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Date Book: Community events in Chilliwack

John Prankie (right), of Grand Prairie, uses a manual jack to lift the cab of his 1980 Peterbilt 352 truck to access the engine during the B.C. Big Rig show and shine at Heritage Park on July 5. Prankie
John Prankie (right), of Grand Prairie, uses a manual jack to lift the cab of his 1980 Peterbilt 352 truck to access the engine during the B.C. Big Rig show and shine at Heritage Park on July 5. Prankie's truck has a Caterpillar 3408 V8 engine inside it and 850,000 km on the odometer.
— 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.

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve is offering a number of children's camps and public events throughout the summer.
Children's camps:
• Wildlife Art (extreme painting, drawing and airbrushing) for ages 8-12 running July 21-25, and Aug. 11-15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Photo Safari (more fun than Snapchat, better than Instagram) for ages 8-12 running July 28 to Aug. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• A Fairy Tea Party (calling all forest fairies and friends!) for ages 5-7 running July 21-25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• A Seusstastic Adventure (oh the places you’ll go!) for ages 5-7 running Aug. 11-15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Public events:
• Family Pond Creature Crawl, Thursday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to noon
• Twilight Walk, Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.
• Summer Send Off Open House, Saturday, Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more info: 604-823-6603, www.chilliwackblueheron.com.

The Chilliwack Riding Club Horse Show takes place at Heritage Park on Saturday, July 19. Classes include showmanship, English and western pleasure and equitation, show hack, and ranch horse pleasure. Start time is 9 a.m. at the rodeo arena.

Ann Davis Transition Society is holding a Cash Mob fundraiser event on Saturday, July 19 at Murray Honda (44954 Yale Rd.) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event featuring live music, a barbecue, magic, and more, will raise funds for ADTS's programs and services.

Cheam Lake Wetlands Parks Day takes place on Saturday, July 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free guided nature walks, crafts and wildlife activities, plus a Popkum-Bridal Falls (Electoral Area “D”) Official Community Plan information table. Interested individuals can contact the Fraser Valley Regional District at 1-800-528-0061 (from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for further information. Background details can be found on the FVRD website at www.fvrd.bc.ca.

Are you gay, bisexual or just not sure? Need a safe place to talk? 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. Their next meeting is 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 25. For information and meeting location, call Art 604-462-9813, or Don 604-329-9760.

The Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven will be having its monthly Barnyard Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at 49843 Chilliwack Central Rd. For sale will be: household goods, toys, books, electronics, jewelry, baked goods, and more. The Christmas room will be open. All proceeds go to the care of the cats at the Safe Haven.

An update to the Popkum-Bridal Falls (Electoral Area “D”) Official Community Plan (OCP) is underway in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). To begin the discussion and generate ideas for the future of Popkum-Bridal Falls, FVRD director Bill Dickey invites all landowners and interested individuals to participate in a community plan meeting and/or an online survey. The meeting will take place July 29 from 7-9 p.m. at Bridal Falls Camperland Clubhouse (53730 Bridal Falls Rd.). The online survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V2JCGQM. Interested individuals can contact the Fraser Valley Regional District at 1-800-528-0061 (from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) for further information. Background details can be found on the FVRD website at www.fvrd.bc.ca.

The Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department is having its annual open house this year on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be kicking off the day with a pancake breakfast. The trucks will be on display and there will be some equipment out for people to see and play with. Bring the kids!

Chilliwack Adventist Church has its week-long vacation bible school Scavenger Hunt at the church (46024 Riverside Dr.) Aug. 18-22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is free. To register, contact Jan at 604-795-3679, email mcpheejan@gmail.com, or visit chilliwack22.adventistchurchconnect.org/article/7/vbs.

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.). 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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