October 10th – October 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

Wow! Tons of neat events this week, over thirty! Be sure to check out Nerd Nite NoHo, because it’s excellent and everyone has a great time and it’s the third anniversary this week! It’s going to be about toxoplasmosis, diversity, and tropical bird conservation!

We just had a chance to check out the Puzzled Escape Games room at Eastworks and dang if that wasn’t a great time! We’ll have a more comprehensive review of it later this week but wow, it was honestly just fun. All the good bits of an adventure game shoved into an hour, and the hosts were quite nice.

It’s pretty well-paced to deliver epiphanies and we had more than a few moments where we screamed in glee at newly revealed features of the room! Super great, highly recommended. We hadn’t realized it was a local operation until looking up the site, either! Neat!

We also want to alert you to a few ongoing Kickstarters we’ve been alerted to by locals:

Broker – a quick party card game about trying to keep a straight face while you cheat your undies off!

A.E.G.I.S – a quick fun tactical combat game where the gimmick is that your units can combine together like Voltron to become more powerful!

Rise Up: The Game of People and Power – a game about building successful social movements to create positive change!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and 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!



Thursday, October 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Materiality at the Mead with scientist Bruce Kaiser
Bruce Kaiser, chief scientist at the Bruker Corporation, will explain the process of X-ray Florencent testing using the Mead’s bronze sculptures by A. Phimister Proctor. He’ll explain the tool’s value to the field of art conservation and how it advances understanding! Science and art, together and loving it!
Friday, October 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mask by Jenni Sussman Opening Reception
Jenni Sussman will be displaying her collection of paintings that question early photographs and the people depicted therein! What’s on display and what remains hidden, and why? She’s a regionally recognized artist living and working in delightful Northampton!
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 but not like $5 love museums? This is the night for you! For real it’s an amazing museum and you can visit it and do some activities for free this Friday!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out Reception: Fractal Art by Bob LaClair, Diorama by Judith Abraham
Judith looks justifiably proud of her diorama, you should check that out. It’s neat and it’s got a bunch of tiny books in it, mimicking the larger books on display around the library! Also fractals are never not cool, math is great. Add Forbes to a fun Arts Night Out!
Saturday, October 15th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: The Return of the Flannery Brothers
For just $5 you and your kids can see some real fun songsters sing delightful songs!

Board Games:

Wednesday, October 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Games for Teens
Teens only! But they can be any type of teen. Tall, short, fire-type, steel-type, paladin… any combination of teen traits are cool to play boardgames together and have a fun time!
Saturday, October 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are 4 sections, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System with a trophy to everyone who’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section and entry is free! Bring a set and a clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch!
Sunday, October 16th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Sundays are for hero-clicking! This time you should create a team entirely out of people who wear tiaras! That means at a minimum Wonder Woman and Luke Cage!


Tuesday, October 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Okey Ndibe, author of Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American
A fascinating and hilarious look at a journey to a new place, Okey Ndibe talks about his fear of encountering the obviously common threat according to American movies of black-hat gunslingers and the fact that after he made it to New England where he learned actually no it’s winter that’s trying to kill you.
Wednesday, October 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
One City One Story: The Faery Handbag
Pick up a copy of a fantasy novelette, the Faery Handbag, or read it for free online, then join in a discussion! You can read it here: https://bostonbookfest.org/one-city-one-story/
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tracy Kidder, A Truck Full of Money
Soul of the New Machine, only about Kayak that travel website that you maybe use but was bought for two BILLION dollars. It’s primarily focused on a biographical account of Paul English, who came up with the site, and how he dealt with the aftermath of stupendous success. Tracy will be there to read excerpts and answer questions!
Thursday, October 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Margot Livesey, author of Mercury: A Novel
Two people have complex and emotionally affecting life moments dealing with a lot things! Donald Stevenson is a disaffected eye doctor trying to stay the course and his wife Viv is a vibrant woman dealing with giving up her dreams when she encounters a horse, Mercury, who she thinks might be capable of making her a championship rider.
Friday, October 14th
Amherst College Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Did Emily Dickinson Really Exist? An Evening with Jerome Charyn
Now we weren’t even aware this was even a question but wow okay oh wait no no okay it’s just a provocative title folks she definitely did exist! Yay! It sounds like a great book of Dickinson scholarship, though! She seems like she was a real awesome person.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
YA Panel: Dawn Kurtagich (And the Trees Crept In) and Dawn Metcalf (Twixt series)
Two authors of dark fiction, psychological horror, and romance will talk about you know all that sort of thing! It’ll be a good time, they both write neat stories and panel discussions are usually fun. Get some books signed and come with interesting questions prepared!
Saturday, October 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book and Bake Sale
Buy books, buy treats, support a great local library. There’s absolutely nothing that can be done to improve this! Grocery-bags of books for only $7!
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: Angela DiTerlizzi
Angela DiTerlizzi will talk about her book Some Pets and read from it! There will also be adorable reading therapy dogs there!


Wednesday, October 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Drop-In FAFSA Help
College is incredibly expensive and it should be your goal to minimize that to any extent you are able. College debt follows you through the veil of death, it torments you beyond the dimensions we know. It’s a super good idea to get everything you can out of FAFSA!
Thursday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Voting in the Presidential Library
Who represents you? What’s voting about anyway? What does election cake taste like? Find out the answers to these questions, kids, and meet the mayor! Also kids talk to your parents before reading news about the current presidential election!


Tuesday, October 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Functional Programming with CLojure – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Learn how to put functional programming to work for you with lessons from local developer Jochen Rau! He’ll explain the basic concepts of functional programming like lazy evaluation and tail recursion and he’ll also walk you through a real-world web application! A great opportunity to get started on the path to a new skillset and ask questions of a professional!
Wednesday, October 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
October is going to focus on Story Points, Velocity and #NoEstimates why is only one of these a hashtag do they mean the like social interaction that involved the hashtag or are we actually starting to hashtag conceptual things now? Mostly it’ll be a discussion of best practices around these concepts, and everyone’s quite nice and there’s pizza. Really, can’t recommend it enough to people who want to learn to use or learn to improve Agile development processes!


Wednesday, October 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
A Ukulele Renaissance with the Well Tempered Ukes
Experience five hundred years of history in song and experience those songs in the most majestic of string instruments: the UKE!
Thursday, October 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag at the Library!
Shoot your friends with lasers in the library in what we have to say is a very weird turn to high-tech blood-sport on the part of the library.
Saturday, October 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Slavery in the Valley: Five Unsung Heroes Who Resisted
Robert H. Romer, physicist and historian, is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at Amherst College. He’ll discuss some of the enslaved people of the Valley and what they did to resist their masters. He’ll explain why it’s so important to remember those who lived in slavery in the Valley, invisible men and women of our colonial past.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Wildsboro & Roberts Meadow Walk
Walk along Mosquito Hollow Road with John Clapp to check out the cellar holes, stone walls and stone lined wells of the former residents of Wildsboro, a long-forgotten neighborhood located withing the larger village of Roberts Meadow. Get a peek at the secrets of a town lost to time!


Thursday, October 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
3 & 4 Year Old Storytime
Take your kids to story time to delight their imaginations!
Friday, October 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St, Sunderland, MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fire Prevention Story Time
Fire fighter Megan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department will share stories with you and you’ll get to see a real fire truck! You’ll also learn how to prevent fires and what to do in the case of a fire. This is adorable AND useful!


Tuesday, October 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Scary Movies for Teens
They’re PG-13 at maximum so scary is less likely than funny/creepy but hey that sounds like a danged nice time as well!


Friday, October 14th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Sins of a Nation LARP Game 2
A “Full Metal Fantasy” full-weekend LARP! Basically you adventure on expeditions into an ancient and ruined kingdom. You can get more information here! https://www.facebook.com/SinsSixthKingdom Start thinking up your character now!
Saturday, October 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
D&D Storm King’s Thunder GIANT ADVENTURE
Another GIANT ADVENTURE against the GIANTS! It’s a full day of gaming for only $20, which includes pizza and a soft drink. Hours of fun fighting giants AND food? Good gracious. The attendance is strictly limited to the first 15 signups so pre-register with Modern Myths as soon as you can!


Monday, October 10th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo 3rd Anniversary!
It’s an anniversary bash! Giveaways, treats, and most important of all three amazing presenters! Daniel Vahaba will talk about terrifying/interesting cat disease toxoplasmosis, Presley Pizzo will talk about the power and utility of diversity in a diverse array of situations, and Zeke Jakub will talk about how conservation efforts for birds in Argentina affect us here in the Valley, and vice versa! It’s going to be great tell your friends to come.
Thursday, October 13th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Matthew Boyer – Unprotected Pollination: How Pollinators Transmit Plant Diseases
Learn about how our little pollinator friends can be hijacked to transmit disease to the plants they pollinate! That’s so sad, they just want delicious pollen, they didn’t mean to hurt a plant. Poor bumblebees!

Video Games:

Thursday, October 13th
Moriarty’s Pub and Grille [755 Liberty St., Springfield, MA 01104] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The Pub Brawl: Super Smash Bros Tournament
A second tournament to follow the successful first outing! There’s two setups for a Super Smash Bros Wii U tournament and another setup for a PS3! There are cheap drinks, snacks, and good times! There’s also a $5 cover, and an $8 fee to enter the tournament officially. The winner gets a cash prize and a chance to fight the reigning champion! Sounds like a lovely time if we’ve ever heard of one.
Saturday, October 15th
Toyota Oakdale Theatre [95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Retro World Expo: New England’s Classic Gaming Expo
The second annual celebration of classic and retro gaming will include an auction, cosplay contest, freeplay arcade and consoles, panels, bands, and tournaments! It’s jam-packed with fun! Check out the meetup to join other locals! http://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/234339172/

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