SLICE OF LIFE: May 23 to May 30


The Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary Club hosts its 20th annual Wine and Beer  Festival and Silent Auction on Saturday, May 24 at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, starting at 7 p.m. The event includes live jazz and blues music, wine and beer tasting, appetizers, a silent auction and door prizes, with proceeds going to Rotary service projects. Tickets are $30 (not available at the door) from customer service in the mall, Abbey Eye Doctors and Sumas Mountain Wines.



King Traditional Elementary (28776 King Rd.) holds a Fun Fair on Saturday, May 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be games, entertainment, food and a marketplace with fresh vegetables, hanging baskets, baked goods and books. The event also includes the Ford Drive One 4 UR School fundraiser.



The Fraser Valley branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, May 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. Guest speaker will be Dan Trayler from Homestead Nurseryland.


PROBUs meets

The PROBUS Club of Abbotsford meets May 26 at the Best Western Regency Inn and Conference Centre (32110 Marshall Rd.) This month’s speaker is George Millett. Call Bob at 604-850-3925 for information.



The Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. Pam Erickson of Erikson’s Daylily Gardens will speak about hostas. Info: 604-826-9195 or



The Fraser Valley chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada meets Tuesday, May 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Finnegan’s Pub, 33780 King Rd. Non-members and post-secondary writing students are always welcome. Info:, with PWAC in the subject line


Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. The informal group is for 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.



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



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


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.