April 9th – April 15th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The big news this week: Nerd Nite! The greatest Nite of the month! This time it’ll feature Jordana Starr of Beerology and Christian Reader of Comics N’ More! It’s going to be fun and you’ll have a chance to buy fresh-baked cookies that are specially designed to be the best ones possible by us! All cookie cash goes straight to the spectacular Northampton Survival Center!

And spend as much time as you can at Modern Myths, because they’re great and it’s going to be really sad when they shut down at the end of May.

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, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Warrior Writers Workshop, facilitated by Eric Wasileski, meets monthly on the second Tuesdays. Learn how to write better in the company of friends!
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! ZZZZZIIIIIIIIIINNNNNES!
Friday, April 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out: An Evening with Claire Dacey
Claire Dacey is an award-winning folk singer/songwriter and instrumentalist who’ll perform two sets, one at 6pm and one at 7pm. Donations will benefit local organizations that aid those in need! Help folks and hear nice music, who could ask for more?
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! Make beautiful block prints drawn from real flowers and leaves from the Smith College Botanic Garden and inspired by FLOWERING STARS: Prints by Dwight Pogue! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dusk at MacLeish
On four Northampton Arts Nights Out this spring, photographer Pamela Petro and poet Naila Moreira will present an art exhibit, Dusk at Macleish, of seven ecological graphic poems. Their work, in word and image digital presentation, will be projected on a triptych of screens. It’ll be neat and you’ll like it so check it out!

Board Games:

Friday, April 13th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Meet up and play some board games with friendly people! They tend to like the Euro stuff but feel free to bring whatever you think will be fun. We highly recommend checking Azul, we’ve played it a few times and it’s a lot of fun. Kind of like competitive solitaire, but with nice colored tiles.
Saturday, April 14th
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:

Tuesday, April 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Brock Clarke, The Price of a Haircut
A new collection of stories from Brock Clarke, author of seven fiction books and winner of a bunch of prizes including the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction. His stories cover child actors, PTSD, marital discord, and contemporary racial attitudes. Hear him in conversation with Jeff Parker, who’s also probably pretty nice!
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Where the Real and the Surreal Meet
A long-running author reading series presents Science Fiction and Fantasy authors Jane Yolen, ‘The Pit Dragon Chronicles’, Elizabeth Bear, ‘The Stone in the Skull’, and Robert V.S. Redick, ‘Master Assassins’.
Thursday, April 12th
Barnes & Noble [7 Holyoke St., Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“We will discuss Chapter 1 (Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).Please read the chapter beforehand; it’s also handy if you bring your book along. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735770856446086/”
Saturday, April 14th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
The Talking Tollbooth: A Conversation with Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster
Join author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer as they discuss the fantastic book The Phantom Tollbooth! Learn about how it came to be and what came after, moderated by children’s book author Kate Feiffer. Signed books are available following the program, in case you like the books that the people you’re seeing write and illustrate which is a pretty decent possibility!

Card Games:

Friday, April 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Comics:

Wednesday, April 11th
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
King of Pop Release Party!
Locals making comics! good comics about oddball assassins born from a love of D-List movies, snacks, and homemade comics! We’ve got it on good authority that this is “gunna be sweet”. Get ready to get excited by a neat new comic from Valley Creators!

Community:

Monday, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Racial Justice Rising
Learn about racial justice, and help out your community!
Tuesday, April 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
League of Women Voters
The monthly meeting of the League!
Wednesday, April 11th
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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Teach-in on the Social Justice Economy (After Hours GH)
A teach-in about Social Justice!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 9th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Beer and Comics
In what might be the most for-specifically-us Nerd Nite yet we’re going to have Christian Reader from the excellent Easthampton comic shop Comics N’ More here to speak about why comics are for everybody and Jordana Starr of Beerology in Northampton is going to talk to us about brewing! And you’ll be able to buy drinks and hey why not read a comic during intermission? The perfect night! Also as always we’ll have Home-made Freshly-baked Delicious Cookies on hand to raise money for the Northampton Survival Center!
Tuesday, April 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week Program Wingmasters: Birds of Prey
Wingmasters: Birds of Prey- Julie Collier of Wingmasters, along with some of her feathered friends will explain five basic categories of raptors that include eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and discuss many aspects of each. Five live birds will accompany her. Bring six live birds if you want to have a chance at defeating her Raptor Force!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Clutter Control: Downsizing Your Stuff
Do you have trouble with clutter? Figure out how to make it less troublesome with this class!
Thursday, April 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Saturday, April 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Baroque Music Event (All Ages)
Baroque music for the whole family! A bunch of classical hits and covers played by excellent musicians.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
The doctor is in! Which doctor? Who knows! Anyway watch Doctor Who with some nice folks and then chat about it!

History:

Wednesday, April 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Creation of the Quabbin Reservoir w/ J.R. Greene
Have you been to Enfield, Prescott, Dana, or Greenwich recently? Probably not! They’re underwater now! They were cleared out so that there could be a massive reservoir for the City of Boston! That’s so wild! They got rid of whole towns and then made one of the largest bodies of water in Massachusetts! Learn more about this wild historical event from local history-knower J.R. Greene!

Kids:

Monday, April 9th
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.
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teens Only: Button-Making
Teens and only teens: you must come design and press some buttons! It’s a good way to make a button for yourself or another!
Tuesday, April 10th
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Play with LEGO! Have fun! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, April 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories, crafts, and crafty stories for kids!
Thursday, April 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Stories with Nathan
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.
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!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Crafts, stories, and storied crafts for kids!
Friday, April 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge
Teens! Lounge about with other teens at the old library down the road!
Saturday, April 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts
This one’s actually just a bunch of monolithic structures strewn across a ruined plain stretching toward infinity and pulsing with horrible strength, but for kids. Nah it’s a craft/story time again!

Movies:

Monday, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week Movie
A movie of some sort. We’re going to say… that one from the 1910s where a horse runs!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Facing the Surge
Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA (and Marshfield, MA). Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change. Sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby- Pioneer Valley
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
This film profiles a writer, publisher and bookseller as a major force in resistance to government clampdowns on free speech. The poet and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti—since 1950– has been a radical resister to censorship of ideas both by writing his own poetry, publishing poetry of other radical resisters like Allen Ginsburg (Howl!), and selling their work.
Saturday, April 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
National Library Week Movie
A movie! We’re going to say… it’s actually the next 19 Avatar films.
Sunday, April 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | Holy Land Hardball
Boston bagel maker Larry Baras wanted to create a pro baseball league in Israel. He was met with incredulity and even hostility, but he tried it anyway! He got a bunch of delightful folks including a 41 year-old father of three, and a 27 year-old Brooklyn artist and DJ who was still finding himself after the disappointment of not being drafted out of college, and a bunch of other nice people! Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 11th
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, April 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Friday, April 13th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 1
A new year, new staff, new stories, possibly vampires? Vampires in the title image for this thing so probably vampires. Lots more info at Magestry.com, but the basics are: come hang out for a weekend playing an RPG! You can come as an NPC to get free stuff, even!
Saturday, April 14th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 2
The second day of the Magestry Spring Event!
Sunday, April 15th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 3
The third and final day of the Magestry Spring Event!

Science:

Thursday, April 12th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Communication Controversial Science
Why’s it so hard to talk about Climate Change with folks from across the proverbial aisle? It can feel futile, but there are some psychological and social factors influencing how we discuss and make decisions about politicized topics that it can help to understand! It’s worthwhile to figure out how to communicate something this important!
Friday, April 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Let’s Talk About Energy: An Evening with Jim Barry
Jim Barry is the Western Mass Regional Coordinator for the Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division. That means he’s basically your one-stop source for information related to conservation and renewable energy! He’ll talk about Municipal Electricity Aggregation, What’s Coming After SRECs, Renewable Heating Systems, Electric Vehicles, the Solarize Program, and more! Bring your questions and find out that with Jim’s Help it IS easy being green! That’s his joke and he deserves the credit because it’s excellent.
Saturday, April 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Songbirds of the Northeast with Naturalist John Root
Free admission to a talk about the best type of birds, the ones that sing pretty songs! And also the worst type of birds, the ones that sing pretty songs early in the morning. You’ll also be able to buy perennials for edible landscaping and to attract birds, butterflies, and other good animals! Make your garden useful and beautiful!

 

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