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September 17th – September 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re moving at the moment and it’s late so the only thing we’re going to do here is say register to vote, vote in November and be sure to vote YES ON PROP 3! Be a part of the Blue Wave, make things a bit less awful next year.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Thursday, September 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy
“Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present, and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition. Free and open to all!”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6:45PM Doughnuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems at West Cemetery. 8:30-10PM Festival Screening with director Madeline Olnek: ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ in Emily Dickinson’s garden”
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.
Friday, September 21st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“12-2PM Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group with Professor Chris Benfey, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 5-6:30PM We grow Accustomed to the Dark exhibit, reading and live performance at the Herter Gallery at UMass Amherst., 8PM Poetry in the Planetarium with The Astro Poets at Bassett Planetarium. Space is very limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended.”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: Tropic Hints. This discussion will take its inspiration from Dickinson’s 1879 exchange with her Amherst childhood friend Helen Hunt Jackson.”
Saturday, September 22nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Talent: Poets Read at the Jones
Poets at the Jones! Excellent time to listen to excellent work!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6AM-9PM The Emily Dickinson Museum and Mass Poetry present the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems at the Emily Dickinson Museum. To find out more about the Marathon click here., 10:30AM Poetry Reading at the Jones Library, 1:30PM-3PM Writing with Miss Emily: A poetry writing workshop, 2:30PM Ghosts and Demons: A POETRY MASTERCLASS with Shayla Lawson and Dorothea Lasky at the PowerHouse, 5:30PM The NoNo Project, a collaboration of Union Street Records and Attack Bear Press at Hope and Feathers, 8PM Shayla Lawson and Ocean Vuong in Emily Dickinson’s garden., 9PM Latenight Garden Party”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon 2018
“On Saturday, September 22, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages can get up with the birds to join the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. The Marathon, now in its 14th year, is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on Main Street and on surrounding streets.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Frankie Dack and Olwen Dowling
Landscape paintings and an art reception! Always good for looking at neat paintings and eating cheese.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Comic Collages
Make your own collage out of old recycled comic books! They’ve got like 20 copies of Spider-Man #1 and they’re chopping the heck out of them!
Sunday, September 23rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“3PM-4:30PM jubilat/Jones reading with Ellen Doré Watson and Rafael Campo at Jones Library”

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 19th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday Games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza!
Saturday, September 22nd
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!

Books:

Tuesday, September 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, September 19th
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, September 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox
“Confessions of the Fox is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.” Sounds interesting! Author Jordy Rosenberg is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Saturday, September 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
“Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short, short stories and personal essays. Everyone attending the reading will be eligible to submit to the fall edition of WriteAnglesJournal (https//writeanglesconference.com/wajournal/).The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact writeanglesjournal@comcast.net”
Sunday, September 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Meet Dav Pilkey!
“Meet Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series! Pilkey will talk about his new book, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, do a live drawing, and share fun trivia with the audience. Following the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs, guests can get books signed by Pilkey and enjoy photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!”

Card Games:

Monday, September 17th
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, September 18th
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 raitry 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, September 20th
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, September 21st
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
“”The Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers are a new club that seeks to build a diverse, inclusive, and friendly environment in which to play Magic: the Gathering. Though several of us are indeed nerdy white dudes, we’re keen to recruit members who might not fit the traditional stereotype of trading card gamers. Everyone interested in Magic: the Gathering is welcome, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or experience. 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. While the church has generously provided us with a wonderful space to use, we are not affiliated with them. 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!

Community:

Wednesday, September 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 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!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Here Lies Inter’d
“Al and Betsy McKee will discuss early New England cemeteries. Al and Betsy McKee live in a house built in Longmeadow around 1801 by the gravestone carver Hermon Newell. Once they discovered that their house was built by a stonecutter, they began to learn more about early gravestones in the Connecticut River Valley and nearby New England towns. This talk will cover gravestone photography, original appearance of graveyards, symbolism, carvers and stories carved in stone.”
Thursday, September 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time. “September’s talk will be by Local History Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley on the architecture and construction of Forbes Library. Learn more about Architect William C. Brockelsby’s life, career and buildings.”
Friday, September 21st
Prodigy Minigolf and Gameroom [116 Pleasant St, Suite 018, Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for that great game! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.””
Saturday, September 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Experience the Book Party
Mary Poppins at the Library
Sunday, September 23rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
CONCERT | The Sarah Rose Lazarus Concert | Grand Tango, with Ethan Lazarus and Carl Algermissen
“Carl Algermissen (piano) and Ethan Lazarus (cello) have been performing together for over 35 years. Known for writing their own original arrangements of tango music by Astor Piazzolla, this special performance will include a few of those hits mixed along with Tango, Jewish and klezmer music. They’ll be performing pieces by Chicago composer Leon Stein, “Dance Ebraico,” an original piece by Ethan, “Ragtime Hora,” and a Klezmer-inspired tango by Piazzolla, “Milonga Picaresque. COST: Member | $8, General Admission | $10”

History:

Saturday, September 22nd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
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!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
History of Land Use at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
“Laurie Sanders will lead a walk along Boggy Meadow Road to the dam and Cooke’s Pasture, focusing on the economic, social, and environmental history of this area. While the woods and lake may look pristine to the casual observer, there is a long history of human intervention just below the surface. From colonial times to the damming of Broad Brook in the late 1960s that created Fitzgerald Lake, the 850 acres of FLCA have undergone many changes. Laurie is the co-executive director of the Northampton Historical Society and a longtime friend of BBC. She is the author of Rediscovering Northampton–The Natural History of City-Owned Conservation Areas, which is available as a download on the BBC website. “

Kids:

Monday, September 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, September 18th
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!

Movies:

Monday, September 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Series – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A viewing of the documentary “Won’t You Be Neighbor?” No registration required and also we’ve heard it’ll make you weep!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Monday, September 17th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup – Chopped, but with Golang
“If you’ve never seen or heard of the popular cooking show Chopped, this is how it works: Chopped is a cooking competition with three rounds, and in each round the competing chefs are given a basket with four mystery ingredients and have to make a dish that uses all of them in some way. In this meetup, we’ll run a similar friendly competition with Golang – attendees will break up into teams of ~two developers, be given a “basket” of random Golang packages and a “staple pantry”, and see what you can come up with before the meetup ends! We will share what we’ve each created at the end of the meetup.”
Thursday, September 20th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress
“This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators. All are welcome. Current projects (20 minutes) • Problems and Solutions (30 minutes) • Finding a good theme (60 minutes) – Themes are complicated while seeming simple. So many to choose from but what are the pitfalls? Are they written to be efficient? How do you tell? Will they work well with SEO plugins like Yoast? Join our WordPress guru John and find a theme that’s just right for your needs. • Decide next meeting topics (10 minutes) What to bring: You may wish to bring a laptop to take notes or to share your screen on the projector. You need a HDMI port if you want to share your screen.”

Teens:

Friday, September 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:50 PM
4H Babysitting Course
Learn how to keep kids from leaping out a window into the busy street below and other helpful tips from the 4H folks! And learn how to get a good babysitting job!
Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Teen/Tween Writing Workshop
“Professor Leah Nielsen will be continuing her popular writing workshops into the school year! Join us each month for time to write and share with your friends. Leah will guide you and help improve your writing skills. For students in grades 5-12. Please register!”

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August 13th – August 19th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Books:

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

Community:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

Tuesday, August 14th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! SHAZAM!
Thursday, August 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!

Technology:

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

Teens:

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

July 16th – July 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Into the Breach is really, really good. Spectacular, even. Give it a shot if you’re at all interested in games in which you move around robots on a map and try to destroy gigantic bugs! It’s fun in part because so much of it is just like improvising a solution to a push-pull puzzle.

This week we highly recommend you hit up the Greenfield Games events and tell them – at length – how much you appreciate the fact that they have started posting events to a dedicated website instead of Facebook, the least fun website to visit!

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, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Monthly Painting Workshop
Painting workshops with Andrew! All you need to do is show up ready to paint! All materials are provided. Though wait, that seems implausible. Do they mean all paints? All we know about miniatures is that they’re wildly expensive. Maybe they’ve got like extras or plastic ones that are cheaper. Anyway, these are questions you can most easily resolve by attending the event!
Tuesday, July 17th
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!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Rock Painting
Bring a rock! Paint the rock! Bring as many rocks as you like, really. A few practice rocks can’t hurt.
Thursday, July 19th
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.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Stitch Camp (2)
Sew and embroider a cute mini animal out of felt! Be careful not to allow your hubris to overwhelm you, causing you to create a felt animal so real that it comes to life. That’s too much responsibility! Lead by Heather Wynne, a local designer who specializes in textile products! Pre-registration required! Call 413-665-2642!

Board Games:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Tanks from GF9
All day on Monday, and possibly future Mondays, the Tanks crew is around to teach people a fun and accessible new miniatures game! It’s about librarians oddly enough. To be fair it’s about librarians who are represented in-game by highly detailed little models of tanks, and re-shelving books is represented as a sort of combat tactics game.
Wednesday, July 18th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games – Sagrada
Sagrada is great! Kind of a dice-based solitaire you play against several other people that’s about building a nice stained-glass window. Give it a shot at the next delightful Wednesday Games!

Books:

Tuesday, July 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Bikes and Books
The library and the Urban Bike School are teaming up! Discuss a book, take a bike ride after! We were much more in the discuss a book, play a videogame after crowd but this seems like it’d have more benefits overall.
Wednesday, July 18th
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, July 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ben Goldfarb, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
Oh that makes a ton of sense: a book about how what we think is a reasonable natural environment is actually the consequence of massive amounts of beaver-hunting for the fur trade. And since beavers literally terraform things in a visible manner even in small groups, it stands to reason that having basically none of them around makes for a damaged environment. Learn more from actual expert Ben Goldfarb at this talk! Register here: https://www.odysseybks.com/event-rsvp
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Local Author Talk – Norman Schell and the Ballade of Mary Reede
“On Thursday, July 19, at 7pm Norman Schell will speak about his new novel, The Ballad of Mary Reede at LeVanway Meeting Room of the Greenfield Public Library. The reading and a video presentation will be followed by a discussion of Piracy, past and present, and Slavery past and present. The program is free and open to the public. Copies of the novel will be available for those interested.”

Card Games:

Friday, July 20th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
Friday Night Magic! This is one of the best opportunities you have to competitively play a wonderful game that also maybe keep a diary of how much you spend on it. Two tournaments starting at 6pm, $5 for each, one’s going to be Standard Format, one’s Modern! Win packs and promo cards!

Community:

Saturday, July 21st
Building Autistic Community, Inc. [8 Washington St, Westfield MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Saturday Autism and Asperger’s support group
“This group is an opportunity for support and discussion for people on the autism spectrum. This group is a “safe space” for adults in our community and is not intended as a parenting group; family members are encouraged to get in touch with us for relevant resources for their needs. Adults 18+ who identify with autism, Asperger’s, or other murky labels. For a number of reasons, including the difficulty of getting a diagnosis as an adult, a formal clinical diagnosis is not required.”

Entertainment:

Monday, July 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Muggle Quidditch at Hillside Park
“Muggle Quidditch, the popular wizard’s game, will be played on Mondays starting July 9 @ 6pm at Hillside Park. The Recreation Department will be sponsoring this program and you will need to register through the Rec Department http://www.greenfieldrecreation.com/youthandteens.html by July 3. Be sure to reserve your place on the teams!” All the excitement of Quidditch, none of the excitement of the flying part of it!
Tuesday, July 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
I Was (And Still Am) a Teenage Metal Head
Local rock musician and Academy of Rock instructor and founder Matt kim will share his coming of age story through his love of electric guitar!
Wednesday, July 18th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Summer Reading Event – Johnson Organs: Westfield’s Famous Organ Builder
Johnson Sophia Lorenzo Organs, the famous organ builder of Westfield. Who made a new liver for the Queen of England in 1987? Johson Sophia Lorenzo Organs. Who invented a new organ that’s capable of seeing time as color? Why of course, it was none other than Johnson Organs! Spectacular.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! We’ve heard great things about My Hero Academia or as it’s known in Japan “[My Hero Academia]* *translated from Japanese”
Saturday, July 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Developing a Podcast
Do you want to make a podcast? Good news! You actually already have one it’s 2018 we’re all currently interviewing someone on or being interviewed by someone for a podcast. But we could all use two! Talk to this local entertainment and pop culture reporter who’s thinking about starting a podcast and wants to collaborate with someone else in town! Bring your lap top and see what comes out of this brainstorming session!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
13th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Four Seasons, Five Senses
A day celebrating the seasons! An exhibition, book signings, storytimes and art projects with artists from the Western Massachusetts Illustrators’ Guild. Drawing demonstrations! Films! Journaling workshops! The Happier Family Comedy Show! It’s going to be a packed day.
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Magic Show with Robert Clarke
A magician who has managed to not be destroyed by the crowds of Boston is a magician who has honed their craft to a fine edge. See the magic in person! Also juggling, which is impressive as well though not breaking any laws of physics.
Cummington Fairgrounds [97 Fairgrounds Road, Cummington MA] at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Massachusetts Renaissance Faire: Pirate Weekend!
Pirates! Though not as much of a pop cultural phenomenon as they once were they are still a fun thing to dress up as! You can have a fun time and either eat a big turkey leg because it’s kind of fun or NOT do that because they’re really actually bad as heck. You should hit up one of the actually delicous foods on offer! Turkey legs at these things usually taste like someone brined a sponge.

History:

Thursday, July 19th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Summer Lecture Series: Uncovering Hidden Histories through the Portrait of a Woman in Silk
Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Delaware, will help you understand how you can use the Portrait of a Woman in Silk to uncover hidden histories of this world too terrifying and portentious to commit to mundane works. But beware, the Woman in Silk is known to be as devious as she is wise, delve neither too deep nor too greedily into the knowledge she holds!

Kids:

Monday, July 16th
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, July 17th
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!
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Family Night: The LEGO Lady
Apparently she’s always a big hit! What does she do, though? Juggling? Maybe dressage. Hm.
Thursday, July 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Can you solve the puzzles, find the keys, and escape the room? If you can’t, you’re going to be eaten by a dragon! Children… we wish you the best of luck. Open to ages 10 and up, pre-register at Youth Services Desk or by calling 413-283-3330!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Escape from the Wizard’s Tower
Did you solve the 2pm puzzle? Did your parents look oddly distraught? Well… here’s to another success story!
Saturday, July 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, July 16th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Movie Monday: The Wizard of Oz
A movie! Snacks! Drinks! Probably non-alcoholic drinks because it’s all-ages, no registration required. The current movie is Wizard of Oz, which is a pretty good movie!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Movie: Princess Mononoke
This is one of our favorites! It’s just… very intense, and subtle in a way that we needed as a younger gestalt entity representing the myriad entites writing for this site. Plus we saw it in theaters once and it was really neat as heck, highly recommend seeing it on as big a screen as possible.
Tuesday, July 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie: Wonderstruck
Two kids from different eras set out on their respective journies of discovery that if we know anything about narrative conventions will in no way wind up being related. Also, as far as we can tell from the poster they’re being pursued by spectral wolves.
Wednesday, July 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Casablanca on the Lawn
A classic movie on the library lawn! It’s a great night that you’ll love, particularly if you bring a blanket and some snacks! Free to all, film rolls once it’s dark.
Friday, July 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
“Walk-In Theater” Outdoor Film Series
Matilda is like Carrie, but for kids! Also a great way to convince any smart kids in your life that they should keep reading so that they can eventually manipulate objects with their minds!
Saturday, July 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Hot Summer Saturday Movie Matinee: La Bamba
This is a biography of Ritchie Valens, a young rocker who made it big and died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The tagline is “Born in Poverty, Destined for Stardom, He Lived the American Dream”, which is kind of eliding over the whole “died in a plane crash tragically young” part.

RPGs:

Tuesday, July 17th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons? We have dungeons. Dragons? Eeeeessssh. Hmm. HMmHmHMMMph. Dragons. Real dragons? The big kind? Fire ones? We don’t have fire ones… Ice? No no no ice dragons. What’s that? Like a dead dragon? We could get you a dead dragon! Wait, but still moving? Oh UN-dead, no no none of those. SSsssss sss s s hm. Hm. We can do displacer beasts! Will those do?
Thursday, July 19th
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:

Monday, July 16th
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/

Teens:

Thursday, July 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
Workshop for Young Sound Artists and Podcasters
Learn how to record and edit audio, and make a piece of sound art of start a podcast! Intended for all teens who haven’t somehow already become internationally successful artists/podcasters. Sign up at the YA Desk!

 

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!

 

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.

 

April 30th – May 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


There’s a bunch of Free Comic Book Day festivities in the Valley on May 5th! Wherever you are, you can grab some excellent comic books for no cost whatsoever! Spend time hanging out in your friendly local store Comics N’ More, take a moment to say goodbye to Modern Myths, friend to all Valley Nerds, or stop by the Greenfield Public Library!

Don’t forget to submit a talk proposal to Nerd Nite NoHo! We’ve still got open slots for the summer! You get $50, and you get a nice crowd of folks who tell you you’re smart. Who else can promise you that?

We’re particularly excited this week by the MAKE TALK PLAY event featuring Epidiah Ravachol on May 6th at Another Castle in Greenfield! Epidiah’s a top-notch tabletop designer who’s also very good at talking so you know it’ll be fun!

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, April 30th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Star Wars Terrariums
“Build a mini habitat of your favorite fantastical world! This program is open to all ages. Pre-register in the Kids Room 413-259-3091 / kids@joneslibrary.org ” The program to build Enormous Super-Weapon Terrariums to destroy these tiny worlds is next week.
Tuesday, May 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.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
The Greatest Makerspace in the Galaxy (Ages 8-up)
“Do you know as much about gadgets as Rey? Can you build a droid out of spare parts like a Jawa? Exercise your maker skills with LittleBits and Perler Beads at our Star Wars-themed Makerspace. Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at 413-259-3091/kids@joneslibrary.org” First person to build a working droid gets a cease and desist from Disney!
Thursday, May 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
3-D Printing and More for Teens
Come play around with robotics toys, learn how to use 3D design software, a 3D printer, and more to make your own unique creations! 3D printers are neat, you can make unidfferentiated plastic into shapes that are meaningful to you! Take that, plastic! Contact Rachel to register, rdowd@holyokelibrary.org!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
Featured performers the steppers from Springfield High School of Science and Technology, featured artist Jennifer Sinclair’s visual art students from SPHST, open mic signups from 5-6pm, open mic starts at 6pm!
Sunday, May 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:45 AM to 12:00 PM
“Dear to the moss”: Emily Dickinson Wildflower Walk
“Emily Dickinson observed nature keenly, distilling it into poetry. With botanist Connie Parks, we’ll explore, as the poet did, Amherst’s fields and woods, visiting Kestrel Land Trust’s Spaulding Conservation Area on Amethyst Brook… Then, we’ll return to theEmily Dickinson Museum for refreshments and readings of Dickinson’s nature poetry. Meet at 9:45 at the Emily Dickinson Museum tour center. For directions and parking, click here. Complimentary shuttle to the trailhead leaves at 10am. Sturdy footwear suggested. Thunder cancels. Registration Recommended for adults and youth 12 and up. Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Please email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to register. Payment will be taken at the door. $10 adults/$8 Friends/$6 Garden Volunteers (May 5-6), youth and students with valid college ID”

Books:

Tuesday, May 1st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
TALK | “People of the Picture Book:” You Shall Not Worship Idols, with Ilan Stavans
In this first in a three-lecture series, Professor Ilan Stavans will investigate storytelling from the Middle Ages/Enlightenement to the ninteenth century, including a look at the Haggadah and the Book of Esther as tools for education Jewish chidlren. Suggested donation of $5!
Wednesday, May 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion: The Fifth Season
This month the get-together will focus discussion on The Fifth Season, an excellent/terrifying novel about the post-post-post-post-post apocalypse in a world that has apocalypses so regularly they set their clocks by them. Talk about this book or talk about just sci-fi in general because this is a big group of sci-fi nerds who like to talk books!
Thursday, May 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Heather Abel, The Optimistic Decade
A sprawling novel about idealism in the 80s and a particular piece of land that changes the lives of five people who live on it. Heather Abel’s debut is coming out in May, and this is your first chance to see it! She’s taught writing at the New School, UMass, and SMith, and she lives in Northampton while dreaming of Colorado. What’s Colorado got that we don’t? Pssh.
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading Ramayana in Hindu India
Learn about the Ramayana and Hindu india from a scholar in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. She’s had translations from Sanskrit published by Penguin, and has writtern four books for children including the Ramayana for Children!
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
You Can’t Read this Book!” Exhibition
“Come see books and related objects that have been hidden, banned, lost or never-opened. You can’t read these books – it’s time to find out why. Food and beverages will be provided!”
Saturday, May 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Aaron Becker, Stone for Sascha Book Launch!
A girl grieves the loss of her dog in a beautiful worldess epic by oh no our eyes are too full of tears to continue typing about this children’s book about a dog dying, why does it have to die why aren’t dogs immortal, they’d have fun with it and not even get caught up in all that existential is-it-a-gift-or-a-curse stuff aaagh. This is Aaron’s first book since his Journey trilogy and it’s a good one, you should go get it signed!
Sunday, May 6th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
International Children’s and Young Adult Literature, with Restless Books
“Programs will include a presentation and storytime by Arshia Sattar, author of Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, and an art activity with Mexican cartoonist/artist Eko, illustrator of Juan Don Quixote of La Mancha: 400th Anniversary Edition, and Villoro’s contemporary middle-grade classic, The Wild Book.” A spectacular opportunity to enrich young readers!

Comics:

Tuesday, May 1st
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
Comics? For free? It’s the best of all possible worlds! Extremely special offers at Comics N’ More this year: up to 3 free comics per customer, with one more if you donate to the Easthampton Community Center, a bunch of new and used book bargins, and 80 long boxes full of dollar comics! Buy thousands of dollars of comics in addition to your good free books!
Saturday, May 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
Free comics! Can you imagine anything better than that? Come into Modern Myths and try not to spend the whole time weeping about how it’s the last free comic book day at the stooooore *sob*! And pick up free comics and some 20% sales!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Free Comic Book Day!
“Greenfield Public Library celebrates Free Comic Book Day on Saturday May 5th from 10 am to 1 pm. The event is free, open to all ages, and will take place throughout all public spaces in the library. Highlights include a demonstration by professional comic book artist Andrew Delvalle. Free comics and much more!”

Community:

Tuesday, May 1st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Valley Gives Day – Holyoke!
Free snacks! Hang out with fellow Holyoke charities like Holyoke Reach Out and Read, Community Education Project, and Lighthouse Holyoke, the Womanshelter/Companeras, Holyoke Codes, and Holyoke Creative Arts Center. You can even win prizes for donations! If you donate $10 or more you can win a free night in a studio or king suite at Homewood Suites by Hilton Holyoke!
Saturday, May 5th
Downtown Northampton at 11:00 AM to 12:30 AM
Northampton Pride Parade
Pride is this weekend! The parade is fun and you can march with the Forbes Library staff and patrons if you meet across from Northampton Brewery at 10:45am! Then you walk a mile while crowds cheer and you have a good time. Festive attire encouraged!

Computers:

Tuesday, May 1st
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:

Monday, April 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Bullet Journaling 101
“Get started with bullet journaling and see what all the fuss is about.  Group will meet the last Monday of each month to prep journal for the upcoming month.  Get tips, share ideas.  All skill levels welcome. Bring your own journal and supplies or we will have some available to get started.” Bullet journaling is basically journaling, but with fewer words.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Walking to Listen
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Andrew Forsthoefel, sharing his adventures traveling 4000 miles across America, one story at a time. His book, Walking to Listen, is a young man’s coming of age on cross-country trek story, as told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the highways of America.”
Friday, May 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
3rd Annual Star Wars Day–Room Reserved
Kids ages 0-17 and their families are invited to join the staff of the Jones Library Kids room for a Star Wars extravaganza featuring crafts, trivia, raffles, games, photo booth, STEM activities and FUN! Activities will be offered from 3:00-5:00pm. Dressing as your favorite galactic character is encouraged! Following our activities fans of all ages are invited to a free screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG 13) 5:00-7:30pm Follow beloved characters from the greatest space epic franchise in the galaxy as they explore the Force and combat the rising power of the dark side.” A pretty solid Star Wars lineup!
Saturday, May 5th
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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MakerSpace Event
Make things at the MakerSpace!
Sunday, May 6th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly Episode 6 & 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/250197304/

History:

Wednesday, May 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Stonewall and the Mafia
What does a gay rights protest have to do with the mafia? Kind of a lot, it turns out! Justin Cascio presents a complex story that spans gay culture, criminal alliances, the immigrant experience and the classic American anti-hero. Learn more about an important part of history in order to better deal with the present.
Saturday, May 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Curves, Carpets, and Color: Olmsted, the Dickinsons, and 19th Century Landscapes
“Join landscape historian and author Marta McDowell for an illustrated talk exploring the development of American landscaping in the nineteenth century. While discussing developments in style, from formal to romantic to Victorian, we’ll meet the great tastemakers of the 1800s, including the individual who cointed the term “landscape architect. $12 for adults, $8 for Museum Friends, Free for participants of garden volunteer days May 5-6. No reservations required, but space is limited.”

Movies:

Monday, April 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Donnie Darko
Watch the movie first! This is like a book club but for movies. Watch that good story about how Donald Darko and his friend a frightening rabbit costume save the day in a twisty time-travel story! You can pick up a copy at the library or watch it free with your card on Canopy! Then talk about it with fellow film afficionados!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Film Screening: Patagonia Treasure Trail
Or did you want to WATCH a movie at the library? Then check out this mother/daughter road trip but not roads fields and on horseback movie about two people journeying into a pristine wilderness that has just been sold off, dealing with many types of loss in several ways. Hope emerges from unexpected places! Also a horse learns to knit.
Tuesday, May 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals!
Thursday, May 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Promesa
An independent short documentary that examines the horrific economic crisis in Puerto Rico before Hurricaine Mario and explores how Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the US impacts the island on a personal and political level. There will be a panel discussion after the film with filmmaker Michelle Falcón Fontánez and activists Samantha Marie Medina Figueroa and Johanyvette Rodriguez González.

RPGs:

Sunday, May 6th
Another Castle [30 Olive St, Suite 2, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Roleplaying Games with Epidiah Ravachol!
“We’re pleased to announce that local game designer Epidiah Ravachol will be joining us at the next MAKE TALK PLAY! Epidiah will be presenting us with a brief history of tabletop roleplaying games from Dungeons & Dragons to the finest indie games of the valley. After the talk he (and maybe a few others) will be running a few demos. So come out, hang out and lets talk games.”

Science:

Tuesday, May 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Zach Schonbrun, the Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience is Redefining Athletic Genius
Q: Why couldn’t Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, hit a baseball? Why can’t modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are? A: He did not practice hitting baseballs very often, they picked a particular dextrous five year-old to try to copy, good quarterbacks tie a gossamer strand to each receiver in the huddle.
Wednesday, May 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dispelling Myths and Confirming History: Dendroarchaeology Studies as a Means for Establishing Accurate Building Construction Dates
Have you ever seen those plaques on old houses and wondered if they were installed by tricksters out to dazzle you with artificially old houses? Of course you have! Everyone shares our understandable house-age paranoia. Well Dendroarcheologist Bill Flynt has been doing some studies throught the Northeast and he’s finding that we were correct to be wary! He’ll share how he studies old wood to understand old houses and how what he’s found re-writes our local history!
Saturday, May 5th
Frost Library, Amherst College [Amherst, MA] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Aesthetics of Information Conference
“What are the aesthetics of information? Fifty years after “the society of the spectacle,” how does information entangle with spectacle—as news, entertainment, propaganda or style? How do ideologies of information inflect forms of sensing and knowing? What are the social, legal and technological consequences of prioritizing information over communication as societal infrastructure? How do characteristics of information direct our attention, dazzle and confuse us?” All these questioned answered succinctly at this good conference in the Frost Library!

April 23rd – April 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Sorry about the delay! All we can say, legally, is that no one should touch grasshoppers for a few months.

Have an excellent week! Take a look at the new Meetup group for Nerd Nite NoHo if you’d like to! It’s an alternative to Facebook for folks who don’t like Facebook!

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, April 24th
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.
Wednesday, April 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience Presented by Human Rights Activist Thaer Abdallah
Thaer Abdallah will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian minority in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria, his torture and return to Iraq, and his flight to the United States. He will share his paintings of the Palestinian community in Baghdad, Iraq and as refugees across the world. His paintings of subjects in the U.S. reflect awareness of those on the margins of society. Free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Come hang out and make some zines! There are zines for all tastes, and all are welcome! Whether you’re 6 or 66, a zine is a fun way to spend an evening!
Thursday, April 26th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Common Threads Poetry Discussion for National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month! All months are like twelve things,so that’s not a really big deal but hey it’s an excuse to hang out with Adam Grabowski and talk poetry! Adam has published a bunch of places and has contributed a lot to the WW2 Club Open Mic! This place is $5 per person and you need to reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Community Hike on Mount Sugarloaf
In celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day and also National Sequence of Words Constrained by Cloth Day and also National Non-Euclidean Spaces That Constrain Concepts Day and also National Administrative Assistant Assistant Day you should bring your favorite poem for a community hike up Mount Sugarloaf! They take about 30 minutes and folks will meet at the top to read aloud some favorite poems and share refreshments. Bring your own water, though!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018
If you memorize a poem from Emily Dickinson and recite it, you get free admission!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Public Talk, “Untitled, 2018” by Artist Andrea Fraser
From the site: “Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art.”
Saturday, April 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
Natasha Kim, ’18 will lead this tour! Tasha is an environmental studies major, and the tour will focus on the relationships between gender, houses, and the home in HOUSE! The tour is free and open to all!
Sunday, April 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading
Listen to good poems and thereby become a more interesting person!

Board Games:

Saturday, April 28th
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!

Books:

Wednesday, April 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Elizabeth Bear, Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure
Readers met Karen Memory in the 2015 novel “Memory”, and fell in love with the fact that that’s a good book you should all read. Now, Karen’s back with Stone Mad, a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker, who’s been kidnapped to Rapid City. Lots of stuff! Sounds exciting.
Thursday, April 26th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We’ Book Discussion & Dinner
For April, the group will be reading We by Yevgeny Zamyatin! It’s a short book so even if you’re finding out about it now you can read it for Thursday! It’s kind of pre-1984 1984, in that it deals with a society in the grip of excessive collectivism and automation fever, that has decided that individual needs and wants are no longer important enough to consider. It’s an interesting example of early social science fiction and we recommend giving it a look! You can find it for free somewhere, we’re pretty sure!
Barnes & Noble [7 Holyoke St., Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“We will discuss Chapter 4 “The Keeper of the Keys” (Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), through the theme of “Liberation.” Please read the chapter beforehand; it’s also handy if you bring your book along. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735770856446086/”
Friday, April 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Nafissa Thompson – Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories
From the site: “Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot D az, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.”
Sunday, April 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the Odyssey!
From the site: “Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.” Support local bookstores!

Card Games:

Friday, April 27th
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.

Community:

Wednesday, April 25th
Springfiled Public Forum [34 Court St. Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educate a Girl, Change the World
From the site: “Shabana Basij-Rasikh was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Under the Taliban regime, she dressed as a boy in order to go to school since girls were banned from attending – with dire consequences if she was caught. Shabana was one of the lucky few who received an education which enabled her to attend Middlebury College. While in college, Shabana co-founded SOLA – the School of Leadership, Afghanistan. Today, SOLA is the first and only all-girls boarding school in Afghanistan and SOLA students represent all major ethnic groups and religious sects. Its goal is to have their students attend university worldwide and return to substantive careers in Afghanistan. In addition to leading SOLA, Shabana is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a call to action seeking investment in girls’ education worldwide.”

Computers:

Monday, April 23rd
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dockerize Your Project with Mob Programming!
From the site: “At this meetup, Geri Jennings (CyberArk) will run through an example of adding Docker to a project with increasing complexity, and then will open up the floor to other attendees to share their project and their screen so we can Dockerize it mob-programming style! Bring your projects! Bring your computers! Bring your enthusiasm! And be prepared to be amazed! Tip: if you haven’t done mob programming before, check out New Relic’s Taming the Mob series for info on how it works: https://blog.newrelic.com/2017/10/24/mob-programming-start-mobbing/

Entertainment:

Thursday, April 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. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Saturday, April 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Poetry Scavenger Hunt for Teens
Celebrate Poetry Month with a poetry themed scavenger hunt! Participants will look for clues inside and outside the library to find prizes!
Sunday, April 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center Open House
Featuring the Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by David Fishman! This will feature a discussion of David Fishman’s book “The Book Smugglers”, which won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award’s Holocaust category. It’s the story of ghetto inmates who rescued thosands of rare books and manuscripts from the Nazis and the Soviets. You can also go on a tour of the world’s first Yiddish museum!

History:

Thursday, April 26th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Screening: A Place for Madness
Film screening of the 1994 Frontline episode focusing on Northampton and the stories of people dealing with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. Intro remarks and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks
Friday, April 27th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Living History Series: A Conversation with Yvonne Freccero, Advocate for the Homeless
Advocate for the Homeless Yvonne Freccero will share her story of emigrating from England to the US, why she moved to the Valley, and why she dedicated herself to helping the homeless. Reception & Conversation is $25, just the conversation is $10!
Saturday, April 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip’s War
Three different historians – Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Christine DeLucia of Mount Holyoke, and Neal Salisbury of Smith College – will offer some groundbreaking interpretations of the conflict generally referred to as “King Philip’s War”, including new evidence about the origins, nature, and ongoing impact of the conflict. There will be some individual presenting followed by a moderated panel and some Q&A. Learn more about a horrifying part of history our teachers never really focused on! Free and open to the public!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! And everyone in between! Go do some art at your wonderful local library!
Wednesday, April 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Lego Club (ages 5-10)
Build LEGO, kids!
Friday, April 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag
Light each other up with some lasers! Ages 11-17 welcome, pre-register to attend, and use the Garden entrance!

Movies:

Wednesday, April 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The Poor People’s Campaign: Then and Now, 1968 – 2018
A film covering Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s campaign followed by footage of the revival of the campaign in 2018. Post-film discussion will involve people involved with the new campaign including Michaelann Beweesem, director of Arise for Social Justice, Springfield and Tavar Jones will discuss his experience representing Arise in national organizing.

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 25th
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 26th
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.
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’.

Science:

Monday, April 23rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Dawkins Walks Into a Madrassa: How Evolution is Used in Promoting a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Narrative
How does biological evolution sometimes feed into the clash of civilizations narrative? Do Muslims accept biological evolution? Is evolution even taught in Muslim-majority countries? How can scientists make positive contributions to discussions over biological evolution? Salman Hameed, also known as “Mister Universe” on WRSI, will answer all these questions and more! He’s great, you’ll love it.