Chamber Board of Director News
BOARD VISIONING EVENT PLANNED
The Chambers newly elected Board of Directors under the direction of their President Marvin Farkas will be invited to a visioning exersise on July 26th.
Our Central Ecomomic Development CEO Robert Fine has kindly agreed to facilitate the Board in the process of reviewing their past 3 year plan and establishing a new stragic vision to move forward through to 2014.
Message from Community Issues Chair Marvin Farkas.
I would like to give you an update on the topic discussed during the last Community Issues meeting at the LC Chamber office.
I met with Alberto De Feo last Wednesday and brought up the issues related to obtaining development and construction permits at the District. Currently in the works are plans to reduce the wait times to 2 weeks for permit approval. We also discussed a " checklist " so that an applicant does not have to keep returning only to find out that additional work has to be done. The District does acknowledge that there are problems and they are working toward streamlining the process.
On the discussion concerning
Main street, one of the landowners has applied to subdivide his property, which is great news since that will lower the price and make it more attractive to smaller developers. The OCP currently lists
Main streetas a mix of residential, commercial and office with a goal of maintaining a certain look. For those who have suggested that we need a brand hotel, the vacancy rate in
Kelownais currently 54% on average, so we should not expect any progress on that front until that vacancy drops significantly.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Marvin Farkas President
Lake CountryChamber of Commerce
Community Issues Meeting
Marvin Farkas Your Committee Chair and Chamber President Invites you to RSVP your attendance for
July 5th 2011-
at The Chamber meeting room.
1) INTRODUCTIONS & BROWN BAG LUNCH
2) OUR DISCUSSION TOPIC IS: The Water Master Plan.
OUR GUEST SPEAKER IS: District of Lake Country Staff (name of presenter to follow)
They will do a short presentation to the Chamber on the Water Mater Plan.
Attendance is limited to Lake Country Chamber Members Due to limited seating.
Please RSVP your attendance to email@example.com
June Business After Hours
Junes Business After Hours took place on the second day of Summer. It was a beautiful afternoon and a perfect way to kick off the summer season! The Orchard RV Retreat has a stunning location surrounded by rolling green hills and the view of the lake. The event was co-hosted by the Lake Country Rotary Club, there was a great turn out of Local Rotarian's who have done so much for our Community and those in it. That evening they Announced they have found a new location for a permanent home for the Lake Country Food Bank.
Judy and Ken's son Jeremy is a chef and he cooked up a variety of great BBQ items on The Rotary Club's Grill.
July Business After Hours - Sproule & Sons Farm
Our Next Business After Hours is on
Wednesday July 13th from
Our hosts are Sproule & Sons Farm The Location is
4590 Allison Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 2B8
The evening will include a short tour of their Certified Organic Farm where they grows cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, grapes, apples & nectarines.
Organic Beer from Crannog Ales, Certified Organic Irish Ales brewed on-farm in B.C.
Fresh Apple Juice and Snacks all served in the RED BARN. (Bring a jacket because the barn is open air - flat shoes may be a good idea too)
Check out their newly designed website www.sproulesredbarn.com
A Warm Welcome To Our New Members
Wood Lake Resort & Marina- Resting on sandy beachfront shores, a go to destination for RV and water sports enthusiasts. An amazing gateway to more than 50km of water recreation, sparkling
Wood Lakeis connected by canal to
Kalamalka Lake. Add to that
Wood Lake's well-deserved reputation for excellent rainbow trout fishing and you have the setting for the perfect holiday - adventure abounds in the great outdoors. With direct beach access, this incredible setting is a windfall for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. Twelve parkland acres of lush paradise provide 100+ full-service RV sites, available monthly, weekly & daily from March to October. Resort amenities include a modern 66 slip marina, shower & washroom facilities, coin laundry, children's playground, convenience store and guest/visitor parking. Reside at a beachfront site or settle under a majestic willow. Boat, Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board rentals available on site.
To Contact us Ph: 250-766-1881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.woodlakerv.com
WCG, we believe in creating a better world - one person, one job, one community at a time.
WCGhas over 16 years experience contracting with provincial and federal government to provide case management, training and re-employment services.
WCGhas placed over 52,000 participants in employment. We offer training development and delivery, leadership coaching, conflict resolution, professional learning and performance support, and disability management services. We have extensive experience identifying and measuring outcomes that are clearly linked to strong case management practices. We believe in the potential of each client and successfully manage complex client scenarios by having:
Competent/knowledgeable staff with expertise to meet client needs in their community. Sound quality assurance framework. Solid infrastructure and management support. Local community expertise
To Contact us Ph:250-491-4287 Email: email@example.com www.wcgservices.com
We also welcome to the chamber DR Wesley Woychuk MD Inc
VISITOR CENTRE NEWS
What's Happening in
Lake Country- Events
The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Website has a full list of what going on in
Lake Countryfor the month of July. See Link Here.
or call the Visitor Centre for more information (250)766-5644
MEMBER'S EVENTS & NEWS
Chef Willi Franz from the Grapevine Restaurant Honoured
See this link for full article on www.casanet.net
The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) awarded Chef Willi Franz of Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery 'Chef of the Year' at the National Conference held last week in
This is the first time in the 46-year history of the award, that an Okanagan chef has been honored. The award is given every year to the Chef Member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession of Culinary Arts and who has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the Canadian Culinary Federation.
Lake CountryOptometry Grand Opening & Frame Show
Our practice has undergone a large expansion and renovation over the past 6-8 months and finally we capped it off with a Grand Re-opening Open House and Frame Show
on Saturday June 25th.
We were excited to have the representatives from Maui Jim Sunglasses, Lafont Paris and Perfect Optical with their entire frame lines on hand for selection. We saw well over 100 people that day who all received excellent deals on new eyewear. We want to thank everyone who made our event a huge success including Coopers Foods, The Daily Courier, Ricoh, Northern Computer, Cascade Optical, our on site frame representative and of course all of you who came to take part.
If you didn't make it down for the open house, please do not hesitate to come down and check out our new space. We now have four exam rooms, dedicated contact lens fitting and training rooms, a larger pre-testing area with room for more advanced equipment and an expanded in-house edging lab and glasses dispensary. We are open Monday to Saturday with early and late appointments available on request.
Oyama Zip Line Opened June 24th!
JUNE 24, 2011-- Where the rides are wicked. As one of BC's newest and best Zip line courses, we hope you can visit soon. Choose us for the diversity of the ziplines offered on our 3 hour tour. Some very high, some very long, some very very fast. All with fabulous Okanagan view. After you are shuttled to the top, each line is followed closely by the next. There is minimal walking and 1.6km of zipping.
Call now! July is booking up fast!
Toll Free 1-888-947-2869
Lake Country Art GalleryExhibition To accompany our current exhibition, Starting Point, guest curators Wanda Lock and Shauna Oddleifson have organized a
FILMSCREENING on Sunday July 10th at
. Please join us at Creekside Theatre,
10241 Bottom Wood Lake Roadin
Lake Countryfor this free event that will feature works by Mark A. Lewis, Mike McKinlay, and Shannon Lester.
We will be screening the Mark A. Lewis feature film," ILL FATED", "The Art Consumers" by drag performance duo, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, as well as "Fallen Gardens" by Mike McKinlay. Additionally there will be a short live performance by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang co-founder Sasha Zamolodchikova (Lester) and new recruit Miss Ella!
ILL FATED"plunges the viewer into the boxed in world of Jimmy, a small-town teen who seeks a better life but who sees dead-end signs at every turn out of town." It has been viewed internationally on the film festival circuit and Lewis has won many awards for his accomplishments in his field.
Mike McKinlay specializes in documentary film and has a particular interest in the natural world. His short film, "
Fallen Gardens: a Portrait of a Deer Problem," explores a community that is faced with an overwhelming amount of destruction to their properties by deer.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a drag performance art duo formed in the fall of 2009 in
by Michael Judd and Shannon Lester. Shannon and Michael explore the darker side of the human psyche via their drag personas Sasha Zamolodchikova (
Shannon) and Belgium Solanas (Michael). Sasha and
are cannibal witch, serial killer glamazons who travel the world causing lots of trouble everywhere they go. In their new film, The Art Consumers, filmed on location in
New York City, the Kiss Kiss gals pose as illustrious European art collectors in order to fool a young American couple into becoming their next victims. This event is intended for an adult audience.
Heather Leier, Gallery Assistant
Lake Country Art Gallerywww.lakecountryartgallery.blogspot.com
CBC- Business Investment & National Product Exposure Hello,My name is Katie and I am a producer with
CBCTelevision. I am currently developing a new show and am looking for businesses to participate. We are searching for Canadian businesses that are interested in receiving a financial investment from a Canadian investor. To go along with that, we are looking for businesses that actually need a financial investment, for one reason or another.
During the show the viewers learn about the businesses (how they started, why they've been successful, how they fit into Canadian culture, etc.) The benefit to the businesses is not only a possible cash investment, but also the opportunity to get national product exposure and expert industry advice from the investor.
We are recruiting established businesses (not brand new start ups) that have been profitable and now need an investment to move forward. So, the businesses must actually need the financial investment. If the businesses have a unique story to share (for example, they employ many people in the community, they're an integral part of the region, etc.) that's all the better. But the key is that they actually require money at this time because they've hit some sort of bump in the road. (for example, maybe the business hasn't fully recovered from the recession, they had a bad year with their crops, etc.) The investment on this show would be one of their last resorts in terms of saving their business. Since we'll only be featuring a few businesses, we really want to find those most in need.
If you know of any businesses that fit this criteria and might be interested in participating in the show, please let me know.
Thanks for your time!
(416) 205 5571 firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Arts Scene For Youth in Central Okanagan Society (SASFY) , a non-profit arts organization with Revenue Canada charitable status is hosting its second annual Summer Arts School August 8-13, 2011 right here in the Okanagan at the ideal, modern and well-equipped "state of the arts" George Elliot Secondary School & Creekside Theatre.
This year, as an extra convenience for parents and students, a West Kelowna/Kelowna school shuttle bus service will provide transportation. The "Ignite the Passion in the Arts" workshops program, a unique inter-connection of the arts educational opportunity of excellence for youth primarily ages 9-15, is already in place with registration open for enrollment.
After a very successful August 2010 inaugural year and the continuing support from Superintendent Hugh Gloster, School District No. 23,
George Elliot Secondary School, Creekside Theatre and the District & Council of
Lake Country, Summer Arts Scene For Youth is ready to welcome local students from across the Okanagan and visiting youth participants from outside the Valley.
The outstanding and exclusive Okanagan faculty team, comprising of 14 professional artists, teachers and performers many with national and some with international experience, is keen to share a wealth of talents and knowledge with youth and give back excellence to the community. An awesome and diverse variety of workshops is being offered and students have the wonderful opportunity to choose 1 favorite workshop from each of the 3 segments: 1) animation, mixed media, wood working, piano
2) creative dance, guitar, photography, fashion design 3) voice/musical theater, painting, hip hop, culinary arts.
The SASFY Board of Directors, operated exclusively by a passionate group of local volunteers who are committed to promote arts excellence in our community, has been working very hard to create an exceptional all round 6 day summer arts school workshops program for the amazing value of only $150.00. The base tuition fee includes West Kelowna/Kelowna shuttle bus service, all snacks and lunches along with 6 hrs. of professional instruction Monday-Friday and a culminating Saturday afternoon Arts Gala Extravaganza exhibition/concert on this year's theme "Kaleidoscope".
Early registration, to secure first choice workshops in each of the three segments, is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. To ensure top quality instruction, space is limited due to class size restrictions.
FUN, exciting and creative summer arts experience for youth, the SASFY summer arts school is the best place to be
August 8-13, 2011
For more information and details on how to register, see www.sasfy.ca , email email@example.com or call 250-768-1404.
Okanagan Film Commission needs your help!
OFCneeds your help again with 2 requests.
1) We have a horror movie that wants to shoot in the area for the next couple months and we need to find the perfect location. Does anyone know of an off the beaten path motel that has that creepy historic feel.
This is what they have seen so far. Coalmont is in the lead.
2) Does anyone know where we can find a motel/hotel like this (picture) on a back road with no visible neighbours. So far this is what we have to offer: http://www.okanagan.bcfilmcommission.com/no_tell_motel/ the Production companies first choice currently is the "
Lynn's Bit of Everything" in
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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