Celebrate a life The Chilliwack Hospice Society's Celebrate a Life tree will be at the Thrifty Boutique on Luckakuck Way and Minter Country Gardens on Young Road until Dec. 22. Place a butterfly on the tree in memory of a young one.
Snowflakes and sparkles Join the Chilliwack Library's children's department staff Dec. 11 from 3: 30 to 4: 30 p.m. as they put their talents to work creating crafts for the holiday season. Take your creation home and get a head start on festive decorating. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Christmas storytime The Yarrow Library hosts a Christmas storytime and craft-making session for preschoolers aged two to six Dec. 11 from 10: 30 to 11: 30 a.m. Children should by a caregiver.
Pagans meet The Fraser Valley/Chilliwack Pagan and Spiritual Paths Group meets every Thursday at 7 pm. the Dragon Dynasty Restaurant, at 46171 Yale Rd. The group welcomes all pagan, wiccan, First Nations and other spiritual paths, including those of mainstream faiths.
Photographers meet The Chilliwack Camera Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month (Dec. 12). The location has moved to the Slesse Room at Evergreen Hall, 9291 Corbould St. The next meeting is Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. All levels of photographers are welcome. For more information visit www.chilliwackcameraclub.com.
Vendors corner Support the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary by visiting the Vendors Corner Christmas Sale at Chilliwack General Hospital Dec. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Knitted items, afghans, hats and baby clothes.
CSS Christmas concert Chilliwack secondary school's annual Christmas benefit concert takes place Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the CSS gym. The show features seven performing groups, all playing Christmas and holiday music. Admission is a donation minimum of a toonie, or two canned goods. All proceeds are donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank.
Lace Club meets The Chilliwack Lace Club meets every month on the second and fourth Thursdays (Dec. 13) from noon to 3 p.m. in the Slesse Room of Evergreen Hall. Bring your lunch. Anyone interested in lace is welcome. Lessons in bobbin lace are available. For more information call Hylda Law at 604-858-4953 or Jenny Althoff at 604-823-4705.
MS help The MS Society of Canada hosts a self-help group the third Thursday of every month (Dec. 13) from 11: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference room at Decades, at 45846 Wellington Ave. The society also hosts a family members support group for caregivers and family members of those affected by MS on the third Saturday of every month (Dec. 15) from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, at 8871 School St.
Interactive Living Nativity St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 8871 School St., hosts an interactive living nativity Dec. 14 and 15 from 5 to 7 p.m.) The nativity is a free family event where visitors can venture inside and travel back in time to see the manger. Children can dress up and participate in the telling of the Christmas story.
There are live animals to pet, carols to sing, cookies to decorate, free make-and-take crafts, free hotdogs and beverages. For more information visit www.chilliwacklutheran. com or call 604-792-9577 or 604-792-1141.
Métis Xmas party/potluck The Chilliwack Métis Association holds its annual christ-mas party/potluck Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. (dinner at 5: 30 p.m.) at Kekinow Hall, 45555 Knight Rd. Bring a non-perishable item for the food hamper and a dish to feed five people.
Advent songs An Advent evening of song with Vancouver musicians Cheryl and Bruce Harding takes place Dec. 15 at 7: 30 p.m. at Agassiz United Church, at 6860 Lougheed Hwy. For more information call 604-796-2680. Admission by donation.
Home Sweet Christmas St. Thomas Anglican Church's choir hosts Home Sweet Christmas Dec. 16, with a cantata at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m., with food from Colleen Peters Catering. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door, and available from choir members, or by contacting 604-792-8521 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations to the music program are appreciated.
Mental health committee The Mental Health Advisory Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month (Dec. 19) in the multi-purpose room at the Health Centre, 45470 Menholm Ave., from 11: 30 am to 1: 30 pm. Family members and mental health clients are welcome. New members needed. Phone Barb Lock at 604-7957049.
Diabetes group meets The Chilliwack branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association holds informal monthly support group meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (Dec. 19) in the Minto Room at Evergreen Hall at 2 p.m. Informative guest speakers, dietary information, and refreshments available. For more information call 604794-3652.
Toastmasters meet There are several Toastmasters clubs in Chilliwack. The Fraser Valley Toastmasters meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at 9310 Williams St. Call Bernie at 604-3925862, visit fraservalley.toastmastersclubs.org or email constablebernie@yahoo. ca. Snowpeaks Toastmaster meets every Thursday at 7: 30 p.m. at St. Paul's Church, at 8871 School St. Everyone welcome. The Chilliwack Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from 7: 30 to 9: 30 p.m. at the Lions Club on Spadina. For more information call 604-819-1888.
Mental health group The Living Healthy Group (Chilliwack Association), a non-profit group of self-advocates, welcomes new members with mental health issues and looking for a safe place where you can share your concerns. The group meets Wednesdays in the Prospera Centre parking lot at 1 p.m. for a group walk followed by a discussion and sharing time. For more information please call Barb at 604-792-1059 or Agnes at 604-792-0112.
Language practice The Chilliwack Community Services hosts free conversation circles every Monday from 7 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Library for adults trying to improve their spoken English. Contact the library at 604-792-1941 for more information.
Yoga and meditation The Dorjechang Buddhist Centre hosts relaxing meditation classes Thursdays from 7 to 8: 30 pm at the Sardis Family Resource Centre, 7112 Vedder Rd. There is a $10 suggested donation. For more info visit www.dorjechang.ca or call 604-8533738. Inner Vision Yoga hosts a guided group mediation Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. By donation. Call 604-703-8604 or visit www.innervisionyoga.ca. Sahaja Yoga hosts free spiritual meditation classes run every Saturday at Chilliwack Central Community School from 1 to 2: 30 p.m. The entrance is on the west side of the building. The only special clothing needed is a warm pair of socks. Open to all.
Help for immigrants Chilliwack Community Services, Immigrant Services is offering educational workshops on driver education, Canadian citizenship study, healthy living and basic computer instruction. There are also short orientations on banking, English options, transportation, Canadian culture, health care, employment and more. For more information, contact Lynn Gibson at 604-393-3251, email@example.com or stop into the office at 9214 Mary St. Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (closed between 12: 30 and 1: 30 p.m.).
Included are community events in Chilliwack, hosted or sponsored by non-profit groups. To include your event, contact reporter Tyler Olsen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 604-792-9300 or call 604-792-9117.