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The City of Chilliwack is looking for proposals to install a piece of public art in this area in front of 46115 Yale Road as seen on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Artists sought for Five Corners public art project in downtown Chilliwack

Goal of project to increase foot traffic on street, animate Chilliwack’s historic downtown

Debbie Walker of Chilliwack, seen here on Jan. 7, 2021, is one of the two Fraser Valley co-founders of Soteria Protection Agency, an L.A.-based, female-driven personal security agency. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack woman launches female-driven security agency based out of L.A.

Soteria Protection Agency for folks in entertainment industry, founded by two Fraser Valley women

Beach Moms, a Fraser Valley band, have released a new single and will have a four-song EP later this year. (Submitted)

Fraser Valley group Beach Moms release single

Band recorded four-song EP in Abbotsford earlier this summer

Leonard Hodgins released his seven-song EP, A Date, with Disaster, on Jan. 4, 2021. (Submitted)

‘Silver lining’ to pandemic as Chilliwack musician finds inspiration, releases new album

Leonard Hodgins released his EP ‘A Date, with Disaster’ at the beginning of 2021

Leonard Hodgins released his seven-song EP, A Date, with Disaster, on Jan. 4, 2021. (Submitted)
People check out the items for sale during the Chilliwack Rotary One-Day Book Sale on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

TOP STORIES 2020: How Chilliwack events pivoted in the time of COVID-19

Cancelled, virtual, drive-thru: people adapted to new ways of socializing in the midst of a pandemic

People check out the items for sale during the Chilliwack Rotary One-Day Book Sale on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Belle Voci A cappella Ensemble released its rendition of Silent Night on Dec. 21. (Screenshot/BelleVoci.ca)

VIDEO: Chilliwack vocal ensemble shares Silent Night around the world

Belle Voci A cappella Ensemble released the song featuring several voices, bass and trumpet

Belle Voci A cappella Ensemble released its rendition of Silent Night on Dec. 21. (Screenshot/BelleVoci.ca)
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The students in G.W. Graham’s theatre company program have been filming their one-act plays to stream them online since they are not allowed to perform live theatre in front of an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack high school theatre class finds new way to bring one-act plays to audiences

G.W. Graham’s theatre company is now streaming its productions as a result of COVID-19

The students in G.W. Graham’s theatre company program have been filming their one-act plays to stream them online since they are not allowed to perform live theatre in front of an audience due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Van Django trio with special guests LJ Mounteney and Andy Hillhouse are set to play for the virtual Cool Yule holiday variety concert via Side Door. Tickets are $10, which are available through Harrison Festival Society (Contributed Graphic/Harrison Festival Society)

Django Bells: Cool Yule brings Harrison holiday cheer home

Van Django trio and special guests to bring on holiday hits with a jazzy twists

The Van Django trio with special guests LJ Mounteney and Andy Hillhouse are set to play for the virtual Cool Yule holiday variety concert via Side Door. Tickets are $10, which are available through Harrison Festival Society (Contributed Graphic/Harrison Festival Society)
One of the houses on the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) Christmas Light Tour 2020. Chilliwack resident Jody Raabe has created a game of bingo for people to play while out looking at Christmas houses this year. (Facebook/ Stephen A Lerigny)

BINGO! Chilliwack resident creates COVID-friendly game for Christmas light tour

While driving around looking at Christmas lights, folks can play a game of bingo in their car

One of the houses on the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB) Christmas Light Tour 2020. Chilliwack resident Jody Raabe has created a game of bingo for people to play while out looking at Christmas houses this year. (Facebook/ Stephen A Lerigny)
JP Maurice will be performing A Blue Light Christmas at Bozzini’s on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (jpthemaurice.com)

Live Christmas music coming to Bozzini’s with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place

JP Maurice will be performing songs from album ‘A Blue Light Christmas’

JP Maurice will be performing A Blue Light Christmas at Bozzini’s on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. (jpthemaurice.com)
Chilliwack band, Like Bears, during their Vestival 12 concert in 2019. (Marcel Faucheret)

Chilliwack band to host free concert all while raising money for Bowls of Hope

Local alt-punk folk band, Like Bears, gearing up for ‘Vestival 13’ fundraiser concert

Chilliwack band, Like Bears, during their Vestival 12 concert in 2019. (Marcel Faucheret)
A dinosaur takes a quiet moment to gaze over the edge of the world on Mt. Cheam. Posted on Instagram account thebouds27 (aka Eric Boudreau) collaborating with JustABitFarther, the video of two T-rexes frolicking, boxing and enjoying vegetables in the snow found new life in Agassiz’s social media circles recently. (Screenshot/Instagram)

VIDEO: Cavorting T-rexes run amok on Mt. Cheam

Local photographers, hikers film video of dinos running, boxing on Mt. Cheam

A dinosaur takes a quiet moment to gaze over the edge of the world on Mt. Cheam. Posted on Instagram account thebouds27 (aka Eric Boudreau) collaborating with JustABitFarther, the video of two T-rexes frolicking, boxing and enjoying vegetables in the snow found new life in Agassiz’s social media circles recently. (Screenshot/Instagram)
The Tanner Olsen Band of Chilliwack won the Ray McAuley Emerging Artist of the Year award at the 44th annual British Columbia Country Music Association awards show on Nov. 29, 2020. (Submitted)

Award-winning Chilliwack band to debut original music video at Rotary Christmas Show

Tanner Olsen Band releasing ‘Neon Mistletoe’ as part of online event replacing Christmas parade

The Tanner Olsen Band of Chilliwack won the Ray McAuley Emerging Artist of the Year award at the 44th annual British Columbia Country Music Association awards show on Nov. 29, 2020. (Submitted)
Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)

Harrison Festival, Fraser Valley arts icon Phyllis Stenson mourned

Stenson passed away in late November, leaving lasting legacy of passion for the arts behind

Phyllis Stenson, a mainstay of the local arts scene and the Harrison Festival of the Arts, passed away earlier this month. Stenson was crucial in setting up the foundation for relationships, funding and more that continue even now to echo well past her retirement in 2013. (Contributed Photo/Harrison Festival Society)
Ashley Durance, seen here on Nov. 25, 2020 with her four-year-old daughter Hazel, recently released The Adventures of Mabel Mouse. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack cancer patient writes children’s book inspired by daughter with medical complexities

Ashley Durance released ‘The Adventures of Mabel Mouse’ the day before her daughter’s fourth birthday

Ashley Durance, seen here on Nov. 25, 2020 with her four-year-old daughter Hazel, recently released The Adventures of Mabel Mouse. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Steve ‘Elvis Elite’ Elliott has released a DVD of him performing his Christmas show to bring hope and joy to seniors in lockdown. (Submitted)

Elvis tribute artist in Chilliwack brings joy to seniors in lockdown through Christmas DVD

Steve ‘Elvis Elite’ Elliott records Christmas performance, sends DVDs to seniors’ homes in B.C.

Steve ‘Elvis Elite’ Elliott has released a DVD of him performing his Christmas show to bring hope and joy to seniors in lockdown. (Submitted)
Justin Louis of Chilliwack, seen here on Nov. 21, 2020 beside a mural of his wife Inez Louis, is one of the designers who will be featured on Nov. 26 as part of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Indigenous Chilliwack fashion designer steps onto national stage

Justin Louis with Section 35 clothing will present his collection at Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

Justin Louis of Chilliwack, seen here on Nov. 21, 2020 beside a mural of his wife Inez Louis, is one of the designers who will be featured on Nov. 26 as part of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Compared to last year, Sharon Dueck (left) and Lee-Ann Hendrickson of All About Expos invested quadruple the time and effort as a result of the province’s ever-changing COVID-19 regulations, trying to bring the Christmas Gifts Pop-Up Mall to Chilliwack Heritage Park. After Dr. Bonnie Henry’s most recent announcement on Nov. 19, they were forced to cancel the in-person event and move it online. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Pop-up mall in Chilliwack forced to cancel due to new regulations, moves online

Organizers went ‘above and beyond’ to bring mom-and-pop vendors to Chilliwack, then plans changed again

Compared to last year, Sharon Dueck (left) and Lee-Ann Hendrickson of All About Expos invested quadruple the time and effort as a result of the province’s ever-changing COVID-19 regulations, trying to bring the Christmas Gifts Pop-Up Mall to Chilliwack Heritage Park. After Dr. Bonnie Henry’s most recent announcement on Nov. 19, they were forced to cancel the in-person event and move it online. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack musician Mauvey won the Dakota Leslie Fan Vote – and $2,500 – at this year’s Fraser Valley Music Awards. The virtual event was held Thursday night (Nov. 19).

Winners of Fraser Valley Music Awards announced in 16 categories

Annual awards honour artists in pop, hip hop, jazz and more

Chilliwack musician Mauvey won the Dakota Leslie Fan Vote – and $2,500 – at this year’s Fraser Valley Music Awards. The virtual event was held Thursday night (Nov. 19).
Organizers of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival have decided to end the event after more than 20 years. (Bob Friesen File Photo)

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is now self-guided tour

Photographers, birdwatchers quietly observe area eagles

Organizers of the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival have decided to end the event after more than 20 years. (Bob Friesen File Photo)