A bottle drive takes place Saturday, Aug. 6 to help an Abbotsford dad with legal costs related to his battle to bring his autistic daughter back home. Derek Hoare has been fighting to have his nine-year-old daughter, Ayn Van Dyk, returned by the Ministry of Child and Family Development since she was removed on June 16. A Facebook page (justiceforayn.com) bout the situation has garnered more than 3,600 members, while an online petition has almost 3,200 signatures. Bottles and cans may be dropped off on Saturday at Clearbrook Elementary (3614 Clearbrook Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They may also be dropped off anytime at the recycling depot at 750 Riverside Rd., where there is an account called Ayn’s Freedom Fund. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mission Book Club starts Monday, Aug. 8 at Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) for those who love to socialize and read. The group meets at 7 p.m. Refreshments are provided. Info: 604-826-6610.
Peace Lutheran Church (2029 Ware St.) hosts a Son Surf Beach Bash Vacation Bible School from Aug. 8 to 12 for students who have completed kindergarten or Grades 1-4. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon each day and includes games, activities and Bible stories. Registration forms are available at the church. Info: Lorna Steinke at 604-746-4880.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Early Memory Loss Support Group meets Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Abbotsford. For more information, including location, call Jillian at 604-859-3889 and leave a message.
The Francophone Society of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley hosts a bilingual meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at MSA Museum (2313 Ware St.), starting at 7 p.m. People of all nationalities can socialize while discussing future projects planned for the community. Info: Pierre at 604-615-7475
CDI College in Abbotsford (31838 South Fraser Way) hosts a free personal health seminar on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 1 to 7 p.m. Participants can have their blood pressure checked and receive personal health advice from the college’s healthcare staff and students. Info: 604-850-8585
Parks Canada’s Theatre Troupe brings Justine Beaver to Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Wednesday, Aug. 10 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Find out how beavers became a Canadian icon and learn more about the great outdoors at this free family show. Info: 604-859-7814
“Uncooking” classes with raw chef Maureen Terrey take place Aug. 10 and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.) Learn to prepare raw vegan recipes that are free of wheat, dairy, and gluten. Info: ezrawliving.blogspot.com, 604-854-3310 or email@example.com