Creative Writing

October 29th – November 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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Also there’s still time to get out the vote! It’s a fun time to see dogs, and you’ve got to love any reason to see a dog. Also it’s a good way to see a neighborhood you’re not usually in!

We know we’ve been mostly focusing on voting for the past couple months but to be clear supporting Democratic candidates and supporting equal rights for trans people is something important you can do to support Valley Creators.

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, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Danez Smith
“We will discuss the work of poet Danez Smith who is giving a reading at Smith College on October 30th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Craft
Craft Halloween so that folks can have fun! If you don’t do it by the afternoon oh no people won’t be able to trick-or-treat!
Friday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Extra Life Fundraiser Tournaments
Two tournaments! First off: “Warhammer Shadespire Tournament – 12 PM. Requires $10 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3 rounds (best of 3 games) – 1.5 hours per round. Prizes from Quarter 2 Shadespire Prize Kit” Then! “X-Wing 2.0 Tournament – 5 PM Requires $5 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3-4 rounds, based on attendance. Prizes include promo Lando card” There are also “Story encounters for Warmachine/Hordes, Malifaux, 40K Killteams. Free play with a wide selection of board games, or bring your own board games to play with others. Everyone who plays in one one of the organized events, or plays board games for 1 hour or more will receive a raffle ticket toward prizes. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1.00. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30PM”

Books:

Tuesday, October 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suzanne Matson, Ultraviolet
A novel about three generations of independent women, beginning in 1930s India and ending in modern Boston! Suzanne Matson was born in Portland, Oregon and her first novel Hunger Moon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Lilly Library [19 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Edward Maeder
“Local Author Edward F. Maeder will be at the GPL on October 30 at 6 pm to discuss historic shoe collections and his book on them. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer’s extensive private collection, assembled over three decades.” Shoes! We never really think about them but dang would we miss them.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reading Gender and Sexuality in Frankenstein
“Lise Sanders will lead a discussion focusing on gender and sexuality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, drawing on the biographical and historical context of Gothic literature, women’s writing, and feminism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and reading the novel in light of modern scholarship exploring issues of monstrosity, power, and difference.” Ooh we hand’t really thought of this aspect of the novel!
Saturday, November 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
View from a Bridge Book Reading
“Come hear–and see–some of the Valley authors and artists from both sides of the river, whose widely varied personal stories, essays, poetry and artwork in VIEWS tell much about “old age”. (Note: Books will be available at discount price.)” wait are they saying that it tells facts about something that ISN’T “old age” but they’re pretending it is, or are they saying that “old age” is a fake concept? This is confusing!

Card Games:

Monday, October 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Community:

Monday, October 29th
The Arts Block [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trial of the Century: Solidarity in Greenfield
“Twenty-one youth, ages 11 to 21, are suing the U. S. government, contending that through the government’s actions that cause climate change, it has violated their generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources. Concurrent with demonstrations of support at federal courthouses through the nation on that day, Greening Greenfield is holding a rally and panel discussion to inform our local community about the history and basis of the suit, the impact of climate change on local youth, and Greenfield’s own record with regard to safeguarding public trust resources.”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Tetsuo: The Iron Man
WATCH THE FILM FIRST! “Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) Our next movie is the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk horror gem Tetsuo : The Iron Man, written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-mAzGvcJS0 Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also view this film if you have a Forbes Library card on the streaming service Kanopy : https://forbes.kanopy.com/video/tetsuo-i-iron-man
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Frankenstein: It’s Alive with Barry Deitz
“Just in time for Halloween, join local presenter Barry Deitz for an exploration of Frankenstein, the man, the monster, the legend.” We can confirm that Barry Deitz is an old hand at presenting things, Barry will do you proper.
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Spooky Ghost Stories for Halloween!
Dramatic readings by professional actors! Ellen Morbyrne will be reading “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley! Linda Putnam will be reading “The Corner Store” by Cynthia Asquith!
Thursday, November 1st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Tim Maycock
“Tim Mayock of Northfield Music in Granby, CT. Born and raised in Connecticut Tim, has been a student of music, a guitar player and professional musician for more than 30 years. He plays original music and songs from the great American songbook. He was part of a band “The Mayocks” which put out 3 original CD’s and toured New England for over 10 years.” Weirdly they were named after a different Maycock.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
“5:30 pm performance by the Bluestockings a capella group. 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. 6 pm: Open mic begins. Featured readers follow the open mic” Art! Excitement! Fun! Dickinson!
Saturday, November 3rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Diwali Celebration with Bharat Babies
“Join publishing house Bharat Babies for a fun-filled day of programs celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all across the world. Programs will include storytelling, dance, music, and artmaking for the whole family.” Diwali is a lot of fun! There will be performances, music, dancing, workshops, storytimes, and more music, and lights! It’s a fun as heck holiday give it a go you should hang out at more holiday celebrations!
Sunday, November 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dickinson’s Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble
“Join us for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson’s musical, poetic and natural worlds.” A multimedia experience about how neat Emily Dickinson used to be!

History:

Thursday, November 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Black Cats of Amherst: The Story of a World War I Ambulance Unit
“Shortly after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, a group of Amherst residents, including townspeople, students, and professors, enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in an ambulance unit supporting French soldiers. Driving Model T and Fiat trucks, this unit, nicknamed the Black Cats of Amherst, served with distinction in France and Belgium during the last year of World War I. Jim Hamilton has recently completed a book on the Black Cats and will describe their exploits using contemporary photographs, diary accounts, and letters. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.”
Saturday, November 3rd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activity Hour
“Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and a craft. Registration required, space is limited. Ages 4 and up.” Contact pbrose@westath.org! Good times!
Wednesday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Families are invited to participate in a town-wide scavenger hunt on Halloween! Visit the Sunderland Public Library any time the week before or on Halloween to pick up your scavenger hunt cards and clues. Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations, return to the library having visited at least half of the locations for a special prize!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trick-or-Treat at the Library!
Add the library to your Northampton Trick-or-Treat route! They’ll have a ton of great candy and they’re all really excited to see your excellent costumes!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Storytime and Parade
“Show off your halloween costume at the library. Join us for this story time followed by a parade and trick or treating through the library. Registration is required.” Contact mregan@westath.org! Candy, costumes, damned souls! All the best Halloween stuff!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Saturday, November 3rd
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame [1000 Hall of Fame Ave Springfield, MA 01105] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WGBY Kids Fan Day
“WGBY Kids Fan Day brings your favorite PBS Kids characters to life. At WGBY Kids Fan Day, children get to meet (and hug!) some of their favorite characters. This year, PBS Kids visitors include: Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat! PLUS! Dress up in PBS Kids-themed costumes and join a Costume Parade. PBS Kids-inspired songs in Spanish and English from Jose Gonzalez *AND* a special performance from Community Music School of Springfield. See original drawings from some of the best storytellers in children’s literature. Community partners, such as Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries, present children’s literature and illustrations. Activity stations are set up throughout the venue. Each station is themed to a PBS KIDS show or children’s book author/illustrator. Each station is hosted by an education-focused community or cultural partner.” Also Lisa Yee, author of the DC Super Hero Girls series will be in attendance!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
“Meets first Saturday of the month in the Teen Area. Beginners welcome, materials provided and free! For ages 13-18.” Learn how to sew! What a good thing to know.
Sunday, November 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween Haunting Movie @ the Library
“A special viewing of the 1963 classic, The Haunting. For adults who love Halloween but not the trick or treating.” Don’t you dare ask for candy!
Saturday, November 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Coco
Coco! It’s supposed to be really good, it looks gorgeous. It’s about guitars! Everyone loves guitars. It’s also about death! Fewer people are fans of that, but we figure there may be some necromancers in our audience.

RPGs:

Saturday, November 3rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Technology:

Thursday, November 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others.” High speed internet! A bunch of the rest of the world has it, why don’t we?

Teens:

Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Casper
The newest Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) choice is Casper, the film that’s about a dead child but it’s supposed to be cute instead of sad all the time! But it’s still mostly sad!
Thursday, November 1st
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

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September 3rd – September 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Congratulations to Valley Creator Joshua A.C. Newman on a successful Kickstarter for The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze! It sounds excellent and you should definitely check out the preview!

Joshua A.C. Newman’s The Bloody-Handed Name of Bronze is a tabletop roleplaying game of those who speak the secret Language of Names that spoke the world into existence. When you portray one such Namedealer,you will make treaties with anything bearing a name — and you will thrive and suffer from the consequences of those promises.

…And it is a game of fated heroes, driven by their long-dead ancestors — and their own great passions — to pursue their destiny for the benefit of the dead, and to die bathed in glory.

It is a game of passions and cunning, of tricksters and hard-found justice.

It is a game of pursuing what you desire. It is a game of getting what you want from your companion characters when you have no reason to trust them, and about using those you don’t trust to aid you in your pursuits.

It is a game about flight from the consequences of your promises, and the power that comes from both lies and the truth.

It is a game about charging toward that against which you have been commanded, and the power one has to turn against an abuser.

The Codex Edition contains these rules, with additional examples, explanations, and commentary.

It’s a good danged RPG!

Also! Nerd Nite Northampton is happening Monday, September 10th! It’ll be excellent!

We’ll have Kerstin Nordstrom, with ‘What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’ and Gabrielle Hartley with ‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’!

ALSO We’ll have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT at this Nerd Nite that will be A BIG DEAL so you should try to make it out!

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, September 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
A bunch of fun stuff! A pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5pm – 8pm, you can sign up for open-mic from 5pm to 6pm, after which the open mic begins! Featured poet this time is Nausheen Eusuf, a PhD candidate in English at Boston Univeristy. “Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Southwest Review, Salmagundi, PN Review, The Common, and World Literature Today, and has been selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2018. Her first full-length collection Not Elegy, But Eros was recently published by NYQ Books (US) and Bengal Lights Books (Bangladesh). Website: www.nausheeneusuf.com.”
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Button Making
Design your own buttons with a button maker! Maybe you need a button to keep your shirt closed? Maybe you need a button to launch your master plan? Maybe you need a button that says “I made a button!” all of these are possible with a button-maker!

Books:

Wednesday, September 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: Annihilation
We’re letting you know about this one because the book’s neat and it’s also short enough to read in like a couple afternoons. We recommend it! Also as they always say “Anyone interested in Science Fiction or Fantasy is welcome. Although we focus on this month’s selection, we will discuss any topics related to Science Fiction or Fantasy, books or movies. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out.”!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 5th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, September 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Dream Landscapes: The art of dreaming, dreams as art Landscapes/Dreamscapes Lecture by Dr. Annie Rogers
“Professor of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College, psychoanalyst and poet, Dr. Annie Rogers will explore how visual artists imagine & make dreamscapes, and how their work conveys the unconscious as a realm of human experience.” Please don’t ask the doctor to explain your dreams.
Saturday, September 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Play Reading: The Pitch
“A free public reading of a new play, THE PITCH, performed by excellent regional actors. In two acts, the story is about a retired sportswriter who reluctantly agrees to collaborate with a young reporter on a biography of a boyhood friend of the older writer, an obscure pitcher who threw only one pitch in the major leagues nearly fifty years earlier. But it soon becomes evident there’s a secret at the heart of the pitcher’s story – one the older writer fiercely intends to protect. Starring John Haag and Julian Findlay. Written by Stan Freeman. Directed by Robert Freedman. Free admission.” This play’s also intended to trick the King of Northampton into revealing his perfidy but that shouldn’t affect your enjoyment.
Sunday, September 9th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Lost in Space (2018) and Potluck
“Special request regarding the potluck…please try to only bring items without sugar or gluten (or chip in $5 instead of bringing something and I’ll make more food). We’ll watch Lost in Space episode 5 and perhaps something else too.” Food and sci-fi! The perfect combo! RSVP here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254257249/!

History:

Wednesday, September 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Quilt History
Quilts, it’s time for you to learn your history! Or, alternately human beings it’s time for you to learn about how quilts have been used in the past. One or the other.
Saturday, September 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Beauty in the Details: Exploring the Styles of Victorian Architecture- Workshop and Walking Tour
Holyoke! A city with a kind of wild number of literal mansions, just dotting around the place. That’s apparently due to a 19th-century building boom that created a ton of fine old Victorian homes. “Join us as Eric Gradoia, Director of Historic Preservation at Historic Deerfield, returns to Holyoke. We start at 10:00 AM with a brief workshop on identifying popular Victorian home styles. Then we will take an informal walking tour of the historic Oakdale neighborhood north of the Library, where Eric will provide an architectural historian’s view of the area’s hidden and not-so-hidden gems. We plan to conclude at approximately 12:30. Free.” Free! FREE!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Museum Store Pop-Up Shop with Joe Dowden, Box Maker
“Since 1996, Joe Dowden has been handcrafting reproduction Shaker oval boxes and carriers. Meet Joe and browse his Shaker box collection at this pop up shop on Saturday, September 8.” Boxes, the drawer you can carry around!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Henry’s Big Kaboom: A Children’s Sing-Along
Mary Ames Mitchell, a descendant of Henry Knox, will tell kids about how her ancestor transported artillery from upstate New York to Boston, passing right through Palmer! During the American revolution to be clear, not just on a dare or something. Wholesome explosion-based entertainment for kids!
Saturday, September 8th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen
“In Monster Academy, authors Heidi E. Y. Stemple and Jane Yolen present colorful monster children who have familiar human issues such as making friends and learning to help others. Come along with Principal Frank N. Stein into a bright, energetic classroom where the class pet is a big purple boa constrictor, recess is in a swamp, and class bats help build a Creepy Castle in the Monster Maker’s Lab. An irresistible romp from start to finish!” Good kids books for kids to listen to, and a book signing afterward!
Sunday, September 9th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Deborah Blumenthal and Masha D’yans
“Join author Deborah Blumenthal and artist Masha D’yans as they read from their new picture book Polka Dot Parade. Highlighting the life and work of legendary New York Times street fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, this book will encourage kids of all ages to search for inspiration and decide for themselves what is truly beautiful.” Book signing afterward! It’ll be a lovely time for listening and learning.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, September 6th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: King in the Wilderness
“This 2018 documentary chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. King in the Wilderness reveals stirring new perspectives on Dr. King’s character, his radical doctrine of nonviolence, and his internal philosophical struggles prior to his assassination in 1968. Free & open to the public.” History lessons are always useful.
Friday, September 7th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst MA] at 9:15 PM to 11:55 PM
The Man Who Fell to Earth
Hang with the friendly folks of the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup at this great meetup! “Meet in the lobby at 9:15. We’ll sit together in the cinema. Screening starts at 9:45. This is the 140-minute full uncut version of the film. Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) crashes to Earth and immediately registers a series of world-changing patents in an effort to return to his parched planet and dying family. But will the authorities let him go? THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.” RSVP here! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/254009539/

RPGs:

Saturday, September 8th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 4th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out and talk to folks who do technology work, basically! It’s a good time and you can meet nice new people!
Thursday, September 6th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
What they’re doing at this meeting: “Figure out next steps. At this time (August 3), it’s unclear if the mayor will publish our proposed surveys on the city’s website, as he suggested he would do when we met with him in May. Regardless, we feel we need to engage a broader section of Northampton residents and businesses, so the mayor and City Council can see this effort is important to the community. Our primary focus will be to focus on how we can do more outreach and organize a potential demonstration. We’ll be working on improving our social media presence in the meantime.”

Teens:

Wednesday, September 5th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
YA Pride: Queer YA Book Club
A youth-led LGBTQIA+ group and “overall chill space” to which can arrive teens of all identities and orientations to discuss queer YA lit and sometimes movies! Contact youth facilitator Carter Moon at CarterMoon58@gmail.com or Rachel at rdowd@holyokelibrary.org!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

August 13th – August 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Nerd Nite! Tomorrow! Be there and be square! It’ll be fun, we’re talking comic books and mafia history in the Valley. It’s at the World War 2 Club in Northampton, 50 Conz St., 7pm – 9pm. Hang out, meet new people, have fun. $5 at the door to pay our speakers and organizers, and a charity bake sale!

Also! Check out Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat in Easthampton at 7pm – 11:30pm this week to win a free copy of excellent game (edited by the Valley’s own Josh Yearsley) Root! It’s very good and fun and it comes with a full walkthrough!

And for the love of everything good in the world REGISTER TO VOTE! Do it NOW. Vote in all of your local elections for candidates whose policy proposals involve NOT harming you and your fellow Valley citizens. It’s extremely important to do this. The deadline is August 15th!

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, August 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club Presents: Queer & Feminist Zine Memoir
“Come check out a reading of local & traveling zinesters, putting a queer twist on memoir, history, and creative storytelling. Jordan Alam (Letters to Self), Mae Allard (Giving It Up: Relations of a Celibate Slut), and Elvis Wolf (Homos in Herstory) will present their tales, images, and words – on the topics of personal memory, radical celibacy, and the ghostly, continuing presence of the past. “
Thursday, August 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stichin’ Group
Stich! We assume like… cross-stich? But who knows maybe this is about wound care.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bucket Drumming with Mr. Dan
“Due to the popularity of this program on July 12th, we are happy to offer a second program. Learn how to make music and keep rhythm using buckets and sticks. This program will be taught by Mr. Dan, a music education student at Westfield State University. Ages 8-12 years old. Registration required and space is limited. Buckets are generously being donated by Rocky’s Ace Hardware, Free Street, Westfield, MA”
Friday, August 17th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 15th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games – Root Giveaway!
“Well folks, it’s finally happened! Root, which you all had a hand in shaping, is officially released upon the world! Let’s celebrate! I’ll get my hands on as many copies as I can so as many folks as possible can get to play. And anyone who plays will be entered for a chance to win their own copy plus the Riverfolk Expansion!” Root’s a great game! What a good idea for a featured game.

Books:

Tuesday, August 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!

Community:

Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership
“The Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership strives to bring PreK-16 math educators in Western Massachusetts together to learn from each other in order to improve student learning. We do this by facilitating opportunities to explore and appreciate mathematics and math teaching practices with a growth mindset. We believe this enables educators to support diverse learners who believe in themselves. During our monthly meetings, we plan events and discuss long-term projects.” Get tips on how to teach mathematics from fellow educators!
Saturday, August 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Interview with Confidence
Preparation is key to a good job interview! You’ll learn how to prepare in this class, and find out how to deal with phone and skype interviews as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
This month! See Justin Casico (like the watch) talk about how the mafia came to Springfield, and Ellie Hillis discuss her feminist comics agenda! Comics! The Mafia! They go together like… actually wait those go together alright. Best comics mobster? Not even a content, Hammerhead. $5 cover at the door, give any amount to charity to get a baked good!
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Lawn Concert by Tim Eriksen and Friends
“Original and traditional Americana music from New England, southern Appalachia and the Balkans. ” Free, bring a blanket and a low chair to hang out and listen!
Thursday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Or witches! We heard good stuff about Little Witch Academia! That’s an option!
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Ultimate Fandom Trivia/Summer Reading Celebration
“How well do you remember the Avenger movies? Think you know everything about Harry Potter? Or is Stranger Things more your cup of tea? Then come give your best guesses. You will be in groups, so if Marvel isn’t your thing you’ll have someone else to help you out. We will also be celebrating the end of Summer Reading with pizza and ice cream! The raffle prizes will also be drawn. However you do not need to attend to win! For students going into grades 6-12. Please register!”

Kids:

Tuesday, August 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO! For Kids ages 5 and up!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
“Make your own hand-held game console! International Engineering Firm L3KOE is hosting a 3-day STEAM boot camp exploring design, coding, and 3D printing with a team of engineers. Participants must be able to attend all 3 sessions. Pre-register in the Kids’ Room, or by contacting us at 413-259 -3091//teens@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Wednesday, August 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Snackbeard Concert
Snackbeard the pirate takes time off from we presume snacking upon the remains of his victims to bring music to kids 4-10 at the library!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
Day 2 of the camp!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Program
A hands-on series during which the youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with their community through games, conversations, field trips, and other activities! You’re going to want to pay attention to how to lead, the youth, we really need you to tell us to stop being horrible.
Thursday, August 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the Children’s + YA Department for a meeting to make your own comics and talk with other comic fans! Intended for elementary and tween readers. Have you read Squirrel Girl? It’s great read that one. Ms Marvel is also really good!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Engineering Boot Camp
Day 3 of the camp!
Saturday, August 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, August 13th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Movie Monday
A movie! Snacks! Drinks! No registration required. The current movie is Coco, which is a pretty good movie!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle
A new Teen Film! One of those films that are invisible to the eyes of non-teens, and indeed leave the memory as a mist once you hit 20. But we’ve heard good things about Howl’s Moving Castle, you should check it out!
Friday, August 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Outdoor Film Series: A Wrinkle In Time
Watch A Wrinkle In Time outdoors! It’s a classic story, translated into a filme we’ve heard more mixed things about but heck it’ll be fun, always a good time to watch movies outdoors!
Saturday, August 18th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: Dreamgirls
“This 2006 film is an adaptation of the Broadway hit about the ups and downs of a 1960s girl group, starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Jennifer Hudson, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role. This film is rated PG-13. Free & open to the public. “
Sunday, August 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film | “L’Antiquaire” (“The Art Dealer”)
“This drama from renowned French director François Margolin (The Flight of the Red Balloon) follows a Jewish woman who embarks on a journey to recover family paintings stolen by the Nazis. During her investigation, she discovers some family secrets are best kept hidden.”

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 14th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! SHAZAM!
Thursday, August 16th
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!

Technology:

Tuesday, August 14th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us!”

Teens:

Monday, August 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teens Only: Make a Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt
Teens! Steal a shirt from your least favorite parent and turn it into a sharpie tie-dye shirt! Then when you have the hang of it make your own! Bring a t-shirt to decorate!

June 18th – June 24th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we want to let you know that the game Cultist Simulator is a lot of fun. Highly recommended to anyone who liked Fallen London/Sunless Sea, which the creators worked on previously, or who likes weird RPGs in general.

It’s a kind of combination of a clicker game and a text RPG, with some neat obfuscated systems in there to keep you feeling like you’re groping around in the proverbial dark for mysterious and dangerous powers. It’s a bit of a roguelike in that you constantly die after trying to do a thing that you can’t completely understand. It also has cards, which are fun to fiddle with and sort.

We can’t say a whole ton about how it shakes out in the endgame because our average character spends about three weeks telling all their pals about how they’re pretty sure they’ve uncovered the mysteries at the heart of reality, hosts a few very nice parties, and then succumbs to existential despair after sending all their new friends off to die searching for occult treasure.

Speaking of good things, have you got your Planetary Travel poster from local artist Aaron Wood? They’re neat! They remind us of the card art in Cultist Simulator.

Dang that’s a neat game.

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 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for kids, talk to other adults who do the same! Facilitated by Nell Wright, it’s a chance to share tips, discuss skills, and get input about stories!
Friday, June 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Care Center, Nautilus II
“On Friday, June 22, 2018, The Care Center will celebrate the release of Nautilus II, an annual journal of poetry and visual art created by young mothers, with a reading at the Odyssey Bookshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Please join us to hear work from the latest issue and to honor the efforts of the student-led editorial board. The event is free and open to the public.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Cartooning Crash Course (Ages 12-17)
Teens! Learn to cartoon! Create worlds with your mind and a pen! Breathe life into an imaginary world!

Board Games:

Wednesday, June 20th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games Two-Year Anniversary Extravaganza!
Wednesday Games is two years old! Spectacular! Celebrate by playing a bunch of games with a bunch of kind and friendly folks! There will be pizza too! This is the best of all possible worlds.

Books:

Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, June 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
The Thursday Morning Club
A new series featuring a bunch of free speakers! The inaugural event will feature Hazel Dawkins talking about her books! She was paid to read by publishers, editing books! She’s spectacularly broadly read thanks to basically chewing through everything HarperCollins published, and well-read people are fun to hear from!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place for Us
A Place for Us focuses on an Indian Muslim family as they prepare for the marriage of their eldest daughter, but everyone’s worried about her estranged younger brother and whether he’ll be a jackass at the wedding. It’s a family drama that has been described by no less than Sarah Jessica Parker as really good! And other folks, we assume, but that’s the quote up top here.

Community:

Thursday, June 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Jewish Voices for Peace Discussion Group
Reading and facilitated discussion, free and open to the public! Get together with folks to figure out how to make the world less terrible.

Entertainment:

Thursday, June 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Exploring Northampton: Foraging for Wild Edibles
Northampton resident and wild edibles expert Blanche Cybele Derby will take you on a foray into the wild to identify some of her favorite wild edibles and their historical uses. Also, recipes! Which are important. Most wild edibles kind of taste like a leaf if you just chow down. Costs $8 for members, $12 for non-members.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
2018 Massachusetts Walking Tour Concert
A free concert that’s also a walking tour! THat’s awesome! You’re going to hike AND paddle AND listen to great music! That’s wild. Check out more at www.masswalkingtour.org!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Vernon Valiquette & Liam Hurley
Music! Free! Glam-a-billy! That about covers it. Remakes of songs from Johnny Cash to David Bowie, all at a kid-friendly volume! Fun for all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Informal conversations and a show-and-tell! This month, talk about the Imperial Bakery! Guest curator Richard Szlosek will reminisce about growing up in Northampton and his family-owned bakery! From everything we’ve heard about bakeries it’ll involve a lot early mornings and accidental maiming.
Saturday, June 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Bobbie’s Meadow: A Celebration and Dedication
Celebrate the opening of Bobbie’s Meadow! Named in memory of Barbara Carle, Eric Carle’s wife, Bobbie’s Meadow is a place to learn from and be inspired by nature. The dedication day will have story-times, animal friends to meet, art to look at, and exploration to do! What a great time for the whole family!
Sunday, June 24th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Tour of Zea Mays Printmaking
See how original hand-pulled prints are made! Printing presses, ink rollers, artists, work, Zea Mays is a hive of activity in the heart of the Valley! It’s going to include a walk through the huge studio as well as a look at the prints in the Flat File Project and in the on-site gallery and a short print-making demonstration! $10 per person, limited to just 12 people so register with Historic Northampton! https://www.historicnorthampton.org/tour-of-zea-mays-rsvp-page.html

History:

Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass Jewish Genealogy Society Research Night
Come research your Jewish roots with a one-on-one appointment with a mentor or translator! You should really pre-register by contacting wmjgs2 [at] gmail [dot] com, or 413-268-2147! Learn about your family, maybe it turns out you’re related to someone cool!

Kids:

Monday, June 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Tuesday, June 19th
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!
Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
He’s going to play music and tell stories! You can attend to listen to both, and perhaps attempt to steal his power by acquiring his clown nose.

Movies:

Saturday, June 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Now and Again Film Screening & Discussion
“In 1945, two teenagers, George and Mel went on an an adventure they’d remember for the rest of their lives—until Mel lost his memory to Alzheimer’s. Now, over seventy years later, Mel’s grandsons are traveling the same 100-mile journey to explore the legacy of their grandfather, telling a cross-generational story of love, conflict, and life. Followed by discussion with Filmmaker and Alzheimer’s support leaders”

RPGs:

Thursday, June 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Technology:

Tuesday, June 19th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Data-Driven Dashboards with React – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Jochen Rau is going to take a deep dive into modular single-page applications using React. There’s going to be a bunch of new content even if you saw his NERD talk! Component state management, life-cycles, all the good stuff will be covered as Jochen and you put together a dashboard for streaming weather data! The full-stack meetup is a lot of fun, but you may want to join up and RSVP quickly! The room can be a bit small, so there aren’t unlimited spaces.
Thursday, June 21st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Get together to talk about WordPress! Introduce yourself, bring some problems to the group or offer some solutions, and then get into some more specific topics! There will be some brief updates about new privacy features post-GDPR, and a round-table about how to host your sites! We like using WordPress pretty well, in general. Although we can also say it seems really satisfying to find something more obscure and passionately argue about why it’s definitely a better option.

 

Fantastic Four Comic book cover. Klaw: The Murderous Master of Sound!

March 19th – March 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


NERD Summit 2018 was a bunch of fun and also useful! Also, free food. All of our favorite things in one place. We got to learn some interesting things about our favorite coding languages and speak to a lot of kind folks who code.

In particular we were big fans of Michael Lynch’s talk about Code Review! He spoke about the need for a reasonable human-centered way to do code reviews, which can get a bit tense at the best of times. You can take a second to read his blog post on the same topic here: https://mtlynch.io/human-code-reviews-1/!

We’d also like to congratulate the good folks at Make Big Things! Their wonderful game “Good Dog, Bad Zombie” has been funded on Kickstarter! It looks charming as hell. Congratulations, Make Big Things!

Now on to their stretch goals, the first of which is two new good doggos to add to the base game!

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:

Saturday, March 24th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gallery Tour: Treasures from the Collection
A special tour of the treasures from 15 years of collecting! Take a closer look at some masterworks, and see rarely seen objects that reveal the artistic process! We hear they have the pulsating gem-heart that powers a lot of the local YA authors.

Board Games:

Saturday, March 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!

Books:

Tuesday, March 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, March 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gordon Whitman, Stand Up! How to Get Involved, Speak Out and Win in a World on Fire
From the site: “Stand Up! describes five types of conversations that enable people to build organizations that can solve local problems and confront the greatest challenges facing our country — from gun violence to climate change. The book is a road-map for standing up to the bullies who’ve hijacked our democracy and divided us against each other.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Native Americans and the Land (The Modern Real and Surreal)
A panel featuring Cheryl Savageau, poet and author of Mother/Land, author Lisa Brooks of Our Beloved Kin and novelist Jillian Hensley, who wrote In This Strange Soil!
Thursday, March 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Talk and Signing by Jenny Krainski: “My Neighbor”
Western Mass author Jenny Krainski will talk about her latest mystery novel, “My Neighbor”. When Janey’s cousin dies under mysterious circumstances, is it connected to the mysterious packages her neighbor has been receiving? Yeah, probably! It’d be weird if it wasn’t.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lisa Yee Author Visit
Local author Lisa Yee has written about lots of Super Heroes for her Super Hero High series, including Wonder Woman and Batgirl! She’ll be visiting the Jones to discuss what it’s like to create amazing characters at Super Hero High! It’s open to kids of all ages and their families!
Friday, March 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Living in a Captialist Paradise: A Discussion with Authour Charles Mark
The author will talk about his book, which details a dangerous escape across the border of a totalitarian state, ultimately leading to New Zealand and after that to America! Charles will discuss the nature of life in refugee camps, New Zealand, and what it’s like in the US! A lively and critical discussion will be enjoyed by you and the rest of the audience!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Party: All Things Harry Potter
Experience all things Harry Potter in this exciting event where they lock you in a closet under some stairs!
Saturday, March 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Party: All Things Harry Potter
Experience all things Harry Potter in this exciting event where a magician loudly declares you their enemy for life!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends Book Sale
A book sale! Buy some books from the library cheaply!

Card Games:

Friday, March 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Monday, March 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Don’t Retire… Rewire!
Wondering how to fill your hours after retirement? We personally recommend that you fill them with sand but another option is to pursue part-time jobs, volunteering, or taking college classes. Learn more at this workshop! Advance registration is required at 413-665-2642!
Tuesday, March 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spring Equinox Festival
Learn about the equinox and spring traditions around the world through simple crafts and activities! Find out how to channel the magic that keeps the world from falling into eternal darkness!
Saturday, March 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Good Health to You!
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to make doctor’s appointment and how to find reliable health information online! Take care of yourselves, folks! We recommend finding your health information by shouting your symptoms out your window until a voice on the wind carries back your diagnosis but we’re willing to give other methods a try.

History:

Tuesday, March 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Explore Northampton Series: Burt’s Pit & Greenway
Explore one of the most significant properties in the City’s conservation holdings! Laurie Sanders, naturalist and co-director of Historic Northampton, will take you through a network of trails, a complex history of ownership, and the city’s only bog! “Our only bog” maybe isn’t the tourism draw folks at Historic Northampton think it is but trust us it’ll be excellent.
Saturday, March 24th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Caribbean Indigenous Peoples: An Introduction to Taino Culture and History
Roberto “Múkaro” Borrero is a Taíno community leader, an accomplished musician, and artist, as well as an internationally respected advocate for the rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mr. Borrero will present a lecture on Taíno history and culture, which will span from before the arrival of Columbus to contemporary affirmations of Taíno heritage. The Taíno were the first Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere to be called “Indians.” A question and answer period will follow this special presentation.
Sunday, March 25th
Deerfield Community Center [16 Memorial St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
This lecture by Steven Bullock, Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will focus on Parson Weems and how he made George Washington into the towering historical figure he is today! We’re gonna guess that it was the power of just straight up lying a bunch in a biography and assuming no one would check. Still works!

Kids:

Monday, March 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends! Sign up at the Children’s Desk or by calling 587-1010!
Tuesday, March 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! Ages 5 and up are welcome.
Wednesday, March 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories and crafts for kids at the library!

Movies:

Tuesday, March 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Emma
In anticipation of the Jane Austen Book Discussion starting April 26th, the GPL is showing some Austen films! This night: Emma! It’s a good movie about a good person who experiences a comedy of errors!
Wednesday, March 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Forbes Film Club: Harvey
The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of the classic 1950 film Harvey, starring James “James” Stewart. It’s about a person with an invisible friend!
Thursday, March 22nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening: A Place for Madness
Film screening of the 1994 Frontline episode focusing on Northampton and the stories of people dealing with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. Intro remarks and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks
Saturday, March 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:45 PM
Film Screening: Wonder Woman
On the Same Page Amherst presents the hit film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine about an Amazonian princesses who leaves her island home and enters the wider world while it is embroiled in a horrible war!
Sunday, March 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Menashe
Within Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Performed entirely in Yiddish, this film intimately explores the nature of faith and the price of parenthood. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-menashe-sunday-march-25-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 21st
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, March 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.

Science:

Saturday, March 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
The Ins and Outs of Starting Seeds
Julie Abramson, Master of Gardening, will explain to you how to start vegetables and flowers from the seed! Where to get them, how to grow them, where to grow them, grow to get them, how to them where, all of the above! You’ll also get tips about useful tools for transplanting. Pre-register at https://forbeslibrary.org/friends/events/garden-tour/! It costs $15 to attend.

January 1st – January 7th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy New Year, folks! Hopefully 2018 works out well for you.

As always we have our special end of the year event: being kind of tired and probably having a cold so this is really short. Thankfully there aren’t a ton of events this week either!

Oh! And come check out Nerd Nite NoHo on January 8th, at the World War 2 Club, 7:00pm – 9:00pm! It’s going to be wonderful and the weather will hopefully not be wildly cold.

Oh! And also we got to DM some D&D over the weekend of Christmas and it was a great time. We don’t get to do that enough! It’s always really fun to be able to use the scaffolding of a situation/ruleset to have fun describing how your pals have managed to stab their own foot trying to kill a giant rat.

Happy New Year again! Resolve to make improvements that are achievable and have steps to them so you can always feel like you’re making progress if you’re going to resolve anything!

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, January 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Please pre-register for this fun art event! Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Gingerbread people will have an opportunity to build houses out of steak.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Please pre-register for this fun art event! Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Gingerbread people will have an opportunity to bid on the final results!

Board Games:

Saturday, January 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Card Games:

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

Computers:

Tuesday, January 2nd
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!

Entertainment:

Thursday, January 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! We had a fun time watching BLAME! That’s an option!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Friday, January 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Lasers! Too dangerous for our children? Nonsense, we say! Light up the night and carve the library into neat cauterized cubes with what we can only assume are high-powered laser beams. Don’t know what the “tag” part is implying. Suitable for ages 11-17, registration required! Use the Garden entrance after 5pm.

Movies:

Tuesday, January 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals! Free and intended for ages 12 – 17!
Sunday, January 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia
A documentary by Irene Orleansky that tells the story of the secretive Jews in the North Shewa region of Ethiopia who struggle to maintain their faith and culture in the face of persecution. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-bal-ej-hidden-jews-ethopia-sunday-january-7-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 3rd
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, January 4th
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!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

 

October 30 – November 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This weekend we were busy with a Halloween party and general socializing so the only thing we really have to say is we just bought a copy of Bubblegumshoe and we’re excited to read through and put together a game! It features writing by local creator Emily Care Boss!

Happy Halloween!

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, November 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Inside the American Art Collection with curator Vanja Malloy
Join the curator for a lunchtime gallery talk! Dr. Malloy will share her insights on the Mead’s collection of American art! No word yet on when they’re going to finally feature their collection of Lemurian art.
Thursday, November 2nd
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!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Plus
A pop-up art exhibition plus some open mic and a featured reading by Tara Jean Bernier! Free and open to everyone!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 4th
Hadley American Legion [162 Russell St, Hadley MA] at 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Warhammer 40k Mega Battle
A mega battle to support Baystate Children’s Hospital as part of Extra Life! Space is limited so sign up early at the site! Registration is $25 in advance, paid directly to the organizer!
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 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
C. Morgan Babst, The Floating World
From the site: “A dazzling debut about family, home, and grief, The Floating World takes readers into the heart of Hurricane Katrina with the story of the Boisdores, whose roots stretch back nearly to the foundation of New Orleans.”
Wednesday, November 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Talk with Author Grace Lin – The Books Are Not Enough: Windows, Mirrors, and the Bookshelves of our Community
If we agree that diversity is important in children’s literature, what can we do to pay it more than just lip service? How can we use books to create a community that’s accepting to more people? In an extended version of her TEDx talk, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin will share personal experiences and strategies to support diversity through children’s lit!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dan Golden, Spy Schools
From the site: “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden exposes how academia has become the center of foreign and domestic espionage and why that is troubling news for our nation’s security.” Our experience with academia mostly exposed us to the fact that it’s the center of a sort of howling void.
Thursday, November 2nd
Mary Woolley Hall, Chapin, Mount Holyoke College at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Tatum: Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations About Race, 20th Anniversary
From the site: “Former Dean of Faculty and Acting President of Mount Holyoke College, and Ninth President of Spelman College (2002-2015),Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education. Her areas of research include racial identity development and the role of race in the classroom.”
Saturday, November 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teens and Tweens Author Talk with Ellen Wittlinger
Ellen will talk about her writing process and read a selection from her new book Saturdays with Hitchcock!
Sunday, November 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Geregory Maguire, Hiddensee
From the site: “Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann– the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve.”

Card Games:

Friday, November 3rd
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.

Comics:

Monday, October 30th
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:

Saturday, November 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
From Education to Action: Developing Workshops that Propel Change
For more information see truthschool.org, the class is sponsored by the Sojourner Truth School!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
A discussion group about comics and games featuring some excellent moderating by store manager Melissa!
Sunday, November 5th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: What You Did Not Tell with Mark Mazower and David Mazower
Mark Mazower, author and acclaimed historian, explores the struggles of twentieth-century Europe through the lives, hopes, and dreams of his own family.

History:

Monday, October 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Married Women’s Historical Businesses in Greenfield Circa 1900
A talk about you guessed it Magic The Gathering no we’re joking it’s about married women and their businesses in Greenfield around the turn of the previous century. Some of these businesses still exist! There are also newspaper accounts in historic papers that bring extra information to light! Learn about your local culture and history via primary sources!
Wednesday, November 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Gay in the Great War
Author Lance Ringel will read selections from the novel “Flower of Iowa” and also examine the history of homosexuality in WW1. Chuck Muckle will also intersperse music from the era.
Saturday, November 4th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Meadow City Historians Quarterly Meeting at the Bridge Street Cemetary
Jane Slatterly aka Find A Grave’s P.K. Magruder which what the heck what’s Find A Grave oh it’s an old site that allows you to do that, and it’s neat will present a virtual cemetery tour! Tom Gleason, who spent a lot of time working on the Cemetery Maintenance Crew, will also answer questions! It’s an interesting history lesson/memento mori.

Kids:

Monday, October 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Halloween Bingo
Grades K – 6! Join together for some bingo! It will be a real spooktacular! First to BINGO will complete the spell that teleports them to the Halloween Zone!
Tuesday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Families can participate in a town-wide scavenger hunt! Visit the library on Halloween to pick up your hunt cards and clues, and then get prizes at each of the scavenger hunt destinations! Every destination will give you a stamp on your card, and you get an extra prize when you return to the library after visiting at least 6! Sounds charming as heck.
Thursday, November 2nd
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Follow the Rainbow
A new program at the museum! Museum educator Gina Hall will be taking toddlers and their caregivers on an art adventure! This one will be about we’re guessing colors!
Friday, November 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Special Spooktacular Laser Tag and Capture the Flag (Registration Required!)
Glow in the dark! Spooktacular! You gotta take advantage of every spooktacular you can get! Register by emailing teens@joneslibrary.org! There are going to be minigames and some new obstacles!
Saturday, November 4th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock
In her debut picture book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a young girl’s day in the snow! There are miracles throughout and also the book’s title is Miracle, both of those things are true! Book signing to follow the program!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Art Babes @ SCMA: Follow the Rainbow
A new program at the museum! Museum educator Gina Hall will be taking toddlers and their caregivers on an art adventure! This one will be about we’re guessing colors!

Movies:

Monday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: House
Check out the film from the library, then talk about it at the club! House is a weird horror/comedy from the 70’s and we’ve heard interesting things about it!

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, November 2nd
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!

Science:

Monday, October 30th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
What a Mouse Can Tell Us about Autism and Other Brain-Immune Links
See a talk by Jared Schwartzer, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education as well as Neuroscience and Behavior at Mount Holyoke College! He’ll answer questions like “Why do I act different when I’m sick?” and “Can studying our immune system help us better understand disorders like Autism?”
Northampton Senior Center [67 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Getting Started with Your Family History Research
Want to know more about your family’s past? We prefer to allow the mists of time to cover the hideous transgressions of our ignoble bloodline but we get it if you want to double-check if anyone in your family tree was famous or something. You’ll leave this event ready to start your searching!