January 9th – January 15th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we want to draw your attention to a local creator’s Kickstarter! Anna Leue of the sci-fi webcomic Half-Man made us aware of the fact that her newest comic, The Other Son – a Dark Western One-Shot Comic.

It sounds like a classic western tale of sadness, revenge, and community. It’s a story about a young man returning from his travels to find the family from which he had become estranged has been murdered. He needs to find out by whom and for what reason and make things right!

The story was completed last year, but they want to make a print run so you can get it into your hot little hands. It’ll be live Monday, and we’ll provide a link then!

Don’t forget to check out Nerd Nite NoHo on Monday, it’ll be an excellent night as always! We’re really looking forward to seeing you there! We’re going to be talking Nitro Coffee and legal defense!

Also we’ve been playing two games recently: INSIDE and The Witness, and we’ve gotta highly recommend them both. INSIDE is creepy and a pretty decent puzzle-platformer, and The Witness is maybe the prettiest and best puzzle game we’ve played in a long time.

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, January 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You Can Pastel Paint!
Paint the 45-million-dollar flower with Gregory Maichack! In this two-hour workshop you’ll learn how to paint like Georgia O’Keefe, no experience necessary! Registration is needed because space is limited, call (413) 283-3330! This could be the experience that kickstarts your career as a dashing art forger/cat burgler!
Friday, January 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Check out Northampton’s amazing local museum for free! It’s amazing and you should definitely take a look if you haven’t already and if you have take another look! Also if you can, they recommend a $5 donation. They’re neat, you should donate if you can!
Saturday, January 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists Reception: Paintings by Miriam Wells and Patricia Dorr Parker; Bird Sculptures by Janice Doppler
See some great artwork by three great artists and hang out at a reception drinking coffee and having some nice crackers!

Board Games:

Friday, January 13th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Another delightful night playing boardgames with some very nice people! The room’s reserved, the games are cool. Mostly Euro games, but they’re open to whatever you think is fun! The things they’ve played in the past are Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, stuff like that! It’s a cool time and a good way to meet fellow boardgame fans!
Saturday, January 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Free entry! There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12! Round one starts at 10:00am, and it’s a 4-round Swiss System. There are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section! Bring your own chess set and clock if you’ve got them, and a bagged lunch!

Books:

Wednesday, January 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Celebration of Local Novelists
Come celebrate the work of four local creators who’ve recently published new books and who live around here! The Pioneer Valley has a ton of excellent authors and it is pretty excellent. You’ll see Jacqueline Sheehan, author of “The Center of the World”; M.B. Caschetta, author of “Pretend I’m Your Friend”; Jendi Reiter, author of “Two Natures”, and Zane Kotker, author of “Goodnight, Ladies”! It’ll be amazing and you’re lucky to have the opportunity to attend!

Card Games:

Friday, January 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
A booster draft sorry a BOOSTER DRAFT of the current Magic set/format! You pay $16 to enter, which also purchases 3 booster packs to draft with and adds a pack to the prize pool!
Saturday, January 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Aether Revolt Saturday Pre-Release
It’s your chance to play some new cards from the newest Magic: the Gathering expansion! It’s a 3-round sealed-deck tournament, so you need to have some idea of how to play Magic even if you don’t need to be an expert. All attendees who complete the event will leave with at least one extra Aether Revolt pack along with other promo swag! Stop by the store or call to prepay for discounted admission and a guarantee of a seat! Admission is $30 plus tax in advance, $35 plus tax at the door!

Community:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Mount Grace Land Trust Information Session
Mount Grace and Green Burial Massachusetts will present information about Conservation Cemetaries and green burials! Learn more about your options for what happens to your body after you die, and just generally take a while to think about what death traditions you’ve got and why. It sounds interesting even if you’re not shopping for a plot any time soon!

Computers:

Wednesday, January 11th
AmherstWorks [11 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
This week, Kelly Albrecht will be talking about how you reconcile traditional project phases with the Agile process. How do you manage to work around the fact that design teams want to perfect their projects in order to make a great first impression with the fact that Agile means failing fast and getting out a minnimum viable product? Mini case studies will make it clear how you can thread that needle!

Entertainment:

Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Louis Braille Day
Louis Braille was a French educator who invented a system of reading and writing that the blind or visually impaired could use! It’s pretty amazing that after being blinded as a child, he managed to not only continue his studies but also help other people continue theirs even if they had vision problems! It wasn’t used much in his lifetime or even after his death but eventually people wised up to the fact that it’s obviously amazing and started using it!
Saturday, January 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Doctor Who Club
Doctor Who! The show that’s like 30% great, 30% alright, and 30% oh gosh the most embarrassing stuff, and then 10% Wild Card! Free and open to all, come watch some of the best of Doctor Who and eat snacks and such! Delightful.

Kids:

Thursday, January 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
A fun time playing with LEGO! Ages 5 and up will enjoy a good afternoon of playing with a really great toy!

Movies:

Wednesday, January 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Heir to an Execution
Northampton Committee to Stop War will present a free screening of the documentary film by Ivy Meeropol, granddaughter of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 on charges of spying. She explores the lives and deaths of her grandparents. She reveals the impact on her extended family and her efforts to reconnect with her biological family. Leading the post-film discussion will be Robert Meeropol, a son of the Rosenbergs!

RPGs:

Thursday, January 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play D&D with cool folk! They’ll join you in adventuring and being excellent, and that’ll be a good time for you all! We as always recommend that you play a Bard. Heck, everyone in the party should be a Bard. Just start a band and play the tavern circuit!

Science:

Monday, January 9th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Nerd Nite! The best Nite of them all! This week you will get to see a spectacularly interesting set of presenters! First up is Elonia Lamontagne, chemistry teacher at Chicopee High School, who’ll talk about whether Nitro Brew Coffee is safe to drink. Then we’ll have Meredith L. Ryan, Esq., criminal defense attorney, who’ll talk about how to defend someone you know is guilty! Interesting talks and beer from a nice bar, what more can you ask for?

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