SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 9 to 18

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

HOLIDAY MARKET

The Sumas Mountain campus of Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts (36232 Lower Sumas Mountain Rd.) holds a Holiday Market on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Numerous vendors will be on hand. Admission is a minimum $2 donation.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

Immanuel Church (2590 Blue Jay St.) holds a Family Christmas Fair on Saturday,  Dec. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes a variety of stations such as a hot chocolate station, an ugly Christmas sweater competition, a photo booth, face painting and a cookie decorating station. Advance tickets are $2 each or $5 per family. The cost at the door is $4 and $10. Info: immanuelonline.ca

SONGS FOR THE SEASON

Central Valley Academy of Music, a non-profit society, celebrates the musical talent of students and instructors with the Songs for the Season Christmas Duet and Group Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 pm. at Abbotsford Church of the Nazarene, 2390 McMillan Rd.  Admission is free to the public, and donations are gratefully accepted.

SCANDINAVIAN CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets for its potluck Christmas dinner on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall (corner of Gladys and Pine). Guests and potential new members who are of Scandinavian ancestry or have an interest in Scandinavia are welcome. Info: Len at 778-255-6782, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or email jensenke@shaw.ca.

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus holds a Christmas Tea on Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The event is free and open to everyone.

DUTCH COFFEE CLUB

The Dutch Coffee Club meets Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of James, 2743 Emerson St.

STAMP CLUB

The Fraser Valley Philatelic Club meets Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at W. J. Mouat Secondary, 32355 Mouat Drive. Info: 604-852-5684

WOMEN’S CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection holds a Yuletide Breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event features Abbotsford Christian Elementary School with some festive tunes. Speaker Nancy Dyck will discuss “Travelling Through Life.” Cost is $14. Reservations: Mary at 604-607-5616, Jenny at 604-857-0118 or reservationsabbyconnect@gmail.com

PIANO CONCERT

Valley CrossWay Church and Calvin Presbyterian Church host a four-hand piano concert of Christmas music on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at 33911 Hazelwood Ave. The concert features the husband and wife duo of Scott Meek and Clare Yuan.

REINDEER GAMES

Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds a Reindeer Games Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 3 to 4 p.m. The event includes games, snacks, crafts, contests and more, and is aimed at kids age five and older. Register by calling 604-853-1753

SYMPHONY CONCERT

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.

MASQUERADE BALL

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.

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 and location:  abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com.

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

CARPET BOWLING

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