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Easter Weekend Adventures

It started Saturday morning with a quick trip to the Kelowna’s Farmers Market off Cooper Road with Kayla and Adrian. We were on the lookout for Valley-wide famous Breakfast Wraps. I didn’t know it at the time but the Okanagan Street Food truck has a real location now, almost disappointing until we find other breakfast wraps that are good approximations of the taste we were looking for. The Farmer’s Market surprises yet again! PS, there were Alpaca’s.

The day was sunny and the weather getting warmer so the next logical progression was to meet Rob and Ryan downtown for a nibble on a patio under the sun. We take in the atmosphere at Hanna’s Lounge at 1352 Water Street but staring out at the South Okanagan and down the lake proves too tempting. We hit the road, looking for any excuse to travel along the lake. We reach Penticton and feel the vibe at Salty’s Beach House at 1000 Lakeshore Drive. They have sangria, mussles and fish tacos and all of these things are A-OK with us.

We bake a little longer and go for a quick walk Lakeshore. The boys regail me with tales of Naramata, I’ve never been so we hit the road again. I’m excited to visit Therapy Vineyards at 940 Debeck Road, I’ve enjoyed the wine on many occasions and we try to sneak in a tasting but get there when they close at 6pm. People leaving their jobs recommend places in town that are must-see and must-taste, the locals are very welcoming!

The sun starts setting and the view is ridiculous. We begin our casual drive back to Kelowna, so ends our Saturday. Sunday the weather tried to one-up itself. The weekend is still in full-swing and our adventure continues. Adam and I head downtown Kelowna for brunch at The Boh at 524 Bernard Avenue. Eggs Benedict, we stick with the usual but are allowed to add personal additions to our meals by the easy-going staff. Breakfast is delicious, as usual.

After spending the previous day on the other side of Okanagan Lake, we head down towards Pandosy Village in Kelowna (keep your eye on this part of town, this is going to be the next hip place to live) and see if the Kelowna Cycle is open, missed them but made a serious note to return soon. We keep traveling up Lakeshore taking in the breathtaking scenery and pointing out houses we “would totally buy.” A few stops at cliff’s overlooking the lake and I remember a delicious treat resides over the next hill… you may remember from a previous post our trip to Carmelis Goat Cheese Farm at 170 Timberline Road. It’s warm out so some goat cheese gelato sounds perfect. We also see our goatly friends.

We head back home to fix up the bikes and consider maybe the first longboard of the season. It’s only 3:45 on Sunday and the adventure isn’t done yet.

A-OK Launch Party, Certified Awesome

The video from our Awesome Okanagan Launch Party at the Laurel Packinghouse on April 16th, we had fun, food, fashion and lots more! Check out this quick recap of the night.

Thanks again to all the businesses that took part (DunnEnzies Pizza Co., Tree Brewing, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Habitat, Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel, Deviate Board Shop, Blonde, CREAM Hair and Makeup Lounge, Roxi Salon, Loyal Hair Therapy, Shar Skincare and Rouge, Mosaic Books, Lakefront Sports, Posh, Hemp City, Okanagan Naturopathic Healthcare, KBAAD, Tisa Konev and the Downtown Kelowna Association), all the musicians (Thomas Kjorven, Fields of Green & Behind Sapphire), the Ecotone artists (Richard Clegg, Kyle Zsombor, Darrin Sim, Chad Pratch, Amy Burkhard and anyone we missed) and S.O.W., Kelowna Permaculture and Green City Acres. Music on this video is “A Liquid Mouth” by Fields of Green.

Especially thanks to everyone who attended, showing the Okanagan how truly Awesome we all are when we come together. Let’s do it all again in a year!


We Need Your Help to Save a Park!

It’s time for me to get a little political, but fret not, it’s for an awesome cause. Before I dive in, I need to address what make Kelowna and the Okanagan so darn awesome in the first place. You could draw up a laundry list of why we all love to live here, but I reckon the victor on most everybody’s list would be the abundance of parks and natural green space. I also believe that most of us would jump at the opportunity to create and conserve more of this land. Well, fellow awesome Okanagians, we have a rare predicament upon us, one that will test our spirit and dedication to this fare city and its beauty.

Kelowna City Council is being pressured to build condos with only a public walkway on a stretch of beach-front land between Kinsmen Park and Gyro Beach. On this Monday, April 18, they might just do that, despite over 220 people showing up at City Hall to protest!

The City long ago used your taxes to purchase the four waterfront lots south of the Cedar Avenue beach access, and the seven waterfront lots to the north. The stated purpose was to one day create a new lakefront park. Fifty years from now, we want to be remembered as having the vision and passion to create a real park for our community and families; not some “fancy sidewalk,” as one brave nine-year-old stated during the public hearing last week. On the east side of Abbott Street, there’s oodles of land waiting to be developed, so why not put buildings there instead of in the park? We want both the bike path and walkway through the park, and also a lake view from Abbott Street. We don’t want just a boardwalk that will be in the shade in the morning, and in the blazing sun in the afternoon (it’s hard to plant big trees in water.)

To prove to City Council that we do indeed prefer parks over pavement, a massive party has been organized for this Saturday, April 16, at 2pm. When head to head with a bureaucratic adversary such is the City, numbers are of the utmost importance, so we need as many bodies on that beach at 2pm as possible. This afternoon of organized mayhem will only go till 4pm,  leaving plenty of time to get dolled up for the evening’s Awesome Okanagan Launch Party at the Laurel Packinghouse. Save a park by day, celebrate at night! Captain Planet would be proud.

Who’s invited? We need a pile of old folks, moms and dads, kids and their dogs, girlfriends and boyfriends with Frisbees, bicycles, beach balls, blankets, books, and banjos to hang out in the “Almost Cedar Avenue Park.” Come sporting your best Speedos, swimsuits, trunks, tank tops and pedal pushers. It’s one afternoon of wholesome fun to make a powerful and visionary statement to Kelowna City Council.

It’s gotta be outrageous, so get creative, shame your friends into coming and take some time out of your busy Saturday, and bring your ass down to do something important for our city.

If you bring a car, park it far enough away and walk! We don’t need any excuses that the area cannot handle a park.

Please visit and share it with everybody you know!

Ecotone Installation at the A-OK Launch Party

We’re only four days away from our Launch Party at the Laurel Packinghouse and leading up to it (and even after it’s done) we’ll be educating you on all the businesses, artists, musicians and everyone taking part.

Today in a whirlwind fury of exhilaration we share a bite-size piece about the 5 artist installations representing the Ecotone arts festival.

  1. Kyle Zsombor, animal art
  2. Richard Clegg, the doorway grid
  3. Chad Pratch, (pre up-coming Kelowna Art Gallery exhibition) chairs installation
  4. Malcolm Eides, geometric shapes
  5. Gabe Cipes, Ecotone art

There will be an entire Ecotone zone for people to mingle with, folks representing Kelowna Permaculture, and ecological activists looking to involve people in ecological endeavors. “Teach a man to fish,” so to speak…

Photo by generalamazo2000

We will be promoting tours of local in progress examples of Spin, Permaculture, and Biodynamic, farming. All Organic Local and Zero Waste design, Awesome right?

Knox Mountain Park Now Open

After the long winter, the Knox Mountain Park is officially open today, Tuesday March 29th.

If you have never been there before, don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see Kelowna like you’ve never seen it before.

Tons of trails and wildlife can be seen there. Nice place for the family, fun or just to take pictures.

To know more and have directions:

Earth Hour in the Okanagan

Earth Hour - LogoAt 8:30 PM on Saturday 26th March 2011, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour. With Earth Hour almost upon us, our thoughts are with the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging and sad time for their country. In our support of Earth Hour, A-OK has changed the theme for today to appear as it would at night without lights on; using this darker display will equate to a small amount of energy savings. Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the WWF that encourages individuals to show their support for the fight against climate change. More than 80 communities in B.C. signed up to participate in Earth Hour 2010, this year, we’re hoping to see an increase in that number!

What does that mean for us in BC? Well, last year the province’s electricity load dropped by 1.04 per cent during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27. From 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. British Columbians saved 64.6 megawatt hours of electricity – the equivalent of turning off about 1.4 million lights. If British Columbians implemented the same conservation measures just one hour every evening, the combined savings would be enough to power close to 2,200 homes for an entire year.

BC Hydro is a sponsor of the even and encourages British Columbians to join Team Power Smart to set a personal electricity conservation target. Team Power Smart provides tools, resources and incentives to help people conserve year-round. For example, washing your clothes in cold water, turning off the heated-dry function on your dishwasher and turning down the heat by one degree are all simple changes people can make everyday to conserve.

Feel free to see the Earth Hour 2010 Electricity Savings Report [PDF, 25 Kb] for a detailed breakdown of savings by community.

Go beyond the hour, find out more about Earth Hour at the Official Website.