April 15th – 21st


A big deal! In a little bit! Take a look! A little con right here in our lovely valley, with Local Creator Meguey Baker as the keynote speaker! Get a glimpse of the future of games!

ValleyCon is a one day student organized games conference at Hampshire College taking place Saturday, April 27th.

The purpose of the conference is to bridge the various communities of people critically engaged with games in the Pioneer Valley, such as students/professors across the 5-Colleges and local game developers. We also hope to encourage people to discuss issues surrounding representation and accessibility in game design.

All of our content will be directly created towards achieving these goals, such as our admissions and tabling cost policy. We know from experience that both students and indie game developers often have to operate within a tight financial margin. Our decision to not charge for admissions, tabling, or playtesting was made so as to not create more barriers of entry to the field of games than already exist.
A preliminary overview of the day is as follows:

After a light breakfast and a keynote speech, the remainder of the first half of the day will be dedicated to a tabling session aimed at exhibiting the depth of the local game community in the Pioneer Valley. Game design studios, classes on games, clubs, and more are all encouraged to reserve a table! After lunch, the remainder of the day will be broken into blocks of time during which various panels, talks, and workshops will be held focusing on the topic of representation and accessibility pertaining to games.

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:

Tuesday, April 16th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Re:Fuse—An Artist Talk by Aurora Robson
“Aurora Robson will discuss her own art practice and ongoing dedication to intercepting the waste stream. She will help illustrate the nature and complexity of the plastic pollution problem while offering a specific model for academic inquiry that takes place at the intersection of art and science. She will also describe her own creative stewardship initiatives as well as the related work of other artists, designers, and architects—opening up the potential for artists to serve as active agents of positive change in society.”
Wednesday, April 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Knitting Group Drop In
Bring your own supplies and gather to work on your current knitting or crocheting project! Share tips and information with other attendees! Light refreshments will be served, no pre-registration required!
Thursday, April 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Poem in your Pocket Day
“Join The Emily Dickinson Museum and the Academy of American Poets in this very special celebration of National Poetry Month! Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem to carry with them. On April 18, The Emily Dickinson Museum has a planned score of special activities for the day!”
Friday, April 19th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: Emily Dickinson’s Varmints: The Creepy-Crawly Character of Nature. Emily Dickinson’s poems often celebrate the beautiful, awe-inspiring aspects of the natural world: sunrises, sunsets, flowers, trees, winter’s “hoar delights,” and the play of the elements in the neighborhood she knew. But she also included some less welcome visitors: flies, beetles, snakes, rats, and a human varmint whose behavior wore a cruel streak: Rev. Charles Lothrop.”
Saturday, April 20th
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!”

Board Games:

Tuesday, April 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 8:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Free Trial Run
“Okay. We’re trying something… and hoping to do it weekly! There will be no minigolf, no videos games and no pub games (including air hockey). This will be chill time; a night of table top adventures including D&D, board games and puzzles. We have plenty of board games on hand, but you are encouraged to bring your own. DM’s… get in touch if you want a table reserved. Please email me directly at jeff@prodigyminigolf.com. We want feedback so please come and let us know what you think. Open 8pm to 12am, Free for this trial run, Ages 13+” What a great idea! We like how Prodigy is becoming such a polymath games space.
Wednesday, April 17th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games: Mint Delivery
Wednesday Games! Games that you play on Wednesday and you like all the game stuff! Justin is around to help teach you new games, and there are always friendly people to play with and against! This week the featured game is Mint Delivery, which is a cute game that fits in an Altoids-ish tin!
Thursday, April 18th
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, April 20th
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!

Books:

Tuesday, April 16th
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, April 16 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. “
Wednesday, April 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Writer in Residence Series: The Weather in Here
“The three writers in this evening of the series draw the body, its public armature and interior coils, forward onto the page in language that sings and queries what is made visible or erased in one’s transit in the world.”
Friday, April 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation with Author Series With Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago
“Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, Carlos Santiago has just released a new edition of his book, Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Contemporary Portrait, which provides “a comprehensive, contemporary portrait of the nearly 8 million Puerto Ricans almost evenly divided between the island itself and across the U.S. mainland and Hawaii”.”

Card Games:

Monday, April 15th
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, April 19th
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!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 17th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XV – 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!”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Realm of the Polar Bear
“Take a virtual cruise around the island of Spitzbergen – or as much can be navigated given ice conditions. Walk through the landscape, encounter the wildlife and be on the lookout for the colorful flora that populates the tundra. Visit some of the few and far-between settlements whose inhabitants brave this cold and often bleak part of the world and learn about the strong-willed pioneers who jockeyed for first place and even paid with their lives to reach their destination.”

History:

Thursday, April 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“This month learn more about one of our early leaders. Librarian Joseph Harrison collected and documented the history of our community during his 1912-1950 tenure leading Forbes Library. His early efforts helped to establish what is now our Coolidge Museum and Hampshire Room for local history.” Also get cookies!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 16th
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!
Thursday, April 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lou’s Upcycling
“Participants will learn about upcycling plastic bags through the process of fusing. Using the heat and pressure of a household iron, a new type of textile is formed from un-recyclable plastic bags and wrappers that would usually be thrown away. This 101 class teaches the basics of plastic bag fusing and each participant will complete a final project using the fused textile.” Check out Lou’s website: http://www.lousupcycles.com/donate-recycle-upcycle/
Friday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
ImagArena
“An imagination experience for ages 5+! More than a typical building workshop, ImagArena combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that engages everyone. To see a workshop in action, check out this ImagArena video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mhQzPnsTr4&t=9s!”
Saturday, April 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Drag Queen Story Hour
Drag queens will read stories! Pretty straightforward!
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 Jamie L. B. Deenihan
“Jamie L. B. Deenihan’s debut picture book, When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree, is a clever story celebrating the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community . . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while. Join us for this special storytime as we celebrate this book’s birthday, and also the author’s!”

Movies:

Wednesday, April 17th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Stars on Screen
“Join us for a screening of short science films from the 1920s and 1930s. Stay for a conversation with Vanja Malloy, curator of American Art; Hannah Goodwin, assistant professor of film and media studies at Mount Holyoke College; and Kate Follette, assistant professor of astronomy at Amherst College. ” Free and open to all!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Family Movie Matinee: Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
It’s the Mary Poppins that everyone agrees “doesn’t really need to exist” and also “is worse than the other Mary Poppins, the one you know about already”! It’s probably still fine-ish?
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Family Movie Night: Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
It’s just we haven’t heard any unabashedly GOOD things about it is all, and the original is so good!
Thursday, April 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Population Connection Film Screening
“Join other local ‘Population Connection’ members for a screening of The Wilson Center’s “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” film series which transports viewers to Tanzania, Nepal, and Ethiopia to explore an innovative approach to international development called integrated population, health, and environment (PHE), that seeks to protect both people and the ecosystems that sustain them. Free and open to the public.”

Science:

Tuesday, April 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Saturday, April 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Plant Communities for the Home Landscape
Learn from two successful women ecological designers how to grow fruit, nut, & shade gardens with native plants that love to grow together!

Teens:

Tuesday, April 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Games for Teens
Games! Play them, old or new! Lots of games are fun, so play a game why don’t you? Maybe try… Tiny Epic Galaxies? That was a fun one.
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
Wednesday, April 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
YA: Bob Ross Painting Program
Paint with Bob Ross! He’s so soothing! Open to ages 12+, supplies provided, REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Sign up at the Youth Desk.
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.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Movi: Bridge to Terabithia
This one looks like a fantasy Narnia sort of thing but it’s actually a real tearjerker, so be forewarned!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Escape Room: Teens Only
“Join us after closing time in the deserted Children’s and YA department for an escape room. The library basement will transform under challenges to test your mind and your friendships. Completely free, candy and pizza provided. This event is for teens. Only those ages 13-18 are eligible. Sign-ups are required. Call 413-587-1010, email ehill@forbeslibrary.org, or sign-up in person at the library.” This is 100% a trap for teens, right? There’s some sort of teen-eating monster in the Valley that works for local libraries as a cover?
Thursday, April 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Oreo Tasting for Teens
“Stop by the Teen Room and sample a variety of Oreo flavors and cast your vote for the best flavor”. This is perhaps the single event we have ever catalogued that is most obviously being put on by a devious monster who eats teenagers.
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!

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