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Hours being extended at most Fraser Valley library locations

Local libraries to be open an extra hour in the evening on weekdays

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Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)

Harrison firefighter launches ‘No Fun Run’ for BC Lung Association

Zack Martyn will be running four miles every four hours for two days

Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)
Rocky LaRock takes to a scaffold to cut away the first slices of his piece at the 2019 Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope in 2019. This weekend’s event will be a much smaller carving event, featuring carvers including Ryan Villiers who has designed Hope’s newest work ��� a carving of John Rambo. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)

Sts’ailes carver Rocky LaRock honoured by Canada Council for the Arts

The artist’s work is being featured at Abbotsford’s The Reach through May 8

Rocky LaRock takes to a scaffold to cut away the first slices of his piece at the 2019 Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope in 2019. This weekend’s event will be a much smaller carving event, featuring carvers including Ryan Villiers who has designed Hope’s newest work ��� a carving of John Rambo. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)
Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Arts and culture aplenty in downtown Chilliwack

At least five different exhibitions have opened in recent weeks in Chilliwack

Lucas Simpson’s solo exhibition is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Feb. 8 to March 19. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Slay the Mic CEO Jam Gamble is the keynote speaker at the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 10.

Annual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards go virtual for 2021

Slay the Mic CEO Jam Gamble is keynote speaker for event on March 10

Slay the Mic CEO Jam Gamble is the keynote speaker at the virtual Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards on March 10.
Rocky LaRock takes to a scaffold to cut away the first slices of his piece at the 2019 Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope in 2019. This weekend’s event will be a much smaller carving event, featuring carvers including Ryan Villiers who has designed Hope’s newest work – a carving of John Rambo. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)

Sts’ailes carver Rocky LaRock honoured by Canada Council for the Arts

The artist’s work is being featured at Abbotsford’s The Reach through May 8

Rocky LaRock takes to a scaffold to cut away the first slices of his piece at the 2019 Chainsaw Carving Competition in Hope in 2019. This weekend’s event will be a much smaller carving event, featuring carvers including Ryan Villiers who has designed Hope’s newest work – a carving of John Rambo. (Jessica Peters/ Black Press)
Katrina Bepple, executive director with Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, is inviting people to take part in their Hearts Campaign. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Eastern Fraser Valley Hearts Campaign not just for healthcare workers

‘People are tired. This is really a time when people can use gratitude and thanks’

Katrina Bepple, executive director with Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, is inviting people to take part in their Hearts Campaign. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
From left, Brinley Carey, Ella Lemieux and Mila Morelli with the 3rd Sardis Brownies. The three were some of many Girl Guides of Canada members in Chilliwack who helped bring cookies to seniors in care homes for Valentine’s Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Every senior in every Chilliwack care home to receive box of Girl Guide cookies on Valentine’s Day

Chilliwack girls sell 1,100-plus boxes of cookies in less than three days as part of Adopt-A-Senior

From left, Brinley Carey, Ella Lemieux and Mila Morelli with the 3rd Sardis Brownies. The three were some of many Girl Guides of Canada members in Chilliwack who helped bring cookies to seniors in care homes for Valentine’s Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Senior cat, Mr. John, is 11 years old and is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Mr. John at the Chilliwack SPCA

Mr. John is an 11-year-old senior tabby cat whose owner died and now needs a new home

Senior cat, Mr. John, is 11 years old and is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
From left, Brinley Carey, Ella Lemieux and Mila Morelli (all seven years old) with the 3rd Sardis Brownies are asking people to buy cookies which will be given to seniors in Chilliwack care homes. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack girls asking folks to buy Girl Guide cookies for seniors in care homes for Valentine’s Day

Chilliwack Girl Guides of Canada members are asking people to adopt a senior by buying them cookies

From left, Brinley Carey, Ella Lemieux and Mila Morelli (all seven years old) with the 3rd Sardis Brownies are asking people to buy cookies which will be given to seniors in Chilliwack care homes. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sandy Phillipps recently released her memoir The Voice of Love: Hope Breaking out of Shattered Places. (Submitted)

Chilliwack woman releases memoir about long journey of self harm, abuse and healing

‘Much of my book is detailing the beauty of the fruits of successful counselling,’ says Sandy Phillipps

Sandy Phillipps recently released her memoir The Voice of Love: Hope Breaking out of Shattered Places. (Submitted)
Siyamtelot Shirley Leon is the co-author of a new book on the history of written Halq’eméylem: Courage to Speak (right). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

New book honours elders who first wrote down Halq’eméylem

Siyamtelot Shirley Leon and Sharon Syrette share stories of the elders in “Courage to Speak”

Siyamtelot Shirley Leon is the co-author of a new book on the history of written Halq’eméylem: Courage to Speak (right). (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
From left, Ed Campbell with Unitech, and Janet Carroll and Brooke Haller with Imagine High, stand in the gym of the new arts and technology school on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 which is currently under construction. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack’s new arts and tech school taking shape at old UFV site

Light, large rooms, state of the art equipment all support student learning at Imagine High

From left, Ed Campbell with Unitech, and Janet Carroll and Brooke Haller with Imagine High, stand in the gym of the new arts and technology school on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 which is currently under construction. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
White Rock’s Bob Jadis began painting and selling wine bottles to raise money for the food bank. (Contributed photos)

White Rock man selling ‘Firefly Lanterns’ to feed the hungry

100 per cent of profit goes to Sources South Surrey/White Rock Food Bank

White Rock’s Bob Jadis began painting and selling wine bottles to raise money for the food bank. (Contributed photos)
Chef Trevor Randle will be leading an online cooking class in support of Canadian Agriculture Day. (BC Agriculture in the Classroom/Contributed)

Fraser Valley organization invites people to cook up excitement for Canadian Agriculture Day

BC Agriculture in the Classroom is hosting an online cook-along on Feb. 23

Chef Trevor Randle will be leading an online cooking class in support of Canadian Agriculture Day. (BC Agriculture in the Classroom/Contributed)
Whispa, a rabbit up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Whispa at the Chilliwack SPCA

Young lionhead mix rabbit looking for ‘furever’ home – one without any other pets

Whispa, a rabbit up for adoption at the Chilliwack SPCA, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
‘Being Mom’ is a 10-week group for women experiencing mental health problems during the perinatal period. (Pixabay.com)

Program to help new, expecting moms in Chilliwack with depression, anxiety

Group ‘Being Mom’ for women experiencing mental health problems during perinatal period

‘Being Mom’ is a 10-week group for women experiencing mental health problems during the perinatal period. (Pixabay.com)
Patti MacAhonic, executive director with Ann Davis Transition Society, and fellow staff member, Mary Jones, are getting ready for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser on Feb. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

‘Coldest Night’ walk to raise money for homeless, vulnerable women and children in Chilliwack

This year’s Coldest Night of the Year walk will be benefitting Ann Davis Transition Society

Patti MacAhonic, executive director with Ann Davis Transition Society, and fellow staff member, Mary Jones, are getting ready for the Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser on Feb. 20, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
(Nina Grossman/The Observer)

New partnership bringing culturally sensitive child programs to Seabird Island

The FVCDC will be working with the band to provide speech-language pathology services

(Nina Grossman/The Observer)
Generation Health is a free and virtual 10-week program for children aged eight to 12 years and their families and is offered through the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. (Generation Health/Facebook)

Free healthy-eating, active-lifestyles program offered to Chilliwack families

Chilliwack YMCA to offer 10-week virtual Generation Health program starting February

Generation Health is a free and virtual 10-week program for children aged eight to 12 years and their families and is offered through the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. (Generation Health/Facebook)