FRASER VALLEY POETS
The Fraser Valley Poets Society hosts an open mic night on Monday, April 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way). info: fraservalleypoets.com or 604-852-2740
Abbotsford Learning Plus presents two classes next week in its winter series. Both sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, April 11 is British Child Evacuees to Canada. The Topic on Thursday, April 13 is The BC Election. Cost per class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca
The Dutch Coffee Club meets Tuesday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of James, 2743 Emerson St.
The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Abbotsford meets Wednesday, April 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Rd., to hear guest speaker Caroline MacGillivray present Dignity is Beautiful. She is the founder of Beauty Night Society, which changes the lives of women and youth living in poverty through wellness, life skills development and makeovers. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for guests. Reserve a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A seminar on planned giving takes place Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. The free session is hosted by the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation. The seminar includes information such as debunking misconceptions about who planned giving can benefit and how to start. RVSP is required at email@example.com or 1-877-661-0314.
The Abbotsford-Mission Nature Club meets Wednesday, April 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ravine Park Hatchery, 2395 Crescent Way. Laurie Kremsater will discuss her research on the screech owl. Info: abbymissionnatureclub.org or 604-853-4283
Library Champion volunteers are needed. This opportunity is open to new immigrants who are permanent residents but are not yet Canadian citizens. Sponsored by NewtoBC, this initiative offers volunteers the benefits of learning more about local libraries and the community, and the opportunity to pass on this information to other immigrants new to Abbotsford. An information session takes place Wednesday, April 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Library, 33355 Bevan Ave. Visit newtobc.ca to register.
After 5 Connection
Abbotsford After 5 Connection’s “The Perfect Makeover “ dinner is on Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Ricky’s Country Restaurant, 32080 Marshall Rd, Abbotsford. Cost: $21. Featured this month is Ellie Hanson from “Nextrend Design” from White Rock who will do a presentation on beautifying our homes. Guest speaker is Margaret Roller from South Surrey, who will share her story on the theme, “Words That Transform.”
Abbotsford Evangelical Church (33218 Marshall Rd.) hosts a free Easter Extravaganza on Saturday, April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event includes a hot breakfast, carnival games, bouncy castles, painting, live music, and an Easter egg hunt at the end. Register for free before April 7 at abbyfree.com/events/easter-extravaganza
If you are planning to take the Canadian citizenship test in the near future, you are invited to participate in a free citizenship preparation class at Abbotsford Community Services. This class runs every Friday from April 21 to June 9 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. By the end of this series, you should feel confident about your ability to pass the citizenship with ease. Permanent residents only. For more information or to register, contact Jen Romero at jen.romero@abbotsfordcommunity
services.com or 604-217-2299.
Mothers Day breakie
The Jubilee Community Club hosts a Mother’s Day Breakfast Sunday, May 14 at Jubilee Community Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd, in Abbotsford. From 8 am to noon, enjoy a breakfast of sausages, ham, scrambled eggs, fruit cocktail and all the pancakes you can eat, served up buffet style. Children under 6 are free. Orange juice, coffee and tea all supplied as well as a chance to win prizes all for just $6. For more info call 604-856-4375.
A “Dancing with the Seniors” program takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church (33737 George Ferguson Way). Participants dance to Africa, Soca and Latin music. Cost is $30 a month or a $5 drop-in fee. Register by calling Sophia Wenn at 604-572-1338.
Sexaholics Anonymous is a 12-step program of recovery for men and women who want to stop their sexually self-destructive thinking and behaviour. Abbotsford SA meets every Saturday at 8 a.m. For information and location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. See also www.sa.org.
Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking, whether it’s a parent, sibling or friend. The group meets every Tuesday in Abbotsford at the Home Society (31581 South Fraser Way), starting at 7:15 p.m. Info: 604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100
The Mood Disorders Association support group in Abbotsford meets the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Services (2420 Montrose Ave.) It is open to those who have mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404
The Abby Scribblers meet on alternate Mondays at Legal Grounds Coffeehouse, 33775 Essendene Ave. The group is for those who like short stories and/or want to write their own. Those interested can call Anne Bergman at 604-853-6091 or email email@example.com
S-Anon is a 12- step program of recovery for family members and friends whose lives have been affected by someone else’s sexaholism/sex addiction. The group meets Wednesdays in Abbotsford at the HOME Society (31581 South Fraser Way, right-side entrance), starting at 7 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org and sanon.org
The Blind and Visually Impaired Society meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Legacy Sports Centre, #4 – 3270 Trethewey St. Info: 604-626-0643
Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $1.25. Info: 604-853-5532
TOPS IN WEIGHT LOSS
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a non-profit weight-loss support group, meets weekly. For information about evening chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535. For daytime chapters, phone Peter at 604-70