December 28th – January 3rd

Not a ton going on this week, understandably! Let’s ring in what will hopefully be a better year.


Keep up the momentum into the Georgia Runoff! You can find out how to help via a Google Doc created by Fair Fight, an election integrity organization. You can also just donate at gasenate.com. It’s incredibly important that control of the Senate goes to the party that does actually want to give people the resources they need to stay alive after this awful year.


Are you in need of help of any sort? Speak with Mass Support! They’re here to help, and they’re doing a lot of stuff virtually this year. You can also just get in touch via MASSSUPPORT@RIVERSIDECC.ORG or 888-215-4920.


Miss the movies? Watch Images Cinema online! Or watch Amherst Cinema online!


You can order Tony DiTerlizzi signed books here from Odyssey Bookshop!


You can join up with the Westfield Athenaeum Monthly Reading Challenge:

Sign up at https://westath.beanstack.org/ to join our Monthly Reading Challenges, running from September 2020 to June 2021. Each month, read a book for a new challenge and then join one or more of our Reader’s Chats to discuss the book you’ve read with other readers on the fourth Tuesdays of every month. Not sure what to read? Check our Facebook page for a themed #shelfiesunday video and Beanstack for book lists for applicable challenges. The challenge and book clubs are for all ages. JANUARY’S CHALLENGE: Read a book you meant to read in 2020!


Monday from 8PM – 10PM you can attend the Far Out Film Discussion: Fanny and Alexander (parts 3&4).

Far Out Film Discussion will have a zoom meeting to talk about Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander. The television version of Fanny and Alexander is five hours long – we will talk about  the remaining two episodes on December 28th. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAYT2zyMPPk. Click here to place a hold for the dvd set. To virtually attend this discussion, click the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87523942049.

Tuesday from 2PM to 3:30PM teens can join the Teen Paint Afternoon! Contact oeberli@westath.org to register!

Join us over Zoom for a Paint Afternoon! Together we’ll go through the steps of painting a simple but beautiful scene. All materials will be provided for participants. You will receive a canvas, paint, and paint brushes. You must come pick them up at the Westfield Athenaeum before the event. You will receive an email notification to let you know when the materials can be picked up. For grades 5-12. Registration required. This event will take place over Zoom.  You will receive the invite link an hour before the event.

Wednesday from 7:30PM – 8:30PM you can attend the Frances Crowe Film Series and discuss “The Penalty”.

The Penalty showcases the impact of the death penalty on the lawyers, the murder victims and the families of someone who is wrongfully convicted of murder. It follows the stories of a man wrongly convicted who spent 15 years on death row; a lawyer fighting against increasingly inhumane, botched executions; and a mother battling against the state’s pursuit of the dealth penalty for her daughter’s murderer. Watch the film anytime from now until  at 6 pm Dec. 30 ….it will end  at almost 7:30pm when we will begin our discussion: https://vimeo.com/486373089/3e711422d1. Then join the Discussion Dec. 30th at 7:30pm  immediately after the film:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85660299188?pwd=SlVYd3QrWDVJd3BMRjEyZTIweUZXZz09


Steamworld Quest: The Hand of Gilgamech is a pretty cute and fun RPG! A bit straightforward, literally in the sense that you don’t really roam a map so much as you go through a series of rooms and fights, but it’s fun to build a deck for each situation. Also the narrator sounds impressively like Christopher Lee!

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