November 18th – 24th


We’ve heard great things about Parasite, a new movie by Bong Joon-ho, a comedy about two families who become “toxically intermixed”. It sounds good! It’s playing at Images Cinema [50 Spring St., Williamstown, MA 01267]!

Also! Today is Co-Op Game Night at Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [116 Pleasant St, Suite 018, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027]! It’s also Extra Life Appreciation Night!

Cost: $12/human (regular admission cost) Ages 13+! Gameroom Open: 2pm to 10pm! Co-op Game night: 6pm to 10pm! Admission includes all night, unlimited gameroom play! Our fabulous host, Goose, will be showing and assisting with numerous co-op games like Pandemic, Flash Point, Magic Maze, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island and many more!

And finally you should check out Play Anything at The Deuce [50 Conz St., Northampton MA]! It’s the last Sunday of the month, 11/30!

Also finally we’re so excited to be getting the Root expansion pack soon! Possibly even before Christmas! We’ll post photos of our inaugural game, which will definitely be with the Corvid Conspiracy, we like them.

Oh, and finally: the new Pokemon is very cute! Lots of cute Pokemon, particularly cute bugs!

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, November 19th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Poetry reading: Lee Roripaugh
“The Smith College Poetry Center and SCMA are pleased to present Lee Roripaugh, poet laureate of South Dakota. Roripaugh, a second-generation Japanese American, created a series of portraits in Beyond Heart Mountain (1999), in the voices of Japanese American internees at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. In Year of the Snake (2004), she explored issues of mixed-race identity, myths, Japanese fairy tales, and metaphors of transformation. Her latest collection is tsunami vs. the fukishima 50. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Defiant Vision: Prints and Poetry by Munio Makuuchi.”
Wednesday, November 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sail Away on the Craft of Pastel Painting
For adults aged 18+, Gregory Maichack is an award-winning local portraitist and painter who primarily works in pastels. In this workshop, he will guide participants through the process with everything they need to know to pastel paint. You will create your own pastel painting using sailboat references and Maichack’s pastel version of Monet’s Impressionist painting “Sailboat at Le Petit-Gennevilliers”. Attendees will be able to keep their painting!
Thursday, November 21st
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! “
Saturday, November 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to Sell Your Art as Artwork, with Robert Floyd
“Forbes Library presents a free workshop on marketing for the visual artist, with photographer and arts educator Robert Floyd. This class is designed for emerging artists who grapple with questions like how to price their art appropriately, where and how to show it, and how to connect to resources that will help their careers. We will cover a range of strategies for building an audience, selling and licensing original art in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Participants will learn time- and stress-saving business and organizational skills for the working artist. Robert Floyd is a photojournalist, an award winning nature photographer, and owner/director of The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center. He also serves on the board of directors of Easthampton Media.”

Board Games:

Wednesday, November 20th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Fort
“Nothing brings me joy like introducing a game that hasn’t hit the market yet (sort of). This week I’m (well, really Joshua Yearsley) bringing you something new from Leder Games, the company that brought you Root! Fort is a deck-building game from Grant Rodiek that is a refined version of SPQF, his original version from 2018, and has shades of games like Glory to Rome, Food Truck Champion, or Eminent Domain. In this game, you’re a kid again, growing your circle of friends, collecting snacks, and building the coolest fort! Your cards not only let you take actions, but also let you follow the other players’ actions. Will you devote yourself to your own posse or copy what the other kids are doing? But be careful—your carefully constructed deck might start losing cards if you don’t actually use them. After all, if you don’t play with your friends, why should they hang out with you anymore? As always, this will include a generous dollop of Kyle Ferrin’s (Vast, Root) incredible and expressive artwork. So come on down and try something brand new! When you’re done playtesting, there will be the usual gratutious pile of games, friendly faces and tasty beverages! See you Wednesday!”
Greenfield Games [238 Main Street, Greenfield] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Chess Club
Play Chess, the game of kings and queens! And also just normal folks!
Thursday, November 21st
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, November 22nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Developer Night! – P.Art.Zzles Edition!
“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.”
Saturday, November 23rd
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!

Books:

Wednesday, November 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Suzanne McConnell
“A book reading and signing with Suzanne McConnell, co-author of Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style. The art and craft of writing by one of the few grandmasters of American literature, a bonanza for writers and readers written by Kurt Vonnegut’s former student. Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he’s given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. McConnell has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result.”
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, November 21st
Gamble Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jhumpa Lahiri
“The 2019 Valentine Giamatti Lecture from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and translator Jhumpa Lahiri, editor of The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. This event is organized by the Mount Holyoke College Italian Department and co-sponsored by Odyssey Bookshop. It is free and open to the public. A landmark collection of stories—nearly half appearing in English for the first time–selected and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri, who now lives in Italy and reads exclusively in Italian”

Card Games:

Monday, November 18th
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”
Friday, November 22nd
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:

Monday, November 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Census2020 Recruitment and Information Session
“Elaine Arsenault, of Census2020, will be in the Main Room of the Greenfield Public Library on Monday, November 18, from 10-12 pm, to answer questions, offer employment information, and accept applications. The Census Bureau is recruiting people in Franklin County to assist in the 2020 Census count. You can earn extra income while helping your community; 2020Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training. This information session is free and open to the public.”
Thursday, November 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A New Thanksgiving: Indigenous Frameworks on Food and Language
“All are invited to a panel discussion and a meal to celebrate a new Thanksgiving with an indigenous framework with the I-Collective, a group of indigenous chefs, activists, herbalists, and seed and knowledge keepers. Meet members of I-Collective, celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Mohawk Freedom School, and learn about the importance of passing on food, language and recipes to preserve Native cultures. Join us in dialogue to create new narratives of Thanksgiving for 2019 with special guests, including Neftali Duran, Hillel Echo-Hawk and Elvera Sargeant. Free and open to all! For accessibility concerns, please contact Danielle at ext. 5651.

Entertainment:

Monday, November 18th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
She Said: Breaking the Story that Helped Ignite #MeToo
“Jodi Kantor is one of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and abuse for The New York Times. Kantor will share their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement and will take us for the first time into the very heart of this social shift, reliving in real-time what it took to get the story and giving an up-close portrait of the forces that hindered and spurred change. Her talk will describe the surprising journeys of those who spoke up–for the sake of other women, for future generations, and for themselves–and so changed us all. Both revelatory and insightful, she will not only address “how did we get here?” but “where do we go now?” To join us at the post-event dinner with Ms. Kantor, please register here.”
Wednesday, November 20th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Speaker Series-What’s Hiding in the Woods?
“Sally Naser of CR Wildlife Cameras explains all about nature, trail and animal cameras: what kind there are, where and how to set them up; plus images of the kinds of animals found in the local woods including bear, beaver, bobcat, coyote,deer, fox, moose, muskrat, otters and owls!”
Thursday, November 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We started Pokemon Sword today and that is also good anime!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mushroom Hunting
“Come learn about our area’s edible wild mushrooms of late autumn! Massachusetts actually has many great seasons for edible mushrooms. Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt will present a slideshow class featuring all-local mushroom photography on how you can learn to safely find and enjoy these wild fungi. It will cover the basics of mushrooms science and safety, and show you the many diverse and delicious autumn species of our area, including several that are considered safe for beginners to use in cooking. Come learn about this incredibly fun hobby! About the presenters: Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt started The Mushroom Hunting Foundation to teach Americans how to safely enjoy our nation’s spectacular wild mushrooms. Ryan’s new book Gourmet Mushrooms of the Northeast will be featured at this event.”

History:

Thursday, November 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pilgrimage to Auschwitz. Talk and photo slideshow by Dr. Jonathan Klate.
Free and open to the public.

Kids:

Tuesday, November 19th
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!
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.”
Wednesday, November 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Special Storytime with Wendy O’Leary, author of Breathing Makes It Better!
“Please join us on November 20th at 10:30am for a special storytime with guest author Wendy O’Leary, author of Breathing Makes It Better, an engaging and interactive story showing children ages 3-6 the power of breath when dealing with new and difficult emotions.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Experimental Art
“Create an awesome life size stuffed Thanksgiving turkey (created out of paper bags) complete with white turkey frills and a silver serving tray and place cards! This can be used as a Thanksgiving centerpiece or decorative item. Registration is required and space is limited. This program is for children ages 8-12 years old.”
Saturday, November 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Art Class: Oil Pastels
“Join art instructor Leslie DiCurcio to learn about oil pastels and practice different drawing techniques. Participants may join a single lesson, or register for the whole 3-class session.”

RPGs:

Thursday, November 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Saturday, November 23rd
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!

Technology:

Monday, November 18th
The Dirty Truth [29 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Indie Hackers Western Mass: November 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”
Tuesday, November 19th
Community Brands [30 Industrial Drive E, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Communication
“NEW LOCATION! November topic: Communication 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”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Whip City Streaming Workshop
We’re a little confused about what this is! But it exists.
Wednesday, November 20th
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.

Teens:

Tuesday, November 19th
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, November 20th
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, November 21st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Stop Motion Lab
“Choose from a variety of materials to create your own stop motion movie! You are welcome to bring your own device to create the movie or use the library’s tablets. The library will have at least two tablets for you to use. When signing up, please write in that you will need to use our tablet. If you are bringing your own device, please write in that you will bring your device. Registration Required. For grades 5-12”
Friday, November 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:45 PM to 6:45 PM
SAT Math Workshop (Algebra II)
The SAT is a terrible, poorly designed test that is rightfully being ditched by colleges that are slightly less horrible than average. However, it is also a test you can absolutely study for and gaurantee yourself a decent grade on. Vrishali Javeri is going to teach you how to do well enough on this horrible test that you have more options for schools. Though please consider attending a local community college, it’s a bad idea to spend $400,000 on an undergrad degree.

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