Seven Days is a weekly listing of community events taking place in Chilliwack. It is published free by the Chilliwack Progress online every Sunday. To get your event listed in Seven Days, email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 4 to 10
Thursday, Feb. 7 • Astronomer Series at the Yarrow Library: Part 2 of two-part series. Terry McComas, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society Canada (RASC), will share his expertise of stargazing techniques, telescope best practices, and astronomy essentials. Session 2 is Thursday, Feb. 7 (6:30 to 7:30 p.m.). There will be a presentation and (weather permitting) we will go out and do some actual looking at the universe. Telescopes will be provided, all you have to do is bring along your curiosity. Open to all ages.
Thursday, Feb. 7 • Urban Safari Rescue Society educates kids and the public every day about animals, the natural world, the vital importance of biodiversity to our planet and ourselves. Urban Safari Rescue Society will amaze, engage, and educate about such critters as tarantulas, the importance of insects, snakes, lizards and more. They’re at the Yarrow Library from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 8 • Bold, upbeat, immense and soulful is the cutting edge sound which is Old Soul Rebel. A powerhouse duo, coloured by brass and driven by drums, puts a brand new shine on soul and rock’n’roll. They perform at Tractorgrease Café at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and available at tractorgrease.ca or by phone at 604-858-3814.
Friday, Feb. 8 • Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is hosting a winter fundraising banquet at Sardis Community Church. The public is welcome to attend an evening of dining, sharing in community and storytelling. James and Janet Toews will be speaking. James is the current pastor at Neighbourhood Church in Nanaimo, while also being on the MCC board. Last year he and Janet joined MCC on a learning tour to Zambia and experienced MCC’s work first-hand. They will be sharing stories from their experiences, and talking about what it looks like to connect MCC’s work around the world with the next generation. Music will be by the Moipei Triplets from Kenya. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight and are available for purchase online at eventbrite.ca, and at Sardis Community Church. For more information, visit mccbc.ca/events or call Shelley or Katie at 604-850-6639.
Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 • Vancouver comedy duo Hip.Bang! are here to share their knowledge on The History of Romance with you. Tom Hill and Devon Mackenzie of Hip.Bang! take on the personas of Puss and Leslie, a pair of Pangean-sexuals (a person who loves everything), and cover topics ranging from slug mating rituals, the mess that is modern dating and the real history of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (Leslie and Puss will happily tell you that the first draft wasn’t about a pair of star-crossed lovers, but rather the story of a man and his crabs doctor). The History of Romance is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Feb. 8 and 9 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).
Saturday, Feb. 9 • Toronto singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist, Shawna Caspi, is touring in British Columbia and will be making a stop in Chilliwack at the Acoustic Emporium. Although she performs solo, there’s a whole band under her fingertips. She believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. The show is at Acoustic Emporium (45892 Wellington Ave.) at 7 p.m. Admission: $15. More info and tickets: 604-793-1925, acousticemporium.org, shawnacaspi.com/gigs.
Saturday, Feb. 9 • The Harrison Festival Society will present Nova Scotia-based indie folk/rock band Hillsburn in the Memorial Hall in Harrison. Their latest album, The Wilder Beyond, has just been nominated for Group Album of the Year along with three other nominations at the East Coast Music Awards. The show begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and can be purchased online at www.harrisonfestival.com, by phone at 604.796.3664 or in person at the Ranger Station Art Gallery in Harrison and Agassiz Shoppers Drug Mart on Pioneer Ave.
Now to Saturday, March 2 • Textile sculpture artist, Sylvie Roussel-Jannsens presents her solo exhibition Whole, featuring some of her latest work inspired by origami, quilts and geometry. Whole is on display in the O’Connor Group Art Gallery of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from now to March 2. Roussel-Jannsens will be at the gallery every Friday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. during the exhibition.
The Wellington Local House (45886 Wellington Ave.) has a live acoustic jam on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Kerry Krahn. Thursdays is their live interactive piano bar show with Trevor McDonald from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday performers include: Feb. 8: Chad Blackey, Feb. 15: Kyler Pierce, and Feb. 22: Brook Potter.
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. Chilliwack Library: Tuesdays Feb. 26, March 26, April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Chilliwack Library: Wednesdays, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Yarrow Library: Tuesdays, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, 2 to 3 p.m.