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 8 to 14
Tuesday, July 9 • Magformers/Keva Blocks • Yarrow Library, Tuesday, July 9, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. • Join us for construction fun. Build structures by stacking KEVA planks — no glue or connectors needed. From preschoolers up, everyone can explore engineering techniques and build at their own skill level. This program is geared towards children ages 5-12.
Wednesday, July 10 • Dawn of the Dinosaurs is the theme for the 27th annual Sto:lo Children’s Festival July 10. The day has been inspired by the movie Jurassic Park, and is open to anyone in the community to join in. The event includes a lunch, midway games, bouncy castles, a Slahal tournament, prizes, a colouring contest, and even “Sto:lo’s Got Talent.” The festival runs rain or shine, but it is an outdoor event, at Sto:lo Nation at 7201 Vedder Rd. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s a free day of fun, but pre-registration is preferred, through an online form available at www.stolonation.bc.ca.
Wednesday, July 10 • Storytimes in Salish Park (behind Chilliwack Library 45860 First Ave. 604-792-1941) • Every Wednesday during the summer, the Chilliwack Library, in partnership with the City of Chilliwack, will be hosting Storytime in the Park. Each week will feature something special, check it out! In the event of extreme weather, storytime will be moved indoors. This community program is brought to you in part by funding provided by the City of Chilliwack. Storytimes will run 10:30 to 11 a.m., followed by special guests from 11 to 11:30 a.m. July 10: Radical Raptors with Gary Worley.
Wednesday, July 10 • Summer Storytimes • Yarrow Library, 10:30 to 11 a.m. • Summer’s 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.
Wednesday, July 10 • Sand Art • Sardis Library, Wednesday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Spring into an art activity at the library and create beautiful and colourful sand art. Registration required, for ages 4 to 10.
Thursday, July 11 • The Great Gordini • Join the Great Gordini and his assistant Otto the Skunky Munky for a show filled with magic tricks, wacky fun, and a lot of opportunities to participate. Can you figure out the magic? Imagine the possibilities! Yarrow Library: Thursday, July 11, 11 a.m.
Friday, July 12 • Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey • Sardis Library, Friday, July 12, 11 to 11:45 a.m. • Raptors Ridge will offer a rare and unique opportunity to view birds of prey up close and personal. This family friendly program will include fun and fascinating facts while promoting the identification of raptors, their natural habitat and habits associated with their surroundings. This is a ticketed event. Tickets available for pick up at the Sardis Library a week before the event.
Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 21 • The 41st annual Harrison Festival of the Arts will feature an eclectic mix of music, live entertainment, arts, crafts and more. It runs Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 21 at Harrison Hot Springs. To have a look at the schedule of performances and the full lineup, check out harrisonfestival.com for all the details. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online through the website, or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, July 12 • Party in the Park takes over downtown Chilliwack every Friday evening in July starting at 5 p.m. each night and going until about 9 p.m. Each night will feature six acts on stage, including country, rock, roots, blues, folk and indie original musical artists. In addition to the main stage entertainment in Central Park, the Party in the Park series will also see the return of the licensed busking stage in front of Triple Play Pub on Wellington, and a new community side stage in front of the Royal Hotel with entertainment for all ages. The event also includes food vendors, arts and crafts, family entertainment, and more.
Sunday, July 14 • Greg Drummond and his band will be in Chilliwack at Tractorgrease this weekend performing some brand new songs. Straddling the genres of Canadiana and folk rock, Drummond employs the penetrating warmth of electric guitars, horns, and layers of synthesizers to expand sonic barriers and carve out a sound that is uniquely his own. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Tractorgrease Café (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.). Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at eventbrite.ca.
Now 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.
Now 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. Ganert primarily paints in a nostalgic style, Laxton-Ekberg paints with a whimsical, ‘posterized’ style and Legere photographs both the marvelous and the mundane. 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
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.