Date: April 28 - April 29
Time: 7:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Yes! In My Back Yard- Happy Valley

Join the Happy Valley Neighborhood Association for a weekend full of ideas to explore how we can provide accessible, affordable housing and have a happy neighborhood.






Yes! In my Back Yard- Happy Valley aims to start a community conversation about the need for expanding housing choices for people of all incomes and planning for growth in a way that improves everybody’s quality of life. More people now than ever are looking to live in walkable neighborhoods, near jobs, transit and services. Demands on the housing market are increasingly making these places inaccessible for many. During these events we will explore how we can provide accessible, affordable housing and have a vibrant, happy neighborhood. Thank you to the Whatcom Community Foundation’s Project Neighborly for their support and funding with this project!


Friday: Catalyzing Community Connections Movie Night
7-10pm, free
Firehouse Performing Arts Center


Debut of the Happy Valley Neighborhood Short Film, by NAM Films
Viewing of A Man Called Ove- an impactful film on the value of neighborliness.


Saturday: Exploring Housing for a Happy Neighborhood
9-4pm, free
Our Saviours Lutheran Church
lunch included


Learn: Hear from Planning Director Rick Sepler and Architect Bill Kreager on designing sustainable communities. 


Engage: Interactive sessions to explore density, design and community connections over lunch


Explore: Creative housing and see how it fits in the context of our neighborhood


The life-shaping power of urban design isn’t always obvious. But design has huge consequences for people, the economy and the planet. The good news: the happy city, the green city and the low-carbon city are the same place, and everyone can help build it.” Charles Montgomery Happy City Lab