October 14th – 20th


Flywheel Comics Fest is coming up next month!

“Flywheel Comics Fest is an awesome day of comics, art, and other nerdy things! Local (and beyond!) artists will be tabling, so stop by and check it out! Interested in tabling? We still have tables available! Although the focus is on comics, other art-related and/or nerdy things, including prints, games, etc are also welcome. If you’re interested in tabling, the form to sign up (with info about table sizes and rates) is here: https://forms.gle/ucENTCsd86voyBC39”

Also, Scitech Cafe is coming up in a few weeks! “The Shape of Space” with

Patrica Cahn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College.  Before coming to Smith, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, and a Hans Rademacher Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her research is in geometric and low-dimensional topology. “

She will answer questions like:

“How do mathematicians classify shapes? How is a donut the same as a coffee cup? How can we describe different three-dimensional worlds, including, but not limited to, the one we live in? What about four-dimensional worlds?”

And more!

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, October 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Writer in Residence Series: Ill Fit Familiar
“In this inaugural reading of the new season of Our Work and Why We Do It, three writers take on the familiar and ignored landscapes of history and narrative, finding formal and lyric ways to attend to the ways language both intervenes in making identity and new stories possible, or becomes strange in the effort to articulate against the assumed power of those structures.”
Thursday, October 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artist Reception: Faith Ward
An artist reception! Eat some cheese and look at some art!
Saturday, October 19th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM
Saturday Close Looks
“Join us on Saturdays to explore works of art on view with student museum educators. Keep coming back each week for fresh perspectives! Free and open to all! “

Board Games:

Tuesday, October 15th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Tuesday
“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.”
Thursday, October 17th
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Adult Game Night – Good Doggo!
“I know, I know, we’re still two weeks out on Halloween, is it really time to play a light horror themed game? Yes. Yes, it is. In Good Dog, Bad Zombie the worst has finally happened and most of humanity has been wiped out in a zombie apocalypse. Who do you call in these terrible times? THE BEST DOGGOES THAT’S WHO. You play a brave pupper sprinting around the city trying to lead the last hoomans to safety and kick some serious zombie butt. For anyone that doesn’t know, this game also has some local ties! Publisher Make Big Things is based out of Northampton and they’re all lovely people!”
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, October 18th
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.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Home School Game Day
Are you home schooled? Hang out and socialize while playing some games!
Saturday, October 19th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Co-Op Board Game Night – feat. game TBA
“Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost) Ages 13+. Gameroom Open: Noon to midnight. Co-Cop Board Game night: 7pm to 11pm. Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! Featured Co-Op Game TBA!”

Books:

Tuesday, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Laura Sims – Looker
“In this taut, arresting debut, a woman becomes fixated on her neighbor—the actress. Though the two women live just a few doors apart, a chasm lies between them. The actress, a celebrity with a charmed career, shares a gleaming brownstone with her handsome husband and three adorable children, while the recently separated narrator, unhappily childless and stuck in a dead-end job, lives in a run-down, three-story walk-up with her ex-husband’s cat. As her fascination grows, the narrator’s hold on reality begins to slip. Before long, she’s collecting cast-off items from the actress’s stoop and fantasizing about sleeping with the actress’s husband. After a disastrous interaction with the actress at the annual block party, what began as an innocent preoccupation turns into a stunning—and irrevocable—unraveling. Immersive and darkly entertaining, Looker is a searing psychological portrait of obsession”
Wednesday, October 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jon Clinch – Marley: A Novel
““Marley was dead, to begin with,” Charles Dickens tells us at the beginning of A Christmas Carol. But in Jon Clinch’s ingenious novel, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge, is very much alive: a rapacious and cunning boy who grows up to be a forger, a scoundrel, and the man who will be both the making and the undoing of Scrooge.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, October 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tatiana Schlossberg – Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have
“An urgent call to action, Inconspicuous Consumption will empower you to stand up to climate change and environmental pollution by making simple but impactful changes. With urgency and wit, Tatiana Schlossberg explains that far from being only a distant problem of the natural world created by the fossil fuel industry, climate change is all around us, all the time, lurking everywhere in our convenience-driven society, all without our realizing it.”
Saturday, October 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book & Bake Sale
Books! Baking! A silent auction for hand-made goods and a raffle for a drawing-quilt! Plus, get there between 1pm and 3pm, and take home a grocery-bag full of books for $8!

Card Games:

Monday, October 14th
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, October 15th
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, October 18th
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:

Wednesday, October 16th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM
X-Men #1 Midnight Release!
“Come party with us at Midnight and get the weeks new comics early! We’ve seen such enthusiasm for House and Powers of X that the release of Hickman’s X-Men #1 seemed like the perfect opportunity for our very first midnight release! All Wednesday comics will be available for purchase! We will have a good variety of X-Men back issues out for sale for the first time!” Awesome! X-Men stuff has been interesting recently, as far as we can tell.

Community:

Wednesday, October 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Free Bankruptcy Help
For low income individuals and veterans, sponsored by the Massachusetts Debt Relief Foundation. Get help getting out of debt!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Prodigious Smash #46 – 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.
Saturday, October 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Escape the Pumpkin Patch
“Come to the Athenaeum to escape from the Great Pumpkin Gordi! You and your family are going to pick some pumpkins. You see a huge pumpkin behind all the others. You decide to pick it. When suddenly it roars, “You dare try to pick me and my pumpkin children?! I will give you 30 minutes to get out of my patch now or I’ll squash you to pumpkin pie!” This escape room is designed for families but anyone can participate. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The escape room may not be suitable for children under the age of 6 due to small objects and the difficulty of the puzzles. However, if an adult feels the child can handle it, they may attend. The escape room will last for 30 minutes. There will be four different sessions and you must sign up. Each session is open to one family or a group of 6. This escape room is planned, created, and run by the Escape Room Planners. A group of teens who volunteered time to create a fun experience for Westfield on Pumpkin Fest. ” Every half hour from 1:30-3:30!

History:

Wednesday, October 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Jumpstart your Genealogy
“This four-class session runs October 16-November 6. You may pre-register for one, two, three, or all four sessions. The class is aimed at those new to genealogy and those who want a refresher on researching and organizing their family histories and is led by professional genealogist Hillary Schau. Free. New this year: family historian José Méndez will offer bilingual (Spanish/English) research assistance at each class as needed. To pre-register for one or more sessions, call the History Room at (413) 420-8107. For the class schedule and descriptions see: http://www.holyokelibrary.org/historynews.asp
Sunday, October 20th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A bunch of fun events! Tour the world’s first Yiddish museum at 10:30am, see a selection of short films at 11am! See a demonstration of Yiddish OCR at 11:45am! Listen to the Yiddish Book Center Bibliographer David Mazower for a journey through four score (and some) years of Yiddish books! At 2pm, the roof will be dedicated! And finally at 2:30pm, Mindl Cohen, director of translation and collections initiatives will speak with Lisa Newman, host of The Shmooze. And finally at 3:30pm, tour the writer’s garden!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 9-12)
“Join Clare and Cecilia to discuss New Kid by Jerry Craft and create our own mini comics.”
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”
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 PM
LEGO Club
“Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.”
Friday, October 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Pumpkin Painting
“Decorate some mini-pumpkins! Pumpkins and materials provided. For ages 3-9.”
Saturday, October 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Dr. Junglestein’s Halloween Spooktacular Madness Show!
“Are you ready some ghoul times? This 45-minute program combines Halloween fun with Jungle Jim’s special brand of balloon magic. Performance includes the Thriller Dance Challenge, Mummy Balloon Wrap Extravaganza, Ghostbusters Training and the giant 6-foot balloon!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Makerspace Workshop (ages 8 and up)
“Learn how to design and 3D print creations and explore robotics with our Makerspace hosts Arthur and Peter.”

Movies:

Thursday, October 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Thursday Morning Club Movie: Reel Injun
“Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Travelling through the heartland of America, Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding – and misunderstanding – of Natives. With candid interviews with directors, writers, actors, and activists, Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of native people from the silent film era to today.”

RPGs:

Friday, October 18th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 23
“What wonders await in the town of Elmerton? Join us for our third event of the autumn season. First Time players $40.00 Cast (NPC’s): Play FREE!! Visit http://www.magestry.com for more details!”
Saturday, October 19th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 23
The second day!
Sunday, October 20th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield MA [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Magestry Autumn Season 2019: Event 23
The third day!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 15th
Community Brands [30 Industrial Drive E, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Sprint Planning
“NEW LOCATION! October topic: Sprint Planning! Teams of the Valley! Maybe you’re not on an Agile team or you work on your own, but if you’re responsible for producing work (or want to be), come, share and learn. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc. This is a NERD event. https://nerd.ngo
Wednesday, October 16th
The Dirty Truth [29 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie Hackers Western Mass
“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
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders! It’s a fun tim where you can talk to folks who mostly know what you’re complaining about when you talk about your work.

Teens:

Tuesday, October 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 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, October 16th
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, October 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Postcards from the Past: A teen time travel adventure! (ages 11-17)
“Using Martin W. Sandler’s 1919: The Year That Changed America as a jumping off point, we’ll explore what life was like 100 years ago. Our esteemed guest, Cyndi, from Special Collections will join us. To register, please call the Children’s Room at 413-259-3091.”
Friday, October 18th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 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!”

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