SLICE OF LIFE: June 20 to 26

This is a list of just some of the activities taking place in Abbotsford over the next week

DOWN SYNDROME WALK

The ninth annual Walk for Down Syndrome Awareness is held Saturday, June 20 at Mill Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event promotes awareness for, and inclusion of, people with Down syndrome and raises money to support families in the Fraser Valley. Info: fvdss.org

CLAYBURN MUSEUM

Clayburn Village Museum (4315 Wright St.) is open every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. during June, July and August. Learn about B.C.’s first company town and heritage village. Info: Helene at 604-854-3960

STRAWBERRY TEA

Crown Point II  (1450 McCallum Rd.) hosts its annual Strawberry Tea on Saturday, June 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event includes cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, as well as white elephant tables, baked goods, a jewelry table, and door prizes. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

FAMILY FISHING DAY

Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (34345 Vye Rd.) hosts a Family Fishing Day on Saturday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a youth fishing derby, a live fish release at 12:50 p.m., arts and crafts, a learn-to-fish session for beginners, and more. A fishing licence is not required for this event, and gear is provided free of charge. To register for the derby, call 604-504-4716.

CELEBRATING DADS

The annual Celebrating Dads event takes place rain or shine on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 21) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mill Lake Park. The free event includes crafts, a bouncy castle, face painting, gold-panning, a child development fair and more.  Food is available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club. Info: 604-853-2221, 778-880-8513 or abbydads.ca

SWING DANCES

Suburban Swing hosts swing dances every Sunday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association’s centre at 33889 Essendene Ave. Drop-in lessons run from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $8 for students, and free for seniors and kids under 13. Info: suburbanswing.com or 604-615-9669

PINTS AND POLITICS

“Pints and Politics” takes place Monday, June 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Phoenix Lounge, 33780 King Rd. Meet up with local federal Liberals for discussion on issues of importance leading up to the fall election. Admission is free. Info: 604-870-9713.

ABORIGINAL HISTORY

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) celebrates National Aboriginal History Month on Monday, June 22 and June 29 at 6 p.m. Movies and documentaries concerning First Nations people are presented. Call the library at 604-859-7814 to find out what movies are being shown.

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

The Abbotsford Restorative Justice and Advocacy Association holds its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 at the school board office, 2790 Tims St. This year’s AGM will include hearing the impactful experiences of people who have gone through a restorative justice process, as well as the presentation of recognition awards to police officers, educators, volunteers and community champions who model restorative justice principles in the service of justice and peace. Info: arjaa.org

HEALTHY AGING

Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging holds its annual general meeting on Thursday, June 24 at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.), starting at 4 p.m. Info: 604-853-1733

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26. 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.

CONCERT ASSISTANTS

Volunteer assistants are needed for the Envision Financial Concert in the Park Series. The Abbotsford Arts Council requires two or three assistants per concert to set up and take down tents, as well as keep an estimated count of audience members and hand out/collect comment cards. Volunteers are needed on Saturdays from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Kariton Gallery Stage in Mill Lake Park. Info:  abbotsfordartscouncil.com or 604-852-9358

CONTRACT BRIDGE

Friendship House Society holds contract bridge for those 55 years and older four times a week at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $2. Sessions are Tuesdays at 6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 12:45 p.m. Info: Myrtle at 604-626-4746

EX-BRITS MEET

The Ex-Brits Club meets twice a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-853-5584

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