Central Abbotsford Community School holds its annual Winter Festival this Saturday. This is one of several events taking place in the community over the next week.

SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 12 to 19

This is a list of some of the activities in Abbotsford over the next week

AT THE LEGION

The Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds karaoke twice a week – on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. There will also be a meat draw on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m., with Kenny Buston providing entertainment. Painting classes begin Sunday, Jan. 14, and darts start up again on Thursday from 7 to 11 p.m.

WINTER FESTIVAL

Central Abbotsford Community Schools holds its annual Winter Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Middle School (33231 Bevan Ave.). The event features a pancake breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. (or until supplies last), balloon artists, face painting, student performances, science experiments, a sports corner, arts and crafts, and more. Info: abbycommunity.com or 604-853-2221

GRAND SQUARES

The Abbotsford Grand Squares, a square and round dance club, begins a 10-week new dancer program on Monday, Jan. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The first three sessions are free. The club is open to those 14 years and older, and dancing takes place at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. Info: David at 604-864-7435

HEAL YOUR GUT

Choices at 3033 Immel St. holds a free event called Heal Your Gut for Good on Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. with certified holistic nutritionist Irene Humpsletter. To attend, register online at choicesmarkets.com/events.

WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION

The Valley Women’s Association meets Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $23. Reservations are required on the Friday before the meeting by emailing abbotsfordvalleywomensnetwork.com

BUSINESS WOMEN

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford meets Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Tanglebank Gardens Brambles Bistro (29985 Downes Rd.). Speaker will be Susan Friesen, founder of the development and digital marketing firm eVision Media. She will discuss The Power of Personal Branding Through Social Media. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Tickets are available online at eventbrite.ca.

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds a free open house on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 10 am. to noon at the Abbotsford Rec Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The society presents its spring program of classes starting Tuesday, Jan. 23. Info: learningplus.ca or 778-808-7377

GENEALOGY SOCIETY

The Abbotsford Genealogical Society meets Thursday, Jan. 18 at The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. This is the group’s annual general meeting and election of officers for 2018. There will also be a discussion on the group’s successes and challenges in 2017, and topics for 2018 speakers. Info: abbygs.ca

GARDEN CLUB

The Mt. Lehman Garden Club meets Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Lehman Community Hall (6418 Mt. Lehman Rd.). There will be a presentation by Mark Sweeney on small fruits. Info: 604-856-2851

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

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