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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-854-6393 or 604-855-6342 for tickets.
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
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
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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (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, 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
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.
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 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.