SLICE OF LIFE: Nov. 7 to 12

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

CYRUS CENTRE

Cyrus Centre hosts its 10th annual dessert and silent auction on Friday, Nov. 7 at South Abbotsford Church (32424 Huntingdon Rd.), starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be a special guest speaker and a musical performance by Crystal Hicks. Tickets are $15 and are available at Cyrus Centre (2616 Ware St.) or by emailing admin@cyruscentre.com

FRIDAY DANCES

The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for November are: Sweetwater (Nov. 7), Midnite Eagles (Nov. 14), Brian Nicholl (Nov. 21) and Good Vibrations (Nov. 28).  Info: Frank at 604-820-8695 or Rinus at 604-826-6058

FISH AND CHIPS

The ladies auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion in Abbotsford holds a fish and chips night on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the legion (2513 West Railway St.). A shuttle is available to and from the legion courtesy of MSA Ford and can be arranged at 604-746-9151.

LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) hosts a book sale on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, magazines, DVDs and more will be available. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 1232).

BRADNER CRAFT FAIR

Bradner Church holds a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd. More than 30 vendor tables will be on hand, and lunch will be available.

MACULAR DEGENERATION

An information session on macular degeneration takes place Sunday, Nov. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sprott Shaw College, 33655 Essendene Ave. Attendance is free but donations will be taken for Matthew’s House respite centre. Door prizes will be given away at the end of the session. RSVP at 604-504-3323 or amanda.slack@sprottshaw.com

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavia Club of the Fraser Valley hosts its monthly potluck dinner on Monday, Nov. 10 at the Masonic Hall (corner of Gladys and Pine), starting at 6 p.m. This month’s theme is Sweden. Guests are welcome. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or jensenke@shaw.ca

MS SUPPORT

The MS Self-Help Support Group meets Monday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd. Info: Betty at 604-859-2739 or info.fraservalley@mssociety.ca

MISSION WITHOUT BORDERS

Mission Without Borders Canada holds a meet-and-greet event on Monday, Nov. 10 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at House of James (2743 Emerson St.). Meet the new national director and hear about current and future plans.

QUILTERS’ GUILD

The Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild meets Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. for a workshop and at 6:20 p.m. for an informal meeting, both at Ross Road Church, 3160 Ross Rd. Info: 604-287-5008 or abbotsfordquiltersguild.org

B’AHAI CELEBRATION

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford celebrates the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the faith, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 with a celebration at the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way), starting at 7 p.m.

BUSINESS NETWORK

The Fraser Valley Business Network meets Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a networking lunch at Paliotti’s restaurant, 33886 Essendene Ave. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Info: 778-823-2421 or connectnowbusinessnetwork.com

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus presents one class next week in its fall series. The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd., on Thursday, Nov. 13. The topic is “Building Community Through Local Food.” Cost is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

RETIREES MEET

The Central Fraser Valley branch of the National Association of Federal Retirees holds its annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd. Guest speaker is Arlene Mutter from the Fraser Health Unit. Info: Gary at 604-820-9179

LITERACY MATTERS

Literacy Matters Abbotsford hosts its annual general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 3:30 p.m. at the Community Aboriginal Centre, 3277 Gladwin Rd. RSVP at literacymattersabbotsford@gmail.com.

NATURE CLUB

The Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club presents “Raptors of Canada” with John Neville at the monthly meeting of the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Neville has produced 17 regional sound guides to bird identification. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. Everyone is welcome. Info: Hank at 604-853-4283 or abbymissionnatureclub.org

WOMEN’S CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts a “Christmas Decor Breakfast” on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Shelley Patterson will show some new ways to decorate Christmas trees, and speaker Marlene Penner will share “What’s the Bottom Line.” Reservations: Joyce at 604-744-5159, Rose at 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreservations@gmail.com