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What’s happening Chilliwack

A list of upcoming events in and around Chilliwack
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A scene from the annual Yarrow Days Parade in 2015. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

‘What’s happening Chilliwack’ is a list of some of the many events taking place in Chilliwack. This list is updated regularly and it is a free service. To get your event added to this list of community events at no charge, email jenna.hauck@theprogress.com or call 604-702-5576.

UPCOMING EVENTS (see current and ongoing events further down):

April 18, 2024 • It’s ‘Country Nights’ hosted by the Unbranded Duo at Bricklayer Brewing on April 18 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Free entry.

April 19, 2024 • Voices by the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, with special guest choirs, is Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

April 20, 2024 • The Chilliwack Lawn Bowling Club, which was established 1922, is having an open house on Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is an all-ages event. There will be great fun, plus club house activities all year, and three free lessons. The club is located at 9350 Edward St. Bowling season starts in May and there are adult and junior memberships. chilliwacklawnbowlingclub.com

April 20, 2024 • Stories of Hope, a fundraiser for Sardis Doorway for Mothers and Children Society, is Saturday, April 20, 6 p.m., at Sardis Community Church (45625 South Sumas Rd.). It’s a dessert event with a live auction and an online silent auction (beginning April 12). Tickets are $20. To buy tickets, email sardisdoorway@gmail.com or call Karin Rempel at 604-819-6556. For more info, go to sardisdoorway.com.

April 20, 2024 • Clothes2U returns to Chilliwack on April 20 to give away free clothes. Items include clothing from baby to adult, toys, diapers/incontinence items, linens, personal and smaller household things. It’s at Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.). Entry fee is $4/person, kids 10 and under no charge. Event hours are 10 a.m. to noon on April 20. To volunteer or for more information, call 604-857-46617 or go to www.clothes2u.ca.

April 20, 2024 • BackBeat Entertainment presents The ‘60s Cavalcade of Stars on Saturday, April 2o at 7:30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. The show runs approximately two hours. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

April 20, 2024 • As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Earth Month events, the Adopt-a-River Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pitch in and help clean up the Chilliwack/Vedder River system. Registration is at Thompson Park from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and cleanup runs until 1:30 p.m. Garbage bags, gloves, and pick-up sticks will be provided.

April 22, 2024 • As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Earth Month events, there’s a compost sale at Parr Road Green Depot on Monday, April 22. BioCentral at Parr Road Green Depot is offering 40 per cent off all bagged products (compost, topsoil, and mulch), and 10 per cent off bulk products (compost, topsoil, and mulch).

April 26, 2024 • ‘Faith and Songs,’ a by-donation concert will be at Chilliwack Vineyard Church on April 26 at 7 p.m. The event, where songs and stories are woven together with a faith perspective, features a lineup of award-winning songwriters: Cynthia Lok, Natasha Zimbaro, The Arctic, and Carl Amouzou. From heartfelt ballads to toe-tapping tunes, each artist brings a unique blend of talent, passion, and faith to the stage. Donations help support the artists and enable organizers to bring events like these to Chilliwack. This concert is open to everyone.

April 26, 2024 • The Mount Cheam Lions hosts its monthly spaghetti dinner on Friday, April 26 at the Lions Club (45580 Spadina Ave.). The cost is $10 and includes spaghetti, garlic toast, tea or coffee, and dessert. It goes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

April 27, 2024 • The Atchelitz Museum and Pioneer Village is having an open house on April 27 where they will be sharing their history with the public. Come to meet the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association crew at 10 a.m. for coffee/tea in the Canora Room. Guided tours are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Bring the whole family to enjoy the site and exhibits. The Atchelitz Museum and Pioneer Village is located at 44146 Luckakuck Way (before the red barns at Heritage Park) and the open house is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular hours to see the museum and several buildings on the site are: Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.

April 27, 2024 • The ‘Biggest Little Plant Sale in the Valley’ is on Saturday, April 27 at Yarrow Community Centre (4670 Community St.) from 9 a.m. to noon. For sale will be trees, perennials, annuals, seedlings, and indoor plants. Donations are accepted all day on Friday, April 26 (drop off at the north deck of Yarrow Community Centre) and there are requests for donations of everbearing raspberries. Donations of perennials like berries, rhubarb, hostas, peonies are always needed at the sale. For more contact Rita at 604-309-1263 or rbot12@shaw.ca; or Carol at 604-823-6324 or carolb02@telus.net.

April 27, 2024 • Hofstede’s Country Barn is having an anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 27. The day includes a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Meadow Rose Family Help Centre Society. There will also be Dutch fried foods from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with partial proceeds going to Meadow Rose, plus Krispy Kreme dougnuts supporting Chilliwack U13 Lacrosse.

May 1, 2024 • Prostate Cancer Support Group Chilliwack has its next meeting on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Monita Sundar with the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program. She will be talking about what the program has to offer. The meeting will be held online; anyone wanting to attend can email dmerikson@shaw.ca. For more info, call Dale Erikson at 604-824-5506 or Dave Eno at 604-824-0301.

May 3, 2024 • Night of Hope Gala, a fundraiser for Ruth and Naomi’s is on May 3 at 6 p.m. at Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.). Come hear stories of hope and transformation as they raise funds to expand and enhance the men’s and women’s recovery programs. The event includes a catered meal, live music, silent and live auctions, and host Cliff Prang who will entertain guests throughout the evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to ranmission.ca/events.

May 5 to 12, 2024 • A health fair by New You Life Style runs May 5 to 12 in the gym at Chilliwack Adventist Christian School (46024 Riverside Dr.). Hours: May 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and May 6 to 10 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Topics on May 6 to 10 include: diabetes, cancer, diet, and more. This is a free event; RSVP by texting 604-751-4550 or by emailing team@newyoulifestyle.ca. The health fair ends with a plant-based cooking class ($20 per person) on May 12 at 2 p.m. For more, go to newyoulifestyle.ca.

May 10, 2024 • Thrifty Boutique hosts the annual Fashionista Fashion Show in support of Chilliwack Hospice Society on Friday, May 10 at Evergreen Hall. The event starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available in-store at the Thrifty Boutique located at #101-7955 Evans Rd.

May 10 to 12, 2024 • The B.C. Rock and Gem Show is at Chilliwack Heritage Park May 10 to 12. The show, presented by the B.C. Lapidary Society, features door prizes, dealers, demonstrators, club exhibits, displays, gold panning, grab bags and more. Hours are: Friday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, and $2 for children aged six to 17. Admission is free for kids five and under. A three-day pass is $12.

May 11, 2024 • As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Earth Month events, it’s the Spring City-Wide Garage Sale on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Online registration opens April 12. Register by April 28 to be included in the print listing, and by May 5 to be included in the online listing.

May 15, 2024 • The Chilliwack Early Years Fair, for kids up to age five, returns to the Sardis Library on Wednesday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will have free activities, free food, free transportation from two Chilliwack schools, connections to local resources for families, and more. Activities include singing, art, a scavenger hunt, outdoor play, story time, plus bannock tacos. Families with children ages 0-5 can register online.

May 24, 2024 • The Maybelles present Spring Fling on Friday, May 24 at G.W. Graham Middle Secondary School. Join the four-piece Chilliwack girl group for a soulful night of music as they celebrate the greatest hits of the ’60s and ’70s. This event will feature special guests from G.W. Graham’s theatre and music programs. The show is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $18/adults and $12/students. For more info, and to buy tickets, go to www.maybellesmusic.ca.

May 26, 2024 • Eagles tribute band ‘Eagle Eyes’ performs on Sunday, May 26 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the Centre Box Office, online at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca, or by calling 604-391-SHOW(7469).

June 1, 2024 • The Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild is having a 50th anniversary open house at their headquarters (9400 College St.) on Saturday, June 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This takes place at the same time as their exhibition Woven Together, which runs until June 8 at the Chilliwack Museum.

June 9, 2024 • The Fraser Valley Classic Car Show is back in Chilliwack on Sunday, June 9 on the scenic grounds of the University of the Fraser Valley and Canada Education Park. There will also be food trucks and entertainment as well as craft displays. The event raises funds for the Chilliwack General Hospital. Admission is free and parking is by donation. For more information, go to FVCCS.ca.

June 15, 2024 • The annual Ryder Lake Ramble is set for June 15. The ramble is a self-guided tour of farms and gardens in Ryder Lake, an historic farming community on the outskirts of Chilliwack nestled in the shadow of Elk Mountain. Check out ryderlakeramble.ca for more info closer to the date.

July 7, 2024 • Maryland’s Justin Lev, who performs as Eli Lev will be performing in Chilliwack on July 7 at Bricklayer Brewing starting at 4 p.m.

Aug. 15 to Aug. 17, 2024 • The annual Chilliwack Mural Festival returns to the downtown core from Thursday, Aug. 15 to Saturday, Aug. 17. The event will include guided tours, live music, and vendors. For more, go to chilliwackmuralfestival.com.

Oct. 5, 2024 • Brewhalla Chilliwack returns to Watson Glen Park, on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The beer festival includes live entertainment, more than 25 craft beverages available to sample, food trucks and lawn games. For more, go to brewhalla.ca/festivals/chilliwack-2024.

CURRENT EVENTS:

Now to April 20, 2024 • The Fraser Valley Potters Guild Association presents ‘Clay 2024 – Passionate about Clay’ which is on display at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from March 20 to April 20. The opening reception is Saturday, March 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

April 1 to 30, 2024 • As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Earth Month events, there’s free scrap metal recycling April 1 to 30. Drop off scrap metal for free at the Bailey Landfill throughout April.

April 1 to 30, 2024 • As part of the City of Chilliwack’s Earth Month events, there will be residential large item pickups from April 15 to 30. Non-profit groups will pick up bulky items from residents by donation. Registration for pickups is happening April 1 to 14, and pickups will be scheduled from April 15 to 30.

Now to May 6, 2024 • The Sweet Spring Flower and Animal Festival happens from April 7 to May 6 at Greendale Acres. This Dutch flower festival-inspired event will feature 50,000 hand-planted bulbs. The rows of picturesque tulips lead people across footbridges and beneath windmills. Throughout the Sweet Spring festival, there will be a number of special events like Dutch days, fairytale/princess day, grandparents’ day, Star Wars dress-up day, and a plant swap. Greendale Acres is located at 41905 Yale Road West in Chilliwack. For more info, including events and attractions, or to buy event tickets or season passes, go to greendaleacres.ca.

April 12 to mid-May, 2024 • The Botanica Tulip Festival in Chilliwack runs from April 12 until the middle of May. This year’s festival will include 1.5 million bulbs and 59 unique varieties of tulips, plus a Ferris wheel and the iconic pink ‘Pick-A-Part’ car. The fields are located at 41310 Royalwood Dr. and daily hours are 5 a.m. to dusk. The festival is pet-friendly. For more info, and to buy tickets or season passes, go to botanicaflowerfestival.com

Now to May 31, 2024 • Praxis Learning International is seeking hosts to welcome international students aged nine to 14 for two-week stays during their summer camps. The dates of the camps are: June 30 to July 13, July 16-29, and July 29 to Aug. 12. Hosts need to sign up by May 31. Contact Julia Brotherston, host family co-ordinator with Praxis Learning International, at 604-316-7225 or brotherstonjulia@gmail.com. For more, go to praxislearninginternational.com/homestay.

Now to May 2024 • The Chilliwack Rhythm Reelers is offering square dancing and round dancing classes until May 2024, and the first three classes are free. The classes will take place every Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Atchelitz Hall on Lickman Road. Classes are open to people of all ages from five years old and older. After the first three free classes, cost is $8 for adults and $6 for teens. For more info, email Michelle at bcbubbles68@gmail.com or call 604-997-8548. People can drop-in, or call/email ahead.

Now to June 5, 2024 • Chat-R (Reconciliation) is a series of online chats hosted by UFV and running from Jan. 3 to June 5. People are invited to chat online about reconciliation, decolonization, Indigenization, or anything associated with reconciliation. Sessions are scheduled via Zoom for the first Wednesday of the month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with a different topic each week. Schedule: Jan. 3 – Ribbon Skirt Day – What does it mean and why should I know? Feb. 7 – Truths vs. Realities of Indigenous Peoples. March 6 – Systemic Racism: What can I do? April 3 – Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples/BC and Canada. May 1 – Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman and Girls/Moosehide Campaign. June 5 – National Indigenous Peoples Day – How can I get involved? For more info and to register, go to events.ufv.ca/tlc/events/chat-r-reconciliation-5.

Now to June 7, 2024 • The inaugural Anonymous Art Show fundraiser for the Chilliwack Community Arts Council runs March 15 to June 7. The call for entry window is March 15 to May 15 and the show and auction night is June 7 at Cornerstone Custom Picture Framing. For more, read this story online.

Now to June 8, 2024 • Woven Together, an exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Chilliwack Spinners and Weavers Guild runs Thursday, Feb. 29 to Saturday, June 8 at the Chilliwack Museum (45820 Spadina Ave.). The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, $3 for youth (age 13-17), and free for children age 12 and under. Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Now to June 8, 2024 • Our Journey for Inclusion: 70 Years of Innovation, an exhibition highlighting the history of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities, is on display at the Chilliwack Museum from Jan. 25 to June 8. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, $3 for youth (age 13-17), and free for children age 12 and under. Admission is free for everyone on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

ONGOING EVENTS:

The Chilliwack Chess Club meets twice a week where chess aficionados can connect, learn, and engage in friendly matches. It is open to everyone from beginners to grand masters. They meet Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Starbucks across from Real Canadian Superstore (45750 Luckakuck Way) and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Church on Brooks Avenue.

First Saturday of each month • Very Very Improv Theatre, a professional company based in the Fraser Valley, has monthly performances at CoWork Chilliwack. Scott Campbell is leading a company of talented improvisers from across the Lower Mainland including Chilliwack-based comedian Cliff Prang. The shows happen on the first Saturday of every month at CoWork Chilliwack. Tickets for all performances are available at veryveryimprov.ca/tickets.

Every Tuesday night • Corky’s Irish Pub wants you to come be a rock star as they host karaoke every Tuesday night.

Every Wednesday morning • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 1303 Chilliwack meets Wednesday mornings at the Fairfield Scouts Hall (47130 Hope River Rd.). Weigh in is at 8:15 a.m. followed by a meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. For information call 604-316-5202 or e-mail alees45@hotmail.com.

Second Thursday of each month • The Fraser Valley Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Association is actively searching for serving, non-serving, family members or any other personnel who have served in any function with the Patricias to join them every second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the Chilliwack-Vedder Legion Branch 295 (5661 Vedder Rd.). For more info, contact Mark Benjamin at 604-793-5826 or markbenjamin01@shaw.ca.

Last Friday of every month • The Mount Cheam Lions hosts a spaghetti dinner on the last Friday of every month at the Lions Club (45580 Spadina Ave.). The cost is $10 and includes spaghetti, garlic toast, tea or coffee, and dessert. It goes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To get your event added to this list of community events at no charge, email jenna.hauck@theprogress.com.



Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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