events & programs

all events & programs take place at the reach unless otherwise noted.

Film Nights @ The Reach

December 1, 2014 - December 31, 2015

Films start at 7pm! | FREE Admission

The Reach will be hosting monthly Film Nights! Please see the below schedule for updates.

Friday, January 9 - NO FILM NIGHT
Friday, February 13 - Certified Copy
Friday, March 13 - TBD
Friday, April 10 - TBD
Friday, May 8 - NO FILM NIGHT
Friday, June 12 - TBD
Friday, July 10 - TBD
Friday, August 14 - TBD
Friday, September 11 - NO FILM NIGHT, Cultural Days
Friday, October 9 - NO FILM NIGHT, Cultural Days
Friday, November 13 - TBD
Friday, December 11 - TBD

We value your input! Please let us know if there are particular films that you would like us to show. Forward questions or suggestion to:

Cherlandra Estrada,
Special Events & Marketing Coordinator
at 604 864-8087 x 117 or

Culture - Coffee - Cookies

January 6, 2015 - December 29, 2015

EVERY Tuesday @ 10:30am | FREE Admission

What is Culture, Coffee & Cookies (also known as C3)?

C3 is a program dedicated to providing stimulating and enjoyable learning opportunities for people of retirement age. Join us in this relaxed and social setting to discuss and participate in community culture. Each cultural presentation or activity will be followed by an opportunity to enjoy some refreshments while socializing with your peers.

What Topics Will be Covered

We are aiming to cover topics that will interest all members of Abbotsford retirement age community. Please feel free to suggest topics that are of interest to you.

How can you participate?

Attend weekly or when the topic interests you. This program is FREE, though pre-registration is required. There are various volunteer opportunities available for the c3 program. Ask us for more information.

How to Register?

You can register in person at The Reach - 32388 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3, or by phone 604 864 8087 (dial zero for reception), or online (just watch for the "Next Up C3" posts on our events page)


Every Tuesday at 10:30am. Cultural presentations will be 45 minutes to an hour, followed by coffee and cookies.


All C3 programs will take place at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford 32388 Veterans Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3 unless otherwise stated.


This program is geared towards adults of retirement age, though everyone is welcome. Please bring friends and family.

Sunday Family Arts

January 11, 2015 - December 31, 2015


Pre-Registration Required | 1-3pm

All Ages
January 11 & 25
February 1 & 15
March 1, 15 and 29

Bring the whole family out for our fun crafts 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!

Please call 604 864 8087 ext 111 to register.

Hatha Yoga
with Certified Yoga Instructor, Simran Bains

January 12, 2015 - April 27, 2015

Every Monday 5:30 - 6:30pm | $10/session Friends of the Reach, $12/session Future Friends

Hatha Yoga at The Reach With Simran Bains, certified yoga instructor

Mondays 5:30 – 6:30pm, January 12th - April 27th 2015

$10/session Friends of The Reach
$12/session Future Friends

Bring your mat, a towel, light blanket.


The Lake and Other Stories
Author Barbara Nickel on Decolonize Me

February 2, 2015

7:00pm | $2 At The Door

Image Credit - Sovereignty Performance | Cérémonie de la souveraineté, 2009, recycled paper, burnt trees, regalia | papier recyclé, arbres brûlés, costume traditionne courtesy of the artist | avec la permission de l’artiste

On February 2, 2015, author Barbara Nickel will respond to the exhibition “Decolonize Me” at The Reach Gallery Museum, speaking to the places where her own literary and personal narrative intersects the Aboriginal narratives she’s encountered, both historical and current. A multi-genre writer, Barbara will respond with poetry from her book Domain, creative non-fiction from her work-in-progress about the former Sumas Lake, and with slides and text from her forthcoming picture book for children, A Boy Asked the Wind.

This event will begin at 7:00 PM, giving guests an opportunity to tour the exhibit “Decolonize Me” prior to Barbara Nickel’s presentation at 7:30. This event is sponsored by the Abbotsford Chapter of CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women). The cost is $2 at the door.


Barbara Nickel’s second collection of poetry, Domain, was listed in Quill & Quire’s Best Books of 2007. Her previous collection of poetry, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Notre Dame Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland Review, The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry, and The Walrus, and she is a winner of The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize and Arc’s 2013 Confederation Poets Prize. Barbara’s novel for children, Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, chosen as a Canadian Library Association Honour Book of the Year for Children, and won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize. A new picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, is forthcoming in 2015.

What is God Like?
Presenter: Trudy Beyak

February 3, 2015


With What is God Like?, Trudy Beyak speaks to her book The Mother Heart of God and explores the ways that which both males and females are created in the image of God.
  • 45 minute presentation by Trudy Beyak
  • 15 minute Q & A period
  • Coffee and Cookies
  • An opportunity to socialize and have a laugh with friends
Pre-registration is required. Spots fill up fast, sign up now!(Photo Credit - Reach Archives 12316)

PechaKucha Abbotsford Vol 5
CONNECTIONS: Doing What We Love and Loving What We Do

February 12, 2015

6:30pm | By Donation

12 Fabulous Speakers and a Spectacular Gallery Exhibition

A lively 20 slides x 20 second presentation style featuring stories about doing what we love! The event includes a gala reception in UFV's S’eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery featuring visual connections through community branding projects and typography portraits created by UFV's Graphic + Digital Design students!

UFV Abbotsford
Thursday, February 12
Reception 5:00 pm: Building B, 136 Gallery
PechaKucha 6:30 pm: Building B, 101 Lecture Theatre

Admission FREE – suggested $10 donation.  Please be sure to register!

For more information on this event, including a list of speakers and details regarding the reception, please see the official PechaKucha Abbtosford website.

110 Stories
A Site-Specific Theatre Experience - By Sarah Tuft

May 1, 2015 - May 9, 2015

May 1 & 2, 7 - 9, 2015 @ 7:30pm
Discount Matinees: May 2 & 9 @ 2:00pm

Images of 9/11 are forever etched in our collective memory. These are the stories of people who risked their lives to save those trapped in the burning inferno of the Twin Towers and who desperately tried to rescue the ones buried under the smoldering debris following their collapse. Through their unimaginable testimonies and first-person accounts, a story of hope, compassion and even humour surges from the ashes of New York City's darkest day, culminating in a powerful and cathartic experience that celebrates the human capacity to rise above adversity and tragedy in a unifying effort to save lives.

Audience Advisory: Some strong language.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, INC. (

The Pinion Promenade
Steampunk Ball - 2nd Annual Contemporaries Night

May 30, 2015

save the date!

The Reach Gallery Museum is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Contemporaries Night! Come join us for live music, delicious food and fabulous steampunk fashion. If you attended last year's 1920s extravaganza "Diga Diga Doo", you know this is one event that you don't want to miss so mark your calendars! Visit again and also watch for updates on our social media. Hope to see you there!