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Eve Pohl of Abbotsford visits Korah, Ethiopia. She is the founder of the charity Hope for Korah, which holds a fundraiser in Abbotsford on Oct. 30.

Fundraiser in Abbotsford supports village of Korah, Ethiopia

Event on Oct. 30 raises funds for programs in poverty-stricken community

The Empty Chest Haunted Adventure on Harris Road in Abbotsford is among the local Halloween activities and events taking place for 2021. (Photo: The Empty Chest)

Halloween events and activities planned in Abbotsford

Pumpkins in the Park and Haunted Adventure among offerings

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Volunteers needed for planting event at Starrett’s Pond in Hope

Volunteers will get tour of salmon-saving restoration project

The Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition planted 3,600 native species plants along the edges of Starrett Pond at the Tom Berry Gravel Pit site in November 2019. It’s part of a multi-year restoration project focused on connecting waterways in the area to stop salmon from dying there. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
Many of the team dressed up in costume for the recent Helping Kids Shine Charity Golf Classic at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Golf tournament raises $32K for Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

Helping Kids Shine event was held Sept. 23 at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford

Many of the team dressed up in costume for the recent Helping Kids Shine Charity Golf Classic at Fraserglen Golf Course in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Cranberries are harvested from a bog using a specialized machine. There are 6,500 acres of cranberries in B.C., including these bogs off of McCallum Road. (Adam Louis/Observer)
Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, is the keynote speaker for a virtual event being held Oct. 28 by the Telecare Crisis and Caring Line.
Daniel Whitehead, the CEO of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, is the keynote speaker for a virtual event being held Oct. 28 by the Telecare Crisis and Caring Line.
John Wiebe and Katherine Smart on Oct. 28 lead a webinar on planned giving, hosted by Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford. (Submitted photos)

Communitas in Abbotsford hosts webinar on planned giving

Session on Oct. 28 looks at will-making and ‘legacy giving’

John Wiebe and Katherine Smart on Oct. 28 lead a webinar on planned giving, hosted by Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford. (Submitted photos)
TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.

TEDx Abbotsford returns to in-person event for 2021

Theme for event on Nov. 17 is ‘Resilience’ in wake of pandemic and social injustices

TEDx Abbotsford returns as an in-person event on Nov. 17 at University of the Fraser Valley.
Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Grade 3 class connects with seniors through flowers

First project of Upper Sumas Elementary students is watercolour paintings

Some of the floral watercolour paintings created by Debbie Mar’s Grade 3 students at Upper Sumas Elementary. (Submitted photo)
Noodlebox recently raised $27,000 (including $1,000 in Abbotsford) for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Pictured are (from left) Maya Russell from CMHA BC; Nita Vallillee, regional operations coach of Noodlebox Canada; Lennon Sharp, wok chef with Noodlebox Abbbotsford; Noodlebox Canada COO Jay Baker; Noodlebox Canada CEO Dustin May; and Francis Aquino, store opening coordinator of Noodlebox Canada. (Submitted photo)

Noodlebox in Abbotsford raises more than $1,000 for mental health

Location among 23 that raised a total of $27K for Canadian Mental Health Association

Noodlebox recently raised $27,000 (including $1,000 in Abbotsford) for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Pictured are (from left) Maya Russell from CMHA BC; Nita Vallillee, regional operations coach of Noodlebox Canada; Lennon Sharp, wok chef with Noodlebox Abbbotsford; Noodlebox Canada COO Jay Baker; Noodlebox Canada CEO Dustin May; and Francis Aquino, store opening coordinator of Noodlebox Canada. (Submitted photo)
Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

COVID, heartbreak among speedbumps in Australian’s road to residency in Kelowna

Josh Waters shares his experience in the hopes to help others like him

Josh Waters and his one-year-old English Staffy cross, Rocky. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its sixth annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)

Smart and Caring Golf Classic raises $80K in Abbotsford

Annual event supports Abbotsford Community Foundation’s community fund

The Abbotsford Community Foundation recently held its sixth annual Smart and Caring Golf Classic in Chilliwack. (Submitted photo)
Girls Fly Too

Girls Fly Too! event held at Abbotsford Airport

Activities included free helicopter flights for female first-time flyers

Girls Fly Too
Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Chilliwack students get ‘phenomenal’ Olympic experience

Kids at Mt. Slesse middle met and played sports with 3 Olympic athletes in Chilliwack

Olympic athlete Liz Gleadle shows Mt. Slesse middle school students how to throw a javelin during a visit to Chilliwack at Watson Glen Park on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)

Thousands of climate-resilient trees planted on Mt. Thom in Chilliwack

Volunteers, workers help plant seedlings as part of Growing Climate Resilient Forests for Chilliwack

Volunteers help carry a box of tree seedlings up Mt. Thom as part of the City of Chilliwack’s tree-planting initiative. The three were random hikers that saw the work in progress and wanted to help. (City of Chilliwack)
The annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s Gobbler Tournament returns on Oct. 9. (Facebook)

Abbotsford’s Gobbler Rugby Tournament returns Oct. 9

Fundraiser to support mental health and the local rugby club

The annual Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s Gobbler Tournament returns on Oct. 9. (Facebook)
Cutting the ribbon to open Bethesda’s new provincial office in Abbotsford on Sept. 16 are (from left) MLA Bruce Banman, MLA Pam Alexis, CEO Jody Siebert, Mayor Henry Braun, MLA Mike de Jong and MP Ed Fast. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford-based Bethesda opens new provincial office

Organization’s new space celebrated in conjunction with 50th anniversary

Cutting the ribbon to open Bethesda’s new provincial office in Abbotsford on Sept. 16 are (from left) MLA Bruce Banman, MLA Pam Alexis, CEO Jody Siebert, Mayor Henry Braun, MLA Mike de Jong and MP Ed Fast. (Submitted photo)
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to bikepackers

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Senior, 101, takes first flying lesson from Langley airport

It was a birthday present for ‘adventurous’ Walter Martens

Adventurous senior Walter Martens took his first flying lesson as a 101st birthday present, taking off from the Langley airport on Saturday, Sept. 25. (Special to Langley Advance Times)