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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!

July 31st – August 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Good to see you again! We hope your week was wonderful. We had a great chance to hang out at the incredible Wednesday Games Night at the Brass Cat this past Wednesday, and we highly recommend you check it out!

We got to play a little “trick-taking” card game called Spires with some very friendly folks and it was good and makes us kind of understand what the heck our parents and grandparents were doing with Bridge, sort of. It’s a card game about bidding to get the cards you want but also about trying to force your opponents to take your trash cards by tricking them into bidding against you!

Very fun, we lost by an astonishing amount as a sort of ploy to trick everyone into thinking we’re terrible at card games so that when we finally figure out how to play them well we’ll astound people. We’re playing the long game!

We also got some amazing comic books at the Sidewalk Sale this week thanks to Modern Myths being out there with some great reads! We may have fallen off on our monthly collecting but they’ve got a bunch of weird one-shot things that are super neat.

Continue being lovely, all of you!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Closing Reception for Zea Mays Printmaking Members Exhibition
A final chance to see excellent art and also probably eat some nice cheese.
Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Lisa Yeisley, Shannon Ryan, and Ray Radigan
See some amazing artwork, eat some nice finger foods!
Thursday, August 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
See some poets! See some art! It’s a good time!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
A writing workshop led by Joannnah Whitney that includes exercises and discussion as well as a chance to share what you write! There’s no charge and you don’t need to register! Just show up and write!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project stops at Forbes for two family friendly dance projects! All money collected furing the project will be donated to the Prison Birth Project. They’re also collecting bicycle repair tools for the Holyoke Urban Bike School!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project again! Still tiny, still dancing!
Saturday, August 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space
A father and son team will bring in a 3-D printer and a bunch of other gadgets for a morning of creation and fun!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Nature Poetry Ramble with David K. Leff
Naturalist and New England Trail poet-in-residence David K. Leff will guide you along a sensory awareness and poetry walk along Amherst’s Emily Dickinson Trail! Drink in the scenery and go slowly and observantly through the landscape while David regales you with poems by Dickinson, himself, and others!

Board Games:

Thursday, August 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Summer Community Read and Family Game Night
Discuss the fantastic “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”, then discuss it tonight! There are also great games for all ages!
Saturday, August 5th
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, August 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club
Read and enjoy the classic genres: sci-fi and fantasy! Share with your friends!
Friday, August 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Your Next Great Read LIVE!
Join Forbes on social media @ForbesLibrary, tell them a title you enjoyed, and then they’ll respond with a few titles they think you’ll like!

Card Games:

Friday, August 4th
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.

Comic Books:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
Kids! Join Ralph to discuss and share your favorite comics, and make some of your own!

Community:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color, pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional place for women of color, and is free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
Tour the library! Become acquainted with the many-folded null space that it contains! Escape if you can, fool!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
World Breastfeeding Week Celebration
No details on this, but we are going to assume this involves a cake. Any celebration without a cake is no celebration at all.

Computers:

Tuesday, August 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talk to people about web design and really whatever else you like! Do it in a friendly local bar that also has some nice food! It’s a good time for all and sundry.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
We have no idea who is speaking but we’ll let you in on a little secret: it is definitely the one person you most wish to hear speak! It’s your moment! You can finally see them in person!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lawn Concert by Zay-Tunes with Sahina Bellydance
Zay-tunes is an ensemble of Western Mass musicians playing the music of the Middle East! The band will be joined by belly dancers Sahina, and friends! Free for everyone, bring a blanket and a chair!
Thursday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! The anime we have heard is pretty neat today is Mob Psych 100 we think. All we know is someone said it had a wholesome physical activity club which sounds nice.
Saturday, August 5th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Potluck/The Expanse/Babylon 5
Bring food or drink to share! After the potluck they’ll be watching the first episode of The Expanse and the first episode of Babylon 5! Experience two great sci-fi shows in one night!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Roger Tincknell Sing-tastic Songs!
Roger Tincknell has performed around the world for all ages over the past 40 years! He’s a yodeler! He’s a singer! He’s a multi-instrumentalist! He’s going to entertain the heck out of you and that’s a guarantee the Nerd Watch will happily stand by.
Sunday, August 6th
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PVGD: Three-year Anniversary cookout & Potluck on Sugarloaf!
Burgers! Veggie and beef! All for you! Every burger is yours! It’s your responsibility now! They just made them, you need to care for them and raise them! Join the PVGD at the top of Mount Sugarloaf to celebrate a fun anniversary and just generally meet new people and catch up with old friends.

Kids:

Tuesday, August 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teen Librarians Francesca and Steve are hosting a movie and they’re providing the pizza to go with it! Intended for ages 12-17, and free!
Wednesday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Storytellers Davis Bates & Roger Tinkell – Youth SRP
Youth! Listen to some stories from some excellent storytellers! You youth need more stories, it’s important to hear a bunch of stories! The best part of listening to stories is that you learn how to tell stories better at the same time!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Sunshine Story Time
All 3-5 year-olds welcome to a special story with puppets and rythm instruments!
Friday, August 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Summer Makerspace (Ages 8 and up)
Make something amazing in the library!
Saturday, August 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Party
A summer reading party followed by Glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag and Laser Tag! Ages 11-17, registration required!

Movies:

Monday, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Exterminating Angel
Check out the film, watch it at home, discuss it here! This isn’t a screening! The current film is Exterminating Angel, written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel!
Sunday, August 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots
Kenny Mann’s documentary film about her parents’ lives as Jewish refugees who immigrated to Kenya during World War 2 and the turbulence that Kenya experienced during the mid-20th century.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 3rd
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!
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!
Friday, August 4th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the first day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Saturday, August 5th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the second day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Sunday, August 6th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the final day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php

July 24th – July 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Comic Books:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

Science:

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

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!