Community members are encouraged to join the nonprofit's movie night next week.

The Tualatin Valley Beekeepers Association is holding a free family-friendly event next week in North Plains open to the community.

The non-profit organization, which works to provide community, advocacy and education for those interested in raising honey bees and supporting pollinators in the environment, will be providing a showing of the film, Queen of the Sun on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. at the Jessie Mays Community Hall, 30975 N.W. Hillcrest St.

"Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a film that TVBA selected to provide a beautiful introduction to beekeeping and contemporary beekeeping issues," said TVBA board secretary Debby Garman. "Many people are aware of failing worldwide bee populations and so-called 'colony collapse disorder.' Some people feel that amateur beekeepers like the members of TVBA can make a difference to help bees and wild pollinators to survive."

Garman added, "Our TVBA January gathering is a jumpstart to the beginning of beekeeping year, so come enjoy the overview this fascinating movie provides, and see if perhaps you might like to explore beekeeping yourself. Even if you don't choose that path, we promise you a fun and educational evening and free popcorn."

By Olivia Singer
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