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Virtual Historic Stewart Farm Tour *FREE EVENT*
Come join us for a virtual tour of the historic, Stewart Farm!

The Stewart Farm became a local historic site when the municipality of Surrey purchased 54 acres of the site in 1984. It is operated by the Heritage Services Division of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department and has responsibility for the operation of the City’s heritage resources. It has both city and provincial heritage site designation.

With a live, digital school program, an experienced costumed guide will lead your class on a virtual tour around the Farmhouse, pole barn and outbuildings while providing curriculum current interpretation. Like many Surrey residents, John and Annie Stewart were not born here but made a home and raised a family here in Surrey. Hailing from Scotland, John married Quebecois Annie Davidson in Nanaimo in 1884.

Come and learn about the Stewarts and see their farm via Zoom! For more info, visit www.surrey.ca/arts-culture/historic-stewart-farm/about-site
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Virtual HCOS Minecraft Club
Do you play Minecraft? Would you like to meet other HCOS students who play Minecraft?

If you answered “YES” to both of these questions, and you are between grades 4 – 12, then the HCOS Minecraft Club is for you! We will meet 3 times in May in a private realm, while on Zoom.

The goals of the Club are to play Minecraft, talk about Minecraft and learn from each other. You will be able to keep your inventory in this realm. This private Minecraft realm will only be open during the Minecraft Club time so that everyone is in the realm together at the same time each week.

*You will need your own Minecraft Java account. We will be playing in Survival with PVP disabled
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Virtual Bamfield Marine Science Centre Live! Under the Docks 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*
The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is located on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean, and an amazing array of creatures can be found right underneath our docks!

Our educators will first show off these organisms by safely and carefully lifting some species right up onto the dock. After taking a look, we then investigate a sample of microscopic planktonic larvae, and finally take you underwater with our new ROV. Armed with a 4K live camera, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) allows you to discover the incredible diversity of species who make Bamfield Inlet their home!
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Chilliwack Cultus Lake Kayak Club
Come learn how to Kayak!

This is a series of 3 classes that will take place at Cultus Lake. Students will learn how to enter the kayak, different strokes to use to navigate around and how to exit the kayak if they flip. Come prepared to get wet and to have a lot of fun with really knowledgeable instructors!

*This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times.

**The Boathouse is located at the back edge of Parking Lot B

***Each participant must bring a signed waiver to the first class
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Virtual On Being Yukiko with Jeff Chiba Stearns *FREE EVENT*
In this hour-long presentation and drawing workshop, animation director, author and illustrator, Jeff Chiba Stearns will discuss the making of his first graphic novel, On Being Yukiko.

The graphic novel features 12-year-old Emma as she learns about her Japanese roots through the true-life story of her great-great grandmother Maki, a Japanese picture bride, who journeyed to Canada at the turn of the 20th century. Maki’s story of extreme perseverance during the Japanese Canadian internment helps Emma discover a deeper connection to her identity.

Following the presentation, Jeff will demonstrate how he creates his ‘hapanimation’ style, a mix of Japanese anime and North American cartoon aesthetics, through a drawing workshop. A Q&A with Jeff will follow the presentation.

Jeff Chiba Stearns is an Emmy® nominated and Webby award-winning animation and documentary filmmaker, as well as an acclaimed author and illustrator. After graduating from the Emily Carr University with a degree in Film Animation, he founded Vancouver-based boutique animation studio and publishing company, Meditating Bunny Studio Inc., in 2001. Jeff’s short and feature length films such as Yellow Sticky Notes (2007), One Big Hapa Family (2020) and Mixed Match (2016) have broadcast around the world, screened in hundreds of international film festivals and garnered dozens of awards. Jeff has also written and illustrated the children’s books Mixed Critters (2018) and Nori and His Delicious Dreams (2020) and has just released his first graphic novel, On Being Yukiko (2021). Jeff is also the host of the upcoming animation podcast, Animation Meditation and the creative director for the pre-school animated series The Treebees.

Feel free to check out Jeff’s website: https://www.meditatingbunny.com/
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Baynes Lake Elk Rim Trail – Guided Bike Ride *FREE EVENT*
Join us for a bike ride on an established trail above the Elk River!

The terrain is mellow with a mixture of hills and flat sections; hills are easy to walk up if needed. A review of basic mountain bike riding technique will be provided prior to the start of the ride.

The ride will be split into 2 loops (one large (11.1 km); one small (5.1 km) depending on age and ability. There will be 2 age groups to choose from: K-Gr. 6 or Gr. 7-12 (choose within application).

Directions: From Fernie, drive towards Cranbrook, turning left onto the 93 heading South for about 15 km. You will cross the big bridge over the Elk River, and climb steeply up the highway. After crossing the bridge continue on the highway for 1.2 kilometers then turn right onto a dirt road and across a cattle guard. Will see the parking lot and toilet at the trailhead.

*THIS IS NOT A DROP-OFF EVENT. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE AND SUPERVISION OF THEIR CHILD(REN) AT ALL TIMES.
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Virtual NatureKids BC – Tundra Speaks *FREE EVENT*
Join us for a virtual NatureKids BC Explorer Day.

We will meet Tundra the wolf and learn about the importance of her species in creating and maintaining healthy ecosystems, plus promoting more biodiversity. Participants will also learn how important the wolf is to First Nations peoples.

For more info: https://tundraspeaks.com
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HCOS Ignite Theatre – Mary Poppins Show
HCOS’s Ignite Theatre soars to new heights with Mary Poppins, Broadway’s Practically Perfect Musical. This May, the jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Mary Poppins is an event you won’t want to miss; it’s filled with explosive dance, emboldening harmonies, and a spark of imagination to ignite wonderful adventures. Indeed, it’s a spectacle to behold as it heralds the themes of the importance of family, courage, imagination, believing in anything is possible, and a willingness to look deeper than what the surface presents.

We welcome you to JOIN US! Performances are:
Thursday, May 26th @ 7 pm (Cast 1)
Friday, May 27th @ 7 pm (Cast 2)
Saturday, May 28th @ 1pm (Cast 1)
Saturday, May 28th @ 7 pm (Cast 2)

HCOS Enrolled Students
Thanks to the generous support of our HCOS PAC, we are able to offer a significant discount on tickets for our HCOS families to come and watch an evening performance at school show prices. We encourage families with HCOS enrolled students to call the Chilliwack Cultural Centre Box Office to snap up your tickets @ 604-391-7469. You will be requested to state the full name of each of your enrolled students in order to receive the $10.50 discount/ticket, and to pay only $15 for the first HCOS adult attending with them.

Ticket prices are in effect for our first two evening shows only on Thursday, May 26th @ 7 pm (Cast 1) OR Friday, May 27th @ 7 pm (Cast 2):
•$10.00 for each HCOS enrolled student
•$15.00 first adult/parent attending with HCOS students
•$24.50 for additional adults
•$12.00 for preschoolers of HCOS families (ages 0-5 pre-K) (please let the box office know)
•$20.50 for seniors/general community students
•In the words of Mary Poppins, “Spit Spot! Don’t dawdle, as tickets are going fast!”
Discount Code: HCOS PAC

Check out our promo video for a sneak preview and our brand new website @ ignitetheatre.ca! We look forward to seeing you at this memorable event watching our very OWN in the performance of a lifetime!

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Virtual Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary – 2nd Session *FREE EVENT*
DUE TO HIGH DEMAND, NOW OFFERRING A SECOND TIME!

Discover the fascinating world of wolfdogs, with the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. Direct from Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary is a collaborative program offering a unique educational experience hosted by TELUS Spark!

Students will be directly connected to experts at the sanctuary with access to a delightful mix of pre-recorded content, worksheets, and live interactions for student questions. The Q&A portion of this experience will be located in one of the wolfdog enclosures amongst a pack of wolfdogs.

Topics covered will include: Differences between wolfdogs & wolves, diet, senses, the needs of domesticated and wild animals, behaviours, seasonal changes and best practices.

*Please note this is a public webinar, not a private tour.

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Courtenay Track & Field Meet
The HCOS homeschoolers of the Comox Valley are hosting an elementary (K-Gr. 7) track and field meet on May 27th in Courtenay!

Two local Christian schools will participating and it will be a great opportunity for the students to compete against other kids after a long break in not being able to!

Events include: 60m (K-Gr. 3) 100m (Gr. 4-7) 400m (K-Gr. 7) 800m (Gr.4 -7) 1200m (Gr. 6-7) 4×100 relay Long jump Ball throw (K-Gr. 4) Shot put (Gr. 5-7) Discus (Gr. 5-7).

Everyone must email the coordinator (prior to the event), to say which 3 events the child will want to participate in.

Each student is required to bring name tag stickers (one for each event), on the day, with their names and the event they are participating in (written on the sticker).

Parents will be responsible for bringing the students to each event, according to the schedule sent to you upon sign up.

*This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents are responsible for the care and supervision of their child(ren) at all times.

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Kelowna Myra Canyon Bike Tour
Ride and experience the magnificence of the Myra Canyon – complete with eighteen trestle bridges and two tunnels.

Learn about the section between Myra Station and Ruth Station. Cycle the trail with a tour guide on rental bikes ideal for the trail. This adventure meets a number of curricular competencies in Social Studies and Physical and Health Education.

Included in this Learning Camp: A pre-camp video and a post-camp worksheet.

Note: Busing to Myra Canyon from KCC. Bikes will be rented from the Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental Company

*Bikes must be rented as they cannot be brought on the bus and must be trail worthy

**Leaving KCC at 8:15 am. The ride runs from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. Bring a lunch and eat after the ride. Return to KCC at 2:30 pm.

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Virtual Painting with Di – Sunsets
Back by popular demand! Do you enjoy British Columbia’s beautiful scenery, flora and fauna? Do you like to make art?

Join local artist, ArtbyDi, from Bowen Island, in private painting session. Di, a talented acrylic painter, loves mountains, water, orcas, bears, salmon, herons and arbutus trees. Di’s bold colours and broad strokes are as unique as the sunsets over the ocean, which is what she’ll be teaching us also paint! She is inspired by the beauty of west coast landscapes and the abundant wildlife that lives in our scenic province!

Learn to paint via Zoom in this hands-on, virtual workshop, featuring the rugged wild of British Columbia!

*Check out Di’s art: https://artbydi.ca
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Chilliwack Charis Adventure Day Camp
Ready for an Adventure?

This fun-filled day of activities is for everyone in Kindergarten and up, and each participant can engage at their own level. There will be plenty of opportunities to get to know your teammates as you adventure from one station to the next, and we’ll put participants in groups of a similar age wherever possible. This Learning Camp addresses competencies in Physical and Health Education.

Parents are welcome to attend as participants or non-participants.

LOW ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE – The Low Ropes Challenge Course is an effective way to create a shared experience where everyone begins at the same level. With the support of their team members, participants challenge their individual comfort zones. Each team member fills a unique role to enable the team to master the course. Each participant leaves feeling empowered and encouraged.

CLIMBING WALL – The four-story-high climbing wall is the ultimate test of strength and agility. With climbing routes for the first-time climber and the skilled veteran, this activity is perfect for all ages, sizes, and skill levels.

ARCHERY – Our outdoor archery range is suitable for ​all ages and skill levels. Charis staff will give instruction on safety procedures and techniques.

BALL SPORTS – field games and/or Gaga Ball.


Thank you to our HCOS PAC for their generous support of our HCOS Enrolled students!

*Everyone who stays on site is required to register. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

**Ages 0-4 are free (as non-participants) and must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to attend as participants or non-participants. Students in Kindergarten – Grade 12 may participate without an attending adult.

***We will need parent volunteers (with a current CRC on file). If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please check “yes,” on that question within the application and we will be in touch.
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Virtual Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre – Live at Eagle Bay 2021-2022 *FREE EVENT*
Come join us at Eagle Bay!

Eagle Bay is a semi-exposed rocky shore where students can observe a diversity of intertidal animals and seaweeds in their natural habitat. Some organisms inhabiting only areas of high wave exposure, such as gooseneck barnacles, can be found here. Bamfield’s educators will guide you to explore under rocks, show you how to gently handle the animals, and we hope you’ll ask lots of questions as we search for fun finds on the beach.

*Please check out their website
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