Dances are held Friday at the Abbotsford Seniors Activity Association. This is just one of the activities in the community throughout the week. (Thinkstock photo)

Dances are held Friday at the Abbotsford Seniors Activity Association. This is just one of the activities in the community throughout the week. (Thinkstock photo)

SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 5 to 13

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

FRIDAY DANCES

The Abbotsford Seniors Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. There are no dances on Jan. 5 and 12. Live music on Jan. 19 is by InnerMild and on Jan. 26 is by Sweetwater. Info: Rick at 604-217-0322

AT THE LEGION

The Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds a fish and chips night on Friday, Jan. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10. The new executive holds its first meeting of 2018 on Saturday at 10 a.m., with a meat draw from 2 to 5 p.m. and entertainment by Jack and Cookie. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, a bacon and egg draw runs from 3 to 4 p.m. and karaoke is from 2 to 5 p.m. Info: 604-853-1711

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 scouterjaime@gmail.com.

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets for its monthly potluck dinner on Monday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St. This evening will focus on Finland. Guests and potential new members who are of Scandinavian ancestry or have an interest in Scandinavia are welcome. Info: Len at 778-255-6782, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or jensenke@shaw.ca.

PARKINSON’S SUPPORT

The Parkinson’s Self-Help Support Group meets Monday, Jan. 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Info: Carolyn at 604-853-3772 or harcarkrahn@gmail.com

COFFEE CLUB

The Dutch Coffee Club holds its monthly get-together on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of James, 2743 Emerson St.

STAMP CLUB

The Fraser Valley Stamp Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at W. J. Mouat Secondary library, 32355 Mouat Drive. Info: dedutch13@shaw.ca or 604-852-5684

NEWCOMERS MEET

The Abbotsford-Mission Newcomers Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Terry Fox Elementary, 3071 Babich St. This is a group for women 45 years and old who are new to the area. The club has meetings, lunches, dinners and other activities. Info: Corry at 604-859-4859

WOMEN’S CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts a “Safety Check-up Breakfast” on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event features Brian Peterson from Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service with information for safety and security in your home. Speaker Trudy Beyak, an award-winning journalist, discusses Implants, Baggy Pants and Another Chance. Cost is $14. Reservations: Mary at 604-607-5616, Jenny at 604-857-0118 or reservationsabbyconnect@gmail.com

NATURE CLUB

The Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club meets Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Ravine Park Hatchery, 2395 Crescent Way. The meeting features a presentation on Greenland. Info: abbymissionnatureclub.org or 604-853-4283

COFFEE HOUSE

A coffee house event takes place Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Calvin Church, 33911 Hazelwood Ave. An open mic runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by Kitchen Sync playing from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Info: calvinpresbyterian.ca

WINTER FESTIVAL

Central Abbotsford Community Schools holds its annual Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Middle School (33231 Bevan Ave.). The event features a pancake breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. (or until supplies last), balloon artists, face painting, student performances, science experiments, a sports corner, arts and crafts, and more. Info: abbycommunity.com or 604-853-2221

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, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404

S-ANON MEETS

S-Anon is a 12- step program of recovery for family members and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’s sexaholism/sex addiction. The group meets Wednesdays in Abbotsford at the HOME Society (31581 South Fraser Way, right-side entrance), starting at 7 p.m. Info: abbotsfordsanon1@telus.net and sanon.org

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.