February 22nd – February 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We beat XCOM! Look we know literally none of you care about this but this is immaterial, our braggadocio cannot be contained! It was neat! It was difficult and fun and we’re real excited to play it again with dozens of silly outfit modifications added.

It’s going to be in a little while, but remember to check out Nerd Nite this March at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! We took a February Break because we Wanted/Needed to do so but it’s back and better than ever the first Monday of March! What’s up this time? Relationships and mental health, and then also the New England Vampire Panics. Are these two discussions connected? Maaaaybe? Look, it’ll be fun just check it out.

Also! Big news! Our wonderful friend who writes awesome horror stories has written a horror story SO awesome that it is published! It’s on Pseudopod, a horror podcast! They got a really great narrator to read this story and creep you out! We’re kind of bowled over by how neat this is, everyone go read it!

We also saw Deadpool this week. Verdict: it was alright? Yeah? It was pretty good. It would have been a lot more interesting if it were 100% a comedic film instead of such a standard origin flick. But there were some good gags in there. And it’s kind of just amazing it got made!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, February 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00pm
Playwriting Workshop for Teens and Adults
Are you interested in becoming the next Shakespeare? Then remember to keep in the dirty jokes, that’s what keeps the crowds coming back! Also attend this class and learn some skills for putting together a well-written play!

Board Games:

Saturday, February 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Star Wars X-Wing Learn to Play
It can be intimidating to pick up a new game, particularly when that new game is kind of expensive. So get to know this fun miniatures game with the friendly staff of Modern Myths!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 1:00pm
New York Grand Prix Trial
Kinda odd that there’s a grand prix trial at the local gaming shop. We’re pretty certain they don’t even have a track. But if for whatever reason you’re into F1 racing and living in Western Mass, go for it! Oh! Wait, it could be for Magic The Gathering, that makes more sense.
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00pm
Age of Sigmar Trials of the Oighear
Okay this is about 95% words we cannot translate. But! This tournament has free entry and a bunch of prize support! Bring at least 31 models of what we are now gathering is a miniatures game! No wizards though! Wizards, who even likes them? Wait… then it says to bring an extra Wizard? Look we’re gonna leave this one to you, miniatures fans.
Sunday, February 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Star Wars X-Wing Learn to Play
It can be intimidating to pick up a new game, particularly when that new game is kind of expensive. So get to know this fun miniatures game with the friendly staff of Modern Myths!

Books:

Tuesday, February 23rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm
Alexander Chee, “The Queen of the Night”
Junot Diaz called this author “The fire, in my opinion, and the light”. We’re pretty sure that’s in the highest possible echelon of compliments. That’s the sort of thing a wizard says to you before you slay the darkness. So yeah, it seems like a good idea to hear him talk about his awesome book about the life of a circus rider turned opera diva.
Wednesday, February 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00pm
Deborah Noyes, “Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original ‘Girl’ Reporter”
Nellie Bly is famous for faking mental illness to report on the incredibly horrific conditions of the infamous Roosevelt Island asylum. Learn all about this pioneer of justice from author Deborah Noyes and real live “girl” reporter Amanda Drane from the Valley Advocate!
Friday, February 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30pm
YA Panel: Emily Lindin, Claire Needell, and Kim Savage
Join three new voices in YA lit for a candid conversation about how trauma affects young women. The memoir UnSlut pairs middle school journal entires with present-day footnots that add important context. The Word for Yes explores how date rape affected the relationship between three sisters, and finally After the Woods is a look at the aftermath of an abduction of two best friends. These three authors will talk about the importance of not shying from trauma in YA novels.

Computers:

Wednesday, February 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Cyber Security Lecture
Learn a bit about cyber security awareness! Some of this will focus on how we now need actual decent security infrastructure for our computerized government services, and part of this will be some pretty simple common-sense ways to use the internet more safely!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30pm
Continuous Integration – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
What is continuous integration? Why do you need it? How do you get started? What’s that whirring noise? Why is everyone on the street in their bedclothes? What are they chanting? What are they all looking at? What are they seeing with those glassy unfocused eyes? Why… why are they turning toward your window? Join the meetup group to find out where this takes place!
Thursday, February 25th
ITBD – 3rd Floor Conference Center [185 Main St., New Britain, CT] at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Design Thinking: The Game-Changing Strategy of Human-Centered Innovation
See a presentation about the the principles of Human-Centered Design and how to employ it as a way to solve problems! There’s also a Rapid Brainstorming Session to try it out!
Friday, February 26th
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College at [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] 4:00pm – 8:30pm
Hamp Hack 2016 – First Interdisciplinary Hackathon
Hamp Hack! Interdisiplinary hackathon at Hampshire! It’s slightly different though! They’re not just looking to bring together techies to make tach, they’re looking for anyone from any background to come together and solve problems! Bring you skills!

Movies:

Saturday, February 27th
MYSTERY LOCATION SHOWN TO MEMBERS ONLY
Potluck and Dark Star
Join the delightful people from the Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup Group and eat some delicious food while watching an old sci-fi flick. You should join though, so you can find it. You could also try just deduction? They might find that creepy though. They would definitely find that creepy. Join here!

RPGs:

Saturday, February 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Mutants & Masterminds RPG
Do you dream of being a superhero? Then make those dreams come true! Figuratively! By playing an RPG where you’re a group of superheroes. We recommend that you don’t go the easy route and make a dime-store imitation Superman, do something interesting! Make a character whose power is to materialize sweaters onto whomever they choose! The Sweaterator!
Sunday, February 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30pm – 3:00pm
Feng Shui 2
Feng Shui had a sequel, in case you didn’t know. The sequel is less about rearranging your house to be more pleasing and more to do with it’s an RPG about movie-style super martial arts fighting. Weird place to take the franchise, we kind of hope Feng Shui 3 gets back to basics.

Science:

Thursday, February 25th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00pm
The Cultural Work of Interactive Memorials: Lessons from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Experience Project
Anne Balsamo, Dean of School of Media Studies and Professor of Media Studies at The New School, is going to discuss the creation of an interactive memorial designed to augment the viewing of the textile Quilt through digital experiences. She’s going to examine how public interactives are implicated in the practices of cultural reproduction.
Saturday, February 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00pm
The Future of Renewable Energy in Massachusetts
State Representitive Stephen Kulik will talke about the future of renewable energy in Massachusetts! He’s going to discuss multiple upcoming legislative proposals affecting energy in our fair state. It’s pretty important to know this stuff, so pay attention! This event is cosponsored by the Sunderland Energy Committee.
Goodwin Library [50 Middle St., Hadley, MA] at 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Genealogy Workshop
Are you into the idea of finding out what your family used to do? Looking for secret connections to the ancient Kings of the Four Realms in order to cement your return, Bronnling? You’ll never regain your throne! The Usurper is too devious to allow that. Flee while you can, forget your past!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meadow City Historians
Meadow City Historians is a group of people all united by a common interest in the research of local history. They welcome both amateurs and professionals, part-time and full-time, local and out-of-towners! To join, email them at info@historicnorthampton.org and tell them about your research interests.
Jones Library [43 Amity St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Jones Library Makerspace (Ages 8-12)
Join the friendly librarians at Jones for their Makerspace! Kiddos cna come to learn, create, invent, and make neat things! Like robots. Or modelling clay and craft supplies! Or a combination, like a robot with clay tendons.
Sunday, February 28th
Deerfield Community Center [84B Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00pm
Winter Lecture Series 2016: Commemoration of the 312th Anniversary of the 1704 Raid
Holy heck! Apparently 312 years ago, over 300 French Soldiers, Canadiens, and Native allies launched a raid on Deerfield and captured over a hundred men, women, and children. They were then forced to march 300 miles to Canada. Learn more about this terrifying history at this lecture as four scholars introduce context and cultural perspectives about the French and Indian War!

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