The West Coast Women’s Show, featuring more than 400 vendor booths, is among the activities over the next week in Abbotsford.

The West Coast Women’s Show, featuring more than 400 vendor booths, is among the activities over the next week in Abbotsford.

SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 20 to 28

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


The annual West Coast Women’s Show is held at Tradex in Abbotsford from Oct. 20 to 22, featuring more than 400 exhibitor booths with all the latest products and services for women. There will also be entertainment on four stages, including celebrity speakers, fashion shows, cooking demos, calendar firefighters and more. Tickets and info:


A steak dinner with all the trimmings takes place at the Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. Karaoke follows from 7 to 11 p.m. Info: 604-853-1711


A book sale is held at Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Books, DVDs, audio books and more will be available, including a bag of books for $5. Info: 604-853-1753


Singletree Winery (5782 Mt. Lehman Rd.) holds its first-ever Oktoberfest Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to 5:30 p.m. The event features live music, flatbread pizza available for purchase, wine, local craft beer and more. Admission is free, and the event takes place rain or shine.


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. 24 is “Driver Updates.” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 26 is “The Most Pressing Questions Facing Subatomic Physics Today.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


A free “Discover Abbotsford” bus tour for people new to Abbotsford takes place Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program is for permanent residents, naturalized citizens, refugees and temporary foreign workers. Info: 604-859-7681 (local 270)


The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society meets Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at W.J. Mouat Secondary, art room 307. The evening features a presentation on abstract paintings with local artist Carol Portree. The drop-in fee for non-members is $5. Call Carol at 604-850-9694 to reserve a spot. Info:


A social for the 1977 graduating class of Abbotsford Senior Secondary takes place Friday, Oct. 27 at the Eagles Hall (33868 Essendene Ave.) from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cash bar and snacks are available, and there is no admission fee.


A Halloween Howler dance takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 at Jubilee Community Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Live music is by the March Hare Band. Tickets are $35, and are available at Wilway Lumber (cash only) or online at Info: 604-856-4375


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, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404


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 See also


The Abbotsford Social Activity Association holds several activities each week at its hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. These include line dancing on Mondays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., seniors’ exercise classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., dances on Friday nights, afternoon card games, pool, square dancing and more. Info: or Ron at 604-309-6719


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


Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors (APSS) is a free service for individuals 50 and older in Abbotsford. Trained volunteers offer one-on-one listening and emotional support, guidance, empathy and information to in-need seniors. They also offer the “Good Morning Program,” where interested seniors are phoned to check on their well-being. The service is available weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Info: 604-850-0011


Nar-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday in Abbotsford at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3845 Gladwin Rd., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. This is a 12-step program for those who have been affected by someone else’s addiction.


S-Anon is a 12- step program of recovery for family members and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’s sexaholism/sex addiction. The group meets Wednesdays in Abbotsford at the HOME Society (31581 South Fraser Way, right-side entrance), starting at 7 p.m. Info: and


Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532


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.