The third annual Paddle the Hope Slough event is this Saturday. See event listing below for more. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from April 22 to 28

Seven Days is a weekly listing of community events taking place in Chilliwack. It is published free by the Chilliwack Progress online every week. To get your event listed in Seven Days, email it to:

April 22 to 28

April 1 to 30 • Haiku Contest: Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Yarrow Library’s annual Haiku contest. The Haiku is a Japanese verse in three lines — line one has five syllables, line two has seven syllables and line three has five syllables. Need help? Check out Submit your entries to the Yarrow Library by Wednesday, May 1 where they will be displayed for everyone to enjoy and vote. There are categories for children, teens and adults with prizes awarded.

Thursday, April 25 • A trio of original watercolour paintings by late artist Heinz Klassen will be unveiled at the Yarrow Library in his honour on April 25. He was a Yarrow resident for more than 40 years. The paintings are from a series of about 10 pieces he did of the Chilliwack-Vedder River and the neighbourhood around the Yarrow Library (Community Street and Wilson Road) before he died in 2017. Heinz Klassen’s three watercolours will be unveiled at the Yarrow Library on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 25 • Chilliwack secondary school’s annual fundraiser grad dinner with live entertainment and an auction is at 5 p.m. at the school. The jazz band will be performing, plus there will be a prom shop. Tickets $15 and available at the school (46363 Yale Rd.).

Thursday, April 25 • Early Morning Rain: the songs of Gordon Lightfoot performed by John McLachlan with Marc Atkinson is at Tractorgrease on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The tribute to Lightfoot is a wander through the wonderfully crafted songs of one of Canada’s greatest songwriters, presented by two musicians perfectly suited for the journey. McLachlan has chosen over 30 songs from Lightfoot’s first 10, prolific years (1966 through 1976), and lovingly arranged in ways that make them familiar to anyone who followed his music, but also fresh for those who have never heard them before, or who are only familiar with his major hits. The concert unfolds with personal anecdotes and some historical context behind the songs as well as the role the music played in McLachlan’s early musical development. The is no “tribute” show but rather a musical love letter with new arrangements to familiar classics. Marc Atkinson (lead acoustic guitar/mandolin) is an accomplished musician who has toured extensively as the Marc Atkinson Trio in Canada and internationally for 20 years. Tickets $12 and available at

April 25 to May 5 • The Chilliwack Players Guild presents The Diary of Anne Frank at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. They’ve chosen the adaptation by Wendy Kesselman. The production opens on Thursday, April 25 and runs until Sunday, May 5 in the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre. Show times are: April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for students/seniors. Tickets available at or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Friday, April 26 • It’ll be an intimate singer-songwriter night from two of Vancouver’s shining folk musicians — Bob Sumner and Oxlip (Jayne Trimble). They perform at Tractorgrease at 9 p.m. on April 26. With his brother Brian, Bob Sumner has written and played finely tuned songs erected at the borders of country and rock and roll for nearly 15 years, making the Sumner family name synonymous with the alternative folk and country music scenes throughout the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Bob Sumner’s 2019 solo release, Wasted Love Songs, is a rare debut from a songwriting veteran that expresses the timeless quality found in the melancholy of Townes Van Zandt, the atmospheric momentum of Tom Petty, and the prophetic restlessness of Bruce Springsteen. Jayne Trimble is a folk singer-songwriter originally from Northern Ireland, now calling Vancouver, British Columbia her home. She blends ancient mysticism, folklore, myths and legends with a whiff of sixties psychedelia. She has surrounded herself with the camaraderie of the finest Canadian musicians, and now calls herself Oxlip. Her 2018 release, Wolves! Cried the Maid, peaked at #2 on Earshot’s folk radio chart and brought international attention to her work. Tickets $12 and available at

Saturday, April 27 • Jeffery Straker will be in Chilliwack to play The Acoustic Emporium on April 27 at 7 p.m. Often drawing comparisons to a young Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, or Elton John – his own personal influences have really come to light on his new record, which was released in the Spring of 2017. It’s a 12 song epic folk/pop album which features the likes of Royal Wood, and Daniel Ledwell. It debuted at number five on the iTunes Canada Singer-Songwriter charts and has had airplay on CBC Radio as well as college/community radio. The album was produced in five different studios with a myriad of producers at the helm…which is no surprise – ‘cause Jeffery is always on the move. He plays (on average) over a 100 shows a year worldwide. Positive response of the album has seen Straker enjoy some notable bookings. He’s performed his original songs with the full Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in the 2200 seat TCU Place (Saskatoon), he made his debut at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, and he has enjoyed sold-out shows throughout the country. The Toronto Star called his work “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time”, and his home province of Saskatchewan gave his record a top 10 placing in the “best albums of 2017” rankings. Tickets $15 ($10 for students) and available at

Saturday, April 27 • Author Visit: Jane Reid, author of Freshly Picked: A Locavore’s Love affair with BC’s Bounty will be at the Sardis Library. Jane Reid became a local food fan after moving to British Columbia, first to the productive Fraser Valley, and later to Whistler, close to the picturesque and fertile Pemberton Valley. Jane was able to combine her love of the written word with her passion for locally grown foods in her new book. Sardis Library, Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 • The Paddle the Hope Slough event is a chance to paddle serenely down the historic Hope slough in a canoe or kayak. Attendees will learn a little about the importance of the local waterway, discuss solutions, and pick up some trash along the way. Canoes for the event are available to rent for $20/person, PFDs included, or hit the water for free for those who have their own canoes/kayaks. Starts at 10 a.m. and launch site is Reeves Road at Yale Road. Tour ends around 1p.m. the Kinsmen Park followed by a BBQ lunch by donation put on by 1st Fairfield Scouts. The event runs rain or shine, so dress accordingly and bring some water. Tickets at

Saturday, April 27 • The official launch of the Yarrow/Chilliwack Chapter of Cycling Without Age (CWA) takes place April 27 in the courtyard of the Yarrow Community School (4595 Wilson Rd.) from 9 to 11 a.m. CWA is a volunteer-run organization that is spreading like wildfire all around the world. Its aim is to get seniors back on bikes and into the community. Founded in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Copenhagen, Denmark, the movement has expanded to more than 1600 chapters in over 40 countries, with 9 chapters in BC. The local event, Gearing Up CWA Yarrow/Chilliwack, will involve a pancake breakfast, information about how to volunteer, mini-tours on a trishaw, how to be trained as a trishaw ”pilot” and how to connect isolated seniors and other folks with mobility challenges to this new initiative. A trishaw looks like a rickshaw, but with the passengers seated in front of the “pilot.” Everyone is encouraged to ride their own bike to the event, and also, to bring along their favourite senior. For more information email

Sunday, April 28 • Evensong Chamber Singers performs Mendelssohn Lobgesang (hymn of praise) on Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Under the direction of conductor Hans Kruger, the 44-voice choir will perform with an two orchestras and guest soloists. The program begins with the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and for the Mendelssohn’s feature, a second 30-piece professional orchestra accompanies Evensong. Tickets $20/general, $15/students and available at or 604-391-7469.


Now to Saturday, May 25 • ART33, a group exhibition showcasing the works of students from Chilliwack, Sardis and G.W. Graham secondaries, runs April 17 to May 25 at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery. Pieces include paintings, drawings, sculptures, paper mâché and photography, and more. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Wellington Local House (45886 Wellington Ave.) has a live acoustic jam on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Kerry Krahn. Thursdays is their live interactive piano bar show with Trevor McDonald from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Book Clubs • Join in for lively discussions of selected titles. Chosen books will change monthly and copies are provided by the library. New members are welcome to join at any time. Chilliwack Library: Tuesdays April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Chilliwack Library: Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Yarrow Library: Tuesdays, April 16, May 21, June 18, 2 to 3 p.m.

At the Chilliwack Stroke Recovery Program, stroke survivors participate in exercises, communication practice, and educational opportunities, and enjoy social interaction and peer support. The program takes place every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Evergreen Hall. If you had a stroke, or you know someone who had a stroke, and you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Anna, coordinator at 604-316-6718 or email: They are also looking for volunteers.



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