Slice of Life: May 24 to 31


Shaping the Journey: Living with Dementia is the title of a program starting May 27 in Abbotsford. The program, offered by the Alzheimer Society, takes place on five consecutive Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. Topics include: The Brain and Dementia, Hearing the Diagnosis, and Planning Ahead. Registration is required as soon as possible by calling Jillian Armit at 604-859-3889 or emailing The society’s website is


The Matsqui Old Age Pensioners Organization holds several programs at Matsqui Recreation Centre (3106 Clearbrook Rd.) each week. The schedule is as follows:

– Mondays  – Exerfit (9:30 a.m.), bridge and canasta (both at 1 p.m.);

– Tuesdays – carpet bowling (9 a.m.) and bingo (1 p.m.);

– Wednesdays – whist (1 p.m.);

– Thursdays – Exerfit (9: 30 a.m.) and carpet bowling (1:30 p.m.); and

– Fridays – shuffle board (9 a.m.) and cribbage (1 p.m.)

As well, a potluck lunch is held on the third Thursday of every month at noon.


The Central Abbotsford Community School Society holds a Boot Camp program, starting Wednesday, May 25 and running three times a week. The program, led by two certified instructors, combines cardio, strength training, flexibility exercises, and more. Participants meet in the parking lot of Abbotsford Middle School. Sessions are offered at either 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For cost and other details, visit or call 604-853-2221.


The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Early Memory Loss Support Group meets Tuesday, May 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Abbotsford. For more information, call Jillian at 604-859-3889 and leave a message.


A new club is in the process of forming in the Lower Fraser Valley for those interested in African violets – the new mini and semi versions developed in recent years suitable for smaller living spaces. Speakers and more information will be available later. Those interested are asked to call Shelley at 604-793-9818.


The International Knitting Club meets at Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) on Wednesday, May 18 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for knitting and conversation. Info: 604-826-6610


Godson Elementary (33130 Bevan Ave.) holds a family fun fair on Friday, May 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. to raise money for classroom learning equipment. There will be games for all ages, prizes, a concession, facepainting, a bouncy castle and various community booths.


Mission Friends of the Library holds their annual book sale on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission Library, 33247 Second Ave. A variety of materials, including adult and children’s books and magazines, will be sold.


The Fraser Valley chapter of Hominum meets Friday, May 27. The  informal discussion and support group   helps gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art-604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9860


Lee’s Fine Jewellery and Pistachio clothing store in Abbotsford are joining forces for an evening of fashion and dining on Tuesday, May 31. Sympli Divine takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Phoenix Lounge, 33780 King Rd. The evening includes a buffet dinner, door prizes, an appearance by Miss Canada Tara Teng of Langley, and a clothing and jewelry fashion show. Proceeds will be split equally between the Abbotsford Hospice Society and the Abbotsford Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. Tickets are $50 and are available at Lee’s Fine Jewellery (604-853-9192) or Pistachio (604-870-1067).


Abbotsford Community Services is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping new immigrants learn English, connect with community resources, and find Canadian friends. The time commitment is approximately one to two  hours per week. Those interested are asked to contact Andrea at 604-217-3055, or email