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Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is Movin On Up

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Knowles House

Knowles House

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra  is in motion, the Administration that is. On February 1 we will move in to our new offices at Knowles House, 865 Bernard Ave., Kelowna.
We love the house and the location, right next to a park, beautifully manicured by the City of Kelowna, where we can envision summer concerts in our more freewheeling moments.

Everything’s on the ground floor and is totally accessible, which gives us the opportunity to bring our ticketing in house, with our own space where our patrons can pick up tickets, ask questions and get to know us a bit better. (more…)

 

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Happy New Year

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead.

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It’s Movember in Kelowna

Monday, November 18th, 2013

November has become a very special month around many offices & businesses. Usual dress code standards tend to relax a bit as many gents around the globe take part in Movember.  Our team at the Accent Inn Kelowna has most definitely embraced this trend and we’re proud of them. Even though we have free razors available at our front desks, this is one time when we’re glad to see team members let their five o’clock shadows (at least above their lip) grow on for the cause.  If you’d like to help them raise money for the cause please click here to donate.

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members "growing one" for Movember

Accent Inn Kelowna Team Members “growing one” for Movember

 

Here’s some background on Movember:

Movember is a fun play on November and men  across the globe join together to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues. Movember has become a very special way for men to draw attention to cancers like prostate and testicular cancer. Men who take part in Movember are affectionately called Mo Bros and start November clean shaven but then allow their mustaches to grow and grow as they fund raise for the cause. From 30 Mo Bros in Melbourne, Australia in 2003 to 1.1 million Mo’s in 2012, Movember has grown to a global movement that is changing the face or rather faces of men’s health.

 

 

 

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2nd Annual ALS Cycle of Hope Launches

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Here’s a copy of the ALS Cycle of Hope Launch – June Press Release –  “Inspiring hope for families living with ALS”

ALS Cycle of Hope Riders

VICTORIA – A new crop of riders are set to pedal 700 kilometers for seven days starting in Kamloops August 8th and finishing in Keremeos August 14th for the 2nd Annual ALS Cycle of Hope. This year’s Awareness Journey will be more demanding physically but will also feature riders who have been directly affected by ALS through family and friends.

“I’m so excited to build on what we accomplished last year by growing the size of the team and the scope of this year’s event”, said Cindy Lister the inspiration behind the Cycle of Hope. “Last year was about riding for my Dad and starting this journey. This year it’s about spreading the awareness further with each of these riders sharing their stories and those of every community we ride through.”

In addition to the Awareness Journey, this year the public can join one of two community rides in Kelowna on August 11th; a 30 or a 70-kilometer loop or join a virtual ride on-line (www.cycleofhope.ca) where riders can track their mileage and raise support for ALS in their own community.  (more…)

 

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Kelowna “It” Shopping Destination

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Shopping on Bernard St

I was recently in Kelowna on a cool November day with a few hours to kill and a looming deadline of my husband’s birthday fast approaching.  I headed for Bernard Street in the cute heritage downtown right by the lake (a short walk from my Accent Inn) and was soon embarrassed by the obscene number of shopping bags I was holding!

The shopkeeper in Blackfish Apparel assured me that all the bags was a very good thing, especially shopping local and supporting a vibrant downtown Kelowna.  Well, I sure did my part in her store which is unbelievable for ladies looking for funky but low priced dresses.  I walked out of there with 3 new little numbers all under $100.  The shop owner was so friendly and helpful when I guiltily explained that I was supposed to be looking for my husband’s birthday gift; she pointed me in the right direction down to X.10.Sion (yeah, I haven’t a clue how to pronounce it either, but it’s right below Earl’s at the end of Bernard across from the lake… speaking of Earls, what an awesome place to have lunch! A beautiful view of the water…. or try the Memphis Blues BBQ one block up on Bernard if you like ribs… wow, they are good). (more…)

 

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Pass it along

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

There is a line in a song by the British rock band Chumbawamba that says “Pass it along by word of mouse”   This is not just a great lyric but a statement that pretty much defines our world today.

Within moments of taking a photo, receiving a video, a joke or a special offer, we pass it along to all those folks on our contact list without a moment’s though.  But should we perhaps give it a moment’s thought?

How many of us pass it along without removing the email addresses of those dozens of people who have passed it along to us?  How many of us pass it along to people we barely know without a moment’s thought as to their political or religious views, their workplace email policies or even the validity of the content? (more…)

 

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Treasure Hunting in BC

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be a bit like Indiana Jones searching for ancient artifacts or Jacques Cousteau combing the ocean floor for pirate treasure, you may be interested in a slightly more modern version of these activities – the garage sale.

That’s right.  Today’s garage and yard sales are the way that modern urbanites get an opportunity to study both the current and past lifestyles through the discarded treasures of their fellow man (and more often their fellow woman).

When visiting another city, there are plenty of opportunities to see the place as the city officials wish you to – tourist attractions, scenic walks, restaurants and hotels – but attending a garage sale gives you the opportunity to view those city dwellers in their natural habitat.  You may even get a glimpse of their private gardens, their pets and their friends. (more…)

 

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BC Day – is it just another long weekend?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

BC Flag

For some people BC Day (Aug 6, 2012) is just another excuse for a long summer weekend.  But for many, it means much more than that.

People who grew up in BC may sometimes take this province for granted but for those of us who are here by choice, it is really a very special place.  We came here for many reasons but no matter the reason, most of us are totally enthralled by the weather, the natural beauty, the diversity of the population and the healthy lifestyle. Whether we moved from the East Coast, the Middle East or the Far East – British Columbia is special in so many ways.

Anybody who has ever visited BC goes away with tales of the beauty of the mountains, the ocean and the parks. But for those of us who live here, there is a great deal more to celebrate.  We may get used to living in such amazing beauty.  We may even complain about the weather. But given the choice most of us would not live anywhere else. (more…)

 

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Westside Warriors become West Kelowna Warriors

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Below is a reprint by Wayne Moore.

Warriors Captain Max French unveils the new jersey

 

The BC Hockey League’s westside franchise has been re-born.

Tuesday morning, the franchise officially became the West Kelowna Warriors as the club attempts to build on the success of West Kelowna’s Hockeyville campaign.

“If we learned nothing else through Hockeyville it’s that this community’s pride is stronger than any other community in Canada, and we saw how strong we can be as a community when we all came together behind one flag,” says Hockeyville co-chair and Warriors Director of Business Operations, Andrew Deans. (more…)

 

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WINE TOUR SUPPORTS THE BC SPCA

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Accent Inns is a proud supporter of the BC SPCA and happy to promote this great fundraising event.

Mission Hill Winery Arch

Join Distinctly Kelowna Tours and the BCSPCA on Sunday, April 15, 2012 for the first annual Charity Tour.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the SPCA to help animals in need.

Sample award winning wines at five unique wineries on the Westside Wine Trail:

1:00  Kalala Organic Estate Winery– wine tastings
1:40  Mission Hill Family Estate Winery– wine tastings
2:15  Quails’ Gate Winery – wine tastings
2:50  Little Straw Vineyards– wine tastings
3:30  Rollingdale Winery – wine tastings

 

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