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Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack

About 225 students took part in the fifth annual Great Psychology Potato Party at Chilliwack secondary on Thursday. More than 160 lbs. of potatoes were cooked up for the spud social which featured mashed potatoes, french fries, scalloped potatoes, and baked potatoes with all the fixings.  - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
About 225 students took part in the fifth annual Great Psychology Potato Party at Chilliwack secondary on Thursday. More than 160 lbs. of potatoes were cooked up for the spud social which featured mashed potatoes, french fries, scalloped potatoes, and baked potatoes with all the fixings.
— 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 email your listing to: events@theprogress.com. You can also add your event to our online calendar at www.theprogress.com/calendar.

Now to June 15 - The American Veterinary Dental College's Service Dog Oral Health program will provide free oral health screening to service dog groups including seeing eye dogs, hearing dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs and for certified therapy dogs (through the Delta Society or similar). Dogs must be active working dogs that are certified by an organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying agency must be regional or local. Essentially, the dogs need to have some form of certification and/or training paperwork from an agency to qualify for this program. For more information and to sign up (open now to June 15) go to: www.avdc-dms.org/dms/content/servicedogexam.cfm. Please note that proof of registration is a requirement for this service. For more info, contact Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic at 604-792-2844.

May 21 to 26 - The Chilliwack Healthier Community Action Plan 3 - Family Friendly Policy takes place Monday, May 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Sto:lo Nation, 7201 Vedder Rd. (room 227, building 7). There is no need to register, it is open to anyone who is interested and would like to become involved in the next steps toward addressing some of our community's most complex social issues.

May 23 - The F.G. Leary Fine Arts Elementary Fun Fair takes place on Friday, May 23 and runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the school (9320 Walden St.). There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy including 15 game booths, dunk tank, bouncy castles, sumo wrestling, face painting, puppet shows, pie-eating contests, splat balloon art, cupcake walk, silent auction, photo booth and train rides. There also will be a concession that will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, chips, popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream. Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

May 24 - The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 Chilliwack (9350 Mary St.) has its parking lot sale and Ladies' Auxiliary Bake Sale on Saturday, May 24 starting at 9 a.m.

May 24 - The Valley Huskers is having its Spring Metal Madness on May 24. This is a challenge to all of the residents of Chilliwack to join forces with the Valley Huskers and clean up the community of unwanted scrap metal. If you have any old appliances, farm machinery, cars, rims, lawnmowers or any other such scrap metal you’d like to repurpose, you can drop them off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Major League 2 (45768 Gaetz St.) or HomeLife Glenayre Realty (8387 Young Rd.). If you need assistance to get the items to the drop off stations phone 604-792-9008 or 604-858-3084 and arrangements can be made for pick up. With assistance from Goodies Recycling Ltd. (8150A Aitken Rd.), they will turn the scrap metal into cash to assist with club expenses. For convenience, items can be dropped off at Goodies prior to May 24, just mention the Valley Huskers fundraiser.

May 24 - The Sunshine Community Garden invites you to the garden's Spring Launch Party on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features folks talking about vermaculture, honeybees and beekeeping, and how to organically amend your garden soil/environment. There will also be balloons, popcorn and craft for kids.

May 30 - The Chilliwack United Church is having its annual garage sale on Friday, May 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Sat. May 31, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a huge selection of items from A-Z, including housewares, home decor, furniture, sports equipment, books, toys and games. Sale takes place in the church hall across from Save-On-Foods on Yale Road. Enjoy the hot dog sale outside on Saturday only.

May 30 - The Best Western is hosting a roast beef fundraiser dinner to raise money for kidney disease on May 30 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 draw, toonie toss, and silent auction, plus a special draw for a necklace worth $2,000. This is the 50th anniversary of the Kidney Foundation and the fifth year for the Kidney March. Tickets $15 and available at Hofstede's Country Barn or by calling 604-703-0135.

May 31 - The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society is having its monthly Barnyard Sale on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 49843 Chilliwack Central Rd. For sale will be household goods, books, jewelry, furniture, baked goods and more. All proceeds go to the care of the cats at the Safe Haven.

June 3 - Chilliwack Minor Lacrosse is holding a special meeting to fill two vacant executive positions.The meeting will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m. in the Fraser room at Twin Rinks located at  5745 Tyson Rd.

June 7 - The annual Gwynne Vaughan Park Society's 18th annual Plant Sale and Garden Party is Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gwynne Vaughan Park (Hope River and Williams roads). The event features master gardeners, dozens of vendors selling plants and more, musicians and entertainers, food and beverages, garden crafts, a silent auction, and children's activities. More info, contact Debbie at 604-793-4910, or go to www.gwynnevaughanpark.ca.

June 14 - Clothes2U is coming to Chilliwack again to give away clothes, toys, diapers, linens, books, footwear, and household and personal items free to those in need, male/female, baby to senior. This will take place on Saturday June 14 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM at Central Elementary School, 9435 Young Rd. in Chilliwack. For more information, to donate or volunteer, go to www.clothes2u.ca or call 604-857-4617

June 21 - Ann Davis Transition Society and Chilliwack Firefighters Charitable Society present 2014 Charity Golf for Children's Programs at Meadowlands Golf and Country Club on June 21 at 1 p.m. (shotgun start). Cost is $99 per person and includes a round of golf, buffet dinner and prizes. There's also a chipping contest, putting contest, silent auction, and 50/50 draw. Pre-registration is a must. Call 604-792-2760, or go to www.anndavis.org for more info.

Ongoing Events:

The B.C. Government Retired Employees Association Branch 2000 Cheam View meets on the third Tuesday of the month (excluding July and August) at Canton Gardens at 11:30 (lunch at noon) for a speaker of interest, a meal, and a short business meeting. www.bcgrea.com. Contact Peter Maguire for more info at 604-392-3645, or rpmaguire@shaw.ca.

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.). www.d21ltoastmasters.ca

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 Ravelry.com or email loriangela@telus.net

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 coletta@chilliwackhospice.org.

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 coletta@chilliwackhospice.org.

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. www.fgbmfi.ca

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 fraservalley.toastmastersclubs.org, 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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