The free AbbyFest multicultural celebration takes place Saturday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre (33800 King Rd.). The event features cultural entertainment, displays, demonstrations, food, performances by Fraser Valley Music Awards nominees and the announcement of the winners. An evening celebration, starting at 7 p.m., features Canadian classic rock bands Glass Tiger, Chilliwack and Sass Jordan. Tickets for the concert are available at ticketmaster.ca. Info: abbyfest.com
A German sing-along and Advent program takes place Saturday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Everyone welcome. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822
IN THE MARKET
Cornerstone Christian School (3970 Gladwin Rd.) holds a fall/Christmas market on Saturday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. More than 60 vendors will be on hand.
DANCES EVERY FRIDAY
The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Live music on Friday, Nov. 24 is by Inner Mild. Info: Rick at 604-217-0322
OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Fraser Valley Poets Society holds an open mic night on Monday, Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The evening includes a potluck snack table and a small gift exchange. Info: fraservalleypoets.com
Hominum Fraser Valley meets Monday, 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 email email@example.com
WEST ABBY AGM
West Abbotsford Community School Society holds its annual general meeting on Monday, Nov. 27 frrom 6 to 7 p.m. at John Maclure Community School, 2990 Oriole Cres. Food will be provided. RSVP by calling 604-853-2221 (ext. 6). Info: westabby.org
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. 28 is “Parsley is World Peace in Disguise.” The topic on Thursday, Nov. 30 is “Canada’s New Criminal Sentencing Policies.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca
The official opening of the new viewing platform at Willband Creek takes place Thursday, Nov. 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. The park is located on Bateman Road at Highway 11.
Author Richard Toews holds a launch on Thursday, Nov. 30 for his book The Quiet in the Land, a fictional account based on the events of the Bolshevik Revolution and its impact on Russian Mennonites. The launch runs from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, 1818 Clearbrook Rd. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
First Abbotsford Scouts host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. The event is by donation and includes pancakes, face painting, crafts and visits with Santa. Info:604-855-8253
TRETHEWEY HOUSE CHRISTMAS
A free Christmas open house is hosted on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Trethewey House Heritage Site, 2313 Ware St. The site will be decked out in its 1920s holiday best, and hot beverages and treats will be provided. The event also includes an outdoor festive dog photography session by donation, with proceeds going to the Langley Animal Protection Society. (Dogs will not be permitted inside.) Info: 604-853-0313 or tretheweyhouse.ca
POSA (Partners of Sex Addicts), a support group for wives/partners of sex/porn addicts, meets regularly in Abbotsford. For dates and location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Info: posarc.com