December 10th – 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the Nerd Watch! Big news this week that you should definitely check out Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat:

Oh my gosh good dogs doing good work are just. the. best! Good Doggos saving the hoomans from Bad Zombies are better than the best. They’re heroic. Someone should really make a board game about that… OH WAIT!

Good Dog, Bad Zombie (2-4p) is a cooperative game where Homeward Bound meets The Walking Dead. Together, you and your doggo pack will have to rescue enough hoomans in a crumbling metropolis and bring them back to your home in Central Bark. This one also has local ties with part of the design team, editors and publishers all located in the Northampton Area. Come support great local artists and designers doing great things! Be a good hooman!

As always we’ll have an utterly gratuitous stack of games and wonderful people to meet and beverages to drink! Come hang out and see if any of us like being scratched behind the ear (don’t do this thing, just think it and make your own decisions).

See you on Wednesday!

It’ll be a great time, like it always is!

Also, check out Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers! They’re not ALWAYS playing Fridays, so we don’t put them down in the actual thing down there but it sounds like a great time: join the Group.io

Also we have trouble keeping up with book clubs but this one’s a twofer this week: Joint Crime Club and Open Fiction meeting to discuss the Magpie Murders!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Moriarty and Trigger Mortis, this fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

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, December 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Knitting Group
Knit! That’s what you do here, you knit.
Wednesday, December 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Snowman Wood Slice Ornaments
Make a little snowman out of a slice of wood! That’s pretty much it, soup to nuts!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
SANE Meeting
“An outshoot of National Novel Writing Month participants, the Support and Accountability for Novel Editing (SANE) Group will meet to provide focused editing time and support for writers working to complete novels. This is not a critique group, rather we will hold each other accountable and provide encouragement to finish what we’ve started. All are welcome.” Write good novels! With friends! What a good idea!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
“A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.”
Friday, December 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
“This two-hour writing workshop runs on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. Joannah Whitney leads the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants are encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week as well. There is no charge for the workshop and registration is not required.” Get a good write in! It’s a good time for you to learn about writing and write a bunch!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
From 4pm – 7pm, do hands on art making! You can snap a photo to be printed on the spot and added to a frame! Your face is a gift to the world! At 6pm you can go on a guided conversation about one of the objects in the museum! Also you get complimentary light refreshments!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Paper Craft Ornaments (Ages 11- 17)
“Learn to craft ornaments upcycled from Magic the Gathering cards. (Ages 11-17) Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091 // teens@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.” Make sure to use the prettiest cards like Black Lotus and anything with a really rare misprint!
Sunday, December 16th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Create with The Carle! Celebration
“Celebrate the culmination of the 2018 Create with The Carle! series with us. The event will feature readings of original work by participants of the Creative Writing course, as well as an exhibition of visual art from the Collage, Printmaking, and Bookmaking courses.”

Board Games:

Wednesday, December 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Chess Club
“Do you play chess? Meet up with other chess players in the meeting room of the GPL. The first Wednesday of each month will feature a timed chess tournament.” Chess, the game of kittens!
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Good Doggos
Dogs! Dogs! Yaaaay! Play a game made in large part by Local Creators! You play a bunch of good puppies helping to save humans in a dogs-eye view of New York!
Thursday, December 13th
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game Night
“Doors open at 6pm! There will be board games, card games, and people to teach them! 2 Flights Up is a month-to-month fee-based gaming association. The membership fee is $5 a month. You can save money by buying a year’s membership for $50. This will include the All Day Game Days and every Thursday game night.”
Saturday, December 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!
2 Flights Up [399 1/2 Main St, Dalton, MA 01226] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
All Day Game Day!
“This is a full day of tabletop gaming goodness! There will be 2 sessions of scheduled events and a growing game library available all day. The scheduled sessions will run from 11:00 AM to 4PM and from 5PM to 10:00PM. During these sessions, there will be friendly and experienced GMs available to teach a variety of tabletop games. You are also welcome to bring along any games of your own that you would like to play with new friends.” It costs $5 and it’s not technically in the Valley, but folks in the Berkshires need help too!

Books:

Wednesday, December 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Work and Why We Do It
“Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric.” This one has Christy Crutchfield, Madeline Fitch, and Noy Holland!
Thursday, December 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Power of Women: Celebrating Women from Western and Central Massachusetts from the 1600s to the Present Day
“The Pioneer Valley History Network (PVHN) will host a book-signing event at Historic Northampton with the editors of The Republican’s new book, The Power of Women. The Power of Women features the stories of 1000 influential women in western and central Massachusetts from the 1600s until the present day. The editors, Wayne E. Phaneuf, editor of The Republican, and historian Joseph Carvalho III, will speak about making the book and show a short video. They will sign copies, available for purchase at a special price. Part of the proceeds will help support the Pioneer Valley History Network (PVHN) and Historic Northampton.”

Card Games:

Thursday, December 13th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Casual Magic the Gathering at Prodigy
“Looking for a casual game of Magic the Gathering? Interested in a relaxed space to test out your deck? Want to get back into playing but don’t know where to start? Well come down to Prodigy, where we’re offering our extensive table space and chill atmosphere to local MtG players, veterans and newbies alike! If you bring a Magic the Gathering deck you’ll get half priced admission! Plus you’ll have the opportunity to show off how fancy your deck is, or maybe just learn the ropes a little. ” With deck: $5, without deck regular Thursday admission of $10!

Community:

Tuesday, December 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:15 PM to 7:30 PM
Economic Development Committee
The Town of Greenfield Economic Development Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Meet up and decide on things about your local economic situation!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WRAFT Community Meeting
“To inform Westfield residents about upcoming PFAS Health Studies by the ATSAR and a WRAFT/UMASS proposal to study Westfield” We have NO idea what any of those acronyms mean.
Thursday, December 13th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Whip City Rainbow Group
We just found out that due to a thriving buggy whip industry Westfield used to be called “Whip City”! Anyway, capture and tame rainbows in this intense Westfield group!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Take Action Against Climate Change
“Learn how to get involved with the non-violent climate action movement “Extinction Rebellion” during the first meeting to establish a Pioneer Valley Chapter. Free and open to the public.” It’s worth doing, because we cannot live in a world that has been stripped of all life! It’s a big problem!

Entertainment:

Monday, December 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion : Fanny and Alexander
“Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) Our next movie is 1982’s Fanny and Alexander, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkszXVEUHco Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept.”
Thursday, December 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Gingerbread House Workshop #1
We assume, based on the title, that this is a lesson in creating and entire house out of gingerbread in order to trap and eat children.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Gingerbread House Workshop #2
The same thing but later!
Saturday, December 15th
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Ukulele Scramble: Benefit Concert for Sing for Shelter
“The Ukulele Scramble is Richard Perlmutter and Robin Hoffman. They sing and play songs from the past 500 years — Renaissance music, Parlor and Art Songs, jazz and swing standards, and even some Rock and Roll. They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs — often humorously — and perform them on a variety of ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. The group is based in Western Massachusetts. Donations for Sing For Shelter will be gratefully accepted.”

History:

Saturday, December 15th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Sugar and Spice
“Traditional holiday treats have their origins in rarity. Though today it is easy enough to go to the store for chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, ginger or sugar, in the past such ingredients were the expensive results of trans-oceanic trade. The use of these ingredients during holiday times signified a willingness to splurge in honor of the occasion.”

Kids:

Tuesday, December 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! Ages 5 and up are welcome.
Thursday, December 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PJ Party with Santa, Tony & Angela DiTerlizzi at Yankee Candle
“All ages are invited to wear their pajamas for hot cocoa and a story with Santa!” Santa! That’s a hell of a get this time of year. It’s a busy time for Santa! Also The DiTerlizzis are really nice too but like come on who compares to Santa?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie in the Children’s & YA Department for a monthly meeting to come up with ideas, make your own books, and talk about your favorite comics! Intended for elementary and tween readers!”
Saturday, December 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
LEGO Club
Legos! You like them, so why not play with them? Creations are displayed in the library until the next meeting!
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!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Mike Curato
“Elliot isn’t quite sure what Christmas spirit is, but he suspects he doesn’t have it. Not even a visit to Santa Claus can put Elliot in the right mood. But when chance blows a letter for Santa into Elliot and Mouse’s path, the two friends discover what Christmas is all about—and make a new friend, too. Join Mike Curato as he reads from his new picture book Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, a heartfelt celebration of the season of giving!”

Movies:

Wednesday, December 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night
“Last week Barry Deitz told us about Charles Dickens and the writing of A Christmas Carol, now come see Hollywood’s take on it!” The heartwarming story of how if you work hard enough at scaring rich old people you can make them do decent things for your community!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Great White Hoax
“The Great White Hoax explores how American political leaders of both parties have been tapping into white anxiety, stoking white grievances, and scapegoating people of color for decade to divide and conquer working class voters. The film focuses on Trump’s race-baiting 2016 campaign. It examines how his charged rhetoric about African-Americans , Latinos, and Muslims fits with a longstanding historical pattern that has shaped American politics for centuries. Film produced by Northampton’s Media Education Foundation. Trailer: https://shop.mediaed.org/the-great-white-hoax-p706.aspx

Science:

Monday, December 10th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Science and Pseudoscience
Only $5.00 admission! Guests are welcome to bring their own food or order take-out at the venue! First Talk: ‘The Warped Views of Flat Earthers’ by Aaron Wood Second Talk: ‘How to *Not Explain Things Effectively – Teaching Physics Through Students Doing Things’ by Brokk Toggerson
Thursday, December 13th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Do You See What I See? Evolutionary Stories from Light-sensing Animals
The final fall cafe! Talking about how animals sense light, a generally useful ability! There are a ton of interesting solutions to the problem of how to get information out of light, and Dr. Desmond Ramirez will discuss the evolution of eyes, and why we care about them!

Technology:

Wednesday, December 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Holiday Party
“Let’s get together and end the year with fun, games, and retrospective. The topic for the event will be “Agile Real-life Stories — Making Agile Work” where everyone is encouraged to share how agile is working on their teams. We are also planning to play a round of Nicolas Scarrci’s Scrum Master!” What better time to head over and check this out? Good fun and games and some foods!

Teens:

Monday, December 10th
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!
Wednesday, December 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Cards! Games! Pokemon Go! Which just got battling! That’s going to be awesome! Also tournaments, other card games, trading, drawing, and snacks! Also Pokemon Let’s Go is so goooood!
Thursday, December 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:45 AM to 5:00 PM
ACTSMART: Acting for Real!
“A fun, informative, interactive, and entertaining performance by teens about things that concern kids/teens including bullying, peer pressure, emotions, and friendship issues. Suitable for ages 9 and up. Free and open to the public.”
Friday, December 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Space is limited, pre-register at 413-665-2642 to get yourself a nice gingerbread house making time! Also remember to bring some actually edible candy or cookies so you don’t just torture yourself with tantalizing but inedible candy!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On!
“Get your Game On at the library on December 14. New this month at the library Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games, snacks and more! ” Oooooh, Super Smash Bros Ultimate! Our favorite character is the as-yet-unreleased Persona 5 protagonist.
Saturday, December 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen Movie: Elf
Elf! One of the rare new Christmas classics. It’s fun, but like all traditionally watched films, probably not actually good enough to watch 10 danged times.

Video Games:

Tuesday, December 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
We’re legitimately very excited for the new Smash Bros just because of how many danged things they seem to have smushed into it. We never get good at fighting games, but we do have fun unlocking things! And they just have so many neat folks in it! 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 natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

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