SLICE OF LIFE: Abbotsford Pioneers host celebration

A listing of coming community events in Abbotsford

The MSA Pioneers’ Association hosts its 74th anniversary banquet and dance on Friday, May 4 at The Rancho (35110 DeLair Rd.), starting at 7 p.m. Pioneer families being honoured this year are Al and Nonie Cook, and Ian and Carmel McDonald. Association president Mona Funk and directors invite descendants of pioneer families and residents of 45 years or longer to join the celebration. Tickets are available at Tower Drugs on McCallum Road or by calling Nonie at 604-853-2576 or Rosalie at 604-853-2347.


Volunteers are needed to assist with traffic control during the Bradner May Day parade on Monday, May 21. Those interested must be licensed. The event begins with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. (volunteers will receive theirs for free), and the parade begins at 10 a.m. Interested volunteers are asked to send an email to or call 604-309-0458 or 604-866-4228.


Peace Lutheran Church (2029  Ware St.) is holding a garage, plant and bake sale on Saturday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Items for sale include bedding plants, home baking, toys, furniture and more.


The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way. Everyone is welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher 604-504-3713


An Enchanted Evening Storytime takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Monday, April 30 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The program is aimed at kids ages two to six, and they are invited to wear their pyjamas. Stories, puppets and songs are included. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 229).


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, May 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. Speaker Dr. Brad McDonald, a local dentist, will discuss diabetes and oral health. Info: 604-859-5165


Moms with a Camera Photography Club meets Thursday, May 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Printing, 34346 Manufacturers Way. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month to connect moms who have a passion for photography. Info: 604-583-6126 or


The Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) holds dances every Friday from

7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the ASA hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for member and $7 for non-members.  The bands for May are: Good Vibrations (May 4), Sweetwater (May 11), Johnny Hsu (May 18) and Midnight Eagles (May 25).


Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) holds a teen movie night on Thursday, May 3 from 6to 8:30 p.m. Snacks are included. To find out which movie is playing, call the library at 604-826-6610.