Welcome to What's On! Abbotsford
Abbotsford's Community Events, Entertainment & Business Magazine
The March / April 2017 is now on stands!
(For recurring events listings, scroll down)
February 28 – May 1
Death Matters Photography Contest presented by the Abbotsford Hospice Society for Ages 12 – 18. Submissions accepted Feb 28 – May 1.
10 winners – Big Prizes! Full details: www.abbotsfordhospice.org/Deathmatters
March 13 – 24
Abbotsford Youth Commission Spring Break Youth Drop-In, 12pm – 5pm at the AYC Youth Centre. Info at www.abbyyouth.com.
March 20 – March 24
Spring Break Camp at EcoDairy, 9:00am – 3:00pm at EcoDairy, 1356 Sumas Way. SPRING Into a Famer’s Boots! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mastermind with Jennifer Henczel, 3pm – 5pm (5:30 Orientation) at Abbotsford Chances Casino
30835 Peardonville Rd. RSVP & DETAILS at www.facebook.com/events/1323293564402659/
The Pipeline In Our Neighbourhood? 10am – Noon at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, 2499 McMillan Road. John Vissers, President, Fraser Valley Conservancy: The Kinder Morgan pipeline project, which will very likely proceed next year, will triple the oil passing through our community to 900,000 barrels a day, affecting property owners and the community as a whole. Cost: $5 drop in + $2 ARC fee. All Welcome! email@example.com or 778.808.7377 www.learningplus.ca
Valley Concerts Society presents Kai Gleusteen & Catherine Ordronneau, 7:30pm at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium 32315 South Fraser Way. Contact 604.289.3377 www.valleyconcertsociety.com
Creative Stitches & Crafting, 9am - 6pm, at Tradex, 1190 Cornell St. Info at www.creativestitchesshow.com
March 24, 25
Gallery 7 Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast, 7pm and 2pm on the 25th at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets at gallery7theatre.com or House of James. For more info call 604.852.3701.
Creative Stitches & Crafting, 9am - 5pm at Tradex, 1190 Cornell St. Info at www.creativestitchesshow.com
Fraser Valley Blues Society presents Bill Durst, 7pm at the Eagles Hall, 33868 Essendene Ave. Tickets at Long & McQuade, Jazz Ma Tazz or www.fraservalleyblues.com
DOA - All Ages - Abbotsford, at Brothers Bowling and Billiards 33550 South Fraser Way. Doors @ 7:00 PM - $15 before 7:30 PM. FLVRHAUS 7:00 - 7:30 / Not In Public 7:40 - 8:10 / Weeded 8:20 - 9:50 / Monkeys In Dreg 9:00 - 9:40 / The Bone Daddies 10:00 - 10:40 / D.O.A. 11:00 - 12:00
Mastermind with Jennifer Henczel, 3pm – 5pm(5:30 Orientation) at Abbotsford Chances Casino 30835 Peardonville Rd. RSVP & DETAILS www. Facebook.com/events/1323293564402659
Strongman Stand Up For Epilepsy, FREE Family Event, 2pm - 5pm at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre.
Professional Writers Association of Canada - Fraser Valley Chapter, 6pm - 9pm. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests Welcome.
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting, 11:30am - 1:30pm at Cascade Community Church. Info and register at www.abbotsfordchamber.com
March 29 – April 1
Gallery 7 Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast, 7pm and 2pm on the 1st at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets at gallery7theatre.com or House of James. For more info call 604.852.3701.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley Bowl for Kid’s Sake Fundraiser, 2pm & 5:30pm at Abbotsford Galaxy Bowl. Info at www.mentoringworks.ca/ev/Home/newsandevents/bowlforkids.2017.aspx
The Rack Pack Pub Night, 6pm till close at the Canadian Brewhouse at High Street 3122 Mt. Lehman Rd. Benefiting Shape Your World Society and Abbotsford Community Services. Contact Tara Lawrence 604.614.0828 for more info.
Abbotsford Arts Council Free Songwriting Workshop - No instruments required, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at the Kariton Art Gallery. Register at www.bit.ly/noinstruments
Ryan McAllister with special guest Coalmont, 7:30pm at the Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Road. Tickets: $10 available at Ross Road Comm. Church.
B.C. Skills Competition, starts at 8am at Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street. Call 604.432.4229 or visit www.skillscanada.bc.ca for more info.
April 6, 7
Chief Dan George Middle School presents The Lion King, 7pm at Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way. Tickets 604.852.9616 or email Donna.Hollanti@sd34.bc.ca
April 6 - 9
UFV Theatre presents Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation. Thursday - Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm matinee at The Reach Gallery. Contact 604.795.2814 or email@example.com for more information.
April 7, 8, 9
Bradner Flower Show, 10am – 5pm at the Bradner Hall, 5305 Bradner Road. $2 Admission. Info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FMX Motorcross World Tour, 7:30pm at Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca
April 8, 9
Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market, 9am – 4pm at Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street. Vendors with amazing treasures. Info at www.theoldefarmhouse.ca
Abbotsford Connect Now Lunch, 11:15am at Denny's (in the NEW Sandman on Mt. Lehman) 950 Mt. Lehman Road.
Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation - Planned Giving Seminar, 1pm – 4pm at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. email@example.com or 604.851.4890.
“Seven Last Words of Christ” by Franz Joseph Haydn Performed by Calvin Dyck, Sonja Hindmarsh, Beth Nickel, and Ben Goheen, 7pm at Ross Road Community Church, 3160 Ross Road. An offering will be taken to defray expenses.
April 15, 16
Easter at EcoDairy, 10:00am – 4:00pm at EcoDairy 1356 Sumas Way. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase, 3pm - 7pm at Quality Inn & Conference Centre, 36035 North Parallel Road.
Story Academy, 6pm – 8pm (5:30 Orientation) at Chances Casino 30835 Peardonville Rd. RSVP & DETAILS at storyacademy.ca
April 20 - 23
UFV Theatre presents Grand Theft Terra Firma: Stories of (Re)conciliation, Thursday - Saturday 7:30pm, Sunday 2:00pm matinee at the Sto:lo Resource Centre, Chilliwack. Contact 604.795.2814 or email@example.com for more information.
Abbotsford Hospice Society Moments of Hope Gala at the Quality Inn & Conference Centre
36035 North Parallel Road. Info at www.abbotsfordhospice.org. Tickets at 604.852.2456.
Kip Moore, 7:30pm at Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca.
April 21 – 23
B.C. Classic & Custom Car Show, Friday 5pm -10pm; Saturday 10am - 10pm; Sunday 10am - 5pm at Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street. For info call 604.539.7223 or www.bccustomcarshow.com
East Abbotsford Kids Swap Meet, 9am – Noon at CLCC, 35131 Straiton Road. A fun day of shopping for gently used kids & baby stuff. $1 Admission. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I Love The 90’s Tour, 7:30pm at Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.ca. www.abbotsfordcentre.ca
Professional Writers Association of Canada - Fraser Valley Chapter Monthly Meeting, 6pm - 9pm. For more information: email@example.com. Guests Welcome.
All Candidates Meeting, 7pm - 9pm at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium. www.abbotsfordchamber.com
April ProD Camp, 9am – 3pm at EcoDairy 1356 Sumas Way. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28, 29
Abbotsford Children’s Theatre presents The Magic Door. Friday 7pm / Saturday 1pm at Abbotsford Arts Centre, Community Arts Addition 2329 Crescent Way. Join 27 young actors as they explore the magic of theatre, and visit many characters from our past shows. Tickets at The Reach Gallery, Jazz Ma Tazz, Tourism Abbotsford or online www.abbotsfordchildrenstheatre.org
April 28 - 30
Volleyball BC U13/14 Provincial Championships, Friday 11am; Saturday 7am; Sunday 8am at Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street. www.volleyballbc.org
Game of Throws – Dodgeball Tournament, starts at 8am at UFV – Envision Athletic Centre. Info at email@example.com or 604.851.4890. Supporting Abbotsford Regional Hospital
Spring in the Valley presented by the Fraser Valley Community Winds, 2pm at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium 32315 South Fraser Way. www.fvcw.ca/gettickets
Sugar Mummas Bowling Night - Fundraiser for Nationals 2017, 9pm-midnight at Galaxy Bowling Alley. Visit us on Facebook at SUGAR MUMMAS or contact Rea Tennant 604-217-8869 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flea Market, 6am – 4 pm at the Abbotsford Exhibition Grounds 32470 Haida Dr.
Suburban Swing Dancing, 8:30pm – 11pm at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. www.suburbanswing.com
Suburban Swing Beginner East Coast Swing Lesson, 7:45pm – 8:30pm at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. www.suburbanswing.com
The Abbotsford Legion hosts Weekly Breakfasts, 8:30am - 11:30am at the Abbotsford Legion, 2513 West Railway Ave. www.abbylegion.ca
Mondays through Fridays
AL-ANON Family Groups - Strength & Hope for Friends and Families of Problem Drinkers. Please check website for times and locations. www.al-anon.org Local Contacts – 604.855.1942 or 604.859.6566
Line Dancing, 9am - 11:30am at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at email@example.com
Carpet Bowling, 1pm - 4pm at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coffee, Cards and Connections, 10am - 11am (or schedule of nursery for holidays). Cannor Nursery 34261 Marshall Road. A group for an individual, business owner (and/or both) who is interested in learning more about connecting with others through traditional means not only for personal development but also for growth of their business. In addition to personal/business development, this group was started to assist current SendOutCards customers/distributors to more effectively use the SendOutCards system. This brief weekly meeting will also provide a forum for everyone to share their experiences and learn more about products/services/business opportunities with SendOutCards. We are looking forward to "connecting" with you. All skill levels are welcome.www.meetup.com/Coffee-Cards-Connecting-Cannor/
Abbotsford Grand Squares host Square Dancing, 7pm – 10pm at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. www.AGS.SquareDance.bc.ca
Senior’s Exercise, 9:30am – 10:30am at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Email - email@example.com
Partner Bridge, 1pm – 4pm at the ASAA Hall, 2361 Cyril St. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballroom Dancing, 7pm - 10pm at the ASAA Hall 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at email@example.com
Alateen a part of Al-Anon Family Groups, meets at 7:15pm for young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking, whether it's a parent, sibling or friend. H.O.M.E. Society, 31581 South Fraser Way. Contacts: 604-855-1942 or 604-826-5100.
Abbotsford Valley Women's Network Monthly Luncheon (September - June) 11:30am - 1:30pm (come early for networking) at The Phoenix Ballroom, 33780 King Road. $23 for luncheon. Reservations required: Contact June Krause Friday before luncheon. firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbotsford Hospice Society TEEN LOUNGE 2017 Supportive Group Session for teens who have
experienced death of friends or family members. February 22 – March 10, 4:15pm – 6:15pm. No Charge. Register – email@example.com. Call 604.852.2456 Ext. 412
Line Dancing, 6:30pm - 10pm at the ASAA Hall 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbotsford Seniors Association General Meeting, 12pm - 2pm at the ASAA Hall 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at email@example.com
Senior’s Exercise, 9:30am – 10:30am at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Abbotsford Grand Squares host Square Dancing, 7:30pm – 9:30pm at the ASAA Hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. www.AGS.SquareDancing.bc.ca
Crossroads Open Mic, 7pm at House of James. Sign up online to ensure a spot / come early. 8, + or -, performers, max 2 people per act. Approx 10 minutes each ie 2 or 3 songs. SIGN UP ONLINE. Story tellers sign up by messaging Word of Mouth Arts Network on FB or email John at email@example.com
Rise and Shine Toastmasters Club 9453 Weekly meeting, 7:20am - 8:20am and begins promptly at University of Fraser Valley Building A - Room 225 (UFV School schedule is followed) Visitors are welcome. www.9453.toastmastersclubs.org/
Partner Bridge, 1pm – 4pm at the ASAA Hall, 2361 Cyril St. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karaoke, 7:30pm – 11:30pm at the Abbotsford Legion. More Info at 604.853.1711 or visit www.abbylegion.ca.
Friday Night Social, 7:30pm - 10:30pm at the ASAA Hall 33889 Essendene Ave. More info at email@example.com. Tickets call 604.859.4646.
Fish and Chips, 5pm – 7pm at the Abbotsford Legion. More Info at 604.853.1711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market Farmers Market, Begins April 15th, 9am – 1pm on Montrose Avenue (north of George Ferguson Way) www.afcm.ca
The Abbotsford Legion Hosts a Meat Draw, 2pm – 5pm at the Abbotsford Legion, 2513 West Railway Ave. www.abbylegion.ca
At the Abbotsford Libraries
For a complete schedule of events happening at all 25 Fraser Valley Regional Libraries, visit us at www.fvrl.bc.ca and click on events!
Friends of the Abbotsford Libraries Meetings, 1pm – 2:30pm at Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way) from, from September to June. If you love your library, this is the volunteer opportunity for you. For more information call the library.
Storytime, 10:30am – 11am at the Abbotsford Community Library 33355 Bevan Ave.
Adult Colouring Club, 1:30pm – 3pm at the Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way. Be creative, unwind and socialize with friends old and new! Supplies provided.
Storytimes, 10:30am – 11am at the Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way. Children and caregivers will enjoy interactive stories, songs, rhymes and more!
Knit One, Knit All! 2pm – 4pm at the Mount Lehman Library 5875 Mt Lehman Rd. Are You Crafty? Drop in for an afternoon of knitting, stitching, and socializing at these weekly gatherings.
Conversation Circles, 10:15am – 11:30am at the Clearbrook Library, 32320 George Ferguson Way. Practice English in a fun, informal setting. Hosted by Abbotsford Community Services.
Kept in Stitches, 1pm – 3pm at the Abbotsford Community Library 33355 Bevan Ave. Drop in for an afternoon of knitting, stitching, and socializing at these weekly gatherings.
That’s Magic with Gary Savard! 2pm – 4pm at the Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way. Add some magic to your Spring Break with Gary’s interactive magic show for the whole family!
Meditation for Stress Management, 1:30pm – 3pm at the Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way. Learn the tools of self-compassionate meditation from Dr. Suman Kollipara. Please register.
Detox and Nourish Your Body by Learning to Juice, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at the Abbotsford Community Library 33355 Bevan Ave. Raw Vegan expert, Monica Serwa, presents the juicy details on the health benefits of juicing! Please register.
Special Earth Day Storytime at the Clearbrook Library 32320 George Ferguson Way. Meet grade 5 student, Seerat Waraich, whose book “Lily the Energy Saver” won the Fortis BC Literacy Matters Abbotsford 2016 Book Writing Contest. Our young author will read her book and you can take home a copy to enjoy on Earth Day and every day!
What’s On! At The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
Open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm / Thursday 10am - 9pm (open late!)Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm / Closed Monday. www.thereach.ca
January 26 - May 7
David Campion & Sandra Shields: Grand Theft Terra Firma. An photography and installation exhibition that uses the visual language of digital gaming to reframe the colonial settlement of Canada as a complex heist masterminded by criminals in London and played out in Stó:lō territory. FREE
Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō- Coast Salish Community in the Fraser Valley. Presented in conjunction with the launch of the innovative Sq’éwlets community virtual exhibition, Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō- Coast Salish Community in the Fraser Valley, this multimedia exhibition introduces audiences to Stó:lō history and worldview. FREE
Carrielynn Victor: In this series of new works by emerging Stó:lō artist Carrielynn Victor (Xemontalot), the artist uses limited colours and repeating shapes to emphasize the interdependence of all things. FREE
Lyndl Hall: Stretchers, Headers and Footnotes. Hall examines the role of the “red brick building” in colonial expansion using two case studies: the Clayburn/Kilgard brick-works of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, and the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Art on Demand 3.1 - The Art on Demand exhibition series showcases artwork by members of the Emerge @ The Reach program, which supports professional development in aspiring artists and arts professionals in the Fraser Valley.
Voices of the Valley: The permanent history exhibition at The Reach brings together material culture collections, photographs, archival material and collections of oral histories to illustrate significant local themes and events through the eyes of the individuals who experienced them. FREE
C3-Culture, Coffee and Cookies, 10:30am -11:30am. FREE, pre-registration is requiredEnjoy weekly, stimulating, one-hour cultural presentations in a relaxed, social setting.
Two Sundays of each month, check our website for dates - Sunday Family Arts, 1pm - 3pm, open to all ages. FREE, pre-registration is required
Bring the whole family out for our fun craft sessions in the studio. Our projects are often based on our current exhibitions, holidays or relevant themes. This is a great opportunity for little ones to practice their motor skills, and for parents to let loose and enjoy some art making!
Tour & Try @ The Reach, $5 per-participant, 3 weeks advance-booking required. Open to any group of 5 or more participants. Based on Visual Thinking Strategies, this group fieldtrip program consists of a one-hour, docent-led tour of current exhibitions and a one hour, hands-on, exhibition-related art project in our studio. See our website for more information.
SPRING BREAK ART CAMPS
March 13 – 15 | $90
March 16, 17 | $60
March 20, 21 | $60
March 22 – 24| $90
10:30am – 2:30pm | Ages 6 to 12
Pre-registration required. Want to learn how to break the mold? Become a contemporary art-kid? Learn fun facts about Art History? Get messy and make new friends? Then you’ve come to the right place! Sign up now, spaces are limited!
GENEALOGY 101, FREE. Pre-registration required. Led by members of the Abbotsford Genealogical Society, this workshop will give the beginner a head start on the world of genealogical research. It will feature subjects that provide the building blocks of this field and allow participants time to have their questions answered face to face by two experts in the field.
WINE AND PAINT NIGHT, 6pm – 8:30pm. $45 Friends of the Reach | $55 Future Friends
Pre-registration required. Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of painting, wine and nibbles. Includes supplies, refreshments and one glass of wine. Instructed by artist Jamie Smith of Thrive Studios, Vancouver.
SLOW ART DAY - General Admission to The Reach is always free. This is an all-day indulgence! Come to The Reach and enjoy art slowly! In this age of fast paced digital imagery it’s important to stop and slowly absorb some art at The Reach!
EXHIBITION TOUR & DISCUSSION: Grand Theft Terra Firma: Reconciliation & Settler Responsibility. 1pm, Free, Open to the public. What role can we, as settler individuals, play in repairing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations? Join artists David Campion & Sandra Shields and curator Laura Schneider for an in-depth tour of Grand Theft Terra Firma and a discussion about the role of settler society in enacting reconciliation.
NEXT STEPS: TALKING CIRCLE, 1pm, Free, Open to the public. What do these exhibitions add up to when considered collectively? Do they offer us a new perspective on the history of the Fraser Valley? What can we do, as individuals and communities, to work toward reconciliation? These questions will frame the discussion in this closing event which brings together the artists, cultural leaders, and scholars involved in the season of exhibitions to discuss responses to the exhibitions, imagine possible futures for settler/Indigenous relationships in the valley, and consider practical and applied next steps for reconciliation.