SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 20-27

This is a list of some of the activities taking place in Abbotsford over the next week

ROCKS AND GEMS

The Fraser Valley Rock and Gem Club holds its annual show on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at the OAP Hall, 3015 273 St. in Aldergrove. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. The show includes rocks, crystals, gemstones, minerals, jewelry, lapidary supplies and used equipment. Also included are demonstrations on silver-smithing, carving, beading and wire wrapping. Admission by donation.

GLADWIN FALL FAIR

The Gladwin Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gladwin Heights United Church, 3474 Gladwin Rd. The event includes unique crafts and gift items, a country kitchen filled with lots of canned goods, jewelry, used books, baking, a garden centre and more. Coffee, tea and homemade pies will also be sold.

MT. LEHMAN FAIR

The Mt. Lehman Fall Fair runs Saturday, Sept. 20 at Mt. Lehman elementary and the community hall at Mt. Lehman and Taylor roads. A pancake breakfast starts at 8 a.m., followed by the start of the fair at 9:30. A pet parade is at 10 a.m. and opening ceremonies are at 10:30. Activities continue throughout the day, including games, auctions, entertainment and displays. Info: mtlehmanfallfair.com or 604-856-7427

BAHA’I DINNER

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford holds a free multi-faith dinner, devotional and discussion on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. It takes place at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre at 2631 Cyril St.

LIFEWRITING SESSION

Lifewriting Made Easy – a free information session for anyone interested in writing the stories of their life and preserving them in book form – takes place Saturday, Sept. 20. It runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Philip Sherwood, a local writer/editor will give an overview of the process, provide some resources, and answer questions. Info: 604-853-0313 or info@msamuseum.ca

BAKE SALE

The Women with Cancer Support Group is having a bake sale from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Shoppers Drug Mart , 2871 Livingstone Ave.

RETIRED WORKERS

The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees meets Monday, Sept. 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. A guest speaker will discuss Canada and old-age pensions. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

STEP-FAMILY COURSE

Central Heights Church (1661 McCallum Rd.) holds a step-family course starting Monday, Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. The eight-week course runs every Monday at the same time and is open to stepparents and to couples considering remarriage. Info: centralheightschurch.com

GARDEN CLUB

Abbotsford Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. Nancy Moore of Visions Green Enterprises presents a photo tour of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Wash.

YOUTH HEALTH FAIR

Sevenoaks Alliance Church (2575 Gladwin Rd.) holds a Child and Youth Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. The free event is for families of children with disabilities, providing information and resources. Also included is a silent auction, with all proceeds going to Matthew’s House respite facility. Info: 778-808-0944

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two sessions next week in its fall series. The first is on Tuesday, Sept. 23 and features Coun. Henry Braun discussing “A First-Term Councillor’s Perspective of Abbotsford.” The second is on Thursday, Sept. 25 with Hugh Brody, who discusses “Language, Culture, Loss and Survival.” Both sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $5 per class plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

TECH HELP

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a Tech Help session on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 2 to 3 p.m. This is for people who need help with issues such as setting up an email account, formatting a Word document and downloading an eBook or audio book. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 1224).

ALPHA PROGRAM

Heritage Alliance Church in Abbotsford offers the Alpha program, starting Sept. 24 and continuing Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program covers topics on the Christian faith such as “How can I have Faith?” and “How and Why Should I Pray?” Info and registration: 604-607-5031

CITIZENSHIP PREP

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) holds a Canadian citizenship preparation class starting Friday, Sept. 26. The class runs for eight weeks on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at ACS Clearbrook at 31943 South Fraser Way. If you are a permanent resident and are applying for Canadian citizenship, attend this free class to help you prepare for the knowledge test. Registration is required. Contact Elise at 604-866-5970 or elise.marier@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

WINE FESTIVAL

The MSA Museum Society holds the Trethewey House Wine Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy food from Phoenix Lounge Global Dining, a selection of international wines, and live entertainment.  Tickets are $40 and are available online at msamuseum.ca.

POKER RIDE

Circle F Horse Rescue Society in Abbotsford hosts its fifth annual  Poker Ride and Walk on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley. The entry fee is $25 per hand. For more information or to register, visit circlef.ca.

PARADISO EVENT

Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Afternoon in Paradiso fundraiser for the B.C. Cancer Foundation. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Phoenix Lounge (33780 King Rd.). It includes wine and food sampling, auctions and entertainment. Info and tickets: Rachel at 604-851-4736  or rmitchell@bccancer.bc.ca,  or search “Paradiso” under the “upcoming events” link at bccancerfoundation.com

FORMING BRIDGES

BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support) is a 10-week education course for people recovering from mental illness. It starts Sept. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. at #18 33655 Essendene Ave. Topics include mental illness, mental health information treatment, and self-help skills for recovery. For more information or to register, contact 604-859-0105 or bcssdirect@live.com.

SKILLS CONNECT

The Skills Connect for Immigrants programs runs every Tuesday in Abbotsford from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program helps participants with finding work in their field of expertise,  professional job-search techniques, introductions to employers, and courses to improve their qualifications. Register by calling 604-866-1645.

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

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

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

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.

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. For information about chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535.