Orchard Plaza Shopping Centre

1980 Cooper Rd #201, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8K5

★★★★★ 

Having been in this town for many years, I’ve watched this mall swallow up the space Wal-Mart Left, putting in a food court, and later a Sport Chek, Timmies, EB Games & Best Buy, and now expanding once again. They really concern themselves with making it into a hub for people to chill, relax, and do some therapy shopping!! There are also seasonal shops which pop up in the middle of the other shops, check them out during the holidays for favorites such as the Log Barn!

It’s always fairly clean for the amount of traffic that goes through. This location also makes an excellent place to have a wind friendly walk in the early hours, (as later hours do get crowded) for those who don’t wish to be stuck to a treadmill.

Excited to see what you guys have in store!

https://goo.gl/maps/3a3ByLjCztsUaMSNA

September 2019 Exploration Update

Alrighty! September 2019 Exploration Update with SarahTonin

Special Guest Star – Raven from Teen Titans!  (Lucky to snag her before she headed off back to her room!)

HI I’m Raven, I just got back from Random Acts of Costuming, where we cheered up some kids and some people, I put on my best smile, and now without any further ado, here is SarahTonin’s Exploration Update for the Month of September. Teen Titans GO!

Shout out to Random Acts of Costuming, check them out on Facebook and follow them there, more on that next month.

Didn’t go many places, but we did make some delicious shish kabobs and had a corn feast, which if you see there, I’ve taken two slices of tomato and slathered them on the corn. (This to be done after normal condiments applied, butter, salt and pepper) That’s how you do it RIGHT!

Saw this spectacular sunrise, peeking out from behind a fire hydrant.

Snapped a few shots of this excellent sunset on the way back from Vernon

Went camping, made some camp food! Yes, Omelets ARE camp food.

And there’s some power lines…

(Further) Construction on St. Paul’s

Corn Chowder! (Recipe to follow!)

The September full moon illuminated by the light of a Polar Bear!

And lights on Bernard!

Put out How to Make a Cape with Ruby

Finished my Peter Kelamis Goku Montage! (To support my work click here!)

Got some AWESOME socks at Hot Topic on Sale!

Sliced up some crab apples to make tea! Figured out a neat way of cutting them, so it doesn’t take you ALL day!

Early morning hours on Bernard; and facing the other direction

Making some Banana Bread!

Whooh – Made some egg whites you could that you could stand up straight, I made a beautiful peach meringue pie… 🙂

There’s our banana bread!

Peach meringue pie!

And these lovely ladies, that were helping with raise a reader downtown by the Capital New Centre.

Kelowna just waking up in the morning!

A peaceful, quiet Bernard Morning-GREEN LIGHT!

And a cute little mushroom glen!

Also helped raise awareness for Orange Shirt Day, check that out Online.

And I thought I’d end it on a funny note. Why can’t you Trust an Artist? Because….They’re Shady! They’re Sketchy! AND they might try to Frame you! Have a great week guys and hopefully I’ll  explore way more things this month however as the winter months set in, I tend to bunker down and hibernate…and wait for the cold to go away! So you may see me venture out, once in a while, but expect to see more updates in regards to Tutorials, and other such likes! Stay Tuned!

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Bean Scene Central

1815 Gordon Dr #109, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3A4
 
★★★★★

Friendly homey atmosphere that makes you want to relax and unwind. Have a tea, coffee, or pastry and let a charming barista take your order, then make it for you while you watch! It makes an excellent end of day location, as it’s store front faces towards the sunset, allowing you to bask in it’s glow.

Customer service is excellent, people care.

https://goo.gl/maps/PM5BjuHJDTVDbG8L7

Yew Berries – A Pretty Killer

I spotted an ‘unknown’ berry a few weeks back, however not knowing the name of the berry doesn’t mean I’m not aware of when its prime time for picking is, so I had set out today to get a few, in hopes of bringing home and researching. As I was harvesting the fells, a grandma and her two grand-kids passed me and she asked ‘Are those berries edible?’ to which I replied, I was pretty sure the berries weren’t poisonous, but there was something odd about them that pointed to toxicity, so I’d be researching when I got home, as I was pretty sure they were soap berries or something to that effect.. She correctly nomenclatured them as Yew berries, which, I was correct, the berry itself is completely harmless, however as little as THREE of the seeds can do incredible harm! Even the foliage itself can kill you!

“The entire yew bush, except the aril (the red flesh of the berry covering the seed), is poisonous. It is toxic due to a group of chemicals called taxine alkaloids. Their cardiotoxicity is well known and act via calcium and sodium channel antagonism, causing an increase in cytoplasmic calcium currents of the myocardial cells. The seeds contains the highest concentrations of these alkaloids.[25][26] If any leaves or seeds of the plant are ingested, urgent medical advice is recommended as well as observation for at least 6 hours after the point of ingestion.[27][28] “

Yew Tree

These plants are located right between the new dog park and playground on Richter. With that in mind, all I can say be aware of the plants around you and watch your pets and kids!

Now that being said, everything in moderation!!! This plant, in controlled dosages, is a beneficial plant for extreme conditions, such as cancer and tapeworms. For more on that, click here!

COME MEET PETER KELAMIS – THE VOICE OF GOKU!!!

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**BIG BIG (Hair) NEWS** I’m helping out with the Kelowna Comic Con this year, which is hosting a variety of celebrities, cosplayers and creators, including none other then Peter Kelamis, (known for the voice of Goku)! Which..uh..DUH means SUPER SAYAIN GOKU TIME!!!!  So head down to the Kelowna Curling Club and keep your eyes peeled for a flame of hair! See you there!

P.S. f you come Sunday, be sure to check out the RWBY BC Cosplayers – Creating Cosplay Communities Panel!

Mr Mozzarella Kelowna Pizza & Wings

★★★★★

11-4600 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 1X4

This place is incredible! Once a month, they hold a pizza draw online, and when you win, you get LOADED with pizza!!! Our office of 20 was easily fed by the amount, their pizza was delectable and their wings not soggy! I feel this place makes their product for the right reasons, and I hope their quality and care will continue!

https://goo.gl/maps/3Rynmf3ckgJ2RSKR9

May 2019 Exploration Update

Hello All! Time for my monthly update where I take you on a tour of where I’ve been outside of the game world!

Hung out with friends at Kelly O Brian’s!

Princess Leia made an appearance at Quest Martial Art’s Academy’s ‘Spar Wars’. These guys create a safe environment for those who enjoy fighting, and prompt students to better themselves. The teachers are witty, funny, caring and down to earth, so know that you or your child/teenager will be getting excellent care.

Headed out to Vernon on the weekend for May the 4th Celebrations, Vernon hosted a Comic-Con! Ran into the 501st, and immediately asked Vader if it was a lady under there, and to my pleasant surprise, a lady’s voice replied! I met her last year, there is only one lady who troops as Darth Vader, the force truly is strong with this one! Coupled with her husband dressed as Boba Fett, the two make an intimidating and awe inspiring moment for those who are brave enough to face the Dark lord.

Looking forward to working with these guys in the future, we’ve got a plan cooking up I hope you’ll all enjoy, so stay tuned!

Stopped by Munin’s with the RWBY group for a specialty crafted coffee beer (SHHH don’t tell Uncle Crow!) then into Safeway to grab the makings of a pizza, a vegi platter and an already made Hawaiin pizza !

Headed out with the RAOC group a couple times this month to the Kelowna General Hospital, where we set out to provide special moments to children, and anyone else who we could make smile!

Volunteered with the New Vintage Theater to find strange and unusual cuttings a new home outside the production ‘Little Shop of Horrors‘! Totally a recommended to see, I hope to see more amazing productions from this team!!! Side note: I LOVE 1950’s outfit styles!!

Went out on a date to see End Game at Cineplex Studios! Finally caught up!

Took a panorama of Kelowna from the Southeast side – SO MUCH GREEN!!!!

Watched some demolition going on in downtown Kelowna.

Stopped by A&W for burgers.

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As always, any helpful feedback is greatly appreciated, please leave comments below!

Peace Out – Sarahtonin

Kelowna City Park

1600 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1B7

★★★★★

Some of my earliest memories of Kelowna are of this very park. My memere (French Grandmother) took me downtown when I was 2, where we wandered through this park feeding birds. In 1997, a wind/hail storm blew through Kelowna, knocking over a bunch of trees in this park. You’ll note the ones that were replanted easily due to size variations, all towering and providing well needed shade on lazy hot summer days! A tribute to this was created by Peter Ryan, and is on display in City Park adjacent to the water park. A great place to take pictures, relax, play some volleyball or jump in the lake!

Okanagan’s $100 million Hailstorm – July 21, 1997. A destructive hail and wind storm ripped through the orchards of the Okanagan. It was the worst storm in memory with nearly 40% of the crop deemed unsuitable for fresh market. The rain and hail was accompanied by winds gusting to 100 km/h that capsized boats in the interior lakes, and caused power outages and traffic accidents.

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Subcity Donair

1905 Baron Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 6A3

★★★★★

When this shop started up years ago, this was the second one in Kelowna, run by the same people who started the first one a few years prior to that. My mom was right there to show her support, as she’s a Maritimer and missed her Donairs! To be sure that they were perfect, she shared the special ‘sweet sauce’ recipe, a sauce that makes these Donairs an amazing experience to this day! This place holds a special place in my heart, as many mother daughter dates have always been held here.

https://goo.gl/maps/UtGSJJ1DdKHoycfj6

Mission Creek Regional Park

2363 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC V1X 7N7

★★★★★

Many fond memories of this place. The playground always had the largest swings in the valley, when I first swung on them, they had wooden logs behind them, however, the logs were soon removed due to safety reasons. Sadly, almost 20 years later, the swings have also been removed…

The playground was fairly small when I was a kid, but one of the largest in Kelowna till Ben Lee was built. They upgraded the playground about 15 years ago, an amazing playground, sturdy and no splinters. They also made additions about 5 years ago, however while I enjoy climbing their newest addition, I’m not fond of the ropes themselves, as the plastic chosen has shown to not weather well and really is uncomfortable to climb. Also, really loving the bouncy rubber matting, however, not a fan of wood chips, as it’s uncomfortable sure to scrape landing.

There are many trails to go hiking or biking in, even ground for calmer walks, and steeper trails for the more adventurous. My father taught me much about plant foliage wandering around this park. They introduced a Gazebo like structure and a Center you can go to learn more about the wildlife there, extremely educational! Learn how the the land locked Kokanee salmon make their annual spawning run along the Mission Creek and much much more!

https://goo.gl/maps/Ae4tPQkZfGS2