SLICE OF LIFE: March 1-5

See what's happening in the communities of Abbotsford and Mission.


The Abbotsford Grand Squares host their annual Heart and Stroke Fund Dance on Sunday, March 4 at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Doors open at 1 p.m., and dancing runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The event also includes food, a bake sale, a silent auction, door prizes and 50/50 draws. Cost is $5 per person. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon.


The Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) holds dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the ASA hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for March are: Good Vibrations (March 2), Midnight Eagles (March 9), Johnny Hsu (March 16), Sweetwater (March 23) and Gracie and The Guys (March 30). Info: or Jodie at 604-850-2465


The  ladies auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion in Abbotsford holds a fish and chips night on Friday, March 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. with Music by Syd. The legion is located at 2513 West Railway St.


Stuart Murray, author of “The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith,” will speak at a public lecture on Friday, March 2 at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd., starting at 7 p.m. The lecture will be followed by responses from Dr. Brian Cooper, assistant professor and associate dean at Trinity Western University, and Gareth Brandt, faculty member at Columbia Bible College.  Admission is free, and pre-registration is requested by emailing Ed Janzen at or calling 604-852-0095.


The First Abbotsford Scouts hold a bottle drive on Saturday,  March 3. Uniformed scouts will go door to door collecting bottles and cans. To arrange pickup of large donations, call 604-309-4850.


Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) holds a session on computer basics this Saturday, March 3 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. Learn mouse and keyboard basics for the extreme beginner. Info: 604-826-6610


The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, March 5 at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.) at 2 p.m. The speaker will be businessman Gary Schroeder, who discusses practical tips on completing income tax forms. Info:  Gary at 604-308-8691 or Betty at 604-853-0382


The Abbotsford chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, March 6 at Central Heights Church (1661 McCallum Rd.), starting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting includes a PowerPoint presentation called “The Miracle of Insulin.” Info: Dianna  at 604-852-9116


“Understanding Stroke,” a workshop for family and friends, takes place Tuesday, March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Regional Hospital (conference rooms A and B in Fraser 1). The session covers how the brain is affected by a stroke and how recovery happens. Fraser Health staff will be available to answer questions. Register by calling 604-851-4700 (ext. 648454).


Strengthening Families Together, a free 10-week course for family members who have a loved one with a mental illness, begins Thursday, March 1 at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office at 2615 A Montrose Ave. Register at   1-877-717-5518.