Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – May 31st 2019


by Charlie Hodge.

In true HodgePodge fashion here’s a short catch-can of thoughts and suggestions.

Old-time Okanagan rock n’ roll fans will definitely want to mark off July 4, 5 as busy and book their tickets now for a Strange Movies band reunion.

Don Burnett, Bill Campbell, Jim Wilson and Gerry Deshayes formed the original four-piece Kelowna rock group tagged the Strange Movies Blues Band and ruled the west coast rock scene during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The two night reunion will be held at the popular Munkey’s Fist bar and grill at 271 Bernard Avenue. Shows start at 7pm to 11pm. Tickets on line at Eventbrite.ca


Hearty congratulations and a shout out to friend Braeden Rahn of Geoffrey White Law Corporation in Kelowna for an outstanding showing while recently obtaining his paralegal diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Rahn was presented last week with the Certificate of Estate and Trust Administration (CETA) Award presented to the Society of Trust and Estate Practioners (STEP) Canada student who achieves the highest overall average in the CETA program. Braeden has extensive experience in the fields of estate and trust administration and estate litigation, and prides himself on finding creative solutions to his client’s needs.

Well done Braeden.


Good thing the Maple Leafs failed to defeat the Bruins in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs or the city of Toronto would be out of control.

Shaky Town is already over the top in joy with the Toronto Raptors basketball team having finally advanced to the NBA finals for the first time. While the challenge of taking on the powerhouse Golden State Warriors is rather daunting, the possibilities of a championship has the entire country in hoop hysteria.

I am not a hoop fan, however even I recognize the achievement accomplished so far by the Raptors.

Meanwhile the St. Louis Blues, led by Kelowna lad Jaden Schwartz, managed to tie the best of seven Stanley Cup final Wednesday night at one game each. The game two victory marks the first win in a final playoff round in Blues’ history since joining the league in 1967. The Blues, obviously, have never won the cup.

The Blues are facing the Bruins, who earlier in the playoffs eliminated the Leafs.


Next week, or soon after, I will be posting my annual tourist guide for fun and funky food places to visit in Kelowna. If you have a favourite restaurant or pub please email me asap with your passion. Send me your top spots to frolic and feed. Please email charliehodge333@gmail.com

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.


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