SLICE OF LIFE: Aug. 11 to 19

This is a list of some of the activities in Abbotsford over the next week


The Abbotsford International Airshow runs from Aug. 11 to 13 at Abbotsford Airport. The event kicks off on Friday with the Twilight Show. Opening ceremonies are at 5:45 p.m., and the evening concludes with a fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Info:


The free Fraser Valley Concert Series presents the Bruce James Orchestra, a jazz/swing band, on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.). Info:


A games night takes place Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and Thursday, Aug. 17 at Abbotsford Community Library, 33355 Bevan Ave., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A variety of board games will be available to play. Info: 604-853-1753


Trethewey House Heritage Site holds a Mill Lake walking tour on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about the history of Mill Lake during a guided tour by one of the staff members. Meet on the concrete slab at Trethewey House (2313 Ware St.). Info: 604-853-0313 or


Trethewey House Heritage Site (2313 Ware St.) holds a free Storytime on the Porch speaker series every Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The speaker on Aug. 17 is Satwinder Bains, who shares her stories about immigration and adjusting to life in Canada. Info: 604-853-0313 or


Metis Nation BC region 2 holds its second annual Family Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McDonald Park. The event includes music, dance, food, games, rattle-making and weaving. Food is by donation. Info: 604-996-7686 or


Clayburn Village Museum (4315 Wright St.) is open Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. from now until the end of August. Step back in time and visit the history of B.C.’s first company town. Info: Helen at 604-854-3960


Abbotsford Community Services holds English Conversation Circles for people who are new immigrants to Canada and would like to practise speaking English. The free drop-in program meets at several locations around Abbotsford throughout the week. Intake is ongoing throughout the year. Info: Jen Romero at 604-217-2299


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


The Mood Disorders Association support group in Abbotsford meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) It is open to those who have mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404


Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532