Clothes2U returns to Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Evangelical Church (Marshall Road and Ware Street). Clothes, toys, diapers (adult/baby), linens, household and personal items will be given away free to those in need. To donate or for more information, visit clothes2U.ca.
Hominum Fraser Valley meets on Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The group 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.
CRAFT AND BAKE SALE
A Christmas craft fair and bake sale takes place Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the clubhouse of Cartier Heights (32777 Chilcotin Drive, near Downes and Gladwin).
The Upper Fraser Valley chapter of the Kidney Foundation holds a Christmas luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 2 at The Rancho, 35110 DeLair Rd. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Included are door prizes, entertainment, and a turkey dinner. Tickets are $20. Info and tickets: Lois at 604-856-8218. All are welcome.
King Road Church (32068 King Rd.) hosts its annual “Together We Sing – Advent Edition,” an evening of blended worship and Christmas music, on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Dessert will be served. Info: 604-864-0030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Pets can have their pictures taken with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at All Stars K9 Training Centre (#6 – 32929 Mission Way). A minimum donation of $5 per photo will go to benefit the cats at the Fraser Valley Humane Society. Info: 604-820-2977
SANDY HILL MARKET
Sandy Hill elementary (3836 Old Clayburn Rd.) holds its first Christmas Market on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arts, crafts and home-based businesses will be featured.
LUNCHEON FOR RETIREES
The Central Fraser Valley branch of the Federal Retirees hosts a Christmas luncheon on Monday, Dec. 3 at Cascade Community Church (35190 DeLair Rd.), starting at noon. The cost is $5 to all members. Special guest will be Mayor Bruce Banman. For tickets, call Brenda at 604-826-1697.
LEARNING PLUS CLASSES
The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds two workshops next week in its fall series of classes. Both sessions begin at 10 a.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, trainer Judith Reeves presents “Exercise for Everyday Living.” On Thursday, Dec. 6, gemologist and mineralogist Ray Hill talks about gemstones. Info: learningplus.ca or 604-302-1685
Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Members are involved with fundraising, assisting at library events, and advocating on behalf of community libraries. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 232)
BLANKETS FOR ABBOTSFORD
The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way. All are welcome to help put together knitted and crocheted blankets for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713
MSA Museum Society holds its third annual Old Fashioned Christmas Market at the Trethewey House Heritage Site (2313 Ware St.) on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Local crafters and artisans will feature everything from handmade soaps to jewelry and creative gift-wrapping solutions. Admission is free.