The Matsqui, Sumas, Abbotsford Pioneer Association celebrates its 73rd anniversary with a dinner and dance on Friday, May 6 at The Rancho. Pioneers being honoured are Mollie Kissock and Patricia and Jack Hougan. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available only in advance at Tower Drugs and from committee members. Info: Clifton at 604-853-1508, Rosalie at 604-853-2347 or Noni at 604-853-2576.
The Abbotsford chapter of Blankets for Canada holds its last monthly meeting of the season on Thursday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. All are welcome to help put knitted and crocheted blankets together. Info: Nancy Gallagher at 604-504-3713.
Abbotsford’s Juvenile Diabetes Family Network meets Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the HOMES office at 31581 South Fraser Way. The discussion topic is “What to Expect during the Teen Years – Managing Our Teens and Their Diabetes and Planning for the Transition from Pediatric Care to Adult Care.” Info: Heather at 604-852-6770 or Tara at 604- 604-855-9174.
Dances are held every Friday at the Abbotsford Seniors’ Association hall, 33889 Essendene Ave. from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for members and $6.50 for guests. Bands for May are: Good Vibrations (May 6), Ben Isaac (May 13), Sweetwater (May 20) and Shirley Rodgers (May 27).
All proceeds from a women’s self-defence course on Saturday, May 7 will go to relief efforts in Japan. The program runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Abbotsford Recreation Centre and is led by Sensei Harry Sidhu. Karate world champion Uchida Yorihisa from Japan will also be on hand. Cost is by donation. Info and registration: Satomi at 604-853-3849.
Trinity Memorial United Church (33737 Hazel St.) holds its annual plant, bake and white elephant sale on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.
A Mother’s Day breakfast takes place Sunday, May 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at Jubilee Community Club (7999 Bradner Rd.). The breakfast is served buffet-style and includes sausages, scrambled eggs, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee, tea and all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5. Info: 604-856-4375.
Telecare Crisis and Caring Line holds its annual Mother’s Day hanging basket sale at Trinity Christian Reformed Church and Central Heights MB from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
The Mt. Lehman Garden Club holds its annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 7 at Mt. Lehman Credit Union, 5889 Mt. Lehman Rd.