SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 10-18

Here are some of the activities taking place in Abbotsford and Mission over the next week.


The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for January are: Sweetwater (Jan. 10), Brian Nicholl (Jan. 17), Johnny Hsu (Jan. 24) and Shirley Rodgers (Jan. 31).


The Central Fraser Valley branch of the Navy League of Canada hosts a fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Cadet Training Centre Columbia, 4315 272 St. in Aldergrove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to drop off personal and business documents for secure and confidential shredding, courtesy of the company Shred-it. The cost is a minimum donation of $10.


The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets Monday, Jan. 13 for its monthly potluck dinner and entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall (corner of Gladys and Pine). This month’s theme is Finland. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or


A worship tour of Northview Community Church (32040 Downes Rd.) takes place Monday, Jan. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Registration is required by contacting Rudolf at 604-859-7681 (local 270) or emailing


The Abbotsford Old Age Pensioners (OAP) organization holds its monthly general meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. This month’s speaker is David Giesbrecht. The group also holds activities such as bridge, bingo, carpet bowling and whist from Monday to Friday. Info: 604-853-5157


The Abbotsford/Mission Newcomers Club holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Terry Fox Elementary, 3071 Babich Rd. The club is for women new to the area who wish to socialize with other women. The group also meets for walks and other activities in and around the city. Info: 604-859-4859


Story times for preschoolers take place at Abbotsford libraries next week: on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Jan. 16 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) at 10 a.m.


The Women with Cancer Support Group holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the new Shoppers Drug Mart at the corner of Bluejay and Maclure hosts a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will donate all hot dog sales to the group. Info: Edith at 604-289-0630


Sweeney Neighbourhood Centre (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds a Family Fun Night from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. followed by a Youth Theme Night on Friday, Jan. 17 from 8 to 10 p.m.  Families can play games, learn crafts, and socialize, while the youths can drop in for a couple of hours of fun, friends and food.


The sixth annual Robbie Burns’ Supper and Dance takes place Saturday, Jan. 18 at Chartwell Cedarbrooke Retirement Residence, 32331 First Ave. in Mission. The event is held in support of Cops for Cancer. Doors open at 7 p.m. and live music will be provided by the 1066 Band. Tickets are $40 and are available at Cedarbrook, the Cancer Society office in Mission (32650 Logan Ave.) or by calling 604-820-3166.


Abbotsford Community Services’ senior services department hosts a social network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors. For more details about the monthly meetings, call Karen at 604-870-3772 or email


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


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


Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for those who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour. Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m.  For information,  email or visit


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, manic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404


Volunteers are needed for the Reading Buddy program at both the Clearbrook Library and Abbotsford Community Library. 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. An orientation session is provided to all volunteers. Application forms are available at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and the Abbotsford Community Library, (33355 Bevan Ave.).