Karen Kamstra with Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey holds Morticia, a North American kestrel, during a recent visit to Minter Country Garden store. The birds will be back visiting Chilliwack Dec. 22 and 23. See below for more info. (Jenna Hauck/The Progress)

Seven Days in Chilliwack for the week of Dec. 17

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Dec. 17 to 23

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: events@theprogress.com.

December 17 to 23

Tuesday, Dec. 18 • Christmas at the Yarrow Library: All ages are welcome to come to the Yarrow Library’s open house and join the library staff for some Christmas cheer. Bring a friend and enjoy some hot apple cider, festive treats and music throughout the day. There will be a Christmas craft meet-up from 3 to 4 p.m. — make like an elf and create some spectacular Christmas crafts, perfect for your Christmas tree or as a gift. The open house runs all day at the Yarrow Library from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22 and Sunday, Dec. 23 • The owls and raptors from Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey will be at Minter Country Garden store Dec. 22 and 23 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and there are lots of great ways to have a really cool raptor experience. At 1 p.m. each day, Kim will be taking guests on a guided a ‘Nature Walk’ (no registration is required, meet at the entertainment area by the flocked trees and dress for the weather). There is no charge to view the owls/raptors or to attend the nature walk. For younger owl enthusiasts (aged 8-15), be sure to register for the Youth Owl Class at 11 a.m. each day. This one-hour session will focus on the secret lives of owls and why they are truly amazing in flight, hearing and eyesight. Each student will receive their own owl pellet for dissection and have a chance to meet Radar, the great horned owl. Pre-registration is required and is limited to 10 students per class (Dec. 22 and 23). Call 604-792-6612 to sign up (there is no charge).

Saturday, Dec. 22 • Prepare to laugh your Christmas stockings off at Bozzini’s Holiday Concert Special featuring the double bill of Shirley Gnome and Kitty and the Rooster for a night of laughter, revelry and a few holiday songs to boot. Kitty and The Rooster is a rock n’ roll duo from Vancouver featuring Jodie Ponto on the stand-up cocktail drum kit and Noah Walker on electric guitar. Shirley Gnome is a cabaret musician, whose all-original music about sex and human nature is hilarious, uncensored, honest, subversive, irreverent, witty, empowering, taboo and not for the faint of heart. Concert is at 9:30 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.) at Bozzini’s. Tickets $20 and available at Bozzini’s or call 604-792-0744 to reserve.

Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 • Ballet Victoria and Chilliwack’s Creative Outlet present The Nutcracker at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Separately, Creative Outlet and Ballet Victoria have entertained audiences with annual presentations of their unique adaptations of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and now the two have partnered to create a truly spectacular production that has all the endearing characters and timeless melodies of the original story embellished with the trademark creative twists, turns, surprises and innovative choreography that audiences have come to expect from both Creative Outlet and Ballet Victoria. Performances are Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $30/adult, $25/senior, $15/kids 12 and under and available at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, the Centre Box office, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).


Saturday, Dec. 15 • One Foot by One Foot, an inaugural Christmas fundraiser put on by the Chilliwack Visual Artists Association, is at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The art show is a fundraiser for Chilliwack Community Services and Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford, and supports the mental health community. Several one-foot-square paintings will be for sale for $90 each and all proceeds go to the two charities. One Foot by One Foot will be shown alongside Hear and See: Poetry and Art for Mental Health. Hear and See is a show facilitated by Communitas where 14 poets have been paired with 14 artists, and each artist has interpreted the poem they were given into something visual. One Foot by One Foot and Hear and See run Dec. 13 to Jan. 19. Gallery hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m.



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