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
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.


C3 - Women of Substance
Presenter: Sharalee Regehr

March 3, 2015

10:30am | FREE Admission

Our recorded history has ignored or altered the existence of many women.  Sharalee Regehr will share her paintings, which have been inspired by many of these historical female figures. Some are familiar stories and some may be new to you. Come and help us celebrate the rich history of women with artist Sharalee Regehr.


International Women's Day Celebration

March 8, 2015

11am - 3pm | FREE Admission

11am to 1pm - Dance, Music and Guest Speakers
1pm to 3pm - Film Showcase "The Honour Diaries", followed by an interactive panel discussion

The International Woman's Day at The Reach is aimed at creating an awareness of the struggles faced by women worldwide and to act as a catalyst to end abuse of women. It is a celebration of unity, support and empowerment.

Along with the panel discussion at The Reach, will be an art exhibit centered around the theme of "Home" and what that means. The art will have three key elements: a fabric wall hanging, a chandelier and a photo wall.

Women have contributed fabrics, representing how they feel about their homes, and these fabrics have been cut and sewn in to long strips. The strips include lace, silks, rawhide, upholstery, tent, tarp, flannel - all representing different "homes", and are woven together to make a wall hanging. The chandelier will have many bangles and keys on it. Keys lock the doors to our homes - they lock us in or out, unlock our pasts, open the future, etc. The photo wall will feature hands and keys.

The theme is "Home" but the reason for creating the exhibit is social inclusion, and women from all different walks, that might never have opportunity to get to know each other, have come together to work on it. This enriches all of us.

Download the event graphic for more information.

C3 - Poignant Moments: A Remarkable Perspective of Local History
Presenter: Ernie Poignant

March 10, 2015

10:30am | FREE Admission

Ernie Poignant will be sharing from his illustrated book Poignant Moments. Ernie details stories of Swedish families in Matsqui around the 1900’s when his grandfather, Carl Emil Poignant first purchased a homestead on Sumas Mt. before settling in the Ridgedale part of Matsqui in 1907.

Poignant’s illustrated narrative continues on into the 1920’s and 30’s recalling “the change from driving on the left to the right side of the road on Jan., 1, 1922.”

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Grant Writing
Art of Marketing Series

March 14, 2015

1:00pm | Please see cost details below

Grant writing can be a stressful process for non-profit organizations hoping to obtain funding for important projects, but with a few tips and tricks for grant writing, the process can be made easier. Heidi Turner shares some of the pitfalls that non-profits fall into when applying for grants and gives important tips for avoiding these pitfalls.

Heidi is a freelance writer and 2013 Arty Award Winner.

Registration required @
$15 Abbotsford Arts Council Members
$25 Non-Members
$5 Young Contemporaries of the Reach

Spring Break Camps @ The Reach

March 16, 2015 - March 27, 2015

We will offer four fun and creative camps for kids aged 6 to 12.


  • March 16th to 20th | Drawing: Comic Style | 10:00am to 12:00pm | $110 members, $125 non-members | REGISTER NOW!
  • March 16th to 20th | Art Cart Masterpieces | 1:00pm to 3:00pm | $110 members, $125 non-members | REGISTER NOW!
  • March 23rd to 27th | Art Cart Masterpieces | 10:00am to 12:00pm | $110 members, $125 non-members | REGISTER NOW!
  • March 23rd to 27th | Drawing: Comic Style | 1:00pm to 3:00pm | $110 members, $125 non-members | REGISTER NOW!

Camp Descriptions

Art Cart Masterpieces

Art Cart Masterpieces is led by artist Tracie Stewart. This camp explores current exhibitions in the gallery and teaches us how to be inspired by what is around us. We will use many different mediums during camp to create fabulous art! All levels of ability welcome. This camp is open to children aged 6 to 12.

Drawing: Comic Style

The Drawing: Comic Style Camp is led by artist Darryl Funk who is an expert at comic style illustrations! Join us at The Reach to stretch your creative muscles in 2D. All levels of ability welcome. This camp is open to children aged 6 to 12.

Camp Logistics

Each week we offer a camp in the morning and one in the after-noon. If your child wishes to register for both the morning and afternoon camps, your child will be supervised over the lunch hour by a qualified supervisor.

Spots fill up fast. Register now!

Slipper Felting Workshop

March 21, 2015

10am to 6pm | $60 Friends of The Reach | $75 Future Friends

Join us at The Reach with instructor Kim Walters as she shares her expertise on how to make a pair of wet felted slippers. Everyone's feet should be cozy and colorful by the end of the day!

This workshop is for people 13 years of age and older.

Cost of the class will be $75 dollars for non-members and $60 for members of ‘Friends of The Reach’. Wool is included in the price of the workshop. Please bring a sharp scissor, two large bath towels, a squirt water bottle and a cardboard cereal box, craft foam, or small bubble wrap to use to make a pattern. Spots fill up quickly so register now!

Image Credit: "Sherry Slippers" by Inger Maaike, Link to Image

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
Opening Night

May 4, 2015

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

Join us on May 4, 2015 at 5:30pm for the opening of <em>Through the Eyes of Youth</em> 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.</p><p>See our exhibitions page for detailed informaiton.