SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 24 to 31

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

XMAS DAY 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, West Coast Amusement carnival rides, face painting, bouncy castle, live entertainment and more. Unlimited-access 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.

RING IN NEW YEAR

A New Year’s Eve dinner and dance takes place at Jubilee Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) on Thursday, Dec. 31 with live music by the Ken McCoy Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include a buffet dinner, party favours and champagne at midnight. They are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 Fraser Hwy.) or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2473539

BRADNER CELEBRATION

A New Year’s Eve dance with music by Phat Boyz DJ Services takes place at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available at Wilway Lumber or brownpapertickets.com, and include party favours and champagne. Info: 604-856-8441

DINNER AND DANCE

The Abbotsford Social Activity Association hosts a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance at its hall at 33889 Essendene Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m. Live music will be by the band Sweetwater. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling Calvin at 604-746-7321.

SCOUTS’ TREE PICKUP

The First Abbotsford Scouts hold their annual Christmas tree pickup and bottle drive on Saturday, Jan. 2. Tree pickup is by donation. To book a  pickup, contact 604-309-4850. All proceeds go to toward programs for local youth.

SPCA TREE-CHIPPING

The SPCA holds a bottle drive and tree-chipping event on Sunday, Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buckerfield’s, 31853 Marshall Rd. Info: 604-309-1826

POSITIVE LIVING DANCE

Tickets are now available for a fundraising dinner and dance being held Saturday, Jan. 30 in support of Positive Living Fraser Valley Society. The event, called Boom Boom, 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 pre-arranged 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

NAR-ANON MEETS

Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.

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

ALATEEN MEETS

Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking,  whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets every Tuesday in Abbotsford at the Home Society (31581 South Fraser Way), starting at 7:15 p.m. Info:  604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100

EX-BRITS CLUB

The Ex-Brits Club meets once a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at noon on the third Wednesday of each month at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips. Info: 604-853-5584

BLIND GROUP

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: 604-626-0643

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

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 daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

FOR SEXAHOLICS

Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for men and women who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour.  Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m.  For information and location, email abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com. See also www.sa.org.

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532

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