January 6th – 12th

It’s 2020, the year we all get to be really freaked out in a more acute manner about our ongoing nightmare politics! Fair Fight is a good place to donate to, because Republican legislators tend to lose fair elections. Protest, donate, help out where you can.

On a happier note: check out the PVGD Holiday Party tonight at The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00PM – 9:00PM! It’ll be a ton of fun, they’re good folks.


Come gather ’round the old arcade cabinet and help us spread cheer and good tidings as we look back at 2019 and raise a glass to the future. The event starts at 7pm. We’ll give a brief presentation, and then crank up the projector and play some “Super Smash Bros Ultimate” and more.

This year we’re also going to try our first yankee gift swap! This is completely optional, but if you’d like to participate please READ THE INFO BELOW!

This event is open to all so please spread the word.


This year we’re going to try our first yankee gift swap. As stated in the title, this is optional and you don’t need to participate! However, if you want to participate, here are the details:


* Gifts can only be physical games (ie. tabletop, board, analog, etc).
* Can be new, used or original games
* New games should be capped at $20 max, but a cheaper game is fine!
* Used games should be in good condition and have all the pieces.
* Original games are your complete games that you’re willing to share, but they don’t need to be released or professionally packaged.
* TRY TO GIFT games that you would want to share OR receive.
* DO NOT GIFT common games (ie. checkers, deck of cards, uno, etc)”

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, January 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Drop in Drawing Night
“Drop in at the Greenfield Public Library to draw or color! All skill levels welcome. Bring your own materials or use ours. Meetings will take place at the tables in front of the fireplace in the main library.”
Tuesday, January 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Drop in Knitting and Crocheting Group
“Drop in at the Greenfield Public Library for a knitting/crocheting group! All skill levels welcome. Meetings will take place at the tables in front of the fireplace in the main library.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Art! At night! Plus? Mostly more art! That’s what the night is for.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Zine Club (ages 11-17)
“A monthly meet-up to come together & create, collaborate, draw, design, cut, collage, glue, mix media, photocopy, bullet journal, etc. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own projects to work on!”
Wednesday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Talk about zines! Create Zines! Those two things mostly, but we guess you could probably get in some yoga as well.
Friday, January 10th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“From 4–8pm, participate in hands-on art-making and a guided conversation in the galleries. 4–7pm Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Craft three-dimensional paper sculptures inspired by the freshly reinstalled Ancient World gallery on the 2nd floor. 6pm Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”

Board Games:

Tuesday, January 7th
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.”
Wednesday, January 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Drop in Scrabble Night
“Drop in at the Greenfield Public Library for Scrabble! All skill levels welcome. Library game boards will be available for game play. Meetings will take place at the tables in front of the fireplace in the main library.”
Thursday, January 9th
Mill 180 Park [180 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Start Playing at Mill 180 Park
“Have you ever wondered who of your favorite fictional characters would win in a fight? Would the Yeti or Robin Hood come out on top? King Arthur or Medusa? Sinbad or Alice? HOW DOES BRUCE LEE FIT INTO ALL OF THIS?! Unmatched: Battle of Champions is a bonkers attempt to answer this very question! In Unmatched, you have a hero and possibly some minions running around a board taking actions. Your characters are almost entirely controlled by their own unique deck of cards and each has a unique and staggeringly intuitive play style. I have to say, I was knocked out by this game! It plays fast and I felt clever even when I was getting my butt kicked across the board! Watch It Played Teaches Unmatched! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdzLJDl0qk8 So come on out and let’s get the nerdy new year off the ground! I’ll be the one with the pretzel! See you on Thursday!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Learn to Play Chess!
“A drop-in club, for beginners whether kids or adults. Mostly free play. Fun, free, limited to 20 participants! Or bring your own set to expand the fun!”
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.”


Wednesday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Straw Dog Writers Guild’s Sixth Annual Author Showcase
“Join Sarah Ritter and many new authors as they present sections of their books.”


Monday, January 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The People’s Office with Senator Jo Comerford’s Team
“Senator Comerford’s team seeks to be as accessible to our constituents as possible in a district of 24 cities and towns in three counties. In addition to our availability to attend meetings and events, and to schedule individual meetings with constituents, District Director Elena Cohen and Director of Constituent Engagement Sam Hopper will be holding regular office hours throughout the district. This location is wheelchair accessible and accessible by public bus on 39, 39E, R41, R42, B43, R44, B48, NE. If you would like to meet, please sign up for one of these 15 minute slots here. Walk-ins will be slotted in between on a first come, first served basis. Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1442629739234031/ .” You should do this! It’s fun to bug political folks with your problems.
Thursday, January 9th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Prospeakers Toastmasters
“An ongoing public speaking program! Beginners to experts welcome!” Come hang out and talk to folks! Get over your nerves about public speaking, get a chance to speak in public about things you enjoy!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. ACC has walk-in hours at the Jones Library on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., except when the library is closed for holidays or inclement weather. No appointment is necessary. Walk-ins are welcome. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”


Saturday, January 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Making Books on Main Street: Publishers, Printers, Bookbinders and Booksellers in Northampton
“Historic Northampton trustee Barbara B. Blumenthal will tell the story of publishers, printers and binders in Northampton from the 18th century to the present. She will concentrate on 18th-19th century bookseller Simeon Butler and his successors; The Hampshire Bookshop (in Northampton 1916-1971); and the ongoing legacy of book arts in the Connecticut River Valley.” $5 for members and donors, $10 all others!


Tuesday, January 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 AM
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!


Wednesday, January 8th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music Movie – Judy
“Set in late 1968 and early 1969, Judy portrays Judy Garland hustling in Swinging London after successfully securing an engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, her tumultuous life continues on, battling with her manager and her ex-husband.”
Sunday, January 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Beyond the Bolex”
“In the 1920s immigrant inventor Jacques Bolsey aimed to disrupt the early film industry with a motion picture camera for the masses: the iconic Bolex. Over 90 years later, filmmaker Alyssa Bolsey pieces together the fragments of a forgotten family archive to reveal the epic story of her great-grandfather in Beyond the Bolex. Interviewing family members and renowned filmmakers, Alyssa travels to Switzerland, and delves into Jacques’ personal diary, film reels and collected images in order to understand the man and his impact on generations of filmmakers. Switzerland, USA, Canada, UK, 2018, 80 mins., directed by Alyssa Bolsey, English COST: Student | $6, Yiddish Book Center and Springfield JCC Members, Seniors | $8, General Admission | $10”


Tuesday, January 7th
Progression Brewing Company [9 Pearl St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – Wednesday Edition
“A regular rendezvous of web makers, designers and creative coders. Held on the third Wednesday of each month at Progression Brewery.”


Thursday, January 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers”
Friday, January 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts: Easy felting
“Join Sasha Z. for a tutorial on how to make easy felt creations. Come hang out with other teen artists, use our supplies, and eat some snacks. This program is open to teens only.”
Saturday, January 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Y.A. Matinee!
Watch Disney’s sorta-parody live-action film Enchanted, with free popcorn! BYO Other snacks!

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