SLICE OF LIFE: June 27 to July 5
Canada Day activities in Abbotsford on Tuesday include the annual parade along South Fraser Way, starting at 11 a.m., followed by a family festival at Exhibition Park, starting at 1 p.m. A fireworks display is at 10 p.m. Also that day, the community of Mt. Lehman holds a parade at 9:30 a.m., leaving from the Mt. Lehman Credit Union at 6418 Mt. Lehman Rd.
BARBECUE FOR YOUTH
Abbotsford Youth Commission holds a Summer Youth Zone kickoff barbecue on Friday, June 27 at its drop-in centre at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Rd. The barbecue runs from noon to 2 p.m., and is followed by sports, games, crafts and more until 8 p.m. Info: abbyyouth.com or 604-854-8785
The ladies auxiliary to the Royal Canadian Legion in Abbotsford holds a Strawberry Tea and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the legion, 2513 West Railway.
120 YEARS FOR CHURCH
Mt. Lehman United church (6256 Mt. Lehman Rd.) celebrates its 120th anniversary on Sunday, June 29 at 10 a.m., followed by birthday refreshments. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted to help maintain the historic building. People are invited to send in their memories/pictures of being at the church, whether it was a wedding, Sunday school, camp or any other event. Submissions can be sent to Helen Butner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Info mtlehmanchurch.org
Abbotsford Community Library (33355 Bevan Ave.) holds “Wacky Wednesday” on July 2 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with stories, singing, crafts, dancing puppets for kids of all ages. Info: 604-853-1753
Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) holds “Mumble Jumble Morning” on Thursday, July 3 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. It includes stories, songs, puppets and crafts. Info: 604-859-7814
Mt. Lehman Library (5875 Mt. Lehman Rd.) holds a “Knit One, Knit All” group, meeting Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. Knit and socialize with old friends and new. Info: 604-859-7814 (ext. 232).
A fundraiser for the Abbotsford SPCA takes place on Saturday, July 5 at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club, 35997 McKee Rd. , from 5 to 9 p.m. The event includes a catered dinner, door prizes, games and live and silent auctions. Tickets and info: Jodi Dunlop at email@example.com or 604-768-4540
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
Clayburn Village Museum (in the basement at 4315 Wright St.) is now open every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Take a step back in time and visit B.C.’s first company town. Info: Helene at 604-854-3960
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.
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
Carpet bowling takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 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 chapters in Abbotsford and Mission, call Jacquie at 604-556-0535.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK
The Envision Financial Concert in the Park series takes place every Saturday at the Kariton Gallery Stage in Mill Lake Park, 2387 Ware St. , from 6 to 8 p.m. On July 12, the time changes to 11 a..m to 2 p.m. as part of the Mill Lake Cruise-In. For the complete schedule, visit abbotsfordartscouncil.com