November 19th – November 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


A quick one this week, almost like something’s happening that means that most local places assume people will be busy or out of town later this week!

Important news this week!

Employees of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Valley Advocate have formed the Pioneer Valley NewsGuild, a labor union with the mission of providing employees a voice in company decisions.

The union seeks voluntary recognition by Newspapers of New England, the owners of the Gazette and the Advocate, meaning that they hope to sit down with management and negotiate without forcing a union election, according to Gazette employees interviewed.

Many of the newly unionized employees highlighted frustration with what they describe as a lack of voice and transparency in managerial decisions, shifting job descriptions and gender disparities in pay. The issue of pay disparities was previously reported in the Gazette in February and, employees say, sparked efforts to begin to build a union. Management has since taken steps to correct this issue.

This is excellent to hear! It’s important to have employee representation and it’s important to watch your fellow worker’s backs when it comes to things like pay disparity.

Also we’ve been playing some Stardew Valley co-op and it’s super duper cute. It’s fun to help out a little with someone else’s big project. It isn’t quite fully-featured for the Farmhand character, that’s actually a plus in some ways. One person can focus on progression, one can like fish a whole ton or specialize in some other way.

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, November 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Write-In for National Novel Writing Month
Open to the public! Come write your danged novel, it’ll be great!
Friday, November 23rd
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstrations
“See how early New Englanders made redware pottery and discover the art of paper marbling during today’s demonstrations.” The presenters will be Stephen Earp and Regina St John!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Visiting Artist Series: Gridded Hero Portrait
Learn how to draw a portrait by gridding things out and focusing on drawing each little piece rather than trying to get the whole thing done at once. Based on the image presented on the library site… be REALLY careful with eyes.
Saturday, November 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
“Led by Forbes Writer in Residence, Emeritus, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.” Win a prize! Also win: your novel!
Sunday, November 25th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Museum Store Sunday
Shop at the Museum Store and get a special 25% off, plus an additional 25% off on 25 special items! A great opportunity to start off your Holiday shopping. Plus you can win a giftcard!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 24th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Small Business Saturday – 2018
Special savings on all of your favorite games! You can also play in Tanksgiving, which is a 2000 point Tank Wars Mega Battle, $5 covers entry and lunch! That starts at 11am.

Books:

Tuesday, November 20th
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 children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Andre Dubus III, Gone So Long
Susan Dunn is ready to run again, when she gets a letter that forces her to reckon with the trauma that sent her running in the first place: her mother’s murder at the hands of her father. He wants to see her again, one last time before he dies. Does she want to confront him, can he offer her anything? What is the limit of her capacity to forgive?
Saturday, November 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Indies First
Support independent artists! Stock up on yoru books, and get free refreshments! You get a free gift with every purchase of $50 or more, and you can either save 20% off your purchase or donate 20% to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts! They’re a great organization to support. Also, there are guest booksellers Jordan Funke and Jamie L.B. Deenihan, who will help you find the best books for you and yours!

Community:

Tuesday, November 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Amherst Community Connections: One-Stop Resource Center
“Amherst Community Connections (ACC) provides information and referral on emergency services including housing, food stamps, fuel & utility assistance, and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need. For those who cannot come during ACC’s walk-in hours, an appointment can be made by calling the office at 413-345-0737.”

Entertainment:

Monday, November 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dancing Through Time: Social Dances of the World War 1 Era
“On Monday, November 19 at 6 pm Greenfield Public Library welcomes the dance team of Kandie Carle and Marc Casslar, with demonstrations interwoven with history and stories of World War I era.” Just be sure not to dance THROUGH time, you do not want to accidentally travel back to WW1 under any circumstances.
Friday, November 23rd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Post-Thanksgiving ALL AGES Family Morning
This is it, 13 and under folks! This is your chance to make Prodigy regret allowing you past their threshold again even briefly! “We are planning an ALL AGES post-Thanksgiving Friday morning for families. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult. At Prodigy, we want to encourage deep thinking, allow for teaching strategy and create/fine tune brain skills so sit down at a chess board with your tot or teach them some Super Mario strategies that you learned with your spent weeks of attempts when you were young. Teach them the proper way to hold and swing a putter or just simply destroy them in air hockey. :-)” $12 per person!
Saturday, November 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Fountain of Ukes
Come see the fantastic Fountain of Ukes! The magical musical wonder that provides us all with what we crave: fresh, hot, well-tuned ukuleles! This is your chance to snatch one out of the stream of ukes that constantly pours from this enormous fountain! It’s your one chance this year, and no one knows where the Fountain may appear next!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 20th
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!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Movie Matinee: The Incredibles 2
A free movie for the whole family! The long-awaited sequel to a Pixar classic about how you can make a great Fantastic Four movie if you try hard. No registration required, snacks and drinks provided!
Friday, November 23rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Teen Movie: Alpha
Alpha is about the first dog! Sort of! Well, it’s about a person who travels with a wolf that likes them, which makes it about the first wolf that started thinking it would be helpful to be nearby whenever a human killed something. We’ve heard it is okay but not amazing and also that it’s pretty. Plus it involves a lot of seeing a good dog so that’s a plus.
Saturday, November 24th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Family Movie – Incredibles 2
A free movie for the whole family! The long-awaited sequel to a Pixar classic about how you can make a great Fantastic Four movie if you try hard. No registration required, snacks and drinks provided!

Teens:

Monday, November 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Design a Board Game
Join Ewan to learn how to design a board game! The secret is to make sure that whatever you do the rules don’t require someone to say “no no it’ll be fun though” as they explain things to their friends.
Tuesday, November 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, pokemon games, pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters

 

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