August 26th – Sep 1st


Mob Psycho 100 is a very fun anime, and we recommend it. Starts strong, has interesting and vibrant animation, and generally treats all the characters like worthwhile people.

Also, we’ve been having fun playing the puzzle game Q.U.B.E and its sequel: Q.U.B.E 2. They’re both basically “what if Portal had a different central mechanic?” but also they do that pretty dang well. A good set of puzzles where you tend to either blitz through a room or stand there for 10 minutes thinking until you get an epiphany.

The only thing that’s unfortunate is that the frame narrative is really odd because while the gameplay is “a series of tests, presented as puzzles”, the narrative acts like this obviously interlocking set of steadily harder puzzles isn’t happening. It just sort of treats it like you’ve been climbing through the place or something. Not terrible, but probably more due to the fact that they didn’t want to be accused of ripping off Portal than the fact that they 100% wanted to do this particular narrative.

And finally, check out Magestry’s first event of the Autumn season, the weekend of September 6th – 8th! It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s only $40 to attend! Plus, if you really want to attend but don’t have the cash, you can always attend for any amount of time over the weekend for FREE as an NPC! There’s no reason NOT to go to Magestry.com for more details!

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 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
We need to talk about zines! Why? Because of how excellent they are! Everyone loves receiving a zine! We legit have a zine in the house that we picked up and we love it and it makes us feel good to read. How many chances do you get to read something by a local that they hand-produced and placed for you to find? It’s a gift! Go make gifts!

Board Games:

Tuesday, August 27th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 19
“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.”
Wednesday, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of the landed gentry as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Thursday, August 29th
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, August 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – feat. Star Trek: Five Year Mission
“STAR TREK: FIVE YEAR MISSION. You are about to begin your 5-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise. But which one? You can crew the classic Enterprise NCC-1701 or the next generation NCC 1701-D. ALERT! You and your fellow crewmates must cooperate to resolve dangerous situations that threaten to destroy your ship. If you fail, you all lose. Solving threats is the way you score points for your crew and win the game. Each crewmate has a unique ability. These abilities can help the team solve alerts. Use your skills wisely to give your crew the best chance at success. So, which is the crew for you-The Original Series, or the Next Generation? Come for the Coop night event and buy one get one admission is yours. After the event enjoy all Prodigy has to offer! Bring your friends and work together for this co-op board game night, hosted by Goose Gosselin. Goose will be available from 7pm to 11pm to play and/or assist your gameplay. Star Trek will be the showcase; a simple to learn co-op. Or… bring your own game and gather with others! “
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.”

Books:

Monday, August 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Matt Landry (rescheduled)
“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.”
Tuesday, August 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!

Card Games:

Monday, August 26th
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 27th
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 30th
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!

Comic Books:

Friday, August 30th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
LGBT+ N’More: Comics & Community
“Come join other LGBT+ folks for a fun 90 minutes of chatting, chilling and comics! We’ll have 45 minutes of open discussion and 45 minutes of guided conversation on different topics each meeting. We’ll also be focusing on a specific comic. Details TBA. Hosted every 4th Friday. 530-7pm. Accessible parking and entrance behind our building on Pine St. Free Event.”

Community:

Thursday, August 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Hidden Philosophers of Amherst
“Anyone can be a philosopher, yet some of us are hidden in other professions and walks of life. This group meets as an outlet for philosophical discourse that allows for debate and discussion in a casual, inclusive environment where we challenge the way we think and learn from diverse opinions. Free and open to the public.”

Entertainment:

Monday, August 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Zardoz
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is Zardoz directed by John Boorman, 1974. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbGVIdA3dx0” It’s… a weird movie.
Wednesday, August 28th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash #39 – 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” Ha! The roman numerals got annoying.
Thursday, August 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We just started watching Mob Psycho 100 and it is very good! It is not about a violent mobster, but about a child with psychic powers who is dealing with getting through middle school.
Friday, August 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Concert: Lonesome Brothers
All are invited to attend! Bring lawn chairs or blankets!

History:

Wednesday, August 28th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Westfield’s Unsolved Mystery-The Pure Foods Murder
“The Westfield Athenaeum announces an evening with Captain Michael McCabe as he discusses the Pure Foods murder, Westfield’s most intriguing unsolved crime. Lewis B. Allyn was murdered on May 7, 1940 at his home located at 69 Western Avenue in Westfield, MA. The question still remains… Whodunit? The Nazis, the Russian Imperial Army, the Lover, the Police Chief, a neighbor or someone else entirely? Will this case ever be solved? Captain Michael McCabe believes there is now ample physical evidence to do just that. He will be presenting an historical perspective on this case and hopes to be able to solve it. Join us for this fascinating story on Wednesday. Seating is limited, PLEASE REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT”

Kids:

Tuesday, August 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lou’s Upcycling Returns!
“Back by popular demand! Lou Leelyn of Lou’s Upcycling will hold a workshop at the GPL. Registration is required and is capped at 15 participants. Contact the library at 413-772-1544 or librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary to sign up. Attendees should save up their household’s cereal and cracker bags and any other plastic bags and wrappers and bring them to use or donate. If you aren’t sure what to bring, check Lou’s website at: http://www.lousupcycles.com/donate-recycle-upcycle/ .”

Movies:

Wednesday, August 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 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!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Jane: An Abortion Service
“JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE, a Sundance Film Festival selection, is about the secret, women-run abortion service that flourished from the late ‘60s and during a time of illegal, and often deadly abortions. The service founded by nationally known organizer Heather Booth continued until abortion was legalized by the US Supreme Court. Case Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. Reproduction rights experts and activists helping low income women get abortions today will kick off the post-film discussion.”

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 27th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 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!
Thursday, August 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Teens:

Monday, August 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: DIY Magnets
“Make your own locker or fridge magnets! As always, materials and snacks provided. Open to teens only.”
Tuesday, August 27th
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
Wednesday, August 28th
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.
Friday, August 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Meet Our New YA Librarian (ages 11-17)
“Drop by to meet our new Young Adult librarian, Cecilia! She will be leading some hedgehog-making crafts and talking about upcoming YA programming for this fall. Come hang out, make a hedgehog or two, and give your input!”

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