The Abbotsford Area Gogos present author and photojournalist Paolo Gianturco to discuss her new book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon” on Monday, Oct. 1 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way), starting at 7 p.m. The Abbotsford Gogos (gogo means “grandmother” in Zulu) is one of 240 groups across Canada that support the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, which raises funds to help African grandmas and orphaned children. Info: grandmotherscampaign.org
RUN FOR THE CURE
The Abbotsford Run for the Cure takes place Sunday, Sept. 30 to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Final registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the run/walk starts at 10 a.m at Rotary Stadium, 32470 Haida Drive. Info: runforthecure.com
Hominum Fraser Valley meets Friday, Sept. 28. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. The group meets the last Friday of every month. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.
STORY TIME AT LIBRARY
Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) hosts a dinosaur-themed session of stories, songs and a puppet show on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon. Info: 604-826-6610
HELPING IN KENYA
An Abbotsford couple who have established a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya will make a presentation on Monday, Oct. 1 at the House of James Bookstore and Coffee Shop, 2743 Emerson St. in Abbotsford, from 7 to 9 p.m. Info: mercyandcaringhomes.org or 604-870-0352 or 778-344-4642
Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds an Enchanted Evening story time on Monday, Oct. 1 from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 229)
The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society presents two events next week in its fall series. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the topic is “Titanic: Then and Now” with Molly Ungar. On Thursday, Oct. 4, the society holds its annual general meeting, where Lorene Lyle discusses the group’s 20-year history. Both events begin at 10 a.m. at the Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. Info: learningplus.ca or [email protected]
The Abbotsford chapter of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. Guest speaker is dietitian Carmen Pelligrino. Info: 604-859-5165
The Abbotsford Friends of the Libraries holds its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The group’s activities include fundraising, assisting at library events and advocating the benefits of community libraries. Info: Cynthia at 604-859-7814 (local 232) or [email protected]
A free information session for the Skills Connect program of Abbotsford Community Services takes place Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 31726 South Fraser Way. Skills Connect assists immigrants with finding work in their field of expertise, job-search techniques, ongoing support and more. Info: 604-866-0257
The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 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: Herta at 604-850-0229.
The Prostate Cancer Information and Awareness Group holds its monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt Cheam Lions Hall at 45580 Spadina Ave. in Chilliwack. Dr. Chantal Chris, Dr. Jennifer Baxter, Dr. Cara Bablitz and Dr. Keddy Easton, from the Chilliwack Mini-Medical School, will discuss “Prostate Cancer – Truths and Myths.” There will also be an opportunity to visit with members of the group, many of whom are survivors and caregivers. Everyone is welcome. Info: Dale Erikson at 604-824-5506 or Murray Gordon at 604-858-8848.
MOMS WITH A CAMERA
Moms with a Camera Photography Club meets Thursday, Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Printing, 34346 Manufacturers Way. The group’s purpose is to connect moms with a common passion for photography. Info: 604-583-6126 or [email protected]
The 1922 Royal Canadian Army Cadets hold their training night every Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Addition, 2329 Crescent Way. The program is free to all youths ages 12 to 18, offering a variety of sport activities, travel, and courses in leadership and citizenship. Those interested in joining are invited to drop by. Info: 604-857-2698 or [email protected]
A six-week cooking class called “Cultural Cuisine for Connections” begins Thursday, Oct. 4 at Abbotsford Community Services, 33780 Laurel St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is open to all ages, and participants learn how to make ethnic dishes in a relaxed and fun environment, sponsored by the Abbotsford Building Connections Project. The cost is $40. To register, call Matsqui Recreation Centre at 604-854-0500 and provide code #202980.
Exercise classes for seniors are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. The fee is $1.50 for ASA members and $2.50 for non-members. Blood pressure readings are available. Info: Donna at 604-853-5541 or Pat at 604-850-6615.
The AMA Singles Club invites single adults 50 years and older to meet in a safe environment for social outings and activities such as coffee, dinner, movies, walks, badminton and more. Info: [email protected] or Erwin at 604-308-3837
Abbotsford Community Services is looking for volunteers to help lead English conversation classes and meet one-on-one with newcomers to Canada. To find out more, call Andrea Dykshoorn at 604-217-3055, or email [email protected]