SLICE OF LIFE: April 29 to May 6

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


Telecare Crisis and Carling Line holds a Plants and Pannekoeken (Dutch pancakes) fundraiser on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3215 Trethewey St. Admission is free. Plants will be available for purchase, as well as two pancakes and coffee or juice for $4. Info:


The Spirit Abreast breast cancer survivor dragon boat team, which includes members from Abbotsford, launches its 2016 season on Saturday, April 30. The group meets at 8 a.m. at Cultus Lake at the end of Lakeshore Drive. New members are welcome. Info: Jean at 604-792-6259 or


MEI Schools holds a fundraising Legacy Dinner on Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Creekside Centre, 35131 Straiton Rd. Brian Doerksen and The Shiyr Poets will perform. Tickets are $25 and are available online at or by calling 604-859-3700 (ext. 326).


Canadian Blood Services holds a blood donor clinic in Abbotsford on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Book an appointment at


A German sing-along takes place Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Marshall and Ware). Refreshments will be served. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822


Central Valley Academy of Music holds an honours concert on Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m. to celebrate their festival award recipients. The free concert is open to the public. The academy is located in Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd. (Parking is located of Valdes Drive. Please use the west church entrance only.)


The Fraser Valley Humane Society holds its annual Green Thumb Plant Sale on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 32965 Fourth Ave. in Mission. Proceeds go to the humane society, SAINTS (Senior Animals in Need Today Society) and Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center. Info: 604-826-3290


The Side by Side Caregiver and Family Support Group meets Saturday, April 30 from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt. Lehman United Church, 6256 Mt. Lehman Rd. This month’s topic is “Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health.” Info: or 778-982-0489


The Parkinson’s Self-Help Support Group meets Monday, May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Matsqui Rec Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Speech language pathologist Samantha Gamble and the Maple Ridge Tremble Clefs will be on hand. Info: Carolyn at 604-853-3772


The Fraser Valley Poets Society holds an open mic night on Monday, May 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Bring a few poems to share, or just come and listen. The group also celebrates the rhythms and rhymes of poetry in your home language. Info: or 604-852-2740


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, May 3 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. Mike and Gail Miller will present their low-glycemic-index soups.


Blankets for the Fraser Valley holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Abbotsford Co-Op Hall, 32855 Marshall Rd. Everyone is welcome to help put together knitted and crocheted blankets for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713


The Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association presents a session on “Brain Injuries and Other Neurological Issues in Children and Youth: Behaviour and Crime.” The workshop takes place Friday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Registration is at


Jubilee Lawn Park Bowling starts its new season on May 6. Bowling will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:45 p.m. at 2552 McCallum Rd. No experience is necessary, and lessons are free. Info: John at 604-556-0106 or Florence at 604-856-8407


The Mission Horse Club is seeking donations of items for a fundraising garage sale taking place in Abbotsford on Saturday, May 28. Anyone who would like to donate items in good condition is asked to email to make drop-off arrangements. Suggested items include household goods, baby items, electronics and seasonal decor. Larger items – such as couches, mattresses and recliners – cannot be accepted.


Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.


Prayer Canada meets every Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. on the fifth floor at Abbotsford city hall (32315 South Fraser Way). This is a small non-denominational group.Those interested in attending are asked to read that verse first. Info: Leonard Remple at 604-504-0990


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