events & programs

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

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
March 29
April 12 and 26
May 10 and 24

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!

Class capacity is 30 participants. Registration is required. In order to respect the timeframe for classes, latecomers can only be accommodated up to 15 minutes past class start time. At that point, no latecomers will be admitted.

Please call 604 864 8087 ext 0 to register.

Hatha Yoga
with Certified Yoga Instructor, Simran Bains

January 12, 2015 - May 25, 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 - March 30th 2015

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

Bring your mat, a towel, light blanket.


C3 - Weaving Past and Future: Guatemalan Students, Their Heritage, and Their Dreams
Presenters: Dave MacDonald and Stan Hindmarsh

March 24, 2015

10:30am | FREE Admission

Join us for C3 on March 24th at 10:30!! In conjunction with the current Mayan textiles exhibition, Hallmark Retirement Communities will explain their involvement in the lives of communities in Guatemala, since those communities still weave and wear traditional clothing. Each design tells a story, explains the location of a village, and is a legacy of heritage. Join us for this talk which will also include hands-on examples of antique weavings, and videos of how the weavings are made on backstrap looms.

C3 - Docent Led Tour of Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatemala
Presenter: Morian Perepelitza

March 31, 2015

10:30am | FREE Admission

Join us for C3 on March 31st at 10:30! Docent Morian Perepelitza will lead a tour of this visually rich and unique exhibition.

Cloth holds great importance for Guatemala’s indigenous communities, and traditional dress plays an essential role in Maya identity today as a vital link with the ancestral past and a means of cultural reinvention. Through an array of textiles patterned with evocative designs rich in iconography, Ancestry and Artistry traces a century of dynamic change of ancient Maya traditions in the face of significant modernization, political upheaval, and religious transformation.

Decolonize Me Talk & Tour
With Curator, Heather Igloliorte and Artist, Jordan Bennett

April 4, 2015

1:00pm to 3:00pm | FREE Admission

Decolonize Me features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada's long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Join curator Heather Igloliorte and artist Jordan Bennett for a discussion of their individual practices and a tour of the exhibition.

Photo: Hallway (8): Jordan Bennett, Sovereignty Performance | Cérémonie de la souveraineté (2009), recycled paper, burnt trees, regalia | papier recyclé, arbres brulés, costume traditionnel, courtesy of the artist | avec la permission de l’artiste

Decolonize Me: Empowering Indigenous Women through Visual Arts
Panel Discussion

April 11, 2015

1:00pm to 3:00pm | FREE Admission

There are currently over a 1,000 Indigenous Women and Girls murdered and/or missing across Canada. Without a national inquiry it is difficult to understand this "disturbing phenomenon" let alone identify what is causing and/or contributing to this devastating tragedy. This panel of presenters will explore the ways in which colonization has contributed to the levels of violence Indigenous women experience as well as explore ways in which Indigenous women are empowering ourselves by decolonizing and reclaiming our roles and identities.

Panel Moderator: Dr. Wenona Victor, Indigenous Studies, UFV

Panel Presenters:
Dr. Michelle LaFlamme - Indigenous Women in Performing Arts
Dr. Geoffrey Carr - Indigenous Women in Visual Arts
Theresa Warbus and Lauren Krenz - LENS of Empowerment - Video
Carrielynn Victor - Indigenous Women in Art

Photo: Contemporary Gallery (41): Sonny Assu, Longing #19 | Soif no. 19 (2011), reclaimed cedar, brass mount | bois de cèdre récupéré, support en cuivre jaune, courtesy of the artist | avec la permission de l’artiste

Drum-Making Workshop
With Carman McKay

April 18, 2015 - April 19, 2015

10:00am to 1:00pm | Friends of The Reach $125.00, Future Friends $135.00.
Register Now!

Join Carman McKay in this two-day workshop as he leads participants in making their own fir frame, deer hide drums following the teaching of the Four Corners area of America.

The workshop is open to participants 6 years old and up. Any Participants aged 6 to 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

***NOTE - Completion of your drum requires attendance to both sessions.

First Nations Teachings Workshop

April 19, 2015

1:00pm to 5:00pm | FREE Admission

First Nations learning supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits and the ancestors. Share in a learning experience beginning in a sacred circle of flowing energy to learn the traditions and sacredness of the talking piece and healing circles then gather around the big drum taking in words of teachings passed down from elders and share in a drumming experience of spiritual awakening.

Photo: Nigit’stil Norbert, Representation | Représentation, (2009), stop motion video | animation image par image, courtesy of the artist | avec la permission de l’artiste

PechaKucha Abbotsford Vol. 6
New Frontiers

April 28, 2015

6pm | By Donation - (Suggested Donation $10)

Join us for another fantastic PechaKucha Abbotsford! April's theme is "New Frontiers"!

This event will be held at the beautiful HighStreet Shopping Mall - HighStreet: J150-3122 Mt. Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC V4X 2M9.

In addition the PechaKucha, discover the Valley’s hidden design gems at the Portfolio Show of the University of the Fraser Valley’s Graphic and Digital Design (GDD) program.

4 pm to 6 pm: Meet the Designers
6 pm to 9 pm: PechaKucha, New Frontiers

A list of our speakers will be available soon. Keep checking the website for more information.

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. (

Through the Eyes of Youth
Exhibition Opening

May 4, 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm | FREE Admission

Join us on May 4, 2015 at 5:30pm for the opening of Through the Eyes of Youth presented by The Abbotsford Youth Commission. This thought provoking exhibit was developed by a dedicated Youth Council group in order to generate meaningful conversations between youth and adults. You are invited to visit the exhibition and join the conversation! The exhibit will be on display until May 28, 2015.

See our exhibitions page for detailed informaiton.