Month: December 2017

January 1st – January 7th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy New Year, folks! Hopefully 2018 works out well for you.

As always we have our special end of the year event: being kind of tired and probably having a cold so this is really short. Thankfully there aren’t a ton of events this week either!

Oh! And come check out Nerd Nite NoHo on January 8th, at the World War 2 Club, 7:00pm – 9:00pm! It’s going to be wonderful and the weather will hopefully not be wildly cold.

Oh! And also we got to DM some D&D over the weekend of Christmas and it was a great time. We don’t get to do that enough! It’s always really fun to be able to use the scaffolding of a situation/ruleset to have fun describing how your pals have managed to stab their own foot trying to kill a giant rat.

Happy New Year again! Resolve to make improvements that are achievable and have steps to them so you can always feel like you’re making progress if you’re going to resolve anything!

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 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Please pre-register for this fun art event! Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Gingerbread people will have an opportunity to build houses out of steak.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Please pre-register for this fun art event! Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Gingerbread people will have an opportunity to bid on the final results!

Board Games:

Saturday, January 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Card Games:

Friday, January 5th
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.

Computers:

Tuesday, January 2nd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!

Entertainment:

Thursday, January 4th
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! We had a fun time watching BLAME! That’s an option!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Friday, January 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Lasers! Too dangerous for our children? Nonsense, we say! Light up the night and carve the library into neat cauterized cubes with what we can only assume are high-powered laser beams. Don’t know what the “tag” part is implying. Suitable for ages 11-17, registration required! Use the Garden entrance after 5pm.

Movies:

Tuesday, January 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals! Free and intended for ages 12 – 17!
Sunday, January 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia
A documentary by Irene Orleansky that tells the story of the secretive Jews in the North Shewa region of Ethiopia who struggle to maintain their faith and culture in the face of persecution. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-bal-ej-hidden-jews-ethopia-sunday-january-7-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, January 4th
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!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

 

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December 25th – December 31st

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Holidays, folks! We’re at home hanging out with our great mom, we hope you’re also having a good time.

Take it easy, it’s dark out and we’re pretty confident saying we’ve all had a bit of a year.

We’re gonna deal with it by playing RPGs with friends and going to the movies with our mom!

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, December 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Club Workshop
This club meetup will feature artist Andrew Del Valle teaching comic book art! It’s going to feature drawing games and prompts to help you get started! Open to all middle and high school students.
Wednesday, December 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create some holiday zines to ring in the new year!

Board Games:

Monday, December 25th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Doctor Who Games, Potluck, Christmas Special
Have some fun watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special with pals, and playing boardgames! Bring your favorite! Check out the meetup for more information. https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246121648/
Saturday, December 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Community:

Thursday, December 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
A monthly support group for women living with any sort of chronic illness, free and open to the public!

Kids:

Tuesday, December 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: The Nut Job 2
This is a kids movie sequel of dubious quality, but that’s not what’s important. It’s the tagline. “Nutty by Nature”. The literal only thing that could refer to is the hip-hop group “Naughty by Nature”, which had a hit single in the song O.P.P., in 1991. This is, to say the least, a strange tagline for a recently release children’s movie.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Penguin Party!
A holiday penguin party with local author Eric Bennett as he reads his penguin-related book Noodles & Albie’s Birthday Surprise! He’s also going to talk about penguins, teach you to draw penguins, and have treats and giveaways! Recommended for penguins aged 4-9!
Wednesday, December 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: Despicable Me 3
We’re pretty sure it’s not like… good. But hey, might be fun? And it’s free. And 100% kids will like it because it’s got those little screaming actual demons.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Gina Perry
Author and illustrator Gina Perry will share the story of a little girl who feels overwhelmed by such a big world all around her! Eventually she realizes she is actually quite big thanks to the fact that she’s very neat. It sounds like a good story!
Thursday, December 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Family Drive in Movie Night
Decorate your own cardboard cars and enjoy a screening of Cars 3! Whatever you do, don’t think about how many cars are almost certainly killed over the course of the film or how gruesome it would be if they weren’t anthropomorphic cars.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some delightful animals and learn about how they’re adapted to survive in the wild! Touch and observe these crazy critters, and ask questions of your own!
Friday, December 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: The Emoji Movie
A movie about phones featuring products you grew bored with about four years ago. It’s… been an odd year for children’s films in many ways.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Event: Happy Feet (All Ages)
No registration required! Open to all ages!

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by paying $50/mo. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, December 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! Play a god trapped in mortal form so whenever you need to retire the character you can explain to everyone that actually you were the toughest and best all along, notwithstanding that time you rolled three critical fails and tripped over your armor into a lava pit.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost estranged cousin who’s also a mage and much taller’.

 

December 18th – December 24th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Nearly the End of 2017! This has been a rough year for a lot of people we care about. We think the best thing for us to do and by extension for you to do is to try to do a bit of helping folks out in the waning days of the season.

Patronize local Patreons! They backed off of that terrible thing they were planning to do because enough people yelled at them. Check out the Valley Creators list and patronize some excellent local folks!

Donate to some local charitable efforts! Instead of or in addition to your standard gift-giving! Consider it a gift… to the world.

  • The Northampton Survival Center! They provide food to those in need in our community, and donating a few dollars to them can help feed a lot of people!
  • Clean Water Action! They try to make certain our rivers keep getting cleaner, instead of backsliding into the literal poop-filled sewers they were in the 70’s!
  • Prison Policy Initiative! They help to expose and combat the harmful effects of mass incarceration!
  • The Center for New Americans! They help to provide education and resources to make sure that new immigrants have an easier time of it!

And just like… try to maintain calm while we all remain trapped in a world we never made.

Oh! And let us know if we can help out with promoting anything you’re up to. Even years into this we still miss some stuff every week, there are just too many wonderful people around here!

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, December 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Glove Monsters (Ages 11 – 17)
Registration required! Call 413-259-3091 to register. And make your gloves into monsters that presumably devour your hands. Why would you do this? What purpose is served by having your hands devoured by a monster of your own creation? Perhaps you have committed a terrible wrong and this is the only way of which you can concieve punishment.

Board Games:

Saturday, December 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Books:

Wednesday, December 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!

Card Games:

Friday, December 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft!
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Entertainment:

Thursday, December 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. Important update: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a good television show.
Friday, December 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookie Decorating!
They’re providing the cookies, and the decorating supplies! You can make a bunch of different designs on a bunch of different cookies and there are even vegan and gluten free options! No word yet on whether they’ve got that one magical spell that turns gingerbread into living flesh but here’s hoping. Free and open to all ages!

Kids:

Tuesday, December 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
A teen and a tween are invited to create art! Or possible multiple teens and tweens, we can’t be sure. Either way, there’s art to be made!
Thursday, December 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Winter Solstice PJ Party
See the Eric Carle: Night exhibition on the longest night of the year! That’s right, December 21st 2017 is a night that will continue for a decade, it’s going to be very intense. In addition to art projects, stories, and films, guests will get a snack of milk and cookies! Kids must be accompanied by an adult!

Movies:

Wednesday, December 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Rear Window
Jimmy Stewart! Grace Kelly! A window! All this and more in the classic movie about the benefits of being nosy! Free screening, open to all!
Friday, December 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film Screening: Despicable Me 3
We’re pretty sure it’s not like… good. But hey, might be fun? And it’s free. And 100% kids will like it because it’s got those little screaming homonculi.

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by paying $50/mo. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, December 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! Play a god trapped in mortal form so whenever you need to retire the character you can explain to everyone that actually you were the toughest and best all along, notwithstanding that time you rolled three critical fails and tripped over your armor into a lava pit.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost twin sister who’s also a dragonborn and much cooler’.

Local Kickstarter Comic: King of Pop Issue #1!

A couple local creators from Easthampton are putting together a print run for their comic, and the Kickstarter just needs a tiny push over the finish line!

We’ll let the creators themselves tell you about the book:

King of Pop is an oddball pulp assassin extravaganza, born from a love of D-List movies, tasty snacks, and homemade comics. The debut issue is jam-packed with off-the-wall action and comedy!

We join our heroes as they set out on a dangerous assassination mission in Osaka, Japan. However, they aren’t alone. There are other, competing assassins in the mix, along with some deadly and hilarious adversaries. Will the King of Pop succeed, and maintain his title as the World’s Top Assassin?

King of Pop: Big In Japan, is the first in a planned 5 issue arc! All color, 36 pages, and completely awesome.

At only $3 for 36 full-color pages, it’s a very reasonable price for a comic book!

Our favorite part is the faux-ads they’ve put in the book to give it that Real Comics Feel:

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December 11th – December 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is a bit of a big one. A lot of local creators were affected by recent changes to Patreon. Basically, the new plan is that people who pledge money will pay 2.9% + $0.35 for each monthly pledge. Not a bunch of money, right? Well… unless you’re giving say $50 a month but split it up between 50 creators at $1 a piece. Then suddenly you’re paying around $70 per month. A lot of people don’t have that sort of wiggle room in their Patreon budgets, and they’re ditching the service.

We don’t know how many local creators make a living exclusively using this service, but a lot of people rely on it to provide some steady income while they work on producing the amazing artwork that the Valley is not-actually-known-for-precisely-but-definitely-affects-the-zeitgeist-via.

Because our own Patreon tops out at about $9/week from 6 Patrons including our kind mom, we’re going to leave the discussion to more qualified folks. We’ve put together some chunks of the explanations we’ve gotten from people we backed, and a couple answers on Twitter.

But it pretty much boils down to: they get it, they support your decisions, they’d like to keep eating food and living inside so please help them figure out how they can still get money from you because that is important. Like pick something up from their stores if you’re no longer supporting them on Patreon, at least! It’s the holidays someone you know wants a shirt or something!

Emily Care Boss:  “In 2018, my plans are to restructure this Patreon to support analysis and writing I’m doing on various narrative forms. It may include previews of upcoming games in the pipeline: Heart of the Rose, Sign in Stranger, Stillwater, Caerllion and King Wen’s Tower. In particular, the analysis will focus on the unique contributions of role playing games to making and understanding story. The support levels will be different, and take into account the changes Patreon has made. I will publicize the changes with a month or two lead time to allow you to make changes as you desire and for new folks to add on.”

Joshua AC Newman: “Yes, they’re still inexplicably charging you for each additional creator you support. The percentage is fine; someone’s got to pay it, and one of my missions is to make sure everyone understands just how much of a constant investment it is to be a professional creator. But the $.35 fee is a mess. That disincentivizes backing multiple creators. It’s a weird thing they did, so I’m not surprised that a lot of patrons are backing off to only their favorites. Patreon’s new fee schedule is going to hit anyone who, like me, backs lots of Patreons at small amounts. For my 14 $1 backers, I suggest to you that you move your pledge to $3 and appropriately set your maximum monthly payout.”

Twitter update: “It was an utter cockup that makes the people with the least money pay more money, all of the increase going to the credit card companies.”

Vincent Baker: “If you drop your patronage over this, I’m with you, and I won’t be deactivating your forum membership. Please keep coming to the forum. This is especially important because I won’t be able to reach you through Patreon anymore. Please keep coming to the forum!”

Epidiah Ravachol: “If Patreon no longer works for you, fret not! I will find other ways for you to show you support and ensure that you never miss an issue. When I have sussed them out, I will let you know here and at www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com. Additionally, later today I’ll be reducing the pledge levels so that, even with Patreon’s new fees, you will only be charged what you have always been charged. However, to take advantage of this, you need to alter your own pledge level as well. Ultimately though, I just want you to know that if you need to alter or remove your pledge, I am with you. And I thank you for all the support you have shown me in the past. You remain the best! Sincerely, Eppy.”

Pat Nietupski via Twitter: “I’m not crazy about it. It seems like my patrons, especially the small, $1 patrons are going to be paying almost 1.5 times what they pledge. I wish Patreon had given more of a heads up.”

So again: Patreon changes are not going great for most local creators, help them out if you can! Maybe not via Patreon anymore if you can’t afford to do that but like, dang. They make good stuff! They deserve to be able to eat.

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, December 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Thursday, December 14th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mead Director David E. Little “Tells It Like It Is”
Join the Mead Chief Curator for a gallery talk and closing reception for the exhibit Tell It Like It Is – Or Could Be. Free and open to the public!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Drawing to Look Closely – A Figure Drawing Workshop in the Sharrer Exhibition
Join artist Katy Schneider to learn sketching and drawing skills and participate in a facilitated discussion while carefully examining Honore Sharrer’s work! Explore and work from both Sharrer’s paintings and a nude model! Members $5, non-members $15! No experience necessary, materials provided!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Harry Potter Holiday Craft
Celebrate the season! The season of Wizards! The season of magical potions! The season of cider and recycled book based ornaments!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Thirty Third Annual Quabbin History Calendar Slideshow
The calendar has pictures of the four towns of the Swift River Valley that were dis-incorporated in the 1930’s to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. They sleep down there… waiting for us to forget. Waiting for us to be vulnerable. The 2018 calendar and copies of the author’s books on Quabbin will be available for sale!
Friday, December 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Grades 5-12 are welcome to build a gingerbread house! It’s fun, but you should bring your own candy to eat, because the house always makes you hungry but it’s never really that good to eat.
Saturday, December 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Marbeled Ornaments Workshop
Use nail-polish and water to make a unique ornament or two! Bring extra nail polish if you can, but some stuff will be provided free of charge! Be sure not to accidentally create an ornament who eldritch whorls exactly recreate an ancient and terrible spell.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Javaka Steptoe
From the site: “Artist and author Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hear Steptoe discuss his research and art for Radiant Child, and what his year has been like following a Caldecott win.”

Board Games:

Friday, December 15th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play games with nice folks! We highly recommend trying out Azul, we got to give it a shot this past week and it was a lot of fun. Bit tough to pick up but it gets a lot easier after just a few turns!
Saturday, December 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Monday, December 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Living in a Captialist Paradise: A Discussion with Authour Charles Mark
The author will talk about his book, which details a dangerous escape across the border of a totalitarian state, ultimately leading to New Zealad and after that to America! Charles will discuss the nature of life in refugee camps, New Zealand, and what it’s like in the US! A lively and critical discussion will be enjoyed by you and the rest of the audience!
Wednesday, December 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Talk with Kelly Lebrun: Against All Hope Until…
From the site: “Kelly Lebrun will talk about her abuse and mental trauma, and how Christian religious experiences helped her overcome the issues and problems in her life.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Celebration of Local Authors: The Modern Real and Surreal
Find out about some amazing local authors at this event! They’re going to read from their work, we think, and also you’ll get to talk to them about that work! It’s good!

Computers:

Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Bob Crowley, the CIO at Hampshire College, will get started by talking about Product Owner interviewing techniques! Learn how to get good requirements from your users using Design Thinking as well as the power of the Ancient Stone Tablets that have just been uncovered!
Thursday, December 14th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After an update about ongoing projects, you’ll be able to get hacking! Make a difference in your community using the computer skills that have previously mostly used to crack into the Gibson!

Entertainment:

Monday, December 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Open Mic
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Share your favorite bon mots with like-minded people in an event we are not trying to be mean about but legitimately cannot imagine. Do you do like… fanfic? Readings? Insult comedy styled in an era-appropriate manner? It seems so out of left field. We humbly request that anyone attending report back to us.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Fanny and Alexander
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how excellent Ingmar Bergman’s movies are. We now realize that we haven’t seen any of Ingmar Bergman’s films! We should watch some. You can get copies of the film in the reference department!
Friday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2017 Holiday Gathering at Last Call Media
A holiday gathering for the community! Snacks and beverages will be made available to those of you who eat and drink, but also feel free to bring your own! All are welcome, but RSVP at the Meetup site! They gotta order enough food! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/245352008/

Kids:

Tuesday, December 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Sunday, December 17th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song Body and Soul was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman, trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year. Learn more about this important, genre-spanning piece! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-body-and-soul-american-bridge-sunday-december-17-2-pm

Science:

Monday, December 11th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Plane Crashes and Flamenco!
The Nerd Nite that will cause us to actually disappear into our own sense of anxiety! Bob Gould will discuss surviving plane accidents, and David and Lonnie Chu will teach us about the beautiful art of Flamenco, and lead us in a “juerga”!
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe
Oooooh ho ho ho so this is how it is? OUR night? You’re doing a SciTech Cafe on Nerd Nite? That’s actually delightful, because it’s lovely to have so many good events all the time in our good town! Everyone is free to go to this to see Gary Felder talk about the possibility of extra dimensions in space, but we will expect you to donate extra to charity at January’s Nerd Nite in penance.

December 4th – December 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


If you are a grad student: speak to your union rep and your adviser and whoever else you can rely on for advice. The tax bill that looks like it’s going to pass might make it no longer possible for you to remain in your program. If you can’t afford to stay in graduate school, it’s better to find out earlier rather than later.

Also come to Nerd Nite Monday, December 11th at the World War II Club in Northampton! It’s going to be about plane crashes and how to survive them, as well as dancing! It’ll be fun and scary for different reasons to different people!

Are you a fan of Greenfield Games? Of course you are! They’re an excellent local shop that sells you games that you love. And now thanks in part to the efforts of roaming board game evangelist Justin Dowd, they have a regular Saturday Games Night! Head to Greenfield Games every Saturday to play some board games with pals!

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, December 6th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Alla Rosenfeld, Curator of Russian and European Art
Take a break from your day to learn about the history of landscape painting in Europe! Alla Rosenfeld will let you in on all the secrets of landscape painting in Europe, like how it is all these artists could afford a nice trip to Europe to paint!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Reading
Hear what was written during the Writing Month! Have a good time at this event hosted by Writer in Residence Naila Moreira!
Thursday, December 7th
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!
Friday, December 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! At a great museum! But still donate if you can! It’s important to support the museum.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Card Stamp!
Using stamps and colored pencils as well as markers and more, you’ll be able to create works of art! That you can mail! Which technically includes all non-installation artwork, but definitely especially includes postcards! Grades 5-12 welcome, sign up in advance because space is limited!
Saturday, December 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Family Craft: Kite Paper Star Folding (Ages 8-adult)
Registration required! Materials provided! You can craft your own sun, become like unto a god!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board-games with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.
Sunday, December 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Clicking? It’s impossible to resist. This time, make your Heroclix only characters with Strange in the name! That’s Dr. Strange, Hugo Strange, and it’s not our job to find everything for you we got you started with some now find a full team.

Books:

Thursday, December 7th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Martian Chronicles book discussion + dinner
The last meetup of 2017! Read the Martian Chronicles, a legitimate classic, and then talk about it while eating! Go here for a list of the book group’s list for 2018! http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/
Saturday, December 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children Authors Group Signing
From the site: “The Odyssey Bookshop is thrilled to host a brilliant group of children’s book creators for a group signing. The perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life–or for your own personal collection! Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a book in-store or online and we’ll get it signed and personalized for you! (We also offer free gift wrapping and we can ship worldwide!)”
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Matt Tavares, Red and Lulu
From the site: “Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . ” Halloween!
Sunday, December 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Immigrant Cookbook
More than 42 million people in the US are from other countries! America has always been a haven for people seeking refuge with some really important exceptions and also super not recently. During the current horrific anti-immigrant rhetoric, it’s a good idea to remind yourself that recipes from other cultures are amazing and that we owe everyone who immigrates to America a lot! Samples from the book will be available to taste, and $5 from each sale will go to the ACLU!

Card Games:

Friday, December 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Unstable Release Draft
A limited booster draft featuring the newest set: Unstable! Entry is $18 and there’s a hard cap of 16 players so sign up early! Prizes are at least a booster pack per player plus packs per round win and some promo cards and more! Delightfully stable prize pool for a delightfully unstable night of cards!

Comic Books:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
A monthly meetup to discuss and share your favorite comics! You’ll also get a chance to create one of your own with provided artist supplies! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Saturday, December 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Graphic Novel Club (Ages 11-17) and Teen Craft (Avatar Creations)
Registration required! Crafts and comics, the best of both worlds! Register by sending an email to teens@joneslibrary.org!

Community:

Tuesday, December 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Meet and Greet with the Palmer Redevelopment Authority
Meet the authority at a catered free event! Eat food and let the administrators of the Town of Palmer know exactly what you think is important! Discuss topics that have a direct bearing on your existence with people who might be able to cause things to change for the better!

Computers:

The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels
Kandie Carle presents a show-and-tell! This is going to include dressing “Elizabeth Bennett” and “Mr. Darcy”, as well as sharing passages from Austen’s work! Ms Carle will give this detailed overview of clothing all while dressed in authentic Regency attire! Discover how important fashion can be!
Thursday, December 7th
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!
Saturday, December 9th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birth of our favorite poet at a Museum open house! Tours, crafts, and best of all there’s cake!

Kids:

Monday, December 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Deanna Cook, Baking Class Event at the South Hadley Public Library
Deanna Cook will demonstrate recipes from her new book Baking Class, and kids will have an opportunity to design their own treats at a cookie decorating station! Free and open to the public, suggested for ages 6-12!
Tuesday, December 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Saturday, December 9th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Season’s Greetings and Experimental Wrapping Paper
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards and wrapping paper with the provided materials!
Sunday, December 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Matt Tavares
Matt Tavares will tell you a story about birds and magic and the holidays in New York City, the famous Big Old Apple-Shaped City!

Movies:

Tuesday, December 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, December 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
From the site: “Join us for “13th” – a powerful documentary which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States, by Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma. The first half of this film was viewed at the October meeting. Tonight, we will view the second half and discuss it.” Free and open to the public!
Friday, December 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge: Movie – Valerian (PG-13)
See the spectacle from acclaimed spectacle-creator and slightly less acclaimed narrative-maker behind The Fifth Element and Lucy, Luc Besson! At the least it’ll have very cool looking images in it.
Saturday, December 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film Screening and Discussion: Gleason
Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS at age 34. He chose to use his last years to try to live life to its fullest, and chronicled it for his unborn son. You’re invited to stay after for a discussion about the film and ALS hosted by Sunderland Resident Madelyn Griffin, a family friend of the Gleasons.

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, December 7th
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!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Saturday, December 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy role-playing game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fate Multiverse: The Great Goblin Bake-Off!
Players will take on the roles of characters from a variety of genres thrust into the city at the center of reality as refugees! There will be goblins in this one and there will also be an elimination style baking competition so if you’ve been waiting to play Chopped but with goblins, this is your hour!