The Poets Potpourri Society and Clearbrook Library celebrate International Literacy Day on Monday, Sept. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with the Blue Moon Reading Series. The featured guest reader is poet and novelist Violet Nesdoly of Langley, introducing her book “Destiny’s Hands,” an historical novel based on the life of the artist Bezalel, an Israelite slave in Egypt in the time of Moses and the Exodus. The evening begins with an open mic for poetry. Everyone is welcome and admission is free in the Clearbrook Library meeting room at 32320 George Ferguson Way. Info: poetspotpourrisociety.com, violetnesdoly.com or Alvin Ens, 604-859-5171
A garage sale on Saturday, Sept. 8 raises funds for the Fraser Valley Humane Society. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Allstars K9 Training (#6 32929 Mission Way) in Mission. Info: Cathy at 604-820-0939
The Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley meets at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St. Guests and potential new members who are of Scandinavian ancestry or have an interest in Scandinavia are welcome. The evening includes a potluck dinner and entertainment, this time focused on Finland. Info: Len at 604-857-2740 Eigil at 604-870-8601, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Sept. 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Guest speaker is Fraser Health case manager Cathy Voog. Info: Gary at 604-308-8691 or Betty at 604-853-0382
The Ministry of Children and Family Development hosts a free information session on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. on the more than 1,000 children and youth in B.C. who are waiting to be adopted. The session takes place at the MCFD office at 2828 Cruickshank St. in Abbotsford. Info: email@example.com or 604-320-7330 (local 101)
The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford meets Wednesday, Sept. 12 for its monthly luncheon at Cascade Community Centre, 35190 DeLair Rd., starting at 11:30 a.m. Guest speaker Sheryl Stanton, a registered nurse and stress relief specialist, discusses “Three Massive Mistakes Even Smart Women Make that Keep Them Over Stressed, Unhappy and Unhealthy.” Cost is $15 for members and $20 for guests. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 7 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUT OF AFRICA
Dr. R. J. Lewis, formerly the chief veterinary officer with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, discusses his experiences in Africa, where he has volunteered, during a presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The event begins at 7 p.m. Info: 604-859-7814 (local 224).
Abbotsford Women’s Connection hosts a “Second Time ‘Round Breakfast” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, starting at 9:30 a.m. The location is Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. The event features fashionable ensembles from local second-hand and consignment stores. Former businesswoman Tina Peters will present how to fashion “A Life-Changing Makeover.” Cost is $11. Reservations: Joyce at 604-744-5159 or email: abbyconnect email@example.com
The Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Wes Janzen, presents a concert of sacred music and stories on Sept. 13 and 14 at Central Heights Church, 1661 McCallum Rd. The concert begins at 7 p.m. There will be an offering.
The Rise and Shine Toastmasters Club hosts an open house on Friday, Sept. 14 in room A225 at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford (33844 King Rd.), starting at 7 p.m. The club begins its meeting at 7:20 a.m. and anyone who joins as a new member will be entered into a draw for two BC Lions tickets. Info: abbytoastmasters.com or Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
TERRY FOX RUN
Registration is underway for the Abbotsford Terry Fox Run, taking place Sunday, Sept. 16 at Ellwood Park, 31419 Maclure Rd. Registration takes place on the day of the event from 8:30 to 10 a.m., followed by the run itself at 10 a.m. Three routes – 2 km, 5 km and 10 km – are available. Registration can also be done online at terryfox.org. There is no entry fee or minimum pledge.