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People on horseback participate in the last Rotary Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, 2019 in Chilliwack. This year, bins will be placed along the parade route where people can donate non-perishable food items for the food bank. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Donations for food bank being collected at Christmas parade in Chilliwack

Parade organizers have a goal to collect 1,000 items for the Salvation Army food bank in Chilliwack

Keighley Vegh (foreground) plays Ponyboy in Sardis Secondary School’s production of The Outsiders which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Violence, poverty, grief: Chilliwack students relate as they bring The Outsiders play to stage

Sardis Secondary presents classic coming-of-age story to high school stage for 5 shows

Greg Johnson leads the Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra in a previous concert. (Greg Laychak/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Vocalist, rock guitarist part of Christmas concert by Chilliwack Metropolitan Orchestra

CMO brings annual concert ‘Tis the Season: A Traditional Christmas to Chilliwack audience

Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Artistic vision: New executive director wants to bring arts outside Chilliwack Cultural Centre

‘I love arts and culture being in the community as well as in the concert hall,’ says Jean-Louis Bleau

Jean-Louis Bleau, seen here on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, is the new executive director of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Winter Harp is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 14. (Submitted)

Medieval and Celtic music return to Chilliwack with Winter Harp

Ensemble that plays ancient, rare instruments is coming to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Winter Harp is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 14. (Submitted)
Gord Yakimow, a former Chilliwack school teacher, is having a signing for his new children’s book on Dec. 3. (Submitted)

Former Chilliwack teacher releases debut children’s Christmas book

Gord Yakimow will have book signing for ‘The Grod Family’s Christmas Lights’

Gord Yakimow, a former Chilliwack school teacher, is having a signing for his new children’s book on Dec. 3. (Submitted)
Country music star Lisa Brokop is bringing her Christmas show to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 10. (Erick Anderson)

Country music icon Lisa Brokop to share favourite holidays songs with folks in Chilliwack

Lisa Brokop’s Classic Country Christmas coming to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Country music star Lisa Brokop is bringing her Christmas show to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 10. (Erick Anderson)
The Art from the Heart Student Art Sale is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Dec. 2 to Dec. 4. (Submitted)

Unique items by student artists for sale at ‘Art from the Heart’ in Chilliwack

Students taking classes at Chilliwack Cultural Centre to sell artwork during 3-day event

The Art from the Heart Student Art Sale is at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Dec. 2 to Dec. 4. (Submitted)
Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

A list of Christmassy events coming up in Chilliwack

From craft markets to fundraisers to theatre performances, there are many festive events coming up

Santa waves to kids and adults as the annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
B.C. dance artist Joshua Beamish brings together a program of contemporary dance pieces showcasing exceptional choreography and performance in Proximity at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 2. (Submitted)

Explosive energy and technical precision come together with Proximity in Chilliwack

Joshua Beamish presents ‘Proximity: A Collection of Short Works’ at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

B.C. dance artist Joshua Beamish brings together a program of contemporary dance pieces showcasing exceptional choreography and performance in Proximity at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on Dec. 2. (Submitted)
The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

New route announced for Rotary Christmas Parade in Chilliwack

People also asked to bring non-perishable food items for Salvation Army food bank in Chilliwack

The annual Rotary Christmas Parade rolled through downtown Chilliwack on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Tom Lavin of the Powder Blues performs at a cancer benefit concert at the Hard Rock Casino Show Theatre on Oct. 1. (Dee Lippingwell Photography)

Tom Lavin and Powder Blues band in Chilliwack for final stop on 44th anniversary tour

6-piece Vancouver-based band to perform at Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Tom Lavin of the Powder Blues performs at a cancer benefit concert at the Hard Rock Casino Show Theatre on Oct. 1. (Dee Lippingwell Photography)
Violinist and singer Rosemary Siemens performs three free concerts in the Fraser Valley on Nov. 18, 19 and 20.

Violinist and singer Rosemary Siemens performs at 3 Fraser Valley concerts

Shows in Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack from Nov. 18 to 20

Violinist and singer Rosemary Siemens performs three free concerts in the Fraser Valley on Nov. 18, 19 and 20.
From left: Andy Rolleman plays Dave Riley, Raymond Hatton is Arthur Vance and Barbara Blom plays Louise Peakes in the Chilliwack Players Guild’s production of The Outsider. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Political satire by Chilliwack Players Guild about ‘a leader who looks like an idiot’

‘Political or apolitical, you’ll find humour in it,’ says director Graham Archer about The Outsider

From left: Andy Rolleman plays Dave Riley, Raymond Hatton is Arthur Vance and Barbara Blom plays Louise Peakes in the Chilliwack Players Guild’s production of The Outsider. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The five book houses with murals on them were unveiled at Fairfield Park in Chilliwack on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Little house-shaped libraries double as public art in 5 Chilliwack parks

Project a team effort by Gore Brothers, Rotary, local artist Jack Hendsbee and others

The five book houses with murals on them were unveiled at Fairfield Park in Chilliwack on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties stands in front of her mural at the Chilliwack Library on Nov. 8, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

New ‘nature and nurture’ mural welcomes parents, kids to children’s area at Chilliwack Library

Otters, eagles, wolves part of mural by Indigenous artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties

Artist Chantelle Trainor-Matties stands in front of her mural at the Chilliwack Library on Nov. 8, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jeff Plankenthorn and Leah Nicole Barley perform at Bozzini’s on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (Submitted)

Double bill of roots and blues for final concert of 2022 at intimate Chilliwack venue

Jeff Plankenthorn and Leah Nicole Barley will be performing at Bozzini’s

Jeff Plankenthorn and Leah Nicole Barley perform at Bozzini’s on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (Submitted)
Nancy Guitar has started the Chilliwack Cupcake Festival, which takes place on Dec. 2, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Sole purpose of Chilliwack Cupcake Festival to spread joy throughout community

People encouraged to share cupcakes with neighbours, bake and bring treats to non-profits and others

Nancy Guitar has started the Chilliwack Cupcake Festival, which takes place on Dec. 2, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Members of the Chilliwack Camera Club gather for an outing at Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The club is looking for more members. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Camera Club in ‘survival mode’ looking for more members

Members support each other with photographic styles, gear, learning new techniques

Members of the Chilliwack Camera Club gather for an outing at Cheam Lake Wetlands Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The club is looking for more members. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Ebenezer Scrooge greedily clutches at what he loves most in life: money. Theatre group Wonderheads brings A Christmas Carol to Chilliwack on Dec. 8, 2022. It is a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic and festive tradition for thousands of theatregoers every December. (Kate Braidwood)

‘Wonderheads’ theatre company brings classic Christmas story to Chilliwack

‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol’ will be coming to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

Ebenezer Scrooge greedily clutches at what he loves most in life: money. Theatre group Wonderheads brings A Christmas Carol to Chilliwack on Dec. 8, 2022. It is a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic and festive tradition for thousands of theatregoers every December. (Kate Braidwood)