SLICE OF LIFE: May 19-24

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


The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford (32388 Veterans Way) holds a Drive One 4 UR Community event on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For every test drive of a Ford vehicle that day, The Reach will receive $20 towards its heritage exhibitions and programs. For more details or to register, call 604-864-8087 or visit


“When Life Doesn’t Go Your Way: A Message for Hope” is the focus of a women’s retreat in Abbotsford on Saturday, May 19. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Ann’s Parish, 33333 Mayfair Ave. The retreat is led by Catholic author and international speaker Katrina J. Zeno. Tickets are $25. Info: 604-852-5602 or


“Steampunk: History Imagined” celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday on Saturday, May 19 at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St., from noon to 5 p.m. Members of the Lower Mainland “steampunk” community and vendors will be on hand. Info: Christian at 604-853-0313


The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a multi-faith dinner, devotional and discussion on the topic “Equality of Men and Women.” The event takes place Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St.


Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) hosts an Enchanted Evening Story Time on Monday, May 21 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Stories, puppets and songs are presented for kids ages two to six. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 229)


The Singles Travel Club meets Monday, May 21  at 6 p.m. for dinner at the ABC Family Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. The club offers group tours for single people. RSVP to Val at 1-877-523-7823 (local 304). Info:


The Abbotsford Genealogy Society meets Tuesday, May 22 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way).  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Speaker Chris Longley talks about wills and how to access them to find needed information. Info:


Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) hosts a story time on Tuesday, May 22 for babies up to 24 months, starting at 10:30 a.m. Info: 604-826-6610.


The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Early Memory Loss Support Group meets Tuesday, May 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Abbotsford. For more information or to pre-register, call the local resource centre at 604-859-3889 and leave a message.


The Abbotsford Garden Club hosts its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at Tanglebank Gardens, 29985 Downes Rd., starting at 6 p.m. Info: 604-864-6696 or


The New Beginnings program for young parents holds a Thank You Tea on Thursday, May 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the large white portable on the site of W. J. Mouat Secondary, 32355 Mouat Drive. Members of the Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild will donate 17 quilts.


A free family-oriented Multicultural Spring Festival takes place Thursday, May 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gladwin Language Centre, #210 – 2580 Cedar Park Place. The event includes cultural performances, games, displays and more.  Info: 604-854-8160.