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October 29th – November 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


VOTE!

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Find your local early voting location!

Vote YES ON 3!

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Community:

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

Entertainment:

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

History:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Technology:

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

Teens:

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

Video Games:

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

 

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May 14 – May 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re going to have fun stuff at Nerd Nite NoHo this week! We’re going to be doing Beerology Beer Trivia at 7:00pm! So get here on time! We’re also going to be having the folks from Puzzled Escape Games in Eastworks! They’ll be bringing over some of their mobile game stuff, which will be real neat based on what we know about their main operation!

We saw Infinity War over the weekend with our mom and it was pretty fun and also wild to contemplate how much work it must have taken to put together this sort of silly extravagant get-together. We’re hoping the next one is like all our good movie friends at a murder-mystery party, though. We’ve never been fans of the big end-of-the-world-but-times-fifty Crossover Event That Changes Everything.

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, May 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Join Rhonda Fazio from Dyer Maker Studio for a “Dyeing” Experience
Okay we’re not professional marketers but “a dyeing experience” might not be the BEST way to sell this. Anyway though, a class to find out how to dye clothing! Sounds fun. Space is limited, so call 413-420-8101 to reserve a seat!
Wednesday, May 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Compass Roads Reading
A reading of Compass Roads – Poems about the Pioneer Valley! The Straw Dogs Writers Guild is putting this together. Here’s our poem about the Valley: The Pioneer Valley is a – nice place that has a lot of – people in it who do good work in a variety of creative fields – free verse is a sort of poem you can do without any effort – just not well.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Session Topic: Revival, Temperance, and Intoxication in Emily Dickinson’s Amherst, leader: Melba Jensen. Speak about a great local poet with other people who also like her work!
Thursday, May 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stitchin’ Group
Stitch! A stitch in time saves 9, so it stands to reason that if you stitch ENOUGH ahead of time, you’ll be able to coast on those for a pretty long while. You’ll be able to enjoy your retirement clothed in hand-stitched luxury, looking back on your sensible decision to stitch in time instead of waiting until it wasn’t time!
Friday, May 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Commencement & Reunion Gallery Talk
A guided tour of “Modern Images of the Body from East Asia” led by Yao Wu, Jane Chance Carroll Curator of Asian Art. Learn more about a spectacular exhibition at a great local museum!

Board Games:

Saturday, May 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free! This particular tournament is going to be played on a life-size chess board with real people at the whim of the villainous Doctor Doom.

Books:

Tuesday, May 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
“Adults who write for children are invited to attend a critique group in the Greenfield Room the third Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. The group will be facilitated by Nell Wright. Participants will discuss skills, share tips and opportunities for development, and read and discuss their stories. For more information, Call the library at 413-772-1544.” Get better at writing with some fellow writers!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
TALK | “People of the Picture Book:” The Many Diasporas, with Ilan Stavans
“The final lecture in this series showcases contemporary picture books from different cultural habitats, including the United States, Israel, Europe, Latin America, and the Arab world.”

Community:

Monday, May 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Narcan Training
“Community members are invited to attend an opiod overdose prevention workshop and Narcan training. Co-sposored by the Opiod Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin Region and Tapestry Health, this event is open to the public. Information on treatment and recovery will be available.” Learn how to help your neighbors!
Wednesday, May 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Focus Groups
“Cambridge Focus on behalf of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Board ( Mass. Department of Public Health) conducting focus groups. ” Talk to the Department of Health about what you think is important RE: Cannabis!
Saturday, May 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Find Your Perfect Job!
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to get employment! Create a great cover letter and resume, interview well, and more! We recommend having your resume and cover letter consist solely of the phrase “GIVE ME THE JOB NOW” repeated as many times as it takes to fill the page.

Computers:

Thursday, May 17th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current WordPress projects, bring forth problems and offer up solutions, talk about your favorite plugins, and most of all get in touch with a local community of designers who can help you out!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, May 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Readers’ Theatre: The Mill River Disaster of 1874
Elizabeth Sharpe, co-director of Historic Northampton and Author of ‘In the Shadow of the Dam: The Aftermath of the Mill River Flood of 1874′, will narrate a readers’ theatre presentation on the Mill River Disaster. Which stands to reason, when you think about it. Registration required, $8 for donors, $12 for non-members.
Saturday, May 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Swedish Ancestry Research Association
“Our program that month will be Scandinavian Desserts. Many of our members’ families have been in America so many years that they no longer know what many of the true Swedish recipes are that came with their ancestors. I, Esther Johnson, will be one of the presenters for this delicious meeting. The desserts will be accompanied with copies of the recipes. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the event. We will assist members with their genealogy during the meeting. Members bring lunch to share.” Dessert research is always a good plan.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Victorian Lady: Dressing from Corset to Gloves with performance artist Kandie Carle
Sunday, May 20th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Firefly Episodes 9, 10, 11, & Potluck!
Bring some food! Watch some good old fashioned space-cowboy television! Cowboys, but also spaceships! Two of your favorite things, presumably! It’s a fun show.

Kids:

Saturday, May 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Pig Out On Reading with Farmer Minor and Daisy the Pig!
It’s a pig! And some pugs! They’re going to hang out and read with you! Aaaagh pigs are cute and pugs are cute! Well, we suppose Farmer Minor is going to do the reading. Pigs are smart and good but famously they refuse to speak in public. They’re very shy, you see. We really wish pigs were not 300+ pounds, because they seem like such nice folks!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!
Sunday, May 20th
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: Nadia Hohn
“In Malaika’s Winter Carnival, Malaika has moved to Canada, where everything is different. It’s cold, no one understands when she talks, and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home. Written in a blend of standard English and Caribbean patois, author Nadia Hohn tells a warm story about the importance of family, especially when adjusting to a new home. During this special storytime, Hohn will delight families with an interactive, lively, and musical program exploring Caribbean songs, rhymes, and games.” A good book and a fun storytime!

Science:

Monday, May 14th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Life in the Earth’s Hot, Dark, Crust & Let Me Google That For You!

It is estimated that 20% of Earth’s microbes live in Earth’s crust. How do these microbes live there? What do they eat? Do they cooperate with one another or compete for resources? What can they teach us about origin of life and life on other planets? ‘Let me Google that for you’. A look at the more esoteric features of Google search in Google and Google Scholar. Advanced search, search tools and how to get the most relevant results will help you ferret out the good bits and leave behind the chaff.


 

April 2nd – April 8th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


In extremely distressing news, Modern Myths in Northampton is going to close down at the end of May.

We love Modern Myths, and we appreciate all of the hard work that went into making it such a wonderful place to visit. We wish there was more we could do to make this better, but it just stinks.

Dear Modern Myths community, customers, suppliers, and friends,

After more than fifteen years of serving readers and gamers in two locations and at conventions around the Northeast, we’ve made the difficult but ultimately necessary decision to retire. We will be closing both of our physical locations and attending our last conventions over the course of the next several months.

Our plan right now is to close our Northampton location at the end of May, and our Mamaroneck location at the end of June. We’re hoping you’ll join us in both locations on Free Comic Book Day (May 5) for an informal all-day retirement party and the usual piles of free comics.

We’ll have details for how we’re handling orders and liquidation sales in our next update. We know this announcement will come as a surprise for a lot of you. It’s important that you know we’re ok, and we’re doing this because we want to bow out while we’re still happy and healthy enough to do it gracefully. There’s some proprietary numbers we obviously can’t share, but we’re looking forward to chatting with as many of you as we can in the coming weeks, in part to say good-bye, but mostly just to say thank you.

-Jim, Melissa, and Bishop

Just… dangit. What a wonderful place. What a shame to see it go. Keep supporting your local shops while they still exist, folks.

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, April 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
14th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme for this year’s poetry pageant is “Rivers”. In addition to making a $25 donation to the library, readers are asked to choose a poem about rivers to read aloud. Interested in reading a poem or sponsoring a student who wants to read? Contact Denise Fontaine-Pincince: 413-244-3290.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Artist’s Reception
Participating visual artists can submit one piece of wall art, any medium. For more details, contact Denise Fontaine-Pincince: 413-244-3290 or dcfontaine@yahoo.com.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Warrior Poets
Some poets will come fight you? We assume? There’s no description so we’re going to say it’s like chess-boxing. Or maybe a poetry slam followed by a … foe trying to slam you?
Thursday, April 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
April Arts Night Plus
Arts Night Out! See artwork and walk around, get out and have a good time! A contemporary art exhibit! Open mic! Featured readers! So much nice stuff!
Saturday, April 7th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
Join Smith Museum for a Community Day with music and dance and drop-in art and workshops and so much else inspired byt the exhibition Modern Images of the Body from East Asia. Free light refreshments, a food truck, all ages welcome! There’s a Taiko performance, story time, so much to do! What a spectacular time at the museum!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists Reception: Fiberistas
From the site: “The many nuances of the color blue inspire the eight members of the Fiberistas. Working in several fiber media including quilting, felting, tapestry weaving, dyeing, surface design, stitchery, and paper and fabric collage, they explore traditional techniques as well as contemporary artistic trends including graffiti, illumination, and re-purposing of materials.” A good opportunity to see blue things!

Board Games:

Saturday, April 7th
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! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!
Saturday, April 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chess Club (Ages 7+)
Play chess if you’re 7 or older!

Books:

Tuesday, April 3rd
Chapin Auditorium, Mary Woolley Hall [50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
From the site: “So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting. Brittney Cooper writes a popular monthly column on race, gender, and politics for Cosmopolitan.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry
Barry McColgan will be on hand to discuss John Hersey’s Hiroshima! Copies are available at the library! Start your new year right by meeting our local Barry!
Wednesday, April 4th
Northampton High School [380 Elm St Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Rachel Simmons, Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives
From the site: “Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl. As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.” Sounds like a useful and kind work to be doing!
Thursday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
I am a Bag Lady: Adventures in Travel – Body, Mind, Spirit
From the site: “Local blogger and world traveler, Wendy Iseman, will share her unique travel experiences and”… and it ends there! Presumably that’s when the monster devoured the person writing the description.
Friday, April 6th
Gamble Auditorium [50 College St. South Hadley, MA 01075] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Marcella Hall, Uncommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race & Freindship
From the site: “UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship is a collection of essays written by women from across the United States. The essays unapologetically explore the challenges of developing and maintaining cross-racial female friendships. Marcella Runell Hall became dean of students at Mount Holyoke in 2014, moving to the Pioneer Valley from Brooklyn, New York. She is a social justice scholar and accomplished author.”

Card Games:

Friday, April 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Computers:

Tuesday, April 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.
Thursday, April 5th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
From the site: “Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others. We’ll have a representative from either Wired West or Crocker Communications to discuss the financial, logistical and political efforts for doing this in Northampton. We’ll figure out next steps and give our group an official name.”

Entertainment:

Friday, April 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Living History Series: A Conversation & Songs by Local Music Legend Jim Armenti
A special evening with local legendary musician Jim Armenti, who will share his reasons for settling in the Valley, his roots in music, local events that inspired his songs, and just his views on community in general! Seating is limited, so RSVP to lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. $25 including VIP pre-event reception, apps included! $10 for just the Jim Armenti event!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Swing into Spring Cocktail Party/Mini Golf 21+
From the site: “Join us for the 3rd Annual “Swing into Spring” party, with Food (and Cash Bar) by Brennan’s Place, and an opportunity to play Mini Golf in the Library! ¡Minigolf en la Biblioteca! $20 per person. Purchase via Eventbrite, or at the door. A “Lucky Ticket” Auction will be held during the party. Funds raised will be benefit the Library – especially programs for youth.”
Saturday, April 7th
Springfiled Public Forum [34 Court St. Springfield, MA] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Brick By Brick: Building Your Imagination
Dan Steininger, a former Master Model Builder at LEGO, will talk about LEGO! Kind of predictable, but he had a real inside track having worked at LEGO for 24 years. He was one of only 8 Master Model Builders in the world employed by LEGO, so he did a bunch of build events. He’ll talk about how he became a master builder and what his process was for building gigantic models!
Saturday, April 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The West African Kora (Harp) and Its Music
From the site: “Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire, in addition to some of his own personal compositions. “
Saturday, April 7th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:00 AM to 10:15
Mini Golf Tournament
From the site: “Teams of 4 are invited to compete for Prizes and bragging rights. “Shotgun” start at 9:00 am. Please arrive by 8:45 am to sign-in/register. Advance registration required. $80 per team. Please register via EventBrite online (or contact Nancy Kocsmiersky, HPL Development Office, 413-420-8109, nancy@holyokelibrary.org by noon Thursday April 5), or contact Kathy McKean April 6 to learn if space is still available. Limit: 18 teams.”
Sunday, April 8th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly & Potluck
Watch Firefly and eat some delicious food! Some of that food you will need to bring, of course. Join at the meetup to find out where it is held! It’s a fun time for all involved. https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/249193229/

History:

Wednesday, April 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sarah’s Garden: Jonathan Edwards’ Flower
An illustrated talk by Elise Bernier-Feely about the life of Pastor Jonathon Edwards’ wife, Sarah Pierpont Edwards, and the gardens she grew at their home in Northampton, which is a town you might know today!
Saturday, April 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
A Tree Grows in Northampton: Notable Trees on the Lyman Estate
Bob Leverett, an expert on Historic Trees and a Big Tree Hunter will talk to you about the extremely impressive local trees! Some of the biggest and most impressive in Massachusetts are in our own backyard! Take a walk around and learn about the local Ents. It’s just $15 to attend, but pre-register at https://forbeslibrary.org/friends/events/garden-tour/ to make sure you get one of the 25 spots!

Kids:

Monday, April 2nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Wednesday, April 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ukulele Club! (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, and have fun! Ukuleles will be provided.Please pre-register in the Kids Room or 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories! Crafts! What more could you ask for?
Thursday, April 5th
Munson [1046 S East St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Stories! Crafts! Delightful!
Saturday, April 7th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
The Carle will host a presentation by the children’s book historian, author, and critic Leonard Marcus! This presentation focuses on Randolph Caldecott, the inventor of the modern children’s picture book!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Mini Golf in the Library
From the site: “Come play 18 holes of miniature golf INSIDE our beautiful Library! Families welcome. Children under 5 play for FREE. Ages 5-12, $3. Adults, $5. No experience necessary. No need to register. Just come!”

Movies:

Monday, April 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Thor Ragnarok
Teens only! Come see one of the best of the recent Marvel movies! Lots of fun, some good jokes, Tessa Thompson’s very cool in it, Jeff Goldblum gets to be weird, all in all a nice time at the movies.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Mansfield Park
Park YOUR mansfield at this great library to watch a movie based on the Jane Austen novel Emma. Wait not, Mansfield Park. That makes more sense!
Tuesday, April 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Sunday, April 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film | Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women
Six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century get a documentary hosted by four of today’s funniest women! A saga about what it means to be female, Jewish, and funny!

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 4th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, April 5th
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’.
Friday, April 6th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The spring event for the Creative Roleplaying Organization, PCs and NPCs can preregister at crolarp.com. If you want to help set up, head over around 2pm at the earliest on Friday. Otherwise arrivale is at 5pm. New and returning players get 40xp, qualifying players get 50xp. Contact Zak at zak@crolarp.com to discuss group benefits if you’re bringing pals! Find out more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577106485740202/
Saturday, April 7th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The second day of the CRO LARP!
Sunday, April 8th
Eagle Pass Camp [38 Walker Rd., Wales MA] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
CRO LARP Spring Opener: The Long Night
The third and final day of the CRO LARP!

 

December 25th – December 31st

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Holidays, folks! We’re at home hanging out with our great mom, we hope you’re also having a good time.

Take it easy, it’s dark out and we’re pretty confident saying we’ve all had a bit of a year.

We’re gonna deal with it by playing RPGs with friends and going to the movies with our mom!

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, December 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Club Workshop
This club meetup will feature artist Andrew Del Valle teaching comic book art! It’s going to feature drawing games and prompts to help you get started! Open to all middle and high school students.
Wednesday, December 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create some holiday zines to ring in the new year!

Board Games:

Monday, December 25th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Doctor Who Games, Potluck, Christmas Special
Have some fun watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special with pals, and playing boardgames! Bring your favorite! Check out the meetup for more information. https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246121648/
Saturday, December 30th
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.

Community:

Thursday, December 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
A monthly support group for women living with any sort of chronic illness, free and open to the public!

Kids:

Tuesday, December 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: The Nut Job 2
This is a kids movie sequel of dubious quality, but that’s not what’s important. It’s the tagline. “Nutty by Nature”. The literal only thing that could refer to is the hip-hop group “Naughty by Nature”, which had a hit single in the song O.P.P., in 1991. This is, to say the least, a strange tagline for a recently release children’s movie.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Holiday Penguin Party!
A holiday penguin party with local author Eric Bennett as he reads his penguin-related book Noodles & Albie’s Birthday Surprise! He’s also going to talk about penguins, teach you to draw penguins, and have treats and giveaways! Recommended for penguins aged 4-9!
Wednesday, December 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: Despicable Me 3
We’re pretty sure it’s not like… good. But hey, might be fun? And it’s free. And 100% kids will like it because it’s got those little screaming actual demons.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Gina Perry
Author and illustrator Gina Perry will share the story of a little girl who feels overwhelmed by such a big world all around her! Eventually she realizes she is actually quite big thanks to the fact that she’s very neat. It sounds like a good story!
Thursday, December 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Family Drive in Movie Night
Decorate your own cardboard cars and enjoy a screening of Cars 3! Whatever you do, don’t think about how many cars are almost certainly killed over the course of the film or how gruesome it would be if they weren’t anthropomorphic cars.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Forest Park Zoo on the Go!
Meet some delightful animals and learn about how they’re adapted to survive in the wild! Touch and observe these crazy critters, and ask questions of your own!
Friday, December 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Night: The Emoji Movie
A movie about phones featuring products you grew bored with about four years ago. It’s… been an odd year for children’s films in many ways.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Event: Happy Feet (All Ages)
No registration required! Open to all ages!

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 27th
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, December 28th
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 estranged cousin who’s also a mage and much taller’.

 

December 4th – December 10th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


If you are a grad student: speak to your union rep and your adviser and whoever else you can rely on for advice. The tax bill that looks like it’s going to pass might make it no longer possible for you to remain in your program. If you can’t afford to stay in graduate school, it’s better to find out earlier rather than later.

Also come to Nerd Nite Monday, December 11th at the World War II Club in Northampton! It’s going to be about plane crashes and how to survive them, as well as dancing! It’ll be fun and scary for different reasons to different people!

Are you a fan of Greenfield Games? Of course you are! They’re an excellent local shop that sells you games that you love. And now thanks in part to the efforts of roaming board game evangelist Justin Dowd, they have a regular Saturday Games Night! Head to Greenfield Games every Saturday to play some board games with pals!

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, December 6th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Alla Rosenfeld, Curator of Russian and European Art
Take a break from your day to learn about the history of landscape painting in Europe! Alla Rosenfeld will let you in on all the secrets of landscape painting in Europe, like how it is all these artists could afford a nice trip to Europe to paint!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Reading
Hear what was written during the Writing Month! Have a good time at this event hosted by Writer in Residence Naila Moreira!
Thursday, December 7th
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!
Friday, December 8th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Free art! At a great museum! But still donate if you can! It’s important to support the museum.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
YA Card Stamp!
Using stamps and colored pencils as well as markers and more, you’ll be able to create works of art! That you can mail! Which technically includes all non-installation artwork, but definitely especially includes postcards! Grades 5-12 welcome, sign up in advance because space is limited!
Saturday, December 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Family Craft: Kite Paper Star Folding (Ages 8-adult)
Registration required! Materials provided! You can craft your own sun, become like unto a god!

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.
Sunday, December 10th
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix
Heroes! Clicking? It’s impossible to resist. This time, make your Heroclix only characters with Strange in the name! That’s Dr. Strange, Hugo Strange, and it’s not our job to find everything for you we got you started with some now find a full team.

Books:

Thursday, December 7th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Martian Chronicles book discussion + dinner
The last meetup of 2017! Read the Martian Chronicles, a legitimate classic, and then talk about it while eating! Go here for a list of the book group’s list for 2018! http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/
Saturday, December 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Children Authors Group Signing
From the site: “The Odyssey Bookshop is thrilled to host a brilliant group of children’s book creators for a group signing. The perfect holiday gift for someone special in your life–or for your own personal collection! Can’t make it to the event? Pre-order a book in-store or online and we’ll get it signed and personalized for you! (We also offer free gift wrapping and we can ship worldwide!)”
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Matt Tavares, Red and Lulu
From the site: “Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. It will take a miracle for them to find each other again. Luckily, it’s just the season for miracles. . . ” Halloween!
Sunday, December 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Immigrant Cookbook
More than 42 million people in the US are from other countries! America has always been a haven for people seeking refuge with some really important exceptions and also super not recently. During the current horrific anti-immigrant rhetoric, it’s a good idea to remind yourself that recipes from other cultures are amazing and that we owe everyone who immigrates to America a lot! Samples from the book will be available to taste, and $5 from each sale will go to the ACLU!

Card Games:

Friday, December 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Unstable Release Draft
A limited booster draft featuring the newest set: Unstable! Entry is $18 and there’s a hard cap of 16 players so sign up early! Prizes are at least a booster pack per player plus packs per round win and some promo cards and more! Delightfully stable prize pool for a delightfully unstable night of cards!

Comic Books:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
A monthly meetup to discuss and share your favorite comics! You’ll also get a chance to create one of your own with provided artist supplies! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Saturday, December 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Graphic Novel Club (Ages 11-17) and Teen Craft (Avatar Creations)
Registration required! Crafts and comics, the best of both worlds! Register by sending an email to teens@joneslibrary.org!

Community:

Tuesday, December 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Meet and Greet with the Palmer Redevelopment Authority
Meet the authority at a catered free event! Eat food and let the administrators of the Town of Palmer know exactly what you think is important! Discuss topics that have a direct bearing on your existence with people who might be able to cause things to change for the better!

Computers:

The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Fashion in Fiction: Clothing in Jane Austen’s Regency Novels
Kandie Carle presents a show-and-tell! This is going to include dressing “Elizabeth Bennett” and “Mr. Darcy”, as well as sharing passages from Austen’s work! Ms Carle will give this detailed overview of clothing all while dressed in authentic Regency attire! Discover how important fashion can be!
Thursday, December 7th
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!
Saturday, December 9th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the birth of our favorite poet at a Museum open house! Tours, crafts, and best of all there’s cake!

Kids:

Monday, December 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Deanna Cook, Baking Class Event at the South Hadley Public Library
Deanna Cook will demonstrate recipes from her new book Baking Class, and kids will have an opportunity to design their own treats at a cookie decorating station! Free and open to the public, suggested for ages 6-12!
Tuesday, December 5th
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!
Saturday, December 9th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Season’s Greetings and Experimental Wrapping Paper
Ages 3 and up with an adult, $12/pair! Spend time with your kiddos making cards and wrapping paper with the provided materials!
Sunday, December 10th
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: Matt Tavares
Matt Tavares will tell you a story about birds and magic and the holidays in New York City, the famous Big Old Apple-Shaped City!

Movies:

Tuesday, December 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, December 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
From the site: “Join us for “13th” – a powerful documentary which explores the history of race and the criminal justice system in the United States, by Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma. The first half of this film was viewed at the October meeting. Tonight, we will view the second half and discuss it.” Free and open to the public!
Friday, December 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge: Movie – Valerian (PG-13)
See the spectacle from acclaimed spectacle-creator and slightly less acclaimed narrative-maker behind The Fifth Element and Lucy, Luc Besson! At the least it’ll have very cool looking images in it.
Saturday, December 9th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film Screening and Discussion: Gleason
Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS at age 34. He chose to use his last years to try to live life to its fullest, and chronicled it for his unborn son. You’re invited to stay after for a discussion about the film and ALS hosted by Sunderland Resident Madelyn Griffin, a family friend of the Gleasons.

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 6th
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, December 7th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Saturday, December 9th
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!
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fate Multiverse: The Great Goblin Bake-Off!
Players will take on the roles of characters from a variety of genres thrust into the city at the center of reality as refugees! There will be goblins in this one and there will also be an elimination style baking competition so if you’ve been waiting to play Chopped but with goblins, this is your hour!

 

November 20th – 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We realized halfway into writing a thing about the boardgame Root that we probably shouldn’t put like a thousand words at the top of this thing so we’re going to write a bigger thing about it tomorrow!

In the meantime we’d like to propose that you check out the newest surefire Kickstarter success “Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff by Hussie, Dril, and KC Green”. It is produced by TopatoCo, a local outfit that generally seems to do a good job. It also involves KC Green, one of the most influential artists to come out of the Pioneer Valley since Emily Dickinson.

Also John Hodgman, who did his best work while summering in the Pioneer Valley, has written a good book about his decision to become a more Maine-centric person and how that has made his life both more noble and more bleak. Vacationland is so far a quite good collection of essays that are usually funny or tragic or both and we like it. Purchase it from a local book retailer like Broadside Bookshop in 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 20th
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 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Art Lab (Ages 4-8)
A lab where you can experiment with materials and methods of crafting art! If you are 4-8 years old, to be specific.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Craft: Yarn Feathers (Ages 11-17) Registration Required
Yarn! Feathers! Put them together and what do you have? Oddly enough, a coffee pot. No idea why that happens, pretty sure it’s a bug. You’ve got to pre-register to make your yarn into feathers, at 413-259-3091 or contact teens@joneslibrary.org.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children, come hang out and critique each other! Like, constructively critique each other about books. Don’t just get together to be mean to each other in a group. Facilitated by Nell Wright! Help others and get help with your own writing!

Board Games:

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, November 25th
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.
Sunday, November 26th
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sunday HeroClix
New players and experienced hands! Come battle! We recommend a team comprised entirely of heroes with PhDs! Not Dr. Doom, he never actually presented his dissertation.

Books:

Tuesday, November 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Discussion – All Quiet on the Western Front
Library staff member Barry McColgan will host a discussion of the classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front! Copies of the book are available at the library.
Saturday, November 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Indies First at the Odyssey!
You can either get 20% off your purchase or donate 20% of your purchase to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts! The Food Bank donates a ton of food to your friends and neighbors, and you should do what you can to help them out! There are free refreshments all day, a gift with any purchases totaling $50 or more, and there are going to be guests including Mira Bartok and Holly Black!
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: Aaron Becker
Celebrate the release of the box set of The Journey Trilogy! It’s an epic wordless picture book series about a girl’s adventures into another realm! Another realms are always nice spots for adventuring. Book signing to follow program!

Comics:

Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Small Business Saturday at Comics N’ More
Check out excellent comics and N’ Mores at a wonderful local shop all day during Small Business Saturday! Supporting small businesses is good for your health we’re pretty sure!
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Artist Signing with Jack Purcell
Excellent artist Jack Purcell will be available with original art and prints and comics that he worked on! Get a commissioned piece from him, even! It;ll be a delightful time and you’ll enjoy it.

Community:

Monday, November 20th
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 “Let’s silently play boardgames” method of dealing with difficult people during the holidays. Learn how to practice supporting your emotional well-being during a real tough time of the year!
Tuesday, November 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Workforce Information & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Information Session
Learn about job search assistance, career counseling, and possible training programs that you might qualify for!
Friday, November 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Community Sing
Get together with a big group of other people of all possible levels of singing ability and make some beautiful music! No singing experience required, just the ability to produce a noise!

Entertainment:

Monday, November 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
American Writers and the Great War
Local presenter Barry Dietz, who you know from his prior presentations, will be teaching you about how some of the greatest American authors were impacted by World War 1!
Wednesday, November 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen/Tween Half-Day Lounge
Have a half-day and nothing much to do? GPL is offering free pizza, a great movie, board games, and your pals! Pending you bringing your pals. Still, a good deal!
Friday, November 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Day After Thanksgiving Community Sing
All ages and abilities are welcome! You only sing what you feel comfortable singing, lyrics provided! You’re also going to get to sing Thriller which everyone likes! Don’t shop on Black Friday because it’s an anti-holiday designed to punish retail workers!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday
See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets! Director Therese Brady Donohue and musician Karen Tarlow bring to life adaptations of Nocturne, the Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, and Mouse’s Birthday!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 21st
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!
Friday, November 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Movie: Cars 3
This is the one where they made that super downbeat ad where it looks like the main Car died which was an odd mood to set. We’ve heard nothing particularly good about this film but we can 100% guarantee your kid will find it entrancing.
Saturday, November 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Zoo on the Go at the Sunderland Public Library
We’re not certain what separates this from just pointing at a bunch of escaped animals but we assume they have some method to slow them down briefly so you can see them more clearly or something. Advance registration required, space is limited! Call 413-665-2642!

Movies:

Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Family Movie Matinee
A special showing of the 2017 live-action and definitely absolutely necessary Beauty and the Beast remake! See all of your favorite characters, only now all of the furniture-people are baroque and terrifying!

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 22nd
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.

 

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.”