SLICE OF LIFE: April 24 to May 2

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

CHARITY SWAP MEET

A swap meet to raise money for the breakfast program at W. J. Mouat Secondary takes place Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Creekside Centre, 35131 Straiton Rd. The event includes gently used kids’ and baby items, toys, books, outdoor equipment and more. Some small-business tables will also be included. Admission is $1. Info: eastabbyswap@clcc.ca

WRITERS MEET

The Federation of BC Writers (FBCW) holds a meet-and-greet on Saturday, April 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clayburn Gourmet Gallery, 3033 Immel St. Learn how the FBCW can help beginning writers and hear about upcoming events, retreats, and conferences throughout B.C. Info: loreena@dragonlee.ca

GERMAN SING-ALONG

A German sing-along takes place Saturday, April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall).  Refreshments to follow.  Everyone welcome.  Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822

GARDEN CLUB TRIP

The Abbotsford Garden Club hosts a trip on Saturday, April 25 to Pacific Northwest Propagators, 10188 Chapman Rd. in Rosedale. Arrive on site by 10 a.m. This field trip replaces the usual Tuesday night meeting. For information, contact Kris Foulds at 604-308-1882 or foulds@telus.net.

STORY TO TELL

Abbotsford Children’s Theatre presents We All Have a Story to Tell on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, online at abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org, or at the Reach Gallery Museum, Tourism Abbotsford, Jazz-Ma-Tazz or Trethewey House.

FREE FAMILY FUN

Sylvan Learning Centre (32770 George Ferguson Way) holds a free event on Saturday, April 25 for families with kids in Grades 1 to 6. It includes a look at new programs such as robotics,  coding, and Math Edge. Everyone is welcome. RSVP at 604-853-8688.

RETIRED WORKERS

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker is Dan Trayler from Homestead Nurseryland. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

BOARD GAMES NIGHT

A board games night takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Drop by for a night of board games. A variety will be on hand to play. Info: 604-859-7814

LAWN BOWLING

Jubilee Park Lawn Bowling Club meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free lessons are offered. Info: John at 604-556-0106 or Ruth at 604-852- 8683

ABSOLUTE STYLE

University of the Fraser Valley’s fashion design program in Abbotsford hosts its annual Absolute Style Fashion Show on Wednesday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The show features the fashion collections of this year’s graduates. Tickets can be purchased online at ufv.ca/fashion/ticket-information or in person at the UFV bookstore. Info: Deanna Devitt at 604-864-4697 or deanna.devitt@ufv.ca

WEEKLY SING-ALONG

Visitors are welcome to join in or listen while the A-Tones hold sing-alongs every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St.  Lyrics are provided, and instruments are invited. The sing-along/jam sessions include pop songs from the past, gospel, folk, blues, country, standards, old-timers and requests.  Info: Ed at 604-853-8624 or songbag@bigstring.com

FISH AND CHIPS

The ladies’ auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion in Abbotsford (2513 West Railway St.) holds a fish and chips night on Friday, May 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. A shuttle is available courtesy of  MSA Ford, and can be arranged by calling 604-746-9151.

ON THE CLOTHESLINE

Sevenoaks Alliance Church (2575 Gladwin Rd.) holds the Clothesline free clothing give-away on Friday, May 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to noon.  Others items to be given away, in addition to clothes, include footwear, blankets, sheets, towels, sleeping bags and small household items.

BACH CHOIR PERFORMS

The Valley Concert Society presents the Vancouver Bach Choir on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. A pre-concert talk takes place in the foyer at 6:50 p.m. Single tickets, if available, are $25 and may be purchased by calling 604-289-3377. Info: valleyconcertsociety.com

GROUP FOR BLIND

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

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

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

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

EX-BRITS CLUB

The Ex-Brits Club meets twice a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-853-5584

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