October 8th – October 14th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Register to Vote! Register to Vote! Register to VOTE! THEN VOTE FOR THE LOVE OF HELL!

Vote yes on question 3! It’s incredibly important!

We just finished the Broken Earth trilogy! And it was really good! We highly recommend you check it out because it’s just a hell of a good example of speculative fiction. Also a great example of second-person narration, which is something we don’t really see all that often.

Be sure to check out Nerd Nite NoHo next week too! It’s a solidly fun time every time, because you’re all so nice!

*Bullets are Bad for the Brain: Designing Effective Presentations*

Presentation design software wants you to be boring. This presentation about presentations gives the audience a few simple rules that will ensure that the next time they need to present on a topic, no one will die of ennui.

By Fred Zinn, Associate Director of Program Innovation at the UMass College of Education. The first time Fred presented on this topic, the handout included instructions on how to print overheads from PowerPoint 1.0. He’s been polishing it ever since.
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*Franco-America in the Making. The Creole Nation Within*

A presentation on the French history of America, and the role that France, Quebec and French-descended people have played in United States in the last couple of centuries. Jonathon will discuss the “French” of New England and south Louisiana, and how the French ethnic experience is still little known outside of direct family ties.

Jonathon Gosnell has been working on the topic for more than ten years and teaches French at Smith College. He occasionally gets the opportunity to discuss local French history and culture with students.
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$5 Entry. Guests under 21 years are welcome in the banquet room area, but are restricted from the front bar, so please have your ID on you if you’d like to order alcoholic beverages.

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, October 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Engagement for Artists Workshop
“Are you an artist curious about creating public art or art for social change projects with your community? Join the UMass Arts Extension Service (AES) for a FREE evening-long Community Engagement for Artists workshop (pre-registration required). Learn about the innovative community-engaged art projects happening nationwide, best practices, and the skills required to create an art project that engages your community.” Snacks and beverages will be served!
Wednesday, October 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Are you a fiend for zines? Go to this club! Write a zine about your favorite game! Or your favorite person! Or your favorite zine!
Friday, October 12th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for all ages from 4pm – 7pm! Create your own color field painting like Helen Frankenthaler, only mess-free because it’s with plastic! There are complimentary light refreshments!
Saturday, October 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.

Books:

Tuesday, October 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, Bury the Lead
“When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.”
Thursday, October 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Eva Paus, Confronting Dystopia: The New Technological Revolution and the Future of Work
“Across a broad and deep set of topics, the contributors explore whether the need for labor will inexorably shrink in the coming decades, how pressure on employment will impact human well-being, and what new institutional arrangements–a new social contract, for example, will be needed to sustain livelihoods. They evaluate such proposals as a basic income, universal social services, and investments that address key global challenges and create new jobs.”
Friday, October 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Literary Awards
View submissions, hear readings, enjoy delicious refreshments, and celebrate their achievements! Literature, folks!
Saturday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Dina Polizzi – Book Reading and Discussion
A short reading from Dina Polizzi’s new book Two Apache Sisters and a Texas Gigolo, followed by a discussion of all topics metaphysical. Which like, covers a lot of ground!

Card Games:

Monday, October 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 9th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mother-ship: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 11th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Community:

Saturday, October 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
League of Women Voters of the Northampton Area
“One in a series of Political Outreach Workshops presented by the Northampton League of Women Voters. Everything you need to send your messages to state and federal legislators is provided: information on state and federal bills, suggested talking points, legislator addresses and phone numbers, post cards, and stamps for your use during the workshop or to take with you. Our collective voices need to be heard by our legislators.”

Entertainment:

Thursday, October 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
To Let Grass Grow Over a Matter: Artist talk with Inas Halabi
“Artist Inas Halabi will lecture in conjunction with the exhibition of her work, Letters to Fritz and Paul (2016-8), at the Smith College Museum of Art.”
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We watched a bit of ‘Bleach’ and it’s a fun and surprisingly comedy-focused fighty-anime!
Saturday, October 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Westfield Pumpkin Festival
Pumpkins! You can finally congregate for your annual get-together! All sorts of pumpkin fun is planned: growing, rolling, carving yourself into fun shapes, and much more!

History:

Friday, October 12th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chaotic Freedom and the Scars of Slavery: From Baton Rogue to Northampton
“Opening Reception for an exhibition based upon historian Bruce Laurie’s essay, “Chaotic Freedom” in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image. Dr. Laurie’s research into the story revealed by card photographs brought home from Civil War Baton Rouge by Henry S. Gere is paired with photographer Stan Sherer’s large-scale photographs of the original 1863 cartes-de-visite.”
Saturday, October 13th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Tavern Fare
Learn what folks ate at taverns! Hearty meals for hearty folks! That’s right, most people at nothing but heaping plates of fresh hearts, it was a terrifying time happy halloweeeeen!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin
“Discover the design of redware pottery, a very New England ceramic, as Rick Hamelin shows how it was created.”
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Guided Tour of the Old Burying Ground
Deerfield’s oldest burial ground DEFINITELY IS NOT HAUNTED and the guided tour is in no manner whatsoever going to be creepy because it’s during the day, right? What ghost could possibly be smart enough to arrange a day tour of the cemetery in order to trap naive humans? And they’d need to pay off newsletter writers to send folks their way with ancient coins, ridiculous!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: The Fine Craft of Building 17th and 18th Century Furniture
Craftsman Craig Farrow will demonstrate 17th and 18th century furniture making techniques! So you can go off and use those techniques to create an elaborate staged set in order to convince a friend that they’ve traveled back in time!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Letterpress Printing with Carl Darrow
“Learn about letterpress printing from printer Carl Darrow, who will demonstrate at the Wilson Print Shop.”
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Second Saturday Walking Tour
“Join tour guide Steve Strimer from the David Ruggles Center for History and Education to explore the historic neighborhoods of the abolitionist founders, both black and white, who made Florence a center of resistance to the slave power and for the equality of races, genders, and religions.”
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Pomeroy Terrace Historic District Celebration
“The recent creation of the Pomeroy Terrace Historic District in Northampton will be celebrated on Saturday, October 13th in a collaboration jointly sponsored by The Ward 3 Neighborhood Association and Historic Northampton. The celebration will include tours of the new district, a community potluck, and the annual meeting of the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association. A historic marker denoting the district has been donated to the City of Northampton by The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.”
Sunday, October 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Walking Tour: Northampton Underground Railroad East
“Meet at Forbes Library. Includes West Street, South Street, and Main Street.”

Kids:

Tuesday, October 9th
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!
Sunday, October 14th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Two Towns of Jaspar
“Two Towns of Jaspar is perhaps the most revealing film about race relations ever made. Two filmmakers, one black and one white, who grew up together in one town, co-directed a film about a horrific murder of a black man in their home town. The fundamental difference in their reactions led them to conclude that making a film about the crime would provide an illuminating window on how race is lived in America. This film is widely used in teaching. Post-film discussion leader: Linda Tropp, Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Faculty Associate in the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.”
Thursday, October 11th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Farwell, My Queen (Les Adieux A La Reine) 2012
“In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Adapted from the best selling feminist novel by Chantal Thomas, the film re-imagines three days at the Palace of Versailles leading up to the French Revolution. The story is told through the eyes of Marie Antoinette’s (fictional) servant and personal reader, Sidonie Laborde. As Sidonie’s attachment to the Queen deepens, Marie Antoinette’s (non-fictional) friendship with Duchess Gabrielle de Polignac intensifies.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Frankenstein
Yeah this seems like an appropriate movie for this festival theme.

RPGs:

Thursday, October 11th
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.
Saturday, October 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Science:

Thursday, October 11th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Beyond the Gene: How Genes and the Environment Interact to Shape Our Bodies
The gene is the thing?! That’s what we’ve thought for a long time at least. It’s been an influential force in how we think about our bodies and how we treat diseases. But then, how come identical twins are so different so often? How do genetically identical butterflies completely change color patterns? Join Dina Navon as she discusses how important environment is in gene expression!

Technology:

Wednesday, October 10th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Agile Games
Have a favorite game that relates to agility? Bring it in and share! Probably not physical agility, but who knows! Maybe play that one knife game from Aliens? Make sure to register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-agile-games#/!

Teens:

Wednesday, October 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Library Club
A different activity every Wednesday for students in grades 5 – 12! Want to know more? Get in touch with Olivia Eberli at oeberli@westath.org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Writing Group
Play writing games, work on your own pieces, get inspired by your friends at this nice writing group! Contact rdowd@holyokelibrary.org for more info!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TinkerLab for Tweens and Teens
Tinker with stuff we imagine! It’s a good time, and the Library probably has a bunch of fun stuff with which to tinker. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination!
Thursday, October 11th
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!” Comic books are great, everyone should read more comics! Get those comics from local shop Comics N’ More! They have all the best comics!
Friday, October 12th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Comic Club (Ages 12 – 17)
“Join graphic artist Madeleine Dye to learn about comics and create your own! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at teens@joneslibrary.org/ 413-259-3091. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Saturday, October 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Button Making
Make some buttons! Out of whatever, it’s all good. Make fun buttons and then wear them to show how cool your buttons are!

 

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