Month: August 2017

August 28th – September 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is starting out pretty good we think! We recommend checking out the Queers in Comics & Games discussion at Modern Myths tomorrow. It’s a great place to meet new people and have a chat, and it’s a way to support a wonderful local shop! And you get a great excuse to spend $5 on some comics and games!

This past week we again had a lovely time at Wednesday Games at The Brass Cat! We got to play Tiny Epic Quest, which is a fun if slightly overly fluffy game. There were little bits and bobs that you could attach to your tiny meeple figures and frankly they mostly contributed to an avalanche of plastic which might be lost. Also, it was rough getting a clear grasp of some of the mechanics until 3/5 turns in, which had the effect of making everyone at various points suddenly very sad as they realize oh shoot I messed up bad!

Still once things got going it was nice, and the mechanics worked together to ensure that the finish-line wasn’t too far away once we had coherent plans in place. We think Tiny Epic Galaxies was more fun and less fuss, though.

Also earlier we got to play Time of Crisis, an excellent game from the always-spectacular and often confusing GMT! This one wasn’t confusing, though! It’s just a very straightforward attempt to rack up victory points by controlling and improving parts of Rome, and then becoming Emperor at the right moment! Making things a bit more interesting is a system of deck-building that doesn’t require you to shuffle, so you can spend time figuring out how you want to construct your next couple hands as you look at your deck. We had a blast even though we got soundly defeated.

We also just had a fun time building characters for Breaking The Ice of the Romance Trilogy, excellent game by local excellent person Emily Care Boss of Black & Green Games. We highly recommend you check it out! A rare two-person RPG, it’s the perfect game to play with a pal who’s a bit nervous about getting into an adventuring party!

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, August 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Each Tuesday, meet up in the Teen Room and walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio at 306 Race St. to learn about media literacy, get hands-on experience with song recording, journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! Also, oddly enough, geology. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about sediment.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk (Making Jewlery)
We enjoy the fact that they definitely liked the name of this but realized it in no way communicated ‘Jewelry’ at the end. They made it work, though! Create jewelry using stamps, Shrinky Dink material, and a heat source! Open to ages 11-17, pre-register by calling 413-259-3091 or at teens@joneslibrary.org by 5:30pm Monday!
Thursday, August 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Friday, September 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
A free cultural event where you get to see open mic performers and look at beautiful art and listen to poetry and legend says that Emily Dickinson might drop by!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Monday, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Reading & Book Signing | Amy Larade
Amy Larade will perform a dramatic reading and sign copies of her debut novel! The novel is called “So Nice to Finally Meet You…” so it’s sort of like the book’s happy to have finally come out! Yay!

Card Games:

Friday, September 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Comic Books:

Monday, August 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk to a bunch of wonderful people about LGBTQIA+ representation in comics and games of all stripes! It’s moderated by the spectacular store manager, and admission is a day pass of $5 that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Wednesday, August 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Foster Care Recruitment Informational Session
Get information about becoming a foster parent! Get started on helping out some kids!
Thursday, August 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.

Computers:

Saturday, September 2nd
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center [100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Raspberry Jam
A Raspberry Jam is a place for young and old, experienced hands and new folks, to learn about Raspberry Pi! What is Raspberry Pi? A tiny inexpensive computer you can practice coding with! And Robotics! If that sounds neat, come hang out and learn more!
Sunday, September 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Getting Started
Librarian and officially licensed Tech Wizard Dylan Tibert will teach you the fundamentals of designing your own website using WordPress. Classes will be a one hour lecture followed by a hands-on workshop. Perfect for experienced computer users who are beginners at web design! This class covers how to get started with web servers and WordPress!

Entertainment:

Thursday, August 31st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Gundam, maybe? There are more than one Gundam series, right? We just heard about one episode being so bad it was expelled from the canon, which could be fun to watch!
Friday, September 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Johnny & the Flashbacks
Take a trip back, in TIME that is! Back to the era of the Mesozoic! We think. We’re about 90% certain. It’s also possible that this is a 50’s throwback band but we’re almost entirely sure that it’s a dinosaur-themed ‘rock’ band haha get it. Bring blankets or lawn chairs! Free to all and sundry!

Movies:

Monday, August 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Free Movies for Adults in the Community Room: Psycho
Bring your lunch and watch Psycho in the community room! A completely normal activity that is definitely what you should do and not the trap of a clever murderer!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Playtime
Check out the film first! Watch it at home! They don’t screen the film there! You can use Kanopy.com to see it too! Then, again we stress after having already watched the film, go talk about it with these friendly folks!
Wednesday, August 30th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Space is the Place
Meet in the Lobby with the friendly friends of the Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup! You can sit together at the film and discuss it afterward! This movie sounds very neat: “The special effects, outrageous plot line and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history.”
Saturday, September 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Northanger Abbey
Watch a beautiful Jane Austen movie about an abbey named Northanger, and all the adventures it has! We have not read this Jane Austen book.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, September 1st
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Return, heroes, to Elmerton! A season has been spent away, and now’s the time to discover what has changed! You can find out as a Player Character or a Non Player Character, and if you want to be a Non Player and help flesh out the cast, it’s free and includes meals! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Saturday, September 2nd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Explore, enjoy, magic, fancy dress! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Sunday, September 3rd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Remember, you get all your food free if you’re an NPC, and you can even come for just a few hours to help out if you like! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!

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August 21st – August 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a wonderful time at Nerd Nite this past week! And guess what we made a special announcement and we’re going to re-make that announcement here, but later! Next time attend Nerd Nite if you want the scoop, folks.

Nerd Nite NoHo is going to have a special show at the Academy of Music! In anticipation of the Academy’s putting on the play Einstein! by Jack Fry on November 18th we’re going to do an Einstein-focused Nerd Nite on Monday, October 23rd! Two local physics professors – Dr. Gary Felder and Dr. Brokk Toggerson – are going to discuss cosmology and how it relates to relativity and the sometimes unsolved mysteries of the physics of the mundane!

It’ll be the best opportunity you have to take your friends and family to a Nerd Nite! You’ll be able to pretend it’s a way classier event! We’re excited!

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, August 22nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
Create a god or goddess to add to the pantheon, young writers ages 9 – 12! Children’s author Burleigh Muten will help you create a new myth! Don’t go too hard on the mythmaking though you don’t want to wake up to a knock on the door from the Un-Council of No-Space, they keep a lid on the power levels of most gods. Pre-registration only, $100, call 413-657-7721 to pre-register!
Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
More gods! The mind boggles at all these ancient deities!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine fiends clean your spleens and eat some greens on the way to the zine club! It’s the most important night of the week! Let us know if you make a zine and we will maybe feature it in the Nerd Watch? Yeah why not that sounds fun. Zines!
Thursday, August 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
We suggest creating a god or goddess of some abstract thought process. Like the goddess of being quite happy but low-key nervous that you’ve forgotten a deadline.
Saturday, August 26th
Unitarian Society [220 Main Street, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Scarlet Professor: An Evening of Discussion & Song
Award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer will describe how they and the librettist Harley Erdman transformed the powerful story of Newton Arvin, a Smith professor who was persecuted in the 60s for ‘possession of lewd photos of men’, into an opera. We’re going to assume they made it somewhat like the Scarlet Letter, because of the name!

Board Games:

Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Thursday, August 24th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award nominated short fiction + dinner
Read a bunch of excellent short fiction works and then talk about them with a group of friendly people at a nice local restaurant! You can find a link to each of the stories discussed on the meetup page! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/242268636/
Friday, August 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet The Author/Illustrator Mark Parisi
Ages 8+! Also their families! Meet an author and illustrator who is lovely and then have a writing and illustration lab and some snacks! What a delightful afternoon this sounds like, good job Mark Parisi!
Saturday, August 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tim Burke Book Talk | Deception
Deception is a book with a cover image of what look like some snappily-dressed mob people pointing guns while competing to be in the most photogenic shadows so we’re assuming kind of a noir adventure/thriller? Really long talk, too! Maybe it’s just someone recording an audio-book while you’re in the room.

Card Games:

Friday, August 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!
Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Human Era Playtest
From the creators of the spectacular DRAGOON, check out and provide excellent and useful feedback about Human Era! It’s a competitive time-travelling card game which sounds pretty neat. Stop by any time from one to four to help out and play a fun game!

Community:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color. Pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional space for Women of Color. Free and open to the public.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Volunteer to Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Are you interested in supporting students in your community? You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.
Saturday, August 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Franklin County League of Women Voters
Get together with the wonderful folks who like to vote! Get informed, get involved, get ready to keep working for your ideals!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
The Northampton Committee to Stop War offers a fee and accessible screening of John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger dives deep into the US’s belligerence toward the world’s second economic power, and why it seems like we’re on the long road to a short and horrific war. Discussion will follow the film!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

SPACE:

Monday, August 21st
America [Earth] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
The Sun Escapes
It’s done it this time, folks, it’s really gone and done it. We had it for a long time, we kept it here to keep us warm and to help us photosynthesize but it’s gone and slipped the chains and it’s taking the first train to anywhere but here. The portal will open and begin swallowing the sun around 1:30pm, and by about 2:30pm we should all begin to freeze into an endless tableau of eternal night, and then at about 4:00pm the Sun will arrive… somewhere a little bit better than here.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Solar Eclipse Viewing
If you can’t make it to the first viewing, they’ll be doing a repeat viewing 6pm – 9pm.

Science:

Monday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club: Astronomy and the Solar Eclipse
Astronomy is the study of how to chain stars. Basically it’s a series of elaborate binding rituals that “Astronemeers” use each day to make sure that a new star is available to power Earth for the day. Learn more about this eldritch scientific pursuit and watch as Astronemeers attempt to keep the sun from escaping!

August 14th – August 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This pleasant weekend we got to see our mom and celebrate the 100th birthday of our grandma, which was nice. There were small children there and when you made faces at them they either looked confused or they made the same face back which is pretty much all we ask for out of a social gathering!

Also hey guess what we’re making cookies for Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow! We’re doing a bake-sale/charity drive again and they’re going to be as always extremely good and you’re going to love them. Nerd Nite is to reiterate tomorrow at 7:00pm to 9:00pm and it’ll be a blast as always! Wesley Olds will be speaking about weather forecasting and Adam Marks will talk about song mash-ups! Come say hi at the door! If you tell us you enjoy the Nerd Watch we’ll be extremely excited!

We got to play Not Alone at the Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this past week and it was really neat! Fast hidden-movement game that’s pretty quick to pick up. Our previous experience with hidden-movement was the excellent but super-intimidating Whitechapel, and it was nice to play one that was boiled down to a real basic but effective “which of these places will be safe this turn?”

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, August 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Henry David Thoreau: The Man and His Work
Local presenter extraordinaire Barry “the Presenter” Deitz will speak on Thoreau, his life, and his works! Learn more about a person who really made a heck of an impact pretty much describing how nice the Valley is to people for a large bit of his life. We think. Look don’t spread this around but we’re pretty sure we’ve never read a single word Thoreau wrote and it’s making us feel a bit embarrassed.
Friday, August 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Free Fun Friday!
Visit the museum for free! Crafts, tours, scavenger hunts, and more!

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Bring your family and hang out at the library! Games, puzzles, all sorts of projects for families to do together! And if you find that your family is getting large and unwieldy just play like a 7-player game of Risk and someone will definitely estrange themselves.
Saturday, August 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Wednesday, August 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
A family is riven by secrets and forced to pit love against loyalty! Isma has finally started pursuing her dreams, but she can’t stop worrying about her sister Aneeka or her brother Parvaiz. Then, Eamonn enters the picture… is he a chance at love? A chance to help Parvaiz? What sacrifices will Isma make for love?

Card Games:

Friday, August 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!

Computers:

Tuesday, August 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Troubleshooting Tablets
Technology is a cruel mistress that each day claws at us. Fight back against the spiraling confusion of technological influence in your life by taking this class by Rita Gavelis and learn about how to explore and learn about tablets and get great tips about figuring out how to fix them when they cease to work!
Thursday, August 17th
Amherst Media [246 College Street, Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
August 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
If you love Drupal, dopal yourself a favor and attend this event! Learn the tip of the month, the module of the month, hear some lightning talks, and then listen to the presentation “Using Patternlab with Drupal!” It’s a great chance to get better at the Drupal you knowpal and lovepal!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 14th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Weather and Song
Nerd Nite! The nitiest nite we know. It’s going to get extremely wonderful in there as we learn from Wesley Olds why our weather forecasts aren’t down to the second, and from everyone’s favorite Adam Marks how to make music mashups!
Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about sports! There’s a bunch of neat sports-related anime we think. There’s not a ton of sports-related serial media that we’re aware of in non-animated media. Friday Night Lights? That’s the one we know. We don’t know a lot about anime or sports, so learn for us!
Sunday, August 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on the grounds of Historic Northampton
Herrell’s will bring the On the MOOOve get it like a cow haha ice cream trailer! The Florence Community Band will be there! You’ll eat ice cream! You can get a nice membership discount!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Fan Club
Do you love graphic novels and are you 12-17 years old? Come speak with other people who love graphic novels and are 12-17 years old! We personally really liked reading the first volume of Usagi Yojimbo recently, as well as Womanthology: Space! There are a ton of wonderful things out there for you to read and share and use as inspiration for your own creations!

Movies:

Sunday, August 20th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Dough
A dramatic comedy or ‘Comatic’ as everyone says film about an old Jewish baker and his new assistant, a Muslim teenager. They grow to become unlikely friends as the teen navigates the difficulties of life as an immigrant.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or Breaking the Ice or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

August 7th – August 13th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We hope your week’s going well! This coming week there’s a bunch of neat stuff!

We highly recommend checking out Saturday Board Games at Modern Myths, because it is always a fun time. Or Wednesday Games if you’re in Easthampton! There’s always a good game night in the Valley.

Also! We have exciting news BUT we can’t talk about it just yet. Suffice to say it is related to Nerd Nite and you should all make sure to make it to the next Nerd Nite on Monday, August 14th at the World War 2 Club! It’s going to be about song mashups and weather forecasting, two great tastes that obviously taste great together!

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, August 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club/strong>
Zines! Zines! Zines off the screens, and into the streams! Zines are a means to preen your mean … … hm. Feathers? We don’t have all day to think of ryhmes!
Friday, August 11th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet presents “Wild Lines”
Award-winning soprano saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom presents “Wild Lines”, her new work for jazz quartet and spoken word and inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Inspired by the knowledge that Dickinson was a pianist and improviser, this explores the jazz-like quality of Dickinson’s writing! Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for Friends, seniors, and students!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
FREE FUN FRIDAY!
We don’t know why they’re shouting it this time but it’s still nice! It’s a great chance to see “The Villas of Oplontis” before the exhibit closes on August 13th! There will be a food truck around lunch time, hands-on art making for all ages, light refreshments, and a guided conversation about one of the objects of art on display! A delightfully mind-expanding time for all.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reframing Northampton: A Contemporary View of the Howes Brothers Photographs by Sara Lyons
Sara Lyons has revisited and re-photographed a bunch of the homes that the Howes Brothers documented over 100 years ago. Her contemporary portraits will be displayed alongside the original Howes Brothers images. We presume the purpose to to lord it over the past, showing off how much cooler our house are now that we have color.

Board Games:

Tuesday, August 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ice Cream and Air Condition Board Game Night
Eat ice cream! Play board games! There’s really not much more to say about this. We suppose the air conditioning part of things has been weirdly unnecessary for some bits of this summer, but it’s August so we’re probably going to melt as we do every year. Have a good time!
Wednesday, August 9th
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Ice Cream and Air Condition Board Game Night
Another lovely game night at the Brass Cat! Good beer, good companionship, good games. What more can a person ask for? This week they’re going to be focusing on the Highlight Game “Not Alone”! It’s about being hunted by a mysterious alien on a strange world and it sounds great!
Saturday, August 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Wednesday, August 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Claire McMillan, The Necklace
The Necklace is a story of resentment and secrets spanning generations and all circling around a mysterious and awe-inspiring necklace from India that was left to young lawyer Nell Quincy after her great-aunt’s death! So far most of the items we’ve received from deceased relatives have been at BEST moderately cursed.
Thursday, August 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Book Talk with Edward Lodi, The Angel of Hadley
The Angel of Hadley, A Legend of King Phillip’s war and the Strange History Behind It is an account of an attack on Hadley in September of 1675 by native Americans during which a stranger saved the day before vanishing. This led the settlers to believe he was an emissary of God. Edward Lodi will explain what’s up with that.

Card Games:

Friday, August 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will ge at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!

Community:

Thursday, August 10th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
Get some quick updates about ongoing projects followed by a discussion of upcoming projects and then it’s straight to work hacking to make a difference in our local communities! If you’ve got a skill you can contribute whether that’s coding, analysis, the ability to speak to people on a phone without hyperventalitating a little, you’re welcome to help out! You can also join the Slack group at h4wm.slack.com/ signup if you’d like to chat there! Dinner and drinks are provided by the firendly Hackers!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Habitat for Humanity – Building a Better World Locally and Globally
Learn about an organiation that’s helping people here and around the world live indoors!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Plant Swap
Swap plants! Bring some plants, talk to some folks who like plants, take their plants, and then give them your plants! Heck basically anything you can imagine doing with plants you can do here with these plants! Except plant them, no planting them in the library.

Computers:

Thursday, August 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Coding with Minecraft
Kids ages 10 and up, learn how to summon lighting wit ha bow and arrow, build giant rainbows, spawn farms, and modify the world… of MINECRAFT that is! Thank goodness we don’t need any more lightning-summoning children. Please pre-register at the Youth Services Desk by calling 413-283-3330.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Toe Jam Puppet Band
Join Mr. Vinny and Mr. Tom to play laugh sing and dance along to the fantastic fantabulous puppet band!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Circus Minimus: One-Man-Circus-in-a-Suitcase!
This terror of a man has crafted a device capable of shrinking or ‘Minimizing’ entire rooms full of people! Beware, dear readers! Beware the Minimus, many have already been captured! A circus follows him, seeking to regain their forms! If you hear the subtle sound of a tiny elephant trumpetting you know it’s already too late!

Kids:

Wednesday, August 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Sunshine Story Time
A special storytime designed for 3-5 year-olds that has puppets and rythm instruments! We tend to prefer arthymic instruments. Like a tambourine with a hole through it missing 3 of the jingly bits.
Saturday, August 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Caravan Puppet Theater Summer Reading Program Wrap Up Party
Ring the death knell for summer and welcome the Dark Times with this summer reading wrap-up party! There’s going to be a puppet show and prizes, so definitely bring in your reading record and pick up your prize book!
Sunday, August 13th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime: Leslea Newman
Wear a sparkly thing to this “Sparkle Party”! It’s a storytime! It’s an art activity! It’s sparkly as all get out! You’ll hear the story of Casey and his older sister Jessie! Casey loves trucks and blocks and puzzles as well as shimmery glittery things, but Jessie says shiny pretty things are just for girls! This story speaks to us all about freedom and respect and how to make your way in a confusing world!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: Command and Control
Command and Control sells the message of anti nuclear proliferation via the quite reasonable method of recounting a 1980 incident during which Arkansas was almost destroyed. Like, the state. Not even by any particularly wildly unlikely account. It’s almost as though hanging on to weaponry that can destroy states isn’t particularly useful OR safe!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

Science:

Monday, August 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Great North American Solar Eclipse
There’s going to be the first solar eclipse in North America in 38 years this month! That’s wild! Wait why do we have a memory of seeing a solar eclipse as children? That makes no sense. We were… hm. We’re really going to need to talk to mom about that rune circle she never allows us to pass through in the basement. Either way, Meg Thatcher from the Astronomy Department at Smith College will give you the low-down about what an eclipse is, why they happen, and how to view one safely!
Wednesday, August 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The Role of the Honeybees in the Environment
Beekeeper Kenneth Warchol will speak about the role of honeybees in the environment! Oddly enough? CTO. Bees, the collective, are the CTO of the environment. There are going to be samples of honey to taste!