SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 21 to 28

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

SCHOOL MARKETPLACE

McMillan Elementary (34830 Oakhill Drive) holds a Christmas Marketplace on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Vendors, gift wrapping, raffle baskets, a bake sale and a concession will be on site.

ARTISAN EVENT

The Abbotsford Arts Council holds a Christmas Artisan Market from Nov. 21 to 23 at Highstreet shopping complex, 3122 Mt. Lehman Rd. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. Admission is by donation. Info: abbotsfordartscouncil.com

AUTO GLASS FUNDRAISER

20/20 Auto Glass in the Fraser  Valley Automall (30125 Automall Drive) will fix rock chips on Saturday, Nov. 22 for a donation to Matthew’s House, a respite centre for children with complex health-care needs. All who come and make a donation will have their rock chips repaired or have an appointment booked for a convenient time. The Abbotsford Lions Club will have hotdogs and coffee available.

NOVEMBERFEST

The third annual Novemberfest takes place at Bradner Hall (5305 Bradner Rd.) on Saturday, Nov. 22, featuring dinner, dancing with the live band S-Bahn, a late-night snack and contests. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at Wilway Lumber (28728 South Fraser Way) or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

POPLAR MARKET

Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts’ North Poplar campus holds the Poplar Market on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school (32041 Marshall Rd.). The market features vintage and vintage-inspired and handmade items. Funds from the event go to the artist in residence program and toward a lighting system for the drama program. Admission is $2. Info: poplarmarket.com

CRAFTS AND GIFTS

A Christmas Craft and Gift Market takes place Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre (36035 North Parallel Rd.). More than 50 vendors will showcase jewelry, home decor, accessories, kitchen items and more. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Info: plazacraftmarket.com

RUGBY CLUB HELPS OUT

The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club is raising funds to help underprivileged families over the holiday season. The club will hold a food drive on the next two Saturdays – Nov. 22 and 29 – from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 32479 Haida Drive. People can drop off their donations. There will be rugby games all day, and 50/50 tickets will be sold.

PRESCHOOL FAIR

Busy Bear Preschool holds a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sumas Community Hall, 2800 Sumas Mtn. Rd. Info: 604-852-4041

AFTER FIVE EVENT

Abbotsford After 5 invites women of all ages to its annual “Festive Dinner” on Monday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at ABC Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. Jan Martens shows the latest trends in Christmas decor and Rushia Klassen shares how keeping the  “Christ “ in Christmas has redecorated her life with love, sparkle and texture and redesigned her relationships. Cost: is $18. Reservations:  Pat at 604-856-7513 or email dfolson@shaw.ca

RETIRED WORKERS

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. at MSA Museum, 2313 Ware St. A guest speaker will discuss “Patient Voices” concerning the health-care system. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Nov. 25 is “The Jewish-Palestinian Dilemma.” The topic on Thursday, Nov. 27 is “Safari to Sun, Sand and Sea.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

EMPLOYMENT MENTORS

A free session on the Employment Mentors’ Program takes place Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room B102 at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program assists immigrants with gaining a professional network through mentorship experience. Info: 604-308-5427 or mcmentoring@abbotsfordcommunity-services.com

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. The next meeting is on Nov. 26. Info: 604-853-8728

MOVIE AT LIBRARY

“How To Train Your Dragon 2” will be showing on the ProD Day on Friday, Nov. 28 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) at 1:30 p.m. All ages welcome, but  younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

STORYTIME

Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds a storytime on Wednesday, Nov. 26 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The free session includes interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more. Info: 604-853-1753

HOMINUM MEETING

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Nov. 28 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.

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

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. Also see www.sa.org.

EX-BRITS

The Ex-Brits Club meets three times a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Abbotsford Legion, the third Wednesday at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-854-0166.