October 28th – Nov 3rd

We just started using Ring Fit and let us tell you what a nice way to trick your brain into wanting to exercise while at the same time making sure that to any onlooker you appear extremely silly. It’s a legitimately surprising game! We expected it to basically fall prey to what a lot of fitness games do, which is that for all the gloss they’re basically just a list of exercises you can do if you’re motivated to do so. What makes it work better than expected is that the little RPG elements like type weaknesses, health potions, and boss battles help to prod you to do more than you might otherwise. We’ve felt out legs burning while we were up against monsters weak to squats and just gone for it. That’s neat! What a weird, fun game.

Speaking of weird fun games: Disco Elysium is a sort of noir-fantasy detective game, and it’s basically a top-down RPG where instead of getting into random battles with goblins, you try to convince disparate parts of your amnesiac brain to cooperate with your murder investigation. ALSO fun game: Slay the Spire. It’s just a fantastic card-game rogue-like. We’ve had a lot of fun game experiences this past week!

Speaking of games! The biggest thing this week is the Extra Life fundraiser!

Extra Life is a year-round fundraising initiative that culminates in a gaming challenge on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Participants are encouraged to stop by the Chestnut Conference Center on November 2nd for a fun day of games and activities. If you would like to pre-register and raise funds, visit: extra-life.org. Otherwise, simply stop by Baystate on 11/2, play games, and make a donation of your choice.”

Last year, Extra Life raised nearly $14,000 for Baystate Children’s Hospital, your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital!

What: Extra Life – A day of video games, board games, fun activities, and light refreshments for the whole family.

Where: The Chestnut Building Conference Center at Baystate Medical Center (use “695 Chestnut Street” on your GPS).

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 9am – 3pm


100% of proceeds will benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital!

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!



Monday, October 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warriror Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, October 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Battle Dress
“A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Northampton Poet Laurete Karen Skofield”
Wednesday, October 30th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Lecture with Curator Phillip E. Bloom: “Arhats and the Figural Imagination of Chinese Buddhist Art”
“A dizzying variety of eccentric figures fill Chinese Buddhist paintings of the Song dynasty (960–1279) onward. Wizened monks dance through the air on clouds; their younger compatriots cavort with dragons and receive offerings from animals and deities. Who are these figures, and what was their appeal to practitioners of Buddhism? More generally, what role did figural paintings play in the lives and practices of premodern Buddhists? Focusing particularly on depictions of arhats—semi-human, semi-divine monks widely worshipped in East Asia for their supramundane powers—this talk will show that such playful paintings of unconventional figures served as media through which premodern viewers imaginatively experienced subject positions other than their own. Figure painting, we shall see, became a prompt for poetic experiences of awakening.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Unwind Knit & Crochet Club
Bring your own supplies and gather together to chat while working on your current knitting or crocheting project! Light refreshments will be served, pre-registration is not required.
Thursday, October 31st
Hawks & Reed Ballroom [289 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM
“Greenfield Business Association Presents: It’s the Great Pumpkin Carving Contest! Thursday, October 31st 1:00-5:30 drop off // 6:30 Contest! Prizes for: most creative, spookiest, cutest, best of show, Pumpkin Treats by Stone Soup Cafe”
Saturday, November 2nd
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! “
Sunday, November 3rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Early Sunday Opening for Eastworks Open Studios 2019
“We are opening 2 hours early on this Sunday for Eastworks’ Open Studios. Come see what’s happening in Eastworks! Over 50 artists, businesses, organizations and residents will be opening their doors for Open Studios on Saturday, November 2 (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) and Sunday, November 3, 2019 (noon – 5:00 PM). Meet celebrated artists and artisans in many media, learn about their processes and shop in their studios. Experience fitness and wellness demonstrations and musical performances. Browse pop-up retail spaces for a variety of goods, from candles to graphic novels to hand drums to vintage wares and fabrics. These are but a few of the experiences you will encounter when you visit. We hope you will reserve plenty of time to explore the offerings from the top to the ground floors. There’s a lot to see! You can find a full listing of the Open Studios 2019 participants below. We can’t wait to share what’s happening at Eastworks with you!”

Board Games:

Thursday, October 31st
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night – Halloween!
“Things are starting to feel dangerous out here. Maybe we’re being chased? Maybe something is hungry? Maybe game night falls on Halloween! This week I’m bring you an incredible double feature! The amazing Kaliis will be running a session of Dread. Dread is an wonderfully tense role playing system that uses a Jenga tower in place of dice rolls. What happens when the tower goes down? Well, let’s just say it isn’t good. I’ve seen Kaliis run this before and all I have to say is that I am always jealous that can’t join in! Spaces are limited though. If you want to try this out let me know ASAP! I’ll be featuring spooky board games! Not Alone and Escape From The Aliens In Outer Space are near guarantees. Do you have a copy of Mysterium? Bring It Along! What is your favorite horror game? Let me know on Thursday over a delicious pretzel!”
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.”
Sunday, November 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
X-Wing Monthly Tournament
“X-Wing Tournament , 200 Points, $10 Entry Fee, Registration @ 11:00, Flight @ Noon”


Saturday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 PM to 2:15 PM
Author Reading: Rudean Leinaeng
“Author Rudean Leinaeng reads from Coal, War and Love, a beautifiully written story of the author’s grandparents, the Harlem Hellfighters in World War I, the 1919 flu epidemic and how they confronted and dealt with racism and racial inequality.”

Card Games:

Monday, October 28th
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 29th
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, November 1st
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 30th
Comics N’ More [64 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
5YearsLater: A Celebration
“It is our great pleasure to invite yall to celebrate our 5 Year Anniversary. We’ve been rearranging and setting things up just right to offer a unique and welcoming space with a eclectic variety of funny book offerings for sale. The celebration has begun with the introduction of hundreds of new graphic novels, TPBS and collected editions. On Wednesday, Oct. 10th we will be finally opening up our new BACK ISSUES ROOM! There’s all sorts more to come and be put out for sale for the first time all month long so you’d better watch out!”


Tuesday, October 29th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Free Tutoring for Students in Grades 3 and under
“Drop in to the Childrens Library for some FREE homework help. Help will be on a first come, first serve basis in the quiet study room.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
American Sign Language Class
“An introductory course to American Sign Language. Through fun activities, group, partner work and the Sign Language Study Guide, participants learn:The ASL Manual Alphabet Numbers 1-20, Days of the Week, Basic Colors, ASL Negations and Affirmations, ASL Sentence Structure, Some Verbs & The Conditions ,How to ask for a sign you do not know, How to “Greet” and exchange “Pleasantries” and Frequently Signed Phrases in ASL. Participants must purchase the workbook at a cost of $15.00 due the first class.”


Monday, October 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Spirited Away
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) We meet the last Monday of each month. Our next movie is the animated delight : Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByXuk9QqQkk. Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept”
Tuesday, October 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ghost Stories from Classical Antiquity
UMass Professor of Classics Debbie Felton prsents tals of the supernatural from ancient Rome and Greece! Learn about ghosts, witches, werewolves, zombies, demons, and other supernatural creatues that people who lived thousands of years ago told stories about, just like people do today!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Live Clue: Spooky Edition
“Join us for Live Clue: Spooky Edition. Work in groups to find clues around the library to figure out who-done-it. Winners will receive prizes, there will be a chance for multiple winners. For grades 5-12. No registration, just drop in!”
Greenfield Farmer’s Market at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Barry Deitz Presents: Universal’s Classic Monsters
“We all know them and love them: the great Universal Monsters! Here are the stories behind Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon! We’ll be following the making of those 1930s classic horror films and look at what other filmmakers over the past 90 years have created using those iconic characters and stories. From Frankenstein’s wail “It’s alive, it’s alive!” to Count Dracula’s “I don’t drink … wine,” these are great movies from Hollywood’s true golden age.”
Wednesday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Music and Social Justice Series: Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron
“Tom Neilson combines art with activism. He is a story teller who has received over two dozen awards, to include two song of the year awards from Independent Musicians. In 2017, he received the Arab American Women Association Award for Education About Palestine Through Performance Art. Tom’s wife, Lynn Waldron joins him in performance. Her activist work includes working with the Wendell State Forest Alliance to prevent logging in public forests in Massachusetts. She joins Tom as actress and singer in community theater work. She also sings in a hospice choir where small groups sing at bedside for the critically ill and dying. They live in Greenfield, MA.”
Thursday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt
A family Scavenger Hunt through Sunderland’s Wonderland! Solve the clues to reveal the locations of secret destinations all around town! Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations and you will receive a stamp on your Scavenger Hunt card for each destination you visit. Return to the library after visiting at least half of the destinations and receive a special prize!
Saturday, November 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Kakamega Orphans Care Centre
“Pastor Ida Nelson will discuss the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre as a grassroots effort helping children and families rise out of deep poverty. Now in its 18th year, KOCC has grown a great deal, with the support of Friends of Kakamega, its supporting American non-profit organization.”


Tuesday, October 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Dennis Picard’s Peddler’s Pack of Spooky Tales from Hill & Valley: Vintage Stories from your Grandparents’ Fireside
“Dennis Picard, a seasoned professional in the art of storytelling, will impart authentic 18th and 19th-century stories with a supernatural theme! He takes his tales to such Massachusetts locales Montgomery, Belchertown, the Mohawk Trail State Forest, and Hatfield. His stories and folklore will also include legends of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ from the region, such as the mysterious dissapearance of the Belchertown Peddler and the Witch of Hadley. Recommended for ages 13 and up, free and registration not required.”
Wednesday, October 30th
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
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Railroad Heritage of Holyoke
“Join us in the Community Room for an informal journey back in time. Holyoke native and railway enthusiast Dick Joyce will first share the 2015 video of his “Tour of Railroad Heritage of Holyoke.” Then he will lead an informal conversation about the twentieth-century rail lines that were an integral part of Holyoke’s economy until the 1960s. An exhibit of related texts and documents from the Holyoke History Room will be on view. Free.”
Saturday, November 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Centennial Event: Short Skirts, Oh My! History of Women’s Rights
“When Abigail Adams begged her husband to “remember the ladies” in drafting a new code of laws, John wrote back that he “could not but laugh” at her extraordinary suggestion. Less than 150 years later, women were working, voting, and experiencing the first taste of freedoms unheard of just a generation earlier. In this talk, Anne Barrett traces the exciting social and historical milestones in the fight for women’s rights.”


Tuesday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
“Come enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGOs! For ages 5 and up.”
Wednesday, October 30th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Spooky STEAM
“Come and join us for a SPOOKY STEAM STORYHOUR! This program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math concepts through engaging experiments, activities and projects. We will also have interactive fun with stories, music, disappearing ghosts and monster creations! Registration is required and space is limited. Ages 4 and up”
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.”
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”


Tuesday, October 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Freedom Riders
“Join us for the next event in this ongoing film and discussion series that may educate you, touch your heart, and inspire you to action to help dismantle racism. Freedom Riders is the powerful harrowing and ultimately inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives–and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment–for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, sorely testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Our discussion will include what lessons this history has for us in today’s situation with racism in the United States. Free & open to the public.”
Wednesday, October 30th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Music Movies Series – Yesterday
“After a freak accident during a worldwide blackout, struggling musician Jack Malik wakes to discover that he is the only person in the world to remember The Beatles. Using this newfound benefit to his advantage, Jack begins plagiarising the work of the legendary band to launch his career to superstardom.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music Movies Series – Yesterday
The second showing!
Friday, November 1st
Images Cinema [50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267] at 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Museum Town
“Museum Town, Jennifer Trainer’s documentary about Mass MoCA, will screen Friday, Nov. 1 through Thursday, Nov. 7, at Images Cinema in Williamstown. This will be the film’s theatrical world premiere, the first time it will screen for the public outside of a film festival or other special event. There will be multiple shows a day. Trainer, along with other special guests, will attend a number of screenings to introduce the film and do audience Q&As afterward. For more information about the film, visit museumtownmovie.com. For film times and tickets, visit imagescinema.org. Images Cinema is at 50 Spring St., Williamstown.”
Sunday, November 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Indecent”
“Written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, created by Ms. Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Ms. Taichman, Indecent is about the love and passion to create theatre, even in the most difficult of circumstances. The play follows a troupe of actors, the cast of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, who risked their lives and careers against enormous challenges to perform a work in which they deeply believed, at a time when art, freedom and truth were on trial. It is a story told with compassion and honesty, but also with great theatricality, and joyous songs and dances. Student | $6, Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members, Seniors | $8, General Admission | $10”


Monday, October 28th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: The Shape of Space
“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? 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.”


Thursday, October 31st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
VR Halloween Night (with Pioneer VR) and Costume Contest!
“Admission: $12 for access from 4pm to 10pm, VR from 7pm to 9pm, Costume Contest at 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! Also, come in costume and get entered into the costume contest (drawing at 9pm) to win an SNES with controllers and 3 games!!”
Sunday, November 3rd
Another Castle [30 Olive St. Suite 2, Greenfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: A Brief Review of Gamemaker Studio 2
“This November at Another Castle, the Pioneer Valley Game Developers are welcoming a long time member, first time speaker, Aaron James Cooper to present at MAKE TALK PLAY! Aaron will be giving an overview of the tools, capabilities, and functions of the GameMaker Studio 2 engine by demonstrating the development of a full game during his presentation. Come out to support Aaron, learn about GameMaker Studio 2, and meet all sorts of fantastic game developers and designers trying to make a difference in the Pioneer Valley.”


Monday, October 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Decorate the Children’s Room for Halloween!
“Join Kat and Callie in getting the Children’s Room ready for Halloween! As always, snacks and materials are provided. This event is for teens only.”
Tuesday, October 29th
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 30th
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.
Friday, November 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Teen Lounge (ages 11-17)
Come relax after school and enjoy a movie at the Jones Library.
Saturday, November 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM
YA Cartoons and Cereal Saturday
For ages 11-18, come enjoy a lazy Saturday morning of cartoons/anime and breakfast cereal! Wear your PJs or your street clothes, but please refrain from wearing your Street Samurai clothes those are too intimidating to other patrons.

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