August 5th – 11th


This is a cute little game: https://adamgryu.itch.io/a-short-hike! It isn’t locally created but it is cute and that is great! More games should be about being a cute bird.

Also in a much less cute recommendation, we’ve really enjoyed The Terror which is on Hulu. It’s about why going to the Arctic is a bad idea, and why it’s also important not to go anywhere without enough food for at least 10 years, and also capital-H Hubris. It’s got a lot of solid performances from people you know from other Prestige TV, and that’s nice.

Also it’s been a while since we’ve said that everyone should really go check out Mass MoCA! It’s a great art museum and it’s right up in the upper-left corner of Massachusetts. You should go, it’s not too long a drive and it’s always got amazing artwork on display. Plus they change exhibits like ten times a year so there’s always new stuff.

Oh right and Stranger Things 3: It was okay, but mostly for getting to see some folks we like interact and be fun together, the plot was pretty much the same wheel-spinning as last season.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, August 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Artists Reception: Fiber Arts by Katherine McClelland, Tamar Shadur, and Amy Putnam
Fiber art by three artists! The examples on the page all lok incredible, so give this one a peek. Also, get some reception vittles! That’s always nice.
Friday, August 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Shadow and Light: Explore ways that late afternoon light interacts with nature and then create your own representation of shadows and lights like Alma Thomas’s painting Morning in the Bowl of Night. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”
Saturday, August 10th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Art Walk with Tanner Ogle and Chris Weeks
“Book release and signing with two local comics creators, Tanner T Ogle and Chris Weeks! Come grab a copy of their newest comic “Do Not Enter”! ” Local Creators at a great Local Shop! A Local Chance for you to Locally Enjoy a night out!

Board Games:

Tuesday, August 6th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 17
“From dungeon delving to spell casting, Tabletop Tuesdays have your board game fix covered for the week! 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. Interested in joining the fray? Tabletop Tuesdays are only $5 for access to our wide tables, extensive boardgame collection and of course lots of dice. If you’re a DM looking to lead your own band of adventurers, you get in for free! Plus you get access to countless DM resources, like map tiles and over 300 pre-painted token for heroes and monsters. Adventure awaits you at Prodigy.”
Friday, August 9th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 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.”
Sunday, August 11th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
X-Wing Monthly Tournament
“X-Wing Tournament! 200 Points! $10 Entry Fee! Registration @ 11:00! Flight @ Noon”

Books:

Tuesday, August 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Jill Margaret Shulman
“Join us on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30pm for a reception, discussion, and Q&A with Jill Margaret Shulman, founder of In Other Words, a college essay coaching service, and author of College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) from the Madness.”
Wednesday, August 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Matt Landry
“Join Matt Landry, author of the book “Forward, Upward, Onward.”, based upon the lessons learned upon completing hiking the 48-4,000 foot mountain in NH. Matt will discuss his book, including the 10 biggest lessons learned and how they equate directly to life. The First Wednesday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library and is free and open to the public.”
Thursday, August 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mary Doria Russell with Rose Bookbinder
“Join us Thursday, August 8 at 7:00pm for an evening discussion and book signing with Mary Doria Russel, author of The Women of Copper Country. She will be in conversation with Rose Bookbinder, is an organizer with Massachusetts Jobs with Justice.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Centennial Event: Meet Our Collections
“Join us for an open house in Special Collections where selections from our collection will be on display and you can have a guided behind-the-scenes tour.”

Card Games:

Monday, August 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”
Tuesday, August 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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. Pauper @7:30 pm/ $5/ Three Rounds. Every 3-0 wins a showdown pack. Pick up Commander! Starts @5pm/ Free Entry/ Get a random promo card just by showing up! 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, August 9th
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:

Thursday, August 8th
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.”

Entertainment:

Monday, August 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch
“Throw the Quaffle, dodge the Bludgers, run as a Seeker and chase down the Golden Snitch! Join the Greenfield Public Library’s game of wizards. Takes place at Hillside Field! Registration through Recreation Department website.” We really feel like they should be doing this with airplanes.
Tuesday, August 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Nature in Northampton: A Walking Tour with Laurie Sanders
“We’ll look for every plant or animal species that survives in downtown, from the mosses and ants living in the cracks and margins to the larger plants and creatures that are able to survive in the wilder and untended pockets that occur in and around the heart of the city. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20. $5 for members and donors. $8 for non-members”
Wednesday, August 7th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash XXXI – feat Ultimate & Melee!
“Calling all Smash players. Here’s the deal…This event will feature two main brackets; Smash Ultimate Singles and Smash Melee Singles. Every second Wednesday will feature PM instead of Melee! To enter there is; $5 Venue Fee. $5 Bracket Entry Fee. *Cash only, there is an ATM upstairs in Eastworks. **Venue fee will be waived if you provide a FULL set up. Streamed by Team Spilled Fries: https://www.twitch.tv/teamspilledfries
Thursday, August 8th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“In addition to our monthly bingo night every last Thursday of the month at Gateway City in Holyoke, now you can join Eryyn Rocabich and Liz EVERY SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH up North!! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway! NO DOOR CHARGE!”

History:

Wednesday, August 7th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Secrets, Lies, and Rockets: The Soviet Union in the Space Race
“What happened to the Soviet Union during the space race? Why was the U.S. able to pull ahead despite their early lead? With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this year, join us to hear the other side of the story as we look at how secrecy and paranoia impacted the Soviet rocket program. Presented by Tianna Darling.”
Saturday, August 10th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Guided Tour
“Wendy Sinton will be leading a tour of Sojourner Truth’s Florence from starting from the Sojourner Statue.”

Kids:

Monday, August 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Galaxy Nails
“Join us for an out of this world fingernail decorating program. We will have a quest presentor as a special surprise! This program is open to students ages 8-12 years old. Registration is required and space is limited.”
Tuesday, August 6th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comets and Asteroids Discovery Station
“Join us for a special event from Mad Science of Western New England! Learn about asteroids and recreate the impact craters asteroids have made on our moon. Watch as we create a “kitchen” comet with DRY ICE and simulate an asteroid burn out as it hits the atmosphere. Registration is required and space is limited. For ages 4-12 years old.”
Wednesday, August 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Boston Museum of Science Presents: Reptiles!
“In this presentation, we ask: Are reptiles actually slimy? Are they cold blooded? What actually makes a reptile a reptile? Together we will answer these questions and many more while we become acquainted with some incredible animals from the Museum’s Live Animal Care Center.”
Thursday, August 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Family Starship Storytime
“Join Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons at a story time with read-alouds, songs, and a S.T.E.A.M. craft activity every week. Suggested for ages 3-6, but the whole family is welcome to this program sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the YA department to talk comics! Share comics! Create Comics! There will be supplies to make your own books, and time to get some good recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists.
Friday, August 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Science Investigators: Nature in our Neighborhood
“Join us at the NEW Sunderland Riverfront Park in Sunderland, MA (where else) as we welcome Helen Ann Sephton of the Hitchcock Center! Be prepared to use all your senses as we explore the land and riverside in Sunderland.”
Saturday, August 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tom Ricardi: Birds of Prey featuring author Heidi E. Y. Stemple
“Join us for an incredible display of predatory birds from avian expert Tom Ricardi, who operates a rehabilitation center for a variety of birds of prey at his home in Conway, MA. He travels throughout New England and New York giving lectures and showcasing selections of his birds. Read more about Tom and his work here.”
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party!
Open to all who participated in the Summer Reading Program! Make a Sundae, get an award! Yay for reading!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Landing Party for Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program
“Come celebrate the end of the “Universe of Stories” Summer Reading Program with the movie “WALL-E”, spacey snacks, and prizes!”
Sunday, August 11th
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: Renee Kurilla
“Join illustrator Renee Kurilla as she shares her recent books! Chicks Rule! (author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen) celebrates girl power and community action, while Right This Very Minute (author: Lisl H. Detlefsen) celebrates food and farming.”

Movies:

Monday, August 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Film: Now and Again
“In 1945, two teenagers, George and Mel went on an an adventure they’d remember for the rest of their lives—until Mel lost his memory to Alzheimer’s. Now, over seventy years later, Mel’s grandsons are traveling the same 100-mile journey to explore the legacy of their grandfather, telling a cross-generational story of love, conflict, and life.”
Tuesday, August 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: Dumbo
One of the extremely unnecessary remakes of old Disney classics!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
“Trippy cosmic joyride with an earthling (Martin Freeman) and an alien (Mos Def). Adapted from the Douglas Adams sci-fi tales.” AN ALIEN? He has a name! It’s Ford Prefect. Well, not really, but that’s the name he picked. Also, the joke is that it was a common car brand in the UK of that era. So it’d be like having a friend named Honda Civic. We didn’t find that out for years!
Wednesday, August 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
The Birds on the Lawn
“Cinema Northampton presents a free Forbes Library Lawn screening of The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tippi Hedren! Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and we’ll roll the film once it’s dark!” And of course soon after, the audience will be vicously assaulted by owls.
Friday, August 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Friday Family Film Festival: Space Jam
Space Jam, the movie that was kind of weird and then became a big pop-culture zeitgeist thing for some reason. Probably the song? It’s a catchy song.
Saturday, August 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinée: 2001 A Space Odyssey
“Stay cool this summer and join us for our Saturday matinée series, inspired by the summer reading program theme of “A Universe of Stories”. This classic 1968 film tells the story of how a space voyage to Jupiter erupts in disaster when the ship’s computer goes mad. This film features Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, and Leonard Rossiter.” It doesn’t really “go mad” so much as get conflicting instructions. A good lesson in why you should make your code fail gracefully!
Sunday, August 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Shalom Italia”
“Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany in search of a cave in which they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth, the result of which is a profound portrait of memory and history.”

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 6th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon

Technology:

Tuesday, August 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] 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.
Wednesday, August 7th
Dirty Truth [29 Main St., Northampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie Hackers Western Mass: August Meetup
“Do you run an online business or interested in getting started? Then join us for the an Indie Hackers Meetup! This is a casual meetup where you can discuss your software business, side project, or aspirations with other indie hackers. This is a great opportunity to share your ideas with others and get advice from peers who have faced similar challenges. Anyone involved or interested in the Indie Hackers community is welcome. UserKit (https://userkit.io) is a proud sponsor of the Indie Hackers Western Mass meetup, and they’ll be covering the first round of drinks. If you’re not familiar with Indie Hackers, check out indiehackers.com for more information. Code of Conduct: https://www.indiehackers.com/code-of-conduct

Teens:

Monday, August 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Poster Making
“Forbes Library is hosting a toiletry drive for Northampton Survival Center’s 40th Anniversary. Help make signs for the drive. As always, snacks and materials are provided. Open to teens only.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Make it Monday — Stop Motion Movies
“Learn how to make your own stop motion movies. Using the Westfield Athenaeum’s tablets, you’ll make a movie using mini-figures, clay, or paper. All materials will be provided. For students going into grades 5-12. Registration required, space is limited!” Stop-motion is super tough to do, but it looks neat as hell!
Tuesday, August 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Book to Movie Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
We’re not really sure what the story is for this movie, just that people seemed to like it. We’re generally of the opinion that you don’t need to get closure with folks after you stop dating them, though. The classy thing to do is to disappear into the moors in the dead of night, leaving a single rose with the thorns shaved off behind on your pillow.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 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
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Make Your Own Galaxy Floam!
Open to teens and tweens, ages 10-18! What’s floam? Don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to, fools. Floam… will reveal itself in due course. It will be undeniable, when the time comes. Make your own, while you still can.
Wednesday, August 7th
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, August 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
The Pokemon Club
Another day? They’re up to two a week? Dang, we’re pretty sure this “Pokemon” thing is going to wind up being pretty popular.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 AM to 4:30 AM
Escape Room Session 1: Ages 12 – 15
Mission: You have one hour to solve the puzzle and escape the room. Will you escape before time runs out? If you can’t escape, you must wander the library forever!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 AM to 4:30 AM
Escape Room Session 2: Ages 15-18
Second mission! Slightly older teens! But still, basic idea remains the same. Go to it!
Saturday, August 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party!
Open to all who participated in the Summer Reading Program! Wrap up Summer Reading with Pizza, Ice Cream, and Prizes!

Video Games:

Sunday, August 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
ALL AGES Sunday Family Morning – Dad Edition
All ages, all people, come to Prodigy to play games for Father’s Day! $12 per person! Kids must be with a participating adult! We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.

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