SLICE OF LIFE: April 18-24

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

MALE CHORUS CONCERT

The Abbotsford Male Chorus performs at a concert benefitting the Menno Hospital Auxiliary on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd. The auxiliary raises funds to purchase special equipment for the residents of Menno Hospital.

BAHA’I DINNER

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a free multi-faith dinner on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St. The program includes a devotional, dessert and an open discussion. No collection is taken.

SWING FUNDRAISER

Suburban Swing holds a fundraising night in support of Skatelife Abbotsford on Sunday, April 19 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $9.50 for adults and $8.50 for students and includes a beginner lesson. Info: suburbanswing.com

LEARNING PLUS TEA

The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds its annual spring tea on Tuesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The event is free and includes treats and entertainment. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

DIABETES SUPPORT

A free six-week diabetes self-management workshop begins Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. The University of Victoria weekly program teaches strategies to manage diabetes, plan meals, exercise, work with health-care professionals and deal with difficult emotions. To register, call 604-940-1273 or visit selfmanagementbc.ca.

PATIENT RIGHTS

“Patient Rights: Advance Care Planning” is the topic of a program at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Wednesday, April 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The session is presented by Dying with Dignity Canada and covers how you can plan for your future medical care. Register by calling 604-859-7814.

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

ART SHOW AT UFV

An opening reception takes place Friday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. for the bachelor of fine arts grad show at University of the Fraser Valley in buildings B and C at the Abbotsford campus, 33844 King Rd. The show, titled Both Sides of Now, runs until May 15. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

CITIZENSHIP CLASSES

Free Canadian citizenship preparation classes start Friday, April 24 at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS), 2420 Montrose Ave. The classes take place Fridays from 9:30 a.m to noon until June 19. Child care is available. To register, call Elise at 604-866-5970 or email elise.marier@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com. ACS also offers a free employment readiness program for immigrants and newcomers. Classes take place Fridays from April 24 to May 22, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Register by calling Bibi at 604-308-5427 or email: mcmentoring@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

BLIND GROUP

The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0643

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

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.

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

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