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 29 to August 4
Wednesday, July 31 • 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. Aug. 4: Circus Lab.
Tuesday, July 30 • Ozobots: Code, Play & Learn: Ozobot is a miniature robot that fits in the palm of your hand. It is designed for children to learn coding. It can follow lines or roam around freely, detect colours, and can also be programmed. So learn coding with us on this fun-filled afternoon. This program is geared towards children ages 8-14. Yarrow Library, Tuesday, July 30, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 • Bollywood Dancer Karima Essa: Be a Bollywood star! Experience the magic and joy of dance and storytelling as Karima Essa performs Bollywood dance at the Sardis Library. Learn traditional dance moves with Karima. Events at the Sardis Library require a free ticket, available one week before the event. Tuesday, July 30 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 • Playdough Meetup: 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. Yarrow Library, Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 15 • Chilliwack Sunflower Festival: Every day from Aug. 1 to Sept. 15, make your way through 35 varieties of peak-season sunflowers — from two-foot Dwarf Sunspots to 12-foot Mammoth Grey Stripes, in varying shades of yellow, orange, and red. Pick your own Sunrich Orange sunflowers to take home (while supplies last), as well as cut sunflowers and field flowers, sunflower-inspired gifts, and onsite-grown spring bulbs of tulips and daffodils. Plus, this year includes the addition of 54 varieties of dahlias, a giant pumpkin patch, and a field of pick-your-own Chilliwack corn (while supplies last). Location is 41310 Yale Rd. Ticket and season-pass prices vary for individuals, families and bus groups; children five and under are admitted free.
Thursday, Aug. 1 to Tuesday, Aug. 27 • Sto:lo Cultural Education and Tourism presents its Cultural Experience Series throughout the month of August at 7201 Vedder Rd. The free events take place Aug. 1, 7, 15, 20 and 27. On Aug. 1, visit the longhouse for storytelling, cultural history, and protocols from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 7, 10 a.m. to noon is wool weaving in the Sto:lo Interpretive Centre (located through the Sto:lo Gift Shop). This is a take-home project. Learn the traditional weaving methods and cultural stories behind this ancient art. On Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon it’s all about archaeology. Visit the Sto:lo Resource Centre and learn about the Man turned to Stone, enjoy the vast basket collection, as well as see a cultural education Sto:lo movie. On Aug. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. visit the Sto:lo Interpretive Centre and learn about traditional fishing methods, ceremonies and teachings. And on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, it’s a kiosk tour and longhouse singing. Meet just prior to 10 a.m. at the longhouse.
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.