May 13th – 19th

We had a great time playing Sagrada this week, reminding us that games where you have to manage to extract a decent board out of randomness. It’s pleasant, it doesn’t cause TOO much analysis paralysis because you often end up boxing yourself into a move, and it doesn’t take super long to play even with 4 players.

If you like Board Games, go play some at Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat! It’s our favorite game night. Also you should go to Nerd Nite at the WW2 Club this Monday because it’s fun!

Also happy Mother’s Day to all! We are lucky to have a very good mom who has always been someone we try to emulate. We can only hope that we’ll be as capable and as accomplished as she is over the course of our lives.

In our mom’s honor, you should donate to the National Advocates for Pregnant Women. It can also be in honor of your mom, or really anyone. We’re not planning to check.

“National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) is a non-profit organization that works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment – low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

NAPW seeks to ensure that:

  1. no one is punished for the outcome of their pregnancies whether they have an abortion, experience a pregnancy loss, or go to term and give birth to a baby;
  2. no one loses their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy;
  3. addiction and other health and welfare problems people face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes;
  4. families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation; and
  5. pregnant and parenting people have access to a full range of reproductive health care as well as access to confidential, non-punitive drug treatment services.

NAPW protects the rights, health, and dignity of pregnant and parenting people by:

  1. providing pro bono (free) legal assistance to people directly or to their defense attorneys if the person is threatened or charged with a crime or child welfare action for having an abortion, giving birth, being pregnant or experiencing a pregnancy loss;
  2. organizing with state based activists and organization as well as national coalitions;
  3. engaging in public education on paper, online, and anywhere people might listen!”

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon ! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, May 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
“This month led by Polina Barskova. The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion group meets monthly September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators each month offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to e-mail edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion.” There’s a $15 fee, too!
Saturday, May 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Annual Poetry Walk
“The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at historic sites around Amherst. This spring, the Walk will explore the poet’s many sources of inspiration, including the arts, nature, relationships and cherished books. In homage to Dickinson’s role in sparking our imaginations, we will also read a contemporary poem influenced by her life and work at each stop.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, May 14th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 5
“Ages 13+ $5 admission. Low music, no video games, no TVs, no minigolf, no pub sports… just game tables, analog games and good lighting. D&D, Magic, puzzles, board games, games that require some concentration and calmness to get into are all welcome. Bring your own or take on one of the games from our large board game selection here at Prodigy! DM’s… get in touch if you want a table reserved. Please email Alessandro at tabletop@prodigyminigolf.com with any questions or requests. Last week, a band of strangers took the roll of heroic adventures flushing out a perilous raider encampment in an ongoing game of Dungeons & Dragons. Meanwhile, across the room, spells were being cast and reversed at lightening speeds, as our local Magic the Gathering players duked it out.”
Wednesday, May 15th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Welcome To!
“The weather is starting to get warmer and if it’s willing to cooperate, next week will likely be our first time outside for the summer (Keep your weather fingers crossed)! This week I’ll be featuring the fantastic stress-fest ‘Welcome To…’ Welcome To… is a variation on the currently VERY popular ‘Roll and Write’ genre. Each round players must choose one of three house numbers and special powers to write into their very own suburb. Each street can only have each number once and just like in real life, they have to start low and go high. You’ll be taking risks and building delightfully weird towns in no time in this tense, very fast playing game! Shut Up and Sit Down Review Welcome To! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCe424Ty2qE As always, bring your friends, bring your friend’s friends and maybe make a new one or two! See you Wednesday!”
Thursday, May 16th
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, May 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
BattleTech Organized Play
“Off The Wall will be running Organized BattleTech on Friday nights. We will be following the rules in the Mercenaries supplement. Each player will generate a Mercenary Group consisting of 4-6 Mechs, and will play 2 Missions a week, one with their company and one as a random set of Mechs to fulfill someone else’s Mission. Each game will be clocked at 2 Hours with the intention of keeping games moving and finishing. The campaign will start in the 3030’s with Level 1 Tech and will build toward 3050 and the Clan Invasion. However, this is a longterm goal.”

Books:

Tuesday, May 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Christian McEwen: Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money
“Christian McEwen has long moved readers with her thoughtful writings on poetry, creativity, and slowing down. In Legal Tender: Women & The Secret Life of Money she steps back from such soul nourishing topics and invites us to explore the harsher world of money. But as McEwen writes in her introduction, “legal tender” can also involve “legal tenderness.” She handles a topic that many shy away from because it’s attached to feelings of confusion, guilt, bitterness, and even fear, with the same easy, poetic care that guides all her writing. This collection of interviews, stories, quotes, and poems invites women to gain a closer relationship to money and by doing so fuel their overall wellbeing.”
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Firefighters of Northampton: Present Day Firefighting & Book Release by Peter Norman
“Three Northampton firefighters—Tim McQuestion, Natalie Stollmeyer and Daryl Springman– will discuss Northampton Fire Rescue. Local author and photographer Peter Norman will introduce his new book Northampton Fire Rescue and show some of the images he took while “camped out” at the Northampton Fired department.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Author Talk with Al Hague
“Join Veteran Al Hague for a discussion of his book “A Marine’s Daughter”, a novel that depicts a Marine’s struggles with his past. Hague, who is disabled from Agent Orange exposure while serving in Vietnam says “Vets of that time still suffer in a variety of ways. It is my hope that this story illustrates to family members and perhaps even vets that the memories of the past must be and can be dealt with.””
Wednesday, May 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, May 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Conversation with Author Series: Karen Zilberstein
“How do families grapple with disability, trauma, poverty, racism or opioid addiction? How well does America’s infrastructure of care meet their needs? Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America renders unforgettable portraits of six overburdened families in Western Massachusetts. Karen Zilberstein, LICSW, is a practicing psychotherapist and Clinical Director of the Northampton, MA chapter of A Home Within, a national nonprofit that provides pro bono psychotherapy for individuals who have experienced foster care.”

Card Games:

Monday, May 13th
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”
Tuesday, May 14th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 AM
Magic the Gathering Tuesdays
“Tuesdays night are the place to be for magic! We are holding three different events Standard showdown @6pm/ $5 / Three rounds. Every 3-0 wins a standard showdown pack. Learn more about Standard: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/standard-formats-magic-gathering | Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack | Learn more about Pauper: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! Learn more about Commander: https://magic.wizards.com/en/content/commander-format Prize Support for 8+ players | 3-0 $15 store credit +standard showdown pack | 2-0-1 $12 store credit | 2-1 $9 store credit”
Friday, May 17th
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:

Tuesday, May 14th
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.”
Thursday, May 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Regional Open Meeting Law Training by the Attorney General’s Office
Free and open to the public! Learn things, for free!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
A second day of Community Connections!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, May 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Dramatic readings by professional actors to bring stories to life! This time: A Classic Thriller to have you at the end of your seat! Court Dorsey will be reading “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell!
Wednesday, May 15th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XIX – 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!”
Saturday, May 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book, Bake & Plant Sale
Special offer for books! Between 1pm and 3pm, Grocery-sized bag of books for $7! Also buy plants and baked goods!
Sunday, May 19th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Discovery Season 2 ep 13-14 + Potluck
“We’ll watch more episodes. Please bring food or drink. If you can’t bring anything please pay $5 to defray food expense. If you can, please chip in a few bucks to help defray cost of CBS online subscription.”

History:

Monday, May 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rediscovering the Hidden Mill River: A Forbes Library Forum
“Next year marks the 80th anniversary of the Great Mill River Diversion when the Corps of Engineers dug a ditch to redirect the river away from downtown Northampton after the disastrous 1936 flood. Forbes Library, with the co-sponsorship of the Northampton’s Office of Planning and Sustainability, Historic Northampton, and the Mill River Greenway Initiative, will hold a forum to kick off preparations for “2020: The Rediscovery of the Hidden Mill River.” This event will feature presentations by Laurie Sanders (Historic Northampton) on the natural history of the Mill River, John Sinton (Mill River Greenway Initiative and author of Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River through Landscape & History) on the human history of the Mill, and Wayne Feiden (Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability) on Planning for the Hidden Mill River, Past and Future.”
Wednesday, May 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Aaron Krerowicz: Stairway to Zepplin
“When Led Zeppelin II replaced Abbey Road as the #1 album in December of 1969, it symbolized a “passing of the torch” into a new era in popular music. This 60-minute multimedia presentation observes how 1960s rock bands The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Yardbirds paved the way for Led Zeppelin in the 1970s.”
Thursday, May 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“May is Preservation Month and our topic is “Lost Northampton” and the importance of documenting the local community through photos, web archives and oral histories.” Also get cookies!

Kids:

Monday, May 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!
Tuesday, May 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! Ages 5 and up.
Saturday, May 18th
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!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine
Lynn Simonds has been performing original music for 20 years. Playing a combination of sing-along style covers, family friendly favorites, creative originals and on-the-spot improvisational songs, Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine entertains and enchants audiences of all ages.

RPGs:

Friday, May 17th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 3
“The warmth of Enlightening draws Petalsong to a close and the town of Elmerton finds itself grateful for its beautiful lake. Come join the heroes of this fabled township as they engage in plentiful combat and take part in Epic storylines created just for them! New Players can play their first game for only $40 and NPCs can always play for free! Email Info@Magestry.com to get a free account on our database or for more information! Visit http://www.magestry.com for more info”
Saturday, May 18th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 3
Second day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!
Sunday, May 19th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry Spring 2019, Event 3
Third day of the event! Remember that if you’re an NPC you attend for free! It even rhymes!

Science:

Monday, May 13th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
“First Talk: “Imaging the Invisible: How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole, and Why it Matters” by Jason Young, a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College. Second Talk: “I’d Lie for You and That’s the Lie: A Discussion on Lies and the Liars that Lie Them” by Joe Van Allen, an MS in Organizational Psychology from Springfield College.” A great night for all, as always!
Thursday, May 16th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Cafe: Your Dinner’s DNA: How Genes Reveal the History of Domesticated Plants
Ever think about where your food comes from? REALLY comes from? Dr. Hamid Razifard will talk about how he uses DNA ancestry technology to uncover the history of tomato domestication! He’ll also explore humanity’s past with other crops while explaining the science behind these discoveries. Also, the Science After Dark celebration will take place from 7pm to 8pm!

Technology:

Wednesday, May 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
“Dev teams of the Valley! Maybe you’re not on an Agile team or you work on your own, but if you’re responsible for producing work (or want to be), come, share and learn. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc.” Our work kind of does Agile in that we sometimes say “sprint”!

Teens:

Monday, May 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Lettering and Calligraphy
“Try out different styles of writing! As always, snacks and materials provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, May 14th
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
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Teen Movie: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Like Harry Potter, but with Greek mythology, but not so much Greek mythology that it’s creepy.
Wednesday, May 15th
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.
Thursday, May 16th
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.
Friday, May 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Late Night at the Library
“Teens are invited to hang out at the library after hours! Come for the music, karaoke, dancing, games, button making, pizza, and ice cream sundaes!”

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