Jenna Hauck

Those needing a safe ride home during the 2022 holiday season can call Chilliwack Operation Red Nose at 604-391-1112. (Opération Nez rouge/ Facebook)

Operation Red Nose once again offering safe rides home this holiday season in Chilliwack

People who’ve had too much to drink, too tired can call Chilliwack Operation Red Nose at 604-391-1112

Those needing a safe ride home during the 2022 holiday season can call Chilliwack Operation Red Nose at 604-391-1112. (Opération Nez rouge/ Facebook)
Yolanda Gayasco of Chilliwack won $1 million in a Lotto 6/49 draw. (British Columbia Lottery Corporation)

Chilliwack woman realized she won $1 million after checking ‘little number’ at bottom of lotto ticket

Yolanda Gayasco plans to visit family in the Philippines, pay off mortgage with Lotto 6/49 winnings

Yolanda Gayasco of Chilliwack won $1 million in a Lotto 6/49 draw. (British Columbia Lottery Corporation)
Thousands of people came out to the Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Chilliwack on Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Estimated 15,000 people came out for Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack

People packed streets of downtown Chilliwack in subzero temperatures to take in 1st parade since 2019

Thousands of people came out to the Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Chilliwack on Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
This house at 9365 Edward St. in Chilliwack was completely covered in lights in 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Help make Lower Mainland brighter by adding favourite Christmas lights displays to map

Anyone can add Christmassy homes, decorated public spaces to Black Press Media’s holiday lights map

This house at 9365 Edward St. in Chilliwack was completely covered in lights in 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra presents Messiah in the Valley Dec. 9 to 16. (Submitted)

‘Messiah in the Valley’ by Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra returns with 4 concerts

Series of concerts will wrap up with modern version of Messiah at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra presents Messiah in the Valley Dec. 9 to 16. (Submitted)
Wilma’s Transition Society will be giving away $1,000 worth of free groceries every month for six months to a family or individual from the Chilliwack-Kent area. (Robert Lachlan)

Wilma’s Transition Society giving away $6,000 of free groceries to Chilliwack-Kent family in need

‘Fill your fridge’ campaign will see 1 family or individual win $1,000 of food every month for 6 months

Wilma’s Transition Society will be giving away $1,000 worth of free groceries every month for six months to a family or individual from the Chilliwack-Kent area. (Robert Lachlan)
Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack will once again be livestreamed

Folks who cannot make it out to the parade can watch it online from their own home

Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Emergency crews were called to the westbound Lickman Road onramp for a semi-truck with a ruptured fuel tank on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (Google Maps)

Emergency crews called to Hwy 1 onramp for semi-truck with ruptured fuel tank in Chilliwack

It was reported the truck was carrying 800 litres of diesel

Emergency crews were called to the westbound Lickman Road onramp for a semi-truck with a ruptured fuel tank on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. (Google Maps)
Trevor McDonald, executive director with the downtown Chilliwack BIA, and Santa are encouraging people to shop and visit downtown Chilliwack throughout December. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Free events in December, chance to win $1,000 and more will make downtown Chilliwack brighter

Santa, live music, kids’ parade, and prize giveaway of $1,000 in gift cards for local merchants

Trevor McDonald, executive director with the downtown Chilliwack BIA, and Santa are encouraging people to shop and visit downtown Chilliwack throughout December. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
People on horseback participate in the last Rotary Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, 2019 in Chilliwack. This year, bins will be placed along the parade route where people can donate non-perishable food items for the food bank. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Donations for food bank being collected at Christmas parade in Chilliwack

Parade organizers have a goal to collect 1,000 items for the Salvation Army food bank in Chilliwack

People on horseback participate in the last Rotary Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, 2019 in Chilliwack. This year, bins will be placed along the parade route where people can donate non-perishable food items for the food bank. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Keighley Vegh (foreground) plays Ponyboy in Sardis Secondary School’s production of The Outsiders which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Violence, poverty, grief: Chilliwack students relate as they bring The Outsiders play to stage

Sardis Secondary presents classic coming-of-age story to high school stage for 5 shows

Keighley Vegh (foreground) plays Ponyboy in Sardis Secondary School’s production of The Outsiders which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
An image from the 2019 Elements Casino Toy Drive. This year’s event is set for Dec. 4, 2022. (Elements Casino Chilliwack/ Facebook)

3 Chilliwack businesses come together for toy drive to make Christmas brighter for kids

Elements Casino Toy Drive is in partnership with Murray Honda, Art of Driving School

An image from the 2019 Elements Casino Toy Drive. This year’s event is set for Dec. 4, 2022. (Elements Casino Chilliwack/ Facebook)
Pat Broome (left), president of the ladies auxiliary with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295, and legion president Krista Smith are welcoming the public to the annual Christmas bazaar put on by the ladies auxiliary. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Ladies auxiliary to sell handmade items at Christmas bazaar; proceeds go to veterans in Chilliwack

Supporters of Branch 295 legion host fundraiser bazaar to raise money for poppy fund

Pat Broome (left), president of the ladies auxiliary with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295, and legion president Krista Smith are welcoming the public to the annual Christmas bazaar put on by the ladies auxiliary. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Artistic vision: New executive director wants to bring arts outside Chilliwack Cultural Centre

‘I love arts and culture being in the community as well as in the concert hall,’ says Jean-Louis Bleau

Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A crash on Highway 1 on Nov. 25 resulted in a concrete barrier being pushed into oncoming traffic. (Google Maps)

UPDATE: Traffic flowing again after vehicle crashes into barrier on Hwy 1 near Chilliwack

Emergency crews report children involved in crash; everyone was out of vehicle

A crash on Highway 1 on Nov. 25 resulted in a concrete barrier being pushed into oncoming traffic. (Google Maps)
A heron brings a twig back to its nest at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack on March 18, 2015. The reserve will be the location of one of the stops on the NatureBus tour where letters calling on world leaders to halt and reverse nature loss will be collected. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

NatureBus stopping in Chilliwack, Abbotsford will collect letters calling on PM to stop nature loss

Canada-wide campaign will deliver letters to world leaders at UN biodiversity conference in Montreal

A heron brings a twig back to its nest at the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack on March 18, 2015. The reserve will be the location of one of the stops on the NatureBus tour where letters calling on world leaders to halt and reverse nature loss will be collected. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

A list of Christmassy events coming up in Chilliwack

From craft markets to fundraisers to theatre performances, there are many festive events coming up

Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Brooke Browne (right) with Remax Nyda Realty takes a donation during their drive-thru toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Toy drive by Chilliwack Realtors will bring Christmas gifts to children, teens in need

Gifts collected at Remax Nyda Realty’s annual Toy House go to Chilliwack Community Services program

Brooke Browne (right) with Remax Nyda Realty takes a donation during their drive-thru toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
This 2004 Toyota Camry LE will be given away to someone in Chilliwack for the 19th annual Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway. (Submitted)

Nominations open for annual Christmas car giveaway in Chilliwack

Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway an annual campaign where worthy resident is gifted used vehicle

This 2004 Toyota Camry LE will be given away to someone in Chilliwack for the 19th annual Valley Toyota-Fix Auto car giveaway. (Submitted)
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

New route announced for Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack

People also asked to bring non-perishable food items for Salvation Army food bank in Chilliwack

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)