SLICE OF LIFE: Feb. 22-28

Here is a list of just some of the events happening in Abbotsford over the next week.

COLDEST NIGHT WALK

The Coldest Night of the Year Walk takes place in Abbotsford on Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at 4 p.m. at Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Rd. Funds go toward Cyrus Centre, a youth resource centre and emergency shelter in Abbotsford. Participants form teams of two to 10 people with a team captain. Register at coldestnightoftheyear.org or call 604-859-5773.

GERMAN SING-ALONG

A German sing-along takes place Saturday, Feb. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Everyone welcome. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822

POETRY CAFE

A World Poetry Cafe is held at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Sunday, Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Share an original poem or listen to poetry read by others in various languages. Coffee, tea and treats will be served. Info: 604-859-7681 (local 270).

RETIRED WORKERS

The Fraser Valley Branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the MSA Museum Society’s gallery (next to Trethewey House) at 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker will be Christina Carlsson-Reid from the MSA Museum Society.

GARDEN CLUB

Abbotsford Garden Club meets in the multi-purpose room of Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. See a PowerPoint presentation on hydrangeas by Barry Roberts of Heritage Hydrangeas.

WRITERS MEET

The Fraser Valley chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada meets Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. downstairs at Townhall Public House, 33720 South Fraser Way. Non-members and post-secondary writing students are welcome. Info: lynda@thewayofwords.com (put  “PWAC” in the subject line.)

MONEY WORKSHOP

A free money workshop for teens is held Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Brian Hosier gives teens advice on earning, saving, spending, investing and credit. Register by calling 604-859-7814 (local 229).

GREASE IS THE WORD

Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts presents the musical Grease at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. There are school matinees on Feb. 27 and 28, and a public performance at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28. Tickets are $15 for the public performance. They are available at the school campus, 36232 Lower Sumas Mtn. Rd. or at the door. Info: 604-850-5207

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

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, Feb. 25 is The Great Northern Adventure. The topic on Thursday, Feb. 27 is Freemasonry: Its History and Its Place in Our Community. Cost is $5 per class, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

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

READING BUDDIES

Volunteers are needed for the Reading Buddy program at both the Clearbrook Library and Abbotsford Community Library. The program pairs high school students and/or adult volunteers one hour a week with children in Grades 1 to 4 who need extra help with their reading skills. An orientation session is provided to all volunteers. Application forms are available at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and the Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.)

SENIORS’ SUPPORT

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are invited to join a social network  for friendship and support. Contact Karen at Abbotsford Community Services’ Senior Services Department for more information about the monthly meetings: 604-870-3772 or email senior@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

SEXAHOLICS MEET

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

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, manic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404

CARDS, ANYONE?

Abbotsford Social Activity Association at 2631 Cyril St. holds the card game Euchre on Tuesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The game will be taught to beginners. Info: Douglas at 604-758-1246

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) is a non-profit weight loss support group that meets once a week. For information about chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, phone Jacquie at 604-556-0535