson has started outsidecinema.ca

Outdoor movies are meant to bring friends, family and community together. 

On their web page, he has a variety of events that his outdoor screen could be used for. My favourite would be to hold the world’s largest Mario Kart competition at my next pool party. 

How cool would that be?

It’s also a great idea for businesses, schools and festivals to consider making part of their events. 

Contact Eric and let’s help support another new local business.

If McKinley Beach is having a grand opening of their beach house, then summer has to be here. 

Everyone is welcome to join them this Saturday noon to 3 p.m. and discover what beach life is all about. 

There will be a barbecue, stand-up paddling and kayak rentals, dinner cruise give aways all while Country FM keeps you grooving.

Do grooving and country music go together? I don't know, but it's always a great time when you're down there. 

Sunday, you need to grab your friends and make your way over to the Westside for the White Wine Adventure. 

This is the fifth year for the Westside Wine Trail's Sip into Summer event

Each winery will be showcasing their summer whites, holding blind tasting challenges all while you enjoy scenic views and great music. 

Visit their page to see all the winery details.

TEDxKelowna is happening next Saturday at Quail's Gate Winery. 

Today is the best day to begin. Today is the best day to quit. Today is the best day to make that change, whatever that change may be.

There are very few tickets left, so today is the best day to get them also.  

In my video blog this week I talk about a higher risk idea that may not be for everybody but you should watch it to know what options are out there.

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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