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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 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!

 

January 8th – January 14th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the New Year!

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

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

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

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

THIS WEEK


Science:

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

Art:

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

Board Games:

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

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

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

Community:

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

Computers:

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

Entertainment:

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

Kids:

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

Movies:

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

RPGs:

Wednesday, January 10th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, January 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

 

December 11th – December 17th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week is a bit of a big one. A lot of local creators were affected by recent changes to Patreon. Basically, the new plan is that people who pledge money will pay 2.9% + $0.35 for each monthly pledge. Not a bunch of money, right? Well… unless you’re giving say $50 a month but split it up between 50 creators at $1 a piece. Then suddenly you’re paying around $70 per month. A lot of people don’t have that sort of wiggle room in their Patreon budgets, and they’re ditching the service.

We don’t know how many local creators make a living exclusively using this service, but a lot of people rely on it to provide some steady income while they work on producing the amazing artwork that the Valley is not-actually-known-for-precisely-but-definitely-affects-the-zeitgeist-via.

Because our own Patreon tops out at about $9/week from 6 Patrons including our kind mom, we’re going to leave the discussion to more qualified folks. We’ve put together some chunks of the explanations we’ve gotten from people we backed, and a couple answers on Twitter.

But it pretty much boils down to: they get it, they support your decisions, they’d like to keep eating food and living inside so please help them figure out how they can still get money from you because that is important. Like pick something up from their stores if you’re no longer supporting them on Patreon, at least! It’s the holidays someone you know wants a shirt or something!

Emily Care Boss:  “In 2018, my plans are to restructure this Patreon to support analysis and writing I’m doing on various narrative forms. It may include previews of upcoming games in the pipeline: Heart of the Rose, Sign in Stranger, Stillwater, Caerllion and King Wen’s Tower. In particular, the analysis will focus on the unique contributions of role playing games to making and understanding story. The support levels will be different, and take into account the changes Patreon has made. I will publicize the changes with a month or two lead time to allow you to make changes as you desire and for new folks to add on.”

Joshua AC Newman: “Yes, they’re still inexplicably charging you for each additional creator you support. The percentage is fine; someone’s got to pay it, and one of my missions is to make sure everyone understands just how much of a constant investment it is to be a professional creator. But the $.35 fee is a mess. That disincentivizes backing multiple creators. It’s a weird thing they did, so I’m not surprised that a lot of patrons are backing off to only their favorites. Patreon’s new fee schedule is going to hit anyone who, like me, backs lots of Patreons at small amounts. For my 14 $1 backers, I suggest to you that you move your pledge to $3 and appropriately set your maximum monthly payout.”

Twitter update: “It was an utter cockup that makes the people with the least money pay more money, all of the increase going to the credit card companies.”

Vincent Baker: “If you drop your patronage over this, I’m with you, and I won’t be deactivating your forum membership. Please keep coming to the forum. This is especially important because I won’t be able to reach you through Patreon anymore. Please keep coming to the forum!”

Epidiah Ravachol: “If Patreon no longer works for you, fret not! I will find other ways for you to show you support and ensure that you never miss an issue. When I have sussed them out, I will let you know here and at www.WorldsWithoutMaster.com. Additionally, later today I’ll be reducing the pledge levels so that, even with Patreon’s new fees, you will only be charged what you have always been charged. However, to take advantage of this, you need to alter your own pledge level as well. Ultimately though, I just want you to know that if you need to alter or remove your pledge, I am with you. And I thank you for all the support you have shown me in the past. You remain the best! Sincerely, Eppy.”

Pat Nietupski via Twitter: “I’m not crazy about it. It seems like my patrons, especially the small, $1 patrons are going to be paying almost 1.5 times what they pledge. I wish Patreon had given more of a heads up.”

So again: Patreon changes are not going great for most local creators, help them out if you can! Maybe not via Patreon anymore if you can’t afford to do that but like, dang. They make good stuff! They deserve to be able to eat.

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, December 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! ZINE! MAKE A ZINE! AT THE CLUB! A ZINE ABOUT CLUB…. SANDWICHES!
Thursday, December 14th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mead Director David E. Little “Tells It Like It Is”
Join the Mead Chief Curator for a gallery talk and closing reception for the exhibit Tell It Like It Is – Or Could Be. Free and open to the public!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Drawing to Look Closely – A Figure Drawing Workshop in the Sharrer Exhibition
Join artist Katy Schneider to learn sketching and drawing skills and participate in a facilitated discussion while carefully examining Honore Sharrer’s work! Explore and work from both Sharrer’s paintings and a nude model! Members $5, non-members $15! No experience necessary, materials provided!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Harry Potter Holiday Craft
Celebrate the season! The season of Wizards! The season of magical potions! The season of cider and recycled book based ornaments!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Thirty Third Annual Quabbin History Calendar Slideshow
The calendar has pictures of the four towns of the Swift River Valley that were dis-incorporated in the 1930’s to make way for the Quabbin Reservoir. They sleep down there… waiting for us to forget. Waiting for us to be vulnerable. The 2018 calendar and copies of the author’s books on Quabbin will be available for sale!
Friday, December 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Make Your Own Gingerbread House!
Grades 5-12 are welcome to build a gingerbread house! It’s fun, but you should bring your own candy to eat, because the house always makes you hungry but it’s never really that good to eat.
Saturday, December 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Marbeled Ornaments Workshop
Use nail-polish and water to make a unique ornament or two! Bring extra nail polish if you can, but some stuff will be provided free of charge! Be sure not to accidentally create an ornament who eldritch whorls exactly recreate an ancient and terrible spell.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Meet Javaka Steptoe
From the site: “Artist and author Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal for his book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Hear Steptoe discuss his research and art for Radiant Child, and what his year has been like following a Caldecott win.”

Board Games:

Friday, December 15th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Play games with nice folks! We highly recommend trying out Azul, we got to give it a shot this past week and it was a lot of fun. Bit tough to pick up but it gets a lot easier after just a few turns!
Saturday, December 16th
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:

Monday, December 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Living in a Captialist Paradise: A Discussion with Authour Charles Mark
The author will talk about his book, which details a dangerous escape across the border of a totalitarian state, ultimately leading to New Zealad and after that to America! Charles will discuss the nature of life in refugee camps, New Zealand, and what it’s like in the US! A lively and critical discussion will be enjoyed by you and the rest of the audience!
Wednesday, December 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Talk with Kelly Lebrun: Against All Hope Until…
From the site: “Kelly Lebrun will talk about her abuse and mental trauma, and how Christian religious experiences helped her overcome the issues and problems in her life.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Celebration of Local Authors: The Modern Real and Surreal
Find out about some amazing local authors at this event! They’re going to read from their work, we think, and also you’ll get to talk to them about that work! It’s good!

Computers:

Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Bob Crowley, the CIO at Hampshire College, will get started by talking about Product Owner interviewing techniques! Learn how to get good requirements from your users using Design Thinking as well as the power of the Ancient Stone Tablets that have just been uncovered!
Thursday, December 14th
Common Media [84 Russell Street, Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After an update about ongoing projects, you’ll be able to get hacking! Make a difference in your community using the computer skills that have previously mostly used to crack into the Gibson!

Entertainment:

Monday, December 11th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Open Mic
Are you a Jane Austen fan? Share your favorite bon mots with like-minded people in an event we are not trying to be mean about but legitimately cannot imagine. Do you do like… fanfic? Readings? Insult comedy styled in an era-appropriate manner? It seems so out of left field. We humbly request that anyone attending report back to us.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Fanny and Alexander
Watch the movie first! Then, come here and talk about how excellent Ingmar Bergman’s movies are. We now realize that we haven’t seen any of Ingmar Bergman’s films! We should watch some. You can get copies of the film in the reference department!
Friday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
2017 Holiday Gathering at Last Call Media
A holiday gathering for the community! Snacks and beverages will be made available to those of you who eat and drink, but also feel free to bring your own! All are welcome, but RSVP at the Meetup site! They gotta order enough food! https://www.meetup.com/wmasswebdev/events/245352008/

Kids:

Tuesday, December 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids! Play with LEGO! It’s fun!

Movies:

Sunday, December 17th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: Body and Soul: An American Bridge
Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song Body and Soul was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman, trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year. Learn more about this important, genre-spanning piece! Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-body-and-soul-american-bridge-sunday-december-17-2-pm

Science:

Monday, December 11th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Plane Crashes and Flamenco!
The Nerd Nite that will cause us to actually disappear into our own sense of anxiety! Bob Gould will discuss surviving plane accidents, and David and Lonnie Chu will teach us about the beautiful art of Flamenco, and lead us in a “juerga”!
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe
Oooooh ho ho ho so this is how it is? OUR night? You’re doing a SciTech Cafe on Nerd Nite? That’s actually delightful, because it’s lovely to have so many good events all the time in our good town! Everyone is free to go to this to see Gary Felder talk about the possibility of extra dimensions in space, but we will expect you to donate extra to charity at January’s Nerd Nite in penance.

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/!

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.