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Calendar of events and activities in Aldergrove and area this week

Aldergove Leaders Club Toastmasters Group – meets every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 26245 28th Ave Aldergrove (no church affiliation). If you’re 18 years or older, and have always wanted to improve your self-confidence and public speaking skills, please join us for an evening of great laughs and ongoing enouragement. Info: email KarinZinner@gmail.com; website www.leadersclubtm.org

Port Kells Art Club – Classes every Monday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with general meetings third Monday of each month. New members, all levels of experience welcome. Annual membership $25. Two new multi-week classes begin Jan. 5 (oil and acrylic). Club exhibits 3-4 times per year in community. Located in Langley on Fraser Hwy. Info: Rita Evans at 1-604-853-4006.

Santa and Mrs. Claus – coming to Muriel Arnason Library, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 4-5 p.m. The Jolly Old Elf and his wife will read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and sing Christmas songs. Parents are invited to bring a camera and get a photo of their child or children with Santa. There will also be a chance to enter a children’s Christmas book draw. The program is free, and open to the public, on a drop-in basis. Muriel Arnason Library is located at #130-20338 65 Ave., and phone number is 604-532-3590.

Yoga in the Country – at Jubilee Community Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd. Abbotsford, Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30. All levels welcome. Drop in fee $6 per session, bring a yoga mat. Certified instructors.

New Years Eve Party – at Bradner Community Hall, 5305 Bradner Rd., West Abbotsford. Dance to music provided by Phat Boyz DJ Services. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. and are available at Wilway Lumber in Aldergrove or www.brownpapertickets.com and include party favors and champagne at midnight. Info: 604-856-8441.

Chilliwack – Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Arts Centre & Theatre in Maple Ridge.  Tickets are $37.50 (plus facility fee & service charges) available at the Arts Centre & Theatre Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-476-2787 or online at www.theactmapleridge.org. Also Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Hub International Theatre at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Tickets are $18.95 (plus facility fee & service charges) available at Centre Box Office.  Charge by phone at 604-391-7469 or online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca

Scandinavian Christmas – Scandinavian Club of the Fraser Valley will hold annual Christmas potluck dinner on Monday, Dec. 8, at Masonic Hall, 33860 Pine St., Abbotsford. We meet at 6 p.m. and will all enjoy some delicious Christmas dishes, Scandinavian music and carol singing. Potential new members are welcome as guests. First-time attendees enter free of charge, but everyone is expected to contribute to the dinner. Info: Len at 604-857-2740 or Eigil Jensen at 604-870-8601, or email jensenke@shaw.ca

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – free movie screening at WindSong Co-Housing Community, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. (doors at 1:30), free non-GMO popcorn. Located at 20543 – 96 Avenue, Langley. Call Teri for info: 778-908-1480.

David James & Big River – tribute to Johnny Cash with special guest Hilary Beckett as June Carter, Monday, Dec. 29 at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver. Tickets are $36 (includes service charges) at the Theatre Box Office. Charge by phone at 604-981-6335 or online at www.kaymeekcentre.com

Rod Black – with Me And Mae, Sunday, Feb. 22 at Gabby’s Country Cabaret in Langley. Tickets are $22.50 (plus facility fee and service charges) at TicketWeb. Charge by phone at 1-888-222-6608 or online at www.ticketweb.ca.

Aldergrove Pensioners and Seniors – Monday, Jan. 19 is the next OAP meeting. Pensioners and seniors welcome and needed at 1 p.m. at OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 Street, Aldergrove. Members of the groups using the hall asked to attend.

Carpet Bowling – at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 Street, on Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. Cost per person is $1.

New Year’s Eve Party – at Jubilee Hall, 7989 Bradner Rd., West Abbotsford. Dance to live music provided by the Ken McCoy Band. Ken is one of the most versatile singers you will ever encounter. He plays a great mix of southern and classic rock and always has the dance floor hopping. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a buffet style dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Your ticket also includes party favours and champagne at midnight. Great value and a guaranteed good time. Overnight parking allowed. Tickets $40, available at Wilway Lumber, 28728 Fraser Hwy, or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/985609. Info: 604-856-4375. Have a great night, please pre-arrange a safe ride home.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly – a non profit weight loss support group, evening group meets Monday night in Aldergrove. Tuesday morning chapter meets at the Clubhouse, 27435 – 29A Street, Aldergrove, at 10 a.m. Info: Susan at 604-856-1138 or Lynda at 604-856-8014.

Heritage Holiday at the Fort – Dec. 20 to Jan. 4 (Closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan 1). Get away from the holiday bustle and make memories with your family and friends at the fort! Enjoy a traditional holiday atmosphere, crafts, and children’s activities. At 2 p.m., join a costumed interpreter for chestnut roasting and stories around the cosy fireplace in the Cooperage. Daily, join a guided intro tour at 11 a.m., watch blacksmithing at 12:30 p.m., barrel-making at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and the flag lowering song at 4:30 p.m. Regular admission fees apply – $7.80/adult or $19.60/family. Pick up a family annual pass on sale for $39.20 for your family or as a great holiday gift idea. Info: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/activ/activ2014.aspx#heritageholiday

Christmas with Michael W. Smith – Sunday, December 21, 7 p.m. at Abbotsford Centre. Tickets (incl. GST) $35, $50, $60, $75 (Plus FMF and service charges), additional $5 charge for day-of door sales. Tickets are available at abbotsfordcentre.ca, Venue Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, By phone 1-855-985-5000.

Glen Valley Watershed Society – Is the future of our local streams health important to you?  Join a group of interesting, passionate people that are looking for others with the same interests in NE Langley/NW Abbotsford – to protect our waterways to ensure a healthy environment for all animals. Info: Lisa at stewardship@leps.bc.ca

Partners Bridge – every Friday except second Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St.Newcomers welcome. Cost $2. Info: 604-607-0504.

Aldergrove Toastmasters – meets every Monday, 7 p.m. at Aldergrove Community Secondary School in room 125. Boost your self confidence; become a better speaker and have fun. Info: Vicki Austad, 604-856-5970.

Volunteer Drivers Needed – to help seniors. No special insurance needed. Kilometres reimbursed. Call Janice at 604-530-3020 Ext 302.

Square Dance Classes – Sundays at 12:30 p.m. at the Aldergrove OAP Hall, Fraser Hwy. at 273 Street. Singles and couples welcome, free admission, first three dances no experience. Info: call Tyler, 604-590-9039.

Aldergrove Art Club – join our friendly group every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. at the OAP Hall, 3015 – 273 St., Aldergrove. Info: Laurie at 604-856-6990 or Sheila at 604-539-0225.

People in Pain Network – non-profit organization which assists people living with all types of chronic pain. A new, free Fraser Valley support group at Aldergrove’s Seventh-Day Adventist Church, on the third Tuesday each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at 26245 – 28 Ave., Aldergrove. Info: Dick e-mail at dick@pipain.com, or 604-928-0486.

Aldergrove ESL Classes – Free English as Second Language classes every Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Dunstans Anglican Church, 3025 – 264 Street, Aldergrove. All are welcome.

Classics Book Club – Join the lively discussion at this new book club and get acquainted with the great books of world literature. Meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. at Murrayville Library. Coffee provided.

Fort Langley Library Knitting Circle – Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m. Drop-in. Bring your knitting to the library and enjoy the companionship of working with others on your project. Beginners welcome. Info: www.fvrl.bc.ca

Fraser Health Crisis Line – recruiting volunteers to provide assistance to people who are experiencing emotional distress. No previous experience is needed as extensive training and ongoing support is provided. Visit website www.options.bc.ca and follow the link for the Crisis Line.

Post Abortion Healing Services – for post abortion healing support, please contact Tanya at Your Pregnancy Options, Aldergrove – info@yourpregnancyoptions.ca, 604-856-9151, www.yourpregnancyoptions.ca

Langley Amateur Radio Association — meets first Thursday of month at 7 p.m. at Brookswood Firehall #5, 20355 32nd Ave., Langley. Coffee and sweets provided. Info, email: Don dondee@shaw.ca

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