Month: July 2016

August 1st – August 7th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We return from our family trip tired and a bit annoyed that work is still a thing! But we will not allow that to distract us from the most important thing in life: telling folks about local news stuff!

We want to draw your attention to a new category! “Kids” will include any events that specifically discuss how the people there should be kids or that strongly imply that it would be super weird for a 30-something to roll up and check things out. A lot of places still don’t really give us any detailed description that we can use to make inferences, so this might be a bit wonky, but we figure it’s a good way to gather up a lot of the events that pretty much only parents will be interested in finding!

Also this isn’t strictly local but we’ve been having fun with Pokemon Go, a game that is by all accounts just a real mess, but still allows us to occasionally catch a Snorlax at work so it’s pretty easy to forgive those sins. If you signed the surprisingly comprehensive EULA that basically says Niantic own your soul, you may want to follow these instructions to opt out of the arbitration clause! Also don’t allow it to implant more than 4 eggs.

Don’t forget you can support us and control us on Patreon! Exert your terrible will upon our pitiful form!

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:

Thursday, August 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
Head down to the museum to enjoy an artwalk! A one-night only art exhibit by Lana Fiala, an open mic, and featured readers Jonathan Wright and Joshua Michael Stuart!
Saturday, August 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Summer Family Entertainment: Dorothy Cresswell, Sing-tastic Songs!
One of the founders of the Healing Circle singers, and a co-host of the Bridges Coffee House, will come sing for you and help you sing along! Nice songs for family folks to sing and generally be as wholesome as humanly possible!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Makerspace
Make a really cool thing appear in the world out of nowhere! Feel the raw primal power that is creation! Reach into a star and mold it into a herald who will conquer all the fools who oppose you! Alternatively, cobble together a fun toy using interesting tools available at the library!

Board Games:

Sunday, August 7th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Clix your heroes into place! This time try a team of nothing but heroes that a friend has said they’ve never heard of! What? Are you kidding us? You’ve never heard of Starbrand? Or Quasar? Do you even read comic books? Oh wait no you do not this makes a lot of sense now.

Computers:

Tuesday, August 2nd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular rendezvous of web designers, coders, and just generally the sort of folk who make things out of computer-y bits and then make them go onto websites. A great place to meet people with similar interests and goals, and learn something new!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Con-Anon
The third annual Palmer Public Library convention! There are snacks, games, and a cosplay contest! There’s also going to be a panel by Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe! It is possible this is the shortest convention ever?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Liani Davidson
Liani Davidson of Broadfork Permaculture will present Garden Beds in Fall! Liani has over 12 years of experience in organic CSA farming, home-scale food production, and teaching permaculture design! She builds food gardens across Franklin and Hampshire counties along with her team at Broadfork Permaculture.
Thursday, August 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
We’ve heard a lot of people rave about Wolf Children! Maybe watch that? We have to admit our lack of experience with anime really makes it hard to recommend much. We’re sure the other folks in the club will have ideas though!
Sunday, August 7th
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation [300 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield, MA] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PVGD: Two-Year Anniversary Cookout and Potluck on Sugarloaf!
Burgers [VEGGIE AND BEEF] for … YOU? Yes! Join the great folks at PVGD for a cookout at the summit of Sugarloaf! Climb that cool tower! Meet new people and make new friends! RSVP on Meetup.com or Facebook at least 24 hours beforehand! It’s a POTLUCK so bring a lot of money that you should then hand directly to the person wearing the Valley Nerd Watch shirt and shouting loudly “I need to have all that sweet cash”. We’ll be bringing some cookies! Note that driving up is $5 per vehicle, but hiking is free!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make a Name Bunting (3+)
Campers will make and decorate their own banner name! They will make a flag for each letter, and pledge undying allegiance to the house of our local Maester, the Great Eye of the West. When the time comes, campers will ride into battle with their hosts to protect the Maester from any and all attacks from the dreaded hordes of the Esterland Mauraders. Probably you’ll want to sign your kiddo up for some fencing lessons and maybe horseback riding after this one’s done.
Wednesday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Dinoman!
We know not who or what Dinoman! is, but we can assume a few things: he’s a man, and he is a dino. He’s possibly magic? Definitely some sort of science experiment, though. Dinoman has the power to inspire children to learn about dinosaurs we assume! It’s also possible that he just took the name Dinoman! and decided to teach kids about how to safely cross the street.
Friday, August 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Messy Play Day!
Join the librarians and make a mess with paints, gooey things, and more! Paints count as gooey, most of the time. Gotta take issue with the implication they are not.
Saturday, August 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Finish Line Party for End of Summer Reading
The end of reading! For the summer, you should continue reading indefinitely after this party though. Reading is good. There will be music and storytelling which is like inefficient reading by Tim Van Egmond!

Movies:

Tuesday, August 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Celebrate the release of the new book by watching the original movie! While you watch, snack on Butterbeer, pretzel “wands” and other magical snacks! If your child has a food allergy, let the librarians know and they’ll try to accommodate!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play an RPG with some friendly folks at Palmer Library! Act out the fantastic and experience the joy of blasting skellingtons to smithereens. It cannot be overestimated how fun that is!
Saturday, August 6th
Amherst Unitarian Universalist Church [121 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Changeling: the Lost LARP – Mind’s Eye Society
New players are welcome! There’s no site fee for new players or students of the Five Colleges! You’ll get to face off against strange changes in the world that seem to lure the fae at the same time as they throw nature into chaos! A fantastic LARP with more politicing than spell-casting, this is a great chance to get involved with an interesting game.

Video Games:

Monday, August 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Meet new friends and play Minecraft with other kids! Minecraft is like the Matrix but instead of being forced into it at birth, we’re all invited into it around the age of 8 or 9, and choose to stay because this blocky world offers us true, intoxicating power.
Thursday, August 4th
Becker College [Weller Academic Center, Hawk’s Nest, 61 Sever St., Worcester, MA 01609] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
MassDiGi Summer Innovation Program Open House!
See four amazing new mobile games designed by 24 students from 15 different colleges and universities including Colosseum Coach, Comet Cats, Slime Break, and Takeover Trail! Register ahead of time, it’s free! 

July 25th – July 31st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This issue of the Nerd Watch was written on a computer with a Windows 10 install that still thinks that the default system language should be Spanish, which we have to be honest is annoying in ways we had not considered. We spent a while trying to fix it but yeesh like everything that seems like it should be a really simple fix it was a huge hassle when the default fix didn’t appear to apply. Anyway! Point is, we’re such hard workers and you’re so proud of us for making it through thank you thank you.

We want to point out a couple things up top! First off, a lovely person informed us of the Western Mass Go Club – which meets at the Roost in Northampton Thursdays at 7pm – a while back and we want to make sure to highlight it before it goes to the Weekly Events page! Go is a great game, and we figure that if you’re decent at it odds are you’re absolutely crushing any casually interested acquaintances so why not try your luck against some like-minded folks AND get some coffee/booze at the Roost?

Second, you should check out Dank Dungeons! It’s a cute RPG actual-play show about Dungeon World produced locally! It’s neat and we’re going to write up a little bit about our experience speaking with the cast and our own impression of the series so far later this week! It will be great! Why didn’t we post it BEFORE the show began? Well. Look … look.

Look… down below! There’s information for you!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, July 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Plant Swap
A plant swap to exchange plants and garden animals! You can bring as many or as few items as you like! Arrive on time, and be ready to describe your plants prior to swapping!

Board Games:

Sunday, July 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Warhammer 40K Officer Camp
Still not 100% certain what this entails, but we’re going to guess some hard-won knowledge about exactly what this intimidating miniatures game involves for players new and intermediate! The Modern Myths staff is great so they’re going to be really fun to have as tutors we bet.
Saturday, July 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Star Trek Panic Demo
Star Trek Panic is a neat new game, and you’ll get a chance to learn how to play at Modern Myths!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Warmachine MkIII Release Event
Warmachine! A miniatures game with some really neat little robot-people which are probably a blast to paint. Enter for $10, build your best 75pt army using the Release Event Format, win fabulous prizes! It’s that simple!
Thursday, July 28th
The Roost [1 Market St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Western Mass Go Club
Go! The game of champions, the game of extremely cool folks, the game of the sort of people who appreciate fusion coffeehouse/bars with surprisingly decent booze prices and extravagant desserts! Hang out in a neat local joint playing the game that you always knew was better than Chess! Feel free to contact them with questions about the club! http://wmgc.massgo.org/

Books:

Saturday, July 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Smoothie Making Party and Harry Potter Trivia
Celebrate the end of summer reading by making a smoothie! Also, Harry Potter trivia, to celebrate the release of the new book! The link between these two activities is at best tenuous, but we think it’s best to follow the wise old saying and not look a gift smoothie in the eye because then it’ll know your secrets. Sign up in advance at the library or by phone at 413-665-2642!
Thursday, July 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Book Chats with Kat
What have you read this summer? What are you reading right now? Where are the documents describing the location of the portal? Talk to Kat about all this and more, kids/tweens/teens! Share fun stories with folks and also have snacks! Meet a cool librarian!
Wednesday, July 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
David Daley, Author of Rat F**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy
Politics! The game we all kind of have to play regardless of how terrifying it is. David Daley, editor in chief of Salon, lays out the details of an operation on the part of Republicans to get a majority in the legislature in 2010. It’s seems pretty fascinating! But what the heck could Ratf**ked mean? Those asterixes completely prevent us from parsing the mystery word!

Entertainment:

Saturday, July 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Ed Popielarzyk Magic Show
Magic! As a professional balloonster, magic-maker, and general purpose entertainer, Ed takes a lot of pride in bringing smiles to faces! He can also make a duck riding a motorcycle out of balloons, which is a skill that comes up a lot more often than you’d think.
Friday, July 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Come Play Quidditch!
Join librarians for a game of Quidditch on the lawn! By virtue of their extensive studies, it is well known that librarians are absolute dab hands at Quidditch. The fact that people with Library Science degrees also tend to take elective Library Magic courses helps too!
Tuesday, July 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Improv Workshop with Lisa Papademetriou, Molly B. Burnham, and Heidi Hass
Children ages 6 and up can start on a journey that bifurcates into both the most excellent and the most intensely uncomfortably bad comedy around! Local authors will try to teach you the ins and outs of being a successful improv performer to make sure you trend toward funny rather than excruciating. It’ll be delightful! There’s a non-refundable $5 supply fee per child, and you should call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to sign up!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Malik the Magic Guy
He’s magic! And wait wait wait he brings the magic of sports to life with sports-based magic tricks? … We’ve honestly never considered this a possible mixture of entertainment media. Intriguing. He also demonstrates games and activities from other cultures, presumably magical ones like centaur races and spell-slinging and the like.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Zoo on the Go!
Forest Park Zoo will stop by the library with some animal friends! They will then take these friends away from you, because the world is a cruel and broken place. But you will totally get to hang for a bit, because the light of hope is eternal. Register at the children’s desk!

Movies:

Sunday, July 31st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Morgenthau
See the history of three generations of Morgenthau men, fighting for international action against the genocide of Armenians, rescuing Jews during the Holocaust, and struggling to reduce crime and prosecute corruption in New York City. A lasting testament to the value of public service! Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Happy Birthday Harry Potter
Harry’s birthday is July 31st, and there’s a new book out! There’s going to be decorations and food and drink specials and there will be prizes for the best costumes! Plus they’re going to play Potter on the projector! Or, if they’re really smart they’ll play Wizard People, Dear Reader on the projector!
Wednesday, July 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
A League of Their Own
Oh dang the only good movie about Baseball! It’s a free screening at the Baseball field in Florence! Bring a blanket, bring snacks, enjoy! No matter how much the inspiration grips you, avoid playing Baseball. There are too many other people on the field, this is not the time for Baseball.

July 18th – July 24th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We saw The Adventure Zone in Boston! Our extremely cool friend wore a really neat Hurley costume, and Hurley is the name of one of the characters appearing in The Adventure Zone, a podcast about three nice boys playing D&D with their dad! It was a good show and we are glad we got to see it. People there seemed quite nice, good job Boston! Also, we saw a kitten, but that was unrelated to show.

Today we want to recommend you take a look at the wonderful work in “Scenes from a Cafe Counter!” It’s a collection by local artist and writer and editor Alex Chautin. It pulls together a bunch of different stories from cafe workers that run the gamut from highfalutin paens to the power of the brew to touching tales about community to stories about ridiculous customers.

It’s got some good art and some top-quality words, and sometimes both of them together in a new format we’re calling a “visual novel”. You should take a look right now! They’re selling copies at Modern Myths in Northampton! Also it comes with a neat little sleeve like how you put sleeves around coffee cups!

Also, sad news this week: TopatoCon 2 is canceled. We’re not certain the exact reasons, but it is unfortunate and we’re sad. TopatoCon was great! We’re hoping next year it goes off without a hitch. The good news is that the Drink and Draw sessions are still on, with the next one happening August 10th at the 121 Club in Eastworks! It’s a great time with great people.

Go check out the Valley Creators page! Donate to our Patreon!

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, July 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Color Tamer Masks with Author/Illustrator Julia Denos (Ages 4+)
Boston-area author and illustrator Julia Denos will teach campers how to make color-tamer masks based on the book Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color! Pick a favorite color and decorate a mask as wild as you can imagine! There’s a non-refundable $5 supply fee per child, or you can buy a book to get 2 children into the event! If you bring a real little kid you need to stick around to assist in the extremely likely event your tiny kiddo needs help.
Thursday, July 21st
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Floral Design and the Changing Landscape
A discussion of the influence of the changing natural landscape on floral design trends! Learn something about the world around you and the world of art at the same time!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: Notification Day with Archivist Julie Bartlett Nelson
This will be an opportunity to see some photographs and memorabilia of the most adorably small-town holiday possible: the official notification that Calvin Coolidge was the Vice-Presidential Nominee. They decorated downtown Northampton!
Friday, July 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland Community Sing
Sing at the library! All ages, all abilities! Though we should specify that they do want people to avoid using any abilities that might harm people. Like if you can guide sailors into rocks with your song in order to eat them, avoid doing that at the community sing.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Henna
Mandy Roberge will be available to do Henna designs for the general public! Get your hands all covered in interesting designs that fade after a few days!
Saturday, July 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
3D-Printing Party!
Learn to use a 3D printer! Make shapes, maybe make a 3D printer? Maybe make an infinite series of 3D printers that break down material to create new items. Organic material? No! No you’re… you can’t be serious! If this is unleashed the world could be in danger! Or, just make a bracelet! Sign up in advance, ages 8 – 14!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Graffiti Project
Eamon Gillen from Worcester will teach a class about Graffiti! he’s been creating murals and public art for 15 years! Teens will learn how to use spray paint to create art and future Pokestops! Ages 12+, sign up in advance!

Board Games:

Tuesday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Bring your own games or use the ones they’ve got to offer! Meet new people, or just use the library as a convenient place to hang with your friends while you play.
Friday, July 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Scrabble Party
An event hosted in conjunction with Merriam-Webster, put your word knowledge to the test and win prizes at this game that’s barely even cool and we don’t really care about because we know we have an extensive vocabulary even if we aren’t winning okay there’s not actually a lot of opportunity to win just because you know fun words because you need to focus on length and spelling and we don’t care about that as much as we do descriptive utility and shut up we didn’t even want to play this we wanted to play Risk! Pre-register by calling the Odyssey at 413-534-7307, or getting in touch at rsvp@odysseybks.com!
Sunday, July 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Warhammer 40K Officer Camp
Play Warhammer? This one doesn’t have a lot of info attached. We’re going to assume it’s got a price-tag attached because it’s Warhammer… but maybe it’s a training thing? That would make sense. So probably you will be given a tutorial on effective Warhammer play!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroclix! The clicky heroes. We recommend a team entirely comprised of people who can fly, but ONLY fly. Hawkman, Angel, Angel, Angel, we’re just assuming like 90% of characters with wings are named Angel.

Card Games:

Saturday, July 23rd
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eldritch Moon Release Event
A Magic: The Gathering event! You’ve pretty much either got a very comprehensive understanding of how these go, or you’re not attending.
Sunday, July 24th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eldritch Moon Release Event
A Magic: The Gathering event! But this one is actually magic and if you don’t know how to cast a fireball you will definitely lose!

Comics:

Monday, July 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Discuss a wide variety of topics centered generally around representation of queer folk in comics and games! The group is moderated by the always-excellent manager of the shop, Melissa. It’s a good time and a wonderful place to meet people who are interesting!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, July 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Ed Popielarzyk Magic Show
Okay this description is leading us on quite a garden path. They say he’s a favorite local musician who’s bringing the maaaagic… of laughter. Hell’s bells he’d better be making things appear and/or disappear and not just telling jokes and making us realize that the true Treasure of the Sierra Madre was friendship all along.
Wednesday, July 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tanglewood Marionettes’ present The Fairy Circus
A terrifying magically animated marionette show! We assume. It’s a fairy circus and they specifically say it’s the marionettes presenting it, not other people using marionettes to present something. So yeah we’re assuming this is magic.
Thursday, July 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
John Wayno and Friends
Roots Rock at the Library! What is roots rock? It’s mostly about trees, sometimes about tubers. Once in a while there’s a song about flowers.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Are you an anime fan? So are many others! Gather together here to discuss anime and also watch anime! There’s really not much else to it!
Friday, July 22nd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Free Fun Friday!
Holy smokes, a lot is going on. Film screenings, a dance party, a special story-time with Brian Lies, music with the Harmaniacs, another dance party, more films, temporary tattoos, create-your-own game boards, and just general fun play!
Saturday, July 23rd
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Trevor “The Games Man”
The games man! The man of games, constructed entirely of games and given life by a lucky roll of the dice. Trevor will delight young and old with his games and fun and tricks!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Hadley Garden Tour
Holy heck this is a lot of garden touring. That’s a whole day! Eight lovely gardens, as well as Longview Farm, and a special photo display! Rain or shine, $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour! Under 12 free! Tell them gardens are a great place to catch Pokemon.

Movies:

Tuesday, July 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adventures in Babysitting
Adventures in babysitting is a movie that’s just about as weird as you remember it being. Give it another watch at the library, or experience for the first time this tale of irresponsible children!
Wednesday, July 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hail, Caesar!
Hail, Caesar! is a Coen Brothers comedy of the “eh, mostly alright” variety by most of the accounts we’ve read. Oh, and with a real cool Channing Tatum dance sequence so if you’re into that give it a look!
Saturday, July 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Hoosiers
Hoosiers is a movie about a sports team that triumphs despite the odds, but it’s one of the ones from early enough that the parts that seem cliche are mostly just early examples of the form. We think!

RPGs:

Thursday, July 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Tired of the same old grind? Why not try adventuring? Well, okay, we totally understand why not in the context of actual real life. Spelunking with a sword seems terrifying and not particularly rewarding in our world. But with the right game, you can have a grand time killing various magical things in caves with friends!
Saturday, July 23rd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Market of the Moons Day 1
The Market appears but once a year! Blurring the line between our own realm and that hive of terror the next realm over, the realm of the fairies. It’s fun to adventure in, sure, but let’s be real the place is basically a nonstop catastrophe of Shakespearean tragicomedy. Meet a bunch of fairies, watch battles, dance, just hang out and browse the interesting wares on display! Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and children under 5 are free because they’re basically just going to get replaced with Changelings.
Sunday, July 24th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Market of the Moons Day 2
Seriously though, check your under-5 children’s ears after you visit the Market. Usually takes a few days for them to really tamp down the pointiness, and that’s basically the only way you’ve got to check if they’re a Changeling.

Science:

Saturday, July 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reptiles Rock!
Reptiles! They’re neat, they’re weird, they have brains that basically are just sort of smooth pebbles and most of what they do seems autonomic, but they also manage to be really adorable somehow and it’s super hard not to anthropomorphize their behavior! You can meet a 9 foot boa, alligators, tortoises, snakes (a boa is a snake but we assume much smaller snakes), frogs, lizards, and more! Learn about them and also hold them!

Video Games:

Monday, July 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Minecraft Group
Minecraft your evening away at the library! Make new friends!
Wednesday, July 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make Your Own Video Game Workshop
Learn how to make a video game! It’s presented by the Rhode Island Computer Museum, which is a neat thing we didn’t know existed until we read this! And by this, we’re referring to the text on screen we just nodded toward, before realizing that in a whole host of ways that’s not actually a very useful method of indicating information to any of our readers. Ages 10 and up, and you need to pre-register! Call 413-283-3330 or contact mdecara@palmer.lib.ma.us!

July 11th – July 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So we had another wonderful time at the TopatoCo Drink and Draw last Wednesday!

The person doing the bar-tending turned out to be an artist too! Though working more in metal than in paper and pencil. Heather Beck makes absolutely awesome work, and also teaches classes! You can find her stuff here!

Like, check this out and say you don’t want to see more, it’s impossible:

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Speaking of artwork, you should check out local artist Elizabeth Popolo! Based on our extensive secret demographic survey of the Valley, we’re guessing a significant portion of our readers will think this image is extremely cute:

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Also OF COURSE we’ve been playing Pokemon Go and it’s imperfect and silly and not even really a whole game but it’s also delightful to see a bunch of people wandering around historical sites happily exclaiming and twirling around with their phones. It’s cute as heck and we love our little animal fight babies. Team Instinct forever!

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, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Animal Collages with author/illustrator Micha Archer
Create collages of an animal you love in its natural habitat! Local author/illustrator of Daniel Finds a Poem and generally excellent person Micha Archer will teach children how to make collage papers the way she does for her books! There’s a nonrefundable $5 supply fee, or you can get 2 kids in with the purchase of a book. Register NOW by calling 413-534-7307 or emailing kids@odysseybks.com!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Henna Tattoo Summer Crafts
Have fun with Henna! All ages are welcome to get this interesting plant-based temporary body art applied in complex, beautiful patterns! It’ll slowly fade as all your skin falls off. And is replaced. Like, the natural process of skin sloughing, not a horrific consequence of henna where your skin all falls off. Look this got out of hand the point is: pretty art for all ages! Yay!
Wednesday, July 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Lawn Concert by the Pangeans featuring Brian Bender
World music! You into it? If so, these musicians will have something you enjoy. Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk, Afro-beat, Strange Quark wait sorry different list. If you don’t love world music but you do like to dance, good news! You’ll find all this music super danceable and great. There will be Sweet Spoken Bicycle Patisserie treats for sale as well!
Thursday, July 14th
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Woven Gardens: Floral Motifs and Decoration in on Early New England Bed Coverings
Huh. Real specific. Interesting though, we never really though about what exactly determined the motifs used in these sorts of items. Why not just idiosyncratic stuff distinct to your family? Why not animals? Which flowers? Now we’re going to be on Wikipedia all week.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson’s Bedroom
Enjoy an hour in Emily Dickinson’s creative space! Get inspired! You can bring a laptop and a power cord, but you can’t bring any writing implements beyond a pencil. Sessions are limited to one or two people, and the door will stay open so no funny business! Annnnd it’s $75 for one hour, and for that price we can only assume there’s some sort of hidden amulet in the room that grants you poetry powers? If you’d like to write in our living room we only charge $25 per hour!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Yidstock
A huge festival celebrating Yiddish history and culture! There are far too many events to list here taking place over the whole weekend, from the 14th – 17th, so check out the site to find out more! http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/yidstock
Sunday, July 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
A tour giving deeper insight into the connections between Emily Dickinson and the famed playwright, exploring her journey from totally thinking he was terrible to being a huge fan and how that influenced her own work!

Books:

Tuesday, July 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Serena Burdick, Author of Girl in the Afternoon
Serena Burdick will present a fabulous debut novel of historical fiction about an impressionist artist and also mystery and war and drama and a lot of conflict and dang this sounds pretty excellent actually. Buy a copy and get it signed!
Thursday, July 14th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
YA Panel: Root for the Rookies!
The Jones Library and the Odyssey Bookshop present the YA panel, featuring Carrie Firestone, Karen Furtunati, Jennifer Mason-Black, Shannon Parker, and Rebecca Podos! Aspiring writers and YA junkies are encouraged to meet this flying squad of debut authors and also buy all their books because come on help an author out!

Card Games:

Friday, July 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Midnight Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you have a hankering for the Moon, but Eldritch style? Why not give this Magic: The Gathering pre-release event a shot! It’ll fulfill each and every moon-related request you might have. Also! The ACTUAL MOON will be out during this midnight pre-release, giving you an extra boost of power!
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
Do you want
Saturday, July 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eldritch Moon PreRelease
To play some excellent games of pre-release?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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Magic: the Gathering?
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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Then there are some events this weekend
Sunday, July 17th
Off the Wall Games [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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That you may want to check out
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Entertainment:

Wednesday, July 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Yo-Yo Trick Demonstration
Join some friendly folks from A2Z as they showcase amazing yo-yo tricks from some of the best yo-yoists in the land! Learn some of the basics of how to throw them and why yo-yos in the modern area can spin so well! Spoiler: trapped ghosts.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza!
This extravaganza we can only imagine will be out of this danged world! We’re thinking probably a lot of different stories about travel, from various cultures?
Thursday, July 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Cupcake Wars
Cupcake War. Cupcake War never changes. It’s been years since the final Cupcake War. The Cupcake War to end all Cupcake Wars. We live with the aftermath. With the frosting. Decorate the best cupcake as decided by what we assume will be a subjective judging process and not a horrific protracted conflict, and win a prize!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dingers: The 101 Most Memorable Home Runs in Baseball History
Tommy Shea will talk about his book chronicling the 101 most memorable home runs, and he’ll talk about how they affected the game. Book signing to follow!
Saturday, July 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creatures of Bliss and Mystery, a 19th Century Children’s Circus
An annual celebration of the memories of Emily Dickinson’s childhood “circus” with her niece and nephews! It’s going to feature performances and storytelling by TheatreTruck, a juggling workshop with the Ringmaster, a parade of the grounds, mini tours of the Emily Dickinson bedroom, readings by young writers, and gingerbread treats! And face painting! AND GOATS! All the necessities!

Movies:

Wednesday, July 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night at the GPL – Divergent
Movies at the GPL! Divergent is the story of a YA Novel protagonist finding love and community in an unexpected place set against the background of a dystopian future society! Also revolution, but like a family-friendly mostly bloodless revolution. It’s PG-13!
Saturday, July 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Million Dollar Baby
Hot, and also tired of not crying? Why not see this critically acclaimed but also VERY SAD film at the library! They have AC!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Book to Movie Club – Emma & Clueless
Book discussion of the classic work by Jane Austen followed by a screening of the classic movie about excellent fashion and timeless 90’s decisions about what constitutes coolness and also it’s basically Emma, Clueless!

Science:

Monday, July 11th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo!
We’re back! And better than ever. See Julie Rose talk about philosophical zombies and John Vilk speak about digital preservation! It’ll be excellent and based on the fact we’ve not had to speak in public for the past two months you’ve got even odds of seeing our heart explode mid-intro so you know bring your slickers if you’re in the front row.
Thursday, July 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
ScienceTellers “Race Against Time!”
Join the science-tellers for a fast-paced adventure about science! Take part in a bunch of hands-on experiments that will help you learn about a bunch of scientific fundamentals like inertia, surface tension, and chemical reaction! Also, they’re going to involve a lot of explosions and such so it’ll be fun as all get out. Kids grades K – 5!
Saturday, July 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tom Ricardi, “Birds of Prey”
Holy dang! Falcons! Predatory birds! The real-life Pokemon, except we suppose they’d mostly kill and eat the vast majority of Pokemon. Avian expert Tom Ricardi operates a rehab center for a variety of birds in Conway, MA. He showcases this, the coolest possible thing to do with your time, by giving lectures to people around New England! See some sweet as heck birds at the bookshop!
Sunday, July 17th
Normal Hall at Laurel Park [North King Street, Northampton MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Surprising Natural and Cultural History of Laurel Park by Laurie Sanders
Laurie Sanders, Naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton, will present a slide presentation and guided walk as part of Chautauqua Weekend at Laurel Park!

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We want to use this Patreon as an excuse to not just keep devoting this time to the Nerd Watch, but to devote a ton more time. We want to do new features, we want to come up with interesting new ideas to help out local creators, we want to find more stuff around the area that you may not have heard about. If you think that sounds like a cool thing to support, contribute to our Patreon it is a good idea!

July 4th – July 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy July 4th, true believers! Let this be the place where we say that no matter how cool it seems, putting any one or goodness forbid multiple of your extremely vulnerable appendages near a thing that explodes is a really bad idea! We can’t emphasize enough that the human body has a very slow update schedule and a lot of the well-known bugs, like a complete lack of protection from sudden concussive force and/or shrapnel, are still extant! Unless you’ve got a brand-new cyber-shell glistening with protective forcewebs, please do not explode things next to your body!

Why not celebrate the Fourth in the most patriotic way? By supporting your local creators! They need money in order to live, and it’s a good idea to provide them with it! Purchase Psy High by local Creator Rebecca Slitt on Steam while it’s on sale, and go to the Valley Creators Page to shop around for cool things!

Also don’t forget that there’s a great new Nerd Nite next Monday, 7pm-9pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton. You can RSVP to it on the Facebook page! It’s going to focus on Philosophical Zombies and some awesome work on digital preservation!

We’ve also got some big news coming up later this week! It’s going to be so neat it will need a separate update!

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:

Thursday, July 7th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
Join your friends at the Dickinson Museum for a night of culture! There will be art in the Homestead by Beverly Duncan and the students from the Hill Institute all night. Beverly Duncan is an award-winning botanical artist! There’s also a poetry open mic at 6pm, followed by readers Floyd Cheung and Gail Thomas,
Deerfield Community Center [3 W Deerfield St, Deerfield, WI 53531] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Flowers on the Frontier – The Bartram Family
Flora means plants! Learn more about the Bartram Family, scientists, gardeners, and artists in 18th-century New York! They sounds like interesting folks! The lecture will be given by Joel T. Fry, curator of Bartram’s Garden, and part of the John Bartram Association in Philadelphia. So there’s a possibility that Joel really likes Bartram!
Friday, July 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums and also love not having to pay money to enter them? Stop burgling museums! That’s a crime! Instead, go to Free Second Friday for some fun activities and a free look at one of the most wonderful museums in Massachusetts!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mary Bliss Parsons: Accused Witch of Northampton, An Exhibition by Susan Montgomery
Mary Bliss Parsons was accused of witchcraft for a pretty standard set of reasons: she was an intelligent and successful woman who spoke her mind. In this exhibition, artist Susan Montgomery explores the accusations with a selection of watercolor paintings and a sculpture installation as well as some lino-cut print and historical documents. Also, the museum is actually located on the old Parsons family lot! Mary Bliss’s home was just a few hundred yards from the exhibition!

Board Games:

Thursday, July 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Board Game Afternoons
Board games are fun games that you can play in person with friends. Why not do so at the library? We highly recommend Cosmic Encounter because that’s just danged great, or you could play a game from the COIN series if you’d like to move into the library permanently.
Friday, July 8th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Tabletop games! They mostly do Euro-style games, but they’re open to whatever. You should bring one you like! Also to be clear it’s the community room, which is nice, not just like the middle of a Burger King.
Sunday, July 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroes that click! This week, why not try a team of only heroes whose powers originate from their eyeballs? All laser-eyes all the time. Or concussion-beam eyes! Or hypno-eyes? It’s usually lasers or hypnosis with eye-based superpowers.

Books:

Wednesday, July 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ariella Cohen, Sweet Breath of Memory
A debut novel! A reception with free Italian treats! All events should have free treats. Ariella Cohen will come to the Odyssey to present a deftly woven novel of several eras in the lives of four friends living in a picturesque New England town. But how would any author around here find inspiration for novels about friendly people from quaint New England towns?
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Jungle Jim’s Reading Olympics
We know nothing about this event but the name so we’re imagining a sort of extreme sports event mixed with reading? Can you compete in street luge at the same time as you read War and Peace cover to cover?
Friday, July 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cara Black, Murder in the Quai
You need to RSVP for this event! You also need to buy a book from the bookshop to join the signing line! You can RSVP at 413-534-7307! Cara Black is coming to the Odyssey with a prequel to the beloved Aimee Leduc series! She dips back into the past of her heroine of 15 mysteries in order to show how she became such a super-cool detective!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, July 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Comic Book Creations!
See Eric Fulford, an artist/education/comedian, bring comedy-storytelling-illustration to the library! The audience will get to invent the story of a comic book on the fly! There’s no limit to what can happen on the page! Maybe get really meta-textual with it, and make a comic about illustrator Eric Fulford going to a library to entertain kids with a comic he draws about Eric Fulford going to the library…
Sunday, July 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you an ink gremlin? A pencil cipher? Are you a color cleric? Why not join fellow artists to discuss art? Or just to hang out and play silly art games and chat. The crowd is friendly, the advice is useful, and the shop is pleasant. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!

Computers:

Tuesday, July 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Do you code? Create? Design? Make little web pages do the things that they’re supposed to do with some sort of summoning circle and a collection of eldritch salts? Why not speak with your fellow technomancers at a comfortable local bar?

Entertainment:

Tuesday, July 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cupcake Decorating (5+)
Creatively enjoy tiny tasty confectionery treats! Frost and decorate a cupcake in your favorite colors! There’s a $5 supply fee that you can’t refund no matter how much it wasn’t your child’s fault that they threw all of their supplies into a river. Or you can purchase a book to have up to 2 children attend! Pre-registration REQUIRED TODAY! Call 413-534-7307 or email kids@odysseybks.com to pre-register!
Wednesday, July 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Trish Moody-Bourbeau
Trish will be speaking about metal sculpting! Though a hairdresser by trade, Trish has been a part-time metal sculptor for four years, and has been making sculptures from found metal for a while! Hear her talk about presumably metal sculpting because otherwise it’d be a little weird they focused on that so much in the description.
Thursday, July 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Do you enjoy Star Wars? Did you somehow miss the new film? Now’s your chance to catch it! Also works if you want to catch it for the 18th time, we suppose!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime club! We’ve been playing enough Love Live on our phones that we feel very confident in recommending that you watch either subs or dubs, never flubs.
Saturday, July 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Summer Family Entertainment at the Village Commons with Roger Tincknell
Sing along with some fun, family-friendly songs performed by Roger Tincknell

Informational:

Tuesday, July 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Genealogy 101
Uncover your secret backstory with the magic of Genealogy, along with genealogist Kris Schramel!
Wednesday, July 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Misfits: Asperger’s/Autism Young Adult Support Group
A support group for people with Asperger’s or Autism, as well as their friends and family. Get together with other people and share your experiences!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Designing for Climate Change in Your Backyard
Ashley Schenk will help you produce a garden that doesn’t die in the coming Mad Max future. He’s a homesteader and landscape designer who can teach you to develop effective and resilient systems that will help you grow food, reduce your energy usage, and keep your local ecology healthy!
Thursday, July 7th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Information Session: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at the Carle
Interested in children’s literature as a potential career? Learn about the program at the Carle, our own local center of kid lit geniuses!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Free Lunch Program for Children up to Age 18
Any child from birth to age 18 is eligible to receive a free lunch at Palmer Public Library Wednesdays and Thursdays starting July 7th!

Movies:

Tuesday, July 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lego Scooby Doo! Haunted Hollywood
Scooby Doo is a series that sometimes produces weirdly joyful things like a sequence where John Cena saves the mystery-solving teens from a boulder and sometimes is one of the least interesting shows to have ever existed. Is this movie good? Maybe! Will it probably entertain a child? Likely.
Wednesday, July 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Sex, Dating, and the Media: Weekly Movies for Teens
Are you a teen? Mitigate the unending terror of teendom with this group! Watch a film, talk about sex and dating and all of the things that you 100% need to know more about but which are also super awkward to discuss! It will be a fun time, seriously!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Stock on Silver Screen
See Summer Holiday at Forbes! Rouben Mamoulian directs an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness. It stars Mickey Rooney and Gloria DeHaven…. IN COLOR! Afterward, you can talk about the role of the director in the time of the Movie Factory.
Saturday, July 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: When the Game Stands Tall
An inspiring sports story movie based on a true story! That’s basically a genre by now.

RPGs:

Thursday, July 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Indie RPG Night
Do you enjoy the strange, the odd, the exciting, the not another danged D20 based game? Give an indie RPG a try! They’re interesting, they’re fun, they’re often local! Sometimes local creators even come by to show you the ropes! We got to play one RPG before it came out and help play-test it and we still feel cool about that. You need a $5 day-pass to attend, which instantly becomes store credit!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG club! Your chance to put on a new personality! Try role-playing someone completely unlike you, unlock heretofore unknown aspects of your personality!