Dec 31st – Jan 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

This week is the start of the new year! This year, make a commitment to do the things you’d like to do, and to not do the things you’d not like to do!

Into the Spider-Verse is up there with our favorite ever movies. It is… incredibly good. It’s an astounding visual feat that’s also very tightly written and there’s a lot of good jokes and we cried and they have Spider-Ham’s origin correct! Agh. Just neat as shit. Go see it, several times. We’re going to!

Also we really really want to be an NPC for the Magestry LARP this Spring. It just seems so neat! You can be an NPC without paying and without committing to an entire weekend!

ALSO you maybe already are done with Christmas shopping but IF NOT go ahead and go to and buy a ton of RPGs and comics and stories. AND go to and get a bunch of their good games! They’re locals who make good games and you like good games, so help them AND you by getting those games!

Go check out the Valley Creators page! As always, be sure to check out our Patreon! There are a lot of fun things happening this and every week! And don’t forget to check out the updated Book Clubs List!



Thursday, January 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Burnett Gallery Opening Reception: Watercolors and Prints by Sarah E. Thomson
Delightful artwork! Probably cheese because it’s a reception!
Saturday, January 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Button Making
Make unique buttons with a button maker! We suggest you make a button that says “By looking at this button you have agreed to give me $5”. It only has to work a few times to pay off!
Sunday, January 6th
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Automatic Landscapes – The Art of Andrew Nighswander – Reception
“Working close to the canvas, microcosms emerge within the macro composition, and through the repeated passes I find and cultivate recognizable features that coalesce from the turbulent morass of automatic marks. Faces and figures, ruined buildings and strange creatures all evolve to populate the landscapes.” Also cheese, because it’s a reception!

Board Games:

Saturday, January 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Off the Wal Winter 40k Tourment
“2000 pt Warhammer 40k Tournament $15 Entry – Pizza will be provided for lunch 20 Slots are available! Last Tournament the slots filled up fast. Please register as soon as you can if you are interested” In the year 40,000 there is nothing but delicious pizza parties its awesome.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chess Club (Ages 7-Up)
“Come exercise your chess skills with Andy Morris-Friedman. For ages 7-up.” Chess! The game of very smart owls!

Card Games:

Friday, January 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
FNM at Off The Wall Modern Format
Friday Night Magic, Modern format! Play some magical cards with your pals at Off The Wall!


Wednesday, January 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Service Dogs & Invisible Disabilities
“Why have service dogs become increasingly popular in recent years? Why do people who aren’t visibly disabled have service dogs? Sarah Meikle will explore the new and innovative ways that service dogs are helping with an increasing array of conditions and learn about how they are helping ‘disabled’ individuals become ‘differently abled’ and live fuller, safer, happier lives. Smith College alumni Sarah Meikle is the Founder and Executive Director of Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a non-profit organization dedicated to training medical alert, psychiatric, and mobility assistance service dogs for disabled individuals.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, January 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Anime Club
My Hero Academia is very fun! That’s about where we’re at right now! Oh and we’ve heard really good things about Summer Wars…
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!


Friday, January 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time
Story time and craft times and such for children aged 3-5 and their caretakers!
Saturday, January 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Play LEGO! Build a creation that you love, and then display it until the following club meeting!


Sunday, January 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
SHORT FILMS | “Mandala Beats” and “Joe’s Violin”
Mandala Beats is about the “Jimi Hendrix of bass guitar”, Yossi Fine! He has recorded with a ton of amazing artists, and after discovering some Indian roots, he travelled to India and went on a journey of discovery in the world of Jewish music in India. Then it’s Joe’s Violin, an award-winning short about a donated musical instrument that forges a friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and Joe Feingold and 12-year-od Bronx schoolkid Brianna Perez! $4 for students, $6 for members, $8 for everyone else!


Saturday, January 5th
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 for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!


Thursday, January 3rd
Northampton Community TV [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others.” Good internet is good to have, so bug people about it!


Saturday, January 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
Beginners welcome, materials are free and provided for you! It’s for folks ages 13-18, and you should embroider something real cool. That’s not in their description we’re just cheering you on!

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