The Chilliwacky Gogos meet Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Birchwood Retirement Home (45650 Patten Avenue). The Chilliwacky Gogos is one of more than 250 groups of grandmothers and "grandothers" across Canada who raise awareness, build solidarity and mobilize funds for Africa's grandmothers and the orphans in their care. All proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign which supports grassroots projects in 15 sub-Saharan African countries. For more information, contact Ariel Eastman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-824-9481.
Japanese pop culture
Join Raymond for Japanese pop culture madness Feb. 20 from 6: 30 to 8: 30 p.m. at the Chilliwack Library. Due to the content of the media discussed, participants must be at least 13 years old.
Chilliwack Community Services and the Yarrow Library host free conversation circles every Thursday until April 25 from 6: 30 to 8 p.m. at the Yarrow Library for adults trying to improve their spoken English. Contact the library at 604-823-4664 for more information.
Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society hosts a free two-day conference open to aboriginal people, caregivers and service providers of aboriginal children Feb. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Promontory Community Church, at 9325 Main St. The theme, "Finding your way in your healing journey," is an opportunity to gain inspiration and support in dealing with family issues such as parenting, family structure, spiritual health, relationships, etc.
Share your experience, and listen to great speakers teach about life and the family. Door prizes and more. Register with Elly Janik by phone 604858-0113 or email elly.janik@ xyolhemeylh.bc.ca.
The MS Society of Canada hosts a self-help group the third Thursday of every month (Feb. 21) 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 (March 16) from 9: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. at St.
Paul's Lutheran Church, at 8871 School St.
Carole M. Friesen gives a free talk about "self-healing" Feb. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Amethyst Books & Essence. Preregistration is mandatory. Call 604-792-3730 or email info@ amethystbooskstore.com.
Mental health committee The Mental Health Advisory Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month (Feb. 20) in the multi-purpose room at the Health Centre, 45470 Menholm Ave., from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Family members and mental health clients are welcome. New members needed. Phone Barb Lock at 604-795-1059.
Chilliwack Senior Peer Counsellors, at 45938 Wellington Ave., hosts a seniors tea the third Thursday of every month (Feb. 21) from 2 to 3: 30 p.m. for seniors to meet volunteers and learn about the program. No cost, but call 604-793-7204 to confirm attendance because space is limited.
HOMINUM Fraser Valley Chapter-a support and discussion group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single-meets on the last Friday of every month (Feb. 22) at 7: 30 p.m. For information and location, please call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.
Tea and Dance
Wanda's Tea Dance, sponsored by the Seniors Resources Society, takes place the last Monday of each month (Feb. 25) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lions' Hall, at 45580 Spa-dina Ave. Music by Sweetwater. Refreshments and door prizes. Tickets are $6.
The Chilliwack Library hosts a chair yoga class Feb. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. A trained yoga instructor will demonstrate yoga exercises that can be performed from a seated position. No special equipment is needed and the exercises will be modified according to participants' fitness needs.
Seniors art class
The Chilliwack Senior Resource Society is starting a beginner's watercolour class Fridays from 9: 30 to 11: 30 a.m. For more information, call the office at 604793-9979 or visit the Senior Resource Office at Evergreen Hall, at 9291 Corbould St.
Country acoustic jam sessions are held every Saturday at the Chilliwack Seniors Recreation Centre, at 9400 College St., from 7 to 11 p.m. All musicians and friends are welcome. Bring your own instrument. Members $3 and non-members $5. For more information contact Rod or Marnie 604-792-1168.
Prayer shawl knitters meet
Those who wish to knit prayer shawls in a small group are invited to join a knitting group that meets Wednesdays between 1 and 3: 30 p.m. at Manny's Bistro, 200-8705 Young Rd. Call Svea at 604-795-0380.
Senior rec centre activities
The Chilliwack Senior Recreation Centre, at 9400 College St., is open Monday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is something for everybody as the centre has a full kitchen, dance floor, pool tables, carpet bowling, cards and more. Drop by to pick up a schedule, enjoy lunch or coffee, meet new friends and have a good time. Phone 604-7030046 for more information.
Chilliwack Community Services Immigrant Services Program offers short programs such as "Kids in Canada" (for newcomer parents), Canadian citizen-ship study and healthy living cooking sessions as well as basic and intermediate computer Instruction. For more information, contact Lynn at 604-393-3251 or gibsonl@ comserv.bc.ca or stop into the office at 9214 Mary St.
The Fraser Valley/Chilliwack Pagan and Spiritual Paths Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. 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.