T & N Fitness Studio (#2 – 31929 Mercantile Way) holds an Ugly Sweater Bootcamp on Saturday, Dec. 23 from 8 to 9 a.m. Participants are asked to bring diapers as a donation for Abbotsford Community Services’ Best for Babies program. A prize will be awarded for the ugliest Christmas sweater.
RING IN NEW YEAR
Bradner Community Club holds a New Year’s Eve dance on Sunday, Dec. 31 at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The dinner and dance includes music by West Coast DJ. Tickets are $35 (cash only), and are available until Dec. 22 at Bradner General Store.
DINNER AND DANCE
A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza takes place Sunday, Dec. 31 at Jubilee Community Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) featuring live music by the Ken McCoy Band, a buffet dinner, party favours and champagne at midnight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 (cash only) and are available at Willway Lumber and brownpapertickets.com
THE BEAT GOES ON
The Beat Goes On – a family-friend New Year’s Eve Gala dinner and dance – takes place Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Community Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way. The event features a live band with music from the ’70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, as well as dinner, party favours and champagne at midnight. Tickets are $50 and are available on eventbrite.ca, via email at coolrunnings.AV@gmail.com or by text to 604-751-1095
SCOUTS’ TREE PICKUP
The First Abbotsford Scouts hold a bottle drive and tree pickup on Saturday, Jan. 6. Tree pickup is by donation, with proceeds going to sending kids to camp. To arrange pickup of bottles or a tree, text 604-855-8253 or email email@example.com.
New immigrants to Canada who would like to practise speaking English in a casual, friendly setting are invited to English conversation circles with Abbotsford Community Services. The free drop-in program meets at several locations around Abbotsford throughout the week. Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Info: Jen Romero at 604-217-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404
Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors (APSS) is a free service for individuals 50 and older in Abbotsford. Trained volunteers offer one-on-one listening and emotional support, guidance, empathy and information to in-need seniors. They also offer the “Good Morning Program,” where interested seniors are phoned to check on their well-being. The service is available weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Info: 604-850-0011
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