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Posted on February 17, 2022 at 4:15 am

Our March programs provide opportunities to explore a variety of topics. Hear the story of one man’s forgiveness of his attacker who went on a killing spree shortly after 9/11.

Gardening ideas and tips have sprung up in four different programs. These fill up fast!

Our medley of programs for adults includes the return of Brambleberry Cottage & Tea Shoppe demonstrating techniques for blending great tea flavors. Downton Abbey is the focus of trivia—how well do you know the Crawleys? Also, learn more about Medicare, and see new picture books you can share with the young children in your life.

Startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses can register for and explore the entrepreneurial mindset and tax basics for business.

Don’t forget to check out the news post for our all-ages and family programs about nutrition and active living, STEM, and creative activities as well.

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Humanities Washington Lecture

One Second of Hate: A Story of Forgiveness

“Where are you from?” his attacker asked before shooting Rais Bhuiyan during a killing spree in Texas shortly after 9/11. The attacker, a white supremacist, had been hunting for “Arabs” and perceived Muslims, though not one of his victims turned out to be from the Middle East. Despite being shot in the face, Bhuiyan survived, but two other victims did not.

Remarkably, not only did Bhuiyan forgive his attacker, but he also spent months trying to save him from death row. In the process, his attacker, a man named Mark Stroman, renounced his white supremacist beliefs and expressed deep regret for his fatal actions. In his final words before his execution in 2011, Stroman said, “One second of hate will cause a lifetime of pain.”

Our stories have the power to connect, inspire, heal, and even save lives. As divisiveness continues to permeate our communities, Bhuiyan shares his story of resilience and reconciliation. Stories can help us replace ignorance with understanding, fear with acceptance, and hate with empathy—all pathways toward a more equitable, just, and peaceful society. Adults

Rais Bhuiyan (he/him) is the founder of World Without Hate, a nonprofit focused on preventing and disrupting hate and violence and restoring peace and understanding through storytelling and empathy. His story is chronicled in The True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas, by Anand Giridharadas. Bhuiyan lives in Seattle.

Presented in partnership with Humanities Washington

Registration is required.

Thursday, Mar 10, 7–8:30pm | REGISTER

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Propagation from Seeds & Cuttings

Master Gardener Steve Nokes shows you easy ways to propagate seeds with or without a greenhouse. Also learn how to propagate plants using cuttings. Adults

Presented by the Spokane County Master Gardeners

Registration is required.

Thursday, Mar 3, 5–6pm | REGISTER

Tuesday, Mar 22, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER (Rescheduled)

Straw Bale Gardening

Home gardening enthusiasts Bruce and Diane Moriarty share the secrets of successful straw bale gardening. Learn how to set up and condition the bales and how to install watering systems and trellises for plant support. All ages

Registration is required.

Saturday, Mar 5, 11am–12pm (Cancelled)

Saturday, Mar 12, 11am–12pm (Cancelled)

Wednesday, Mar 16, 6–7pm (Cancelled)

Saturday, Mar 19, 11am–12pm (Cancelled)

Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Master Gardener Kurt Madison shares what you can do to prepare your garden for spring, including basic yard care, spring cleanup, and preparation for gardening and seed propagation. Kurt will provide answers or make recommendations regarding a wide variety of gardening topics. All ages

Presented by the Spokane County Master Gardeners

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Mar 8, 6–7pm | REGISTER

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 County Master Gardeners

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Mar 29, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

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For Adults

Tea Blending with Brambleberry Cottage

Back by popular demand! Learn how to blend your own tea when Brambleberry Cottage & Tea Shoppe demonstrate some techniques for great flavor, including some fun literary tie-ins to cozy tea blends. You’ll have the opportunity to create a blend using materials provided. Supplies for this session will be available for registered participants. Adults

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Mar 15 Mar 29, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER (Rescheduled)

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 at

Wednesday, Mar 16, 1–2pm

If you miss any episodes, you can watch them on YouTube at

Getting Started with Medicare

Take the guesswork out of Medicare. This class is for anyone new to Medicare and those wanting a refresher. We cover Parts A, B, C, and D and go over your Medicare benefits and options, including a comparison of Medicare Advantage plans and Medigaps. Adults

Registration is required.

Tuesday, Mar 22, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

Monday, Mar 28, 6–7:30pm | REGISTER

Trivia: Downton Abbey

While the Crawleys embark on new adventures in the Downton Abbey movie sequel, test your knowledge of their old family secrets, gossips, and happenings both upstairs and downstairs during Downton Abbey trivia! Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Mar 24, 6:30–7:30pm | REGISTER

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Entrepreneurs, Startups & Businesses

Entrepreneurial Mindset Training: Who Owns the Ice House?

Take part in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program—an experiential, problem-based learning program designed to inspire, inform, and engage you in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Adults

Registration is required.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 6–7pm | REGISTER

Tax Basics for Small Businesses

Reporting and paying taxes is a crucial part of any successful small business. In this SCORE Business workshop, you’ll learn about the federal, state, and local taxes you need to report and pay based on your business’s sales and profits and the salaries paid to your employees. We’ll also discuss the records you need to keep to ensure you’re audit-ready. Adults

Registration is required.

Thursday, Mar 17, 12–1:30pm | REGISTER

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