SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 18-25

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

CARES FUN RUN

The Co-operators Dare to Care Fun Run takes place Saturday, Oct. 18 at Rotary Stadium, 32470 Haida Drive, starting at 9 a.m. The event raises funds for Cares Counselling and Restoration Services.  For more information or to register, visit cares.ca or call 604-853-8916. Registration can also be done at runningroom.com or 604-556-0770.

MCLEAN GANG

“The Wild McLean Gang: The Stuff of Legends” is presented Saturday, Oct. 18 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) from 2 to 3 p.m. In 1881, the three McLean brothers gained the dubious distinction of being the first set of brothers to be executed together in Canada. Go back in time with historian John Mitchell to 1800 Cariboo Country and discover more about the notorious McLean gang.  Registration is appreciated by calling 604-859-7814.

BAHA’I DINNER

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a free multi-faith dinner, devotional and discussion on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association’s drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St., starting at 6:30 p.m.  No collection is taken.

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavia Club of the Fraser Valley meets Monday, Oct. 20 at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St., for a pot-luck dinner and entertainment, starting at 6 p.m. This month’s theme is Finland. Info: Len at 604-857-2740 or Eigil at 604-870-8601 or email jensenke@shaw.ca

SELF-EMPLOYMENT TALK

“Explore Self Employment”  is the topic of a session from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Speaker business adviser Suzanne Blakley-Oaks with Community Futures helps  participants understand the ins and outs of self-employment. Register by Oct. 19 by calling the library at 604-859-7814.

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, Oct. 21 is “An Amazing World: Birds in Your Backyard.” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 23 is “Get Your Kicks on Route 66!” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

BOOK CLUB

The Abbotsford WINOS (Women in Need of Sanity) Book Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Library, 33355 Bevan Ave. The club is for socializing and discussing books with other women who love to read. Info: 604-853-1753

CARP MEETS

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) holds a social evening for members and guests on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St. Al Sabey of Kwantlen College’s “Third Age Learning” will present the topic of  “older adults still learning new tricks.” A $5 donation at the door is appreciated. Reservations: Kathy at 604-744-8470 or knana@shaw.ca

MONEY SKILLS

A free Money Skills workshop for youth ages 15 to 19 takes place Friday, Oct. 24 (a ProD day) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, 33355 Bevan Ave. Participants will learn how to manage their money, avoid spending temptations, maximize savings and build good habits. Register at vibrantabbotsford.ca (click on the “financial literacy” link).

OKTOBERFEST EVENT

The Abbotsford-Mission Alpen Club holds its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. The event features the  Al Pichler Band, sauerkraut and hot off-the-grill bratwurst at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for guests. They are available through Gerd at 604-462-0926 or Lena at 604-744-5752.

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

EX-BRITS CLUB

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.

MOOD DISORDERS

The Mood Disorders Association support group in Abbotsford meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) It is open to those who have mood disorders such as depression, manic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404

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. See also www.sa.org.

YOUTH HEALTH CENTRE

The Abbotsford Youth Health Centre offers two clinics a week – Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m. – at 1945 McCallum Rd. (behind Peoples Drug Mart). Info: ayhc.ca

SKILLS CONNECT

The Skills Connect program for new immigrants holds a free information session every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave.  The program helps participants with assistance finding work in their field of expertise, professional job-search techniques, introductions to employers and courses to improve qualifications. Register at 604-866-0257

BINGO AT LEGION

Bingo is held every Sunday as the Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) at 2 p.m. Cost is 50 cents per ticket and all players over the age of 19 are welcome. Info: Peter at columbia.49@shaw.ca or call the branch at 604-853-1711

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 chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535.