SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 20 to 27

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


The West Coast Christmas Show and Marketplace runs Nov. 20 to 22 at Tradex in Abbotsford. The show brings together hundreds of vendors under one roof, activities for the kids, holiday entertainment and more. Info:


Highstreet shopping centre (3122 Mt. Lehman Rd.) hosts its official tree lighting and Santa’s arrival on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On hand will be Spandy Andy, holiday characters, a marching band and dancers. Info:


The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a free multi-faith devotional, discussion and dessert evening on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St. Everyone is welcome.


ASIA North Poplar (32041 Marshall Rd.) holds a Festi-Fall Vendor Event fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will sell their products, and door prizes will be awarded. Admission is $1 (free for children 12 and under).


Fountain Tire (1015 Coutts Way) hosts a Tire Roundup event on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can drop off tires, on or off rim, free of charge. They will then be taken to the processing plant for recycling.


Abbotsford After 5 invites ladies of all ages to their annual Festive Dinner on Monday, Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Ricky’s Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. Denise Ramsay from Ten Thousand Villages will demonstrate examples of artisan crafted gifts made from around the world and Cathy Mogus, author and ovarian cancer survivor, will share her experience of a Christmas Reality Check. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or


Abbotsford Community Services and Abbotsford Works host an open house on Monday, Nov. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at #203 – 3600 Townline Rd. Learn about free immigrant and employment services. The opening ceremony is at 1:30, and refreshments and door prizes will be available. Info: 604-859-7686


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. 24 is “Gender Difference in Learning and Life.” The topic on Thursday, Nov. 26 is “The Art of Making Sake.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


W. A. Fraser middle school (34695 Blatchford Way) holds a Christmas craft fair on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. Includes a bake sale, live music, hot chocolate bar, local crafters/artisans and more. Admission is free.


Connect Now holds a women’s business networking evening on Thursday, Nov. 26  at the Phoenix Lounge (33780 King Rd.), starting at 6:30 p.m. For cost details and to register, visit


A Ten Thousand Villages “Home for the Holidays” sale takes place Friday, Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the MCC Centre, 33933 Gladys Ave. Live entertainment will be on hand. Info:


Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Nov. 27 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.


Abbotsford Community Services is looking for volunteers who are willing to offer friendship and one-on-one support to refugees and new immigrants in the community. To find out more, contact Andrea Dykshoorn at 604-217-3055 or email


Tickets are available for a Christmas dinner and dance being held Friday, Dec. 11 by the Abbotsford Social Activity Association at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave., starting at 6 p.m. Music is by Sweetwater. Tickets are available Friday nights until Dec. 4 or at the door. Info: Calvin at 604-756-732