The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus — along with four soloists, the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir and a capella group Belle Voci — present Messiah in the Valley Dec. 12 to 15 (Chilliwack performance is Dec. 13, see listing below). (Submitted)

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus — along with four soloists, the Chilliwack Children’s and Youth Choir and a capella group Belle Voci — present Messiah in the Valley Dec. 12 to 15 (Chilliwack performance is Dec. 13, see listing below). (Submitted)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Dec. 9 to 15

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 9 to 15

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.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 • Author Angela Murphy is having a book launch and signing for her new book, Breathe Up, Wonder Pup, on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at The Town Butcher from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is the second book of her self-regulation series. It stars her two dogs Zane, a young pup who learns a lot from his big brother, Draper. Kids are welcome from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (Zane and Draper will be in attendance during that time, too), and then it’s adults only from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. during which appetizers and wine will be served.

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.

Saturday, Dec. 14 • The Chilliwack Alano Club’s Kids Christmas Party is this Saturday. It is open to everyone, but if you can, please register at the club. The fun starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 with Santa showing up not long after. The club is asking for donations of new unwrapped toys as well as financial donations for food and stocking stuffers. The club also needs financial donations for its annual free Christmas brunch. You can drop off donations during business hours at the Alano Club from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chilliwack Alano Club is located at 46035 Victoria Ave. (between Nowell and Young). More info: 604-792-9099.

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.

Ongoing:

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.

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.).

Bring your instruments and come out and jam with the folks at the Chilliwack Legion Branch #4 (9350 Mary St.) starting at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. All skill levels welcome. For further information, call Bernie at 604-596-9797.

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.

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.

Alateen is a recovery group for adolescents ages 9–19 that helps children and teenagers who are relatives or friends of alcoholics cope with the issues of alcoholism that are affecting their lives in some way. Meetings are Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekly at 9400 College St. More info: Sarah Pringle at 604-792-1117.

Upcoming Events:

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.

Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 • The Chilliwack Islamic Centre is collecting Christmas items and non-perishable food for Ruth and Naomi’s Mission. People can drop items off at the mosque located at 45845 Yale Rd. on Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


 

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