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Community Food Resource Calendar

Community Food Resources

Daily: Free meals at Gospel Mission, 251 Leon Avenue, 7:00 am / 12:00 pm / 5:00 pm

Sundays: Breakfast hosted by Metro at Cultural Centre, 702 Bernard Street, 9:00 am
Lunch at Sikh Temple, 1111 Rutland Road N, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mondays: Lunch at Cedars Restaurant, 130 Rutland Road S, 11:30 am

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Coffee & sandwiches at First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesdays: Lunch at Metro, 1262 St Paul Street, 11:30 am

Saturdays: Breakfast at Ki-Low-Na (Friendship Centre), 442 Leon Avenue, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Download the Community Food Resource Calendar

-Source: Donna & Betty, Outreach Urban Health, January 2018

Community Arts Project – Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 15, 2018

The Kelowna Art Gallery is currently accepting proposals for community arts projects. The selected project will be exhibited in the The Front project space of the Gallery from June 30 to September 9, 2018.

The Front project space is an exhibition space that celebrates collaboration with community organizations and strives to engage diverse audiences. All exhibitions in this space are offered at no cost to the public. The mission of the Kelowna Art Gallery is to engage, inspire, and enrich the greater community through the exhibition, collection, and interpretation of visual art.

We welcome applications from cultural and community organizations, collectives, artists, curators, performers, designers, makers, and others. Applicants may wish to complement their project with community programming, such as workshops, public talks, film screenings, outreach initiatives– the possibilities are endless!

Applicants should demonstrate experience and interest in one of the following fields:
  • Community-based art
  • Creative education
  • Socially-engaged work
  • Equity and inclusive environments
  • Arts and crafts
  • Storytelling
  • Social and environmental justice
  • Visual and/or performing arts
Apply Now

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Art Gallery, 28 February 2018

Wanted: Neighbourhood Champions to Host Events

The Strong Neighbourhoods program is seeking neighbourhood champions interested in hosting an event. Whether it’s a block party, condo festivity, themed gathering, community pot luck or neighbourhood clean-up, residents can apply online.

“We’ll bring equipment including tables, chairs, music and games. It doesn’t take much to have a little neighbourhood soiree,” said Tanya Sletten, Neighbourhood Development Coordinator. “It’s a great opportunity for neighbours to turn the TV off, break out the speakers, and get to know each other.”

The Neighbourhood Event program can help support events from April 15 to October 15. Events can be held inside, like in a condo common area, or outdoors such as a laneway or neighbourhood park. As an extra incentive, the first 10 applications will receive a $50 gift card to put towards food for their event.

Apply Now

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 15 March 2018

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

The YMCA of Okanagan invites you to join us for our 13th annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day. This is a springtime event held by every YMCA across Canada. Together, as a nation, we will address a very important cause — our children’s health.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free community event that brings thousands of Okanagan families together to participate in fun forms of physical activity and entertainment, get energized with nutritious snacks and equipped with everyday ideas that teach kids healthy behaviours and healthy ways to play.

-Source: Cindy Papa, Special Events Coordinator, YMCA of Okanagan, 19 February 2018

Ballet Kelowna Presents – A Streetcar Named Desire

Dates: May 1-2, 2018, 7:30 pm
Location: Kelowna Community Theatre, 1375 Water Street, Kelowna
Cost: $36 – $77
Buy Tickets

In celebration of Ballet Kelowna’s 15th anniversary season, the Company presents its first full-length ballet – A Streetcar Named Desire, by renowned Canadian choreographer John Alleyne.

Adapted from Tennessee Williams’ 1947 Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Alleyne’s Streetcar combines compelling dance with superb acting, lavish costumes, and an original jazz score by BC-based composer Tobin Stokes.

Drawing on the complexities of Williams’ play, this production of Streetcar explores themes of vitality and fragility and the struggle between the dying aristocracy and the working class.

-Source: Newsletter, Ballet Kelowna, 23 March 2018

Stories from Kelowna’s Chinatown (Asian Heritage Month)

Dates: May 5 & 19, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Okanagan Heritage Museum, 470 Queensway, Kelowna
Cost: Suggested $10 Family Donation

Immerse yourself in stories, engage in art, and use your senses as you interact with Kelowna’s Chinatown of the past.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Museums, 9 March 2018

Studio9 – Dressed to the Nines

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 6:00 pm
Location: The Harvest Golf Club, 2725 KLO Road, Kelowna
Cost: Single $125 / Pair $230 / $1000 Table of 10
Buy Tickets

Join us for a fun-filled evening of local live entertainment by The Silverbacks, dancing, and delicous food at the beautiful Harvest Golf Club. Your ticket purchase is the first step toward the promise of an elegant night including games, wonderful prizes, and perhaps a few suprises as we raise funds for an Instatheatre for Studio9 Independent School of the Arts. Get dolled up in your best and be prepared to party all while celebrating the Arts!

-Source: Michael Guzzi, Studio9, 24 February 2018

BC Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities

Dates: May 14–18, 2018
Location: UBCO, 3333 University Way, Kelowna
Cost: $700
Apply Now

Apply to participate in our upcoming British Columbia Leadership Institute. This Institute is being held by the University of Delaware’s National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC. The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is a consortium of national disability organizations created to develop and support the next generations of leaders.

-Source: Newsletter, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, 22 February 2018


Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:30 am – 11:00 am
Location: Stuart Park, Kelowna
Cost: $25 – $55
Register Now

The SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is a national event series, held in 15 cities across Canada in support of women’s mental health programs. Year after year, participants and their families help raise money that directly benefits local women’s mental health programs. Moreover, the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women is about feeling good. Did you know, numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise that raises your heart rate for at least 25 minutes can have the same effect on your brain chemistry as antidepressant drugs and structured talk therapy? We want to celebrate this effective method of anxiety and depression management, which is why we put on 15 run/walk events across the country!

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

Swing For Kids

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Location: Summerland Golf & Country Club, 2405 Mountain Ave, Summerland
Cost: Golf $129 / Dinner $35
Register Now

Swing for Kids Charity Golf Tournament is Agur Lake Camp’s biggest fundraiser. Come out to Summerland Golf & Country Club for a day of great golf, prizes and good food. Summerland Golf & Country Club is a beautiful course and a very generous sponsor of Agur Lake Camp.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, 1 March 2018

2018 Bike to Work & School Week is May 28 – June 3!

Registration for Bike to Work Week 2018 will open in April!

Bike to Work Week in The Central Okanagan is a part of the smartTRIPS active transportation program; a regional partnership of The City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, District of Peachland, District of Lake Country, and Regional District of Central Okanagan.

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-Source: Newsletter, Bike to Work Week, March 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

For 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, 28 February 2018

BRAINx 2018 Symposium on Brain Injury

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Ramada Hotel, 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: Early Bird $139 / After April 15 $179
Buy Tickets

Doctors. Scientists. Advocates. Athletes. Changemakers.
BRAINx 2018 Symposium on Brain InjuryThese 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

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

Get Involved in the 2018 Apple Triathlon

Returning on August 18th and 19th, the 35th Annual Apple Triathlon will be bigger than ever this year as Kelowna will be hosting Triathlon Canada National Championships and CAMTRI Continental Cup. The 2018 course will be returning to the original format from the 1980’s and the finish line will be placed at the base of Bernard Ave.

It’s expected that over 7000 spectators and athletes will be attending and there are many opportunities to capitalize on this traffic by getting your business involved. There is no cost to join in and it’s a great way to get exposure for your business and support your community.

The Kelowna Apple Triathlon is dependent on the wonderful volunteers that support our event every year! It only takes a minute to sign up using our online volunteer registration system. You can select your volunteer shifts and location by completing the online registration form.

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-Source: Newsletter, Downtown Kelowna, 8 March 2018

Teens in Control

Registration is now open for the spring session of Teens in Control, held at Foundry in Kelowna, BC. Teens in Control is an 8-session program for youth who have a family member with a mental illness. The sessions are delivered by trained mental health workers, who provide accurate information about mental illnesses and help youth build the skills to cope.

Teens in Control is offered to youth ages 13 – 24, but if a youth aged 12 is interested in the program, they might be able to attend, so don’t hesitate to ask!

Teens 13 years old will need a parent’s consent to attend. Youth 14 and older do not need consent.

Once at least 6 youth have signed up, a date will be chosen. The program is tentatively set to run just after spring break.

For more information and questions about these programs, including when and where it is currently being offered and how to access it, or to make a referral, please contact:

Rachel Phillips
Coordinator, Kids/Teens in Control

-Source: Newsletter, Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks, 27 March 2018
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