SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 16 to 23

The following is a list of just some of the activities taking place in Abbotsford over the following week

CONCERT IN CLAYBURN

The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra presents Belle Voci, a concert of sacred music, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Clayburn Church (4304 Wright St.) in Clayburn Village. The concert features an a cappella ensemble performing songs that include renaissance polyphony, Greek Orthodox chant, traditional and jazzy interpretations of Christmas carols, and modern versions of melodies from the ages. Admission is by donation.

KIDS’ CHOIR PERFORMS

The Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir is featured in concert, with special guest bass-baritone Chad Louwerse, on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd. Tickets for the concert, titled Peace on Earth: An International Christmas, are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students, and free for five and under. They are available at House of James, online at pmcc.ca or at the door.

CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE

Suburban Swing holds a Christmas Masquerade Ball on Sunday, Dec 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. The event features live music by the Bruce James Orchestra, a beginner dance lesson at 7:30 p.m., social dancing, ice skating and a bar. Dress is formal. Tickets are $45 and are available at the Abbotsford Centre box office.

CAROLS AT CHURCH

Valley CrossWay Church hosts a Community Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 33911 Hazelwood Ave. Christmas carols from around the world will be featured through song and story.

VALLEY WOMEN

The Valley Women’s Network meets Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Cost is $23. Reservations are required by emailing vwnabbyreservations@gmail.com

JUBILEE EXTRAVAGANZA

Jubilee Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) holds a New Year’s Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 31. Dance to live music by the Ken McCoy Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and a buffet dinner is served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40, including party favours and champagne at midnight. Tickets are available at Wilway Lumber or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2720266

FIRST NIGHT EVENT

The Fraser Valley First Night New Year’s Eve celebration takes place on Dec. 31 at Tradex. This family-friendly event begins at 5 p.m. and includes amusement rides, face painting, bouncy castles, live entertainment, fireworks, a balloon drop and more. Food is available for purchase. Tickets are $12 in advance (free for kids three years old and younger) or $15 at the door. Info: fvtradex.com

GATSBY NEW YEAR

Quality Hotel and Conference Centre hosts a New Year’s Eve party with a Great Gatsby theme. Guests are invited to dress in 1920s attire and enjoy music by the Bruce James Orchestra, dinner, a photo booth, a red carpet contest, door prizes, a champagne toast and a balloon drop. Doors open at 6 p.m. Info and tickets: Stephanie at 604-870-1050 (ext. 4051)

FAMILY CELEBRATION

Castle Fun Park (36165 North Parallel Rd.) hosts a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, starting at 6 p.m. While awaiting the balloon drop, families can watch a movie on the big screen and enjoy popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies. A “simulated midnight” will be held at 9 p.m.

S-ANON MEETS

S-Anon is a 12- step program of recovery for family members and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’s sexaholism/sex addiction. The group meets Wednesdays in Abbotsford at the HOME Society (31581 South Fraser Way, right side entrance), starting at 7 p.m. Info: abbotsfordsanon1@telus.net and sanon.org

MOOD DISORDERS

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. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404