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Posing with the mountain of donated items collected in the 2018 Realtors Care Blanket Drive are RE/Max Nyda Realtor Brad Latham and Steve Lerigny, CADREB executive officer. (Submitted)

Realtors’ new drive-through blanket drive in Chilliwack makes for easy drop-off this year

Blankets, warm clothing and more to be collected in one day at annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive

Posing with the mountain of donated items collected in the 2018 Realtors Care Blanket Drive are RE/Max Nyda Realtor Brad Latham and Steve Lerigny, CADREB executive officer. (Submitted)
Raymond Maher’s book, The Deadly Five, is a historical fiction novel which was released in September, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack author blends history with fiction in Fraser River Gold Rush novel

Book signing coming up for Raymond Maher’s historical fiction novel ‘The Deadly Five’

Raymond Maher’s book, The Deadly Five, is a historical fiction novel which was released in September, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The 59th annual Knights of Columbus (B.C.) Charity Foundation Charity Appeal raffle runs now until Jan. 30, 2021. (Knights of Columbus)

Charities benefit, public can win cash from Knights of Columbus online raffle

Raffle, with grand prize of $100,000 for winning ticket, helps several B.C. charities

The 59th annual Knights of Columbus (B.C.) Charity Foundation Charity Appeal raffle runs now until Jan. 30, 2021. (Knights of Columbus)
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Vintage aircraft towed through Chilliwack
Find Me My Furever Home - Theodore and Alvin at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Julius at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Sunny at the Chilliwack SPCA
Cozy Covers

Fraser Valley charity hopes to raise $40K for 16 organizations

Cozy Covers supporting groups in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley

Cozy Covers
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)

White Rock author’s book tells stories of B.C.’s South Asian pioneers

‘These stories belong to the community’ says Karen Dosanjh

Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)
Not all pumpkins have to be scary, as Elizabeth Faith Castillo showed up with this Mickey Mouse lookalike.
Not all pumpkins have to be scary, as Elizabeth Faith Castillo showed up with this Mickey Mouse lookalike.
Kyber is ok. We promise. (Lauren Mitchell)

Wall of Shame?: Observer readers share their unflattering dog pics

We asked, you delivered. Who’s a good reader? You are!

Kyber is ok. We promise. (Lauren Mitchell)
This image from Linda Brown of the Chilliwack Plowing Match won a photography contest for Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s annual calendar. Her photo was featured for April 2020 in the Chilliwack—Hope constituency calendar. (Linda Brown photograph)

Annual call out for Chilliwack-Hope constituency calendar photo contest

Photos will be featured in MP Mark Strahl’s calendar for 2021

This image from Linda Brown of the Chilliwack Plowing Match won a photography contest for Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl’s annual calendar. Her photo was featured for April 2020 in the Chilliwack—Hope constituency calendar. (Linda Brown photograph)
The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation held its inaugural Grand Gala in November 2019 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. This year’s event will be held online. (Submitted photo)

Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation holds virtual Grand Gala

Second annual event takes place online on Nov. 20, raising funds for local hospitals

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation held its inaugural Grand Gala in November 2019 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. This year’s event will be held online. (Submitted photo)
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
John Redekop, with wife Doris, was the 2019 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from UFV. (Photo courtesy of UFV)

Nominations open until Oct. 30 for UFV’s Betty Urquhart Awards

Award recognizes ‘significant impact’ of volunteer work by an individual or group

John Redekop, with wife Doris, was the 2019 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from UFV. (Photo courtesy of UFV)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Unsworth elementary school librarian, Lorraine Warner, explains to Grade 5 student, Zachary Greenwood, how to use the new book vending machine on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Unsworth elementary home to Chilliwack’s very first book vending machine

Students earn new books from the machine by completing reading challenges, being kind

Unsworth elementary school librarian, Lorraine Warner, explains to Grade 5 student, Zachary Greenwood, how to use the new book vending machine on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Pearl Life Renewal Society is having a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)

Garage sale to raise funds for sexually exploited women in Chilliwack

Donations sought for upcoming garage sale fundraiser for Pearl Life Renewal Society

The Pearl Life Renewal Society is having a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)
Residents of Hampton House take part in their annual Terry Fox walk on Sept. 4, 2020. (Tracey McDonald photo)

Spunky seniors in Chilliwack stay active while raising more than $2,000 for Terry Fox Foundation

Residents of three Chilliwack retirement homes recently took part in annual Terry Fox walk fundraiser

Residents of Hampton House take part in their annual Terry Fox walk on Sept. 4, 2020. (Tracey McDonald photo)
An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)

Popular Chilliwack bike auction moves to online format

Bidding on a bike as easy as commenting on Facebook this year, due to pandemic

An example of some of the bikes being auctioned off to support Chilliwack Restorative Justice. This year (2020) the sale is being held via Facebook, with new crops of bikes posted on Mondays, and auctions being called each Thursday. (Submitted photos)
Sally Lum sits in the pilot seat and nonagenarian Ann Coulter is the passenger on a trishaw with the Chilliwack/Yarrow Chapter of Cycling Without Age. With COVID-19 protocols now in place, the local chapter will be out on the Hope River Rotary Trail this weekend. (Submitted)

Cycling Without Age offers free rides to seniors in Chilliwack in the time of COVID

Folks can take a ride on one of the trishaws this weekend along the Hope River Rotary Trail

Sally Lum sits in the pilot seat and nonagenarian Ann Coulter is the passenger on a trishaw with the Chilliwack/Yarrow Chapter of Cycling Without Age. With COVID-19 protocols now in place, the local chapter will be out on the Hope River Rotary Trail this weekend. (Submitted)
Chelsea Rochelle captured this image of her daughter at the Wisbey Veggies pumpkin patch.

SLIDESHOW: Chilliwack Progress readers share images of October

From puppies to pumpkins, Chilliwack’s photographers capture wide range of seasonal photos

Chelsea Rochelle captured this image of her daughter at the Wisbey Veggies pumpkin patch.
Morning fog lifts from a field on Banford Road in Chilliwack on a sunny autumn day on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Autumn is here: share your fall photos of Chilliwack with us

Fall is a great season to get outside and snap some photos of the changing leaves and rain

Morning fog lifts from a field on Banford Road in Chilliwack on a sunny autumn day on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)