SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 24-31

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

LITERACY DAY

A family Literacy Day celebration takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and the Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans’ Way). Musician Will Stroet and the Second Story Theatre improv group will be on hand, and there will be face painting, balloon sculptures, free refreshments and other activities. Info: 604-859-7814

RETIRED WORKERS

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker is Jerry Gosling, new seniors’ advocate. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

GARDEN CLUB

The Abbotsford Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. The meeting includes a photo tour of members’ gardens.

LEARNING PLUS

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. 27 is “Muslim Demographics and Trends.” The topic on Thursday, Jan. 29 is “Eliminating Crime” with MLA Darryl Plecas. Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Jan. 30 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.

LIFEWRITING SESSION

MSA Museum hosts a free information session on lifewriting on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St. Seating is limited. Register by calling 604-853-0313 or emailing info@msamuseum.ca.

SQUARE DANCING

The Abbotsford Grand Squares Modern Square Dance Club began its program on Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. The program is free to everyone for their first three sessions. The club continues every Monday night and is open to people 12 years and older. Info: David at 604-864-7435

YOGA IN THE COUNTRY

Yoga in the Country with certified instructors is held at Jubilee Community Hall (7989 Bradner Rd.) every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. All levels are welcome. The drop-in fee is $6 per session.

BINGO AT THE LEGION

Bingo is held every Sunday at the Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) at 2 p.m. Cost is 50 cents per ticket and all players over the age of 19 are welcome. Info: Peter at columbia.49@shaw.ca or call the branch at 604-853-1711

GROUP FOR THE BLIND

The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0640

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

FOR SEXAHOLICS

Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for men and women who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour.  Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m.  For information and location, email abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com. See also www.sa.org.

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. Info: Jacquie at 604-556-0535.

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