Creative Writing

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.

 

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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!

 

August 28th – September 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is starting out pretty good we think! We recommend checking out the Queers in Comics & Games discussion at Modern Myths tomorrow. It’s a great place to meet new people and have a chat, and it’s a way to support a wonderful local shop! And you get a great excuse to spend $5 on some comics and games!

This past week we again had a lovely time at Wednesday Games at The Brass Cat! We got to play Tiny Epic Quest, which is a fun if slightly overly fluffy game. There were little bits and bobs that you could attach to your tiny meeple figures and frankly they mostly contributed to an avalanche of plastic which might be lost. Also, it was rough getting a clear grasp of some of the mechanics until 3/5 turns in, which had the effect of making everyone at various points suddenly very sad as they realize oh shoot I messed up bad!

Still once things got going it was nice, and the mechanics worked together to ensure that the finish-line wasn’t too far away once we had coherent plans in place. We think Tiny Epic Galaxies was more fun and less fuss, though.

Also earlier we got to play Time of Crisis, an excellent game from the always-spectacular and often confusing GMT! This one wasn’t confusing, though! It’s just a very straightforward attempt to rack up victory points by controlling and improving parts of Rome, and then becoming Emperor at the right moment! Making things a bit more interesting is a system of deck-building that doesn’t require you to shuffle, so you can spend time figuring out how you want to construct your next couple hands as you look at your deck. We had a blast even though we got soundly defeated.

We also just had a fun time building characters for Breaking The Ice of the Romance Trilogy, excellent game by local excellent person Emily Care Boss of Black & Green Games. We highly recommend you check it out! A rare two-person RPG, it’s the perfect game to play with a pal who’s a bit nervous about getting into an adventuring party!

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 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Each Tuesday, meet up in the Teen Room and walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio at 306 Race St. to learn about media literacy, get hands-on experience with song recording, journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! Also, oddly enough, geology. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about sediment.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk (Making Jewlery)
We enjoy the fact that they definitely liked the name of this but realized it in no way communicated ‘Jewelry’ at the end. They made it work, though! Create jewelry using stamps, Shrinky Dink material, and a heat source! Open to ages 11-17, pre-register by calling 413-259-3091 or at teens@joneslibrary.org by 5:30pm Monday!
Thursday, August 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Friday, September 1st
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!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 2nd
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, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Reading & Book Signing | Amy Larade
Amy Larade will perform a dramatic reading and sign copies of her debut novel! The novel is called “So Nice to Finally Meet You…” so it’s sort of like the book’s happy to have finally come out! Yay!

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

Monday, August 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk to a bunch of wonderful people about LGBTQIA+ representation in comics and games of all stripes! It’s moderated by the spectacular store manager, and admission is a day pass of $5 that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Wednesday, August 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Foster Care Recruitment Informational Session
Get information about becoming a foster parent! Get started on helping out some kids!
Thursday, August 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.

Computers:

Saturday, September 2nd
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center [100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Raspberry Jam
A Raspberry Jam is a place for young and old, experienced hands and new folks, to learn about Raspberry Pi! What is Raspberry Pi? A tiny inexpensive computer you can practice coding with! And Robotics! If that sounds neat, come hang out and learn more!
Sunday, September 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Getting Started
Librarian and officially licensed Tech Wizard Dylan Tibert will teach you the fundamentals of designing your own website using WordPress. Classes will be a one hour lecture followed by a hands-on workshop. Perfect for experienced computer users who are beginners at web design! This class covers how to get started with web servers and WordPress!

Entertainment:

Thursday, August 31st
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! Gundam, maybe? There are more than one Gundam series, right? We just heard about one episode being so bad it was expelled from the canon, which could be fun to watch!
Friday, September 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Johnny & the Flashbacks
Take a trip back, in TIME that is! Back to the era of the Mesozoic! We think. We’re about 90% certain. It’s also possible that this is a 50’s throwback band but we’re almost entirely sure that it’s a dinosaur-themed ‘rock’ band haha get it. Bring blankets or lawn chairs! Free to all and sundry!

Movies:

Monday, August 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Free Movies for Adults in the Community Room: Psycho
Bring your lunch and watch Psycho in the community room! A completely normal activity that is definitely what you should do and not the trap of a clever murderer!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Playtime
Check out the film first! Watch it at home! They don’t screen the film there! You can use Kanopy.com to see it too! Then, again we stress after having already watched the film, go talk about it with these friendly folks!
Wednesday, August 30th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Space is the Place
Meet in the Lobby with the friendly friends of the Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup! You can sit together at the film and discuss it afterward! This movie sounds very neat: “The special effects, outrageous plot line and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history.”
Saturday, September 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Northanger Abbey
Watch a beautiful Jane Austen movie about an abbey named Northanger, and all the adventures it has! We have not read this Jane Austen book.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, September 1st
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Return, heroes, to Elmerton! A season has been spent away, and now’s the time to discover what has changed! You can find out as a Player Character or a Non Player Character, and if you want to be a Non Player and help flesh out the cast, it’s free and includes meals! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Saturday, September 2nd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Explore, enjoy, magic, fancy dress! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Sunday, September 3rd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Remember, you get all your food free if you’re an NPC, and you can even come for just a few hours to help out if you like! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!

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!

November 21st – November 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is a good holiday in general because it’s just about putting all of the food you possibly can into your stomach, and that’s what the true meaning of the holidays is.

If you’re going to have a good Thanksgiving with a lot of food and family and friends that is really nice and you should appreciate it! If you’re looking forward to a bunch of tense as heck political conversations we’re pulling for you and you should maybe take a look at this? It might help a bit. Also remember that Friendsgiving is also an option!

If you’re having a nice Thanksgiving, this is the perfect time to donate to Monte’s March! It’s the yearly event that raises a bunch of money for the Food Bank of Western Mass where local hero and nice person Monte Belmonte of 93.9 The River walks 43 danged miles from Springfield to Northampton and then from Northampton to Greenfield!

Give them what you can, because they’re super efficient with money! Like a couple bucks will get needed food to one of the 211,000 people in Massachusetts who need food! If you do a monthly donation of any amount they would appreciate it even more because it means they can count on you in their budgets and that makes a lot of things easier!

And have fun playing the new Pokemon also if you’ve got it!

Oh! And check out Hack for Western Mass! It seems really cool!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, November 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write! Write like you’re going to write your way out of this trouble you got yourself into! This write-in will be an opportunity to get some work done on the next great American novel that you are writing! It’ll shock everyone when it is completed in a danged month!
Tuesday, November 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Greg Rogers: Artist Reception
The public is invited to check out the art that Greg Rogers made! You’ll love looking at this good art and eating cheese and crackers!
Friday, November 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:50 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write! Write like they’re gaining on you! This write-in will be an opportunity to get some work done on the next great American novel that you are writing! It’ll shock everyone when it is completed in a danged month!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Colony Board Game Demo
Learn to play the board game Colony with the friendly host Justin who will teach you how. It’s a sort of production/building game where the hook is that some resources are volatile and some aren’t and you totally know if that sounds like a cool idea to you!
Sunday, November 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Blood Bowl
Blood Bowl is like football except fantasy characters play it and you don’t have to worry about the consequences of repeatedly concussing your Minotaurs. Also we’re pretty sure it’s only a moderate foul to murder the other players. It’s also a board game, to be clear. Look, this is like 4 iterations thick of game we can’t keep everything straight for you!
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Click into place! This week only use heroes with asymmetrical designs! Like Hellboy and Cable. Asymmetry is very neat in hero designs everyone thinks this is the case!

Books:

Friday, November 25th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale
Take 15% – 50% off books and toys all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! You get an extra 15% off if you’re a member!
Saturday, November 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Indies First/Small Business Saturday
Give back to your community OR get books for cheap! You can either get 20% off your purchase or you can give 20% of the purchase to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts! There’s also going to be cider for you and homemade cookies and a free gift with any purchase of $50 or more! There are also a bunch of guest booksellers who are going to have neat unique things in stock for you! A great opportunity to help your community!

Comic Books:

Monday, November 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A freewheeling discussion with a bunch of awesome folks about comics, games, and life. Get good recommendations, meet some new friends, be a good friend to others!
Friday, November 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Buck Friday
Comics for a buck! Buy comics for a single dollar, which is a really good price for a comic book! We’re really annoyed we’re going to be home for Thanksgiving when this deal happens, but don’t tell our family that please!

Movies:

Monday, November 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Monday and a Movie
Teens! Go watch a movie at the library, it’ll cost you $0! Watch a movie, talk about that movie after the movie, and you get to vote for the movie! Vote for the movie that every teen wants to see this winter season: the Yearling.
Friday, November 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Finding Dory
Watch a really delightful children’s film about a fish with a rare memory disorder which in retrospect weird choice for a really sweet film yeah? It’s good though! We liked it a bunch!
Saturday, November 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Kubo and the Two Strings
Watch a really delightful children’s film about a little boy who is very compassionate and nice to people and also has origami powers and needs to fight like a star-god? It’s a complex film that was nice and we liked a ton!
Sunday, November 27th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
The story of Sophie Tucker, a genuine Superstar of Vaudville, Broadway, radio, television, and movies through a lot of the 20th century! She was a bold cool classy tough lady and it’ll be neat to learn about her and how she enchanted the world for years! It’s $4 for students, $6 for members, and $8 for The Rest Of Us.