March 4th – 10th


Today is Play Anything: Board Games at the Deuce! It starts at 1:30pm and you should definitely check it out, it’s an all-day sort of thing and it’s a great time. You can play a bunch of the boardgames that need like 8 other people!

Today is also a great day to head over to see a presentation at the wonderful Another Castle co-working space at 7pm – 9pm. MAKE TALK PLAY | The Importance of Art Direction: A look at Mario Odyssey

Creath Carter breaks down the lack of continuity in one of last years most popular games, and uses it as a case study for the relationships between themes and styles, with specific attention paid to the character design and material treatment across world and environment creation.

Also next Monday, head to Nerd Nite NoHo! It is always wonderful.

“We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Lamp: A Mothman Retrospective” by Brett Kelley

Richard Gere, a salesman, and a cryptid walk into Pointe Pleasant West Virginia, stop me if you’ve heard this one before! Local Nerd Nite supporter Brett Kelley will recount the reports and incidents that created the cryptozoological phenomenon now known as The Mothman sightings.


“Actually, You Can Get There From Here – Exploring the New England National Scenic Trail” by Bridget Likely

The Pioneer Valley is home to the youngest of America’s eleven nationally designated, long-distance hiking trails. Nearly two million people live within ten miles of the aptly named ‘New England Trail’, but too few of them are aware it even exists, and that they’re only a short drive away from an adventure.

Oh dang! This one even matches up sort of! Hiking and cryptids!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, March 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.
Tuesday, March 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Coffe and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Artist talk and Book Signing by Nell Painter
“Nell Painter is Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University. She lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. In 2018, Painter received two national honors — an award for Scholarly Distinction from the American Historical Association; and (for her memoir) she was selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. This program is free and open to all | No reservations necessary”
Wednesday, March 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.
Thursday, March 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Arts Night by Candlelight
“For Amherst Arts Night Plus on Thursday, March 7, the Emily Dickinson Museum will offer free, atmospheric candlelight 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, color a paper conservatory “bloom” to brighten your own windows.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Plastic Pollution: Art to Action
“A multi-media artist, painter and curator, Cohen is best known for her two- and three-dimensional works using recycled plastic bags sewn together, ranging from small hanging pieces to room-sized installations. She has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at galleries and museums in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and India…. At a time when sustainability is an international concern, Cohen asks us to rethink our relationship with plastic and consider the material as a valued resource instead of waste.”
Friday, March 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
From 4pm – 7pm, art making for all ages inspired by the works on view! This month: Hot Button Issue! Make a pin to promote your view on an isue you care about! Then at 6pm, Open Eyes guided conversation that explores an art object. Complimentary light refreshments!
Saturday, March 9th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Drop-In Craft Table
Come to the library, make a craft! While supplies last. Supplies of what? Wheat, weirdly enough. They’re happy to head to Michaels and get you all the crafting supplies you need whenever, but once all the wheat’s gone? You’re outta there!

Board Games:

Wednesday, March 6th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Spires!
“March is finally here! Pretty soon the temps will be warming up and all this white stuff falling out of the sky will be nothing but a memory. I know I’m positively giddy for it myself. Until then, though, let’s play some games! This week I’ll be featuring the clever trick-taking, set collection game, Spires! In Spires, every player aims to fill their tableau with spires of each type but must be careful not to add more than three of any one type of card. Once the spire exceeds three cards, all cards of that type become a penalty to their final score. Competing for cards can be tricky as rival builders can force you to take cards that push you over the three-card limit, but not to worry! You can also win cards that allow you to manage your tableau. Zee Garcia reviews Spires: https://youtu.be/vHYL4RHH8Mo”
Thursday, March 7th
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! 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.”
Saturday, March 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!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, March 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Talk: J.A. McIntosh
“The Greenfield Public library is pleased to present local author J.A. McIntosh for a talk and reading on Monday, March 4 at 6:00 pm in the LeVanway Meeting Room. The program is free and open to the public, and copies of the novel will be available for those interested. McIntosh will speak about her current book, Niagara Fontaine, and her next, A. B. Hartwell, which will be published in 2019. J. A. McIntosh spent many years as an attorney for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. She now writes about her former life, takes long walks in the woods, and practices karate. Her favorite activities are spending time with her grandchildren and indulging her addition to chocolate.”

Card Games:

Monday, March 4th
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!
Friday, March 8th
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”

Community:

Tuesday, March 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Hope for the Homeless
“George Ballentine and Rachel Dillenbach ” Is all that this has in the description field which means we can only assume that these two folks are in charge of providing help for the homeless.
Thursday, March 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Unnartural Causes – Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
“Join us for 2 episodes of this acclaimed PBS series which is being used across the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. When the Bough Breaks (29 min.) explores whether racism can become embedded in the body and affect birth outcomes. In Becoming American (29 min.), Latino immigrants arrive healthy, so why don’t they stay that way? A brief facilitated discussion will follow each episode.”
Friday, March 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Office Hours with Representative Mindy Domb
“Representative Mindy Domb will be meeting with constituents to discuss various topics. Free and open to the public.” Take part in your community while bugging a person! The perfect day.

Computers:

Tuesday, March 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, March 5th
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!
Wednesday, March 6th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash IX – 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: Daphne Bye — The Intelligent Body: Getting Beyond Anxiety
“The First Wednesday Speaker series welcome Daphne Bye on March 6 at 6pm to discuss how we can get beyond physical reactions to anxiety. Our bodies are highly attuned tracking systems. This talk explains how overwhelm can throw our nervous systems askew. We learn to begin tracking ourselves mindfully from excessive fatigue, anger and anxiety, toward more vibrant calm. Daphne Bye, BMus, DipEd, Certified Focusing Trainer, combines elements of Focusing and Somatic Experiencing® to facilitate reconnection to whole-bodied knowing and gentle recovery from trauma. ” We don’t really trust anyone who uses ® in their descriptions of what they do but we couldn’t find any obvious horrible things about this focus technique thing.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Music and Social Justice Series: Ben Grosscup
“BEN GROSSCUP leads songs at picket lines, rallies, marches, conferences, and house concerts to inspire and agitate for justice and peace. Drawing upon activist folk singing traditions, he brings new songs to to the movement-building spaces where they are most relevant. He works with unions and other peace and social justice organizations to raise political consciousness and help people sing together for a common purpose. He has performed for nurses and teachers unions, climate justice organizations, anti-death penalty groups, indigenous rights groups, and other social justice groups. He performs a wide range of politically inspired music—much of it original. He is working on his debut CD release.”
Thursday, March 7th
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, March 8th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 4:00 PM to 11:59 PM
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, March 9th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Discovery Season 2 and Potluck
“We’ll watch episode 4,5, and maybe 6 as well. Please come on time so we can see more episodes in addition to the potluck. Please bring an item of food or drink to share. Sugar free and gluten free if possible or $5 to defray food expense. If you can, please chip in a few bucks to help defray cost of CBS online subscription.” Sign up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/259391258/ to find out you know, where and also who all attends!

Kids:

Tuesday, March 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mardi Gras
“Make a mask, learn about the Mardi Gras celebration, and try a King Cake! For grades 5-12.” Know what a King Cake is? A King Cake is a cake you steal from a king, and he pursues you to the end of the earth to retrieve it. You were a fool to cross the King, but the cake is all you have now, all you shall ever have. You have no choice but to enjoy it, before the end.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!

Movies:

Friday, March 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Acessibility Focus: Film Screening: Going Blind
“Going Blind is a 2010 documentary about coping with vision loss by writer and director Joseph F. Lovett. Rick Ely, a local assistive technology educator and low-vision advocate, will take questions after the film. The film will be shown with audio description.”

Teens:

Monday, March 4th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Games and Gab
“Come by the Teen Room to play games and hang out with Laura from River Valley Counseling! Laura will be on hand to answer your sex education questions in a safe and judgement free environment.” Dang that’s better than our experience asking our sex education questions in that pit with the pendulum. They weren’t judgemental but frankly it didn’t feel safe.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Journal Making
“Come make a journal! Use it for sketching, bullet journaling, documenting dreams, or anything else you can write down. Snacks and materials always provided. This program is for teens only.” Snacks provided? ‘Nuff said, true believers!
Tuesday, March 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
The Pokemon 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
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] 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!
Wednesday, March 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
One Shot Games! (Ages 11-17)
“We’ll be playing 1-2 one-shot table top RPGs run by Lindsay and Corrina. These are single session role playing games with high intensity and lots of hijinks! Please pre-register in the kids room or at 413-259-3091/teens@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”
Thursday, March 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, March 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, March 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
YA Pathfinder RPG!
“Join Bill, an experienced Game Master, and a band of your fellow heroes in guarding the survivors fleeing the sleepy town of Phaendar as the monstrous hobgoblin horde invades! The first session will include character generation and a brief introduction to the adventure.” Character sheets, dice, etc. will be available for reference. For ages 12-18, limited to 7 players. Registration Required.” Register quickly!

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