Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-7:45 pm
Mason orchard bees–and their close cousins, the mason blueberry bees–will soon begin to emerge from their unique overwintering ‘houses,’ to begin pollinating the plants whose fruit we will enjoy. Come hear more about these amazing species, and learn how you can help maintain and protect them in our environment.
Wednesday, February 13, 6:30-7:45 pm
Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features jazz duo Two Bass Hit with bassists Ed Bennett and Shao Way Wu performing arrangements of music from the Great American Songbook, Bird, Monk, Strayhorn and more as well as original compositions.
Classic Movie Night
Thursday, February 14, 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 A Millionaire for Christy, an old-fashioned screwball romantic comedy starring Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker.
Fridays, Feb. 15, 22, & Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 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, Feb. 17 & Mar. 3, 17, 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.
Understanding the Male and Female Brain
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30-7:45 pm
Dr. Tarvez Tucker, professor of Neurology at OHSU will discuss the differences in the male and female brain. Is the female brain truly unique? Do women experience life-events more deeply than men, and recall emotional memories in more detail? What are the surprising medical conditions more common in women than men? Sponsored by BRAINet and the OHSU Brain Institute.
AARP Program: Home for a Lifetime
Thursday, February 21, 10:30-12 pm
Research consistently finds that the majority of people age 50 and older want to stay in their homes and communities for as long as possible. But our homes often don’t meet our needs as we age. Join us to learn what you can do to be able to stay in the home you love by turning it into a “lifelong home,” suitable for yourself and anyone in your household. All participants will receive a free HomeFit guide.
The topic for March 21 will be grandparenting.
Saturday, February 23, 2-3:30 pm (Adults)
Saturday, February 23, 4-5:30 pm (Teens)
This introductory class is designed to give you practical, effective, easy to learn and implement self-defense techniques and preparations. Based on a foundation of Aikido principles, this class will emphasize non-aggressive ways to neutralize an attack or conflict. These techniques are suitable for individuals of all ages and physical abilities.
Space is limited. Sign up at the reference desk or call (503) 783-3455.
Sundays, Feb. 24, & Mar. 10, 24, 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.
Mondays, Feb. 25 & Mar. 11, 25, 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!
Board Game Connection
Thursdays, Feb. 28 & Mar. 28, 5-7:45 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. February’s featured game will be PitchCar.
Mondays, March 4 & 18, 1:30-3:30 pm
Join our friendly group every first and third Monday of the month to play this fun and challenging game!
Craft Night: Easy Batik Art
Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7:30 pm
Come try your hand at this colorful and creative craft which involves decorating fabric squares with glue and acrylic paint.
Happy Valley Library Book Group
Thursday, March 7, 6:30-7:45 pm
This month we are reading Nutshell by Ian McEwan. 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!
Landscape Design 101
Saturday, March 9, 11 am-12:30 pm
The grounds that surround a home can make the difference between the ordinary and the remarkable. Good design is the foundation of a beautiful and sustainable garden. Master Gardener Laura Eyer will talk about hardscape (paths, patios and decks), logistics (driveways, neighbors, and utilities), a basic design plan, plant selection, and more.
The Willamette Valley: New Capital of American Food & Wine
Thursday, March 12, 6:30-7:45 pm
Now recognized as home to one of the nation’s most vibrant culinary scenes, the story of how Portland became a food and beverage Mecca is a fascinating one. Based on his latest book, “Unique Eats & Eateries of Portland, Oregon” Author Adam Sawyer details the history and current culinary landscape of the region through stories of the people, places, and events that helped make it happen.
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30-7:45 pm
Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features Sharon and Michael performing American Traditional music which includes Blues, Jazz, and Country, with some big band and classical music thrown in for good measure.
Classic Movie Night
Thursday, March 14, 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 film is the 1942 Technicolor swashbuckler The Black Swan starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara.