SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 18 to 26

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

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

TOGETHER AFTER 5

Abbotsford After 5 Connection holds a 50th Anniversary Dinner on Monday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Ricky’s Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. This month features Karin Edberg-Lee doing a presentation on the “Little Black Dress.” Some of the women will share their memories of the  organization over the years. Cost is $21. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or email dfolson@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. 22 is “Befriending our Religious Neighbours.” The topic on Thursday, Nov. 24 is “Issues Seniors are Facing as They Age.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

MOVIE DAY

A Kids’ Day Off Movie event takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Friday, Nov. 25 (a professional development day for schools), starting at 1:30 p.m. Contact the library at 604-859-7814 to find out what’s showing. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Gateway Community Church (2884 Gladys Ave.) holds a Christmas Arts and Crafts Show on Friday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event includes more than 35 vendors, live music and more. Info: gatewaycrc.org

CHURCH FAIR

Saint Matthew’s Church (2087 McMillan Rd.) holds a Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes a bake sale, a craft sale and artisan booths. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for $5.

IN THE MARKET

A Christmas market takes place at Straiton Community Hall (4698 Sumas Mtn. Rd.) on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair includes vintage furniture, home decor, homemade gifts, local artisans and fresh-cut Christmas trees. Admission is $5, which includes hot apple cider, caramel popcorn and a photo at the vintage sleigh booth. Partial proceeds go to the Starfish Pack program.

BAKING AND CRAFTS

The ladies auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion in Abbotsford (2513 West Railway St.) holds a bake and craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and a slice of pie will be available for $5.

FOR SEXAHOLICS

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.  For information and location, email abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com. See also www.sa.org.

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

NAR-ANON GROUP

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.

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