SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

See what's happening in and around the city of Abbotsford.


The Parish of St. Matthew (2010 Guilford Drive) hosts a St. Francis Day Animal Charity Event on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 7 p.m. to raise funds for Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center, Critter Care Wildlife Society, B.C. Search Dog Association, the Fraser Valley Humane Society, the SPCA and SAINTS. The event includes a petting zoo, kids’ activities, games, a bake sale and entertainment.


Boris Sichon presents a musical world tour of unique and rare ethnic instruments on Friday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) as part of the city’s Culture Days celebrations. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 224)


Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Sept. 27 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.


MSA Museum Society hosts a presentation on Abbotsford’s forgotten railway – the Great Northern Railway (1909–1929) – on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Trethewey House, 2313 Ware St. Local historian Graham Evan MacDonell will explore the importance of the railway to the development of Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Light refreshments provided. Info: 604-853-0313


A German sing-along takes place Saturday, Sept. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall) in Abbotsford. Refreshments to follow. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822


Multi-Cultural Ministries holds a cross-cultural temple tour with Dr. David McLauren on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Richmond. Rides can be arranged from Abbotsford. The registration fee is $39, including an ethnic lunch. To register and for more details, call David at 604-897-4224 or email


Abbotsford Learning Plus hosts two classes next week in its fall series. The first is on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The topic is still to be determined. The second is on Thursday, Oct. 3, when the topic is “Idle No More” with Eddie Gardner, UFV’s elder in residence. Both classes are from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. Cost is $5 plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


Blankets for the Fraser Valley meets Thursday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way. Everyone is welcome to help put together knitted and crocheted blankets for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy at 604-504-3713


BRIDGES (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams and Goals Through Education and Support), a free 10-week program for people with mental illness, starts Thursday, Oct. 3. The program runs every Thursday, until Dec. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the B.C. Schizophrenia Society office, #18 33655 Essendene Ave. To register or for more information, leave a message for Trish at 604-859-0105.


The Canadian Cancer Society needs volunteers for its office in Abbotsford. Needed are those who are available for one four-hour shift each week to answer the phones, provide the public with information, respond to and send emails, and provide administrative support to staff. Those interested are asked to contact Leah through email at or by calling 604-852-1410.

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