September 23rd – 29th


Nerd Nite NoHo is coming up in a few weeks at the World War 2 Club [50 Conz. St, Northampton]! Always a good plan to attend, it’s a fun time!

“Hi Nerds! Normally, we meet on the second Monday of the month, but I will be traveling that week, so we bumped it to the first Monday. The presenters will be: “Fighting the Bad Guys Before You Were Born: Ancestor Trauma & Epigenetics” with Danielle Lenhard, Ph.D., LCSW and “Ice, Ice, Baby: What’s up with the Crazy Weather?” with Wes, a Nerd Nite 2017 presenter!”

You should also take a look at whether or not the World War 2 Club hosts Tabletop Day on the 29th! They usually do one the last Sunday of the month, but they never post the danged thing early so we’re erring on the side of caution. But if it is happening, check it out! It’s great!

If you’ve got a Switch, we highly recommend checking out Sayonara Wild Hearts! It’s a very basic game mechanic tied to a really spectacular visual and auditory experience. It’s simple, it’s quick to play, it seems fun to chase a high score, and the music is great. We really could use about 50 of this sort of game.

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, September 25th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with David E. Little
“What is contemporary about contemporary art? Join David Little, John Wieland 1958 Mead Director and Chief Curator, in a participatory discussion of this question based on close examination of the works on view. Audiences will explore how artists borrow from pop culture, use new materials, and apply new conceptual approaches to addressing pressing issues in art and society. Free and open to all!”
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!
Saturday, September 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Upcycling Clothing Workshop/Drive
“The Paper Project is taking a bigger step in mixing art and recycling with a clothing drive/upcycled clothing workshop. During this event, participants are encouraged to bring clothes they don’t use anymore to give back to the community while learning how to bring new life to old outfits. With the use of fabric markers, tie-dye with bleach, stencils, and maybe a little sewing and cutting, they can revamp their whole wardrobe. Admission to workshop is free, but participants are highly encouraged to bring clothing to donate. (Rain Date: 10/5/2019). This event will be held on the back lawn of the library. Because it is being held after the library is closed, there will be no access to the building.”

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 25th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Fancy!
“Apparently I’ve been on an auction kick lately, AND YOU CAN, TOO! This week I’ll be featuring yet another of prolific designer Reiner Knizia’s games, High Society! In High Society every player starts with the same amount of money, which they will use to bid on point cards. Be careful not to spend too much. Before scoring points the player with the least money is immediately eliminated! This tiny game also includes some of the most gorgeous art I’ve seen this year. (No real surprise from the always beautiful Osprey Games) Be Bold Games teaches you how to play! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdbZrWOTL9g&feature=youtu.be So come out, have a classy drink and outwit your friends! See you Wednesday!”
Thursday, September 26th
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, September 27th
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:

Tuesday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Christopher Benfey
“Join us for a book reading and signing with Christopher Benfey, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College and author of If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years.”
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!
Thursday, September 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Nemata Blyden
“Join us for a book discussion and signing with Nemata Blyden, an associate professor of history and international affairs at the George Washington University and author of African Americans and Africa: A New History”
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Calculating Stars (Hugo Best Novel winner) book discussion + dinner
“For our September book discussion we’ll be reading this year’s Hugo Best Novel winner, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. Synopsis: On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversation With the Author: Siegfried Haug
“Bad Sleep: A Novel of Intrigue. A footnote threatens the provenance of SAVENTIS’s new sleep drug. The annotation had been a sleeper in a minor self published book, awakened untidily almost by accident. The sleep-manufacturers—masters of oblivion—want them extinct: the footnote, the publication and its uncooperative author, Nick Ansbach. It is with great pleasure that I report: accidents prevail. Some people, like Nick’s aged Aunt Rosie would rather trust in accidents than corporate vision anyway. And if I tell you that the story plays out in Key West, you’ll almost find the plot believable.”

Card Games:

Monday, September 23rd
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 24th
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 27th
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, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Upping the Ante: How to Secure More Funding As An Artist!
“Making your art a central contributor to your income takes time, awareness, and skills beyond the art making itself. The Arts Extension Service will lead participants in taking a closer look at how an artist, musician, actor, or community engagement or public artist can fund their work by connecting the right prospects foundations, individual donations, grants, fiscal sponsors, residencies, or programs with the right project. This workshop is a mix of information, with lively interactive activities to help you clarify your ideas and project needs, and further you down your path to creatively funding them! Free and open to the public.”
Wednesday, September 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
“Forbes Library offers a wide range of services and collections spread over four floors in a grand Victorian building. This can also make it a daunting place to navigate. Please join us for a guided tour of the library where we will be presenting an introduction to the library’s history and an overview of what awaits you on each floor. Preregistration is appreciated but not required. Meet us in the library’s front lobby.”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Mala’s Cooking Classes: Vada Pav
“Vada Pav, sometimes spelled Wada Pav, is a popular street vegetarian fast food dish native to Mumai in India. It is the heart and soul of the entire state of Maharashtra, let alone Mumbai. Vada means “potato balls” and Pav means “bun” in the Indian language. Vada Pav is therefore a potato patty in a bun garnested with delicious tasty, tangy, sweet brown chutneys.” This sounds amazing.
Thursday, September 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! Anime is fun. Mob Psycho continues to be really danged good, fun as heck.
Friday, September 27th
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!”
Saturday, September 28th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You Make Today Better: A Candid Conversation on Mental Health
“In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski began his quest to end the stigma of mental health. Since then, his global non-profit movement has offered relief to thousands struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. He is the author of The New York Times Bestseller “If You Feel Too Much” and runs the nonprofit “To Write Love on Her Arms.” Jamie will join forces with friend and mental health ally Chris Sullivan, best known as “Toby” on NBC’s top rated drama, “This Is Us.” Chris’ acclaimed portrayal of depression and anxiety has empowered a national conversation on these urgent issues. Together, they will offer a lively conversation on self-care, recovery, and hope and will be available to speak to attendees after the talk.”

History:

Tuesday, September 24th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Class
“We are starting a genealogy class. At first it will be how to start your family tree but we will also be showing you what resources the library has and how to use them.”
Saturday, September 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Furniture Making in 1700s Northampton: Making a Replica of the Sarah Strong Chest. A Presentation and Demonstration by Sharon Mehrman
“Professional woodworker Sharon Mehrman will describe how she painstakingly constructed a 7/8 scale replica of a circa 1700 Hadley-type chest. Mehrman will demonstrate some of the historic woodworking techniques she used, and discuss what she has learned about early American joinery by making the replica. $5 members and donors | $10 all others”
Sunday, September 29th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Educator’s Picnic
“The Fourth Annual Educators Picnic will be on Sunday, September 29, from 12:00-3:00 at the Ruggles Center. Join Prof. Ousmane Power-Greene as he shares his experiences teaching U.S. History at Wuhan University in Central China. Also learn about our new Middle and High School curriculum. All are welcome. Lunch is provided. Contact us for further information.”

Kids:

Tuesday, September 24th
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!
Thursday, September 26th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Experimental Art
“Discover the amazing world where art and knowledge collide! Learn about secret math tricks to create fun art! Complete a cool tesselation project and learn how to expand your new talent to create additional designs! ages 8-12. Registration is required and space is limited!”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sylvester’s Magic Pebble Picnic
“Pack a snack and a blanket and join us for an evening picnic in Bobbie’s Meadow. Guests will enjoy a post-sunset outdoor screening of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble!”
Saturday, September 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Kamishibai Story Time
“Local author and teacher Sue will read some of her picture books (in English translation), and lead some fun song and movement activities to go with them! She will also perform a couple of kamishibai, a Japanese story-telling art form that uses a little wooden theater box and picture cards. For ages 1-5 (and beyond!).”

Movies:

Wednesday, September 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Paris to Pittsburgh
“Paris to Pittsburgh brings to live the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards. A brief discussion will follow the film.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night – Rocketman
“This biopic focuses on Elton John’s early years and his meteoric rise to fame in the 1970s. It dwells on his relationships with his parents, his enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, and his romantic relationships.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Plastic China
“Plastic China tells the story of an unschooled 11-year-old girl and her family working in a recycling plant in rural China thousand miles away from their mountain village home town. Going to school is all she longing for. This film contributed to national pressure in china to drastically reduce the amount of American recycling they purchase. Experts and activists on recycling will kick of the post-film discussion.”

RPGs:

Thursday, September 26th
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.
Friday, September 27th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 2
“What wonders await in the town of Elmerton? Join us for our second event of the autumn season. First Time players $40.00. Cast (NPC’s): Play FREE!!”
Saturday, September 28th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 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!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 2
The second day!
Sunday, September 29th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 2
The third day!

Science:

Monday, September 23rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Imprinting, X-inactivation, and Epigenetics – how your DNA remembers history
“What is epigenetics (besides the latest sciency buzz word) and why should we care? What is genome imprinting (nothing to do with baby ducks). Why are all female mammals mosaic (yes, 1/2 of you reading this)? How what your grandmother ate may influence how you use your DNA (always listen to your grandma). What does this all have to do with stem cells, reprogramming and the fountain of youth?”
Wednesday, September 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Climate Change: What is it, and what can you do about it?
“This bilingual talk will provide a brief overview of climate change and offer solutions that can be taken as individuals, as social movements, and at the local, national, and global level.”
Saturday, September 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Growth of Trees: A Journey Through Time
“No single view of a tree is a fixed snapshot in time that tells the complete story. Join Michael and discover how trees grow, reproduce, and interact with their environments across days, weeks, seasons, and years and over various scales – from the intricate details of buds, flowers, leaves, and bark that we use for species identification to the collaborative roles of trees in ecosystems.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Global Warming: A Problem for Penguins
“Penguins are an indicator species, and they are alerting us to the health of the environment in which they live. It is now unmistakably clear to scientists that penguins are being negatively impacted by climate change – from disrupting their breeding, to displacing the food that they eat, and more. In fact, climate change is the top threat to penguin populations today. In this eye-opening presentation, best suited for adults and older students (ages 12 and above), the various ways in which global warming is affecting all 18 penguin species will be discussed. Action steps that individuals can take to help penguins and the environment will also be part of the conversation.”

Teens:

Monday, September 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Personalized Stamps
“Make a personalized stamp! As always, snacks and materials are provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, September 24th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Escape Room Planners
“Help create a family-friendly escape room to be held on Pumpkin Fest (Saturday, October 19) from 1-4. By signing up for this group, you are expected to attend all of the planning sessions and the escape room. Group meetings are every Tuesday until October 15. For grades 5-12. Registration Required”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Tween and Teen Art Club
“Join us for Pompom Mania with artist and author Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. Yarn donations gratefully accepted. A light snack will be served. This program is intended for youth in grades 5 through 12.”
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 25th
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, September 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Podcasting Workshop for Teens!
“Learn how to record and edit audio! Start a podcast, record a family oral history, or make sound art. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. All skill levels are welcome! Sign up required. Visit us at the Young Adult and Children’s Desk, call (413) 587-1010 or email csieh@forbeslibrary.org.”

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