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Enhancing Life with Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Gala of Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Gellatly Nut Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Home Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 If it’s Close to Your Heart it Better Fit . . . . . . . . . 30 The Many Faces of Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Old Friends/New Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Parks Alive 2007 Entertainment Season . . . . . . 18 The Last Sane Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Volunteering Opens New Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 With Hearing Loss Communication Made Simple . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
ISSN# 1718-7435 Mail Publication Agreement # 41324527 PUBLISHER - Laurel D’Andrea EDITOR - Jeremy Hoemsen LAYOUT & GRAPHICS - Lori Johnson, Dragonfli Studio SALES & MARKETING - Laurel D’Andrea PRINTING - Mitchell Press WEB DESIGN - NRG Web Design CONTRIBUTORS - Arleen Bailey, Keith Boehmer, Marilyn Brown, Aiden Cole, Dave O’Leary, Steve Garrity, Helen Kaulbach, Wendy Klein, Susan Kolebaba, Peter & Amy Matejcek, Cheryl Miller, Angela O'Brien, Courtenay Pankow-Thatcher, Val Petellion, Kevin Rothwell, Leslee Scott, Phil Smith, Rae Stewart, Annie Wise. PHOTOGRAPHERS - Stephanie Tracey - Photography West,Vern Epp, Desmond Murray. Beyond 50 Magazine welcomes unsolicited articles or photos. These items can be sent to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna BC V1V 1T4 or emailed to submissions@beyond50 mag.com All submissions are considered property of the magazine unless otherwise agreed. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
28 The opinions expressed in this magazine are the opinions of the authors and they do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Beyond 50 Magazine. Beyond 50 Magazine is published quarterly: September, December, March and June.This free publication is distributed throughout the Central Okanagan (Peachland to Lake Country). Reproduction in part or whole of this magazine is prohibited without the consent of the publisher. 12,000 copies of Beyond 50 Magazine are distributed to all businesses registered with Canada Post for the Central Okanagan, 3,000 random homes receive a copy and there are various drop locations throughout the Central Okanagan. (See page 23 for drop locations list.) Beyond 50 Magazine may also be viewed electronically by visiting us at www.beyond50 mag.com We would love to hear your comments. Please send them to Beyond 50 Magazine 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4, phone: 250-878-9194 or email us at letters@beyond50 mag.com
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Angels Among Us ... 7 Better Business Bureau ... 14 Calendar of Events ... 17 Cheers from the Editor ... 5 Dennis and Dolly ... 43 Electronically Speaking ... 20 Financially Secure ... 38 Kickstart ... 10 Mind Games ... 13 Pictorial ... 24 Picture of Health ... 34 Publisher’s Point of View ... 4 Recipes ... 40 Trash Talk ... 8 Surf’s Up ... 31 Sudoku Solution ... 31 3
p u b l i s h e r ’s p o i n t o f v i e w
PHOTO • STEPHANIE TRACEY
…the focus is whatever the people of the Central Okanagan feel like sharing.
(l to r): Laurel, Devon, and Dallas.
After a recent conversation with a contributor to Beyond 50 Magazine, the focus of my Point of View for this issue became crystal clear (this will surprise my mom - I am not her most focused child). When you are inspired, motivated, or crazy enough to start your own magazine, you need a vision and some focus. But there is also something to be said for having creativity and a passion for people. My goal for this publication is to give people in the Central Okanagan a forum to communicate, share, and inspire. Our community has so many insightful, inspiring, dedicated people with something to say. Not all of us are writers but what we have to share is definitely worth a read. When people ask me what the focus for an upcoming issue is, I say it really depends on what the public has submitted. We want everyone to enjoy this magazine so we offer this community-based variety of departments and features. This magazine does have something for everyone. The title may be Beyond 50 Magazine but we have a lot of readers who are not even close to fifty who also enjoy what people in our community have to share. Do we follow all the standard rules for publishing a magazine? I would have to say no. Is that a bad thing? Well, when we have 12,000 copies circulating each quarter but people are still calling me at home, looking for more, then I’d say we are doing something right. The summer issue has another great variety of topics for you to enjoy. This issue’s “angel” came to me through a speech contest at an elementary school: Courtenay had to speak about leaders so she spoke of 4
her grandfather and what he has done to help others. Ernie’s compassion has changed lives in a good way. Something I have had the pleasure of discovering is that the Okanagan is home to so many talented artists. In our last issue, we introduced you to Dennis and Dolly - they’re back to entertain you. The creator of Dennis and Dolly is Wendy Klein of Tickled Pink Studio. To appreciate more of her talent, you can catch her at ArtWalk this fall in Lake Country. All the participants at ArtWalk are from our region. For more, see the ArtWalk feature in this issue. And we have added two new departments: One is called “Kickstart”. The other is “Trash Talk”which shows us how we can continue to learn and be proactive when it comes to waste reduction, regardless of how old we are. So if people ask you if you’ve read Beyond 50 Magazine and ask,“What is the focus of the magazine?” just tell them the focus is whatever the people of the Central Okanagan feel like sharing. The great news is, we will be around for a very long time because the folks who live, work, and play here have so much to say. And we are ready, willing, and able to provide them the forum to do so. Laurel D’Andrea Photography by Stephanie Tracey, Photography West
Thanks to the Harvest Golf Course we have a great cover shot. Krissy Volleys and Sheila Gehring are wearing clothes courtesy of Harvest Pro Shop. Chuck Kobasew and Dale Gehring are wearing clothes courtesy of Landmark Clothiers. See page 34 for the story on the Sandman Harvest Celebrity Golf Classic, a great local fund raiser.
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c h e e r s f ro m t h e e d i to r
…by reframing the situation instead of reacting to it, everybody wins. If everybody wins, the solution is probably the right solution.”
So we built a little pond this spring, about 5’x 3’x 3’deep. To the sixteen 39 cent goldfish we rescued from sharing a tank with 1,000 others, this was a spacious outdoor paradise. They swam, played hide and seek, ate as much as I would feed them, and took caution by peeking out from under a rock whenever my shadow loomed across the water. They also had the luxury of over-priced pond plants and a state of the art filter. Then the raccoon showed up. The only reason I knew a raccoon had visited was because our filter was no longer in the pond – it was in the middle of our vegetable garden. Oh yeah,and because only two fish were left from the evening before. Upon closer inspection, the foam filter cover and the pricey pond lilies had many chunks taken out of them. I recognized them as proof of a raccoon,thanks to growing up in a hunting family in the Okanagan and having had our chickens massacred for their eggs when we lived in the Kootenays; I knew that no cat,dog,deer,or bat would be capable of such behaviour. With a vengeance, I rented a raccoon trap (Don’t worry it was basically an open-ended cage that closed when the hungry, stripy-tailed assassin went for the raw eggs I put inside). While I, the municipality, and the Conservation Office are still unsure of the legalities of trapping and releasing a fur-bearing animal, I’ve caught two raccoons in the last two weeks, and thanks to a pest-control guy who works for cash,they have been safely released far away from our house. But what’s the point? I could keep trapping and releasing these night-stalkers until the day I die. They will keep coming back to eat our fish, and our snails (that are actually BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
more expensive than any escargot I’d ever order in a restaurant). While I think raccoons are a nuisance animal, thriving on the waste of human cities, and within city-limits should be treated like rats, a stronger part of me said that I should be smarter than this pest. Don’t keep trapping them, or take up shooting them, or indulge in any method that only continues the unending cycle; be smarter and change the entire situation. While my pride insisted we should keep the pond, with fish,snails,and plants,and beat the raccoons,the better part of me figured we could keep a water feature with only plants. Since Stana liked the idea of having an aquarium inside the house (where fish and such should be a little safer), and the raccoon shouldn’t disturb a pond with only plants, and we still get the soothing sound of falling water when we’re in the garden, nobody has lost in this decision. In fact, by reframing the situation instead of reacting to it, everybody wins. And I figure,if everybody wins,the solution is probably the right solution. Although the local raccoons will have to go back to eating their regular garbage… Cheers! Jeremy Hoemsen
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Lead the way Submitted by Courtney Pankow-Thatcher
Half the time, people are terrified of stepping up; that’s why not everyone can be a leader, and those who can aren’t always good ones.
Ernie and Courtenay.
Who would we be without leaders? We couldn’t be followers without anyone to follow.Hi,my name is Courtney Pankow and I would like to know what ‘leading the way’ really is. I think leadership is speaking out and stepping outside your comfort zone to do or say what you believe to be right. But we need to let other people step up, too. I believe ‘leading’ is doing whatever you can to achieve your dreams or help someone else achieve their’s. ‘Whatever you can’can determine the kind of leader you are - strong or weak, good or bad. Half the time, people are terrified of stepping up; that’s why not everyone can be a leader, and those who can aren’t always good ones. What is ‘the way’? The way can be anything from a simple chore you didn’t have to do, or the blue band aide that stops the little boy next door from crying after falling off his new red tricycle. You can ‘lead the way’ by doing any good deed. My step-dad Bill told me as I was talking to him about my speech: “Good leaders are like good parents; it takes practice, patience, and compassion.” To give you an example of the things Bill says, here’s a story about why my grandpa is an amazing leader. Grandpa uses humour and his own work ethic to get people to do what he wants at their best ability. He would never ask anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself. He demands people do their best at everything they do, for the strength of themselves and the people around them. He gives people a pat on the back for a job well done. He attempts to inspire people to be leaders within their own peer group. He gives people choices and doesn’t pressure them into doing what he wants. He never asks for anything in return except for respect. Here is an BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
example of all his amazing leadership qualities. There are some homeless people living around my grandpa’s pub, and he will give them odd jobs to do around the pub, like raking leaves, and in return, he’ll pay them and feed them. His goal is to help someone become independent and help them overcome an addiction if they have one. He met his goal in the summer of 2006… A homeless person named Larry started doing odd jobs for my grandpa. The more reliable he became, the more jobs my grandpa gave him to do. One day, a friend of my grandpa asked if he knew anyone that was looking for work and my grandpa recommended Larry. To this day, he’s still working at the job my grandpa recommended him for. My grandpa’s time, patience, and pats on the back helped lead Larry to a new life. A leader like this inspires me; this is why I told you this story about my amazing, confident, loving grandfather, Ernest Clifford Thatcher. I leave you with his words:“Charity starts at home.” WelcometoKelowna.com also likes to recognize special people in our community. Our angel Ernie will be featured as the Person of the Day on Friday, June 15th. To view that page please go to www.welcometokelowna.com. In addition to featuring Ernie, Dot Com Media has graciously donated a gift certificate for lunch at Sunset Ranch Golf and Country Club where Ernie is a member. Do you know someone that goes above and beyond the call of duty? Or maybe you know someone that just has a great smile. If so, please email email@example.com to nominate a future Person of the Day. Then keep watching the WelcometoKelowna.com Person of the Day.
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New website promotes re-use Submitted by Rae Stewart
…the next time you’re thinking of chucking it, don’t.
Do you have items you’d like to get rid of that someone else could use? Are you looking for a bike for a growing kid, a kitchen table for a college student, or some free shrubs to spruce up your yard? Then you’ll want to visit www.okanaganreuses.com, the latest tool to help you get unwanted stuff to someone else who might need it. If you have items to give away or sell for less than $100, you can post them on this new website. Or, if you’re searching for something specific you can post your request, and you’ll be matched up with someone else looking to get rid of the same item. You can even sign up for automatic emails to arrive when an item of interest comes up for sale or giveaway. There are 36 different categories, including: computers and electronics, baby and kids’ stuff, exercise equipment, carpet and flooring.The ‘miscellaneous’ category takes care of items that don’t easily fit into the existing categories, but site administrators are always willing to start a new category if there’s enough demand. Posting a new listing is easy. First, you need to become a member. It’s free, and just ensures the listing service isn’t misused. After you sign in, you can post your new listing with a single click of the mouse that leads you straight to 8
the right form. A preview pane then lets your see what your listing will look like before you officially submit it. If you’re happy with it, just click on ‘submit’... and wait for a call or email! The Okanagan Reuses website is modeled after the highly successful site hosted by the City of Surrey. In just over a year, “Surrey Reuses” has enabled over 6,000 exchanges. Now that’s a lot of free trade that’s helped thousands of people, and diverted tonnes of material from landfills in the process. The new Okanagan Reuses website is sponsored by the Regional Districts of Central Okanagan and OkanaganSimilkameen, and the Recycling Council of B.C. It’s really what the waste reduction message is all about, reusing, reducing, recycling. And, it’s just a great fun way to swap stuff, like one big garage sale - online. In fact, you can even post your own garage sale on this site. So the next time you’re thinking of chucking it, don’t. Better yet, give it away! You’ll feel good helping out someone else, and you’ll be doing a great thing for our local landfills and the environment in general! RAE STEWART is the Assistant Waste Reduction Coordinator for the Waste Reduction Office of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
Kick•Start (kik’start) n. To start or reinvigorate an activity, system or process. KickStart is a community driven initiative focused on creating an awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
It’s part of a 5 year program focused on increasing levels of physical activity in our community by 20% by 2010.
It’s simple... as little as 30 minutes of activity per day will improve your overall health and fitness, reduce stress and increase relaxation.
Exercise helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, and promotes weight control.
Exercise promotes a happier healthy sense of wellbeing, increases energy levels.
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No glass! Recycling Guide for Blue Bag Curbside Pick-up Simply place your clean recyclables - paper, cardboard, tin cans, and #1-7 plastics - in see-through blue or clear bags. Place for collection on your scheduled day - no pre-sorting required and no limits. If you have glass items please take them to a recycling or bottle depot.
ACCEPTED Plastic containers
Exercise builds healthy families with healthy minds.
Glass bottles & jars
Remove lids. Rinse and flatten. All plastic containers with #1-7 recycling symbols. All plastic film like grocery bags. 1
NO GLASS IS ACCEPTED in the blue bag curbside recycling program. All glass must be returned to a recycling or bottle depot.
DO NOT INCLUDE any plastic without the #1-7 recycling symbol. No styrofoam, no motor oil or chemical containers. No lids.
NO GLASS IS ACCEPTED in the blue bag curbside recycling program. All glass must be returned to a recycling or bottle depot.
For more info visit our website at www.regionaldistrict.com, call the Waste Reduction Office at 469-6250, or call your BC Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321.
Be Active Stay Active
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Bottle Depot locations:
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WINFIELD RETURN-IT CENTRE, Lakewood Mall COLUMBIA BOTTLE DEPOT, 680 Dease Road COLUMBIA BOTTLE DEPOT, 2914 Pandosy BOUCHERIE BOTTLE DEPOT, 2711 Kyle Road
KickStart your life Submitted by Val Petillion
By walking every day, Carla and the staff on 4A of KGH have made the wise choice to Be active and Stay active.
Sharon David and Carla Campbell
KickStart, Kelowna’s Active Community Initiative, would like to salute Carla Campbell and the staff at Interior Health on the 4A Respiratory Floor, for their participation in the Steps Out Program. KickStart is a five year Active Communities initiative,part of a bigger provincial challenge to increase physical activity in our province. The benefits of being physically active are certainly paying off for the IHA staff. Being active can sometimes be a challenge; finding the time to get active can be difficult when you are busy with work and family. Over 23 staff are vigorously logging their steps and creating a healthier work environment. The IHA staff is contributing to the overall community goal to increase
physical activity levels in our community 20% by 2010. In January, Carla Campbell, a Licensed Practical Nurse who has been with the ski patrol for six years, took a fall while skiing. She separated her shoulder and was unable to be as active as she would have liked. Over the winter, she spent a lot of time recovering. While seeking assistance with her recovery from her doctor at Group 1 Medical, Carla was introduced to the KickStart Steps Out Walking Program - an independent walking pedometer program that uses webbased technology to track steps and uses a value-added incentive system to encourage goal setting. Carla’s doctor, Dr. Imrie, and all the staff at Group 1 Medical and Dyck’s Pharmacy are involved in the Steps Out Program. The doctors and support staff wear pedometers every day. The goal for optimum health is 10,000 steps a day. Dr. Imrie suggested that Carla get involved in the program to gain back her physical health. Carla was so excited about the program that she shared it with the nursing staff on 4A - now there are 24 staff
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participating in the program. In a normal twelve hour shift, Carla will log up to 7,500 steps, and sometimes more. The goal is to be aware of how much you are moving or not moving. There are some eager staff like Nicole who will log up to 17,000 steps in one shift! With the possibility of winning prizes (not to mention increased physical health and positive well-being), the staff are competing with each other to see who can get the most steps in. On her days off, Carla is now walking everywhere, whether to get groceries or to go to the library. She said that the pedometer has really changed the way she thinks and the way she goes about her daily life. She commented,“The Steps Out Program was the push I needed in the right direction. Even though I am not a natural born athlete, I feel like I am really starting to reap the rewards. I work with such
a great group of people who really enjoy the program. My manager Lloyd supports the staff partaking in the program. He has motivated me and our staff to get active by giving us positive feedback and is a positive role model, too. You know, he does five marathons a year now.” Carla likes the quote from JK Rowling: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” By walking every day, Carla and the staff on 4A of KGH have made the wise choice to Be active and Stay active. VAL PETILLION is one of the Community Recreation Coordinator's involved in Kelowna's Active Communities initiative, "KickStart" The goal of KickStart is to get the Community 20% more active by 2010.Val has worked with the City of Kelowna Sport and Recreation Dept for over 16 years. Val has been married to Todd for 23 years and they have two children, Ashley and Jeff who both enjoy being active.
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The Okanagan Military Museum:
Volunteering opens new doors Submitted by Keith Boehmer
We offer an extensive collection of artifacts, archival materials and library resources so that present and future generations may learn of their military heritage.
Reception host Jack Cardiff
Spring is a time of renewal,growth,and change. Some of us have been ‘chaffing at the bit’ to get going, some of us looking for new opportunities and experiences. Most of us are busy, between family and work life, helping at school, our church, or community service clubs - but now might be when we want something a little different. If you want to meet new and diverse people, learn new things, and contribute to an important community asset, then we have something for you. The Okanagan Military Museum is one of four museums operated by the Kelowna Museums Society [www.kelowna museum.ca]. It was created by veterans to collect, preserve, interpret, and display militaria related to the service of Okanagan residents. We offer an extensive collection of artifacts, archival materials and library resources so that present and future generations may learn of their military heritage. It was formed in 1987 and opened its galleries in the Kelowna Memorial Arena in 1999. Veterans have served in all capacities over the years and greeted thousands of visitors from near and far. Jack Cardiff is one such person who did his part in World War II in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He had a family, a career, and gave his time, effort, and money to build our community. Now in his 80’s, his health is restricting his love of life. Ever cheerful,always offering a ready smile,he regrets not being able to give more. May 22 is when we shift to five days per week for the summer season. Our goal is to add 20 new people to the 12
reception host roster. Now is the time for younger retirees to fill the gaps. For more information visit our website at www.okmilmuseum.ca or call 250-763-9292. The reception host contributes to the crucial ‘first impressions’ of the visitor. This volunteer position requires personalities that are mature in outlook, outgoing, willing to learn and to explore new perspectives to enhance the visitor’s experiences. You don’t need to be a veteran or have any service background, just the awareness of our mandate and the desire to serve. Another way to help is to consider us when deciding what to do with any items related to the military as you do your spring-cleaning,downsizing,or settling the estate of an elder. Many items are kept for now-forgotten reasons and may have historical value,which may keep you from tossing them out. Although we can’t provide money evaluations, we may cast some light upon the cultural value of your possessions. To help you decide what you want to do about ‘that army stuff’, drop by the museum to see what we have collected, talk to our staff about our collections policy and the donation process, or investigate the library. Summer hours:Tues. to Sat. 10:00am to 4:00pm (effective May 22). KEITH BOEHMER is the Curatorial Assistant at the Okanagan Military Museum in the Kelowna Memorial Arena, 1424 Ellis St. in the Downtown Cultural District. Drop in on Mother’s Day during the Kelowna Life and Arts Festival. Admission is by donation. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
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Boat buying 101 Submitted by Kevin Rothwell
Take your time and find a boat that suits your purpose; there are different boats for fishing, cruising, overnighting, and for water sports like wakeboarding and waterskiing.
The sun, the water, the good times afloat - for many Okanagan residents, buying a boat isn’t just another purchase: it’s buying a piece of the summertime dream. So it’s worth it to do a little homework before you buy, to avoid a potential nightmare. Many would-be boaters catch ‘the fever’ and let enthusiasm overtake good judgment. Take your time and find a boat that suits your purpose; there are different boats for fishing, cruising, overnighting, and for water sports like wakeboarding and waterskiing. Once you’ve determined the type of boat and have found a suitable candidate, it’s time to check it out! ENGINE CHECK LIST • Is there oil in the bilge? It may be a sign of an oil leak and warrants closer inspection. • Are there signs of lubricant leakage around gaskets, freeze plugs, and hoses? • Are the hoses, belts and fittings cracked or brittle? • Pull a spark plug and see if it appears relatively new, or burnt and poorly gapped. This will provide an indication of how well serviced the engine is. • Is there a white chalky residue on the engine or drive? This may indicate that it has been running hot. • Check the engine's oil condition and level. If the oil looks milky, water may have entered, indicating the possibility of serious mechanical problems. • Check gearcase oil. • Are the sacrificial anodes on the drive in good shape, or should they have been replaced long ago? 14
• Are there signs that the drive, rudder, or propeller have hit submerged items? • Look for signs of cavitation damage on the propeller(s), which is indicative of poor performance. • Check for broken engine mounts. • Compression check the engine. If you do not feel qualified to perform any of these tests, then the best course of action is to get it done by a qualified technician. BOAT CHECK LIST Aside from the engine, your inspection should also include the following: • Check steering and throttle controls and cables. • Switch on and operate all systems; bilge pump, blower, lights, stereo, winches, freshwater sink and shower, galley stove, head, heater, air conditioner, generator and so forth. • Make sure all hardware is still firmly attached and check the condition of backing plates where possible. • On a sailboat, check all rigging, hardware, and sails. • Open and close hatches. • Check out the fuel tanks, fittings and lines. Be sure to smell for leaks. • Are the batteries securely fastened in acid-proof containers? • Perform an out-of-water inspection to see if there are dings or cracks. Also check for stress cracks, chips in the gelcoat, hull blisters, and other hull irregularities. • Is the propeller shaft and rudder stock straight? BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
• Is the upholstery in good condition and the stitching still holding? • Does the cabin smell like mildew? • Check through-hull fittings to ensure they are not loose and leaking. • Check electrical items and connections for rust. If you’re not feeling up to the task, you can bring in a marine surveyor to examine the boat, though they normally work on craft 25 feet or longer. Yacht brokers can also be a source of assistance, but are also generally dealing with larger, more expensive vessels, 27 feet and longer. Brian Douma owns the Kelownabased “Boat Check Marine Inspection Services”, one of a few companies in BC that will inspect smaller boats. “The most overlooked item in Okanagan boat purchases is the “leg” and “gimmel ring” said Douma. “Those items can turn a good deal into a great deal…of grief and major expense, if they haven’t received proper maintenance.” The next thing is concluding the purchase: this should be done only after taking the boat out for a lake trial, or make the deal subject to a lake trial and inspection. Write up a proper purchase agreement, stating the price, any items that will be included (ski ropes, equipment, etc.) and any items the seller will be responsible for repairing. If you are purchasing from a dealer, you may have additional warranty protection on a used boat, and certainly on a new boat - be sure to read and understand what is covered. Don’t forget the proper insurance, the Canadian safe boating course, and perhaps even lessons, which are often available through yacht clubs in the valley. Safe and happy boating!
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Enhancing life with art: 14 years of ArtWalk Submitted by Anne Wise
Colorful gates inspired by the Master Christo greet visitors and guide them to the three venues.
Located halfway between Kelowna and Vernon, Lake Country is more than just a great place to live - it's a hotbed of volunteers donating time, expertise, and whatever it takes to enhance life in this friendly community. With corporate citizens adding financial support to the mix, we have vibrant community events. One such event is Lake Country ArtWalk. Held every September, the weekend after Labour Day, this two day festival of the arts includes a juried art show and so much more. It's become the largest event of its kind held outside the Lower Mainland, attracting some 5,000 visitors annually. A juried show means that artists interested in participating submit samples of their work for assessment by a panel of judges. Accepted artists are invited to display up to ten pieces of their own original art. They exhibit alongside galleries that present work typical of what they would normally offer for sale on their own premises. ArtWalk is entirely produced and 16
Paintings and sculpture on exhibit.
Art quilts and wearable art.
Madelyn Hamilton’s “Timeless Contours”abstract piece.
supported by local volunteers, businesses, and the District of Lake Country. ArtWalk is about artists living and working in the Okanagan Valley. It’s about discovering the wealth of amazing talent found in the Valley. But ArtWalk isn't just another pretty art show - it's a wonderful celebration of all the arts in the Okanagan. Featuring the work of over 250 Okanagan artists, ArtWalk showcases painters, sculptors, photographers, and photojournalists, as well as artists working in ceramics, clay, fabric, glass, jewellery, metal, wood, and just about any other medium you can imagine. Plus, a diverse assortment of entertainers perform continuously on four sound stages set up throughout the venue. If that isn't enough, ArtWalk also offers a variety of workshops, lectures, roving performers, artists working on site,and children's activities. On Saturday night, there’s even a theatre performance. The aim of the ArtWalk Committee, chaired, inspired, and catered by Dr. Sharon McCoubrey, is to provide a quality art experience set in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, where continued on page 22 BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
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What’s happening This calendar of events is compliments of Community Information and Volunteer Centre 250-763-8008 Cheryl Miller and Linda Hartford of CIVC.
JUNE 2007 Elder Abuse Awareness Month National Safety Month National Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Awareness Month 14 World Blood Donor Day 15 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 16 Kelowna Garden Tour 17 Father’s Day Show & Shine - Boyd’s Auto Body 21 National Aboriginal Day, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Centre, 442 Leon Ave.
JULY 2007 July-Aug Parks Alive, Live music at Waterfront Park 1 Canada Day Celebrations, Downtown Kelowna 9-10 Guisachan Garden Show Guisachan Heritage Park 6-8 Telus Wakefest 6-9 OK Lavender Farm Harvest Festival, 4380 Takla Rd. 11 World Population Day
AUGUST 2007 1-7 World Breast Feeding Week 4-6 Fantastic Four Cycling Series 9 International Day of the Indigenous People 9-11 Summer Wine Festival
22 2007 Annual Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament – 12pm shot gun start at Kelowna Springs Golf Course 26 Mayor’s Summer Dreams Breakfast 7-8:30am tickets at Rotary Centre for the Arts 26 Intern. Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking 27 Canadian Multiculturalism Day 28 Investors Group/United Way Golf Tournament TBA Kelowna Salsa Convention June 29-July1 Westside Daze
11-15 Disability Games 12-14 Ogopogo Golf Tournament - Kelowna G&CC 16-17 Sandman Harvest Celebrity Golf Classic, held at Harvest Golf Club 20-22 Kelowna Regatta, City Park 21 Canada’s Parks Day 21 Cherry Fair - Laurel building 21 DKA Summer Nite Car Show - Bernard Ave. 27 Fishing Forever for Disabled
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International Youth Day DKA Mardi Gras Street Festival, Pushor Mitchell Children’s Triathlon Pushor Mitchell Triathlon, Full-length triathlon - City Park 20 Diabetes-Walk for the Cure 26 International Kitchen Garden Day
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July 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Days July 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emerging Female Artists Aug. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Night of Tributes Aug. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cool Jazz Aug. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celtic Aug. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Folk Fun Aug. 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Music & A Movie
STARBUCKS COMMUNITY MUSIC - TUESDAYS 6:30 - 8:30pm • Various parks, Glenmore - Mission July 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer Celebration - Ben Lee Park July 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jazz - Kinsmen Park July 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Folk - City Park July 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Instrumental Infusion - Strathcona July 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Fun - Ben Lee Park Aug. 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Retro Rock - Whitman Glen Aug. 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Songwriters Showcase - City Park Aug. 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blues Night - Strathcona Aug. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer Blowout - Ben Lee Park LAKE CITY CASINOS - WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOWCASE 6:30pm - 10:00pm • Island Stage,Waterfront Park July 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Country Bash July 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Good Ol’ Rock n’ Roll
BEST HR SOLUTIONS - THURSDAY LEGACY SERIES 6:00pm - 9:00pm • Various Locations July 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rhythm & Blues - Knox Mountain July 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Local Favorites - Guisachan Gardens July 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beach Blanket Party - Sarsons Beach July 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Blast from the Past - Redridge Park Aug. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rock n’ Roll - Knox Mountain Aug. 9 . . . . . . . Contemporary Country - Guisachan Gardens Aug. 16 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Multicultural Music - Sarsons Beach Aug. 23 . . . . . . . . . . . . Variety Night - Main St./Compass Park Aug. 30 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer’s End - Knox Mountain 101.5 SILK FM THEME WEEKENDS 7:00pm - 11:00pm • Kelowna Pride Stage, Kerry Park July 6 & 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kick off to Summer July 13 & 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . World Music July 20 & 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roots, Rhythm & Blues July 27 & 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kickin’ Country
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Aug. 3 & 4. . . . . . . . . Celebrate BC’s Best Aug. 10 & 11 . . . . Mardi Gras Weekend Aug. 17 & 18 . . . . . . . . . Rock N’ Roll Fun Aug. 24 & 25 . . . . . . Summer Showcase DOWNTOWN KELOWNA MID-DAY MUSIC - THURSDAYS 12pm - 2pm • Alternating locations in Kelowna’s Cultural District July 5 . . . . . . . . . Multicultural - City Hall July 12 . . . . . . Country Jamboree - Arts Common July 19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Celtic - City Hall July 26 . . . . . . . . . . Jazz - Arts Common Aug. 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . Classical - City Hall Aug. 9 Dynamic Duos - Arts Common Aug. 16 . Lunch with Variety - City Hall Aug. 23 . . . . . . . . Retro - Arts Common Aug. 30 . . . . . Fun in the Sun - City Hall
2007 LOCATION LEGEND Arts Common - 421 Cawston Ave.
Kinsmen Park - 2600 Abbott St. (corner
(between the Rotary Centre for the Arts and Kelowna Art Gallery) Ben Lee Park - 965 Leathead Rd. (corner of Houghton & Franklyn Rds.) City Park - 1600 Abbott St. (at the point, north of the waterpark) City Hall, South East lawn - 1435 Water St. (Queensway entrance) Guisachan Heritage Gardens - 1060 Cameron Ave. Kerry Park - 1480 Mill St. (beside “The Sails”on Bernard Ave.)
Knox Mountain Park - 450 Knox
of Wardlaw and Abbott St.) Mountain Dr. (the base of the mountain) Main Street/Compass Park - 411 Providence Ave. (Kettle Valley Estates) Redridge Park - 4805 Westridge Dr. (Crawford Estates) Sarsons Beach - 4398 Hobson Rd. (corner of Hobson & Sarsons Rds.) Strathcona Park - 2290 Abbot St. (behind the hospital) Waterfront Park - 1200 Water St. (beside The Grand Okanagan Lakefront Resort)
Most events are free,but donations are welcome and are directed back into the program.
SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES MAY 1 - SEPT. 30 • “Art in the Park” Artisan Showcase Daily 6am - 11pm City Park & lakefront promenade. JULY 1 • Canada Day “Parks Alive! Power Stage” 12pm - 9:30pm Island Stage,Waterfront Park. JULY 1 • Canada Day - “True North Stage” 6pm - 10pm Beach Stage,Tug Boat Bay Plaza. JULY 6 - AUG. 25 • “The Marketplace” Craters Market Fri. & Sat. 5 - 11pm Kerry Park. DONATIONS CAMPAIGN Most Parks Alive! events are free. However, all donations collected are directed back into the program to help us deliver accessible, high calibre, live entertainment to our community.With each donation of $2 or more, you can win a nightly door prize or one of our grand prizes: • One round trip flight for two anywhere in Canada WestJet flies • A pair of “His and Her mountain bikes” courtesy of Kelowna Cycle For a detailed listing of performers for each event, please go to www.parksalive.com Email: email@example.com Performances subject to change without notice. Parks Alive! is a production of Festivals Kelowna. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
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Computer buying tips Submitted by Peter & Amy Matejcek
It’s a jungle out there! It’s you versus the sales staff; they are computer techs and you are a deer in headlights.
Often,over the years as Pete the Computer Guy,I’ve been asked: “I need a new computer - what should I buy?” Computer shopping isn’t an easy thing to do and I’ve always had a soft spot for the “non-techie” who is in the market for a new machine - It’s a jungle out there! It’s you versus the sales staff; they are computer techs and you are a deer in headlights. But fear not! We have a few tips that will make your computer shopping experience a little less daunting. TIP #1 - RESEARCH WHAT TYPE OF COMPUTER YOU WANT There are basically three options in the marketplace today: A desktop PC, a laptop PC, or a Mac. The most popular choice is the original desktop PC and this is where you will likely find the greatest selection and any sales. Laptop computers used to be more expensive than a desktop but that is no longer the case. Laptops are portable and compact but you will sacrifice a bit on the speed and the screen size. Gaining in popularity is the Mac; most techs agree it’s the better machine, but be prepared to pay a lot more to own a Mac. With so few people familiar with Macs, it may be difficult to find help using it. TIP #2 – SET YOUR BUDGET BEFORE YOU SHOP Decide ahead of time what you are able to afford. A sale might be on here or there, but an average desktop PC will run you around $1,000 for the computer, monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Computer sales are highly competitive and prices between stores do not differ very much. Where store pricing does vary, and where the “non-techie” ends up 20
spending unplanned money, is on complementary products and services. These include specialty software, cool accessories, and of course, the classic up-sell - the extended warranty. Setting your budget before you shop, including any add-ons and taxes, will set a baseline of spending and help soften that sticker shock. TIP #3 – NO REGRETS Once you buy your computer, never look back! Technology changes quickly; prices can fluctuate daily. You will drive yourself nuts if you compare your new system with the cost of the same system tomorrow. Just buy smart today! Another point: if you’re only interested in emailing, surfing the net, managing photos, or typing a letter or two, an inexpensive, entry-level PC will suit you fine. You don’t need a Ferrari if you’re just driving to the corner store! We recommend hiring a technician to set up your PC. They’ll get your email going, hook up any accessories, and most importantly, they ensure your firewalls and anti-viruses are running. It’s money well spent. At the end of the day, you want a system that serves you well and won’t cost you the family farm. When possible, solicit the help of a techie friend to point you in the right direction or give us a shout anytime. Happy shopping! PETER AND AMY MATEJCEK OWN and operate Right Click, a computer training centre specializing in teaching people who consider themselves “technologically challenged”. For more information, or to sign up for a free computer lesson, call 717-5800. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
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people can visit, chat up the artists, browse to their hearts’ content, listen to live music, and soak up the atmosphere. Food vendors on site enable visitors to have a nosh while being entertained in one of the food courts,or take a break and check out a local restaurant, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in a nearby park. Admission to the entire show is only a toonie; patrons are hand-stamped at the door so they may
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wander in and out all day. ArtWalk's 14th annual show is September 8th and 9th, 2007 at the
Every design... as unique as the women who wear them
Lake Country Community Complex (a.k.a. George Elliot Secondary School and adjacent Memorial and Municipal Halls) from 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit www.artwalk.ca. This year, ArtWalk's theme is 'Imagine the Masters'. Keep an eye out for variations of Mona Lisa’s mysterious smile, Van Gogh’s brilliant sunflowers, Michaelangelo’s magnificent sculptures, and Picasso’s cubist faces appearing throughout the show as theme props. In addition to their own exhibits, artists will be invited to create a work of art specifically for the theme gallery, this year titled 'The Masters ReImagined'.
Colourful exhibits at ArtWalk 2005.
ArtWalk volunteer and exhibitor James Hayes prepares his display for visitors.
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Artist Chris Malmkvist demonstrates printmaking process.
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On May 17th Beyond 50 presented the first annual Every Woman’s fashion show. It was so much fun. There was great jewellery by 2 Dandy Designs and gorgeous high end clothing provided by Rosebuds including an evening gown worn to the Oscars. The swim suits and wraps were big hits, custom made by BABS. The food was fabulous and Chances generously donated the location. Thank you to Dove and our sponsors for their donations of goodies for our gift bags and door prizes. Partial proceeds went to the Woman’s Shelter.
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Gala of Hope great success Submitted by Aiden Cole
The Canadian Cancer Society’s Third Annual Gala of Hope was an amazing success, raising over $201,000 in the fight against cancer, nearly doubling the $101,000 raised at the 2006 event. The Gala of Hope, held Saturday TJ and Andy from SILK FM with March 3rd at the Grand Tony Parsons of Global TV Okanagan Lakefront Resort, was a fun-filled evening complete with elegant dining, dancing, laughter, and hope. “I was blown away and touched, yet again, by the generosity of our community,” says Gala of Hope Coordinator, Katja Maurmann.“Everyone really stepped up to make this event an amazing success and help the Canadian Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. Incredible!” One of the fundraising games involved winning a stunning $12,000 Hearts on Fire right hand diamond ring, donated by International Gems. Global TV news personality Tony Parsons was an excellent emcee at the Keith Davies from International Gala. The Timebenders Gems with the Hearts of Fire from Victoria were back by Diamond right hand ring winner. 26
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popular demand and once again put on a fantastic show. Honourary Chair, Councillor Norm Letnick, was proud of the achievements of the Gala of Hope. “It was a great honour for Helene and I to work with such a great committee,” says Letnick. “The Gala of Hope team definitely achieved excellence at the event, as demonstrated by all the fun the guests had, and the huge amount of money raised! Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, and sponsors who made this event such a tremendous success.”
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Old friends, new friends Submitted by Steve Garrity
Even though we had dated each other for less than a week, we were quickly sharing a lot of laughs, swapping photos, and exchanging contact information for other friends from that summer.
Joan and Steve 1973
Five years ago, I purchased a scanner to bring new life to faded photographs, slides, and negatives. As I began to reassemble my formative years, I found myself staring at faces I hadn’t seen in three decades. I began to wonder: what has become of Jamie, Candace, Joan, Randy, and the twins, Pam and Patrice from Boston? Thus began my quest to track down old high school buddies and summer friends. Armed with ragged letters, scraps of addresses and digging deep into faded memories, I felt like a private investigator on the trail of a 30 year old mystery. I quickly discovered that Classmates.com was the best search tool available, bought myself a year’s subscription and quickly connected with people I hadn’t seen since my teens. In some cases, I tracked them down through a sibling or a mutual acquaintance. I found Candace simply by Googling her name. Joan and I met in St. Pierre and Miquelon during the summer of 1973 and I hadn’t heard a word from her since. With a faded address and phone number, I managed to track her down through her sister and sent off a letter. It took Joan three weeks to muster the courage and reassure herself I wasn’t some kind of stalker, before she emailed me. Even though we had dated each other for less than a week, we were quickly sharing a lot of laughs, swapping photos, and exchanging contact information for other friends from that summer. In 2003,while visiting my brother in the Maritimes, we met in-person for the first time in thirty years. Since I have an extremely tolerant and understanding wife,we were able to recreate a pose we had of one another to create wonderful then-and-now shots, which is the 28
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highlight of my photo album. I soon tracked down scores of other lost friends, and over the years, have met up with many of them. I quickly discovered that friendships from the formative years are far more endearing than those in the post adolescent years. It was amazing how effortlessly we fell right back into stride with one another. There have been the heartbreaks,too. I met Pam last year while she was vacationing from Boston in the Okanagan, just a year after her twin sister Patrice had passed away. I hadn’t seen Patrice for 27 years, but the news of her death only a couple of years after re-establishing contact just wrecked me. There have also been the disappointments. Memories are very subjective. What may have been the best summer vacation of my life may have been that summer friend’s worst - some things are best left buried in the past. One of my best summer friends asked me not to pursue further contact just for those reasons. Randy was a tight member of the old gang,yet had given me the brush-off after a just a few email exchanges. Despite extensive searches, letters, emails, some dear old friends simply can’t be located. Women change last names, people leave the country, others, as I have discovered, have sadly passed on. Five years later, my photo albums are much richer; by sharing pictures,many missing gaps of my youth have been filled. As I flip through these wonderful memories, I realize it’s not restoring old pictures that has made a difference in my life, but that old friends have become new friends. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
an email, reassuring them and their family it’s just to say hello. • Accept rejection. If you care enough about them, be prepared to let them go if that’s what they wish.
STEVE GARRITY moved to the Okanagan three years ago from Montreal. He has been a transportation specialist for 29 years and in his spare time has been active in politics, written three novels including a trilogy, and recorded a sighting of two Ogopogos in October 2005. Pam. family and Steve 2006.
Patrice, Steve and Pam 1975.
Despite the frustrations, hard work, dead ends and rejections, these rekindled friendships have made it all worthwhile. FINDING OLD FRIENDS • Email and the internet are indispensable. Classmates.com is specifically designed to be used to find old friends and is inexpensive. Register yourself - it’s free - so people can find you. You can do searches without being a paid member, but you have to pay to make contact. • Canada411.ca is a free online phone and address directory. • It’s hard work. Be prepared to put a lot of time and effort in finding people. If you can’t find them, repeat the search process every few months. Jamie appeared in a search two years after my first attempt. • Don’t overwhelm them. Communicate at their comfort level, not yours. • Opposite sex:Don’t use the phone! It can be very intrusive. Send a letter or BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
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If it’s that close to your heart, it better fit Submitted by Angela O’Brien
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Ladies, we’re talking about a garment you put on everyday and usually race home to take off. This garment can shape, support, and enhance, yet we usually look forward to shopping for it as much as we look forward to a root canal. As young girls, we were teased about it but as women, it can drive a man wild. Of course, we’re taking about the bra! The fact is: most women are wearing the wrong size. Even Oprah has declared that most of us are wearing the wrong size! This can be the main source of many discomfort issues. The most common “bra-fitting problem” is the band is too big and the cup is too small. Now for the bad news - there is no standardized sizing in the lingerie industry. Just like the rest of the garment industry, depending on the manufacturer or style, you may find a couple of different sizes fit you. This is where visiting a higher-end lingerie boutique can be a very pleasant experience. In a lingerie boutique, a knowledgeable sales consultant will bring garments to you. You won’t need to undress and redress just to get a new size or style. Bras are available with band sizes ranging from 30 to 56 and cup sizes from A to JJ, spanning a number of manufacturers. This means you have a number of opportunities to find the right fit. Boutique staff understand how different bras are engineered and 30
constructed;they can educate you on how the bra should fit to give maximum comfort and support. Women tend to put themselves last and struggle with the idea of investing in great fitting bras. Nice lingerie is not only something for special occasions; it is for everyday. YOU ARE WORTH IT! In a related note: we all have bras hanging around, bras that don’t fit, or the strap broke, or maybe they just rub the wrong way. Some of us feel the guilt of throwing away a perfectly good bra. Esteem Lingerie has the solution! The “Dead Bra... Charity Program”. You can now drop off used bras at Esteem Lingerie; put them in the Dead Bra Box. They will refurbish the bras and donate them to the Kelowna’s Women Shelter. The bras that are truly dead are recycled to fix the ones that just need a little TLC. Esteem Lingerie is very grateful for all contributions anyone who donates a dead bra receives an entry form for their monthly draw of a $25 gift certificate. So lift your spirits: recycle that bra and help someone else get a “lift!” ANGELA O’BRIEN, FLORENDA PICKETT and LYNDA HANSON are the managing partners for Esteem Lingerie in Westbank. For more information about this program, drop in or contact Florenda, Lynda, or Angela at 250768-0171.
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The many faces of fraud Submitted by Phillip Smith
The problem occurred when the purchaser sent a bank draft for a sum higher than the agreed upon price… ‘Please send me a money order for the difference.’
For the past 38 years, I was employed with a local Credit Union. One of my main responsibilities was to deal with Members of the Credit Union who had been subjected to Fraud. I have noticed that incidents of Fraud are becoming more and more prevalent and sophisticated. Most individuals are unfamiliar with what Fraud really is. The dictionary definition is clear: “Any act, expression, omission or concealment calculated to deceive another to his or her disadvantage.” This is also referred to as an action of deceit. But in reality, this type of crime takes on many facets. To name a few: Internet Fraud,Phishing/Identity theft,Nigerian scams, Credit Card Fraud, Lottery scams, Real Estate Fraud... unfortunately, the list goes on and on. Fraud situations in the lives of the victims I have dealt with often left feelings of shame, anger, aggression, and mistrust. I found that these people fit into two groups. The much larger group consists of innocent victims, while the smaller group became victims of their own greed, persuaded by the perpetrators that they were dealing with legitimate sources. This second group’s focus was on personal gain, which was their downfall - this made them easy prey for the perpetrators. The amount of funds lost by the second group usually proved to be much larger. One type of Fraud called ‘skimming’ is usually prevalent in the retail sector. The victim purchases a product or a service and the employee, who is on the take, swipes his card twice. The second swipe is done when the employee or an accomplice distracts the victim. This information is then transferred to an off site data base and later, the victim’s PIN number is used to make duplicate cards. These are used or sold to other parties who proceed to extract funds from the unsuspecting victim’s bank account. One incident I remember was when an innocent 32
individual advertised his vehicle on the Internet. The usual items were covered in his ad - price, description, and a picture. Someone responded to the ad, and the two individuals agreed on price and an exchange date. The problem occurred when the purchaser sent a bank draft for a sum higher than the agreed upon price, prior to the exchange date. The vendor called the purchaser and brought this to his attention. The response was simply, “My mistake. Please send me a money order for the difference. Thanks. See you when I pick up the vehicle.” The bank draft had been done up on a computer scanner and appeared so authentic, even the staff at the local bank did not recognize it as a bogus draft. The vehicle was never picked up and the vendor was out the ‘difference’ in funds he had sent to this supposed purchaser. Here are some precautions people should be aware of: • Keep and eye on your cards - never let them out of your sight, even for an instant. Always sign the back. • Do not share your PIN or the card with friends or family members - you never know with whom they associate. Keep your PIN (Personal Identification Number) to yourself and have it changed on occasion. • When creating your PIN, do not use numbers like your birth date or address or simple information - in one case I know of, a purse was stolen and the criminal discovered the PIN in less than 30 seconds, by simply using the information that was in the purse. • Check all bank and credit card statements for unusual entries - this is made even easier by online banking. If you still get paper statements, shred old account statements before recycling them (or burning them). • Keep all personal information in a safe place - destroy those solicitations and sample cheques with your name on BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
them that come in the mail: again, shredding works well. • Be aware of people who appear to be too overly accommodating or distracting when doing a transaction. • Do not provide outside parties with your personal information, birth dates, and Credit Card or bank account numbers - especially over the phone. Caution is the word. Transactions that appear too simple may have an underlying motive to them, maybe to extract funds or your identity from you. Deal with people you know and can trust, not outside parties with promises of quick material gain. And ensure individuals who appear to be auditors or investigators have the proper credentials; check with someone you know and trust, or with the police.
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Fairways to hope Submitted by Marilyn Brown
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Take Chuck Kobasew’s 9 Hole Challenge and meet our local celebrities.
Boston Bruins’ right wing and honorary Chair of the Sandman Harvest Celebrity Classic.
To experience the sunny resort lifestyle of the Okanagan typically means doing things in a relaxed yet stylish manner. Recently,I discovered a winning recipe:blend a collection of local charitable associations with the kind-heartedness of individuals; add some genuine frivolity and high jinks; next, add a bit of competitiveness, and a few calculated drives (or putts). Surround all these ingredients in an impressive setting and what you get is a successful charity golf tournament. I’m talking about the Sandman Harvest Celebrity Golf Classic,held July 16th & 17th at the remarkable Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna’s southeast hills. This fundraiser benefits many children’s charities, such as The SILK Rainbow of Opportunities, the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, the Okanagan Kids Care Fund at KGH, and the Special Olympics, to name only a few. The Sandman Harvest tournament (originally named “The Greg Adams Celebrity Golf Classic”) has, since it started in 1996, raised approximately $600,000 to help deserving kids. It has been a sold-out event every year. Their mandate is to create hope and opportunity for sick and disadvantaged children residing in the Okanagan Valley. One of the recipients of this year’s event is Josh Dyck, a Summerland boy who was involved in a devastating car crash in October, 2006. Four year old Josh was travelling to Kelowna on Highway 97 when he was involved in a head-on collision, sending him and his parents to different hospitals with serious injuries. The Sandman Hotels and the Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna established the Josh Dyck Trust Fund 34
to help pay for Josh’s medical and rehabilitation expenses. Josh,currently recovering in Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital, isn’t expected to return home for another 18 months. The crash left him paralyzed from the chest down. A Kelowna Westside child, Jonathan Neitsch, is also benefiting as a trust fund recipient of this event. As a Grade 8 student, Jonathan is facing abdominal cancer straight on, recently completing a first round of chemotherapy. If the Neitsch family didn’t have enough challenges with Jonathan’s future treatments, they are also facing major financial hardship due to the fact that Jonathan’s father Alf has been battling Parkinson’s disease for fourteen years.The Foundation has already committed to a donation of $10,000 towards Jonathan’s travel and medical expenses. It’s heartening that funds raised stay in the Okanagan community, assisting local kids in need. This tournament really is a cause of the noblest kind.
(l to r) Chuck Kobasew and Krissy Volleys, honorary Chair. Sheila and Dale Gehring of Landmark Clothiers and Tournament Committee Member. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
(l to r):Tom Gaglardi, Gilles Dufort, Chuck Kobasew.
For the second year,Chuck Kobasew of the Boston Bruins (and former Kelowna Rocket), is the honorary chair. Tom Gaglardi, President of Sandman Hotels, with Gilles Dufort, a co-chair and General Manager of the Harvest Golf Club, cofounded the tournament. These two dedicated men, both Sandman Harvest Foundation trustees, have given endless volunteer hours to the Foundation and to organizing this yearly occurrence. With them, an ardent tournament committee comprised of local business people reinforces the need to lend a hand to others in the community. Allan Hryniuk, a co-chair and Foundation trustee, has also been
with the tournament since the beginning. Kudos to the title sponsors whose aim is to make this golf event outstanding! Understandably as resolute as back in 1996,Al praises his fellow committee members: “These are the people who have made it what it is!”Indeed, many individuals unselfishly give their time and talents to this Al Hryniuk extremely popular project. For many youngsters, like Josh and Jonathan, who have major hurdles ahead, their families truly appreciate the support of a charity golf event such as the one at the Harvest this summer. Mark your calendar for July 16 and 17 to have some fun with your buddies for a great, great cause. Kelowna has a big heart. You can’t help but admire all the individuals that make it their directive to consistently support the challenged and sick of our community. For more information or to register for the Sandman Harvest Celebrity Golf Classic,contact the Harvest Golf Club at (250) 862-3103. Also,check out the tournament website www.sandmanharvest.com for all the event highlights. Take Chuck Kobasew’s 9 Hole Challenge and meet our local celebrities.
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A way to see the world: home exchanges Submitted by Helen Kaulbach
We are committed to home exchanging - we were only home from Australia a week when we started planning our next trip to Britain the following August.
a view of the resort city of Surfers Paradise from the 25th floor terrace of our first 2006 exchange at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Two years ago, we had a one-month holiday in Australia’s premier vacation area, the Sunshine Coast. We stayed in a beachfront, luxury two-level penthouse in Mooloolaba. The apartment had seven terraces, including a rooftop terrace with a hot tub. We drove a sporty Renault SUV and travelled all over central Queensland. We were invited to a private home up in the hills for a real “Australian Barbie”. We met some interesting people, two of whom we arranged to meet again the next summer,on a trip to England. We played golf at a membership golf club. We may seem rich but not by a long shot! We’re retired, living on a pension. That holiday cost us only our airfare, which was 40% off for booking online. We can afford such luxurious holidays, not just once, but two or three times a year, because we’re members of a Home Exchange Club. 36
Home exchanges have been around for a long time, but have seen a resurgence because of the high cost of accommodations and fluctuating currency rates in foreign countries. We’ve been doing this for several years: we’re listed as “experienced exchangers”. We are committed to home exchanging - we were only home from Australia a week when we started planning our next trip to Britain the following August. (We stayed in a beautiful home in a small village just outside Manchester). We met all the neighbours, spent time at the local pub, and got to drive a car on the left side of the road. Last winter, we went back to Australia. This trip involved three separate exchanges in three different places in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. One was a 25th floor oceanfront condo near Surfer’s Paradise. We could never have afforded such a place. Another was a suburban home in Brisbane with our own backyard pool, and great neighbours who invited us for dinner and to a local street party. Our most recent exchange was closer to home, Victoria, BC. It was just as much fun since Victoria was a city we had never explored. We’re planning another trip ’down under’ for the winter of 2008. This time it’s to New Zealand and the west coast of Australia, Perth. Some exchange clubs have a printed directory, some are BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
strictly on the internet, while a few are both. Once two exchangers make contact, they agree on the terms of the exchange, the most important being dates, whether a car is included, and smoking or non-smoking. We posted some of our terms right up front in our listing: no children, no pets, and no smoking. Judging by the number of offers we’ve received, these restrictions are no deterrent. Essentially, what you are exchanging is your home life and your lifestyle. You exchange house, car, and contents of the fridge; you water the plants and feed the cat. Instead of a sterile hotel room,you get comfortable chairs to watch TV in the evening, and a well equipped kitchen when you feel like cooking. You’ll get neighbours who will recommend places to go, and sometimes even take you there. The house you get is, of course, the luck of the draw. We were lucky with our oceanfront condos in Mooloolaba, Queensland, and on the Gold Coast. Our exchange couples got our two bedroom house in a retirement community in Kelowna, which on the surface doesn’t seem a fair exchange. But they were here to ski, and were happy with our home’s warm coziness.
the swimming pool and gardens at Magic Mountain, Nobby Beach, our second 2006 exchange on the Gold Coast.
Part of the exchange deal is exchanging cars, and here they got the better deal. They got our 4-wheel-drive, which they needed to drive to the ski hills. We got their Renault five-speed with a stick shift on the floor. I can tell you that sitting on the wrong side of the car, driving on the wrong side of the road, and changing gears with the left hand is very intimidating. We decided that only one of us (Doug) would drive while the other (me) would study the road map, navigate, watch the road signs and yell,“Keep Left”every 30 seconds.The combination worked - we survived the month without a scratch. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
Doug driving the sporty Ute in Mooloolaba, Queensland
With the Gold Coast couple, it was a draw - the vehicle they gave us to drive was a sporty Ute, or utility vehicle. A couple of the other exchange vehicles were only so-so (an ancient Dae Woo in one case). In England, we got a Mini Cooper to drive. A beautiful little car with lots of pep but my 6’3”husband claimed he didn’t get in it - he wore it. We’ve had many more offers than we’ve been able to accept, from all over the world. We’ve had dozens of offers from Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Germany, from the US - even a couple from within Canada. We’ve found that living in Kelowna is a great asset for a home exchanger. We can exchange with either winter or summer visitors. Some want to come for the skiing and others for our beaches, wineries, and golf courses. There are several clubs you can join. With most of them,you can check out their websites to see what’s available before you join. www.homelink.ca - a Vancouver-based company that lists properties all over the world. www.SeniorsHomeExchange.com - for those who feel more comfortable exchanging with other seniors. Also no time constraints; clubs with mostly families can only travel in the summer or at school breaks. www.ExchangeHomes.com www.intervac.ca www.singleshomeexchange.com One of the best things about these arrangements is that our house will be occupied all the time we’re away.
Contact HELEN at HelenKaulbach@aol.com. You could also try 250-868-3634 but she probably won’t be home
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Investing for cash flow How to generate steady, tax-friendly income from your portfolio Submitted by Susan Kolebaba,
Balancing your income needs with your risk comfort levels can be challenging.
After a lifetime of hard work, you’ve arrived. Now that you’re retired or fast approaching retirement, it’s time to review your financial plan to consider what your future income needs will be.Some of your expenses,like mortgage payments, will likely be lower. Others, like travel or medical expenses, may be higher. And, if you’re like a growing number of Canadians, you’re looking to generate capital appreciation and a steady, tax friendly cash flow from your investment portfolio. How do you get there from here? GETTING THERE To identify your cash flow needs, you first need to consider what sort of lifestyle you hope to lead throughout retirement and, based on your financial resources, determine how to reach your goals. A cash flow analysis is an effective way to gain a clearer understanding of your retirement picture. This analysis includes a review of all income you will receive from various sources such as OAS, CPP, company pension plans, and income you may receive from an investment plan. On the opposite side of the ledger, you will want to review all expected expenses. The purpose of this analysis is to show the cash flow you will have available to support your retirement lifestyle. See Figure 1.
retirement is a time when investors need to protect their investment assets that have grown over the years. So it is not uncommon to reduce exposure to assets that are geared towards long-term capital growth and shift towards financial products that primarily focus on providing you with income. So called “safe haven”investments like bonds, mortgages and guaranteed investment certificates have been the product solution to meet cash flow needs since they typically offer the lowest price volatility. But they also typically produce the lowest relative return and can have immediate tax implications.The problem with this trade off is that while you may be protecting your capital,you are not adequately protecting your purchasing power which could decline rather rapidly due to the ever present effects of inflation. To support your retirement lifestyle you will likely have to move beyond the relative stability of guaranteed income securities into investments that offer the potential for greater returns and potential tax efficiency. Balancing your income needs with your risk comfort level can be challenging. That’s why one of the more
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effective methods used to meet cash flow needs is to take a portfolio approach. With this approach you can not only structure a well balanced investment portfolio that meets your cash flow needs, but you can also give consideration to protecting purchasing power by seeking moderate capital growth. With a portfolio designed to meet your objectives you can combine investments in such a way that the income flow received is derived from a number of different asset types that produce different types of income. In addition to the interest income received from fixed income investments, equities provide more tax friendly income in the form of dividends and capital gains. Once you have determined your optimal investment portfolio, your investment strategy should give some consideration to how you will withdraw cash flow from your portfolio. Taking a fixed dollar amount at regular intervals is certainly the simplest method, but during periods of market declines it accelerates the draw down of capital and increases the possibility of outliving your nest egg. As long as you are still able to meet your expenses,a slight variation could entail taking out a fixed percentage at regular intervals. This improves the capital preservation capability of your portfolio, as you take less out in down market cycles. By working together, you and I can appropriately gauge your future cash flow needs and eliminate any complexities in designing and managing your investment portfolio. Through investment alternatives such as the Alto™ Monthly Income Portfolios, Investors Group offers investment planning solutions that are geared for steady cash flow, and can help protect your purchasing power.
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A little “South” in the Kelowna Submitted by Memphis Blues
Friendly staff cozy atmosphere and great food... it’s like you’re in the real “South”.
There’s something new in downtown Kelowna on Bernard. It’s a taste of the “south” with pulled pork, cornbread and baked beans. If you want to try introducing a little of this good old BBQ style cooking into your kitchen try out these recipes below. Sorry, there’s no pulled pork recipe. Some secrets are worth keeping. You’ll have to go into Memphis Blues to try that one. BASE SAUCE MAKES APPROXIMATELY 3 CUPS.
1 1/2 c 1/2 c 1/4 c 1/2 c 1/2 c 3 tbsp 3 tbsp 1/4 c 1/4 c 1c 3 tbsp 1 tsp 2c
10 oz/296 mL can tomato paste brown sugar molasses honey soy sauce French’s mustard garlic powder onion powder Worcestershire sauce white vinegar ketchup Durkey’s hot sauce salt water
Add ingredients into pot and cook over low heat, whisking thoroughly until smooth. Simmer for 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
CORN BREAD YIELDS 1 BAKING TRAY, 18 INCHES X 26 INCHES (45.5 CM X 66 CM),WITH EXTENDER FORM.
6c 4c 2c 6 1/4 tbsp 3 1/2 tsp 12 2 cans 6 1/2 c 1 lb 1c 3 tbsp
flour corn meal corn flour baking powder salt eggs 14 oz/396 g creamed corn whole milk melted butter honey sugar
In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients until well incorporated. In another large bowl, mix together all wet ingredients until well combined. Mix wet mixture into the dry mixture until it thick and mushy. Make sure that it is well mixed without any lumps of dry ingredients. Pour into baking sheet with extender form around the sides. Even out the batter once it’s on the baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees to 400 degrees F (190 to 200 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Let cool at least ten minutes before serving. We want to hear about your favorite recipes. Please send them to email@example.com or by fax at 869-1490 or mail them to 1850 Ranchmont Crescent, Kelowna, BC V1V 1T4.
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Agri-tourism in the Okanagan: the Gellatly Nut Farm Submitted by Arleen Bailey A family destination, the Gellatly Nut Farm is for children and adults alike. Meander, picnic, swim, relax, and take in the special essence of this Okanagan jewel.
further rehabilitate heritage buildings and to create quality educational and interpretive programs.
Come! Discover the unique and historical beauty of Canada’s oldest nut farm. The Gellatly Nut Farm can be found on Whitworth Road, off Gellatly Road near the Cove Resort in Westbank, BC. This 10-acre grove of 100-year-old nut trees is on Lake Okanagan waterfront and offers benches, picnic tables, and well-groomed accessible walking trails that wind throughout the orchard. View our old heritage buildings, learn about the pioneering spirit of founder Jack Gellatly, and study nut processing methods. Sample and buy different types of hazelnuts, walnuts, chestnuts, buartnuts, butternuts, and the internationally known J.U. Gellatly Heartnut. The Gellatly Nut Farm Society (GNFS), under contract to the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), operates this public park. The Gellatly Nut Farm Society’s mission is to preserve one of North America’s oldest working nut farms by becoming a self sustaining, internationally renowned, historically significant, agri-tourism destination through varied educational and recreational experiences for the public in a park setting. The Society has worked tirelessly under the leadership of many committed community leaders to acquire the property for its preservation in perpetuity. The GNFS opened the Gellatly Nut Farm to the public in September 2005. The nut farm is widely supported by Okanagan residents and has benefited from RDCO, British Columbia, and Canadian government grants, as well as from corporate sponsorships. Private benefactors and families contribute by becoming members, making donations, and by participation in the In Memoriam Program. With great appreciation for this continued support, the Society operates the farm and is working to BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
UPCOMING 2007 EVENTS: July 19: 6th Gellatly Nut Farm Society Golf Tournament, Mission Creek Golf Club Fall Harvest: late August to late October Sept. 15:Volunteer and Donor Appreciation BBQ Oct. 6 - 8: Fall Harvest Celebration Weekend. Dec. 15 - Jan. 2: Christmas Winterlude The Gellatly Nut Farm Society’s goals for 2007 are to rehabilitate a 1945 cabin, build a nut processing shed, and install a self-guided Interpretive Tour program. The Society is also receiving applications for volunteers young and old to become involved with farm operations (nut harvest, processing and sales, fall clean up), society functions, fundraising events, and programming. We welcome and support volunteers wishing to contribute or develop leadership skills. Direct enquires about volunteering, board involvement, funding, and sponsorship to Arleen Bailey, Development Officer for GNFS, at 707-1042 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gellatly Nut Farm is open to the public from dawn to dusk year round. Areas of the park can also be reserved for private functions such as weddings, company picnics, summer camp, and school tours. Arrange ahead of time for group farm tours by calling 707-1042 or email gnfs@ telus.net. Friendly staff and volunteers are on site to welcome guests. A family destination, the Gellatly Nut Farm is for children and adults alike. Meander,picnic,swim,relax,and take in the special essence of this Okanagan jewel. ARLEEN BAILEY works with volunteers, donors, and community partners to further the Gellatly Nut Farm's Society's organizational goals and to enhance its' operations. To enquire about the GNFS programs and to become involved contact her at 707-1042 or at email@example.com.
With hearing loss, communication made simple Submitted by Leslee Scott
During times of stress, background noise, fatigue, ill health, or other adverse situations, you will not hear as well.
If you have hearing loss, it is important to take steps to develop clear communication strategies with family members and people in all areas of life. It is your responsibility as the hard of hearing (HOH) person to let others know when it is hard to understand them. It is better to let people know you cannot hear well than to be thought stupid or snobbish. It takes time to accept your own loss but you cannot expect people to know what you need when you may not know yourself. A. Understanding your hearing loss is important. Ask your audiologist to explain in simple terms and show you where the speech and environmental sounds are on your audiogram. You should have a copy of your audiogram so you can show it to others. Once you understand your hearing loss, you are better able to help others to understand. Ask for written information to review – often, we forget important details of what they said. B. During times of stress, background noise, fatigue, ill health, or other adverse situations, you will not hear as well. Speech-reading (combination of lip-reading, body language and facial expression) is hard work and exhausting because you are working to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Consider a speech-reading course (offered through our agency), which also promotes effective coping strategies. C. Hearing people do not understand what hearing loss is like and may jokingly or seriously say, “You just have selective hearing.” Simply explain why you have difficulty in different situations without getting defensive. D. It is not just YOUR job to work at communication. It takes two to communicate! People need to: a. Get your attention before speaking, 42
b. Speak at a normal rate but clearly, distinctly and get to the point, c. Ensure their faces are in clear view rather than from another room or with the light behind them (creates shadow effect), d. Realize some words are very difficult to understand or speech-read. Rather than repeating incessantly, they can rephrase their statements using other words that may be clearer, e. Remove objects in or around the mouth, i.e. Gum, cigarettes, over-grown moustaches. E. It is important to plan ahead to set things up for optimal hearing, or to analyze a hearing situation to understand why it is not working for you. If you go out, select quiet places to dine or ask the host/ess to seat you in a quiet spot away from kitchen and heavy traffic areas (i.e. entrance, washroom). Seat yourself to optimize your hearing. I always sit at the head of any table so I can see down the table. If people are turned away, I talk to people on either side of me; it is not worth stressing out over things you have no control over. F. Being assertive of your needs is not unreasonable. If you do not ask, nothing will be done on your behalf. Talk with the representative of the hearing impaired on the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Council or contact me for information about your rights to accessibility in the community. Other communication resources: www.widhh.com, www.chha.ca or www.chs.ca. LESLEE SCOTT is a rehabilitation counsellor with the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) in the Okanagan branch since 2003. She is hard of hearing from birth and has worked with hard of hearing and deaf people since 1983. Leslee started to teach Living with Hearing Loss this January, a much needed program for the many individuals with hearing loss. She can be reached at work 250 763-3562 or by email (preferred) at firstname.lastname@example.org ; www.widhh.com BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
Dennis & Dolly They noticed the signs and they heard all the talk, it will soon be the day of the annual Artwalk. So Dolly has saved and its quite evident that until she buys something she wont be content. Her Dennis agrees that the talent is great and he secretly thinks his new golf clubs can wait.
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Wendy Klein Artist / Illustrator • Tickled Pink Studio Wendy’s interest in art began at a very early age.Over the years, it developed into a passion and necessity. In 1979, after moving from her home in Sussex, England, to California, she spent over two years at college, studying the arts under the strict supervision of a dedicated professor. Perseverance and hard work resulted in her becoming a freelance illustrator, expanding her clientele to include a variety of magazines, newspapers, a children’s book, and private commissions. During a four year period of living in rural France, it became very natural for Wendy to introduce “tongue in cheek” humour into her work. She studied, sketched, and painted the growing number of feral cats and critters who shared the 300 year old farmhouse she and her husband were renovating. BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
Wendy’s art was exhibited in several cities in central France before she and her husband eventually settled in the Okanagan Valley in 2000. Her work was first included in the annual Art Walk exhibition in Winfield. This resulted in other shows and exhibits in Vancouver and galleries in Kelowna and Vernon. Her cards, prints, and her recent two books,“For the Love of Real Women”and “For the Love of Cats”, can be purchased at her Tickled Pink Gallery in Lake Country, and selective retail stores. By popular demand, many paintings were reduced and printed into Greeting Cards. Matted Prints and Giclees are available at TP Studio and in retail stores in and around the Okanagan,Vancouver,Toronto, the USA, and England. 43
The last sane place Submitted by Marilyn Brown
Sometimes bliss masks itself in aching joints, sweat, and calloused hands. We learned many lessons throughout the endeavour, the most important one, to not lose sight of the dream...
By no means do you have to go wilderness trekking to witness the calm, serenity, and renewal that comes with nature. You only have to look at the regeneration of Okanagan Mountain Park after the firestorm of 2003 to appreciate the wondrous potential that lies just under your feet. But even closer to home: you can find bliss in your own back yard, as my husband and I recently learned. It all started after careful contemplation (and a few glasses of wine). We sketched out our vision of a rock garden with a winding stream spilling into a small pond, then into a larger pond. It was going to mimic a little piece of sensory delight we remembered from the Lower Mainland before we’d moved to Kelowna. With the experience gained from past garden projects,we blocked off a good chunk of time on the calendar for the excavation, installation, and beautification of our sloping terrain. We expected to put in the best part of the effort ourselves. Those foolish enough to ask about the impending venture were deemed possible recruits for cheap labour. So with tools organized, we embarked with pickaxes in hand. We needed to create some BIG holes as well as an electrical trench for the necessary power for the pump. We soon realized,however,that pickaxes and shovels would only go so far in the unforgiving Glenmore rock and clay. (Note: If you want to add instant height to your frame,walk around in the Glenmore dirt after a decent rain and you’ll add inches!). When one of the implements broke in half, it was time to consider bringing in the “big guns”of a mini-excavator and a qualified operator, at least for the larger pond. I suggested that some “strapping, young fellow with a brawny physique 44
and a dazzling smile” would do nicely, but sadly, my fantasy workman did not materialize. The excavator, however, vastly saved us time and hours at the local physio clinic. With the water spillway chiselled out,and the catch basins dug out and prepared, we proceeded with the pond liner. Excuse my insensitivity here,but depending on your stage of life,you can look at this part of the project as either a massive Huggies diaper or a Depends;either way,preventing leakage is critical to the success of the endeavour. Like a detective, time spent inspecting the perimeter of the ponds and the water channels for incorrect folds and drainage pays off big time. The next big thing on the To Do List: we needed rocks, a lot of them. In our earlier diggings in the yard to plant trees and shrubs, we’d uncovered (with brute force as a rule) several larger stones and field boulders. These were manoeuvred into some of the anchor spots along the channel, being careful not to disturb the precious liner. But we still required many more, and my artistic intuition dictated that we should have a varied mix of rock, just as a mountain stream simply does not have just one type of honed granite. Coming from a long line of frugal cheapies, I took up the challenge with regular “rock hunts”. I felt I was actually bargain hunting every time a contractor let me pick amongst his dirt pile of rocks and debris for the particular size and shape I needed. He was just happy to have less to clean up himself and I found some beauties! Needless to say, I got to know a lot of development sites across Kelowna at the time,and the trunk of my car was definitely worse for the BEYOND 50 • SUMMER 2007
experience. With each successive pile of rocks on our driveway, the neighbours must have thought we were constructing Stonehenge 2. It was fun to keep them guessing! One step closer to our backyard haven. With the flip of a switch, our hearts soared with glee. The nearly silent hum of the pump produced a refreshing gurgling of water as it spilled down through the creek bed and over the ledges and stones, finishing the journey at the reflection pond. Hooray! The undertaking was nearly at an end, except for the arrangement of perennials and other plantings in the surrounding areas. Over the next few days, as the soil was brightened with flowering contributions, other new life came to join the plan. We had always enjoyed the odd blue jay, robin, and chickadee making appearances in the trees, but now there was a swimming hole to check out and they brought all their friends! When the word got out about a new watering station in the area, we had visits from all types of birds,even ducks and a heron! Not to be left out,the party animals (the raccoons and frogs) had to verify the latest addition to the hillside at night. Indeed, life was gurgling, splashing, sprouting, chirping and croaking around us now. We found a restful retreat (except when the froggy chorus is in full swing) just steps outside our back door. It didn’t come easily for us but it was definitely worthwhile, despite the hours of toil.Sometimes bliss masks itself in aching joints,
sweat, and calloused hands. We learned many lessons throughout the endeavour, the most important one, to not lose sight of the dream,the end goal,even if you get laughed at or feel as though your back is giving out. Another lesson, nearly as important, was to take a break periodically and breathe, to recognize the transformation happening. The fridge magnet I have says it all: “A garden is the last sane place on earth.” My husband shakes his head and mutters under his breath when I tell him I’m considering ripping up some more of the lawn for perennial beds. I mustn’t be deterred,though, because together we’ve already achieved something really
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MARILYN BROWN is a writer from Kelowna, B.C. In her secret life, she is a self-professed rock star (rock garden that is), having carved out her own hillside retreat with a pickaxe and sheer stubbornness. She enjoys the Okanagan and its offerings with her family and two cats. Sharing life stories and exploring various arts and crafts keeps her happy.
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