SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 2 to 10

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

Trethewey House heritage site hosts an open house on Friday


The ladies auxiliary to the Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds a fish and chips night on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.


Trethewey House Heritage Site (2313 Ware St.) holds a Christmas open house on Friday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Take in the ambiance of the beautifully decorated 1920s historic home and enjoy a hot beverage. Info: or 604-853-0313


The Winter Chill Market takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park (32470 Haida Drive) on Friday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 90 local artists and artisans will be on hand. The event also includes a free kids’ craft on both days, as well as raffles and free hot chocolate. Admission is $5. Info:


Dogwood School (33886 Pine St.) holds its annual bake and gift sale on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Items for sale include breads, cakes, pies, tarts, cookies and bars. Proceeds will be used for the day-to-day operations of the school.


The First Abbotsford Scouts host a Santa Breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Trinity Memorial Church (33737 George Ferguson Way). Participants can write a letter to Santa, then take a photo with him while browsing the treat store. Call Jamie at 604-855-8253 to reserve a seat.


Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds a paperback book sale on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Cost is 50 cents per book or $5 for a bag (please bring your own bag). Info: 604-853-1753


Me and My Pet Santa Paws Photos take place Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oly’s Pet Connection, 34150 South Fraser Way. Cost is by donation, with all proceeds being donated to animal charities in the Fraser Valley.


Calvin Presbyterian Church (33911 Hazelwood Ave.) holds Season of Wonders, a Christmas cantata presented by the Calvin Presbyterian Choir and Calvin Clappers (hand bells), on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.


Pet Photos with Santa are held Sunday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Homestead Nurseryland and Florist, 31888 Marshall Rd. Cost is by donation, with all proceeds going to Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center.


Heritage Alliance Church holds neighbourhood Christmas carolling on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Participants meet at the church (3440 Mt. Lehman Rd.), go carolling, and then return to the church for hot chocolate and goodies. Info: 604-607-5031


Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) hosts a Christmas celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. While the children make crafts, the adults are invited to enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Then, everyone will come together for a special Christmas storytime. Info: 604-859-7814


Light up for Christ – an evening of carols, refreshments and lighting of the Nativity scene – takes place Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 2777 Townline Rd.


Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday is “The Doctor Is In!” The topic on Thursday is “The Constant Explorer.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


Trinity Memorial United Church (33737 George Ferguson Way) holds a Christmas carol sing-along on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Abbotsford Food Bank.


West Abbotsford Community School Society holds its annual general meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. at John Maclure Community School, 2990 Oriole Cres. Info: 604-859-6919


The Sumas Mountain campus of Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts (36232 Lower Sumas Mountain Rd.) holds a Holiday Market on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Numerous vendors will be on hand. Admission is a minimum $2 donation.


Central Valley Academy of Music presents Songs for the Season, celebrating the musical talent of students and instructors, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The event takes place at Abbotsford Church of the Nazarene, 2390 McMillan Rd. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.


Immanuel Church (2590 Blue Jay St.) holds a Family Christmas Fair on Saturday,  Dec. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event includes a variety of stations such as a hot chocolate station, an ugly Christmas sweater competition, a photo booth, face painting and a cookie decorating station. Advance tickets are $2 each or $5 per family. The cost at the door is $4 and $10. Info:


Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532


TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly.  For information about evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For information about daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

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