SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 21 to 29

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

WOMEN’S SHOW

The West Coast Women’s Show runs throughout the weekend at Tradex in Abbotsford. The show features more than 400 vendor booths, celebrity speakers, fashion shows, cooking demos, nutrition experts and more. Show hours are 1 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Info and tickets: westcoastwomen.net

FREE MOVIES

Cineplex at Highstreet shopping centre on Mt. Lehman Road holds a Community Day on Saturday, Oct. 22. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with free family movies being shown all morning and regular programming returning in the afternoon. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

PHOTO ARTS SEMINAR

The Abbotsford Photo Arts Club holds its 30th annual seminar on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Michael J. Fox Theatre at 7373 MacPherson Ave. in Burnaby.  Accomplished photographers Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou present a day-long session called The Visionary Photographer. Info and registration: apac.bc.ca

TOONIE SALE

Calvin Presbyterian Church (33911 Hazelwood Ave.) holds a Toonie Sale on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items are only $2, including toys, books, housewares, jewelry, games and more.

GRIEF WORKSHOP

Eve Isaak, a chaplain, grief support worker and community hospice worker, conducts a workshop on loss and grief on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at Clearbrook MB Church, 2719 Clearbrook Rd. The workshop is free and does not require pre-registration. Isaak will also conduct a series of grief and loss workshops in January and February. Info: 604-302-3843

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. 25 is “Driver Knowledge: Team Challenge.”  The topic on Thursday, Oct. 27 is “Tanzania Tour: Serengeti to Zanzibar.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

HEP C GROUP

Positive Living Fraser Valley holds a drop-in group on Wednesday, Oct. 26 for people diagnosed with hepatitis C. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at #108A – 32883 South Fraser Way. Info: info@plfv.org or 604-854-1101

DEATH CAFE

The Death Cafe meets Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Steamers Coffee House, 1975 McCallum Rd. The objective of the group is to increase awareness of death with the view to help people make the most of their lives. This is a group-directed discussion, rather than a grief support or counselling session. Info: deathcafe.com

FALL FUN FAIR

A Fall Fun Fair takes place at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. as a fundraiser for Matthew’s House, a respite home for kids with complex care needs. The event includes pumpkin painting, carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, the Reptile Guy, and more. Info: mattshouse.ca

HAUNTED HOUSE

The grad class of Abbotsford School of the Integrated Arts holds a Horror Movie Haunted House on Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. It takes place at Mt. Lehman Community Hall (6418 Mt. Lehman Rd.). Admission is $5 and an extra $2 for re-entry, or free re-entry with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Abbotsford Food Bank. Info: mtlehmancommunityassociation.ca

MUSEUM FALL FAIR

MSA Museum Society holds a Fall Fair and Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Trethewey House,  2313 Ware St. The event includes games and crafts, with a costume contest at 3:30 p.m. Kids are invited to bring their dog dressed up to get their picture taken by donation to the SPCA. The event concludes with a parade from Trethewey House to Kariton Gallery,  where kids will receive a treat from the Abbotsford Arts Council. Info: msamuseum.ca or 604-853-0313

DINNER AND DANCE

The Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary Club holds a Halloween dinner and dance on Saturday, Oct. 29 starting at 6:15 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, 3270 Trethewey St. The evening includes a costume contest with prizes, a raffle, and live music by the Sean Michael Simpson Band. Tickets are available online at abbotsfordmatsquirotary.com

SANDPIPER SANITORIUM

A haunted house in Abbotsford will raise funds for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Sandpiper Sanitorium, located at 3037 Sandpiper Drive, runs Oct. 29 to 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a suggested amount of $2 per person or $10 per family, with all funds going to Canuck Place. The theme is Zombie Hospital.

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 evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-702-8338.

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