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SLICE OF LIFE: Feb. 1-7
Preston Manning shares insights from the life of William Wilberforce and the campaign to abolish the slave trade and how these lessons apply to causes today at a presentation in Abbotsford on Saturday, Feb. 1. It takes place from 8 to 11 a.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Cost is $25 (plus GST), including a buffet breakfast. For tickets, visit 27209.thankyou4caring.org/william-wilberforce-bc
The Central Fraser Valley branch of the Navy League of Canada hosts a “loonie toonie auction” on Saturday, Feb. 1 in support of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 169 Columbia and Navy League Cadet Corps 125 Columbia. The event takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion branch in Aldergrove and features a beef dip dinner, cash bar and auction. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAFT, KNITTING CLUB
A drop-in knitting and craft club meets every Saturday, from Feb. 1 to March 8, at 1 p.m. at Abbotsford Community Library, 33355 Bevan Ave. Info: 604-853-1753
Square dancing takes place Monday, Feb. 3 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Abbotsford Social Activity Association, 33889 Essendene Ave. as part of a 10-week program hosted by Abbotsford Grand Squares. The first three sessions are free. Singles and couples welcome. Info: David at 604-864-7435.
The Abbotsford Parkinson’s Support Group meets Monday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at Matsqui Recreation Centre, 3106 Clearbrook Rd. Guest speaker will be Jean Blake, the new CEO of the Parkinson Society of B.C. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Betty at 604-853-0382 or Gary at 604-308-8691
Abbotsford Learning Plus holds two classes next week. Both sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC), 2499 McMillan Rd. The topic on Tuesday, Feb. 4 is “Oil Sands and Fish Cells” with Dr. Lucy Lee. The topic on Thursday, Feb. 6 is “Abbotsford Hospice Society and Its Role in our Community” with Marion Keys. Cost for each class is $5, plus the $2 ARC drop-in fee. Info: 778-808-7377 or learningplus.ca
Blankets for the Fraser Valley meets Thursday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fraser Valley Christian Centre, 31929 Mercantile Way. Everyone is welcome to help put together knitted and crocheted blankets for those in need in Abbotsford. All materials are supplied. Donations of yarn are always appreciated. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713
The Abbotsford Social Activity Association (ASAA) hosts dances every Friday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at its hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Bands for February are Gracie and the Guys (Feb. 7), Sweetwater (Feb. 14), Johnny Hsu (Feb. 21) and Brian Nicholl (Feb. 28).
Alateen, a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, is for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking (parent, sibling or friend). The group meets every Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Home Society building, 31581 South Fraser Way. 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, manic depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Friends and family are also invited. Info: Christine at 604-854-9404
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. Info: email@example.com or www.sa.org
Tickets are available for a Valentine Dinner and Dance taking place Friday, Feb. 14 at the Abbotsford branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, 2513 West Railway St., starting at 6 p.m. Cost for the pork dinner is $10. Music is by Darren. Tickets are available at the legion.