SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 5-12

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

DANCES EVERY FRIDAY

The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for December are: Johnny Hsu (Dec. 5), Sweetwater (Dec. 12 for the annual Christmas dinner and dance), Grace and the Guys (Dec. 19), and Good Vibrations (Dec. 31). Info: Frank at 820-8695

FISH AND CHIPS

The ladies auxiliary of the Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion hosts a fish and chips night on Friday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. A shuttle is available courtesy of  MSA Ford, and can be arranged by calling 604-746-9151.

SANTA AND PETS

“Me and My Pet Santa Paws Photos” to benefit Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center take place Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Homestead Nurseryland and Florist, 31888 Marshall Rd. A minimum donation of $5 is encouraged.

SCHOOL BAKE SALE

The Abbotsford campus of Sterling School is holding its second annual bake sale on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes hundreds of home-baked goods such as cookies, bars, pies, fancy breads, cakes, candy and preserves.  Vintage ware and gift items are also available, and a choir will perform. Free coffee will be provided to those who bring a donation for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Info: sterlingbakesale.com

ARTISAN MARKET

MSA Museum Society hosts a Christmas Artisan Market on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2617 Montrose Ave. The event includes a Dickens village, crafts and an indoor market. Info: 604-853-0313

SCRAP METAL DRIVE

Abbotsford Senior Secondary (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds a scrap metal drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  on Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. Items being accepted include any scrap metal such as old appliances, lawn mowers, batteries and even cars (with proof of registration). Info: 604-775-2041

FREE CLOTHING

Abbotsford Evangelical Church (Marshall and Ware) holds a Clothes2U free clothing giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Items given free to those in need include clothes, toys, linens, books, diapers, footwear and household items. Info: 604-857-4617 or clothes2u.ca

MINI CRAFT FAIR

Gladwin Heights Church (3774 Gladwin Rd.) holds a mini craft fair and bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m. Items for sale include baking, crafts and Christmas pudding. Info: 604-850-3882

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner on Monday, Dec. 8 at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St., starting at 6 p.m. The event includes Christmas dishes, Scandinavian music and carol singing. Potential new members are welcome as guests. First-timers can attend free of charge, but everyone is expected to contribute to the dinner. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil Jensen at 604-870-8601, or email jensenke@shaw.ca.

MS SUPPORT

The MS Self-Help Support Group meets Monday, Dec. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 10 a.m. to noon. Info: 604-859-2739

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Dec. 9 is “Protecting Your Digital Life and Planning for Your Digital After-Life.” The topic on Thursday, Dec. 11 is “Toby and Juergen: Over 50 Years in Canada.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

DUTCH COFFEE CLUB

The Keep in Touch with the Dutch Coffee Club meets the second Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of James, 2743 Emerson St. The next meeting is Dec. 9.

QUILTERS’ GUILD

The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild meets Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. for a workshop and at 6:20 p.m. for an informal meeting. Both take place at Ross Road Church, 3160 Ross Rd. Info: abbotsfordquiltersguild.org

CONNECT NOW

Connect Now holds its annual Christmas luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Paliotti’s Restaurant, 33886 Essendene Ave. The event includes a performance by Tha Realm Dance Studio and a song from Kristal Barrett-Stuart. Info and reservations: connectnowbusinessnetwork.com

WOMEN’S CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection holds  “A Musical Christmas Breakfast” on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event features Crystal Hicks in a Christmas Music Medley and also sharing “Crystal’s Story.” Cost is $11. Reservations: Joyce at 604-744-5159 , Rose at 604-852-8240  or abyconnectreservations@gmail.com

LITERACY MATTERS

Literacy Matters holds its annual general meeting on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Rd. RSVP at literacymattersabbotsford@gmail.com

EX-BRITS MEET

The Ex-Brits Club meets three times a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Abbotsford Legion, the third Wednesday at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-854-0166

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

BINGO AT LEGION

Bingo is held every Sunday at the Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) at 2 p.m. Cost is 50 cents per ticket and all players over the age of 19 are welcome. Info: Peter at columbia.49@shaw.ca or call the branch at 604-853-1711

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