SLICE OF LIFE: Feb. 10-13

See what's happening around the communities of Abbotsford and Mission.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Abbotsford Community Services, in collaboration with Urban Youth Association, hosts an event on Saturday, Feb. 11 in celebration of Black History Month. “Storytelling: Family Celebrations” takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. It includes local musicians and storytellers. Admission is by donation, and food will be available for purchase on site. For more details, visit “Black History Month Abbotsford” on Facebook or call Danica at 778-552-6317.

FOR RETIREES

The Central Fraser Valley branch of the Federal Retirees FSNA meets Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m.  in the Abbotsford Recreation Centre at the corner of Old Yale and McMillan roads. The speaker will be Marion Keys from the Abbotsford Hospice Society. Info: Gary at 604-820-9179

BUY THE BOOK

Mission Friends of the Library holds an I Love My Library book sale from Thursday, Feb. 9 to Sunday, Feb. 12 at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave. The hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. New material will be added at the beginning of each day of the book sale. Info: 604-826-6610

EAGLES’ DANCE

The Fraternal Order of Eagles hosts a fundraising Valentine’s dinner and dance for the Abilitas Foundation on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Eagles’ hall, 33868 Essendene Ave., from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dancing to the live band Easy Money starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Eagles’ lounge, through the Abilitas Foundation at 604-854-1720, or by email at barrie.clark@ufv.ca. Info: abilitasfoundation.org

MARDI GRAS

A Mardi Gras dinner and dance takes place Saturday, Feb. 11 at Jubilee Hall, 7999 Bradner Rd. Live music is by the classic rock band Mid Life Krisis. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 Fraser Hwy.), online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. More info is available at 604-856-4375

MOONLITERS

The Moonliters big band presents a  “Valentine’s Sweetheart Dance” on Saturday, Feb.11 at Matsqui Community Hall, 33676 St. Olaf Street.  Doors open at 6:30, with dancing from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.  A light meal will be served at 9:30.  Music includes swing, Latin, and other ballroom styles. Tickets are $20 and are available from King’s Music (#114 – 2669 Langdon St.) or by calling 604-853-5996 to reserve.

CULTURE CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets Monday, Feb. 13 at the Masonic Hall (33860 Pine St.), starting at 6 p.m., for a potluck dinner and entertainment with a Norwegian theme. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601, or email jensenke@shaw.ca.

BAKE SALE

The ladies auxiliary to the Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion holds a Valentine Tea and Bake Sale on Saturday, Feb. 11  from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the legion, 2513 West Railway.