November 5th – November 11th

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THIS WEEK


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Tuesday, November 6th
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE at 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
VOTE! FOR THE LOVE OF HELL’S SWEET BELLS YOU MUST VOTE!
Check out more info here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/vote_info.htm, find out where you vote here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/, and vote YES on 3! VOTE! If you CAN vote, you owe it to your community to do so. Basic human rights are on the ballot, and not bothering because you’re pretty sure Massachusetts will wind up doing okay is evil.

Art:

Monday, November 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, November 6th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
16th Annual Miller Lecture—”Family Matters: Art, Race and the Black Atlantic from Madame Benoist’s Portrait d’une femme noire (1800)” by Prof. Anne Lafont
“Anne Lafont is professor (directrice d’études) at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Professor Lafont will speak about gender, art and race during the Enlightenment and the Atlantic Revolutions with a particular focus on the representation of African women’s agency in the Colonies. She will present Madame Benoist’s painting (below), Portrait d’une femme noire (Portrait of a black woman) in conversation with the exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection.”
Wednesday, November 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Coffee and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Friday, November 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art-making from 4pm to 7pm! Stitch words or symbols with plastic needles and embroidery floss. Then take a look at a wonderful museum and have some complimentary refreshments! Also maybe donate anyway, the SCMA is just a very nice museum it deserves your support!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Saturday, November 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Drop-In Craft Table
“Come to the library to make a craft or bring the supplies home to complete. No registration is necessary. While supplies last.” Why not use the library as a site for your next crafting project?
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Family Arts & Crafts
“Children and families are invited to attend Family Arts & Crafts day at the Holyoke Public Library on Saturday, November 10. We will be starting around 11:00 with a read-aloud of Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell before creating our Thanksgiving decorations. The activity room will be open the rest of the day, so feel free to drop-in anytime after 11:00 am until closing (4:00) to create your Thanksgiving art. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Gregg Mitchell at gmitchell@holyokelibrary.org.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
“Led by Forbes Writer in Residence, Emeritus, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.” Win a prize! Also win: your novel!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games! Specifically, this night is for Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride! Great games well-loved by all who play them. You can also give $5 to eat some pizza. Also it says here that you get 15% board games that evening… so… hm. Uncertain what that means. 15% of all board games? You just… lop a piece off? You’ll need to ask!

Books:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Thursday, November 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Edward Carey, Little
“The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. ” Neat! We feel like that’s a person we are absolutely unfamiliar with despite learning the name a long time ago and knowing about the museum obviously.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friends of the Athenaeum Toy and Book Sale
Toys and books! Two great things that taste great together. Eat toys and eat books, chow down on them!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation with author Skip Desjardin
“A compelling new Massachusetts history book will be published on August 28 to mark the 100th anniversary of the events it chronicles. September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series is the unimaginable story of that late summer month, in which a division of Massachusetts militia volunteers led the first unified American fighting force into battle in France, turning the tide of World War I. Meanwhile the world’s deadliest pandemic—the Spanish Flu—erupted in Boston and its suburbs, bringing death on a terrifying scale first to military facilities and then to the civilian population. At precisely the same time, in a baseball season cut short on the homefront and amidst the surrounding ravages of death, a young pitcher named Babe Ruth rallied the sport’s most dominant team, the Boston Red Sox, to a World Series victory—the last World Series victory the Sox would see for 86 years.”
Saturday, November 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Erin Dionne, Captain’s Log
“When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results. The Captain’s (our young protagonist) belongings start to go missing while home-bound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow.”

Card Games:

Monday, November 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 9th
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Comics:

Saturday, November 10th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flywheel Comics Fest
“Flywheel Comics Fest is an awesome day of comics, art, and possibly other nerdy things! Local (and beyond!) artists will be tabling, so stop by and check it out! Interested in tabling? We still have tables available! Although the focus is on comics, other art-related and/or nerdy things, including prints, games, etc are also welcome. If you’re interested in tabling, the form to sign up (with info about table sizes and rates) is here: https://goo.gl/forms/SOJvyCY22W7zOrfg1” Amazing! Flywheel is great and comics are great!

Computers:

Tuesday, November 6th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: WWII Letters
“Join Corinne Smith at the GPL for a fascinating look at her own family’s history in Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters. After Corinne found 100+ letters from 16 WWII servicemen that her mother had written to, she traced the men’s family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. Learn about this on-going project and hear some of the stories of the men & their relatives.”
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching My Hero Academia right now and it is very fun, if slightly melodramatic!
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“Join drag queen entertainers Jenayah De Rosario and Liz every second Thursday of the month, starting at 8 p.m., for Drag Queen Bingo! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway—there’s no door charge.” What a delightful evening!
Saturday, November 10th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Time for Pie
“Who doesn’t love pie? As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes both— with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie” You can put ‘come and learn about pie’ at the end of any paragraph and we’re there. “Step into this pit full of knives! Come learn about pie”
Sunday, November 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Free Sunday Admission for Veterans and Military Personnel
“Prodigy loves our military personnel and vets! Please… have a day of gaming on us. It’s the least we can do for your service. Thank you.”

History:

Saturday, November 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Remains of a War: Exploring WWI Battlefields
“Libby and Ed Klekowski have been researching World War I for over ten years and have spent many happy hours walking through the battlefields of Verdun, the Meuse Argonne and St Mihiel. Their work has resulted in three books and they have produced two WW1 documentaries for public television. This special lecture will take the audience for a walk “on the wild side”, where the dross of war still litters the woods.”

Kids:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Thursday, November 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Medieval Feast (Ages 8-Up)
“Come one, come all to a jubilee inspired by the worlds of Redwall and Mouse Guard! We will have historical crafts, woodland activities, book discussion, warrior training, plus family-style refreshment. If you’re a fan of history or historical fantasy, join us for this fun autumn gathering. For Ages 8 + Please pre-register at the kids’ desk or 413-259-3091/ kids@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”
Saturday, November 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Grace Lin
“Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? Join Newbery Honor author Grace Lin as she reads from her new picture book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon. Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Movies:

Thursday, November 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Soul Kitchen”
“What to do when the woman you love runs off to China? Well, of course you take action by converting a run-down dive in a funky neighborhood into a swanky restaurant, enlisting the help of your brother, a small-time crook. A real estate mogul has different ideas for the place, and regulars clash with the new hipster clientele in this gritty, deadpan multi-cultural comedy. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.”
Saturday, November 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Special Screening: FILM | Who Will Write Our History?
In Nov. 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back – not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. With an introduction and Q&A by award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Buy tickets here: http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/Calendar?id=7762&view=Detail, $4 Student, $6 Member, $8 General Admission!
Sunday, November 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “1945”
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople—suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning—expect the worst and behave accordingly. Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó, 1945 presents an intimate portrait of a community’s collective guilt. Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Friday, November 9th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 AM
Blessing LARP- Welcome to the Apocalypse!
“Welcome traveler, to Blessing. The last known oasis left on earth. It’s been 118 years since the bombs fell, and humanity is in an all out struggle to survive. Will you be one of the brave few who brings home glory for your faction ? Or will you be the lone wolf that does things by their own sense of right and wrong? Come find out! Blessing is a vitality based, nerf gun / boffer LARP. To purchase tickets visit: https://blessinglarp.com/event-tickets/

Science:

Thursday, November 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Growing Together: Microbes, Humans, and Food
Dr. David Sela will talk to you about microbes! They’re an important part of how humans evolved, and how we exist today! Youc an find out how important microbes are for your health and also making fermented foods! Then stick around for a fermented food festival!

Teens:

Tuesday, November 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, Pokemon games, Pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters
Thursday, November 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!” Comic books are great, everyone should read more comics! Get those comics from local shop Comics N’ More! They have all the best comics!
Friday, November 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On
“Get you Game On at the library on Friday, November 9 and December 14. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games, snacks and more!” Mario Kart is ideal for hangout fun!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Goblin Quest: A Hilarious RPG Adventure (Ages 11-17)
“Join Corrina for an easy, casual slapstick adventure where players play as goblins (who meet their ends easily). Please pre-register at the Kids’ Desk 413-259-3091/teens@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

 

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