Month: March 2018

March 26th – April 1st

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we have some news up front!

First off, friendly local comics shop Comics N’ More is going to move! Later. Not right now. But eventually! To another Easthampton location. A not-basement location for sure, but what sort? It’s still up in the air, which is better than down in the ground! So keep an eye on their page for the latest updates about their swanky new digs!

Also,Valley Creators Make Big Things have been having an absolutely spectacularly successful Kickstarter for their brand-new dog-based Board Game “Good Dog, Bad Zombie“! Why not take a look at the page and contribute to receive a board game about dogs herding zombies?

Finally, Valley Creator Melissa Volker has a contest for you to enter! Win two signed copies of her newest YA Novel, Apocalypse Alice! All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself holding a sign that finishes the line “I would survive the apocalypse because…” Enter at the site before April 3rd!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, March 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Bullet Journaling 101
From the site: “Get started with bullet journaling and see what all the fuss is about.  Group will meet the last Monday of each month to prep journal for the upcoming month.  Get tips, share ideas.  All skill levels welcome. Bring your own journal and supplies or we will have some available to get started.” Bullet journaling is basically journaling, but with fewer words.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Art: Silhouette Collage
Teens! AND ONLY TEENS! Make a silhouette collage! It’s a collage that is in the shape of your face’s side-on shadow! Neat.
Tuesday, March 27th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Writing Home with The Common
From the site: “All are invited to the Mead for a free writing session led by the staff of The Common. Join us to be inspired by HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland and think critically about the house as both a physical space and an idea. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome!” Write! Get inspired! Feel welcome!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Arts Night Out! See artwork and walk around, get out and have a good time!
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.
Wednesday, March 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
We need to talk about zines! Why? Because of how excellent they are! Everyone loves receiving a zine! We legit have a zine in the house that we picked up and we love it and it makes us feel good to read. How many chances do you get to read something by a local that they hand-produced and placed for you to find? It’s a gift! Go make gifts!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Lego Club (ages 5-10)
A LEGO Club! You know, for kids!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ukulele Club! (Ages 8-12)
Ukulele! You know, for ukuleles!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories! Crafts! What more could you ask for?
Friday, March 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
From the site: “This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm.  Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written.  Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well.  There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.  Call 413-772-1544 for more details.”
Saturday, March 31st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
A tour with Sivian Yu, ’20! Sivian is a mathematics and Asian languages and civilizations major. Her tour is going to focus on the idea of historical memory in the exhibition HOUSE. Free and open to all! Learn about art from a friendly local student!

Board Games:

Wednesday, March 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Chess Club
From the site: “Do you play chess?  Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room of the GPL.  The first Wednesday of each month will feature a timed chess tournament.  For more information, contact calderrossi@gmail.com.”
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play games at the Brass Cat with a bunch of wonderful folks! It’s a good time for all. For this week Justin says: “Hey Folks, another week another game night to give you something to do in the middle of the week! This week, I’ll be featuring the truly delightful Shipwreck Arcana (2-5p). In The Shipwreck Arcana you play as a group of doomed psychics with one way to safety, correctly predict the next set of events before you are swallowed by time.” Takes only about 20 minutes and is Good, apparently!
Saturday, March 31st
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:

Wednesday, March 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Christine DeLucia, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast
From the site: “Noted historian Christine DeLucia offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast as well as the Atlantic world.” Learn about the place we live!
Thursday, March 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Sandra Allen in conversation with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
From the site: “Sandra Allen is a writer. Their debut book, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia was published by Scribner on January 23, 2018. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s first book, Random Family, was a New York Times Bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ridenhour Book Prize.” two interesting people speaking with each other is a recipe for a good night!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Andrea Ritchie, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
From the site: “Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.”
Barnes & Noble at the Holyoke Mall [7 Holyoke St, Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
The kick-off for a fun new book club! Spend a little time getting to know other folks at the club, then discuss the second chapter of this extremely popular book series! Read the chapter first, of course! Feel free to bring along a book for reference! RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/581708795498165/
Saturday, March 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Amherst Authors Book Club Reads “Sister to the Sioux” by Elaine Goodale Eastman
A book reading of Sister to the Sioux by Elaine Goodale Eastman! That’s what this event is.

Community:

Thursday, March 29th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Smith College 2018 Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Edit wikipedia for Women’s History Month! Help correct the pernicious gender imbalance of Wikipedia by participating in a communal updating of entries about the women artists in the SCMA collection! Don’t worry about experience, they’ll get you up to speed! Relax, meet some new pals, help update the source we all use despite the fact that it’s wild that we all use a source that’s edited by committee.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
From the site: “We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public. http://www.joneslibrary.org/calendar.aspx?EID=4913

Computers:

Monday, March 26th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Humble Datafram – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
This talk will explore tabular data, the dataframe, and its role in modern data analytics and engineering. Everything from simple extracts to large pipelines for complicated data science! The talk will focus on Python/Pandas, but will be applicable to anyone interested in data. The presenter, Becky Sweger, is a data engineer at Trello/Atlassian, and has been schlepping data for over 20 years. You can trust her to guide you into the wonderful world of dataframes!

Entertainment:

Monday, March 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Intro to Kombucha
Learn how to make Kombucha, the only drink that 100% looks like something no human being should ingest! Sales of the starter will benefit the library!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Forbidden Room
From the site: “A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love..” Copies of the film are available at the library! Remember that it’s not a SCREENING, you need to WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST! It’s like a book club but for weird movies.
Thursday, March 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching a bit of Children of the Whales right now. It’s neat! It’s very pretty.

History:

Wednesday, March 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
​Immigration in the Connecticut River Valley and Around the Country: Then and Now
From the site: “​Immigration is in the news this year, and all of the national issues are playing out in the Valley. Dan Berger, a nationally known immigration lawyer, and Kenneth Reade, UMASS International students & faculty advisor, will give a joint presentation that surveys U.S. immigration history and trends.” Learn more about how and why folks came to the US! It’s always worth knowing more about your neighbors.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Emodying Space and Place at the Forbes Library
Learn about the history of the Forbes Library and share your Forbes Stories! These will use embodied movement to explore the relationship between body and place. It should be easy for you, because as far as we’re aware not many people engage in a lot of disembodied movement.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for all your family history needs! We don’t need to know anything extra about our family. Grampa always used to say we were descended from a sort of ancient and terrible sound from outside time and to never tell anyone and that’s good enough for us!

Kids:

Monday, March 26th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science and technology and engineering and arts and mathematics! Put them together and what do they spell? Scienechnologyngineeringrtsthematics!
Tuesday, March 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kid’s Chess Club
From the site: “For K – Grade 12. ALL SKILL LEVELS! Sign-ups are not necessary and drop-ins are welcome. Hosted by: William Nolte”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Mother Goose on the Loose
From the site: “Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up!) every Friday morning at the GPL.  Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts to the very young.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens and tweens! Produce art for fun! It’s a good time for all.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids! Have fun building neat things out of these good tiny blocks.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
College For Kids presented by UMass (Ages 8-12)
From the site: “Join students from the UMass Education Club to learn about history and participate in exciting activities! Please pre-register in the Kids Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org”
Friday, March 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Mother Goose on the Loose
From the site: “Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children age 3 and under (with a grown-up!) every Friday morning at the GPL.  Children’s Librarian Kay Lyons reads books, leads the group in hand rhymes, and uses puppets to teach animal sounds and other concepts to the very young.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen/Tween Half Day Lounge
From the site: “Another ½ day of school and nothing to do?  Greenfield Public Library is offering free pizza, an awesome new release movie, board games and a chance to hang out with friends.  Open to middle and high school students”

Movies:

Monday, March 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival
In anticipation of our Jane Austen Book Discussion (starting April 26), GPL is showing adaptions of four of Austen’s beloved works. This Monday it’s Pride and Prejudice! Delightful, right? Feel the pride! Experience the comedy of errors! Thrill to the heartbreak! It’s a ride!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Teen Movie: Wonder Woman
It was a pretty okay film! Also the most successful DC film to come out so far. Looking forward to the inevitable sequel.
Wednesday, March 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Heather Booth: Changing the World
From the site: “Heather Booth: Changing the World profiles a renowned community organizer—the most influential person you have never heard of– whose remarkable career helped to impact the most pivotal moments in progressive movements over the last 50 years: from her involvement with Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Project, to her founding of the JANE (abortion) Underground in 1964, to her personal relationships with respected leaders such as Julian Bond and Senator Elizabeth Warren.” Get inspired to change the world for the better! Organize! Help your neighbors and make your voices heard!

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 28th
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, March 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
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, March 26th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cosmic Mergers and Acquisitions: How Galaxy Mergers and Supermassive Black Holes Shape Galaxy Growth
What’s a galaxy merger anyway? What’s a supermassive black hole? Why do these things play an important role in galaxy evolution? What’s a galaxy? What’s a merger? Who’s writing these anyway? Jenny Green will answer these questions and more! Jenny’s an assistant professor of Astrophysics at Princeton University, and her research focuses on black holes and the galaxies they live in! She also teaches algebra at prisons through the Prison Teaching Initiative and jeez she seems like she’s doing a lot of good!

Video Games:

Sunday, April 1st
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Social Play
Join the PVGD for a great night of sliders, drinks, and games on the big screen! They’ve got a good set of games to play, but you’re highly encouraged to bring your own set of interesting demos! Or discussion topics! They get it if it’s a bit socially overwhelming, they’re happy to be socially awkward with you!

 

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March 19th – March 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


NERD Summit 2018 was a bunch of fun and also useful! Also, free food. All of our favorite things in one place. We got to learn some interesting things about our favorite coding languages and speak to a lot of kind folks who code.

In particular we were big fans of Michael Lynch’s talk about Code Review! He spoke about the need for a reasonable human-centered way to do code reviews, which can get a bit tense at the best of times. You can take a second to read his blog post on the same topic here: https://mtlynch.io/human-code-reviews-1/!

We’d also like to congratulate the good folks at Make Big Things! Their wonderful game “Good Dog, Bad Zombie” has been funded on Kickstarter! It looks charming as hell. Congratulations, Make Big Things!

Now on to their stretch goals, the first of which is two new good doggos to add to the base game!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Saturday, March 24th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gallery Tour: Treasures from the Collection
A special tour of the treasures from 15 years of collecting! Take a closer look at some masterworks, and see rarely seen objects that reveal the artistic process! We hear they have the pulsating gem-heart that powers a lot of the local YA authors.

Board Games:

Saturday, March 24th
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!

Books:

Tuesday, March 20th
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!
Wednesday, March 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gordon Whitman, Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out and Win in a World on Fire
From the site: “Stand Up! describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country — from gun violence to climate change. The book is a road-map for standing up to the bullies who’ve hijacked our democracy and divided us against each other.”
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Native Americans and the Land (The Modern Real and Surreal)
A panel featuring Cheryl Savageau, poet and author of Mother/Land, author Lisa Brooks of Our Beloved Kin and novelist Jillian Hensley, who wrote In This Strange Soil!
Thursday, March 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Talk and Signing by Jenny Krainski: “My Neighbor”
Western Mass author Jenny Krainski will talk about her latest mystery novel, “My Neighbor”. When Janey’s cousin dies under mysterious circumstances, is it connected to the mysterious packages her neighbor has been receiving? Yeah, probably! It’d be weird if it wasn’t.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lisa Yee Author Visit
Local author Lisa Yee has written about lots of Super Heroes for her Super Hero High series, including Wonder Woman and Batgirl! She’ll be visiting the Jones to discuss what it’s like to create amazing characters at Super Hero High! It’s open to kids of all ages and their families!
Friday, March 23rd
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 Zealand 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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Party: All Things Harry Potter
Experience all things Harry Potter in this exciting event where they lock you in a closet under some stairs!
Saturday, March 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Party: All Things Harry Potter
Experience all things Harry Potter in this exciting event where a magician loudly declares you their enemy for life!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends Book Sale
A book sale! Buy some books from the library cheaply!

Card Games:

Friday, March 23rd
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:

Monday, March 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Don’t Retire… Rewire!
Wondering how to fill your hours after retirement? We personally recommend that you fill them with sand but another option is to pursue part-time jobs, volunteering, or taking college classes. Learn more at this workshop! Advance registration is required at 413-665-2642!
Tuesday, March 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spring Equinox Festival
Learn about the equinox and spring traditions around the world through simple crafts and activities! Find out how to channel the magic that keeps the world from falling into eternal darkness!
Saturday, March 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Good Health to You!
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to make doctor’s appointment and how to find reliable health information online! Take care of yourselves, folks! We recommend finding your health information by shouting your symptoms out your window until a voice on the wind carries back your diagnosis but we’re willing to give other methods a try.

History:

Tuesday, March 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Explore Northampton Series: Burt’s Pit & Greenway
Explore one of the most significant properties in the City’s conservation holdings! Laurie Sanders, naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton, will take you through a network of trails, a complex history of ownership, and the city’s only bog! “Our only bog” maybe isn’t the tourism draw folks at Historic Northampton think it is but trust us it’ll be excellent.
Saturday, March 24th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Caribbean Indigenous Peoples: An Introduction to Taino Culture and History
Roberto “Múkaro” Borrero is a Taíno community leader, an accomplished musician, and artist, as well as an internationally respected advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mr. Borrero will present a lecture on Taíno history and culture, which will span from before the arrival of Columbus to contemporary affirmations of Taíno heritage. The Taíno were the first Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere to be called “Indians.” A question and answer period will follow this special presentation.
Sunday, March 25th
Deerfield Community Center [16 Memorial St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
This lecture by Steven Bullock, Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will focus on Parson Weems and how he made George Washington into the towering historical figure he is today! We’re gonna guess that it was the power of just straight up lying a bunch in a biography and assuming no one would check. Still works!

Kids:

Monday, March 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! Sign up at the Children’s Desk or by calling 587-1010!
Tuesday, March 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! Ages 5 and up are welcome.
Wednesday, March 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories and crafts for kids at the library!

Movies:

Tuesday, March 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Emma
In anticipation of the Jane Austen Book Discussion starting April 26th, the GPL is showing some Austen films! This night: Emma! It’s a good movie about a good person who experiences a comedy of errors!
Wednesday, March 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Forbes Film Club: Harvey
The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of the classic 1950 film Harvey, starring James “James” Stewart. It’s about a person with an invisible friend!
Thursday, March 22nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening: A Place for Madness
Film screening of the 1994 Frontline episode focusing on Northampton and the stories of people dealing with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. Intro remarks and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks
Saturday, March 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Film Screening: Wonder Woman
On the Same Page Amherst presents the hit film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine about an Amazonian princesses who leaves her island home and enters the wider world while it is embroiled in a horrible war!
Sunday, March 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Menashe
Within Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Performed entirely in Yiddish, this film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-menashe-sunday-march-25-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 21st
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, March 22nd
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 warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.

Science:

Saturday, March 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Ins and Outs of Starting Seeds
Julie Abramson, Master of Gardening, will explain to you how to start vegetables and flowers from the seed! Where to get them, how to grow them, where to grow them, grow to get them, how to them where, all of the above! You’ll also get tips about useful tools for transplanting. Pre-register at https://forbeslibrary.org/friends/events/garden-tour/! It costs $15 to attend.

Good Dog, Bad Zombie! Local Devs Make Big Things make big Board Game!

441059.jpgBig news in the always-vibrant Valley Tabletop scene!

After a series of successes in Questlandia, 14 Days, Noirlandia, and Damn the Man, Save the Music! local developers Make Big Things are back with their first board game! You can back it on Kickstarter now!

The zombies have taken over the city, and you and your doggo friends have found refuge in Central Bark. But you realize something is missing… it’s those scratches behind your ears… those enthusiastic belly rubs… the sound of a hooman calling you a “good dog”…

So it’s time to brave the apocalypse and search the city for hooman survivors, bring them back to Central Bark, and build a place you can call your forever home!

It’s a cooperative board game about problem-solving by working as a team and contributing your unique skills!

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You’ll help your fellow dogs by licking and howling, boosting their energy to help them outwit the zombies! Herd and bark at each other to escape dangerous situations and reach defenseless hoomans faster.

In Good Dog, Bad Zombie, there’s no room for the lone wolf. Each dog will support the pack with their own unique skills!

The game supports 2-4 players, and it’s a breezy 45-60 minutes long. You can even choose a difficulty setting! That’s a nice thing that we don’t see often enough in co-op boardgaming.

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Also, because Make Big Things are very nice folks, they’re focusing on producing the game ethically. They’re teaming up with a worker-owned cooperative to do the printing, Community Printers. AND They’re donating to One Tail at a Time Dog Rescue!

While Kickstarter guidelines do not allow us to contribute monetarily to non-profits with a percentage of the proceeds raised from this campaign, they do allow us to purchase materials as a part of your backer rewards! Therefore, each of the backer levels starting at $75 or more will allow us to purchase items from One Tail at a Time’s wish list. Via One Tail at a Time, these items will make their way into the paws and mouths of dogs in need in the Chicagoland area.

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So what are you waiting for? Check out the Kickstarter! Dog pun!

March 12th – March 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we want to call attention to two big nerd related events!

Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow at 7pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! It’ll be about lions and the mental state of our president. Two topics that are guaranteed to be interesting. Also we have cookies! Delicious cookies! Available for anyone who donates to the Northampton Survival Center!

Then, this Saturday and Sunday there’s NERD Summit 2018! There are a metric ton of useful and interesting panels to attend! There are friendly people to meet! It’s all the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst! Take a look at it here to find detailed information: https://nerdsummit.org/

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon and the Weekly Events page! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, March 12th
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. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Wednesday, March 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience Presented by Human Rights Activist Thaer Abdallah
Thaer Abdallah will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian minority in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria, his torture and return to Iraq, and his flight to the United States. He will share his paintings of the Palestinian community in Baghdad, Iraq and as refugees across the world. His paintings of subjects in the U.S. reflect awareness of those on the margins of society. Free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
The zine scene’s a real mean bean! Join it at this fun club!
Thursday, March 15th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artists’ Talk with Cassandra Holden and Paul Shoul: Single Room Occupancy: Portraits & Stories from Northampton Lodging, 1976 – 2016
Guest curator Cassandra Holden and photographer Paul Shoul will discuss the process of getting to know the former residents of Northampton Lodging and how they approached the project intellectually, emotionally, and artistically.
Friday, March 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Session topic: “A Revolution in Locality”. This session is led by David Razor, who’s a PhD candidate in 19th Century American Literature at Brandeis University! This discussion will focus on a grouping of poems from Fascicles 36-40, which focuses on the idea of “locality”.
Saturday, March 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Base Camp Photo Adventures in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond
Photoshop for Lightroom Users Workshop! Learn about how to use Photoshop and Lightroom better we assume? Not sure what Base Camp are, but we assume they like taking and editing photos?

Board Games:

Tuesday, March 13th
Building Autistic Community, Inc [8 Washington St., Westfield, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gaming for Anxiety and Depression
From the site: “Come down for a fun night of board and card games with people on and off the spectrum! Gaming for Anxiety and Depression is a co-meetup with people who love games and look for an open and understanding environment; you’ll meet some great people and learn to play a wide variety of games!”
Wednesday, March 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
This week the featured game also features artwork from a local creator, you’ll get to play Robot Rise! Aaron Wood provided the art for the game, which is about being a mad scientist vying for membership in the Ministry of Discord by building extremely neat robots and using your nefarious intellect to outwit your opponents. There’s also going to be lots of other games to play and Free Pizza!
Saturday, March 17th
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!
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:

Wednesday, March 14th
Southampton Public Library [30 East St., Southamtpon, MA 01073] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Meet at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin
From the site: “Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin’s masterful retellings pair eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew Bible are resourceful and courageous.”
Thursday, March 15th
Panera Bread [935 Riverdale St., West Springfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – First Meeting!
The kick-off for a fun new book club! Spend a little time getting to know other folks at the club, then discuss the first chapter of this extremely popular book series! Read the chapter first, of course! Feel free to bring along a book for reference!

Card Games:

Friday, March 16th
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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
New Players Welcome – FREE Magic the Gathering Cards!
New players welcome! Ever thought of playing a fun card game with pals? Then join other new players at a welcome event for new players! You’ll get official MtG cards to play with, you’ll be taught the game, and as a bonus you get to keep the cards! It’s a great chance to join your local card game community! Any questions? Call 413-896-1500, and join the meetup event if you want! https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/248617609/
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Booster Draft
Booster draft! For $15 you get 3 booster packs and prize support. Keep the cards you draft, play 2-3 games for best of three, and win prizes! The venue is casual, and if you’ve got any questions call 413-896-1500!
Saturday, March 17th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet & Greet – Casual Community Magic Gathering
A free meet-and-greet! Pizza and drinks provided! Open game tables for Magic the Gathering or other card games, some D&D, and bring your own! Free for all memebers of the Springfield Area MA Magic The Gathering & D&D Meetups, bring a friend! Free Magic cards for all new players! Join at https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/hvzctlyxfbwb/

Community:

Wednesday, March 14th
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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Job Force Development
GPL Teens and the Franklin Hampshire Employment Board join to explore youth employment!
Friday, March 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Exploring Downtown Northampton
Co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders will lead a one-hour amble along a stretch of the former rail-line, now bike path and describe the natural and cultural history along the route. Learn about the town you live within! It’s $8 to members and donors, $12 to non-members, registration required! Register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org!
Saturday, March 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 13th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After quick updates on ongoing projects, things will turn to the ongoing projects and get to work! Bring your laptop and your positive community energy!
Thursday, March 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Meet up and learn about WordPress! Share your projects, talk about projects and solutions, learn more about where WordPress is going! A great meetup for people new to WordPress or people who want to share their knowledge!
Saturday, March 17th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Paul Bissex will talk about Building the Web Application that Runs a Global Startup Accelerator, Meghan Fallon will give you an overview of the 2018 Technical Job Market! Abby Kingman will talk about Accessibilty for NERDs! So much to do, so little time to do it!
Sunday, March 18th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Jochen Rau will talk about React and ClojureScript, Andrea Kvasnica and Chris Smith will talk about their Agile experiences, and Aditya Relangi will talk about De-mystifying Serveless Platforms! A good second day!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 15th
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Guest curator Janet Gross will present “Northampton Lymans in Context” and discuss her research on this local family. We hope she asked them first, it’s always awkward to find out that your family is the subject of a contextual exhibit at a local library.
Sunday, March 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Members’ Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Enjoy homemade pancakes in the Carle Cafe, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio! Storytime, a film, and a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Celebrate the Caterpillar’s special day at The Carle! Throughout the day you can enjoy a bunch of art studio projects, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunts, tattoos, butterfly masks, films, story-times, and more! Plus 15% off everything in the shop!

Film:

Thursday, March 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines: Screening and Discussion – On the Same Page Amherst!
From the site: “This documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Following the screening, Dr. Erica Scharrer will lead a conversation about issues raised in the documentary.”

Kids:

Monday, March 12th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Live Clue: Stranger Things
Solve the mystery of who-done-it in Hawkins, Indiana? Was it Mike with the baseball bat full of nails in Mirkwood? Play along to discover which of these adorable 80’s children murdered someone, we guess? Weird branding, Clue. For ages 12-18, register by contacting oeberli@westath.org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crafts
Crafts for kids! It’s a good time.
Tuesday, March 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids! Have fun building neat things out of these good tiny blocks.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy! Experience Nathan, the most gigantic worm that can speak!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Stories with Jason
Jason is either a cat or a lion, which is just a much bigger cat. Do not bring your children unless they’re not allergic to cats or they are able to fight off a lion. Everyone should be able to fight off a lion by the age of around 4.
Thursday, March 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activites
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!
Saturday, March 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Read to Rover
Read to a nice dog, children! There’s literally no reason not to do this.

Movies:

Monday, March 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival
In anticipation of the Jane Austen Book Discussion starting April 26th, the GPL is showing some Austen films! This night: Sense and Sensibility! The most sensible senses! The most sensuous sensibilities! They’re all here!
Wednesday, March 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Resistance Film Series: Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
A documentary that follows how guns and the profits that they produce for their manufacturers and sellers, affect the lives of everyday Americans. Learn more, then call your congresspeople!
Thursday, March 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Opening Reception and Film Screening
The 13th annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Yiddish Book Center with an opening reception and film screening! Fine out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/pioneer-valley-jewish-film-festival-opening-reception-and-film-screening

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 14th
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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Wednesday! Gear up and play a fun casual short session. It’s a good intro to the main storyline events and uses published adventure material for a fun quick weeknight session. Every week is a new challenge! It costs $5 to attend and you’ll have a great time!
Thursday, March 15th
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 warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.
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!
Saturday, March 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Great Goblin Bake-Off: A Song of Icing and Fryer
Play using the Fate system, and join an adventure at: the Great Goblin bake-off, and competition is fierce! At least it would be if the other bakers hadn’t been kidnapped. What is the Witchhunters plan? What is the secret goblin magic? How are you supposed to roll out croissant dough if you can’t let the butter soften? All this and more in the most thrilling adventure of any lifetime! First-timers are welcome! The Fate system is really easy to pick up and play and all materials will be provided.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Saturday! A good intro to the main storyline events! It’s just $5 per player, snacks and drinks available. As always, play a bard because everyone should adventure with a full-sized Cello.
Sunday, March 18th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Sunday! Take a character all the way from their humble beginning to the heights of arcane might! Make a character onsite or bring one pre-made! The current group includes both new and experienced players, and they’re happy to welcome new people! $5 per player, snacks and drinks available.
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 roleplaying 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!

Science:

Monday, March 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Saving Lions and Diagnosing Presidents
Join us for another great Nite! We’ll find out about lions from Andrew Stein, a wildlife biologist and National Geographic Explorer focused on the conservation of large predators! Then we’ll hear about the terrifying possibility that the president is legitimately unfit to serve in like a “no object permanence” manner rather than just having horrific plans for his term from David Arbeitman, a PhD in psychology. It’ll be a night of once again no single shred of connection between the topics because shush, you. It’s $5 to attend, $50 going to each speaker. We’ll also have COOKIES! For anyone who drops money in the donation bin for the Northampton Survival Center!
Wednesday, March 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Part four of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107. This one is about digging deeper! Military records, family papers and stories, land records, all that jazz!

 

March 5th – March 11th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We saw the movie ‘Annihilation’ this past week, because we had heard it was good despite the fact that the trailer made it look like it was entirely about people being hunted by a monster and shooting things.

It’s not! It’s a very, very weird alien story. A lot like the book, but so different in tone and content that it’s worth also reading the book if you like the film.

It is extremely violent in places, though. So be ready to see some gore. But it’s mostly a movie about a beautiful weird forest and what makes someone an individual. And a bear with a skull for a face. It’s a tapestry!

Also we played Star Trek Panic at Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this past week and we had a great time with it! One thing we weren’t huge fans of was the fact that it does have that co-op game bane of one competent player quarterbacking for other folks. Because there’s no real thing that separates players, it quickly hits a stride of everyone debating every move every turn, which can make it hard for new players to get into.

Still, very fun to play once everyone was able to contribute to the decisions more effectively. Also go to Wednesday Games, it’s so nice. We got free pizza!

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:

Thursday, March 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Seasons, Sunrise and Farms: Photographs by Catherine Lee
See artwork highlighting the beauty of local farms and their historic houses and barns! Catherine Lee was born in Rome, but settled in Western Mass at age five. She’s a painter and a photographer of local landscapes, and you can see her stunning images while presumably eating cheese because it’s a reception.
Friday, March 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! Can’t find a better price than that. From 4pm to 7pm, make Itty Bitty Art! Make a tiny drawing, collage, or painting inspired by the tiniest work of art available in the museum! Then, go on a tour to explore their wonderful art while getting some complimentary light refreshments! Delightful times for delightful people.
Saturday, March 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gallery Tour: Treasures from the Collection
A special tour of the treasures from 15 years of collecting! Take a closer look at some masterworks, and see rarely seen objects that reveal the artistic process! We hear they have the pulsating gem-heart that powers a lot of the local YA authors.

Board Games:

Saturday, March 10th
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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Board Games
Board games! The library has a bunch of them on hand, so bring your friends and play! Maybe bring one of your own, maybe even donate a copy of a game you love so other people can play it!

Books:

Friday, March 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dupin Did It: A Reading from ‘An Exaggerated Murder’ & Discussion of ‘The Purloined Letter’
From the site: ” Josh Cook reads from his critically acclaimed detective novel, An Exaggerated Murder and discusses Edgar Allen Poe’s classic detective story, “The Purloined Letter.”” But what’s the book about? “If Sherlock Holmes and Ignatius J. Reilly had a baby, that child would be Trike Augustine, private investigator. Rude, slobby, irritatingly brilliant, quick-witted — that’s Trike. With the help of his saner, more reasonable employees, Trike has been tasked with finding a missing billionaire, but will the stupid clues stump the smart man, or will Trike manage to keep himself and his associates out of harm’s way and solve the case before it’s too late? An Exaggerated Murder is a fantastic, funny, smart debut, and I eagerly await more from Cook.”
Saturday, March 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Jane Yolen
Free with museum admission! Jane Yolen has written her 365th book! Wild! She’s published in poetry, picture books, middle grade, graphic novels, YA, nonfiction, basically every genre possible! She’ll share her inspirations, writing process, and answer a Q&A!

Card Games:

Friday, March 9th
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:

Thursday, March 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the YA department to talk comics! Share comics! Create Comics! There will be supplies to make your own books, and time to get some good recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists.

Community:

Wednesday, March 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
League of Women Voters
The monthly meeting! Maybe you’d like to join?
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!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 6th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup with folks who make code! You don’t need to bring anything but your Conversation Skills and your Desire To Hang Out and Eat or Drink. Talk to folks about work, or not work! Network, but in a way that feels less grasping and desperate than more focused social engagements sometimes can. The Foundry’s a nice place to hang out, too!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, March 6th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
An Evening with Khary Lazarre-White
From the site: “Khary is a social entrepreneur, author, organizer and attorney. Khary will be reading excerpts from Passage, his new novel, published in September 2017 by Seven Stories Press and distributed by Penguin Random House.”
Hampshire College, Art Gallery [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM
Listening: A Lecture/Performance by Jamila Jackson
From the site: “Jamila Jackson will be presenting her research in storytelling, contemplative dance, and embodied leadership. Join her as she uses music, dance, and contemplative practice to explore her connections between listening, indigenous wisdom, embodiment, slime mold, and social change.” Wait… read that back to us?
Wednesday, March 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Gut-Mind Connection
Georgia Ede, MD will return with a repeat of her talk “Beyond Medication: How to Improve Mood, Attention, and Memory Through Diet”. Based on a quick look at the website “www.diagnosisdiet.com“, it looks like the basic pitch is: Vegetables are actively harmful to mental and physical health, eat exclusively meat if at all possible. So ketogenic diets, basically. Which frankly we lack the capacity to evaluate properly, but we’re gonna go one step further and say that only eating a specific animal is healthy, but you’ll have to come to our talk to find out which one.
Saturday, March 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
From Emmeline Pankhurst to Ms. Magazine: William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman, and Feminism – On the Same Page Amherst
From the site: “Julie de Chantal explores the history of feminism in the United States from the 1840s to the 1970s. She will especially focus on the influence of Massachusetts’ feminist movements upon William Moulton Marston and his Wonder Woman character.” Neat! Julie de Chantal is a Lecturer at the Department of History at UMass, so she knows her stuff.

Kids:

Monday, March 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Craft
CRAFT! Craft what? NO TIME. CRAFT! CRAFT FASTER! NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE, CRAAAAFT!
Tuesday, March 6th
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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
The real story here is that at least as far as we can tell from the image, Nathan is a sentient giant worm person and that is pretty danged neat. Kids, meet a sentient non-human creature who will read stories to you! Expand your horizons a bit!
Wednesday, March 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
CFCE Read and Learn
This appears to be reading with just the standard human people doing the reading. BOO! Bring back Nathan the giant worm who can read!
Thursday, March 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!

Movies:

Monday, March 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Teens! See a Cool Teen do a bunch of crimes and because of those crimes experience one of his most cherished and memorable days. We’re not saying that doing a lot of crimes is a good idea but we are saying it sure seems to work out for this teen, and he’s very cool.
Thursday, March 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Re-Invented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
From the site: “In several incisive videos, Ian Haney López lays out how the racism of Dog Whistle Politics has poisoned our political life ever since the late 1960’s and has enabled the wealthy to get policies enacted that hurt white people and people of color alike. He has some surprising perspectives about the intersection of race and class and strong recommendations about how we can help stop the plutocrats by telling this story.” Then, talk to the group about action projects advancing anti-racism in our communities. Free and open to the public!

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 7th
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, March 8th
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 warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.
Saturday, March 10th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Great Goblin Bake-Off: A Song of Icing and Fryer
Play using the Fate system, and join an adventure at: the Great Goblin bake-off, and competition is fierce! At least it would be if the other bakers hadn’t been kidnapped. What is the Witchhunters plan? What is the secret goblin magic? How are you supposed to roll out croissant dough if you can’t let the butter soften? All this and more in the most thrilling adventure of any lifetime! First-timers are welcome! The Fate system is really easy to pick up and play and all materials will be provided.

Science:

Wednesday, March 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part three of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107. This one is about immigration and naturalization resources.
Thursday, March 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Backyard Extinctions: The Plight of the Puritan Tiger Beetle
Learn about how to save a species from the brink! Doctor Roger Gwiazdowski has been working to breed Puritan Tiger Beetles in captivity in order to save this tiny but critical part of our shoreline ecosystem! Learn what they are, why we need them, and how we can save them in this talk!