Slice of Life: Sept. 12-20

Community events in Abbotsford.


RCMP Insp. Janis Gray is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Business and Professional Women of Abbotsford on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Gray worked from 2004 to 2008 with the Integrated Child Exploitation Team, has been involved in hundreds of child exploitation investigations and is a subject matter expert in the field. The luncheon meeting runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. Reserve a spot by Monday, Sept. 12 by calling 604-897-1690 or emailing


The Mission Book Club meets Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) for those who love to read. Refreshments are provided.  Info: 604-826-6610.


The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Early Memory Loss Support Group meets Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Abbotsford. For more information and registration, call and leave a message at the local resource centre: 604-859-3889.


The Francophone Society of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley meets Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The location is MSA Museum at 2313 Ware St. People of all nationalities and ages are welcome. The group will discuss future projects and events planned for the community.


Avid birder Larry Cowan speaks to the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. The public is welcome to join the  meeting for an “Ecuador Birding Adventure: The Sights and Sounds of the Birds and Landscapes.” Call Herman at 604-826-6872 for more information.


“Uncooking” classes with raw chef Maureen Terrey begin Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Learn to prepare raw vegan recipes that are free of wheat, dairy and gluten. Info:, 604-854-3310 or


Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts a “Colour Me Beautiful Breakfast” on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Rd.), starting at 9:30 a.m. The event features makeovers by “Friends of Ours” hair studio and speaker Tangerine Heath discussing “The Perfect Life.” Cost is $11. Reservations: Joyce at 604-744-5159 or


The Mission Sumas Abbotsford Better Breathers Club meets Thursday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. The group is open to those living with chronic obstructive lung disease and/or asthma.


The Abbotsford Prostate Cancer Support Group meets Thursday, Sept. 15 at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Marshall Road and Ware Street), starting at 7:30 p.m. A guest speaker will be featured from the Vancouver Prostate Centre. Info: Val Strijack at 604-856-5863


Abbotsford’s Juvenile Diabetes Family Network meets Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at a new location – 32330 Slocan Place. The focus for the evening will be Back to School Issues and Tips. New families are welcome. Info: Heather at 604-852-6770 or Tara at 604-855-9174.


A free family story time takes place at Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) on Friday, Sept. 16 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Stories, songs, puppets and more are featured. Info: 604-826-6610.


A program called Cultures and Religions of the Fraser Valley runs every Tuesday for six weeks, beginning Sept. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Instructor is Harold Rosen. The faiths/cultures covered include Sto:lo, East Indian, Sikh, Mennonite and Islam. To register or for more details, visit or call 604-864-8087.