Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack

A young skateboarder practises tricks at the newly built Webster Landing Skate Park last weekend. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
A young skateboarder practises tricks at the newly built Webster Landing Skate Park last weekend.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

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The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra Chorus has immediate openings and welcomes committed singers whose voices blend well in a group. All singers are expected to attend weekly rehearsals in preparation for the CSO's upcoming April 12 performance. The ability to read music is a requirement. The chorus is performing Handel’s Dixit Dominus. Please call Paula DeWit at 604-795-0521 for information regarding repertoire, auditions, placement and rehearsal details.

Feb. 14 and 15 - The Chilliwack Métis Association will be raising their flag at City Hall to fly all weekend in recognition of Manitoba's Louis Riel Day. The event takes place on Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. with some Métis music and dancing. The flag raising will be at 11 a.m. They will also be having a potluck on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Central elementary (9435 Young Rd.). Please bring a dish to feed five people.

Feb. 15 - The Yarrow Volunteer Society is holding a Swap Meet on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Yarrow Community Hall on Community Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tables are still available at $20 per table. Set-up time is 8 to 9 a.m. Phone 604-823 -2252.

Feb. 23 - The Vedder Golden Branch 280 will be hosting its Wing Cook Off on Feb. 23. Win a prize for best wings. Sign up at the side bar. Judging at 4 p.m.

Feb. 25 - For international homestay hosts in the Chilliwack/Sardis area, there is an opportunity to meet other parents, share successes and failures, ask questions, and get ideas during a get-together on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the small meeting room at Decades Coffee Club (45846 Wellington Ave.). The meeting is open to anyone who has hosted in the past, is presently a host, or would like to host. For more information, contact Andrea at 604-793-9875.

Feb. 26 - Chilliwack Grief Support will provide a structured grief group offering continuous support for grieving parents starting Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. at Chilliwack Community Services. For information, or to register, call 604-793-7239.

Feb. 28 - The Chilliwack and District Seniors Resources Society is having a pub night fundraiser at Friendly Mike's (8247 Young Rd.) on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $15 which includes one entree from a choice of three items. There will also be door prizes and 50/50 draw. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Resource office at 9291 Corbould St.

March 15 - The Fraser Valley Pipe Band is holding a fundraiser on March 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Friendly Mike's Pub (8247 Young Rd.). The event features piping entertainment and dinner (choice between Thai salad with prawns, chicken cordon swiss, or steak). Tickets $15.


Ongoing Events:

Chilliwack Grief Support continues to provide long-term support for mourners grieving the death of a husband, wife or partner. This group meets Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chilliwack Community Services. For details, or to register, please contact 604-793-7239.

The Snow Peaks Toastmasters meet Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (8871 School St.).

The Chilliwack Common Threads knitting circle welcomes new and experienced knitters to join them Tuesday nights at Carman United Church (7258 Vedder Rd.). This is a non-religious knitting group. They meet upstairs in the Heritage Room above the church office. Share your skills and passion, knit along with our charity plans, or just come to share the good company. For more information, check out our group on or email

The B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Canton Gardens Restaurant. At each meeting we have a speaker on a topic of interest to seniors. New members and guests welcome. Cost is $11 per person. Contact Lynne Dennis at 604-824-1764 for more info.

The B.C. Schizophrenia Society has its monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Chilliwack Communitas (18-43966 Yale Rd.).

Chilliwack Hospice Society is offering a weekly walking group. The purpose of the group is to offer a friendly and supportive opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences. It is open to community members who are living with a life limiting disease or are bereaved as well as the friends, family members or caregivers who are supporting them. The group meets at Chilliwack Hospice Society (45360 Hodgins Ave.) on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. A time for coffee will follow. There is no cost to attend this program and pre-registration is not required. For more information, please contact: Coletta at 604-795-4660 or email

Chilliwack Hospice Society is offering a caregiver support group. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity to connect with others who are on the same journey, to share experiences, supports and resources. It is open to friends, family members or caregivers who are supporting someone living with a life limiting disease. The group will meet at Chilliwack Hospice Society (45360 Hodgins Ave.) at 12 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. There is no cost to attend this program, however pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact: Coletta at 604-795-4660 or email

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship luncheons are held every Saturday at 12 p.m. at Homer Restaurant (46090 Yale Rd.). Come and hear exciting testimonies. Everyone welcome. For more info call 604-316-4540, or 604-824-0185.

Are you gay, bisexual or just not sure? Hominum Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. They meet on the last Friday of every month. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

Chilliwack Toastmasters meets weekly every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Cheam Lions Club on Spadina Avenue (near Corbould Street). They welcome guests and new members who wish to improve their communication and leadership skills.

The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. The local group meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at 9800 McNaught Rd.

The Prayer Shawl Knitting Group meets on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Retirement Residence (9168 Corbould St.). Those who wish to knit prayer shawls or learn how to knit are invited to join them. For more info, call Svea at 604-795-0380 or Janine at 604-392-9479.

If you have problems in your home with gambling, please call 604-701-8448 or 604-858-0321.

Fraser Valley Toastmasters is seeking new members wanting to have fun while improving their speaking and communication skills. They meet every Monday at 7 p.m. at Evangelical Missionary Church (9310 Williams St.). For more info, visit, or contact Bernie 604-392-5862.

Are you living with mental health issues and struggling to find a safe place where you can share your concerns? The Living Healthy Group (Chilliwack Association), a non-profit group of self-advocates welcomes new members. They meet Wednesdays on the west side of Prospera Centre parking lot at 1 p.m. for 30 minutes of walking, followed by cool down stretches, a positive focus and a sharing time. They finish at 3 p.m. For more information contact Barb at 604-792-1059 or Agnes at 604-792-0112.

Catholic Divorce Survival — Are you having a difficult time with the end of your marriage? Are you separated, divorced and still carrying a lot of baggage? You are not alone. This seminar/support group will guide you through the rich wisdom of the catholic church and point you to the sacraments where you'll encounter Christ. The group meets Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the loft, St. Mary’s Church (8909 Mary St.). Call the church office (604-792-2764) or Barry Neufeld (604-793-9053) for more info.

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