The BC Hop Fest returns to Abbotsford this Saturday, Sept. 30, and is among the local activities over the next week. (Abbotsford News file photo)

SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 29 to Oct. 6

This is a list of some of the activites in Abbotsford over the coming week


The Valley Concert Society presents the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and guest soloist Ariel Barnes on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium (32315 South Fraser Way). Tickets and info:


The third BC Hop Fest takes place in Abbotsford on Saturday, Sept. 30, running from 1 to 6 p.m. at 1905 Cole Rd. The beer festival features 35 participating breweries, as well as food trucks and live entertainment. Info and tickets:


The Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. hosts a night of Mennonite humour with special guests Orlando Braun and Matt Falk on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 604-853-6177.


The Loft Salon Spa and Beauty Bar hosts a fashion show on Saturday, Sept. 30, with proceeds going to the Warm Zone, a drop-in facility for street-entrenched women. The show begins at 6 p.m. at the salon, 2547 Montvue Ave. Tickets are available for a minimum $5 donation. Info: 604-746-4303


The Side by Side Caregivers Support Group meets Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the ANAVET hall at 30346 McNeil Ave. Lunch is served by donation. Info: or


A team participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Night Walk on Oct. 14 in Vancouver will be selling handmade bracelets and cancer awareness ribbons during an event on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Abbotsford. The fall fair and craft market runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Devan Greenhouses (28904 Fraser Hwy.), with proceeds from vendor fees and the bake sale going to the Abbotsford Food Bank.


St. Matthews Anglican Church (2010 Guilford Drive) holds a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring their pet to be blessed. Info: 604-852-9035


The Abbotsford Grand Squares, a square and round dance club, hold their last chance on Monday, Oct. 2 for new dancers to join their fall program. The group meets Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. The club is open to those 14 years and older. Info: David at 604-864-7435


The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Matsqui Rec Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Reps from the UBC pharmacy clinic will be speaking. Info: Carolyn at 604-853-3772 or


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, Oct. 3 is “Learning from a Pharmacist.” The topic on Thursday, Oct. 5 is “Good Government: Learning from George Ferguson’s Legacy” with Coun. Patricia Ross. Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or


Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries meets Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). Members assist at library events, hold fundraising initiatives and more. Info: 604-859-7814


The Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association meets Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. The evening includes information on Diabetes Canada, as well as volunteer recognition awards. Info: 604-701-7985


Blankets for the Fraser Valley meets Thursday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Abbotsford Co-Op Hall, 32855 Marshall Rd. All are 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


A drop-in coffee group for widows starts Thursday, Oct. 5 at the Abbotsford Hospice Society, 32780 Marshall Rd. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Info: 604-852-2456


The Abbotsford Social Activity Association holds several activities at its hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. including line dancing on Mondays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., seniors’ exercise classes on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., dances on Friday nights, afternoon card games, pool, square dancing and more. Info: or Ron at 604-309-6719

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