SLICE OF LIFE: Skills Connect helps newcomers find employment

Coming events in Abbotsford include an information session about the Skills Connect program


An information session about the Skills Connect program takes place Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services, 2420 Montrose Ave. Skills Connect is an employment program for new immigrants. Info: 604-866-0257


A family storytime takes place at MSA Centennial Library (33660 South Fraser Way) on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) on Thursday, Sept. 6. Both sessions run from 10:30 to 11 a.m.  Drop in for rhymes, stories and songs. Info: 604-853-1753 or 604-859-7814 (local 229)


The Red Hat Society hosts an open house meet-and-greet on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). The society is open to women ages 21 and older. Info: 604-864-2916 or


Exercise classes for seniors will start Sept. 6 at the Abbotsford Seniors Association main hall, at the corner of Cyril Street and Essendene Avenue. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m.  The cost is $1.50 for members and $2.50 for non-members. Appropriate shoes advised. Blood pressure readings are available if desired. Contact Donna at 604-853-5541 or Pat at 604-850-6615.


The CNIB hosts an open house on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its Fraser Valley office  at 2630 Bourquin Cres. in Abbotsford. The CNIB is a charity that provides programs, services and adaptive products for people who are blind or partially sighted. Info: 604-746-1192


Moms with a Camera Photo Club meets Thursday, Sept. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Printing, 34346 Manufacturers Way. The group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month to connect moms who have a common passion for photography. Info: or 604-583-6126


Anyone who would like to play the card game euchre is invited to drop by the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association drop-in centre (2631 Cyril St.) starting Thursday, Sept. 6 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Info: Jodie at 604-850-2465 or Douglas at 604-758-1246.


The Prostate Cancer Information and Awareness Group, which includes members from Abbotsford, meets Thursday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Cheam Lions Hall at 45580 Spadina Ave. in Chilliwack. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ron Laye will discuss the stress related to a cancer diagnosis. Info: Dale at 604-824-5506 or Sean at 604-858-7706.


The Abbotsford Seniors’ Association (ASA) holds dances every Friday at the  ASA hall at 33889 Essendene Ave. from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.  Cost is $6 for ASA members and $7 for guests. The bands for September are: Good Vibrations (Sept. 7), Sweetwater (Sept. 14), Johnny Hsu (Sept. 21) and Shirley Rodgers (Sept. 28).


Registration is now being taken for a free adult grief support group starting Tuesday, Sept. 25. The group will run every Tuesday evening for 10 weeks at the Abbotsford Hospice Society, 33134 Marshall Rd. To register or for more information, call Tamara at 604-852-2456, email or visit the website