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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.

 

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October 9th – October 15th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just finished the game Tales of Berseria, which was quite good! It had fun characters with whom we had a fun time, and it managed to sell a lot of the extremely emotionally charged moments that sometimes come across as forced in these sorts of stories. Plus you can do a bunch of fun fashion stuff with the characters, which is a feature literally every game should have no matter the genre. We always want to be able to dress people up! It never ever stops being funny when someone’s having an intense conversation while a doll is sitting on their shoulders.

Anyway! In other news please make it a point to check out the amazing the spectacular the definitely worthwhile to see Nerd Nite NoHo! We’ll be at the Academy of Music on the 23rd at 7pm, on the same stage that’s hosted so many amazing performers! It’ll be a hoot and a half.

We’re going to be exploring the mysteries of physics! We’ll get a better idea of how Einstein’s initial discoveries are relevant today, and we’ll explore how complex everyday physics can be, and how much we still don’t know! Plus, you’ll get to see a Nerd Nite on a screen that we’re going to assume will be almost comically huge in comparison to what we use at the World War 2 Club!

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:

Wednesday, October 11th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
From Russia to Paris and Beyond: 20th Century Russian Artists in Europe
A lecture by Curator of European and Russian Art, Dr Alla Rosenfeld, in conjunction with the exhibition! Dr. Rosenfeld will present her insights on how the concept of ‘home’ was ever-changing for Russian artists, who fled to Western Europe. She’ll also trace the complex interconnections and rich influences between Russian and Western artists in the 20th century. Find out more about art, impress your friends, cow your enemies!
Friday, October 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for everyone! Get ready for Halloween with awesome paper masks that are inspired by the animals in Honore Sharrer’s art! Spooktacular! There’s also complimentary light refreshments!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Arts in Northampton – Then, Now and Going Forward: A Conversation with Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull
From the site: “Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull, in conversation with co-director Laurie Sanders, will describe the state of the arts in Northampton in the early 1970s when they first arrived to today, with the creation of the new Northampton Community Arts Trust project at 33 Hawley Street.”
Saturday, October 14th
Animagic Museum of Animation at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Animagic Museum Tour and Class
From the Meetup event: “This museum is showcase for all the animation/special effects artists and work done in the region. It is a very small but unique museum and you get to meet the owners. The tour takes 20-minutes and is free tour but they request $5 donation. Afterwards there is a 2-hour animation class for $20. By the end of the class you will be able to complete a very basic animation (similar to claymation) and it they upload it to youtube. ” Sounds awesome! There are a ton of great animators nearby!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Age of Sigmar Tournament
For just $15, you get to compete for prizes and have a nice pizza lunch! It’s a 2000 point tournament and you get started at noon, but need to register at 11!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA] at 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tabletop Game Day
A board game meetup with some excellent folks who are happy to play some board games with you! Mostly Euro games, but feel free to bring whatever you find fun!

Books:

Monday, October 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, The Silver Mask (Magisterium Book 4) Book Launch!
Important! Please RSVP at rsvp@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307! From the site: “A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.”
Tuesday, October 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch
From the Site: “Author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy. The Stone in the Skull available October 10th from Tor Books takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.”
Thursday, October 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thomas Moore, Ageless Soul
From the site: “Ageless Soul offers positive and inspiring guidance for becoming a full person as time goes by. Since we are all aging, it is for anyone who has ever thought about getting older. It’s especially valuable for people 50 and over. It seems more difficult than ever these days to deal creatively with aging. This book provides a deep and comprehensive plan that sees aging not as losing capacity but as becoming who you are destined to be, a real human being.” We’re actually destined to be a sort of linchpin sacrificial hero who will start the next cycle of an underlying world-myth.

Card Games:

Friday, October 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!
Sunday, October 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn to Play Pokemon
For a small fee of $20 you get to learn how to play the Pokemon Card Game! You’ll get a theme deck and a booster pack, and the friendly Modern Myths staff will help you learn how to play!

Computers:

Wednesday, October 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you on an Agile team? Do you want to be? Learn more about this management technique! The topic this week is Agile Pain Points, which we assume teaches you how to use the techniques of agile to make your foes hearts explode.
Thursday, October 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After some quick updates about local projects in progress, there will be some time to discuss upcoming projects and then get to hacking together some solutions! Get started on a wonderful new project this week! Also you get dinner!

Kids:

Saturday, October 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Fire Prevention Storytime with Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn
Join Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department for a special storytime! Fire, humankind’s oldest friend and most persistent nemesis, needs a constant vigil to be kept under control! Children will share stories, see a real fire truck, and learn both how to prevent fires and what to do in case of a fire!

RPGs:

Thursday, October 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, October 13th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
Try Magestry! It’s $40 for first-time players, but FREE to join the staff for the weekend as an NPC! Plus if you’re an NPC you get food and a costume! Sounds fun whatever you decide!
Sunday, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Thursday, October 12th
Nacul Center [592 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe Presents A Hairy Situation – Surprising Stories of Primate Evolution
Hear UMass Anthropology Professor Jason Kamilar discuss his research on primate evolution! He’s a specific expert on hair, and he’ll explain why the heck we have so many different colors of hair in mammals!

 

October 2nd – October 7th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Spooky Season is here! Yay! Get a bunch of pumpkin-flavored whatever the heck, dress in whatever you think is coolest and don’t stop until Christmas!

Also please take a moment to buy a ticket to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music! It’s THIS MONTH and we’re 100% excited and 100% freaking out about this very neat thing we’re going to do! You are invited and it will be a lot of fun.

It isn’t quite up on the marquee yet and it’s absolutely killing us because whenever we’re in NoHo at that one interminable light we keep glancing over and we’re always kind of worried that pedestrians think we’re like getting angry at them or something for waiting to cross.

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 3rd
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’ll have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of macrame but you’re not invited.
Thursday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
A free cultural event where you get to see open mic performers and look at beautiful art and listen to poetry and legend says that Emily Dickinson might drop by!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 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!”

Board Games:

Saturday, October 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Monday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Truth to Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric of Hate And Fear
The book will be on sale at the event for $20, all profits will be donated to the ACLU, the Standing Rock Sioux, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. There will be a series of readings with authors Doug Anderson, Chard deNiord, Marin Espada, Howie Faerstein, Leslie McGrath, & Lauren Marie Schmidt.
Thursday, October 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Peter Zheutlin, Rescued
In the follow up to the bestselling Rescue Road, Peter Zheutlin offers a look into the world of rescue dogs instead of rescue roads. He’ll teach you to set the world right one dog at a time! Next up he’ll be looking into the seedy underworld of road breeding.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”
President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council will discuss environmental justice and political advocacy. After the event you’ll be able to get the book signed!
Friday, October 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Josh Weil, Age of Perpetual Light
Josh Weil brings together a decade’s worth of work that explores the themes of progress and the bringing of light to the world. Short stories follow deeply felt characters through different eras in American history, speaking to the aspiration for advancement.
Saturday, October 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Author Series Kickoff with Mike Curato!
Kicking off the new Local Author series with the award-winning local children’s author and illustrator, Mike Curato! He’ll give a live book reading, an interactive drawing demonstration, a brief slideshow, and some Q&A! All his books will be available for purchase, so pick one up and get it signed! Recommended for children ages 4 to 12!

Card Games:

Friday, October 6th
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.

Community:

Monday, October 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Get help finding a job! See Mary Ann at the Mezzanine level to get started on your search!
Wednesday, October 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mobile Market Meeting
Join the folks at Healthy Hampshire for a meeting to hear what the community thinks about establishing a mobile farmer’s market for Hampshire County.
Thursday, October 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Consumer Workshop: Identity Theft
Get a head start on that thing that’s 100% going to happen to you in the future thanks to corporate malfeasance and criminal incompetence on the part of people who are ostensibly stewards of your data! It’s not going to be fun, so you should probably figure out how to deal with it now. Ms. Milagros S. Johnson of the Mayors Office of Consumer Information will be speaking! Register by calling (413) 283-3330, extension 100!
Saturday, October 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Public Speaking for Women Activists
Learn how to speak more effectively to crowds!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 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!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Gravestone Girls
The Gravestone Girls will take you on a virtual tour of the cemetery! Take a look at the history and the present of the rural cemeteries that surround you, known by locals as “the forest of strange stone trees that almost look purposefully carved”. The tour will examine why we have graveyards, why we set up gravestones, and how styles and art on gravestones have evolved over 400 years! Local art will be featured!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fake News and PGS (Post-Modern Gullibility Syndrome)
Veteran Gazette columnist and author Bruce Watson will speak about Fake News and why people are often eager to believe it! Free and open to all!
Friday, October 6th
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!
Sunday, October 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Norton Juster and Ilan Stavans
Norton Juster, author of the absolute classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, and Ilan Stavans, editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, talk about writing for children! A spectacular opportunity for insights from some real pros!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 3rd
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!
Thursday, October 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainbow Makers LGBTQ+ Group
A creative bi-weekly discussion group for people ages 13-17! The goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring a wide variety of artwork, writing, opinion pieces, reviews, and much more! If you have interests you want to share, they want to help you share them!
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, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teens! Get pizza and watch movies! You’re invited to a party and it’ going to be great.

RPGs:

Wednesday, October 4th
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, October 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
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 try to figure out how to steal a dragon’s glass eye. It’s got to be powerful, right? And if it’s not it’s still a good story. Hm. A dragon would probably have like 40,000 extra glass eyes in a pile if they had one. Dragons are like that.
Saturday, October 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Xanathar’s Nemesis
A huge 8-hour D&D day and night of adventure! Head into the tunnels beneath Waterdeep and deal with a rival who’s been giving Xanathar, the Beholder mobster, a lot of grief! You’ll have a break for dinner around 6pm, there are going to be special door prizes for attendees, and play materials for all! Everything’s included in the $25 admission price! There’s a strict limit of 15 people, so sign up quick!
Sunday, October 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

 


September 25th – October 1st

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week want to remind you of two very important very fun science events!

First! Tomorrow you should head to SciTech Cafe! It’s going to be an amazing time for everyone who attends! Learning, laughing, loving, it’s a getaway the entire family can enjoy. You’ll learn wild and weird facts about viruses and what they do and why they’re dangerous to humans sometimes.

The speaker will be Vinothan Manoharan, a Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics at Harvard so you know he knows his stuff. He uses a bunch of experimental techniques to explore the physics of self-organizing like how things crystallize sometimes we think? Mostly the experiment with colloids, suspensions of particles that are only a micrometer in size. A suspension is when you’ve got a bunch of solids hanging out in a liquid, we think. Check out the event at Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6pm! They also have little snacks.

The OTHER big thing you need to do is remember to make a note of the fact that the next Nerd Nite NoHo is going to be Monday, October 23rd at 7pm – 9pm at The Academy of Music in Northampton! The big place! The pretty place! It’s wild, and we’re incredibly excited about it! Please don’t just buy tickets, enjoin your friends and relations to buy tickets! Then come, too, that’ll be more fun than just buying the tickets. We’ve got two great physics talents explaining some mysteries of the universe to you! Brokk Toggerson of UMass Amherst and Gary Felder of Smith College will expand your mind in a beautiful theater and you’re going to love it a lot!

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 26th
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, fashion. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about how to avoid being matchy-matchy.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure 2
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’l have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of macrame but you’re not invited
Wednesday, September 27th
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
A mean zine machine awaits you! Marvel at the sheen of these clean zines!
Thursday, September 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 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!”

Board Games:

Monday, September 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Indoor and outdoor games! You can break up your Cosmic Encounter sessions with some catch if you like, or vice-versa!
Saturday, September 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Tuesday, September 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Eleanor Henderson, The Twelve-Mile Straight
Eleanor Henderson presents a novel combining intimate family drama and a staggering saga of the South that tackles racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis.
Thursday, September 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Darcey Rosenblatt, Lost Boys
An inspiring middle-grade novel based on historical events, a young boy is torn from his life and held captive as a prisoner of war in the war between Iran and Iraq. How will he make it home alive? His survival at stake, he finds solace in music and attempts to forge his own path out.
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All the Birds in the Sky book discussion + Dinner
For the September SF Book Discussion, they’ll be reading All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders! All the Birds in the Sky is about two childhood friends finding each other as they respectively attempt to super-science and magic away the catastrophic consequences of the climate change apocalypse! You can find a list of what they’re reading here: http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/!
Friday, September 29th
Holyoke Community College Library at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dick Lehr, Trell
A YA novel inspired by the true story of a young man’s false imprisonment for murder! Also, the story of the people who fought to free him! In the 1980s a young woman was killed in the crossfire of gang violence. Swiftly a manhunt ensued that arrested and wrongly convicted a young man for the crime. Dick Lehr investigated this for the Boston Globe, and he’s now fictionalized the story into Trell.
Holyoke Community College Library at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
YA Panel: Dick Lehr & Fransisco X. Stork
Meet the authors of the fantastic books Trell and Disappeared! Both are thrilling tales of suspense! They’ll be discussing their work and signing books.
Saturday, September 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mira Bartok, The Wonderling
The villainous Miss Carbunkle runs the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, and to her the charges under her care exist only to serve. The part-animal part-human (which is technically an animal if you THINK about it eh?) groundlings toil for her while being denied anything like a normal childhood. A young fox-boy suffering under her ‘care’ acquires a name and embarks on adventure away from her rule and toward destiny!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Pizza Book Bash
Pizza! Books! Fellow teens! Who like pizza! And books! Meet new folks! Make friends! And most importantly of all eat that sweet sweet bread with stuff on top.

Card Games:

Friday, September 29th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ixalan Release
First chance to play the new cards at a Friday Night Magic! Buy a box, and get not only a Buy-a-Box promo card, but a Dino-sized super big booster! Dang, dino-sized. That’s anywhere from quite big to quite small! Dinos were a very varied type of animal we are pretty sure. It costs $5 to attend and you get booster pack prizes!
Saturday, September 30th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ixalan League
A four week long league! Sealed event which adds cards every week, special cards and boxes, booster packs for prizes, lots of stuff!
Sunday, October 1st
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ixalan Box Tournament
Limited to pods of 12 people! Buy a booster box of Ixalan, build a deck, win a booster box! Even if you don’t win, grab a bunch of promo cards!

Comics:

Tuesday, September 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Fan Club
All 12-17 year-old fans of Graphic Novels! ALERT ALERT! Come share fun things you’ve read! Come share things you’ve written! We gotta go read Hellboy again that’s a fun one.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 27th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Paper Stars
“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 Oragami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, September 28th
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 “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.” and it was pretty funny!
Friday, September 29th
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!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag (Ages 11-17)
Registration Required! Play with lasers in a library! Did you know LASER is actually an acronym? That’s right! It stands for Light Amplification and Strong Empathetic Realness. It actually originated as a therapeutic technique before we realized that the powerful emotional energy could be used to burn and cut.
Sunday, October 1st
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: AR Wars!
See some cool AR stuff at this MAKE TALK PLAY! Including our own Hitpoint Studios Color BlastAR on iOS! Hang out in the Quarters, play cool stuff, make new friends!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 26th
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 28th
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.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Read to a Dog
Read to a dog! What else do you need to know? Pre-register for a 20-minute session at the Kids Desk, 413-259-3091 or kids@joneslibrary.org!

Movies:

Monday, September 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Daisies
Watch the film first! The movie this time is Daisies, a Czech New Wave film about some teen girls who play weird pranks. You can watch via Kanopy.com ahead of time and discuss it at the event! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/daisies
Thursday, September 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Film: The Brush Shop
“Stan Sherer’s film, The Brush Shop, will be shown as part of the Northampton Film Festival at Historic Northampton. 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!

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Sunday, October 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Monday, September 25th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: How a Virus Builds Itself
What is a virus? Are all viruses dangerous? How do they reproduce themselves? What flowers does a virus use to court a mate? How many viruses use Internet Explorer? What can we learn from viruses? Why do viruses keep rejecting our manuscript? Learn the answer to these questions and more from Vinothan Manoharan, a Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics at Harvard!

 

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!

 

September 4th – September 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Labor Day! It’s a good day off to spend thinking about how you can organize to help out your fellow laborers. Maybe check out the Pioneer Valley Workers Center? Or like consider actually attending some union or other workplace community-building event this week instead of blowing it off as we’ve done for approximately 100% of the times we’ve had the opportunity.

It’s important to support and join together your fellow workers, because the odds that you wake up having inherited a billion dollars and therefore not needing nobody nohow are getting lower and lower each day.

You can also take this day off to offer support to the people who make our Valley something wonderful! Maybe buy one of the excellent illustrations from Bryant Paul Johnson’s store?

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 5th
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, psychology. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about attachment styles.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Writing Workshop 1
Learn how to write well! We imagine this will teach you the age-old lesson that every truly great book has 125,983 words.
Wednesday, September 6th
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 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Dennis Burke: Artist Reception
Dennis Burke, the titular artist of this reception, will be received! That usually means some light refreshments and viewing of neat artwork!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Writing Workshop 1
Learn how to write well! We imagine this will teach you the age-old lesson that every truly great book has a character whose central conflict is that they can’t find a pair of boots that not only fit but are waterproof and stylish.
Friday, September 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for everyone! Think outside the box by observing the art of Japanese lacquer and then make your own mini container! Cute and delightful. There’s also complimentary light refreshments!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reframing Northampton: A Contemporary View of the Howes Brothers Photographs by Sara Lyons
Sara Lyons has revisited and re-photographed a bunch of the homes that the Howes Brothers documented over 100 years ago. Her contemporary portraits will be displayed alongside the original Howes Brothers images. We presume the purpose to to lord it over the past, showing off how much cooler our house are now that we have color. Check it out at Northampton Art’s Night Out!
Saturday, September 9th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Public Talk: Photographic Portraits and History by Sandra Matthews
Sandra Matthews will speak on photographic portraits and history in conjunction with the Reframing Northampton exhibition! She’ll explain what’s up with photo portraits and what they reveal about our history!
Sunday, September 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Beyond the Forest with Loli Kantor
Photographer Loli Kantor talks about her exhibit, a photographic series that represents the fragile renewal of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in the early twenty-first century.

Board Games:

Friday, September 8th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play board games with an excellent crowd of folks in a comfortable location! Mostly Euro-style apparently, though they’re up for whatever you think would be interesting!
Saturday, September 9th
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 combine your Queen with two Rooks and two Bishops to create a mecha that can move and fire twice per turn!
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:

Wednesday, September 6th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Walden Book Discussion
Talk about Walden, a book that is good! It’s about nature and we have not yet read it so that’s about where we get off this train. You can check out a copy at the library if you’d like!

Community:

Saturday, September 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Dialogue Across Differences
For more information check out http://www.truthschoo.org or talk to Lily Lombard at registrar@truthschool.com! We’re going to assume this is about talking to people who are not similar to you in order to come to an undestanding!

Computers:

Tuesday, September 5th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!
Sunday, September 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Building 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 worksop. Perfect for experienced computer users who are beginners at web design! This class covers how to build your page!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
Listen to a speaker talk about the things that they want to talk about! It’s not currently actually described at all so we’re going to say it’ll be delightful.
Friday, September 8th
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!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 5th
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 7th
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 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teens! Get pizza and watch movies! You’re invited to a party and it’ going to be great.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Love & Friendship
Love & Friendship is a pretty broad topic! But Jane Austen is the one to tackle it!
Wednesday, September 6th
Iconica Social Club [1 Amber Lane, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Critique Group
Another chance to discuss and critique your films, in a special and extremely cool after-hours setting! The cafe is usually closed at this hour, but you can come in and order drinks and baked goods after you pay your $5 to cover the rental of the space. A great chance to expand your knowledge!
Thursday, September 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:45 PM to 4:15 PM
Teen Movie Night: Everything, Everything
Maddy is hermetically sealed into her house because of an illness, Olly is the boy next door that falls in love with her! They form a bond so deep they’re willing to risk everything to be together. We’re kind of assuming they just consult with medical professionals about how to best maintain a safe environment for Maddy while allowing for visits and eventually moving out of that specific house or something? Like it doesn’t seem necessary to “risk everything”, right? She’s got a lot of people who are working hard to keep her healthy, this should be a team effort! It’s possible this is explained in the narrative but there’s no way for us to know.
Saturday, September 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Emma
Emma is about a really charming person doing a bunch of very silly and kind of annoying things, but it all works out in the end. Basically we’ve just described ‘a comedy’ but like, Jane Austen wrote a very good comedy.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Movie: Back to the Future!
Watch a nice afternoon classic with some popcorn! Bring your own lunch if somehow eating just popcorn is “not life-sustaining” for you.

August 21st – August 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a wonderful time at Nerd Nite this past week! And guess what we made a special announcement and we’re going to re-make that announcement here, but later! Next time attend Nerd Nite if you want the scoop, folks.

Nerd Nite NoHo is going to have a special show at the Academy of Music! In anticipation of the Academy’s putting on the play Einstein! by Jack Fry on November 18th we’re going to do an Einstein-focused Nerd Nite on Monday, October 23rd! Two local physics professors – Dr. Gary Felder and Dr. Brokk Toggerson – are going to discuss cosmology and how it relates to relativity and the sometimes unsolved mysteries of the physics of the mundane!

It’ll be the best opportunity you have to take your friends and family to a Nerd Nite! You’ll be able to pretend it’s a way classier event! We’re excited!

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, August 22nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
Create a god or goddess to add to the pantheon, young writers ages 9 – 12! Children’s author Burleigh Muten will help you create a new myth! Don’t go too hard on the mythmaking though you don’t want to wake up to a knock on the door from the Un-Council of No-Space, they keep a lid on the power levels of most gods. Pre-registration only, $100, call 413-657-7721 to pre-register!
Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
More gods! The mind boggles at all these ancient deities!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine fiends clean your spleens and eat some greens on the way to the zine club! It’s the most important night of the week! Let us know if you make a zine and we will maybe feature it in the Nerd Watch? Yeah why not that sounds fun. Zines!
Thursday, August 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
We suggest creating a god or goddess of some abstract thought process. Like the goddess of being quite happy but low-key nervous that you’ve forgotten a deadline.
Saturday, August 26th
Unitarian Society [220 Main Street, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Scarlet Professor: An Evening of Discussion & Song
Award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer will describe how they and the librettist Harley Erdman transformed the powerful story of Newton Arvin, a Smith professor who was persecuted in the 60s for ‘possession of lewd photos of men’, into an opera. We’re going to assume they made it somewhat like the Scarlet Letter, because of the name!

Board Games:

Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Thursday, August 24th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award nominated short fiction + dinner
Read a bunch of excellent short fiction works and then talk about them with a group of friendly people at a nice local restaurant! You can find a link to each of the stories discussed on the meetup page! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/242268636/
Friday, August 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet The Author/Illustrator Mark Parisi
Ages 8+! Also their families! Meet an author and illustrator who is lovely and then have a writing and illustration lab and some snacks! What a delightful afternoon this sounds like, good job Mark Parisi!
Saturday, August 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tim Burke Book Talk | Deception
Deception is a book with a cover image of what look like some snappily-dressed mob people pointing guns while competing to be in the most photogenic shadows so we’re assuming kind of a noir adventure/thriller? Really long talk, too! Maybe it’s just someone recording an audio-book while you’re in the room.

Card Games:

Friday, August 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!
Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Human Era Playtest
From the creators of the spectacular DRAGOON, check out and provide excellent and useful feedback about Human Era! It’s a competitive time-travelling card game which sounds pretty neat. Stop by any time from one to four to help out and play a fun game!

Community:

Wednesday, August 23rd
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.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Volunteer to Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Are you interested in supporting students in your community? You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.
Saturday, August 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Franklin County League of Women Voters
Get together with the wonderful folks who like to vote! Get informed, get involved, get ready to keep working for your ideals!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
The Northampton Committee to Stop War offers a fee and accessible screening of John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger dives deep into the US’s belligerence toward the world’s second economic power, and why it seems like we’re on the long road to a short and horrific war. Discussion will follow the film!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

SPACE:

Monday, August 21st
America [Earth] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
The Sun Escapes
It’s done it this time, folks, it’s really gone and done it. We had it for a long time, we kept it here to keep us warm and to help us photosynthesize but it’s gone and slipped the chains and it’s taking the first train to anywhere but here. The portal will open and begin swallowing the sun around 1:30pm, and by about 2:30pm we should all begin to freeze into an endless tableau of eternal night, and then at about 4:00pm the Sun will arrive… somewhere a little bit better than here.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Solar Eclipse Viewing
If you can’t make it to the first viewing, they’ll be doing a repeat viewing 6pm – 9pm.

Science:

Monday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club: Astronomy and the Solar Eclipse
Astronomy is the study of how to chain stars. Basically it’s a series of elaborate binding rituals that “Astronemeers” use each day to make sure that a new star is available to power Earth for the day. Learn more about this eldritch scientific pursuit and watch as Astronemeers attempt to keep the sun from escaping!