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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!

 

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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.

February 19th – February 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Folks! FOLKS!

Black Panther was a hell of a film. Fun, with a half-dozen excellent supporting characters, some very well-constructed jokes that fit with the folks telling them, an extremely bright and interesting visual palette and some just frigging neat ideas. And a great villain! Charismatic and interesting with motivations that follow from his experiences, pretty much the tops for any Marvel film.

Black Panther has pretty solidly vaulted to the top of the heap of anything made by Marvel we can recall. Thor: Ragnarok was one of our recent faves because it was willing to go farther afield from the tone of the other films, into explicit comedy. We were impressed with how much Black Panther managed to do with a more standard dramatic action film.

Also, though we agree with some of the action complaints, we definitely appreciated that this had a final CGI-filled fight sequence that we could follow and appreciate because we had been introduced to characters and their motivations before things kicked off.

Bottom line is that it was really neat, worthwhile filmmaking. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!

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, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little
Pretty much what it says on the tin! This one will be about HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland. It features 58 artworks that present interpretations of the house. Which house? YOUR house. Free and open to all!
Wednesday, February 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of “Unraveling”
A conversation with two renowned artists, class of ’89 and ’90, for an evening of performance and protest. Following a discussion, Clark will perform “Unraveling”. All are invited to participate by unraveling threads of the Confederate battle flag. Really not a bad idea to do just whenever and wherever you see a Confederate battle flag.

Books:

Tuesday, February 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ami Campbell, Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World
This is a book chronicling what happened when a LaSalle Street Church gave every congregant $500 to go “do God’s work in the world”. It sounds both like it’s an uplifting story of generous people and a really solid argument for socialism.
Thursday, February 22nd
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium [South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker
“Mount Holyoke College celebrates Black History Month with social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi. Sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, and the Division of Student Life. ” You can grab a copy of ‘I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual’ to read before the talk at Odyssey Books!
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet book discussion and dinner
Read the book and then talk about it! Also, get some nice food at the same time. Sounds like a fun time: “In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Card Games:

Friday, February 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Community:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, February 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Center for New Americans English Class
English class and childcare! Learn while your kiddos play!
Saturday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Learn how to Create & Manage a Personal Budget
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on budget-making! What does it mean to make and stick to a budget? We personally recommend you keep a budgie. Those little birds are cute, and they know their stuff when it comes to responsible spending!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Democratic Town Committee
Open to the public, though only Democrats can vote for convention delegates.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
Open to the public! Participate in the democratic process!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Performance of “The Hair Bow Anthems” by Regina Carter
Master Jazz Violinist, MacArthur Fellow, and just we assume a very good musician in general Regina Carter will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark! Followed by an artist talk.
Wednesday, February 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Soiree
It’s slightly late for V-day, but whatever! Not like there’s a time limit on soirees! The party is open to kids of all ages and their caregivers! There are crafts, games, music, party favors, all the necessary soiree ingredients! Contact asanches@palmer.lib.ma.us for info!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The Ukulele Scramble
“The Ukulele Scramble are Richard Perlmutter and Robin Hoffman. They sing and play rare, obscure and under-performed songs from the past 500 years; especially works from the Renaissance, and Parlor and Art Songs from the 19th Century. They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs, often humorously, and perform them on ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. The group is based in Western Massachusetts.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anti V-Day Party
More of a ^-day party, then! Hahaha yes, nailed it.
Saturday, February 24th
The Stationery Factory [63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Villaintine’s Masquerade Ball
Villains, mischief-makers, and ne’er-do-wells! Join your fellow foul foes for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks, games, and more! Dress up like your favorite villain and have a classy, slightly evil time! General admission is $70! “Dress code: Dress up as your favorite villain (keeping in mind that in order to be a safe and fun event for all, real-world hate groups and villains that promote them will not be allowed), or come in your best formal wear. Don’t forget to wear a mask!” Get to know more at: http://massrenfaire.com/villaintines-masquerade-ball/!
Sunday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
“Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” Presented by Deborah Child, Independent Scholar. Find out more about an interesting person from early America!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/247551876/ for more info!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Special Storytime with Sigrid Schmalzer and Melanie Chan
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean is a story about the memories of a farm boy who’s inspired by Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong to become a scientist himself. It’s written by Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst and illustrated by Melanie Chan. Learn about Chinese culture, the history of insects, and more! Then there’s a paper-cutting art project and a book signing!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ninjago: Build Before You Watch (Ages 5+)
Build some Ninjago LEGO before you watch the film!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee: The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Can the six Ninja warriors defend their island home, Ninjago? Can they also survive their greatest challenge– high school?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club Special Edition: Make your own LEGO Batman mask!
Pretty much what it says! Make a neat mask!
Wednesday, February 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Rona Leventhal Presents “Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza”
“Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back! Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing, and magic happens! Rona will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing, as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monstrous!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aviation Workshop: Ages 12 and up
Learn how airplanes fly, and build some great model airplanes that fly! Call 413-420-8119 to reserve a spot!
Friday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Movie: Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3: a movie! If you’d like to see it, why not do so for free in the library?

Movies:

Tuesday, February 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
LEGO movies have generally been surprisingly good, being that they’re movies about a toy line. We haven’t heard amazing things about this one, but probably if you hear “LEGO” and “Ninja”, you’d be into it!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sound of Music Sing Along
“Get ready to yodel in Western Mass! Sing along to all the great songs from the Sound of Music. A fun, liberating night out the whole family will enjoy. Come in costume or bring a movie themed prop and get ready to sing your heart out. Intermission refreshments.”
Wednesday, February 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: Wonder
Wonder is a movie about a kid with Treacher-Collins syndrome going to school and trying to fit in. It generally got some good reviews, seems like it might be interesting! There’s also a dog on the poster, which is good.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Do The Right Thing
“The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. Synopsis from IMDB.com: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Movie: Hidden Figures
Watch the incredible true story of the people who got mankind to the moon! Three black female mathematicians pretty who played a vital role in early work in spaceflight are profiled across a tumultuous time in the US space program. Snacks provided!
Sunday, February 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: There are Jews Here
More than a million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. This film tells their stories by looking at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-there-are-jews-here-sunday-february-25-2-pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Film Screening: I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan
A film about a 94-year-old creative wonder whose heart skips and jumps like a child! Presumably in the like metaphorical sense not as a medical concern.

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, February 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Friday, February 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

February 12th – 18th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


If you know of any way that a person could make a living playing Monster Hunter literally all day please get in touch with us it’s urgent.

This week we want to highlight some really neat Easthampton ❤ Valentine’s Day Events <3!

First off: Check out Chuck Fosman at Comics N’ More in Easthampton! He’s the cartoonist behind the comic turned hit Netflix show “The End of the Fucking World”! You’ll get to have books signed, hear cool behind-the-scenes stories, and hang out! It’s 6pm to 9pm!

Second: Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat! This week they’re doing Robo Rally, which is so danged fun you simply must give it a shot. That’s 7pm to 11pm!

As always, you should head to Nerd Nite NoHo this Monday at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! We’re going to start talking heist movies and social media faux pas at around 7:00pm, and there will be cookies!

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, February 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wonderous Water Lillies
Join the Museum of Fine Arts pastel demonstrator Gregory Maichack as he shows everyone how to create an Impressionist pastel painting! He’ll share his water garden photos that he took on site at Monet’s home studio and will paint with you from the same imagery that Monet famously used! But better. But like, he’ll help you out! All supplies provided, advanced registration required!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, February 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Galentine’s Day Breakfast at the Mead
All people who identify as women are invited to the Mead for a look at some of the favorite gals in the collection! There will be waffles and informal conversation inspired by the exhibition “Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages”, and led by the women who make up the Mead’s curatorial, education, and programming departments. Also there are good odds it’ll wind up an impromptu Parks & Rec fan meetup.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Collecting 101: Cast Your Vote
Students from a course at the Mead have brought forward their top picks for a new work to put up in the Mead, join to hear some short talks and pick a favorite! The Mead will purchase whatever wins the popular vote, and sink the rest of the works into the sea.
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create all things zine! Make your dream zine, or a zine about dreams!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make a Valentine Drop-in Craft
Make a Valentine for friends, family, and whoever else you’d like to give a Valentine card to! It’s a lovely time at the library!
Thursday, February 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Anti-Valentines Day Crafting and more
Craft valentines, teens! Or anti-valentines! BUT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER.
Friday, February 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Learn about the way that Emily Dickinson used her flower collection! This discussion led by Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, will focus on how Dickinson used her words to cross time and space! Wait this isn’t the Doctor Who meetup is it?

Board Games:

Wednesday, February 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play fun board games at a nice bar! Local board game evangelist Justin Dowd will help lead you through a great new featured game every week and there are a ton more available to play! This week’s featured game is Robo Rally, which is a spectacular game! It’s like a simultaneous programming challenge!
Saturday, February 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
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!

Card Games:

Friday, February 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Comic Books:

Wednesday, February 14th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Valentine’s Day with Chuck Forsman
From the description: “Join us for an intimate evening with cartoonist Chuck Forsman, creator of the hit NETFLIX show “The End of the XXXXing World”. Chuck will be here signing copies of the newest printing of the collected TEOTFW, sharing anecdotes from the production, and just kinda chilling. There will also be snacks. Possibly beer.”

Community:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AANE Women’s Support Group
Every second Monday of the month, this monthly support group for women on the autism spectrum meets to discuss a variety of issues and ways to deal with them. Please register at http://www.aane.org/events/!
Thursday, February 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tibetan Community of Western MA
From the site: “Prayers for long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and world peace. Free and open to the public.” Make some connections with the Tibetan community of Western MA!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Hear area legislators give a summary of their accomplishments in 2017 and their outlook for the coming year! It will feature Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot (First Hampshire District), John Scibak (Second Hampshire District) and Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). Get involved in your community!

Computers:

Wednesday, February 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Atlassian User Group Meetup
Get more information and register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-northampton-aug-kickoff-meeting! It seems like some sort of cloud… something? And maybe a management technique? It’s got one of those websites that’s very friendly but opaque. You probably know if you’re in the market for this sort of thing, but it does look like it’ll have pleasant folks and food!
Thursday, February 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, bring up problems and provide solutions, and then brainstorm new topics! Plus, they’ve got official sponsorship now! That means big new things on the horizon, along with a bunch of new members! Bring a laptop!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Electric Vehicles: The Future is Now!
Learn about electric vehicles that are currently available! Learn how to match a vehicle with your driving needs! Learn how to charge one, how to pair EVs with home solar, and costs and incentives for buying one! It’s a good way to think about how to make a necessary new car purchase as non-terrible for the world as you can manage.
Thursday, February 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 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.
Saturday, February 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Myka Plunkett & Troy David Mercier
Dramatic readings by professional actors, bringing to life excellent short stories! Myka Plunkett will be reading “The Lone Pilgrim” by Laurie Colwin, and Troy David Mercier will be reading stories from “Man Seeking Woman” by Simon Rich! The tough part is after the event you need to deal with the rampaging stories that were so foolishly brought to life!

Kids:

Monday, February 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Animals Spell Love Story-time and Craft with Author David Cundy
A gorgeous book about love, starring sixteen animals and sixteen languages! From Czech to American Sign Language, animals will spell out “I Love You!” Learn the language of love: language! Create your own word-pictures, and get your book signed! Intended for ages 5-10!
Tuesday, February 13th
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!
Friday, February 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!
Saturday, February 17th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeantte Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!
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!

Movies:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick
Alice Tregay was one of the ordinary people who worked hard to change the world for the better. She spent decades fighting for human rights, and this will be a chance to learn more about her! Ask the filmmaker questions after the screening!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Alice
WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST! Then come here and talk about the movie! This is the first feature length film from Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. It was made in 1988 and appears to be a nightmare brought to life, in a combination of stop motion animation and real actors and again literal nightmares. You can use your library card to check it out on Kanopy! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/alice
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Accidental Anarchist
Hosted by Eleanor Finley, U Mass. PhD candidate in Anthropology, this film is a documentary about the radical-feminist-anarchist democracy that formed in Rojava Syria. It’s told through the eyes of a British diplomat as he explores a culture that in which he finds a lot to admire. Interesting as heck, neat to have a local expert around to talk to as well!

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 14th
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, February 15th
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’.
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.
Saturday, February 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! Superhero RPG
From the description: “The Lollipops are a team of teen superheroes, who ran off to outer space on a rescue mission. Players take on the role of characters similar to the Teen Titans or the New Mutants who get involved in adventures on an intergalactic scale. We are using FATE rules, which are very simple and allows a lot of player control over the developing story. All materials provided, including pre-generated characters. This is a long running game, but new players are encouraged to come join. We are very LGBTQ-friendly.”

Science:

Monday, February 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Social Media and Heists!
Two excellent talks! Joe Van Ellen will present ‘Heist, Heist Baby (Too Bold, Too Bold): A discussion on caper culture, and certainly not an outline on how to plan and execute your own successful swindle’ and then Ebru Kardan will present ‘Don’t #AskMeAnything: A review of social media fails and blunders by people who should know better’! A wonderful night with wonderful people!