Food, fashion, kitchen and housewares are among the items featured at the 400 vendor booths during the West Coast Women’s Show at Tradex. The annual event returns this weekend, and is just one of many taking place in the community over the next week. (Abbotsford News file photo)

SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 12 to 20

This is a list of some of the activites in Abbotsford over the next week


The Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) holds karaoke on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday is the meat draw from 2 to 5 p.m., with entertainment by Retrofire, and breakfast is on Sunday from 8:30 to 11:30. Wednesday is karaoke from 2 to 5 p.m., and music bingo is on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m.


The West Coast Women’s Show takes place at Tradex from Friday to Sunday, featuring more than 400 exhibitor booths, entertainment on four stages and more. Doors are open 1 to 9:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets and info:


A coffee house event takes place Friday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Calvin Church, 33911 Hazelwood Ave. An open mic runs from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m., followed by singer/songwriter Tony O’Hara from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Info:


Crown Point Villa II at 1450 McCallum Rd. holds a Harvest Tea on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free for the bake and craft sale. Pumpkin or apple pie with whipped cream or ice cream and tea/coffee is $5. There will be gluten-free and diabetic pie available. There will also be a prize draw. Everyone is welcome. Info: Barb at 604-854-8012.


A gallery opening featuring the artwork of Edith Krause takes place Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, 1818 Clearbrook Rd. Krause’s exhibition is titled Through the Flowers: Remembering Mennonite Experiences of Tribulation. Admission is free. The show runs until Nov. 9.


The Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present a Piano Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way). Featured are 17 young piano students who auditioned in the spring and were selected from throughout the Fraser Valley to play their pieces on stage while accompanied by the orchestra. As well, accomplished pianists Betty Suderman and Ewa Telega will perform the Mozart Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major. Admission is $25 general and $15 for youth. Tickets are available at King’s Music or online at


The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets Monday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Masonic Hall (corner of Gladys and Pine) for its monthly potluck dinner. This month will focus on Finland. Guests and potential new members who are of Scandinavian ancestry or have an interest in Scandinavia are welcome. Info: Len at 778-255-6782, Eigil at 604-870-8601 or


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, Oct. 16 is “Electoral Reform: Which Option is Best?” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 18 is “Social Media’s Impact on Public Opinion.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) meets Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at White Spot, 36035 North Parallel Rd. Experts from PwC, BioEnterprise, Espresso Capital and the Ministry of Agriculture will be on hand for a panel discussion on how farmers can help their agri-business grow and succeed. Cost is $35 for CAFA members and $40 for guests. Lunch is included. Info:


An Older Adults Wellness Festival takes place Thursday, Oct. 18 at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event includes several workshops aimed at older adults, as well as vednors and sponsors. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and lunched is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $5. Info: or 604-853-5532


The Mt. Lehman Garden Club meets Thursday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Lehman Community Hall, 6418 Mt. Lehman Rd. Ron Long will give a presentation on Guatemala. New members are always welcome. Info: 604-856-2851


A class called Food Skills for Families: Cooking in Canada begins Friday, Oct. 19 at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.). Classes run every Friday from 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. until Nov. 23. Register by calling Elise at 604-866-5970 or emailing


The M2/W2 Association holds its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event includes dinner, a silent auction and “stories of hope.” Cost is $35. Info: 604-859-3215 or


Fondation Lazare hosts an African dinner and dance on Saturday, Oct. 27 to support a medical clinic that had to close down in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a large rent increase, as well as the Lazare Orphanage. Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. at the Seniors’ Social Activity Centre (corner of Essendene and Cyril). Tickets are $30 and are available at A & D Music or pay online from you bank account to Fondation Lazare, Envision Financial #475293. Info: 604-859-8517

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