Month: July 2018

July 30th – August 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


It’s another wonderful week in the Valley!

We just got our copy of Root! It’s a game that local Editor Extraordinaire Joshua Yearsley worked on and which was brought in alpha form to Wednesday Games last year. One play-through was enough to convince us that it was neat as hell and we backed it. It’s here and it is more lovely than we even expected! We’re excited to play it with friends, particularly since it has the rare quality of being generally accepted as a fun play with just 3 people.

You should definitely go to the PVGD Cookout party if you’re at all into making game-related stuff in the Valley! Even if you haven’t been to one of their events before, it’s very chill and if you bring food everyone will just be excited to eat all that delicious food.

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:

Tuesday, July 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tween and Teen Graphic Novel Series
“Join library assistant and published graphic novel author Steve Murphy for this 3 part series:
Class 1 (July 9) — attendees will make a mini-comic book story out of a single sheet of paper; they will also design the main characters to their story.
Class 2 (July 31) — the mini-comics will be enlarged and expanded into a lengthier comic book format; character design and development will finish up. Class 3 (August 21) — time to draw and write your comic book! Each session will include free drawing and GN discussion time:”
Thursday, August 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
A pop-up art exhibition! Open mics! Featured readers! So much delightful art to see and participate in and share!
Saturday, August 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Olivia Gatwood Poetry
“Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Olivia Gatwood has received national recognition for her poetry, writing workshops, and work as a Title IX Compliant educator in sexual assault prevention and recovery. As a finalist at Brave New Voices, Women of the World and the National Poetry Slam, Olivia’s performances have been featured on HBO, Huffington Post, MTV, VH1, and BBC among others… Olivia believes in girl-power. She currently lives in Boston.” Olivia also has a very cool all-pink outfit in the poster advertising this event.

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 1st
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games: Arboretum
Arboretum is a very good set-building game that we were taught by a very nice person and then also that person absolutely disintegrated us. This is their chance to teach a bunch of new people to play it so that the potential disintegrations are more varied and exciting. For real though this is never anything but a spectacular night. We’ve had fun every time we’ve attended!

Books:

Saturday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends Book Sale
Books you can buy from a library you love! The best time to get some new books!

Community:

Thursday, August 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Democratic Candidate for State Representative Debate
“The Center for Human Development hosts a debate focusing on social services issues for the Democratic candidates running for the Massachusetts House of Representatives Third Hampshire District.” Get to know your candidates!

Computers:

Thursday, August 2nd
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
A meeting to work on getting Northampton to finally put in free high-speed internet access as a municipal utility! It’s the sort of thing that probably should have been done a decade and a half ago but we can get on it now.

Entertainment:

Monday, July 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Wednesday, August 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Air Roasted Coffee
“Darren and Sean Pierce of Pierce Brothers Air Roasted Coffee will share where their Fair Trade Beans come from, how they are roasted and become a delicious cup of coffee. Learn how to make a perfect cup of coffee, what the special tasting notes are, and taste some primo coffee air roasted in Greenfield. ” As we understand it air roasting is when you throw the beans through the air so fast that they roast by the time they hit the ground.
Thursday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We’ve heard great things about Moribito, and it’s kind of short by anime standards.

Kids:

Monday, July 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mister G. Concert
Mister G! A bilingual rockstar and a delightful performer invites children of all ages and their families for a concert on the library lawn!
Tuesday, July 31st
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!
Thursday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Build Your Own Water Xylophone
Kids from 2nd to 5th grade, work in teams to assemble a water xylophone you can really play! Advanced teams will build a water xylophone you can really hold a conversation with.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Build-a-Beat (Ages 7 & up)
Learn how to use Beat Lab and Chrome Music Lab to create your own beats to share with friends! Pre-Register at kids@joneslibrary.org!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Be Cool in the Museum
“Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure for toddlers and their caregivers. The August program will focus on works of art in the exhibition 体 Modern Images of the Body from East Asia as well as those in the collection galleries.”
Friday, August 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Library Lego Lady
Lots of Lego fun with the Lego Lady! Build! Build to the heavens! Craft to your heart’s content, and beyond! Create a second person, tell THEM to craft!
Saturday, August 4th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Be Cool in the Museum
The second date!

Movies:

Monday, July 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Last Year at Marienbad
Watch the movie first! Watch it at home, then attend the meeting to discuss it! This one will be the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad, directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet. You can see the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIdSQ-Hsukk!
Tuesday, July 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zoo
Zoo! Based on the poster it’s about a bunch of people who were tragically separated from one another but came together thanks to their elephant friend who possessed some rudimentary photo editing skills.
Saturday, August 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Movie Matinee: A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time was unfortunately not that great a film by all accounts, but it’s still probably fun and neat looking. Also some folks liked it a lot, so maybe you’ll agree with them rather than the zeitgeist!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 2nd
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.

Science:

Tuesday, July 31st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
A Natural and Cultural History of Ticks
“During the last three decades deer tick populations have soared in our region and tick-borne illnesses have become a major public health concern. Why has this happened? What’s changed? What were tick populations like in 1654 when Northampton was settled? And what might they be like in 2054? Dr. Kirby Stafford, III, chief entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Station will explore these questions in this illustrated lecture.” Limited Seating. First come, first served.
​$8 for members & donors; $12 for non-members.
Sunday, August 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
“Buccaneers of Buzz” Pollinator Fair
So wait is this implying that there are pirates who rob bees, and that the buzzing noise bees produce is bee money? There are a lot of layers to this and none of them make sense to us. “At our Fair, learn more about the continued important of pollinators today, and the things you can do at home to make a happy environment for them.” Maybe rob a bee?

Teens:

Monday, July 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Teens Make & Take Chocolates
Make a chocolate treat, learn about chocolate history and trivia, and then immediately eat them OR if you possess some sort of unimaginably vast store of willpower you could take them home and then the moment you cross the threshold chow down. Also, any teens who aren’t interested in learning but are interested in getting chocolate there’s a good chance some teens with a lot of chocolate will be leaving the library around 4:30 if you want to see if they’ll give you any.
Thursday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
YA Movie: Black Panther
One of the best of the Marvel bunch, Black Panther is a good movie to watch if you like cats!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk!
Saturday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Teen/Tween Tie Dye Lab
Tie dying a whole lab seems like a ton of work but that’s probably why they made this a group activity.

Video Games:

Tuesday, July 31st
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!
Sunday, August 5th
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation [300 Sugarloaf St., South Deerfield MA] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PVGD: Four-year Anniversary Cookout & Potluck on Sugarloaf!
Veggie burgers! Beef burgers! Other foods! Bring your own food! Hang out with a ton of wonderful folks and just generally have a great time with them all, because they’re all great. Say hi for us! Parking is $5 if you want to drive up but as always if you can conquer the mountain then it’s free. Also “Just like any good outdoor cookout and game dev group, we’ll want to play games. We’re bringing some board and yard games, if you have anything to contribute please bring it too!”

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July 23rd – 29th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Check out the new fun thing in the hottest town in the Valley, Easthampton! It’s Prodigy, a mini-golf/games place open Wed – Sun for folks 13 and up, 13-15 accompanied by parents! There’s kind of a long story there but basically it’s got a complex mini-golf course handmade by a person who’d like fewer 6 year-old kids to destroy it. What is it with Eastworks attracting people who accidentally make business that are basically designed for small children to annihilate?

There are foods! There are drinks! You can play games and mini-golf! Costs about $10 for a full day of admission, which is pretty nifty! Really, just go check it out already local businesses need your cash and it costs less than a movie.

ALSO! We have job news for you! Are you looking for work? Why not be a physics technician at Mount Holyoke College? You’d be responsible for:  “1) supporting and maintaining classroom demonstrations, 2) supporting research labs (minor repairs and maintenance), and 3) advising students on technical aspects of research projects when appropriate. ”

You should apply if it sounds fun!

“The ideal candidate will have some training in machining and CAD design, can execute minor electronic repairs, and has a bachelors in physics or a related field. However, we will also consider candidates who have extensive technical experience regardless of degree, OR who have substantial physics/engineering expertise and are eager to develop technical skills. (An enthusiastic recent graduate may be qualified.)

We especially encourage women and people from underrepresented groups to apply. ”

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:

Wednesday, July 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Talk about zines! Create Zines! Those two things mostly, but we guess you could probably get in some light cardio as well.
Thursday, July 26th
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.
Sunday, July 29th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Factual and Fictitious Geography in the Nuremburg Chronicles
A double-feature! Lecture by New York artist Tate Klacsmann, followed by a live wood-cut demonstration by local artist Nancy Haver! Both arts are currently exhibiting in Historic Northampton!

Board Games:

Monday, July 23rd
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tanks from GF9
All day on Monday, and possibly future Mondays, the Tanks crew is around to teach people a fun and accessible new miniatures game! It’s about home-care workers oddly enough. To be fair it’s about home-care workers who are represented in-game by highly detailed little models of tanks, and helping an elderly client is represented as a sort of combat tactics game.
Saturday, July 28th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Greenfield Games Summer Auction
Summer auction! The silent auction part is already happening, so check out Greenfield Games for a chance to get some great games. Then, on the 28th there’s the live auction! Come in any time to register for a number early and bid if you can’t make it! This is the biggest shopping day of the year if you’re into board games!

Books:

Tuesday, July 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauren Groff, Florida in conversation with Judith Frank
“In her thrilling new book, Lauren Groff brings the reader into a physical world that is at once domestic and wild–a place where the hazards of the natural world lie waiting to pounce, yet the greatest threats and mysteries are still of an emotional, psychological nature. A family retreat can be derailed by a prowling panther, or by a sexual secret. Among those navigating this place are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple, a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character–a steely and conflicted wife and mother.”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk — Eric Rieseberg and Helen Noble
“Rieseberg’s “Heroes Alongside Us” is a tribute to the men who were the key to his and many others success in life. The book defines what success is, how to achieve it, and the rewards of that achievement.” We define success as having twenty cookies. “Noble’s “25,000 Seeds: Where Love Grows” follows Claire Patterson takes a consulting project in an Ohio farming community. She can handle this; it’s business as usual. Stepping way out of her comfort zone, she finds that fewer distractions in the rural region leaves her with more free time than she’s had in years”… to pursue romance!
Friday, July 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation
“From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman’s efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes”

Card Games:

Friday, July 27th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
Friday Night Magic! This is one of the best opportunities you have to competitively play a wonderful game that also maybe keep a diary of how much you spend on it. Two tournaments starting at 6pm, $5 for each, one’s going to be Standard Format, one’s Modern! Win packs and promo cards!

Community:

Tuesday, July 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Free Lunch at the Library
“All children under the age of 18 are welcome to a free hot lunch at the Jones Library. Join us for a fun library program before, or come just for lunch. Adults over the age of 18 are welcome to purchase a meal for $3.50. ” Libraries: useful for the community!
Thursday, July 26th
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
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Thursday Morning Club: Buz Eisenberg on the First Amendment
“The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion on the First Amendment from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on July 26 at the Greenfield Public Library as part of the library’s Thursday Morning Club at the Greenfield Public Library.The program will feature Buz Eisenberg, an attorney and First Amendment expert. The event is free and open to the public.”

Entertainment:

Monday, July 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Wednesday, July 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Dances and Rhythms of Puerto Rico with Brendaliz Cepeda y Las Mujeres de Bomba Group
“Brendaliz Cepeda and her folklore group provide traditional music from Puerto Rico. Brenda y las Mujeres de Bomba has been working in the community teaching youth and adults about drumming, dancing and the history of Bomba y Plena. For more information,or registration 413-420-8101 or library@holyoke.org”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Music of Star Wars: A Celebration of John Williams’ Film Scores
“GPL is pleased to welcome back Aaron Krerowicz with a new program: The Music of Star Wars: A Celebration of John Williams’ Film Scores. Often called a “space opera”, one aspect of the Star Wars films that helped make them such a pop culture phenomenon was composer John Williams’ iconic music. This 60-minute multimedia presentation showcases music from all eight episodes.”
Thursday, July 26th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert
Classical music for kids that’s “just right”! Then, an Instrument Petting Zoo where kids can hold and play with some instruments that are presumably worth very little money.
Friday, July 27th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Full Moon Group Sing
Sing in a group to welcome the full moon, as you do!
Saturday, July 28th
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire: Time-Travelers Weekend
Isn’t this every weekend at a Ren Faire?
Sunday, July 29th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 AM to 4:00 AM
Prodigy Late-Night Decathlon
Ten events covering the range from physical games like shuffleboard to classic arcade games like Ms Pac-Man to toys like Simon! You can purchase a ticket to the Decathlon and get all-day access Saturday! NO REFUNDS they want to make clear so be ready to be up late. The most points gets $100 + a medal, 2nd most gets $50 and a medal, third gets a month of free membership plus a medal!

Kids:

Monday, July 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cooking Class
Cook at the library! Learn how to cook new things, learn about nutrition, and eat tasty food after you prepare it!
Tuesday, July 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Thursday, July 26th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Build-a-Beat (Ages 7 & up)
Learn how to use Beat Lab and Chrome Music Lab to create your own beats to share with friends! Pre-Register at kids@joneslibrary.org!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Young Adult Cupcake Wars
Decorate a cupcake! Win a prize! Open to ages 10 and up, register at the Youth Services Desk!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Crazy Crafternoon & Tech Tinkering
Craft a masterpiece with craft supplies! Make circuits! Play with cool things! Register by calling 413-562-6158! Ages 5 and up welcome.
Friday, July 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Moana Sing & Dance Along
Sing and dance along to Moana! A movie that probably required like 10,000 hair animators. Families with kids 3 and up are welcome, enjoy a craft and snacks while you’re singing and dancing! Well. Not WHILE.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Harry Potter Afternoon
Celebrate a slighty early birthday for Harry Potter by making a wand, drinking some butterbeer, and playing would you rather! For students going into grades 6-12, register with oeberli@westath.org because space is limited!

Movies:

Wednesday, July 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Coco on the Lawn
A free screening of Pixar’s great new movie “Coco”! Bring a blanket and some food, wait until dark and then leave, stunning the crowd as they try to figure out what sort of person leaves before the film starts! Or just watch a fun movie, should start around 8:30pm.
Sunday, July 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILMS | “Iom Romi” (“A Day in Rome”) & “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana”
“Iom Romì chronicles a day in the life of the contemporary Jewish community of Rome. From dawn to dusk, through the voices of several characters living and working in the historic Ghetto quarter, Iom Romì tells the story of a community both fiercely independent and distinctly Roman. | Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels was born of the tales that Marion Kreith told her daughter, co-director Judy Kreith, about her escape from Nazi-occupied Belgium and her teenage years in 1940s Havana. Marion and other refugees interviewed in the film recall their lives in wartime Havana: the draw of Cuban food, music and dance, its language and people, and the challenges they faced in this unfamiliar land. The film features an original soundtrack of Cuban and Jewish music. “

RPGs:

Tuesday, July 24th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do gerblins! Will those do?

Science:

Monday, July 23rd
The Harp Irish Pub [163 Sunderland Road, Amherst MA] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Sleep on It: The Neuroscience of Sleep and Dreams
Why do we sleep? Weirdly difficult to answer question. Dr. Rebecca Spencer will give you the whole buzz, along with trivia and appetizers!
Tuesday, July 24th
Amherst College, Merrill Science Center [220 South Pleasant St, Amherst MA] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Soccer Robot Presentation
“Disappointed that the USA wasn’t in the World Cup? Come watch the Team Amherst soccer robot win against itself on Tuesday, July 24 in the Merrill Atrium! A formal presentation will be given at 2 p.m. and the rest of the hour will be a demonstration of the robot’s skills.” That sounds spectacular. What if it’s good? That’d be weird. It can’t be like a robot person, it has to be a little battlebot type thing or something right?

Technology:

Wednesday, July 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Python Coding Club
Meet with people interested in learning to code and work on some projects and exchange tips! Participants should bring computers and of course download Python and something to code with. We like Atom a lot, it’s got nice integrations and such.

Teens:

Friday, July 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
It’s LIT: Summer Sex and Relationship Series at the Library
In partnership with the River Valley Counselling Center, youth will have a chance to talk about sex, relationships, sexuality, and how to stay safe happy and healthy. Frankly these sorts of workshops should be attended by everyone every year in our experience. This stuff remains confusing forever. Snacks are provided, and there’s a $50 gift card you can earn for completing the whole series!

Video Games:

Tuesday, July 24th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+!

 

July 16th – July 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Into the Breach is really, really good. Spectacular, even. Give it a shot if you’re at all interested in games in which you move around robots on a map and try to destroy gigantic bugs! It’s fun in part because so much of it is just like improvising a solution to a push-pull puzzle.

This week we highly recommend you hit up the Greenfield Games events and tell them – at length – how much you appreciate the fact that they have started posting events to a dedicated website instead of Facebook, the least fun website to visit!

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, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monthly Painting Workshop
Painting workshops with Andrew! All you need to do is show up ready to paint! All materials are provided. Though wait, that seems implausible. Do they mean all paints? All we know about miniatures is that they’re wildly expensive. Maybe they’ve got like extras or plastic ones that are cheaper. Anyway, these are questions you can most easily resolve by attending the event!
Tuesday, July 17th
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 kids, talk to other adults who do the same! Facilitated by Nell Wright, it’s a chance to share tips, discuss skills, and get input about stories!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Rock Painting
Bring a rock! Paint the rock! Bring as many rocks as you like, really. A few practice rocks can’t hurt.
Thursday, July 19th
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.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Stitch Camp (2)
Sew and embroider a cute mini animal out of felt! Be careful not to allow your hubris to overwhelm you, causing you to create a felt animal so real that it comes to life. That’s too much responsibility! Lead by Heather Wynne, a local designer who specializes in textile products! Pre-registration required! Call 413-665-2642!

Board Games:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tanks from GF9
All day on Monday, and possibly future Mondays, the Tanks crew is around to teach people a fun and accessible new miniatures game! It’s about librarians oddly enough. To be fair it’s about librarians who are represented in-game by highly detailed little models of tanks, and re-shelving books is represented as a sort of combat tactics game.
Wednesday, July 18th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Sagrada
Sagrada is great! Kind of a dice-based solitaire you play against several other people that’s about building a nice stained-glass window. Give it a shot at the next delightful Wednesday Games!

Books:

Tuesday, July 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Wednesday, July 18th
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!
Thursday, July 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ben Goldfarb, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Oh that makes a ton of sense: a book about how what we think is a reasonable natural environment is actually the consequence of massive amounts of beaver-hunting for the fur trade. And since beavers literally terraform things in a visible manner even in small groups, it stands to reason that having basically none of them around makes for a damaged environment. Learn more from actual expert Ben Goldfarb at this talk! Register here: https://www.odysseybks.com/event-rsvp
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Local Author Talk – Norman Schell and the Ballade of Mary Reede
“On Thursday, July 19, at 7pm Norman Schell will speak about his new novel, The Ballad of Mary Reede at LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library. The reading and a video presentation will be followed by a discussion of Piracy, past and present, and Slavery past and present. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the novel will be available for those interested.”

Card Games:

Friday, July 20th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
Friday Night Magic! This is one of the best opportunities you have to competitively play a wonderful game that also maybe keep a diary of how much you spend on it. Two tournaments starting at 6pm, $5 for each, one’s going to be Standard Format, one’s Modern! Win packs and promo cards!

Community:

Saturday, July 21st
Building Autistic Community, Inc. [8 Washington St, Westfield MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday Autism and Asperger’s support group
“This group is an opportunity for support and discussion for people on the autism spectrum. This group is a “safe space” for adults in our community and is not intended as a parenting group; family members are encouraged to get in touch with us for relevant resources for their needs. Adults 18+ who identify with autism, Asperger’s, or other murky labels. For a number of reasons, including the difficulty of getting a diagnosis as an adult, a formal clinical diagnosis is not required.”

Entertainment:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Tuesday, July 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
I Was (And Still Am) a Teenage Metal Head
Local rock musician and Academy of Rock instructor and founder Matt kim will share his coming of age story through his love of electric guitar!
Wednesday, July 18th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Event – Johnson Organs: Westfield’s Famous Organ Builder
Johnson Sophia Lorenzo Organs, the famous organ builder of Westfield. Who made a new liver for the Queen of England in 1987? Johson Sophia Lorenzo Organs. Who invented a new organ that’s capable of seeing time as color? Why of course, it was none other than Johnson Organs! Spectacular.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We’ve heard great things about My Hero Academia or as it’s known in Japan “[My Hero Academia]* *translated from Japanese”
Saturday, July 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Developing a Podcast
Do you want to make a podcast? Good news! You actually already have one it’s 2018 we’re all currently interviewing someone on or being interviewed by someone for a podcast. But we could all use two! Talk to this local entertainment and pop culture reporter who’s thinking about starting a podcast and wants to collaborate with someone else in town! Bring your lap top and see what comes out of this brainstorming session!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
13th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Four Seasons, Five Senses
A day celebrating the seasons! An exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild. Drawing demonstrations! Films! Journaling workshops! The Happier Family Comedy Show! It’s going to be a packed day.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Magic Show with Robert Clarke
A magician who has managed to not be destroyed by the crowds of Boston is a magician who has honed their craft to a fine edge. See the magic in person! Also juggling, which is impressive as well though not breaking any laws of physics.
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire: Pirate Weekend!
Pirates! Though not as much of a pop cultural phenomenon as they once were they are still a fun thing to dress up as! You can have a fun time and either eat a big turkey leg because it’s kind of fun or NOT do that because they’re really actually bad as heck. You should hit up one of the actually delicous foods on offer! Turkey legs at these things usually taste like someone brined a sponge.

History:

Thursday, July 19th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Uncovering Hidden Histories through the Portrait of a Woman in Silk
Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware, will help you understand how you can use the Portrait of a Woman in Silk to uncover hidden histories of this world too terrifying and portentious to commit to mundane works. But beware, the Woman in Silk is known to be as devious as she is wise, delve neither too deep nor too greedily into the knowledge she holds!

Kids:

Monday, July 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Tuesday, July 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some delightful animals and learn about how they’re adapted to survive in the wild! Touch and observe these crazy critters, and ask questions of your own!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Family Night: The LEGO Lady
Apparently she’s always a big hit! What does she do, though? Juggling? Maybe dressage. Hm.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Can you solve the puzzles, find the keys, and escape the room? If you can’t, you’re going to be eaten by a dragon! Children… we wish you the best of luck. Open to ages 10 and up, pre-register at Youth Services Desk or by calling 413-283-3330!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Did you solve the 2pm puzzle? Did your parents look oddly distraught? Well… here’s to another success story!
Saturday, July 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, July 16th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Movie Monday: The Wizard of Oz
A movie! Snacks! Drinks! Probably non-alcoholic drinks because it’s all-ages, no registration required. The current movie is Wizard of Oz, which is a pretty good movie!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Princess Mononoke
This is one of our favorites! It’s just… very intense, and subtle in a way that we needed as a younger gestalt entity representing the myriad entites writing for this site. Plus we saw it in theaters once and it was really neat as heck, highly recommend seeing it on as big a screen as possible.
Tuesday, July 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie: Wonderstruck
Two kids from different eras set out on their respective journies of discovery that if we know anything about narrative conventions will in no way wind up being related. Also, as far as we can tell from the poster they’re being pursued by spectral wolves.
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Casablanca on the Lawn
A classic movie on the library lawn! It’s a great night that you’ll love, particularly if you bring a blanket and some snacks! Free to all, film rolls once it’s dark.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
“Walk-In Theater” Outdoor Film Series
Matilda is like Carrie, but for kids! Also a great way to convince any smart kids in your life that they should keep reading so that they can eventually manipulate objects with their minds!
Saturday, July 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: La Bamba
This is a biography of Ritchie Valens, a young rocker who made it big and died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The tagline is “Born in Poverty, Destined for Stardom, He Lived the American Dream”, which is kind of eliding over the whole “died in a plane crash tragically young” part.

RPGs:

Tuesday, July 17th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do displacer beasts! Will those do?
Thursday, July 19th
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.

Technology:

Monday, July 16th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monitoring with Prometheus – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Alberto Castro will come to talk about Prometheus! The man we all love, who gave us the fire-gift that stays the wolf and makes meat so tasty and delicious. We don’t understand how that relates to oh it’s a monitoring toolkit that’s open-source that is neat, Alberto will give you a rundown of when and where it might be a good idea to use Prometheus! Door code for the event and slots left are at the Meetup site! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/250097838/

Teens:

Thursday, July 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk!

 

July 9th – July 15th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a bunch of fun walking around doing the Pokemon Go community day! It’s weird to be playing something that we didn’t touch for like a year and a half but it’s a neat excuse for a walk. Also we got cute Squirtles with sunglasses! Can’t say no to that.

Speaking of games, check out Echo! It’s a very solid sci-fi sneaky/puzzle/thriller/horrorish game that manages to not be quite like anything we’ve played recently. It does a spectacular job of milking the inherent limitations of a game for story and tension purposes, too. The developers did a great job of turning what might have been a bit of a same-y level layout into an asset.

Also! This week is Yidstock at the Yiddish Book Center! There are too many events to actually list, literally. So check out their page and find one you love!

And come to Nerd Nite! It’s a fun time, and you will enjoy it, and we’ll be raising some money for charity assuming we can find some dang time to bake. But we will, because we’re heroes like that!

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, July 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tween and Teen Graphic Novel Series
“Join library assistant and published graphic novel author Steve Murphy for this 3 part series:
Class 1 (July 9) — attendees will make a mini-comic book story out of a single sheet of paper; they will also design the main characters to their story.
Class 2 (July 31) — the mini-comics will be enlarged and expanded into a lengthier comic book format; character design and development will finish up. Class 3 (August 21) — time to draw and write your comic book! Each session will include free drawing and GN discussion time:”
Wednesday, July 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Careen from zine to zine on your zine machine! It’s a fun group where you get to hang out and create zines with folks!
Thursday, July 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Metalworking Workshop
Meatlworkingshop! Customize a copper bookmark and make reading feel even more magical! It’s also good if you need to defeat one of the many supernatural beings with a weakness to copper! Pre-register at the Youth Services Desk, or call 413-283-3330 ext 102, open to ages 10 and up!
Friday, July 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Landscapes/Dreamscapes, Opening Reception and Print Fair & Arts Night Out
“Join us for the opening reception of the exhibition, Landscapes/Dreamscapes on Northampton’s Arts Night Out. The Print Fair features 8 artists showing and selling their original hand-pulled prints. A new group of artists will appear at the Print Fair at the August and September Arts Nights.” Art! Wonder! Delight! Everyone loves art receptions!
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! “Viola Frey’s Man in Abstract Suit is a colorful guest every month during our drop-in artmaking program. Paint your own version as a “minifigure” to bring the big blue guy home with you!” You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!

Board Games:

Wednesday, July 11th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Wednesday Games! It’s a fun time for you and for all of your pals! Don’t have pals? Meet some at Wednesday games! Don’t have board games? There’s a bunch there for you to play! It’s great. You’ll get to learn about the Featured Game Orleans as well!

Books:

Tuesday, July 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry
“Join our favorite book maven, Barry McColgan, to discuss John Valliant’s non- fiction gem, The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed. Copies of the book are available at the library.”

Entertainment:

Monday, July 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Nerd Nite! The Nite during which the skies grow dark, because all the stars are at the World War 2 Club explaining fun things to you! This week we’ll learn about permaculture from Ashley Schenk of Broadfork Permaculture which seems appropriate it would honestly be odd to focus on other things and also Tim McLaughlin Jr will explain the relationship between the theory of the Luminerferous Aether and the Force from the famous series Battlestar Galactica (has anyone done this joke before just checking)
Tuesday, July 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Cardboard Explosion!
““Cardboard Explosion!” brings four original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. With help from the audience, puppeteer Brad Shur transforms simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters, then brings them to life right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.”
Wednesday, July 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Through the Door: A Journey Through Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm
Stories! Theater! Characters from a bunch of fairytales reimagined and hilarious! Fast paced and good for kids, no registration needed!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
The Tale of Juan Bobo
“Meet Juan Bobo! He always tries to do the right thing, but often makes mistakes. For Juan even the smallest task can lead to the silliest of result, but can Juan Bobo’s seemingly foolish actions end up saving the day? Join CactusHead Puppets as they bring this classic Puerto Rican folktale to life and decide for yourself.”
Thursday, July 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Yidstock!
Concerts! Talks! All the best sort of Yiddish-based community and fun, all for you! It’s a good danged time. Check out The Essential Klezmer, with Seth Rogovoy at 2pm!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Bilingual Polish Music and Dance Storytime
“Join Marcin for a bilingual storytime in English and Polish. He will be sharing stories about music and dance. This program is open to all ages!”
Friday, July 13th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Yidstock!
Concerts! Talks! All the best sort of Yiddish-based community and fun, all for you! It’s a good danged time. Check out Exploring Yiddish Art Music, with Hankus Netsky at 11am!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Down by the River: Steve D’Agostino’s Swingin’ Big Band
Free music! At the library! What more could you possibly want, fool!? Bring lawn chairs or blankets or frankly no one is stopping you from bringing both!
Saturday, July 14th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Yidstock!
Concerts! Talks! All the best sort of Yiddish-based community and fun, all for you! It’s a good danged time! Check out A Journey to LadinoLand, with Sarah Aroeste at 1pm!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MakerSpace Event
Make things at the MakerSpace!
Sunday, July 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Yidstock!
Concerts! Talks! All the best sort of Yiddish-based community and fun, all for you! It’s a good danged time. Yiddish Songs, with Asya Vaisman Schulman and Brian Bender at 10:30am!

History:

Thursday, July 12th
Deerfield Community Center [16 Memorial St., Deerfield MA] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: The OTHER Home of Washington: Recovering the General’s Revolutionary War Field Headquarters
Scott Stephenson, Director of Collections and Interpretation, Museum of the American Revolution, will talk about… welll, that! Some good old northeastern archaeology!
Saturday, July 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Franco-America in the Making: A book talk and reading with Jonathan Gosnell of Smith College
“There are twenty million French speakers and people of francophone descent in North America. Although they are the fifth-largest ethnic group in the United States, their cultural legacy has remained nearly invisible. Gosnell will describe his 10 years of research, share excerpts from the book, and discuss his findings.” For more about the book: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9780803285279/

Kids:

Tuesday, July 10th
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!
Wednesday, July 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Music Makers with the Eric Carle Museum!
Led by a museum educator from the Carle, children will make everyday material into musical instruments! Registration required, call 413-665-2642!
Thursday, July 12th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bucket Drumming with Mr. Dan
“Learn how to make music and keep rhythm using buckets and sticks. This program will be taught by Mr. Dan, a music education student at Westfield State University. Ages 6-12 years old Registration required and space is limited.”
Friday, July 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Rube Goldberg Machine Workshop
Hands-on fun! Artist/educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires participants to construct delightfully complex contraptions to accomplish simple tasks! It’ll be a blast! Best for kids ages 5+!
Saturday, July 14th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Creatures of Bliss and Mystery: A Children’s Circus
“Especially perfect for children ages 3 to 10 (accompanied by adults), this event is open to the public and $5 for families and FREE for Friends of the Museum. The origin of the Museum’s annual Circus comes from recollections of a home-grown circus produced by Emily Dickinson’s niece and nephews” Dance a story! Listen to readings! See special performances! Do a parade around the grounds!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Kids Craft Event! Paper Monsters!
“Assemble your very own paper monster! Feeling adventurous? Write a story about your monster and their mission. We’ll provide the templates and the glue – just bring your creativity! The craft table will be open from 10:30am-2:00pm so stop by at your leisure! Suggested for ages 4-9.” Delightful!

Movies:

Monday, July 9th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Movie Monday
Watch “A Wrinkle in Time (2018)” for free at the Atheneum! It was a good book and a movie that we have not seen!
Tuesday, July 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sherlock Gnomes
It’s not a good movie, but on the other hand at least it’s a bad movie. It’s a movie your kid will probably have an okay time with!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Movie: Mamma Mia
… wait, what do you READ for this one? ABBA song lyrics? We’re pretty sure the movie’s cute at least.
Wednesday, July 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Fire at Sea
“Fire at Sea is a 2016 Italian documentary film that won the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, and sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The main characters are a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival. ” Free and accessible to all!

Science:

Friday, July 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tales from Mount Washington – Home of the World’s Worst Weather
“Bitter cold, dense fog, heavy snow, and record winds: Mount Washington is known worldwide for its unpredictable and dangerous weather. For a mountain its size, why is Mt. Washington called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather”? Join Mount Washington Observatory’s Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain’s weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns. This program will include interactive demonstrations, weather instruments, stunning photography, and video footage from the summit. All ages welcome!”

Technology:

Monday, July 9th
Merril Science Center [Amherst College] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Interactive Data Visualization on the Web
“In this example-based course you’ll learn about: • Enough Web plumbing (HTML, CSS, SVG) to write your own web pages; • A programming language to manipulate your web pages (JavaScript); • A visualization library (D3) that will make your data sparkle. This workshop is in three parts: Monday through Wednesday, July 9–11, 6–9 p.m.; light dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. (additional meetings may be arranged if there is interest). Please register in advance: https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response
Tuesday, July 10th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Who is Hack for Western Mass? We are developers, UX designers, design thinkers, graphic designers, data scientists, project managers, NGO leaders, hackers, and others who want to be active in our community.” Go do something useful with all that computer tinkering besides (pause for SEO maximization…) FREE EXCLUSIVE TWITCH PRIME CONTENT

 

July 2nd – July 8th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Families Belong Together event in Springfield yesterday was impressive and inspiring. The speakers included people who had lost family or loved ones for a variety of reasons, and who encouraged the crowd to do what needed to be done to keep families together not just at the border but in the Commonwealth.

There were a few folks there running for congress who all seemed nice and whose names we didn’t get because we’re not actually reporters. We did see Tahirah Amatul-Wadud get up to the podium to speak and was excellent so take a look at her campaign.

Make sure to register to vote, donate, volunteer, call your representatives, and do what you can. There are a lot of spectacular people in the Valley who could use help.

Next week is Nerd Nite! Come to Nerd Nite! It’s going to be a fun time, you’ll learn about permaculture and the luminiferous ether! Goes together like peanut butter and chocolate. It’s at the World War 2 Club at 7:00pm – 9:00pm on July 9th, and you’ll like it we promise.

It’s a big Steam Sale on, which is a lot less intense now that we’ve got like one a month. We recommend checking out What Remains of Edith Finch, Pyre, Night in the Woods, and Prey because they’re a good bunch of games.

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, July 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out at the Dickinson Museum!
“The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Each month enjoy the following: 5 to 8 pm: Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead, 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind, 6 pm: Open mic begins, Featured readers follow the open mic ” This month the Featured Poet is Leslie Marie Aguilar, and the Featured Artist is Arielle Jessop!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Burnett Gallery: Opening Reception for Mark Balcom Photography
An art reception! Cheese? Possibly. Wine? Plausibly. At the least there will be art! Delicious art!

Entertainment:

Thursday, July 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We have heard good things about My Hero Academia! It seems fun.

History:

Thursday, July 5th
Deerfield Community Center [16 Memorial St., Deerfield MA] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Digging Beantown: Uncovering Community Identity through Public Archaeology in Boston
“What do broken pieces of pottery, a family heirloom, and an artifact in a museum exhibit have in common? Made, owned and handled across generations, centuries or even millennia, historical artifacts are time travelers, carrying information and histories that might otherwise be misunderstood or forgotten altogether. ” in the first lecture in this series, find out what we can tell about life in old Boston from archaeological digs!

Kids:

Tuesday, July 3rd
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!
Saturday, July 7th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Build and Pilot Walkalong Gliders
Like paper airplanes except you can keep them in the air! Nifty. Hands-on building and piloting of gliders! Ostensibly this is also a way to get you interested in aviation but we’re pretty sure you can tune out all the inspiration and learning if you work hard at it.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
My Bees – Interactive Musical Theater for Kids
“Jonathon Mirin and the Piti Theatre Company present ” My Bees”, an interactive musical play. A Saturday morning filled with learning play production and acting skills from the ground up, ending in a play at 11am.” Hopefully not too many bees. Gotta keep your bees to a reasonable level.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Science of Sound (Ages 7 & Up)
Learn about the science of sound! Then, use that new knowledge to invent some new sounds!

Movies:

Tuesday, July 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Family Movie: Peter Rabbit
It’s nice when we can say we’ve heard good things about a kid film but unfortunately all we can do is say that this one is free, at least? It’s… not been well-received.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sing Along Movie Night
Bring the family and sing along to a fun film! Bring props! Wear costumes! Sing your heart out!

RPGs:

Thursday, July 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!

Technology:

Tuesday, July 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Meet up and talk with friendly web-type folks! They enjoy talking about both work and not work, depending on what you find most interesting. Also don’t sweat it if you think you’re not technical enough yet or something they’re happy to hang with all sorts.
Wednesday, July 4th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others.” get some decent internet to the people!

Teens:

Friday, July 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Stitch Camp!
Folks 10-17, sew a felt pouch embellished with fun buttons, bright fabrics and embroidery stitches! Heather Wynne, a local designer, will give you a short course in how to make neat stuff!