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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