Month: January 2018

January 29th – February 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello out there in Nerd Watch Land! We are excited to let you know that there’s a bunch of stuff to do this week!

We recommend you check out Comic Craft & Craft Beer night at our friendly local comic shop, Comics N’ More! It seems like a fun time and it’s nice to make old comics into new fun crafts! Also snacks are fun.

In non-local news, we got Monster Hunter World and it’s quite fun! It is about making good friends with large iguanas and then wearing their skin. But also you can make friends with good cats and also with a small pig that you can dress up in good clothing!

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, January 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Craft
Craft a teen, teens! Make your new best friend out of either LEGO or 3D Printing!
Tuesday, January 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Harry Potter Wand Making
Teens aged 11-17 are welcome to register for this event that will introduce you to the raw unbridled power that comes with having access to the forces of magic! Perhaps it will be you who defeats the next upstart dark lord?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Learn how to make some art! Share art with other folks! It’s a fun time to make good artwork.
Saturday, February 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
3D-Printing Party!
Learn how to use a 3D printer to make models, toys, bracelets, even whole people! That’s right it’s now possible to 3D print whole living humans and you’re hearing it here first! Ages 7-16 welcome, advanced registration is required at 413-665-2642!
Sunday, February 4th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Comic Book Craft Night and Craft Beer!
Craft a comic craft! Beer a craft beer! For a low fee of $20 a person, you get all the materials to make a delightful craft item and get wine and snacks and beer! Sign up at the store or prepay via paypal using comicsnmoreeast@gmail.com!

Board Games:

Wednesday, January 31st
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play games with great people at a fun bar! Sometimes the bartender orders pizza for people there, which is great. That’s what happens when you tip well, folks! A great new game is featured every week!
Thursday, February 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Have you seen the game collection in the Teen Room? It’s awesome! Check it out and play games new and old with your pals!
Saturday, February 3rd
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! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Card Games:

Friday, February 2nd
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.

Community:

Wednesday, January 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Department of Children and Families Foster Care Information Session
Come find out how to become a foster parent! Help kids!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Greenfield Taxpayers for a New Library
Greenfield folks, do you want to make a new library? Then talk about how you can make it happen! Libraries are important community centers and they are nice, so making a better library seems like a good plan for taxpayers!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
League of Women Voters
A public workshop where the League will provide guidance and resources for communicating with state and federal legislators! Make your voice heard with the help of a wonderful local group of concerned citizens!
Friday, February 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Library Legislative Breakfast
Free and open to the public, this is a great opportunity to advocate for proper library funding! Funding libraries is helpful to a whole host of people in your community and you should attend to say so!

Entertainment:

Thursday, February 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We have heard good things about Your Name! That was like last year but we’re still working on seeing it, we’re so behind.
Cafe Evolution [22 Chestnut St., Florence, MA 01062] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Open Evolution Cabaret
A cabaret! A great big gathering of song and dance and drama and comedy and recitation and juggling and basically everything you could ever want in a night. Sign up at 6pm to do your own thing! Free and open to all!
Saturday, February 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Come hang out and watch Doctor Who with people! Laugh through the funny ones, thrill through the exciting ones, come together as a group to explain why it’s probably still worth watching the really embarrassingly silly ones!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 30th
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!
Wednesday, January 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Saturday, February 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WinterFest Storytime
Join Julie for some wintertime themed crafting, storytelling, and ukulele playing! This is part of the Amherst LSSE 2018 Winterfest festivities!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valentine Card-Making Party
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards for friends and family in a hands-on workshop where all materials are provided!
Sunday, February 4th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Valentine Card-Making Party
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards for friends and family in a hands-on workshop where all materials are provided!

Movies:

Monday, January 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Stalker
Watch the movie first! Then come here and talk about this movie inspired by the book Roadside Picnic! It’s notable as a filmic work and weirdly is notable f or some of the same reasons that the game based on the book – STALKER – is notable! It seems like people inspired by that book make neat things!
Tuesday, January 30th
Westhampton Public Library [1 North Rd., Westhampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Grown in Westhampton – Movie Night
This month Grown in Westhampton will be viewing “Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees with Diana Beresford-Kroger”, which is a film in which our host takes us through the history and legacy of old growth forests while explaining the science behind how they play an irreplaceable role in making our planet livable!

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 31st
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, February 1st
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’.
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!

 

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January 22nd – 28th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Polygon, a website where people write about games and culture and also create funny videos, ran a feature about writer Charlie Hall’s new years resolution to play more indie roleplaying games.

Why talk about that in the Nerd Watch, you ask? Impudent fool! We talk about it because like half the games mentioned are related to folks in Western Mass!

We’ve got World Wrestling RPG by the excellent Nathan D. Paoletta, which is Powered by the Apocalypse World system that was designed by local game designer Vincent Baker of Lumpley Games.

We’ve got Dread, “The One With Jenga A Tumbling Block Puzzle”, designed by local notable Epidiah Ravochol who has also designed a ton of other excellent RPGs and also if you’re going to play Dread make sure it’s the Dread Geas of Duke Vulku, that’s the updated version that takes use some Apocalypse World systems to enhance the game!

Then there’s Bubblegumshoe! It’s a teen detective RPG, with design work by Emily Care Boss of local game design studio Black and Green Games and also of the Romance Trilogy RPGs! She specializes in creating exciting RPGs for people who are interested in exploring a space beyond stabbing an orc. Like, you can be a teen orc detective or compete with a friend for the affections of a fun orc.

And even if you’d like to go for the Big Old Standard But Still Quite Fun Thing you can go for Dungeons and Dragons as the article mentions! What’s that got to do with the lovely Pioneer Valley, you ask? Isn’t it a massively successful game that was made by people not associated with the Valley in any manner? Tsk. You never learn… D&D has for decades featured extremely wonderful art by incredible local artist Tony DiTerlizzi!

If any of these wonderful roleplaying games are on YOUR resolution list, why not head over to one of our excellent local shops and pick up a copy? Greenfield Games and Modern Myths have a huge selection!

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, January 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Tuesday, January 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Head to the library on Arts Night to have a fun night looking at art!
Wednesday, January 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
James Blackmore: Artist Reception
We don’t really know what sort of art this person does, but it’s probably the sort that goes very well with tiny cheese, so why not go to a reception?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines for green machines, clean streams, bean dreams, jean meanies, and more! Make your own zine at this excellent club!
Friday, January 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sculpture with Wire and Paper Mache Part 2
Create a wire form and then cover it with colorful papier mache to make a sculpture! You can sculpt anything you can imagine! Well. You can sculpt a representation of what you imagined that’s likely going to bear a resemblance to your imagining that is commensurate to your skill at wire-sculpting and papier mache. Should be a bit better at it by Part 2! Grades 5-12 welcome! Taught by Whitney Robbins! Pre-Registration required! Call 413-665-2642!
Saturday, January 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Build a Better Soap
Have fun making soap in this class that does not resemble the soap-making scene from Fight Club! It’s got a better script, for one thing. But no mostly it’s that it’s just glitter, glycerin, and essential oils instead of lye. Oh! Though essential oils can be a bit dangerous if they’re particularly concentrated so don’t go covering your hands with them. You’ll get to take home your 4oz handmade soap at the end! Registration required! Best for adults! Call 413-665-2642!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Thursday, January 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Have you seen the game collection in the Teen Room? It’s awesome! Check it out and play games new and old with your pals!
Saturday, January 27th
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! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Tuesday, January 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry
Barry McColgan will be on hand to discuss John Hersey’s Hiroshima! Copies are available at the library! Start your new year right by meeting our local Barry!
Saturday, January 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
February First Editions Club – Leni Zumas, Red Clocks
From the site: “In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.” This sounds like a book worth reading!

Card Games:

Friday, January 26th
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!

Community:

Saturday, January 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – How to Effectively Manage Your Personal Finances
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on managing your finances! Credit cards, loans, interest rates, the People’s United Bank of South Deerfield will teach you everything you need to know! Our hot finance tip: try your darndest to inherit a ton of money from a rich, heretofore unknown relative.

Computers:

Monday, January 22nd
Click Workspace [9 Market St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
AWS Data Pipelines with Kinesis and Lambda – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
This month the speaker is Trevor Morris, a Software Developer at MachineMetrics, where he works at data warehousing and analytics! MachineMetrics gets a lot of real-time metrics from industrial machines and uses AWS Kinesis and AWS Lambda to stream data to real-time dashboards! Trevor will give a brief overview of how to set up a Kinesis stream, hook it into lambda, and store it in DynamoDB! Get stuff done with AWS!

Entertainment:

Saturday, January 27th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Nintendo Night
Join the friendly folks of the Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers for a night of excellent multiplayer games on the brand-new Nintendo Switch! They’ve got four controllers to pass around, and a bunch of fun games such as the fantastic Overcooked!
Sunday, January 28th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 12 – 13 & Potluck
Have a great potluck dinner and then watch Star Trek! Bring some food and drink, then pitch in a buck or two to cover the CBS Streaming costs! Watch a great new Star Trek show with some great people and food!

History:

Tuesday, January 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Oxen Logging Demonstration & Parade
For the first time in a century, a team of oxen will be hauling logs through Northampton! Tom Jenkins of Blue Dog Forestry will be bringing his oxen Rock and Star with him for an outdoor demonstration of oxen logging! They’re very cute oxen!
Sunday, January 28th
Deerfield Community Center [84 Memorial St, Deerfield, MA] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Making Crime Pay: The Dangerous Careers of Ann Carson and Mary Clarke
Susan Branson, Professor of History at Syracuse University will discuss these historic criminals! Maybe she’ll give you tips about how to be the best history crimes-doer!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 23rd
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:

Monday, January 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pitch Perfect 2
The SECOND film about acapella groups that’s widely regarded as a pretty solid comedy. Like Bring it On we think? We’re dating ourselves but we think it’s pretty much acapella Bring it On. There are snacks!
Wednesday, January 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Heroin(e)
This recently released documentary features three women fighting to break the cycle of opioid addiction in the overdose capital of the country, Huntington West Virginia. A collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting, the film features several women who refuse to allow a town to succumb to the opioid scourge.

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 24th
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 25th
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’.

Science:

Monday, January 22nd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Do Be So Sensitive: Stretchy Sensors for Wearable Devices and Soft Robotics
Why do some roboticists think octopi are so cool? How could we build a real Baymax? What are the limitations of skin-worn sensors? Can we fight a villain that wields thousands of nanomachines with the use of these sensors? Kristen Dorsey, Assistant Professor of Engineering at Smith College will tell you what’s up with all of this and more!

 

January 15th – January 21st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Women’s March on Northampton is happening Saturday, January 20th! Check it out online and then in person later this week!

We also super duper want to recommend Pyre. It was a great game that made us cry at the end. It’s basically like a sports RPG? Works perfectly in almost every way, and you should be checking it out as soon as possible.

Oh! And in local nerd news we just found out about the Pioneer Valley Coral Research Institute that’s soon to take up residence at Mill Valley Commons in Hadley! That’ll be neat as heck! Coral is amazing and it’s going to be great to know the Valley is doing something to help understand the endangered little magical rock animals.

Oh! And if you’re interested in presenting at Nerd Nite NoHo, just sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/5IyWsmoRDUUdw63I3! It’s a blast, you get $50 and some drink tokens for your time, and we will be indebted to you forever!

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 Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, January 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Midwinter Fire: Poetry of Midlife (The Modern Real and Surreal)
Listen to readings from Leslea Newman, Joy Ladin, and Gail Thomas around the central theme of midlife!
Friday, January 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Sculpture with Wire and Paper Mache
Create a wire form and then cover it with colorful papier mache to make a sculpture! You can sculpt anything you can imagine! Well. You can sculpt a representation of what you imagined that’s likely going to bear a resemblance to your imagining that is commesurate to your skill at wire-sculpting and papier mache. Grades 5-12 welcome! Taught by Whitney Robbins! Pre-Registration required! Call 413-665-2642!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
This week the topic is Emily Dickinson’s Instruments of Writing! She wrote in ink and pencil, but how did she view her implements? Humble, decorative, spherical, fiery, malcontent, a glass of water? Did she think of them as writing tools, toys, a small dog and the larger dog that taught it how to open doors? Discuss the subject from a variety of angles with group leader Susan Snively!
Saturday, January 20th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Family Craft: Papercutting (Ages 8 – Adult)
Craft with your family! Craft a NEW family out of paper, bigger and better than your current family could ever hope to be! Registration is required because space is limited!

Board Games:

Wednesday, January 17th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play games with great people at a fun bar! Sometimes the bartender orders pizza for people there, which is great. That’s what happens when you tip well, folks! Start off your new year right with boardgames!
Saturday, January 20th
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!
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! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Tuesday, January 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Sunday, January 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Shakespeare Sunday – The Tempest
Speak to fellow Shakespeare fans about The Tempest! An adaptation of Forbidden Planet, if we recall correctly.

Card Games:

Friday, January 19th
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!

Comic Books:

Tuesday, January 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club (Ages 11-17)
This week the book club will be reading Dam Keeper by Daisuke Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo! There will be a special illustration craft to go with it! Register ahead of time to guarantee a spot!

Community:

Saturday, January 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
Tour the library! Become acquainted with the many-folded null space that it contains! Escape if you can, fool! Your arrogance led you here, but you must rely on your sadly atrophied wits to escape this shifting dimension of horror!

Computers:

Thursday, January 18th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Solve WordPress problems with friends, bring your laptop to help the group get to the bottom of things! Talk about analytics plugins like Jetpack or Google Analytics! Share your experience! You should sign up so you can get WordPress questions answered and be a better computerer. NCTV is located at the rear of Northampton HS. they’ll be in NCTV’s studio room!
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Learn about how to use Drupal more effectively! Tips, talks, modules! Meet fellow users and talk about your experiences! Eat pizza! Listen to lightning talks! Help figure out what you need to do at the next meeting!

Entertainment:

Thursday, January 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time.
Saturday, January 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 16th
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 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!

Movies:

Wednesday, January 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Free Screening: The Big Sick
Watch a funny/sad movie about Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s scary courtship during which she fell deathly ill for a long time! Spoiler alert she’s okay now but like that’s not the point of the story it’s more about families and love and all that but anyway we’ve heard great things!
Sunday, January 21st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Chagall-Malevich
Inspired by the memoirs of Marc Chagall and his contemporaries, this is a film that blends facts and folklore to evoke the return in 1917 of the iconic Jewish artist to his childhood home of Vitebsk. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-chagall-malevich-sunday-january-21-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 17th
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 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
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, January 20th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! Superhero RPG
From the site: “The Lollipops are a team of teen superheroes, who ran off to outer space on a rescue mission. Players take on the role of characters similar to the Teen Titans or the New Mutants who get involved in adventures on an intergalactic scale.We are using FATE rules, which are very simple and allows a lot of player control over the developing story. All materials provided, including pre-generated characters This is a long running game, but new players are encouraged to come join. We are very LGBTQ-friendly.”

January 8th – January 14th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the New Year!

This year why don’t you make a commitment to coming to the most excellent night of every month, Nerd Nite NoHo? The one this Monday should be a good time, because we have it on good authority that for completely good reasons that definitely have nothing to do with a scheduling mixup on the part of one of the organizers, one of the organizers is going to speak! And it’ll be a fun talk!

So come to the World War 2 Club and learn about how Common Good’s community currency works from William Spademan, and how arachnophobia and videogames interact from James Olchowski!

Also on a totally different note, you should take a look at Pyre if you like videogames. Just an all-around wonderful piece of work.

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 Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Science:

Monday, January 8th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Common Good and Arachnophobia Meets Videogames!
This Nerd Nite NoHo did something really special: screwed up the timing for one of the speakers and wound up having to have a host give a presentation. Luckily the host is pretty charming and wonderful and smart and had a presentation that he’d been waiting to give for a while so it’s no big. See William Spademan talk about how the Common Good community currency works, and learn from Nerd Nite host James Olchowski about what a phobia is, why arachnophobics have a tough time with videogames, and what can be done about it! It’ll be a fun time and we promise there will be minimal actual spider pictures and plenty of warning beforehand.

Art:

Monday, January 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warriror Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Wednesday, January 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You Can Pastel Paint
A hands-on workshop inspired by Monet! You don’t need any experience and all materials are provided to you, so just sit back and relax as Gregory Maichack teaches you what you need to know to make excellent pastel paintings. It’s free, but space is limited so be sure to register at 413-283-3330!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIInes are what you can make at this club, if you like!
Friday, January 12th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums, but not FIVE DOLLAR love museums? This is the perfect moment to see one of our local museums for free! There is a suggested donation of five dollars.
Saturday, January 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Michael Tillyer, Susan Boss, and Mark Brown
Nontraditional Quilts by Susan Boss! Wood Sculptures by Michael Tillyer! Robots and Paintings by Mark Brown! All this and exactly and only this at the artists’ reception! Why would we give you more? You can’t handle more and frankly it’s a bit presumptuous that you asked for it!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Friday, January 12th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Meet up and play some excellent board games! A friendly group of folks who like to play mostly Euro games but are open to whatever it is that you think would be fun. We’ve had a good time playing Photosynthesis and Clank! recently, if you’re looking for suggestions!
Saturday, January 13th
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 Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!

Card Games:

Friday, January 12th
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!
Saturday, January 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Release
The second set in the Ixalan block from Magic the Gathering! This is your chance to play with the latest cards! It’s a limited sealed deck tournament. Everyone starts with the same number of cards to build the best 40-card deck they can. Play for promo cards and packs! $30 in advance, $35 at the door!

Comic Books:

Friday, January 12th
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!

Community:

Tuesday, January 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Trevor Noah’s Humor and Insights into Racism
A video screening of a collection of short videos of the host of the Daily Show! The focus will be on race in the US, and after you finish laughing at the jokes, you’ll talk about what you can learn and how you can help dismantle racism. Free and open to the public!
Thursday, January 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Community Action Fuel Assistance Event
Do you need to get some fuel so that the super-cyclone-freeze doesn’t turn you into an ice-cube? The GPL can help out!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!

Computers:

Wednesday, January 10th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
This week, you’ll be talking about prototyping and Agile projects! They’re going to be showing off products like Sketch and Envision, as well as techniques for paper prototyping. Share your Agile prototyping victories and frustrations!

Entertainment:

Saturday, January 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Borders, Detention, and the Trump Era: a talk by David Hernandez
From the site: “David Hernández is a leading expert in the study of U.S. immigration policy and enforcement. He has published widely on the topic and is currently working on a book, “Undue Process: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship,” which examines the intersections of immigration, detention, race, and imprisonment in the United States. ” See him explain the varied horrors of our immigration and justice systems!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 9th
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:

Monday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Spider-Man Homecoming
Teens! Watch the most recent and probably one of the best Spider-Man films! It’s quite fun, and there are a lot of times when the titular Spider-Man says a funny thing and then bops someone on the noggin. That’s quality Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Manning!
Tuesday, January 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pitch Perfect
The film about acapella groups that’s widely regarded as a pretty solid comedy. Like Bring it On we think? We’re dating ourselves but we think it’s pretty much acapella Bring it On. There are snacks!
Wednesday, January 10th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Shape of Water Screening with Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup
If you want to see this widely regarded as very neat movie with some nice folks, you should meet up with the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup at 6:30pm in the lobby, and then try to sit together at the flick and maybe grab food afterward. What a delight!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power
“The entire country watched as Anita Hill, an African-American law professor, sat before a 1991 Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas…” Sponsored by the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars!
Saturday, January 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Professor John H. Bracey, Jr.
A new documentary about Alice Tregay will be screened, followed by Professor John H. Bracey, Jr. giving a lecture about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Alice Tregay was a woman who spent her life standing against injustice and bringing others together to change things for the better across a long career. Learn more about an important person, and the Civil Rights Movement in general!

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 10th
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 11th
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’.