April 1st – 7th


Don’t forget to head to Easthampton for Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this week! It’s always a good time for everyone. No better place to find other folks to play a good game with. Speaking of board games you still have some time to hop on the Root: Underworld expansion Kickstarter! It’s the best way to grab Root for cheap (well not ‘Cheap’, but like ‘good value’ because it’s just 100% of all stuff from the base game and two expansions) right now! We love the game, we wish we could play it more often, and we can’t recommend it enough.

Then next Monday you should check out Nerd Nite NoHo! It is always excellent and we miss being a part of it so you should go in our stead and loudly talk about how this is nice but you miss the old presenter who will always be your favorite.

“Curious about Kidney Transplants? Urine Luck!” by Alex Squiers
If you’ve ever heard that a person can live their life with only one kidney, it’s true. Alex will talk about what kidneys do, why they are important, what the process was like of getting screened and tested for donation, what life after transplant is like for donor and recipient, and some extra afterthoughts on what it might mean to everyone involved.
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“That’s CAPTAIN to You: The Evolution of Carol Danvers” by Ellie Hillis
Brie Larson rocked the role in the recently released Captain Marvel, but do you know that Carol was a member of the X-Men? And that Rogue stole her powers? And that her cat is actually named Chewie? This discussion will explore the history of Carol Danvers, and look towards the future of the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe based on the comics, including Monica Rambeau possibly becoming the next Captain Marvel and the introduction of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel.


Also check out this experimental electronic music album by Valley Creator Joshua A.C. Newman: Without Memory, but Built on the Past.

Also this is a good game by Valley CreatorsLumpley Games:


High Five the ISS
a game for any number of players
The Object of the Game
Jump up and touch the ISS with your hand.
Rules
1. No turn taking required.
2. Whenever you want, jump as high as you can and try to touch the ISS with your hand.
3. You can do anything you can think of to better your chances. Examples: go outside instead of jumping inside, climb a ladder and jump off the top, use a trampoline, find out when the ISS is overhead and try then.
4. No bonus points for getting hurt, so use your judgment.
5. First person to touch the ISS with their hand wins forever.
6. No points for getting closer than someone else. It’s all or nothing.
Special Rule
Everyone who’s ever worked on or served on the ISS honorarily wins forever. I think we can all agree.
I’ll be honest, I’m no good at this game, but it makes me laugh.

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, April 1st
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.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation with Author Series With Cartoonist, Rick Stromoski
“Award winning nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip creator and humorous illustrator Rick Stromoski will be at Holyoke Public Library to talk about his career in cartooning and show samples of his hilarious cartoon and illustration work throughout his career and sign copies of his anthology book ‘Soup to Nutz, A Second Helping'”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Knitting Group
Knit! That’s what you do here, you knit.
Tuesday, April 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Coffee and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Wednesday, April 3rd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Innovation and Invention: A Conducting Recital by Ellen Mutter ’18
“Join us for an hour-long concert pairing choral music with stories of scientific advancements presented by graduate associate in music, Ellen Mutter ’18. This performance will explore the links between scientific and artistic innovation from Palestrina and Galileo to Philip Glass and Einstein. The recital features students and faculty from Amherst and Smith Colleges. No tickets necessary. Seating is limited and first come, first served. This program is offered with support from the Amherst College Music Department and Arts at Amherst.”
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
“Dimensionism” Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy
“Learn more about Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein at a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy. Malloy’s groundbreaking research on the Dimensionist Manifesto is the backbone of this pioneering exhibition. This program is offered with support from the Arts at Amherst Initiative. Free and open to all!”
Thursday, April 4th
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!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Plus with Joy Ladin and Russell Steven Powell
“The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Learn more at http://www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/events. Each month enjoy the following: 5PM-8PM View the pop-up exhibition of contemporary art in the Homestead! 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. Share your work in a safe, welcoming, and inspiring place! 5:30 pm: Amherst Arts Night Plus Music Medley Performance: Grace McKay (vocals) and Michael Mazzu (guitar) 6 pm: Open mic begins! Featured readers follow the open mic”
Saturday, April 6th
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!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception with Ann McNeal, Judith Abraham, and Anne Krauss
“Ann McNeal: Paintings: From the Bottom of the Canyon. Anne Krauss: Mixed Media Dolls and Puppets. Judith Abraham: Bronze Sculptures of Animals” Probably cheese!

Board Games:

Wednesday, April 3rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games
“I have never wanted to simultaneously recommend and toss a game out the window so much as this week’s featured game, The Quacks of Quedlinburg! At its most basic, Quacks is a game about pushing your luck and defying the odds. Each round players will be drawing tokens out of a bag one at a time and placing them into their ‘special brew that is definitely not made entirely of rat tails.’ As long as you don’t put too many cherry bombs into your mixture, you’re fine! You get points and money to BUY NEW STUFF at the end of the round. Add one too many cherry bombs, though and your pot EXPLODES, leaving you to pick either points or money. But the only way to score more points… is to PUSH THAT LUCK. I promise you, the odds will almost never work in your favor, yet this game is an absolute delight. I can fully understand how it won last year’s Kennerspiel de Jahres and why so many reviewers have been absolutely ga-ga over it. Like this one below! Shut Up and Sit Down review: Quacks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03eoXKp7L7M. As usual, I’ll have an absurd pile of games for you all to poke through (maybe even some shiny new stuff from PAX East this weekend). Bring your friends, grab a drink and play some great games! See you on Wednesday.” Sounds incredible!
Thursday, April 4th
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.”
Friday, April 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
HeroClix DC Rebirth Pre-Release
“$25 covers all product and prizes. Players will receive 2 booster boxes from which you will construct a 300 point team. DC Rebirth is DC Comics most recent reboot of the entire DC Universe that re-imagines many of the most iconic heroes and villains in a stunning, new light! “
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 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, April 6th
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All Day Game Day!
“This is a full day of tabletop gaming goodness! There will be 2 sessions of scheduled events and a growing game library available all day. The scheduled sessions will run from 11:00 AM to 4PM and from 5PM to 10:00PM. During these sessions, there will be friendly and experienced GMs available to teach a variety of tabletop games. You are also welcome to bring along any games of your own that you would like to play with new friends.” It costs $5 and it’s not technically in the Valley, but folks in the Berkshires need help too!

Card Games:

Monday, April 1st
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, April 5th
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:

Saturday, April 6th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Free Our River of Plastic: A Mill River Clean-up
“To kick-off Community Day at the Smith College Museum of Art, the museum and the Connecticut River Conservancy, with support from the Mill River Greenway Initiative, invite you to take action and respond to the challenges raised in the exhibition Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials. Sign-up to volunteer for a morning of trash collection on our local river. Transportation from Smith College will be provided for those who need it. Afterwards, head over to the museum for Community Day to reflect, be inspired, and celebrate your hard work! Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/8cTf0cG98YqcK9kO2
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Being Heard: How to Write for Your Local Paper
“Would you like to join the larger democratic conversation in this country about political, social, environmental or even personal issues outside the echo chamber of social media? Have you been frustrated by letters or opinion piece you have written but did not get published? This workshop will show you how to write a guest op-ed or a letter-to-the-editor that increases your chances of getting it published. There is a “rhythm” to such writing and we will work to get you in that rhythm! Joe Gannon is a regular columnist for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, he has had letters and op-eds published there, in the Advocate, the Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Independent. He also had two novels published in 2014 and 2016.”

Computers:

Tuesday, April 2nd
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, April 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Praising Pollinators
“Join Pat Leuchtman for a gardening First Wednesday!” Learn about how excellent pollinators are! Pollinators are good and you should do what you can to make sure they’re doing alright around your neck of the woods!
Thursday, April 4th
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!
Saturday, April 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
MINI GOLF in the Library! ¡MINIGOLF en la Biblioteca!
“All ages welcome. Children under 5 can play FREE. Youth ages 5-12 pay only $3. Adults and Teens, $5. FACE-Painting by Mask Makers Face Painting is included, if desired. No advance tickets needed. Come when you wish, pay entry fee at ticket table in Library lobby, and pick up a golf ball, putter, and scorecard. You’ll be directed to Hole #1 (via elevator ride to the Reference Room). Have fun playing at your own pace.”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Swing into Spring Cocktail Party with Mini Golf for 21+
“Save the date! Plan to join us for a fun party, with catered food, cash bar, 18 holes of mini golf inside the Library, and a “Lucky Ticket” Auction. $20 per person, at door. Caterer: Jay Candelario of Jay’s Bed & Breakfast.”
MYSTERY LOCATION at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Discovery Season 2 and Potluck
“We’ll watch more episodes. We’re approximately on episode 6 but will double-check when we convene. Please come on time so we can see two 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!

History:

Wednesday, April 3rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Exploring Northampton: ​A Sunset Amble in the Northampton Meadows
“Join co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders for a walk down Hockanum Road to the site of the former Hockanum Ferry on the Connecticut River. ​During the walk, you’ll learn more about the natural and human history of this impressive landscape, which defined and shaped so much of Northampton’s early history. On the return leg, our timing will coincide with the sunset, which is one of the most beautiful times to be in the Meadows and view the Holyoke Range. Level, but possibly (and quite probably) muddy. $8 members and donors; $12 all others. Pre-registration required. Limited to 20.” Register to find out where it takes place, or just guess and you can shadow the tour.

Kids:

Tuesday, April 2nd
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!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Club (Ages 10 and up)
“We’ll discuss Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, and create our own mini comic books at the Jones Library on April 2nd. Then, we’ll meet for a tour of the special exhibition “Out of the Box:The Graphic Novel Comes of Age” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art on April 9th!”
Wednesday, April 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Printmaking Workshop for Kids
Kids! Make prints!
Saturday, April 6th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime with Aaron Becker
“Join Caldecott Honor artist Aaron Becker as he reads from his new book You Are Light, an elegant ode to the phenomenon of light. Becker will discuss his creative process and invite guests to create their own light-inspired art project using translucent papers. Book signing to follow program.”

Movies:

Tuesday, April 2nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Double Feature: The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard
“First: Isaac Bashevis Singer is considered one of the most influential Jewish writers of the 20th century. His stories were both translated and inspired by an army of more than forty female translators, who often had multifaceted relationships with Singer – both professional and romantic. Then: Based on one of Singer’s stories, this short film was directed by the great American photographer Bruce Davidson and stars Singer himself.”
Sunday, April 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Short Film Showcase
“The Short Film Showcase is back by popular demand! Join us for an engaging program of four short films, hand-picked by the PVJFF.” Including The Chop, Egg Cream, Gefilte, and Wendy’s Shabbat! Four wonderful short films!

Teens:

Monday, April 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holyoke Media Pop-Up Recording Studio
Come to the Teen Room to learn about media literacy and gain hands-on experience recording songs, doing interviews, and sound mixing with Iohann from Holyoke Media.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: The Art of Mapping with Emma Harnisch
“Join Smith College Spacial Analysis Fellow Emma Harnisch to explore the art of mapping. Snacks and materials always provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, April 2nd
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 Captain Marvel or The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
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
Thursday, April 4th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM
Garden Girls Gardening Program
“Garden Girls is a nature connection program, where curiosities are ignited! Young women will find a safe space to be themselves, through games, exploration, and hands on projects. Learning empowering skills such as fire tending, basketry, wild plant ID, and gardening allow us to connect to each other and the land.” Fire tending does come in handy.

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