Slice of Life
Oktoberfest at church
St. Joseph’s Parish in Mission (32550 Seventh Avenue) hosts an Oktoberfest celebration in September, but the deadline to purchase tickets is July 31.
Daytime activities for the family-oriented event run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consist of a children’s zone (games, petting zoo and more); a community stage including a yodelling contest and a German ladies choir; and an outdoor market.
Evening activities take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include a beer hall, German food, draws, an auction, and the Silver Star band.
Tickets for the beer hall are $45 and must be purchased in advance. They are available at the Matsqui branch of Aldergrove Credit Union (604-826-1201) or by calling Lucienne Lehmann at 604-996-4797.
Stuffies on parade
Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) holds a Parade of Stuffed Animals on Wednesday, July 30.
Kids are invited to bring their stuffed animals to hear pet stories, songs and rhymes.
Each animal receives a special prize ribbon.
The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required in person at the library (bring your stuffed animal) or by calling 604-826-6610.
The MSA Centennial Library (33660 South Fraser Way) hosts a High Flying story time on Wednesday, July 30.
The session runs from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and includes “travelling” on a crazy airplane, making a wind sock and hearing some sky-high tales.
Register by calling 604-853-1753.
Time to give blood
Canadian Blood Services holds a blood donor clinic in Abbotsford on Tuesday, July 29.
The clinic runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd. Book an appointment by calling 1-888-236-6283.
A support group for the family and friends of people with schizophrenia or other mental illness meets Tuesday, July 29.
The group gets together at 7 p.m. at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office (2615 A Montrose Ave.). Call 604-859-0105 for more information.