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Community Food Resource Calendar

Community Food Resource Calendar

Special Holiday Events
  • December 12, 2018 – Kids’ Christmas at Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre
  • December 15, 2018 – Christmas Dinner at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm, drop-in, everyone welcome
  • December 21, 2018 – Feed The People Christmas Dinner at Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, everyone welcome
  • January 1, 2019 – First United Church Annual New Year’s Day Dinner, 5:00 pm, pick up your free tickets at First United Church’s office

Future Events
  • March 2, 2019 – Strides to End Homelessness, 251 Leon Ave – 5 km walk, Registration at 3:00 pm, walk starts at 4:00 pm

-Source: Donna & Betty, Outreach Urban Health, 17 December 2018

Tree of Memories at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetary

Honour and remember your loved ones this holiday season by placing an ornament on a Tree of Memories at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.

Starting Monday, December 3, visitors to the Cemetery can place an ornament on the large tree located under the dome at the Promontory Green Interment Garden. Ornaments can also be hung on the spruce trees that frame the Legacy Gardens and the Bennett Memorial.

The Tree of Memories program has been offered annually at the Cemetery since 1998. Visitors are welcome to place ornaments on the trees between Monday, December 3 and Thursday, January 3, 2019, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. The Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 1991 Bernard Avenue (intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road).

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

Youth & Young Professionals Forums – Extended Deadline

As part of the engagement process for the Cultural Plan, we are seeking youth (grade 11 and 12) and young professionals (post-secondary student) for two forums on arts, culture and heritage:
  • Young Professionals Forum on January 29, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Youth Forum on January 31, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Participating in the Forum will give youth and young professionals the opportunity to:
  • Shape the 2020-2025 Cultural Plan and the future of culture in Kelowna,
  • Have a voice on what is important in the creative sector,
  • Network with industry leaders and learn more about what it’s like to work in the creative sector, and
  • Receive a letter of participation to demonstrate community involvement/volunteer time.
Deadline to apply has been January 14, 2019

Apply Now

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 4 December 2018

RDSP Matched Savings Program – Apply Now

Program Dates: January 2019 – January 2020
Location: Starbright Children’s Development Centre
Application Deadline: January 4, 2019
Register Now

Launch Community Development Foundation’s Matched Savings Program provides strength-based financial education and mentorship in a small group setting. Trained Launch volunteers guide participants through monthly classes for one year sharing information so that participants can increase their skills, knowledge, ability and confidence to make effective decisions about their personal finances. Participants save $25-$50 per month throughout the program. After graduation, Launch will match participants’ personal savings 3:1 toward the purchase of a productive asset.

For the cohort starting in January 2019, there will be a designated asset, Registered Disability Savings Plan contributions.

Launch is also partnering with PLAN Okanagan to support and provide information to help families navigate their way through the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) process and future planning during the year.

-Source: Michelle Dickie, Chief Engagement Officer, Launch Community Development Foundation, 20 November 2018

Unplug & Play Week

Dates: January 20-27, 2019

Interior Savings Unplug and Play week is January 20-27, 2019. This week is a celebration encouraging kids, families, schools, and communities to unplug from screens and explore ways to spend time together.

Throughout the week we encourage everyone to get outside, play together, be creative, re-connect with neighbours, and become more aware of the endless opportunities for screen-free fun around the Central Okanagan.

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-Source: December 2018

Reconnecting:Families in a Tech Era

Dates: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 1040 Hollywood Rd S, Kelowna
Cost: Free
Register Now

Do you know the links between increases in screen time and trends in children and families? Discover how interpersonal relationships are impacted by screen-time and how keeping our connections strong is vital for our well-being. Join us to explore what we can learn from history about the right way to adopt technology and how we can move toward balancing off-line and online time.

Light refreshments available.

-Source: Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership, 12 December 2018

Save the Date: Taste of Home

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Main Street Centre, 2041 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Cost: $1 pp / Max $3 per family – Food tickets available

Tastes, smells, dance, music—those are things which remind you of home, wherever that home may have been or how different it is from where you are now. So come have a Taste of Home. Amazing food at small prices will help you eat your way around the world—there’s a huge variety of authentic ethnic foods, from appies to yummy desserts and everything in between. Non-stop stage shows keep the festive atmosphere. And, special this year—A Living Library! There’s something for everyone! Bring your family, friends and neighbours. We are grateful that this year’s event is hosted by staff and volunteers from KCR Community Resources.

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-Source: Dorothee Birker, Contractor, KCR Community Resources, November 2018

Cultural Plan Update: Goals & Strategies Survey

We are seeking your input on the Cultural Plan’s current goals, and how you prioritize them – and if you think there is anything missing from the goals. We also want to hear your ideas for strategies on how to work towards the goals – what can residents, organizations or the City do. Review the goals and their definitions, fill out the survey and post your ideas on strategies to help generate discussion.

The survey will be open until December 31, 2018. Take the Survey Now.

Cultural Plan 2020-2025 Advisory Group up and running
The Advisory Group made up of both internal City members, and external community members commenced their work on the update of the community’s Cultural Plan in late September. The group met to discuss the current Cultural Plan, how far we’ve come since it was published, and review and discuss some of the results from Survey #1. These members will be collaborating to provide community expertise and input into the creation and refinement of the Cultural Plan.

-Source: Newlsetter, City of Kelowna, 2 October 2018
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