Month: March 2017

March 27th – April 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So despite the fact that we repeatedly forget to mention it because we’re not on Facebook all THAT often we’re huge fans of Brass Cat Game Night! The Brass Cat is a nice as heck bar, particularly when it’s got that patio area open in the summer, and more importantly Justin Dowd puts on a very friendly game night.

Justin knows the rules, he’s an extra player if you need one, and he’s really good at figuring out a good selection of games so people all get a chance to have a good time. Plus all the folks who attend are quite friendly. It’s really delightful! Have you been? Fill out this survey! Have you never been? Still fill out the survey, to provide useful data about how to make it the best event it can be!

Also! If you notice that a local business or event either has a website that’s no longer functional or notice that they’re not popping up on Google or only post on FB whatnot, let us know! We’re trying to get a list together of people we miss because like they’ve only got a Facebook page or the site has changed. But more eyes on the problem is always a big help!

Oh also since there’s a bunch of prison policy related stuff in this issue, why not take the opportunity to donate to the Prison Policy Initiative?

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:

Monday, March 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Drop In Sit and Knit Group
Sit! Knit! Hang out with people who like to knit. Ask them for advice, chat with them, generally get along with other human beings in a pleasant environment and at the end of it have a little bit of progress in a creative project. Dang, we gotta knit more.
Tuesday, March 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Short Story Series
Dramatic readings by professional actors bring short stories to life! Linda Tardif will be reading “Sorry Fugu” by T.C. Boyle, and Troy David Mercier will be reading “Taste” by Roald Dahl! It’s like an audiobook but free and you can thank it afterward.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
The Mead’s Feejee Mermaid: An Interdisciplinary Re-Appraisal
See the Mead’s strange example of some faux-mythical weirdness! Then, assistant museum educator Keely Sarr will reconstruct for you the cultural context of what the heck made people decide to stick together a fish and a monkey for some danged reason in a post-colonial lens. All are welcome!
Friday, March 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reception for Whitney C. Robbins “Akin II”
Beautiful artwork displaying the bond between humankind and other animals, reminding us that it’s a good idea to generally be decent to living things. Also, it’s real pretty! This is a reception so usually that means some cheese and tea or something, if you’re lucky!
Saturday, April 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Day: Fool Mead Once
Animation! Cartooning! Make some artwork, attend some talks. All activites inspired by Kota Ezawa’s animated films and the lightboxes on display on in the museum! Stretch your cartooning muscles! Have fun!
Sunday, April 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Final Flourish, the Rhetoric of the Hat – by Margaret Bruzelius
What do hats mean? Why are hats worn? How do they indicate what a person is societally and mentally and why? Beginning with 30’s screwball comedies, Margaret Bruzelius will discuss the patterns and the meanings of hats in film! It sounds like a top hat of a presentation alright that one fell apart the same moment we said it wait hats off to Margaret for a wonderful presentation!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Talk – “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” with Marisa Scheinfeld
The Catskills, famously popular for a long time with Jewish vacationers, used to be home to hundreds of hotels, bungalows, and clubs where top performers played for huge crods. Many of them have spent the years since their heyday slowly decaying. Marisa Scheinfeld documented the fate of these onetime vacation paradises, and will talk about the experience and sign her book after the talk!

At:

Friday, March 31st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Morgan Library Bus Trip
A big day for Dickinson fans! A big bus trip to visit the Morgan Library in NYC to see “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Ride in a nice coach with fellow Dickinson-heads, screen a biography of the poet, and eat some gingerbread from her own recipe! It’s a long day, but it sounds delightful. Seats are limited so head to the site and buy a ticket soon! https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/morganbus

Books:

Tuesday, March 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harriet Scott Chessman, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas
A companion novel to Chessman’s other acclaimed work Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, it’s a lyrical work about what art can reveal. It presents a nuanced picture of what familial, racial, and financial forces might have influenced Edgar Degas’s work presented through the lens of his cousin Tell finding a lost sketchbook of his work.
Thursday, March 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mindy Fried, Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir
Fried provides a moving account of caring for her ninety-seven year-old father Manny. Manny was an actor, a writer, a labor organizer, and survived political persecution in the McCarthy Era. The memoir chronicles her and her sister dealing with issues that, if we’re lucky, we’ll all face caring for our elderly loved ones. It seems like it has some worthwhile lessons to impart and also just that Red’s neatand it’s probably fun to read about him.
Saturday, April 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Q.M. Zhang, Accomplice to Memory
Local author Q.M. Zhang discovers secrets surrounding her father’s exodus from China during the decades of civil and world war leading up to the revolution of 1949. She weaves togther history, nonfiction, memoir, and novel to explore an immigrant parent and the difficulty the second generation has understanding the first.

Community:

Monday, March 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Animal Friend Loss Support Group
If you’ve lost an animal you loved, this is a place to talk about it! We definitely remember our poor little hearts breaking when our childhood doggie died, and we think it’s probably a good idea to talk to people when you’re feeling that low down.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Collateral Consequences
Panel conversation with four Massachusetts residents who’ve had personal experience with incarceration. They will give you a human perspective of the effects of being impacted by the carceral state.
Tuesday, March 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
In this final discussion you’ll learn about the connections between diabetes and exercise! Get yourself ready to be as healthy as you can be!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
Learn more about diabetes, a disease that’s worth knowing about! This last meetup is about how important it is to exercise if you want to deal with diabetses effectively.
Wednesday, March 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Real Madness: Warehousing People with Mental Illness in Prisons – Presented by Robert Fleischner
Find out more about the horrificly torturous system of American prisons! We incarcerate more people that any other nation, and it’s not because we’re good at it! Robert Fleischner will discuss why so many people with mental illness wind up in prison instead of being helped, and what we can do about it.
Saturday, April 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Health Care Committee
Find out how to combat the latest terrifying thing to happen to healthcare! Band together with fellow citizens to ensure that Massachusetts remains a pretty decent place to be sick in.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, March 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Kerry Boys: Irish Music Performance
Connecticut’s finest Irish Balladeers! Vocal harmony, instrumental vibrancy, danged good fun in the classic Celtic spirit.
Thursday, March 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! It doesn’t have to be good, even! Sometimes it’s fun just to watch a cartoon that’s exciting and a bit silly. It’s also possible to watch good anime but we’re just saying, don’t feel like that’s a requirement. Probably talk to other folks at this event about what everyone’s feeling into this particular night!
Saturday, April 1st
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Staceyann Chin: Keynote Speaker, The 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
The keynote is open to the public, free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff, and $5 for Five-College and non-conference attendees! Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist, resident of NYC, and a Jamaican National. She’s been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. For more information about the conference check out https://www.mtholyoke.edu/diversity/women-color-trailblazers-leadership-conference
Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PodCamp 2017
PodCamp! It’s an event for well… for basically people like us? Hang out with the sort of people who want to talk about things and know that others are hearing them or write about things and know that others are reading them! It’s like $40 is the thing, but it does seem cool. Podcasts in particular will have a lot to learn, but they welcome all those of us who do things online and try to get people to pay attention! Find out more here: http://www.podcampwm.org/about/

Kids:

Monday, March 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Thursday, March 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club! Build things and play with them around other kids! Ages 5 and up!

Movies:

Monday, March 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pathway to Change: The Jail Labyrinth Project
Watch a documentary filmed at the Hampshire County Jail, about the Labyrinth program started by Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemaire. The film shows the development of their curriculum, as well as the construction and dedication of the labyrinth!
Wednesday, March 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion
This week: El Topo! Watch the film at home, then come to this meetup to discus it! It’s written by, directed by, and stars Alejandro Jodorowsky so you know it’s very odd and compelling. Give it a watch, then discuss with smart people!
Friday, March 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuck Everlasting
Watch the film of the book you probably read around 8th grade maybe by Natalie Babbitt! It’s probably not the world’s best film but the underlying premise and themes are useful to think about plus it’s free so hey who’s complaining.

RPGs:

Thursday, March 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play an RPG! Play Noirlandia, it lets you be a detective in a weird wonderland with rules you create yourself, plus you get to make an Evidence Board!

Science:

Monday, March 27th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: A Quantum Mechanic’s Approach to Next-Generation Electronics
What’s magnetism? How do we make useful quantum devices? How can you harness the power of the QUANTUM with a pencil and scotch tape? How are computers created? All these questions and more will be answered by Joseph Checkelsky, an assistant professor of physics at MIT!

March 20th – March 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


NERDSummit was yesterday and today! Delightful time, good learning, nice people. Still time to check out a couple presentations if you’re in town! Nerdsummit.org to see what’s still on order!

This week we really want you to check out this extremely cool-looking kickstarter by notable local creator Rob Daviau! It’s for a remake of a classic old game called “Stop Thief!” that people liked a lot and that looks neat and we’re interested in playing so we’re going to try to get you folks to make sure it’s funded so we can get a copy!

From the site:

In Stop Thief!, you and the other players are private investigators. A thief commits a crime somewhere in the city. However, you never see the thief on the board. Each turn, the thief makes a new sound, telling you what kind of space they moved to. By piecing the different sounds together and finding the right pattern on the board, you can figure out where the invisible interloper is and try to catch them. If you succeed, you collect the reward. If you collect enough money, you win the game.

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:

Tuesday, March 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Painting Landscapes in the Gallery
Professor Dave Gloman will discuss The Fawn’s Leap by John Kensett, 1859. This talk will also feature a painting demonstration! Learn how to paint, and learn how to appreciate that paint once it’s one a thing.
Friday, March 24th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson and Animals
Learn and discuss! Poetry and conversation about Emily Dickinson’s relationship to animals! Find out which bears in Amherst were chill and which were really annoying to hang out with after a while!

Board Games:

Saturday, March 25th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Kings of War Tournament
For only a $10 entry fee, you can definitely become one of the kings of War! War is a lovely place, despite the name, kind of like Denmark, lots of civic infrastructure. In order to become king you will need to win this miniatures tournament featuring the game Kings of War. You get 1500 points!

Books:

Wednesday, March 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Elinor Lipman, On Turpentine Lane
Elinor Lipman’s new novel has just come out! It’s about a woman returning to her claustrophobic suburban hometown, writing thank-yous to donors for her old alma mater, dealing with a distant fiance and a close mom, who finds some interesting artifacts in her new home’s attic that might change her life!

Comic Books:

Monday, March 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk to excellent people about comics and board games and video games, it’s a lovely time!

Community:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Women, Crime, and Justice: Mass Incarceration and Mothering
Nicole Hendricks will present about the rising number of women incarcerated in correctional facilities and how that has affected motherhood. Our country now incarcerates more women than any other in the world. As this crisis builds, we need to think about who’s incarcertated and why, and what impact it has on our communities.
Tuesday, March 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dick Evans: Marijuana, Beyond Legalization
Explore the space beyond legalization of marijuana, oddly directly adjacent to the space beyond beds and baths.
Saturday, March 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mariposa & the Saint: A Play Through Letters
A play written by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen through a prison wall. Now Mariposa speaks directly to the audience from the isolation of solitary confinement. Learn how you can help stop people from being tortured via solitary in the US! Light refreshments will be served, donations welcome!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
User Experience, Accessibility, and Inclusive Design
This is as yet not set to a location and also there’s not so much any details for it, but we figure it’s something lots of people could use some education about! Make sure people who use the things you make have an easy time doing it!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Elixir/Erlang for Scalability and Reliability – Monthly Ful Stack Meetup
Learn about Elixir/Erlang, and how it can address the problems of scale and reliability in your software. Get history and background on Erlang and Elixir, see a demonstration of a simple distributed program and a basic web app!

Entertainment:

Saturday, March 25th
Smith Vocational High School, Northampton MA at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The River’s Family Music Meltdown and Bash
Meltdown! Spring family music and fun for all in the Valley! There’s no better way to celebrate the slooooow approach of Spring!

History:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Punishment in Paradise: the History of Incarceration in Northampton, 1654 – Present
MIke Ryan will discuss crime and punishment in Northampton and how Northampton developed jails and prisons. He’ll talk about how the philosophies of incarceration have changed here over the last 350 years. The brief switch to a Phantom Zone based correctional facility in the 70s was a bit of a historical oddity.
Weinstein Auditorium at Smith College at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
27th Annual Phyllis Williams Lehmann Lecture with John R. Clarke
John R. Clarke will discuss new research strategies and recent discoveries at Oplontis. Oplontis is a villa near the famously incinerated city of Pompeii, and since 2006 Dr. Clarke’s research team has been tasked by the Italian Ministry of Culture to study and excavate the villas that were first uncovered at Torre Annunziata. Learn about history and how to learn about history, it sounds neat as heck. Lunch served afterward!
Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall at Smith College at 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM
Leisure and Luxury: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Structuring the Exhibition
A panel discussion about how people put together the exhibition at Smith College. Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art, will moderate and Elaine Gazda, Regina Gee, and Tim Liddell will be part of the panel!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
Using Irish Records for your Family History
Even if you know your ancestors were from Ireland, there’s a lot more to discover about them! Using Irish public records and resources, Lisa Dougherty, the Genealogist in Residence at the Irish- American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY will present an overview of what you can learn and how!
Sunday, March 26th
Deerfield Community Center [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Earthen Ware, Made in Boston”
Learn about earthenware and the partnership of Benjamin Leigh and John Allman to produce it during the revolution! PResented by Angelika Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation!

Kids:

Saturday, March 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
A Day with Superman and Superwoman Vision
Introduce kids to light! Like scientifically, not light the thing in the world. If you’re just now introducing your kid to light that’s very bad, kids should see light a minimum of a couple days after they’re born, we’re pretty sure. You need to pre-register, and it’s limited to 12 adult/kid pairs, ages 6-10. Bring sunscreen! Call 413-665-2642 to register!
Sunday, March 26th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
The award-winning duo have conspired to create yet another funny tale about some sneaky shapes! Triangle is the first tale in a new trilogy about shapes! Shapes that are apparently not trustworthy! Instill a healthy paranoia about ideal forms in your children!

Movies:

Thursday, March 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Screening of Ava DuVernay’s film 13th
A film screening of the Oscar-nominated documnetary that explores the intersection of racism and criminal justice. Learn about today’s horrific prison labor system and what needs to change. Presented by Historic Northampton and the American Studies department at Smith!
Saturday, March 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Movie: Luck of the Irish
See this extremely odd Disney Family Movie about a teen who turns into a leprechaun in the grand tradition of Disney’s “turing into something related to your family history sort of” series of films. Pizza and snacks will also be served!
Sunday, March 26th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Peggy Guggenheim was a central figure for modern art, collecting both artwork and the artists she loved via patronage. Guggenheim built one of the most important collections of modern art, forever enshrined in her palazzo in Venice. Learn more about this fascinating woman at the Book Center!

March 13th – March 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Most important thing this week? NERDSummit 2017! It’s great, you’re great, you should head there and be great at a great event. You can find out more at NERDSummit.org, and we feel like we really need to emphasize that there’s free food there so basically it’s the best.

In other news: wow, did you get a chance to check out the new Zelda? Dang. Dang heck. That’s a hell of a game. We’ve had the opportunity to play a tiny bit, and it’s just so danged neat as heck. We picked a very good time to be friends with a person who owns a WiiU!

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:

Monday, March 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
States of Incarceration Opening Reception
A travelling exhibit from the Humanities Action Lab examining prison in the US. At 7pm, the group Voices From Inside will perform Voices Carry, a collection of poetry readings from formerly incarcerated women.
Thursday, March 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Not sure who’s up this month, but have some cookies and talk about art! What’s not to like?

Books:

Tuesday, March 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Roger Ekirch, American Sanctuary
In 1797 with the bloodiest mutiny suffered by the British Royal Navy, the HMS Hermione, left one of the mutineers on American shores. John Adams sanctioned his extradition to Britai, igniting a political firestorm. Ekirch lays out the stories of the Robbins affair and the constituional crisis it created soon after in he US!
Wednesday, March 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Talk with Ed Orzechowski: You’ll Like It Here
Ed Orzechowski tells the story of Donald Vitkus, who was committed to Belchertown State School in 1949 when he was six years old. He was clinically labeled a “moron”, and spent a lifetime convincing others and himself after the dehumanizing experience of schooling that he wasn’t something less. To register for the talk, call 413-283-3330 ext 0!
Saturday, March 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Super Hero Party With Lisa Yee
Calling all capes! Super Saturday with Lisa Yee is going to be great! Celebrate the release of Batgirl at Super Hero High, costumes encouraged! Check out this excellent new entry in the series and have a great time doing it!

Community:

Tuesday, March 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
Learn more about the effects of diabetes on your heart at this presentation!
Wednesday, March 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Ides of March Political Postcard Party
Join your fellow Valley citizens and write some postcards to make your voice heard! Put your beliefs into action by letting the White House and your representatives about what you find important! Postcards, pens, and addresses for local and national politicians will be provided along with some light refreshments!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
MA Forest Rescue Campaign
Rescue forests in our great state! Forests are a general good that could use more protecting. Lend a hand and be a helper for the woods that need it! Work in the spirit of the Lorax, a Mass native!

Computers:

Saturday, March 18th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building [661 N. Pleasant St., UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003] at 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
NERD Summit 2017
The main event! The big deal! The summit that’s going to be a very excellent time for everyone who attends it! NERDSummit 2017 is going to have over 40 sessions across two days! Get job-seeking advice! Learn how to build a more responsive website! Learn anything and everything you could imagine about development!
UMass Integrated Sciences Building [661 N. Pleasant St., UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003] at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Agile Methods Meetup
At the NERDSummit you’ll have a chance to learn about Agile, the methodology of the moment! What works for you? What doesn’t? How much can you apply and in what manner can you apply it?
Sunday, March 19th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building [661 N. Pleasant St., UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003] at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
NERD Summit 2017
The NERDSummit! Delightful computer related talks and talking! Luminaries of the field mingling in our fair Valley! It’ll be a great weekend!
UMass Integrated Sciences Building [661 N. Pleasant St., UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
March 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Drupal! There’s a whole day of Drupal at the NERDSummit! It’s a cavalcade! Drupal 101, Drupal Views, Drupal 8 tips and tricks, real world config management, and finally check out SaaS or Creating a Flexible Website!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, March 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Punishment in Paradise: the History of Incarceration in Northampton, 1654 – Present
Retired lawyer and judge as well as native of Northampton Mike Ryan will discuss crime and punishment in Northampton and the development of the series of Northampton jails and other houses of correction. How philosophies about incarceration have changed in our fair Valley over the last 350 ears.
Thursday, March 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch it with pals! Watch it with whomever you’d like! There’s some good anime, we’ve been told.

History:

Saturday, March 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Meadow City Historians
At the quarterly meeting of the Meadow City Historians archivist Julie Barlett Nelson and local history librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley will discuss special collections relating to local history! To join up with MCH, email info [at] historicnorthampton.org and tell them about your research interests!

Kids:

Wednesday, March 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday Wizards
Learning and fun combine to make fulearnun at the library! Learn a scientific concept and experiment with it to cement what you learn, a new guest presenter each time!
Thursday, March 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Enjoy a fun afternoon playing with LEGO! Great fun for all ages!
Saturday, March 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
Explore weather and meteorology with Steven and Ralph! Call 413-587-1010 to register!

Movies:

Wednesday, March 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening: Harold and Maude
A classic starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon. The friendship between a septugenarian and a young man dealing with absentee parents leads to comedy and drama!

RPGs:

Thursday, March 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Have a good time pretending to be someone else at the library! But like as part of an RPG, not just to freak out a librarian.

Science:

Monday, March 13th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Nerd Nite NoHo
Learn, laugh, and make new friends! We’ll be talking Game of Thrones and music theory at this Nerd Nite, neatly creating yet another Nerd Nite with absolutely no unifying theme! It’ll be fun!

March 6th – March 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So hey here’s a thing we just found out about recently despite ostensibly being a news source: due to a variety of circumstances both unforeseen and ultraforeseen the lovably local game shop co-op Worlds Apart Games is going to cease to exist soon. Like, by the end of March. So that’s a really unfortunate thing, right? It’s very important to our continued steadiness of mind that there exist Game Places in all Valley towns so that we have ample reason to go putter around somewhere should we find ourselves out and about.

The nice thing is that it seems like some very dedicated people of various stripes and interest categories are of the same opinion and working to figure out how to fill the void that will be left and with what to do the filling. Community game space? Event-hosting space? Something that lets a bunch of people play Magic the Gathering there really often seems like it could garner a decent amount of support.

Which is what they need! Support from you! Interested in playing a boardgame in Amherst that doesn’t involve being at someone’s house? Then go to their Facebook page and check out what’s up and head to their meetup at 5pm this Wednesday the 8th at The Works in Amherst to talk through things.

At a very minimum you’ll get to meet nice people and talk to them so that’s decent you know? Also maybe you’re independently wealthy and have a weird interest in sustaining a game shop in Amherst we don’t know our audience that well.

And finally check out NERDSummit.org! Again, if you’ve already seen it! The schedule’s up and it is going to be great and you should attend because it’ll be great and also full disclosure because they paid us money to tell you to attend so the more of you who attend the more obvious it becomes that giving us cash is met with great success and happiness. If you could carry signs or wear shirts saying “We came here because of the wonderful marketing of the folks at Valley Nerd Watch” we would appreciate it.

Have a lovely week, folks!

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:

Monday, March 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Makerspace Monday
A weekly group gathering to play with stuff, make art, and just generally create new things for the joy of it!
Wednesday, March 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Knitting Clinic
Neet help knitting? Get help knitting! Know how to knit real real nice? Knit real real nice and help out people who need help knitting! Somehwere in between nice nice and need help? Then enter the Cave of Shadows and brave the trials three for access to the knitting secrets or ask for some tips from fellow knitters!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINES! Zines across the nation! Zines in our veins! Zines for teens! Zines for monotremes! Zines for any and all who have access to cheap copiers! Learn how to create a zine and distribute it!
Friday, March 10th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Unidentified Woman an Exhibition by Jodi Colella
In this exhibit the artist takes headwear and photos so old they’re actually daguerreotypes from the collection of Historic Northampton and explores the role of headwear in indicating the class, status, and occupation of the wearer. Collela stitches together the past and future by colorfully exploring women whose names have been forgotten by history.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you want to go to a great local art museum but also you don’t have $5? Go ahead and check out the Free Second Friday! It’s a ton of fun and is totally without cost. Though if you can drop a couple bucks in the donation bin that would be very nice.
Saturday, March 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Make Harry Potter Potion Bottles
Do you wish your life involved more slightly-sinister storage, Snape-style? Suffer no longer! You can create some neat distressed bottles and make them look just like Snape’s! And hey if you don’t care about pretending to be a magical folk you can just make neat antique bottles!

Board Games:

Friday, March 10th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Board game meetup by the folks at the Pioneer Valley Geeks & Games at the Burger King! Bring a game if you want to share one or just play what other folks have brought! Beginners welcome, and there’s no better audience if you’ve got a game you’d really like to try!
Saturday, March 11th
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 going to be a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place! Entry is free but you should definitely bring a chess set and clock if you can and a bagged lunch if you want to eat!

Books:

Monday, March 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group
A weekly poetry discussion group open to regulars and drop-ins! This week they’re going to discuss poems about Climate Change!
Wednesday, March 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Garry Brown Talk and Book Signing
Garry Brown will talk about the best stories he’s written over the past fifty-danged-nine years writing at Springfield newspapers which what the heck he has written an infinite amount we’re pretty sure. If we’re still writing these newsletters in fifty-nine years we’d just yell at people to give us a medal at any sort of signing.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Warm up with Kestrel Land Trust’s Love the Land Book Share
Grab a favorite read related to nature, land, or the nature of land and share it in an informal gathering! Heck you don’t even need to grab the book, just have a title and an author and a short bit about why you liked it and share it with the group! RSVP required but it is free! Email katy [at] kestreltrust [dot] org!
Thursday, March 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ani Tuzman, The Temble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov
In partnership with the Yiddish Book Center for an evening, the Odyssey will host a novel inspired by Rabbi Yisroel ben Eliezar, known as the Ball Shem Tov or the Good Master of the Name. Set in the 1700s Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth this reimagining of one of the most revered of history’s mystics allows readers to experience the timelessness and grace of unrestrained love! Which is pretty impressive for a novel, most of the ones we read just allow us to experience how cool lasers are.
Sunday, March 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
A love story, a magical realist story, a sci-fi story, a story about being a refugee… this book is a lot of things! Nadia and Saeed are young lovers thrust into an uncertain existence during a civil war and given the option to escape through a mysterious doorway. Emerging somewhere alien, they try to hold on to each other. It sounds like it’s worth a read! Buy it at Odyssey and get it signed!

Comic Books:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Are you a comicser? A comicilizer? Someone who makes artwork or writes stories and then slaps them together into a single thing? Hang out with a bunch of really nice creators who travel from near and like slightly less near but still pretty near to discuss the craft and business of comics! All it takes to get in is a $5 day pass that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Wednesday, March 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
National Women’s Strike
From the description: “In support of International Women’s Day, join the conversation after the demonstration on the Greenfield Town Common!”

Computers:

Monday, March 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
One-on-one Tech Tutoring
Tech tutoring in English and Spanish! Register for an hour one-on-one session at least 24 hours in advance every weekday from 11:30am – 1:30pm or 4:30pm – 6:30pm! Sign up by calling 413-420-8118 or write to grivera [at] holyokelibrary [dot] org!
Tuesday, March 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Designers regular a coder nendezvous makers of web! It’s a good time to hang out and talk to folks who work on web-dev stuff and just generally have an alright time at a nice bar.
Thursday, March 9th
Cultivate and Nest [2 Bay Rd., Suite 100, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass Meetup
After a couple quick updates about ongoing projects, there will be a discussion about potential future options and then people are going to join teams and get hacking to make the community a bit better! It’s a really great group and they’re doing interesting stuff, you should join! Also dinner and drinks are on them so like there’s literally no reason to not go to this thing and say hi!
Friday, March 10th
North Amherst Library [8 Montague Rd, Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Drop-in Tech Support with PC Doctor Hank
PC Doctor Hank will put a stethoscope on your PC and diagnose what woes it! Hank knows what’s up with PC innards and is happy to help you understand it all!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 9th
Franklin Patterson Main Lecture Hall at Hampshire College at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
No More Talk About Us, Without Us!
The real women of the hit TV show and book “Orange is the New Black” discuss the reality of prison life and the way it feels to have people take a look at your own harrowing actual experiences though the lens of entertainment in a panel discussion that seems informative and necessary.
Saturday, March 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Doctor Which is at it again with his scarfs! Free and open to all, snacks “strongly encouraged”! Watch some classic episodes of the show that’s endured for so long our parents were fans when they were our age!
Sunday, March 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
“The Real Deal Purim-Shpil” with the Wandering Jew Players of the Congress for Jewish Culture
A musical mash-up featuring Purim plays, drinking songs, and general holiday cheer by great Yiddish writers including Sholem Aleichem, Itzik Manger, Moyshe Nadir, and more! It’s $8 for students, $10 for members, and $12 for general admission!

Kids:

Saturday, March 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Morning Kids Arts and Crafts
St. Patrick’s Day themed readings and arts and crafts! Make a Shamrock, or a pot of gold, or any of the innumerable items appropriate for children during this, the easiest holiday to make child-friendly!

Movies:

Tuesday, March 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Join librarians Francesca and Steve for the delicious combination of pizza and a film, open to ages 12 and up!
Wednesday, March 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Which Way Home
This film tackles immigration issues by focusing on the youngest victims of the struggle to just exist in the world. The film follows some of the thousands of unaccompanied children from all over Latin America who fled from their homes as they attempt to make the trecharous journey across the US border.
Sunday, March 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film Screening, “There Are Jews Here”
More than a million American Jews live in small towns around the country, and this movie explores people working ot keep the Jewish spirit alive in places like Laredo Texas and Dothan Alabama. It’s $4 for students, $6 for members, and $8 for everyone else!

Science:

Tuesday, March 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
This week, you’ll learn about diabetes and the effects carbohydrates have on it! Anne Bernardin will educate you and share her success story, as well as recap the other lessons in case you’re just coming in this week!
Thursday, March 9th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Is it hot in here? Thinking about the evolution of menopause.
With Dr Lynnette Sievert this cafe will explore the evolution of mopause and post-reproductive aging as a human trait! She’ll talk about how humans as individuals and different cultures deal with menopause and the fact that we’re as species that oulives our reproductive years!

Valley Nerd Watch Game Pack Giveaway!

We’re starting something new!

After realizing that our total pile of “Things We Got In a Bundle That We Either Already Have or Don’t Really Think Are Our Cup Of Tea” is standing at over 100 games we have decided to do the only sensible thing: give them away to subscribers!

Valley Nerd Watch Game Giveaway: Stay Silent!

What games are included in this first pack?

Mark of the Ninja: Hide and seek your way through some really well-made maps that are a lot of fun. Probably our favorite recent stealth/action game.

LIMBO: A game about being a small child who mostly tries to not get killed by a terrifying, uncaring world!

Sir, You Are Being Hunted: A very British stealth/survival game about eating cakes and drinking tea and avoiding terrifying robotic hunters on a mysterious island you’ve teleported to!

Invisible, Inc.: Rebuild your spy agency by stealing from mega-corporations and break into the secret supercomputer that can wipe your agents personal data from the grid! It’s really amazing and we love it.

Good luck, and have a great month!