The Chilliwack Rodeo is a huge part of the Chilliwack Fair. This year the 147th annual event runs Aug. 9 to 11. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Aug. 5 to 11

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: events@theprogress.com.

Check back here for updates. Seven Days is updated regularly throughout the week as new events are sent to us.

August 5 to 11

Wednesday, Aug. 7 • 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 7: Breakdance Project.

Thursday Aug. 8 and Friday, Aug. 9 • 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 Yarrow and Chilliwack libraries. Learn traditional dance moves with Karima. Yarrow Library: Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. Chilliwack Library: Friday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11 • The 147th annual Chilliwack Fair takes over Chilliwack Heritage Park this weekend. Started in 1873, it is the second-oldest fair in B.C. The Chilliwack Fair blends 4-H competitions and the Chilliwack Rodeo with live music and entertainment, pig races, pony rides and much more. For a full schedule and ticket information, go to chilliwackfair.com.

Saturday, Aug. 10 • The Chilliwack Visual Artists Association (CVAA) presents its group show, Expressions, at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Aug. 8 to 24. The exhibition is a collection of art forms which reveal the passion and individuality of contributing CVAA members. They are bold, intuitive and playful expressions captured in sculptures, paintings, ceramics, multimedia, photographs and fabric art. Opening reception for Expressions is Saturday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For further information, go to oconnorgroupartgallery.com.

Saturday, Aug. 10 • Fraser Valley Conservancy (FVC) is looking for volunteers to help with its streamside restoration on Aug. 10 at Luckakuck Creek. Before FVC can plant more trees and native shrubs they need to make space for them which means removing the invasive species including blackberry bushes and ivy. They will provide you with all the tools you’ll need. Volunteers must be prepared to work in hot conditions, should bring a water bottle, and will need work gloves and good footwear (hiking boots recommended). The Luckakuck Creek streamside restoration event is on Saturday, Aug. 10 starting at 9 a.m. and going until 2 p.m. Meet at the Luckakuck Creek trailhead on Luckakuck Place, located off Luckakuck Way on the south side. For more info, email natashaw@fraservalleyconservancy.ca or call 604-625-0066.

Sunday, Aug. 11 • Sister-brother duo Qristina and Quinn Bachand will be making a stop in Chilliwack as part of their B.C. summer tour this Sunday at Tractorgrease Café. The two have developed their own ‘voice,’ exploring various musical traditions, fusing old-time, Celtic, folk and jazz to create their distinctive sound. will be performing a matinee show at Tractorgrease (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.) on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets $15 and available at eventbrite.ca.

Ongoing:

Now 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.

Now to Tuesday, Aug. 27 • Sto:lo Cultural Education and Tourism presents its Cultural Experience Series throughout the month of August at 7201 Vedder Rd. On 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 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. “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 exhibition runs until April 18, 2020 at the Chilliwack Museum (45820 Spadina Ave.).

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.

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: cwackstrokerecovery@gmail.com. They are also looking for volunteers.


 

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