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October – December Community Food Resources

Community Food Calendar
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Special Events & Meals:
  • Christmas Dinner at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission
    Saturday, December 16, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • First United Church’s New Year’s Day Dinner
    Monday, January 1, 2018, 5:00 pm

-Source: Donna & Betty, Outreach Urban Health, October 2017

Free Public Skating & Saturday Downtown Parking

Skate through the season at Stuart Park! Weather permitting, the free public lakeside ice rink will open December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am. Skate rentals will once again be available. Check out the live web cam and view the online schedule at

Shop local this holiday season. Every Saturday in December you can enjoy free street (meter) parking in downtown Kelowna (December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30).

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 22 November 2017

UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: UBCO Campus Room UNC 200, University Centre, 3272 University Way
Cost: Donation of a non-perishable food item or cash

Join us to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! This year we partnered with the National Film Board for our third annual #IDPWD Film Festival. The two-hour program includes seven Canadian short films ranging from an early 1960s public broadcast documentary to the world premiere of our own film, Disability Pride 2017.

-Source: Newsletter, Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, UBCO, 16 November 2017

Uptown Rutland After Hours

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Plaza 33 Shopping Centre, 195 BC-33, Kelowna
Cost: $10

Hot and cold hors-d’oeuvres provided by Save-On-Foods, paired with delicious wines from Vibrant Vines. We will also provide beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

-Source: Newsletter, Uptown Rutland Business Association, 29 November 2017

2018 Winter Activity & Program Guide

The Winter Activity & Program will be available online on Tuesday, November 28 at

Upcoming registration dates:
  • Tuesday, December 5, 7:30 am – General programs
  • Thursday, December 7, 7:30 am – Aquatics & First Aid programs
  • Friday, December 8, 7:30 am – Sports Leagues
  • Friday, December 8, 9:30 am – Programs for Persons with a Disability
Three easy ways to register: If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to set up your client account by calling Active Living & Culture at 250.469.8800.

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 30 October 2017

UBC Okanagan Nobel Night

Date: December 14, 2017, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, UBCO, 3247 University Way, Kelowna
Cost: Free
Register Now

Celebrate the Nobel Prize-winning contributions with UBC Okanagan Nobel Night – an opportunity to learn about this year’s prizes from a distinguished panel of UBC Okanagan professors. From ground-breaking research that reshapes our understanding of the universe to the prohibition of nuclear weapons, to bold new thinking in economics and psychology; Nobel Night will help decipher the discoveries and achievements that have changed the world this year.

Following, there will be an opportunity to ask questions and enjoy refreshments.

-Source: UBC Okanagan Community Enagement Office, 30 November 2017

Stay Informed about the City Budget

The City of Kelowna’s annual budget process is underway. On December 14, the City Manager will present a provisional 2018 Financial Plan to Council for deliberation. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #KelownaBudget or watch live on Castanet.

What goes into building a City budget? How are the decisions made? The recent 2017 Citizen Survey identified that 84 percent of residents say they received very/fairly good value for their municipal tax dollars and that they prefer tax increases over service reductions (62 percent). It’s about finding a balance with a reasonable tax rate that ensures residents continue to experience the quality of life they expect in our beautiful City.

Kelowna is a place where 94 percent of residents say their quality of life is good or very good, and 90 percent are satisfied with the level and quality of service provided by the City. Creating a budget that meets the needs of a growing City, delivers excellence in service level and finds new ways of creating a thriving, attractive and vibrant city has its challenges and involves difficult decisions.

Learn more and stay informed at and sign up for e-updates.

-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 22 November 2017

2017 Yalda Night Party

Date: Thursday, December 21, 6:30 pm
Location: German Club, 1696 Cary Road, Kelowna
Cost: $10 / Under 5 Free
Buy Tickets: Mount Royal Bagel Factory, 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna

Let’s celebrate 2017 Yalda night once again together! This event will be a potluck event, so bring your delicious foods, share with others and enjoy dance & music with our DJ KOUROSH in this wonderful event.

-Source: Newsletter, Okanagan Persian Community, 29 November 2017

Under 100 – Small Affordable Artwork by Okanagan Artists

Dates: November 25 – December 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It’s that time of year again and the Lake Country Art Gallery is busy working on the 8th Annual Under 100 Exhibition. This year’s exhibition promises once again to be an impressive display of original art work from over 65 Okanagan artists. Art work in all mediums will be on exhibit, under 100 inches squared in size and priced under $100.

All proceeds from Under 100 go to the artists and to support the Lake Country Art Gallery. The gallery accepts cash, cheques, debit and credit cards.

In conjunction with the Lake Country Art Gallery’s “Under 100” show, there will be a display of student work at the Pop Up Gallery in the Art House. The assemblage pieces are inspired by the work of avante-garde 20th century artist Louise Nevelson.

The artworks will be $25 each or four for $80. 70% of sales go to the artist with the remainder to help support our programming.

The show will be open Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm until December 21st.

-Source: Newsletter, Lake Country Art Gallery, 16 November 2017

Bread & Salt

The Kelowna Museums Society has partnered with the Royal BC Museum and Kelowna’s Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society to present Bread and Salt. The Exhibition marks the 126th anniversary of Ukrainian immigration to Canada and the contributions of Ukrainian Canadians to BC and the nation.

The story begins with the arrival of the first Ukrainians in Canada on September 7, 1891, and leads the visitor through the early years of the settlement and hard work to experiences of war and internment. The Exhibition also highlights the ongoing contributions of Ukrainians to British Columbia and the continuing celebration of Ukrainians traditions.

Over 80 objects on loan from the Dolyna Ukrainian Cultural Society are on display.

Bread and Salt runs from October 12, 2017 to January 27, 2018 at the Okanagan Heritage Museum.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Museums, 24 November 2017

Learn to Shred 2018 Program

Elevation Outdoors is back for 2018 with our Learn to Shred snowboard program! See below for all the details, times, dates, and a new pick up location to help more young people access the program!

First Session for 12-14 year olds
Our first session will run from Wednesday, January 10 – Sunday, February 4, 2018, with an orientation meeting on Monday, January 8th for all accepted participants. Registration deadline is January 1, 2018.

This year we have been able to increase the number of seats available in the program due to our new bus! We now have space for up to 15 amazing kids to come out and join our program. The program will run on Wednesday afternoons with pick ups starting at 2:00 in West Kelowna and kids will be back home between 8:00-8:45 depending on location.

This program gives priority to participants that have little to no previous snowboarding experience and that have not completed our Learn to Shred program in the past.

Second Session Ages 15-18
Our second session for older youth will run from February 14 – March 11, 2018, with an orientation for all accepted youth on Wednesday, February 7th. Registration Deadline of February 5, 2018.

This session always seems to have some spaces left available, so please help us out and fill all 15 spots with some great young men and women that could benefit from this opportunity.

As always we provide all the required gear, lift tickets, and food to ensure the riders have what they need to learn to snowboard.

Priority is given to youth that have not come through the program previously and have limited or no previous snowboarding experience.

More Information & to Register

-Source: Newsletter, Elevation Outdoors, 8 November 2017

Kelowna’s Largest Yoga Class

Date: January 13, 2018, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Laurel Packinghouse, 1304 Ellis Street, Kelowna

Save the dates! More information coming soon.

-Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, November 2017

Kelowna Museums Society Receives National Grant

Kelowna Museums has been awarded funding from the Government of Canada to upgrade gallery lighting at the Okanagan Heritage Museum. New lighting and electrical wiring will enhance visibility, accessibility, safety, design flexibility and energy efficiency. The grant also allows for further improvements to the Kelowna Public Archives storage facility through the purchase of new archival-grade map drawers.

-Source: Newsletter, Kelowna Museums, 24 November 2017

Coordinated Governance Just the Ticket for Rail Trail

Elected leaders from the participating jurisdictions with land ownership on the Okanagan Rail Trail met Friday to discuss options and goals for proceeding with a coordinated approach to governance, operation and administration of this regional rail trail.

As with other policy and financial decisions regarding the corridor, the elected political leaders of the owner jurisdictions will ultimately approve the coordinated governance model for the corridor.

“It was good to be involved in such a proactive meeting with other elected leaders from Okanagan Rail Trail owner jurisdictions today,” said Lake Country Councillor Blair Ireland. “As a public amenity, it is in the interests of all residents to have the local government owners of the corridor work to develop a coordinated approach. Having a meeting facilitator that specializes in governance was very helpful to keep the discussions focused.”

“The Regional District of North Okanagan appreciated the ability to talk with our partners, Kelowna, Lake Country, Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon and Coldstream on the development of a shared vision for the Okanagan Rail Trail and the opportunities for collaboration,” said Bob Fleming, Chair of the RDNO. “We are excited about jointly achieving the full potential of this unique trail.”

“Local governments and the Province of B.C. have invested $22 million in the purchase of the discontinued CN rail corridor running from Coldstream to Kelowna and in doing so these communities and First Nations have committed to preserving this corridor as a multi-modal transportation link that will enhance the social, environmental and economic health of the region for generations to come,” said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.

“We are optimistic about this opportunity and look forward to working collaboratively with our local government partners of the North and Central Okanagan to capitalize on this valuable corridor link,” said Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis.

Public access and use of the undeveloped rail corridor varies somewhat by jurisdiction but the public is reminded to stay away from any active construction on the corridor and respect signage identifying work sites.

Open House events held in Lake Country, Kelowna and Coldstream in early October provided the public with an opportunity to learn more about the construction of approximately 26 kilometres of trail (12 km in the RDNO, 5 km in Lake Country and 9 km in Kelowna) anticipated for completion in Spring 2018.

The remaining sections of the 48.5-kilometre trail will be built once the funding and all the necessary approvals are in place. Except for a 2.4-kilometre section near Duck Lake that runs through the Okanagan Indian Band’s IR#7 Reserve, it is possible that the initial development of the corridor could be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. The remaining section would happen at a future date, pending federal transfer of ownership of the land to the Band.

A community-based fundraising campaign by the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative is underway to support the work required to design and build a continuous basic trail from Coldstream to Kelowna.

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-Source: Newsletter, City of Kelowna, 27 November 2017
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