Computers

June 26th – July 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Pandemic Legacy was really really good! It was down to the wire on our last two games and boy howdy jeez it was just a very good time. We planned to play one or two games and we just had to finish it out because dangit we were so close on our first loss in December.

We’re amazed at how effective that game was at remaining a real nail-biter until the bitter end, even with all the upgrades and exploits and just experience that you gather as you play. The twists and turns in the rules always keep you on your toes, and we often lost the first game of the month and eked out a win in the second, each time thinking well NEXT game’s gonna be really easy because look at this amazing upgrade we just got.

A true triumph of the Legacy style, and we really hope that Local Creator Rob Daviau turns his designer’s eye to more cooperative games.

And obviously we’re playing Pandemic Legacy Season 2!

Speaking of board games, we got a note from local boardgame creators the TESA Collective! They’re a co-op that created a game about organizing to enact social change, which sounds pretty cool! It’s called Rise Up: The Game of People & Power! We’ll have more on it this week!

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, June 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Henna – SUMMER READING Build a Better World
Design a henna “tattoo” at the workshop! They’re a semi-permanent way to make your hands and feet look cool, and that is fun! Learn about the tradition of henna and make your own body art! Pre-register in the Kids’ Room or call 413-259-3091 or email teens@joneslibrary.org! You receive an extra ticket to enter the weekly drawing of summer reading prizes for attending this activity!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Establishing Mood, Story, and Visual Interest in Landscape Photography
Explore essential elements of landscape photography that can make your unique vision come to life! Michael Zide, photographer and photo-educator, will help you understand both the technical and the aesthetic methods to make your vision of a landscape come to life!
Wednesday, June 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Zines about beams! Zines about screams! Zines about Ice Cream! You can do a zine about anything you can dream!
Thursday, June 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
Write! Write anything, really. The more you write the better you write! Bring whatever you’re writing and writing instructor Abby Forcier will be on hand to offer some guidance!
Sunday, July 2nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Sketch! Draw whatever you like in the company of other artists of all skill levels. Paper, pencils, erasers, drawing boards, and gallery stools all provided! Free and open to the public!

Board Games:

Tuesday, June 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Ice Cream and Air Conditioning Board Game Night
Settle in for some board games and ice cream! Intended for ages 12-17!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Game On!
Take a break from your summer homework to play a game with friends! The teen room has tons of teen games like Teen Pandemic and Teen Catan! No they’re the normal versions, teens just play regular games we apologize for the goof.
Wednesday, June 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Family games, puzzles, and building projects! Everything you need for a good night with the family.
The Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat!
It’s the one-year anniversary! Play a bunch of board games with a friendly crowd in the nice outdoor area behind the Brass Cat! It’s a great Easthampton bar that is perfect for settling in and playing a bunch of games for a night. The featured game this week will be Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure. In Clank, everyone’s a treasure hunter looking to get the most out of the caverns beneath an abandoned castle before a dragon wakes! Watch this video to learn how to play ahead of time if you like! https://youtu.be/EZQyr5JkbBY

Books:

Wednesday, June 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Michael Ponsor, The One-Eyed Judge
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!
Thursday, June 29th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Childhood’s End + Dinner
For June, the lovely folks at the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup are reading Childhood’s End! It’s a venerable classic of the golden age, and well worth reading for the first time or returning to if you’ve already read it! In it, aliens arrive on earth who look almost exactly like our worst nightmares, literal demons! But it’s not an invasion! It’s something far stranger.

Computers:

Sunday, July 2nd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: Game Dev Co-working
Local game devs! Paul Hake of HitPoint Studios, whom based on our data all of you worked for for around a year, is moving forward with a game dev co-working space to open in Greenfield soon! Join Paul and the PVGD to learn about the space, pricing, and sign up if you’re interested! Of course, also just have a fun time hanging out at The Quarters!

Entertainment:

Monday, June 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mobile Mini-Golf in the Library
A fun unique mini-golf course in the library! Suitable for kids and adults of all ages, set up in the common area of the library and outside!

Kids:

Tuesday, June 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some animals from the zoo and learn about them! Animals are neat. Registration is required, please sign up at the children’s desk!
Wednesday, June 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Simple Machines!
In this presentation, David Costello will demonstrate how to build and use simple machines like wheel-and-axles, levers, pulleys, and inclined planes! David has samples of each type of simple machine, and a bunch of examples of how you can use them with puppets! Build a big enough ramp and it’s technically a simple siege machine!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Creature Teachers
As far as we can tell, a chinchilla, a lizard, a snake, a ferret, an owl, and some cockroaches teach you things. Possibly math?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
David Hyde Costello Author Visit – Little Pig Saves the Ship!
Celebrate a local author! David Hyde Costello’s newest book, Little Pig Saves the Ship, is releasing this week, and he’s paying a special visit to the Jones to celebrate! Based on the adorable as heck cover image, the moniker “little pig” is a joke because the pig is clearly hundreds of feet tall, towering over the little ship!
Thursday, June 29th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
June 29, 1999 … in 2017!
Asparagus in Antwerp! Courgettes in Cranston! Broccoli in Brussels! In David Wiesner’s book, a young girl’s science project sends seedlings into the atmosphere and precipitates an invasion of gigantic veggies! A special story-time will be followed by a collaborative project where young artists will create a window installation of what they see flying through the sky!

Movies:

Monday, June 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Dogtooth
Watch the film FIRST! They’re not screening it! It’s like a book club, but for weird movies! This one is a modern classic about a couple who keep their kids locked away from society, telling them that it’s not safe for them to leave. This leads to strangeness and tension, kind of predictably. You can watch via Kanopy.com, sign up with your Forbes library card and stream it online! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/dogtooth
Wednesday, June 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
A free screening of the first Harry Potter film on the Forbes Library Lawn! You can bring a blanket and some snacks and the film will start when it’s dark! All are welcome, for more details check out cinemanorthampton.org!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: FIXIT
Learn about how for-profit healthcare is destroying lives and how Medicare for all could be a reasonable path out of the hole the US managed to dig itself into. Having recently taken a trip to Australia, believe us they’re super smug about how bad our healthcare system is. Let’s show the danged Australians and completely incidentally our big sister that the US can do better!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie Screening: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Celebrate the end of the school year with a modern classic about friendship and identity that we’ve legit heard is a solid movie despite the fact that the title is way more pant-focused than we tend to look for in our films.
Friday, June 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Summer Movie Matinee – October Sky
A free screening of October Sky, about a young kid in a coal-mining town who’s so inspired by the launch of Sputnik that he decides to build a rocket of his own. He gets some help from friends and the high school teacher who believes he can do it! This showing will include a take-home STEM activity for kids following the film!

Science:

Monday, June 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Seasons
What plants look attractive to bees and other pollinators? Learn how to choose plants and shrubs that will help pollinators and contribute to the whole Valley erupting in flowers every year! Ashley will share tried-and-true plants and shrubs and techniques for planting!

June 12th – June 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just moved! Our new place is very very good and we like it but what we don’t like is that all of our muscles and organs are now gone. They transubstantiated about 4 hours into the move and now we’re mostly composed of noodles and it’s just not working out as well as organs used to. That’s why there’s a lot of “from the site” this week and why it’s coming out late! Jeez for real typing feels like work, why does moving ever happen.

Of note this week: we’re doing Nerd Nite tomorrow at the World War Two Club at 50 Conz St. in Northampton at 7:00pm EVEN THOUGH we are basically the most tired, it’s heroic.

Second: local creator Epidiah Ravachol (buy his games, buy his magazine, support local creators!) has a podcast about the Rockford Files and we’ll be honest we’re kind of excited. What even IS the Rockford Files? We’re gonna see if they ever explain that. This could be the next U Talking U2 2 Me!

Oh also also the book Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer was real good, read that one quick reminded us of some of the thinkier 70’s SF our dad liked and the Gwent free-to-play game they just put out? Weirdly good! Just like, good old-fashioned fun. Updated to be not as easy to cheese as the game featured in the game The Witcher 3, which is good.

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, June 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reception for New Americans by the NHS Teen Advisory Group, and Paintings and Photographs by Jan Ruby-Crystal and Ellen Augarten
What it says on the tin, we guess! A reception for new pals and some excellent paintings and photos!
Tuesday, June 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series presents Linda Putnam and Kim Mancuso
Linda Putnam will be reading “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, and Kim Mancuso will be reading “Hell-Heaven” by Jhumpa Lahiri!
Wednesday, June 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Zines about beans, zines about Commander Keen, zines about greens, zines about spleens! If you can dream it you can zine it!
Saturday, June 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Portable Herb Gardens
Paint a terracotta pot to brighten up a window or a porch! Plant herbs in them, then eventually harvest and consume those herbs! Make those herbs into more of yourself!

Books:

Tuesday, June 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dusty Miller, Danger Under Ground
From the site: “In Danger Under Ground, Alice is on the move again as she follows the trail of a highly charged kidnapping. Her friend Felicia, her dashing French lover Gerard, and their young tattooed friends Warp and RubyStarr must expose this politically-motivated crime.”
Thursday, June 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Linda Greenlaw, Shiver Hitch
From the site: “Jane Bunker thought she’d escaped the pollution, noise, and dead bodies of the big city when she left her job as a Miami homicide detective and moved back to the idyllic town of Green Haven, Maine. But through her work as a marine insurance investigator, it appears she’s left behind the bustle of the city, but not the murder.” But the murder’s the worst part!

Card Games:

Friday, June 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic: Amonkhet Draft
From the site: “Friday Night Magic: Amonkhet Draft. This is a limited booster draft using the new set, Amonkhet! Tournament with Swiss Pairing. Entry: $18.00 Prizes: At least one AmonkhetBooster, promo cards, and possibly winning more boosters depending on match results.

Community:

Monday, June 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Transportation Justice for Franklin County MA
We’re assuming this is about public transit conditions in Franklin County and how they affect the lives of residents in unequal ways which we as a community must address rather than a pitch for a new Star Trek police procedural but we can’t be 100% certain.

Computers:

Monday, June 12th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Using Elastisearch – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
From the site: “Half database and half search engine, Elasticsearch powers things like GitHub’s code search, eBay’s item listing, and Netflix’s internal logs and metrics. Come learn about the basics of Elasticsearch and full-text indexing from Ross Johnson, who has been using Elasticsearch for 6 years to power document search in web apps.” Take a look at the meetup group to sign up and see the MYSTERY LOCATION! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/240263959/
Wednesday, June 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
From the site: “Are you curious about flow-based Agile methods? Kanban provides a continuous flow of project work, in contrast to Scrum’s iterative process. In this session, Lisa Sieverts will provide an overview of Kanban, we’ll see the magic of limiting work-in-progress, and we’ll share stories and insights”
Thursday, June 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
June 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
From the site: “6:00 Welcome & Introductions, 6:10 Upcoming Events / Announcements, 6:15 Tip of the Month, 6:20 Module of the Month, 6:30 Lightning Talks (5-10 minutes talks on a brief topic), 7:15 Presentation “What are Drupal 8 Plugins?”, 8:00 Adjourn” … Comprehensive!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
From the site: “WordPress sure is a neat platform, but what if your WordPress site is based on selling products or services? WooCommerce is a popular plugin that helps make it easy for your customers to buy your products and services inside the WordPress framework. Marjorie Ray will provide a short overview of how she uses Woocommerce on her children’s educational toy site.” and more!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, June 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ukulele With David Hyde Costello
Do you find you lack Ukulele music in your life? Address that.

History:

Saturday, June 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Chaotic Freedom in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image by Bruce Laurie
From the site: “Bruce Laurie will speak on his research into two Pioneer Valley soldiers who changed the course of the Civil War. Laurie’s work culminated in the essay, “Chaotic Freedom” in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image, a Working Titles e-book published by The Massachusetts Review.”

Kids:

Friday, June 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Spoken Word with Rah and Kat
From the site: “Calling kids, tweens, and teens- try out our new spoken word program in the Children’s Department! The first meeting will be Friday June 16th, at 3:30. Rah represented Northampton at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and Kat holds a Masters in Poetry. Come create, experience, and learn about poetry with us!”
Saturday, June 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club
From the site: “Learn about an assortment of tiny critters this month as Ralph & Steven explore entomology, the study of insects! Register here https://goo.gl/forms/iBh193ojpudlHU1n2!”

Movies:

Wednesday, June 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: AWAKE
From the site: “AWAKE is a Josh Fox-directed film chronicling the native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, against the construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), intended to carry fracked oil from North Dakota’s oil fields through native land and under the Missouri River, the water source for the Standing Rock reservation (and 17 million people downstream).”
Saturday, June 17th
Millside Park [2 Ferry St., Easthampton, MA] at 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM
The Dark Crystal
Free movie! Popcorn and refreshments available for purchase, bring a blanket and bug spray! Watch this weird as heck old Henson film on the big screen!

RPGs:

Saturday, June 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Free RPG Day!
RPGs for you to play free all day! Bring some friends and head down to the … quay. Shoot. No we lost the plot there. Head Modern Myths to play some games and then buy some games!

Science:

Monday, June 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Come see ‘A History of Public Benefits’ by Monk Kelley and ‘The Economy is a Badly Designed Game’ by Aaron Jensen! The rare set of talks that actually relate to one another!
Tuesday, June 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pollinators Need Our Help Now
From the site: “With a chaotic climate, so much foul weather, and many other threats to their existence, there can be no better time to start supporting native bees and butterflies, and no better way than planting pesticide-free flowers and making nests in our yards and public spaces. Come see what we can do to brighten the futures for these critically important beneficial insects.”
Wednesday, June 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Downtown Northampton’s “Wild” Night Life: Moths, Fireflies & Other Night Flying Insects
From the site: “Presented by moth aficionado Betsy Higgins, the evening will include an indoor slide presentation about the diversity of moths in our area. Following this, we will head outdoors to check out the variety of night-flying insects drawn to Higgins’ black lights and mercury vapor lamps. The evening will conclude with a light show, courtesy of thousands of fireflies in the nearby meadows.” pre-registration required at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org, $10 members, $15 non-members!

June 5th – June 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Summertime, folks! We recommend taking the opportunity in this time of sunlight and sunheat to go outside and hang about! Amble around in the daytime and watch the stars at night! We’re… gonna take a minute to get on out there. We’ve got like a couple dozen hours of Persona 5 to go. We’ll keep the windows open though!

This week is jam-packed! People are getting excited about getting out and about. Have a lot of fun!

Speaking of fun we had a great time playing around with Sculptris this weekend! We were taught how to do things by an local expert and we got to make a little demon that kind of looks like a pillow and a little alien with bug eyes!

It’s weird playing around with 3D modelling and realizing it’s way way easier than drawing just because it gives you a lump of clay that you can fool about with instead of the terror of a blank page. If we could do this in VR we’d grab a headset today.

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, June 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Art of Letter Writing
Letters! The old-school, the real stuff, the stuff you have to physically put on a piece of paper in order to communicate! Write some letters and discuss what letter-writing is as you write! Mostly it’s just and excuse to indulge in some good old asynchronous communictation!
Friday, June 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Make your own bookmarks! Explore an art object in detail! Get free refreshments! Get in the museum for free! It’s a seriously great museum, check it out if you haven’t already.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Contained and Constrained by Karen Battles and Leslie Lyman
Artists Leslie Lyman and Karen Battles ahve each created artworks that draw from the Historic Northampton archives and reinterpret them. They’re presented in a context designed around the ideas presented in the 19th century etiquette guide “Social Etiquette or Manners and Customs of Polite Society”.
Sunday, June 11th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Sunday Sketch at the Mead
Drop in and sketch something interesting at the Mead! Paper, graphite pencils, erasers, drawing boards, and stools provided! It is a great chance to hone your skills while looking quite serious and artistic!

Board Games:

Saturday, June 10th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Board games with friendly people! Bring one you love! Play some classics! Bring in your favorite games and meet some new people who are very excited to play them with you.

Books:

Thursday, June 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Julie Lekstrom Himes, Mikhail & Margarita and Jim Shepard, The World to Come: Stories
Two great Massachusetts authors with two great books! One book of short stories covering historic tragedy and the pitfalls of the everyday, and one about the terrors of being a writer in 30’s Russia!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, June 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
A monthly meetup to discuss and share your favorite comics! You’ll also get a chance to create one of your own with provided artist supplies! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!

Community:

Tuesday, June 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Information Session
Learn how to become a homeowner through the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity program!
Saturday, June 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Information Session
Learn how to become a homeowner through the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity program!

Computers:

Tuesday, June 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The ABCs of Apple Computers
New to Apple? Learn about the built-in features of these magical machines. But not the literally magical ones! Those are for advanced users. No Sorcerer’s Apprentic shenanigans in this course please. Please register in advance by telling the library!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of designers! Whether you work on the web, or just work on some sort of code for some sort of thing in general, or just want to hang out and talk about hobby work, they’re there for you to gripe with!
Wednesday, June 7th
MGHPCC [100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
3D Game Day
What’s the best way to become inspired to make a game? Playing a game! What’s the worst way? Eating an Xbox controller. Never works. Wait! No shoot that’s how Noby Noby Boy was inspired dang. Anyway! Play games with friends! Mario Kart! Gang Beasts! Minecraft! VR games like Minecraft! and The Night Cafe in VR and various demos! Play and learn and then hey maybe make a game in Unity!

Entertainment:

Monday, June 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Seasons
How do you attract bees and other pollinators? Flowers have been dealing with this for a while! Ashley Schenk has been speaking with the flowers in the proverbial sense for a while now teaching and practicing permaculture landscape design and he’ll let you in on all the pollinator-attraction secrets so you can have a pretty garden that’s also useful to the local ecosystem!
Wednesday, June 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The French in the Americas
“First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Jeanne Douillard presenting “Silent Presence: The French in New England” a unique look at the history of “un petit people” The French in the Americas. “
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM
Design, Build, Grow Your Landscape!
Landscape Designer and owner of Wilder Hill Gardens Lilian Jackman and Landscape Consultant Vivian Felten will show you how to grow colorful and beauitful landscapes that are ecologically sound to boot!
Thursday, June 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We recommend locally-developed anime like Cowboy Bebop or Evangelion!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2nd Annual Spelling Bee
“The Friends of Greenfield Public Library is hosting the 2nd Annual Spelling Bee as part of the Beek Week Celebration. Form a team of three and register at the Library by June 7. The event will be held on June 9 at 6pm at the Second Congregational Church on Court Square. Food and raffles are a part of the fun.” We’ve never been a part of Beek Week but we’ve been reliably informed that there’s no better time to find the freshest, most chitinous beeks.
Saturday, June 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Edible Plants of the Northeast with Naturalist and Landscaper John Root
Free admission! Plus you get edible perennials offered for sale at the event! Grow your own food! Well, a small part of your own food. We’re like 99% certain that without a full-on meadow of these things out back you’re not going to manage to survive on flowers alone. Still! It’s interesting stuff!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Call Me Professor or Students and Respect on Campus by Rob Cox, Special Collections at the Umass Archives
Rob Cox takes a look at the student attitudes at Umass to understand what respect has meant to students and faculty at our gigantic local institution over the years, and whether a “culture of respect” is passing or if it’s just the latest iteration of a long line of kids these days complaints. Personally we felt most respected in class when students had the kindness to pretend to type while they watched videos instead of listening to us.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
24th Annual Northampton Garden Tour
Rain or shine! Tour gorgeous gardens with a gregarious group! Tour tickets cost $15 ahead of time and $20 the day of! You can get raffle tickets as well to win gift certificates, compost, a landscape consult, or gardening supplies! All proceeds go to fund the Forbes Library!

History:

Saturday, June 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cada Familia Tiene una Historia – Every Family has a Story
An exhibit of the family and personal histories shared with the Nuestros Senderos Project. There will be refreshments around 2pm, then speakers Ramon Borges-Mendez of Clark University and Joel Blanco-Rivera of the University of Puerto Rico. This is a free event and all are welcome to come learn!

Kids:

Wednesday, June 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Puzzles, Patterns, and Picture Books
Explore puzzles, explore patterns, explore picture books, explore the uncharted Arctic if you dare! But specifically this program’s for the first three. Teacher Sue Creighton will lead with some books and crafting! Intended for ages 8-12!
Saturday, June 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Summer Brain Quest Kick-Off Event
Expand your brains with the Odyssey! Draw a plant, find some shapes, eat marshmallows after an interminable wait during which an adult attempts to teach you delicious delicous math. Receive a Brainiac Award Certificate and a gift bag full of awesome goodies when you complete two activites!

Movies:

Tuesday, June 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Francesca and Steve are going to show a movie and provide some snacks! It’s going to be a delightful time during which you will get a chance to we’re going to say definitely yell at a film with some friends. Intended for ages 12-17!
Wednesday, June 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Brush Shop – A film by Stan Sherer
Learn about the history of the Brushworks, the big old brick complex in Northampton that now houses a bunch of local artists and craftspeople! The reason it’s the Brushworks is because it used to be a gigantic toothbrush manufacturing complex! See interviews and archival photographs that look back on when Northampton was an industrial town!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 9:50 PM
Moana Lawn Screening
Hang out on the lawn for the screening of this new Disney classic! Definitely not going to get rained out THIS week!
Friday, June 9th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Spaceballs
See the movie that you like that’s kind of very funny but then kind of not that funny as you remember but also you love Star Wars and it does hit with some of the stuff and… the point is it’s a decent parody and we watched it like 90 times as a kid during that magical time in our lives when no amount of repetition killed a joke.

RPGs:

Thursday, June 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some friendly people! We recommend locally-developed games like Noirlandia or Dread!

May 22nd – May 28th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Boss Baby was oddly good, some real nice physical comedy animating from Dreamworks. Good job, Dreamworks! Good job team of probably 100 animators doing some of the most grueling and boring work possible for only acceptable pay!

We would also like to point you once again to the excellent new Valley meetup about film making! The Western MA Film Makers Meetup! It is neat, and it’s a good excuse to go to fun events and meet new people to spend time with. Who doesn’t need a bit of that in their lives?

Also! News this week: Greenfield Games changed locations! They’re no longer renting, either! They bought a place just down the street from their old location. It’s a bit bigger, a bit nicer, and in general it seems things are going well for them. Look for them at 228 Main St. in Greenfield!

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


Anime Club:

Wednesday, May 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! Anime is sometimes great and sometimes not, debate which anime are which with some pals at this club!

Art:

Thursday, May 25th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrating the opening of summer exhibitions, featuring alumni artists and collectors! THere are delicious refreshments and there’s a bar if you’re over 21! Well, technically there’s a bar whether even if you’re under 21, it’s just that if you’re under 21 the bar won’t give you alcohol. Free and open to the public!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Writing Workshop
Instructor Abby Forcier will be on hand to offer guidance and support for any written work you care to produce! Anything that strikes your interest you can work on and then share with the group if you like!
Friday, May 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Artist Michael Mazur ’57
Betsy Garand, Senior Resident Artist at Amherst College and Gail Mazur, poet and wife of the late Michael Mazur ’57. This event is in conjunction with an exhibit of his work, and it’s free and open to the public!

Board Games:

Tuesday, May 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Game On!
Board games in the teen room! Have fun with the library collection or bring your own!

Community:

Monday, May 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Animal Friend Loss Support Group
We’re pretty sure this is a support group for those of you who have lost an animal friend, which is very sad. If it turns out that the support group is entirely made up of animals talking to each other about friends they have lost we apologize but there was no description on the site!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Financial Skills
Learn to save! Learn to spend! Learn to hide quarters behind the ears of other people! All the necessary skills to become a financial wizard!
Tuesday, May 23rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Greenfield Tree Committee
Do you like trees? Want to have some say about where and when trees appear in Greenfield? This is literally the only group for you!
Wednesday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Safe Schools Safe Streets Coalition
No description for this one but we have the impression they don’t actually mean they want to keep the physical schools and the physical streets safe but are using those as a sort of synechdoche for the community itself and in particular children within the community.

Kids:

Tuesday, May 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Whole Book Approach Storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert
Families will enjoy a Whole Book Approach storytime with Megan Dowd Lambert, author and Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Simmons College!
Wednesday, May 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Young Writer’s Group
“Author and teacher Nell Wright will work with young writers ages 10-14 on Wednesdays. The group will meet in the Greenfield Room from 4 -5pm. The group is limited to 8 participants and preregistration is required. Call 413-772-1544 extension 5 for more information. This class is free thanks to the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library.”

Movies:

Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Movie: A Thousand Words
Watch Eddie Murphy in a really odd family film that takes an old aphorism and turns it into a sort of terrifying curse designed to teach someone how to listen better via the threat of death. Gruesome!

RPGs:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you! Try playing World Wrestling RPG! It’s fun trust us.

Science:

Tuesday, May 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Food and Habitat for Pollinators through the Seasons
What plants attract pollinators to your garden? What will make bees and butterflies really jazzed to see your plants? Ashley Schenk has been teaching permaculture-based landscape design since 2011, having founded Broadfork Permaculture. Learn how to plant, what to plant, and how to create neat wildflower meadows!

May 8th – May 13th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello and yes! We’re back! This is again a live feed of everything interesting that we can remember to tell you about in the area that we define as the Pioneer Valley which roughly conforms to the common physical locations named as such.

We’d like to call specific attention this week to the newly formed Western MA Film Makers Group! Per their description: “Western MA Filmmakers Group is a chance for people making film to network, attend events, and build community.”

Are you interested in creating film, or just a big fan of film in general? Meet up with fellow “filmeophans” as everyone agrees we should call them and share, discuss, question, brainstorm, and in general get some support, feedback, and community!

The first event they’re all headed to this week is the Focus Locus Presents: Selected Shorts by Kramer, Perry, & Sanders! Check it out in their inimitable company this Tuesday, May 9th, at 7:00 PM at the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds [32 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060]. Afterward they’ll do a Producers Group, during which they’ll give a rundown of the sort of supportive feedback they’re hoping to provide at these meetups!

Also of note this week: On May 9th, A.E.G.I.S: Combining Robot Strategy Game will be relaunching their Kickstarter! They’ve got a slightly lower goal, a slightly prettier game, and the same excellent basic gameplay that we so enjoyed when we played it last year! You should definitely check it out when it goes live and see the Facebook Launch Party group!

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, May 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Animal Rocks!
Make some cute animal rocks to spruce up anywhere that needs sprucing! You can even just place them around town if you want. Paint them so they look cute and make you happy! Sign up in advance at the library if you can by calling 413-665-2642.
Wednesday, May 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINES! Zines for teens! Zines for fiends! Zines for beans! Bean zines for green teen machines! There’s never enough! Talk, create, have a good time!
Friday, May 12th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Opening Reception for “Laws Change. People Die. The Land Remains” curated by Sally Curcio and Anna LaPrade Seuthe
“An exhibition of paintings and sculpture by five Western Massachusetts artists who reflect on how our actions impact the landscape. The five artists are Jesse Connor, Sally Curcio, Karen Evans, Anne LaPrade Seuthe and Jenny Tibbetts.” – Sounds like a wondeful opportunity to expand your mind, get to know the area beter, and eat small cheeses.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free artwork! Free culture! Generally being immersed in the wonder of an excellent local museum!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Arts Night Out Reception for Northampton High School Student Art Exhibition
“Student artwork from the Foundations of Art, Drawing & Painting 1 & 2 , Ceramics 1 , Sculpture and Honors Art 1-4 classes at Northampton High School will be exhibited. The selection of artwork is curated by teachers Lisa Leary and Sheryl Jaffe, who collectively teach approximately 200 students each year.”
Saturday, May 13th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Poetry Walk
“The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at historic sites in Amherst. This spring’s Walk will feature Dickinson’s works inspired by the natural world and the plants she grew in her conservatory at the Homestead, which has been restored this spring.” Conduct the rites that keep Dickinson contained! Seal her grave anew!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Weaving Social and Political Issues into your Writing
“Join authors Naila Moreira and Ellen Meeropol for a two hour writing workshop. We’ll focus on ways to weave thorny issues – climate change, racism, war – into our fiction and nonfiction. Come prepared to imagine, to hope, and to write. Ellen Meeropol is the author of the political and environmentally-themed novels House Arrest, On Hurricane Island, and Kinship of Clover. Naila Moreira, author of poetry chapbooks Gorgeous Infidelities and Water Street, has written nonfiction for The Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Daily Hampshire Gazette and other publications.”

Board Games:

Friday, May 12th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Tabletop Game Night
“Bring a game that you’d like to share, if you have one. Beginners are welcome. We most often play Euro strategy games, but you are welcome to bring any game you’d like to share. Some of the games we’ve played in the past include: Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Dominion. The Community Room is all the way in the back. If you come in the side entrance, the room is directly to your right. If you come in the main entrance, just head to your right, then straight back. “
Saturday, May 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, round one starts at 10am on the dot! There’s a four-round swiss system and tropies to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each category! Entry is free, and you should bring a chess set and clock if you have them and a bagged lunch! For a power play just bring an edible chess set for lunch, that’s intimidating.

Books:

Wednesday, May 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Samuel E. Abrams talks about “Education and the Commercial Mindset”
“Drawing on his book, Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016), Sam Abrams, a Holyoke native, will discuss the divergent paths taken by education policymakers in Chile, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. In addition, Abrams will address the implications of Donald Trump’s presidency for schooling in the United States. Joining Abrams on stage for a Q&A will be Gus Morales, another Holyoke native and a veteran local teacher.” Understand why you were educated in the manner you were educated! Get a clear picture of what it is that US education policy prioritizes and what you can do about it!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Writers as Climate Activists
“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, threatening the very fabric of our society. Here, three writers use fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir to explore this thorny problem.” Ellen Meeropol, Brian Adams, and Jennifer Browdy will read at this event.
Thursday, May 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hala Alyan, Salt Houses
“Lyrical and heartbreaking, Salt Houses is a remarkable debut novel that challenges and humanizes an age-old conflict we might think we understand—one that asks us to confront that most devastating of all truths: you can’t go home again.” We actually have found that we’ve been able to go home again. You’re just generally not allowed back in the the door so you just need to critique the new family’s garden from the other side of the street.
Saturday, May 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Water Street Book Launch
“Author reading and signing with Naila Moriera, Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence. Set at an old converted farmhouse apartment by the Mill River, the poems of Water Street explore the tension between freedom and domesticity as reflected in the natural world: the minks, bats, frogs, spiders, and wasps, as well as the plants and trees and the river itself. “

Community:

Monday, May 8th
Westhampton Public Library [Town of Westhampton, One South Road Westhampton, MA 01027] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Women, Crime, and Justice: Mass Incarceration and Mothering
“Nicole Hendricks of HCC will present. The number of women behind bars or under some form of correctional control has risen significantly in the last four decades, where now, no country incarcerates more women than the United States. At the intersections of this crisis, we find disproportionate numbers of women of color, and poor women, many of whom leave behind children, and are more likely to be locked up thousands of miles away from those children. What are the collateral consequences for our communities when parenting takes place behind bars?”
Tuesday, May 9th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
“The Future of Hate” with Ilan Stavans
“Anti-Semitism remains an inextricable part of contemporary life. In today’s America, it finds partners in unlikely places, from the government to college campuses to rural communities. In this series of three talks, each with a different focus, author and Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans considers the “new normal” in today’s United States and the ways anti-Semitism manifests in regions as diverse as Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.”
Thursday, May 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Plant Swap
“This monthly plant swap is free and open to the public to encourage the exchange of plants and other garden related items. You many bring as few or as many of the following items as you like: perennials, annuals, edibles, seeds, garden produce, tools or any other garden related items.”
Friday, May 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
SNAP Help
A lot of people don’t apply for supplemental nutrition assistance because they don’t know they’re eligible! You should check it out even if you own a home or a car or make a wage. It’s important to make sure you’ve got all the food you can get!
Saturday, May 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM
League of Women Voters Event
Unspecified event for the League of Women Voters! But you can trust that whatever it winds up being it will be useful and pertinent. Contact Nicole Moore at nicolemmoore [at] hotmail [dot] com for more information!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Represent US Meetup
“Introductory Meeting: Learn about http://www.Represent.US and how you can help fight corruption and get Big Money out of politics.” Fight the forces that are likely causing you real and immediate harm every day of your life!

Computers:

Wednesday, May 10th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Meet up and discuss the Agile methodology! Get your dev team on track to use the hip new management technique, but also learn from sensible people how to actually do the thing. Plus they’re nice and you’ll probably make friends!
Thursday, May 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass Meetup
Meet and dicuss your ongoing projects for the community! Or if you’ve never been, lend your expertise to an existing project or propose a new useful way to give back to the community we all so love!

Entertainment:

Thursday, May 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime with people! We’ve been playing Persona 5 lately so we can say with confidence that anime is good.
Saturday, May 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Tea and Chocolate: A pleasant Pairing
Well. That’s kind of driect. We suppose so! They are pleasant alone and better together! Sample tea and chocolate pairings, learn what pairs best, and they say learn the “health benefits” but let’s be real people the benefits in both cases are the same: these foods taste good and it makes you feel nice to eat them.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Free and open to all! Discuss what exactly this doctor is, why he’s doing what he’s doing, and which way he’s going next!

History:

Saturday, May 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Wildlife Changes in Northampton: From Nonotuck to Now by Laurie Sanders
“During the last 500 years, major changes have occurred in Northampton’s wildlife. Wolves and passenger pigeons and mountain lions are gone, while beaver, bear and turkeys, which had disappeared for decades, are now back in abundance. In this presentation, Laurie Sanders will highlight some of the major trends and changes that explain the mix of animal species that we now encounter in Northampton, from its urbanized center to its wilder spaces.” Learn about where you live! Learn why all the deer in the Valley have a sort of subtle red glow to their eyes and you never see them move, you just see them appear near your windows late in the evening.

Movies:

Monday, May 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Eraserhead
“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 Eraserhead – a black and white surrealist film from 1977 which was written, produced and directed by David Lynch. Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also watch the film via Kanopy.com – sign up for a free account with your Forbes library card and stream it online : https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/eraserhead
Wednesday, May 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The National Bird
“This 2016 documentary follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.”
Friday, May 12th
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel at 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM
DAY-2-PLAY: 4th Western MA Film and Media Exchange
“Join filmmakers, television and other industry professionals for a day of technical seminars and hands on-demonstrations with the latest lighting, camera and broadcast equipment. The Exchange also includes lunch, keynote speaker, and networking opportunities with others in the industry. Vitec Videocom brings their Roadshow to Springfield. You don’t want to miss it!” This sounds kind of amazing and we’re really appreciative of the new Western MA Film Makers Group for bringing it to our attention!

RPGs:

Thursday, May 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you!

Science:

Monday, May 8th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Nerd Nite May: Korean Comic Books and the Roma
Learn about the fascinating world of Korean Comic Books from Nathan Chung, who read a lot of them while growing up in South Korea! We’ve been big fans of American comic books for a while and it’s going to be exciting to learn more about a style from which we’ve read only a few works! Then we’re going to find out about the history of the Roma, a people whose complex history and tense current relationship with Europe will be explained to us by Christine Hurst, who’s currently working on her MSW at Rutgers.
Thursday, May 11th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Laura Doubleday presents Dangerous Liasons: Pollinators, Herbivores, and the Quirky Sex Lives of Plants
Plants are at a very basic level absolutely odd and the way they reproduce is a big part of it. Flowers, pollen, bees, seeds, there are so many moving parts and so many physical transfigurations involved! Learn more from the spectacular Laura Doubleday!

April 3rd – April 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello friends! Hope you’re having a lovely start of spring.

Remember to come out to Nerd Nite NoHo next Monday! It’s going to be a very nice time where two excellent people will present about two excellent topics. We’ll have nature guide Kery Emma Ellis discussing the scourge of “Greenwashing” by people attempting to pretend their products and services are “good for nature” despite being “basically just lying and using green and teal on the packaging a lot”! That’s going to be followed up with Greg Dennis, Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, talking about ranked choice voting!

We’d also like to specifically point out the 2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest! Zines are fun and neat and there are a ton of folks who are going to be there with really cool artwork so you should go see them and say “Wow, nice job! Here is the amount of money you’ve indicated this zine or other piece of artwork costs!”

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, April 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45
Slate Press Poetry Reading
Anna M. Warrock and Cindy Snow will present readings from their new works! Anna M. Warrock has had a poem installed permanently in the Boston subway which means she’s going to probably eventually inspire some kind of post-apocalyptic cult eventually. Cindy Snow has been featured in a bunch of poetry reviews and she does peer tutoring at Greenfield Community College. Both of them have chapbooks out for your reading pleasure!
Wednesday, April 5th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kota Ezawa: Gardner Museum Revisited
Converse with artist Kota Ezawa as he discusses his installation! It’s currently on display and by chatting with the artist you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art presented!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The 13th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme this year is friendship! Donate $25 to the library and bring a poem about friendship to share! Listen to your friends talk about friends!
Thursday, April 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition
Drop into the museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exchange in the museum! Open mic begins at 6pm and the featured readers follow: Jenna Baillargeon is a second year at Hampshire, and is the featured Open Mic reader, and students of The Literacy Project will be reading original memoirs and poems afterward, accompanied by Judith Willams on the keyboard.
Saturday, April 8th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027]
2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest
Zines! Zines for miles! Join zine creators and fans from around New England! It’s a great chance to see amazing artwork and give the people who produce it a few bucks! Zines are keen!

Board Games:

Wednesday, April 5th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Brass Cat Wednesday Game Night
Games! Beautiful board games! Have a great time playing games and enjoying a friendly community! Have a drink at a nice bar and hang out with people who are nice also. This wee, Forbidden Island and Innovation are the featured games!
Saturday, April 8th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Malifaux Tournament
See http://www.the131.com/forum for details! This tournament will test your ability to command the forces of weird grossness in the game Malifaux, which is distinct from other tabletop games in a manner we are not qualified to comment upon. Mostly we notice that there are a lot of Frankenstein monster looking things.
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! At a table! With tops! Play with tops, is what we’re saying. Play with the bet game of all: tabletops. The game of kings! Beyblade we just realized our joke game is also Beyblade. But for actual this meetup usually goes for Euro-games like Settlers/Carcassone etc, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in!

Books:

Wednesday, April 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ellen Meeropol, Kinship of Clover
How do you stay true to the folks you care about while trying to change the world? That’s what botany major Jeremy has to struggle with when he gets wrapped up with a group of eco-terrorists trying to save the plants he loves, and is inextricably bound to.
Friday, April 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire with Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear
The Odyssey Bookshop is hosting a big ol’ sci-fi hootenanny! John Scalzi will talk about his latest book, and he’ll be joined by fellow wonderful authors Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear! The book’s about a far future where humanity finds a sort of hyperspace river that allows FTL travel, but then finds that it’s slowly moving around and soon the quick travel that maintains an interstellar empire will no longer be where it needs to be! It sounds neat!
Saturday, April 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Panel Featuring Kim Savage, Kady Cross, and Eva Darrows
Three excellent YA authors on a panel talking about their three recent books that are all about tragic circumstances and young women dealing with difficult issues.
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
Lindy West will speak and read from her memoir! Hilarious tales of how to handle just generally the unfortunate bits of being alive. Lindy West is a prolific writer and generally regarded as “wicked good at writing and also wicked funny”.

Community:

Thursday, April 6th
Sacred Heart Church [395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join them in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts! If you’re into the idea of repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, changing some felony thresholds, increasing funding for re-entry programs and education during incarceration then you should help them fight for these reforms!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of coders and web developers that heads to the Foundry and hangs out and just generally chats and has a good time. You can join them to have a nice time as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Staged Reading of Getting Out
A staged read by the Holyoke Community College theater department of the play Getting Out, a play by the Pulitzer-winning author of ‘Night Mother. The play is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky Prison.
Tuesday, April 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Wonderful World of Model Railroading
Have you ever wanted to make a tiny world that’s entirely comprised of people frozen in time save for the trains? Are the trains the masters of this world, or do they merely exist in some other state of being? Well two railroad enthusiasts, George Reneris and Harry Ruddock, will help answer questions about how you can put together a sweet model railroad!
Wednesday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Clutter Control 101
Figure out how to get your stuff to stop being a gigantic terrible pile of nonsense that you don’t need or want! Dave Downs will offer some upbeat tips for getting all your various junk into a place where it can no loner bother you!
Friday, April 7th
UMass Center at Springfield [1500 Main St., Springfield, MA 01115] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Less Medicine, More Health
Dr. Gilbery Welch, author of “Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care” will present in a free public forum! He’s a general internist with an interest in the issues created by overzealous efforts to detect early disease, mostly over-screening for cancer. It’s worth taking a look, maybe you’ll be less inclined to freak out over your own health!
Saturday, April 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Building as Resistance: The Northampton Association at 175 years.
Commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry! First you’ll get a walking tour of the Northampton Association Lands, and then you’ll see two lectures and a panel, about Abolition and Community in Northampton in the 1840s and construction of the progressive industrial village of Florence. And finally, a panel about the meaning of the Northampton Association Experiment!

History:

Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
This is a huge day! There’s a bunch to learn about ancient Rome! Inspired by the exhibition of the Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii that’s currently ongoing at the museum, there are a ton of things going on! Make your own fresco! Tour with a docent! Watch seventh-graders perform skits about ancient Rome! Stroll through a recreated Roman Garden!

Kids:

Monday, April 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, April 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
Students ages 9-12 are invited to try instruments and see demos performed by students from the UMass School of Education. Thinking about learning to play? Give it a shot today!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finding Babel
Finding Babel chronicles a grandson’s search for the legacy of the greatest prose writer of the Russian Jewish community, and whose subversive work led t his tragic end. Isaac Babel is best known for his short story collections Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, he challenged the ideology of the early Soviet Union and that challenging writing resulted in his execution in 1940 by the Soviet Regime. This movie tracks his grandson’s journeys through Ukraine, France, and Russian to confront the relevance of his ancestor’s work.
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!

RPGs:

Sunday, April 9th
Camp Timber Trails [1266 East Otis Road, Tolland, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Spring Game #1
Magestry is looking for anyone interested in being an orc, a monster, a brigand, a barbarian, a general-purpose rough customer! They need a lot of NPCs to take care of an increasing number of PCs! You can play for free and even get food! You don’t even need to stay the whole weekend, a couple of hours would be a big help! Find out more by contacting NPC@Magestry.com or checking out the meetup at https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/238838016/

February 27th – March 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello folks! Short top-matter today because we were at my mom’s and hanging out with her all weekend.

Just want to let everyone know that Nerd Nite is next Monday, March 6th! It’ll be a fun time because it is generally a fun time and we can extrapolate from experience.

Also, NERDSummit is coming up the 18th and 19th of March! It’ll be a delightful time where you can learn interesting things about web development and related technology.

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, February 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Drop In Sit and Knit Group
Drop what you’re doing, come in, sit down, and knit some things!
Wednesday, March 1st
Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Conversations with Alison Saar
Alison Saar will mark the installation of Sleeping Beauty by talking to you and with you about mostly art things like rtistic practice and identity, followed by a reception.
Thursday, March 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition
The Emily Dickinson Museum will be doing a poetry reading, open mic, and a one-night art exhibit! Featured poets include Allison O’Shea, Robbie Dunning, and Lauren Singer. The Featured Artist is Rhys Davies! Free and open to the public!
Friday, March 3rd
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Spotlight Gallery Talk in the exhibition “Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii”
Bettina Bergmann, professor of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, will give a spotlight tour so you can get a close look at the wall paintings of Villa A at Oplontis, and understand them better! Free with museum admission! Meet in the lobby.

Books:

Tuesday, February 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Local Author Jono Neiger Presents The Permaculture Promise
Conservation Biologist, permaculture educator, and designer Jono neiger will talk about how to create human ecosystems that don’t slowly kill all of us!
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amara Lakhous
Writer Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970, and moved to Rome after spending time in Algerian radio putting up with constant death threats. His first novel Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio was awarded the Flaiano Prize in Italy.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversation with Author Series: Derek Strahan’s new book “Lost Springfield, Massachusetts”
Derek Strahan will talk about the City of Firts as it is, was, and might be!
Thursday, March 2nd
Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst MA at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
David Hyde Costello Artist Reception
Odyssey Bookshop will be at this Arts Night Plus reception for Miniature Menagerie, paintings by David Hyde Costello, selling his books! See cute as heck watercolors and then buy some books that have cute as heck watercolors in them!
Saturday, March 4th
Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst MA at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
David Hyde Costello Artist Reception
The same thing as the other one with this name! Only it’s not on Arts Night Plus so your power armor will only have half the charge it normally does and you’ll only be able to use your vison augs 3 times before triggering the alarm.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Meet the Author: Jan Maher
Jan Maher will read from her book Earth As It Is, which you can fact-check live by keeping a watch on the window.

Community:

Tuesday, February 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
Learn about diabetes and how to keep healthy as a person with diabetes. Anne Vernardin, a former high school nutrition teacher will educate you and share her success story! This week, learn about glucose!

Computers:

MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Quiet Revolution in the Client – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
There’s a revolution happening in the client! The client has gone from being a backwater to a focus of development in a very little bit of time, and new approaches are needed to deal with it! Tagore Smith will talk about new approaches to web and application development in this turbulent time.
Sunday, March 5th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – Petricore Games w/Ryan Canuel
This month Ryan Canuel will talk about how to think about what you’re doing AFTER you’ve made a fun game or in some rare cases of forethinking even beforehand. Do you start a studio? How does that even work? Do you sell the game? How? All kind of scary questions!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Anime is according to some people quite good, and there’s sure as heck a whole bunch of it. Find some you like and share it with friendly people!

Kids:

Saturday, March 4th
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Pajama Party
Wear your pajamas! Get comfy and celebrate one of our local creative heroes! See a bunch of neat sculptures and other creations, and meet a lot of local illustrators! Buy some books, get them autographed, generally have a good cozy time celebrating great books!

Movies:

Wednesday, March 1st
Holyoke Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Building at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Viewing of 13th
A documentary about the 13th amendment that will make you angry and sad in some sort of combination!
Thursday, March 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Viewing of The Lorax
See the movie version of the children’s classic The Lorax! Drop in early if you want to make a Dr. Seuss themed craft!

RPGs:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with friends! It is a good time and there are many wonderful options for creative pretending-to-be-other-people in interesting settings!

Science:

Monday, February 27th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: You’re Never Too Old to Play in the Sandbox: The Physics of Soft Materials
Is toothpaste liquid or solid? What makes it so tough to run on sand? What’s “squishy”? What’s the point of knowing the answer to any of these questions? Kerstin Nordstrom is going to explain! She’s a professor at Mount Holyoke who studies fluid flow, and she’ll talk about all the fascinating ways that soft materials behave!
Tuesday, February 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
This session will cover one of the ways that you can help to make your experience with diabetes easier! Understand the effect of diabetes on your body and the importance of exercise. Each session has a short review in case you can’t make it to every one!
Wednesday, March 1st
Franklin Patterson East Lecture Hall at Hampshire College at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Showing of the documentary film Sonic Sea
A showing of the hour-long film Sonic Sea, a documentary about how much industrial noise pollution negatively affects the ocean biomes we rely on to continue to exist and not die, as well as a Q&A afterward with guest Leila Hatch, Marine Ecologist at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.