Gaming

June 25th – July 1st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Go to a protest on June 30th if you are able to do so. If you show up, it will make a difference. People just want to know that their neighbors also realize kidnapping the children of asylum-seekers in order to torture them is wrong. It’s not a high bar.

In less distressing news, let’s talk about a Valley Creator doing a neat thing!

Have you been watching folks on Twitch? Maybe some actual-play RPG sessions? Well, so have the people writing the RPGs being played! They’re frankly giddy that there’s a sudden like participatory-watch community centered around the art form they’ve been working within for so long.

Epidiah Ravachol of Dread and more importantly at the moment Swords Without Master, has been doing “Speed Runs” of Swords Without Master! Full play-throughs with folks in less than an hour! It’s both a fun Actual Play viewing experience and a powerful example of how Swords Without Master is a great indie RPG for folks who want to have fun without devoting a lifetime to every game.

You should check it out here! https://www.twitch.tv/videos/270880758. There are a bunch of them and that’s one.

Also join the Discord to find other players! And while you watch new episodes play along using the new rules for Scrying!

It’s all very fun and neat. Buy Swords Without Master now to see what folks are getting excited about!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, June 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Greenfield Rocks! Kindness Rock Painting
Paint a rock! Teach the rock to love! Teach the rock to understand compassion! Warning: do not throw a friendship rock at another person, it makes the friendship rock sad.
Wednesday, June 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Rock Painting
Paint a rock! Make a new best friend is literally what they say here which seems kind of like an insult? Is Forbes saying we don’t have a best friend?! Bring your own rock! Or like… go outside before the event for a minute.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reception for Artists Pamela Acosta and Dara Herman Zierlein
Good artists! Good reception! Possibly cheese? That’s what makes or breaks a reception.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Thursday, June 28th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Saturday, June 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Make a CD Mandala
Using colored sharpies and other decorative elements, turn some old CDs into beautiful artwork! If you’ve got some old CDs, we think the last CD we can remember having was like a decade and a half ago.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Greenfield Rocks! Kindness Rock Painting
Paint a rock! Teach the rock to love! Teach the rock to understand compassion! Warning: do not insult a friendship rock, because it makes the rock feel bad. Be kind to rocks!

Books:

Wednesday, June 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Short stories by British mystery writers! Featuring some dramatic readings by excellent actors to really bring them to life. Linda Tardif will be reading Mr Millcroft’s Birthday by P.D. James, and Kermit Dunkelberg will be reading The Reigate Puzzle by Arthur Conan Doyle, who famous wrote the series of Conan the Detective stories.
Thursday, June 28th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Welcome to Night Vale Boook Discussion And Dinner
Meet to talk about a book from a fun podcast! Meet, talk, eat, hang out in a nice pub. What’s not to like?

Community:

Saturday, June 30th
Millside Park [Easthampton MA] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Families Belong Together Stamp Out
“Join us on June 30 at 3pm at the Nashawannuck pond to peacefuly protest the separation of children from their parents on the US-Mexico border, while seeking asylum. This is a cruel policy that rips families apart.” Interested in protesting the ripping apart of families, abuse of asylum-seekers, and general deep-down evil? Check out this event or find another event near you at: https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together/. Not interested in protesting? Donate! https://www.raicestexas.org/coll-page-section/donate/. Can’t donate? Talk to everyone you can and call your congresspeople! 5calls.org is a good start!

Entertainment:

Monday, June 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Great American Songbokk with Skylarkz
Kick off summer reading with a musical duo! Let’s Face the Music and Dance is some music that inspired dancers of the 30’s, 40’s, and inexplicably the 2060’s.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Spring Breakers
Spring Breakers by Harmony Korine has been called “A Movie” and also “…. huuuh.” You can get copies of it in the library, and then talk about the film in this group!
Tuesday, June 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
HOUSE Closing Cookout
Activities, a DJ, food, beer (for people who can drink beer and also want to drink beer) and a last chance to see HOUSE before it closes in July! Free and open to all! Though probably you need to pay for food and beer?
Wednesday, June 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Libraries Rock Family Night Kick-Off
“”Libraries Rock” Kickoff Event for Kids and Families: Magician, Fran Ferry, will entertain a family audience with magical storytelling, doing fancy tricks with ordinary newspaper, and bringing kids into the act with his well-known flair for child-friendly silliness and amazing magic! Free and open to the public thanks to The Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, this is the first in the summer series of Wednesday Family Night entertainment.” Wholesome as heck, yeah?
Thursday, June 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mini Golf in the Library!
Mobile MiniGolf brings a fun MiniGolf course to the library! There are a ton of interesting holes for you to try putting into, and it’s suitable for kids and adults, a few holes might even be outside! Golf and the library, a match made in heaven, yeah?
Friday, June 29th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
The Firebird presented by The Puppet People
“Join us for this spectacular marionette show inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet The Firebird. Watch as even the impossible is possible as the mythical firebird comes to life and Ivan and Princess Yelena team up to break the enchantment placed over their kingdom. This 50 minute long puppet fantasy features beautifully handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, and vivid sets accompanied by Stravinsky’s musical score.” Wow, dang. That sounds awesome! Register at sscott@westath.org! There’s a waiting list already!

Kids:

Tuesday, June 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO! FOR CHILDREN! WE CAN’T STOP YELLING WHERE’S THE CAPS LOCK
Thursday, June 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Hear stories! Or well, have your kids hear stories we suppose, we’re assuming preschoolers don’t read this. Then make a craft!
Friday, June 29th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Family Concert with Roger Tincknell
A good danged family concert with a local musician! Children will sing, dance, move, pretend to be animals, play instruments, sing in Spanish and other languages, and explore cultures around the world! Edify your children through wholesome musical stuff!
Saturday, June 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Musical Petting Zoo with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra
The Musical Petting Zoo is the special event where animals are transformed into musical instruments for you to gently pet. Get a chance to give some weird instruments a try! Or not-weird ones, really just fool around with some instruments in a setting where no one is nervous you’re going to break something.

Movies:

Tuesday, June 26th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Paddington 2
Paddington has been recommended to us as a real gem of a family film by multiple people, and so has the sequel! It seems like a really good one to take a look at if you’re interested in some friendly, low-key entertainment.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Movie: The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom! A film that we’ve never really heard GOOD things about, but it’s definitely like, it’s a thing to experience. It’s odd and probably worth taking a look at and maybe making fun of if you’ve got a friend to josh about it with.
Wednesday, June 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Censored Voices
“Censored Voices is an Israeli film drawn from censored audio tapes made within weeks of soldiers returning from the 1967 Six Day War. The film project was the initiative of Israel’s best known anti-war author and activist Amos Oz to be shown in advance of the current 70th anniversary of the Israeli state and the Palestinian Nakba. These men were appalled at what they were required to in the 1967 war and nearly 50 years later gather to discuss the tapes in a 2015 film made by Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy complete with raw, real military footage. Oz and his friends are seen a half-century later listening to those tapes of their younger selves and discussing how they see the impact of that war on current Israel/Palestine, and the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Free and accessible. The Resistance Film series is co-sponsored by The Resistance Center of Western MA and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Casablanca at the Library!
This one starts early because the lovely Bistro Les Gras has a special menu for the night and expanded outdoor dining for you, and you can check out art in the Forbes Hosmer Gallery from 6pm-8pm, followed by the main event later at night! After it’s dark enough to project. We’ve heard Casablanca is pretty good, but we tend to only like really good movies like Citizen Kane so… Also there’s a prize for best-dressed in a 1940 style!
Thursday, June 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Family Movie: Coco and Musical Craft
Watch CoCo, widely regarded as a realy triumph of recent animation work, and make your own cardboard guitar! Cardboard guitar is an entry-level instrument, usually something you play for a while before moving on to a zinc guitar.
Sunday, July 1st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | Song of the Lodz Ghetto
“Song of the Lodz Ghetto, a documentary by David Kaufman, is a moving account of the history of Poland’s “first and last” Jewish ghetto. The film is based on a haunting program of songs performed by the renowned Jewish music group, Brave Old World. Many of those songs were written by the ghetto’s beloved street singer, Yankele Herszkowicz, whose life story is recounted in the film through interviews and historic photographs. ” Student $4, Member $6, General Admission $8

Technology:

Monday, June 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Python Coding Club
Meet with interested coders to talk Python! Bring your computer and a copy of Python, which can be downloaded for free online! https://www.python.org/!
Thursday, June 28th
Merrill 215 at Amherst College at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Debugging and Version Control for Programming
“Want your computer code to be perfect? Start by realizing that you will make mistakes when writing it! In this class you’ll learn how to discover and fix your errors. We will cover basic principles of debugging applicable to any programming language, though examples will use the Python language and its standard debugger pdb. Sometimes you’ll also want to try out new ideas without ruining the code that’s already working.” Learn to code well! This sounds really useful, and we love the fact that there’s a light dinner at 5:30pm. Register in advance at: https://www.amherst.edu/library/services/students/summer/response
Sunday, July 1st
Another Castle [30 Olive St, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Pitch & Interest Meeting
“In celebration of the upcoming Canada Day, we’re holding our first game Pitch & Interest event at Another Castle on July 1st! If you’re interested in pitching or collaborating on a project, we encourage you to fill out this quick survey by June 30th. It’s not required, but it will help us facilitate the event better. It’s also kind of a karma thing. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOxSCV2GJrfxqcK-cN3khGIDbhUl1NXo51DecZa0nNjqfDtw/viewform?usp=sf_link Here’s how this works: 1) Think of a pitch for a game idea. 2) Show up and present a 3-5 minute pitch of your idea and then talk to other devs about your idea. 3) Listen to other game developers pitch their ideas and think of ways you may want to contribute to help others make their ideas happen. 4) Profit (or at least have fun). During the event, we’ll help facilitate introductions and help hone in on your idea. After the event is over, we’ll make all pitches accessible to the group so people can follow up.”

Teens:

Monday, June 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Teens Only Movie: Back to the Future
Teens only! Teens exclusively! 12? Too young! 20? Too old! 19? That’s pushing it… but we’ll allow it. Watch a classic that your parents have already bugged you about a bunch, Back to the Future!
Friday, June 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Zine Workshop (Ages 12 – 17)
Madeline Dye, a local graphic artist, will help you learn how to create a zine! Learn how zines are used at cons and how they can be used to market your art! You’re going to get 10 of your danged zine to keep, too! Pre-register in advance! teens [at] joneslibrary [dot] org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
It’s LIT: Summer Sex and Relationship Series at the Library
In partnership with the River Valley Counselling Center, youth will have a chance to talk about sex, relationships, sexuality, and how to stay safe happy and healthy. Frankly these sorts of workshops should be attended by everyone every year in our experience. This stuff remains confusing forever. Snacks are provided, and there’s a $50 gift card you can earn for completing the whole series!

 

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June 18th – June 24th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

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

Dang that’s a neat game.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Community:

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

Entertainment:

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

History:

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

Kids:

Monday, June 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Tuesday, June 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, June 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Music Storytime with Mr. Liam
He’s going to play music and tell stories! You can attend to listen to both, and perhaps attempt to steal his power by acquiring his clown nose.

Movies:

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

RPGs:

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

Technology:

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

 

May 21st – May 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello and thank you for reading!

We had a great time at the most recent Nerd Nite, and we highly recommend you come to the next one! We made very good freshly-baked cookies, and everyone agrees that hey that’s pretty much going above and beyond you’re welcome. We also raised $50 for the Northampton Survival Center! That’s enough to provide monthly groceries and supplemental produce to one person for TWO months!

The creators of Apocalypse World went on the 3W6 podcast to talk about RPG design and would you believe it they’re LOCAL folks! They’re near us! They’re also very nice and interesting!

English episode! We talk to the designers of Apocalypse World about their design philosophy, the origins of Apocalyse World and the entire PbtA phenomenon, as well as their new game, The King is Dead.

We’re really excited about The King is Dead! It’s neat to combine interesting RPG design with party games. We tend to play more party games, because they’re lowest impact and stress and such, so something new in that space is always good and new AND designed by the folks who came up with Apocalypse World? Dang, that’s great.

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, May 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
A club to create zines! It’s for all ages! It’s for all types! It’s for you, and for us! It’s for anyone who wants to make a little thing they can pass around to folks and say hey this is my zine it’s full on neat art/writing/whatever, you’ll like it!
Saturday, May 26th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Reunion Gallery Talk with Dwight Pogue
Join renowned artist and Smith Professor Dwight Pogue for a tour of FLOWERING STARS: Prints by Dwight Pogue. Heeeey, wait a second. That’s probably the same Dwight Pogue! The exhibition celebrates Pogue’s work as a print-maker and retirement from teaching it at Smith since 1979. Or maybe it’s a separate Dwight Pogue and this is just a real coincidence.

Board Games:

Wednesday, May 23rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Games at the Brass Cat
Play board games with a bunch of nice folks at a nice bar! We can do it outside now, which means more tables and more folks! It’s very good, everyone finds it enjoyable and you should come meet new friends!

Books:

Wednesday, May 23rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Teri O’Brien, Reading and Book Signing: While I Danced Alone with the Moon Across the Front Yard
A memoir of Teri O’Brien’s youth in a large family in the 50’s and 60’s! Teri weaves together stories of growing up in a loving family in a small New England town. That’s significantly more pleasant than stories about growing up in a hating family in a big English town!

Community:

Monday, May 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Designing a Suburban Permaculture Homestead
Join Ashley Schenk of Broadfork Permaculture to learn how to live simply and in community with others in order to become a steward of the land! Learn how the permaculture design process can help make a single subruban acre into something more than a bunch of horrible lawn. Seriously, lawns are the worst, and boring! Make a tiny farm or whatever, at least it’ll be interesting. Maybe a bunch of cacti? Do those work in… no those don’t work in places with a winter, do they? That wouldn’t make sense. Anyway we aren’t the experts
Tuesday, May 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Prospects for Single Payer Health Care with Rep. John Scibak and Deborah Levenson
“In Congress there are HR676, The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, and S1804, The Medicare for All Act, but, while growing in support, they are going nowhere. So, several states are looking to set up their own Single Payer plans. In Massachusetts, Rep. Denise Garlick and Sen. James Eldridge have introduced similar legislation, House Bill 2987 and Senate Bill 619. What are their prospects?” A good opportunity to support useful healthcare for you, yours, and all the other yous and yourses in the Commonwealth! We all need healthcare to not die of preventable disease, so it’s good to advocate for greater access to healthcare.
Thursday, May 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
“We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.”

Computers:

Tuesday, May 22nd
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monitoring with Prometheus – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Alberto Castro will come to talk about Prometheus! The man we all love, who gave us the fire-gift that stays the wolf and makes meat so tasty and delicious. We don’t understand how that relates to oh it’s a monitoring toolkit that’s open-source that is neat, Alberto will give you a rundown of when and where it might be a good idea to use Prometheus! Door code for the event and slots left are at the Meetup site! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/250097838/
Thursday, May 24th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Website Accessibility Presentation and Clinic
“Have you wondered if your website is accessible but don’t know where to start? Join us for a half-day interactive workshop where we provide a quick introduction to the layers of accessibility and then jump into a clinic, which is an opportunity for you to do an evaluation of your site using tools introduced. Based on the exercise, folks will determine the most critical accessibility errors found (if any), and leave with recommendations for implementing fixes.” It’s important to make sure that everyone can get the information your website has! It’s an important website!

Entertainment:

Thursday, May 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Why are there so many specialized high schools in anime? Like high schools where everyone only wears pineapples and are aspiring chefs. It seems like a lot to ask of a child to know they want to be in such a specialized environment.

Kids:

Monday, May 21st
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!
Tuesday, May 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Eeens of any sort! Join this club to produce artworks of such staggering beauty that they inspire the adults around you to stop their endless work dismantling the world!
Wednesday, May 23rd
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
World Turtle Day
Celebrate World Turtle Day by making a turtle and eating turtle snacks! Wow. Wow that’s just… intense. First you bring a turtle to life, introduce it to the world and teach it to love… then you just chomp down on that. Jeez. For ages 12-18, please register by contacting 0eberli@westath.org!
Friday, May 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag (Registration required) Ages 11 – 17 (Please use Garden Entrance)
Incinerate your friends with lasers at the library! Tragic.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Library Lego Lady
Lots of Lego fun with the Lego Lady! Build! Build to the heavens! Craft to your heart’s content, and beyond! Create a second person, tell THEM to craft!
Saturday, May 26th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts
Craft a song, tell a story about a craft, sing about how storied you are, any of that! It’s all here!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Michelle Cuevas
“In Turtle’s shell there’s room for only one. But in Turtle’s heart, there is room for everyone! Join Berkshire author Michelle Cuevas as she reads from her new book The Town of Turtle. This tale of a lonely turtle who comes out of his shell to find friendship and community celebrates diversity and inclusion.” Adorable! Turtles are very good. They’re slow and they’re round and they like to slowly eat leaves, good job turtles!

Movies:

Wednesday, May 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Death and Taxes: A Film about War Tax Resisters and Their Motivations
“Twenty-eight people offer their motivations for –and methods– of resisting the war machine with their tax money. This unnarrated film introduces viewers to war tax refusal and redirecting tax dollars to peace. Most say it is a matter of conscience barring them from financially supporting war or other actions they find morally unacceptable. They explain that tax resistance can range from including a protest letter with full payment to withholding payment completely. Some of the resistors say they have taken on lifestyles that keep them below the legal threshold for taxable income. Others explain their drawn-out dealings with the IRS. A placard at one point explains that of the tens of thousands of tax resistors since World War II, fewer than 30 have been jailed. The combination of the speakers’ good humor and their apparent sincerity makes this film recommended for anyone interested in learning about using tax resistance as a method of protesting wars and war funding.”

RPGs:

Thursday, May 24th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Friday, May 25th
Camp Pomperaug [1174 Buckley Hwy, Union CT] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
NERO MA Ravenholt – The Bloody Road
“Hey Beauties! NERO MA Ravenholt has an event on May 25th-27th in Union, CT at Camp Pomperaug. Never larped before and want to try it out? We’d love to have you! Did your campaign just end and you’re looking for a new game? We have a special offer for those of you who are looking for a new home. We’re starting players who are coming from a LARP that’s ended at level 15. If you’re interested and have ANY questions, PM me and I’d be happy to answer them. https://www.facebook.com/events/143199673016596/” It’s a bit far away, but it seems like a fun LARP so why not give it a go?
Saturday, May 26th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wondrous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! SHAZAM!

Science:

Wednesday, May 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for all your family history needs! We don’t need to know anything extra about our family. Grampa always used to say we were descended from a being that was designed specifically to bring a terrible judgement upon the human race and that one day our purpose would be fulfilled and we were to never tell anyone and that’s good enough for us!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lyme Disease Education Symposium
Lyme disease is a hell of a scary thing! And it’s getting more prevalent because of well… because of a lot of factors that are all bad. Learn about it to help yourself and others! You’ll also learn how you can help as a Volunteer or Board Member for the organization!

January 8th – January 14th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the New Year!

This year why don’t you make a commitment to coming to the most excellent night of every month, Nerd Nite NoHo? The one this Monday should be a good time, because we have it on good authority that for completely good reasons that definitely have nothing to do with a scheduling mixup on the part of one of the organizers, one of the organizers is going to speak! And it’ll be a fun talk!

So come to the World War 2 Club and learn about how Common Good’s community currency works from William Spademan, and how arachnophobia and videogames interact from James Olchowski!

Also on a totally different note, you should take a look at Pyre if you like videogames. Just an all-around wonderful piece of work.

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 Book Clubs List!

THIS WEEK


Science:

Monday, January 8th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Common Good and Arachnophobia Meets Videogames!
This Nerd Nite NoHo did something really special: screwed up the timing for one of the speakers and wound up having to have a host give a presentation. Luckily the host is pretty charming and wonderful and smart and had a presentation that he’d been waiting to give for a while so it’s no big. See William Spademan talk about how the Common Good community currency works, and learn from Nerd Nite host James Olchowski about what a phobia is, why arachnophobics have a tough time with videogames, and what can be done about it! It’ll be a fun time and we promise there will be minimal actual spider pictures and plenty of warning beforehand.

Art:

Monday, January 8th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warriror Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Maker Mondays
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Wednesday, January 10th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You Can Pastel Paint
A hands-on workshop inspired by Monet! You don’t need any experience and all materials are provided to you, so just sit back and relax as Gregory Maichack teaches you what you need to know to make excellent pastel paintings. It’s free, but space is limited so be sure to register at 413-283-3330!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIInes are what you can make at this club, if you like!
Friday, January 12th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Do you love museums, but not FIVE DOLLAR love museums? This is the perfect moment to see one of our local museums for free! There is a suggested donation of five dollars.
Saturday, January 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Michael Tillyer, Susan Boss, and Mark Brown
Nontraditional Quilts by Susan Boss! Wood Sculptures by Michael Tillyer! Robots and Paintings by Mark Brown! All this and exactly and only this at the artists’ reception! Why would we give you more? You can’t handle more and frankly it’s a bit presumptuous that you asked for it!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Friday, January 12th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Meet up and play some excellent board games! A friendly group of folks who like to play mostly Euro games but are open to whatever it is that you think would be fun. We’ve had a good time playing Photosynthesis and Clank! recently, if you’re looking for suggestions!
Saturday, January 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!

Card Games:

Friday, January 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!
Saturday, January 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rivals of Ixalan Pre-Release
The second set in the Ixalan block from Magic the Gathering! This is your chance to play with the latest cards! It’s a limited sealed deck tournament. Everyone starts with the same number of cards to build the best 40-card deck they can. Play for promo cards and packs! $30 in advance, $35 at the door!

Comic Books:

Friday, January 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
A monthly meetup to discuss and share your favorite comics! You’ll also get a chance to create one of your own with provided artist supplies! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!

Community:

Tuesday, January 9th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Trevor Noah’s Humor and Insights into Racism
A video screening of a collection of short videos of the host of the Daily Show! The focus will be on race in the US, and after you finish laughing at the jokes, you’ll talk about what you can learn and how you can help dismantle racism. Free and open to the public!
Thursday, January 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Community Action Fuel Assistance Event
Do you need to get some fuel so that the super-cyclone-freeze doesn’t turn you into an ice-cube? The GPL can help out!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!

Computers:

Wednesday, January 10th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
This week, you’ll be talking about prototyping and Agile projects! They’re going to be showing off products like Sketch and Envision, as well as techniques for paper prototyping. Share your Agile prototyping victories and frustrations!

Entertainment:

Saturday, January 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Borders, Detention, and the Trump Era: a talk by David Hernandez
From the site: “David Hernández is a leading expert in the study of U.S. immigration policy and enforcement. He has published widely on the topic and is currently working on a book, “Undue Process: Immigrant Detention and Lesser Citizenship,” which examines the intersections of immigration, detention, race, and imprisonment in the United States. ” See him explain the varied horrors of our immigration and justice systems!

Kids:

Tuesday, January 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Monday, January 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Spider-Man Homecoming
Teens! Watch the most recent and probably one of the best Spider-Man films! It’s quite fun, and there are a lot of times when the titular Spider-Man says a funny thing and then bops someone on the noggin. That’s quality Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Manning!
Tuesday, January 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pitch Perfect
The film about acapella groups that’s widely regarded as a pretty solid comedy. Like Bring it On we think? We’re dating ourselves but we think it’s pretty much acapella Bring it On. There are snacks!
Wednesday, January 10th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Shape of Water Screening with Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup
If you want to see this widely regarded as very neat movie with some nice folks, you should meet up with the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup at 6:30pm in the lobby, and then try to sit together at the flick and maybe grab food afterward. What a delight!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power
“The entire country watched as Anita Hill, an African-American law professor, sat before a 1991 Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas…” Sponsored by the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars!
Saturday, January 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Professor John H. Bracey, Jr.
A new documentary about Alice Tregay will be screened, followed by Professor John H. Bracey, Jr. giving a lecture about the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. Alice Tregay was a woman who spent her life standing against injustice and bringing others together to change things for the better across a long career. Learn more about an important person, and the Civil Rights Movement in general!

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, January 11th
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’.

 

November 27th – December 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 AM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!
Saturday, December 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.

Books:

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

Card Games:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

Tuesday, November 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, November 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Book Club: Bring Your Own Book Edition
Share what you’ve been reading with other people and get some recommendations! Next month, they’ll be reading The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

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

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 29th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Paper Stars with Luna
“Learn how to fold kite paper into translucent starts! Perfect for decorating your windows or sending to friends in the mail. 100 times easier than origami but just as cool!” Picking a fight with Origami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, November 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Video Games:

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

 

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.

 

November 13th – November 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board-games with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Istanbul or Photosynthesis if they’ve got those. Chill, entertaining games of friendly competition.
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dark Age March to Immortality Tournament
We suppose this is some sort of competition to see who can age the slowest? The Pioneer Valley is a fascinating place. Rules are: 750 pts. + 150 reinforcements, 3 rounds, 75 minute rounds, break for pizza lunch between rounds 1 and 2. The $15 entry fee includes pizza! The event is open to all skill levels and experience, new players are always welcome!

Books:

Tuesday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
From the site: “It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a fleur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter.”
Wednesday, November 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Not in Our Town Event: Gretchen Gerzina, Author of Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Dr. Gretchen Gerzina, the author of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Prince’ will speak about the research she did in writing her historical narrative about two slaves who met and married in Deerfield, MA before eventually freeing themselves.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate.
Thursday, November 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elif Babül, Bureaucratic Intimacies: Translating Human Rights in Turkey
From the site: “Human rights are politically fraught in Turkey, provoking suspicion and scrutiny among government workers for their anti-establishment left-wing connotations. Nevertheless, with eyes worldwide trained in Turkish politics, and with accession to the European Union underway, Turkey’s human rights record remains a key indicator of its governmental legitimacy. Bureaucratic Intimacies shows how government workers encounter human rights rhetoric through training programs and articulates the perils and promises of these encounters for the subjects and objects of Turkish governance.”
Friday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, Trace
From the site: “In cases that lead the team all over Vermont and nearby, Archer Mayor once again shows why his novels featuring Joe Gunther and the VBI team are among the finest crime fiction today.” Is… there really a Vermont Bureau of Investigation? Is that a thing?
Saturday, November 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ruth Lehrer, Being Fishkill Book Launch
From the site: “Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be — until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers.”
Sunday, November 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gerald A. Cohen, Beyond the Images: The Insightful Memoir of a Life in Medicine
You get to eat some recipes from the memoir at this event! … all of these recipes sound extremely odd to eat at the same time but we are not going to judge you. Two-Fork Tuna on a Triscuit really doesn’t seem like it goes well with Jujyfruits and whatever Shmoo Sauce is. But, anyway, learn about Dr. Cohen’s life as a radiologist and also eat some food!

Card Games:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

Wednesday, November 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by paying $50/mo. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, November 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A D&D club for players 8-12! Play a god trapped in mortal form so whenever you need to retire the character you can explain to everyone that actually you were the toughest and best all along, notwithstanding that time you rolled three critical fails and tripped over your armor into a lava pit.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost twin sister who’s also a dragonborn and much cooler’.

Science:

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