Pioneer Valley

February 27th – March 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello folks! Short top-matter today because we were at my mom’s and hanging out with her all weekend.

Just want to let everyone know that Nerd Nite is next Monday, March 6th! It’ll be a fun time because it is generally a fun time and we can extrapolate from experience.

Also, NERDSummit is coming up the 18th and 19th of March! It’ll be a delightful time where you can learn interesting things about web development and related technology.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, February 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Drop In Sit and Knit Group
Drop what you’re doing, come in, sit down, and knit some things!
Wednesday, March 1st
Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Conversations with Alison Saar
Alison Saar will mark the installation of Sleeping Beauty by talking to you and with you about mostly art things like rtistic practice and identity, followed by a reception.
Thursday, March 2nd
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 Exhibition
The Emily Dickinson Museum will be doing a poetry reading, open mic, and a one-night art exhibit! Featured poets include Allison O’Shea, Robbie Dunning, and Lauren Singer. The Featured Artist is Rhys Davies! Free and open to the public!
Friday, March 3rd
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Spotlight Gallery Talk in the exhibition “Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii”
Bettina Bergmann, professor of Art History at Mount Holyoke College, will give a spotlight tour so you can get a close look at the wall paintings of Villa A at Oplontis, and understand them better! Free with museum admission! Meet in the lobby.

Books:

Tuesday, February 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Local Author Jono Neiger Presents The Permaculture Promise
Conservation Biologist, permaculture educator, and designer Jono neiger will talk about how to create human ecosystems that don’t slowly kill all of us!
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amara Lakhous
Writer Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970, and moved to Rome after spending time in Algerian radio putting up with constant death threats. His first novel Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio was awarded the Flaiano Prize in Italy.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Conversation with Author Series: Derek Strahan’s new book “Lost Springfield, Massachusetts”
Derek Strahan will talk about the City of Firts as it is, was, and might be!
Thursday, March 2nd
Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst MA at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
David Hyde Costello Artist Reception
Odyssey Bookshop will be at this Arts Night Plus reception for Miniature Menagerie, paintings by David Hyde Costello, selling his books! See cute as heck watercolors and then buy some books that have cute as heck watercolors in them!
Saturday, March 4th
Hope & Feathers Gallery, Amherst MA at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
David Hyde Costello Artist Reception
The same thing as the other one with this name! Only it’s not on Arts Night Plus so your power armor will only have half the charge it normally does and you’ll only be able to use your vison augs 3 times before triggering the alarm.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Meet the Author: Jan Maher
Jan Maher will read from her book Earth As It Is, which you can fact-check live by keeping a watch on the window.

Community:

Tuesday, February 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
Learn about diabetes and how to keep healthy as a person with diabetes. Anne Vernardin, a former high school nutrition teacher will educate you and share her success story! This week, learn about glucose!

Computers:

MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Quiet Revolution in the Client – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
There’s a revolution happening in the client! The client has gone from being a backwater to a focus of development in a very little bit of time, and new approaches are needed to deal with it! Tagore Smith will talk about new approaches to web and application development in this turbulent time.
Sunday, March 5th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY – Petricore Games w/Ryan Canuel
This month Ryan Canuel will talk about how to think about what you’re doing AFTER you’ve made a fun game or in some rare cases of forethinking even beforehand. Do you start a studio? How does that even work? Do you sell the game? How? All kind of scary questions!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Anime is according to some people quite good, and there’s sure as heck a whole bunch of it. Find some you like and share it with friendly people!

Kids:

Saturday, March 4th
Springfield Museums [21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Pajama Party
Wear your pajamas! Get comfy and celebrate one of our local creative heroes! See a bunch of neat sculptures and other creations, and meet a lot of local illustrators! Buy some books, get them autographed, generally have a good cozy time celebrating great books!

Movies:

Wednesday, March 1st
Holyoke Community College’s Fine & Performing Arts Building at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Viewing of 13th
A documentary about the 13th amendment that will make you angry and sad in some sort of combination!
Thursday, March 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Viewing of The Lorax
See the movie version of the children’s classic The Lorax! Drop in early if you want to make a Dr. Seuss themed craft!

RPGs:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with friends! It is a good time and there are many wonderful options for creative pretending-to-be-other-people in interesting settings!

Science:

Monday, February 27th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: You’re Never Too Old to Play in the Sandbox: The Physics of Soft Materials
Is toothpaste liquid or solid? What makes it so tough to run on sand? What’s “squishy”? What’s the point of knowing the answer to any of these questions? Kerstin Nordstrom is going to explain! She’s a professor at Mount Holyoke who studies fluid flow, and she’ll talk about all the fascinating ways that soft materials behave!
Tuesday, February 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
This session will cover one of the ways that you can help to make your experience with diabetes easier! Understand the effect of diabetes on your body and the importance of exercise. Each session has a short review in case you can’t make it to every one!
Wednesday, March 1st
Franklin Patterson East Lecture Hall at Hampshire College at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Showing of the documentary film Sonic Sea
A showing of the hour-long film Sonic Sea, a documentary about how much industrial noise pollution negatively affects the ocean biomes we rely on to continue to exist and not die, as well as a Q&A afterward with guest Leila Hatch, Marine Ecologist at the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
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January 30th – February 5th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We feel like it’s an important time to remind you that monthly sustaining contributions to charitable organizations go a long way toward helping them accomplish their goals. Several that do extremely useful work: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Immigration Law Center, and the International Rescue Committee.

The most pertinent thing locally we can think of to remind you about is that this is one of your last possible days to submit a talk/workshop topic to the upcoming NERDSummit conference on web development and related technological stuff. It seems like it’ll be fun and full disclosure we’re involved with doing some marketing stuff with them but for real it’s the sort of thing you probably can tell whether or not you’re excited about so mostly that’s just been us informing you about it.

Anyway! Check out NERDSummit.org to submit a topic! Then go to the actual event March 18th – 19th!

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


Board Games:

Saturday, February 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Chess Club
Chess, the game of dukes as they say! Hone your skills at a board game that’s really been waiting on a sequel forever! Get some games under your belt so that you’ll be able to follow the plot in the upcoming Chess: The Movie!

Books:

Wednesday, February 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
YA Book Club
A new book club! Look, we know the book clubs page is updating kind of infrequently, but you have to understand that these things pop up and disappear at a rate of about one a day. That said, here’s your chance to step in to say hi and see what the next book on the docket is going to be!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wicked Wednesday Book Club
Which isn’t to say we DON’T update the book club listings, we just did! We super appreciate it when they have a list planned out like 6 months ahead of time, that’s so much easier to keep up with. Anyway, this is your chance to be wicked on Wednesday by doing the most sinister thing of all: reading a novel!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mike Flynn, Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children
Mike Flynn wrote a book helping teachers in K-2 classrooms teach mathematical principles! He focuses on what it takes to get kids to really understand rather than just “do” math. Sounds helpful if you’re a teacher, parent, or otherwise responsible for making sure kids learn things!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Literature and Poetry of Brazil
Bigger than the continental US, the 9th largest economy in the world, Brazil remains pretty well unknown by a lot of the north. This event will explore poetry and writing from the country that houses a heck of a lot of diverse biomes and citizens.
Friday, February 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Adelia Saunders, Indelible
In her debut novel, Adelia Saunders paints a picture of a protagonist who can see information about all people written on their skin like ink. Some of it is banal, some of it is intense. When she meets someone with her name on their cheek, she’s intrigued. Then there’s a heck of a lot about other characters as well. Seems like a real web of a book, and we like that simple but magical premise.
Saturday, February 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Jeannine Atkins, Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis
Edmonia Lewis was a successful sculptor of historical figures who lived and worked for a long time in Italy in the 1800’s. She was also one of the first black women admitted to study at Oberlin, before she lost her place there after being accused of crimes for which she was acquitted. There’s not much known about her, so Jeannine Atkins has stiched facts and verse together to offer a picture of what might have been the life of an extremely interesting historical figure!

Card Games:

Sunday, February 5th
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St #B2, Amhersts, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Standard PPTQ – Pro Tour Kyoto – Hour of Devastation
Worlds Apart is hosting a PPTQ, and the winner will qualify for the Regional Pro Tour Qualifier and get a chance to play in Kyoto! It’s going to be Standard Constructed, with decklists required. It will cost you $30 to get in and there’s a cash pay-out based on attendance to the top competitors. It’s capped out at 32 players, so register soon!

Community:

Friday, February 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Friends Basket Raffle
Get some friends! They’re trapped in a basket, but if you get the right raffle number you can pull them out! If you’re very lucky you’ll find a BFF!
Smith College at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Can You Hear Us Now Day 1
So we don’t see a ton of information on their site but this is a presentation of Smith College’s Black Students Alliance, a conference focusing on the importance of music in black culture. This day’s registration, open mic, and an overview of the conference!
Saturday, February 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Friends Basket Raffle
Last day of the Friends Basket Raffle! Don’t let any friends stay in the basket or they’ll be trapped there until next year!
Smith College at 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Can You Hear Us Now Day 2
Jeez, packed day. Lots of panels, conferences, networking, a keynote, parties, and also food!
Sunday, February 5th
Smith College at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Can You Hear Us Now Day 3
This is the debrief! Talk about the conference with folks.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, February 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
Hear someone speak! Who? We’re not sure. About what? We are also not sure. Look, what we could find is literally the title, so we can tell you that there’s a speaker, they’re going to be there the first Wednesday of the month, and there will be more in the future OR there were more in the past. From here, we’re relying on you!
Thursday, February 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime, the entertainment media that is the best according to several very persistent sources we have.

Kids:

Wednesday, February 1st
North Amherst Library [8 Montague Rd, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Listen to a story, make a cute little craft! Perfect for any kids that like both of those things which we’re pretty sure is a ton of kids!
Thursday, February 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Preschool Storytime
Listen to stories for a while, and then probably fall alseep or run around yelling? We can’t completely recall what our day planners looked like in preschool but we’re pretty sure that covers a lot of what we did.
Saturday, February 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts (Ages 0-5)
Listen to stories, then sing some songs, then make a craft! A full day’s worth of being a kid in just an hour, that’s efficiency.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Take Your Child to the Library Day
Drop in and make a hand-crafted book to celebrate doing the good thing that is going to the library! Kids should go to the library all the time, because it’s great!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 4:15 PM
First Book Friendiversary
A huge day of excitement, books, films, and general delight for children of all ages! The Carle and their friends from First Book are observing their annual celebration of friendship and reading alongside Elephant and Piggie as well as other museum friends. There’s also a free book in it for every child that attends, which is a hell of a grift.

Movies:

Monday, January 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far-out Film Club
This is a sort of film book club! Watch the film at home, discuss it at the meeting. The first pick is Rene Laloux’s The Fantastic Planet! You can pick up a copy in the Reference Room. It’s a kind of really really weird old stop-motion sci-fi film that features gigantic blue people.

RPGs:

Thursday, February 2nd
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 a different person for a while! That’s basically all it takes to be an RPG, the stats and cruft are all gravy so long as you’re pretending hard enough.

January 23rd – January 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We hope you had a delightful weekend, we had a good one.

Anyway! On to the new stuff this week: You should take a look at Direct Action Comics, a new gallery show at UMass that starts January 30th and goes until February 25th! There’s also a reception on February 2nd. From the mouth of the very horse:

The exhibition “Direct Action Comics: Politically Engaged Comics and Graphic Novels” will present over 50 of the most influential and provocative graphic novels dealing with political and social issues. The exhibition will include printed copies of each book plus original art for representative pages and a variety of associated materials, including preliminary sketches and drafts for outstanding an important works, examples of rare posters and promotional materials, and a selection of important precursors for contemporary graphic novels including underground comics and the work of the political artists collective who produce World War III comics.

Also we’d again like to draw your attention to the forum on combating climate change this weekend on the 28th!

On Saturday, January 28 at 3 pm we will be holding a forum “Climate Action in a Time of  Crisis”  in the sanctuary of First Churches, 129 Main Street in Northampton. Featured will be State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and other representatives from the Massachusetts legislature, climate scientists and activists to discuss the problem and an action plan that will protect our earth from climate destruction. The forum will be one step in forming our segment of the massive movement that will be necessary to protect our earth and the generations to come.

Have a great rest of the week, lovely readers!

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, January 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Crafternoons in the Library
Unwind in the teen room and make some neat crafts! It’s a fun time and you should come up with some new craft ideas if you think that sounds fun!
Thursday, January 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Team Mead Presents: Create & Curate
Become a curator for the night as you cast your vote for the Mead’s next acquisition! Presentations will be done by students participating in the class Collecting 101: Acquiring Art for the Mead. You’ll get refreshments, crafts, and a musical guest! It’s pretty neat and you should support a lovely local museum with your voting and refreshment eating!

Board Games:

Tuesday, January 24th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Game On
Play board games at the Holyoke Public Library! It’s a good time for young and old and we really have to again recommend you check out Cosmic Encounter it’s just amazing.
Thursday, January 26th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Game Night
Play board games with your family and also your family at the Holyoke Public Library, which is to say the friendly staff!

Books:

Monday, January 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
World Literature Book Club
There’s 100% not time for you to read the book, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, but you can attend to say hi and find out about the NEXT book they’re going to talk about!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Theatre on Mt. Tom
Join author Jacqueline Lynch as she talks about her soon to be released book about the history of theater on Mt Tom, from vaudeville to the final acts in the 1960s at the Mt. Tom Playhouse!
Wednesday, January 25th
Morrison Room, Willits-Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
OFF-SITE: Kate Hennessy, Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty
Saturday, January 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series
Court Dorsey will be reading “Assembly Line” by B. Traven, and Alice Grendon will be reading “Pricing Green Beans” by local author Juanita Nelson, plus there’s going to be one bonus story! Everyone loves a good story, and we are assuming that these are some great stories, hence these folks feel like they should share them. This is a perfectly logical line of thinking! Good job, us.

Community:

Wednesday, January 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Henshaw Society
Meet for a friendly debate about current topics in culture and politics. It’s a structured debating society where two speakers each debate the Pro and Con sides of an argument and then people talk about it afterward! It sounds fun, we did debate in high school and it was pretty fun! Good way to hone the argumentation skills.
Saturday, January 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forbes Library Tour
Learn about the wide ranging services available at our spectacular local library! It’s a useful, beautiful, friendly place.

Entertainment:

Tuesday, January 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Adventures Travelling in India
A slide show will be presented about a trip to India including Kerela, Rajasthan, and other places in what we can only describe as a pretty great use of the library.

Kids:

Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Read a story, make a craft, enjoy being a kid! It’s nice, give it a shot.
Thursday, January 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Build LEGO structures in the company of friends, an activity that all can agree is fun for kids from ages 9-90. Also, 1-8 and 91-…. … 120? What’s the oldest anyone has ever been? Apparently 122 years, 164 days according to Wikipedia. Dang. Anyway, after 123 we can’t guarantee LEGO is fun anymore!
Saturday, January 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Make Your Own Friendship Bracelet, Saturday Morning Kids
Get your best friend and head to the Odyssey! Make some friendship bracelets using the materials and support they provide, or bring your own! Seal your friendship in the most solid of manners possible: via bracelet!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Valentine Card-Making Party
Get a friend and make some creative Valentines! The museum will provide all the materials you need to make some fun stuff for your friends and family and classmates! Ages 3 and up with an adult!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts (Ages 0-5)
A great time for kids where you will hear stories, sing songs, and make little craft things!
Sunday, January 29th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Special Sundays in the Studio: Our Feathered Friends
There’s no description for this so we’re assuming it has something to do with EITHER meeting some really cool birds OR just human beings who grew feathers!

Movies:

Wednesday, January 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
In Pursuit of Peace
A feature length documentary film that makes the case for unarmed civilian peacemaking and mediation as a response to violent conflicts. It was made about two Canadian men who work for the Non-Violent Peace Force and it follows them through their work. It’s going to be introduced by Annie Scariff, an advocate for the organization who’ll speak about their current activities. It’s presented by the Northampton Committee to Stop War!
Friday, January 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Matilda
Popcorn and children’s Carrie but with a happy ending movie Matilda! Matilda is a pretty wonderful film that’s fun for all kids who secretly think they’re the most intelligent person in the world and also maybe have psychic powers! It is based on the classic book by Roald Dahl

Science:

Monday, January 23rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
“Where am I?” and Other Fundamental Questions Robots Think Long and Hard to Answer
What is a robot? What can they do for us? How do they work? Why do they find it hard to do things that we find trivial? What will they look like a decade from today? Joydeep Biswas, assistant professor of informtion and computer science at UMass, will talk to you about these questions and more! Since it’s a SciTech Cafe, expect adorable children to ask questions!

Valley Nerd Watch is Officially A Pretty Nice Site says Valley Advocate

This is just a small thing but hey whatever it is neat and we feel like sharing the fact that we were in the Valley Advocate, Local Paper Of Note And Fellow Valley Prefixer!

Just a teensy blurb in their annual Halos and Horns, but it was very much appreciated. It always makes us happy to see that we’re not just shouting event suggestions into an endless void!

HALO // Valley Nerd Watch — James Olchowski, the lone superhero behind the blog Valley Nerd Watch, is on a quest to cast light on all the nerd-centric happenings in the Pioneer Valley. His weekly digest is an indispensable source for all things nerdy: card games, comics, art, entertainment, to book clubs. Majqa, Valley Nerd Watch! That’s Klingon for “well done.” Check it out at ValleyNerdWatch.com. — Peter

Thank you very much for the mention, Peter! The Advocate is a pretty great paper and we’re flattered to be mentioned.

October 3rd – October 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy Halloween Month! Indulge your cosplay desires in this, the month we all agree it’s acceptable for everyone to dress in a neat costume all hours of every day including the work day because we as a society understand how to make life a bit more decent and are capable of having some fun OR JUST ON HALLOWEEN IF EVERYONE’S GOING TO INSIST.

We’re equally capable of performing our work duties dressed as Doctor Doom, you know.

This week we want to point you all toward a neat Kickstarter from local tabletop game developers Fat Elf Games! It’s called Broker, and the idea is basically that it is a simple and fast paced card game with an explicit rule that you are supposed to cheat as much as possible.

So for instance, if it says “everyone draw 1 card” and you happen to just subtly draw 3, that’s cool! The idea is that you can slowly cheat your way to victory or win the whole game in one intense cheat if you’ve got the gumption! All the while, your friendly competition is both cheating and looking to call you out!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1827708455/broker-a-game-about-cheating/widget/video.html

Sounds like a good time, has a very reasonable-looking goal, and we’ve heard from playtesters that it’s a pretty fun experience. Although as always with Kickstarters, only put in the amount of money you can comfortably stuff into a trash bag and set on fire.

Also continue to ramp up your excitement for Nerd Nite next Monday, October 10th! It’s the third anniversary of Nerd Nite NoHo, and the first anniversary of the new hosts who we hear are just the best folks and everyone thinks so.

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, October 5th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA, 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pumpkin Decorating for Teens
WARNING! This will not be an ordinary pumpkin painting program. It’s going to be about … painting different images and characters on pumpkins? This press release seems to be describing what we’d call an ordinary pumpkin painting program. Hm. Welp, best pumpkin gets a prize! Go make a fun pumpkin, folks!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Pumpkin Carving
Show those pumpkins what-for! We won’t be intimidated by them this year or any other! We’re going to prove it by carving funny faces into them and then putting them on the doorstep as a warning to any other pumpkins that might try to mess with us. For real though why the heck did we start doing this? We’ve looked it up just now and apparently literally just because people in Scotland and Ireland wanted to make lanterns out of turnips with weird faces on them to creep each other out. You do you, Scotland and Ireland.
Thursday, October 6th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Gallery Talk by Rico Gaston
Rico Gaston will talk about his works on view at the Mead including a new mural to be painted with Amherst College students. A bold move, using students instead of brushes, we’ll see how it pays off.
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night
All night long there will be art in the homestead, at 6pm there’s a poetry open mic, and then some featured readers from the Florence Poets Society including Eileen Kennedy, Howie Faerstein, Tommy “Twilite” Clark, Gerald Yelle, and Marian Kent!

Board Games:

Saturday, October 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dungeon Busters Demo
Dungeon Busters is a recently Kickstarted “filler” card game for 3-5 players that’s supposed to last about 20 minutes. It sounds like maybe something you can bust out when you’re all waiting on someone to arrive and you don’t want to sit down for yet another filler Diplomacy game. Learn more and get a chance to play at the demo this weekend!

Books:

Tuesday, October 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Becky Wai-Ling Packard, author of Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students
Professor Becky Wai-Ling Packard will discuss her new book, a research-based guide for faculty and adminstrators teaching them how to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups using effective mentoring. The book goes through both real and perceived barriers that face underrepresented students and shows how you can mitigate them via effective mentoring programs.
Wednesday, October 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Archer Mayor, author of Presumption of Guilt
A forty-year-old skeleton is found encased in a concrete slap at a recently decomissioned nuclear energy site. It becomes a case for the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI) and its leader, Joe Gunther. Delightful! VBI! This couldn’t be more New Englandy if it was trying. See Archer Mayor talk about a cold case mystery in the Green Mountain State!
Thursday, October 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Editor Cathi Hanauer and Contributor Julianna Baggott
Talking about “The Bitch is Back”, Cathi Hanauer and Juliann Baggot will discuss a new batch of passionate and funny pieces about the spirit of feminism, offering unique views from a diverse group of women!
Saturday, October 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Indie Author Day Gathering
Are you an independent or self-published writer? Maybe you’d like to be! Join a bunch of other folks at the library for a mixer, and share your experience while you learn more about self-publishing! The only rule we know is: if you’re paying someone else to publish you, that is likely not a great idea.

Comic Books:

Sunday, October 9th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Comic Creator’s Jam
Do you make comic books? Do you make a webcomic? Have you thought about a webcomic? Have you considered that lines can be put to paper using certain methods in order to create the impression in the viewer that those lines form a physical object? You should hang out here! Basically you chat with nice people about how to draw nice or make good comic-making business decisions or whatnot and also play drawing games to loosen up the old creativity. Lots of fun!

Community:

Tuesday, October 4th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Down on Main Street: Planning Palmer’s Future
Chart the future of Palmer! Guide the ages with your own hands, and wreak your terrible visions upon the world. Well, upon Palmer. Well, and you will probably have to work with other people whose visions are not necessarily as terrible or awe-inspiring as your own. Still if you live in Palmer this is the place to be.
Saturday, October 8th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA, 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Questions about FAFSA
Basically everyone finds planning college finances terrifying. If you’ve got any questions about the process, this is an opportunity to ask them! We aren’t really experts but we’re very comfortable saying that you should as early as possible jump through every hoop available that will reduce your student debt, because that death follows you to death and beyond. The literally dig up your skeleton and force it to work in the mines.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Free Sign Language Workshop
Join Signing Basics at Forbes for an hour of learning the basics of ASL. Learn greetings, spell your name, and play a fun game that’s common in the Deaf Community. No experience necessary, and open to all ages!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out with local coders and web developers, and web DEVELOP a relationship with folks who have similar interests and skillsets to your own! It’s a good opportunity to put down the computer for a bit and focus on talking to other people, which is called “networking” if you want to make it sound less fun.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 5th
Springfield Public Forum [34 Court St., Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Nancy Lublin: How Tech and Big Data Can Save Lives
Tech and Big Data are of course our friendly neighborhood super-team. Tech may look a bit scrawny, but their command of gadgetry more than makes up for their size in a fight! And Big Data, of course, possesses the Cerulean Gem of Knowledge, giving her a complete understanding of any object within her gaze as well as tremendous physical strength! Wait oh goodness wow no this one is actually a talk by Nancy Lublin about how it’s possible to use technology and large-scale data collection to save lives via a service that gathers up texts to a crisis hotline and suggests alterations in regional and local policy to address trends in that data.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Mystery, Horror, and the Northampton State Hospital
The Northampton State Hospital stood on Hospital Hill from 1856 until its demolition in 2006. At this event you’ll hear three authors read from their mystery and horror novels inspired by Northampton’s historic institution. Dave Stern will read from Shadows in the Asylum, Emily Arsenault will read from The Evening Spider, and Katherine Anderson will read from Hospital Hill!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Patrick Barron with Defining the Machine
Patrick Barron, a person who ran for Congress as an Independent and did not win in 2010, wrote a book about how our political system is broken and how to fix it and we’re just going to go out on a limb and say that the fixed system would totally have elected him. But for real, get an inside look at what it’s like to attempt to work through problems via getting elected to office and what might make our kind of weird and awful system of elected positions better.
Saturday, October 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Forbes Library Doctor Who Club
Who? What? Why? The Doctor? No we don’t know any Doctors. We did meet a procession of aroun a dozen men of varying levels of personal ridiculousness, is that what you’re talking about? Anyway watch a classic TV show with a friendly bunch of local folks at the Library!

History:

Thursday, October 6th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
The History of Market Street: 1730s to the End of the Civil War with Lu Stone
Historian and author Lu Stone will lead a walking tour based on her research of the Market Street Neightborhood. You’ve got to pre-register and there’s a suggested donation of $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Find more info and pre-register here: http://www.historicnorthampton.org/market-street.html!
First Church of Deerfield [71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lecture: “The Future of Historic Preservation: Saving the Places that Matter”
David J Brown, Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will present a free lecture about how we preserve our past. Deerfield is a place with immense volumes of human history, a Native homeland for 12,000 years and a community of colonizers since the 1600s. Why are places like Deerfield important to America? Why should we prioritize their preservation? Find out at this talk!
Saturday, October 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Saturday Walking Tour led by Steve Strimer
Walk the African American Heritage Trail, leaving from the Sojourner Truth Statue at the corner of Park Street and Pine Street in Florence, this time with Steve Strimer of the David Ruggles Center Committee and the Sojourner Truth Statue Committee!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 4th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Scary Movies for Teens
They are all PG and PG-13 so it’s less likely “scary” and more likely “funny” but it’ll still be an excellent time!
Sunday, October 9th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing with Mike Silver
Boxing Historian Mike Silver talks about the all-but-forgotten history of Jewish boxers from the 1890s to the 1950s including their domination of the sport in the ’20s and ’30s and the ways boxing helped Jewish people assimilate to life in the US, there will be a chance to get the book signed after the talk!

RPGs:

Friday, October 7th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Rd., Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Autumn 2016 Game 3
Magestry needs NPCs to challenge the increasing population of PCs! Get out there for FREE and get FOOD! Also, get to be a barbarian or an orc or whatnot! It seems like a ton of fun, and they’d love to have you whether you can be there the whole weekend or just a few hours! You’ve got to join the Meetup to see the contact email, and if this sounds like fun you definitely should check it out

September 26th – October 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Welcome to the Valley Nerd Watch, upending all your expectations for narrative for another week!

We’re excited to present to you yet another cool Kickstarter, for a locally-developed educational deck-building card game! It sounds really neat, and you can play it at Modern Myths this week if you want to get a feel for it before you actually contribute to the Kickstarter. But also it’s a card-game where the goal is to get enough fat layers to take a long nap and that’s worth supporting sight unseen in our opinion. Not nearly enough games officially end with naps.

Also it’s coming up in a couple weeks still but everyone get excited for the next Nerd Nite! It’s going to be a special Third Anniversary Show with three presenters! Such excitement and wonder you would expect to cost an arm and a leg but no it’s only $5!

Also we’re really excited to hear ourselves on The Chairmen of the Boards, a lovely local podcast! We talk about our work here and with Nerd Nite and it’s a good conversation we think you’ll like it. It should be up in a bit over a week!

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, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Zine-Making 101 Workshop
Create a simple multi-page booklet that’s easy to copy and distribute and is most importantly very very cool! Ages 11-16, register here because space is limited!
Thursday, September 29th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Makerspace Event for Teens at the Library
Learn how to use 3D design software, use a 3D printer, use an engraver, and more things in order to create cool stuff! A neat trick is to 3D print a 3D printer so you can keep working at home.
Saturday, October 1st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Sculpting Stories: The Public Art of Nancy Schon
Nancy Schön is famous for excellent sculpture works inspired by children’s literature like the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Boston Public Garden! Meet Nancy and learn about public art projects and her work on a skate park! Radical.

Board Games:

Sunday, October 2nd
Comics n’ More [31 Union Street, Easthampton MA 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday Heroclix!
Heroes! Clix! Put them together and what do you get? Clicky heroes, that’s right. This week try out a team of only people who can turn into animals. That’s Beast Boy, Snowbird, I guess we can count Animal Man too!

Books:

Monday, September 26th
Cleveland Hall, Auditorium L2, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Caitlin Shetterly, Modified: GMOs and the Threat to Our Food, Our Land, Our Future
Modified is about GMOs, which is an issue that bears a lot of reading about on account of how the way that US public policy feels about food determines what life is like for a lot of people around the world, and this is a great opportunity to learn from a journalist who did a lot of work finding out about GMOs! BUT ALSO this is just great copy so we’re just going to quote it “Modified is a rare breed of book that will at once make you weep at the majestic beauty of our Great Plains and force you to harvest deep seeds of doubt about the invisible monsters currently infiltrating our food and our land and threatening our future.” It will make your dog mow the lawn! It will make your house unfold into nth-dimensional space! It will active the X-Gene lying dormant within you!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy
This book explores the lives of 36 inspiring women who struggle to overcome their mental health and relationship challenges. It was written as a tribute and gift to women everywhere. Helene DeMontreux Houston, MS, APRN, one of the co-authors, will discuss how the book came to be and how these stories were chosen.
Tuesday, September 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Jeannine Atkins, Ellen Wittlinger, and Jo Knowles
An exciting panel from the authors of Finding Wonders, Local Girl Swept Away, and Still a Work In Progress! They’ll read and talk about their works! One’s about groundbreaking female scientists, one’s about a mysterious death in Provincetown, and a younger sibling trying to maintain while his older sister is having a crisis.
Friday, September 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Some Pets Launch Party with Angela DiTerlizzi and Brenden Wenzel
A party for a book about pets of course features giveaways and fun surprises, but also a chance to bring in donations of pet food, toys, bedding, etc for the Dakin Humane Society! You get a poster if you do, which is nice, but you also just made puppies and kittens more comfortable which is the best gift of all.
Saturday, October 1st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Potluck + Kin-dza-dza! Soviet Anti-Utopian Comedy!
Two hapless Russians accidentally teleport to the telepathic planet Pluke! Hijinks ensue, as they are wont to. Bring something to eat or drink! Join the meetup to see where to go, or just bring food and drink to some general location and lay it there as a respectful tribute to this meetup.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
God is a Dog Author Reading and Signing
Fiction and nonfiction celebrating the relationships between women and their dogs. Dogs are great. Author Michelle A. Gabow is a playwright honored to be be named the Roxbury Repertory Theatre’s playwright laureate in 2011!

Card Games:

Saturday, October 1st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hibernation Demo
Local creator and Modern Myther Jesse Daniels is publishing a new card game called Hibernation, which is about being a bear! It’s kind of very cute. It’s a deck-building game where you try to make sure you’ve got enough food to develop layers of fat. First to five fat layers gets to take a long nap! It’s educational and also a game where the winner takes a nap which needs to happen more often. Support it on Kickstarter here. You can learn to play the game at this event with the creator!

Entertainment:

Monday, September 26th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St A, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Benford’s Law: Why the IRS Cares About Algebra and Number Theory (And Why You Should Too!)
What’s Benford’s law? Does 1 appear more often than 7 in everyday life? Can math detect tax fraud? What do the statistics of numerals inform us about corporate sales? WELL? THE TEST IS NEXT WEEK AND YOU STILL DON’T KNOW? Better attend this SciTech cafe with Steven J. Miller, associate professor of Mathematics at Williams College. He researches number theory and he’ll help explain things to you.
Tuesday, September 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Legacy: Preserving our Memories and Stories
Keep track of the epic history of your family line in order to get straight exactly which sword glows with power when you wield it and what thrones of which nations are your right by birth! Theresa Chamberland and Jan Sadler will present on how to gather, choose, and organize the material we want to preserve!
Wednesday, September 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Election of 1912 with Donald Blais
The election of 1912. Based on our very good American history understanding and entirely without using the internet we know it was between… Grover Cleveland and … another? WELP nope it’s the one that was between three people who all were or became President at some point we’re awful. Woodrow Wilson, William Taft, and Teddy “The Internet’s Favorite Tough Prez” Roosevelt! Learn more about this complicated three-way race!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Carle Honors Annual Benefit Gala
The 11th annual gala and art auction honoring artist Allen Say, angel Lee and Low books, bridge Steven Heller and mentor Regina Hayes. Awards presented by author Gregory Maguire! Get some real cool artwork and support the Carle!
Friday, September 30th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Beer Tasting Event to Benefit the Hadley Library Fund
Put your drinking to work helping the library! That’s efficient use of your time. Music by Mark Ricker and Jimmy Burgoff! Tickets are $20 each and available at the library!

Kids:

Wednesday, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Star Wars Drop-In Craft
Drop-in to craft a Star Wars thing before seeing the movie in Pulaski Park! Maybe craft a drop-ship to keep with the theme!
Saturday, October 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Farmy, Fresh & Fun Fair
There’s a bunch of fun stuff at this! A children’s farmer’s market where kids can have fun at the bounce house, getting their face painted, playing the distressingly-named “Cow Plop Bingo”, going to the bake sale, and just generally food and fun!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space Workshop
Make things! Use a 3D printer, a CNC router, and lots of materials! Also, they’ll demonstrate balloon sculptures, the 3D printers of the circus world. Ages 8-12 welcome!

Movies:

Wednesday, September 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Nerve
Nerve tells of the global fight against the incineration of chemical weapons and other hazardous substances, due to the fact that it can be an unsafe disposal method. The film in particular highlights the Chemical Weapons Working Group’s important work to illustrate how grassroots activism can change everything!
Pulaski Park [240 Main St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
It was a pretty fun movie, right? See it in a park! See it in a park with other friendly people, it’ll be great!

Science:

Sunday, October 2nd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Come view Emily Dickinson’s landscape through the lens of an archaeologist during this presentation and walking tour at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present the findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the spring of 2016. See the mask that Emily wore when she fought the Wayward Face! See the ray gun she stole back from Barsoom! It’s all exciting stuff.

September 19th – September 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We unfortunately missed the 14th Anniversary Party for Modern Myths recently but we hope everyone had a very nice time!

This week the big deal seems to be yet another release of Magic the Gathering material that reminds us that we should probably have ever played that in middle school instead of just compulsively buying card packs for several months and then leaving them in a drawer.

You should take a look at the brand-new weekly webcomic Teacher! by local artist Alex Chautin. So far it is theoretically weekly but if it updates by the end of today it is officially weekly!

Speaking of webcomic artists, check out Legends of Fomora by Pat Nietupski! He’s doing a Patreon as well, you should support him if you like the comic! It is definitively updating at the moment, three days a week!

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:

Friday, September 23rd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Conversation with artist Amanda Valdez
Lunch is provided! Delightful. Amanda Valdez’s multimedia paintings are on view in the current exhibition. Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez is now based out of New York (we assume the city? but then again it is an entire state so there’s always the possibility that she’s in Troy or something) and is a good artist whose artwork is neat to look at. Talk to her about whatever floats your boat! Probably art-related topics make the most sense though. Lunch is provided!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
GET IT?
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Scent-sational Aromatherapy Crafts
It’s a pun! It’s a pun on the fact that these are scented crafts. Make some scented crafts and then use them to feel real calm and collected.

Board Games:

Tuesday, September 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play board games with the folks at Palmer! They’ve got classics like Ticket to Ride and such but you’re encouraged to bring your own!

Books:

Tuesday, September 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Do you write or illustrate books for children? This is the group for you! It’s a chance to talk about the art and business of writing for children, share success stories and tips, and generally commiserate with people who are in the same situation as you!
Wednesday, September 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dr. Oliver Akamnonu, Big Apple to Bay State
Dr. Akamnonu narrates the joys of life in the congestion and buzz of New York City and the sharp contrasts for the principal character, Dege, as he and his wife of 35 years relocate to Western Massachusetts! It sounds pretty delightful. Speak to the author and hear excerpts from the novel!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Straw Dog Author Showcase 2016
Short readings from newly-published books by the members of the Straw Dog Writers Guild, Jeannine Atkins, Portia Cornell, Michael Goldman, Ellen Hopman, Jane Schneeloch, Molly Scott, Jacqueline Sheehan, Jim Spencer, and Gail Thomas
Thursday, September 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Book Discussion: NK Jemisin’s The Fifth Season
The Western Mass Sci-Fi Meetup is going to talk about the 2016 Hugo Award Best Novel winner The Fifth Season, in some location yet to be announced!
Saturday, September 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [Mount Holyoke College, 9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Adam Shaughnessy, Over the Underworld; and Tania Unsworth, Brightwood
In Over the Underworld, the sequel to the fantastic Trickster’s Tale, the Norse Gods have returned to Middleton GET IT? and they’ve brought bad news: Loki has killed Baldur the god that’s so pretty everyone likes him. Now Ragnarok’s coming. ABE and Pru have got to find and imprison Loki before the war can get underway! In Brightwood a young woman named Daisy fights to protect her mysterious home from an invading stranger! Both authors will be on hand to let you know more about these fantastic works and read selections!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Friends of Greenfield Public Library Book Sale
Buy books to support your local library and librarians! It’s a great chance to get things for 90% off and keep a vital service well-funded.

Card Games:

Friday, September 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:59 PM to 4:00 AM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
A 3-round sealed deck tournament, so familiarity with the basics of Magic is required but you don’t need to be an expert. All attendees get at least one extra Kaladesh pack along with other promotional swag! There are limited seats so stop by the store or call to prepay for a discount and a guaranteed seat, it’s $30 pre-pay and $35 at the door! At this event the winds of Kaladesh will howl as the gate unfurls and strands you in this strange land with naught but your knowledge of the Systems of Magic to provide protection. You will make a new life in Kaladesh. Bring snacks.
Saturday, September 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
The same thing as the midnight release except you’re going to be a lot more well-rested for that inevitable trip to the lands of Kaladesh where you will fight in the arena for your freedom, bring your own chainmail!
Worlds Apart Games [48 North Pleasant St., #B2, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 AM to 11:55 PM
Kaladesh Midnight Pre-Release
Free Pizza! Frankly you don’t need to say much more to get us interested but there IS more. World’s Apart has 5 events scheduled starting at midnight! The prize payout will be based on record, 4-0 will get 9 packs plus a bonus of $50 store credit! Pre-register to guarantee your spot and your food! Also at this event all of the Magic cards will be replaced by 1990’s era Upper Deck Fanimation cards due to a manufacturing mix-up.

Comic Books:

Monday, September 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics & Games
Talk to a bunch of nice people about topics relating to queer representation in comics and gaming! Led by the wonderful Modern Myths Manager Melissa, these are always a lovely experience.

Community:

Tuesday, September 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Job Seeking Workshop: How to Nail the Interview
Learn how to interview well in order to increase the odds that you’ll get work doing what you’d like to do. It’s always helpful to know what to expect from a potentially stressful situation!
Friday, September 23rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Annual Celebration of El Grito de Lares, Guest Speaker Charles R. Venator Santiago PhD
The “Grito de Lares” commemorates Puerto Rico’s cry for independence from Spain on September 23rd, 1868. Though ultimately unsuccessful due to a combination of internal tensions and external apathy, it remains an important moment in the history of an island that has long dealt with exploitation and a turning point in Puerto Rican history. Professor Santiago will speak about the current relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.

Computers:

Thursday, September 22nd
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
September 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
After a brief summer hiatus, Drupal Group meetings are starting back up! This one will include Last Call Media’s own Kelly Albrecht presenting “A Re-imagined Rainforest Alliance on Drupal 8 in Six Sprints” as well as other Drupal 8 topics!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, September 20th
Springfield Public Forum [34 Court St., Springfield, MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Gov. Bill Richardson, The Future of Immigration
Having been a US Congressperson, an ambassador to the UN, Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton, and Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson now wants to talk to you all about immigration! Specifically the future of immigration.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Pumpkin Spice Tasting Event for Teens
Pumpkin Spice is either still a thing or has passed beyond the veil of irony into being a thing that’s not really a thing anymore but we pretend it is in order to have fun at the expense of an imagined Other BUT the point is if you’re into this highly culturally charged collection of spices and are a teen you can taste a bunch of delicious spiced items at the library!
Saturday, September 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band
The East Haddam Stage Company performs their production of a live-action radio-drama based on William Gillette’s original 1930 radio script! It’s got sound effects, audience participation, and 4 actors portraying 7 different characters (one of these characters is Sherlock Holmes who in turn portrays 2 actors playing 3 characters). Producing Artistic Director Kandie Carle will introduce the show with a retrospective on the Victorian superstar Actor William Gillette and how he created the quintessential Sherlock Holmes.

Movies:

Tuesday, September 20th
ASH Auditorium [Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:00 PM to 9:45 PM
Defying the Nazis – Screening + Discussion Event
Ken Burns’ latest documentary premiers today, and you can join folks at Hampshire for a live broadcast and discussion event with Hampshire student Cray Novick, who worked as an editor on the film. This documentary tells the story of an American couple that left the comfort of Massachusetts to go on a series of covert operations in Nazi Occupied Europe. Their efforts saved hundreds of lives, and the film explores what it means to stand up in our communities and beyond for the people who need it most. All are welcome!
Wednesday, September 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Everybody Wants Some!
A group of college baseball players in the 80’s hang out, drink, listen to music, and smoke pot while having aimless conversations only inexplicably most of the people we rely on for movie reviews say it’s a ton of fun and really charming instead of being completely insufferable.