SLICE OF LIFE: Dec. 6-14

Here are some of the events taking place in the Abbotsford area for the coming week.

ARTISAN GIFT FAIR

The MSA Museum Society, in partnership with the Abbotsford Arts Council, holds the annual Christmas Artisan Gift Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.) and Trethewey House Heritage Site (2313 Ware St.). Drop by for an afternoon of handmade gifts, refreshments, a treasure hunt, and a visit from Santa. Info: 604-853-0313 or 604-853-9358

ADVENT VESPERS

Emmanuel Free Reformed Church (3386 Mt. Lehman Rd.) holds Advent Vespers with the Abendmusik Choir on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Donations go to Menno Simons Centre.

AT THE LEGION

The ladies auxiliary to the Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway) holds a fish and chips night on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. A shuttle is available to the legion from MSA Ford by phoning 604-746-9151. Also at the legion, a Christmas bake sale takes place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LIGHTS WALKING TOUR

Creekside Cats (4290 Wright St.) in Clayburn Village hosts a Christmas lights walking tour on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. Park at Clayburn School or across from Clayburn Store. Hot chocolate, coffee and donuts will be served. Donations accepted for Clayburn Village Heritage Society.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

The annual community Christmas party will be held at Straiton Hall (4698 Sumas Mtn. Rd.) on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a snack or baking to share. Donations will be accepted for the Abbotsford Food Bank, and pictures with Santa will be available by email. Crafts for the kids will also be offered. The event is free to members, with a small charge for craft supplies for non-members.

HERITAGE CHURCH

Heritage Alliance Church (3440 Mt. Lehman Rd.) hosts a special evening on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., when the lights on the church and the surrounding gardens will be turned on. There will be a live manger scene, and Sir Lance, the camel, will make his debut. Hot chocolate, goodies and a Christmas carol sing-along are also included.

SWING IS THE THING

Suburban Swing hosts Johnny Boyd and his Sensational Swing Lover Band on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. This is part of the regular Sunday Night Swing sessions. Drop-in lessons start at 7:45 p.m., with dancing from 8:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets for Johnny Boyd are $5 online at suburbanswing.com or $20 at the door.

DUTCH COFFEE CLUB

Keep in Touch with the Dutch Coffee Club meets Monday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Intercity Cafe, #180 2455 Clearbrook Rd.

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavia Club of the Fraser Valley holds its annual Christmas potluck dinner on Monday, Dec. 9 at the Masonic Hall (33860 Pine St.), starting at 6 p.m. Christmas dishes, Scandinavian music and carol signing are included. Potential new members welcome. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or jensenke@shaw.ca

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus hosts its annual Christmas Tea on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The event includes music, food and a visit from Santa – all for free.

BUSINESS WOMEN

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford-Mission holds its annual Christmas social on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Sweet Dreams Luxury Inn, 32288 King Rd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20. Those who want to participate in the gift exchange are asked to bring a wrapped gift valued at no more than $15. RSVP at bpwabbotsford@gmail.com

LIBRARY EVENT

A Family Christmas Special takes place Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 7:45 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Festive stories, crafts and snacks included. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 229)

WOMEN’S CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection holds a Christmas Joy breakfast on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Rd.), starting at 9:30 a.m. The event features the Robert Bateman Secondary Concert Choir and speaker Gloria Edgecomb sharing “Christmas Traditions.” Cost is $11. Reservations: Joyce at 604-744-5159, Rose at 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail.com

NETWORK NEWS

The Valley Women’s Network holds its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mission branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 32627 Logan Ave. Bring a small gift for the Christmas gift exchange. Cost is $15 for members and $17 for guests. RSVP at vwn.mission@gmail.com by Monday, Dec. 9 at noon.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

A Christmas breakfast takes place Saturday, Dec. 14 at Trethewey House (2313 Ware St.) for either a 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. sitting. Enjoy a pancake breakfast followed by caroling, crafts and a special visit from the jolly old man himself.  There will be Christmas crafts, cookie decorating and a picture with Santa.  Cost is $25 per family (two adults, two children) or $8 per adult and $6 per child. Advanced tickets are at Eventbrite.com. Info: 604-853-0313, msamuseum.ca or on Facebook under “Trethewey House”

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