Slice of Life: Feb. 25-March 4

LIBRARY FRIENDS

Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries hold their annual book sale at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The preview sale is from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb 25 with a $5 entrance fee. The sale continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free admission. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 232)

LIVING ROOMLiving Room – a support group for people who suffer with mood disorders (depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder) – meets Friday, Feb. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. at Highland Community Church, 3130 McMillan Rd. The group meets the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Info: Lorraine at 604-504-5374 (lorraineisaak@hotmail.com) or John at 604-853-2679 (konconsult@gmail.com).

BIG BAND DANCEA big band swing dance takes place Saturday, Feb. 26 at Matsqui Community Hall, 33676 St. Olaf St. Doors open at 7 p.m., with music and dancing at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from King’s Music at 2669 Langdon St. Call 604- 853-5996 to reserve. A light meal is included.

RAW FOODA raw food dehydrator class with raw chef Maureen Terrey takes place Sunday, Feb. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. in Abbotsford. Learn to prepare raw vegan recipes that are free of wheat, dairy and gluten. Info: ezrawliving.blogspot.com, 604-854-3310, or ezrawliving@earthanimals.ca

AFTER FIVEAbbotsford After Five hosts a “From One Old Bag to Another Dinner” on Monday, Feb. 28 at ABC Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd., starting at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes a “purse auction” and speaker Rushia Klassen, who works with her husband as chaplain to the B.C. Lions football team. Reservations are required: Pat at 604-856-7513 or dfolson@shaw.ca  

RETIRED WORKERSThe Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, Feb. 28 at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. The guest speaker this month is Fred Bennett, vice-president of the association. Info: 604-859-4492.

ENGLISH HELPAbbotsford Community Services is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping with English conversation groups for newcomers.  Info: Andrea Dykshoorn at host@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com, or call 604-217-3055.

FOR DIABETESThe Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, March 1 at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd., starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening is a games night in which participants learn about carb counting and the glycemic index the fun way. Networking, door prizes and refreshments follow. Info: 604-850-5535.

STORYTIMESTots ’n’ Tales storytimes, for kids ages two to five, begin next week at two local libraries. The sessions include songs, rhymes and finger plays. They run at MSA Centennial Library (33660 South Fraser Way, phone 604-853-1753) on Wednesdays from March 2 to May 25 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The storytimes also take place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, phone 604-859-7814) on Thursdays from March 3 to May 26, also at  10:30 a.m.

FOR PENSIONERSThe next meeting of the Municipal Pension Retirees Association, district #1, is a luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 at the ABC Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. in Abbotsford. The group is open to those (and their spouses) who receive a municipal pension.

SMALL TALKStudy skills expert Terry Small is coming to Mission on Thursday, March 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarke Foundation Theatre. His system shows children how to take charge of their time and succeed. Parents and students attend the seminar together to learn strategies and study secrets. The seminar is suitable for students from Grade 4-12. Tickets are $3 and sold only at the door. The event is sponsored by Heritage Park Secondary, its PAC and DPAC. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a food bank donation.

BLANKET TIMEThe Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada meets Thursday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store, 32700 South Fraser Way. All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. All materials are supplied. Info: Nancy Gallagher, 604-504-3713

FAMILY SUPPORTAbbotsford’s Juvenile Diabetes Family Network hosts its next coffee meeting on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Home Society office, 31581 South Fraser Way. The network provide opportunities for families with children living with juvenile diabetes to meet regularly for support and encouragement. New families are always welcome. Info:  Heather at 604-852-6770 or Tara at 604- 604-855-9174.