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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September 30 to October 6
Tuesdays, Oct. 1 to Oct. 22 • Picture Book Club: Just for kids! A fun after-school book club that focuses on picture books. Listen, print, draw and rate the story of the day in your very own journal. Join Miss Maria and Billy, the goat puppet, to explore some entertaining titles. For children in Grades 1 to 3. Registration required. Chilliwack Library, Tuesdays: Oct. 1 to 22, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 • The National Seniors Day complimentary pancake breakfast is Oct. 1 at Evergreen Hall, hosted by the Chilliwack and District Seniors’ Resources Society. Doors open at 9 a.m. and breakfast will be served until 10:30 a.m. Call 604-793-9979 to reserve your space.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 • Author Reading with Beatrice Elaine Silver: Join us for a special author event with Beatrice Elaine Silver. Beatrice is a local Sumas author and advocate. Beatrice built her career in education and First Nations leadership. She was a primary school teacher, and then a school Principal. Eventually she held the position of Coordinator Of Indigenous Education For The Ministry Of Education overseeing Indigenous Education in the Fraser Valley School Districts. In addition, she has served as the Chief of Sumas First Nations. ‘Lex̲èywa – I Pass the Torch to You’ is her first published book. Her memoir begins before school: a childhood in a small Indian Reserve, first surrounding the reader with her loving family. Many children in Beatrice’s generation were taken from home by Indian Affairs agents when they were too young to be able to later recall that safety and certainty. This story allows the reader to walk in the little shoes of a girl who survived the infamous school. She did so by sheer force of will, generated by confidence in the love of her family and the strength of her seven-year-old identity. Chilliwack Library, Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 2 • Movie-goers will be travelling the globe once again as the Chilliwack International Fall Film Series hits the big screen next month. Presented by Cottonwood 4 Cinemas, in partnership with the Chilliwack Community Arts Council, weekly screenings run every Wednesday for six weeks with two screenings per day. Each movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. every Wednesday from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6. Oct. 2 film: Wild Rose – UK / 1h 41min. / PG / Drama, Music. Director: Tom Harper. Stars: Jessie Buckley, Matt Costello, Jane Patterson. A troubled young Glaswegian woman dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.
Thursday, Oct. 3 • Urban Homesteading — Vegan Cheesemaking: Are you looking for healthy vegan alternatives to dairy products that you can make at home? Join Dee from Dee’s Nutty Cheese as she demonstrates that delicious cheese doesn’t have to come from a dairy farm. Chilliwack Library, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3 • Trauma Informed Yoga: Join yoga instructor Candice Baldwin from Thrive Collective: Counselling + Wellness in an open discussion on how the tools of yoga can be used to release and heal trauma in survivors. The discussion will be followed by a brief practice and Q&A. Drop-in. Sardis Library, Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3 • It’s Celtic Night with Victoria band Knacker’s Yard performing at Tractorgrease. These guys have powerful voices and foot-stomping that could bring the house down if they wanted to. Every time they come Tractorgrease gets into a spirit of old Irish, Scottish, English and Australian folk songs. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets $25 and available at eventbrite.ca.
Friday, Oct. 4 • Pianopoly: The dynamic energy of the Bergmann Duo combines with the critically acclaimed Duo Turgeon in an inspirational show coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. On Oct. 4, Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann will return for their first show of the season, in a dazzling concert that will celebrate the versatility of the piano. Pianopoly is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $27, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).
Friday, Oct. 4 • Quiz Night: No trivia is too trivial! Come for a fun evening at the Chilliwack Library full of laughter, groans and a chance to win the famous “Smarty Pants” award. Win door prizes or buy tickets for the gift basket raffle. Bring your group of eight or come alone and join others to form a team. Tickets for this popular event are $13 per person, include a snack and are available at the Chilliwack Library, cash or cheque only please. Chilliwack Library, Friday, Oct. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • Tractorgrease is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend. Music starts at 6 p.m. featuring: Gerald Charlie and the Black Owl Blues, Tamihi, Joe Matheson, Lakeisha Hewitt and Sound Check Ed Gallant. They will also be launching their brand new Tractorgrease smoking menu and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets $12 and available at eventbrite.ca. Call for additional questions at 604-858-3814.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • The Golden Palette Club’s multimedia art show and sale takes place Oct. 5 at Cultus Lake Community Hall (4220 Columbia Valley Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All original artwork for sale including: acrylics, watercolours, oils, pastels, pen and ink, cards, jewelry, and other artistic items. There will also be door prizes. Everyone is welcome.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • The Rosedale Harvest Festival is Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Yale and McGrath. There will be a parade, pancake breakfast, games, shows and a real sense of community.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • Juno-winning trumpet player and singer-songwriter Bria Skonberg is heading home for what’s being described as her “homecoming” performance on Oct. 5 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Skonberg grew up in Chilliwack and graduated from Chilliwack secondary. She won a Juno for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2017, and was nominated again for the same award in 2018. Her newest album is called Nothing Never Happens and its official release is on Nov. 1, but she will have some copies for sale Oct. 5 for her hometown fans. She will be performing with her New York quartet on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 for adults, $37 for seniors and $35 for youth, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).
Saturday, Oct. 5 • Cultural Collaboration returns to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Oct. 5. There will be an artists’ village where local artists will be creating and selling work, live performances such as theatre and music in the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre, demonstrations of various arts including wood turning and glass bead-making, plus Art from the Heart — an art show of work by students who have taken classes at the Cultural Centre. The event runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • The largest social photography event in the world, the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk, takes place on Oct. 5 and Chilliwack will be one of thousands of cities taking part in it. Here in Chilliwack, photographers will be snapping images along the Vedder River Rotary Trail. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at worldwidephotowalk.com, locate your city, and complete the free sign up form.
Saturday, Oct. 5 • Calling all moms who breastfeed! The annual Chilliwack Breastfeeding Challenge takes place on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre (46363 Yale Rd.). Doors open at 9 a.m. and latch-on time is 11 a.m. Register for this free event at eventbrite.com.
Sunday, Oct. 6 • A silent auction fundraiser for four-year-old cancer patient, Layla Topp, takes place on Oct. 6. Rob and Marisa Topp’s daughter Layla was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer in August. Join them as part of Layla’s Village as the community supports her through her battle with neuroblastoma. Tickets are $5 for adults (18+, free admission for kids under 18) and includes admission, tea/coffee/snacks. Tickets are available at laylasvillage.com or at the door. Hot dogs, chips and pop can be purchased at the event for an additional cost (all proceeds to the Topp family). If you would like to sponsor the cost of food for the event, or donate auction items, please reach out. All proceeds go directly to the family. To donate please contact: Becky Miller (604-703-5765, email@example.com) or Alex Miller (604-997-9077, Kalexmiller@gmail.com). The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 8871 School St.
Now to Oct. 17 • Kick Back: Need to chillax after a long day at school? Yoga master Laurea will lead you in some simple poses followed by a healthy snack. Keep calm and yoga on! Sardis Library: Thursdays, Sept. 26 to Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 30 • Man in the Moon Storytimes: This is a drop-in family storytime for children of all ages and their male caregivers. Enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes lead by a male library staff member. Chilliwack Library: Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Now to Oct. 17 • Infant Massage: Learn the power of positive touch with your baby. Through massage, your baby may experience improved digestion, better sleep and stress relief. Please bring along a blanket to lay your baby down on. For children who are in the pre-crawling stage. No older siblings. Registration required. To register, contact Coralee Tucker, Infant Development Consultant at 604-824-8760 ext. 3231. Yarrow Library: Thursdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Now to Dec. 12 • Babytime: Make language fun! Start early with Babytime. Help your baby develop speech and language skills — enjoy bouncing, singing and rhyming with stories. Babytime is a fun, social bonding activity for babies and caregivers. Sardis Library: Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Oct. 30 (excluding Oct. 23), 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Chilliwack Library: Thursdays, Sept. 19 to Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Now to Oct. 5 • It will be a full retrospective of work for Chilliwack artist Evelyn Zuberbier as she presents her last solo exhibition at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Aug. 28 to Oct. 5. The show, A Touch of Earth XII, is 70 years in the making and will feature a huge variety of her work including two of the first paintings she did when she was just 12 years old. The show is in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery. Admission is free.
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.