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!

 

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