SLICE OF LIFE: Sept. 7-12

See what's happening in the communities of Abbotsford and Mission.

PAWS FOR A CAUSE

The SPCA hosts its annual fundraising Paws for a Cause Walk in Abbotsford on Sunday, Sept. 8. The event begins at 10 a.m. at Mill Lake Park (Bourquin exit). Registration is at 9 a.m.

HUMANE GARAGE SALE

A garage sale to raise funds for the Fraser Valley Humane Society takes place Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The location is 32183 Buffalo Drive in Mission.  A fundraising barbecue for the society also takes place on Saturday at the Save-On-Foods in Mission from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: fraservalleyhumane-society.com or 604-820-0939

ALPEN CLUB DANCE

The Abbotsford-Mission Alpen Club hosts a Late Summer Dance on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Abbey Arts Addition, starting at 7:30 p.m., with live music by the Al Pichler Band. Sandwiches are available at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for guests. They are available at the door or at 604-859-8057 (Gerda).

SCANDINAVIA CLUB

The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley hosts its first dinner meeting of the season on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Masonic Hall (corner of Gladys and Pine), starting at 6 p.m. Bring your culinary contribution and enjoy the entertainment focused on Denmark. Info: Len at 604-857-2740, Eigil at 604-870-8601, or email jensenke@shaw.ca

BOOK LAUNCH

Must Have a Sense of Humour – a book of humorous musings over a lifetime – is launched by author Alvin Ens on Monday, Sept. 9 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way), starting at 6:30 p.m. Info: 604-859-5171

DUTCH COFFEE CLUB

Keep in Touch with the Dutch Coffee Club meets Monday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The location is Intercity Cafe, #180 2655 Clearbrook Rd.

GRAND SQUARES

The Abbotsford Grand Squares hold square dancing at the Abbotsford Social Activity Association (33889 Essendene Ave.) every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting Sept. 9. Couples, singles and families of all ages are invited. The first three sessions are free. Info: David at 604-864-7435

GRIEF SUPPORT

An eight-week support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one who has been murdered begins meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.  in Abbotsford. For location and other details, call Marlyn at 604-596-8866 or email mferguson@arbormemorial.com

NEWCOMERS CLUB

The Abbotsford/Mission Newcomers Club invites all women new to the area to join the group for social activities, speakers, lunches, dinners and more. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 10. For more information, including the meeting location, call Corry at 604-859-4859.

OPEN DOOR

Abbotsford Open Door – a free drop-in program for single moms and their preschool children – starts Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Bakerview Church (2285 Clearbrook Rd.) from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program includes free childminding and lunch for all. Info: 604-859-4611

GROUP FOR DADS

The Abby Dads Program at Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) offers a free four-week group, starting Wednesday, Sept. 11, for dads struggling with anger and frustration. The group meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at ACS (2420 Montrose Ave.). Topics covered include self-esteem, relationships, conflict resolution and more. To participate, or for more details, call Jeff at 604-613-3487 or visit abbydads.ca.

KIDS CLUB AT CHURCH

Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church (2719 Clearbrook Rd.) hosts the Awana Kids Club starting Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register or for information, call the church office at 604-850-6607 or visit clearbrookmbchurch.ca.

BUSINESS WOMEN MEET

The Abbotsford Business and Professional Women’s Club features guest speaker Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at its luncheon meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 DeLair Rd. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVP is required by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 by emailing bpwabbotsford@gmail.com

MAKE THE CONNECTION

Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts  “A Down Home Breakfast”  on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Garden Park Tower (2825 Clearbrook Rd.), starting at 9:30 a.m. The event features Charlotte Lepp from Lepp Farm Market and Mary De Hart speaking on “Blue Ridge Mountain Forgiveness”. Cost is $11. Reservations: Joyce Willder at 604-744-5159,  Rose at 604-852-8240 or abbyconnectreserva-tions@gmail.com

NATURE CLUB MEETS

Detmar Schwichtenberg, current chair of the Fraser Valley Watershed Coalition, will speak on natural capital and the importance of eco-services provided by agricultural land during the Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave. Everyone is welcome. Info: Kathy at 604-854-3203

LIBRARY FRIENDS

Mission Friends of the Library meets Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the library (33247 Second Ave.). Info: 604-826-6610

LEARNING PLUS

The Abbotsford Learning Plus Society holds its fall open house and registration on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (2499 McMillan Rd.) from 10 a.m. to noon. Info: learningplus.ca, abbylearnplus@gmail.com or 778-808-7377

WOODTURNERS GUILD

The Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild meets Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the wood shop at Robert Bateman Secondary, 35045 Exbury Ave.  The club meets the second Thursday of each month from September to June. Info: fvwg.ca or 604-514-3828