DANCES EVERY FRIDAY
The Abbotsford Seniors Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. The bands for December are Brian Zalo (Dec. 1), Stillwater (Dec. 8), Sweetwater (Dec. 15) and Horizon (Dec. 31). Info: Rick at 604-217-0322
FISH AND CHIPS
The Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway St.) hosts a fish and chips night on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10. Karaoke follows from 7 to 11 p.m. A meat draw with entertainment by Jack and Cookie takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. On Friday, Dec. 8 there will be a silent auction of gift baskets. Info: 604-853-1711
The Abbotsford Downtown Business Association holds its annual Winter Jubilee on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the area of Essendene and Montrose avenues, which will be closed to traffic for the evening. The event includes the official lighting of the Christmas tree, live entertainment, a craft beer and wine garden, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Info: downtownabbotsford.ca
The Salvation Army holds its 10th annual Santa Shuffle on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at Ellwood Park. The event, which includes a warmup at 9:45 a.m., raises money for Salvation Army programs and services. It includes a one-kilometre Elf Walk or the five-kilometre Fun Run. Register online at santashuffle.ca or by calling 604-556-0770.
STUFF THE BUS
The City of Abbotsford and BC Transit invite the public to help Stuff the Bus on Dec. 2 and 3 with non-perishable food or cash donations for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Look for the BC Transit bus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Real Canadian Superstore (2855 Gladwin Rd.) and Sunday at Save-On-Foods (32700 South Fraser Way).
First Abbotsford Scouts host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. The event is by donation and includes pancakes, face painting, crafts and visits with Santa. Info:604-855-8253
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
A free Christmas open house is hosted on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trethewey House Heritage Site, 2313 Ware St. The site will be decked out in its 1920s holiday best, and hot beverages and treats will be provided. The event also includes an outdoor festive dog photography session by donation, with proceeds going to the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Dogs will not be permitted inside.) Info: 604-853-0313 or tretheweyhouse.ca
O HOLY NIGHT
The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir presents O Holy Night on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bakerview Church (2285 Clearbrook Rd.). The concert features special guest Crystal Hicks and includes the songs Three in White, Joy to the World, O Holy Night, Open Up and more. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They are available online at pmcc.ca or at the door.
Santa Paws Pictures (pet photos with Santa) take place Sunday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Homestead Nurseryland and Florist, 31888 Marshall Rd.. Cost is by donation, with proceeds going to Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center.
Job’s Daughters holds an open house on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at 33860 Pine St. There will be a make-and-take craft, hot chocolate and goodies. Job’s Daughters is an organization for girls ages 10 to 19 to help with skills such as leadership, teamwork, community services, public speaking and more. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIR TRADE MARKET
St. John Brebeuf High School (2747 Townline Rd.) holds a Fair Trade Market Dec. 4 to 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Students, parents and the public can come do their holiday shopping knowing that the artisans who made the items will be paid a fair and livable wage.
Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Dec. 5 “Culture and Society in Latin America.” The topic on Thursday, Dec. 7 is “A Universe of Planets.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca
The Education and Career Fair takes place Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tradex (1190 Cornell St.). Representatives will be on hand from universities, colleges, career training institutions, industry associations and employers. Info: educationcareerfairs.com
Trinity Memorial United Church (33737 George Ferguson Way) holds a Christmas carol sing-along on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Abbotsford Food Bank. All are welcome.
BC HYDRO TALKS
BC Hydro hosts three free sessions for newcomers to Canada next week. The sessions cover a range of topics, including billing support and conservation tips. One-on-one coaching is also provided for things such as Energy Saving Kit production installation and how to use MyHydro. The sessions take place Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) and on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at ACS Apollo (3600 Townline Rd.).
Blankets for the Fraser Valley holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Abbotsford Co-Op hall (32855 Marshall Rd.). All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713
POSA (Partners of Sex Addicts), a support group for wives/partners of sex/porn addicts, meets regularly in Abbotsford. For dates and location, email email@example.com. Info: posarc.com