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Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack

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Now to Dec. 24 - The Canadian Cancer Society is again providing a Gift Wrapping Service at the Cottonwood Mall during the month of December. Their booth is located in front of London Drugs and they will be open from Dec. 4-24 during mall hours. All proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon Division.

Dec. 9 - The Chilliwack and District Senior Resource Society is having its annual Christmas Lunch on Monday, Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Evergreen Hall. CDSRS members are $18 and non-members are $20. Tickets for sale at the office 9291 Corbould St. There will be entertainment, door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

Dec. 11 - All Chilliwack/Hope Municipal Pension Retires (members and non-members) and their spouses/partners are invited to attend the next meeting of the MPRA on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Retirees who receive a public sector pension are also invited to attend and they may join as associate members. Meeting is to be held at 2 p.m. at the Chilliwack Library. Potluck will precede the meeting at 1 p.m.

Dec. 12 - The three Chartwell Retirement Residences in Chilliwack (Hampton House, Lynnwood and Birchwood) are teaming up for their annual Stuff the Bus food drive for the Salvation Army Food Bank. The Chartwell bus will be set up at the Safeway in Sardis on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., collecting non-perishable food items for those in need. Safeway will be also be selling $5 and $10 food hampers, perfect for donating to the cause. You can also drop off donations at any of the three Chartwell Residences in Chilliwack: Hampton House at 45555 Hodgins Ave., Lynnwood at 9168 Corbould St., or Birchwood at 45650 Patten Ave.

Dec. 14 - The Chilliwack Métis Association is holding its annual Christmas Party and Potluck on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Central elementary school (9435 Young Rd.). Please bring a non-perishable item for their food hamper and a dish to feed five people. There will be free jigging lessons after dinner.

Dec. 15 - What does it look like to age well in community? Come to an information session on senior cohousing from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Bike and Pickle (42312 Yarrow Central Rd. in the Yarrow Ecovillage) and find out why this is such a viable and appealing option for today's seniors (55+). Elderberry Commons (a 50+ adult cohousing area) is part of the vision for the continuing development at Yarrow Ecovillage ( and will be the main topic of discussion, but anyone interested in cohousing in general is more than welcome to attend and learn more. Loneliness is one of the greatest afflictions facing both young and old in our society. Cohousing is one avenue toward helping individuals and families regain a sense of community and belonging that are so often missed in our modern world. The event will include coffee and some morning nibblies as well as a presentation on cohousing and an opportunity to get to know some of your possible future neighbours. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Camille Coray at 604-356-5023 or

Dec. 21 - Fraser Valley Christ Centered Singles is hosting a bus tour to Stanwood, WA to view the Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach Conference Center on Saturday, Dec. 21. The two-hour bus ride there is filled with games, singing, snacks, prizes and a free gift for each attendee. Cost is $32/person. Bus leaves Chilliwack at 2 p.m. and returns before 11 p.m. Contact Bernie at 604-392-5862, or email More info is on There are 50 seats available.


Ongoing Events:

The Chilliwack Common Threads knitting circle welcomes new and experienced knitters to join them Tuesday nights at Carman United Church (7258 Vedder Rd.). This is a non-religious knitting group. They meet upstairs in the Heritage Room above the church office. Share your skills and passion, knit along with our charity plans, or just come to share the good company. For more information, check out our group on or email

The B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Canton Gardens Restaurant. At each meeting we have a speaker on a topic of interest to seniors. New members and guests welcome. Cost is $11 per person. Contact Lynne Dennis at 604-824-1764 for more info.

The B.C. Schizophrenia Society has its monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Chilliwack Communitas (18-43966 Yale Rd.).

Chilliwack Hospice Society is offering a weekly walking group. The purpose of the group is to offer a friendly and supportive opportunity to connect with others who share similar experiences. It is open to community members who are living with a life limiting disease or are bereaved as well as the friends, family members or caregivers who are supporting them. The group meets at Chilliwack Hospice Society (45360 Hodgins Ave.) on Fridays at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. A time for coffee will follow. There is no cost to attend this program and pre-registration is not required. For more information, please contact: Coletta at 604-795-4660 or email

Chilliwack Hospice Society is offering a caregiver support group. The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity to connect with others who are on the same journey, to share experiences, supports and resources. It is open to friends, family members or caregivers who are supporting someone living with a life limiting disease. The group will meet at Chilliwack Hospice Society (45360 Hodgins Ave.) at 12 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month. There is no cost to attend this program, however pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact: Coletta at 604-795-4660 or email

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship luncheons are held every Saturday at 12 p.m. at Homer Restaurant (46090 Yale Rd.). Come and hear exciting testimonies. Everyone welcome. For more info call 604-316-4540, or 604-824-0185.

Are you gay, bisexual or just not sure? Hominum Fraser Valley is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. They meet on the last Friday of every month. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

Chilliwack Toastmasters meets weekly every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Cheam Lions Club on Spadina Avenue (near Corbould Street). They welcome guests and new members who wish to improve their communication and leadership skills.

The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction. The local group meets Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at 9800 McNaught Rd.

The Prayer Shawl Knitting Group meets on Wednesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Lynnwood Retirement Residence (9168 Corbould St.). Those who wish to knit prayer shawls or learn how to knit are invited to join them. For more info, call Svea at 604-795-0380 or Janine at 604-392-9479.

If you have problems in your home with gambling, please call 604-701-8448 or 604-858-0321.

Fraser Valley Toastmasters is seeking new members wanting to have fun while improving their speaking and communication skills. They meet every Monday at 7 p.m. at Evangelical Missionary Church (9310 Williams St.). For more info, visit, or contact Bernie 604-392-5862.

Are you living with mental health issues and struggling to find a safe place where you can share your concerns? The Living Healthy Group (Chilliwack Association), a non-profit group of self-advocates welcomes new members. They meet Wednesdays on the west side of Prospera Centre parking lot at 1 p.m. for 30 minutes of walking, followed by cool down stretches, a positive focus and a sharing time. They finish at 3 p.m. For more information contact Barb at 604-792-1059 or Agnes at 604-792-0112.

Catholic Divorce Survival — Are you having a difficult time with the end of your marriage? Are you separated, divorced and still carrying a lot of baggage? You are not alone. This seminar/support group will guide you through the rich wisdom of the catholic church and point you to the sacraments where you'll encounter Christ. The group meets Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. in the loft, St. Mary’s Church (8909 Mary St.). Call the church office (604-792-2764) or Barry Neufeld (604-793-9053) for more info.

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