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August 28th – September 3rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is starting out pretty good we think! We recommend checking out the Queers in Comics & Games discussion at Modern Myths tomorrow. It’s a great place to meet new people and have a chat, and it’s a way to support a wonderful local shop! And you get a great excuse to spend $5 on some comics and games!

This past week we again had a lovely time at Wednesday Games at The Brass Cat! We got to play Tiny Epic Quest, which is a fun if slightly overly fluffy game. There were little bits and bobs that you could attach to your tiny meeple figures and frankly they mostly contributed to an avalanche of plastic which might be lost. Also, it was rough getting a clear grasp of some of the mechanics until 3/5 turns in, which had the effect of making everyone at various points suddenly very sad as they realize oh shoot I messed up bad!

Still once things got going it was nice, and the mechanics worked together to ensure that the finish-line wasn’t too far away once we had coherent plans in place. We think Tiny Epic Galaxies was more fun and less fuss, though.

Also earlier we got to play Time of Crisis, an excellent game from the always-spectacular and often confusing GMT! This one wasn’t confusing, though! It’s just a very straightforward attempt to rack up victory points by controlling and improving parts of Rome, and then becoming Emperor at the right moment! Making things a bit more interesting is a system of deck-building that doesn’t require you to shuffle, so you can spend time figuring out how you want to construct your next couple hands as you look at your deck. We had a blast even though we got soundly defeated.

We also just had a fun time building characters for Breaking The Ice of the Romance Trilogy, excellent game by local excellent person Emily Care Boss of Black & Green Games. We highly recommend you check it out! A rare two-person RPG, it’s the perfect game to play with a pal who’s a bit nervous about getting into an adventuring party!

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, August 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Each Tuesday, meet up in the Teen Room and walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio at 306 Race St. to learn about media literacy, get hands-on experience with song recording, journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! Also, oddly enough, geology. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about sediment.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk (Making Jewlery)
We enjoy the fact that they definitely liked the name of this but realized it in no way communicated ‘Jewelry’ at the end. They made it work, though! Create jewelry using stamps, Shrinky Dink material, and a heat source! Open to ages 11-17, pre-register by calling 413-259-3091 or at teens@joneslibrary.org by 5:30pm Monday!
Thursday, August 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Friday, September 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
A free cultural event where you get to see open mic performers and look at beautiful art and listen to poetry and legend says that Emily Dickinson might drop by!

Board Games:

Saturday, September 2nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Monday, August 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Reading & Book Signing | Amy Larade
Amy Larade will perform a dramatic reading and sign copies of her debut novel! The novel is called “So Nice to Finally Meet You…” so it’s sort of like the book’s happy to have finally come out! Yay!

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

Monday, August 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
Talk to a bunch of wonderful people about LGBTQIA+ representation in comics and games of all stripes! It’s moderated by the spectacular store manager, and admission is a day pass of $5 that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Wednesday, August 30th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Foster Care Recruitment Informational Session
Get information about becoming a foster parent! Get started on helping out some kids!
Thursday, August 31st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
We hold a monthly support group for women living with a variety of chronic illnesses (e.g. autoimmune disorder, MS, arthritis, Crohn’s and colitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme disease, etc.). It is free and open to the public.

Computers:

Saturday, September 2nd
Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center [100 Bigelow St., Holyoke, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Raspberry Jam
A Raspberry Jam is a place for young and old, experienced hands and new folks, to learn about Raspberry Pi! What is Raspberry Pi? A tiny inexpensive computer you can practice coding with! And Robotics! If that sounds neat, come hang out and learn more!
Sunday, September 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Web Design 101 with WordPress: Getting Started
Librarian and officially licensed Tech Wizard Dylan Tibert will teach you the fundamentals of designing your own website using WordPress. Classes will be a one hour lecture followed by a hands-on workshop. Perfect for experienced computer users who are beginners at web design! This class covers how to get started with web servers and WordPress!

Entertainment:

Thursday, August 31st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about robots! Gundam, maybe? There are more than one Gundam series, right? We just heard about one episode being so bad it was expelled from the canon, which could be fun to watch!
Friday, September 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Johnny & the Flashbacks
Take a trip back, in TIME that is! Back to the era of the Mesozoic! We think. We’re about 90% certain. It’s also possible that this is a 50’s throwback band but we’re almost entirely sure that it’s a dinosaur-themed ‘rock’ band haha get it. Bring blankets or lawn chairs! Free to all and sundry!

Movies:

Monday, August 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Free Movies for Adults in the Community Room: Psycho
Bring your lunch and watch Psycho in the community room! A completely normal activity that is definitely what you should do and not the trap of a clever murderer!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Playtime
Check out the film first! Watch it at home! They don’t screen the film there! You can use Kanopy.com to see it too! Then, again we stress after having already watched the film, go talk about it with these friendly folks!
Wednesday, August 30th
Amherst Cinema Arts Center [28 Amity St., Amherst, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Space is the Place
Meet in the Lobby with the friendly friends of the Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup! You can sit together at the film and discuss it afterward! This movie sounds very neat: “The special effects, outrageous plot line and apocalyptic message harmonize with the otherworldly score and a climactic live performance by one of the most innovative and profound groups in jazz history.”
Saturday, September 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival: Northanger Abbey
Watch a beautiful Jane Austen movie about an abbey named Northanger, and all the adventures it has! We have not read this Jane Austen book.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 31st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, September 1st
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Return, heroes, to Elmerton! A season has been spent away, and now’s the time to discover what has changed! You can find out as a Player Character or a Non Player Character, and if you want to be a Non Player and help flesh out the cast, it’s free and includes meals! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Saturday, September 2nd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Explore, enjoy, magic, fancy dress! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!
Sunday, September 3rd
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 1
Remember, you get all your food free if you’re an NPC, and you can even come for just a few hours to help out if you like! Check out https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/242818315/!

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November 28th – December 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ve been kind of out of the loop because we’ve spent all Thanksgiving being the best possible guests for our lovely mom who is great!

We did have a chance to play a lot of Pokemon which we have got to say is just a heck of a game, have you folks heard of it? We really recommend checking it out when you have a chance, it has these adorable little collectible creatures.

We’d like to single out for highlighting this week the wonderful Hack for Western Mass! It’s a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who wants to donate their time and skill to a useful end.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, November 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-in
Write the next great American novel with some friends! This will be ANOTHER chance to write in a crowd, which makes it a lot easier to keep up the good work.
Wednesday, November 30th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Keep Calm & Needlework On!
A new needle-working group for those of you who want to make things look homey and cute as heck. It even works on swears!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Teen Writing Workshop (Ages 12 and up)
Write the next great American novel with some friends! This will be a chance to write in a crowd, which makes it a lot easier to keep up the good work.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
J.R. Greene 2017 Quabbin History Calendar
J.R. Greene will show slides from the 2017 Quabbin History Calendar, copies of the calendar and of Greene’s books will be on sale and available for signing! Greene has written 16 books about the Quabbin Reservoir and the towns that were destroyed to create it!
Thursday, December 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Materiality at the Mead with Laurence Kanter
How do you identify a painting’s creator? You can hear about how the Mead’s Renaissance painting The Crucifixion was identified as the work of Lorenzo Monaco. Laurence Kanter, Chief Curator, will explain his recent discovery!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibit
Art in the Homestead will be awesome quilting by Rebecca Fricke, like quilt graffiti which is nifty. Then there will be poetry readings by Eileen P. Kennedy, Tommy Twilite, Howie Faerstein, and Gerald Yelle!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
AIDS WORK Gallery Talk with Artist Eric Avery
Join artist Eric Avery for a special gallery talk. Learn from the artist’s perspective about the works on display!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Activism, Art, and Science: A Conversation with Eric Avery and Anne S. De Groot
Dr. Eric Avery, and Dr. Anne S. De Groot will talk about their respective approaches to activism and advocacy through art and science.
Saturday, December 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Endangered River: Portraits of the Brazil Amazon
Join photographer Jeanny Tsai for a slideshow and a talk where she’ll present a series of her photos that she took in the Brazilian Amazon in 2015 and 2016. She’ll describe her journeys as well as speak about the state of the Amazonian environment and the struggles of its peoples.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists Reception for Black & White Photographs by Paul Hetzel and Oil Paintings by David Skillicorn
An opening reception for two amazing artists!

Board Games:

Saturday, December 3rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Board Game Envoy Demo: Colony!
Colony will be on display and ready to play with a licensed board game professional Envoy person to teach you how to play! A great opportunity to try out a neat new game.

Books:

Tuesday, November 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Chuck Collins – Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good
Born wealthy, he gave away his inheritance and became an activist against inequality yes it’s Chuck Collins! He wrote a book about how people should maybe stop trying to outdo the Gilded Age because of how it’s obviously a horrific idea!
Wednesday, November 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elaine Khosrova, author of Butter: A Rich History
Butter? Butter. Butter. BUTTER. YES. Butter. Butter! There will be a chance to get your butter signed at the event!
Saturday, December 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
A Northampton Journey: from Pumps to Politics to Print Book Launch of Jim Cahillane’s new book The Pilot’s Satchel
Jim Cahillane will read selections from his new book. In his latest book of poems, Mr. Cahillane recounts his dreams of worldly travels, books, theater, life, and near-death medical tales.

Community:

Thursday, December 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Food for Fines Begins
This is the day that you begin being able to pay your library fines with food! You can also just pay the fines with money, they’re not exactly big fines usually. But at the same time, why not give some food? They’ll get your canned goods to someone who needs them!

Computers:

Thursday, December 1st
Cultivate and Nest [2 Bay Rd., Suite 100, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Activate: Hack for Western Mass
Hack for Western Mass is a bit different this year! They’re organizing all the folks around who have the capacity to do coding and web-stuff and all that jazz to plan an ongoing initiative to help deliver useful things to non-profits. This is the first meeting to pick a project and network with like-minded people! Childcare is available during the meeting!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Introduction to Computers: Cyber Security
Do you have any idea how to keep your computer safe? You don’t, probably. Most people don’t! We like to pretend we do but we have to be honest, we totally do not have a great idea we’re kind of winging it and relying on smarter people to give us advice. Learn to protect your computer-self and avoid dying for real in the Matrix!

Entertainment:

Pizza Paradiso [12 Crafts Ave., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Sparrow book discussion + dinner
One of those Jesuit Priest SF books which is legit not a thing we made up it’s kind of a weirdly prominent sub-genre, about a priest on a mission to make contact with extraterrestrial life and the sad end of that mission. There’s a max of 12 spots at the discussion, so RSVP now! Also you will be expected to actually buy something at the restaurant for food!

History:

Tuesday, November 29th
Franklin Patterson Hall West Lecture Hall [Hampshire College] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Art Carrington: Founder of Carrington Tennis Academy and Expert on the History of Black Tennis
Art Carrington was mentored by a variety of educated black professionals at one of the first private black tennis clubs designed to promote tennis as a social sport before founding the Carrington Tennis Academy. The Carrington Tennis Academy has been around for over 30 years, and now you’re got a chance to talk to the founder!
Sunday, December 4th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Wampum Trail: Restorative Research in Native American Collections by Margaret Bruchac, University of Pennsylvania
Margaret Bruchac will discuss her research project, The Wampum Trail. Dr. Bruchac is examining the use of Native American quahog and whelk shell beads for adornment, ritual, and diplomacy.
David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St., Florence, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Amos Newport – A Hatfield Slave Who Just Wanted to be Free talk by Robert Romer
Learn about Amos Newport, a slave in Hatfield who in 1766 decided to go to court to sue for his freedom. Amos couldn’t make the claim that he had been promised freedom, which was what some other successful suits had relied upon, he just wanted to be a free human being. He lost the case, and the appeal, and ultimately never became free. But he contributed to the end of slavery, and his son was free, and he’s someone worth learning about from around our valley.

Kids:

Saturday, December 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
If I Ran the Rainforest with the Creature Teachers
The Creature Teachers will teach you about creatures of the rainforest! You’ll even get to meet a few!

Movies:

Wednesday, November 30th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Compulsive Practice – Screening and Discussion
Visual AIDS presents a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.
Sunday, December 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
TALK: “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” with Marisa Scheinfeld
Join photographer Marisa Schienfeld and take a look at the fate of the establishments along the Borscht Belt, New York’s Catskills region. Once home to hundreds of vacation sites, now left to wither as economic decline and changing attitudes left them in the dust. Schienfeld will sign copies of the book after the talk!

Video Games:

Saturday, December 3rd
Franklin Patterson Hall West Lecture Hall [Hampshire College] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
GlowLime Games: Pitch & Interest Meeting
Do you have an idea for a game? Do you have the skills to make it? Do you want to help mentor other people who make games? Are you unconcerned with worldly things like “money” and “getting any money”? Then pitch your concepts to GlowLime! They’ve done interesting work previously, and they’re nice folks.