January 7th – 13th


We just found out about some new Valley Creators, which is exciting! Mayham Games out of Belchertown. “Your Porkal to New Worlds”, according to their excellent slogan.

So far they’re play-testing three separate games:

Gurglemire – Your rag-tag team of trappers will work together in this cooperative 1-5 player card game to capture the rare creatures of the Gurglemire to reap your reward.

Barnyard Bout – Pigs and Sheep battle it out to determine which is the best in the barnyard.

Kill It with Fire – Plot against your evil nemeses in a race to corrupt a whole city without your minions going rogue forcing you to kill them with fire in this 2-4 player worker placement game.

Those all sound neat! You can sign up on their website to be a playtester if you’d like. They’re hosting the 7 Wonders game night at Off The Wall this week, so you can also say hi to them there. Check out http://www.mayhamgames.com/ for more!

And don’t forget to head to Nerd Nite NoHo on Monday the 14th at the fantastic World War 2 Club! This month it’s going to be:

‘What’s the Hulla-Baloo About Bears?’ by Stacey Schmeidel

‘Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Little-Known Ways Everyday Tech is Compromising Our Privacy and Security’ by Michael Barnard

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, January 7th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Knitting Group
Knitting is a good skill and a fun thing to do with other people. Get together and knit!
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. Warriror Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, January 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Coffee & Coloring Evening Edition
Attention adults! You can color! It’s within your power! Come color at the library to relax! They’ve got adult coloring books, which are like children’s coloring books only they’re a fad. They’ve also got Coffee, which is maybe not the best idea at 6pm but probably they have decaf!
Wednesday, January 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Crafternoons: Snowflake Candle Jars
Call (413)283-3330 to reserve a spot! Adults only! This time you’ll be making snowflake candle jars, which look very cute!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
A club to create zines! It’s for all ages! It’s for all types! It’s for you, and for us! It’s for anyone who wants to make a little thing they can pass around to folks and say hey this is my zine it’s full on neat art/writing/whatever, you’ll like it!
Thursday, January 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Artworks Mtg
A meeting about work done related to art? No idea, but if you’ve got a hankering to find out, why not go? Tell US what it is!
Friday, January 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free museum! It’s one of the best museums around, and it’s free! Starting at 4pm and going until 7pm, make your own hands-on quadri specchianti like Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Mrs. Lichtenstein, combining together collage, photography and drawing on a shiny surface. The museum shop will be open and you can get some light refreshments!
Saturday, January 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Book Pages Art
Create your own collages and works of art out of recycled book pages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk by artists Colleen Keough and Amanda Maciuba
“Amanda Maciuba: Flyover. Colleen Keough: Electric Feminine Cosmic Hybrid: Infinite Desire” One photo looks like cutout art of planes flying over places, and one looks like roses but all squished up and mashed together. Look, we’re not the best soure on this you should just go see the artists themselves!

Board Games:

Tuesday, January 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
7 Wonders at Off The Wall Games
“This week’s board game is the classic card drafting game 7 Wonders followed up by the any game from our games library. As always there is an optional $5 for pizza, and all boardgames are 15% off.” Hosted by Mayham Games, of Belchertown MA! They seem to have some very good and cute games!
Wednesday, January 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Chess Club
“Do you play chess? Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room of the GPL. The first Wednesday of each month will feature a timed chess tournament. For more information, contact calderrossi@gmail.com.”
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Sabotage!
Sabotage! Four hundred years ago on the planet Earth, workers who felt their livelihood threated by automation flung their wooden shoes called sabots into the machines to stop them. Hence the word sabotage. Wednesday games is fun, have a good time playing board games with friends! “Listen all of y’all, I can’t stand how excited I am for this week’s game! Tim Fowers has consistently produced some of the slickest most interesting games I’ve played and this one feels like no exception. This week I’ll be featuring a prototype edition of Sabotage! Sabotage is a game of team stealth tactics. Two teams compete, with spies trying to save the world and the villains trying to stop them. Spies must be clever and quiet, while the villains must deduce and hunt.”
Thursday, January 10th
2 Flights Up Game Studio [399 Main St., Dalton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6 pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night. This fee will be due only in the months that you come to 2 Flights Up to play games. If, for instance, you don’t come at all in February, you don’t pay for February.”
Friday, January 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – Feat. Forbidden Island
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost), but BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE if you’re here for the co-op games. Let us know at the door. Ages 13+! Open 4pm to midnight! Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! Bring your friends and work together for this co-op board game night, hosted by Goose Gosselin. Goose will be available from 6pm to 10pm to play and/or assist your gameplay. Forbidden Island will be the showcase; a simple to learn co-op. Or… bring your own game and gather with others!” Forbidden Island is fun but tough in our experience, we’ve only won one time!

Community:

Thursday, January 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”
Saturday, January 12th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Imagine a New Library Pledge Party
“Want a NEW LIBRARY in Greenfield? Now, is the time to make a PLEDGE – and PARTY – in support of the new library project! New Library Project Information * Munchies * Music * Cash Bar! Gather with other library supporters, help us get a new library with a pledge, and have fun!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Valley Time Trade Orientation and Potluck
“Become a member of Valley Time Trade (provide help to other members doing the things that you enjoy and earn time credits to spend on other services that you want or need) during the Orientation from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Forbes Library Community Room. Please bring a laptop, iPad, or smart phone if you are able. From 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. members will have the opportunity to share potluck food and socialize. Please bring reusable containers and utensils for yourself.”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 3:45 PM
Ancient Greek Language Study Group
“Weekly gathering to study the Ancient Greek Language with retired professor, Nicolas Gross. Study based on Athenaze Book 1 [2nd edition] (eds.) Maurice Balme & Gilbert Lawall (ISBN 0-19-514956-4.) For more information contact nicolaspgross at gmail.com”
Wednesday, January 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Play the Ukulele @ GPL with Julie Stepanek
“Julie Stepanek and her ukuleles will be back at the GPL on Wednesday, January 9 at 6pm. If you have never played before or are a ukulele enthusiast, come on down for a chance to play with others! Reservations are recommended or bring your own uke! This program is sponsored by the Friends of the GPL.”
Thursday, January 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
Learn to toast! Finally, figure out how to make bread hot! Or it could be the one that’s about learning to speak effectively in public. If you’ve got trouble with both, you’re set!
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”
Saturday, January 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Fountain of Ukes
Come see the fantastic Fountain of Ukes! The magical musical wonder that provides us all with what we crave: fresh, hot, well-tuned ukuleles! This is your chance to snatch one out of the stream of ukes that constantly pours from this enormous fountain! It’s your one chance this year, and no one knows where the Fountain may appear next!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
It’s really messing with our heads that the image they chose for this is CLEARLY Duplo. Are they mocking us? “Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! Build collaboratively or work on a solo project. For ages 5 and up.”
Wednesday, January 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
After School Anime
“Watch anime movies and practice your anime drawing style! Drawing materials will be provided. This group will meet the second Wednesday of the winter months and is intended for elementary school kids.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
He’s going to play music and tell stories! You can attend to listen to both, and perhaps attempt to steal his power by acquiring his clown nose. For ages 1.5 – 6 years old!
Thursday, January 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books, and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers!”

Movies:

Wednesday, January 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Boys Like Us
““Boys Like Us” –filmed in Northampton by a Northampton High School senior–explores how masculinity in progressive communities is expressed and created as well as the ways men participate in gender equality. Filmmaker Sylvia Thread created “Boys Like Us”, as her senior capstone project at NHS. Three Northampton men interviewed in the film—Tom Weiner, Thomas Schiff, and Bill Dwight—will participate in a post-film panel discussion. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E8VZclph-0
Thursday, January 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Best Costume Movie Series: The Duchess
“Tonight’s film is The Duchess, a 2008 film chronicling the exploits of an 18th-century British royal, the Duchess of Devonshire, featuring Keira Knightley. Based on the book Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman, it is a portrait of a dazzling young woman at the mercy of the misfortunes of love and the inequalities of the age in which she lived. This film is rated PG-13.”
Saturday, January 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope
“RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. The film will be introduced by Dr. Kay Saakvitne, a clinical psychologist and trauma specialist in Northampton. She will lead a discussion following the film.”

Technology:

Tuesday, January 8th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders! It’s a fun tim where you can talk to folks who mostly know what you’re complaining about when you talk about your work.
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us! How do I get involved? Come to the meetup! Be a part of the discussion and join a team working with an organization working on issues in our communities! Join the Slack group to participate in the online discussion: https://h4wmslack.herokuapp.com/
Wednesday, January 9th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Smash Tournament – Ultimate & Melee!
“There will be two brackets; one for Smash Ultimate and one for Smash Melee. Each bracket will be a $5 entry. Cash only; cash prizes. There is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. Admission to Prodigy Gameroom: $5/human (cash, credit, mobile) if you will be entering a bracket. $10 for regular admission without entering a bracket. Ages 13+. With admission, you are granted full access to all 1100+ plus games in the room from 4pm to 10pm so come early and take advantage of the admission. Brackets will begin at 7pm sharp. Please let us know if you will be running behind so we can account for your entry.”
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
DevOps: Agile Methods Meetup
“Many people today find themselves learning about DevOps by first seeing one of its outcomes and learning about how that outcome came to be. Learning why something is considered to be a part of DevOps is not necessary to implement those pieces of it. However, knowing why something would be considered a part of DevOps, or even why a DevOps strategy is important, and for who, can mean the difference between following and leading in an industry.” They have pizza!
Saturday, January 12th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality Night w/ Pioneer VR!
“Admission: $12 for access from noon to midnight, VR from 7pm to 9pm! Ages: 13+! Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!” That sounds like a fun time, VR is really impressive now!

Teens:

Tuesday, January 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
“Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Pizza and Movie Night
Teens! Tweens! Eens in general! Watch a movie, eat pizza. It’s that simple. We’re going to guess you’re watching either Infinity War or Roma.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Cards! Games! Pokemon Go! Which just got battling! That’s going to be awesome! Also tournaments, other card games, trading, drawing, and snacks! Also Pokemon Let’s Go is so goooood!
Thursday, January 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Games for Teens
Teens! Discover a new game, or play an old favorite! We are big fans of Codenames, that’s one to give a shot.
Friday, January 11th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cupcake Wars
“Compete against others to have the most beautiful cupcake! All materials needed for decorations will be provided. Participants will have plenty of time to create and will be judged by a panel of Westfield Athenaeum staff. The winner will receive a Mama Cakes Gift Card!” You need to register with oeberli@westath.org! Beware lest you create a cupcake so beautiful the mere sight of it causes the mundane world to drain itself of all color!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On!
“Get your Game On at the library on second Friday of each month. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games like Exploding Kittens and Superfight. Snacks and more! ” Oooh we recommend Towerfall as well, try Towerfall!

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