The Rotary Christmas Parade winds its way through downtown Chilliwack starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

The Rotary Christmas Parade winds its way through downtown Chilliwack starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Dec. 2 to 8

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.

December 2 to 8

Tuesday, Dec. 3 • Christmas Gingerbread Houses: Decorate a small gingerbread house to take home. Suitable for all ages (children under five must be accompanied by an adult). There will be three sessions: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration required. You can register a maximum of 10 people per session not including adults if accompanying children under five. Register at the Yarrow Library: 604-823-4664. Event is at the Yarrow Library, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Thursday, Dec. 5 • The Chilliwack Hospice Society’s Christmas Open House (7112 Vedder Rd.) goes from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bring a $5 gift and receive a gift (secret Santa), get your picture taken with Santa, and bring a can of food for the food bank. RSVP by Dec. 3 (604-795-4660).

Thursday, Dec. 5 • The inaugural Chilliwack Citizens for Change Holiday Party is at 6 p.m. in the Tamihi Room (45466 Yale Rd.). The night includes a buffet dinner, wine draw and silent auction. Funds go to benefit The Meadow Rose Society. Tickets $45: eventbrite.com

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).

Saturday, Dec. 7 • It’s story time with Mrs. Claus at the Royal Hotel in the homestead room. She’ll be reading from children’s book A Mountain of Mittens by author Lynn Plourde. The reading will begin at 4:30 p.m., an hour before the start of the annual Rotary Christmas Parade that travels through Chilliwack’s downtown streets. Admission is by donation of a new pair of mittens or gloves.

Saturday, 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, Dec. 7 • The Rotary Christmas Parade winds its way through downtown Chilliwack starting at 5:30 p.m. chilliwackchristmasparade.com.

Saturday, Dec. 7 • Santa comes to Century 21 (45428 Luckakuck Way) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a donation for the food bank.

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.

Sunday, Dec. 8 • The Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance is holding a “Wild Fishmas” gathering and fundraiser open to the public. It’s slated to be a cultural experience and a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the protection of this precious, iconic species. Event includes: creative cafe eco-art making for kids of all ages, drumming and singing, a Metis performance, food and drinks, arts and crafts sale, and a silent auction of unique nature-related items. Takes place at UFV gathering Place (45190 Caen Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Entry by suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students/youth. Free admission for children 12 and under.

Ongoing:

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. 21 • The Royal Hotel is collecting new mittens and gloves from now until Dec. 21. Not only will they warm the hands of those in need in our community, they will add to the festive décor and will adorn the 12 foot lobby Christmas tree before they are handed over to Chilliwack Community Services. You can drop them off in the lobby of the hotel located at 45886 Wellington Ave.

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. 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. Yarrow Library: Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. (please register at the desk upon arrival).

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:

Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Immerse yourself in the joy of Christmas with the enchanting Winter Harp at the Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40-$45: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 • Yarrow Library Christmas Open House: All ages are welcome to join staff for some Christmas cheer. Bring a friend and enjoy some hot apple cider and festive treats. The popular Plinko board will be available again to play and win a small prize while supplies last. Yarrow Library, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Christmas in the Stacks: Celebrate the season at the Chilliwack Library! Enjoy hot apple cider, holiday goodies and craft making while renowned musician Jack Kopstein entertains young and old with holiday favourites. Chilliwack Library, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Christmas Storytime with Green Screen: Families with young children are invited to a special Christmas storytime. Come enjoy festive stories, songs, and treats. Santa green screen photos will be taken after storytime and emailed to families. Yarrow Library, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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 • The Remax Nyda Realty Toy Drive goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IHOP (45466 Yale Rd.) Bring an unwrapped gift.

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.

Saturdays (Dec. 14 and 21) • Drop-in Christmas Crafts: Come with the whole family and use our supplies to make creative and festive crafts. Chilliwack Library, Saturdays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15 • It’s Christmas with the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. Tickets $35-$40: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 • Buddy’s Holly Jolly Christmas starring Zachary Stevenson plus other tribute artists is at the Cultural Centre stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $49: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 • Season’s Eatings for Tweens and Teens: Join us for Starbucks hot chocolate, decorate sugar cookies and guess how many Christmas candies in the jar (to win!). Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and we will make you a digital Christmas card with our green screen. This program is for teens and tweens ages 12 to 18. Sardis Library, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 • The Great Christmas Rescue: Join us for an interactive story adventure to rescue Santa and save Christmas. Bring your imagination and your heroic spirit, everything else will be provided. Registration required, please contact the library at to register. Sardis Library, Thursday, Dec. 19: 3 p.m. is for six- to eight-year-olds; 4 p.m. is for nine- to 11-year-olds.

Thursday, Dec. 19 • Ebenezer Scrooge meets the wild west in Cowboy Christmas at 7:30 p.m. at the Cultural Centre. Tickets $30-$35: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.

Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 • Ballet Victoria (with Creative Outlet) presents The Gift of the Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets $15-$30: chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, 604-391-7469.


 

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