Culture

November 27th – December 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We finished Vacationland by John Hodgman, a former resident of Massachusetts who once met Black Francis. It was a collection of good essays, with more cairn-building stories than we had expected but fewer cairn-building stories than we had hoped.

It’s always interesting reading how other people deal with death, because we all think about it and most of us have had some sort of traumatic experience with the death of a loved one. John Hodgman does you the courtesy of being up front about it, and not presuming he can make it any less terrifying.

If you are looking to purchase a game on Steam that’s cheap before the next time it’s cheap we recommend taking a look at Tacoma. It is a lovely followup to Gone Home with well-realized characters, interesting interactive features, and an understanding of the importance of labor unions.

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 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
Writer! Write with others! Tackle your novel at an event that encourages writers of all skill levels and experience to tackle the challenge of writing a novel! This is led by Forbes Writer in Residence Naila Moreira. Prizes will be awarded to NaNoWriMo writers who finish their novels!
Tuesday, November 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Art? Make art at the club!
Thursday, November 30th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after-school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Saturday, December 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Susan Shea Artist Reception
Susan Shea, an artist, will be having a reception! See her beautiful and excellent artwork while eating some fancy cheeses we’re guessing!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Creative Papermaking
A half-day workshop exploring how to create beautiful handmade paper with recycled paper scraps and cotton pulp! All materials provided, costs $25!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Saturday, December 2nd
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.

Books:

Monday, November 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Local Author Reading – John Clapp
Thoreau enthusiasts! Join John Clapp at the GPL as he shares readings from his book “A Tale of Two Cabins: Comparative Stories of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life”. Find out some new things about a wonderful local author from a wonderful local author! Delightful.
Wednesday, November 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Joshua Max Feldman, Start Without Me
“The author of the critically acclaimed The Book of Jonah explores questions of love and choice, disappointment and hope in the lives of two strangers who meet by chance in this mesmerizing tale that unfolds over one Thanksgiving Day.” Was it this past Thanksgiving day? Yes! The book was written over the course of less than a week, quite impressive.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Community Discussion of Democracy in Chains
From the site: “Join economist and educator Francisco Perez (Center for Popular Economics, UMass Amherst) for a community discussion of MacLean’s award-winning book, Democracy in Chains. Organized by Forbes Library, the Center for Popular Economics and the UMass Amherst History Department.”
Thursday, November 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Are There Cougars in Your Backyard? The Quest for the Eastern Cougar
This seems like the sort of question you really want to answer sooner than later. Like, we’d take a look out back if we were you. Our backyard is currently mostly Cougar-free, but we usually wait until there are absolutely no cougars there to head out to the car. For real though it’s fascinating that it’s this difficult to say 100% whether a giant cat exists in a given range of hundreds of miles!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Night of Books, Trails, and Music
From the site: “The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Jones Library invite you to come spend an evening learning about the history of canoes in North America, and how you can take a canoe on the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. By land, find out more about the New England National Scenic Trail and then get serenaded by music inspired by this long-distance trail. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.”
Saturday, December 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Author Talk
From the site: “Join Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple for a celebration of their books about birds! The acclaimed mother/daughter author team will also talk about other stories they’ve written, and about what it’s like to be a writer.” Excellent local authors telling you about their books!
Sunday, December 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Book Talk with Ed Orzechowski: You’ll Like It Here
Ed Orzechowski tells the story of Donald Vitkus, who was committed to Belchertown State School in 1949 when he was six years old. He was clinically labeled a “moron”, and spent a lifetime convincing others and himself after the dehumanizing experience of schooling that he wasn’t something less. To register for the talk, call 413-283-3330 ext 0!

Card Games:

Friday, December 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.

Computers:

Monday, November 27th
Click Workspace [9½ Market St Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Conversation on DevOps and Secrets Management – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Managing secrets is a big part of deploying any app that relies on the cloud. API Keys, database credentials, AWS keys, etc. How do you manage them and keep your app secure? How do you scale up as your app gets more complex? Geri Jennings, a software engineer at CyberArk, will talk about it!

Entertainment:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Naked Lunch
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how there was that one joke in the Simpsons about this film.
Friday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Music of Claude Debussy Performed by Amherst College Student Chamber Musicians
Performances of the music of one of the most famous Claudes, performed by Amherst College student musicians. This is offered in conjunction with the exhibition “From the Picturesque to the Modern Vision: Landscape Painting in Europe Across the Centuries.” Free and open to all!
Saturday, December 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
End-of-Year Celebration at Historic Northampton
Historic Northampton invites you to celebrate Northampton’s history, enjoy excellent refreshments, and hear the latest news about their state-of-the-art collections storage!
Sunday, December 3rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Talk: Have I Got a Story for You: More than a Century of Fiction from the Forward
Editor Ezra Glinter combed through the archives of the Forward to grab some of the best stories from the newspaper’s 120-year history! Wartime novellas, avant-garde fiction, satirical sketches of immigrant life, it’s got it all!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 8-9 & Potluck
Potluck! Star Trek! Bring something for eating or drinking, pitch in a couple bucks to pay for the streaming service, and enjoy! Join the Meetup group here: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/

Kids:

Tuesday, November 28th
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!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Book Club: Bring Your Own Book Edition
Share what you’ve been reading with other people and get some recommendations! Next month, they’ll be reading The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Friday, December 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge: Movie – The Dark Tower (PG-13)
The Dark Tower is a very well-regarded book series and an extremely not well-regarded film! But it’ll be fun to watch regardless.

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 29th
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!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Paper Stars with Luna
“Learn how to fold kite paper into translucent starts! Perfect for decorating your windows or sending to friends in the mail. 100 times easier than origami but just as cool!” Picking a fight with Origami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, November 30th
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’.

Video Games:

Sunday, December 3rd
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: Holiday Jamboree!
The last and most casual meetup of the year for local game devs! Play games on the big screen and just hang out and chat with wonderful people! Gang Beasts is a fun one for the big screen, if you’ve got it! Oh, or the Jackbox games!

 

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November 13th – November 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We got to see John Hodgman and Monte Belmonte at the Shea Theater this past Friday! It was very nice. There was a lot of very good audience interaction and Monte was a fun interviewer. It’s weird seeing a famous person make in-jokes about very local things. We’re sad that John Hodgman is moving toward more time in Maine but we’re glad he has a lot of good stories about the wonderful Pioneer Valley!

Also! Check out Nerd Nite this week! We are 100% positive that the presentations will be excellent this month. It’s 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the World War 2 Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton!

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 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, November 14th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Screening of Emily Dickinson: My Letter to the World
From the producers of A Quiet Passion, a 2016 film about Emily Dickinson, comes a documentary narrated by Cynthia Nixon! Spend some time getting to know a spectacular local talent better!
Wednesday, November 15th
Amherst College [Bassett Planetarium] at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Poetry in the Planetarium: A Reading with Dara Wier and Bianca Stone
Listen to the first reading of Dara Wier’s new book ‘In the Still of the Night’ by both Dara and poet and artist Bianca Stone. As they read, the planetarium will display the starscapes of the nights of Emily Dickinson’s birth and death! Which like, we didn’t realize we wanted to happen for us after we die but now we really want it to happen for us because it sounds really cool. We’ll need to get way better at poetry before that happens though we suppose.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Artist-Poets Performance and Panel Discussion
The poet-artists in ‘Of Soil and Tongues’ will discuss and perform their work! And they will also make you think of a really weird mental image whenever you read or hear their name!
Thursday, November 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon
For about 14 hours, all of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems will be read out loud in the home and landscape where she wrote them! Everyone can help out too, no need to sign up if you’re an individual but larger groups should email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Nature Poetry Writing with New England National Scenic Trail poet-in-residence David Leff
Poet, essayist, and person forced to live in the scenic trails of New England David K Leff will teach some nature poetry! Lively readings, discussion, observation of nature, sharpening of the senses, the ability to speak to the Ents and learn their secrets, all the necessary parts of becoming a good nature poet!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | The Poet, The Artist, The Printer: Book Arts and the Small Press with Slate Roof Press
How do you go about figuring out how to make a real physical book look and feel nice to read? Readers like books that are cool, how do you use artwork and the physical aspects of a book make the end product more than just a printout of the text? Poets, writers, book lovers, art lovers, bookmakers, and generally nice people from Slate Roof Press will discuss and showcase the work of local artists and bookmakers!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Jennifer Firestone and Marisa Crawford
Jennifer Firestone has written a bunch of books and poems and so has Marisa Cawford and they’re both from Brooklyn, the Cool Place, and they’re going to read poems and we’re going to assume the poems will be really excellent.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Kaveh Akbar with Sahar Muradi
Kaveh Akbar writes poetry that appears in a ton of places and is the recipient of a lot of prizes. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and begins teaching at Purdue University in the fall! Sahar Muradi is a performer, writer, and educator who was born in Afghanistan and raised in the US and has written a ton! Also we want to make this clear: dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot. Deeply!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Poetry Festival Party!
It’s a party! Celebrate the literary legacy of Amherst with a bunch of friends and the featured readers! Music! Foods! Fun! It’s a party! Delightful!
Emily Dickinson Museum Garden [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Amherst Poetry Festival | Calling All Poets! A family writing workshop with Burleigh Muten
Write poetry in a nice garden with your pals! All prompts will be related to Dickinson’s poetry or life, and led by children’s author and museum tour guide Burleigh Muten. Children need to be accompanied by an adult!
Friday, November 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festival | jubilat/Jones: Caryl Pagel, Kevin Gonzalez, and Emily Pettit
The jubliat/Jones series involves six readings at the Jones Library! They’re followed by a Q&A with the poets, and all readings are free and open to the public!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson as a Second Language Part 2
The second part of an exploration of the more personal and specifically local language of Dickinson! Learn to better appreciate your most famous local poet!
Saturday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Jewelry Making Workshop: Wrap Bracelets and Charm Bracelets
Learn how to make a wonderful wrap bracelet or charm bracelet! This is geared toward adults but you can bring a kid if you’re going to help them out with the creation process!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board-games 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.
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dark Age March to Immortality Tournament
We suppose this is some sort of competition to see who can age the slowest? The Pioneer Valley is a fascinating place. Rules are: 750 pts. + 150 reinforcements, 3 rounds, 75 minute rounds, break for pizza lunch between rounds 1 and 2. The $15 entry fee includes pizza! The event is open to all skill levels and experience, new players are always welcome!

Books:

Tuesday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
From the site: “It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a fleur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter.”
Wednesday, November 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Not in Our Town Event: Gretchen Gerzina, Author of Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Dr. Gretchen Gerzina, the author of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Prince’ will speak about the research she did in writing her historical narrative about two slaves who met and married in Deerfield, MA before eventually freeing themselves.
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.
Thursday, November 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elif Babül, Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey
From the site: “Human rights are politically fraught in Turkey, provoking suspicion and scrutiny among government workers for their anti-establishment left-wing connotations. Nevertheless, with eyes worldwide trained in Turkish politics, and with accession to the European Union underway, Turkey’s human rights record remains a key indicator of its governmental legitimacy. Bureaucratic Intimacies shows how government workers encounter human rights rhetoric through training programs and articulates the perils and promises of these encounters for the subjects and objects of Turkish governance.”
Friday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, Trace
From the site: “In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.” Is… there really a Vermont Bureau of Investigation? Is that a thing?
Saturday, November 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ruth Lehrer, Being Fishkill Book Launch
From the site: “Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers.”
Sunday, November 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gerald A. Cohen, Beyond the Images: The Insightful Memoir of a Life in Medicine
You get to eat some recipes from the memoir at this event! … all of these recipes sound extremely odd to eat at the same time but we are not going to judge you. Two-Fork Tuna on a Triscuit really doesn’t seem like it goes well with Jujyfruits and whatever Shmoo Sauce is. But, anyway, learn about Dr. Cohen’s life as a radiologist and also eat some food!

Card Games:

Friday, November 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Iconic Masters Release Draft
A limited booster draft featuring the newest set: Iconic Masters! Use some of the most potent cards from Magic’s history to deliver a real high-powered draft! It’s a tournament with Swiss-style pairings and a hard cap of 16 players, so sign up early to get a seat! There’s a $50 entry fee, and every player gets at least one booster pack of Iconic Masters and you can win a lot more, as well as promo cards! Maybe you’ll get a … Black Lotus?!

Community:

Monday, November 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Emotional Self-Care and Well Being during the Holidays and Always
The holiday season is a time when a lot of people feel a ton of pressure to put themselves in really difficult situations! It’s hard for everyone and very few people are on board with our “Just stay inside and play video-games” method of dealing with the holidays. Learn how to practice supporting your emotional well-being during a real tough time of the year!
Saturday, November 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Present the Best YOU to the World!
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to make good first impressions! Diane Massey of the Berkshire School of Etiquette will have a fun interactive session to help you get past the handshake. Here’s our hot etiquette tip: everyone’s impressed if you trade glasses with them, and never trade back. Just give people your glasses, and buy another pair later! They’ll remember that.

Computers:

Thursday, November 16th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, get some insight into your problems and help others, and then there’s a round-table discussion! This time it’s going to be about SEO, discuss your best and worst experiences making sure that our all-powerful compu-controllers at Google allow people to find you!
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Learn about how to use Drupal more effectively! Tips, talks, modules! Meet fellow users and talk about your experiences! Eat pizza!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 15th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Michael Steele: The New Political Scene
We assume this speech will just be him staring at the audience in mute horror as screens behind him play the 24-hour news channels.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Apple Palooza
Ben of Clarkdale Fruit Farms will talk about everything apples! There’s also an apple tasting! It says it only goes until 7:30 but we assume this event will extend into the infinite future, as who can say they have truly finished explaining EVERYTHING apples?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Gray Divas Residency Concert
Join the Gray Divas for some music from Hawaii in these cold times! There’s also going to be oldies and jazz and some new stuff!
Saturday, November 18th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Game of Thrones S2E1 & Potluck & Fire Pit
One episode is scheduled, but you can stick around to watch more if you like! Bring food and drink to share, and if the weather allows you’ll get to use the fire pit! Check out the site for more info: https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/244955144/
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Wait what’s this doctor they’re discussing? Why are people so interested in this doctor. Which doctor? Wait, doctor… whom? Anyway go hang out and watch Doctor Who and eat snacks, it’s a good time with cool folks!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Thursday, November 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainbow Makers LGBTQ+ Group
A creative bi-weekly discussion group for people ages 13-17! The goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring a wide variety of artwork, writing, opinion pieces, reviews, and much more! If you have interests you want to share, they want to help you share them!
Friday, November 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
The Oxbow Quartet Presents: A Children’s String Concert
A half-hour of music that bounces from Shostakovich to Joplin, as all children demand! Dance, enjoy some beautiful music, and have a good time!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Baby Driver Screening
A movie about a getaway driver who uses music to be the best in the game!
Sunday, November 19th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana
A documentary exploring the importance of connections, as the Sefwi Jews reach out to others worldwide. The film bears witness to their ongoing struggle for acceptance and their growth. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-doing-jewish-story-ghana-sunday-november-19-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by paying $50/mo. 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 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! Play a god trapped in mortal form so whenever you need to retire the character you can explain to everyone that actually you were the toughest and best all along, notwithstanding that time you rolled three critical fails and tripped over your armor into a lava pit.
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 twin sister who’s also a dragonborn and much cooler’.

Science:

Monday, November 13th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Skeletons and Socialism
Nerd Nite! Nerd Nite! The Best Nite! You’ll see Constance Hildreth present “My Skeleton is Full of Bugs!” about rigging errors in video-game animation, as well as Sanjiv Gupta giving a talk about “Socialism, the Radical Future of Capitalism”!

 


 

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!

 

October 23rd – October 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re excited and nervous this week because it’s time for Nerd Night at the Academy of Music! It’s going to be a very fun time and we thank you very much for coming and bringing 100 friends! You can grab tickets at the site: https://www.aomtheatre.com/event/nerd-nite/ or at the door!

We also want to point you to a local artist’s kickstarter! It’s a comic called The Next Dance:

One year ago, Hayley’s leg was crushed in a car accident. Today she is still struggling to walk. Every day is a battle, and although her husband Nathan supports her as best he can, what she really needs is someone who understands what she’s going through. Enter the charming and funny Emilio, whose loss of his right hand a year before gives him insight into Hayley’s situation. Or so he thinks…but the truth is that Hayley is coping with far more than Emilio realizes.

The Next Dance was written by Anna Leue, co-founder of Constellation Comics and author of the sci-fi webcomic Half-Man, which has been running since 2014, and is in its sixth issue. It is illustrated by Wretched Things artist Ken Perry.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Make and create and develop your own zine! Then hand it out to friends!
Thursday, October 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Perspectives on Michael Mazur with Betsey Garand
A conversation with former colleague and friend of the late Michael Mazur, Betsey Garand. Free and open to all!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Picture This: Photo Sessions with Jonathan Jackson
“Tell It Like It Is or Could Be” presents work by contemporary photographers who use their camera to (re)construct historical and personal narratives. Join us for a night of self-exploration and the chance to be photographed by emerging artist, Jonathan Jackson. Also, selfie-stations, snacks, and more! First come, first served. Make some art and get some snacks! What could be better?
Saturday, October 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Day
“Join us for a free day of family fun at the Mead, featuring guided tours, art-making, and activities inspired by our latest exhibitions.”

Board Games:

Seelye Hall, Seelye Dr, Northampton, MA 01060, USA at 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
JiffyCon
The best con in town! From the site: “JiffyCon is a small local convention, dedicated to showcasing independently published and small-press role playing games. This year Modern Myths will be facilitating JiffyCon, and with the help of SSFFS, Smith’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, it will be at Seelye Hall at Smith. Saturday, October 28, 2017 9:00am thru 11:00pm Games start at 9am, doors open and sign ups at 8:00 am. Registration is $25, or $20 with student ID. Registration includes Dinner. All attendees must agree to the JiffyCon Code of Conduct. Check out https://modern-myths.com/events/jiffycon-2017/ for complete information & pre-registration!”
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 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Meet the Author: _Bad Dad_ by Alice Shane
From the site: “A Psychological Thriller: There’s a Dark Side to Wealth & Privilege. Let’s chat about crime vs. punishment * The relativity of good & evil in a changing world … Presented by the author, Alice Shane”
Tuesday, October 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Robert Olmstead, Savage Country
From the site (http://www.odysseybks.com/event/robert-olmstead-savage-country): “… This is a gripping narrative of that infamous hunt, which drove the buffalo population to near extinction–the story of a moment in our history in which mass destruction of an animal population was seen as the only route to economic solvency. But it’s also the intimate story of how that hunt changed Michael and Elizabeth forever.”
Thursday, October 26th
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Crossings and Rasanblaj: Performing Anthropological Interventions, Gina Athena Ulysse
From the site (http://www.odysseybks.com/event/crossings-and-rasanblaj-performing-anthropological-interventions-gina-athena-ulysse): “Gina Athena Ulysse will speak on “Crossings and Rasanblaj: Performing Anthropological Interventions.” This hybrid presentation will combine excerpts from three performance projects to explore burning questions about confronting history, disciplinary boundaries/subjects and musings on why anthropology matters now more than ever. The 45-50 minute presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.”
Saturday, October 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Local Author: Ted Cromack
Ted Cromack will discuss his latest collection of short stories, ‘The Hangman’s Noose’! Chilling!
Sunday, October 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Pioneers: The First Breach with Rose Waldman
Rose Waldman talks about a newly translated work, S. An-Sky’s humorous novel about a young man seeking to be part of the Jewish enlightenment sweeping across Europe!

Card Games:

Friday, October 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!

Comics:

Monday, October 23rd
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:

Tuesday, October 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Immigrant “Know Your Rights” Presentation
From the site: “Are you an immigrant or an ally who is concerned about your status? The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project will be conducting a “Know Your Rights” presentation. Come to learn more about your rights when interacting with immigration officials, understanding your legal status and the immigration court process, where to find trusted legal resources, and what programs might be available to you. Free & open to the public.”

Computers:

Monday, October 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup: A Comparison of Ruby/Rails and Elixir/Phoenix
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/): “Michael Bishop will be joining us to compare and contrast Ruby/Rails and Elixir/Phoenix in an attempt to understand how using Elixir can break up some of the mental scar tissue we’ve built up from years of writing web servers that require external services for state.”
Thursday, October 26th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
October 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/): “What have you been working on lately? What issues have you run into and what have you learned? This can about anything, from code to project management. One topic that will be presented: hooks versus events in Drupal 8. “
Another Castle [30 Olive St #2, Greenfield, MA] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Another Castle | Open House
From the site (https://www.meetup.com/pioneer-valley-game-developers/events/243982151/): “Another Castle is located at 30 Olive Street, right next to the John W. Olver Transit Center in the heart of Greenfield, MA. Come check out all that we have to offer in our nearly 4,000 sq/ft space. Snacks, pizza and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. We’ll have information about the space and will be giving tours. Check out games by local developers and participate in some friendly social networking!”

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ghost Story Open Mike Nite
We don’t know what an open mike nite is but if it’s anything like an open mic night you’ll hear people tell ghost stories and tell some of your own if you like! Fun times!
Wednesday, October 25th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jelani Cobb: The Half-Life of Freedom – Race and Justice in America
Jelani Cobb will takle the enormously complex issue of race in the United States. He’s penned a series of article in the New Yorker that address race, the police, and injustice. He’s also the creator of the investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016. He currently teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Thursday, October 26th
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. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Friday, October 27th
Look Park at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Exemplary Trees of Look Park
Look at the nicest trees in Look Park! Well, the most impressively large ones at least. Guide Bob Leverett will lead the 3-hour guided walk! Pre-registration requeired, $8 for members and $12 for non-members, email lsanders [at] historicnorthampton [dot] org!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Community Sing
All ages and abilities are welcome! You only sing what you feel comfortable singing! You’re also going to get to sing Thriller which everyone likes!
Sunday, October 29th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garrison Keillor receives 2017 Tell it Slant Award
From the site (https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/tellitslant):”Garrison Keillor returns to Amherst in a benefit performance for the Emily Dickinson Museum on Sunday, October 29 at 6 pm in Amherst College’s Johnson Chapel. Mr. Keillor, currently in the midst of a cross-country tour of his one-man show, will deliver a special program that weaves Emily Dickinson into an evening of storytelling and song.”

History:

Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
American Cemetery Design and the Bridge Street Cemetery by Martha H. Lyon, ASLA
From the site (https://www.historicnorthampton.org/programs.html): “Martha Lyon will present a 30-minute talk about the history of American cemetery design. Following the talk, she will lead an interactive “treasure hunt” tour through the Bridge Street Cemetery landscape, identifying design changes, and encouraging participants to spot them too. Limited to 25 participants To register, email lsanders@historicnorthampton.org $8 members; $12 non-members”

Kids:

Thursday, October 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Here They Come: A Halloween Visit with David Hyde Costello
David has trapped some sort of demon and he will share it with you! But can you afford the price of this demon’s knowledge?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Mysterious Massachusetts
From the site: “Every state has its ghost stories, but no other state has the Dover Demon or the Salem Witch Trials. From sea-side ghosts, to UFOs over the Berkshires, Massachusetts has a rich history of paranormal legend, odd events, and strange denizens. In this workshop, we have a look at some of the most famous of Massachusetts paranormal history.”
Friday, October 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Spooky Teen Lounge w/Movie
A spooky lounge that also has a movie! Those two things, and nought else!
Saturday, October 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Drag Queen Story Hour and Sparkle Party
From the site: “The Forbes Library is excited to be hosting a Drag Queen Story Hour, which is exactly what it sounds like: Drag Queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores.”

Movies:

Tuesday, October 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Spooky Family Movie
Watch the fantastic film Hocus Pocus! It’s a positively perfect example of the extremely specific 90’s era Disney made-for-tv aesthetic!
Wednesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary
From the site: “Directed by a schoolteacher, this film became a lightning bolt in the immigration debate as the Rockefeller Foundation labeled it “One of the most important films on American race relations.” Hoover Elementary is located in Pico-Union, known as the ‘Ellis Island’ of Los Angeles. After the passage of Proposition 187 into law, teacher Laura Angelica Simon feared she would be forced to turn in her undocumented students to the INS. She was equally disturbed by the support the Proposition was receiving from teachers, even though it would harm their own students. Armed with borrowed equipment, Simon began chronicling this troubled and divisive chapter at Hoover Elementary.”

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, October 26th
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!
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.

Science:

Monday, October 23rd
Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Night at the Academy
Yay! It’s here! It’s here! See two physicists explain the universe to you as introduced by two incredibly nervous people! It’s going to be a fun night in a beautiful old theater! From the site: “Presenters Gary Felder and Brokk Toggerson will cover themes related to the work of Albert Einstein as connective tissue and food for thought around our November Season Series performance of Jack Fry’s one-man show, Einstein! Come schmooze, have a drink and talk science!”
Wednesday, October 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Climate Change in Your Backyard
From the site: “Given the early fall record-breaking heat wave, the hottest years on record all occurring in the last 4 years, the recent drought, and the extreme storms that the northeast and the country are experiencing, you may be wondering what climate change has in store for our own Connecticut River Valley. This presentation will focus on the expected impacts of climate change to the natural environment, including gardens, invasive plants, trees, and wildlife in your own backyard.”

October 16th – October 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy October!

We’re a bit busy this weekend so we just want to quickly and succinctly say:

Go to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00pm! It will be a fun time and you will like it so why not? Plus it’s an excuse to enjoy the spectacular sights of Downtown Northampton!

Oh! We still need our picture with the marquee!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, October 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Embroidered Felt Leaves (Ages 11-17)
Registration required! Make some embroidered leaves! Or embroider some leaves? Make some felt leaves and then embroider them, that seems more likely. We’re pretty sure you can’t embroider leaves. But then again maybe no one’s tried!
Thursday, October 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Roald Dahl Art Activity
A fun art activity! Make a dream-catcher! Wait. For Roald Dahl? We don’t remember every book we read by Roald Dahl but that seems really out of left field. Maybe like make a … giant? He did the BFG, right?
Friday, October 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Meet up to have lively conversation about Dickinson! The topic this month is “Emily Dickinson as a Second Language”. Speak about her private vocabulary, her nineteenth-century English, and her hyper-local references!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint some pumpkins! Paint them scary, paint them funny, paint them every color of the rainbow and then some! They’ll have examples and will demonstrate a technique, but you’re encouraged to go wild with your own ideas! We suggest you paint a pumpkin so that it looks like a particularly large apple, so that any friend of yours who wants an apple will gravitate to this hilariously large prank apple and you’ll be able to give them some gentle ribbing when they find out they actually just ate a pumpkin. Space is limited! Register ahead of time!

Board Games:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Sections for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades! A four-round Swiss System tournament where trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Free entry, but bring a chess set and clock if you’ve got them! And a bagged lunch! Remember that if you seem to be losing you can always petition to switch to chess-boxing midstream.

Books:

Thursday, October 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gazmend Kapllani, A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
From the site: “An exhilarating, blackly funny exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up longing to cross to Greece, only to find reality did not match fantasy. Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born journalist, poet and writer. His works of fiction, A Short Border Handbook and My Name is Europe, explore how totalitarianism, immigration, borders and Balkan history have shaped private lives and personal narratives.”

Comics:

Monday, October 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!

Community:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discussion and advocacy for improved regional public transit. We all benefit from excellent public transit!
Wednesday, October 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
The monthly general meeting of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Cyber Smarts & Social Media Savvy
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on staying cyber-smart this cyber-year! Craft a social media profile that tells the societally appropriate sorts of mistruths! Keep safe, set boundaries online, and avoid common mistakes! Our most useful online tip is probably delete twitter.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Franklin County
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!
Sunday, October 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A day of activities featuring the Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, a gallery talk by Mark Podwal, tours, and more!

Computers:

Thursday, October 19th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
This time the main topic is going to be SEO! Local SEO expert Roger Montti will join to give a great presentation on how to improve traffic, sales, and leads. Our tactic is that we just copy and past all of Wikipedia into every post, then turn the text white!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seed Saving Day at the Dickinson
Lend a hand gathering and saving seeds from the garden at Emily Dickinson’s Homestead! You can go to a sachet making session too! Make sure that the garden’s just as beautiful next year!
Thursday, October 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We watched some of “Ouran Host Club.” and it was both funny and distressing in equal measure.
Saturday, October 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Game of Thrones S1E7 & Potluck
GoT meetups have been going great, so why not do another? See a show you either will love or do love and hang out with nice people! You can stay for one episode or multiple! Be sure to sign up for the Meetup group to make sure that you can actually find out where it is! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/
Sunday, October 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 3-5 & Potluck
After watching the first two episodes of Discovery on the premiere, everyone decided that it made sense to keep it up! Bring something to eat or drink for this long trek to the stars!

History:

Saturday, October 21st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Dedication of the Northampton State Hospital Burial Ground Memorial Bench
The Northampton Historical Commission will dedicate a new memorial bench overlooking “Cemetery Hill”, which was used by the Northampton State Hospital from 1858 until the 1920s.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Devil’s Juggles: Witchcraft Accusations in 17th-Century New England by Michael Thurston
A newly updated talk about the appearance of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Valley towns and villages, giving light to familiar patterns of accusation and interrogation. Also learn about the fact that Cotton Mather apparently called things the “Devil’s Juggles” which like… what… what the heck is that supposed to mean?
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson
View the world of Emily Dickinson through the eyes of an archaeologist! A presentation and a walking tour from members of the UMass school of Archaeology will present findings from the Dickinson dig site!

Movies:

Thursday, October 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
Join the group for a viewing of the documentary film “13th” followed by a group discussion. After the film and discussion, people will break out into smaller groups to talk about local action projects that you can take part in! Free and open to the public.

 

September 18th – September 24th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Lots going on this week! Of course the MOST important thing happening is that on October 23rd you will be able to attend the biggest event in the history of the Academy of Music: Nerd Nite at the Academy! It’ll feature two wonderful presenters discussing the most fantastic fringes of science! It’s only $5 to attend, and you can buy tickets now!

This past week we had the absolute delight of attending the Modern Myths 15th anniversary party! It was spectacular! There was delicious pizza, there were amazing vegan cupcakes, there were door prizes, there was a trivia contest, and there was the raffle for a Lifetime VIP Membership, which was won by none other than delightful Valley Creator Epidiah Ravachol! To celebrate this achievement with him, why not back his Patreon?

We really recommend checking out events at Modern Myths based on the fact that we met many people there and they were quite nice, so probably their events have nice folks there.

We love that place, and we’re really hoping for another amazing 15 years for them! It’s rough running a physical shop in the era of digital big-box stores, and we really encourage you to take your comic and board game business to Modern Myths, Northamptonites! We’d like them to stick around! Alternately just like mail stacks of money to them!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, September 19th
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, farming. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about how to till soil effectively.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure 1
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’ll have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of stipple art but you can’t come
Wednesday, September 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Society fo Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Writing Critique Group
Writers! Do you write children’s books, middle grade books, or YA? Illustrators! Same question! If you do, get some feedback from friendly colleagues following the SCBWI guidelines so you know it’ll be useful!
Thursday, September 21st
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Japanese Lacquer Art from the 16th to the 19th Century: Notable Collections in the United States
Monic Bincsik, the Assistant Curator of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and after you listen to her excellent lecture you’ll be able to get a book signing at a post-lecture reception! There’s also probably some food and drinks at the reception!
Friday, September 22nd
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Artist Demonstration: The Art and Practic of Japanese Lacquer
Gen Saratani, a Japanese lacquer artist and restorer, will demonstrate key components of the complicated lacquer that has been passed down for generations! Drop in at any time to meet the artist and see him at work!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunchtime Talk: The Technique of Japanese Lacquer
Following a morning demonstration, Gen Saratani will present an overview of the technical process using examples of his work! There will be lunch provided for the first 30 attendees and bitter disappointment for the rest of the attendees!
Women’s & Gender Center, Keefe Campus Center at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Artist Lunch with Saya Woolfwalk at the WGC
You have been invited to have lunch with an amazing contemporary female artist! Saya Woolfalk will teach you more about her practice and her experiences as a female artist!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Artist Talk by Saya Woolfwalk
A talk in conjunction with Rotherwas Project No. 3, Saya Woolfwalk: Life Products and the ChimaCloud. She was born in Gifu City, Japan, and is now based in New York. She’s known for exploring hybridity, race, science, and gender.
Saturday, September 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Writers Workshop
Grades 5th – 12th! Do you love writing? Love writing in a group, and get better at writing!

Board Games:

Monday, September 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Indoor and outdoor games! You can break up your Catan sessions with some frisbee if you like, or vice-versa!
Saturday, September 23rd
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, September 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stone Tablets – Book Talk with Stephanie Kraft
Ms. Kraft will talk about and read from the reknowned novel Stone Tablets. Written by the famed Polish author Wojciech Zukrowski, it was censured after its publication in 1965 for the criticism it level at the abuses perpetrated by Stalin. It was forbiddin to translate the novel until the fall of the Soviet Union!
Friday, September 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Lisa Maxwell, The Last Magician
In modern New York, magic is all but extinct. And in the book! The few who do have magical affinity hide themselves, and any who enter Manhattan become trapped, forever! And in the book! And speaking of books, Esta is a time-travelling thief who’s going to try to steal a book from the past to make that weird situation less bad!
Sunday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Active Citizens Club – Rat F**ked
Oh jeez, such language. That’s what the book’s called, though! Rat Faked, about how rats aren’t real. No wait it’s about rigging the House and state legislatures for the benefit of a Republican party that relies on voter suppression rather than policy proposals anyone likes. Read the book, then talk about it with the Active Citizens Club!

Card Games:

Friday, September 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!
Saturday, September 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ixalan Pre-Release
Play with a brand-new set of Magic Cards! They’re all kind of generally themed around like a faux El Dorado. This is a Sealed Deck tournament! Build the best 40-card deck you can with the new cards and compete for promo items! It’s $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

Community:

Tuesday, September 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Cultural Council Public Information Meeting
Get some information about the Cultural Council, public at large! It’s not just your right, it’s your duty!
Thursday, September 21st
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room afterschool on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”
Friday, September 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Annual Celebration of El Grito de Lares with Guest Speaker Dr. Solsiree del Moral
Celebrate Grito del Lares, the holiday marking Puerto Rico’s attempt to gain independence, with Dr. Solsiree del Moral. Dr. del Moral is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Black Studies and the Chair of American Studies at Amherst College. She will speak about five books on Puerto Rican history that she considers essential to understanding Puerto Rico and US colonialism.
Saturday, September 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Time Management & Relaxation
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on managing your busy schedule! Also a post-talk Yoga class which will be nice. Our hot tip for managing your time: you can always procrastinate and stay up later! If you don’t sleep, it will never be the next day! That’s just science.

Computers:

Thursday, September 21st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, any problems and solutions you might have to share, and then listen to a presentation on the basics of WordPress customization! Learn how to develop and modify WordPress plugins and styles, learn about the API and setting up dev environments, and how to test and publish your ideas. Press your words with even greater effectiveness!
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
September 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Learn more about Drupal! Get so good with it that you can then apply those skills to making the world’s greatest website! There’s a packed schedule of guided discussion and demonstration of techniques.
Friday, September 22nd
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center [100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
BODY: SKIN: COCOON: TRANSFORMATION
Did you know that cocoons are only for moths and caterpillars? We kind of thought they were the same thing as butterfly chrysalises but nope, they’re spun with silk whereas the chrysalis is just like made of the animal, which is weird. This workshop is $286 for six weeks and we have no danged idea what it’s about. You’ll apparently consider the elements of body, space, and time with Lisa Hoag. Check it out at https://reg135.imperisoft.com/HCAC/ProgramDetail/35363937/Registration.aspx if your’e interested!
Sunday, September 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Advertising, Producing Content, Networking, and Social Media
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 advertise and make a site people actually see!

Entertainment:

Friday, September 22nd
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ukulele Jam
Play the Ukulele? Just like the look of it and want to try? Play songs and learn at the Jam!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Explore Northampton Series: Exploring Roberts Hill, Leeds, MA
Naturalist and co-director Laurie Sanders will take you for a 2-hour exploration of one of the oldest conservation areas in Northampton! It’s an important wildlife habitat with a network of nicely maintained trails. It’s $8 for members, $12 non-members, register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org to get directions to the meetup site! Limit of 20!
Saturday, September 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
All are welcome! The theme this month is new beginnings, featuring Christopher Eccleston and Peter Capaldi as the titular “Doctor Who”.
Sunday, September 24th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Premiere Pizza Party – Bring Toppings!
Sign up at the Meetup to find this spectacular event! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/243401659/ Bring your own toppings for a delicious pizza, crust with sauce will be there already! Vegan options as well! Event starts at 6:30pm, first episode at 8:30pm, and then second after it if everyone would like!

History:

Saturday, September 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Called to Serve – Stories of men and Women confronted by the Vietnam War Draft
Noted Valley Creator Ken Burns – he’s a Hampshire grad it counts – will be premiering his and collaborator Lynn Novick’s newest 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War. At this event, author Tom Weiner will give a presentation to share his book on the Vietnam War draft and give folks an opportunity to offer their responses to the series and the war.

Kids:

Tuesday, September 19th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, September 21st
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.
Friday, September 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Play some Minecraft with friends!

Movies:

Tuesday, September 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Sense & Sensibility
A classic of the genre that we can’t completely remember but definitely have read/seen because it’s well-known that it’s great. It’s just that “romance, drama, comedy, and pithy characters” sums up like a good deal of Austen and it’s hard for us to place this one.
Wednesday, September 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Free Screening: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
The Forbes Film Club will present a free screening of the classic film starring Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy! Refreshments will be served at the screening!
Sunday, September 24th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God
As the State Rabbi of North-East Germany, he looks after the Jewish communities in Schwerin and Rostoc, but still lives in a bungalow near Henly-on-Thames. We recognize exactly none of those place-names, but we’re assuming he’s doing important high-placed work and yet living in a small house in a small neighborhood? Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-rabbi-wolff%E2%80%A8-gentleman-god-sunday-september-24-2-pm

RPGs:

Thursday, September 21st
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!
Sunday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy role-playing game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Tuesday, September 19th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Public Invitation to the Archaeology Dig Behind the Parsons House
“From September 18-22, a small archaeological dig will be underway behind the Parsons House (1719) to investigate a historic well and its immediate surroundings. On Tuesday, September 19, from 10 am to 4 pm, you’re invited to come by the site and talk to professional archaeologists Craig Chartier and Greg Walwer about what they’re doing and finding.” Talk to some archaeologists about their work! It’s wild how little time needs to pass for things to start being hidden in a way that takes care to unravel!

 

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/!