Feb 4th – Feb 10th


You should head to Nerd Nite NoHo next Monday at the WW2 Club! It’s a super good plan because Nerd Nite is always a fun way to learn something interesting and meet new people. This coming Monday, the 11th, the talks will be ‘Et tu Brute? Intuitive User Design Meets Brutalism’ and ‘Five Fascinating Fungi Found Fruiting in our Forests’ Oh dang nicely done fungi person!

Also! Are you not super into the Superb Owl? Head to one of two excellent events today!

First off: the special Superbowl edition of Tabletop Game Day at the Deuce from 1:30pm – 9:30pm at the WW2 Club in Northampton!

It’s that time again! Time to throw the dice to the chanting of your millions of fans! Time for your favorite artists to sing tunes to the glory of your deck building!

But seriously, bring things you’d like to play, but not outside beverages! Come down and play all the things

GO BRICKS!

Second: the Super Better Bowl Video Game Tournament, presented by the Pioneer Valley Game Devs! It’s 7pm – 10pm at The Quarters in Hadley

Bring your thumbs and join us in February for the 2019 Super Better Bowl at the Quarters in Hadley, MA. Are we watching football? Probably not! What we’re doing is bracket battling down to see who will come out on top in a barrage of competitive multiplayer games on the projector.

We’re thinking Super Smash Bros this year for sure.

Come watch, play, hang out if you’re not going to that other sports ball event that night.

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, February 4th
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.
Wednesday, February 6th
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 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Gallery Reception with Bob Pelletier, Sara Karz Reid, and Tad Malek
A gallery reception! Art and most likely some cheeses! That’s the best of all possible worlds.
Thursday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Burnett Gallery Opening Reception: Artists Hannah Harvester and Tugba Yazici
Another good reception! Eat, look at art, have a good time!
Friday, February 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Bubble Wrap my Heart: Reuse packing materials to print a message of love for a friend, family member or our Earth after visiting the exhibition Plastic Entanglements! 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.” The full event goes to 8pm! Support an excellent local institution!
Saturday, February 9th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Brett Kelley Presents: “From the Well” at Winterfest!
“Swing by your favorite Comic Shop during Easthampton’s Winterfest and check out the new artistic wares of local artist Brett Kelley! – Original Artwork for show/sale! – Art Prints! – Comics and Art deals! Brett Kelley will have select pieces of work for sale and discounted for the event! There will be light catering and merriment! Be sure to stop in during your town travels during the lovely festivities. See you there! “

Board Games:

Tuesday, February 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kids Chess Club
“For K – Grade 12. ALL SKILL LEVELS! Sign-ups are not necessary and drop-ins are welcome.”
Wednesday, February 6th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – History!
“Here we go folks! Another week, another impending Wednesday Games! This week I’ll be featuring the subtly clever worker placement game, New Bedford! Set in the mid-1800s, the golden age of whaling, New Bedford gives you the chance to build the Massachusetts town of the same name into a thriving whaling community. Gather resources to add buildings with new actions and launch ships to go whaling. Go out longest for the best choice, but wait too long and the whales become harder to catch. And don’t forget to pay your crew when ships return! Carefully balance time management and timing to earn the most points in this medium-weight worker placement and resource management game. This one is a lot of fun and is so easy to teach! As usual, I’ll have an utterly gratuitous pile of other games to play once you’ve finished up the feature! Bring your friends, play some games and enjoy a beverage or two from the awesome Brass Cat staff! See you on Wednesday!”
Thursday, February 7th
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.”
Saturday, February 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chess Club
Play the game of kings and queens and also castles and bishops and knights and pawns! Children third grade and below must be accompanied by and adult. The club is open to anyone! Expert or beginner. Learn, grow, play a board game so good we’ve been playing it for centuries!

Books:

Tuesday, February 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Editions Club Presents Chris Cander, The Weight of a Piano
“In 1962, in the Soviet Union, eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life: a Blüthner piano, built at the turn of the century in Germany, on which she discovers everything that she herself can do with music and what music, in turn, does for her. Yet after marrying, she emigrates with her young family from Russia to America, at her husband’s frantic insistence, and her piano is lost in the shuffle.”
Wednesday, February 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Gita Trelease, Enchantee
“When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.” Dang. That sounds interesting as heck!
Thursday, February 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
First Editions Club Presents Whitney Scharer, Age of Light
“A captivating debut novel by Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light tells the story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse.”
Springfield Jewish Community Center [1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Author Talk with Jamie Bernstein: “Famous Father Girl”
“The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. In Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein, the authoer mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. Suggested donation: $5. Springfield JCC and Yiddish Book Center members: FREE”

Card Games:

Monday, February 4th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Modern Mondays at Off the Wall
“Monday Modern! // 7 p.m. // $5 to play! 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”
Friday, February 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!

Community:

Thursday, February 7th
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.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, February 6th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash V – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…There will be two brackets and you may only enter one; one for Smash Ultimate and another for Smash Melee. Either bracket will be a $5 bracket 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 one of the brackets. Venue fee waved if you bring a full Ultimate setup (Switch, Adapter, and Monitor). $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. Bring your own controller!”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Vegetable Fermentation Workshop
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Katie Korby, of Real Pickles, on Wednesday February 6, at 6 pm in The LeVanway Room of the Greenfield Public Library. Join Katie, as she introduces basic pickling techniques, and discusses how Real Pickles works to promote human and ecological health with delicious and nourishing food.” Mmmmm pickles
Thursday, February 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:45 PM to 8:00 PM
Candlelight And Cocoa
“In celebration of WinterFest Amherst, the Emily Dickinson Museum will open on February 7 at 4:45pm for candlelit tours of the Homestead. See the Museum anew while listening to winter poems, and discover what this season of “hoar delights” meant to Emily Dickinson. Before or after your tour, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cut and color a paper conservatory “bloom” to brighten your own winter windows.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Friday, February 8th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Local Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for improvement and publicity! Get feedback from fellow developers and passionate gamers alike! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.”
Saturday, February 9th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Nintendo Game Night
“Nintendo meetups are always fun, so let’s do another one! This time we’ll be in Greenfield and we’ll have a wide variety of Nintendo consoles and games to choose from. The SNES, N64, Wii U, and Switch are ready to go and we could even hook up a NES and Wii (that can play GameCube games) if we’d like.” Are you into games on the Nintendo machine? Join the meetup and you’ll learn the mystery location where it is held! https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/258268051/
MYSTERY LOCATION at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Discovery Season 2 and Potluck
“We’ll meet from 4pm to 6pm. Please come on time because we’ll try to squeeze in a few episodes and potluck. Please bring an item of food or drink to share. If you can, please chip in a few bucks to help defray cost of CBS online subscription. After this some of us will head to Greenfield for Nintendo meetup and you are welcome to join us for that as well, if you wish.” Interested in trekking the stars? Then head to this meetup and join so you can find out where it’s held! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/258531100/
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Polyamory and Feminine Empowerment
“Shanna will present their vision on ethical non-monogamy structures, including ways that can empower the reluctant polyamorous individual and address concerns of relationship dynamics. The talk will follow with a Q&A session, allowing folks to connect these concepts to ideas around cohabitation, family formation, community, boundaries, building trust and managing jealousy, among others.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Snow Date for The Berkshire Cottages of the Gilded Age – On the Same Page Amherst
“Carole Owens presents a program about the Berkshire country homes of the super rich – how they lived and how they supported their lavish lifestyle. Her talk is illustrated and she will have books available for sale and signing.” Oddly enough they supported their lavish lifestyle mostly via stand up comedy.”

History:

Thursday, February 7th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Interpreting Utopia
“A slide show and talk with Steve Strimer. Steve, one of the founders of the David Ruggles Center will discuss how it came to be, what and how we interpret, and what we at the DRC hope to accomplish” Learn more about important local history!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Club
Cards! Games! Pokemon Go! Which just got battling! That’s going to be awesome! Also tournaments, other card games, trading, drawing, and snacks! They changed the name to just “Pokemon Club” to reduce wind resistance.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, February 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Weekly Storytime and Craft
“We’ll read 3-5 books followed by a craft (or scribbling). Attendees are also welcome to play in the castle after the story-time is over. Though the books that we’ll be reading will be intended for kids 0-6, all ages are welcome! Each week will have a different theme that carries through the book selections and the craft. February’s theme is “LOVE”. If you have questions, please email web@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307 and speak with either Kinsey or Laure.”
Thursday, February 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Make Your Own Valentines
“Get ready for Valentine’s Day! Join Children’s Department staff to make cards for your parents, teachers, friends- whoever you’d like to show love to! All materials provided.
Friday, February 8th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activity Hour
“Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and a craft. Registration required, space is limited. Ages 4 and up.” Contact pbrose@westath.org! Good times!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Music for Munchkins
A class for little kids aged 12-24 months to sing, rhyme, play with instruments, tell stories, and move around! Registration is required, see the Youth Room, and siblings are welcome!
Saturday, February 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Story Time and Craft Making
“From the creator of “Not Quite Narwhal” comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.” When Z finds a message in a bottle, the only words on the paper were “Love, Beatrice.” He immediately wonders what “love” is and asks the older robots what it means. “Does not compute,” is all they can say. So Z sets out on a quest to find the true meaning of Love.” A reading of a fun book followed by making a Robot Valentine’s Card! Robots are always very nice to each other, good job robots.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
LEGO Club
“Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! Build collaboratively or work on a solo project. For ages 5 and up.”

Movies:

Tuesday, February 5th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Itzhak”
“From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love. COST: Student | $4, Member | $6, General Admission | $8”
Thursday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film And Discussion Series: Beasts of the Southern Wild
“This 2012 film takes us to a forgotten but defiant bayou community, cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, where a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Desperate to save her ailing father and sinking home after a fierce storm, Hushpuppy must learn to survive despite unstoppable catastrophes.”
Sunday, February 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Itzhak”
A second showing!

Technology:

Tuesday, February 5th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Meet with some nice folks in a pleasant bar to discuss web dev stuff or whatever you feel like! A good place to hang out and meet up with new folks!

Teens:

Monday, February 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Button Making
“Come design, cut, and punch your own buttons with our button machine! Make a button with your favorite song lyric, your pronouns, or whatever else you can imagine. Snacks and materials always provided, no sign-up required. This event is for teens only.” We recommend making political buttons for fictional campaigns.
Tuesday, February 5th
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.
Thursday, February 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Anime/Manga Club
Manga/Anime fans will have the chance to watch anime, read manga, draw, and meet other fans! A solid meetup group if you enjoy anime and manga!
Friday, February 8th
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!
Saturday, February 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Anti-Valentines Day Activities
“In celebration of Anti-Valentines Day, we’re making non-mushy buttons, cards, and crafts!” If you’re not into love at the moment, it’s probably good to hang out with other folks who feel the same way!

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