Fantastic Four Comic book cover. Klaw: The Murderous Master of Sound!

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.

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