Fraser Valley charitable society Clothes2U will be in Chilliwack on Jan. 25 handing out free clothes and other items to those in need. See listing below for more info. (Boaz Joseph/ Black Press file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Jan. 20 to 26

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.

January 20 to 26

Now to Sunday, Jan. 26 • Chilliwack School of Performing Arts brings Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre stage Jan. 15 to Jan. 26. For more info, including tickets, go to www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.

Now to Monday, Jan. 27 • The Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society are collecting gently used puzzles for their upcoming annual Puzzle Sale (Jan. 31 and Feb. 1). You can drop your puzzles off at the Sardis Library now until Jan. 27. Coupons will be given for the number of puzzles you bring in, which allows you to buy the same amount back at half-price during this year’s sale. All of the money raised from the sale will go towards programs and items for our three libraries – Chilliwack, Sardis and Yarrow. In the past, the friends have purchased books, LEGO, artwork, furniture for children’s areas of the libraries, and more.

Now to Feb. 8 • Abstract X2, featuring the work of Chilliwack artist Lorrie Wager and Vancouver artist Marion-Lea Jamieson will be on display at the art gallery in the Cultural Centre from Jan. 4 to Feb. 8. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Admission is free.

Now to March 19 • Winter Book Bingo: This reading contest – one category for adults, one for teens and tweens – is put on by the Chilliwack Library throughout the winter months. To play, read books in the featured categories. Earn a Bingo by completing a full row- either up, down or diagonally. Each Bingo is an entry in the prize draw. Two prizes will be drawn on Monday, March 23. For the teens and tweens contest (Grades 6 to 12) there will be a pizza party for all participants on Saturday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., hand in your completed Bingo Sheet by March 19 for your invitation. Head to the Chilliwack Library to pick up a Bingo sheet or call 604-792-1941 for more info.

Now to March 26 • Paws 4 Stories — Reading with Lucky: Paws 4 Stories is the therapy dog community service that promotes improvement in children’s reading skills. When a child reads with a dog, they start to relax and forget about feeling nervous about reading. Dogs make very supportive listeners. Therapy dogs and their volunteers will listen to children who want to practice reading aloud. This program is suitable for children between ages of six to 10. Yarrow Library, Thursdays, Jan. 16 to March 26, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration required and begins Jan. 2. Call or drop by the library to sign up.

Thursday, Jan. 23 to April 30 • 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. Chilliwack Library: Thursdays, Jan. 23 to April 30, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sardis Library: Wednesdays, Jan. 15 to Feb. 19, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25 • Buttons & Magnets: Join us for easy, creative and family-friendly DIY projects – making buttons and marble magnets. All the materials are on hand to make and leave with your very own, self-styled button and magnet. Each masterpiece only takes a few minutes, just bring your family and friends and get your make on! All ages welcome, drop in. Chilliwack Library, Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25 • Fraser Valley charitable society Clothes2U will be in Chilliwack on Jan. 25 handing out free clothes and other items (toys, linens, diapers, books, footwear, personal items, and small household goods) to those in need. The Winter Giveaway event is in Chilliwack on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church (45825 Wellington Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is $2 at the door, kids 11 and under are admitted free. People are encouraged to bring their own bags. To volunteer or for more info, go to clothes2u.ca or call 604-857-4617. Those who volunteer will get first pick at the event.

Sunday, Jan. 26 • There’s a free wellness event at Tractorgrease Cafe on Sunday, Jan. 26. The event starts at 4 p.m. and includes a group meditation at 4:15 p.m. with Laurea Palmantier, followed by a description of the new program called Project: Life Shift, kombucha samples, music by Tamihi, and talks by reiki practitioner Mari Okazaki, and Indigenous healer/doula and certified holistic practitioner Shoneena Lee Loss. Tractorgrease’s wellness event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd. This is a free event, but people are asked to reserve their spot by visiting eventbrite.ca.

Ongoing:

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, Jan. 29 • The Chilliwack Curling Club’s brunch and silent auction fundraiser for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the curling club (9291 Corbould St.). Tickets are $15.

Thursday, Jan. 30 • BeTween Book Club: Love to read and talk about books? Can’t make it down to the library on your own? Join our monthly BeTween Book Club and bring along your mom, grandpa, sister (you decide) who also loves to read. We read books, have lively discussions, eat snacks and meet other book lovers. Recommended for ages 9-12. Chilliwack Library, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1 • Puzzle Sale: The Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society will be holding their annual sale at the Sardis Library. All types of puzzles are available. Stock up at very reasonable prices. Sardis Library, Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1 • The fifth annual Fraser Valley Distillery Festival is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Saturday, Feb. 1. There will be 18 B.C. distilleries in attendance that will be serving up rums, vodkas, gins, single malt whiskeys, tequila, fruit liqueurs, flavoured moonshines and more. There will also be live entertainment, a silent auction, a candy-by-donation table, a 50/50 draw, an on-site liquor store and various vendors. Tickets are $50 and include five tokens for liquor samples. More tokens can be purchased at the box office during the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for sponsors). Tickets are available at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.com, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469). This is a 19+ event.


 

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