SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 20-28

Read about some of the events taking place in Abbotsford.

NIGHT STEPS

The CNIB holds its Night Steps fundraising walk in Abbotsford on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mill Lake Park. The five km walk begins at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds supports CNIB services such as learning independent travel using a white cane, empowering Canadians who are blind or partially sighted to travel with confidence.  Info and registration: cnibnightsteps.ca

BAKERVIEW YARD SALE

Bakerview Housing Co-op is holding a multi-family yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 33497 Bevan Ave. to raise funds for new co-op playground equipment and events. The event begins at 9 a.m. A kids’ fair with games, a bouncy castle and balloon animals runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; a community barbecue is at noon; and live bands perform from 2 to 4 p.m.

GLADWIN FALL FAIR

Gladwin Heights United Church (3473 Gladwin Rd.) holds its annual Fall Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes a garage sale, crafts, produce, a country kitchen and plenty to eat. Info: 604-852-3123

POKER RIDE AND WALK

Circle F Horse Rescue Society in Abbotsford holds its fourth annual poker ride and walk on Saturday, Sept. 21 at High Point Equestrian Centre, 658 200 Street in Langley. Registration is at 10 a.m., and the event begins at 11. Rental horses are available. Participants have 1.5 hours to pick up their poker hands at each of five stations. Entry fee is $25 per hand. To register or for more information, visit circlef.ca.

MHSBC BANQUET

The annual fundraising banquet for Mennonite Historical Society of BC takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd. John B. Toews will speak on “Mennonite Pacifists in Ukraine amidst Anarchy.” For ticket details, contact MHSBC at  604-853-6177 or archives@mhsbc.com.

DOG PARK FUNDRAISER

K9H20, an indoor pool for dog aqua therapy, holds a hot dog sale and 15-minute dog swim by donation on Saturday, Sept. 21 to raise funds for the off-leash dog park on Gladwin Road. The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at 3493 Okanagan Drive. Info: 604-864-2284 or k9h2o@shaw.ca

GEM OF A SHOW

The annual Fraser Valley Rock and Gem Show takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Old Age Pensioners Hall at 3013 272 Street in Aldergrove. The show features rocks, crystals, gemstones, silver, demonstrations, dealer booths, door prizes, a silent auction and a raffle. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

MULTI-FAITH DINNER

The Baha’i community in Abbotsford hosts a free multi-faith dinner on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association drop-in centre, 2631 Cyril St., starting at 7 p.m. A devotional and open discussion follow.

SKILLS CONNECT

The Skills Connect for Immigrants program holds a free information session on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. The program helps participants with job-search techniques, ongoing support, courses to improve their qualifications, and more. Register at 604-866-0257.

PENSION PLAN SESSION

A session about the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security is held Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, phone 604-859-7814, ext. 224) and Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave., phone 604-853-1753). Each session is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is appreciated.

LEARNING PLUS

The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds two sessions next week in its fall series. The topic on Tuesday, Sept. 24 is “Then, Now and the Future of Aviation” with Herman Driediger and Mike Pastro. The topic on Thursday, Sept. 26 is “Animals I have Known: Skunks, Monkeys and Squirrels” with Mary Foster. Both sessions begin at 10 a.m. at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $5, plus a $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

SQUARE DANCING

The Abbotsford Grand Squares invite new members to their weekly sessions on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association, 33889 Essendene Ave. The first three sessions are free. The last date for introduction is Sept. 30. Info: David at 604-864-7435

PEER SUPPORT

Abbotsford Peer Support for Seniors will be training new volunteers starting Tuesday, Sept. 24.  The free course is open to both men and women 55 years and older. Training focuses on listening and communication skills, problem management, and community resources to help seniors face the challenges of day-to-day living. A one-year commitment to the program is requested.  Info: 604-850-0011 from 9 a.m. to noon.

MAKE-A-WISH DANCE

A dance to raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation takes place Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall, 33868 Essendene Ave., starting at 8 p.m. Live music is by Easy Money. Tickets are $15, including a light snack and door prizes. They are available at the door, or may be purchased in advance at the hall.