SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 20-Feb. 3


Several church services take place in Abbotsford next week to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 23-30). The services take place:

– Sunday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Matsqui Centennial Auditorium – CD release concert for Kevin Boese’s “One”;

– Monday, Jan. 24, 12:15 p.m. at St. Mathew’s Anglican Church, 2010 Guilford Drive;

– Tuesday, Jan. 25, 12:15 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave.;

– Wednesday, Jan. 26, 12:15 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2597 Bourquin Crescent East;

– Thursday, Jan. 27, 12:15 p.m. at Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3215 Trethewey St.;

– Friday, Jan. 28, 12:15 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd.; and

– Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. at Highland Community Church, 3110 McMillan Rd.


The Abbotsford Prostate Cancer Support Group meets Thursday, Jan. 20 at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Marshall and Ware) at 7:30 p.m. Info: Dale Erikson at 604-824-5506 or Val Strijack at 604-856-5863.


Abbotsford’s Juvenile Diabetes Family Network hosts a coffee

meeting on Friday, Jan.21 at 7 p.m. at the Home Society offices, 31581 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. Info: Heather at 604-852-6770 or Tara at 604- 604-855-9174. 



Fraser Valley Japanese Language school and Abbotsford Shotokan Karate Dojo host a Japanese New Year celebration on Friday, Jan. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Bakerview Centre of Learning, 32622 Marshall Rd. The public is welcome to attend.


Stories, songs and a puppet show with a tropical twist come to Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon. Info: 604-826-6610.


Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) on Saturday, Jan. 22 to watch anime/manga (Japanese-style) cartoons and eat Japanese snacks from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Info: 604-826-6610.


A women’s self-protection course takes place Saturday, Jan. 22 at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd., from 1 to 5 p.m. Instructor is Harry Sidhu, who has studied karate and other martial arts for more than 35 years. He is teaming up with SFU professor of criminology Dave Hunt to cover the mentality and psychology of self-defence. The cost is $50. For more details or to register: (program number 144643) or call 604-853-4221.


Families are invited to Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Saturday, Jan. 22 to view the latest additions to the children’s French collection anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Info: 604-859-7814.


The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, Jan. 24 at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. Speaker is Brenda Wertman of Service Canada. Info: 604-859-4492.


The Alzheimer Early Memory Loss Support group, for people living with a diagnosis, meets Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Abbotsford. For location and other details, call 604-859-3889 (the resource centre for Abbotsford-Mission and leave a message.


BRIDGES, a self-help recovery program for people struggling with mental-health difficulties, begins Thursday, Feb. 3 at 12:30 p.m. and runs for 10 weeks at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office, 2615 A Montrose Ave. Registration: Velma, 604-859-0105.



Abbotsford Community Services is looking for volunteers who are willing to help facilitate English conversation classes for newcomers. Those interested are asked to contact Andrea at 604-217-3055 or email

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