Arts and Culture
Each month, we try and visit a local artist or cultural event. We have seen plays, visited the studios of visual artists (acrylic, water colours, wood and stone), sculpture artists, fibre arts and any other media of interest to us.
Enjoy tasting the many styles of the world’s oldest beverage. This group has special tastings twice a year to share beer and conversation. We keep our eyes peeled for tasty beverages during your summer travels and pick up an extra bottle or two to share with next fall. Informal gatherings occur every Thursday.
Book Club (ladies)
This fun group is popular and there is an Group A and a Group B. Both groups meet in homes of Book Club members and discuss the current book of interest. The two groups discuss the same book each month, just in different homes on their respective dates.
The Bowling League has been a joint activity of Newcomers and Alumni for over 25 years. It is a fun opportunity to socialize and meet people while getting some exercise. Bowling is from September through April. You are welcome to bowl as a regular team member or a spare. No bowling experience is necessary.
The Kelowna Newcomers’ Women’s Bridge group meets on alternate Tuesdays. Players take turns hosting in their home. Play begins at 1pm. The hostess provides light refreshments. Our bridge games are fun and our purpose is to build friendships over a game we find irresistible. We welcome novice and experienced players alike.
You do not need to know how to play canasta. The coordinators and the other players will teach you how to play the game that has proven to be very popular with Kelowna Newcomers. We meet a several venues and enjoy the social part of canasta as well as the game.
This group meets Tuesday mornings 9am at a Kelowna deli. The bistro offers a wide variety of coffee, muffins, etc. and a good breakfast for those of you who like to kick-start their day a little later in the morning. Members are welcome to join us.
We meet the first Wednesday of each month at members’ homes. This is a casual get together to meet new friends and learn about the community.
Meet new friends over a home cooked meal. Guests gather in each others homes for an evening of good food, conversation and an opportunity to share discoveries about Kelowna. The hosting member will be responsible for the main course while coordinating their guests to bring salad, dessert or appetizer. What a great chance to try that new recipe or share an old favorite. Dinners are normally held on the third Saturday of each month. Everyone in the group should be willing to host 2-3 times per year. Couples and singles welcome. All dinners are BYOB. RSVP required.
This is a great way to meet other KNC Members and share in the exploration of restaurants in our community, the fourth Thursday evening of the month at 6:30pm. As our numbers are limited, please sign up quickly. RSVP required.
We are all new to the area and face new and unknown gardening challenges. What plants do well in this arid climate coupled with frosty winters? How do we deal with deer and other critters destroying our gardens? Etc. This group aims at getting experienced and novice gardeners together to discuss issues that arise in our respective gardens, while enjoying a cup of coffee and getting to know each other.
The group is open to men and women. Meetings are held every month from March to October.
Golf 9-hole (mixed)
Ladies Golf is on Thursdays from May to October at the Kelowna Springs Golf Course. Our early morning 9-hole tee times are followed by a full breakfast at the club house where we welcome new members and re-connect with those from previous years.
The course is very walkable and flat and play is relaxed for players of all skill levels. This is a non-competitive activity, but some golf experience is required and a basic knowledge of golfing etiquette is expected.
Running May to September. We have changed the location for our Couples Golf night from what has previously been listed in the newsletters. Join us in West Kelowna for a Nine and Dine. This event will take place the last Saturday of the month from May to September. The cost is $35.00 which will include a $10 Restaurant voucher. A cart will be $10 extra. Initially this event will be limited to 8 couples so it is easier to meet everyone.
This activity is a non-competitive event for women of all skill levels who want to meet new people on the course and share some laughs over breakfast afterward. We will play 9 holes early Thursday mornings, beginning in May and follow with breakfast in the clubhouse. The group is limited to 16 (4 groups of 4) so that we can all enjoy breakfast together. We are looking for women who can commit to playing regularly throughout the season. If your availability is limited, please consider going on our spare list.
We are usually on the course from March, and tee times are available through October. You can play twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays), or once a year, whatever you choose. Just come out and enjoy a nice walk and good company, spoiled of course by the golf. This is a joint group with our Alumni.
Hockey Night In Kelowna
Come out and support your Kelowna Rockets. The KNC group will be attending games throughout the season. If we have 10 or more people join in, a group discount rate will apply. Group rate tickets are $17 each instead of $19 and if we have 20 or more attending the game, the ticket price drops to $15 each.
We meet @ 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. We discover a new restaurant each time while engaging in friendly conversation over delicious food. RSVP is required for all lunches as we give the restaurant confirmed numbers.
Lunch (ladies) Pot Luck
This is a fun and very social group where we mingle over appetizers , then sit and enjoy a lively lunch together, potluck style. This usually utilizes the kitchen, dining room and possibly some card tables, but it’s all good! We switch seating for dessert to maximize the opportunity to converse with new members. Please sign up for appetizer, main dish (either meat or veggie) salad or dessert. The hostess will supply coffee ,tea and water. Each participant should bring their own beverage of choice along with their dish.
The purpose of this club is to bring together people who love plays and the theatre, or have an interest in it, and to have fun. We will read one play a month, come together to take a part (or parts) and read aloud and discuss!
Day: 3rd Monday of the month
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
8 ball/9-ball Pool
This is for all skill levels. Play is on Monday afternoons from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Singles play will be 9-ball pool and team play will be 8-ball pool. The cost of play is $3 per person per hour; so a max of $9.
This is for all skill levels. Snowshoeing will take place at TELEMARK Nordic Club (West Kelowna). The approximate cost is $7/day for hill ticket and $10/day for snowshoe rentals (if needed).
The purpose of the Solos group is to help solo members meet other KNC members with like circumstances. The idea being they will have the opportunity to meet others who are also attending the existing KNC activities alone. This will enable them to network with other solos and join in the many activities Newcomers offers with 1, 2 or more others and not feel like they are the only person attending alone. In addition if attending an activity alone they may more easily spot others they have met at our gatherings. The Solos will hold a gathering once a month, (generally the Saturday after the KNC monthly meetings). They are potluck dinners but the group may try new venues if required.
Come and discover some of the hidden gems of the area. Once a month there will be an organized tour of an area business or tourist attraction. I will try to arrange them for the fourth Wednesday of the month.
Join us Thursday mornings all year round for an easy-to-moderate one hour walk. Bring your walking poles if you like to use them. A stop afterwards for coffee and goodies at one of the many wonderful cafés in the area gives everyone a chance to socialize and meet new friends. Contact coordinators for start times (usually 9:30 AM). You do not need to sign up for each walk. Just come and meet the group. Please be reminded that it can start out cool for the walks, especially those along the water. Wearing appropriate footwear is also important as trail conditions vary. Come prepared so you can enjoy the outing. Please note that our group also includes Alumni of KNC.
Westside Pub Night
Want to get to know more of the Newcomers who live in West Kelowna? Join us every 2nd and 4th Monday night at 5:00 pm at: Neighbour’s Pub, 102-3099 Shannon Lake Rd. in West Kelowna. No sign-up is required. Just come to the Pub and look for the tables reserved for Newcomers.
This year The Wine Club will meet every second Saturday of the month. You will be sent an information sheet on the wine selected for tasting that month as well as suggestions for appetizer pairings.