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Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack

High school students take part in the 3,000m event during a district mini track meet at Sardis secondary on Wednesday. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
High school students take part in the 3,000m event during a district mini track meet at Sardis secondary on Wednesday.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

Date Book is a free community service provided by The Chilliwack Progress to local community and non-profit organizations. If you would like to be part of Date Book, please e-mail your listing to: You can also add your event to our online calendar at

April 16-21 - The Championship Dog Shows, hosted by the Auld Lang Syne Dog Association and Renaissance Dog Association will be held April 16-21 at Chilliwack Heritage Park including a variety of different vendors. Admission is free, and parking is by donation. Further information available at

April 19 - The Chilliwack Métis Association is having a potluck dinner on Saturday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Central elementary (9435 Young Rd.). All members and self-identified Métis are welcome to attend. Cost to attend is a dish to feed five people, or $5.

April 22 - The Chilliwacky Gogos meet on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:45 p.m. at the Birchwood Retirement Home (45660 Patten Ave.). The Gogos raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation which provides support and assistance to African grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa. This support is distributed  through grassroots, community based organizations to African grandmothers raising their grandchildren that have been orphaned by the AIDS/HIV pandemic.   Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

April 26 - The Royal Canadian Air Force Association 879 Wing is holding an Ident-A-Kid event at Cottonwood Mall on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ident-A-Kid is a child safety community service program where children are fingerprinted and photographed. The info is put onto an ID card for parents/guardians to carry with them in case misfortune happens to the child. There is no fee, but donations to offset the cost of supplies are welcome.

April 26 - The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven will be having its first Barnyard Sale of the year on Saturday, April 26 at 49843 Chilliwack Central Rd. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For sale will be household goods, toys, books, electronics, jewelry, furniture, and more. All proceeds of the sale go to the care of the cats at safe haven.

April 26 - You are invited to the Stó:lō Resource Centre to experience traditional Sto:lo foods and tour the Sto:lo community garden and the Shxt'aselhawxt Ethnobotanical garden on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day features a traditional Stó:lō welcome, presentation by Carrielynn Victor and Helena Paul, and a salmon and bannock lunch by donation with samples of traditional Stó:lō foods (by donation).

May 2 - Four Directions Martial Arts is bringing Warpath Fighting Championships, an MMA event, to Tzeachten Hall on May 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35 to $100. A special VIP section includes a buffet style dinner and a hostess for beverage service. For more info and for tickets, call 604-835-1827.

May 3 - The Evergreen Hall Spring Market takes place on Saturday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Evergreen Hall (9291 Corbould St.). There will be door prize draws for customers bringing non-perishable food items for the food bank.

Ongoing Events:

The Sardis branch of the OAPO #173 welcomes newcomers (age 55+) to the area. They offer crib, whist, paper tole, carpet bowling, and Friday afternoon bingo. They invite people to check out their facility at 5725 Tyson Rd. (beside Twin Rinks). 604-858-5066.

Chilliwack Grief Support continues to provide long-term support for mourners grieving the death of a husband, wife or partner. This group meets Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chilliwack Community Services. For details, or to register, please contact 604-793-7239.

The Snow Peaks Toastmasters meet Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (8871 School St.).

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 (18-45966 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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