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New Queer Book Club in Town

Come join us at Rainbow Reads – The Okanagan’s (Probably) First Queer Book Club

After a few drinks at the wonderful Friends of Dorothy Lounge in downtown Kelowna, talking about our mutual love of books, we wondered: why not create a queer book club? So, we did.

Brought to you by Donna (she/her) and Claire (they/them), Rainbow Reads Okanagan is a fun and inclusive book club to read and discuss queer books written by queer authors.

Don’t have time to finish the book? Don’t worry! Everyone is welcome! 

Each month, members can vote on Facebook from a shortlist of suggestions for which book they would like to read. We’re an official book club at Mosaic Books, which means participants get a 15% discount on their book purchase from their store by mentioning the name of the book club.

This way we can support local business as we continue to head out of lockdown…

We will also offer options for members to purchase or borrow ebooks or audiobooks copies as well.

We have chosen our first book: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir, by Kai Cheng Thom. Kai Cheng is a writer, performer, cultural worker, and speaker from Toronto, who sounds like an all-around-incredible thinker and writer.

The plan is to meet once per month – virtually at first until COVID-related restrictions are lifted, and small groups can gather again without physical distancing. We expect (and fully hope) that over time we can meet in queer-friendly, accessible places in Kelowna to chat over drinks and snacks.

This book club aims to create a fun space to read and enjoy queer books and hopefully make new friends. Our first meeting will be on Zoom on Tuesday June 23, at 7 pm.

We are lovely people, so don’t be afraid to come and say hello! You can join us, and stay up to date with Rainbow Reads by:

Joining our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/rainbowreadsok

Dropping us an email: rainbowreadsok@gmail.com

Okanagan Lifestyle Specialist

Sarah Sucloy is a REALTOR® with Royal LePage Kelowna, helping people buy and sell their homes throughout the Central Okanagan. Her mission statement is easy. She strives to offer reliable and trusted Real Estate Services while saving you time, money, and stress.

Real Estate has always been one of those careers in the back of Sarah’s mind. She originally thought she would become a police officer and studied Criminology in order to do so, but then opportunity came knocking—and the next thing she knew, Sarah and her wife, Amanda, were on a plane to London, England. It was there, while living in England, that Sarah’s real estate career took off.

Sarah ended up scoring a great job with London’s top Real Estate Firm (Foxtons) and flourished; being promoted three times within her first year plus winning awards, she realized this was it! This was her calling.

After moving back to Canada, Sarah knew Real Estate was the career she wanted to continue with.

Royal LePage Kelowna was the right fit for her and continues to be the greatest decision.

Sarah says, “Meeting new people and helping them throughout one of the largest transactions of their lives is absolutely thrilling as well as heartwarming. Becoming a part of that person’s story and sharing new experiences with them is very meaningful. I love it.”

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate business is still happening. People still need to buy or sell their homes. Technology has come such a long way and has allowed her to connect from the comfort of her own home where she is able to set up virtual tours and even host online open houses.

While on the road, amongst other precautions, Sarah’s car is stocked with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and wipes. She is taking all reasonable measures to protect everyone’s safety when viewing homes and doing deals.

The best way to support Sarah right now is through referrals and reaching out! Following her business page – Sarah Sucloy Real Estate on Facebook and Instagram are an added bonus. Sarah’s Royal LePage office can be found at 1890 Cooper Rd #1, Kelowna, BC

Sarah’s advice on starting your own business. “Do it! It is scary at first but if you believe in yourself, it will be worth it.”

Rebellious Unicorns Newsletter

MX. Virtual – Lunch & Learn

Hungry for some socializing? Thirsting for interaction? Us too! The MX. Online returns on Thursday, May 21 over the ‘Lunch Hour’ from 12-1pm with a focus on some of our community’s favourite LGBT2Q+ owned providers of food, beverage, and good times.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion, ‘Lunch & Learn’ style, featuring: Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy Lounge); Karen MacKenzie (DunnEnzies Pizza Co.); Kevin Bodja (QB Gelato; and Matt Bliskis (TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck).

These dynamic and resilient owner-operators will bring you up to speed on how the pandemic has impacted their business, current state of operations and how you can access their services, what the future may hold, and more. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with our guests and have your questions answered during the moderated Q&A session to follow.

There is no charge to attend but we ask that you register in advance.
Please consider using the donate option to donate to Etcetera Youth Group.

Interview & Concert with Adam Kern
May 27  – 7:00pm

QUSIC is proud to present Adam Kern for an interview and live concert! Join us May 27 at 7:00pm for the live stream 🎶.

Adam Kern (he/him/his) AKA Fight or Flea is a Kelowna-based solo act bringing an aggressive edge to the singer-songwriter genre. Adam has been performing as Fight or Flea for three years and is working his way up in the Kelowna music scene. His influences include Pat the Bunny, AJJ, Dave Mathews, Just Nick, and Joel Cossette. You can find his new single “Getting Better” on all streaming services; follow him on Instagram.

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June is Pride Month y’all and you’re invited to a virtually fabulous session of Drag Bingo Online on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm hosted from Friends of Dorothy and live-streamed on the Unicorns.LIVE Facebook page. Your host(esses) will guide you through a veritable wonderland of numbers and nonsense, replete with prizes and Pride!

We are looking for more prizes!
Please email Kris if you are interested in providing a prize!

Join us – Live!

When viewed through a technological lens, today’s world has become too polished, too perfect, and over-curated. But real life doesn’t have an ‘edit function’ or ‘photo filters’; real life happens, moment by moment…in real time. 

Unicorns.LIVE is a safe space, with tons of room for creativity and expression but absolutely no room for hate. We hope you’ll enjoy our inclusive lineup of entertainment options, along with our approach to experiencing life and each live stream as it unfolds. 

Unicorns.LIVE: Authentic. Unfiltered. Live.

This past Saturday was our second episode of A Sip With Sparkle – in celebration of National Caesar Day, it was all about Caesar.

Missed the live stream? You can still check out the rewatch! 

Watch Saturday’s a Sip with Sparkle

Don’t miss out on any of the amazing events we have coming up!
Follow Unicorns.Live on Facebook

A Food Truck for Foodies

TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck is a popular stop for foodies in the Okanagan Valley.

TNT has permanent locations at the Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market, plus feeding UBCO students once a week. During the winter, they can be found at the Stuart Park outdoor skating rink in downtown Kelowna. In addition to all their regular locations, they usually attend big events and festivals throughout the Okanagan.

Matt Bliskis, the owner of TNT Dynamite Gourmet Food Truck says, “During times of self-reflection in the past, I often thought about what I knew I could do really well. While going to university, I worked every aspect of the restaurant business. I worked hard in the industry and it paid for my education and living at the time. They were some of the best years of my life. After university, my 9-5 job wasn’t stimulating enough so I came up with a fabulous idea—get your foot in the door of the food truck industry. I felt prepared and confident that I could take on being a business owner because university and my restaurant experience had prepared me.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these are interesting times for food trucks. They rely on busy, social, high foot traffic events; all these have been cancelled this year so everyone must be innovative. Luckily, Matt was able to find some regular work this spring in the Feed a Trucker movement in West Kelowna.

TNT has more regular work lined up for this summer, so they anticipate having a great year. Matt plans on being parked at a campsite this year as well as visiting some local wineries, breweries, and distilleries with a few other surprises.

Matt loves getting praise and compliments from the customers he serves. Food trucks usually brand a sense of excitement when they were parked at a location. It’s great to see happy customers loving the food then coming back repeatedly for more.

To support TNT during this pandemic, the best thing you can do is follow them on social media and share with friends. They constantly post where they are and what they are doing, so by following them you will know what’s happening and can come find and support them.

Matt’s advice for anyone who is thinking about their own business. “Make sure you are passionate about what you are doing. This will be the hardest you will ever work in your life. The reward is huge though because you get to work for yourself, be your own boss and do something you are actually enjoying. It’s very exciting to be the face of a business that experiences success.”

Matt Bliskis will be taking part in Rebellious Unicorn’s MX event happening online Thursday, May 20 at 12pm for a Lunch & Learn to find out more about Matt’s food business and others in the Kelowna Area.

For more info https://www.facebook.com/events/242009683805197/

Rainbow Women in Business – Volume 4

Doreen Lambert operates a Graphic Design/Art business, Mind Full Designs, in Kelowna where she creates business stationery, logos, banners, ads book covers, or anything else you might need for a business or event.

Possessing a wide range of abilities, Doreen combines problem-solving, innovative art, and design principles which she obtained through her Military Service, personal art, and her program in Graphic and Digital Design at The Centre for Arts and Technology.

Her knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, vinyl installation techniques, and customer service allows her to play an integral role in the implementation of design initiatives.

Doreen went back to school after her Military service with the goal of starting her own business. She chose Graphic Design because she has always liked creating and was amazed to discover her passion could be expressed in the computer graphics field.

Plus, she likes helping people with their business projects, so it is the best of both worlds.

Doreen commented, “Each assignment is different and each client needs my help, so I try my best to make their ideas come to life.”

Some advice from Doreen about starting your own business:

Find your passion and do research.  In the end, just go for it and have faith that hard work will get you to your goal.  Also, talk to everyone!  Doreen has found clients standing in line at the grocery store!

Doreen and her Mind Full Designs can be found via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Dmindfull/

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