SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 18 to 25

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

DOGWOOD BAKE SALE

The Dogwood School (33886 Pine St.) holds its third annual bake and gift sale on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 1,000 home-baked and handmade goods will be available for sale, including candy, cookies, bars, dinner rolls, breads  and home preserves. A coffee shop and hot lunch stand will be open. Info: sterlingbakesale.com or 604-851-5922

SANTA SWIM

A Santa Swim is held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for gingerbread houses, crafts and games. Regular admission rates apply.

CHRISTMAS PRESENCE

Gallery 7 Theatre and Pacific Theatre present Christmas Presence on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Musicians and actors share songs and stories for the holiday season. Tickets at pacifictheatre.org.

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS

A Celebration of Lights and a festival of Christmas music take place from Dec. 19 to 23 at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The free event runs each night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

WOMEN WITH CANCER

The Women with Cancer Support Group meets for a Christmas luncheon at Ricky’s restaurant on Marshall Road on Monday, Dec. 21 at noon. Info: Edith at 604-289-0630

SEE THE LIGHT!

Calvin Dyck, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, the Alumni Project and dancer Carissa Selbie present Light! on Monday, Dec. 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. at South Abbotsford Church, 32424 Huntingdon Rd. Tickets are available at House of James or King’s Music. Info: calvindyck.com

SWIM AND SKATE

A free swim and skate is held at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.) on Christmas Day from noon to 3 p.m. The event includes skate rentals, and donations will be accepted for the Abbotsford Food Bank.

MASQUERADE BALL

Suburban Swing presents the 15th annual Christmas Confetti Masquerade Ball on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. The swing dance starts off with a beginner lesson on a 1,500-square-foot dance floor with live music presented by the 21-piece Bruce James Orchestra. You can also kick off your dance shoes and put on your skates, all in the same arena, at this all-ages event. Info and tickets: abbotsfordcentre.ca

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT

A free family skate night takes place Sunday, Dec. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at MSA Arena, 2323 Emerson St. Admission is free with a non-perishable food bank donation. The event is hosted by HillCity Church. Skate rentals are $3 (cash only). Info: 604-859-2345

FIRST NIGHT EVENT

The family-friendly Fraser Valley First Night New Year’s Eve celebration is held at Tradex on Dec. 31, starting at 5 p.m. The event includes fireworks, a balloon drop, carnival rides, face painting, live entertainment and more. Tickets are $12 in advance at Tradex, the Tourism Abbotsford Visitor Centre, and Abbotsford and Matsqui recreation centres. They are also available online at fvtradex.com. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.

POSITIVE LIVING DANCE

A fundraising dinner and dance in support of Positive Living Fraser Valley Society is held Jan. 30. The event features entertainers Kenny Shaw and Brian Temple. It takes place at Yarrow Hall. Cost is $30 for the dinner and dance, or $45 for the dinner, dance and a shuttle from locations in Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack. Tickets are available at the Positive Living office (#108-32883 South Fraser Way), by phone at 604-854-1101 or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2163006