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July 22 to 28
Now to July 28 • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre July 18 to 28, presented by Secondary Characters Musical Theatre. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Show times: July 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets $25/adult, and $22/students and seniors. Preview tickets (July 18) are $18. Tickets available at the Centre Box Office or by calling 604-391-7469.
Monday, July 22 • Downtown Family Place has moved! The grand opening of Downtown Family place is July 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 9435 Young Rd. (Central Elementary Community School). Check out their new location and join them for cake and refreshments today. It is one of six Family Place programs offered by Chilliwack Community Services. Family Place is a drop-in program with play-based learning, and it helps parents and children build healthy connections to each other.
Wednesday, July 24 • 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 24: Craftapalooza.
Thursday, July 25 • Five-piece powerhouse band Mapstone will be rocking Tractorgrease. The group is steeped in conscious lyrics, thoughtful grooves and an energy that is simply captivating. They blend and bend reggae, folk and world music into a unique fusion that has been quoted as “tribal heart roots music.” Mapstone performs at Tractorgrease Cafe (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.) on Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets $12 and available at eventbrite.ca.
Friday, July 26 • 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.
Friday, July 26 • Local band The Mudsharks 3 will be performing live at Corky’s Irish Pub this Friday offering up lots of original hits, plus some cover songs. They play “indie rock/rock’n’roll with a classic rock flavour,” says drummer Doug Neufeld. Music starts at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
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.