SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 19 to 25

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

MT. LEHMAN FAIR

The Mt. Lehman Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 19 at Mt. Lehman school and community hall (corner of Mt. Lehman and Taylor roads). The day begins with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. and includes a pet parade at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies at 10:30, on-stage entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a family social from 6 to 8 p.m. Also included are fair games, a silent auction, pony rides, crafters, concessions and more.

GEM OF A SHOW

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.

NEEDY PET FUND

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: clayburnpet.ca

CHURCH BARBECUE

Peace Lutheran Church (2019 Ware St.) hosts a free neighbourhood barbecue on Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. The event includes foods, kids’ activities and music. Everyone is welcome.

TERRY FOX RUN

The Abbotsford Terry Fox Run takes place Sunday, Sept. 20 at Tradex, 1190 Cornell St., by the Abbotsford Airport. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the run starts at 9:45 a.m. Info: terryfox.org

FIRST AID CLASS

Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) offers a first aid class for newcomers to Canada on Sept. 21, 25 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ACS, 2420 Montrose Ave. No written test is required. For more information or to register, call Elise at 604-866-5970 or email elise.marier@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com

SQUARE DANCING

It’s the last chance to join the fall session of the 10-week West Coast Square Dance Program. Sessions are Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. The first three sessions are free. Info: David at 604-864-7435

GARDEN CLUB

The Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford middle school, 33231 Bevan Ave. Presenter Laurelle Oldford-Down discusses “Winter Colour.” Newcomers are welcome. Info: Pamela Ovington at 604-615-6472

LINE DANCE CLASSES

Loretta’s Line Dance classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Trinity Memorial United Church (33737 George Ferguson Way) in Abbotsford. Classes are every Wednesday and Friday mornings. To register or for more details, call Loretta Riggins at 604-859-4048.

LEARNING PLUS

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, Sept. 22 is “What You Need to Hear.” The topic on Thursday, Sept. 24 is “The Conception and Misconceptions of a Continent.” Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

WATERMEDIA DEMO

The Fraser Valley Watermedia Society meets Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at W. J. Mouat Secondary (room 307). The evening features local artist Cheryl Shaw facilitating a demo on an image transfer technique using acrylic media. The drop-in fee for non-members is $5. Reserve a spot by calling Carol Portree at 604-850-9694.

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

NAR-ANON GROUP

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.

FOR SEXAHOLICS

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 info and location, email abbotsfordsa1@gmail.com. See also www.sa.org.