SLICE OF LIFE: April 25 to May 3

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


Abbotsford Children’s Theatre presents its production of Aladdin tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are $12 in advance at The Reach Gallery Museum, Tourism Abbotsford, Jazz-Ma-Tazz or online at, or $14 at the door.


“Canada’s Modern Day Slave Trade,” a discussion about human trafficking, takes place Saturday, April 26 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Presenters are Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich and Joy Smith of the Joy Smith Foundation. Tickets to the breakfast meeting can be purchased online at or by calling Brad Vis at 778-808-9602.


A German sing-along takes place on Saturday, April 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Refreshments to follow.  Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822


The Probus Club of Abbotsford meets Monday, April 28 at 9 a.m. at the Best Western Regency Inn and Conference Centre, 32110 Marshall Rd. Guest speaker Dr. Stewart Ritchie, a local  poultry veterinarian, will discuss the “Avian Flu in 2004 and the Lessons Learned.” Probus is an association of retired and semi-retired professionals and business people.


The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees meets Monday, April 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker Michael Godin will discuss Alternative Funeral Services. Info: 604-852-3973


Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) offers drop-in tech help on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. Staff is available to answer questions about basic computer and email issues as well as procedures for downloading ebooks and e-audio books. Ask at the adult information desk.  Info: 604-859-7814


The fashion design program of University of the Fraser Valley hosts its annual year-end Absolute Style fashion show and open house on Tuesday, April 29 at the Abbotsford campus’ Envision Athletic Centre, 1385 McKenzie Rd. Shows take place at 2:30 and 7 p.m.  Tickets are available online at or in person at the UFV bookstore and library. Info: Deanna at 604-557-4073 or email


The Abbotsford Seventh-Day Adventist Church hosts a program called “Taking the Next Step for Health: Food Demo and Taste Testing” on Tuesday, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn how to convert your favourite recipes with healthy substitutions. Register by email at


The Rotary Club of Abbotsford -Sumas holds its 18th annual strawberry sale as a fundraiser. The cost is $35 for a five kg pail or $59 for a 13.5 kg pail.  Orders can be made online, by phone or in person. Visit for more details. Ordering deadline is June 8 in Abbotsford and June 15 in Mission, Chilliwack and Langley.  Pickups are on June 14 in Abbotsford and June 21 at the other locations.


As part of B.C. Youth Week, the Abbotsford Youth Commission invites youth ages 12 to 18 for a free floor hockey game against members of the Abbotsford Police Department on Thursday, May 1 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The game takes place at the Ag-Rec Building, 32470 Haida Drive, at Abbotsford Exhibition Park. Skills competitions and prizes included. Info: or 604-854-8785


Dances take place every Friday at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association at 33889 Essendene Ave. from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. The bands for May are: Midnite Eagles (May 2), Sweetwater (May 9), Retrofire (May 16), Brian Nicholl (May 23) and Johnny Hsu (May 30). Info: Frank at 604-820-8695 or Rinus at 604-826-6058


Author Myriam Arthur visits Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. to talk about her book Forgiven. The book  delves into the story of Arthur learning that her son contracted HIV/AIDS. The story follows her family from Bolivia to Canada.


Storytimes take place at local libraries, starting next month. Babytime runs every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from May 1 to 22 at Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) Storytime takes places Thursdays from May 1 to June 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and Wednesdays from May 7 to June 25 at 10:30 a.m. at Abbotsford Community Library.  Info: 604-859-7814 for Clearbrook Library and 604-853-1753 for Abbotsford Community Library.


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


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 See also


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


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

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