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June 11th – June 17th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


It’s E3 week and you know what that means!

That means we want you to check out Nerd Nite NoHo! It’s our thing we do so we get to advertise it up here all the time and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop us. As always it’s at the World War 2 Club at 50 Conz St in Northampton 7:00pm to 9:00pm and as always if you attend you will gain the ability to shoot lasers out your eyeballs.

This week we’ve been spending a decent chunk of time playing the new game Cultist Simulator on our PC. It’s weird and if you like any of the excellent work by our local creators we recommend you take a look. It’s a sort of adventure game by way of combining cards with pithy descriptions and seeing what happens.

And of course you get to start a cult which is great fun!

You should take a moment to check out local creator Comic Kibble’s web store! You can buy excellent zines and you can buy very good interrobang patches!?

Also check out “speed runs” of local creator Epidiah Ravochol’s Swords Without Master during which folks play through a satisfying start to finish fantastic adventure in less than an hour! It is a very neat RPG that you should definitely play and these playthrough will give you an example of why, with creator Epidiah himself playing!

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, June 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Button Making
Design your own buttons with a button maker! Maybe you need a button to keep your shirt closed? Maybe you need a button to launch your master plan? Maybe you need a button that says “I made a button!” all of these are possible with a button-maker!
Tuesday, June 12th
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, June 13th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Crafternoon
Head to the Teen Loft for a craft! There are SNACKS! SNAAAAAAAAAAACKS! Ages 12-18 welcome.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINES this club has a lot of them, you make them, folks are nice, there are a bunch of people of all ages and interests just making art together.
Hadley Historical Society [12 Middle St., Hadley MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Steve Wilda, Local Artist
The titular artist will display and discuss a series of acrylic still life paintings of objects in ruin from the past, including items from WW1 and the Hadley Historical Society, as well as one odd piece of metal that seems to sing as you look at it, promising ever more revelations so long as you never tell anyone that you found it in a meteorite.
Saturday, June 16th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Watercolors
Pain some watercolors! Or look at some watercolors? Provide therapy to watercolors? Maybe you dance with them, or debate them? It’s impossible to tell, the description is just “watercolors”. Maybe this IS watercolors, like all of them?
Gill-Montague Senior Center [62 Fifth St., Turners Falls MA] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The Making of Rock Paper Scissors, Public Art in Turners Falls
“Tim de Christopher, stone sculptor, will present a lecture describing the making of his work, Rock Paper Scissors, a public installation honoring the history of the Village of Turners Falls, in Montague, Ma. de Christopher will talk about the concept that inspired the work, how he presented his idea to the town, and, most of all, the execution of the work.” That way you can replicate it at home for a nice gigantic marble centerpiece.

Books:

Monday, June 11th
Amherst Books [8 Main St., Amherst MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Amherst Books Author Event – David Wanczyk’s Beep
Beep takes you into the world of baseball for the blind, a frankly impressive sport involving balls that beep, bases that buzz, and a bunch of people playing a sport involving fast-moving objects who don’t have any visual on said objects. It sounds like an innovative and incredibly difficult sport to take up!
Thursday, June 14th
Emily Williston Memorial Library at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Dave Daley Author Talk: Rat Fucked
David Daley, former Editor-in-Chief of Salon, joins the library on June 14th to talk about his book Rat Fucked: Why Your Vote Doesn’t Count. It runs down the aggressive plan by Republicans to strategically gerrymander districts so that they can continue to have pluralities even in places where the vast majority of votes were cast against them. Daley will be talking about his book with local author Seth Harwood, answering Q&A, and there’s tea and coffee afterward!
Saturday, June 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Roxy and Beary’s Bar Harbor Adventures: Wagging Tails with Roxy
Meet two excellent doggies! Author Crysta Ascolillo has written a lovely book with the help of Roxy all about their adventures in new doggie destinations around Maine! Dogs are good, and author dogs are even better.

Community:

Wednesday, June 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Represent Western Mass
A seminar to introduce people to a nonpartisan group fighting corruption in government! Help find your place in the projects that they’re working on, and meet fellow concerned citizens who want to make politics at least require a basic level of not directly accepting bribes to your Bribes account at the bank.
Saturday, June 16th
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, June 11th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Two excellent presenters! One great night! That’s Nerd Nite! This week will have “Bullets are Bad for the Brain: Designing Effective Presentations” from Fred Zinn, who really thinks you may want to reconsider Powerpoint, and “Anarchists in the Spanish Civil War” from Cooper Wood, who actually also have a lot of opinions about how bullets are bad for your brain.
Wednesday, June 13th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series
Speakers! Speak about things! We don’t know what because there’s no description but we’re going to say this week a speaker will come in and tell you how to raise a skeleton army.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Lawn Concert by Ray Mason Band
“The Ray Mason Band consists of: Frank Marsh (drums, vocals), Stephen Desaulniers (bass, vocals), Tom Shea (guitar, vocals) and Ray (vocals, guitar)” It also consists of a Mason jug, which belongs to Ray hence the name. Free for everyone, bring picnics, if there’s bad weather they’ll do it indoors!
Thursday, June 14th
Gateway City Arts [92 Race St., Holyoke MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Drag Queen Trivia presented as part of Western Mass Beer Week
“Have you experienced the gift that is Jenayah De Roasario Della Notte? Jenayah is the host of our monthly Drag Queen Bingo- one of GCA’s most loved regular events. We are teaming up with Jenayah, Liz, and Artisan Beverage Coop to bring you a killer night of Drag Trivia to celebrate Western Mass Beer Week! Come on out with your team and test your wits while you sip on a glass of Ginger Libation! $5 per person, teams of 1-4”
Sunday, June 17th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Serenity Screening with the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup!
For more details, like where it’s actually being held, check out https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/251523517/! Special request: bring either sugar and gluten-free food or just chip in $5 to defray potluck costs. Be a nice guest! Dang, Firefly. Remember when there weren’t like 10 shows at a time catering to a nerd thing you like?

History:

Monday, June 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Civil War Hijinks with Judy Cook
When we think of the Civil War, we don’t generally think “Hijinks” but well, alright. “Civil War Hijinks features the letters of Judy’s great-great-grandparents: Gilbert Claflin, a Wisconsin farmer drafted at the age of 40; and his wife, Esther, keeping the farm going with their two teen-aged sons. Interspersed throughout the program Judy will play tunes and sing songs written during the Civil War.” History, as it were lived! Free and open to the public!
Tuesday, June 12th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The Texts of King Philip’s War and Native New England Continuance
“In 2018, Yale University Press published two new books about King Philip’s War: Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War by Amherst College Professor Lisa Brooks and Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast by Christine Delucia. In this talk, these two authors will talk about their books with emphasis on the published texts and other archival resources they relied on in their research.” Learn about the history of this country, and be ready to get sad! You rarely find out that US history was LESS horrific than you were expecting.
Wednesday, June 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Memory of a Forgotten War
“Memory of Forgotten War conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss.” Free and accessible. Local Korean-Americans and academic experts will participate in the post-film discussions.
Thursday, June 14th
Chicopee Public Library [449 Front St., Chicopee MA] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Unraveling America’s Musical Roots
A free interactive program with Craig Harris, a percussionist and educator and also author! The presentation goes over the history of American music in all its great variety. You’ll see archival footage, hear stories, and even play some music yourself!
Saturday, June 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Gilded Cage: Northampton’s Last Water-Powered Elevator: A Film by Stan Sherer
Learn about the history of the Masonic Block, that big stretch of Main Street in downtown Northampton that has Fitzwilly’s in it. And specifically, about how they installed an elevator that was powered by the Northampton city water pressure until 2016! Apparently a pretty standard thing at the turn of the previous century, this one was distinguished mostly by being fancy as heck. Sherer’s film shows you exactly how this works and speaks to elevator operators and servicepeople about how neat it was. Free and open to the public, with a second showing at 4pm!

Kids:

Monday, June 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Writing Club
Creative writers from 9-12, join the writing club and practice writing! Learn tips and techniques, write to prompts, and even share your work if you possess a heroic level of social calm. At the end of the summer everyone’s best pieces will be collected into a chapbook! It’s the perfect opportunity to start your 70-book fantasy epic The Sky Cycle of Lost Mnethiem!
Tuesday, June 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with Legally Ethical Great Objects!
Wednesday, June 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Youth Leadership Program
A hands-on series during which the youth will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and interact with their community through games, conversations, field trips, and other activities! You’re going to want to pay attention to how to lead, the youth, we really need you to tell us to stop being horrible.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Ukulele Club! (Ages 8-12)
Ukulele! Play uke, learn uke, uke all day long if you like! Well uke from 3:30 – 5pm at least. Though you’re free to uke after as well. Dang we hope people call playing the ukulele ‘ukeing’ or else all of this will sound very uncool.
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Donuts with Dad
We KNEW our dad was faking his death! How dare he oooooh wait no it’s not donuts with OUR dad, it’s an event for dads to bring kids to eat some donuts and hear stories! Registration required, contact 413-562-6158×5!
Thursday, June 14th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Preschool Storytime
Hear stories! Or well, have your kids hear stories we suppose, we’re assuming preschoolers don’t read this.
Munson Memorial Library [1046 S East St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Stories and crafts! Craft a story, tell a story about a craft!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Join Callie in the Children’s + YA Department for a meeting to make your own comics and talk with other comic fans! Intended for elementary and tween readers. Have you read Squirrel Girl? It’s great read that one.
Friday, June 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Ukulele Music Time with Julie
Listen! Play! Learn! Learn how to make music with a delightful instrument, and listen to fun songs!
Saturday, June 16th
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! We should warn you that this may lead your child down the path to improv themselves, from which no one returns unchanged.

Movies:

Sunday, June 17th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me”
A documentary featuring never-before-seen photos and excerpts from his performances traces this talented entertainer and his journey for identity. Student $4, Member $6, Public $8!

Science:

Sunday, June 17th
Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery [172 Hockanum Rd, Hadley MA] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cow Power: From Waste to Watts
Learn about how the farm makes cow poop into power through the magic of what we assume are machines that are not super good smelling. There’s a free walking tour of the digester system they use to generate green electricity for over a thousand homes! It’s a neat side-effect of having local small farmers that they can choose to do cool things with their waste byproducts instead of just secretly dumping them into the river.

Technology:

Tuesday, June 12th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
Most important info up front: Dinner and drinks are on them! Yaaaay. But who are them? They’re a bunch of people in Western Mass who both like to fiddle with computers in general and like to support local things that need help! Find out about current projects! Start your own! Join the github https://hackforwesternmass.github.io/! Join the slack https://h4wm.slack.com/signup! Do it 4 Western Mass!
Wednesday, June 13th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Atlassian User Group Meetup
Talk about distilling conversations into ready stories by using Confluence. Now, we don’t understand why those words are in that order, but based on the capitalization of the word Confluence we assume it’s some sort of spell? Like you can somehow rob words from your conversations and use Confluence to turn them into readied Stories, which we assume fight the forces of darkness somehow? Anyway RSVP here to learn magic: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-distilling-conversations-into-ready-stories

Teens:

Monday, June 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teens Only: Make a Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt
Teens! Steal a shirt from your least favorite parent and turn it into a sharpie tie-dye shirt! Then when you have the hang of it make your own! Bring a t-shirt to decorate!
Thursday, June 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Stop by the Teen Room afterschool to play games from the collection (or bring your own!), read, craft things, draw stuff, make a button or two, hang out with friends, all the stuff teens like!
Friday, June 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge
Longue about on any of the library’s fantastic fainting couches! Hang out with pals!

 

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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.

April 16th – April 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We got to attend the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest this past weekend and let us tell you that was danged inspiring. Just a ton of people putting stuff out there that tells people whatever they want to say. There were amazingly detailed pieces of artwork, there were left-handed drawings of cats, there were full-on comics and there were tiny collections of drawings from cool teens!

We’re bowled over by the variety and intensity of creativity present not just in the Valley, but in specifically Easthampton! There are so many nice people supporting each other in an effort to make the best artwork possible. We’ll try to get our creators page up to date this week to add some of the folks we met.

We’re excited to do more to help local zinesters make their zine scene evergreen!

Also there were a few dogs there and they were GREAT dogs.

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 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
An Evening with Haiku Poets: A Long Wait for Spring
From the site: “The Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts invites you to attend A Long Wait for Spring, an integrated reading and talk in celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day. The program will be followed by a Meet and Greet with an opportunity to ask questions and peruse the book table.”
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 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
From the site: “Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short stories and personal essays. “Flash” refers not only to the brevity of the pieces (500 words and under) but also to the “flash” of insight into the human condition each piece provides. Refreshments will be served.”
Thursday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
From the site: “April is Preservation month and we will discuss how to identify and care for your family photographs. We will show examples from Forbes Library’s collections and staff personal collections. Bring an item from your own collection to share and receive advice from staff on its care. “
Friday, April 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
From the site: “In honor of National Poetry Month, the April discussion will focus on some of Emily Dickinson’s poems about poets and poetry. For comparison’s sake, we will also look at other poets’ poems on the same topic, including poetry by Marianne Moore, Archibald Macleish, and Pablo Neruda. Some of the Dickinson selections are familiar; others less so.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Metalsmithing for Teens
From the site: “Heather Beck presents a metalsmithing workshop for teens. Participants will learn about the structure of metal and make a copper bookmark with stamped shapes and letters to create textures and words. Space is limited to eight people. Sign up in advance at the Children’s Desk, or by calling 587-1010.”
Saturday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Vintage-Style Photo Transfers to Canvas
Space is limited, register by calling 413-665-2642! Learn how to transfer a print onto a canvas to create a beautiful and unique piece of artwork! All supplies are provided and it’s free to attend! Email a copy of the image you’d like to use to director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org before the program!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
From the site: “Join us for a tour with Stephen Johnson ’19. Stephen is an art history major, and his tour will focus on ideas of material and digital manipulation across the exhibitions on view. This tour is free and open to all!”

Board Games:

Saturday, April 21st
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!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
4 Sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12   Round one starts at 10:00 AM 4-Round Swiss System   Trophies to 1st,2nd,3rd in each section Entry is FREE!!!   *Please bring chess set and chess clock (if you have them) and a bagged lunch .

Books:

Monday, April 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30pm
Madeline Miller, Circe
From the site: “Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. ” She wrote a book about Circe, the character from the Greek Myths who turned people into animals/monsters!
Wednesday, April 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Poetry Reading with Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt
From the site: “Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four books. Her new collection of poems from Curbstone/Northwestern University Press is called Filthy Labors. Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016).” They’ll read poems!
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!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Author visit with Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
From the site: “Do bed bugs wear pajamas? Do stink bugs take baths? Join authors Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig for a reading of their newest picture book, Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, to find out!”
Saturday, April 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Quabbin Writers Salon Reading
From the site: “The Quabbin Writers Salon, local poets and prose writers in the Pioneer Valley, recently released an Anthology called Microbursts, from a poem about the event in Easthampton.” We assume they’re not speaking of… The Event. The Event is not something of which one speaks should one wish to avoid the consequences attendant with… The Event.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Holly Thompson, Twilight Chant
From the site: “A reading and signing followed by twilight-themed activities including trivia, coloring, and cookie decorating! As day slips softly into night, sharp eyes catch glimpses of the special creatures who are active at dusk. Lyrical text and lush art capture the richness and life of this magical time in a sumptuous picture book that will inspire budding naturalists and anyone who has ever chased a lightning bug at twilight.”

Card Games:

Friday, April 20th
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:

Thursday, April 19th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Recasting Emily: A Panel Discussion for Educators
From the site: “Join educators from K-higher ed. classrooms for this arts integration discussion. Participation is free and no reservations required.”
Saturday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Healthy Eating in Today’s World
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to eat health! learn some food facts and how to make good healthy food choices for a lifetime! Led by a local registered dietician. We’ve always recommended eating healthy by consuming only locally-grown leaves from trees near your dwelling. These “tree stars” have all the nutrition a growing herbivore needs!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 17th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
From the site: “Dinner and drinks are on us! We are developers, UX designers, design thinkers, graphic designers, data scientists, project managers, NGO leaders, hackers, and others who want to be active in our community. Hack for Western Mass (http://hackforwesternmass.org) is an ongoing initiative that works to deliver technical solutions to organizations we believe in. As an alternative to a traditional hackathon, we work with organizations on specific technical challenges and carry the projects from design to deployment.”
Thursday, April 19th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wester Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
If you love Drupal, be there! This is your only chance to save Drupal from the deadly eel-pit in which the sinister Seneschal has trapped Drupal!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress
From the site: “This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators. All are welcome. The agenda varies from month to month and the topics to be discussed at the next meetup are set at the end of each meetup. Typically we discuss current projects that we are working on, have a problems and solutions section where you can raise issues you are having and offer advice to others about their problems. We try to have a focused topic of general interest at each meeting.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 18th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Speaker Series – Mario Bonavita The Autism Spectrum
From the site: “Mario is a 27 year old Agawam resident on the autism spectrum. His focus is to bring awareness to and educate people on what autism is. Mario has even spoken on a panel with Temple Grandin! … Mario will present how autism has affected him, what autism is and statistics on the spectrum. Mario will be available for questions after the program.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Gut-Mind Connection
Georgia Ede, MD will return with a repeat of her talk “Beyond Medication: How to Improve Mood, Attention, and Memory Through Diet”. Based on a quick look at the website “www.diagnosisdiet.com”, it looks like the basic pitch is: Vegetables are actively harmful to mental and physical health, eat exclusively meat if at all possible. So ketogenic diets, basically. Which frankly we lack the capacity to evaluate properly, but we’re gonna go one step further and say that only eating a specific animal is healthy, but you’ll have to come to our talk to find out which one.
Thursday, April 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wellesley Club: Presentation on W.E.B. Du Bois by Selwyn Cudjoe
From the site: “Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature at Wellesley College, will examine the development of W. E. B. Du Bois as one of the best-known scholars of the twentieth century. This is the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth. Free and open to the public.”
Sunday, April 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly & Potluck: Episode 4
From the site: “Please note the earlier start time compared to Star Trek Meetups we were having on Sundays. Starting at 5pm gives us the chance to watch more episodes and/or do fire pit. This is also a potluck so please bring something to eat or drink.”

History:

Wednesday, April 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Life of United States General and President Ulysses S. Grant – A Talk By Donald Blais, Jr.
Donald Blais will discuss President Grant’s life, focusing on his role as general in the Civil War and his presidency. Interesting note: Ulysses S. Grant was our first president who tricked a Cyclops.

Kids:

Tuesday, April 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Play with LEGO! Have fun! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, April 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Food Adventures: Cooking Class for Preteens and Teens
Cook at the library! You’ll get hands-on cooking experience, learn how to make nutritious meals, find out about new foods, and eat what you have prepared!
Thursday, April 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
All About Bees! (Ages 5-12)
BEES! Watch out children! They’re right here! Bees! Bees all over! Monstrous beeeeeees! Learn about them! Learn about bees so you may avoid our fate, our bee sadness!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Teen Movie: Spirited Away
Watch a terrifying but beautiful movie about a cursed spa that a child and her parents get trapped inside! It’s wild, and the moral is: “Don’t go near obviously cursed places, and definitely don’t eat the food if you do decide to do that!”
Friday, April 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ukulele Music Time with Julie
Learn! Play! Listen! Uke! Every up and coming youngster knows that a solid handle of ukulele technique is absolutely key to performing in the modern economy.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
UNO Tournament
Play UNO and eat pizza with friends!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 17th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Ferdinand
From the site: “Drop in to the Lang Auditorium for a free movie! We provide snacks and drinks. This movie is based on the book Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, who is mistaken for a dangerous beast. He is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Rated: PG (1 hour 48 minutes)”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry – The Movie Edition
From the site: “To follow up with the book discussion of Fahrenheit 451, the movie will be shown. Which is best the book or the movie? Come and decide!”
Wednesday, April 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film | Coco
Coco! A delightful/terrifying Pixar movie about an afterlife in which you remain eternally but only if you are remembered. Which is kind of weird. Famous people get like a bonus heaven? That seems unfair. But we haven’t seen it, maybe they explain that!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sing-Along Moana
From the site: “Dreaming you were going somewhere tropical for school vacation? Your wish has come true. Join us for a family fun afternoon of singing and movie viewing at Greenfield Public Library! This event is free and open to all ages. Music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Themed snacks to be served. Costumes encouraged. Bring your singing voices!”
Thursday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
My Little Pony the Movie
Watch the My Little Pony movie to find out why friends are nice to have!
Friday, April 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Movie Matinee: Despicable Me 3
See that movie everyone calls “not the best one of this series, which itself is not really an amazing series of films”! Your kids will love it to spite you.

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 18th
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 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Saturday, April 21st
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! (Superhero RPG)
Take on the role of characters who are baiscally like the Teen Titans or New Mutants or whoever else you like best who’s a teen hero! Use FATE rules, all materials are provided and you’re welcome to join in at any time! LGBTQ-friendly!

 

March 12th – March 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we want to call attention to two big nerd related events!

Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow at 7pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! It’ll be about lions and the mental state of our president. Two topics that are guaranteed to be interesting. Also we have cookies! Delicious cookies! Available for anyone who donates to the Northampton Survival Center!

Then, this Saturday and Sunday there’s NERD Summit 2018! There are a metric ton of useful and interesting panels to attend! There are friendly people to meet! It’s all the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst! Take a look at it here to find detailed information: https://nerdsummit.org/

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, March 12th
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.
Wednesday, March 14th
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 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
The zine scene’s a real mean bean! Join it at this fun club!
Thursday, March 15th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artists’ Talk with Cassandra Holden and Paul Shoul: Single Room Occupancy: Portraits & Stories from Northampton Lodging, 1976 – 2016
Guest curator Cassandra Holden and photographer Paul Shoul will discuss the process of getting to know the former residents of Northampton Lodging and how they approached the project intellectually, emotionally, and artistically.
Friday, March 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Session topic: “A Revolution in Locality”. This session is led by David Razor, who’s a PhD candidate in 19th Century American Literature at Brandeis University! This discussion will focus on a grouping of poems from Fascicles 36-40, which focuses on the idea of “locality”.
Saturday, March 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Base Camp Photo Adventures in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond
Photoshop for Lightroom Users Workshop! Learn about how to use Photoshop and Lightroom better we assume? Not sure what Base Camp are, but we assume they like taking and editing photos?

Board Games:

Tuesday, March 13th
Building Autistic Community, Inc [8 Washington St., Westfield, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gaming for Anxiety and Depression
From the site: “Come down for a fun night of board and card games with people on and off the spectrum! Gaming for Anxiety and Depression is a co-meetup with people who love games and look for an open and understanding environment; you’ll meet some great people and learn to play a wide variety of games!”
Wednesday, March 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
This week the featured game also features artwork from a local creator, you’ll get to play Robot Rise! Aaron Wood provided the art for the game, which is about being a mad scientist vying for membership in the Ministry of Discord by building extremely neat robots and using your nefarious intellect to outwit your opponents. There’s also going to be lots of other games to play and Free Pizza!
Saturday, March 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!

Books:

Wednesday, March 14th
Southampton Public Library [30 East St., Southamtpon, MA 01073] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Meet at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin
From the site: “Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin’s masterful retellings pair eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew Bible are resourceful and courageous.”
Thursday, March 15th
Panera Bread [935 Riverdale St., West Springfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – First Meeting!
The kick-off for a fun new book club! Spend a little time getting to know other folks at the club, then discuss the first chapter of this extremely popular book series! Read the chapter first, of course! Feel free to bring along a book for reference!

Card Games:

Friday, March 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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
New Players Welcome – FREE Magic the Gathering Cards!
New players welcome! Ever thought of playing a fun card game with pals? Then join other new players at a welcome event for new players! You’ll get official MtG cards to play with, you’ll be taught the game, and as a bonus you get to keep the cards! It’s a great chance to join your local card game community! Any questions? Call 413-896-1500, and join the meetup event if you want! https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/248617609/
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Booster Draft
Booster draft! For $15 you get 3 booster packs and prize support. Keep the cards you draft, play 2-3 games for best of three, and win prizes! The venue is casual, and if you’ve got any questions call 413-896-1500!
Saturday, March 17th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet & Greet – Casual Community Magic Gathering
A free meet-and-greet! Pizza and drinks provided! Open game tables for Magic the Gathering or other card games, some D&D, and bring your own! Free for all memebers of the Springfield Area MA Magic The Gathering & D&D Meetups, bring a friend! Free Magic cards for all new players! Join at https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/hvzctlyxfbwb/

Community:

Wednesday, March 14th
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!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Job Force Development
GPL Teens and the Franklin Hampshire Employment Board join to explore youth employment!
Friday, March 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Exploring Downtown Northampton
Co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders will lead a one-hour amble along a stretch of the former rail-line, now bike path and describe the natural and cultural history along the route. Learn about the town you live within! It’s $8 to members and donors, $12 to non-members, registration required! Register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org!
Saturday, March 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 13th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After quick updates on ongoing projects, things will turn to the ongoing projects and get to work! Bring your laptop and your positive community energy!
Thursday, March 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Meet up and learn about WordPress! Share your projects, talk about projects and solutions, learn more about where WordPress is going! A great meetup for people new to WordPress or people who want to share their knowledge!
Saturday, March 17th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Paul Bissex will talk about Building the Web Application that Runs a Global Startup Accelerator, Meghan Fallon will give you an overview of the 2018 Technical Job Market! Abby Kingman will talk about Accessibilty for NERDs! So much to do, so little time to do it!
Sunday, March 18th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Jochen Rau will talk about React and ClojureScript, Andrea Kvasnica and Chris Smith will talk about their Agile experiences, and Aditya Relangi will talk about De-mystifying Serveless Platforms! A good second day!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. Important update: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a good television show.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Guest curator Janet Gross will present “Northampton Lymans in Context” and discuss her research on this local family. We hope she asked them first, it’s always awkward to find out that your family is the subject of a contextual exhibit at a local library.
Sunday, March 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Members’ Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Enjoy homemade pancakes in the Carle Cafe, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio! Storytime, a film, and a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Celebrate the Caterpillar’s special day at The Carle! Throughout the day you can enjoy a bunch of art studio projects, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunts, tattoos, butterfly masks, films, story-times, and more! Plus 15% off everything in the shop!

Film:

Thursday, March 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines: Screening and Discussion – On the Same Page Amherst!
From the site: “This documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Following the screening, Dr. Erica Scharrer will lead a conversation about issues raised in the documentary.”

Kids:

Monday, March 12th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Live Clue: Stranger Things
Solve the mystery of who-done-it in Hawkins, Indiana? Was it Mike with the baseball bat full of nails in Mirkwood? Play along to discover which of these adorable 80’s children murdered someone, we guess? Weird branding, Clue. For ages 12-18, register by contacting oeberli@westath.org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crafts
Crafts for kids! It’s a good time.
Tuesday, March 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids! Have fun building neat things out of these good tiny blocks.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy! Experience Nathan, the most gigantic worm that can speak!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Stories with Jason
Jason is either a cat or a lion, which is just a much bigger cat. Do not bring your children unless they’re not allergic to cats or they are able to fight off a lion. Everyone should be able to fight off a lion by the age of around 4.
Thursday, March 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activites
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!
Saturday, March 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Read to Rover
Read to a nice dog, children! There’s literally no reason not to do this.

Movies:

Monday, March 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival
In anticipation of the Jane Austen Book Discussion starting April 26th, the GPL is showing some Austen films! This night: Sense and Sensibility! The most sensible senses! The most sensuous sensibilities! They’re all here!
Wednesday, March 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Resistance Film Series: Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
A documentary that follows how guns and the profits that they produce for their manufacturers and sellers, affect the lives of everyday Americans. Learn more, then call your congresspeople!
Thursday, March 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Opening Reception and Film Screening
The 13th annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Yiddish Book Center with an opening reception and film screening! Fine out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/pioneer-valley-jewish-film-festival-opening-reception-and-film-screening

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Wednesday! Gear up and play a fun casual short session. It’s a good intro to the main storyline events and uses published adventure material for a fun quick weeknight session. Every week is a new challenge! It costs $5 to attend and you’ll have a great time!
Thursday, March 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 warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table!
Saturday, March 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Great Goblin Bake-Off: A Song of Icing and Fryer
Play using the Fate system, and join an adventure at: the Great Goblin bake-off, and competition is fierce! At least it would be if the other bakers hadn’t been kidnapped. What is the Witchhunters plan? What is the secret goblin magic? How are you supposed to roll out croissant dough if you can’t let the butter soften? All this and more in the most thrilling adventure of any lifetime! First-timers are welcome! The Fate system is really easy to pick up and play and all materials will be provided.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Saturday! A good intro to the main storyline events! It’s just $5 per player, snacks and drinks available. As always, play a bard because everyone should adventure with a full-sized Cello.
Sunday, March 18th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Sunday! Take a character all the way from their humble beginning to the heights of arcane might! Make a character onsite or bring one pre-made! The current group includes both new and experienced players, and they’re happy to welcome new people! $5 per player, snacks and drinks available.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Monday, March 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Saving Lions and Diagnosing Presidents
Join us for another great Nite! We’ll find out about lions from Andrew Stein, a wildlife biologist and National Geographic Explorer focused on the conservation of large predators! Then we’ll hear about the terrifying possibility that the president is legitimately unfit to serve in like a “no object permanence” manner rather than just having horrific plans for his term from David Arbeitman, a PhD in psychology. It’ll be a night of once again no single shred of connection between the topics because shush, you. It’s $5 to attend, $50 going to each speaker. We’ll also have COOKIES! For anyone who drops money in the donation bin for the Northampton Survival Center!
Wednesday, March 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Part four 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. This one is about digging deeper! Military records, family papers and stories, land records, all that jazz!

 

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 5th – February 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hey! Guess what is neat?

You know the extremely popular podcast The Adventure Zone? Well their current game “Amnesty” is Powered by the Apocalypse! They’re playing a version of Monster of the Week, which is based on our very own excellent local RPG system!

It’s basically like Lumpley Games is the reason that people listen to the McElroy family podcasts! Or it might be the like decade of comedy that they’ve produced across three dozen podcasts. But we think it’s the influence of our wonderful local tabletop game designers!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, February 7th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk by Alla Rosenfeld
A gallery talk with the Curator of Russian and European Art, Alla Rosenfeld! This is offered in conjunction with the Varieties of Nonconformism exhibition on view at the Russian Center Art Gallery through the 11th. Free and open to all! Learn about some nonconformist artwork on your lunch break!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
See a bunch of great filmmakers talk about screenwriting! Abraham Ravett, filmmaker of Holding Hands With Ilse, Wade Wofford, Screenwriter/Directgor of The Answer, Ellen Kaplan, Screenwriter/Director of Mixed Blessings, and Jake Hulse, Screenwriter/Director of Heroe’s Don’t Come Home!
Thursday, February 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
A Conversation with John Wieland ’58
A conversation with an alumnus and the Chief Curator of the Museum, David E. Little. Afterward, attend the reception opening “HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland”. Free and open to all! Dang, we wish we had enough cash that our collections were worth hosting an opening to view. Anyone interested in displaying a ton of comics?
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spring Exhibitions Opening Reception
Celebrate the opening of some new artwork! Including HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland, Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art through the Ages as well as New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s–90s! Get some refreshments and dance to a live DJ!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
“Common Threads” Poetry Discussion and Tea
Get cozy and talk poetry! Facilitated by Diana Gordon, you’ll discuss eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018, an annual publication by MassPoetry. Please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Friday, February 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! You can construct a robot sculpture inspired by Tahano Miho’s Robot Girl in the exhibition “Modern Images of the Body from East Asia”! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Valentime Making & Story Time
Love! Ah, love. It’s a many-splendored thing, isn’t it? Yeah we just came up with that description because we’re very good at words. Join folks at the Odyssey to make Valentine’s cards using characters from picture books and featuring a reading of Love by Matt De La Pena and Loren Long. Open to all ages!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Artists’s Reception: Lennie Kaumzha
Mosaic-fusion paintings by artist Lennie Kaumzha will be on display and also you’re probably gonna get cheese and wine!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 10th
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!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Tabletop Game Day
Board games! Join up with other friendly locals to play board games and card games and generally hang out in a nice reserved space in the back of the Burger King! They mostly play your standard suite of nice Euro games, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in bringing as well! Sign up here: https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/246455490/

Books:

Thursday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Christopher Tinson, Radical Intellect Liberator Magazine and Black Activism in the 1960s
Christopher Tinson, Ph.D is an associate professor of Africana Studies and History at Hampshire College. He’ll read from and speak about his book, which covers the 60’s era rise of black radicalism. Specifically, taking a look at the magizine Liberator, who were a touchstone of thought and organizing in during that period.
Saturday, February 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Event – Elizabeth Byrne and Lyndsay Ely
Two talented YA authors come to speak about their newest books! The Grave Keepers is a unique coming-of-age story set in a society obsessed with grave keeping and Gunslinger Girl is a coming of age story about Serendipity Jones, armed with six-shooters and perfect aim in a lawless city!

Card Games:

Friday, February 9th
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 7th
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!

Computers:

Tuesday, February 6th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
A quick update on ongoing projects to start up the discussion, followed by some time to get hacking! Bring your laptop so that you can contribute! It helps to know your way around GitHub, because most of the coordination relies on that! Dinner and drinks are on them!
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A rendezvous of the most fantastic sort! It’s a chance to hang out with web developers and coders and just folks in general, talk about web dev stuff and just hang at a nice local bar!

Entertainment:

Saturday, February 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
First Book Friendiversary!
The Carle teams up with the folks at First Book to observe Friendiversary! It’s an annual celebration of friendship and reading! Bring a friend and join this celebration of books with Elephant, Piggie, and a host of ther friends from the museum! A FREE Mo Willems book to every child who attends while supplies last! More info here: https://www.carlemuseum.org/content/first-book-friendiversary-4
Sunday, February 11th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Finale Potluck
First, a potluck! Then Discovery episodes 14 and 15! Bring something delicious to eat or drink, or both, and pitch in a couple bucks to cover the subscription cost! It’s the best way to see the thrilling finale of this series! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/246917792/

Kids:

Tuesday, February 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn Ukulele With Julie (Ages 8-12)
Learn the basics, play some songs, have some fun! Beginners can come early to learn the basics 3:30 – 4:00, and then there’s lessons for everyone at 4:00pm – 5:00pm! Ukuleles will be provided! Pre-register in the Kids Room or call 413-259-3091!
Thursday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
Callie at the Childrens/YA Department will hang out and discuss comics with you! And help create and share new ones! Artists supplies will be on hand if you want to make your own comics. Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!
Friday, February 9th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Music for Munchkins
A class for little kids aged 12-24 months to sing, rhyme, play with instruments, tell stories, and move around! Registration is required, see the Youth Room, and siblings are welcome!
Saturday, February 10th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Music In the Library!
A special event for families with young children! With special guest Chris Hough Sirard! Make some music with your kiddos!

Movies:

Monday, February 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Pretty in Pink
Teens! And specifically only teens! Come watch a movie about teens that is considered a classic by Old Teens! You can see why it’s a thing that people have remembered but also there’s a lot to talk about with regards to what it portrays as relatable teen probs, which is common when revisiting teen films!
Thursday, February 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Teen Movie: Everything, Everything
A movie for teens! About teens! They’re very sad romatic teens, separated by circumstance but brought together by fate! Oh what woe!
Sunday, February 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: A Home on the Range
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-home-range-sunday-february-11-2-pm

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 7th
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 8th
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:

Thursday, February 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Battle of the Sexes
Hear all the dirty details about ocean sex that you’ve been afraid to ask! Does sex happen in the ocean? Oh you’d better believe it does! It’s wild down there. Dr. Dara Orbach will discuss the anatomy, mechanics, and behavior involved in marine mammal reproduction!