October 22nd – October 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Voting! VOTING! We love it, so do you! Did you know that you can VOTE MONDAY? That’s TOMORROW! You can vote and you will vote because you’re not awful, starting Monday. Check where you can go for Early Voting, which generally goes from about 8am to 4pm, and allows you the peace of mind that you haven’t been purged from the rolls. It’s going to be a danged Blue Wave and you should not be left out. Vote YES on Question 3!

Also, vote for Jay Gonzalez. He’s got solid policy positions for improving the lives of folks in Massachusetts. Charlie Baker is actively fundraising for the RNC and dragging his feet on measures that the Massachusetts public has voted for because despite the fact that he smiles a lot he is actually still a Republican and still terrible.

You know what else you can do? Canvass! It’s very fun and good, and all of the coolest people are doing it. Mostly it’s about walking, because you’re only going to be going to confirmed supporters and they’re spread out across neighborhoods. All you need to do is say hi, thank them, pet their adorable dogs and/or wave to their cute babies, and then help them figure out when they’re going to vote!

Also! This is our favorite news of this week: someone called the police on some danged ghosts and/or witches in Amherst. Don’t narc on ghosts or witches, folks. Halloween is like the one time they get to feel comfortable.

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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, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Pioneer Valley Assets for Artists Peer Network
Don’t know what this actually is, but it sounds positive! Get some assets, artists!
Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines for green machines, clean streams, bean dreams, jean meanies, and more! Make your own zine at this excellent club!
Friday, October 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Visiting Artist Series: Charcoal Bird Stacks
Make stacks of birds and then cover them in charcoal! Or probably we guess you’re making charcoal images of stacks of birds. They look neat either way!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Queering Reproductive Justice: Art & Activism with Megan Smith
“Join the Mead and the WGC for a day of art and activism with Megan Smith, the artist behind Repeal Hyde Art Project. Repeal Hyde Art Project draws attention and creates intersectional dialogue about the Hyde Amendment, which blocks people from using Medicaid to pay for abortion. The project educates through collaborative art-making and shareable graphic arts.” Donate to NARAL, folks.
Saturday, October 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint a sugar pumpkin! The liar pumpkin that is way less tasty than it sounds. You can basically do whatever, they’ve got supplies! You shoul contact the library to register though, so you can guarantee a space!
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!”

Board Games:

Saturday, October 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Assorted Games
Play board games! Bring your own, even! Have a good time with friends in the Teen Room!

Books:

Monday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Tuesday, October 23rd
Gamble Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Rd, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amy Siskind, The List
“Compiled in one volume for the first time, The List is a first draft history and a comprehensive accounting of Donald Trump’s first year. Beginning with Trump’s acceptance of white supremacists the week after the election and concluding a year to the day later, we watch as Trump and his regime chips away at the rights and protections of marginalized communities, of women, of us all, via Twitter storms, unchecked executive action, and shifting rules and standards. The List chronicles not only the scandals that made headlines but just as important, the myriad smaller but still consequential unprecedented acts that otherwise fall through cracks. It is this granular detail that makes The List such a powerful and important book.” Terrify yourself this Halloween with the reality of America’s political system!
Wednesday, October 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sharon Saline, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life
“What if you could work with your child, motivating and engaging them in the process, to create positive change once and for all? In this insightful and practical book, veteran psychologist Sharon Saline shares the words and inner struggles of children and teens living with ADHD—and a blueprint for achieving lasting success by working together. ” ADHD is rough! it’s a good plan to figure out how to help your kid out with their troubles as much as you can.
Thursday, October 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Joanne V. Creighton, The Educational Odyssey of a Woman College President
“Concentrating her scholarly work on authors William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Drabble, Joanne V. Creighton is the author of four books of literary criticism. Her writings also include public commentary on educational policy issues and unwavering advocacy for the liberal arts and the education of women worldwide” She’s the president of Mount Holyoke! What does a college president even do, anyway? Is it mostly twitter and golfing?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday Morning Club: Tinky Weisblat, a Life in Food
“Writer and singer Tinky Weisblat will talk about her journey as a food writer and her belief that food and recipes can serve as a bridge between people. She will discuss the genesis of her books, serve a few nibbles, and (if pressed—but it won’t take much pressing) sing a song or two. Tinky is the author of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook, Pulling Taffy, and most recently Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb.”
Sunday, October 28th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Author Talk | Whitechapel Noise, with Vivi Lachs
“Whitechapel Noise tells the story of London’s Yiddish popular culture through an historical lens. Lachs provides a window into Anglo-Jewish history, English socialist aesthetics, and music-hall culture. Archival material from the London Yiddish press, songbooks, and satirical writing help to illustrate the untold cultural life of the Yiddish East End. “

Card Games:

Monday, October 22nd
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 23rd
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 mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 25th
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 26th
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.”
Saturday, October 27th
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Comics:

Saturday, October 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Halloween ComicFest and Free Comic Book Day
“Greenfield Public Library is celebrating Halloween ComicFest with a full line up of free comics, artist demonstrations, comic book making workshops, a costume contest, trivia contest, games and much more! Bring your friends and family to the library for a fun time! Spookiness, too!” Wonderful! Meet new friends and read new comics, a perfect day!

Community:

Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Community Conversations: Racial Justice Reading Discussion
“For the fall quarter, in concert with the All Hamptons Read selection of Never Caught, we’ll be discussing these four articles. Read as many as you wish! “There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label” by Elizabeth Kolbert (National Geographic) “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City” by Nikole Hannah-Jones (The New York Times) “Documenting Hate: The Imam’s Widow” by Rahima Nasa (ProPublica) “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesis Coates (The Atlantic) “

Entertainment:

Thursday, October 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We just watch .hack/SIGN and dang if that was not a super neat show! Odd, interesting, kind to the characters, and true to a lot of the experience of being a kid in an MMO. We recommend checking it out! Also we were told to specifically NOT recommend checking out Sword Art Online.
Thursday, October 26th
Pushkin Gallery [4 Federal St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Escape the Room: Stranger Things Edition
“Part Scavenger Hunt, part Haunted House, escape rooms are an immersive team experience of puzzles and riddles. You don’t have to be a Stranger Things buff to enjoy the mystery! All Proceeds benefit the PVRS Music Department. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a student ID. Please arrive at The Pushkin Gallery lobby on 4 Federal Street 5 minutes before your registered time. Eggo waffles, candy, dessert, and drinks available for purchase.” There’s one room escape per hour!
Saturday, October 27th
Pushkin Gallery [4 Federal St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Escape the Room: Stranger Things Edition
“Part Scavenger Hunt, part Haunted House, escape rooms are an immersive team experience of puzzles and riddles. You don’t have to be a Stranger Things buff to enjoy the mystery! All Proceeds benefit the PVRS Music Department. Tickets are $15 or $10 with a student ID. Please arrive at The Pushkin Gallery lobby on 4 Federal Street 5 minutes before your registered time. Eggo waffles, candy, dessert, and drinks available for purchase.” There’s one room escape per hour!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spirits of New England with Dustin Pari
Dustin Pari, famously of television’s Ghost Hunters, will discuss his favorite New England ghosts! He’s met them over the course of his career, presumably! History and scares! The perfect combo for October!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Black Frankenstein
“Elizabeth Young will explore the racial connotations of the Frankenstein story in the United States over the last two centuries. She will show how authors, artists, and activists — African-American and white — have situated the Frankenstein monster in racial contexts and used the monster’s story for both radical and conservative political purposes. Elizabeth Young is Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. “

History:

Saturday, October 27th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Walking Tour: Florence Underground Railroad
Take a walking tour of the Florence Graveyard! Learn more about all the folks down in those graves.
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!
Sunday, October 28th
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Northampton Underground Railroad – Florence Walking Tour with Steve Strimer
“Local historian Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center will lead a walking tour of Underground Railroad and Abolition sites in Florence. The tour will be followed by a preview of the new David Ruggles Center exhibit, The Underground Railroad in Northampton & Florence: People, Places and Paper and related lecture at 1 pm.” David Ruggles is a proud local figure! Learn more about how he helped the Underground Railroad, before moving to Florence!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Eeens of any sort! Join this club to produce artworks of such staggering beauty that they inspire the adults around you to stop their endless work dismantling the world!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Thursday, October 25th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Experimental Art
Dress for mess! Register at the library, and make some art! For ages 8-12!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Warning This Drug May Kill You
“Warning This Drug May Kill You is a film taking the most unflinching look at the devastating effects of opiod addiction in the U.S. It profiles four families who have seen their lives tragically changed by abuses involving their loved ones, whose addictions arose due to doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers… Post-film discussion leader: Dr. Andrew Larkin, Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, former chair of the ethics committee at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, retired from primary care. Free and accessible”
Thursday, October 25th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Ridicule (1996)
“Set in 1783, the film follows a provincial engineer/aristocrat who heads to the Court of Louis XVI at Versailles to gain support for a local drainage project. The plot unfolds as he learns the manners of gaining favor and prestige through wit and patronage.” Fancy!
Saturday, October 27th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Hotel Transylvania 3
This one is where they go on a cruise! We’ve honestly heard alright things about this despite the fact that it looks like it was made by tossing some random ideas in a blender. The library will provide snacks and drinks!

RPGs:

Thursday, October 25th
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.
Friday, October 26th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!
Saturday, October 27th
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!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!
Sunday, October 28th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
New Season, New Stories, proud New Camp Owners! A perfect time to join! Want to play for free and try it out? Join as an NPC! You can hang for any amount of time and pay nothing!

Science:

Monday, October 22nd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Visual Models for Understanding Biology: CryoEM of Bacterial Ultrastructure and Problem Solving with Slime Mold
This sounds incredible! “How are models are used to advance science? If you could shrink down and fly through a bacterium, what would it look like? What can the physical structures inside bacteria teach us about their function and evolution? What is slime mold and how can it help save humans from ourselves?” Learn the answers to these questions and more from Megan Dobro, assistant professor of human biology at Hampshire College. You know there’s a visiting professor at Hampshire who’s a slime mold…
Tuesday, October 23rd
Hooker Auditorium [Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Carl Zimmer, Science Reporting in the Age of Fake News
“Carl Zimmer writes the Matter column for the New York Times and has frequently contributed to The Atlantic, National Geographic, Time, and Scientific American, among others. He has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Journalism Award three times, among a host of other awards and fellowships. He teaches science writing at Yale University. His previous books include Parasite Rex, Evolution and Microcosm.” Learn something about how people deal with talking about an already difficult set of topics in an era of increasingly active opposition to actual informational content!

Teens:

Monday, October 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Design a Haunted House
Design a spooky haunting for little kids! So like, not super spooky, but fun. Materials and snacks are provided!
Wednesday, October 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween for Teens!
Did you know that on Teen Halloween, magic is real? Did you know that on Teen Halloween, you can pierce the veil and summon demons, then bind them to your bidding? It’s true! Teens love Halloween for exactly this reason! This particular party in addition to all the magic is going to have a Costume Contest, Crafts… wait no CRAFT, just the one, Snacks, Pizza (a big old snack) and a horror movie viewing at 6pm, A Quiet Place!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Halloweentown 2
Halloweentown 2! The critically evaluated sequel to Halloweentown, the movie that was sort of a PG fever dream about what might happen if one of those Halloween stores that pop up around this time in abandoned mall spaces was hit by a tornado! The Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) has in defiance of the gods selected this for your viewing pleasure!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Live Clue: Spooky Edition
“Come play Live Clue in the library to find out who done it! Prizes will be awarded! For students in grades 5-12” It’s always Colonel Mustard, trust us.
Thursday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Install the Haunted House
Put that haunted house together so some little kids can have a scary good time! You’re like Halloween Santa!
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!

Video Games:

Friday, October 26th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Scary Virtual Reality Night! (With Pioneer VR!)
“Ages: 13+ Cost: $12 (all day admission) Pioneer VR is back to show you a different world… a world without boundaries. This edition of VR Night here at Prodigy will feature games more on the scary side on Oculus Rift, but will have many other fun, less scary games available as well.” Neat! A great opportunity to experience a fun technology that maybe you don’t want to fork out a bunch of cash for just yet.
Saturday, October 27th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:59 AM
Cosplay Night!
“Ages: 13+ Cost: $12, but only $6 if in cosplay! Dress and play in your favorite gaming costume… half off day admission! It’s that simple. 🙂 Come dressed to impress. The more elaborate, the more fabulous!”

 

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