September 16th – 22nd


Sorry for the skipped newsletter last weekend! We were away the entire weekend and just did not have a chance to upload anything. The Nerd Watch isn’t really amenable to phone posting!

Are you into Magic: The Gathering? Why not join up with Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers? They are:

“…a club in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts seeking to build a diverse, inclusive, and friendly environment in which to play Magic: the Gathering. Though several of us are indeed nerdy white dudes, we’re keen to recruit members who might not fit the traditional stereotype of trading card gamers. Everyone interested in Magic: the Gathering is welcome, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or experience. If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and want to find a M:tG venue that replicates that, we’ll save you a seat.”

Magestry Autumn Season 2019 Event 2 is happening the weekend of the 27th! First time players pay $40, and NPCs play FREE! That’s right, all weekend if you like, for free! Well, because you’re basically working for the event. But we’re pretty sure they feed you? And it’s not like it’s super distinct from playing at the event, as far as we can tell. Also you can work for as long as you feel like. It sounds fun!

Want to read a good book and then talk about it? Check out the September Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup’s book discussion of The Calculating Stars, this year’s Hugo Best Novel winner. You’ve still got time to read the book!

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:

Tuesday, September 17th
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 to give me $5”. It only has to work a few times to pay off!
Wednesday, September 18th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Galina Mardilovich
“What is possible in a print? Join Curator of Russian and European Art Galina Mardilovich for a gallery talk about the various techniques of printmaking in the works on view at the Mead, and the economic, political and artistic forces that made them all possible in their respective times. Free and open to all!”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus and Open Mic
“Join us during Amherst Arts Night Plus on September 5, 2019 for our monthly celebration of local art! At our open mic, poets, writers, and performers of any kind are welcome! Come early to view the pop-up, contemporary art exhibition in the Homestead by our featured artist. The open mic begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by this month’s featured readers. Those who would like to share their work should arrive between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. to sign up.” Featured artist: Lorna Ritz! Featured reader: Libby Maxey!
Thursday, September 19th
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.”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival
“Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, with support from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Beveridge Family Foundation, Amherst Business Improvement District, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Amherst Poetry Festival is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.” Too many events to list! Check out the site: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/apf/
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“This month we will present the artwork of Elbridge Kingsley. Show and tell from the Forbes Library’s Collection on Third Thursdays at 3pm in the Coolidge Museum. Join us as this monthly series kicks off a year long celebration of the 125th anniversary of Forbes Library! September 2018-October 2019 topics will feature materials from the collections focusing on the construction and history of the building, staff, trustees, donors and our community.”
Friday, September 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival
This is the second day! It’s a ton of events.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
“$12 Friends, $15 Public Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. Poems will be distributed one week in advance of the program. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a sweet snack are provided”
Saturday, September 21st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival
This day has an all-day poetry marathon!

Board Games:

Tuesday, September 17th
Community Brands [30 Industrial Drive E, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Scrum Master – An Agile Board Game
“NEW LOCATION! In “ScrumMaster: The Board Game” 4-8 players form an agile team which has been given a new project – and a short deadline. As the team spends their effort points to complete subtasks they will encounter Surprises and Events that threaten their velocity as well as Team Events that threaten their team dynamic. See more about the game: https://lastcallmedia.com/blog/guest-post-scrummaster-agile-board-game ” The question is: did they use an Agile process to develop it?
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday – Week 22
“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, September 18th
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, September 19th
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Adult Game Night – Wingspan!
“This week I’m featuring one of the hottest games from earlier this year, the Kennerspiel Des Jares winner, Wingspan from designer Elizabeth Hargrave. This is easily one of my top 3 games of the year and I can’t wait to show it off! You are bird enthusiasts—researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors—seeking to discover and attract the best birds to your network of wildlife preserves. Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats (actions). Also, in case the banner doesn’t make it clear, the cards are GORGEOUS. So come on out and let’s watch some birds together with a Pretzel and some of those delicious pickled veggies! See you on Thursday!”
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!
Friday, September 20th
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.”
Saturday, September 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – feat. Pandemic
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost), but BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE if you’re here for the co-op games. Please let us know at the door. Arrive around 7pm for the deal. Ages 13+! Gameroom Open: Noon to midnight! Co-Cop Board Game night: 7pm to 11pm! Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! PANDEMIC: You and your team are the only things standing in the way of deadly diseases that threaten the world. Our fate is in your hands. As skilled members of a disease-fighting team, you and the other players work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics. Only through teamwork will you have a chance to find a cure. “
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.”

Books:

Tuesday, September 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Dusty Miller
“A fun book reading and signing with Dusty Miller, author of Danger in the House, an Alice Ott Mystery. The evening will include an appearance by the Raging Grannies.”
Wednesday, September 18th
Mary Woolley Hall [Mount Holyoke College] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Social Values in Action: Building Equitable and Sustainable Cities
“Celebrate and engage with Serin D. Houston’s new book, Imagining Seattle: Social Values in Urban Governance. Houston will speak about how classism and racism often constrain efforts to advance sustainability, creativity, and social justice within Seattle’s urban governance. Panelists Cynthia Espinosa Marrero (Board Member, Nueva Esperanza in Holyoke), Wayne Feiden (Director, Planning and Sustainability for the City of Northampton), and Waleska Lugo-DeJesús (CEO, Inclusive Strategies, and Director, the Healing Racism Institute in Springfield) will discuss their sustainability, equity, and social justice work in this region and highlight connections as well as differences between western Massachusetts and Seattle.”
Saturday, September 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Art Sparks Book Launch
“Celebrate the launch of Art Sparks: Draw, Paint, Make, and Get Creative with 53 Amazing Projects! by Summer Art Barn founder Marion Abrams and Summer Art Barn Assistant Director Hilary Emerson Lay. This event is family friendly, and will include hands-on art activities for kids and adults of every age!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Author Event: Dr. Andrew Lam
“Join us for this local author event! Dr. Andrew Lam will read from and talk about his new novel, Repentance, where one family’s catastrophic past comes to light just as the foundation of their present lives begins to crack. Drawn from the heroic true story of a Japanese American regiment that fought in World War II and became the most decorated unit in U.S. military history, this poignant family drama also shows the sorrows of the internment camps where American citizens of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned solely because of their race. Books will be available for purchase and signing.”

Card Games:

Monday, September 16th
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, September 17th
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, September 20th
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:

Tuesday, September 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 11-17)
“We’ll discuss El Deafo by Cece Bell and create our own mini comic books! Pick up a copy of the book and pre-register in the Kids Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org! Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

Community:

Monday, September 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
World Cafe: Safety & Justice
“What is the relationship between safety and justice, and how do we see it play out in our community? Engage these and other exploratory questions together in conversation and collaborations with others at this World Cafe after hours in the Children’s Department. A World Cafe is a structured conversational process for sharing knowledge and generating ideas in a welcoming and convivial space.This workshop is brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.”
Thursday, September 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Prospeakers Toastmasters
“An ongoing public speaking program! Beginners to experts welcome!” Come hang out and talk to folks! Get over your nerves about public speaking, get a chance to speak in public about things you enjoy!
Saturday, September 21st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cross Generational Spanish Conversation Group
“Come join all ages in learning and practicing Spanish! All ages and levels welcome”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Two dramatic readings by two professional actors who will bring some excellent stories to life! Kermit Dunkelberg will be reading “The Troll Bridge” by Neil Gaiman, and Linda Tardiff will be reading “The Princess Who Stood On Her Own Two Feet” by Jeanne Desy.
Wednesday, September 18th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:45 AM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash #42 – 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.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Pumpkin Time!
“If it’s September, it must be pumpkin time. Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Come and meet the workhorse of the colonial kitchen – the pumpkin. Our hearth cooks will be making a variety of dishes using heirloom pumpkins and old recipes using this staple of the fall menu.”
Thursday, September 19th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
“Chajara-Tupelo” (2019) Performance and Discussion
“A performance by Younès Rahmoun, followed by audience discussion. In collaboration with The Botanic Garden of Smith College. Part of the scholarly convening, Light, Brick, Jute, Earth: Younès Rahmoun, Sept. 19–21, 2019, organized by Emma Chubb, Ph.D., Charlotte Feng Ford ’83 Curator of Contemporary Art, Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) in collaboration with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.”
Friday, September 20th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Developer Night!
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for improvement and publicity! Get feedback from fellow developers and passionate gamers alike! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.” There are so many great developers in the Valley, this is a great opportunity to help them out!
Saturday, September 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Greenhouse Effect: Resurrected
“Premiere – The Greenhouse Effect: Resurrected. A unique performative documentary with special effects animation. 43 minutes run time. “A surprisingly satirical yet serious tale of surviving a broken neck caused by a distracted driver on their cell phone rear-ending my car, paralyzing me, from which I have miraculously recovered.” – SG”

History:

Monday, September 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
The 1919 Boston Police Strike: Researching the Men Behind the Strike
“Margaret Sullivan, Archivist at the Boston Police Archives, will discuss the 7 year project she has conducted with UMass Boston and dozens of volunteers to document the later lives of the strikers. The project produced a website with information on every striker where researchers will be able to study the strikers as a group and individual families will be able to learn about their ancestors. Documents and online resources related to the strike can be found on the project’s blog at http://blogs.umb.edu/bpstrike1919/
Tuesday, September 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Evanston’s Living History with Craig Dudnick
“Evanston’s Living History” is a compilation of Dudnick’s interviews with members of the Evanston, Illinois African American community, including descendants of Crawford’s family and residents who lived through segregation. The documentary also describes the accomplishments of several prominent black Evanston residents, including Edwin Jourdain, the city’s first black alderman, former police chief William Logan, former fire Chief Sanders Hicks and former mayor Lorraine Morton. The documentary has no commentary. Its power is in first-person stories.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
President Madison Visits the Library
“The 4th President of the United States (with the able assistance of Mr. Bil Lewis) is speaking on the issues of 1776 and how they influenced the creation of the Constitution, and the country we have today.”
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Historic Court Cases of Hampshire County presented by Judge Mike Ryan
“Join Mike Ryan, former Hampshire County District Attorney and retired judge, for a review of some of the most significant cases in Hampshire County’s 400-year history–from witch trials and executions to historic cases involving fashion, frauds, civil rights and protests. Reservations strongly recommended. Limited to 35. Register by email at hcba@crocker.com. Fee: $10”
Saturday, September 21st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Living History Series: Celebrating the Work of Janet Adler, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Nancy Stark Smith and the 45 Year Heritage of Contact Quarterly
“Join us for a conversation of “Why Here, Why Then?” with renowned body movement teachers and performers Janet Adler, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Nancy Stark Smith as they explain the role that Northampton played on shaping and launching their careers. Pre-registration recommended. Fee: $15/$12 students.”

Kids:

Monday, September 16th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
On Your Mark, Get Set, Build…with Lego Bricks
“Bring your imagination to the library for our exciting Library Building Blocks Club. You may drop in for up to an hour and 1/2 developing masterpieces with lego bricks.The creations will be on display in the Boys’ and Girls’ Library for all to see. This program is open to children ages 2 and up. ***Please note that children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult*** Registration is NOT required.” The … With Concrete and Rebar version of this event is much more difficult.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Middle School Monday Manga and Kawaii Club
“Intended for youth in grades 5 – 7. Do you love Manga and Kawaii? Check out our brand new teen-friendly Manga collection and sew a mini kawaii pillow. An afterschool snack will be served.” Either they messed up and they meant to say anime, or this is just a club for people who like both manga and puppies. Either way, sounds like a fun time!
Tuesday, September 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kid’s Chess Club
“For K – Grade 12. ALL SKILL LEVELS! Sign-ups are not necessary and drop-ins are welcome. Hosted by: William Nolte”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Tech Tuesday
“Use our tech toys like Littlebits, Sphero, and Ozobot. Challenge yourself to try something new! For grades 5-12. Just drop in, no registration!”
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!
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!
Saturday, September 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Walls and Bridges, with Peter Sís
“In his acceptance speech upon winning the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award, Peter Sís describes books as “my home, my language, my country.” Join Sís as he shares stories of his Czech childhood behind the Iron Curtain and his love of picture books as “bridges taking you places.” Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Movies:

Tuesday, September 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Mirrors of Privilege – Making Whiteness Visible Part 2
“This screening is the second half of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, a remarkable and engaging film that explores stories from white women and men about their journeys in overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement. Includes anti-racism icons Tim Wise, Peggy McIntosh, and others.”
Sunday, September 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Aliyah Dada”
“A cultural renaissance is happening in Israel today, catalyzed by the half a million Romanian Jews in the country. Oana Giurgiu, a Romanian filmmaker raised under the “Supreme Communist Truth,” rights history in her Dadaist-inflected film on the immigration of Romanian Jews to Israel. Oana’s journey through time and geography produces a rich and deeply textured history beginning with the great Aliyah to the Holy Land, then 19th century Ottoman Palestine, through the horrors of the Second World War in Romania, and to the subsequent secret dealings by the Romanian Communist Party, and arriving at the cultural transformation happening today. Romania, 2015, 115 mins., directed by Oana Giurgiu, English, Romanian, Hebrew, Yiddish, German with English subtitles COST: Student | $6. Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members, Seniors | $8. General Admission | $10″

Technology:

Monday, September 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WordPress Q&A
“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. “
Wednesday, September 18th
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. We’ve actually been watching a spider in the basement slowly catch a bunch of larder beetles. It’s having fun we think!
Thursday, September 19th
The Dirty Truth [29 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie Hackers Western Mass: September Meetup
“Do you run an online business or are you 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. Drinks and snacks will be covered by UserKit, who is generously sponsoring this meetup. Anyone involved or interested in the Indie Hackers community is welcome. 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, September 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Popsicle Stick Picture Frames
“Create a popsicle stick picture frame! As always, snacks and materials are provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, September 17th
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, September 18th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Hearth Cooking Class for Homeschool Teens
“Students will learn the basics of open hearth cooking including reading an 18th-century recipe, using math skills to convert the recipe to 21st century measurements, and measure, mix, and bake a dessert to enjoy with lunch. Included in the class is an exploration of the kitchens in the Sheldon House and working in the Cooks’ Garden. Bring a lunch from home. The baked dessert will use ingredients such as milk, eggs, and wheat. Class is appropriate for teens aged 13-18. Class size is limited and preregistration is required by calling the Education Program Coordinator at: (413) 775-7217. Cost: $10 member/$15 non-member.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Board Game Night
“Board Game Night is part of our ongoing Teens Only: After Hours Event Series. This month, join Kat and Callie in the Community Room for food and games! Sign up ahead of time at the YA and Children’s desk, call (413) 587-1010, or email csieh@forbeslibrary.org. This program is for teens only.”
Friday, September 20th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Video Game Afternoon
“Relax, have a snack, and play video games! There will be a variety of games to choose from for PlayStation 3. For grades 5-12. Just drop in, no registration!” Ooh you could also bring a Switch if you’ve got one, we really love the Jackbox games for that.
Saturday, September 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sumobots at the Library
“Join Holyoke Codes and learn how to build a Sumobot! Sumobots are a modern twist on the ancient Japanese sport of Sumo wrestling. Small robots compete in a ring, attempting to push each other out. We’ll build robots and program them to detect their competitor in the ring and try to push it. We’ll also use a sensor to detect the edge of the ring and try to stay in! At the end we’ll have a friendly Sumobot tournament!” And then midnight at the docks there’s a less friendly Sumobot tournament if you think you’ve got a real contender.

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