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Community Food Resource Calendar

Community Food Resources

Community Highlight: The Good Box
The Central Okanagan Food Policy Council has developed a Good Food Box in the Central Okanagan!

We focus on fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, and prioritize sourcing locally grown produce whenever possible. We purchase only the highest quality produce and strive for variety in our boxes.

Good Food Boxes are Healthy, Seasonal, and Affordable.

Do you want to purchase healthy produce at an affordable price? Order Online
To order in-person, go to the Kelowna Salvation Army at 1480 Sutherland Avenue every second Friday, starting June 1st from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Next pick up dates are:
  • June 8th (our first box!)
  • June 22
  • July 6
  • July 20
  • August 3
  • August 17
  • August 31

Download the Community Food Resource Calendar

-Source: Donna & Betty, Outreach Urban Health, 28 May 2018

Appetite for Art Fundraiser 2018

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Kelowna Art Gallery, 1315 Water St, Kelowna
Cost: Single $120 / Group of 4 $420
Tickets Available Soon

Kelowna Art Gallery - LogoFor one night only – Appetite for Art takes over the entire Kelowna Art Gallery and invites guests to an extraordinary celebration of visual art and fresh local cuisine – and the proceeds all go towards supporting educational programs at the Gallery.

Prepare to be swept away “from Provence to Paris.” Guests will embark on a journey through the gallery, travelling from the lavender-filled countrysides of Provence to the cosmopolitan charms of Paris at night.

Attendees will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine, before enjoying delicious food and drink pairings, and viewing the stunning works of art assembled solely for the evening.

Proceeds from this fundraising event support educational and children’s programming at the Gallery, including our School Tour program, Family Sundays, art camps and programs for children, art programs for the vision impaired, and Art Lab, our free creative making space.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Art Gallery, 9 May 2018

Here > Over There

Dates: May 24 – July 8, 2018
Existential Cafe: Sunday, June 3, 2:00 pm
Location: Lake Country Art Gallery, 10356A Bottom Wood Lake Road, Lake Country

Here > Over There brings together three artists, Rachel Mercer, Kelsie Balehowsky and Hanss Lujan.

Using text, animation, projections and mixed media, this exhibition explores the idea of self and place and the impact we have on our surroundings. Looking at the individual rather than the ‘whole’ is the concept behind this exhibition…considering loneliness and frailty of being human.

-Source: Newsletter, Lake Country Art Gallery, 14 May 2018

Get Fit. Have Fun. Make Connections.

Dates: Wednesdays, May 9 – June 29, 2018, 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Location: Beasley Park, 11471 Reiswig Road, Lake Country
Registration Required: Lake Country Health Planning Society, 778.215.5247

Calling all Lake Country Active Agers! A new free program in Lake Country for anyone 65+!
  • Improve your cardiovascular health
  • Increase your strength
  • Improve your balance and stability
  • Educate yourself on health and wellness
  • Meet people and have fun!

-Source: Newsletter, Megan Ross, Program Manager, Lake Country Health Planning Society, 26 April 2018

Summer 2018 Activity & Program Guide Online Now

Fill your summer months with active fun! The Summer Activity & Program Guide is jam-packed with fitness, art and music classes, sports leagues, summer camps for kids and a variety of activities for all ages and abilities at over 30 locations across Kelowna.

Flip through the online guide now at to plan ahead and get ready for summer registration.

Summer registration dates and times:
  • June 5 – General programs, 7:30 am
  • June 7 – Aquatics and First Aid programs, 7:30 am
  • June 8 – Sports Leagues, 7:30 am
  • June 8 – Programs for persons with DiverseAbilities, 9:30 am
Register online, by phone or in person at Parkinson Recreation Centre. Set up an online registration account in advance by calling 250-469-8800 to be able to register online on your mobile device, tablet, or desktop computer anywhere, anytime.

Hard copies of the guide will be available at H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre, Glenmore IGA, Main Library Downtown, Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Rutland Arena.

Additional program information is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250.469.8800, or online at

View the Activity Guide

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 29 May 2018

BRAINx 2018 Symposium on Brain Injury

BRAINx 2018 Symposium on Brain InjuryDate: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $179
Buy Tickets

Doctors. Scientists. Advocates. Athletes. Changemakers.
These are the video and live speakers who will gather at this year’s BRAINx – BrainTrust Canada’s annual brain injury symposium that Pushor Mitchell is proud to Title Sponsor

Keynote speakers Keith Primeau (NHL) and Kerry Goulet (EHL) who co-founded StopConcussions and helped author the book, Concussed, will share an honest discussion around Concussion and Hockey.

BRAINx will showcase speakers who will explore brain injury from multiple perspectives including youth and mental health, employment, homelessness, personal litigation, intimate partner violence, neuropsychology, prevention in the workplace, aboriginal considerations, and an inspiring story of survival.

We encourage you to buy tickets early as last year’s event was a sell-out.

-Source: Kathy Chambers, Prevention, Client Support & Event Coordinator, BrainTrust Canada Association, 22 February 2018

Babes & Bathers – Exhibit Opening

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: By Donation

Time to hit the beach!
Bikinis, swim trunks and speedos are a common sight along Okanagan Lake in the summertime. People strut their stuff in swimwear of all different colours, shapes and sizes.

Before swimsuits were invented, men typically swam naked and women wore voluminous, light weight dresses. All that changed in the mid-1800s. The first swimsuits covered the body from neck to ankles. Modesty was de rigueur! As the decades passed, new materials were created and swimsuits became more revealing.

Babes and Bathers explores a century of trends in swimwear. Guest curator, Ivan Sayers, brings an extensive collection of men’s and women’s suits from the late 1800s to the 1980s to the Okanagan Heritage Museum. Ivan is a collector and curator of historical fashion. He grew up in Summerland and has been collecting fashion pieces since age 14.

The exhibition also features a selection of historical beach scenes from around Kelowna. Photographs from the Kelowna Public Archives that spotlight babes and bathers from the 1910s and beyond provide local context for the swimsuits on display.

The exhibition runs from June 8, 2018 to Sept 3, 2018 at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Museums Society, 31 May 2018

2nd Annual Swing Away for United Way – Ladies Spring Golf Clinic

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location: The Golf Centre Kelowna Driving Range, 2650 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna
Cost: $35-40
Register Now

Come join us to Swing Away for United Way at the Okanagan Golf Club! Learn tips and tricks from GBC Golf Academy Instructors on improving your short and long swings! Appies, refreshments, and door prizes will be provided with all net ticket proceeds going to United Way.

-Source: Newsletter, United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen, 23 April 2018

Ride Don’t Hide

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
Cost: $0 – $40
Register Now

On June 24, 2018, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) will host its 7th Annual “Ride Don’t Hide” event, the largest mental health bike ride in Canada. Thousands of Canadians from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia aren’t hiding. They are cycling in plain sight to put an end to the stigma of mental illness. They are also riding to raise funds for mental health programs and services in their communities.

CMHA’s Ride Don’t Hide is an annual fundraising bike ride held in six provinces in 31 communities. Supported by the fundraising efforts of more than 7000 riders, Ride Don’t Hide will raise funds for essential programs and services in communities, workplaces and schools – programs that change lives. Programs that save lives.

When we hide, mental health stays hidden. When we ride, we create change. This year, on June 24, ride in plain sight. Ride Don’t Hide. It’s more than the name of the event. It’s also the reason we’re riding.

-Source: Newsletter, Canadian Mental Health Association, 31 January 2018

Elevation Outdoors Summer Camps

Elevation Outdoors - LogoOur Intro to Adventure summer camps are back for 2018! This year we have added in Outdoor Rock Climbing with Hoodoo Adventures in Penticton to our activity line up!

We are offering 3 weeks of camps on a Tue/Wed/Thur schedule running the weeks of July 10th, July 31st and Aug 14th. $250/week covers equipment, certified instructors, and transportation. Activities included are mountain biking, indoor climbing, outdoor climbing, hiking, and more!

All the proceeds from our summer camps go towards helping us cover the costs of our charitable program, so sending your kid to our camp helps create an opportunity for other less fortunate kids in the community.

Register Now

-Source: Newsletter, Elevation Outdoors, 23 April 2018

Mission Painters ‘Art by the Lake’ Show

Dates: July 7-8, 2018, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Okanagan Mission Activity Centre, 4398 Hobson Road, Kelowna

Mission Painters is a dedicated and talented group of local artists, 55 years of age and older. We consist of like minded artists each with a unique talent to bring art to life. Mixed media, acrylics, oils, watercolour. This annual sale provides beautiful locally created pieces that would enhance any home. Also, beautiful original and printed cards are available. There is something for everyone!

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-Source: Newsletter, Mission Painters, 22 April 2018

Pick your Path to 2040

As Kelowna grows, where new homes will be built and how we will all get around will largely be shaped by the decisions we make today. Residents are invited to participate in an interactive exhibit starting June 2 to experience which scenario for Kelowna 2040 reflects the tradeoffs they choose.

“By using a unique format in which Kelowna residents can see how their decisions affect which scenario for Kelowna they arrive at, we hope to give a sample of how future growth might affect neighbourhoods, development and infrastructure decisions made today,” said Danielle Noble-Brandt, Policy and Planning Department Manager. “The exhibit and survey are components of the public engagement for the Official Community Plan update and Transportation Master Plan process, and this interactive exhibit will demonstrate to residents how these long-term plans impact their lives today.”

Residents can participate in the exhibit at the following locations:
  • June 2 – Stuart Park, 1430 Water Street – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • June 4 & 5 – Okanagan College Centre for Learning, Campus West Road – 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • June 6 & 7 – Rutland Centennial Hall, 180 Rutland Road North – 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Residents unable to attend the exhibit can shape Our Kelowna as we Grow by participating online from June 1 to June 30 at

“By 2040, Kelowna will be home to 50,000 more people. The four growth options are based on the public input gathered throughout the unprecedented engagement for the community’s strategic vision known as Imagine Kelowna,” said Noble-Brandt. “This is the ideal time for residents to be informed, get involved and imagine their influence on Our Kelowna.”

Based on public input, analysis and research, a preferred growth scenario will be selected for Council’s consideration this fall. The scenario will provide context for the corresponding policy directions recommended in the 2040 Official Community Plan and the Transportation Master Plan.

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-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 23 May 2018

People & Boats Asked to Stay Away from Log Booms Being Installed on Okanagan Lake

Crews will be out installing log booms on Okanagan Lake to protect public infrastructure and beachfront areas from possible high winds and wave action.

Three sets of log booms will be installed just offshore near Swim Bay in Peachland, Hot Sands Beach in Kelowna’s City Park, and Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary in Kelowna. More log booms may be deployed in other areas over the next week if needed.

The log booms will be anchored with chains attached to concrete blocks placed on the bottom of the lake. The blocks will be marked with buoys on the surface and boaters are asked to keep away from the log booms to avoid damage.

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-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 30 May 2018
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