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A bee approaches another on a sunflower during the second annual Chilliwack Sunflower Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Chilliwack Sunflower Festival now open with 50 varieties of vibrant, towering flowers

Special fundraiser at sunflower festival will help bring humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Alex Wells from Lilwat performed traditional dances. (Andrea Chapman Photography)

PHOTOS: Ancestral fish ceremony held at Alexandra Bridge

Photographer captures special moments on film to share

Darlene Barnett is eager to see more people coming through the doors at the Hope Art Gallery and Art Machine. (Pattie Desjardins/Hope Standard)

Hope Arts Gallery and Arts Machine ready to welcome more patrons

The Arts Gallery and Machine has a lot in store, says the new administrator for the Arts Council

Three authors with an interest in Japanese Canadian history and heritage will be taking part in a meet and greet event at Tashme Museum in Sunshine Valley on Aug. 20.

Trio of authors interested in Japanese internment history visiting Tashme Museum near Hope

Meet and greet event planned at historic site with three diverse authors

Three authors with an interest in Japanese Canadian history and heritage will be taking part in a meet and greet event at Tashme Museum in Sunshine Valley on Aug. 20.
A vendor shows details of his work to shoppers at the Farmers’ Market on 3rd Ave on July 31. The market continues to run every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of vendors and their wares. (Bill Dobbs/Hope Standard)

Summer markets continue through August in Hope

Summer markets continue through the month of August in Hope. There is…

A vendor shows details of his work to shoppers at the Farmers’ Market on 3rd Ave on July 31. The market continues to run every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a variety of vendors and their wares. (Bill Dobbs/Hope Standard)
Jessica MacNiel. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Jessica MacNiel – is the reigning Miss Teenager World

TODAY IN B.C.: White Rock teen has made it her mission to separate beauty from appearance

Jessica MacNiel. (photo submitted)
Rowan Hawthorne, 5, released a butterfly at Krause Berry Farms on Saturday, Aug. 6, the first butterfly release fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society and Langley Lodge since the pandemic. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Butterfly release event returns to Lower Mainland community

Fundraiser for Langley Lodge and Langley Hospice was shut down during the pandemic

Rowan Hawthorne, 5, released a butterfly at Krause Berry Farms on Saturday, Aug. 6, the first butterfly release fundraiser for the Langley Hospice Society and Langley Lodge since the pandemic. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Dustin Biega became a father to Kyson when he was 16 years old. Now, Kyson is four years old and is being co-parented by his two parents and Biega was able to graduate from high school with the help of Options Community Services. (Sobia Moman photo)

Young Lower Mainland father wouldn’t be where he is today without community support

Options Community Services is running a fundraising campaign to fund emergency care

Dustin Biega became a father to Kyson when he was 16 years old. Now, Kyson is four years old and is being co-parented by his two parents and Biega was able to graduate from high school with the help of Options Community Services. (Sobia Moman photo)
The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)

QUIZ: A celebration of the fruit harvest

In orchards around British Columbia, fruit pickers are hard at work

The Peach ice cream had become a major tourists attraction onto itself. But city staff awarded the license for the next three years to Alberta-based company. (The Peach Facebook)
The Peach, on the shore of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, has become an iconic landmark of Penticton’s lakefront. (The Peach Facebook)
Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathered for the Summer Faire event, hosted by the local branch called the Shire of Lionsdale, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 at Atchelitz Hall in Chilliwack. The event featured archery, thrown weapons, rapier fighting, armoured combat and the Bardic arts. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Re-creating the past as folks step back 100s of years with Summer Faire in Chilliwack

Fraser Valley branch of Society for Creative Anachronism has members from Maple Ridge to Hope

Members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathered for the Summer Faire event, hosted by the local branch called the Shire of Lionsdale, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022 at Atchelitz Hall in Chilliwack. The event featured archery, thrown weapons, rapier fighting, armoured combat and the Bardic arts. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Justin William rides Anakin while competing in the bull riding event at the Chilliwack Rodeo during the 150th annual Chilliwack Fair at Heritage Park on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Bucking bulls kick off 1st day of Chilliwack Rodeo at 150th annual fair

It was all about bull riding during day one of 34th annual rodeo at historic Chilliwack Fair

Justin William rides Anakin while competing in the bull riding event at the Chilliwack Rodeo during the 150th annual Chilliwack Fair at Heritage Park on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Author Lorna Carleton is returning to Hope for a writing workshop this month. (File)

Fantasy author hosting writing workshop at Hope library

Lorna Carleton will lead authors in some writing work on Aug. 9

Author Lorna Carleton is returning to Hope for a writing workshop this month. (File)
Isaac Bosma, 9, of Chilliwack shows his cow during a 4-H competition at the 150th annual Chilliwack Fair on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at Chilliwack Heritage Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Ringing in 150 years of the Chilliwack Fair

4-H competitions, live entertainment, piglets and more at historic fair in Chilliwack

Isaac Bosma, 9, of Chilliwack shows his cow during a 4-H competition at the 150th annual Chilliwack Fair on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at Chilliwack Heritage Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Dr. Aseem Grover, Bud Gardner and Liz Harris from the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation at Fraser Canyon Hospital. (Submitted photo)

Generous donation makes hospital improvements possible in Hope

Local family made donation in name of Elaine Gardner

Dr. Aseem Grover, Bud Gardner and Liz Harris from the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation at Fraser Canyon Hospital. (Submitted photo)
Greendale Acres has partnered with Science World for this year’s Chilliwack Corn Maze design. (Greendale Acres)

Corn maze design features T. rex as Science World partners with Greendale Acres in Chilliwack

Playful corn maze design makes connection between prehistoric dinosaur and chicken

Greendale Acres has partnered with Science World for this year’s Chilliwack Corn Maze design. (Greendale Acres)
The USAF Thunderbirds take to the skies at 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 7 at the Abbotsford International Airshow.

Abbotsford International Airshow celebrates 60th anniversary

US Air Force Thunderbirds among highlights of event from Aug. 5 to 7

The USAF Thunderbirds take to the skies at 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 7 at the Abbotsford International Airshow.
The Spuzzum First Nation annual First Fish ceremony features family fun, great food and an appreciation of the abundance of nature in a spirit of Indigenous reconciliation. (Submitted)

First Fish ceremony honours abundance of salmon for Spuzzum First Nation

Public invited to attend annual traditional event on Aug. 6 at Alexandra Bridge

The Spuzzum First Nation annual First Fish ceremony features family fun, great food and an appreciation of the abundance of nature in a spirit of Indigenous reconciliation. (Submitted)
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Skater spent 3 years in Finland teaching hockey players about power and efficiency

Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)
Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)

Missing B.C. dog found after swimming 1 kilometre across Metro Vancouver river

The German shepherd rescue was discovered 10 days after going missing

Mercy’s missing poster. (Petsearchers Canada/Facebook)
The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)

QUIZ: How much do you know about British Columbia?

To celebrate the B.C. Day long weekend, test your knowledge of the province with these 12 questions

The Spirit Bear, shown here preying on salmon in coastal British Columbia, is one of British Columbia’s recognized symbols. (Andrew S. Wright photo)