SLICE OF LIFE: April 11 to 18

Here is a list of just some of the activities going on in Abbotsford for the coming week.

GEM SHOW

The BC Gem Show takes place from April 11 to 13 at the Ag-Rec Building (32470 Haida Drive). The show includes educational displays, demonstrations, games and vendors selling rocks and minerals. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for students ages six to 17, and free for kids under six. Info:  lapidary.bc.ca

FLOWER SHOW

The Bradner Flower Show returns for its 86th year from April 11 to 13 at Bradner Hall and Bradner Elementary, 5350 Bradner Rd. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with the official opening at 2 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $2.

WEEKLY DANCES

The Abbotsford Social Activity Association holds dances every Friday at its hall at 33889 Essendene Avenue from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The bands for April are Johnny Hsu on April 11 and Gracie and the Guys on April 25. There is no dance on Good Friday (April 18). Info: Frank at 604-820-8695 or Rinus at 604-826-6058

SUPPORT FOR MS

The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Help Group meets Monday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd. Info: Betty at 604-859-2739 or info.fraservalley@mssociety.ca

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley holds its monthly potluck dinner and annual general meeting on Monday, April 14 at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St., at 6 p.m.  The club will elect it executive members for the year. Guests and potential new members are welcome. Info: Len at 604-857-2740 or Eigil at 604-870-8601

LEARNING PLUS

The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds two classes next week. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, April 15 is  “Walking on the National Spirit: A Cross-Country Hiking Trail.” The topic on Thursday, April 17 is “A Shrubs, Pubs and Grub Tour of England and Scotland.” Cost is $5 per class, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

GARDEN TALK

“Your Garden: Discovering Hidden Jewels” is the topic of a presentation at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Tuesday, April 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Speaker Brenda Falk, owner of Tanglebank Gardens, shares secrets for creating a garden or potted displays abundant with unique plants and decorative touches. Registration recommended by calling  604-859-7814 (ext. 224).

KIDS MATTER

Kids Matter Inc. holds a seminar called “Advocacy 101 for Parents and Professionals” on April 15, 22 and 29. The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. The program offers principles and tactics for increasing team cohesion and helping parents and professionals be more confident about what steps will improve or fix what is happening. Info and registration at kidsmattercanada.com, info@kidsmattercanada.com or 1-877-897-0633.

GARDEN CLUB

The Mount Lehman Garden Club holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at Mount Lehman Community Hall, 6418 Mount Lehman Rd. The speaker this month is Dan Traylor of Homestead Nurseries talking on roses. Visitors are welcome.  Info: Yvonne at 604-856-0313

BETTER BREATHERS

The Mission Sumas Abbotsford Better Breathers Club meets Thursday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Share information, education and support with others living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or asthma.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY

The Abbotsford Genealogy Society holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 17 at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the business meeting begins at 1 p.m. You must enter by the side door , not the front door as The Reach is closed to the general public that day. Speaker Graham McDonell will share his research on well-known Canadians Tommy Douglas and Keifer and Donald Sutherland. Drop-in fee for guests is $2. Info: abbygs.ca

METIS ASSOCIATION

The Fraser Valley Metis Association holds a general meeting on Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Rd. The group will discuss its plan for the upcoming months. Info: Les Mitchell at 604-823-4533

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE

Mt. Lehman United Church (6256 Mt. Lehman Rd.) holds a Good Friday Service on April 18 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in partnership with Bradner Presbyterian Church. The two choirs will sing a song together. Everyone is welcome. Info: mtlehmanchurch.org

ALATEEN  MEETS

Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking,  whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets every Tuesday in Abbotsford at the Home Society (31581 South Fraser Way), starting at 7:15 p.m. Info:  604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100

FOR SEXAHOLICS

Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for men and women who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour. Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m. Info: abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com or www.sa.org

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532

SENIOR SUPPORT

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender senior, you are invited to join a social network for friendship and support. Contact Karen in the senior services department at Abbotsford Community Services for more information about monthly meetings: 604-870-3772 or email senior@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com