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September 17th – September 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re moving at the moment and it’s late so the only thing we’re going to do here is say register to vote, vote in November and be sure to vote YES ON PROP 3! Be a part of the Blue Wave, make things a bit less awful next year.

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:

Thursday, September 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy
“Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present, and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition. Free and open to all!”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6:45PM Doughnuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems at West Cemetery. 8:30-10PM Festival Screening with director Madeline Olnek: ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ in Emily Dickinson’s garden”
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, September 21st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“12-2PM Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group with Professor Chris Benfey, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 5-6:30PM We grow Accustomed to the Dark exhibit, reading and live performance at the Herter Gallery at UMass Amherst., 8PM Poetry in the Planetarium with The Astro Poets at Bassett Planetarium. Space is very limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended.”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: Tropic Hints. This discussion will take its inspiration from Dickinson’s 1879 exchange with her Amherst childhood friend Helen Hunt Jackson.”
Saturday, September 22nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Talent: Poets Read at the Jones
Poets at the Jones! Excellent time to listen to excellent work!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6AM-9PM The Emily Dickinson Museum and Mass Poetry present the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems at the Emily Dickinson Museum. To find out more about the Marathon click here., 10:30AM Poetry Reading at the Jones Library, 1:30PM-3PM Writing with Miss Emily: A poetry writing workshop, 2:30PM Ghosts and Demons: A POETRY MASTERCLASS with Shayla Lawson and Dorothea Lasky at the PowerHouse, 5:30PM The NoNo Project, a collaboration of Union Street Records and Attack Bear Press at Hope and Feathers, 8PM Shayla Lawson and Ocean Vuong in Emily Dickinson’s garden., 9PM Latenight Garden Party”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon 2018
“On Saturday, September 22, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages can get up with the birds to join the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. The Marathon, now in its 14th year, is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on Main Street and on surrounding streets.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Frankie Dack and Olwen Dowling
Landscape paintings and an art reception! Always good for looking at neat paintings and eating cheese.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Comic Collages
Make your own collage out of old recycled comic books! They’ve got like 20 copies of Spider-Man #1 and they’re chopping the heck out of them!
Sunday, September 23rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“3PM-4:30PM jubilat/Jones reading with Ellen Doré Watson and Rafael Campo at Jones Library”

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 19th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday Games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza!
Saturday, September 22nd
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. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Tuesday, September 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, September 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, September 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox
“Confessions of the Fox is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.” Sounds interesting! Author Jordy Rosenberg is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Saturday, September 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
“Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short, short stories and personal essays. Everyone attending the reading will be eligible to submit to the fall edition of WriteAnglesJournal (https//writeanglesconference.com/wajournal/).The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact writeanglesjournal@comcast.net”
Sunday, September 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Meet Dav Pilkey!
“Meet Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series! Pilkey will talk about his new book, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, do a live drawing, and share fun trivia with the audience. Following the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs, guests can get books signed by Pilkey and enjoy photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!”

Card Games:

Monday, September 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 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, September 18th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common raitry used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, September 20th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, September 21st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 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.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“”The Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers are a new club that seeks to build a diverse, inclusive, and friendly environment in which to play Magic: the Gathering. Though several of us are indeed nerdy white dudes, we’re keen to recruit members who might not fit the traditional stereotype of trading card gamers. Everyone interested in Magic: the Gathering is welcome, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or experience. If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot. While the church has generously provided us with a wonderful space to use, we are not affiliated with them. The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW!

Community:

Wednesday, September 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
A monthly support group for women living with any sort of chronic illness, free and open to the public!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Here Lies Inter’d
“Al and Betsy McKee will discuss early New England cemeteries. Al and Betsy McKee live in a house built in Longmeadow around 1801 by the gravestone carver Hermon Newell. Once they discovered that their house was built by a stonecutter, they began to learn more about early gravestones in the Connecticut River Valley and nearby New England towns. This talk will cover gravestone photography, original appearance of graveyards, symbolism, carvers and stories carved in stone.”
Thursday, September 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time. “September’s talk will be by Local History Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley on the architecture and construction of Forbes Library. Learn more about Architect William C. Brockelsby’s life, career and buildings.”
Friday, September 21st
Prodigy Minigolf and Gameroom [116 Pleasant St, Suite 018, Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for that great game! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.””
Saturday, September 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Experience the Book Party
Mary Poppins at the Library
Sunday, September 23rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
CONCERT | The Sarah Rose Lazarus Concert | Grand Tango, with Ethan Lazarus and Carl Algermissen
“Carl Algermissen (piano) and Ethan Lazarus (cello) have been performing together for over 35 years. Known for writing their own original arrangements of tango music by Astor Piazzolla, this special performance will include a few of those hits mixed along with Tango, Jewish and klezmer music. They’ll be performing pieces by Chicago composer Leon Stein, “Dance Ebraico,” an original piece by Ethan, “Ragtime Hora,” and a Klezmer-inspired tango by Piazzolla, “Milonga Picaresque. COST: Member | $8, General Admission | $10”

History:

Saturday, September 22nd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
History of Land Use at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
“Laurie Sanders will lead a walk along Boggy Meadow Road to the dam and Cooke’s Pasture, focusing on the economic, social, and environmental history of this area. While the woods and lake may look pristine to the casual observer, there is a long history of human intervention just below the surface. From colonial times to the damming of Broad Brook in the late 1960s that created Fitzgerald Lake, the 850 acres of FLCA have undergone many changes. Laurie is the co-executive director of the Northampton Historical Society and a longtime friend of BBC. She is the author of Rediscovering Northampton–The Natural History of City-Owned Conservation Areas, which is available as a download on the BBC website. “

Kids:

Monday, September 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, September 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!

Movies:

Monday, September 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Series – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A viewing of the documentary “Won’t You Be Neighbor?” No registration required and also we’ve heard it’ll make you weep!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Monday, September 17th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup – Chopped, but with Golang
“If you’ve never seen or heard of the popular cooking show Chopped, this is how it works: Chopped is a cooking competition with three rounds, and in each round the competing chefs are given a basket with four mystery ingredients and have to make a dish that uses all of them in some way. In this meetup, we’ll run a similar friendly competition with Golang – attendees will break up into teams of ~two developers, be given a “basket” of random Golang packages and a “staple pantry”, and see what you can come up with before the meetup ends! We will share what we’ve each created at the end of the meetup.”
Thursday, September 20th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress
“This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators. All are welcome. Current projects (20 minutes) • Problems and Solutions (30 minutes) • Finding a good theme (60 minutes) – Themes are complicated while seeming simple. So many to choose from but what are the pitfalls? Are they written to be efficient? How do you tell? Will they work well with SEO plugins like Yoast? Join our WordPress guru John and find a theme that’s just right for your needs. • Decide next meeting topics (10 minutes) What to bring: You may wish to bring a laptop to take notes or to share your screen on the projector. You need a HDMI port if you want to share your screen.”

Teens:

Friday, September 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:50 PM
4H Babysitting Course
Learn how to keep kids from leaping out a window into the busy street below and other helpful tips from the 4H folks! And learn how to get a good babysitting job!
Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Teen/Tween Writing Workshop
“Professor Leah Nielsen will be continuing her popular writing workshops into the school year! Join us each month for time to write and share with your friends. Leah will guide you and help improve your writing skills. For students in grades 5-12. Please register!”

September 10th – September 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Come to Nerd Nite! It’ll be a really fun one and also we’ll have big news to announce! And prizes!

‘Take it With a Grain: What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’

Granular materials are all around us, yet are still poorly understood, hence an explosion of interest in these systems in the physics community in the last few decades. Granular materials also serve as a model systems for any dense system of interacting “particles,” be it crowded cars on the road or crowded cells migrating in the body. This presentation will explore several examples of where research into granular materials has given insight into more humanly relevant examples, such as traffic and cancer.

‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’

Seasoned divorce attorney, mediator and author Gabrielle Hartley explains that by making three important shifts earlier on in their relationship many of her clients may have been able to avoid coming to her office in the first place. This talk explores how by incorporating these simple skills rather than splitting  you may become better together.

Also we got Spider-Man the game but can’t play it until we finish some work and daaaang we want to play that danged 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:

Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines about jeans are all the rage right now!
Thursday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
“Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!” Art! Cheese! Delightful!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, September 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Landscapes/Dreamscapes, Arts Night Out and Print Fair
“View the exhibition Landscapes/Dreamscapes on Northampton’s Arts Night Out. The September Print Fair will feature eight artists showing and selling their original hand-pulled prints: Nancy Haver, Erika Radich, Maggie Nowinski, Margo Temple, Janet Winston, Kate Jenkins, Doris Madsen, Lilian Jackman”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Canvas Constructions: Use precise lines to construct your own tape resist painting made up of basic shapes, inspired by László Moholy-Nagy’s K I. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”
Saturday, September 15th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A Community Celebration: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!
Tons of events! Eric Carle will speak about his work, you can meet Western Mass Pollinator Networks, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar themself, see a presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, see an ASL reading of the book, and then get refreshments! Delightful celebration of a spectacular book!

Books:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Preston Browning Jr. Author Reading
“Preston M. Browning, Jr., a retired English professor, has published three books: Flannery O’Connor: The Coincidence of the Holy and the Demonic in O’Connor’s Fiction, Affection and Estrangement: A Southern Family Memoir, and the most recent, a collection of ten essays entitled Struggling for the Soul of Our Country. He has been writing poetry for decades, with poems appearing in The Friends Journal, Phase & Cycle, The Pikestaff Forum, The Ecozoic Reader, and other journals.” Hear poems from a good poet!
Tuesday, September 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Author Panel: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Scott Westerfeld (Moderated by David Levithan)
“Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels The Cruel Prince, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. With Cassandra Clare she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts. Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her The Infernal Devices series has spawned three #1 bestsellers. With Holly Black she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. She lives in Massachusetts. Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; Horizon; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.” So many great authors together in one place!
Wednesday, September 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Bonifaz, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump
“Three veteran constitutional attorneys say there’s no way around it: The Constitution demands that Donald Trump must be impeached. And in clear language using compelling logic rooted firmly in the Constitution, they detail why the time to start is now—not in the indefinite future after criminal investigations have ended. In fact, much of Trump’s impeachable conduct lies outside the scope of ongoing federal criminal investigations.” Vote, folks. Vote for the love of heck.
Thursday, September 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King
“Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.” Get a signed book at the event!

Community:

Thursday, September 13th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet and Greet the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup
“Here’s a chance to get together in a different setting and meet new folks! Please note, I’m posting it in a few different meetup groups, so it won’t be just members of this group for this particular event. Note that even if there is a chance of rain, it should be ok as there is an awning. Easiest place to park is the parking garage (first hour is free plus it’s basically right next door to the Brewery).” Good food, good beer, good folks to talk about sci-fi with!

Entertainment:

Monday, September 10th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Nerd Nite! This month we’ll learn what sand has to do with cancer and learn how to be happy together from a divorce attorney! And a big announcement from the excellent host! It’ll be exciting!
Tuesday, September 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
From Northampton to the Boundary Waters
“For the third consecutive year, Historic Northampton is teaming up with Paradise City Dragon Boat for a trip on the Connecticut. Betsy Powell, Head Coach of Paradise City Dragon Boat, will begin the outing with a paddling lesson. Once we’re a ways up river, Laurie Sanders, naturalist & Co-Director of Historic Northampton, will explain about the rich human and natural history in this stretch between Elwell Island and the Hatfield boundary. ​Registration required|$25-$35 | Ages 18+” A dragon boat is nothing compared to a boat dragon. They can breathe yachts.
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Rub Wrongways Fifth Musicians in Residence Event
“The members of Rub Wrongways Records, an independent record label from Northampton, are embarking on a musical odyssey in 2018 as the Forbes Library Musicians in Residence. The label’s Jason Mazzotta and Henning Ohlenbusch, two well-known staples of the area’s music scene, will curate a series of performances and workshops.” This is the fifth event! Free and open to all!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum
“Author Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his new book, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum. The book details how, after 9/11, the CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.” Like in that one movie!
Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching Azumanga Daioh right now. It’s very, very funny. What a good show. What a good dog.

History:

Tuesday, September 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Does My Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now
“This slide presentation and discussion follows the work of a handful of students, moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice by going to Mississippi to help register black voters during Christmas vacation in 1965. We will also explore the consequences of the 2013 repeal of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. More than 50 years later, what has changed?” Free and open to the public!
Friday, September 14th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
“Historic Northampton and A.P.E.@Hawley Street join forces for a special collaboration on September 14 & 15 to celebrate the opening of the new Flexible Performance Space at the Arts Trust’s building, 33 Hawley Street. Linking contemporary dance works, site-specific films, music, and visual art with Northampton’s rich history, twelve area artists and their collaborators will offer a range of surprising ecological and cultural perspectives, all with ties to Northampton’s past.” $15 at the door, $12 online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596843 Event no. 3596843!
Saturday, September 15th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
Same thing as the Friday show!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Monday, September 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Library Building Blocks Club
“Bring your imagination to the library for our exciting Library Building Blocks Club. We will spend about an hour developing masterpieces with lego blocks. The creations will be on display in the Boys’ and Girls’ Library for all to see. This program is open to children ages 3 and up. “
Tuesday, September 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, September 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time
Stories, songs, crafts, and general merriment for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, September 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, September 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Screening: 12 Strong
“The film, based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, tells the story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. The CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces wage a covert war in the mountains of Afghanistan that ended in a stunning victory. It sheds light on how the desperate Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.”
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Censored Voices
“Censored Voices is an Israeli film drawn from censored audio tapes made within weeks of soldiers returning from the 1967 Six Day War. The film project was the initiative of Israel’s best known anti-war author and activist Amos Oz to be shown in advance of the current 70th anniversary of the Israeli state and the Palestinian Nakba. These men were appalled at what they were required to in the 1967 war and nearly 50 years later gather to discuss the tapes in a 2015 film made by Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy complete with raw, real military footage. Oz and his friends are seen a half-century later listening to those tapes of their younger selves and discussing how they see the impact of that war on current Israel/Palestine, and the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Free and accessible. The Resistance Film series is co-sponsored by The Resistance Center of Western MA and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars.” Scheduled for June, but it’s here now!
Saturday, September 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Movie: Isle of Dogs
“Find out what happens when a boy goes looking for his dog, in this fun animated sci-fi movie.” Do NOT mix this up with A Boy and His Dog.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Drop in to the Lang Auditorium for a free movie! We provide snacks and drinks. A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Rated: G (1 hour 40 minutes) Registration NOT required.” Also, many children are murdered using candy!
Sunday, September 16th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Absent”
“For over a century, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak honestly about what happened. Absent is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their complex relationship with history.” COST: Student | $4, Member | $6, General Admission | $8

RPGs:

Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!

Science:

Tuesday, September 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Green Burial – The Environmentally Friendly Option
Green burial might be the best option if you want to not continue destroying the environment from the great beyond, but we’re going to stay true to the traditions of our family. We’ll hide our Phylactery somewhere no mortal will ever uncover and continue to bedevil the world as a lich until the sun burns out. This presentation will give you some info about green burials in general and options for green burial in Massachusetts!
Thursday, September 13th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Exploring the Highs and Lows – How Rewards and Drugs Interact with Our Brains
Dr. David Moorman will explain how your neurological reward system plays an important role in your daily life, and how adding drugs to the equation can toss some wrenches at this complex system. Always good to learn more about the thing that lets you learn more!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 11th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us!” Free dinner just for making your community better? Lovely!
Wednesday, September 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Getting real about forecasting
“Agile Methods Meetup September: Getting real about forecasting… stop lying and start communicating! Let’s talk about forecasting! How are you using your tools? What are the challenges? Be sure to RSVP here so we know how much food to get: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-getting-real-about-forecasting-stop-lying-and-start-communicating” If you get good enough at it eventually you can see the entire history of the universe spread out in front of you like a map. Great for sprint planning!

Teens:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Sun Prints
“The Teen Arts Program presents Sun Prints! Use light-sensitive paper to make art from nature’s finest shadows. Materials provided. This is a teens only event.” Be sure not to accidentally summon any Shadow Demons.
Wednesday, September 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Writing Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing, and get inspired to write more! Write!
Thursday, September 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie for the September meeting of the Comics Club! We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists, this meeting will run from 3:30 to 4:15.” Comics are great! Check out Comics N’ More in Easthampton to get more comics!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

September 3rd – September 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Congratulations to Valley Creator Joshua A.C. Newman on a successful Kickstarter for The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze! It sounds excellent and you should definitely check out the preview!

Joshua A.C. Newman’s The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze is a tabletop roleplaying game of those who speak the secret Language of Names that spoke the world into existence. When you portray one such Namedealer,you will make treaties with anything bearing a name — and you will thrive and suffer from the consequences of those promises.

…And it is a game of fated heroes, driven by their long-dead ancestors — and their own great passions — to pursue their destiny for the benefit of the dead, and to die bathed in glory.

It is a game of passions and cunning, of tricksters and hard-found justice.

It is a game of pursuing what you desire. It is a game of getting what you want from your companion characters when you have no reason to trust them, and about using those you don’t trust to aid you in your pursuits.

It is a game about flight from the consequences of your promises, and the power that comes from both lies and the truth.

It is a game about charging toward that against which you have been commanded, and the power one has to turn against an abuser.

The Codex Edition contains these rules, with additional examples, explanations, and commentary.

It’s a good danged RPG!

Also! Nerd Nite Northampton is happening Monday, September 10th! It’ll be excellent!

We’ll have Kerstin Nordstrom, with ‘What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’ and Gabrielle Hartley with ‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’!

ALSO We’ll have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT at this Nerd Nite that will be A BIG DEAL so you should try to make it out!

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:

Thursday, September 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
A bunch of fun stuff! A pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5pm – 8pm, you can sign up for open-mic from 5pm to 6pm, after which the open mic begins! Featured poet this time is Nausheen Eusuf, a PhD candidate in English at Boston Univeristy. “Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, PN Review, The Common, and World Literature Today, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.”
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Button Making
Design your own buttons with a button maker! Maybe you need a button to keep your shirt closed? Maybe you need a button to launch your master plan? Maybe you need a button that says “I made a button!” all of these are possible with a button-maker!

Books:

Wednesday, September 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Annihilation
We’re letting you know about this one because the book’s neat and it’s also short enough to read in like a couple afternoons. We recommend it! Also as they always say “Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out.”!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, September 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Dream Landscapes: The art of dreaming, dreams as art Landscapes/Dreamscapes Lecture by Dr. Annie Rogers
“Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College, psychoanalyst and poet, Dr. Annie Rogers will explore how visual artists imagine & make dreamscapes, and how their work conveys the unconscious as a realm of human experience.” Please don’t ask the doctor to explain your dreams.
Saturday, September 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Play Reading: The Pitch
“A free public reading of a new play, THE PITCH, performed by excellent regional actors. In two acts, the story is about a retired sportswriter who reluctantly agrees to collaborate with a young reporter on a biography of a boyhood friend of the older writer, an obscure pitcher who threw only one pitch in the major leagues nearly fifty years earlier. But it soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of the pitcher’s story – one the older writer fiercely intends to protect. Starring John Haag and Julian Findlay. Written by Stan Freeman. Directed by Robert Freedman. Free admission.” This play’s also intended to trick the King of Northampton into revealing his perfidy but that shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
Sunday, September 9th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lost in Space (2018) and Potluck
“Special request regarding the potluck…please try to only bring items without sugar or gluten (or chip in $5 instead of bringing something and I’ll make more food). We’ll watch Lost in Space episode 5 and perhaps something else too.” Food and sci-fi! The perfect combo! RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254257249/!

History:

Wednesday, September 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Quilt History
Quilts, it’s time for you to learn your history! Or, alternately human beings it’s time for you to learn about how quilts have been used in the past. One or the other.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Beauty in the Details: Exploring the Styles of Victorian Architecture- Workshop and Walking Tour
Holyoke! A city with a kind of wild number of literal mansions, just dotting around the place. That’s apparently due to a 19th-century building boom that created a ton of fine old Victorian homes. “Join us as Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield, returns to Holyoke. We start at 10:00 AM with a brief workshop on identifying popular Victorian home styles. Then we will take an informal walking tour of the historic Oakdale neighborhood north of the Library, where Eric will provide an architectural historian’s view of the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden gems. We plan to conclude at approximately 12:30. Free.” Free! FREE!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Museum Store Pop-Up Shop with Joe Dowden, Box Maker
“Since 1996, Joe Dowden has been handcrafting reproduction Shaker oval boxes and carriers. Meet Joe and browse his Shaker box collection at this pop up shop on Saturday, September 8.” Boxes, the drawer you can carry around!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Henry’s Big Kaboom: A Children’s Sing-Along
Mary Ames Mitchell, a descendant of Henry Knox, will tell kids about how her ancestor transported artillery from upstate New York to Boston, passing right through Palmer! During the American revolution to be clear, not just on a dare or something. Wholesome explosion-based entertainment for kids!
Saturday, September 8th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen
“In Monster Academy, authors Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker’s Lab. An irresistible romp from start to finish!” Good kids books for kids to listen to, and a book signing afterward!
Sunday, September 9th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Deborah Blumenthal and Masha D’yans
“Join author Deborah Blumenthal and artist Masha D’yans as they read from their new picture book Polka Dot Parade. Highlighting the life and work of legendary New York Times street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, this book will encourage kids of all ages to search for inspiration and decide for themselves what is truly beautiful.” Book signing afterward! It’ll be a lovely time for listening and learning.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, September 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: King in the Wilderness
“This 2018 documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. Free & open to the public.” History lessons are always useful.
Friday, September 7th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst MA] at 9:15 PM to 11:55 PM
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Hang with the friendly folks of the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup at this great meetup! “Meet in the lobby at 9:15. We’ll sit together in the cinema. Screening starts at 9:45. This is the 140-minute full uncut version of the film. Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) crashes to Earth and immediately registers a series of world-changing patents in an effort to return to his parched planet and dying family. But will the authorities let him go? THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.” RSVP here! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254009539/

RPGs:

Saturday, September 8th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 4th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out and talk to folks who do technology work, basically! It’s a good time and you can meet nice new people!
Thursday, September 6th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
What they’re doing at this meeting: “Figure out next steps. At this time (August 3), it’s unclear if the mayor will publish our proposed surveys on the city’s website, as he suggested he would do when we met with him in May. Regardless, we feel we need to engage a broader section of Northampton residents and businesses, so the mayor and City Council can see this effort is important to the community. Our primary focus will be to focus on how we can do more outreach and organize a potential demonstration. We’ll be working on improving our social media presence in the meantime.”

Teens:

Wednesday, September 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
YA Pride: Queer YA Book Club
A youth-led LGBTQIA+ group and “overall chill space” to which can arrive teens of all identities and orientations to discuss queer YA lit and sometimes movies! Contact youth facilitator Carter Moon at CarterMoon58@gmail.com or Rachel at rdowd@holyokelibrary.org!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

August 27th – September 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have you been to Eastworks lately? What about Mill 180 Park, The Indoor Park That Accidentally Made Itself Look Exactly Like What a Child Wants to Climb Upon? They’re both nice places full of nice things! Like parm fries.

Also in case you weren’t aware, there’s a massive nation-wide prison strike.

Rebels incarcerated in prisons across the nation are preparing for a nationwide strike demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.

You can support the strikers here, and prison policy reform in general here. The Prison Policy Initiative is based in Easthampton!

Finally, Dead Cells is a lot of fun if you’re into that sort of thing and we are.

Oh and actual finally via Kathy Aidala of Mount Holyoke College:

Mount Holyoke College is presently renovating 8,000 square feet to expand our maker capabilities and to better integrate these capabilities into our academic mission. We are searching for the Technical Lead and Design Mentor, who will run the day-to-day activities of the Makerspace, along with the Makerspace Coordinator, and help to foster an inclusive climate and collaborative learning environment.

A primary component of the job will be to mentor the highly varied interdisciplinary projects, which requires flexibility and broad knowledge of how to make a wide range of products using many different materials.

See full ad here. Feel free to contact me with any questions. We will begin reviewing applications beginning September 4, with an anticipated start date in mid-November.

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, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Art Shoes with Trouble
“Join artist Trouble Mandeson for a hilarious, insightful and thought provoking evening. Trouble’s shoes are the featured exhibit of the month in our display cabinet by the main circulation desk. She transforms mundane shoes into spectacular works of art and you can too! We’ll spend the evening playing with glue guns, glitter, charms and more. Space is limited and this program is for ages 13 and up. Please pre-register at the main circulation desk or call 413-772-1544” Oddly enough Trouble’s middle name is also Trouble.
Thursday, August 30th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Community:

Tuesday, August 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Town of Amherst: Candidates At-Large Night
“Free and open to the public; sponsored by the League of Women Voters.” Meet the folks for whom you will vote!

Entertainment:

Thursday, August 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We watched ‘Spiral’ recently and it was pretty great. Rare that quickly solving a puzzle ring is presented as a power move.

Kids:

Tuesday, August 28th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Experimental Art
“Learn new techniques for working with different art mediums as you complete a project with Miss Susan. Dress for mess! Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, July 24th. Ages 8-12 years old” We usually dress for mess unintentionally.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Be Your Best Self (Ages 4-16)
“Bring friends and family for a fun activity and motivational message about healthy habits from Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts 2019, Mina Liang.” We’re actually the Distinguished Young Collective Being of Massachusetts 2027, if you weren’t aware. We’re quite distinguished!
Wednesday, August 29th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ice Cream Social
“Kids who participated in the Summer Reading Club are invited to this special Ice Cream Social. All ages welcome, but please register.” Our ice cream went out to socialize last week and we’ve not seen it since.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Creative Movement and Drama for Toddlers
“Go on a creative adventure with your child as you move your bodies and stretch your imaginations. The class is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to connect with their children in a joyful and playful environment and take home creative tools to incorporate into everyday life. Starting with a picture book, and adding in music, movement, and imaginative props, together, we will bring the story the life! The class is geared towards children 18 months-5-years old. Taught by Sarah Marcus.”
Thursday, August 30th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Library Building Blocks Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Monday, August 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
“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.) Our next movie is the 2010 film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk-EoUb0nvg Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. Join us in the Community Room on Monday August 27th at 7:00pm to discuss the film!” We can recall our own past lives and weirdly enough we used to be you!
Friday, August 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Outdoor Film Series: A Wrinkle In Time
Watch A Wrinkle In Time outdoors! It’s a classic story, translated into a film we’ve heard more mixed things about but heck it’ll be fun, always a good time to watch movies outdoors! This is a rain date because dang this year has been a real rainy one.

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 28th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry… Tristan’s a dragon
Thursday, August 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Teens:

Tuesday, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tween and Teen Back to School Party
“Get out and have some fun before school starts! Mario Kart 8 playoffs with our new Nintendo Switch. Make kindness buttons for your backpack and learn to fold secret note origami. For grades 5-12. Free and fun! Pizza included.” If you work hard enough at it we’re confident you can make pizza be included in school as well.
Thursday, August 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Recording equipment is provided, but feel free to bring a smartphone or tablet if you have one. Sign up required. Visit us at the Young Adult and Children’s Desk or call (413) 587-1010.

Video Games:

Tuesday, August 28th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!
Sunday, September 2nd
Another Castle [30 Olive Street Suite 2, Greenfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Game Demo Night!
“Join us at Another Castle for our first official Pioneer Valley Game Developer demo-night! We’re inviting all our local friends and family to share their projects of passion. What have you spent your year working on so far? Swing by on the evening of September 2nd from 7 – 9pm to play our colleagues games, and let us play yours! Need special accommodations or equipment? Send us a message here and we’ll make sure you’re set up right.”

 

August 20th – August 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Ooooh you’d better have already registered to vote we swear to goodness. If not, it isn’t too late to get set for the November 6th election! Do it now,  now!

Other than that the big news is that we’ve been playing Dead Cells and it’s fun, so try Dead Cells! Also interesting, the studio that made it – Motion Twin – is an Anarcho-Syndicalist cooperative that pays every employee the exact same wage. That’s a very smart way to arrange yourself if you find you’d like to be a corporate entity we think.

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, August 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tween and Teen Graphic Novel Series
“Join library assistant and published graphic novel author Steve Murphy for this 3 part series: Class 1 (July 9) — attendees will make a mini-comic book story out of a single sheet of paper; they will also design the main characters to their story. Class 2 (July 31) — the mini-comics will be enlarged and expanded into a lengthier comic book format; character design and development will finish up. Class 3 (August 21) — time to draw and write your comic book! Each session will include free drawing and GN discussion time:”
Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Make a zine about your favorite songs! Make a zine about your favorite authors! Make a zine about your favorite zines! Then, get someone else to make a zine about their favorite zines about favorite zines and include your zine.
Thursday, August 23rd
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, August 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Visiting Artist Series: Recycled Paper Chickens
Learn how an artist works, and collaborate on an art project! Make some recycled paper chickens, and watch a really good recycled paper chicken get made by a local artist!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Free Fun Friday at SCMA
A Packed Schedule! “~ Self-guided activities available all day ~ Little Trúc food truck 11am–3pm ~Ask the Curator in the exhibition “体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia” 12pm ~ Crooked Stick Pops 1:30-3:30pm ~ Mountain River Taiko drum performance 2:30–3:30 pm”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum
“The Emily Dickinson Museum consists of 3 acres, 2 historic houses—the Homestead, where the poet was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, the home of the poet’s brother—and the story of 1 exceptional poet! During self-guided tours, knowledgeable guides are on hand to answer your questions.”

Board Games:

Friday, August 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Local Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers attempting to make great games! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom.”

Books:

Monday, August 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Al Norman
“The Greenfield Public library is pleased to present Albert Norman reading from Ravings: American Wild Talk, his new book of short stories in the LeVanway Room on Monday August 20 at 6pm. Ravings tells nineteen stories about the ravings of wild Americans, from the 1700s until today–all based on real events.”
Tuesday, August 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Thursday, August 23rd
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award Nominated Short Fiction & Dinner
“For our August science fiction book discussion, we’re going to read the short stories and novelettes that were nominated as finalists for the Hugo Awards this year.” https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/253220272/
Sunday, August 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Active Citizens Book Group Reads The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
“Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history.”

Community:

Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Share Your Sight Training / Information about programs offered
“Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired confident living with vision loss. SHARE YOUR SIGHT! Volunteer to read, shop or walk with a blind or visually impaired person in your area. Volunteer partnerships allow people to remain as independent as possible in their homes. No special skills needed; flexible schedule (volunteer during the day, evening or weekend); six-month commitment is required. Volunteers must be at least 18 or accompanied by an adult. Not sure if this is the right kind of volunteering for you? Register for a training, then come decide for yourself! Call to register for training being offered: call 508-854-1733 e-mail Nedmonds@mabcommunity.org Light Refreshment Will be Provided! Become a Volunteer receive a $25 Gift Card or Refer a Volunteer receive a $15 Gift Card! “
Thursday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
“We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.”
Saturday, August 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Job Search Strategies
You need to use a lot of different methods to get a job in the new and terrifying job market. Networking, going to job fairs, doing “informational interviews” and using social media. Also like 10 different job posting sites. This course will help you navigate all of that!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM
The Prince of Pirates and The Witch of Wellfleet: A Love Story
“Storyteller Rona Leventhal will be doing a dress rehearsal of her new show: “The Prince of Pirates and The Witch of Wellfleet: A Love Story”. This is an ADULT show and is not appropriate for young children! (ages 16 and up welcome). Content Warning: some violence, reference to sex and harsh language. The public is welcome to come. Please be on time if you can. THANK YOU!” The capitalizing of ADULT is giving us some expectations we doubt the story can actually deliver. Check out www.ronatales.com for more about the teller!
The Harp Irish Pub [163 Sunderland Road, Amherst MA] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The Science Buzz: Simple Minds, Big Finds: What Invertebrate Brains Teach Us About the Nervous System
Most animals on this planets don’t have a spinal cord. Even so, invertebrates have fascinating nervous systems. learn more about how they work from Dr. Paul Katz! Also, apps and trivia! Delightful.
Friday, August 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Music: The Rear Defrosters
Honky-tonk country music at the library! Usually we’re only able to get our hands on tonk, so honky-tonk is a real treat.

Kids:

Monday, August 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, August 22nd
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bingo for Books
“Kids ages 4-8 are invited to join us for B-I-N-G-O. You will take home new books to keep! Sponsored and hosted by the CFCE. Registration required.” B I N G O? What’s that spell again?

Movies:

Monday, August 20th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Movie Monday: Annie
Annie! The redheaded scamp! The terror of the streets, the little engine that could, the lich king, Annie! Annie, the one true ruler of all Britannia, the Nameless One, the best of the best don’t mess with the rest. Annie from 1982, to be clear.
Wednesday, August 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening | The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator A Film by Stan Sherer
“Northampton’s Masonic Block (sometimes referred to as the “Fitzwilly Building”) on Main Street, which opened in 1898, featured an ornate water-powered elevator, state-of-the-art engineering at the time. But it was more: the elevator and its chatty, cheery operators created a community of the building’s shops, offices, denizens and visitors. This came to an end in 2017, when the elevator was decommissioned. To preserve this fascinating bit of Northampton’s history, documentary filmmaker Stan Sherer interviewed former operators and the repair service person who maintained it from the mid-1980s until the end. We learn how elevators work and why they matter, and what this one, and its operators, meant to the people and the City of Northampton.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Coco on the Lawn
A free screening of Pixar’s great new movie “Coco”! Bring a blanket and some food, wait until dark and then leave, stunning the crowd as they try to figure out what sort of person leaves before the film starts! Or just watch a fun movie, should start around 8:30pm. Based on prior rain delays, expect a rain delay.

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 21st
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Teens:

Monday, August 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Stop by to play games from the library collection, read, craft things, draw stuff, hang out, make buttons, all the teen trends!
Wednesday, August 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Program
A hands-on series during which the youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with their community through games, conversations, field trips, and other activities! You’re going to want to pay attention to how to lead, the youth, we really need you to tell us to stop being horrible.
Thursday, August 23rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lip Sync Battle
Lip Sync Battle! Like from the TV! Only this time, with friendly friends!

Video Games:

Tuesday, August 21st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!

 

August 13th – August 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Nerd Nite! Tomorrow! Be there and be square! It’ll be fun, we’re talking comic books and mafia history in the Valley. It’s at the World War 2 Club in Northampton, 50 Conz St., 7pm – 9pm. Hang out, meet new people, have fun. $5 at the door to pay our speakers and organizers, and a charity bake sale!

Also! Check out Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat in Easthampton at 7pm – 11:30pm this week to win a free copy of excellent game (edited by the Valley’s own Josh Yearsley) Root! It’s very good and fun and it comes with a full walkthrough!

And for the love of everything good in the world REGISTER TO VOTE! Do it NOW. Vote in all of your local elections for candidates whose policy proposals involve NOT harming you and your fellow Valley citizens. It’s extremely important to do this. The deadline is August 15th!

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:

Monday, August 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club Presents: Queer & Feminist Zine Memoir
“Come check out a reading of local & traveling zinesters, putting a queer twist on memoir, history, and creative storytelling. Jordan Alam (Letters to Self), Mae Allard (Giving It Up: Relations of a Celibate Slut), and Elvis Wolf (Homos in Herstory) will present their tales, images, and words – on the topics of personal memory, radical celibacy, and the ghostly, continuing presence of the past. “
Thursday, August 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stichin’ Group
Stich! We assume like… cross-stich? But who knows maybe this is about wound care.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bucket Drumming with Mr. Dan
“Due to the popularity of this program on July 12th, we are happy to offer a second program. Learn how to make music and keep rhythm using buckets and sticks. This program will be taught by Mr. Dan, a music education student at Westfield State University. Ages 8-12 years old. Registration required and space is limited. Buckets are generously being donated by Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Free Street, Westfield, MA”
Friday, August 17th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 15th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Root Giveaway!
“Well folks, it’s finally happened! Root, which you all had a hand in shaping, is officially released upon the world! Let’s celebrate! I’ll get my hands on as many copies as I can so as many folks as possible can get to play. And anyone who plays will be entered for a chance to win their own copy plus the Riverfolk Expansion!” Root’s a great game! What a good idea for a featured game.

Books:

Tuesday, August 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!

Community:

Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership
“The Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership strives to bring PreK-16 math educators in Western Massachusetts together to learn from each other in order to improve student learning. We do this by facilitating opportunities to explore and appreciate mathematics and math teaching practices with a growth mindset. We believe this enables educators to support diverse learners who believe in themselves. During our monthly meetings, we plan events and discuss long-term projects.” Get tips on how to teach mathematics from fellow educators!
Saturday, August 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Interview with Confidence
Preparation is key to a good job interview! You’ll learn how to prepare in this class, and find out how to deal with phone and skype interviews as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
This month! See Justin Casico (like the watch) talk about how the mafia came to Springfield, and Ellie Hillis discuss her feminist comics agenda! Comics! The Mafia! They go together like… actually wait those go together alright. Best comics mobster? Not even a content, Hammerhead. $5 cover at the door, give any amount to charity to get a baked good!
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Lawn Concert by Tim Eriksen and Friends
“Original and traditional Americana music from New England, southern Appalachia and the Balkans. ” Free, bring a blanket and a low chair to hang out and listen!
Thursday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Or witches! We heard good stuff about Little Witch Academia! That’s an option!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Ultimate Fandom Trivia/Summer Reading Celebration
“How well do you remember the Avenger movies? Think you know everything about Harry Potter? Or is Stranger Things more your cup of tea? Then come give your best guesses. You will be in groups, so if Marvel isn’t your thing you’ll have someone else to help you out. We will also be celebrating the end of Summer Reading with pizza and ice cream! The raffle prizes will also be drawn. However you do not need to attend to win! For students going into grades 6-12. Please register!”

Kids:

Tuesday, August 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO! For Kids ages 5 and up!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
“Make your own hand-held game console! International Engineering Firm L3KOE is hosting a 3-day STEAM boot camp exploring design, coding, and 3D printing with a team of engineers. Participants must be able to attend all 3 sessions. Pre-register in the Kids’ Room, or by contacting us at 413-259 -3091//teens@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Snackbeard Concert
Snackbeard the pirate takes time off from we presume snacking upon the remains of his victims to bring music to kids 4-10 at the library!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
Day 2 of the camp!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Program
A hands-on series during which the youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with their community through games, conversations, field trips, and other activities! You’re going to want to pay attention to how to lead, the youth, we really need you to tell us to stop being horrible.
Thursday, August 16th
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 meeting to make your own comics and talk with other comic fans! Intended for elementary and tween readers. Have you read Squirrel Girl? It’s great read that one. Ms Marvel is also really good!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
Day 3 of the camp!
Saturday, August 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, August 13th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Movie Monday
A movie! Snacks! Drinks! No registration required. The current movie is Coco, which is a pretty good movie!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
A new Teen Film! One of those films that are invisible to the eyes of non-teens, and indeed leave the memory as a mist once you hit 20. But we’ve heard good things about Howl’s Moving Castle, you should check it out!
Friday, August 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Outdoor Film Series: A Wrinkle In Time
Watch A Wrinkle In Time outdoors! It’s a classic story, translated into a filme we’ve heard more mixed things about but heck it’ll be fun, always a good time to watch movies outdoors!
Saturday, August 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Dreamgirls
“This 2006 film is an adaptation of the Broadway hit about the ups and downs of a 1960s girl group, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Jennifer Hudson, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role. This film is rated PG-13. Free & open to the public. “
Sunday, August 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film | “L’Antiquaire” (“The Art Dealer”)
“This drama from renowned French director François Margolin (The Flight of the Red Balloon) follows a Jewish woman who embarks on a journey to recover family paintings stolen by the Nazis. During her investigation, she discovers some family secrets are best kept hidden.”

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 14th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! SHAZAM!
Thursday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!

Technology:

Tuesday, August 14th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us!”

Teens:

Monday, August 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teens Only: Make a Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt
Teens! Steal a shirt from your least favorite parent and turn it into a sharpie tie-dye shirt! Then when you have the hang of it make your own! Bring a t-shirt to decorate!

August 6th – August 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


You should check out Nerd Nite! It’s happening Monday the 13th, at the World War 2 Club in Northampton!

‘How the Mafia Came to Springfield’ – Justin Cascio

Pasqualina Albano and Carlo Siniscalchi were local royalty on Water Street in Springfield’s Little Italy at the start of Prohibition. But in his first year as the self proclaimed Bootleg King, Carlo was killed, leaving Pasqualina to rule in his stead. She forged a bond with New York’s Genovese crime family, and continued her family’s business, a legacy that endures to this day.

‘Ask Me About My Feminist Comics Agenda’ – Ellie Hillis

Women are the future of comics. From the success of Kickstarters like Check, Please! to the fact that women are over 50% of the active floppy comics readership, big publishers may be missing out on the true core demographic of comics.

This week you should go to the Forbes Library Zine Club, it’s full of good people and good zines, and you can contribute to both of those!

Also, make sure to register to vote! You can do so here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/! You want to make sure to vote this year so that you can contribute to making our state better. Speaking of: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/, vote Yes on 3! It will make the state safer for people who are trans and that’s extremely important.

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, August 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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Artists’ Reception for Karen Evans, Leni Gaudet, and Jenny Tibbetts
“Shared Visions is an exhibit showcasing the work of three local women artists whose paintings explore the world around them. Karen Evans finds inspiration in the landscape, from farmland to the townships of Western Massachusetts. Leni Gaudet captures the reflections and light in still life and nature. Jenny Tibbetts explores light and color in urban and rural themes.” Eat cheese while you think about this excellent artwork!
Friday, August 10th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! At a great museum! But still donate if you can! It’s important to support the museum. Get there early to experience Painting in Reverse, painting on plexiglass with quick-drying permanent markers inspired by the exhibition 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Landscapes/Dreamscapes, Opening Reception and Print Fair & Arts Night Out
“Join us for an Arts Night Out reception for the exhibition Landscapes/Dreamscapes, an exhibition of contemporary prints from Zea Mays Printmaking with objects and images from Historic Northampton’s collection. The August Print Fair will feature printmakers: ​Dan Chiaccio, Jennifer Gover, Nick Osetek & Sheryl Jaffe.” Prints are always fun, we did printmaking in art class as kids and dang if they were not very poorly constructed. Presumably these are GOOD prints though.
Saturday, August 11th
Zea Mays Printmaking (320 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA 01062) at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
BIG INK at Zea Mays Printmaking
“Large scale woodblock printing on the BIG TUNA traveling press in the courtyard of Zea Mays Printmaking. Ongoing throughout the day. The public is welcome to come watch as six artists print giant woodblocks.”
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Paper-Making
Recycle to make your own paper! Drop in, open to all ages, but if you’re 10 or younger you should bring an adult! Note that the program is outdoors and will need to be cancelled if the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Sunday, August 12th
Zea Mays Printmaking (320 Riverside Drive, Florence, MA 01062) at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
BIG INK at Zea Mays Printmaking
“Large scale woodblock printing on the BIG TUNA traveling press in the courtyard of Zea Mays Printmaking. Ongoing throughout the day. The public is welcome to come watch as six artists print giant woodblocks.”

Board Games:

Friday, August 10th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
“Join us for another day of tabletop board/card game playing. Bring a game that you’d like to share, if you have one. Beginners are welcome. We most often play Euro strategy games, but you are welcome to bring any game you’d like to share. Some of the games we’ve played in the past include: Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Star Trek: Five-Year Mission, King of Tokyo, Dominion. The Community Room is all the way in the back. If you come in the side entrance, the room is directly to your right. If you come in the front entrance, just head to your right, then straight back.” Board games with friendly people! Try new stuff! Everyone loves Azul at the moment!

Books:

Tuesday, August 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
T. Greenwood, Rust & Stardust
“Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, this heart-pounding story by award-winning author T. Greenwood at last gives a voice to Sally herself.” Register for free here: https://www.odysseybks.com/event-rsvp

Community:

Tuesday, August 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Town Hall with Josh Zakim for Secretary of State
“Come hear from the Democratic candidates for Secretary of State and learn about the important role this office plays from the state archives to securities to corporations to elections and it is one of the few contested statewide races this year. Free and open to the public.”
Saturday, August 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Resume Writing 101
Up-to-date resume writing techniques for you to learn! Tailor a resume using keywords and learn how to format it effectively for online submissions! You’ll also learn how to write an effective cover letter. The whole package!

Computers:

Tuesday, August 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
“Join a community of web professionals and gain experience in public speaking, leadership, event planning, and networking with peers and leaders in the tech industry.” Talk about work, then once you’ve gotten comfortable enough talk about anything but work because for real you need to take some time off.
Wednesday, August 8th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
This week at the Agile meetup: “Let’s talk about the terms used (Epics, Stories, Tasks, Subtasks) in breaking down our work into actionable pieces and discuss how they fit into our tooling.” Plus free pizza!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Tuesday, August 7th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
From Northampton to the Boundary Waters
“For the third consecutive year, Historic Northampton is teaming up with Paradise City Dragon Boat for a trip on the Connecticut. Betsy Powell, Head Coach of Paradise City Dragon Boat, will begin the outing with a paddling lesson. Once we’re a ways up river, Laurie Sanders, naturalist & Co-Director of Historic Northampton, will explain about the rich human and natural history in this stretch between Elwell Island and the Hatfield boundary. ​Registration Required |$25-$35 | Ages 18+” We had no idea Historic Northampton was powerful enough to fell dragons and turn them into boats but it is pretty cool.
Thursday, August 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
CON-ANON: 5th Annual Fan Convention
A fan convention! Snacks, games, a cosplay contest, and a panel! And more! We presume! Probably other people will be there!

Kids:

Monday, August 6th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Makerspace
Explore “cool technology” learning how to use 3D software to create and print objects, experiment with robotics and virtual reality. This program is for kids! 7-12 only. Registration is required and space is limited.
Tuesday, August 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, August 8th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Library Building Blocks Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Battle of the Bands: Rock Band!
Rock Band! Dang if that’s not one of the most fun games ever. Worth it despite the terrible cost in plastic specialty single-purpose instruments. Give it a go while it’s set up in the library! Just whatever you do don’t try Tangled Up In Blue on drums. Open to kids in grades 6-12!
Friday, August 10th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Archaeology Rocks!
“Prepare to be amazed and fascinated as you learn about ancient history and archaeology in this hands-on-program. Hold and examine stone tools and other artifacts crafted by people thousands of years ago. Engage in a dialogue with presenter J.K. Quackenbush about the tools and people of ancient times. Ages 6 and up. Registration is required and space is limited.” Quackenbush, just an amazing last name. We hope it’s one of those ones that’s based on what you were up to in town. The town quacker, hiding in bushes to add a bit of scenic audio to any perambulation.
Saturday, August 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Vanessa Brantley Newton
“Join author/illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newtown as she reads from her new book, Grandma’s Purse, an adorable, energetic ode to visits from grandma that shows how an ordinary day can become extraordinary.” Our own grandmother’s purses were filled with silt and pliers for the most part.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Jurassic Roadshow
“The fantastic Jurassic Roadshow is coming to town. Featured will be interactive stations with exciting information and hands on learning about fossil and dinosaurs.”

Movies:

Tuesday, August 7th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Movie: Forever My Girl
Watch Forever My Girl, a movie about what we assume is an immortal girl. Maybe a vampire? Impossible to tell.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sing Along Movie Night
“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down- get ready to sing along with Bert, Mary Poppins and the whole gang! Bring the whole family for our special sing along movie nights. Wear costumes, bring props and be ready to sing, sing, sing!”
Wednesday, August 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Coco on the Lawn – Rain Date
Bring a blanket and a picnic basket for your dinner, then watch a good movie on the lawn, the way it was meant to be seen!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Conviction
“Conviction is a documentary film about three Dominican nuns who took the proliferation of nuclear arms in the country personally. These women saw it a their duty, their mission, their religious calling, to break into a missile silo in Colorado, chant, pour their own blood and get jailed for their beliefs. They were convicted and sentenced to Federal Prison for their non-violent protest at a Minuteman III missile site in Northern Colorado. This 48-minute film evokes important conversations about the role of religion in politics, the role of nuclear weapons in national defense and the role of International Law in the Federal Courts.”
Saturday, August 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Hairspray
Another family-friendly classic from John Waters! It’s a very cute film!

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 7th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
The big old standard one! The RPG with swords and shields and dragons and dungeons! It’s fun and you can play it with pals!

Teens:

Monday, August 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bath Bombs Teens Only
Only teens could be so anarchically carefree as to desire the knowledge offered in this hour-long course. Only a teen would want to take the humble bathtub and turn it into a weapon! Are they making a statement about the idle comforts of the bourgeois by turning what was a source of pleasure into a terrifying oh we’ve been told they’re like bubble bath capsules sorry
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Makerspace
Explore “cool technology” learning how to use 3D software to create and print objects, experiment with robotics and virtual reality. This program is for teens! 13-18 only. Registration is required and space is limited.

Video Games:

Tuesday, August 7th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!