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August 12 to 18
Wednesday, Aug. 14 • 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 14: Chilliwack Chiefs.
Wednesday, Aug. 14 • Family Painting Class: Have fun learning to paint a beautiful sunset scene with the whole family. Learn basic landscape techniques using acrylic paint. Registration required, for ages 6+. Sardis Library, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16 • Circus Lab: Have you ever wanted to see what the Circus is all about? Now’s your chance! Performers from Circus Lab will demonstrate their acts on a variety of aerial apparatuses during this family friendly event. This performance will take place just outside of the Sardis Library. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the library to confirm, as this program will be postponed for another day. Sardis Library, Saturday, Aug 16., 11 to 11:45 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17 • Lock’s Pharmacy is celebrating its 70th anniversary and saying thank you to the community in a huge way. On Saturday, Aug. 17, a portion of Main Street where the store has been located since 1949, will be closed down and Lock’s will be throwing a rocking street party with live music, food, prizes and more — and it’s free. The Lock’s Pharmacy and Home Health Care 70th Anniversary Party runs noon until 8 p.m. at 9181 Main St.
Saturday, Aug. 17 • A neighbourhood near Vedder River is inviting the public to help rebuild a fair village that was vandalized by teens back in June. The Vedder River Fairy Village Festival will be taking place at Peach Park, thanks to a grant from the city of Chilliwack and donations from local businesses. On Saturday, Aug. 17, children and adults who want to help rebuild the fairy village are welcome to head down to Peach Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a day of fairy house painting, rock painting, button-making and other crafts. There will also be a hot dog barbecue from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a free event and open to people of all ages.
Now to Aug. 24 • 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.
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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. They are also looking for volunteers.