SLICE OF LIFE: Feb. 19 to 26

The following is a list of just some of the activities taking place in Abbotsford over the following week

ALL ABOUT THE HEART

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford holds It’s All About the Heart on Friday, Feb. 19. The event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Phoenix Lounge (33780 King Rd.) and includes a red dress fashion show, appetizers served throughout the evening, and information about heart health. Tickets are $35 for club members and $40 for guests. They are available online at bpwabbotsford.ca under the “events” link.

WELLNESS EVENT

Cares Counselling and Restoration Services holds a conference on mental health and wellness on Friday, Feb. 19. The session takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Rd. Visit cares.ca for cost details, registration and more information.

BAHA’I EVENT

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford holds a free multi-faith devotional and discussion on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre at 2631 Cyril St. Harold Rosen and Neil McKenzie will speak on Religious Freedom and Responsibility. Discussion and refreshments will follow the brief talks.

TOGETHER AFTER FIVE

Abbotsford After Five holds a Notes of Love Dinner on Monday, Feb. 22  at 6.30 p.m. at Ricky’s Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. Sherrie Litster shares her story both in song and spoken word of being “Rescued by Love.”  Cost is $21. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or email dfolson@shaw.ca

RETIRED WORKERS

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd. Guest speaker John will talk about diabetes. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

GARDEN CLUB

Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford middle school, 33231 Bevan Ave. Learn about drought-tolerant gardens from Nancy Moore of Visions Green Enterprises. Newcomers are welcome. Info: Pamela Ovington, 604-615-6472.

WRITERS MEET

The Professional Writers Association of Canada meets Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gian’s Indian Restaurant, 31549 South Fraser Way. Speaker will be Jen Sookfong Lee, CBC Radio personality, author and UFV writer in residence. The topic will be parlaying freelance writing into work through multiple media. RSVP by Feb. 21 to pwacfv@gmail.com

SALE AT LIBRARY

A media sale takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. Purchase gently used DVDs, CDs, music and CD books for $1 each. The event is hosted by Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries. Info: 604-859-7814

WOMEN ON THE MOVE

A free Women on the Move workshop, a ladies-only event on the basics of buying real estate, takes place Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sutton Westcoast Realty, 33324 South Fraser Way. Seating is limited. Reserve by calling 778-878-4687.

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Feb. 23 is “Brain Power: Keeping Your Brain Happy and Healthy.” The topic on Thursday, Feb. 25 is “Paddling Down the Horton River and Into Paulatuk.”  Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

READING BUDDIES

Volunteers are needed for the Reading Buddy program at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and Abbbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.). The program pairs high school students and/or adult volunteers with children in Grades 1 to 4 who need extra help with their reading skills. The volunteers spend one hour a week with their buddy, practising reading and playing literacy-based games. An orientation session is provided to all volunteers. Application forms are available at both libraries.

BLIND GROUP

The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0643

NAR-ANON GROUP

Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.

ALATEEN MEETS

Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking,  whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets every Tuesday in Abbotsford at the Home Society (31581 South Fraser Way), starting at 7:15 p.m. Info:  604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532