SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 22 to 29

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


A Family Literacy Day celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. The event includes entertainment, refreshments, information from community partners, and  a performance by magician the Great Gordini at 11:15 a.m. Musician Tony Prophet performs at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) at 1 p.m. Info: 604-859-7814 or


The Fraser Valley Machine Embroidery Club meets in Abbotsford on Saturday, Jan. 23. The club is for all makes of embroidery machines and levels of experience. For more information, contact Gina at 604-852-2388 or


Hominum Fraser Valley meets Monday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.


The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, Jan. 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30850 Peardonville Rd. Brenda from Citizens’ Services Canada speaks about pension and supplement income. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515


The Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Reach, 32388 Veterans Way. (Enter through the south doors.) Debbie Ego of Five Maples Nursery will give a presentation on “Attracting Birds and Wildlife to Your Garden in Winter.”


A Syrian Refugee Resettlement Forum is held Tuesday, Jan. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Get the latest update on Syrian refugee arrival and settlement plans, and take part in the discussion. Everyone is welcome. Info: 604-859-7681 (ext. 270) or


Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Jan. 26 is “Travel Stories of Texas and Savannah,” a culinary tour with Chef Dez. The topic on Thursday, Jan. 28 is “Our Wilderness: Captivating Beauty and Challenges” with Ewan Mackenzie. Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society meets Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at W. J. Mouat secondary, 32355 Mouat Drive, in room 307. Laurie Thomasson leads a demo on “stylized painting on black canvas with gradation.” The drop-in fee for non-members is $7. For more information or to reserve a spot for the demo, call Carol Portree at 604-850-9694. Info:


A comedy night takes place Saturday, Jan. 30 at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd. The evening features a buffet dinner and an evening of comedy with four professional comedians. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at Wilway Lumber. Info: 604-857-5760 or


The Skills Connect Program for immigrants holds an information session every  Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program helps participants with finding work in their field of expertise,  job-search techniques, courses and more. To register for the free info session, call Jessie at 604-866-0257.


The Pacific Agriculture Show is held at Tradex from Thursday, Jan. 28 to Saturday, Jan. 30.  The event features more than 250 dealers and manufacturers. Doors are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Info: