SLICE OF LIFE: Diwali festival of light celebrations planned

A Diwali celebration takes place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rick Hansen Secondary, 31150 Blueridge Dr.

A Diwali celebration takes place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rick Hansen Secondary, 31150 Blueridge Dr. The event includes crafts, entertainment, refreshments and more. Diwali is a South Asian celebration also known as the Festival of Lights. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 235)



St. John Brebeuf Regional High School (2747 Townline Rd.) will hold a 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be a celebration mass with all seven founding and supporting parishes at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception, entertainment and open house. Info:



The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way. All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy at 604-504-3713


Abbotsford Social Activities Association hosts dances every Friday from  7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. Bands for November are: Good Vibrations (Nov. 2), Retrofire (Nov. 9), Shirley Rodgers (Nov. 16) and Johnny Hsu (Nov. 23 and 30). Cost is $6 for association members and $7 for non-members.


The Living Room Support Group – for people with anxiety, depression, and bipolar – meets Friday, Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at New Life Church, 35270 DeLair Rd. Meetings are held the first and third Fridays of every month. Info: Brenda at 604-853-5043


fish and chips night

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #15 Abbotsford will be holding their Fish and Chips Night on Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m. with Music by Syd, to be held at the Abbotsford Legion, 2513 West Railway.


A Christmas jewelry and craft fair takes place Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Eagle Wind RV Park (26920 52 Ave.). Info: 604-856-6674.



The Abbotsford Social Activities Association (formerly the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association) holds registration on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon at 2631 Cyril St. for its next set of computer classes. Classes begin Tuesday, Nov. 6 and run Tuesdays and Thursday for three weeks. Beginners meet at 9 a.m., and intermediates are at 11 a.m. Cost is $60.



The Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Nov. 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd.  A local neurologist will discuss the non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease. Info: Gary at 604-308-8691 or Betty at 604-853-0382



Abby Dads hosts a free family justice information session on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave.  Moms and dads can meet and connect with a provincial court judge, staff from Family Maintenance Enforcement, family lawyers, and a family justice counsellor. Registration is required by emailing or by phoning 604-613-3487. Info: