SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 5-11

See what's happening in the communities of Abbotsford and Mission.

FRIDAY DANCES

Dances take place every Friday at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) hall (33889 Essendene Ave.) from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for ASA members and $7 for non-members. The bands for this month are: Good Vibrations (Oct. 5), Johnny Hsu (Oct. 12), Sweetwater (Oct. 19) and Shirley Rodgers (Oct. 26).

FISH AND CHIPS

The ladies auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion branch (2513 West Railway) in Abbotsford holds a fish and chips night on Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.

TELECARE FUNDRAISER

Living Hope Christian Reformed Church (34631 Old Clayburn Rd.) holds a Heart and Home fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in support of the Telecare Crisis and Caring Line.  Packaged soups, baking, and gift baskets will be sold.

CLAYBURN MUSEUM

Clayburn Village Museum (4315 Wright St.) is open to the public for the last time this year on Saturday, Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. Info:  Helene Sundberg at 604-854-3960

COMPUTER CLASSES

Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) holds registration on Monday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to noon for its next set of computer classes at the ASA drop-in centre (2631 Cyril St.). Classes begin Oct. 9 and run every Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks. Beginners meet at 9 a.m., and intermediates at 11. Cost is $60.

LEARNING PLUS

The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds two classes next week as part of its fall series. “Restorative Justice:  Why Give People a Chance to Make Things Right?” is on Tuesday, Oct. 9. “What a Chord!”  is on Thursday, Oct. 11. Both sessions start at 10 a.m. at Abbotsford Rec Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $5. Info: 604-302-1685 or learningplus.ca

PiCTURE BOOK CLUB

MSA Centennial Library (33660 South Fraser Way) invites kids ages five to eight to the Picture Book Club on three Tuesdays – Oct. 9, 16 and 23 – from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Listen to stories from the library’s collection. Crafts add to the fun. Info: 604-853-1753

BUSINESS WOMEN

Jennifer Walter, wife and business partner of The Heat hockey team president Ryan Walter, is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Abbotsford Business and Professional Women on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 5 at bpwabbotsford@gmail.com

NATURE CLUB

Naturalists Al and Jude Grass offer a look at common birds of  the central Fraser Valley during the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club’s meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave.  Info: 604-854-3203

CONNECTIONS

Abbotsford Women’s Connection holds a  Fall Fair Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Rd.) at 9:30 a.m. Jeannie Bargen discusses  “The Joys and Jolts of Genuine Friendship”. Reservations: Joyce 604-744-5159 or abbyconnectreserva-tions@gmail.com

BUILDING BRIDGES

BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals through Education and Support), a free 10-week course for people recovering from mental illness, begins Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office, #18 33655 Essendene Ave. Topics include mental illness, treatment and self-help skills for recovery. For more information or to sign up, call 604-859-0105 (Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or email bcssdirect@live.com.

FAMILY STORY TIME

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds a family story time on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Drop in for rhymes, stories and songs for children of all ages. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 229)

READING BUDDIES

Volunteers are needed to be “reading buddies” at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The program pairs adult volunteers and high school students with children in Grades 1 to 4 who need extra help with their reading skills.  The volunteers spend an hour a week practising reading and playing literacy-based games with their little buddies. Students earn volunteer hours towards graduation requirements. An orientation session is provided to all volunteers before being assigned a little reading buddy. Application forms are available at the children’s desk in the library.

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