The eighth annual Chilliwack Garlic and Harvest Festival is this weekend. See listing below for more info. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Aug. 19 to 25

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 19 to 25

Wednesday, Aug. 21 • Brace Yourself: Use natural stones and other fun materials to create one of a kind jewelry that is easy, fun and simple to take on and off the wrist. All tools and materials supplied. Registration required, for ages 12 and up. Sardis Library, Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to noon. 604-858-5503.

Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 22 • Storytellers: Well-Worn Trail – Great blue herons, otters, snowy owls – discover fascinating facts about Canadian animals and their habitats. The Well Worn Trail storytellers, Rob and Lillian, use puppetry, songs and story to kindle the wonder of nature in children of all ages. Yarrow Library: Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Sardis Library: Thursday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. (events at the Sardis Library require a free ticket, available one week before the event). 604-858-5503.

Friday, Aug. 23 • Making Earrings: Learn how to use all the components needed to make simple, lightweight earrings. All ear hooks are surgical steel; friendly for sensitive ears. All tools and materials supplied. Registration required, for ages 12 and up. Sardis Library: Friday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to noon. 604-858-5503.

Friday, Aug. 23 • Mask Making: Join local artist John LeFlock for this fun and creative program. Create and design your own personal mask with various materials and techniques. Registration required, for ages 6 to 18. Please drop by or phone the library to sign up. Sardis Library: Friday, Aug. 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 604-858-5503.

Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25 • The eighth annual Chilliwack Garlic and Harvest Festival presented by Fantasy Farms takes place this weekend. Garlic growers from across B.C. will bring their very best to dazzle your senses. The festival features live music, local artisans, vendors and food. There will be garlic tasting, garlic goodies, plus talk to the many growers about the garlic and other products they grow. Bring the little ones and enjoy our family fun zone, take a ride on Petey’s Pumpkin express to visit this year’s Pumpkin patch and see them still on the vine. Runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission (cash only): general/$10, children five and older/$5, family pass/$24 (two adults, two children – each additional child $4).

Saturday, Aug. 24 • The inaugural Chilliwack Pride Barbecue will be cooking today. It’s be a place to connect with and support the Chilliwack and Fraser Valley LGBTQ+ community. Admission and food is free. This is a family friendly inclusive and accessible event for all ages. Fun, music, games and activities for the whole family. It is hosted by the Chilliwack Gender Care Committee and take place at Chilliwack’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre (46361 Yale Rd.) from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25 • Head to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to see a free sneak peek of @giselle, a brand new, modern ballet premiering at the Vancouver Playhouse next month. The public viewings run Aug. 25 to Sept. 2. There is no fee, but registration is required. Contact the Centre Box Office at 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Sunday, Aug. 25 • The 27th annual Chilliwack Flight Fest takes to the skies on Sunday. It’s one of the few free airshows in North America. The event starts with a Hangar Dance on Saturday night, and the main event starts at noon on Sunday. For more, go to chilliwackairshow.ca.

Ongoing:

Now to Sept. 1 • The inaugural Cultus Lake Flower Festival has bloomed in Yarrow. Dahlias, zinnias, sunflowers and oh-so-many wildflowers are on display at 4215 Wilson Rd. Tickets must be pre-purchased online, $15/carload on weekdays, $20/carload on the weekend.

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. 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. 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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