SLICE OF LIFE: March 27 to April 4

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


The Creative Stitching and Crafting Alive Show comes to Tradex in Abbotsford on March 27 and 28. The show highlights sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, needlework, fibre arts and paper crafting with hands-on classes, educational seminars and free stage shows. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Info:


Clothes2U returns to Abbotsford on Saturday, March 28 at Abbotsford Baptist Church, 33651 Busby Rd. The event runs from 10 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. and provides free clothes, toys, linens, books, diapers, and personal and household items to those in need. Info: or 604-857-4617


A German sing-along takes place on Saturday,  March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall).  Refreshments to follow, and everyone is welcome. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822


Elvis impersonator Eli Williams and his band The Memphis Sound present “68 the Show: A Complete Recreation of Elvis’ Comeback” on Saturday, March 28 in Abbotsford. The show starts at 7 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way, and is based on Elvis’  1968 Comeback Special that aired on TV and is widely credited with revitalizing his career. Tickets for the show are $25 general and $40 VIP (plus service fees). Info:


Greta’s Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, March 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Rancho, 35110 DeLair Rd. The event raises funds for five-year-old Greta Loewen, who is battling a rare form of bone cancer, and her family. The fair features more than 50 local artisans, door prizes, gift basket raffles, a concession stand, chocolate for the kids, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Admission is a $5 minimum donation. Kids are free. The craft fair is hosted by the Baby and Tot Show.


A program about honey takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Saturday, March 28 from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn about beekeeping, the properties and health benefits of honey products, and  more with Judy and Mike Campbell of Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery. Info: 604-859-7814


Sunday Family Arts takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) on the following Sundays: March 29, April 12 and 26, and May 10 and 24.  The free craft sessions are open to the whole family. Registration is required by calling 604-864-8087 (ext. 10).


Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. The sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, March 31 is “RV’ing Through Oregon and the Rockies.”  The topic on Thursday, April 2 is “Making Health Care Decisions Fit for You.” Cost for each class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Fraser Valley  chapter of the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada meets Tuesday, March 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kariton Art Gallery, 2387 Ware St. The topic for the meeting is “Networking Tips that Work.” RSVP is required to, with “PWAC” in the subject line.


The TAG (Teen Advisory Group) meets Wednesday, April 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). TAG members organize library programs for teens, volunteer as reading buddies and help at other events. Meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month. Info: 604-859-7814


Straiton Community Club hosts an Easter egg hunt and other activities on Saturday, April 4 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Straiton Community Hall, 4698 Sumas Mtn. Rd. Kids hunt for plastic eggs, which they trade in for a chocolate bunny, candy and a novelty prize. The hunt begins at 11:30 a.m. The Optimist Club will be there with free hot chocolate and cookies. There will also be free temporary tattoos and a candy guess with a prize. Tickets are $5 can be purchased in advance at Clayburn Village Store. Info: