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SLICE OF LIFE: Jan. 25-31

LITERACY DAY

Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) and The Reach (32388 Veterans Way)  host the Abbotsford Family Literacy Day Celebration on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit both venues for free entertainment, community tables, refreshments, activities and more. Phone 604-859-7814 (ext. 232) for more information. A free pancake breakfast, hosted at the firehall at 32270 George Ferguson Way), takes place from 10 a.m. to noon.

PHOTO EXHIBIT

UFV’s Global Development Institute has an exhibit of 25 photos at the Reach Gallery Museum (32388 Veterans Way) this weekend. The exhibit highlights the activities of 25 UFV student interns who were funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to work on development projects in Tanzania and India over the past three years. The event is free and the exhibit will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

GERMAN SING-ALONG

A German sing-along takes place Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Ware and Marshall). Refreshments to follow. Everyone welcome. Info: Anneliese at 604-859-0822

RETIRED WORKERS

The Fraser Valley branch of the BC Government Retired Employees Association meets Monday, Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at the MSA Museum Society’s Gallery (next to Trethewey House) located at 2313 Ware St. The guest speaker is from the Fraser Valley Gleaners. Info: 604-852-3973

GARDEN CLUB

The Abbotsford Garden Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Middle School, 33231 Bevan Ave.  Ian Segger of Segger Nurseries will discuss Japanese maples. Info: abbotsfordgardenclub.org

LEARNING PLUS

Abbotsford Learning Plus holds two classes next week in its winter/spring series. Both classes run from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Jan. 28 is “A Stephen Leacock Classic: Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich” with speaker Ron Dart. On Thursday, Jan. 30, the topic is “Getting to Know Our University” with speaker Dr. Mark Evered, president of the University of the Fraser Valley. The cost for each session is $5 plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca

SPEECHCRAFT

The Leaders Toastmasters Club is conducting a six-session workshop called Speechcraft that will help participants overcome nervousness and learn basic public speaking skills. Open to the general public, the program begins on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m.  and will be held at the Aldergrove Seventh-day Adventist Church, 26245 28 Ave. in  Aldergrove. For registration,  email KarinZinner@gmail.com.

ABOUT BACK PAIN

Abbotsford Seventh-day Adventist Church holds a program called “Understanding Lower Back Pain” with physiotherapist Brent Hartman on Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 1921 Griffiths Rd. The program is free, but donations are accepted. Info: 604-855-1545

GENEALOGY SOCIETY

The Abbotsford Genealogical Society holds its monthly meeting and AGM on Thursday, Jan. 30 at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way) at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Following the AGM,  Diane Rogers will talk about how her relative’s bankruptcy gave her new information on an English ancestor. Everyone is welcome. Info: abbygs.ca

WATERCOLOUR GROUP

The Fraser Valley Watercolour Society meets Thursday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Abbotsford Senior Secondary (33355 Bevan Ave.) in art room 103 for an evening featuring local artist Roy Williams facilitating a demo about pouring watercolour paint. The drop-in fee for non-members is $5. To reserve a spot, call Carol Portree at 604-850-9694, or visit myartclub.com for more information.

HOMINUM MEETS

Hominum Fraser Valley  meets Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. This is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bisexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. For information and meeting location, call Art at 604-462-9813 or Don at 604-329-9760.

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