March 9th – 15th

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The Valley Nerd Watch!


In a town with 5 colleges and 500 grad students per square foot, it can get difficult keeping up with all the events in town that cater to the vaguely defined sub-cultural group we’ve decided to call nerds.

We’re here to help! We’ll let you know what trivia, gaming, science, comic, and just plain interesting events are happening in our fair Valley! Remember to tell them that the Nerd Watch sent you!

We’ve split it up like this:

Any one-off events around the Valley that are only happening this week, only happen a couple times a month, or any interesting updates to existing events will be in the Newsletter both here online and in your inbox.

Anything that happens on a fairly regular schedule every week will be moved to the “weekly events” portion of the website after it appears for the first time in the newsletter.

THIS WEEK


Board Games:

Wednesday, March 11th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
Forbes Library, Mezzanine [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Drop-in Chess
Chess! The game of kings! Drop in for part or all of this casual chess meet. All experience levels welcome, and please bring your set if you’ve got one!

Friday, March 13th

Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:00pm
Tabletop Game Night with the Western MA Sci-Fi/Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers Meetup Groups
Tabletop games! Though kings are mostly into Chess, tabletop games are a superset the includes chess! So they all kind of count? Bring a game you’d like to share with these lovely people! They like Euro-style strategy games with wood ha’pennies and all that, but they’re open to anything you’d like to show off.

Card Games:

Tuesday, March 10th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
Comics n’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 3:00pm
Weekly Magic The Gathering For Kids
Magic the Gathering, but for kids instead of adults. A good opportunity to let your kid learn how to play a fun card game!
Tuesday, March 10th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
Comics n’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00pm
Weekly Drafts
The children are unceremoniously booted out the door and the drafts play begins! What are drafts? The Nerd Watch doesn’t have a staff member who plays Magic right now so we’re assuming it’s something where you pick your favorite cards for the year?

Friday, March 13th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*

Comics n’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 6:00pm
Weekly Casual Play
Casual play! Hang out in a neat place with people who are into Magic and just play a fun game without worrying about whatever Drafts may be.

Computers:

Tuesday, March 10th
The Quarters [8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
NERD 2015 Kickoff Party (Kid Friendly!)
NERD, the New England Regional Developers, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which seeks to organize, education, and advance the skills of web designers and developers in the community by creating a nurturing mentorship environment in the local IT industry. Join this lovely-sounding group to celebrate past success and kick off another wonderful year of helping people make websites that are functional and beautiful!
Wednesday, March 11th
The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center [100 Bigelow St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00pm
Project Management Meetup
Are you a project manager? You don’t even need to have an Official Title, you can just be a person who works to manage work! You can come, learn, and share your ideas. Talk about your knowledge of process, communication, do’s and don’ts and other things with people who care about efficient and effective work. This is a NERD event!

Movies:

Saturday, March 14th
A mystery location available to you if you join the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup group at 6:00pm
Dinner + Timecrimes With The Western MA Sci-Fi Group!
Timecrimes is one of the most well-regarded high-concept movies about time-travel ever! And dinner consistently places in the top three meals of the day. As it is being held at an actual human domicile you need to actually join the group to attend because that is sensible. You’ll need to pay $5 to defray the cost of the food as well!

Video Games:

Saturday, March 14th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
The Quarters [8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00am – 2:00pm
Super Cereal Saturday
Saturday morning cartoons! Pay $10, or $8 for kids, and get unlimited cereal, cartoons on the projector, and unlimited tokens to play games. For adults, they also serve alcohol! Don’t make too much of a habit of drinking at 10:00am, though.
Sunday, March 15th *NEW WEEKLY EVENT*
The Quarters [8 Railroad Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00am – 2:00pm
Throne of Games
Play old-school console games on the projector! It’s also a night for fighting game fans to get together and play head-to-head
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