The Abbotsford Arts Council presents a demonstration on straw ornament making from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 and a demo on yarn spinning on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The demos run at Kariton Gallery (2387 Ware St.) during the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair, taking place until Dec. 22. Non-perishable items for the Abbotsford Food Bank are collected throughout the fair. Info: abbotsfordartscouncil.org or 604-852-9358
COFFEE TIME FRIDAYS
Coffee Time Fridays, a weekly drop-in group for newcomers to Canada, meets Friday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.),. Each week, the group completes a different fun activity, while enjoying tea and coffee. The group’s regular meeting place every Friday is the intercultural hub at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.). Info: 604-217-3055
BOOTCAMP FOR CHARITY
KP Fitness Studio in Abbotsford (#2-31929 Mercantile Way) hosts Bootcamp for the Food Bank on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8 and 9 a.m. Register by calling 604-217-8419. Participants are asked to bring an item from the “what to give” list (posted online at abbotsfordfitnesstrain-ing.com). For each item donated, their name will be entered in a draw for prizes. A pack of diapers (size 4 and up) qualifies for three entries. Anyone who brings in five items receives a free week of bootcamp, or two weeks if they bring in a pack of diapers.
Clearbrook MB Church (2719 Clearbrook Rd.) hosts a Christmas hymn sing on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Info: 604-850-6607 or firstname.lastname@example.org
TEEN ADVISORY GROUP
Clearbrook Library’s Teen Advisory Group meets on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The group advises on and helps plan and develop teen-oriented programs and services. Membership is open to all teens in Abbotsford. Call 604-850-7814 (local 229) or email email@example.com for more information.
SUPPORT FOR BLIND
The Abbotsford Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 1 p.m. at 2631 Cyril St. For more information, call Mae Atkinson at 604-626-0643 or Bruce Brower at 604-859-4584. Volunteers are welcome.
Dorjechang Center (31581 South Fraser Way), a registered charity, holds a meditation class on Tuesday, Dec. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a suggested $10 donation. For more information on all the centre’s classes, visit dorjechang.ca or call 604-853-3738.
STORY TIME AT LIBRARY
Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a family story time on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The session includes rhymes, stories and songs for children of all ages. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 229)
The Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 2029 Ware St. info: 604-574-4012
FOR SINGLE MOMS
The Abbotsford Single Mothers’ Group meets Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS), 2420 Montrose Ave. The group is free, and free childminding is available. Registration is required by calling 604-895-5797. The group is offered in partnership with ACS and YWCA Metro Vancouver. More details are available at ywcavan.org
The Living Room Support Group – for those living with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder – meets Friday, Dec. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at New Life Church, 35270 DeLair Rd. Drop in or call Brenda at 604-853-5043 for more information.
CADETS’ TRAINING NIGHTS
The Royal Canadian Army Cadets hold their training and parade nights every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way. The group is free to youth ages 12 to 18, and they can join at any time by dropping in to the training night, calling 604-857-2698 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight loss support group, meets once a week. For information about chapters in Abbotsford, call Linda at 604-462-9326.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR
The Abbotsford Social Activity Association holds a New Year’s Eve buffet dinner and dance at its hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. Live music is by Good Vibrations. The event runs from 8 p.m to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and are available until Dec. 24 by calling Jodie at 604-850-2465.
A New Year’s Eve celebration takes place at Jubilee Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) with live music by the Ken McCoy Band. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a full buffet dinner served at 8 p.m. and champagne at midnight. Overnight parking is allowed. Tickets are $35 and are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 Fraser Hwy.) or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/295405. For more information, call 604-856-8690.
LITERACY IN MOTION
Mission Literacy in Motion is recruiting volunteers for its adult literacy, English as a Second Language, Reading Buddies one-on-one program, and group tutoring. Free training and ongoing support are provided. The commitment required is one or two hours per week. Those interested are asked to call 604-820-2027.
RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS
The Red Cross in Abbotsford is in need of volunteers for its health equipment loan program. The depot is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day except Sunday. Those interested in volunteering are asked to apply at #5 2316 McCallum Rd. or call 604-556-3526.