SLICE OF LIFE: June 27 to July 5

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

ARTS FAIR IN PARK

The Meet Abbotsford Arts Fair takes place Saturday, June 27 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at Mill Lake Park in front of the Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware St. Pick up a free bag of popcorn and stroll through the fair to meet local arts groups that are part of the Abbotsford Arts Council. Prize draws and other activities are also included. Info: 604-852-9358 or abbotsfordartscouncil.com

HUMANE SOCIETY

The Fraser Valley Humane Society hosts an open house and barbecue on Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 33103 North Railway Ave. in Mission. Info: 604-820-2977

YOUTH DAY AT GUN CLUB

Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club (35655 Harris Rd.) holds a Youth Day on Sunday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event introduces youth 18 years and younger to archery, fishing and the responsible use of recreational firearms in a safe environment. A free lunch is provided for participating kids, who must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 604-826-0552 or ridgedale.net

SKILLS CONNECT

The Skills Connect Program for immigrants holds an information session every  Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

CANADA DAY

Canada Day festivities in Abbotsford on Wednesday, July 1 include the annual parade along Mt. Lehman Road at 9:30 a.m. and the bigger city parade on South Fraser Way at 11 a.m.  A family festival takes place from 1 to 10 p.m. at Rotary Stadium and Exhibition Park, with entertainment and activities all day, culminating in a fireworks display at 10 p.m.

BERRYBEAT FESTIVAL

The 34th annual Berrybeat Festival takes place Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5 in Historic Old Downtown Abbotsford in the area of Montrose and Essendene roads. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Music, entertainment, food and artisans are among the features. Info: 604-850-6547 or downtownabbotsford.com

SUMMER YOUTH ZONE

The Abbotsford Youth Commission presents Summer Youth Zone every Monday to Friday until Sept. 4. The free drop-in sessions take place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The site includes video games, sports, crafts, games and other activities. Info: abbyyouth.com or 604-854-8785

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

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. For information about chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535.

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