Slice of Life: Aug. 13-20

Community events in Abbotsford.


A show and shine takes place at Station House Pub and Grill (3122 Station Rd. in Abbotsford) on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise funds for B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation  in the name of Lucas Beck. Lucas, whose parents live in Surrey and work in Abbotsford, was born prematurely at 25 weeks. He has endured numerous operations and transfusions. Participants in the show and shine will pay a registration fee, which includes a burger and beer. Prizes, raffles and a live band are also featured. Info and registration: Sarah at 604-375-9990 or


Mission’s Kitchens is offering a series of five workshops on water-bath canning. Learn to can peaches on Aug. 13, pickles on Aug. 27, plum jam on Oct. 1, pears on Oct. 15, and pepper jelly and cranberry sauce on Nov. 5. All workshops are from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at  St. Andrew’s United Church, 7756 Grand St. Cost is $35 per workshop and includes all supplies and equipment. As well, a pressure-canning workshop on tomatoes is held Sept. 10 for $45. Registration for all workshops is through the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley at 604-820-8455 or


Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) holds a program on manga and anime (forms of Japanese animation) and crafts on Saturday, Aug. 13 for ages 12 to 18. The session runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Anime with a TV14 rating will be shown. Info: 604-826-6610.


A special Summer Reading Club program with Dustin Anderson, the “Purple Pirate,”  takes place Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at MSA Centennial Library, 33660 South Fraser Way. Registration is not required. Info: 604-853-1753


The sixth annual Greendale Country Sampler takes place Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event involves participants purchasing a button for $2 at their first stop on the self-guided tour and then visiting some or all of the 14 participating stops. The full schedule  and a map are available online at Greendale is located on the west side of Chilliwack, bordering the east side of Abbotsford.


The Alzheimer Society of BC offers support groups in Abbotsford. Participants learn about dementia, its progression and the impact it may have on individuals and families. They also learn practical coping strategies, encouraging caregivers to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their physical and emotional health. For more information on meeting times and locations, call Jillian Armit, local support and education co-ordinator, at 604-859-3889 or send an email to


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight loss support group, meets every week. For information about chapters in  Abbotsford, phone Linda at 604-462-9326.