ACTIVITIES

 
Arts and Culture
Each month, we try to 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.
Beer Tasting

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 our travels and pick up an extra bottle or two to share. Informal gatherings occur every Thursday.

Bowling
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.
Canasta
You do not need to know anything about canasta. The players will teach you how to play the game that has proven to be very popular with Kelowna Newcomers. We meet at one of two venues every second Friday afternoon. Many players stay for an early dinner afterwards, which becomes another chance to socialize.
Dining In

Meet new friends over  home-cooked meal. Guests gather in each other’s 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 co-ordinating their guests to bring salad, dessert or appetizer. What a great chance to try that new recipe or share an old favourite. 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.

Dining Out

This is a great way to meet other KNC Members and share in the exploration of restaurants in our community, the fourth Thursday evening on the month at 6:30 p.m. As our numbers are limited, please sign up quickly. RSVP required.

Dragon Boat Racing
Interested in improving your fitness, meeting new people and having a lot of fun? Join the very popular KNC DragonRAssets ladies dragon boat team.  No experience necessary. You don’t even need to be a swimmer.

Choose one of two practice times: Monday (5 p.m warm up, on the water 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) or Wednesday (5:30 p.m. warm up, on the water 6 – 7 p.m.). The fee for the season, May to September, was $100 in 2018.

We meet at a local restaurant after each practice for a beverage, a bite to eat and a chance to socialize.

Gardening
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 - Men's 18 Hole

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.

Golf - Ladies 9 Hole
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 clubhouse, where we welcome new members and reconnect with those from previous years.

The course is very flat and walkable and play is relaxed for golfers 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.

Golf - Mixed 9 Hole
This group of couples and single golfers play “Back 9 & Breakfast” early Wednesdays mornings from April until the golf season ends. All levels of golfers are welcome.
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.
Ladies Book Club
This is a very popular and fun activity with three separate groups: A, B, & C. The groups meet at their respective group members’ homes and discuss the current book of interest. At times the same book may be read and discussed, just in different homes on different dates.
Ladies Bridge
The Ladies Bridge group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for 3 hours. Start time is 2:00 p.m. from May to September and 1:00 p.m. from October to April. Players take turns hosting in their homes and the hostess provides light refreshments. Each player contributes a loonie, which is returned in prizes at the end of the day. Our bridge games are fun and our purpose is to build friendships over a game we all enjoy.
Ladies Coffee

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.

Ladies Lunch

We meet at 11:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of each 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.

Ladies Potluck Lunch

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 her own beverage of choice, along with their dish.

Men's Coffee

This group meets Tuesday mornings 9 a.m. 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 your day a little later in the morning. New members are welcome to join us.

Photography
We are hoping that like-minded members who are passionate about wanting to turn their photography into ART join us in sharing their skills and ideas with the group. Although photography is a solo hobby, there is a monthly get-together consisting of visiting art and/or photo exhibits, or a group walk-about based on the monthly theme. There are also monthly tips to improve one’s camera technique.
Snowshoeing
This activity is pending.
Solos
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.
Tour Kelowna
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.
Walking Group
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: Kelly O’Brian’s in West Kelowna. No sign-up is required. Just come to the Pub and look for the tables reserved for Newcomers.
Wine Tasting
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.

December and January Calendar

Please Note

We are a volunteer organization and activities depend on the interests of members at any given time. KNC always welcomes suggestions for new group activities. Groups can be formed if there is enough interest and someone volunteers to coordinate the group. Please contact our VP of Activities (kncactivitiesco@gmail.com) for more information.

Members participating in any activities do so at their own risk. The Kelowna Newcomers Club waives all responsibility for personal injury, accidents or lost articles.