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!



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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


Tuesday, January 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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!


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


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.”

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