SLICE OF LIFE: Oct. 7 to 15

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


The Abbotsford-Mission Newcomers Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Terry Fox Elementary, 3017 Babich St. This is a women’s social group that meets monthly for speakers and to organize events. This month, Maren Kroeker will talk about Cyrus Centre. Info: 604-859-4859


The Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club meets Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. Matt Foy discusses “Habitat Restoration Successes.” Info: 604-853-4283


The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford holds a “meet and greet” event on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Tanglebank Gardens Brambles Bistro, 29885 Downes Rd. Vendor tables can be reserved, and each vendor will have an opportunity for a five-minute presentation. Info and reservations:


Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts a Western Fair Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event features Time Out singing old western songs, the Fall Fair and Ann Griffiths sharing “Restoring a Legacy.” Cost is $14. Reservations: Joyce at 604-977-5093, Rose at 604-852-8240 or


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. 11 is “Known Sources of Seismic Risk in the Fraser Valley.” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 13 is “Summer Games and Heart to Heart Haiti.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


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 $8 for members and $10 for non-members. The bands for October are:  Geno Vegas (Oct. 7), Brian Zalo (Oct. 14), Inner Mild (Oct. 21) and Stillwater (Oct. 28).


The Fraser Valley Blues Society holds a Friday Night Blues jam session on Friday, Oct. 14 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 33868 Essendene Ave. There is no cover charge. Info: or 604-217-2259


The Abbotsford-Mission Alpen German Club holds its annual Oktoberfest celebration on  Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Abbey Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way. The event features a traditional German Oktoberfest meal and live German Oompapa music by the Al Pichler Band. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are requested by Oct. 12 by calling Gerda at 604-859-8057.


Crown Point Villa II (1450 McCallum Rd.) holds a Harvest Tea on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free for the bake sale and craft sale. Pumpkin or apple pie with whipped cream or ice cream and tea/coffee is $5. Gluten-free options will be available. Info: Kathy at 604-855-3803


M2W2 presents the No One Leaves Alone 50th gala celebration on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at Columbia Bible College (2940 Clearbrook Rd.) The evening features inspirational stories of what God is doing in the life of prisoners. Keynote speaker will be parliamentary secretary Laurie Throness from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Info: or


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


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.


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


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.


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