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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