Tillie Chupa, a Grade 5 Highroad Academy student, reacts as she looks at her reflection in the mirror while touching a Van de Graaff generator during a science experiment with Science World’s On The Road team at the school in 2019. Science World is coming to the Sardis Library this week during spring break. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)

Tillie Chupa, a Grade 5 Highroad Academy student, reacts as she looks at her reflection in the mirror while touching a Van de Graaff generator during a science experiment with Science World’s On The Road team at the school in 2019. Science World is coming to the Sardis Library this week during spring break. (Jenna Hauck/Progress file)

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from March 16 to 22

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.

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March 9 to 15

Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27 • Chilliwack Cultural Centre’s spring break camps: From drawing and crafting, to fibre arts and music classes, there’s a great mix of arts camps running throughout spring break from March 16 to 27 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Monday, March 16 • Bite Free (registration required starting March 2 – 604-858-5503): Understanding animal behaviour helps children overcome fears and reduce anxiety. Why do animals bite? Learn about animal body language plus how to interact safely and responsibly with pets. Presented by SPCA staff. For ages six years and up. At the Sardis Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, March 16 to Thursday, March 19 • Crossroads Community Church has its annual Fun In The Son Spring Break Camp from March 16 to 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This is a Jesus-centred camp which includes stories (by Reece Friesen), gym time, craft time, field trips (Get Air, gymnastics, and bowling), and an on-campus day filled with fun activities (huge bouncy castle, mini-olympics, etc.). Please send a snack and bagged lunch with your child (food will not be provided). This camp is for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 5. Cost: $85 (from now until Feb. 29), $100 after Feb. 29. More info, or to register, click here. Contact Lynn Loewen at lynn@crossroadscommunity.ca or 778-552-5264.

Tuesday, March 17 • Bollywood Dancer Karima Essa (registration required starting March 10 – 604-858-5503): Experience the magic and joy of dance and storytelling as Karima Essa performs Bollywood dance. Learn traditional dance moves with Karima. At the Sardis Library from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 17 • Perler Bead Extravaganza For Tweens & Teens: Students aged 9 to 18 are invited to come and create designs out of Perler beads. Participants will design their creations and then melt them together to make magnets or key chains. Even if you don’t think you’re artistic, Perler bead crafts are foolproof and fun. At the Chilliwack Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17 • Make Some Slime (registration required – 604-823-4664): Kids will get the opportunity to use common household ingredients to create their own slime. Skills used will include reading recipes, measuring, mixing colours and using trial and error to make a colourful slimy substance that they can bring home. For children in Grades K to 6. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult to assist. Registration is required, please call or drop by to sign up. At the Yarrow Library from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19 • ‘Tech-Up’ with Sphero: Introducing Sphero SPRK+, the cutest little robot in town. Come to the Library and test out one of FVRL’s Playground collection. This program is suitable for children 8 years and up. Parents are welcome to attend and help with coding and programming. At the Chilliwack Library from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 • Ventriloquist Kellie Haines (registration required starting March 12 – 604-858-5503): Ventriloquist Kellie Haines started talking to her stuffed animals at an early age, and when she was eight years old, they started talking back. A multi-talented entertainer with a background in theatre, clowning, singing and dance, Kellie wows audiences of all ages! Build your imagination with talking birds and singing frogs as Kellie and her friends guide you on a hilarious adventure. At the Sardis Library from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 19 • Virtual Reality (registration required – 604-823-4664): Experience the thrill of virtual reality (VR) at the library. Put on the HTC VIVE goggles and let the real word wash away. VR is an immersive computer-generated, three-dimensional interactive environment. Wearing the HTC VIVE goggles, headphones and holding motion controllers, participants will be able to move freely around a 10×10 space and try out a mix of virtual games as well as educational experiences. Note: This program is intended for those ages 10+ or 48” + tall. At the Yarrow Library from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 19 • Henry Small, former member of Vancouver rock band Prism in the 1980s, is coming to Chilliwack. An Intimate Evening with Prism’s Henry Small is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 and $30 for youth, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Friday, March 20 • Science World On the Road – How2Science (registration required starting March 13 – 604-858-5503): A spectacular science showcase! Learn how scientists make new discoveries. Explore powerful topics like air pressure, electricity and movement. Join Science World On The Road for lots of hands-on fun to help you ignite the wonder of science. At the Sardis Library from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Friday, March 20 • Little Miss Higgins Trio returns to Bozzini’s Upstairs Lounge on Friday, March 20 at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), tickets $25. Tickets available at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve by phone. Visit bozzinisrestaurant.ca/events for more details.

Friday, March 20 • With mind-bending illusions and the mysteries of the human mind, Shawn Farquhar’s Cabaret of Wonders XIX is back. This magic series has drawn an extraordinary assortment of performers to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and this time Rob Teszca, Billy Hsueh and Gabriella Lester will be taking part. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

Fridays, March 20, 27 • National statistics suggest as many as one in five Chilliwack residents may have experience caring for someone living with dementia. That means there’s a tremendous need locally for information to help people live well with dementia. The free Family Caregiver Series, offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., helps fill that need. Coming to Chilliwack starting on March 13 for three consecutive Friday mornings, it provides basic information about the disease for family members who are caring for a person living with dementia. The series helps caregivers understand changes in communication and behaviour caused by dementia, the medical term for a set of symptoms that are caused by illnesses affecting the brain. Sessions also offer insight into planning for the future and self-care for caregivers. The Family Caregiver Series runs March 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Landing Sports Centre’s Clover Room, 45530 Spadina Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting 604-702-4603 or info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org. If you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, visit www.alzheimerbc.org and call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.

Saturday, March 21 • Canvas Fun: Join Marcela Gonzalez Obregon as she instructs a fun and lively painting class. Bring your creativity and enjoy an artistic hour while celebrating Culture Day. For kids aged 7-12. Registration required, please call or drop by the Chilliwack Library to sign up. Event is at the Chilliwack Library, Saturday, March 21 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 21 • After playing to a full house in December, Vancouver folk band Early Spirit is coming back to Tractorgrease in Chilliwack on March 21. They perform at 7 p.m. at Tractorgrease Café (48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd.). Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 and are available at eventbrite.ca.


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 Saturday, March 21 • High school art teachers, Sandra Wiens and Pierre Tremblay, will be joining forces outside the classroom this month for their upcoming art show at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Vantage Points runs Wednesday, Feb. 12 to Saturday, March 28 in the art gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

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.

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.).

Now 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.

The Chilliwack Lace Club: the daytime group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Minto Room at Evergreen Hall from noon to 3 p.m. (call Jenny at 604-823-4705, or Mary at 604-796-9304). The nighttime group meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (call Carla at 604-703-1670).

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:

March 23 to 27 • The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve (5200 Sumas Prairie Rd.) is offering an art and nature camp from March 23 to 27. Children get a full day camp with a mix of art and environmental education. The art teacher will explore different artistic techniques, working with multiple mediums to showcase the importance of art in different fields of work. For the nature portion, kids will be outside connecting to the unique wildlife habitats of the reserve, including pond life, and wetland and forest ecosystems. Children will stay in one group that spans ages five to 13 and will enjoy artistic mentoring and the joys of playing and learning outside with knowledgeable environmental educators. There will be two short snack breaks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) and a lunch break mid-day. This is a nut-free zone. Camp runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Cost $225 per child. More info: chilliwackblueheron.com/events/spring-break-camp-2020, 604-823-6603.

Monday, March 23 • Why Live Here (registration required, starting March 9 – 604-858-5503): Explore habitats and find out why certain animals live in certain places, with a focus on squirrels and birds. Kids get to build a nest and learn a bit about the difference between living and non-living things. For primary grades only. At the Sardis Library from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 23 • Intro to Bullet Journaling (registration required starting March 9 – 604-858-5503): Do you like to doodle? Sketch? Dream? Write? Learn to bullet journal in this hands on workshop. Bullet journaling saves time and energy. Organize your busy schedule and keep track of creative ideas using this helpful method. Supplies included. Leave this workshop with your own mini journal. For ages 13 and up. At the Sardis Library from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24 • Science World On the Road – How2Science: A spectacular science showcase! Learn how scientists make new discoveries. Explore powerful topics like air pressure, electricity and movement. Join Science World On The Road for lots of hands-on fun to help you ignite the wonder of science. At the Yarrow Library from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 24 • Recycology 101: Products change over time and recycling programs have to adapt as well. Join Steve Clegg, environmental services specialist from the City of Chilliwack to learn what items go in which bins and where your recycling goes after collection. At the Sardis Library from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 • Games Day: Drop in and try our collection of classic board games or tech it up with Nintendo Switch. Try an augmented reality option with our newest Playground item, the MERGE Cube. Game on! At the Yarrow Library from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

March 30 to June 1 • Parent Child Mother Goose: Discover fun with rhymes, songs, and stories. This is an interactive program for children 0-4 AND caregivers. Mother Goose helps you learn ways to encourage your child’s language and social/emotional development. Healthy snacks will be provided. Registration required and begins Monday, Feb. 24. To sign up please call Ali Edelman, infant/child development consultant, 604-824-8760, ext. 3251. Takes place at the Yarrow Library, Mondays, March 30 to June 1, (excluding April 13 and May 18), 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 25 • Volunteer Fraser Valley is hosting its public Volunteer Fair Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9291 Corbould St. Organizations recruiting volunteers will have information booths set up. Volunteers can come and browse for opportunities that fit their lifestyles and time commitments. Call 604-819-1817 or email info@volunteerfv.com to book a table.

Sunday, April 26 • Raman Mander, a 25-year old Langley resident, first published her book of poetry Little Hugs last October and has since set up a number of book signings and readings throughout the province, including an event in Chilliwack. Her book signing and poetry reading takes place at Coles in Cottonwood Mall on April 26 from noon to 3 p.m.



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