SLICE OF LIFE: Events around town

A few events and meetings are taking place in Abbotsford, although they are slowing down for the holidays.


Songs Strings and Steps presents Home for Christmas on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 at Central Heights Church (1661 McCallum Rd.). The performance features more than 150 singers and musicians, including  the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra,  the Jubilate Choir and others. Shows are at 7 p.m. both days, with an additional performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are on sale at House of James and King’s Music.


Janet Love Morrison, the author of the book Radar the Rescue Dog, will be in Abbotsford for a book signing on Saturday, Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Valhalla Pure Outfitters, 1707 Salton Rd. The children’s book is about a real dog, Radar, who was Whistler’s first civilian-validated avalanche rescue dog in 1978. Morrison said she wrote the book to create mountain safety awareness for kids and parents. Two-thirds of sales at the Abbotsford book signing are being donated to the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association.


The holiday season is the most dangerous time of the year for those trying to maintain sobriety and for anyone driving on the public highways. There are more alcohol-related traffic fatalities during the holiday season than any other time of the year. Alcoholics Anonymous wants to remind the public that they are there to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Call 604-615-2911 or visit for help or to find a meeting.


If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender senior, you are invited to join a social network for friendship and support. Contact Karen in the senior services department at Abbotsford Community Services for more information about monthly meetings: 604-870-3772 or email


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit eight loss support group,  meets once a week. For information about chapters in Abbotsford, phone Jacquie at 604- 556-0535.

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