Slice of Life: April 1 to 18


The Seniors’ Clinic at Abbotsford Regional Hospital holds a series of health talks in April. They are: advance care planning (April 4 at 1 p.m.), chronic heart failure (April 1, 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m.), falls (April 11 and 18 at 1 p.m), pain (April 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m.), making sense of medicine for seniors (April 13 at 10:30 a.m.) and sleep (April 15 at 1 p.m.). Registration is required: 604-851-4775.


During April, Curves gyms in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack will be among the locations participating in the 13th annual Curves Food Drive to collect non-perishable food and cash donations for area food banks. Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable Food Drive grocery bag. From April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-perishable food or make a minimum $30 donation. Info:


Local Girl Guides will be at the Abbotsford Heat game on Friday, April 1 to launch the sale of their classic cookies. The chocolate and vanilla cookies are $4 a box, with proceeds supporting Girl Guides. The Heat vs. the Grand Rapids Griffins begins at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre.


Dances are held every Friday at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association hall, 33889 Essendene Ave., from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for members and $6.50 for non-members. The bands for April are: Good Vibrations, formerly Sentimental Journey (April 1); Shirley Rodgers (April 8); Johnny Hsu (April 15); Midnight Eagles (April 22); and Johnny Hsu (April 29).


The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association, based in Abbotsford, holds its third annual Pathway to Hope Gala on Saturday, April 2 at Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey, starting at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, call 604-557-1913 or visit


The Fraser Valley Stamp Club hosts its annual stamp show, AMPEX 2011, this Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford Collegiate, 2329 Crescent Way. Admission is free. Displays, traders and dealers will be on hand.


The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, April 4 at the Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd., starting at 2 p.m. Speaker Jackie Marshall will talk about biofeedback. Family and guests are welcome to attend. Info: Gary at 604-308-8691 or Betty at 604-853-0382.


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, April 5  at 7:30 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. Laughter is the Best Medicine is the topic, and it will be an open microphone for anyone to participate. Refreshments and networking will follow. Info: 604-850-5535.