SLICE OF LIFE: May 23 to 29

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

KING FUN FAIR

King Traditional elementary (28776 King Rd.) hosts its annual fun fair on Saturday, May 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include games, bouncers, obstacle courses, a silent auction and a marketplace selling baked items and fresh veggies.

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

The first Community Programming Open House takes place Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Rd. Fifty organizations and groups will be on hand to showcase the programs and services they offer. Info: abbotsfordcentre.ca

FAMILY FINANCES

Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) holds a free program called Family Finances for Newcomer Mothers, starting Monday, May 25. The class is for new immigrant mothers and includes free childcare. Topics covered include budgeting, the Canadian banking system, building good credit and protecting yourself from fraud. Classes are held Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. until June 22. Info: Elise at 604-866-5970

RETIRED WORKERS

The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees meets Monday, May 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Info: 604-852-3973

TOGETHER AFTER 5

Abbotsford After 5 holds a “Purse-on-ality Auction Dinner”  on Monday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at  ABC Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. The event features a live purse auction fundraiser for Stonecroft Ministries. Attendees are asked to bring a new or gently used purse to be auctioned. Also at the dinner, Jane Welsh from Abbotsford will share how her life has been transformed by more than a fashion accessory. Cost is $18. Reservations: Pat at 604-856-7513 or email dfolson@shaw.ca

GARDEN CLUB

The Abbotsford Garden Club meets  Tuesday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford middle school (33231 Bevan Ave.). Garden designer Nancy Moore will give a presentation on “Evening Gardens.” Info: 604-826-9195 or abbotsfordgardenclub.org

HARD OF HEARING

The next meeting of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association takes place Wednesday, May 27 at 1 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St.  Everyone welcome. Info: Jerry at 604-864-2916

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

BOARD GAME NIGHT

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a board games night every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Drop in and enjoy board games with friends or on your own. Info: 604-859-7814

KEPT IN STITCHES

The Kept in Stitches group meets every Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.). Enjoy stitching and chatting with fellow crafty ladies. Info: 604-853-1753

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

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

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

EX-BRITS CLUB

The Ex-Brits Club meets twice a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-853-5584

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

FOR SEXAHOLICS

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.

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

SING-ALONG TIME

Visitors are welcome to join in or listen while the A-Tones hold sing-alongs every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St.  Lyrics are provided, and instruments are invited. The sing-along/jam sessions include pop songs from the past, gospel, folk, blues, country, standards, old-timers and requests.  Info: Ed at 604-853-8624 or songbag@bigstring.com

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.

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.