SLICE OF LIFE: March 13 to 20

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

BENEFIT CONCERT

A concert to benefit Bakerview Music Academy takes place Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Bakerview Church, 2285 Clearbrook Rd. Perfomers are piano duo Mel Bowker and Johannes Weber with special guests academy teachers percussionist Jillana Rathjen and baritone Alex McCune. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. They are available at King’s Music or at the church office.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Gallery 7 Theatre presents its production of Fiddler on the Roof on March 13 and 14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. with discount matinees at 2 p.m. on March 14 and 21. The show is presented at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets are available online at gallery7theatre, in person at House of James or by phone at 604-852-3701.

PROHIBITION IN B.C.

“The Prohibition in B.C.: Battle of the Wets and Drys” is the topic of a program on Saturday, March 14 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at  Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way).  Alcohol was prohibited in B.C. from 1917-1921.  Join historian John Mitchell for an entertaining look at this chapter in the province’s history. Info: 604-859-7814

SPIRIT ABREAST

The Spirit Abreast dragonboat team, which includes members from Abbotsford, hosts a meet and greet on Monday, March 16 at Decades Coffee Club, 45846 Wellington Ave. in Chilliwack, starting at 7 p.m.  The group is seeking paddlers and volunteers for the 2015 season. Info: spiritabreast.org

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, March 17 is “Walking with Cancer.”  The class on Thursday, March 19 is “Building Sustainability into a Developing India.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

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.

MAGICIAN AT LIBRARY

Magician Matthew Johnson visits Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Tuesday, March 17 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. His show combines magic,  juggling, comedy and music. Info: 604-859-7814

CONNECT NOW

The Connect Now business group hosts its Inspired Influencers speaker series on Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Red  21 Restaurant in Chances Playtime gaming centre, 30835 Peardonville Rd. Info: connectnowbusinessnetwork.com

WOMEN ON THE MOVE

Women on the Move holsts a free workshop on Thursday, March 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for women interested in the basics of buying real estate. The session takes place at Sutton West Coast Realty in Abbotsford, 33324 South Fraser Way. Register by calling Carolyn at 778-878-4687 or Sonia at 778-808-8049.

CANCER SUPPORT

The Women with Cancer Support Group meets Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Come for a friendly, relaxed evening where you will find compassion and understanding. Info: Edith at 604-289-0630

GENEALOGY SOCIETY

The Abbotsford Genealogy Society holds its monthly meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 in studio 2 at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way. The session looks at how to safely clean and accurately photograph gravestones, including tools that make the task easier when you are near home or travelling far away. Cost is $2 for non-members. Info: 604-852-6526

EX-BRITS GET TOGETHER

The Ex-Brits Club meets three times a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Abbotsford Legion, the third Wednesday at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-854-0166

BLIND GROUP

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: 604-626-0643

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

BINGO AT LEGION

Bingo is held every Sunday as 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

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

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.

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

READING BUDDIES

Volunteers are needed for the Reading Buddy program at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and Abbbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.). The program pairs high school students and/or adults with children in Grades 2 to 4 who need extra help with their reading skills. The volunteers spend one hour a week with their buddy, reading books and doing literacy-based activities. An orientation session is provided to all volunteers. Application forms are available at both libraries.

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.