SLICE OF LIFE: June 17 to 24

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

KIDS’ CARNIVAL

The annual Kids’ Carnival takes place Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre (32900 South Fraser Way) in support of Matthew’s House respite home for children with complex health-care needs. The event includes carnival games, a bouncy castle, face painting, a barbecue, the Reptile Guy and more. Tickets are 25 cents, and activities range from one to six tickets. Info: shopsevenoaks.com

REFUGEE HOPE WALK

The Refugee Hope Walk takes place Saturday, June 18 at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd. The event is hosted by Mennonite Central Committee BC to celebrate World Refugee Day. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Register at refugeehopewalk.eventbrite.ca. There is no cost.

DOWN SYNDROME WALK

The 10th annual Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness is held Saturday, June 18 at Mill Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event includes kids’ activities, mini golf, a silent auction, door prizes and a hot dog lunch. The walk itself starts at noon. Register at fvdss.org

BAHA’I DEVOTIONAL

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a public devotional on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre at 2631 Cyril St. The theme is “Uniting Our World: An Aspiration, A Plan.” Everyone is welcome.

DIABETES WORKSHOP

A diabetes workshop is held Saturday, June 18 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The session is held by the UBC department of medicine for South Asians of all ages. Info: 604-859-7814

50TH REUNION

The Abbotsford Senior High grad class of 1966 holds a 50th reunion on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.). Cost is $40, and tickets will not be sold at the door. Email j.dpenner@shaw.ca or call 604-854-6393 or 604-855-6342 for tickets.

CELEBRATING DADS

The annual Celebrating Dads event takes place on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mill Lake Park. The free event includes face painting, games, balloon artists, mini golf, crafts, and more. It is hosted by the Abbotsford Early Childhood Committee, Abbotsford Community Services, and Central Abbotsford Community Schools. Info: 604-853-2221 or abbycommunity.com

SAFETY FESTIVAL

Maan Family Farms (790 McKenzie Rd.) hosts a Family Safety Festival on Sunday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes demos and several safety vehicles on site. Anticipated safety stations include the fire department, police, ambulance, emergency preparedness, search and rescue, electrical, wildlife and water. Info: maanfarms.com

POETS MEET

The Fraser Valley Poets Society meets Monday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Alvin Ens gives a short presentation titled What Makes a Poem Good, followed by an open mic. Info: 604-852-2740 or fraservalleypoets.com

WOMEN’S NETWORK

The Valley Women’s Network meets Tuesday, June 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Cost is $22 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are requested by emailing vwnabbyreservations@gmail.com

SLEEP APNEA GROUP

The Fraser Valley Sleep Apnea Group meets Tuesday, June 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Independent Respiratory Services, #1 – 2111 McCallum Rd. Register in advance by calling 604-850-7778 or emailing abbirs@irscanada.ca

DEATH CAFE

The Death Cafe meets Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at Steamers Coffee House, 1975 McCallum Rd. The objective of the group is to increase awareness of death with the view to help people make the most of their lives. This is a group-directed discussion, rather than a grief support or counselling session. Info: deathcafe.com

CLAYBURN MUSEUM

Clayburn Museum (4315 Wright St.) historic site is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. through June, July and August. Info: Helene at 604-854-3960

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

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

NAR-ANON EVERY WEEK

Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.

FESTIVAL SINGERS

Valley Festival Singers is a group of adult singers of all ages whose common thread is their love of singing excellent choral music. The group is under the leadership of our newly appointed music director Joel Tranquilla. Anyone interested in joining the group is asked to contact Heather at 604-302-4851 to arrange an audition.

BLIND GROUP MEETS

The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0643

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. For information about evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.