May 20th – 26th

It’s the end of Game of Thrones! We were never wildly into the show, but it was nice to have a thing lots of people saw that had dragons in it, we don’t get to talk about dragons nearly as often as we’d like to.

Donate to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the Yellowhammer fund. If not for your mom, then for ours. If you can make it monthly, that’s especially good. Helps them intimidate folks who need to be intimidated if they can say they have X million members.

If you happen to be in the Berkshires, we really recommend that you take some time to head to the 2 Flights Up game night. It is delightful! The folks there were extremely friendly and the space is great. You get a nice room to play games in, a huge library of existing games divided up by player count and type, and a crowd of folks to play with. You can even toss a dollar into a bucket in order to buy candy, soda, or coffee. All that for just $5 a month!

We would compare it favorably to our other favorite game night at the Brass Cat. There’s nothing like having a place to bring all your favorite games and introduce them to new folks! Also Sagrada continues to be a very good game that we like playing with people despite our never actually being super good at it.

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, May 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Textiles and Landscape: An Embodied Understanding of Native/Colonist Relations in 17th c. New England
“This talk will explore the role of textiles in diplomacy between the Native and non-Native people of southeastern New England in the 17th century. In the 17th century world, textiles were a powerful economic and political force. Historians have only recently begun to study the power that textiles held in trade, land agreements, and presentations of the body.”
Wednesday, May 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Mending and Upcycle Meetup
“Gathering for sewists who are repairing their garments or remaking them into other items. Techniques and problem-solving shared but no teaching, no materials provided. Both general questions & specific issues are welcome – expect troubleshooting on the big screen so all can follow and learn. John Paganetti has been designing WordPress websites since 2006, and will help you get your website up and running quickly.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Are you a fiend for zines? Go to this club! Write a zine about your favorite game! Or your favorite person! Or your favorite zine!
Friday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
“Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required. Call 413-772-1544 for more details.”
Saturday, May 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Button Making
Make unique buttons with a button maker! We suggest you make a button that says “By looking at this button you have agreed that I own your house”. It only has to work once to pay off!

Board Games:

Monday, May 20th
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 to that sentient lawnmower. It was extremely kind, but incredibly dangerous!
Thursday, May 23rd
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 24th
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.”
Saturday, May 25th
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, May 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Mill River: History, Transformation, and Why it Matters
“Environmental historian John Sinton shares the history and impact of the Mill River in this presentation. His recent book Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape and History tells the multifaceted tale of the Mill River in Western Massachusetts, from its emergence after the glaciers 20,000 years ago to the present.”
Wednesday, May 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Murder Incorporated
“Murder Incorporated—Book Two: America’s Favorite Pastime (released 2019), chronicles the sinister bloody heart of American power, which remains murderous and perpetually at war.” Written by… Noelle Hanrahan, P.I.? Honestly did not see that coming.
Thursday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Author Talk: Deb Habib
“Deb Habib will share her newly published book, Making Love While Farming.” We really highly recommend you don’t do that actually.

Card Games:

Monday, May 20th
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 21st
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 24th
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!

Comics:

Friday, May 24th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
LGBT+ N’More: Comics & Community
“Come join other LGBT+ folks for a fun 90 minutes of chatting, chilling and comics! Hosted every 4th Friday. 5-630pm. Accessible and intersectional. Free event.”

Community:

Thursday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Greenfield Affordable Housing Project
Talk about affordable housing in Greenfield! Everyone needs somewhere to live, so we need to make housing that they can pay for easily.
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!
Friday, May 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Office Hours with Rep. Mindy Domb
Talk to your representative! Bring some substantive complaints and have them heard by a person empowered to do at least something about them!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, May 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Music and Social Justice Series: Charlie King & Candace Cassin
“‘Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘Round’ offers a history of the Civil Rights Movement for African Americans from 1955 to 1967, highlighting activists such as Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.”
Thursday, May 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Big Trees of Look Park
“Noted big tree hunter and expert Bob Leverett will lead participants on a 3-hour guided walk of notable trees found in and around Look Park. In addition to pointing out individual trees, Bob will share information about the species’ life history and ecology and also include information about the park’s history and earlier uses. Registration limited to 20. $8 members and donors | $12 non-members”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching Land of the Lustrous right now and it is both strange and wonderful.
Friday, May 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Virtual Reality Night w/ Pioneer VR! (Oculus Rift)
“Admission: $12 for access from 4pm to midnight, VR from 7pm to 9pm. Ages: 13+. Pioneer VR runs a VR Night once again here at Prodigy! System will be available from 7pm to 9pm. Arrive early to ensure a chance to play!”

History:

Wednesday, May 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A History of Golf in Holyoke
“Join Tom Kass for a talk about the history of golf in Holyoke. Tom will cover the origins of three golf courses that existed in Holyoke and the people associated with their development through the years.” Learn their secrets, find their buried thrones. Their power can be yours if you have the mettle to take it, fool. You can wrest from the gods courses the likes of which mankind was never meant to see!

Kids:

Tuesday, May 21st
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:

Saturday, May 25th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Family Movie: Kim Possible
A family movie! “Disney Kim Possible”, rated G, snacks and drinks will be provided, no registration required! It’s about the adventures of Disney “Kim” Possible, the original founder of the famous Possible/Disney media conglomerate.
Sunday, May 26th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Call Her Applebroog”
“Born in the Bronx to Orthodox Jewish émigrés from Poland, Applebroog, now in her 80s, looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings and paintings, as well as private journals.” Student $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, May 23rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, May 25th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Science:

Tuesday, May 21st
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!

Technology:

Monday, May 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WordPress 101
“Even though WordPress runs roughly a third of all websites on the internet, it can be frustrating to deal with. Bring your WordPress problems to this Q&A session with a seasoned WordPress professional! Both general questions & specific issues are welcome – expect troubleshooting on the big screen so all can follow and learn. John Paganetti has been designing WordPress websites since 2006, and will help you get your website up and running quickly.”

Teens:

Monday, May 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Collage
“Combine images and text (if you choose!) into your own creations! As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, May 21st
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, May 22nd
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 23rd
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk or call (413) 587-1010.!

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