SLICE OF LIFE: Feb. 3 to 10

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


A session on Powwow Drumming takes place Saturday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. Learn about the powwow drum and then engage in a traditional drumming circle. All those attending are invited to bring their own hand drum, although some will be provided. The cost is a suggested donation of $10. Info:


The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Feb. 6 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Matsqui Rec Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. The topic is Mobility: How it Affects People with Parkinson’s and their Caregivers. Info: 604-853-3772


Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries meet Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The Friends assist at library events, run fundraising initiatives and support Fraser Valley Regional Library as enthusiastic advocates of programs and services. Info: 604-859-7814


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. Arlene Beitel and Rebecca Merriman will demonstrate the Medtronic insulin pump. Info: 604-701-7985


Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its winter series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Feb. 7 is “Windhoek, Namibia: An Adventure in Public Safety.” The topic on Thursday, Feb. 9 is “BC Seniors: Issues and Challenges.”  Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford holds its monthly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Speaker will be Caroline MacGillivary, the founder of Beauty Night Society, which gives life makeovers to women who live in poverty. Cost for the luncheon is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Register and info:


The Abbotsford-Mission Nature club meets Wednesday, Feb. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Ravine Park Hatchery, 2395 Crescent Way. The program features Snakes of B.C. by Dr. Christine Bishop. Info:


The Abbotsford Islamic Centre (1980 Salton Rd.), in collaboration with the Bridging Gaps Foundation, hosts an Open Mosque Day on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event is open to everyone and includes a display and activities such as hijab tryouts and henna tattooing.


The Abbotsford Regional Hospital Auxiliary is currently in need of volunteers. Those interested can pick up an application form in the hospital gift shop or email


The Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds a meat draw with entertainment every Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Call the lounge at 604-853-1711 from noon to 5:30 p.m. daily for info on entertainment.


The Mood Disorders Association support group in Abbotsford meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) It is open to those who have mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404