The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. at MSA Museum Society Gallery (next to Trethewey House) at 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker is Christina Carlsson Reid, collections manager for the museum. Info: 604-852-3973
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, March 25 is “Trace Remains: Survival Cannibalism and the Franklin Expedition.” The topic on Thursday, March 27 is “Bee Colony Collapse and the Effect on our Berry Crops.” Cost is $5 per class, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca
Abbotsford Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at the Reach Gallery (32388 Veterans Way) to create a piece of garden art. Info: Pamela Ovington at 604-826-9195 or abbotsfordgardenclub.org
GROUP FOR WRITERS
The Fraser Valley chapter of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada meets Tuesday, March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Little Saigon, 33766 Essendene Ave. Join other writers to share, network and support colleagues. Non-members and post-secondary writing students are welcome. Info: email@example.com with PWAC in the subject line
A newcomers’ orientation for the Employment Mentors’ Group takes place Wednesday, March 26 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at 2420 Montrose Ave. The program assists professional immigrants to Canada with gaining a professional network through business mentorship experiences. Register with Pat Christie at 604-217-0444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BIF NAKED AT UFV
Canadian rocker and singer/songwriter Bif Naked visits University of the Fraser Valley on Wednesday, March 26 as part of the President’s Lecture Series. She will speak on positivity and leadership from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Envision Athletics Centre, 33844 King Rd. The free event is open to the community.
WEALTH OF CULTURE
Celebrate a Wealth of Culture at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Thursday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Experience the sights, sounds and tastes from distant lands. Info: 604-859-7681 (local 224)
Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, March 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.
JUNIOR CHESS CLUB
The Abbotsford Junior Chess Club, for kids ages five to 17, meets every Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Library, 33355 Bevan Ave. Instruction and teaching provided. Children under seven must have adult supervision. Info: Chana at 778-242-6250 or Monica at 604-857-3724
PEER SUPPORT TRAINING
Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors begins a training session for new volunteers on Thursday, April 3. The free course is open to men and women 50 years and older. Training focuses on listening and communication skills, problem management and community resources to help seniors face the challenges of day-to-day living. Info: 604-850-0011 or email@example.com
IN THE LIVING ROOM
The Living Room Support Group – for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar – meets the first and third Fridays of every month at New Life Church (35270 DeLair Rd.) from 1 to 3 p.m. Info: Brenda at 604-853-5043
ALATEEN EVERY WEEK
Alateen,. a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, including that of a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets at 7:15 p.m. every Tuesday at the Home Society Building (31581 South Fraser Way) in Abbotsford. Call 604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100 for more information.