Festively wrapped trees light the path along a row of houses and cabins at Main Beach in Cultus Lake in 2016. This year’s Cultus Lake Christmas is Nov. 29 and 30. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1

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 25 to December 1

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 • For the fourth year in a row the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) is hosting its annual breakfast fundraising event It’s a Wonderful Breakfast to support the renovation and expansion of the Primary Care Clinic in the Chilliwack General Hospital. It’s A Wonderful Breakfast is from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 at the Chilliwack Coast Hotel. Tickets are $15 each or a reserved table of 10 for $150, and available at www.fvhcf.ca or by phone at 1-877-661-0314.

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.

Thursday, Nov. 28 • The third annual Light-Up Downtown event, hosted by the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce and Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, is Thursday, Nov. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Salish Park. There will be a lights display, food trucks, snacks, entertainment,the Rotary train, and a special guest. If you bring a non perishable food item, you can get a voucher for a free adult ticket (with purchase of a child’s ticket) to the Chilliwack Chiefs game that same night.

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.

Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 • Main Beach will come to life during Cultus Lake Christmas, a family-friendly celebration of the holiday season Nov. 29 and 30. Along with the lighting of the trees in the park, there’s a visit from Santa Claus, a bonfire with marshmallows, hot chocolate and hot cider, an artisan gift market, food for purchase and parking by donation. Cultus Lake Christmas is Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

Saturday, 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. 30 • The acclaimed francophone folk group Vent du Nord is heading to Harrison on Nov. 30. The group focuses on hard-driving soulful music that features the button accordion, guitar, fiddle and the hurdy gurdy, and brings the Celtic diaspora to life. They’re at Harrison’s Memorial Hall on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available online, by calling the Harrison Festival Society (604-796-3664) or visiting the Ranger Station Gallery (98 Rockwell Dr).

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.

Sunday, Dec. 1 • Originally from Liverpool but now residing in Canada, Bernie and Red are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than 35 years. The married musical duo will be bringing songs and snickers to the Chilliwack Legion (9350 Mary St.) on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

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 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.

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 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.

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:

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. 6 • Melt away the chill of dreary days with the warmth of a spectacular morning concert showcasing the winter season, as tenor Benjamin Butterfield joins the dynamic Bergmann Duo on Dec. 6 for Wintersong. It’s coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 6 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).

Sunday, Dec. 8 • In celebration of its 10th anniversary the Philomusica Chorus will present some of its best loved seasonal selections with Christmas Times Ten on Dec. 8. The programme will showcase the very wide range of repertoire that Philomusica Chorus has presented over its ten years of operation — from high classical to folk, jazz and contemporary, sacred and secular. Christmas Times Ten by the Philomusica Chorus is Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Rotary Hall Studio Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets $20/$25 and available at the Cultural Centre Box Office, 604-391-SHOW (7469), or online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca/event/christmas-times-ten.

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.

Friday, Dec. 13 • The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Messiah in the Valley featuring Handel’s most beloved choral masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. at First Avenue Christian Assembly. Also performing will be four soloists, the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth choir and Belle Voci. Tickets start at $15: 604-795-0521, www.chilliwacksymphony.com, or at King’s Music.

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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