Belle Plaine is back on the Canadian highways and will be heading to Tractorgrease on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. See listing below for more info. (Carey Shaw)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Nov. 18 to 24

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.

November 18 to 24

Monday, Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 24 • Donations for Operation Christmas Child are being accepted this week at Chilliwack Alliance Church. Each gift-filled shoebox packed, donated, and delivered to one of hundreds of collection centres throughout Canada by Nov. 24 will make a long journey into the arms of a child in need. People can also pack boxes online at PackABox.ca. Here in Chilliwack, folks can drop off shoeboxes, or clear plastic boxes filled with items to Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.). Hours are: Nov. 19 to 21 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Nov. 22 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Nov. 23 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Nov. 24 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Wednesday, Nov. 20 to Saturday, Dec. 28 • Members of the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association are giving a new life to items that most people would likely toss in the trash or recycle bin. The group’s newest show, Upscale Art, features work made from found, collected and recycled items. The exhibition runs Nov. 20 to Dec. 28 in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Opening reception is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 to Saturday, Dec. 7 • The Chilliwack Players Guild will be presenting a heart-warming production about kindness and giving when the members bring the classic tale, A Christmas Carol, to the stage this holiday season. It will be a theatre-in-the-round production inside the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Nov. 21 to Dec. 7. Preview is Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Show times: Nov. 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, Dec. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets: adult $25, senior/student $20. Preview night two for $25. Tickets available at the centre’s box office, by calling 604-391-7469, or online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Thursday, Nov. 21 • The inaugural Gift of Art Champagne Auction is a fundraiser for the Chilliwack Hospice Society and is taking place Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. The society has been gifted many pieces of artwork by local and other artists which will be up for auction that night at 7112 Vedder Rd. Tickets are $25 and include a glass of champagne and light snacks. Tickets available by calling 604-795-4660.

Thursday, Nov. 21 • The fourth annual Fraser Valley Music Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 21 at Corky’s Irish Pub. Solo and band performers from across the Fraser Valley were invited to send in submissions last month for the awards. Jurors then evaluated the entries and determined the nominees. Tickets are $10 and available in person at Corky’s, or online at civl.ca

Thursday, Nov. 21 • Diabetes Presentation: Do you have diabetes or risk factors for diabetes? Do you know what the potential risk factors are? A London Drugs Pharmacist will talk about types of diabetes, signs and symptoms, risk factors, complications, medications and complementary therapies. Learn how to manage your diabetes and live your life to the fullest. Sardis Library, Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 24 • The 17th Annual Chilliwack Christmas Craft Crawl runs Nov. 21 to 24. This year, two new stops are on the list: Anita’s Bread & Coffee and the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (featuring two local artists: Lawrence Dirks of the Charcuterie Hut with his artistic serving boards, as well as Donna Bruggen-Cate who makes one-of-a-kind wired art trees). Also on the crawl: Pottery by Kelly, Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey, Winks Home Gift and Baby, and Rustic Soap Co. For more information, including hours and addresses, go to www.chilliwackcraftcrawl.com.

Friday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 24 • The third annual Chilliwack Independent Film Festival returns this weekend. The three-day film festival will showcase the best of independent cinema from across B.C. and the world and it’s taking place Nov. 23 and 24 at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas. The festival launches with an opening mixer on Friday Nov. 22 at Cowork Chilliwack (free to all) with screenings from the newly launched 48 hour film competition. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the festival heads to the Cottonwood 4 Cinema with 39 films across eight screenings blocks. There will also be four films from Chilliwack itself. Ticket Info: Tickets $6 per screening block, $30 for a festival pass ($2 membership, one time fee). You can purchase tickets at the Cottonwood Box Office or at: www.ciff.ca/attend/tickets.

Friday, Nov. 22 • Vancouver-based tribute band, Perfectly Petty, will be bringing Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers to life when they bring their show to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Nov. 22. Tickets $45 (plus fees) at the Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-391-7469 or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Saturday, Nov. 23 • Super Science Challenges: Students work together in teams to design, create and test a variety of items; everyday materials are used to solve challenging science and engineering problems. Presentation by UFV’s “Let’s Talk Science”. For ages 8 to 11 years old, registration required, call or drop by the library to sign up. Chilliwack Library, Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 • It’s Christmas at Holly McKeen’s pottery studio. You’re invited to visit during McKeen’s casual Open Studio Saturdays (Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The studio is located at 110-45473 Ariel Pl. Down the stairs to the left of the house you will find the studio entrance (watch for signs). More info: 604-846-6440.

Saturday, Nov. 23 • Christ Lutheran Church’s second annual Christmas craft and bake sale happens on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9460 Charles St. Admission is free.

Saturday, Nov. 23 • Adventure, action and excitement, Warren Miller’s film Timeless has it all. It’s the 70th instalment in the film series. Warren Miller’s Timeless is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. There’s also an avalanche of door prizes audience members will have a chance to win just by attending. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Sunday, Nov. 24 • Belle Plaine is back on the Canadian highways and will be heading to Tractorgrease on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Her return to British Columbia and Alberta sees her backed by The Vultures featuring Steve Leidal on drums, Bryce Lewis as the telecaster master, and Belle’s own husband, Blake Berglund, on the bass guitar. Plaine is a seasoned professional. She’s a honky tonkin’ road dog. A classically trained vocalist, and a performer you don’t want to miss. You can expect plenty of banter, prairie references and and evening of music to fill up your heart for the long winter ahead. Her 2018 record, Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath, won Album of the Year at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards, and she was nominated for Roots Artist of the Year at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards. Tickets $15 and available at eventbrite.ca.

Sunday, Nov. 24 • The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that play some righteous folk and country music. They are at Bozzini’s on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.). Tickets $20 at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve by phone.

Ongoing:

Now to Dec. 2 • Calling all artists who work in a large format. The Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Centre Society and the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association collaborate on a project that provides the opportunity for local artists who work on a large scale to display their artwork in the lobby of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 2. More info and a “Lobby Artwork Submission Form” is available at oconnorgroupartgallery.com/call-for-artists or at the Cultural Centre Box Office on Corbould Street.

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.

A support group for polio survivors meets the first Tuesday each month for lunch and support at Canton Gardens at noon. More info: polio.support.bc@shaw.ca, 604-793-9961.

Co-Dependents Anonymous: Small, self-help, 12-step group for issues inside each of us. Meet every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Chilliwack Alano Club. More info: 604-793-9961.

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.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, Nov. 25 • The RCMP are inviting you to pull up a seat and join them on Nov. 25 to meet some of our local officers and enjoy a coffee with a cop. They encourage folks to stop by, have a chat in an informal environment, and learn about the people who police our community. It’s happening on Monday, Nov. 25 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Chestnut Springs Organics Bakery (42300 Yarrow Central Rd.).

Monday, Nov. 25 • Book Talk with Glenda Standeven: Do you have a great short inspirational story to share but you’re not sure how to get it published? Glenda Standeven is a well-known speaker and author. Her third short story ‘Good Morning Five Toes!’ was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul – Think Positive Live Happy. She will be doing a reading from the book and sharing information for anyone interested in learning how to submit their stories to be included in future call outs. Sardis Library, Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28 • Lisa Brokop – A classic Country Christmas with special guest Chilliwack’s Tyler Cody is Thursday, Nov. 28 at Bozzini’s. Early show is 5:30 p.m. (doors at 4 p.m.). Late show is at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.). Tickets $29.50 (plus tax) and available at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve by phone.

Friday, Nov. 29 • Pro-D Art Event – Clay Christmas Ornaments: Join Kaleidoscope Crafts and create two Christmas ornaments out of clay. You will go home with two unique decorations! Registration required. For ages 7 to 18. Chilliwack Library, Friday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29 • Fraser Valley Comedy presents its Comedy Contest at Elements Casino Chilliwack hosted by Yo Trieu on Nov. 29 starting at 8 p.m. This is a one night contest with a $300 cash prize awarded to the winning comic, $75 cash prize to the second place comic and $25 cash prize for the third place comic. Comics are judged by audience applause (sound meter decibel reader is available for close calls). Twelve comics will battle it out – there can be only one winner! Rules: All levels of comics; Must do a five-minute set (disqualified if going short on time); Four brackets of four comics will each do a five-minute comedy routine; Winner of each bracket advances to final round, where three duel off for the cash prize; Comics who advance to the final round cannot use the same jokes from the prior set; No ballots or voting, just audience applause.

Saturday, Nov. 30 • Promontory Heights elementary school is having a festive market to help raise money for a new playground. A Promontory Christmas Market features more than 50 vendors, pictures with Santa ($5), and a Christmas concession. The event takes place Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Promontory Heights elementary (46200 Stoneview Dr.).

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: Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30 • The Ryder Lake Handmade Christmas Craft Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ryder Lake Hall (49265 Elk View Rd.) on Saturday, Nov. 30. There will be 20-plus local vendors and artisans. Free admission.

Sunday, Dec. 1 • European Classical Ballet Academy presents Ballet Workshop par Excellence on Dec. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For dancers aged 12 and older. For more info, call 604-701-0173.

Thursday, Dec. 5 • Prostate Cancer Support Group Chilliwack’s next meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Mt Cheam Lion’s Club Hall at 7 p.m. Speaker will be Dr. Anne Marie Evers, a colon cancer, chemotherapy, grief survivor and author of “70 Ways to Cope with Chemo and/or Other Medical Treatments.” She will speak about her affirmation life tools that helped her deal with her journey. Open discussion to follow. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any prostate issues and visit with a number of prostate cancer survivors after the presentation. Coffee and refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome. Questions? Contact Dale Erikson at 604-824-5506 or Marc Gosselin at 778-255-2544

Thursday, Dec. 5 • Season’s Greetings with John Le Flock: Paint your own watercolour Christmas card and create a uniquely personal expression of good will for family and friends! Your one-of-a-kind creation will be suitable for printing multiple copies. For 18+. Registration is required. Sardis Library, Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6 • On Dec. 6, we observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established by the Parliament of Canada in 1991 to mark the anniversary of the 1989 murders of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal who were killed because of their gender. Ann Davis Transition Society invites you to participate in the commemoration of the victims of the Montréal Massacre on Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. at Five Corners in Chilliwack.

Friday, Dec. 6 to Sunday, Dec. 8 • Chilliwack Alliance Church’s annual Five Corners Christmas theatre production is celebrating its 10th anniversary this holiday season. This year’s performance, White Out, is a family-friendly comedy that explores the theme of human connection and vulnerability. When 10 strangers are trapped together during a holiday blizzard, tensions rise rapidly. Without social media to hide behind, they must share their authentic selves and work together to survive the storm. Performances of White Out run at Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.) Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are now available free of charge at the church office. A free-will offering will be collected at the event.

Friday, Dec. 13 • British comedy duo James and Jamesy bring the rollicking holiday comedy O Christmas Tea to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Reminiscent of classic British pantos, O Christmas Tea is rich with word play, comic physicality, and cleverly crafted interactive elements; however, it is James and Jamesy’s boundless imagination and endearing chemistry that bring to life the magic of this unique festive experience. Tickets: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or 604-391-7469.

Saturday, Dec. 14 • Join the Chilliwack Youth Orchestra for its Annual Christmas Concert benefiting the Chilliwack Community Cupboard on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. It taking place at the Chilliwack United Church (45835 Spadina Ave.). Tickets $10 for students and seniors, $15 for adults and available at the door, on Eventbrite and at King’s Music.


 

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