November 14th – November 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

In times when we feel defeated and saddened by the state of the world, we often turn to the words of comfort our father used to give us:

“Life is an unending series of tragedies.”

In good times, it’s a joke about how little his nerdy little kiddo had to gripe about. In bad times, it’s a reminder that this is the life we’ve got and we need to make what we can of it, tragedy notwithstanding.

Or to quote his favorite philosopher Marcus Aurelius: “Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”

We’re worried about friends and family as we face a political administration that has repeatedly promised to harm them. We’re looking for opportunities to help, and if you’ve got any ideas for us we’d love to hear about them.

And in the service of being good:

If you’ve got the means, monthly sustaining donations or volunteering would be extremely helpful and appreciated at local charitable efforts:

For further-flung charitable operations, there’s a good list here.

People are also going around cleaning off the horrific graffiti that’s been popping up around the Valley threatening violence against minority groups, and you can check out the Facebook group that’s been coordinating those efforts here.

We’re going to be donating 50% of the proceeds of tomorrow’s Nerd Nite NoHo to the ACLU and we’re planning future donations. Justin Dowd of the Brass Cat Games Night has let us know that they’re encouraging folks to bring donations to Tapestry Health to the game night this week.

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!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, November 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Write with others! Get advice! Get encouragement! Write the best thing!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! The underground. Zines! The forbidden. Zines! The mysterious. Zines! The circulation of maybe 3, but hey they’re fun to make so make some Zines and get your thoughts out there! Tiny magazines of your thoughts artisianlly crafted!
Saturday, November 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
Neurodivergent Writing Info Session
“Through a grant from Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, I will be publishing a collection of short essays from members of the neurodivergent community. I’m looking for stories that show neurotypicals that we live full, emotionally complex lives. If you are interested, please submit a one page sample of your writing IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL, NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT. I will NOT consider it if the text is not pasted in the email. Those who get selected to contribute will receive a FREE copy of the final product. ” Email smith.terrencej@gmail.com to participate! A free book in exchange for an essay isn’t bad, even if we’re not fans of spec-work stuff.

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play boardgames at Palmer! Meet folks, use demo games from the library, bring your own favorites, be excellent to each other.
Wednesday, November 16th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brass Cat Game Night
Join wonderful local hero Justin Dowd in his fun time games place where you’ll learn and play and meet nice people. He’s got all the board games and he brings a new theme every time! Other people also bring games and you can buy great beer and great food from a food truck nearby!
Saturday, November 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!
Sunday, November 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Colony Board Game Demo
It’s one of those games where you gather up production into your hand and try to turn it into various upgrades and victory points and such, but the interesting idea here is that SOME of the resources can be banked permanently like we imagine you know… wood, but some of them have to be used immediately! These games are real fun for us, we like the quick sprint toward the end when you start producing a billion of something you’ve produced 3 of for the past hour. An Envoy will teach you how to play for free!

Books:

Tuesday, November 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Robert Shaw and Jocelyn Mossman
Two amazing poets reading from their poetry collections! You may remember Robert Shaw from being like one of the very few poets we all know about. Not to say poets aren’t great! Poems are wonderful, but Robert Shaw is a name we just know, which isn’t the case with a ton of poets. Anyway the point is, go hear some beautiful poems from great people.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Dramatic readings by professional actors, to bring stories to life! Kermit Dunkelberg will be reading “Ed Has His Mind Improved” by Walter R. Brooks, and Myka Plunkett will be reading “Exchange” by Ray Bradbury.
Wednesday, November 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Susannah Richards presents: Hot Titles in 2016 for Classroom and Holidays
“Former 2013 Newbery Committee Member and children’s literature advocate Professor Susannah Richards will highlight dozens of great books including picture books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, graphic novels, and young adult novels. There will be refreshments, free promotional items for teachers, a special discount for purchases and special orders, and a maybe a surprise celebrity from the children’s book world during the event. Bring book loving friends!” This is so nice, books are great and so are refreshments.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mark and Jeannie Gionfriddo authors of Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night
“Good Night, Dear Hart, Good Night opens with her idealistic, romantic adventures as a wealthy young college graduate; her marriage to Allen and their early trials and tribulations; and how Hart and Joe’s paths cross with Ponzi, whose own rise to power and rapid descent unfolds in alternating chapters. The book offers a fascinating look at a turbulent time in Boston’s history as well as an examination of Ponzi, the inventor of the first ‘get-rich-quick’ scheme that continues to be reinvented.” Always a very important thing to know about! It’s a good idea to keep your head on a swivel when it comes to investments that seem too good to be true.
Thursday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sabina Murray author of Valiant Gentleman
“The New York Times Book Review has stated that PEN/Faulkner award winner Sabina Murray writes historical fiction “…very beautifully, bringing it all close to us, to here, to now.” Her new novel, Valiant Gentlemen, is no different, spanning across four continents and forty years to reimagine the lives and friendships of humanitarian and Easter Rising Irish patriot Roger Casement, his closest friend, Herbert Ward, and Ward’s extraordinary wife, the Argentinean-American heiress, Sarita Sanford.” Sounds awesome! Listen to a reading, buy a copy, get it signed!
Friday, November 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
How did Dickinson want to be recognized and remembered? We may find some answers in Dickinson’s reaction to Thomas W. Higginson’s poem “Decoration.” There are few recorded instances of Dickinson exchanging poetry and commentary with another poet, so it’s a rare opportunity to explore how she read and responded to other’s poetry. Lead by the extremely great Melba Jensen, PhD in English.
Saturday, November 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Book Signing with Romola M. Rigali, Wayne E. Phaneuf, and Joseph Carvalho III authors of On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family, and Faith
“Wayne E. Phaneuf, executive editor, Romola M. Rigali, former managing editor both at The Republican will be on hand to sign the newspaper’s newest book in its Heritage Series, On Being Italian: A Story of Food, Family and Faith. The event will feature a special treat for attendees.” Treats are 100% always great so no reason not to check this out!

Card Games:

Sunday, November 20th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
PPTQ Amokhet
A PPTQ! A qualifier fro the Pro Tour, and the winner will head to the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier for a chance to play in the PRO TOUR in Nashville! It’ll be $30, you’re playing standard constructed with a decklist required, and you’ll get a cash payout if you’re in the top players! Have fun and get to that pro tour!

Community:

Monday, November 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Live a Flourishing Life: Stress Management Workshop
Just guessing this might appeal to a lot of folks this week. Resilience Strategist Rita Schiano presents a lot of skills to help people feel in control of their lives!
Wednesday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Single-Serve Desserts!
Make four different desserts to try and then eat those desserts and for real you deserve dessert right now.
Saturday, November 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Memory Cafe
The library will welcome people experiencing memory difficulties and their families to hang out and have some relaxation and refreshments and generally talk to folks who know how it is to deal with memory problems!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Racial Equity Leadership
We don’t entirely know what’s up with this but it sounds like a very good idea, you should check it out and talk to people and get back to us about what’s up!

Computers:

Thursday, November 17th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Solve WordPress problems with friends, bring your laptop to help the group get to the bottom of things! Talk about effective backup solutions, and also learn about interpreting integrated Google Analytics! You should sign up so you can get WordPress questions answered and be a better computerer. NCTV is located at the rear of Northampton HS. they’ll be in NCTV’s studio room!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to the Internet
Learn what the internet is! How it works, how to use a search engine, what “the cloud” is, and when to stop learning about the internet so you stay happy!

Entertainment:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
White House Events in the Coolidge Era with Julie Bartlett Nelson
See scrapbooks of news clippings, invitations, searching charts, menus and more of the events hosted by or attended by Calvin and Grace Coolidge 1923-1929. And eat cookies!
Friday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hungrytown
See folk duo Hungrytown perform their stunning act in which via the power of music they slowly but surely morph from a duo to a gigantic beings known as “Hungrytown: The Town that Devours!”

History:

Monday, November 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
“From Nothing to Something: The Surprising Start and Rapid Spread of Basket Ball from Springfield to the World”
In this lively panel discussion, Professors Dennis Gildea and Derek Paar of Springfield College, along with Springfield College Archivist Jeff Monseau, will explore the history and spread of basketball from its origins into the twentieth century. Springfield gave this gift to the world and you should not forget it! Western Mass contributes.

Kids:

Wednesday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Build your cares away in the blocky world of Minecraft!
Thursday, November 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lazer Tag
Lazers! Shoot your friends with them in the library! Pretend it’s Star Trek and clumsily toss a Styrofoam boulder at someone! Grades 5th – 8th are welcome!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Strangers on a Train
Ahhhhh hahaha the poster is Alfred Hitchcock putting an L in the word “Strangers” to make it “Stranglers” old movie posters are awesome. See the movie about a person who thinks he’s got a foolproof plan for murder and the stranger he forces into it!

Science:

Monday, November 14th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060]
Nerd Nite NoHo: Emotions and Architecture
Grad Student Andrea Cataldo will discuss “Quantifying Emotion in the Decision Process”! She’s very smart and great so the talk will be awesome. Then we’ve got Brianne Zulkiewicz who’ll talk about “Triple Deckers: New England’s Working Class Vernacular Architecture”, which is neat because it’s one of those things you sort of notice around here and then when you actually take second you realize how much pragmatic design decisions shaped the landscape you’re in.
Wednesday, November 16th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
When in Rome Gallery Talk
Jon Caris and Scott Gilman from the Spatial Analysis Lab at Smith College will talk about the making, use, and interpretation of maps! They’ll talk about how historical maps like the “Nolli map” are re-purposed and re-imagined in the digital age!
Saturday, November 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
Join Ralph & Steven in this interactive program as they explore their surroundings and cultivate curiosity for the natural world. This November’s meeting will focus on a library mystery to be solved using chemical forensic techniques. Who was the culprit: M&Ms, Skittles, or Kool-Aid? For kids aged 8-11! Give or take a bit you know your own kids, you know? Register online here.

Video Games:

Thursday, November 17th
Moriarty’s Pub [755 Liberty St., Springfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Ego Death Presents: Super Smash Tourney!
There’s a $5 cover, ladies are free, and it’s welcoming to all ages. It’s been getting bigger and better really quickly! Folks at the events look like they’re having a super good time and you can win prizes so that’s nice. You can also play: Mario Kart, Street Fighter, Marvel Vs. Capcom, and Mortal Kombat. It’s like a pop-up arcade full of friendly people the best idea.
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