Anime

November 27th – December 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We finished Vacationland by John Hodgman, a former resident of Massachusetts who once met Black Francis. It was a collection of good essays, with more cairn-building stories than we had expected but fewer cairn-building stories than we had hoped.

It’s always interesting reading how other people deal with death, because we all think about it and most of us have had some sort of traumatic experience with the death of a loved one. John Hodgman does you the courtesy of being up front about it, and not presuming he can make it any less terrifying.

If you are looking to purchase a game on Steam that’s cheap before the next time it’s cheap we recommend taking a look at Tacoma. It is a lovely followup to Gone Home with well-realized characters, interesting interactive features, and an understanding of the importance of labor unions.

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, November 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
Writer! Write with others! Tackle your novel at an event that encourages writers of all skill levels and experience to tackle the challenge of writing a novel! This is led by Forbes Writer in Residence Naila Moreira. Prizes will be awarded to NaNoWriMo writers who finish their novels!
Tuesday, November 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Art? Make art at the club!
Thursday, November 30th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after-school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Saturday, December 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Susan Shea Artist Reception
Susan Shea, an artist, will be having a reception! See her beautiful and excellent artwork while eating some fancy cheeses we’re guessing!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Creative Papermaking
A half-day workshop exploring how to create beautiful handmade paper with recycled paper scraps and cotton pulp! All materials provided, costs $25!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Saturday, December 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Books:

Monday, November 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Reading – John Clapp
Thoreau enthusiasts! Join John Clapp at the GPL as he shares readings from his book “A Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life”. Find out some new things about a wonderful local author from a wonderful local author! Delightful.
Wednesday, November 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Joshua Max Feldman, Start Without Me
“The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.” Was it this past Thanksgiving day? Yes! The book was written over the course of less than a week, quite impressive.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Community Discussion of Democracy in Chains
From the site: “Join economist and educator Francisco Perez (Center for Popular Economics, UMass Amherst) for a community discussion of MacLean’s award-winning book, Democracy in Chains. Organized by Forbes Library, the Center for Popular Economics and the UMass Amherst History Department.”
Thursday, November 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Are There Cougars in Your Backyard? The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
This seems like the sort of question you really want to answer sooner than later. Like, we’d take a look out back if we were you. Our backyard is currently mostly Cougar-free, but we usually wait until there are absolutely no cougars there to head out to the car. For real though it’s fascinating that it’s this difficult to say 100% whether a giant cat exists in a given range of hundreds of miles!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Night of Books, Trails, and Music
From the site: “The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Jones Library invite you to come spend an evening learning about the history of canoes in North America, and how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. By land, find out more about the New England National Scenic Trail and then get serenaded by music inspired by this long-distance trail. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.”
Saturday, December 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Author Talk
From the site: “Join Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple for a celebration of their books about birds! The acclaimed mother/daughter author team will also talk about other stories they’ve written, and about what it’s like to be a writer.” Excellent local authors telling you about their books!
Sunday, December 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Talk with Ed Orzechowski: You’ll Like It Here
Ed Orzechowski tells the story of Donald Vitkus, who was committed to Belchertown State School in 1949 when he was six years old. He was clinically labeled a “moron”, and spent a lifetime convincing others and himself after the dehumanizing experience of schooling that he wasn’t something less. To register for the talk, call 413-283-3330 ext 0!

Card Games:

Friday, December 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Computers:

Monday, November 27th
Click Workspace [9½ Market St Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Conversation on DevOps and Secrets Management – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Managing secrets is a big part of deploying any app that relies on the cloud. API Keys, database credentials, AWS keys, etc. How do you manage them and keep your app secure? How do you scale up as your app gets more complex? Geri Jennings, a software engineer at CyberArk, will talk about it!

Entertainment:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Naked Lunch
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how there was that one joke in the Simpsons about this film.
Friday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Music of Claude Debussy Performed by Amherst College Student Chamber Musicians
Performances of the music of one of the most famous Claudes, performed by Amherst College student musicians. This is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries.” Free and open to all!
Saturday, December 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
End-of-Year Celebration at Historic Northampton
Historic Northampton invites you to celebrate Northampton’s history, enjoy excellent refreshments, and hear the latest news about their state-of-the-art collections storage!
Sunday, December 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Talk: Have I Got a Story for You: More than a Century of Fiction from the Forward
Editor Ezra Glinter combed through the archives of the Forward to grab some of the best stories from the newspaper’s 120-year history! Wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, satirical sketches of immigrant life, it’s got it all!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 8-9 & Potluck
Potluck! Star Trek! Bring something for eating or drinking, pitch in a couple bucks to pay for the streaming service, and enjoy! Join the Meetup group here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/

Kids:

Tuesday, November 28th
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!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Book Club: Bring Your Own Book Edition
Share what you’ve been reading with other people and get some recommendations! Next month, they’ll be reading The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Friday, December 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge: Movie – The Dark Tower (PG-13)
The Dark Tower is a very well-regarded book series and an extremely not well-regarded film! But it’ll be fun to watch regardless.

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 29th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Paper Stars with Luna
“Learn how to fold kite paper into translucent starts! Perfect for decorating your windows or sending to friends in the mail. 100 times easier than origami but just as cool!” Picking a fight with Origami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, November 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Video Games:

Sunday, December 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: Holiday Jamboree!
The last and most casual meetup of the year for local game devs! Play games on the big screen and just hang out and chat with wonderful people! Gang Beasts is a fun one for the big screen, if you’ve got it! Oh, or the Jackbox games!

 

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November 6th – November 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just saw Thor: Ragnarok! It was pretty neat.

Good bits:

  • Jokes
  • Goldblum
  • Set design that looks like someone spilled nail polish on a LEGO city and we love it
  • Kirby helmets
  • Pretty nice fight bits
  • Big chunky spaceships
  • Some great minor characters

Bad bits:

  • A bit long
  • The parts in Asgard aren’t super motivating because Asgard has never really been a place full of characters we love, just sort of a generic Fantasy Heaven
  • So jokey that the fight-fights are tough to really buy because come on they’re obviously gonna be fine what is this not a movie with a joke every 2 minutes
  • You know, a Marvel movie. Probably everyone’s capable of reconstructing a Marvel film on their own in their head given a premise at this point

But yeah, overall a nice time at the filmery.

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 7th
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Recovered Histories: Shaping the Legacy of Honore Sharrer
Adam Zagorin, son of the artist Honore Sharrer, will lead a conversation with M. Melissa Wolfe moderated by Anna Lee of Smith College about the life, work, and legacy of Honore Sharrer!
Wednesday, November 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Zackary Drucker and Tarrah von Lintel in Conversation
As part of Trans Empowerment Month, join the Mead in welcoming transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress, a television producer Zackary Drucker in conversation with gallery director Tarrah von Lintel.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Conversation: Japanese Lacquer in the Collection of Dr. Elizabeth Force
Yao Wu will introduce the types of Japanese lacquerware featured in the exhibition and work to contextualize the objects! Which is useful, because uncontextualized lacquerware is confounding. Joannah Peterson will discuss aspects of the Heian Period literary tradition! So much knowledge, for just $5? Nice.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine! Zine zine zine. Ziiiiine. Zine? Zine.
Thursday, November 9th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room afterschool on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Friday, November 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Craft Series: Make a Macrame Braceley
Fashion (get it?) a fun and colorful accessory! Or two! Can never have enough macrame.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Vanished: the Hospital on the Hill – Photographs by Stan Sherer, Text by J. Michael Moore
From the site: “This exhibition tells the story of the Northampton State Hospital through the words of the employees, Stan Sherer’s photographs, commentary by J. Michael Moore, and historical photographs from the collection of Historic Northampton.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! At a great museum! But still donate if you can! It’s important to support the museum.
Saturday, November 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Origami: Animal Paper Folding Class
Evangeline Heath will share her origami skills with you! Learn how to make your own origami! Or just learn how to make a crane and then make 1,000 cranes!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 7th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Wednesday, November 8th
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
A great game night with a cool featured game! This time it’s Root: The Woodland Game of Might and Right, which looks neat and sounds fun!

 

Thursday, November 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Time: Board Game Edition
Teens! Hang out in the board game section! Play some board games, it’s a good hobby to pick up, because board games are fun!
Saturday, November 11th
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Deadzone Tournament
It’s a tourney! Two hundred points, registration at 11 and dice rolling starts at noon. Find out more here: http://www.the131.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=58&t=7155. Weird that they picked The Dead Zone, we feel like The Mist would be a much easier Stephen King story to turn into a minatures game.

Books:

Tuesday, November 7th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Jeannine Haas will be reading ‘The Night the Ghost Got In’ and ‘The Story of Sailing’ by James Thurber, and Court Dorsey will be reading ‘At the Anarchists’ Convention’ by John Sayles! Hear some good stories! It’s like an audiobook but in person!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Olivia Hoblitzelle, Aging with Wisdom: Reflections, Stories and Teachings
From the site: “How do we find beauty and meaning in old age? How do we overturn the paradigm of ageism? How do we age consciously and cultivate an inner life resilient enough to withstand the vicissitudes of old age? An extended meditation on how to age consciously and embrace life in all its fullness and wonder, Aging with Wisdom answers these questions.”
Wednesday, November 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reception and Book Salon with Gail Hornstein
Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College Gail Hornstein will discuss with Marty Hadge of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community and Karen Remmler also of Mount Holyoke the book Agnes’s Jacket – A Psychologists Search for the Meanings of Madness (Revised and Updated)!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Aspergers, Autism, and Neurodiversity (The Modern Real and Surreal)
From the site: “Three authors will read from their books exploring the challenges and gifts of Asperger’s and autism. We’ll hear from two memoirists – one whose son was born with autism, and one describing his search to overcome his own Asperger’s syndrome – and a young adult/children’s novelist who writes about young people with disabilities and neurodiverse minds.”
Thursday, November 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finn Murphy, The Long Haul
A trucker’s-eye view of America on the move! See America in all its glory from the very veins of the nation: gigantic highways!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Night with Michael Posnor
Michael Ponsor, local author, former criminal defense attorney and current senior US district Judge fro Western Massachusetts returns to his character Judge Norcross for another novel following a dramatic court case! Sidney Cranmer faces a horrendous accusation from the FBI and U.S. District Judge David Norcross is hearing the case while caring for his young nieces!
Friday, November 10th
Shea Theater, Turner’s Falls at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Hodgman, Vacationland
For a mere $35 you can get a copy of this semi-local but still very definitively New Englander comedian’s first novel that isn’t just a big list of joke facts as well as see a performance of some sort! Probably reading from the book? Maybe juggling.

Card Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.
Saturday, November 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Comics:

Monday, November 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!
Friday, November 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
From the site: “Join Ralph in the Children’s & YA Department for Comics Club, a monthly meeting to discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will artist’s supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!”

Computers:

Tuesday, November 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!
Wednesday, November 8th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn how to use the Agile method to manage things! The topic this week is “Making it work with Jira”! Learn how to use a useful tool to make developing with Agile easier!
Thursday, November 9th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After an update about ongoing projects, you’ll be able to get hacking! Make a difference in your community using the computer skills that have previously mostly used to provide relatives with free tech support!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger
Explore haunted spaces with Jeff Belanger! Jeff Belanger is a writer for Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, which will become the greatest show on television in retrospect if at some point the hosts are devoured by terrifying spirits.
Thursday, November 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. We’ve heard a ton of good things about the anime Fullmetal Alchemist! The recent Brotherhood re-make of it is a lot shorter and well-regarded we think. The little kid in the suit of armor is so neat is mostly what we gathered from the series! UPDATE: It’s not shorter, just more closely adheres to the manga story, and gets through a lot of the early events faster! The more you know!
Saturday, November 11th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
Ticket sales begin at 10:30, arrive early to guarantee a seat!
Sunday, November 12th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 6-7 & Potluck & FIre Pit
Check out the site to join up and find the location! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/. Also look, Star Trek series generally get three-letter names, right? But they’re not “Star Trek: Whatever” = STW! Like TNG, VOY, ENT, DS9, none of those are S, then T, then a thing. So Discovery is DIS, got it? The joke about it being STD doesn’t work! Dangit!

History:

Friday, November 10th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Explore Northampton Series: The Northampton State Hospital
Co-director Elizabeth Sharpe will lead a walking tour of the former Northampton State Hospital grounds, which is now the Village Hill complex! She’ll describe the history of the hospital, where buildings were located, and how treatments changed over time!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Graphic Novel Book Club and Teen Craft
A discussion of Sarah Andersen’s graphic novel Big Mushy Happy Lump. Stay for the illustration demo and learn how to draw some characters! Register by emailing teens@joneslibrary.org!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 9th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.
Saturday, November 11th
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: Renee Kurilla
Join a reading of The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure! You can get a book signed after the program, too!

Movies:

Monday, November 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Wednesday, November 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
See a film by John Pilger about why he thinks the US is gearing up for war with China. Awesome. Great. Yeah, terrifying. Afterward, confirm your fears with Professor of History at UMass Amherst Sigrid Schmalzer.

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, November 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table. You can basically play whatever, though Fake Medieval Place Roleplaying is pretty much the most common.
Friday, November 10th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
Thinking of LARPing? Join Magestry for the final event of the Autumn season! It’s the perfect opportunity to have a great time at the Festival of Souls! NPC volunteers can have some fun playing spooky ghosts! It’s $40 for first-time players, and free to join as an NPC for as long as you like! You’ll even get a costume and weapons!
Saturday, November 11th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
The second day of the LARP!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! It has more stuff too, like gnomes. Mostly just gnomes actually, the game is mostly about gnome management.
Sunday, November 12th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Season Finale!
The nine hundreth day of the LARP! Time passes differently in the Chesterfield Scout Reservation.

Science:

Thursday, November 9th
Nacul Center [592 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
OEB Science Cafe: We Want You To Learn About Citizen Science
A special one and a half hour event! Three researchers with experience conducting citizen science will let you know how to get involved in scientific research! Contibute to our knowledge of the world!

October 16th – October 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy October!

We’re a bit busy this weekend so we just want to quickly and succinctly say:

Go to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00pm! It will be a fun time and you will like it so why not? Plus it’s an excuse to enjoy the spectacular sights of Downtown Northampton!

Oh! We still need our picture with the marquee!

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 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Embroidered Felt Leaves (Ages 11-17)
Registration required! Make some embroidered leaves! Or embroider some leaves? Make some felt leaves and then embroider them, that seems more likely. We’re pretty sure you can’t embroider leaves. But then again maybe no one’s tried!
Thursday, October 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Roald Dahl Art Activity
A fun art activity! Make a dream-catcher! Wait. For Roald Dahl? We don’t remember every book we read by Roald Dahl but that seems really out of left field. Maybe like make a … giant? He did the BFG, right?
Friday, October 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Meet up to have lively conversation about Dickinson! The topic this month is “Emily Dickinson as a Second Language”. Speak about her private vocabulary, her nineteenth-century English, and her hyper-local references!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint some pumpkins! Paint them scary, paint them funny, paint them every color of the rainbow and then some! They’ll have examples and will demonstrate a technique, but you’re encouraged to go wild with your own ideas! We suggest you paint a pumpkin so that it looks like a particularly large apple, so that any friend of yours who wants an apple will gravitate to this hilariously large prank apple and you’ll be able to give them some gentle ribbing when they find out they actually just ate a pumpkin. Space is limited! Register ahead of time!

Board Games:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Sections for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades! A four-round Swiss System tournament where trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Free entry, but bring a chess set and clock if you’ve got them! And a bagged lunch! Remember that if you seem to be losing you can always petition to switch to chess-boxing midstream.

Books:

Thursday, October 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gazmend Kapllani, A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
From the site: “An exhilarating, blackly funny exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up longing to cross to Greece, only to find reality did not match fantasy. Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born journalist, poet and writer. His works of fiction, A Short Border Handbook and My Name is Europe, explore how totalitarianism, immigration, borders and Balkan history have shaped private lives and personal narratives.”

Comics:

Monday, October 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!

Community:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discussion and advocacy for improved regional public transit. We all benefit from excellent public transit!
Wednesday, October 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
The monthly general meeting of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Cyber Smarts & Social Media Savvy
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on staying cyber-smart this cyber-year! Craft a social media profile that tells the societally appropriate sorts of mistruths! Keep safe, set boundaries online, and avoid common mistakes! Our most useful online tip is probably delete twitter.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Franklin County
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!
Sunday, October 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A day of activities featuring the Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, a gallery talk by Mark Podwal, tours, and more!

Computers:

Thursday, October 19th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
This time the main topic is going to be SEO! Local SEO expert Roger Montti will join to give a great presentation on how to improve traffic, sales, and leads. Our tactic is that we just copy and past all of Wikipedia into every post, then turn the text white!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seed Saving Day at the Dickinson
Lend a hand gathering and saving seeds from the garden at Emily Dickinson’s Homestead! You can go to a sachet making session too! Make sure that the garden’s just as beautiful next year!
Thursday, October 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We watched some of “Ouran Host Club.” and it was both funny and distressing in equal measure.
Saturday, October 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Game of Thrones S1E7 & Potluck
GoT meetups have been going great, so why not do another? See a show you either will love or do love and hang out with nice people! You can stay for one episode or multiple! Be sure to sign up for the Meetup group to make sure that you can actually find out where it is! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/
Sunday, October 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 3-5 & Potluck
After watching the first two episodes of Discovery on the premiere, everyone decided that it made sense to keep it up! Bring something to eat or drink for this long trek to the stars!

History:

Saturday, October 21st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Dedication of the Northampton State Hospital Burial Ground Memorial Bench
The Northampton Historical Commission will dedicate a new memorial bench overlooking “Cemetery Hill”, which was used by the Northampton State Hospital from 1858 until the 1920s.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Devil’s Juggles: Witchcraft Accusations in 17th-Century New England by Michael Thurston
A newly updated talk about the appearance of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Valley towns and villages, giving light to familiar patterns of accusation and interrogation. Also learn about the fact that Cotton Mather apparently called things the “Devil’s Juggles” which like… what… what the heck is that supposed to mean?
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson
View the world of Emily Dickinson through the eyes of an archaeologist! A presentation and a walking tour from members of the UMass school of Archaeology will present findings from the Dickinson dig site!

Movies:

Thursday, October 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
Join the group for a viewing of the documentary film “13th” followed by a group discussion. After the film and discussion, people will break out into smaller groups to talk about local action projects that you can take part in! Free and open to the public.

 

September 11th – September 17th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Are you going to see Nerd Nite tomorrow? You should! It’ll be fun! It’s going to be about bats and manipulative presenting tactics! Educational, fun, all the things you like. We’re finally going after that lucrative bats and sociology crowd.

We’re also going to be at The Academy of Music on the 23rd of October! They have 800 seats, did you know that? Did you know that they have more seats than we knew they had and that if people sat in all those seats it would be nervewracking but also if there were a bunch of empty seats it would be a different sort of nervewracking? Anyway please attend!

Hey have you seen the nice retro poster designs that Aaron Wood does? Why not buy a few? They’re all cool and it’s nice supporting a local artist, isn’t it?

Also we forgot if we already said this recently but are you interested in a gigantic number of old comics? We’ve got a gigantic number of old comics. That’s where we keep getting these header images. If you want expensive rare ones, we’re happy to take your money. If you want every issue of Spawn, we’re happy to take a very little of your money!

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, September 12th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fall Exhibitions Opening
Five new exhibitions are opening and you’re invited! Food, art, music, and photographer Mimi Cherono Ng’ok are all going to be there! Free and open to all!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Artist Talk by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok
A Kenyan photographer who lives and works in Nairobi, Mimi has practiced all over the world! From her studies in Cape Town, to residences in Berlin and exhibitions in Mozambique, she’s doing a whole ton of excellent photography! Learn more about her artistic practice at this talk!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Each Tuesday, meet up in the Teen Room and walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio at 306 Race St. to learn about media literacy, get hands-on experience with song recording, journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! Also, oddly enough, carpentry. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about how to make those nice invisible wood joins.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Writing Workshop 3
Learn how to write well! We imagine this will teach you the age-old lesson that books have never existed and we were all just pretending to be literate this whole time!
Wednesday, September 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Crafternoon
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Thursday, September 14th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Writing Workshop 4
Learn how to write well! We imagine this will teach you the age-old lesson that all good writing shares one key element: two pages about a bear. No more, no less.
Saturday, September 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Upcycled Paper Flowers
Learn how to re-purpose discarded book pages into paper flowers using the Kusudama technique! All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own decorative accents for the center of the flowers! Amber Ladley is a lifelong crafter and creative entrepreneur, and finds a lot of joy helping people learn how to do stuff that reduces waste! So find joy with her at this session!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Upcycled Paper Flowers Session 2
This again! But later.

Books:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends Book Sale
Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Lend us your dollars! In exchange for books! Nailed it on the first try with that gag, thank you very much!

Comic Books:

Friday, September 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Modern Myths Fifteenth Anniversary Party!
The big event this week! “Join us on FRIDAY, September 15th for our annual celebration of defying the odds for one more year! We’ll have our usual spread: Pizza, soft drinks, and amazing (totally vegan!) cupcakes! ALL attendees will receive a door prize, and one lucky winner will get to be our latest LIFETIME VIP, with free admission to all future Day Pass events and FIFTEEN of our sweet new $5 Tokens to spend however they like! We’ll also have a special prize for the winner of our Modern Myths Trivia Contest, where we see who knows the most about the history of the store! Doors open at 6:30 PM and pizza arrives at 7:00. This event is open to ALL AGES, and is totally free, our gift back to the community that’s kept us around for so long. Call or stop by the store for any additional details.”

Community:

Monday, September 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Marie Bartlett — September 11 Program
From the site: “Marie Betts Bartlett, author and illustrator of The Little Yellow Trolley Car, will describe her strategies for writing, illustrating and discussing her children’s picture book Poppy’s Purpose, which is a true story based on a subway car that survived the collapse of the World Trade Center towers.”

Computers:

MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Making Smart Technical Decisions – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
“In this meetup, we’ll discuss technical decisions and their impact over the span of years. When is the best time to migrate from an antiquated system that is becoming a pain to manage? Is it worth months of effort to port functionality to the latest and greatest service? Could we avoid these problems up front? Can we migrate incrementally without getting stuck?” Figure out how to resolve technical issues that snag great projects! Check out the Meetup to make sure you know where to meet up! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/242981781/
Wednesday, September 13th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Agile! It’s the currently in vogue method for getting things done, and it seems to work rather well for a lot of folks! Learn how to make it work even more excellently by speaking with this group of excellent ScrumMasters and associated experts! There’s pizza and discussion as well as a presentation about specific techniques!
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn Agile from some experts! Talk about your expertise with Agile to some novices! Come together and spread the good news of Agile, and also get some pizza.
Thursday, September 14th
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
Get together and talk about the projects currently underway, propose new ideas, work together to make the Valley a more spectacular place to live! Dinner is served at this even’t!
Sunday, September 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Improving Your Website
Librarian and officially licensed Tech Wizard Dylan Tibert will teach you the fundamentals of designing your own website using WordPress. Classes will be a one hour lecture followed by a hands-on workshop. Perfect for experienced computer users who are beginners at web design! This class covers how to improve the page you built with CSS, SEO, and analytics!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Henry David Thoreau Takes the Train to Palmer – and Beyond!
Thoreau hated the train, and we’re going to use the Palmer’s own joke here because we love it, he “railed” against it! But nonetheless it was an important part of his life! He went to lectures, visited friends, and traveled around New England, Palmer, and the to the Midwest! Corinne Smith will let you know why!
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Steve Forbes: America’s Future in the Global Economy
Listen to Steve Forbes, noted winner of the HIGHLY PRESTIGIOUS “Crystal Owl” award, speak about the only way for your life to get better is for him to get way more money as quickly as possible. And really we just want to focus on the fact that this extremely wealthy and powerful man with a storied life full of basically non-stop achievement of everything he could want is really putting the danged Crystal danged Owl award front-and-center. We suppose it’s to burnish his bonifides but for real. We’re going to start saying this site has won the Spangled Starling award 9 times every time we send an email.
Friday, September 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Annual Eid al-Adha Celebration featuring Haroon Moghul
A big celebration of Eid al-Adha, the Sacrifice Feast, which is one of the biggest Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide every year! Author and commentator and broadcaster Haroon Moghul will be there talking and we’re guessing signing books, and you’ll be able to get food for $8 if you’re a non-student!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ukulele Jam
Play the Ukulele? Just like the look of it and want to try? Play songs and learn at the Jam!
Saturday, September 16th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Game of Thrones S1E4 & Potluck
Everyone really liked having a GoT meetup, so they’re doing it again! The first time the plan was to watch just the first episode, but it wound up being the first three! See if this one can keep itself under control! Bring food or drink to share!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 12th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, September 14th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Screening: Before the Flood
Before the Flood is a film about the ways in which climate change affects our environment and what society can do to save some of what we love. A discussion of the film and climate change will be held after the screening. We recommend holding a discussion about ice cream in your tummy after that if you want to cheer up a bit.
Thursday, September 14th
Westhampton Public Library [1 N Rd, Westhampton, MA 01027] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The Brush Shop
“Stan Sherer’s film, The Brush Shop, will be shown at the Westhampton Public Library. This film tells the story of a vital Northampton industry through interviews with former Pro Brush people, archival photographs and commercials and advertisements from different periods.” Learn more about the history of your lovely Valley!
Saturday, September 16th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play D&D with excellent pals, new players welcome! There will be pizza, an integral part of playing D&D!

Science:

Monday, September 11th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo!
It’ll be another wonderful time with the nerds! Meet new people, have a good night out at a fine local establishment, and learn about how to influence people with presentations and how the bats are doing! Did you not know the bats were having a hard time? They were! We’ll find out why and whether we should be nervous about these cute critters having a hard time again!

 

July 24th – July 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello all you wonderful people out there! We’re extremely glad to bring you another issue of the Nerd Watch!

This week let’s celebrate that local creators at Make Big Things made not just double, not just triple, not just quadruple, but QUINTUPLE their Kickstarter goal for their new game Damn the Man, Save the Music! They’re putting out an absolutely delightful sounding game about saving a failing record store in the mid-1990s! And they made enough to hit their stretch goal of releasing an extra Sci-Fi/Douglas Adams inspired game “The Record Store at the End of the Universe”.

Make Big Things is one of the prides of the Valley, making tabletop RPGs that plumb interesting experiences and innovative play styles, and you owe it to yourself to check out their recent release Noirlandia as well as their original game Questlandia! Yay for Make Big Things!

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, July 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Learn Ukulele with Julie
Learn the most tiny and fun of guitars: Ukulele! Sooner than you think you’ll be belting out songs and by the end of the hour you’re going to have a seven-album recording deal with a major studio, we guarantee it!
Tuesday, July 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Book to Art Club
Create your own alphabet and learn the art of hand-lettering! All the supplies will be provided and you’ll also get a copy of “The Sun is Also a Star” which sounds neat and accurate. You’re going to use it for a string art project next meeting! Also there are refreshments and AC!
Wednesday, July 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Family Workshops at the Mead
Come to the Mead to experience the wonder of air conditioning and making good art! Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of fun activities, from film screenings to art-making!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Keen zines for zine fiends, never before seen zines, zines for teens and tweens, Halloween zines, zines about queens, all the zines you can fit in your… … machine!
Thursday, July 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Upcycling Workshop
Learn about upcycling from Lou’s Upcycles! You’ll learn about how to make plastic bags useful again view the process of fusing them! Fuse and reuse, we always say!
Sunday, July 30th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Draw at the Mead! Artists are welcome to sketch in the galleries or outside in the courtyard! Paper and pencils and drawing boards AND gallery stools provided!

Board Games:

Wednesday, July 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Game Night
Play games with your family and friends! It’s a good night for a bunch of friendly people!
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Game Night at the Brass Cat
Play games with your family and friends! It’s a good night for a bunch of friendly people! With a Mission Cantina food truck and good beer!

Books:

Monday, July 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thoreau Open Mic
Kick off the GPL Thoreau celebration we’ve decided to call Thoroughly Thoreau Thrills! This open-mic night will be a chance to read your favorite Thoreau works!
Wednesday, July 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Kory Stamper, Word by Word
Kory Stamper, Lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, takes you through how dictionaries are made and helps you understand the complex world of obsession over every single word! A must-see if you want to get in on the ground floor of this year’s hottest new words, like strealf and minump.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Book Discussion of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
Come discuss what Thoreau thought about Cape Cod, and enjoy some cake and refreshments in celebration of his birthday! Weirdly most of his thoughts about Cape Cod had to do with the quality of the Mozzarella sticks at local eateries. Register for the discussion at 413-283-3330 and pick up a copy of the book at the library!
Saturday, July 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Find Waldo in the Pioneer Valley Party and Grand Prize Drawing!
Did you find Waldo at local businesses this summer? Well, if you found 20 or more Waldoes, you’re eligible for the Grand Prize drawing.. If you found fewer than 20 you’re eligible for a great party with snacks!

Comic Books:

Thursday, July 27th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for less! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal bonanza!
Friday, July 28th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for surprisingly litte! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal extravaganza!
Saturday, July 29th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for amazing prices! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal stanza!
Sunday, July 30th
Northampton Sidewalk Sale [Between GoBerry and the Northampton Box Office] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Modern Myths at the Sidewalk Sale!
Get a bunch of great books for really cheap! Old comics for practically nothing! Graphic novels half-off! It’s a deal that exists!

Entertainment:

Thursday, July 27th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
In Conversation: Eric Carle and Annie Lionni
Eric Carle’s meeting with Leo Lionni in 1952 led to not just a job but also a long friendship! Eric Carle will be joined by Annie Lionni, granddaughter of Leo Lionni, as they share their memories of Leo Lionni and discuss the parallels between Carle and Lionni’s careers! There’s a Q&A afterward and a light reception! Books autographed by Eric Carle will be available in the Museum Shop!
Saturday, July 29th
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington, MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire
Enjoy jousting, delicious food, bards, fire shows, magic, games, and excitement for all ages! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 6-15, and children 5 and under are free!

Kids:

Tuesday, July 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Jungle Jim’s Minecraft Madness
Balloon artistry, magic, comedy, improv, and more in this action-packed performance that’s a Minecraft fan’s dream! Join Jungle Jim on stage for the Building Block Madness Tournament, the Zombie Chase, and the Balloon Firework Rocket Extravaganza!
Wednesday, July 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reading is Magic! With Ed the Wizard!
It’s not often that one of the legendary Order of the Silver Secrets comes to our humble Valley but when they do, they love to teach people about how reading is a kind of magic we can do every day! Ed also teaches kids how to brew a potion that turns people into newts but that’s his own thing, the Order has specifically requested he not do that at these events.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sparky’s Puppets
Enter the world of stories via puppets! Humorous, colorful puppet people will get kids laughing and learning and generally feeling like hey stories are very fun and good and so are puppets. Recommended for kids ages 3-10!
Friday, July 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag (Ages 11-17)
Registration required ahead of time! Hunt your friends through the library and then shoot them with lasers!
Saturday, July 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
End of Summer Reading Program Party
Ice cream! Water games! We assume that water games are where you just play videogames but under water. There are also drawing for raffles during the party! See if you won anything! Also you did win something: ice cream.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Experience the Book: A Picnic with Hector Fox and Friends
Celebrate Hector Fox and his woodland friends! Author/Illustrator Astrid Sheckels will appear as Hector the Fox himself! Sign up to reserve your spot in this world of imagination! 413-772-1544 x5104!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Starlight Theatre presents The Little Mermaid Jr.
The Starlight Youth Theatre is proud to present Disney’s beloved Little Mermaid but with adorable kids, we presume! We’re pretty sure the players are youths and that’s why it’s the Little Mermaid Jr. It’s possible that the youth just run the theater company.

Movies:

Wednesday, July 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Let the Fire Burn
Let the Fire Burn is a 2013 documentary film about one of the of the most under-reported clashes between the government and US citizens in our history: the stand-off between MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department. This horrifying event is brought to life through archived news coverage and interviews.
Saturday, July 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Queen of Katwe
Based on the true story of a young girl from the streets of Uganda whose world changes when she’s introduced to chess! Thanks to the support of her family and community, she pursues her dream of becoming an international chess champion! Free and open to the public!
Sunday, July 30th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Portrait of Wally
Egon Schiele’s tender portrait of his mistress was locked up in a legal battle between the Leopold Museum and the Jewish family from whom the Nazis seized the painting in 1939. Learn more about the history of this iconic image, from the painting of it to the theft to the post-war confusion and resurfacing of the image!

Science:

Saturday, July 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Tom Ricardi, “Birds of Prey”
Meet and learn about the coolest birds! Sorry songbirds you’re very neat but these are the best birds because they are very fast and make loud, terrifying shrieks. Tom Ricardi, an avian expert who operates a rehab center for birds of prey in Conway MA, will be on hand to demonstrate and teach you about these beautiful animals!

July 17th – July 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We want to take a moment to thank our readers for reading, because that’s what makes us get this thing out the proverbial door on days we really need to also cook a whole ton of food. Thanks readers!

Speaking of readers, if you like to READ comic books, you should make certain to go to Modern Myths in Northampton and Comics N’ More in Easthampton, our two excellent local places that sell comic books and other neat things! They’re not even paying for us to say this, we’re just pretty certain that selling comic books is a business that is at best “really difficult” and we want them to have an easy week once in a while because we like them.

If you don’t read comic books just slip a $20 under the door after business hours.

Also! We really would appreciate if you would let us know if you have any special wishes for what the Nerd Watch site could do for you. We edge ever closer to our now-mythical site redesign and we’d love to hear what our adoring fans like and do not like about the current format!

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, July 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 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.
Wednesday, July 19th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Family Workshops at the Mead
Come to the Mead to experience the wonder of air conditioning and making good art! Visitors are invited to participate in a variety of fun activites, from film screenings to art-making!
Thursday, July 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Jones Library Stitchin’ Club
A club to stich in, we suppose.
Friday, July 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Book Sculptures with Cathy Thibodeau
Upcycle your old hardcover books by turning them in to really cool sculptures! There’s no experience necessary, and they’ll have some materials on hand. If you want to bring your own book it should be at least 140 pages and 21cm in height!
Sunday, July 23rd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Draw at the Mead! Artists are welcome to sketch in the galleries or outside in the courtyard! Paper and pencils and drawing boards AND gallery stools provided!

Board Games:

Monday, July 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Game On!
Play some games! Indoor and outdoor! Everything from frisbee to Apples to Apples!
Tuesday, July 18th
Building Autistic Community, Inc [8 Washington St., Westfield, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gaming for Anxiety and Depression
Come down for a nice night of board games and card games with people on and off the spectrum! This is a meeting for people who love games and want to play in a supportive environment and meet other great people to hang out with.
Saturday, July 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Saturday Board Games
We have this on our weekly events list but we just wanted to call it out because it’s very excellent! Play games with a great crowd! Meet new people! Try stuff before you buy stuff! It’s a very very good night moderated by the friendly staff at Modern Myths!

Books:

Tuesday, July 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bill Roorbach, The Girl of the Lake: Stories
Bill Roorbach will regale you with tales from his most recent collection, spanning time and space and character with abandon. Teens in love, couples at war, disaster, history, comedy, emotional heft, his stories have it all!
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 at the Greenfield Room! Nell Wright will facilitate, and wonderful people will attend! Discuss the art and business of writing books for children, and share tips with your fellow writers!
Wednesday, July 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books Club
Read and discuss a book, then get a free bike maintenance lesson, go for a ride, and play some games!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books and middle grade and YA meet up to read and receive feedback about their works in progress from the group! It’s facilitated following the SCBWI guildlines but you don’t need to be a member to participate. Though being a member of a Society of any sort always sounds sort of neat. We should start a Society. Or just hand out memberships to the Nerd Watch!
Friday, July 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Paperbacks and Snacks
Holyoke area teens are invited to participate in author Gene Luen Yang’s “Reading Without Walls” challenge. Which is “Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you, read a book about a topic you don’t know much about, read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun”. Discuss your reading and eat tasty snacks!

Comic Books:

Monday, July 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Find new pals via friendly conversation moderated by store manager Melissa! Key topics include representation of LGBTQIA+ people in comics and gaming! Admission is a $5 Day Pass, and that’s immediately store credit. Basically a good excuse to justify an immediate purchase of something fun from that comic shop you love so much!

Community:

Tuesday, July 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
A monthly support group for women living with any sort of chronic illness, free and open to the public!
Wednesday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mindfullness seminar with Dr. Ruth Folchman, PsyD, CGP
Dr. Folchman will discuss mindfulness, being present and open to your direct experience rather than and we’re just pulling a totally random example from the ether here, seeing a house centipede in the bathroom and then spending a good two to three hours lying in bed thinking about how it COULDN’T be in the room… but what if it was? Dr. Folchman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Northampton!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color, pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional place for women of color, and is free and open to the public!

Computers:

Wednesday, July 19th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn Agile methods from the best and friendliest! The folks who attend are happy to explain Agile to complete newcomers or drill down into the specifics of a problem you’re having! There’s usually a few presenters with a specific topic, but they’re always open to a freewheeling discussion of Agile in general. Plus there’s pizza!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, July 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Gray Divas Residency Concert
Two voices, two Ukuleles, more than two songs! From Hawaii and beyond!
Thursday, July 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Con-Anon! PPL’s 4th Annual Fan Convention!
Join wonderful people at the fourth annual con at Palmer Public Library! There will be snacks, games, a cosplay contest, and a wonderful panel! Make new friends with whom to talk about anime!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime with friends! Any sort of anime will work well here, so long as you like having fun watching anime!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Eat some cookies and learn about the library! Anything with cookies is a good time from the word go.
Friday, July 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
TJ and the Peepers
Watch TJ and their friends the Peepers play country/pop, the best music!
Saturday, July 22nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Draco and the Malfoys
SPECIAL TEEN CONCERT ALERT TEEN CONCERT BEARING DOWN AT SPEED watch this band that has really committed to being the second-most-well-known-Harry-Potter-themed-novelty-act. Though to be totally fair they’re the most popular and well known Harry-Potter-villain-themed-act so they’ve got that going for them.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
PITI Theatre Company Play in a Day
PITI Theatre Company will… well, we’re just going off the name but we think they’ll write and cast and perform an entire play in 2 hours. Impressive!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Good Neighbors Paint Good Fences
Join volunteers at Historic Northampton to paint the fences! It’s really wonderful that their description says you’ll have the “privilege” of helping to paint the fence. We like that they’re being honest about how much it will be awful. But! It’ll also make you proud of all your good work!
Sunday, July 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Brush Shop – A film by Stan Sherer
Another screening of a nice film about local history! Learn about the folks who worked at the old toothbrush factory! There are interviews and archival photos and old commercials to help you understand what this formerly incredibly important part of the town!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
TALK| Rabbi Akiva: Sage of the Talmud with Barry Holtz
Listen to professor Barry Holtz of the Jewish Theological Seminary talk about his new biography of the first century Rabbi Akivia, a brilliant and fascinating person! It is always a good idea to know more about the past, it keeps your life from getting repetitive.

Kids:

Monday, July 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Library Lego Lady
The Library Lego Lady was bitten by a radioactive block long ago, and has chosen to use her newfound powers for good! Kids 5+ welcome, kids 5 and under need a parent with them! Let your kids build something wonderful!
Tuesday, July 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Puppet Show
Kids ages 3-9 are invited to experience the magic of shadow puppetry! This is the perfect time to reveal to your young child that shadows are alive, and can be kept tame for only a time.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Simple Machines with David Hyde Costello
Learn how simple machines work with author/illustrator David Hyde Costello! With this knowledge, you could become a siege weapon designer in the 15th century OR just learn more about how the world works if you like!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel and Fan Fiction Club
People ages 12-17 come hang out and talk about comics and fanfiction, that which makes the world go round!
Wednesday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Magic by Scott Jameson
Be dazzled! Be mystified! Consider whether the world functions as you have always imagined, or perhaps has hidden and terrifying recesses which allow Scott Jameson to bend reality to his will! Could his power could be yours if only you could find where the gem that powers it is hidden?
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Bring your family and hang out at the library! Games, puzzles, all sorts of projects for families to do together!
Thursday, July 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Lyra Music Festival and Workshop: Young Artist Program Special Concert
Classical music performed by kids for kids! Hear young musicians bring their instruments to life, and afterward check out what it’s like to hold a violin or to play a cello! Cellos are very cool and we highly recommend taking the chance to experience as many cellos as possible.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Kids Art Market
Children ages 3-10 are invited to develope number and money sense at the library! They’ll start with 20 Library Bucks and by budgeting their spending, they’ll get to make cool art with supplies they buy! Bring an adult to help! You know, Money Sense is the most underrated super-power, it really comes in handy in a lot more situations than laser vision.
Friday, July 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Building Lab (Ages 4-7)
A lab in which to build things!
Saturday, July 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Trevor “The Games Man”
That man is back again. That Games Man, who delights us but also makes us narrow our eyes in suspicion. Could it be that Trevor, known for his Games, is playing a Games with us? Do we all dance to Trevor’s wild tune? Either way he’ll make sure kids get to have fun and he’s on big stilts and that’s funny!
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: Deborah Freedman
Award-winning author/illustrator Deborah Freedman is gong to read her books “Shy” and “This House, Once”. Her meditative works ask readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides. Afterward, draw your own special house! Here’s an idea: what if a house had doors instead of windows?

RPGs:

Thursday, July 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Ahh, good old Wizards & Wimbledon! Play the newest version of the venerable classic at Modern Myths! You’ll join heroes plundering the depths of the old Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! Recommended for characters of at least level 3, but you can always bring a level 0 character with no skills and just say “And I stay a safe distance behind” every time anything happens. Entry is a $5 Day Pass that immediately becomes store credit!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with friends! Any sort of RPG will work well here, so long as you like having fun with games!

July 3rd – July 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Fourth of July! Celebrate responsibly, and maintain all of your fingers and arms for next year! Fireworks look neat, but you know what’s a lot neater? Continuing to have all of the body parts you had on July 3rd this July 5th.

Despite the holiday, there’s a bunch going on! Get out there and have a wonderful time! Also if you’ve gotta work on the 3rd at least do the right thing by sighing a ton and building up a real froth of resentment. A Tuesday 4th, ridiculous.

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:

Thursday, July 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
DIY Hanging Macrame Planter Workshop
Make your own planter! Recycle old t-shirts into a neat hanging planter, bring the ones that you like the least! It’s important to not accidentally macrame your favorite t-shirts. Open to ages 10 and up! Pre-register by calling 413-283-3330 ext. 102!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
Teens! Bring a piece of writing and work on it while Abby Forcier provides some support!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Featuring poet Dina Stander, band Old Flame and the Tiny Canvas Project, where you can complete your own tiny masterpiece on a little piece of canvas! Leave it with the museum and on August 3rd join a big Canvas Hunt downtown!
Saturday, July 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space
Make things in the maker space! Create things using various tools that are neat!

Books:

Thursday, July 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Alexandra Fuller, Quiet Until the Thaw
A complex tale spanning generations and miles, this is the story of the two cousins Rick Overlooking Horse and You Choose Watson and how they deal with the injustices inflicted upon the Lakota people.

Card Games:

Saturday, July 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hour of Devastation Pre-Release
The second of the Amonkhet block! Check out Nico Bolas’s evil scheme and the gods he controls! Experience the new mechanic that reanimates your graveyard as zombies! Play with the latest Magic set a week before it goes on sale! This is a limited Sealed Deck tournament, $30 in advance, $35 at the door! Win prizes!

Community:

Wednesday, July 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
“A weekly support group for moms of color. Pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional space for Women of Color. Free and open to the public.”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, July 4th
The Hanger [10 University Drive, Amherst, MA] at 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Fourth of July Meet and Greet and Fireworks
Get together in a different setting than normal and meet some new folks! The Hanger is where the Amherst Brewing Company used to be, and it serves food and beverages that are tasty! Talk, order some food, then walk over to the fireworks!
Wednesday, July 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ukulele With David Hyde Costello
Uke! The instrument of kings. Like a guitar, but cuter and better. Listen to David Hyde Costello play this spectacular instrument!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
A mystery speaker will attend this speaking event to describe something interesting to you!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Bring your family and hang out at the library! Games, puzzles, all sorts of projects for families to do together!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Lawn Concert by Li’l BeeDee & The Doo-Rites
Bring a picnic, a blanket, and your friends and family to listen to some good old rock and roll! If there’s bad weather they’ll just move inside!
Thursday, July 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We just finished Persona 5 and we’ve never wanted to watch anime more intensely.

History:

Thursday, July 6th
Deerfield Community Center [16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Living in Early America: Len Travers presents “Hurrah for the Fourth! Independence Day in New England, 1777-1850”
Learn about how the Fourth of July was celebrated in early America! Mostly with much more dangerous improvised fireworks we’re guessing.

Kids:

Wednesday, July 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
Ralph in the Children’s department will help you discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! We just got the first volume of Usagi Yojimbo and hey folks, that extremely old and well-known and respected comic that everyone likes? It’s good!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music and Books with Mr. Liam
Music, books, and activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and caregivers! He’s wearing a red nose in the photo so you can tell he’s fun as heck.
Thursday, July 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Sciencetellers: Pirate Lost at Sea!
All we can see of this event is what looks like a child laughing as an adult screams at a cloud of smoke so we’re assuming this is a story hour where children steal your most prized possessions and light them on fire.
Saturday, July 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Ed Popielarczyk’s Magic Moments
Magician, balloon twister, and therefore an entertainer! Ed will make you laugh even as he makes a big duck riding a motorcycle out of balloons! Somehow he’ll pull humor out of an extremely serious situation like motor-ducks, the terror that stalks the roadways.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Dazzle Dogs!
Watch unique and talented dogs who are also adorable do a bunch of tricks! They’ll even dance! No one knows why they do this, no one knows how! It is not our place to question the dazzle dogs, we must simply accept their gifts with equinamity!
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: Rowboat Watkins
Hear the story of Pete With No Pants! Pete With No Pants is a little elephant trying to figure out the most important question of all: why do I need to wear pants? Draw elephants, pants, or things not wearing pants also!

Movies:

Saturday, July 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Suffragette
Watch Suffragette, the movie about Suffragettes! Did you know that Edith Margaret Garrud was one of the first female martial arts instructors and taught Suffragettes Jiu-Jitsu self-defense techniques so they could flip cops when they needed to?

RPGs:

Thursday, July 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with a friendly crowd of folks! Dungeon World is a fun Powered by the Apocalypse game, try that!