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Poetry Workshop

Session III: Chasing Inspiration
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30-7:45 pm

Inspiration isn’t something you wait around for – although that’s one approach. Rather, it’s something you can consciously chase and catch in innumerable ways. This workshop will focus on the best strategies to ignite your inspiration when the Muse has stopped sending lightning strikes. We’ll begin with a writing exercise that will prove that point. You’ll leave with ideas that will keep you chasing inspiration for months to come. Space is limited. Sign up at the reference desk (503-783-3455).

AARP Program: Transportation Safety
Thursday, April 18, 10:30-12 pm

Mobility and transportation options are critical to helping us remain independent, active and engaged in our community, whether you get around on foot, bicycle, car or public transit. This will be a great opportunity to hear from Rob Sadowsky, Clackamas County Transportation Safety Outreach Coordinator, about the County’s Drive to Zero initiative and other transportation options and safety efforts.

The topic for May 16 will be saving money.

Mah Jongg
Fridays,  April 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 1-4pm

Those who enjoy playing American Mah Jongg are invited to join our fun and friendly group! Be sure to bring your 2019 National Mah Jongg League cards.

Creative Nonfiction Writing Group
Sundays, April 21, May 5 & 19, 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.

Genealogy Club
Mondays, April 22 and May 13, 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!

Sundays, April 28, May 12 & 26, 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.

Board Game Connection
Thursdays, Apr. 25 & May 23, 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. April’s featured game will be Catan.


Happy Valley Library Book Group
Thursday, May 2, 6:30-7:45 pm

This month we are reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. 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!

The book for June 6 will be A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Click here for the full list of what this group has read and discussed.

Pinochle Club
Mondays, May 6 & 20, 1:30-3:30 pm

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

Note Night
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-7:45 pm

Enjoy some live music while you browse for books or sit and savor the sounds. This month features Chuck Bolsinger playing an eclectic mix of blues, folk, and country as well as a few originals and a bit of harmonica thrown in for good measure.

Classic Movie Night
Thursday, May 9, 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. The movie selection for May is Thin Ice (1937), a musical comedy featuring skating star Sonja Henie and Tyrone Power.

Organic Gardening Demystified
Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-7:45 pm

“Organic” is a confusing word. In grocery stores, it means one thing. In gardens, it means another. Or does it? Come learn what it means when discussing fertilizers; plant, insect and fungus control; and caring for the environment and our health.

Behind the Music: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-7:45 pm

Greg Scholl, principal trombonist with the Vancouver Symphony, will talk about Modest Mussorgsky, Maurice Ravel, and the fascinating work “Pictures at an Exhibition.” He will also present some useful and interesting historical information from the context of the time the piece was written by Mussorgsky, and then orchestrated by Ravel.

Paper and Spit: Genetic Genealogy
Thursday, May 16, 6:30-7:45 pm

Join Don Anderson as he shares his story of discovery. An adoptee in search of his first parents, ethnic origins, and heritage, he begins by searching for his birth mother. And finding Nancy was just the beginning. Hear how DNA and genealogy led him on a journey of twists and turns, encountering kindness from strangers and surprising information from unexpected sources, leading to a satisfying conclusion.

The ADRC: A Doorway to Wellness, Support, and Community
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-7:45 pm

Do you need information for yourself, a friend, or loved one about what services and programs are available for older adults, people with disabilities, and veterans? Come learn about the types of private and public resources available to individuals looking for assistance and about the Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), a free central source of information for all income levels.