April Trifecta: Creative, Entertaining & Informative Programs for Adults & Businesses

Posted on March 24, 2022 at 4:00 am

Our programs for adults in April include creative, entertaining, and informative offerings. During Money Smart Week, you can learn about building your credit, home buying, spending smart on essentials, and more.

Earth Week brings BioBlitz 2022 with programs for all ages and a guided hike just for adults at the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve. Vegetable gardening and container gardens are on spotlight in April for anyone looking to increase their home bounty.

Business owners, marketers, and entrepreneurs can get help with social media and learn about free library resources that are a great fit for businesses.

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Business Matters

SCORE Business: Social Media Basics for Businesses

Bring your questions about social media for business. Along with the basics of setting up a business page or account and creating business ads on social media platforms, we’ll cover the specific questions you have for your business or startup. Adults

Thursday, Apr 21, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

Digital Resources: Gale Business Suite

See the new digital resources from the Gale Business Suite available to entrepreneurs and business owners, including Plan Builder, Entrepreneurship, DemographicsNow, and Business Insights: Global. Adults

Note: Library customers need an in-district library card to access these resources from the Digital Library.

Wednesday, Apr 27, 6–7pm | REGISTER

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Creative, Entertaining & Informative

Creativebug: Daily Painting Challenge

Paint along with daily videos, and then meet up with other painters online to share tips and encouragement. This Creativebug class takes you on a 28-day journey of painting the world around you—from fruits, vegetables, and objects to complex portraits—all using acrylic craft paints and basic brushes. Learn fundamental skills for working with this versatile medium, including how to add shadows, depth, and dimension. No matter your skill level, this daily guidance will invigorate your practice. The library will provide basic supplies to get you started. Adults

Note: Creativebug is only available to in-district library card holders and those with their own subscription.

Kick off meeting: Saturday, Apr 2, 2:30–3:30pm | REGISTER
Midway meetup: Saturday, Apr 16, 2:30–3:30pm
Final celebration: Saturday, Apr 30, 2:30–3:30pm

Library of Things: The Digital Multimeter

We’re checking out the newest thing in our Library of Things: the digital multimeter. When used properly, a multimeter can help you solve a number of problems around the home and garage and is an invaluable tool for the electronics hobbyist. Come learn about our latest gadget in this hands-on demonstration. Teens & Adults

Tuesday, Apr 19, 3–4:30pm | REGISTER

Picture Book Chat

Discover new picture books that children will enjoy with librarians Mary Ellen and Sheri, as they chat about recently released titles in our collection. Hear and see what they like about these wonderful books for toddlers, preschoolers, and emergent readers. They also share some book-inspired activities you can try with the children in your lives. Adults

View Picture Book Chat on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, Apr 20, 1–2pm

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on our YouTube playlist.

Trivia: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

We’ll celebrate all three films featuring the adventures of Newt Scamander, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and Jacob Kowalski. Bring your knowledge of magical creatures, the rise of Dumbledore and Tom Riddle, the crimes of Grindelwald, and the magical world of the 1920s. All ages

Friday, Apr 29, 7–8pm | REGISTER

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Money Smart Week & Financial Literacy

Money Smart for Older Adults

This program raises awareness among senior adults and their caregivers on how to prevent elder financial exploitation and encourages advance planning and informed financial decision-making. Adults

Money Smart for Older Adults was developed jointly by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

Tuesday, Apr 12, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

Spend Smart. Eat Smart.
Available from moneysmartweek.org
Monday, Apr 11, 11am | REGISTER

Credit: Build & Improve It!
Available from moneysmartweek.org
Tuesday, Apr 12, 11am | REGISTER

Buying or Refinancing a Home: Options & Tools
Available from moneysmartweek.org
Wednesday, Apr 13, 11am | REGISTER

Understanding Social Security Benefits
Available from moneysmartweek.org
Thursday, Apr 14, 11am | REGISTER

Medicare Bingo

Play a fun game of Medicare Bingo to learn about Medicare and ways that you can avoid healthcare fraud. Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors (SHIBA) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) volunteer programs help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. Adults

This free, unbiased information session is presented by Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington (ALTCEW) and the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA), a free service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Thursday, Apr 28, 1–2pm | REGISTER

Earth Week BioBlitz 2022

BioBlitz 2022: Explore Nature’s Plants & Creatures

Do you wonder about the types of trees you see in your neighborhood? How about those interesting bugs you see in the grass? You can use the iNaturalist app to take a picture and a community of people will help you identify them. During our Earth Week BioBlitz, you can flex your scientific muscles by finding and identifying as many plants, animals, and insects as you can. All ages

iNaturalist: www.scld.org/bioblitz-2022
Observation Days: April 17–23
No registration needed—explore where you are & share!

Nature’s Recyclers: Mealworms

Did you know that mealworms are superstar plastic recyclers? Explore the exciting world of decomposers! See these amazing insects in action with the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center to learn more about cool mealworm adaptations. All ages

Presented by West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Tuesday, Apr 19, 4–5pm | REGISTER

Waikiki Springs Nature Hike

Celebrate Earth Day with a nature hike around the Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve led by Inland Northwest Land Conservancy. Learn about the preserve and take some pictures for the BioBlitz on iNaturalist. This hike is easy to moderate and approximately 3 miles out and back. Learn more about the preserve at www.scld.org/waikiki-springs. Adults

NOTE: A Discover Pass is required to park at the Waikiki Springs Trailhead. A limited supply of Discover Passes are available through library catalog. Other parking might be available in the neighborhood. You can access the Waikiki Springs Trailhead from the north end of Fairwood Drive off Mill Road near Mead High School. 

Led by Inland Northwest Land Conservancy

Waikiki Springs Nature Preserve (Fairwood)
Wednesday, Apr 20, 2–5pm | REGISTER

Outdoor BioBlitz Celebration at Mirabeau Meadows

Let’s have some fun outdoors! You can take part in a scavenger hunt and other Earth-themed activities. We’ll have magnifying glasses that you can borrow for closeup study of various flora and fauna (plants, animals, and insects) found in the park. Bring a smartphone or digital camera to take pictures you can share for the BioBlitz! All ages

13500 Mirabeau Pkwy (Spokane Valley)
Saturday, Apr 23, 10am–2pm
No registration needed—drop by & explore with us!

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Master Gardeners Plant Clinic

Need assistance identifying a garden pest or determining why a plant is not thriving? The Master Gardeners can help with a wide variety of horticulture issues, including plant selection, installation, and maintenance; plant problem diagnosis and treatment; environmentally sound gardening practices; pest identification* and management; and effective landscaping practices. All ages

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

*Due to limited space, please bring samples for pest identification in a 1-gallon plastic zipper bag or smaller. For additional information about preparing a sample for pest identification, contact Master Gardeners at 509.477.2181 or by email at mastergardener@spokanecounty.org.

1st & 3rd Fridays, Apr 1–Oct 21, 1–5pm

Vegetable Gardening 101

If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own food or if you’ve tried and not had success, then this is the program for you! Master Gardener Steve Nokes shares the basic information you need for success, including design, soil preparation, planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting. You’ll also learn how to store your home-grown vegetables. Adults

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

Wednesday, Apr 6, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Container Gardening

Some vegetables can be easily grown in simple containers. In this urban gardening program, Master Gardener Marilyn Lloyd shows you how to grow your own fresh vegetables in containers. Adults

Presented by the Spokane Master Gardeners

Monday, Apr 18, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

Saturday, Apr 23, 10–11am | REGISTER

Tuesday, Apr 26, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

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