SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 23-30

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


The Abbotsford-Mission Alpen Club presents its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Abbotsford Arts Addition with live music by the Al Pichler Band. Doors open at 5  p.m. Traditional food will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for guests and are available at 604-859-8057 (Gerda).


The M2/W2 organization hosts a fundraising dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd. Tickets are $25 and are available at or by calling 604-859-3215.


The Abbotsford Lions Club hosts a charity poker tournament on Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Ag-Rec Building, 32470 Haida Drive, starting at 6 p.m. Net proceeds go to people with disabilities in the Abbotsford area. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved at or by calling 604-308-6037. Info:


Abbotsford Garden Club holds its annual general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. The meeting includes a presentation on “Colour in the Shade” by Satya Brown.


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. 27 is “The Doctor is In!” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 29 is “Your Indelible, Ephemeral Online Identity.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.


The Reach Gallery Museum is in need of volunteers for four new exhibitions opening Thursday, Oct. 29. Volunteers monitor the exhibition spaces in the gallery. Weekly shifts are two to three hours long. New volunteers are provided with an orientation and are encouraged to attend scheduled artist and curatorial talks to learn first-hand about each exhibition. Those interested are asked to visit and complete the online volunteer form or stop by The Reach at 32388 Veterans Way. Info: Donna Demspey, 604-864-8087 (ext. 122).


The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0643


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


The Ex-Brits Club meets twice a month in Abbotsford. The group gets together at 11:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Jo Jo’s Fish and Chips, and the last Saturday at the ABC restaurant on Marshall Road. Info: 604-859-2060 or 604-853-5584