Slice of Life: August 25-31

Harpist Eduard Klassen performs in concert on Sunday, Aug. 26 at King Road Mennonite Brethren Church (32068 King Rd.)in Abbotsford.

  • Aug. 24, 2012 4:00 p.m.

Harpist Eduard Klassen performs in concert on Sunday, Aug. 26 at King Road Mennonite Brethren Church (32068 King Rd.) at 6 p.m. Admission is free but offerings will be gratefully accepted. Klassen has been playing the harp from a young age, and his tours have taken him to more than 23 countries, where he has performed over 3,500 concerts.  A typical performance from him features a variety of Christian harp music from South America, North America and Europe interspersed with personal testimony.



Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church (33218 Marshall Rd.) hosts a Clothes 2 U event on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to provide free clothes, toys, linens, diapers and more to those in need. Info:


The McConnell Creek Fall Fair takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at 35483 Hartley Rd. Prize ribbons are presented at 12:30 p.m.,  followed by an auction of donated items. Info:



Positive Living Fraser Valley Society hosts Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Lighthouse Centre (#1 2712 Clearbrook Rd.). SMART can be used to address issues such as substance abuse, behavioural habits (gambling, cluttering, etc.) and more. Info: Brian Gross at 604-897-8066



Mission’s Kitchens offers a workshop on how to can dill pickles by water bath on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 7756 Grand St.

A session on the water bath canning of pears is on Sept. 9 and on plum jam is Oct. 6. A workshop on how to pressure-can mixed vegetables is Sept. 15, and on pumpkin is Oct. 20. Cost is $35 for the water bath classes, and $45 for pressure canning. All equipment and materials are supplied.

Register through the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley at 604-820-8455 or



The community of Greendale (located between Abbotsford and Chilliwack) hosts its seventh annual Greendale Country Sampler on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is invited to tour up to 14 spots to see where farm produce and products come from. A map and more information are available online at



The CNIB is in need of volunteer “Vision Mates” to assist people who are blind and partially sighted living in Abbotsford. Volunteers help with reading, going for walks, shopping and social visiting for two hours a week. A criminal record check is required. Other positions are available. Info: or call 604-431-2146.



Mission Library (33247 Second Ave.) hosts a Summer Reading Club Medal Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Info: 604-826-6610



The multicultural department at Abbotsford Community Services is offering free life skills sessions to help immigrants learn about local resources, gain knowledge through presentations and discussions, and share experiences with one another.  Fall sessions include Basic Computer Skills, Balance and Wellness for Women, Employment Readiness, Healthy Living for Seniors, and the Basics of Starting a Business. For more information and a current schedule, contact Elise Marier at 604-866-5233 or


Dr. Stuart Pavilion, temporarily located at Ebenezer Home in Abbotsford while a new facility is built at Mission Memorial Hospital, is in need for volunteers to help with things such as bingo, barbecues, knitting and breakfasts. Those interested are asked to contact Trudy Rummel at 778-880-0467 or



Clayburn Village Museum (4315 Wright St.) is open every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. until the end of September. Info: Helene, 604-854-3960