March 14th – March 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a great time at Nerd Nite this past Monday! The crowd was extremely kind and attentive to two great speakers. And honestly, more laughter than we were expecting in response to what wound up being a real cavalcade of reminders that life is fleeting and full of terrifying uncertainty. To learn how to deal with the stresses of our mortal existence, check out presenter Sam Bernecker’s study at UMass Amherst!

Other than that our week was kind of straightforward! Played a lot of Tales from the Borderlands which is a good game that has the best robots. We highly recommend it. Speaking of games, we’ve been trying real hard not to buy a ton of new games until old ones are finished but it is difficult because turns out there’s a lot of neat stuff out there all the time. Stardew Valley in particular looks like a lovely experience.

You should check out comics by local creators! There are a bunch, like one about a paranormal investigator living in Northampton: Paranormal Petunia, one about an acorn named Crange: He Is A Good Boy, one about TopatoCo sort of: Overcompensating, and one about comedy ghosts and ghouls: Welcome to Enigma!

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, March 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00pm to
Zines!!
The two exclamation marks make it clear that this is going to be both a hoot and a holler. Zines are little magazines, or fan zines. They can basically be about whatever you feel like! We’d make a comic zine or a game zine, maybe a cooking zine. There’s a lot of options for cool stuff to make! And when you’re done you can make a bunch of copies and hand them out to friends. Or enemies!
Wednesday, March 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Submissions and Revisions
A drop-in group to polish and send off submissions of literary work! Not to work on these submissions, mind you. This group is to help you do the really hard bit: actually getting them out the dang door. Help yourself get motivated with a crowd of friendly fellow writers!
Friday, March 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Paper Airplane Crafternoon
In the spirit of Amelia Earhart, design a plane! We feel we need to point out that she… wait did she design planes? After checking out her bio she did not, but she was super awesome. So go ahead and do this in her spirit! There are competitions and prizes.

Board Games:

Tuesday, March 15th
Palmer Public Library at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Game Night
Game night! Bring your own! Game night! Play theirs! Game night! Get some new boardgame pals and play some boardgames with them! Everyone wins on Game Night!
Saturday, March 19th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00am to 8:00pm
Malifaux Tournament
Malifaux is a cool-looking miniatures game that seems to be in the same vein as things like Warhammer. It’s a big complicated dance of elaborate and lovingly painted figures. Plus, there are prizes if you do a good job having your little people punch other little people effectively! Details at: http://the131.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=6517.
Sunday, March 20th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix! Fight little miniatures against each other. There’s a new set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ones out, we’re pretty sure! Grab those and represent the Valley with your punch-team!

Books:

Monday, March 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00pm to
I Forgot to Remember: A Memoir of Amnesia
So this sounds completely fascinating. We heard about this book a while back but had no idea the author was a local! In 1988 Su Meck was hit on the head and left with a traumatic brain injury that erased her past 22 years of life including marriage and two children. Her body healed, but her memories never did. Twenty years later, after finally putting her life togehter, she had a series of devestating events shatter her new normal.
Tuesday, March 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm to
Jung Yun, “Shelter”
Local author Jung Yun will read from and discuss from her new novel. It’s about young father Kyung Cho burdened by the house he can’t afford to keep. Debt and bad decisions are catching up to him after a lifetime of trying to live up to wealthy parents. Sounds tense as heck!
Greenfield Public Library at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children can come talk to each other about how to write for children! Talk about skills, trade tips, give advice, read stories! The group is facilitated by Nell Wright and you can call Jane at the library for more details at 413-772-1544 x 5120!
Wednesday, March 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00pm to
Kaitlyn Greenidge, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman”
Kaitlyn Greenidge will discuss her debut novel about the life and times of an African American family that uproots from the South End of Boston to participate in an experiemental effort to teach a Chimpanzee sign-language in the Massachusetts countryside.
Saturday, March 19th
The Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00pm to
Sonia Nieto, “Brooklyn Dreams”
Sonia Nieto will be discussing and selling copies of her new memoir about her life in public education. She’ll look back at her previous experiences and how they influenced her drive to become an activist and educator. Education is important, complex, and divisive. Always a good idea to listen to more in-depth thoughts about the topic!

Computers:

Thursday, March 17th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Drupal Users Group Meeting
Drupal! It’s… a website? Maker? Thing. Look full disclosure we’ve only got a tiny bit of an idea of what Drupal is for. If you have a much better idea of it because you’re an actual user, go hang out with these other actual users to talk about D6-D8 migration and D8 theming! Sign up!

Entertainment:

Palmer Public Library at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Anime Club
Are there any animes about bards? It makes sense to us that there would be. Is that what Gurren Lagan is about? The power of music to overcome any evil is such a good idea. There was some giant robot show with that conceit we could swear… Also if this seeems like a real odd thing to think of for the Anime Club blurb the key is that we do not write these things in order.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Cookies with a Curator
Sylvester Judd was a Unitarian Minister born in 1813. He kept a careful diary of the times in seven volumes that was never published. Explore this really neat bit of local history with the Local History and Genealogy Librarian Elise Benier-Feeley!

Movies:

Wednesday, March 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Vertigo
The Forbes Film Club is turning 7 this March so they’re celebrating with terror! A detective suffering from acrophobia investigates his old friend’s wife while becoming obsessed with her! You probably kind of already know the synopsis? It’s a legitimate classic. See it on a nice big screen!

RPGs:

Thursday, March 17th
Palmer Public Library at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
RPG Club
RPGs are an opportunity to unleash your creative side and most importantly to play a bard. No bards in this system? Haha ridiculous of course there are. Make a whole band of bards! Kill a dragon with song, destroy a demi-lich with a particularly powerful lute solo!
Saturday, March 19th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Mutants & Masterminds
Mutans and Masterminds allows you and your pals to create a new superteam and save the world! And then, internal tension will inevitably overcome you. Conflict, punches between pals! Don’t worry though eventually you’ll unite to fight a bigger common foe and remember why you got together in the first place.

Science:

Wednesday, March 16th
Greenfield Public Library at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday Wizards Science Fun
Learn and have a fun time at the library! Some science concept will be introduced, with a book and a hands-on activity to encourage creativity and wonderment! It’s a great time for budding young minds to learn about the world
Saturday, March 19th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00pm to
Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop
Smith College Alumna Marion E. Dodd helped found The Hampshire Bookshop in 1916, this year is the centeniall! The Bookshop sold books both to Smith students and faculty as well as the wider community. It was also a core to the literary life of Northampton! Barbara Blumenthal, rare book specialist at Smith College, will present an illustrated talk about Marion Dodd and this remarkable shop!
Sunday, March 20th
Deerfield Community Center at 2:00pm to
Colonization and Captivity in Native Space by Lisa Brooks
Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College Lisa Brooks will discuss the captivity in native spaces of the colonized US. The focus will be the 1704 raid of Deerfield that captured 112 Deerfield men, women, and children before the “French and Indian War”

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