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What's happening Chilliwack: List of events from June 14 onward

Ryder Lake Ramble, fishing derby, fundraiser for seniors' programming, and more coming up
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Viola, an Icelandic sheep, stares at visitors during the Ryder Lake Ramble on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

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

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

June 14 to 16, 2024 • The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven is holding its first ever online silent auction, starting on Friday, June 14 at 9 a.m. It’s a 48 hour auction, ending at 9 a.m. on June 16. The Lower Mainland community has provided more than $20,000 worth of items to bid on. Check out the auction at: auctria.events/chilliwackanimalsafehaven. Bidders must register online in order to participate. All proceeds will go to ensuring the Safe Haven can continue looking after as many cats and kittens as possible by paying for vet bills (such as for spaying and neutering), and supplies like cat boxes, toys, dishes and food.

June 14, 2024 • Corky’s is going country on June 14. Put on your cowboy hat and slide your feet into those cowboy boots. DJ Jedi will be spinning country tunes at Corky’s Irish Pub starting at 9 p.m. No cover charge.

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.

June 15, 2024 • The Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society is having its third annual fundraiser on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Chilliwack Alliance Church (8700 Young Rd.). Money raised will go towards seniors’ programs offered by the society. The event includes a bake sale, barbecue lunch, plant sale, garage sale, bottle drive and kids’ creative corner. This is a cash-only event. Those wanting to volunteer can email cnhps.sdriannak@gmail.com or call Connie at 604-798-2023. For more info on this fundraiser, go to cnhpsociety.com.

June 15, 2024 • The Fraser Valley Lions Club is hosting the 17th annual Cultus Lake Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 15 at Main Beach in Cultus Lake. The event runs from 5 a.m. to noon, with registration open until 11 a.m. Tickets are $3 for kids and $7 for adults, and are available at Fred’s Custom Tackle, or the Main Beach concession. The derby aids in the recovery of the Cultus Lake sockeye salmon population by reducing the native pikeminnow and invasive smallmouth bass predation on the young sockeye fish.

June 15, 2024 • It’s Saturday night karaoke ’80s style at Corky’s Irish Pub on June 15. Back comb those bangs and bring a can of Final Net hairspray.

June 15, 2024 • Local multi-genre, multi published author Frank Talaber is having a book signing event at Dicken’s Sweets and Vintage Market (45945 Alexander Ave.) on Saturday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. He'll have all of his novels available to buy and sign including his newest release Autumn's Summer

June 20, 2024 • Looper show with T-Sean is June 20 at Corky’s Irish Pub at 8 p.m.

June 20, 2024 •  Rooted Waters: The Names and Stories of Nine Bands Connected by Streams, is on June 20 at The'í:tselíya - SAY Health and Community Centre (7256 Chilliwack River Rd.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and it runs until 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce members, and $50 non-members. Email jo@chilliwackchamber.com for link to register.

June 21, 2024 • Join others on International Day of Yoga and help support people in need on June 21 during ‘Yoga for the Food Bank.’ This family-friendly vinyasa yoga class takes place at Central Community Park from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. It will be led by Lindsay Maple from Oxygen Yoga and Fitness. Admission is a donation of non-perishable food or money for the Salvation Army Food Bank. The class will end with a sound bath savasana by The Offering.

June 21, 2024 • Indigenous fashion, arts and music gala Chillcouture: Shxwthit’awkw' will be held on National Indigenous People's Day, June 21. The evening local Indigenous fashion designers, Crystal Chapman, Lyn Kay and Nikki LaRock, plus musical performances by Arnie Leon, Maddi K and Dion Weisbrod, as well as an arts showcase, presenting local Indigenous artists. It starts at 6 p.m. and is at the Shxwá:y Cultural Centre (44692-B Skway Rd.). Tickets are $30 and available at eventcreate.com/e/chillcouture.

June 22, 2024 • The Corky’s Irish Pub stage will see Sanctuary return on June 22 at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $10.

June 22, 2024 • The Rotary Club of Chilliwack is hosting its annual Garden Tour on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event marks 20 years of self-guided tours featuring mostly private and some commercial gardens. Monies raised go to support the many projects the 90-year-old service club has done and is doing in the community and abroad including scholarships, Vedder Trail projects, food hampers for school children, climate action and more. Tickets are $25 and available at Minter Country Garden, Fortin’s Home Hardware (Vedder and Chilliwack locations), Hofstede’s, Little Mountain Greenhouse or online at chilliwackrotary.com.

June 22-23, 2024 • Cheam View United Church is hosting a grand opening of its newly renovated church (46875 Yale Rd.) on Saturday, June 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dignitaries from the City of Chilliwack, Skwah First Nation and the greater church are coming to speak and the community is invited to come celebrate, socialize and enjoy some food. The church went through an extensive renovation to make this site their new home after Rosedale, Mt. Shannon and Chilliwack United Churches amalgamated four years ago. There will also be a Celebration Worship Service on Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m. with coffee and goodies following the service. 

June 23, 2024 • More than 500 classic cars will line Chilliwack’s downtown streets during the annual Fortin's Village Classic Car Show on Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, and an indoor kids' zone complete with popcorn, cotton candy and a bouncy castle. Registration for those who want their car on display must show up at 7 a.m. and enter the lineup at Princess Avenue and Yale Road. Registration is $10 per car, with a portion of the earnings being donated to the Salvation Army.

June 23, 2024 • Spencer Studios presents Crème de la Crème on Sunday, June 23 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7 p.m. The dancers from the studio will pay tribute to the best of the best that night with everything from one-hit wonders to boy bands to rock and more. Tickets available at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by calling 604-391-SHOW.

June 25, 2024 • The Community Open House at The Paramount is June 25, 11 a.m to 3 p.m. with tours scheduled on the half hour, at #100-46187 Yale Rd. The event is hosted by Chilliwack Community Services. Anyone interested in checking out the new spaces, and learning about CCS programs is welcome to attend.

June 25, 2024 • The Chilliwack Community Band will have its season finale concert, with special guest Rod Swanson, on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at Cooke's Presbyterian Church (45825 Wellington Ave.). Admission is by donation. For more, go to chilliwackcommunityband.ca. It will be their last evening concert with conductor Kevin Biegel, who will be retiring after the band's final daytime performance on July 1, which takes place during the Kiwanis Canada Day pancake breakfast at Evergreen Hall.

June 28 to 30, 2024 • Forest Echoes Music Festival featuring 19 different artists and bands runs Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30 at Forest Echoes Cabins (45825 Edmeston Rd.) in Cultus Lake. The outdoor festival includes rock, folk, jazz, soul, funk and blues. There will also be a festival kitchen, 10-12 vendors and festival merchandise. Weekend passes (includes two nights of camping) are $180 and day passes are $90. For more, including ticket purchasing and festival schedule, go to forestechoesentertainment.com/event-details/forest-echoes-music-festival.

June 29, 2024 • The ladies auxiliary group with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 295 Chilliwack-Vedder is having a silent auction and art sale on Saturday, June 29 at the legion (5661 Vedder Rd.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be about 40 pieces of artwork for sale (donated by local artists and signed), plus approximately 20 items in the silent auction. There will also be a hot dog sale and the bar will be open. All money raised from the art sale and silent auction stays in Chilliwack and will go to local veterans and their families.

July 1 to 6, 2024 • The week-long Provincial Theatre Festival Mainstage 2024 will be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from July 1 to 6 featuring a different plays each day. The six shows represent the play judged best in its zone/region across B.C. as part of Theatre BC. The Chilliwack Players Guild is one of the six theatre groups who will be performing at Mainstage. People can either buy tickets to individual shows, a three-show pass, or a full-week pass. For tickets and more information, go to chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or call 604-391-SHOW. Mainstage 2024 also offers a variety of acting and directing workshops led by professionals associated with the Arts Club of Vancouver. Registration for these is available via theatrebc.org/workshops.

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.

July 13, 2024 • Band Chase the Bear plays at Corky’s Irish Pub on July 13 at 8:30 p.m. Cover charge $15.

July 19 to 28, 2024 • Secondary Characters Musical Theatre presents Monty Python's Spamalot from July 19 to July 28 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. This new musical is "lovingly ripped off" from the motion picture Monthy Python and the Holy Grail. Show times are: July 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and July 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets available at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by calling 604-391-SHOW.

July 20, 2024 • It’s Saturday night karaoke at Corky’s Irish Pub on July 20 starting at 9 p.m.

July 21, 2024 • ‘Every Heart Matters’ will be the theme of the 2024 Chilliwack Pride Festival in downtown Chilliwack on Sunday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights will see a kids' zone with carnival-style games, an obstacle course, and face-painting. The main stage will feature live music and drag performances, plus there will be food trucks, a beer garden and more. The event takes place at Central Community Park and the surrounding area with portions of Wellington Avenue, Mill Street, Victoria Avenue, College Street and Bole Avenue closed to traffic.

Aug. 9 to 11, 2024 • The 152nd annual Chilliwack Fair returns to Chilliwack Heritage Park from Friday, Aug. 9 to Sunday, Aug. 11. For more, go to chilliwackfair.com.

Aug. 10, 2024 • The Women of Rock Show, hosted by Totally Tom Petty show band, is a multi-tribute show from Las Vegas and it'll be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. Tribute acts include: Stevie Nicks (Sensational Stevie), Pat Benatar (Passionate Pat Benatar), Joan Jett (Rockin Joan Jett), and Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders (Coolest Chrissie Hynde). Tickets $60 and available at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by calling 604-391-SHOW.

Aug. 10, 2024 • Join the Valley Babes on Aug. 10 for a night of music, comedy and dance. The Valley Babes Variety Show will be at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35 and available at chilliwackculturalcentre.ca or by calling 604-391-SHOW.

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.

Aug. 17, 2024 • Flight Fest returns to the Chilliwack Airport on Aug. 17 and 18. The annual hangar dance (ticketed event) is the night of Saturday, Aug. 17 and the free air show takes place Sunday, Aug. 18. More info will be posted online at chilliwackflightfest.com.

Sept. 13, 2024 to June 2025 • The Chilliwack Rhythm Reelers, a non-profit modern social square dance group, are starting beginner classes on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at Atchelitz Hall. Classes take place every Friday from September 2024 to June 2025. The lessons are filled with fun, fitness and friendly people. Having a partner is not necessary. The group is made up of a diverse age range of dancers. Teens are welcome, but they must be accompanied by an adult.

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 July 6, 2024 • Brushstrokes of the Soul by Iryna Kharina and Nino Dobro is on display in the Art Gallery at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre from Wednesday, June 5 to Saturday, July 6. Admission is free and gallery hours are 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

NOW to Aug. 27, 2024 • The Chilliwack Library presents ‘Babytime Read and Play’ for caregivers and babies on Tuesdays from June 4 to Aug. 27, running from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy a casual time of socializing, reading and playing. All participants receive an extra entry into the library’s Summer Reading Club draws. Geared for babies ages 0 to 18 months. Toys and books will be provided. This is a drop-in program.

Now to Oct. 8, 2024 • Coast Valley Markets presents Market at the Coliseum every Tuesday starting on May 21, and running until Oct. 8. There will be food trucks, produce, artisans and music and it’s at 45323 Hodgins Ave. from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. For more, go to coastvalleymarkets.com.

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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