SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 12-18

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

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

MSA Museum Society hosts Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13 at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St. The event includes a pancake breakfast, photos with Santa and gingerbread cookie decorating. There are two sittings – 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $8 for kids and $25 for a family (two adults, two kids).  Tickets are available at Trethewey House or online at msamuseum.ca.

BLUES JAM SESSION

The Fraser Valley Blues Society’s monthly live jam session takes place Friday, Dec. 12 at the Eagles Hall, 33868 Essendene Ave., starting at 8 p.m. All musicians and music fans are welcome. Backline is provided and the host band is James Thorhaug.  This is a licensed venue with no cover charges.

FAMILY STORYTIME

Abbotsford Community Library (33555 Bevan Ave.) holds a Christmas family storytime on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. It includes stories, songs, rhymes and more. Info: 604-853-1753

BAHA’I DINNER

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a free multi-faith dinner, devotional and discussion on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre (2631 Cyril St.) at 6:30 p.m.

PINTS AND POLITICS

The federal Liberal association in Abbotsford hosts a “Pints and Politics” night on Monday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Finnegan’s Pub, 33780 King Rd. Info: 604-504-3027

SKILLS CONNECT

The Skills Connect for Immigrants program in Abbotsford holds a free information session every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program helps participants with finding work in their field of expertise,  job-search techniques, courses and more. To register for the info session, call 604-866-0257

TOASTMASTERS

The Messengers Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Sweeney Neighbourhood Centre, 33355 Bevan Ave. The group helps people learn to speak, lead and listen effectively in a safe friendly environment. Info: abbotsfordtoastmasters.com or 604-825-0032

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents one class next week in its fall series. The topic on Tuesday, Dec. 16 is “The ‘60s in Canada and the Fraser Valley.”  The group also hosts a free Christmas tea on Thursday, Dec. 18. Both events runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost for the class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

GIFT-WRAPPING

Clearbrook Library’s Teen Advisory Group is offering gift-wrapping on Thursday, Dec. 18 in exchange for a food bank donation. The service will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. at the library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Info: 604-859-7814

RING IN NEW YEAR

Tickets are now on sale for a New Year’s Eve celebration at Jubilee Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) with live music by the Ken McCoy Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet-style dinner served at 7:30. Tickets are $40 and include party favours and champagne at midnight. Tickets are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 Fraser Hwy.) or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/985609. For more information, call 604-856-4375.

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

BLIND GROUP MEETS

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: 604-853-8728

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