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September 26th – October 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the Valley Nerd Watch, upending all your expectations for narrative for another week!

We’re excited to present to you yet another cool Kickstarter, for a locally-developed educational deck-building card game! It sounds really neat, and you can play it at Modern Myths this week if you want to get a feel for it before you actually contribute to the Kickstarter. But also it’s a card-game where the goal is to get enough fat layers to take a long nap and that’s worth supporting sight unseen in our opinion. Not nearly enough games officially end with naps.

Also it’s coming up in a couple weeks still but everyone get excited for the next Nerd Nite! It’s going to be a special Third Anniversary Show with three presenters! Such excitement and wonder you would expect to cost an arm and a leg but no it’s only $5!

Also we’re really excited to hear ourselves on The Chairmen of the Boards, a lovely local podcast! We talk about our work here and with Nerd Nite and it’s a good conversation we think you’ll like it. It should be up in a bit over a week!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zine-Making 101 Workshop
Create a simple multi-page booklet that’s easy to copy and distribute and is most importantly very very cool! Ages 11-16, register here because space is limited!
Thursday, September 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Makerspace Event for Teens at the Library
Learn how to use 3D design software, use a 3D printer, use an engraver, and more things in order to create cool stuff! A neat trick is to 3D print a 3D printer so you can keep working at home.
Saturday, October 1st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sculpting Stories: The Public Art of Nancy Schon
Nancy Schön is famous for excellent sculpture works inspired by children’s literature like the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Boston Public Garden! Meet Nancy and learn about public art projects and her work on a skate park! Radical.

Board Games:

Sunday, October 2nd
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroes! Clix! Put them together and what do you get? Clicky heroes, that’s right. This week try out a team of only people who can turn into animals. That’s Beast Boy, Snowbird, I guess we can count Animal Man too!

Books:

Monday, September 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Caitlin Shetterly, Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future
Modified is about GMOs, which is an issue that bears a lot of reading about on account of how the way that US public policy feels about food determines what life is like for a lot of people around the world, and this is a great opportunity to learn from a journalist who did a lot of work finding out about GMOs! BUT ALSO this is just great copy so we’re just going to quote it “Modified is a rare breed of book that will at once make you weep at the majestic beauty of our Great Plains and force you to harvest deep seeds of doubt about the invisible monsters currently infiltrating our food and our land and threatening our future.” It will make your dog mow the lawn! It will make your house unfold into nth-dimensional space! It will active the X-Gene lying dormant within you!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy
This book explores the lives of 36 inspiring women who struggle to overcome their mental health and relationship challenges. It was written as a tribute and gift to women everywhere. Helene DeMontreux Houston, MS, APRN, one of the co-authors, will discuss how the book came to be and how these stories were chosen.
Tuesday, September 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Jeannine Atkins, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jo Knowles
An exciting panel from the authors of Finding Wonders, Local Girl Swept Away, and Still a Work In Progress! They’ll read and talk about their works! One’s about groundbreaking female scientists, one’s about a mysterious death in Provincetown, and a younger sibling trying to maintain while his older sister is having a crisis.
Friday, September 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Some Pets Launch Party with Angela DiTerlizzi and Brenden Wenzel
A party for a book about pets of course features giveaways and fun surprises, but also a chance to bring in donations of pet food, toys, bedding, etc for the Dakin Humane Society! You get a poster if you do, which is nice, but you also just made puppies and kittens more comfortable which is the best gift of all.
Saturday, October 1st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Potluck + Kin-dza-dza! Soviet Anti-Utopian Comedy!
Two hapless Russians accidentally teleport to the telepathic planet Pluke! Hijinks ensue, as they are wont to. Bring something to eat or drink! Join the meetup to see where to go, or just bring food and drink to some general location and lay it there as a respectful tribute to this meetup.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
God is a Dog Author Reading and Signing
Fiction and nonfiction celebrating the relationships between women and their dogs. Dogs are great. Author Michelle A. Gabow is a playwright honored to be be named the Roxbury Repertory Theatre’s playwright laureate in 2011!

Card Games:

Saturday, October 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hibernation Demo
Local creator and Modern Myther Jesse Daniels is publishing a new card game called Hibernation, which is about being a bear! It’s kind of very cute. It’s a deck-building game where you try to make sure you’ve got enough food to develop layers of fat. First to five fat layers gets to take a long nap! It’s educational and also a game where the winner takes a nap which needs to happen more often. Support it on Kickstarter here. You can learn to play the game at this event with the creator!

Entertainment:

Monday, September 26th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St A, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Benford’s Law: Why the IRS Cares About Algebra and Number Theory (And Why You Should Too!)
What’s Benford’s law? Does 1 appear more often than 7 in everyday life? Can math detect tax fraud? What do the statistics of numerals inform us about corporate sales? WELL? THE TEST IS NEXT WEEK AND YOU STILL DON’T KNOW? Better attend this SciTech cafe with Steven J. Miller, associate professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He researches number theory and he’ll help explain things to you.
Tuesday, September 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Legacy: Preserving our Memories and Stories
Keep track of the epic history of your family line in order to get straight exactly which sword glows with power when you wield it and what thrones of which nations are your right by birth! Theresa Chamberland and Jan Sadler will present on how to gather, choose, and organize the material we want to preserve!
Wednesday, September 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Election of 1912 with Donald Blais
The election of 1912. Based on our very good American history understanding and entirely without using the internet we know it was between… Grover Cleveland and … another? WELP nope it’s the one that was between three people who all were or became President at some point we’re awful. Woodrow Wilson, William Taft, and Teddy “The Internet’s Favorite Tough Prez” Roosevelt! Learn more about this complicated three-way race!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala
The 11th annual gala and art auction honoring artist Allen Say, angel Lee and Low books, bridge Steven Heller and mentor Regina Hayes. Awards presented by author Gregory Maguire! Get some real cool artwork and support the Carle!
Friday, September 30th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Beer Tasting Event to Benefit the Hadley Library Fund
Put your drinking to work helping the library! That’s efficient use of your time. Music by Mark Ricker and Jimmy Burgoff! Tickets are $20 each and available at the library!

Kids:

Wednesday, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Star Wars Drop-In Craft
Drop-in to craft a Star Wars thing before seeing the movie in Pulaski Park! Maybe craft a drop-ship to keep with the theme!
Saturday, October 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Farmy, Fresh & Fun Fair
There’s a bunch of fun stuff at this! A children’s farmer’s market where kids can have fun at the bounce house, getting their face painted, playing the distressingly-named “Cow Plop Bingo”, going to the bake sale, and just generally food and fun!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space Workshop
Make things! Use a 3D printer, a CNC router, and lots of materials! Also, they’ll demonstrate balloon sculptures, the 3D printers of the circus world. Ages 8-12 welcome!

Movies:

Wednesday, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Nerve
Nerve tells of the global fight against the incineration of chemical weapons and other hazardous substances, due to the fact that it can be an unsafe disposal method. The film in particular highlights the Chemical Weapons Working Group’s important work to illustrate how grassroots activism can change everything!
Pulaski Park [240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It was a pretty fun movie, right? See it in a park! See it in a park with other friendly people, it’ll be great!

Science:

Sunday, October 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Come view Emily Dickinson’s landscape through the lens of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. See the mask that Emily wore when she fought the Wayward Face! See the ray gun she stole back from Barsoom! It’s all exciting stuff.

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September 19th – September 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We unfortunately missed the 14th Anniversary Party for Modern Myths recently but we hope everyone had a very nice time!

This week the big deal seems to be yet another release of Magic the Gathering material that reminds us that we should probably have ever played that in middle school instead of just compulsively buying card packs for several months and then leaving them in a drawer.

You should take a look at the brand-new weekly webcomic Teacher! by local artist Alex Chautin. So far it is theoretically weekly but if it updates by the end of today it is officially weekly!

Speaking of webcomic artists, check out Legends of Fomora by Pat Nietupski! He’s doing a Patreon as well, you should support him if you like the comic! It is definitively updating at the moment, three days a week!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, September 23rd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Conversation with artist Amanda Valdez
Lunch is provided! Delightful. Amanda Valdez’s multimedia paintings are on view in the current exhibition. Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez is now based out of New York (we assume the city? but then again it is an entire state so there’s always the possibility that she’s in Troy or something) and is a good artist whose artwork is neat to look at. Talk to her about whatever floats your boat! Probably art-related topics make the most sense though. Lunch is provided!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
GET IT?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
It’s a pun! It’s a pun on the fact that these are scented crafts. Make some scented crafts and then use them to feel real calm and collected.

Board Games:

Tuesday, September 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play board games with the folks at Palmer! They’ve got classics like Ticket to Ride and such but you’re encouraged to bring your own!

Books:

Tuesday, September 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write or illustrate books for children? This is the group for you! It’s a chance to talk about the art and business of writing for children, share success stories and tips, and generally commiserate with people who are in the same situation as you!
Wednesday, September 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dr. Oliver Akamnonu, Big Apple to Bay State
Dr. Akamnonu narrates the joys of life in the congestion and buzz of New York City and the sharp contrasts for the principal character, Dege, as he and his wife of 35 years relocate to Western Massachusetts! It sounds pretty delightful. Speak to the author and hear excerpts from the novel!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Straw Dog Author Showcase 2016
Short readings from newly-published books by the members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, Jeannine Atkins, Portia Cornell, Michael Goldman, Ellen Hopman, Jane Schneeloch, Molly Scott, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jim Spencer, and Gail Thomas
Thursday, September 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Discussion: NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season
The Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup is going to talk about the 2016 Hugo Award Best Novel winner The Fifth Season, in some location yet to be announced!
Saturday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adam Shaughnessy, Over the Underworld; and Tania Unsworth, Brightwood
In Over the Underworld, the sequel to the fantastic Trickster’s Tale, the Norse Gods have returned to Middleton GET IT? and they’ve brought bad news: Loki has killed Baldur the god that’s so pretty everyone likes him. Now Ragnarok’s coming. ABE and Pru have got to find and imprison Loki before the war can get underway! In Brightwood a young woman named Daisy fights to protect her mysterious home from an invading stranger! Both authors will be on hand to let you know more about these fantastic works and read selections!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Buy books to support your local library and librarians! It’s a great chance to get things for 90% off and keep a vital service well-funded.

Card Games:

Friday, September 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
A 3-round sealed deck tournament, so familiarity with the basics of Magic is required but you don’t need to be an expert. All attendees get at least one extra Kaladesh pack along with other promotional swag! There are limited seats so stop by the store or call to prepay for a discount and a guaranteed seat, it’s $30 pre-pay and $35 at the door! At this event the winds of Kaladesh will howl as the gate unfurls and strands you in this strange land with naught but your knowledge of the Systems of Magic to provide protection. You will make a new life in Kaladesh. Bring snacks.
Saturday, September 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
The same thing as the midnight release except you’re going to be a lot more well-rested for that inevitable trip to the lands of Kaladesh where you will fight in the arena for your freedom, bring your own chainmail!
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
Free Pizza! Frankly you don’t need to say much more to get us interested but there IS more. World’s Apart has 5 events scheduled starting at midnight! The prize payout will be based on record, 4-0 will get 9 packs plus a bonus of $50 store credit! Pre-register to guarantee your spot and your food! Also at this event all of the Magic cards will be replaced by 1990’s era Upper Deck Fanimation cards due to a manufacturing mix-up.

Comic Books:

Monday, September 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Talk to a bunch of nice people about topics relating to queer representation in comics and gaming! Led by the wonderful Modern Myths Manager Melissa, these are always a lovely experience.

Community:

Tuesday, September 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Job Seeking Workshop: How to Nail the Interview
Learn how to interview well in order to increase the odds that you’ll get work doing what you’d like to do. It’s always helpful to know what to expect from a potentially stressful situation!
Friday, September 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Annual Celebration of El Grito de Lares, Guest Speaker Charles R. Venator Santiago PhD
The “Grito de Lares” commemorates Puerto Rico’s cry for independence from Spain on September 23rd, 1868. Though ultimately unsuccessful due to a combination of internal tensions and external apathy, it remains an important moment in the history of an island that has long dealt with exploitation and a turning point in Puerto Rican history. Professor Santiago will speak about the current relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

Computers:

Thursday, September 22nd
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
September 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
After a brief summer hiatus, Drupal Group meetings are starting back up! This one will include Last Call Media’s own Kelly Albrecht presenting “A Re-imagined Rainforest Alliance on Drupal 8 in Six Sprints” as well as other Drupal 8 topics!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 20th
Springfield Public Forum [34 Court St., Springfield, MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Gov. Bill Richardson, The Future of Immigration
Having been a US Congressperson, an ambassador to the UN, Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton, and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson now wants to talk to you all about immigration! Specifically the future of immigration.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pumpkin Spice Tasting Event for Teens
Pumpkin Spice is either still a thing or has passed beyond the veil of irony into being a thing that’s not really a thing anymore but we pretend it is in order to have fun at the expense of an imagined Other BUT the point is if you’re into this highly culturally charged collection of spices and are a teen you can taste a bunch of delicious spiced items at the library!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band
The East Haddam Stage Company performs their production of a live-action radio-drama based on William Gillette’s original 1930 radio script! It’s got sound effects, audience participation, and 4 actors portraying 7 different characters (one of these characters is Sherlock Holmes who in turn portrays 2 actors playing 3 characters). Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle will introduce the show with a retrospective on the Victorian superstar Actor William Gillette and how he created the quintessential Sherlock Holmes.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 20th
ASH Auditorium [Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Defying the Nazis – Screening + Discussion Event
Ken Burns’ latest documentary premiers today, and you can join folks at Hampshire for a live broadcast and discussion event with Hampshire student Cray Novick, who worked as an editor on the film. This documentary tells the story of an American couple that left the comfort of Massachusetts to go on a series of covert operations in Nazi Occupied Europe. Their efforts saved hundreds of lives, and the film explores what it means to stand up in our communities and beyond for the people who need it most. All are welcome!
Wednesday, September 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Everybody Wants Some!
A group of college baseball players in the 80’s hang out, drink, listen to music, and smoke pot while having aimless conversations only inexplicably most of the people we rely on for movie reviews say it’s a ton of fun and really charming instead of being completely insufferable.

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September 12th – September 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Our friends got married yesterday! It was wonderful and we think they are both the best, good job friends! They’re both very smart and very cool and this is the start of a beautiful marriage. Hooray for love and large parties with a lot of strange traditional elements!

We had an amazing time playing the COIN game Falling Skies this weekend and it was pretty neat! It went a ton faster than we’re used to with COIN, in part because we absolutely annihilated an overconfident Caesar, setting off a series of events that ironically wound up costing us a victory since it made it impossible for the Romans to mess with the competing Gallic tribes. Delightful game!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Conversations on a Bench featuring David E. Little
Talk to a man who runs a museum about art and life and we’re not saying you should do this but what if you just went down that list of questions to fall in love? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/fashion/no-37-big-wedding-or-small.html
Thursday, September 15th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day One
Woo boy, lots of stuff here. There’s a poem scavenger hunt, there’s a poetry walk about death that also includes a free doughnut, then there’s a poem open mic along with featured readers Karen SKofield, Eric Wasileski and Adam Grabowski. More details at https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Friday, September 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM
2016 Amherst Poetry Festival Day Two
Again! Tons of stuff! There’s a panel presented by local collective Slate Roof Press about poetry of home and exile. Then the Center for Humanistic Inquiry will present “Poems of displacement”. Then there’s going to be after-dark poems with Donald Vincent otherwise known as Mr. Fantastic’s cool brother Mr. Hip. Then finally, a Poetry Slam at Bistro 63! So much to do! More information here: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/amherstpoetryfestival
Saturday, September 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon
All of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems will be read, starting at 6am. This will take 14+ hours. It seems like maybe someone made a bet? Or like is this how they keep her vengeful ghost contained? Yeesh. Wow. Welp, it’s definitely a good way to remember a great poet and hear some of her work! Like any particular piece. Because this is all of them!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Round one starts promptly at 10am, and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Entry is free! Bring a chess set and a clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch. Be the coolest person there by bringing 10 chess clocks.
Sunday, September 18th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
New week, new team: this time you must construct your team entirely of people who have one larger limb. That’s right, it’s going to be like Hellboy and then exclusively asymmetrically designed 90’s characters almost all from Rob Liefield!

Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Find out more about the relationship between Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson! She took inspiration from his work to such a degree that it’s hard to understate, and from her love of his work became more engaged with her own impulse toward poetry. Admission is $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students K-12
Thursday, September 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Affinity Konar, author of Mischling, in conversation with editor Lee Doudreaux
Affinity Konar, whose book Mischling is about twin sisters who fight to survive the evils of the second world war will speak to Lee Boudreaux about the more obscure mechanics and secrets of the Final Fantasy series just kidding no it’s probably about the book Mischling which sounds both terrifying and inspiring. Anthony Doerr calls it “One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year”!
Saturday, September 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Peace and Justice in Children’s Books at the Greenfield Public Library
The GPL and the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice celebrate International Peace Day with children’s books! Patricia Hynes will speak about this collaboration, Kat Lyons will read aloud from some books, and you’ll have refreshments! Delightful day for the whole family.

Card Games:

Sunday, September 18th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Preliminary Pro Tour Qualifier – Dublin 2017
The winner of this PPTQ will qualify for the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and a chance to play in the first Pro Tour of 2017 and possibly to qualify for the Pre-Pre-qualifier where you can almost qualify to qualify to place in the 2018 ULTRA TOUR. It’s $30 with a cash pay-out based on attendance, decklists required, $30 entry fee!

Comic Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Get together with your fellow creative types to discuss the business and the art of making comics! Lots of locals have done some really impressive and interesting artwork and they’re happy to talk to you about what works for them! Plus you get to play fun drawing games to get the creative juices flowing and you’ll probably make a friend!

Community:

Tuesday, September 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Writing a Resume
Writing a resume is terrifying and there’s not really a 100% correct way to do it. Get some help. For real, if not this then ask your friends. But like, this one is probably a good place to start if you’re beginning the process. Good luck!

Computers:

Wednesday, September 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Dev teams! Are you an Agile team? Do you want to be one? Come to share and learn! There’s a show and tell focus this month, where people will show their current agile-ish processes followed by some Q&A and discussion. Last Call Media, Queen Lake Consulting and Knectar, the company founded and staffed entirely by hummingbirds, will all be in attendance to show you what’s up!

Entertainment:

Thursday, September 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: The Castle on the Hill with Dylan Gaffney and Elise Bernier-Feely
Forbes Library was dedicated October 23rd, 1894 and nicknamed the “Castle on the Hill”. See images of the building, collections, and staff and share your own memories of the library! Find out how the library managed to fend off the Mirror-Ships of the Shifting Realms! Discover the secret of the statue that weeps tears of blood whenever an animal is harmed on the grounds of the library! See where the defense mech is stored! An educational experience indeed!
Friday, September 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
14th Anniversary Party
Happy birthday to Modern Myths! A party is in order! Food, soft drinks, vegan cupcakes, and door prizes for everyone! Also a GRAND PRIZE of a Lifetime VIP pass that comes with $140 in store credit!
Saturday, September 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Leather and Wool: Early Industries in the Lost Village of Roberts Meadow by John Clapp
John Clapp will talk about his forthcoming book, “The Lost Village of Roberts Meadow”, focusing on the rise and fall of this mysterious village’s wool and leather industries. While the village’s early days in the pocket dimension next to ours were prosperous, they had a real hard time as the Bargheist attacks grew more frequent, making the Leather Trees and Wool Dragons harder to harvest from.
Sunday, September 18th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
From Northampton to the Boundry Waters
Take in the beauty of the Connecticut River in a 16-person Dragon Boat and fight off the mer-people that populate it using the on-board Dragon Cannons, high score gets a t-shirt! You’ll also learn about the natural and cultural history of the river with Betsy Powell, founder of Paradise City Dragon Boat, and Laurie Sanders, co-director of Historic Northampton and naturalist!

Kids:

Thursday, September 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Lasers! Lasers in the hands of children. This is what we’ve come to, having our youth vaporize each other for our entertainment. I can’t believe libraries are in support of this but we can do nothing but inform you of the terrible truth. Write your congressperson to ask them to end child-vaporizing!
Saturday, September 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
David Soman, The Monster Next Door
From the creator of Ladybug Girl and Three Bears in a Boat, this funny and endearing tale of friendship is perfect for fans of The Adventures of Beekle, but absolutely NOT a good fit for fans of any other book. It’s a real specific niche audience. Have fun with your kids learning about a silly monster and a boy becoming friends, becoming enemies, and… becoming friends again? It’s almost too beautiful to hope for.

Movies:

Wednesday, September 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on the Silver Screen: Meet Me in Saint Louis
Judy Garland, Tom Drake, Margret O’Brien, and other names that aren’t Judy Garland so we don’t recognize them make this a musical that’s hard to beat! It’s about… singing mostly. St Louis probably comes up? But likely that’s a distant second to having attractive people with nice voices sing about life and love!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All Guantanamo is Ours
The Cuban story of Guantanomo, as told by Cubans. Cuban perspectives on a US military base in their territory, occupied by the US since 1903 and used as a convenient point for extradition despite ostensibly being enemy territory. This is a free film screening followed by discussion. Learn more about a topic that you’ve likely got a real surface-level understanding of despite like a decade and a half of recognizing the name Guantanomo.
Friday, September 16th
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Cowboy Bebop is a fine show with some smooth as heck designs and a killer soundtrack that all the neat folks like. The movie isn’t as good as the show! But it’s fun! Plus it’s on a big screen. We like that Cowboy Bebop made the show’s universe feel large even though it was all in the Solar system. Kind of like Firefly. Kind of like Firefly in a LOT of ways!
Sunday, September 18th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
For the Love of Spock
A look at the late, great Leonard Nimoy and his most beloved character, Mr. Spock! Written and directed by Leonard Nimoy’s son Adam, and narrated by Zachary Quinto, it includes interviews with both the original cast members and the new series cast members! Spock is delightful. He’s so emotionless and cold except like every other scene. Students $4, Members $6, and general admission $8!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM
D&D Storm King’s Thunder GIANT ADVENTURE
An all-day D&D mega-adventure as you take part in a special excursion against the giants! It’s $20 per player for a full day of gaming including pizza and a soft drink. You need to register and pre-pay ASAP to guarantee a spot, though! There’s a limit of 15! Also, you shouldn’t fight giants they’re so big.
Sunday, September 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
7th Sea RPG
The 7th Sea RPG! Set sail and be an adventure-pirate! Wear your ruffliest shirt! RUFFLIER! Yes, now you’re ready. Buckle up your swashes and try to steer toward the fun-rogue side of piracy instead of the deprivation-and-terror side of things. Oh, although you could totally make this like a horror RPG, crew all slowly losing hope as food goes low and the wind dies, strange sounds below deck… oh! Or just straight up a Sunless Sea campaign!

Science:

Monday, September 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
The best thing you can possibly do with your night! It’s got the most charming and personable human being in the Valley hosting it so that’s a big draw and also this week they’re pairing Language and Weather, the Natural Couple That We All Agree Makes Sense! We’ve got linguist Brian Dillon talking about how we hear what we want to hear and then we’ve got weather enthusiast Jasper Lapienski talking about the local weather, using data going back hundreds of years! That’s right the Valley knew future nerds would want to know about the weather so they got on that quickly.

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September 5th – September 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have you heard of the Legacy series of games? Basically they’re brilliant takes on one of the facts about boardgaming that few people really play with: mostly we don’t play boardgames dozens and dozens of times. Usually like 10? More obviously if you’re the sort that has a particular desire to play never-ending Catan but still usually most board games don’t get played a hundred times. So, acknowledging that, why not make the most of those dozen playthroughs?

What the Legacy series does is allow you to permanently alter the playing field with your actions over the course of each individual game. Play a game of Risk where use of a nuke actually leaves behind a radioactive wasteland! Play a game of Pandemic where failing to stop that superbug might kill one of your characters! Rip up cards, put stickers on the board, write on things! It’s a thrill and a half.

These brilliant games are the brainchild of Valley Creator Rob Daviau! He’s having a hell of a career making fun things. He made one of our favorite childhood games, Risk 2210, as well as the absolute classic Betrayal at House on the Hill, a game that we’ve enjoyed with many of our friends over the years.

You should head over to Off The Wall, Modern Myths, X9, or Worlds Apart Games right now to pick up one of the brilliant games Rob Daviau has contributed to!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, September 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
DIY Bath Bombs
Bath Bombs are neat! Wait they were invented by LUSH? Huh. Didn’t realize that there was like an R&D department working on new ways to be lush. They’re used to add essential oils, scent, and color to baths! You can put together your own at SPL! Call 413-665-2642 to sign up!
Wednesday, September 7th
The 121 Club at Eastworks [116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
TopatoCo Presents Drink & Draw
Special guests this week: Chris Hastings of Dr. McNinja and Marvel Comics, and Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics and BOOM! They’re both funny people and they’re going to put on a great night of hanging out drawing things and generally having a great time! Tip your bartender well! She’s a Valley Creator!
Thursday, September 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mead Reimagined: Opening Reception
On Thursday, the Mead unveils a renovated main gallery and opens six new exhibitions and installations that offer a fresh perspective on the collection! The reimagined space will cause you to engage more deeply with the artwork on display, as well as creating a powerful binding seal to hold back the Dread Beneath for another century!
Friday, September 9th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Utopia to Paradise? An Exhibition by Anna VA Polesny
Anna Polesny blends the old and the new by working with a variety of leathers and leather working techniques and miniature locally-found objects and decorative materials. So if you’ve lost anything in town recently it might have become art! She makes wearable artworks from suede, leather, silk, combined with glass wooden and plastic beads. She’ll exhibit her own work alongside items from the Historic Northampton collection including a pair of moccasins from the 1600’s.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Like art? Bereft of cash? Check out this awesome museum for totally free! It’s a really good deal but also consider donating anyway because this is a great museum.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out Reception for Landscapes in Photograph and Pastel
Chalk pastels by Elizabeth Slade, photographs by Paul Yandoli, and Camera Obscura by Amaru Pareja will all be on display at the Forbes Gallery this arts night out! If you see a dim figure in the distance of any of these landscapes that appears to be slowly approaching you, drawing nearer every time you turn away from the picture, no worries! It’s not a big deal, don’t even sweat it.

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Games for Teens
Take a break from the first week of homework to play games wiht friends! There’s a big collection of new games and old favorites for you to try out!
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Boardgame Night at the Brass Cat
Excellent local boardgame nerd Justin Dowd will once again put on a night of fun featuring games from his extensive collection! This week will highlight Five Tribes and Mystic Vale, alongside plenty of others! Justin is always happy to explain rules and get people started, so come play!
Friday, September 9th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play some tabletop games with friendly folks! They mostly do Euro-style stuff. We’ve gotta recommend you give Tiny Epic Galaxies a try, it was a ton of fun and quick to teach!

Books:

Saturday, September 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aaron Becker, Return
Local author/illustrator Aaron Becker concludes his critically acclaimed picture book trilogy with Return! Enter the world of Pallonezia for the final time! It looks absolutely beautiful and interesting! There will be an off-site artist reception at Hope and Feathers Gallery in Amherst aftward where you can buy the books!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Roald Dahl Splendiferous Showdown
To Celebrate 100 years since the birth of the famed author of beloved childrens stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Carle’s having a celebration! In the Splendiferous Showdown, children will get to play a live game show inspired by Roald Dahl, filled with fun facts, trivia, and challenges that celebrate his books!
Sunday, September 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Find out more about the relationship between Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson! She took inspiration from his work to such a degree that it’s hard to understate, and from her love of his work became more engaged with her own impulse toward poetry. Admission is $15 for nonmember adults, $10 for members, and $5 for students K-12

Comic Books:

Sunday, September 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Get together with your fellow creative types to discuss the business and the art of making comics! Lots of locals have done some really impressive and interesting artwork and they’re happy to talk to you about what works for them! Plus you get to play fun drawing games to get the creative juices flowing and you’ll probably make a friend!

Community:

Tuesday, September 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
How to Find the Perfect Job
The first of a series of workshops helping adults find the perfect job for them! They’ll be led by Library Director Katherine Hand. Don’t forget to attempt to pull the sword from the stone at least one time to see if your perfect job is the One True King of England.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Coders creative rendezvous makers web a, and regular coders of.
Wednesday, September 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Sherlock Holmes with Barry Deitz
Barry will present a talk on Sherlock Holmes, just in general! The books, the films with Basil Rathbone, the television series with Benedict Cumberbatch, or the other one with Lucy Liu! Learn about this classic character in all of his incarnations!
Saturday, September 10th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Second Saturday Walking Tour
Led by Tom Goldscheider, of the David Ruggles Center Committee! Learn about the history of your town! The tour starts at the Sojourner Truth Statue at the corner of Park Street and Pine Street in Florence and take you along the African American Heritage Trail!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Forbes Library Doctor Who Club
What doctor? Which doctor? Where’s this doctor? We don’t see any doctor at all, just some strange man who keeps pointing a penlight at us! Bring snacks for yourself or to share while hanging out and watching classic Doctor Who!

Movies:

Friday, September 9th
Amherst Cinema [28 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 PM to 11:30 PM
PAPRIKA
Dr. Atsuka Chiba is a genius scientist by day and dream-warrior PAPRIKA by night! She’s going to need to investigate the theft of a new device that allows the user to enter dreams! It’s like Inception except significantly more vibrant!

Science:

Thursday, September 8th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Snake, Rattle, and Roll
Remember how Rattlesnake Island seemed like a weird horror movie premise that someone decided we needed in our Valley for no reason? Turns out it actually serves a super important purpose, and helps preserve a critically endangered native species! That’s right, timber rattlesnakes are NATIVE to Mass, we just never see them because nearly 100% of them are dead! Learn from grad student Anne Stengle about the history of timber rattlesnakes and why it’s essential that we protect rattlesnake populations not just here but everywhere!

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August 29th – September 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello again for another lovely edition of the Nerd Watch! We’re so happy to have you all here. We saw John Carter (John Carter of Mars [JCM]) recently and we have to say that we totally recommend you all watch that very odd movie that we still cannot believe was made. We get the sort of assumptions underpinning the idea it’d be a big franchise hit, but we’re having trouble understanding how it got so far into such an expensive process without anyone turning around and saying OH WAIT NO of course this won’t be a huge hit what were we thinking putting hundreds of millions into this?

Our dad was a huge fan of the whole John Carter series as a kid because he was 13 and we’re pretty sure that was the most prurient material it was possible for him to get his filthy little hands on. The movie vibrates with the intensely odd energy of the sort of things science fiction writing thought made sense a hundred years ago, though with fewer naked people than the book.

On a more local note: Holyoke Codes has been doing a ton of really amazing events recently! You should definitely check them out.

Oh! And this week is your last chance to get this awesome dog boy from KC Green to help you feel fine!

Want to tell us what to do, make us dance for your amusement? Check out our Patreon! You also get stickers!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, August 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Knitting Creatures Continued
Did you knit up something neat last time? Keep at it! Did you not get to knit a cool creature? Now’s your chance!
Thursday, September 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
See great art and listen to great poetry at the Art Walk! Featuring DM Gordon, author of Fourth World and Nightly, at the Institute of the Possible. She’s a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award and the International Book Award, an MCC Artist Fellow in fiction, and a freelance editor at dmgordoneditorial.com! Also featured will be reader Paul Richmond! Featured art will be by Ann Knickerbocker!

Board Games:

Sunday, September 4th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
This sunday we want you to focus on only people who have at one point or another officially become professional wrestlers. That includes She-Hulk, The Thing, Hellboy, and Spider-Man at the least!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 29th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Summer Reading Buddies with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs
Children ages 4-11 are welcome to read out loud to Reading Buddy dogs, who provide gentle and comfroting audiences for practicing reading and also have the added effect of being so frigging adorable that it’s impossible to even deal with the fact that you’re seeing these puppies helping young readers get better because dogs are so wonderful.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bake Sale to Suppor Goodwin!
Support your local library, and get some popcorn, cakes, jello, cookies, brownies, cake, pie, really any of the things that we make primarily out of sugar and butter and that sort of thing. It’ll be delicious, guaranteed!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Cinema Nothampton Presents: The Muppet Movie
A classic presented on the lawn of Forbes, when the sun goes down. It’s a great location for a picnic with pals! Picturesque as all get out.
Sunday, September 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM: Sholem Aleichem: A Conversation with Ruth Wisse and David Roskies
The premie of a special film that was recorded live last fall AT the Yiddish Book Center! On the hundreth anniversary of the death of Sholem Aleichem, two of the world’s most engaging Yiddish Scholars retell discuss and debate their favorite Sholem Aleichem stories in a lively conversation! Students are $4, Members $6, General Admission is $8.

RPGs:

Saturday, September 3rd
Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church [121 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Changeling: the Lost LARP – Mind’s Eye Society
No site fee charged for new players or for students of the Five Colleges! Sit fee donates do count as donations to the domain and may be eligible for prestige! This game’s about climate change and the fae folk being all interested in your business, check it out for a fun time LARPing without needing to head to a forest!

Video Games:

Sunday, September 4th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – Let’s talk collectives, co-working, and incubators
Oh dang those buzzwords are getting our entrepreneural spirits up! Opening the floor to discussions of a PVGD headquarters and where it should be/what services should be provided in the coming year and how the PVGD could improve in general! There are a ton of issues involved, and there are also going to be a ton of amazing people there to talk about them! Come give your input, then eat tiny hot dogs while playing Gauntlet!

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August 22nd – August 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a lovely time this past Wednesday at the Brass Cat in Easthampton playing board games, getting our butts soundly kicked at Tiny Epic Galaxies, a very cute and easy to play worker-placement game with some nice twists on the formula and a lot of player interaction that kept it from feeling a bit Solitaire-eqsue like a lot of these games can wind up seeming.

We’d also like to take a chance to tell you about some local creators you can support!

Gina DaMico came out with a new book, and it seems neat and weird and like it’s kind of also about Yankee Candle Factory? It’s interesting!

Joshua AC Newman is still turning out amazing work at Xenoglyph, and you should absolutely support his Patreon.

KC Green still has a wonderful Kickstarter for you to check out where you can get a cute pup-meme plush!

A Mass DiGI game produced last year was featured on our absolute favorite site for games news, Rock Paper Shotgun! It’s Ophidia, it’s free, but you should give them a tip because it’s great and they deserve it!

That’s only some of what’s going on but it is too hot in our room to keep typing any longer, have a great week!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Books:

Tuesday, August 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books Club
Reading and discussing Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover, and going for bike rides and learning bike maintenance skill with the excellent Holyoke Urban Bike Shop (HUBS)! All skill levels welcome.
Wednesday, August 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Aaron Thier, Mr. Eternity
A new novel from the great Aaron Thier! Key West, 2016. Sea levels rising, reefs dying, everything going to hell. Then some young filmmakers find an immortal sailor! Kind of an orthogonal move there in the premise, but basically this is the story of hundreds of years of despoiling the natural world to near-disaster as told by someone who’s seen it all.
Thursday, August 25th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Nebula Award Nominated Short Fiction + Dinner
For the science fiction book discussion this week, they’re going to read Nebula Nominated short fiction! This means they’re all generally neat pieces. You can check out the meetup for links to most of these stories, too! What a deal! There is a hard limit of 14 attendees, so sign up and RSVP as soon as possible!
Saturday, August 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Adult Summer Reading Social
Talk books! Eat cake! Also eat ice cream! Join a bunch of friendly readers to talk about what great books you’ve read and eat a bunch of tasty things, it’s literally perfect.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, August 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Chat & Chew
Talk and also we are hoping eat? It’s just that “chew” is a word that has a lot of like very visceral connotations that discomfit us. We’re assuming you’re going to talk to folks and eat some pizza, not just sort of … chew.
Wednesday, August 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Plant Swap
Bring plants and gardening supplies! Trade them with your friends! Talk about how to garden effectively! It’s like Pokemon but for real life and the Pokemon are all non-sentient plants instead of sentient plants. We stand by this analogy!
Saturday, August 27th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ice Cream Social
Ice cream! Free from the mobile Herrell’s Ice Cream Trailer, Herrell’s on the MOOOVE GET IT? Also featuring music from the Florence Community Band, and games for kids! It’ll also have a discussion and lecture about Caleb Cooley Dickinson, and whether or not he was a weird guy! Mostly the evidence he was too odd for society was that he liked fancy hats, which in our modern times seems very silly. To celebrate this, there will be a build-a-hat table!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on the Silver Screen: The Band Wagon
Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse dance and sing their way through what some critics call the pinnacle of the Hollywood musical!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night @ GPL – Mockingjay PT 2
See the stunning conclusion of the Hunger Games series! It is pretty sad, we think! But it’s also impressive and on the big screen at the Library.

RPGs:

Friday, August 26th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn 2016 Game 1
The heat of Stillbreeze still upon them, Elmertonians return once more to their little township. A new competitor to the Queen of Shadows emerges, but whose side is she on? Also, a powerful Dreamweaver collects the dreams of the town to turn them into reality and wreak havoc, literally no one is able to focus on what is ostensibly the primary industry of the two: radish farming. It’s gonna be a tough winter if no one deals with all the danged magic! This is a full weekend event, but if you’re an NPC you’ll get lodging and meals and FREE entry! New players only pay $30 for the whole weekend!

Science:

Tuesday, August 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Role of the Honey Bee in Our Environment & Honey Tasting
Learn about our round little buzzy buddies and how they help us live in an environment that produces food and pretty flowers! Also eat some honey and come to the conclusion that yeah it all tastes excellent, it is honey.
Saturday, August 27th
Mount Greylock [Mount Greylock, Adams, MA 01220] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Star Party at Mt. Greylock
Moon waning toward a crescent, get ready for some star partying! If you have a scope, set up around 6:30pm to 7:00pm! If you don’t, but your pals with scopes!

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Job Opportunity at Smith College for Industrious Nerd with the Design Thinking Initiative

We received notice from a representative of one of our wonderful Five College schools that there’s a pretty amazing sounding position available at Smith that makes us kind of wish we’d spent years learning an entirely different trade.

You can apply right here: http://smithiesdesign.com/jobs/!


Prototyping Studio Coordinator

Full-time, limited term. It’s a three-year gig, during which you’re going to be providing technical and creative support for the Design Thinking Initiative including operation of the equipment and developing learning materials for projects.

You’d be responsible for organizing and maintaining this studio space, ensuring students and faculty have access to it, testing new processes and equipment, maintaining things, stocking materials, training folks, running workshops, communicating the vibrancy of the Design Thinking Initiative with neat projects…

Frankly it sounds like they basically are giving you a space full of awesome tools and telling you to make the most of being there. For a certain type of person we feel like this might be heaven.

Qualifications Needed:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or some related field.

One to three years working with customer service or students.

Or an equivalent setup of education/experience.

Skills Required:

Familiarity with Makerspaces, 3D printing, laser cutting, circuit assembly, and related software.

Ability to troubleshoot all the horrible problems you will definitely encounter during any work with the above.

Experience working collaboratively, particularly with students.

Creative experience of some kind strongly preferred.


Does this sound good to you? Do you have the required skills? Then get yourself to the page and apply right now! You deserve an awesome job, and this sounds like one.