Slice of Life: April 15-21


Joshua House, which runs men’s licensed recovery houses in Abbotsford, holds a fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, April 16 at Immanuel Fellowship Baptist Church, 2950 Blue Jay St. Auction items can be viewed from 4 to 6 p.m., and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Singer Crystal Hicks will perform. Tickets are $20. Info: 604-556-7390


Second World War veteran and cartoonist Ernie Poignant, 92, visits Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. Poignant, who was born on Matsqui prairie in 1919, worked in a print shop in Vancouver, was compositor for the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, and drew cartoons for the Maple Ridge Gazette and the no-longer-published The Post. No registration is required for the drop-in program.


The Abbotsford Red Cross Loan Service is in need of several volunteers to help keep their equipment in good order. The service loans equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, bathing accessories, and more to clients  who are recovering from injury or surgery. It is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Saturday at 2316 McCallum Rd. Info: 604-556-3526.


The parents’ advisory council at Matsqui elementary holds a kids’ swap meet on Saturday, March 16 at the school, 33661 Elizabeth Ave. Used children’s clothing, toys, books and more will be for sale. Some home-based businesses will also be on hand. Admission is 50 cents. Info: 604-826-8181


The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association  meets Monday, April 18 at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. Guest speaker will be Dan Trayler of Homestead Nurseries. Info: 604-859-4492


The Singles Travel Club meets Monday, April 18 at 6 p.m. for dinner at the ABC Family Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. The club offers group tours for single people. Info: or   Val at 1-888-552-1552


The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Support and Information Group for Caregivers meets  Wednesday, April 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Abbotsford. For more information, including location, or to register, call 604-859-3889 and leave a message.


The Ex-Brits Group meets for lunch on Wednesday, April 20 at C-Lovers Fish and Chips, starting at 11:30 a.m. The group also meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Royal Canadian Legion. Info: Hazel at 604-854-3121.


The Mission Sumas Abbotsford Better Breathers Club meets Thursday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. The group is open to those who live with chronic obstructive lung disease and/or asthma.


The Women With Cancer support group meets Thursday, April 21 in the community room at Real Canadian Superstore on Gladwin Road, starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker Klaus Ferlow, an herbalist, will discuss the value of herbs and healing and personal-care products without harmful ingredients.


The Mt. Lehman Garden Club meets Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Mt Lehman Community Hall. Guest Valerie MacLeod speaks on new plants for 2011. Info: Evelyn at 604-857-5663