SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 20 to 27

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


Robert Bateman Secondary presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets are $10 at the door.


The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a Serenity Circle on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St. Everyone is welcome.


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, Jan. 24 is “Iraq Experiences.” The topic on Thursday, Jan. 26 is “Capitals, Cathedrals and Vikings.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. The evening includes a presentation on “Gentians” by Bill Bischoff. Info:


The Telecare Crisis and Caring Line begins a volunteer training session on Thursday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at New Life Christian Reformed Church, 35270 DeLair Rd. Sessions cover a variety of topics relevant to issues faced by callers to the crisis line. Training fee is $75. Info and registration: or 604-852-4058


A free information session on the Employment Mentors Program takes place Friday, Jan. 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program assists newcomers to Canada with their career path. Register with Bibi by calling 604-308-5427 or by email at


The Abby Scribblers meet on alternate Mondays at Legal Grounds Coffeehouse, 33775 Essendene Ave. The group is for those who like short stories and/or want to write their own. Those interested can call Anne Bergman at 604-853-6091 or email


Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a session one Saturday a month, 2 to 3:30 p.m., from Feb. 4 to June 17 for kids in Grades 1 to 4 who want to become a pen pal. Participants, with the help of a volunteer, write a letter each month to an anonymous buddy of a similar age, and receive one in return. At the end of June, the pen pals meet and enjoy pizza together. The program is run by the Vidya Power of Learning Foundation, whose goal is having fun and keeping alive the skill of letter writing. Pick up a registration form at Clearbrook Library. Info: 604-859-7814 or


The Community Connections program at Abbotsford Community Services invites newcomers to Canada to join Conversation Circles to practise English and make new friends. Participants must be permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The drop-in group is held Wednesdays from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Old Courthouse (2420 Montrose Ave.) and Fridays from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Info: Jen Romero at 604-217-2299 or


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


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


Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532