SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 12 to 19

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


The Kiwanis Family Fun Day and Showcase of Talent takes place Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mill Lake Park (Bevan Avenue entrance). The free event includes food, books, entertainment, games, bicycle safety for kids at 11:30 a.m., a dog show at 1 p.m., and musical talent from noon to 2:30 p.m.


The SPCA holds its annual Paws for the Cause Walk on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Mill Lake Park. Registration is at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The event includes entertainment, activities and a barbecue. Register at


The Fraser Valley Poets Society celebrates National Literacy Month with its first event of the new season on Monday, Sept. 14. The open mic poetry evening runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Info: Alvin Ens at 604-859-5171 or


The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Sept. 14 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Info: Carolyn at 604-853-3772 or Gary at 604-308-8691


The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets for its monthly potluck dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St. The evening has a Swedish theme. Guests and potential new members who are of Scandinavian ancestry or have an interest in Scandinavia are welcome. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601, or email


A free four-week anger awareness program for dads begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the New Beginnings portable at Mouat Secondary. The program runs every Tuesday and helps dads learn about how to deal with anger in ways that are more positive for their relationships. Info: 778-808-3254 or


The Valley Women’s Network meets Tuesday, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd. Cost is $22 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are requested by emailing


The Connect Now business network holds the next session in its Inspired Influencers series on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Red 21 Restaurant in Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd. Info: 778-823-2421 or


CHHA (Canadian Hard of Hearing Association) Abbotsford meets Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd., to adopt the bylaws and constitution of the branch. Everyone is welcome. Info: Jerry at 604-864-2916,  or


Abbotsford Learning Plus holds an open house and registration on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. Info: 778-808-7377 or


The Women with Cancer Support Group meets Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Join the group on the second floor for a friendly, relaxed evening where you will find understanding and compassion. Info: Edith at 604-289-0630.


The Abbotsford Genealogical Society holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Studio 2 at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way. Presenter Diane Rogers will highlight how to organize documentation and will discuss analysis, proof and citations. Info:


The annual MCC Festival for World Relief runs Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19 at Tradex. Doors are open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event includes auctions, entertainment, a children’s area, food and more. The event raises funds for relief, development and peace work around the world. Info:


The 30th annual Mt. Lehman Fall Fair runs Saturday, Sept. 19 at Mt. Lehman elementary and the community hall at Mt. Lehman and Taylor roads. The event starts with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by activities throughout the day. These include a pet parade, entertainment, small amusement rides, silent and live auctions, a craft fair and more. Admission is free. Info:


The Fraser Valley Rock and Gem Club holds its annual show on Sept. 19 and 20 at the Old Age Pensioners Hall (3014 273 St. in Aldergrove). Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The event includes vendors, gemstones, minerals, jewelry, supplies, demos, a silent auction, a lunch counter and more. Admission is by donation.


A “Needy Pet Fund” pub night takes place Saturday, Sept. 19 from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. to raise money for pets in critical distress. The location is Phoenix Lounge, 33780 King Rd. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Clayburn Pet Hospital. Info:


The Achalasia Walk to Raise Awareness will be held Saturday, Sept. 19 at Fishtrap Creek Park (31410 to 31480 Maclure Rd.), starting at 10 a.m. Achalasia is a rare, incurable and progressive esophageal motility disease with only palliative treatment. Info:


The Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries request donations of gently used puzzles (in good condition with all pieces) to sell at their November book sale fundraiser to benefit the local libraries. Puzzles can be dropped off until Nov. 6 at Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 1232)


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


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

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