SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 27 to Dec. 4

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

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

A Ten Thousand Villages “Home for the Holidays” sale takes place Friday, Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the MCC Centre, 33933 Gladys Ave. Live entertainment will be on hand. Info: tenthousandvillages.ca

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Gateway Community Church (2884 Gladys Ave.) holds an arts and crafts show on Friday, Nov. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features more than 35 vendors, doors prizes, live music and more.

ADVENT PROGRAM

The German sing-along holds a special Advent and Christmas program on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Refreshments to follow. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822

SPIRITUAL PATH

The Spiritual Path to Awakening holds a session called “Why is There Suffering in the World?” on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way. Info: path.awakening@gmail.com, abbyspa.com or 604-853-2591

CRAFT FAIR

Cornerstone Christian School (3970 Gladwin Rd.) holds its third annual Fall/Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 60 crafters will be on hand. Admission is by donation.

NOVEMBERFEST

Bradner Novemberfest takes place Saturday, Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd. The event includes a Bavarian-style dinner, contests, prizes, a late-night snack and dancing to the band s-Bahn. Tickets are $30, available at Wilway Lumber and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

ARTISAN MARKET

The Parents’ Advisory Council at Prince Charles elementary (35410 McKee Rd.). hosts The Royal Artisan Market on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many local vendors will be on hand. Cost is $2 per family.

CHRISTMAS FAIR

St. Matthews Church (2087 McMillan Rd.) holds a Christmas fair, bake sale, craft sale and artisan booths on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Lunch is available for $5.

SIDE BY SIDE

The Side by Side Caregiver and Family Support Group meets Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Mt. Lehman United Church, 6256 Mt. Lehman Rd. The guest speaker will be from the Abbotsford Hospice Society to talk about grief and the holidays. A suggested donation of $10 is requested. A light lunch is served at noon.

DOWNTOWN LIGHTING

The annual Downtown Abbotsford Christmas tree lighting takes place Sunday, Nov. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the corner of West Railway and Essendene Avenue. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at about 2 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate and cookies, crafts and entertainment on the Aldergrove Credit Union community stage. Info: downtownabbotsford.com

STEM CELL SESSION

A session takes place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Abbotsford for those ages 17 to 35 who are interested in donating their stem cells to patients in need. The session, open to the whole community, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Khalsa Diwan Society, 33094 South Fraser Way. At the event, people can get information and/or provide a DNA sample that can be put into a database to see if they are a match for someone who needs a transplant of healthy stem cells. Info: Jag at 778-552-7086 or blood.ca

BERNIE AND RED

Married entertainers Bernie and Red perform a special benefit concert for the Royal Canadian Legion on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are $10 and are available from the legion at 2513 West Railway St. between noon and 6 p.m. daily. Info: 604-853-1711

BAKE SALE AND LUNCH

Abbotsford Community Services’ (ACS) Lunch with a Bunch program holds its annual Christmas bake sale and lunch on Monday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at ACS, 2420 Montrose Ave. The event includes baked goods, crafts, a silent auction, a cake walk and more.

DIABETES GROUP

The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association holds its annual Christmas luncheon and silent auction on Monday, Nov. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. at Ricky’s restaurant at 32080 Marshall Rd. Cost is $17.50. Info: 604-859-9621

HARD OF HEARING

The Abbotsford branch of CHHA (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association) meets Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd. at 3 p.m. Info: Jerry at 604-864-2916

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, Dec. 1 is “Giving Your Past a Future.” The topic on Thursday, Dec. 3 is “Haida Gwaii: Mists and Mystery on the Edge.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

GRATUITIES DONATED

Boston Pizza at 2060 Sumas Way holds its annual Gratuity Donation Evening on Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. Staff will donate their gratuities from that evening toward food and presents for a family they are sponsoring for Christmas.

BLANKET TIME

Blankets for the Fraser Valley meets Thursday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Abbotsford Co-Op Hall, 32855 Marshall Rd. All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713

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

TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. For information about evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

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