SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 26 to Oct. 2

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

GLADWIN FALL FAIR

The Gladwin Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gladwin Heights Church (3474 Gladwin Rd.). The event includes crafts, cards, jewelry, clothing, books, a garden centre, baking, a garage sale, and hamburger and hot dog sales.

BEYOND DARWIN

Trinity Memorial Church (33737 George Ferguson Way) presents speaker Bruce Sanguin, a leader in evolutionary spirituality, on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. He will discuss “Beyond Darwin, DNA and Dinosaurs.” Info: 604-853-2591

CLOTHING GIVEAWAY

The Clothes2U free clothing giveaway takes place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Baptist Church, 33561 Busby Rd. Clothes, toys, linens, diapers, footwear, small household items and personal items will be given free to those in need. Info: clothes2u.ca

DRIVE 4UR EVENT

The Second Abbotsford Scouts hold a Drive 4UR Community fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Magnuson Ford, 32562 South Fraser Way. For every test drive taken, the group receives $20 from the dealership.

CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT

The Side by SideCaregiver and Family Support Group meets Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mt. Lehman United Church, 6256 Mt. Lehman Rd. The meeting includes a presentation on stress management. Info: 778-982-0489 or mtlehmansidebyside@gmail.com

PARENT MERGE GROUP

Impact Youth Substance Abuse Services offers an eight-week Parent Merge Group, starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. The group’s focus is to provide support, awareness, knowledge and skills on topics such as understanding substance abuse and adolescent development. The group runs every Tuesday from Sept. 29 to Nov. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Info and registration: 604-853-1766 or impactabby.com

RETIRED EMPLOYEES

The Abbotsford branch of the B.C. Government Retired Employees’ Association meets Monday, Sept. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Chances Playtime Gaming, 30835 Peardonville Rd. Speaker will be Ken Novakowski from the B.C. Labour Heritage Centre. Info: Jan at 604-850-3515

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. 29 is Stories of a Chef. The topic on Thursday, Oct. 1 is Sto:lo: The People of the River. Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

READING BUDDIES

An orientation session will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) for those interested in becoming Reading Buddies. The program pairs high school students and/or adults with children in Grades 2 to 4 who need extra help with their reading skills. The volunteers spend one hour a week with their buddy, reading books and doing literacy-based activities at Clearbrook or Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.). Application forms are available from the children’s desk at both libraries.

KNITTERS NEEDED

The auxiliary to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital is looking for knitters/crocheters to make traditional baby items and baby afghans to sell in the hospital gift shop.  Proceeds from these sales goes to purchase hospital equipment. Info: Gina at 604-852-2388  or knitgina@shaw.ca

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Volunteers are needed to help immigrants and refugees through Abbotsford Community Services’ Community Connections program. Those interested are asked to contact Andrea at 604-217-3055 or email  host@abbotsfordcommunityservices.com