SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 11 to 19

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

FUN WITH MRS. SANTA

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage (4557 Mt. Lehman Rd.) invites families to come and decorate cookies and make crafts with Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Santa will also be on hand. The event is free but donations will be accepted for Matthew’s House. Info: glendaschristmas.com

SCANDINAVIAN CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets Monday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. for its monthly potluck dinner at the Masonic Hall (corner or Gladys and Pine). This month’s theme is Sweden. Capt. Ken Burton, a retired member of the RCMP who is now the executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, will speak about his travels through the Northwest Passage. Info: Len at 778-255-6782, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or jensenke@shaw.ca.

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Nov. 15 is “A Healthy Brain.” The topic on Thursday, Nov. 17 is “Detection for Gravitational Waves at LIGO.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

VALLEY WOMEN

The Valley Women’s Network meets Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Cost is $23. Reservations are required by emailing vwnabbyreservations@gmail.com

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

The Abbotsford Genealogical Society meets Thursday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Studio 2 at The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way). Eunice Robinson will speak about the organization of records. Info: abbygs.ca

LITERACY MATTERS

Literacy Matters Abbotsford holds its annual general meeting on Friday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the  Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Rd. Everyone is welcome.

IN THE MARKET

McMillan Elementary (34830 Oakhill Drive) holds its fifth annual Christmas Marketplace on Friday, Nov. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. The event includes more than 30 vendors, a children’s choir and band, a dessert cafe, a concession, a raffle table and more. Admission is free.

RESCUE DOGS

Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association holds a K-9 search and rescue seminar on Nov. 18 to 20 in Abbotsford. The purpose is to explore the possibility of starting a K-9 search and rescue group serving Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley and surrounding areas. Info and registration: 780-977-9239 or casdda@hotmail.com. Location will be confirmed upon registration.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE

A Christmas Fayre takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. The event includes a Christmas cookie walk, crafts, baking, treasures and books. Breakfast is served from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.

POPLAR MARKET

Abbotsford School of Integrated Arts’ North Poplar campus (32041 Marshall Rd.) holds its annual Poplar Market on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes vendors selling handmade, custom and vintage products; live music; food; and door prizes. Admission is $2. Proceeds go towards a new playground for students.

MT. LEHMAN MARKET

The Mt. Lehman Community Christmas Market takes place Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mt. Lehman Community Hall and school at 6381 Mt. Lehman Rd. More than 40 vendors will be in attendance. Admission is free.

NOVEMBERFEST

The annual Novemberfest is held Saturday, Nov. 19 at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd. The event includes a traditional Bavarian buffet and dancing with live music from the band S-Bahn. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at Wilway Lumber, Davis Meats and online at brownpapertickets.com

MAGIC CIRCLE

The Fraser Valley Magic Circle holds its annual Christmas banquet and show on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Abbotsford Curling Club, 2555 McMillan Rd. The evening opens with magicians strolling tables to perform close-up magic followed by dinner, opening act Trevor and Lorena, and headliner John “Handsome Jack” Lovick. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 and are available online at fvmc.ca