SLICE OF LIFE: July 15 to 21

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

PRIDE FESTIVAL

The Fraser Valley Pride Festival takes place Saturday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Rd. The event features entertainment, vendors, community booths, food and more. A Pride Walk leaves the park at noon. A drag show, dinner and dance follow at Abbotsford Banquet Centre (33738 Laurel St.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at info.fvpride@gmail.com. Info: fraseryouth.com

OUTDOOR STORYTIME

An outdoor pyjama storytime takes place Tuesday, July 19 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Kids are invited to wear their pj’s and bring their favourite stuffed animal. The event will move indoors if it rains. Info: 604-859-7814

PHOTO SHOOT

Habitat Systems, suppliers of the playground at Highstreet in Abbotsford, is conducting a photo shoot on Friday, July 22 at 9 a.m. They are looking for children ages two to 12 to be part of it. The shoot takes one hour and parents are asked to stay for the duration. For more information or to RSVP, email info@habitat-systems.com.

BUTTERFLY RELEASE

The Abbotsford Hospice Society hosts a Memorial Butterfly Release on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tanglebank Gardens and Bistro, 29985 Downes Rd. The cost is $20 for each butterfly or $50 for three. Reserve online at abbotsfordhospice.org

Dances cancelled

The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) will not hold its Friday night dances in July and August. The next dance takes place Sept. 9 with the band Inner Mild. Dances will run every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m .at the ASAA hall at 33889 Essendene Ave.

CLAYBURN MUSEUM

Clayburn Museum (4315 Wright St.) is open every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. through June, July and August. Info: Helene at 604-854-3960

NAR-ANON  GROUP

Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.

MOOD DISORDERS

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, manic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404

ALATEEN SESSIONS

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

SEXAHOLICS MEET

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. For information about evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

CARPET BOWLING

Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532.

COFFEE CLUB

The “Keep in Touch with the Dutch” social coffee club meets on the second Tuesday of each month between 10 a.m. and noon at House of James at 2743 Emerson St. Call Corina at 604-870-1087 for more info.