Culture, coffee and cookies brewing at The Reach

The gallery museum in Abbotsford hosts a series of events in January

Who says that kids have all the fun?

Not the creative arts and heritage-inspired minds at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford. They have created a new series of events known as Culture, Coffee and Cookies – also known as C3 – for 2015.

“We put our heads together to explore and develop a program that provides stimulating and enjoyable learning opportunities for people of retirement age, but that are also of interest to any age group,” said Anna Williams, the educational co-ordinator for The Reach. “We expect that people in Abbotsford and beyond will enjoy gathering in a relaxed and social setting here at your Reach to discuss and actively engage in community culture.”

The weekly series runs on Tuesdays in the New Year at 10:30 a.m. with the first one on Jan. 6 titled: “It’s Not The Ships … My War Years.” Local author Philip Sherwood will talk about his book’s wartime memoirs of Canada’s most highly decorated submariner. Following each cultural presentation or activity, the public will enjoy refreshments of coffee and cookies while socializing with their peers.

The next events confirmed to date include: Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m., “The Face of Abbotsford,” led by Kris Foulds, The Reach’s collections manager. She serves up the history of cultural migrations to Abbotsford: what drew newcomers and how each group contributed to today’s Abbotsford.

Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. in “Writing A Letter To Your Grandchildren,” Bill Overy will explain how to write and produce a small book on your life that you can pass down to future generations as a precious keepsake.

Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m., local historian and UFV associate professor Molly Ungar will revisit the post-war era in Canada with “Moments to Remember: The Fifties in Canada and the Fraser Valley,” an audio-visual talk. She will touch on the Cold War, suburbia, teenagers, TV dinners, hula-hoops and rock ‘n roll, just some of the new developments that Canadians experience, and now recall as a “Golden Age.” Yes, you have permission to bring and test run your hula-hoop!

The weekly event is free with pre-registration at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way), by phone at 604-864-8087 (dial 0), or online at thereach.ca/events-programs and click the link to register.

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