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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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July 1 to 7
Monday, July 1 • Canada Day Celebrations: There’s a full line-up of events planned for Canada Day this year at Townsend Park, from the new fun run in the morning to the fireworks at night. The official kick-off on stage is at 11 a.m., with emcee Trevor McDonald. Check out the full schedule here.
Monday, July 1 • The Chilliwack Fire Department is hosting its annual pancake breakfast. Proceeds go towards the Chilliwack Firefighters Charitable Society Burn Fund. Goes from 8 to 11 a.m. at Hall #1 on Cheam Avenue.
Monday, July 1 • Tractorgrease is having a free Canada Day fundraiser concerts to help get its feet back firmly on the ground after its Open Mic night was shut down in September. Their fundraising campaign is called Support Live Music at Tractorgrease. The free event starts at 1 p.m. Monday, July 1 at 48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd. There will be CDs for sale and T-shirts, plus donations are welcome.
Monday, July 1 • The Kure Cannabis Society, the only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops, is having its grand opening celebration today starting at 4 p.m. There will be a live band and a barbecue, as well as overflow parking beside the shop that been cleared. The parking area is RV friendly, and good for people attending the Canada Day fireworks. The Kure is located at 137 Dyke Rd.
Wednesday, July 3 • Family Yoga • Sardis Library, Wednesday, July 3, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • This is not your typical yoga class…this is Family Yoga! Be ready for deep belly breaths and big belly laughs. We will have loads of FUN regardless of your age. Yoga increases flexibility, concentration, confidence and overall well-being. No experience necessary. Registration required and begins Wednesday, June 12.
Wednesday, July 3 • Summer Reading Club Kick off Party featuring The Great Gordini • Salish Park, behind Chilliwack Library, 45860 First Ave. 604-792-1941, Wednesday, July 3 • The Chilliwack Library, in partnership with the City of Chilliwack, is kicking of Summer Reading Club in style this year. Bouncy Castle, crafts, face painting, watermelon and much more – sign up for Summer Reading Club while you’re at it! This is a perfect opportunity to pack and enjoy a picnic in the park and enjoy a free day of fun. Kickoff party outside: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Great Gordini show inside: 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 3 • Summer Storytimes • Yarrow Library, Wednesdays, July 3 and 10, 10:30 to 11 a.m. • Summers here and so are storytimes. Introduce kids to the love of books and language with Storytime. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Storytime prepares children to learn to read.
Thursday, July 4 to Friday, July 12 • Opening night for the Chilliwack Players Guild’s British Pub Nights “Pirate Radio” is Thursday, July 4 and it runs until July 12 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Show times are: July 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee is Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available at the centre’s box office, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by phone at 604-391-7469.
Thursday, July 4 • Playdough Meetup • Yarrow Library, Thursday, July 4, 2 to 3 p.m. • Bring the kids in for some playdough fun. Playdough stimulates their senses and offers endless opportunities for imaginative play. This program is geared towards children ages 2 to 8.
Thursday, July 4 • Scottish songwriter Frank Burkitt will perform a run of 10 shows across B.C. for what will be his debut tour of Canada in July 2019, and he’s kicking off the tour on Thursday, July 4 at Tractorgrease Café. Armed with just his guitar and voice, his show will be an intimate and personal showcase of his music. He will charm you with his anecdotes and storytelling, before captivating you with intelligently written songs that are inspired by his love of American Roots and Scottish Folk music. He has been living in New Zealand for the past five years and formed The Frank Burkitt Band in Wellington where they recently were announced as the Vodafone NZ Music Award winners for Best Folk Artist 2019. Frank is touring Canada as a solo artist however so this is a rare chance to hear his songs performed intimately and raw. Tickets $12 and available at eventbrite.ca.
Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, Aug. 3 • Coming to the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from July 4 to Aug. 3 is The Way We See It exhibit, featuring Chilliwack artists: Zidonja Ganert, Greg Laxton-Ekberg and Vickie Legere. As artists, we see the world through the eyes of wonder. Our choice of visual mediums is vastly different. Ganert primarily paints in a nostalgic style, Laxton-Ekberg paints with a whimsical, ‘posterized’ style and Legere photographs both the marvelous and the mundane. We create art to say ‘something’ about what we feel about the subject – not just to make a pretty picture. Opening reception is July 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone welcome. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Gallery may be open for 1 hour before most shows in the Cultural Centre. Admission is free. See website for info: www.oconnorgroupartgallery.com
Sunday, July 7 • Direct from Australia, the world’s premier live ABBA tribute is coming to town! The ABBA Show will be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Sunday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Far from being ‘just another cover band’, The ABBA Show is a full-scale concert production featuring more than two hours of fun, energetic musical performances with a live backing band, replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle. Starring incredibly detailed performances from internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely fABBAulous, The ABBA Show gives fans of all ages a chance to re-live the ABBA concert experience, celebrate the music of ABBA and dance the night away. Tickets $64 (adults) and $35 (students under 13) and available at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.
Now to end of August • The Summer Reading Club is open to people of all ages. “This is a great opportunity to encourage everyone to read throughout the summer,” says community librarian Katie Burns. Head to your local library to register. When you sign up, you’re handed a reading record in which you mark off boxes for every day you read. Read for a total of seven days and you get a sticker (for younger kids) or a draw entry form (older kids and adults) when you bring your reading record to the library. There are four age categories: preschool and younger, kindergarten to Grade 6, Grade 7 to 12, and adult.
Now to Thursday, Aug. 29 • Cultus Lake Park Rocks is a contest which runs Mondays to Thursdays now until Aug. 29. Each week, 10 green-painted rocks will be hidden in the park. If you find one and hand it in to the park administration office, you’ll win a small prize such as a beach ball, little bucket and tools for sand, or backpack. Rocks must be handed in to the Cultus Lake Park Administration Office (4169 Columbia Valley Highway) from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Now to April 18, 2020 • The Chilliwack Museum and Archives will be unveiling its latest exhibition Five Faces, Five Corners: The Social Experience of Chilliwack’s Downtown at an opening reception on May 16 at 7 p.m. “This exhibition explores the evolving social landscape of Chilliwack’s Five Corners area,” said Anna Irwin, curator at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. “It really is a fitting time to showcase this area as the downtown redevelopment project proceeds, it all ties together nicely.” The Opening Reception will feature appetizers and refreshments while viewers enjoy the first look at the exhibition. Admission to the event is $5 for the general public and free for members of the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society.
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. Book clubs take place at the Chilliwack Library and Yarrow Library. Go to fvrl.bc.ca for more info.
Lego Club: We have the LEGO, you bring your imagination. LEGO club is a fun time for kids so come on in and join us. Chilliwack Library, Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sardis Library, Tuesdays, 3 to 5 p.m. Yarrow Library: Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (please register at the desk upon arrival)
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: email@example.com. They are also looking for volunteers.