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


St. Matthew Anglican Church (2010 Guilford Dr.) hosts a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 5. The public is invited to bring by their pets for a blessing, which takes place at 2 p.m. as part of St. Francis of Assisi Day.


The Sumas First Nation Band and Whatcom Veterinary Hospital are partnering to ensure all dogs on reserve land are protected from the deadly canine virus parovirus enteritis. Vaccinations will be given on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the new health services building, 2788 Sumas Mtn. Rd. Booster vaccines will be given on Nov. 1 at the same time and location.


The ladies auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion (2513 West Railway St.) in Abbotsford hosts a fish and chips night on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. A shuttle is available to and from the legion courtesy of MSA Ford. It can be arranged by calling 604-746-9151.


Sunday afternoon bingo returns to the Abbotsford Legion (2513 West Railway St.) on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. The event will be held every Sunday and cost is 50 cents per ticket.  All bingo players over 19 are welcome. Info: Peter at or call the branch, 604-853-1711


The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for October are: Cadence (Oct. 3), Sweetwater (Oct. 10), Grace and the Guys (Oct. 17), Good Vibrations (Oct. 24) and Johnny Hsu (Oct. 31).  Info: Frank at 820-8695 or Rinus at 826-6058


London Drugs is holding osteoporosis screening clinics on Monday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at West Oaks Mall and Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Highstreet shopping complex. There is a small fee to attend, and appointments can be booked through London Drugs.


Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its fall series at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.) from 10 a.m. to noon. Fee is $5 plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. The topic on Tuesday, Oct. 7 is “The Olden, Golden Days of Radio.” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 9 is “Deep in the Amazon Jungle.” Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 7:30  to 9 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. A presentation on glucometers will take place. Info: 604-701-7985


The Abbotsford Business and Professional Women’s Club meets Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Cascade Community Church on DeLair Road. Speaker Martha Jane Lewis discusses “Recognizing Elder Abuse.” Cost is $18 for members and $25 for guests. Reserve by 8 am. on Oct. 6 at


The Fraser Valley Business Network meets Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Paliotti’s restaurant, 33886 Essendene Ave. Reservations: 778-823-2421


The federal retirees’ association meets Thursday, Oct. 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Pentecostal Church, 3145 Gladwin Rd. Topic is estate planning. Info: 604-820-9179

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