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December

String-Along
Sundays, December 9 & 23, January 13 & 27, 2-5 pm

Bring your acoustic guitar, fiddle, ukulele or other stringed instrument to the Happy Valley Library and share some tunes with other musicians. Adults of all skill levels are invited to drop in and play some American traditional Bluegrass or Folk music in a casual, jam-style setting. Bring a song you know to share.

Genealogy Club
Monday, December 10, January 14 & 28, 2-4 pm

Come discover your amazing family history. Get together to find the clues that lead to your family’s unique story.  Learn how just a bit of research can open up new discoveries. Be a family history detective!

Note Night
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-7:45 pm

Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features violinists Lisa and Crystal Hanson performing traditional Celtic music along with some classical and seasonal favorites.

Classic Movie Night
Thursday, December 13, 6-7:45 pm

Relive classic films from the silver screen or enjoy them for the first time. Casual moviegoers and film buffs alike are welcome to come and share a cinematic experience at the library. This month’s movie is the cherished holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street from 1947 starring Edmund Gwenn and Maureen O’Hara.

Mah Jongg
Fridays, Dec. 14, 21, 28, & Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 1-4pm

Those who enjoy playing American Mah Jongg are invited to join our fun and friendly group! Be sure to bring your 2018 National Mah Jongg League cards.

Creative Nonfiction Writing Group
Sundays, December 16, January 6 & 20, 3-4:30 pm

Looking for advice, support, or encouragement with your writing project? This group of writers meets to exchange critique pages, receive feedback, and ask questions. There will also be opportunity to discuss goals and share insights into the writing process. Sign up at the reference desk.

Pinochle Club
Mondays, December 17, January 7, 1:30-3:30 pm

Join our friendly group every first and third Monday of the month to play this fun and challenging game!

Combating Stress, Cultivating Resilience 
Thursday, December 20, 10:30-12 pm

When was the last time you looked forward to the holidays without some amount of stress? Join Dr. Vicki Schmall, nationally renowned gerontologist and speaker on issues of self care and managing stress during the holidays. Dr. Schmall will share practical tips and ideas on how you can combat stress and cultivate resilience beyond the holidays. Sponsored by AARP.

Board Game Connection
Thursday, December 27, 6-7:45 pm

Gather around a table and connect with friends new and old over board games. Learn a new game or bring a personal favorite and teach someone else! New games will be featured every month. December’s featured game will be Small World!

January

Happy Valley Library Book Group
Thursday, January 3, 6:30-7:45 pm

This month we are reading Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. Come to the library to discuss this book with other readers. Did you like it or not? Did something surprise you or make you think twice? Come share your thoughts!

Note Night
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30-7:45 pm

Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features harpist Jini O’Flynn playing a mix of Celtic tunes, waltzes, bluegrass, and other familiar songs.

Classic Movie Night
Thursday, January 10, 6-7:45 pm

Relive classic films from the silver screen or enjoy them for the first time. Casual moviegoers and film buffs alike are welcome to come and share a cinematic experience at the library. This month’s movie is The Mudlark (1950), an utterly charming British historical drama with beautiful scenery and stunning costumes starring Irene Dunn and Alec Guinness.

Oregon Ghost Towns
Tuesday, January 15, 3:30-5 pm

Did you know Oregon is home to more than 250 ghost towns, more than any other state in the country? Steve Arndt, author of Oregon Ghost Towns A to Z and the Roads Less Traveled series, shares his lifelong passion for the topic with loads of fun facts that will inspire you to experience this state’s ghost towns for yourself.

Civic Engagement
Thursday, January 17, 10:30-12 pm

More information on this NeighborTalk, sponsored by AARP, coming soon.

E-Books and Audiobooks Workshop
Thursday, January 17, 6:30-7:30 pm
Wednesday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 pm

Did you know that the library has books that you can download for free to your Kindle, tablet, or phone? Stop in for a demonstration and learn all about it. Feel free to bring your device and we will help you get started.

Pruning Basics
Tuesday, January 22, 3:30-5 pm

One of the more misunderstood issues in plant maintenance is pruning–both outside and inside plants. Why prune? When? How to do it so it doesn’t ‘wreck’ the plant? Bring a photo of a plant you think needs pruning, and Master Gardener Kris LaMar will discuss those issues and more.

Going into Business
Thursday, January 31, 6-7:45 pm

Starting (or thinking about starting) a business? Before you go too far, find out what it takes to start up and successfully operate your own business in Oregon. Discover the basics of business and what resources are available for researching, starting up, financing, and managing your dream business. Presented by staff from the CCC Small Business Development Center.