August 15th – August 21st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’ve been playing a bunch of Pokemon Y this week and let us tell you it’s basically a nonstop cavalcade of cute, all games should basically be about having adorable baby animals that you can pet. We’re not saying they all need the same exact gameplay but if we could pause DOOM for a minute to snuggle with a puppy before going back to the carnage we’d be pretty chuffed.

Yet another Drink and Draw has come and gone and let us tell you wow is it a neat time for folks to meet and hang out and draw. We were as always inspired and embarrassed by the sheer hard work and artistry on display by the other people in the room. Also we got to check out a ring that bartender/metalsmith Heather Beck made up close and it was really neat, and she explained things about metalworking which was nice. There was also a preview version of this handsome boy that KC Green’s kickstarting and it looked great!

We want to call special attention to the Smash Bros tournament in Springfield! We don’t cover a ton of Springfield on account of there being just a heck of a lot there to cover to the point we’re kind of waiting until we can provide convenient regional features BUT we were alerted to this event by the creator and heck it sounds like a great time!

Don’t forget that if there’s an event you DON’T see on this list, we’re always looking for more local knowledge! We can use your help to get everyone up to speed on the coolest things happening in the Valley!

Go check out our Patreon and 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:

Monday, August 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
How to Start an Art Book Rotation Project
Starting a rotating art book is simple, and this class will teach you how! Basically you pick a theme, draw something, and send it to your friends who also draw something and send it to someone else and eventually it all comes back to you and it’s beautiful!
Tuesday, August 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sea Glass Vases
Hold on to a little bit of summer with some sea glass vases! You can create some vases with a neat sea glass look and then decorate it!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Duct Tape Hats – Summer Crafts
In your ongoing quest to make sure that literally all items of clothing and accessories you wear are made of duct tape, try a hat! It’s simple, it’s fun, and you can make it in neat colors! Fair warning, 99% certain these are not appropriate for a job interview.
Wednesday, August 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Make Your Own T-Shirt Bag
Turn an old shirt into a cool bag! They you get to keep that neat shirt and also not have to wear that old danged shirt again. It’s a no-sew project that you’ll be led through step-by-step! Take some old t-shirts and a pair of scissors! Suitable for ages 11 and up!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Knitting Creatures – Summer Crafts
Knit up a little pal! All ages are welcome to create their own tiny creature made of yarn to be friends with!

Board Games:

Tuesday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play some games at Palmer! Bring some of your own if you like or use their own big collection of games. We highly recommend Cosmic Encounter!
Sunday, August 21st
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Try a new team this Sunday: only people who can breath underwater. Namor, Aquaman, but also like we’re 90% certain Superman can? Or does he need to breathe? Look this is for you to figure out we’ve done our part.

Books:

Tuesday, August 16th
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? Chat about it with Kat and some other pals! There are snacks, you can relax, you can bug people about the books you liked or didn’t like! Open to kids, tweens, and teens. But, very important, absolutely not open to smeens.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write for children? Create art for children? Both? Talk about the ins and outs of the business with fellow creators! Get ideas, ask for critique, just generall chat with some like-minded and friendly people!
Friday, August 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Launch Party for Gina Damico’s Wax!
Gina Damico is a local author who writes weird YA fiction! Her newest release is about the town of Paraffin, Vermont which is known for a Candle Factory. But beyond the retail space, our hero Poppy Palladino discovers a dark and distressing back room filled with life-like wax sculptures! As she hightails it home, one of the figures leaps out of her trunk screaming! What’s even going on? Also oh jeez we JUST got that this is totally building at least somewhat off the Yankee Candle Factory. We can 100% buy they’re using dark sinister magic there. Have some tea, jam and bread, and other Austrian delights while you chat with Gina!
Saturday, August 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Get some books nice and cheap at the GPL! Support them in the process! No downsides to this day, friends.

Comic Books:

Monday, August 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Talk to fellow nerds about queer representation in comics and gaming! They’re a great bunch and they’ll be a hoot to meet!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Quidditch on the Library Lawn
Play a special game of no-flying (gotta be understanding to the large Muggle population around here, absolutely no cheating!) Quidditch in honor of the Olympics! Of course at the Olympics they play with flight.
Thursday, August 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Look we’ve said it before we got no anime chops. But you might! Or maybe you’re just into checking out new stuff? Check out anime!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Pretend to blast your friends with lasers in the library! Fun times all around.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: Northampton Area Soldiers in the Civil War with Dylan Gaffney
Find out about how the Civil War affected Northampton! Forbes recently recieved a grant by the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Comission to preserve, digitize, and create and aid for finding Civil War related materials!
Friday, August 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Author Visit and Field Hockey Gold Medal Match Viewing
Who’s the author? No clue! It’ll be fun though we bet. Probably the author somehow relates to the sport on display, but we kind of love the idea that it’s actually just Stephen King and he’s gonna sit down and watch some Field Hockey with you all because he’s a big fan of it.
Saturday, August 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Garden Clean-up at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Join some volunteers in weeding and cultivating the beds at the museum! Become a part of a new generation of caretakers for this precious land AND protect yourself from the mystical wrath of the Dickinsons. Aye the cup is full, waiting to be tipped upon an unsuspecting citizenry.
Sunday, August 21st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The Poet and the Bard
Check out a tour focusing on Emily Dickinson’s initial hatred and eventual super-fandom of Shakespeare! It’s always kind of awesome when a really excellent artist is totally into another artist because you’re all whaaat but Dickinson is great and then you think well wow what’s it about Shakespeare that makes this excellent artist like him and not kind of relegate him to “that thing we had to read in school?”

Kids:

Wednesday, August 17th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM
Let’s Make Art Together!
Deisgned for participation with children ages 4 and up, with an adult. Up to two kids per adult! Create, build, and just make some nice things! Open-ended free play for creative kids and their grown-ups!
Friday, August 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ukulele Music Time with Julie
Listen, play, learn! Kids will have a fun time with the tiny kid-sized guitar that makes fun noises.
Saturday, August 20th
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: Elizabeth Howard and Diana Wege
Join author Elizabeth Howard and illustrator Diana Wege as they share their debut picture book, A Day with Bonefish Joe, about a young girl named Flossie and her adventurous day at sea with Bonefish Joe, one of the best-known bonefish guides in the Bahamas. Bonefish is probably not actually as terrifying as it sounds. Well, or it sounds like a Pokemon, too. Oh yeah just checking it’s a kind of cute shiny fish, not scary at all!

Movies:

Tuesday, August 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night for Grown-Ups: 45 Years (R)
So hey just a little warning: this is basically a horror film if you’re currently in a relationship? It is really good but it will also make you stare deep into a pit of despair!

Politics:

Wednesday, August 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Represent Western MA
A grass-roots organization looking to put anti-corruption legislation on the books across America! Take a gander at what they’re trying to do locally!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Lose yourself in a new world of your own creation! Have fun with friends! Play an RPG!

Science:

Sunday, August 21st
Damon Education Center [46 Bridge St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tales from the Trails: The Northampton Rail Trail and Beyond
The bike trail built on the bed of the old rail tracks will, when complete, be the longest interstate rail trail in the Northeast! And the trail from Boston to Northampton will be the longest in New England! Craig Della Penna will talk about the history of the corridors, how they changed from rail to rail-trail, and the cultural and economic impact of these big projects! He’ll illustrate the talk with then-and-now photos from his collection, including some rare ones!

Video Games:

Tuesday, August 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Camp Odyssey – Make Your Own Computer Game with Odyssey Webmaster Ann Childs (Ages 7+)
Learn how to make your own computer games! The thing is, we’re expecting a AAA product alright? So bring 150 of your closest friends and divvy up work appropriately. We’ve got to have a multiplayer component with some level-upgrade tracks too, that’s absolutely essential! You’re going to be working in Scratch with the Odyssey Webmaster! You can bring your own device or just create together on the big screen! There’s a $5 nonrefundable supply fee, or you can purchase one book to get two children in!
Thursday, August 18th
Moriarty’s Pub [755 Liberty St, Springfield, MA 01104] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Super Smash Bros Tournament
Super Smash Bros at the pub! Compete to win prizes for first, second, and third place and also get ready to compete in a secret tournament to be revealed the night of the event!

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