SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 14-19

Here's a list of some of the happenings in and around Abbotsford.


Fraser Valley Community Charitable Gaming Association is hosting a community gaming grant information session in Abbotsford on Saturday, Sept. 14. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd. The session is designed for groups currently receiving or wanting to apply for gaming grants. Info: or 604-309-1481


Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church (2719 Clearbrook Rd.) holds a hymn sing on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. with the Chancel Choir and the Shirika Singers from Kenya. Info. 604-850-6607 or


The Singles Travel Club meets Monday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. for dinner at the ABC Family Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd. The group offers tours for single people. RSVP by calling Val at 1-877-523-7823 (ext. 304). Info:


A session on downloading eBooks takes place at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. Fraser Valley Regional Library card holders have free access to a wealth of ebooks.  Attend the session to find out how to download them onto your computer or portable device. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 224)


Abbotsford Learning Plus offers two sessions next week in its fall series. The topic on Tuesday, Sept. 17 is “A Visit to Malawi” with Fred and Hilary Jackson. The topic on Thursday, Sept. 19 is “Myths and Realities of Family Life” with UFV instructor Elizabeth Dennis. Both classes start at 10 a.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $5 per class, plus a $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: or 778-808-7377


The Mission Sumas Abbotsford Better Breathers Club meets Thursday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Share information, education and support with others living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or asthma.


The Mount Lehman Garden Club meets Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at Mount Lehman Community Hall (6418 Mt. Lehman Rd). Speaker Margaret Nakahara will discuss drying plants from the garden and using them in the home. Info: Yvonne at 604-856-0313


The Abbotsford Genealogy Society meets Thursday, Sept. 19 at The Reach Gallery Museum, 32388 Veterans Way. Doors open at 6 p.m. Speaker Andrea Lister will discuss “How to Keep our Family History from Being a Snore.” Everyone is welcome. Info:


The Women with Cancer Support Group meets Thursday, Sept. 19 at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Rd.)  at 7 p.m. Meetings are informal and refreshments are served. Info: Edith at 604-289-0630


The United Way Fraser Valley is holding a free pancake breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. to kick off its 2013-14 fundraising campaign. It will be held on the front lawn of Abbotsford Senior Secondary, 33355 Bevan Ave. Abbotsford Community Library will be open early, and tours of Sweeney Neighbourhood Centre will be provided. The Abby Senior Drum Corp will perform.


A Homeschoolers’  Tea takes place Thursday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Refreshments will be served while staff introduce the services and resources offered to those who teach and learn at home. Info: phone 604-859-7814 (ext. 229)


Carpet bowling is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd., from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532


The CNIB is looking for volunteers to assist with the fundraising Night Steps walk at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford on Friday, Sept. 20. Volunteers (groups or individuals) are needed to help out on the day of the event in a variety of different roles, including set-up (11 a.m. start), tear-down (7 p.m. start), registration (4 p.m. start), parking control (4 p.m.), info table and more. Those interested are asked to contact, call 604-431-2121 (ext.  6032) or visit the CNIB office at 7-2630 Bourquin Crescent West.


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

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