Programming

November 12th – November 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


 

Thank you for voting! It was important and you did it. Have this congratulations from the folks at Freedom Massachusetts:

We did it: Dignity and respect for our transgender friends and neighbors remains the law in our Commonwealth!

We may not know the final margin until tomorrow, but right now Yes on Question 3 is leading—a powerful, unmistakable message from Massachusetts voters that we value our transgender friends and neighbors, and want everyone to feel safe and welcome here.

The voters said something else too, to the entire nation: We will not let the forces of discrimination use fear and lies to turn us against our neighbors. Because of the team we built, we can say tonight that Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to uphold protections for transgender people at the ballot box! 

That team included 70 paid employees, 1,500 local coalition partners and more than 4,000 volunteers who filled more than 15,000 volunteer shifts. Collectively, Yes on 3 staff and volunteers knocked on more than 300,000 doors and made more than 2 million phone calls, resulting in more than 100,000 conversations with voters across Massachusetts.

To celebrate, you should attend Wednesday Games this week! It’s a ton of fun and you get to play excellent games picked out by people who really know how to pick fun games!

Also you should check out Magestry! It’s a local LARP that seems nice and fun, and it’s free if you want to go play an NPC. Which is kind of win-win if you’re nervous about trying out a new fun time, because it gives you some structure while you’re exploring your new LARP!

Oh! And we haven’t told folks to go check out The Beast Peddler’s shop recently! It’s so neat! You can get a custom-made Mandrake Root pet or Three-Eyed Goat Person pet!

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, November 13th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Write-In for National Novel Writing Month
Open to the public! Come write your danged novel, it’ll be great!
Wednesday, November 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Crafternoon: Decorative Paper Pumpkins
Well, you start with the decorative ones. Once you get a bit more advanced you can move on to the edible paper pumpkins! Limited spots available, call 413-283-3330 ext. 0 to reserve a spot!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Teeny Zines, Clean Zines, Spleen Zines, Green Zines, Mean Zines, Tambourine Zines! All sorts of zines!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Wistiriahurst Museum Visit for Teens
“Teens are invited to see a new textile exhibit at the Wistariahurst Museum. We will be meeting in the Teen Room, and walking to the museum as a group.” Textiles! Very good and neat to look at and learn about.
Thursday, November 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Reading of Shanti Arts Authors
“Join us for a poetry reading by four Shanti Arts Authors: Susan Currie, James B. Nicola, Karla Van Vliet, and Wally Swist. Shanti Arts founder Christine Cote will provide the introduction. Books will be available for purchase and signing.” Books will also be available for reading and touching!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jones Library Stitchin’ Group
Stich! That’s what you do when you’re stitchin’.
Friday, November 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group: Emily Dickinson’s Planet
“When Emily Dickinson wrote to Thomas Wentworth Higginson about “Planetary Forces,” was she thinking about astrophysics? geopolitics ? environmental changes? Something more philosophical? What did the idea of earth’s planetarity mean to Dickinson and her circle, and what does it mean to us?”

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games! Specifically, this night is for Citadels! We’ve tried that and we loved it so maybe you will too! You can also give $5 to eat some pizza. Also it says here that you get 15% board games that evening… so… hm. Uncertain what that means. 15% of all board games? You just… lop a piece off? You’ll need to ask!
Wednesday, November 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Wednesday Games! The best game night in all of the Valley! A great bunch of folks who all play games and hang out and that’s nice. This week: “For any of you who know me and my gaming tastes, you’ll know that the ZMan Deluxe Card game series is one of my favorite go-to lines on the market. I’ve positively worn out my copies of Arboretum and Parade! Well this week, I’m bringing you another game from that line, Archaeology: The New Expedition! Archaeology is a set collection game about searching for treasures to sell to nearby museums. With a little bit of luck, you may even find a secret monument filled with valuable treasures! Watch the weather though, sandstorms are on the horizon and they will blow away your precious discoveries for other industrious archaeologists to collect themselves! No Pun Included Reviews – Archaeology – The New Expedition https://youtu.be/1BOC-rQLE8g As always there will be a great big pile of games on offer for you to dig into. Bring your friends, enjoy a beverage, play some games! See you on Wednesday!”
Friday, November 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Monthly Game Developer Demo Night #4
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers attempting to make great games! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know! All developers who bring a demo to test and play get free admission! Other developers looking to network get a discounted weekend admission at $10. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.” That sounds so fun! There are a ton of folks who make amazing games in the Valley, and this is a great opportunity to see what they have on offer!
Saturday, November 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
A Song of Ice and Fire Tournament
“$15 entry free includes pizza lunch (please inform TO of dietary restrictions as you will be accommodated) Pre-registration begins at 11 AM; dice roll promptly at 12 PM! 50 pts., 2 lists! 3 rounds – 2 hours per round! No painting restriction! Scenarios TBD. This event is open to players of all skill levels and experience” Pizza! White Walkers! What more could you possibly want? Also wait we had no idea this game existed. We tried the card game a ways back, that was nice!
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:

Tuesday, November 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Janet Bowdan, Making Progress
“Bowdan’s poems pay attention to behaviors we may not want to notice of ourselves, woven with humor & affection into the story of her blended family against a backdrop of society’s evolving expectations of girl, woman, wife & mother.” Janet Bowdan grew up in South Hadley, 1.1 miles from the Odyssey. In fact her parents settled here largely because of its proximity to the Odyssey. Janet got most of her exercise walking to the Odyssey, selecting a book, charging it to her account, and walking home. She’d have read the book by the next day and therefore had to walk back again. It was always her goal to write her own book and give a reading at the Odyssey.” That’s so nice! Excellent job chasing that dream!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
From Bensonville to Buxton: Two Florence Families’ Flight After the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
“A historical talk by Steve Strimer at the Edwards Library in Southampton on two Florence families’ flight to Buxton, Ontario after the Fugitive Slave Law was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850. Presented in conjunction with the All Hamptons Read series of events.”
Wednesday, November 14th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Darkest Star
“In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable. #1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series with The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn’t understand finds herself confronted by long-buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart…and Armentrout’s most swoon-worthy book boyfriend yet.” We’ve always striven for swoon-worthy but we tend to land at moon-worthy. It’s a hassle having to deal with all these orbits!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Event: Allen Young
“Local author, Allen Young, will discuss and read from his new autobiography, Left, Gay and Green: A Writer’s Life, on Wednesday, November 14 at 6 pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library. Having grown up during the sixties and early seventies, when political activism was at an all-time high, Young chronicles his full and rich life with stories and photographs that reflect his strong social commitment and dedication to making a difference in the world.” We’re pretty sure we’re giving the 60’s a run for the money when it comes to activism!
Thursday, November 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suparna Roychoudhury, Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science
“Professor Suparna Roychoudhury will read from and discuss her book, Phantasmatic Shakespeare. What was Shakespeare’s understanding of imagination, and what made his depictions of imagining so vital and rich? Roychoudhury describes how, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, imagination was an element of early modern cognitive psychology—it was the faculty of the mind that produces mental images, or phantasms.” This sounds neat! We don’t often grapple with the idea of how contemporaneous people understood what we think of as kind of eternal art.
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
“The Edge of the Petri Dish: Wizards and Prophets,” by Charles C. Mann ’76
“Charles C. Mann ’76, a local author, will give a talk on his most recent book, The Wizard and the Prophet. In 40 years, Earth’s population will reach 10 billion. Can our world support that? What kind of world will it be? Those answering these questions generally fall into two deeply divided groups– wizards and prophets, as Mann calls them.”
Saturday, November 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Mike Curato and Little Elliot at Yankee Candle!
“Mike Curato is bringing Little Elliot to Yankee Candle on November 17th for their Tree Lighting Event! At 1:30pm, 2:15pm, and 3:00pm he will read, do a drawing demo, and sign books. This event will take place at Yankee Candle in conjunction with other Tree Lighting events throughout the day. The lighting will take place around 5:00pm. Mike Curato loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!). ” Adorable! We like writing less than we like cupcakes and ice cream, but that’s not a bad thing it’s just a fact!

Card Games:

Monday, November 12th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, November 13th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 16th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 14th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Complimentary Lives: The professional and personal relationship between Booker T. Washington and Samuel E. Courtney
“Presented by Holly Robbin, this book covers the professional and personal relationship between Booker T. Washington and Samuel E. Courtney. Both born into slavery and both dedicated their lives to educating the Negro in the late 1800s and into the 1900s. Courtney was educated at the Westfield Normal School from 1882 to 1885. Later attended Harvard Medical school and became a practicing physician in Boston.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Rub Wrongways Sixth Musicians in Residence Event
“On November 14, Ryan McGovern Quinn will discuss how music can present complex ideas concisely, and how the songs have proven malleable enough to stay relevant a century later. Featuring performances by: Henning Ohlenbusch, Lesa Bezo, Thane Thomsen, and Ryan McGovern Quinn” Free and open to all! The last one!
Thursday, November 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday Morning Club: Philippe Simon: Bonobos and the Evolution of Happiness
“The Thursday Morning Club welcomes Philippe Simon presenting Bonobos and the Evolution of Happiness. The Thursday Morning Club features local people with interesting hobbies, skills or something to share with the community.” Happiness is a very vital predator in a lot of ecosystems, so it’s a good thing that Bonobos helped it evolve!
Saturday, November 17th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Time for Pie
“Who doesn’t love pie? As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes both— with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie” You can put ‘come and learn about pie’ at the end of any paragraph and we’re there. “We will whisper the sharp secret to you that flenses flesh from bone! Come learn about pie!”

History:

Thursday, November 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Cookies with a Curator – Sojourner Truth in Florence
“‘I Will Shake Every Place I Go To: Sojourner Truth in Florence’ Exploring Sojourner Truth’s life while living in Florence 1843-1856 and the lessons she gives us for our times. We will explore some children’s books about Sojourner, introduce the walking tour of her house and environs in Florence, and lead discussion on her importance to us now.” Plus cookies!
Friday, November 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 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 service-people about how neat it was. Free and open to the public, with a second showing at 4pm!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Josiah: The Story that Sparked the Civil War
“Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life. Though immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and catapulted to international fame in 1852, his story has been largely lost to history. Until now. Including interviews with leading experts and Henson descendants, JOSIAH is an unmissable documentary about one of history’s greatest lost figures. Narrated by Danny Glover.”
Saturday, November 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Census (almost)
“Join us for an introduction to one of the most useful sources for family history research: Census records. Hillary Schau will delve into the history of the U.S. Federal Census and explore how the census questions and census-taking changed over time. She will demonstrate how to search census records and interpret what you find, pointing out the most common pit-falls and problems. Hillary will also explore some U.S. Census substitutes for the 1890 Census (destroyed by fire) and show participants how to find non-U.S. census records using Ancestry Library Edition. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-registration strongly recommended: (413) 420-8107.”
Sunday, November 18th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, November 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, November 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Friday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Children’s Classical Music Concert with the Quark Quartet
The Quark Quartet will present a concert for all ages featuring classical and contemporary music! Franz Josef Haydn, Maurice Ravel, Jim Henson, Sam Pottle, Coldplay, and Pharrell Williams! Violin, Viola, and Cello (known as Violot by many) will go through a bunch of wonderful music in a kid-friendly setting!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Bilingual Mandarin Storytime
Hear stories and songs in Mandarin and English!
Saturday, November 17th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Special Storytime: Randall de Sève and Pamela Zagarenski
“In Zola’s Elephant, New York Times bestselling author Randall de Sève and two-time Caldecott-honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski tell a tender, witty friendship story of imagination gone wild, and show how assumptions often cause us to misjudge—and miss out. But with a little courage, new opportunities and new friendships can be made.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!
Sunday, November 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
From Story to Stage: The Littlest Matryoshka Comes to Life
“Join author Corinne Demas, illustrator Kathryn Brown, puppet maker and show creator Therese Brady Donohue, and composer Karen Tarlow as they give a PowerPoint presentation illustrating the process of bringing The Littlest Matryoshka from book to stage.”

Movies:

Tuesday, November 13th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: Eyes on the Prize: Power!
“Tonight’s screening delves back into history with an episode of “Eyes on the Prize”, the award-winning documentary. The episode is: Power! (1966-1968) This will provide a context for discussing the way that many white people’s fears of people of color taking power and outnumbering white people seem to be driving much of the hate-based, divisive politics today. A discussion follows. Free and open to the public” We like that the phrasing makes it seem as though the discussion isn’t something planned or desired, it’ll just roll in like the weather.
Wednesday, November 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Dark Money
“Dark Money a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. First shown on PBS POV, this Sundance award-winning documentary, released July 13, 2018, is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (PRODIGAL SONS) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-TEAM)Hosted by the Resistance Film Series of the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars,Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Represent Western MA Trailer: https://www.pbs.org/video/dark-money-trailer-20vifr/” Hey we’re gonna go out on a limb here and say that there may be problems with the US system of electing representatives!
Thursday, November 15th
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Russian Film Screening: “Life is Full of Fun” (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА)
“Life is Full of Fun (ЖИЗНЬ ЗАБАВАМИ ПОЛНА) directed by Petr Todorovsky • 2002 • 98 minutes! The extraordinary lives of several ordinary families who share a communal apartment in a provincial town during the early 1990s! This movie will be shown in Russian with English subtitles, and will be screened at both 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.”
Sunday, November 18th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “My Mexican Shivah” with Q&A
“Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, this is a gentle comedy about how the death of a man results in the celebration of his life. The film, based on a story by Ilan Stavans, is a festival favorite and features a musical score performed by The Klezmatics. Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American, and Latino Culture at Amherst College, publisher of Restless Books, and host of the NPR podcast “In Contrast.”” As always, student $4, members $6, general admission $8.

RPGs:

Friday, November 16th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
“It is a time of warm fires, mulled cider, colorful leaves, crunching bones, and cries in the night… Elmerton boasts a rich environment where you can engage in lots of combat, explore the world at your leisure, and participate in intellectual and role-play heavy plots. There is something for everyone in this small town! Now is a perfect time to join Magestry as either a PC or an NPC and meet great new people!” You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!
Saturday, November 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!
Sunday, November 18th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 4
You can go for free as an NPC, and you don’t need to hang for the entire weekend!

Science:

Tuesday, November 13th
Amherst College [220 South Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:15 PM to 5:15 AM
Assistant Professor Daniel McCarron, University of Connecticut: “Taming Molecules with Light”
“Laser cooling and trapping have revolutionized atomic physics, enabling a wide range of advances in science and technology. In recent years, it has become clear that general methods to produce ultracold molecules would have a similarly broad scientific impact. The rich internal structures of molecules make them versatile tools for a variety of experiments in ultracold chemistry, precision measurement and quantum simulation. However, this same structure poses challenges once believed to be fatal to any attempt at laser cooling.” Learn about how they’re working on it!

Technology:

Tuesday, November 13th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Come to the meetup! Be a part of the discussion and join a team working with an organization working on issues in our communities! Join the Slack group to participate in the online discussion: https://h4wmslack.herokuapp.com/” They do good work for folks around the Valley, you should help out if you can!
Wednesday, November 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Measuring for Improvement
“How is your team continuously improving? Is it? How can you tell? What are you measuring and how are you using that to improve? Kelly Albrecht will discuss continuous improvement and demonstrate ways to think about it and to accomplish it as part of regular teamwork. Teams of the Valley! Maybe you’re not on an Agile team or you work on your own, but if you’re responsible for producing work (or want to be), come, share and learn. Let’s meetup and share our knowledge of process, communication, structure, team roles, dos and don’ts… etc. PLEASE Make sure to register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-measuring-for-improvement” But please, consider… what will happen if your team never STOPS improving? What if it improves so much that it can’t be contained!?
Thursday, November 15th
Northampton Community TV [33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
“• Current projects (20 minutes) – Introduce yourself, tell us what you are working on at the moment and what you are learning about. • Problems and Solutions (30 minutes) – Bring us your current problems and we’ll use groupthink to try to solve them. If you have a laptop to demonstrate your issue, bring it and we’ll plug you into the projector. • Troubleshooting WordPress (60 minutes) – We’ll look at the 40 most common WordPress errors and how to fix them, including the horrible white screen of death. Curiously some of these are caused by your web host and can be related to third party security tools. Learn what to do when bad things happen and how to recover your site if necessary. We’ll also get a Gutenberg editor update. There is a lot of flux as to when it will be officially rolled out. • Decide next meeting topics (10 minutes)”

Teens:

Tuesday, November 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, Pokemon games, Pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters
Wednesday, November 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Movie Night for Teens with Special Needs
Big screen showing of Mary and Max, a touching claymation movie about characters with Autism! Recommended for ages 14 and up, people of all abilities are welcome! There’s popcorn too!
Thursday, November 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Friday, November 16th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Yarn Painting
Create a work of art out of a canvas and some yarn! This is intended for people ages 10 – 17. Create some art in the style of Mexico’s Huichol Indians!

Video Games:

Tuesday, November 13th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

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November 5th – November 11th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Vote

Donate to Monte’s March

Donate to the National Center for Transgender Equality

Donate to the Center for New Americans

Do whatever you’re able to make sure the Valley is a nice place for you and all your neighbors.

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


AAAAAAAAA!:

Tuesday, November 6th
FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE at 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
VOTE! FOR THE LOVE OF HELL’S SWEET BELLS YOU MUST VOTE!
Check out more info here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/vote_info.htm, find out where you vote here: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/wheredoivotema/, and vote YES on 3! VOTE! If you CAN vote, you owe it to your community to do so. Basic human rights are on the ballot, and not bothering because you’re pretty sure Massachusetts will wind up doing okay is evil.

Art:

Monday, November 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, November 6th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
16th Annual Miller Lecture—”Family Matters: Art, Race and the Black Atlantic from Madame Benoist’s Portrait d’une femme noire (1800)” by Prof. Anne Lafont
“Anne Lafont is professor (directrice d’études) at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris. Professor Lafont will speak about gender, art and race during the Enlightenment and the Atlantic Revolutions with a particular focus on the representation of African women’s agency in the Colonies. She will present Madame Benoist’s painting (below), Portrait d’une femme noire (Portrait of a black woman) in conversation with the exhibition, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection.”
Wednesday, November 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Coffee and Coloring
Free, fun, relaxing coloring of adult coloring books!
Friday, November 9th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art-making from 4pm to 7pm! Stitch words or symbols with plastic needles and embroidery floss. Then take a look at a wonderful museum and have some complimentary refreshments! Also maybe donate anyway, the SCMA is just a very nice museum it deserves your support!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter. Sign up with us online: Make an account at ywp.nanowrimo.org using classroom code: EOHRFYNQ” Write your novel! Be a star!
Saturday, November 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Drop-In Craft Table
“Come to the library to make a craft or bring the supplies home to complete. No registration is necessary. While supplies last.” Why not use the library as a site for your next crafting project?
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Family Arts & Crafts
“Children and families are invited to attend Family Arts & Crafts day at the Holyoke Public Library on Saturday, November 10. We will be starting around 11:00 with a read-aloud of Thanksgiving Day by Anne Rockwell before creating our Thanksgiving decorations. The activity room will be open the rest of the day, so feel free to drop-in anytime after 11:00 am until closing (4:00) to create your Thanksgiving art. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail Gregg Mitchell at gmitchell@holyokelibrary.org.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Write-In
“Led by Forbes Writer in Residence, Emeritus, Naila Moreira, the library will support writers daring enough to take on the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo will wrap up with a community reading on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm, and prizes will be awarded to all participants who complete the challenge.” Win a prize! Also win: your novel!

Board Games:

Tuesday, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games! Specifically, this night is for Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride! Great games well-loved by all who play them. You can also give $5 to eat some pizza. Also it says here that you get 15% board games that evening… so… hm. Uncertain what that means. 15% of all board games? You just… lop a piece off? You’ll need to ask!

Books:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Thursday, November 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Edward Carey, Little
“The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud. ” Neat! We feel like that’s a person we are absolutely unfamiliar with despite learning the name a long time ago and knowing about the museum obviously.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friends of the Athenaeum Toy and Book Sale
Toys and books! Two great things that taste great together. Eat toys and eat books, chow down on them!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Conversation with author Skip Desjardin
“A compelling new Massachusetts history book will be published on August 28 to mark the 100th anniversary of the events it chronicles. September 1918: War, Plague and the World Series is the unimaginable story of that late summer month, in which a division of Massachusetts militia volunteers led the first unified American fighting force into battle in France, turning the tide of World War I. Meanwhile the world’s deadliest pandemic—the Spanish Flu—erupted in Boston and its suburbs, bringing death on a terrifying scale first to military facilities and then to the civilian population. At precisely the same time, in a baseball season cut short on the homefront and amidst the surrounding ravages of death, a young pitcher named Babe Ruth rallied the sport’s most dominant team, the Boston Red Sox, to a World Series victory—the last World Series victory the Sox would see for 86 years.”
Saturday, November 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Erin Dionne, Captain’s Log
“When his Ernest Shackleton report is ironically quashed because of a snowstorm, a school cancellation-celebrating elementary schooler chronicles his adventures at home with hilarious log entries and read-aloud-friendly results. The Captain’s (our young protagonist) belongings start to go missing while home-bound due to weather, and humorous attacks and pell-mell mutiny follow.”

Card Games:

Monday, November 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, November 6th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 8th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 9th
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Comics:

Saturday, November 10th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Flywheel Comics Fest
“Flywheel Comics Fest is an awesome day of comics, art, and possibly other nerdy things! Local (and beyond!) artists will be tabling, so stop by and check it out! Interested in tabling? We still have tables available! Although the focus is on comics, other art-related and/or nerdy things, including prints, games, etc are also welcome. If you’re interested in tabling, the form to sign up (with info about table sizes and rates) is here: https://goo.gl/forms/SOJvyCY22W7zOrfg1” Amazing! Flywheel is great and comics are great!

Computers:

Tuesday, November 6th
Platform Sports Bar [125a Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Webdive! Dive into the web! Have a fun time talking to folks about the web and what you do with the web, which is primarily catching flies.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: WWII Letters
“Join Corinne Smith at the GPL for a fascinating look at her own family’s history in Reconstructing History & Genealogy: Mom’s WWII Letters. After Corinne found 100+ letters from 16 WWII servicemen that her mother had written to, she traced the men’s family trees with one goal in mind: to return the letters in person to their children. Learn about this on-going project and hear some of the stories of the men & their relatives.”
Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching My Hero Academia right now and it is very fun, if slightly melodramatic!
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Drag Queen Bingo
“Join drag queen entertainers Jenayah De Rosario and Liz every second Thursday of the month, starting at 8 p.m., for Drag Queen Bingo! Games are 10 rounds for $10 or $1 a game, with fabulous prizes to win! We will be serving amazing cocktails and delicious food. If you feel like a snack but aren’t much of a player, feel free to join anyway—there’s no door charge.” What a delightful evening!
Saturday, November 10th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Time for Pie
“Who doesn’t love pie? As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet—sometimes both— with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie” You can put ‘come and learn about pie’ at the end of any paragraph and we’re there. “Step into this pit full of knives! Come learn about pie”
Sunday, November 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Free Sunday Admission for Veterans and Military Personnel
“Prodigy loves our military personnel and vets! Please… have a day of gaming on us. It’s the least we can do for your service. Thank you.”

History:

Saturday, November 10th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Remains of a War: Exploring WWI Battlefields
“Libby and Ed Klekowski have been researching World War I for over ten years and have spent many happy hours walking through the battlefields of Verdun, the Meuse Argonne and St Mihiel. Their work has resulted in three books and they have produced two WW1 documentaries for public television. This special lecture will take the audience for a walk “on the wild side”, where the dross of war still litters the woods.”

Kids:

Tuesday, November 6th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, November 7th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Thursday, November 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Medieval Feast (Ages 8-Up)
“Come one, come all to a jubilee inspired by the worlds of Redwall and Mouse Guard! We will have historical crafts, woodland activities, book discussion, warrior training, plus family-style refreshment. If you’re a fan of history or historical fantasy, join us for this fun autumn gathering. For Ages 8 + Please pre-register at the kids’ desk or 413-259-3091/ kids@joneslibrary.org. Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”
Saturday, November 10th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Grace Lin
“Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble? Join Newbery Honor author Grace Lin as she reads from her new picture book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon. Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Movies:

Thursday, November 8th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Soul Kitchen”
“What to do when the woman you love runs off to China? Well, of course you take action by converting a run-down dive in a funky neighborhood into a swanky restaurant, enlisting the help of your brother, a small-time crook. A real estate mogul has different ideas for the place, and regulars clash with the new hipster clientele in this gritty, deadpan multi-cultural comedy. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.”
Saturday, November 10th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Special Screening: FILM | Who Will Write Our History?
In Nov. 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back – not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. With an introduction and Q&A by award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice, Roberta Grossman has written, directed and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Buy tickets here: http://support.yiddishbookcenter.org/site/Calendar?id=7762&view=Detail, $4 Student, $6 Member, $8 General Admission!
Sunday, November 11th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “1945”
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The townspeople—suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning—expect the worst and behave accordingly. Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó, 1945 presents an intimate portrait of a community’s collective guilt. Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Thursday, November 8th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!
Friday, November 9th
Tolgy Wood: Chesterfield Camp [32 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield MA] at 10:00 PM to 11:59 AM
Blessing LARP- Welcome to the Apocalypse!
“Welcome traveler, to Blessing. The last known oasis left on earth. It’s been 118 years since the bombs fell, and humanity is in an all out struggle to survive. Will you be one of the brave few who brings home glory for your faction ? Or will you be the lone wolf that does things by their own sense of right and wrong? Come find out! Blessing is a vitality based, nerf gun / boffer LARP. To purchase tickets visit: https://blessinglarp.com/event-tickets/

Science:

Thursday, November 8th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Growing Together: Microbes, Humans, and Food
Dr. David Sela will talk to you about microbes! They’re an important part of how humans evolved, and how we exist today! Youc an find out how important microbes are for your health and also making fermented foods! Then stick around for a fermented food festival!

Teens:

Tuesday, November 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Pokemon Fan Club
Pokemon cards, Pokemon games, Pokemon go! Tournaments! Card games in general! Trading! Art! Snacks! Pokemon Let’s Go comes out in like a week, that could be fun at the next one! Yaaay pocket monsters
Thursday, November 8th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing or drawings or whatever, and get inspired to create more! Write! Create art! Play games!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists!” Comic books are great, everyone should read more comics! Get those comics from local shop Comics N’ More! They have all the best comics!
Friday, November 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Game On
“Get you Game On at the library on Friday, November 9 and December 14. Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Challenges, board games, snacks and more!” Mario Kart is ideal for hangout fun!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Goblin Quest: A Hilarious RPG Adventure (Ages 11-17)
“Join Corrina for an easy, casual slapstick adventure where players play as goblins (who meet their ends easily). Please pre-register at the Kids’ Desk 413-259-3091/teens@joneslibrary.org Registration closes 24 hours in advance.”

 

October 29th – November 4th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


VOTE!

VOTE!

VOTE NOW YOU CAN VOTE NOW FOR THE LOVE OF HELL VOTE NOW CRIPES!

Find your local early voting location!

Vote YES ON 3!

Also there’s still time to get out the vote! It’s a fun time to see dogs, and you’ve got to love any reason to see a dog. Also it’s a good way to see a neighborhood you’re not usually in!

We know we’ve been mostly focusing on voting for the past couple months but to be clear supporting Democratic candidates and supporting equal rights for trans people is something important you can do to support Valley Creators.

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, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Danez Smith
“We will discuss the work of poet Danez Smith who is giving a reading at Smith College on October 30th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Craft
Craft Halloween so that folks can have fun! If you don’t do it by the afternoon oh no people won’t be able to trick-or-treat!
Friday, November 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Young Novelists Write-In
“National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project that takes place during the month of November. Kids and teens, grades 3-12, are invited to join the Forbes Library Novelists and spend the month of November hiking through their own endless imagined worlds. They set their own word-count goals for the month and can participate in twice-weekly write-ins held at the library with snacks and inspiring chatter.” Write your novel! Be a star!

Board Games:

Saturday, November 3rd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Extra Life Fundraiser Tournaments
Two tournaments! First off: “Warhammer Shadespire Tournament – 12 PM. Requires $10 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3 rounds (best of 3 games) – 1.5 hours per round. Prizes from Quarter 2 Shadespire Prize Kit” Then! “X-Wing 2.0 Tournament – 5 PM Requires $5 donation to Extra Life to enter. 3-4 rounds, based on attendance. Prizes include promo Lando card” There are also “Story encounters for Warmachine/Hordes, Malifaux, 40K Killteams. Free play with a wide selection of board games, or bring your own board games to play with others. Everyone who plays in one one of the organized events, or plays board games for 1 hour or more will receive a raffle ticket toward prizes. Raffle tickets will also be available for $1.00. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30PM”

Books:

Tuesday, October 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Suzanne Matson, Ultraviolet
A novel about three generations of independent women, beginning in 1930s India and ending in modern Boston! Suzanne Matson was born in Portland, Oregon and her first novel Hunger Moon was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
Lilly Library [19 Meadow St, Florence, MA 01062] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Never Caught: the Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.
“A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Author Talk: Edward Maeder
“Local Author Edward F. Maeder will be at the GPL on October 30 at 6 pm to discuss historic shoe collections and his book on them. Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes highlights examples from the shoe designer’s extensive private collection, assembled over three decades.” Shoes! We never really think about them but dang would we miss them.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Reading Gender and Sexuality in Frankenstein
“Lise Sanders will lead a discussion focusing on gender and sexuality in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, drawing on the biographical and historical context of Gothic literature, women’s writing, and feminism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and reading the novel in light of modern scholarship exploring issues of monstrosity, power, and difference.” Ooh we hand’t really thought of this aspect of the novel!
Saturday, November 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
View from a Bridge Book Reading
“Come hear–and see–some of the Valley authors and artists from both sides of the river, whose widely varied personal stories, essays, poetry and artwork in VIEWS tell much about “old age”. (Note: Books will be available at discount price.)” wait are they saying that it tells facts about something that ISN’T “old age” but they’re pretending it is, or are they saying that “old age” is a fake concept? This is confusing!

Card Games:

Monday, October 29th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 30th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, November 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, November 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot.The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW! Check them out here: https://groups.io/g/pvplaneswalkers

Community:

Monday, October 29th
The Arts Block [289 Main St Greenfield, MA, 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trial of the Century: Solidarity in Greenfield
“Twenty-one youth, ages 11 to 21, are suing the U. S. government, contending that through the government’s actions that cause climate change, it has violated their generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources. Concurrent with demonstrations of support at federal courthouses through the nation on that day, Greening Greenfield is holding a rally and panel discussion to inform our local community about the history and basis of the suit, the impact of climate change on local youth, and Greenfield’s own record with regard to safeguarding public trust resources.”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Tetsuo: The Iron Man
WATCH THE FILM FIRST! “Far Out Film Discussion is formatted like a book club: check out the film, watch it at home, and attend the meeting to discuss it. (We will not be screening the film at the program.) Our next movie is the 1989 Japanese cyberpunk horror gem Tetsuo : The Iron Man, written and directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. View the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-mAzGvcJS0 Copies of the film will be available in the Reference Dept. and the Arts and Music Dept. You can also view this film if you have a Forbes Library card on the streaming service Kanopy : https://forbes.kanopy.com/video/tetsuo-i-iron-man
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Frankenstein: It’s Alive with Barry Deitz
“Just in time for Halloween, join local presenter Barry Deitz for an exploration of Frankenstein, the man, the monster, the legend.” We can confirm that Barry Deitz is an old hand at presenting things, Barry will do you proper.
Tuesday, October 30th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Spooky Ghost Stories for Halloween!
Dramatic readings by professional actors! Ellen Morbyrne will be reading “Harry” by Rosemary Timperley! Linda Putnam will be reading “The Corner Store” by Cynthia Asquith!
Thursday, November 1st
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Tim Maycock
“Tim Mayock of Northfield Music in Granby, CT. Born and raised in Connecticut Tim, has been a student of music, a guitar player and professional musician for more than 30 years. He plays original music and songs from the great American songbook. He was part of a band “The Mayocks” which put out 3 original CD’s and toured New England for over 10 years.” Weirdly they were named after a different Maycock.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Toastmasters
People talking in public to get over the fear of talking in public, we think! Or like that might not be the literal reason for this but it’s the way we’ve generally known people to interact with it! Be nice!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out
“5:30 pm performance by the Bluestockings a capella group. 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. 6 pm: Open mic begins. Featured readers follow the open mic” Art! Excitement! Fun! Dickinson!
Saturday, November 3rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Diwali Celebration with Bharat Babies
“Join publishing house Bharat Babies for a fun-filled day of programs celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus, Jains and Sikhs all across the world. Programs will include storytelling, dance, music, and artmaking for the whole family.” Diwali is a lot of fun! There will be performances, music, dancing, workshops, storytimes, and more music, and lights! It’s a fun as heck holiday give it a go you should hang out at more holiday celebrations!
Sunday, November 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Dickinson’s Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble
“Join us for an autumnal concert with the Red Skies Music Ensemble. Co-created by George Boziwick and Trudy Williams, with support from Marta McDowell and Kirke Bent, this program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s engagements in home music-making with her sister Vinnie, and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape. The concert bridges Dickinson’s musical, poetic and natural worlds.” A multimedia experience about how neat Emily Dickinson used to be!

History:

Thursday, November 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Black Cats of Amherst: The Story of a World War I Ambulance Unit
“Shortly after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, a group of Amherst residents, including townspeople, students, and professors, enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in an ambulance unit supporting French soldiers. Driving Model T and Fiat trucks, this unit, nicknamed the Black Cats of Amherst, served with distinction in France and Belgium during the last year of World War I. Jim Hamilton has recently completed a book on the Black Cats and will describe their exploits using contemporary photographs, diary accounts, and letters. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing.”
Saturday, November 3rd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
LEGO Club
Play LEGO, kids! Ages 5 and up!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activity Hour
“Enjoy STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities and a craft. Registration required, space is limited. Ages 4 and up.” Contact pbrose@westath.org! Good times!
Wednesday, October 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sunderland Halloween Scavenger Hunt!
Families are invited to participate in a town-wide scavenger hunt on Halloween! Visit the Sunderland Public Library any time the week before or on Halloween to pick up your scavenger hunt cards and clues. Prizes will be handed out at each of the destinations, return to the library having visited at least half of the locations for a special prize!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trick-or-Treat at the Library!
Add the library to your Northampton Trick-or-Treat route! They’ll have a ton of great candy and they’re all really excited to see your excellent costumes!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Halloween Storytime and Parade
“Show off your halloween costume at the library. Join us for this story time followed by a parade and trick or treating through the library. Registration is required.” Contact mregan@westath.org! Candy, costumes, damned souls! All the best Halloween stuff!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Tinkrlab
Oooh they took out the ‘e’! They’re New Media! “Greenfield Public Library is excited to announce a Tinkrlab Program presented by NMH senior Mia Flowers. Tinkrlab is an introduction to programming and 3D printing for students in grades 6-8. Mia is looking for 12 students to participate in her program. Please contact Mia at mflowers19@nmhschool.org to sign up.” Neat! Programming is extremely fun!
Saturday, November 3rd
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame [1000 Hall of Fame Ave Springfield, MA 01105] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WGBY Kids Fan Day
“WGBY Kids Fan Day brings your favorite PBS Kids characters to life. At WGBY Kids Fan Day, children get to meet (and hug!) some of their favorite characters. This year, PBS Kids visitors include: Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat! PLUS! Dress up in PBS Kids-themed costumes and join a Costume Parade. PBS Kids-inspired songs in Spanish and English from Jose Gonzalez *AND* a special performance from Community Music School of Springfield. See original drawings from some of the best storytellers in children’s literature. Community partners, such as Odyssey Bookshop and R. Michelson Galleries, present children’s literature and illustrations. Activity stations are set up throughout the venue. Each station is themed to a PBS KIDS show or children’s book author/illustrator. Each station is hosted by an education-focused community or cultural partner.” Also Lisa Yee, author of the DC Super Hero Girls series will be in attendance!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
“Meets first Saturday of the month in the Teen Area. Beginners welcome, materials provided and free! For ages 13-18.” Learn how to sew! What a good thing to know.
Sunday, November 4th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
An ALL AGES Family Sunday Morning!
“ALL AGES. $12 per human. 10am to 1pm. Prodigy, always being ages 13+, is planning a Sunday morning for all the families with youngins and we truly hope to do this regularly. We only ask that for every 12-and-under human, they are accompanied by at least one PARTICIPATING adult.” Children please, we beg you: cease your dark workings against Prodigy. They’re just trying to keep a nice fun place open! Do not destroy them on this all ages day and they might have more!

Movies:

Wednesday, October 31st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Halloween Haunting Movie @ the Library
“A special viewing of the 1963 classic, The Haunting. For adults who love Halloween but not the trick or treating.” Don’t you dare ask for candy!
Saturday, November 3rd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Coco
Coco! It’s supposed to be really good, it looks gorgeous. It’s about guitars! Everyone loves guitars. It’s also about death! Fewer people are fans of that, but we figure there may be some necromancers in our audience.

RPGs:

Saturday, November 3rd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! No dragons, oddly… Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… THERE’S THE DRAGON!

Technology:

Thursday, November 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton High-Speed Community Network Coalition Organizational Meeting
“Continue working on petitioning the city to help create a high speed municipal network, similar to efforts completed or underway in nearby cities like Leverett, Westfield, Holyoke/South Hadley and one proposed in Easthampton. We’ll get reports from members of the group doing outreach and talking with the city and others.” High speed internet! A bunch of the rest of the world has it, why don’t we?

Teens:

Wednesday, October 31st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Movie: Casper
The newest Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee) choice is Casper, the film that’s about a dead child but it’s supposed to be cute instead of sad all the time! But it’s still mostly sad!
Thursday, November 1st
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 30th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.

 

October 15th – October 21st

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Register to Vote! Register to Vote! Register to VOTE! THEN VOTE FOR THE LOVE OF HELL!

Vote yes on question 3! It’s incredibly important!

Have you checked out the extremely neat Puzzled Escape Games [116 Pleasant St #141, Easthampton, MA 01027]? It’s a bunch of fun, and they have a new special Halloween thing!

BE AFRAID, BE VERY AFRAID, IT’S HALLOWEEN AT PUZZLED ESCAPE GAMES, AND WE HAVE A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE FOR THE SEASON OF SCARES. IF YOU HAVE THE GUTS, IF YOU HAVE THE BRAINS,  IF YOU HAVE THE CHUTZPAH, COME PLAY…

In 1926, A NOTORIOUS FREAK SHOW MADE AN UNFORTUNATE STOP IN OLD TOWN, MA TO PERFORM FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY. BEFORE THEY COULD SET FOOT ON STAGE, THEY WERE BRUTALLY MURDERED AND LEFT ON DISPLAY.

IT IS UP TO YOU TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE GREAT PERFORMERS AND FINISH THEIR ACTS. THERE IS A CATCH OF COURSE… FAIL AND YOU WILL REMAIN TRAPPED IN THE HAUNTED TENT FOR ETERNITY.

Let us know if you get trapped forever! It’s wild that this place is allowed to operate, it seems so dangerous.

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, October 16th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Curator’s Tour
“Join Melissa Hyde for a close-up look at the images and themes of the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Dr. Hyde is Professor of Art History, Distinguished Teaching Scholar and University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. Her research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lecture: Women Artists in the Age of Enlightenment
“In conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Florida, explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. “
Wednesday, October 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Our Work and Why We Do It: Arch Optimism
“Our Work and Why We Do It is the Forbes Library’s Writer in Residence reading series. This series is interested in exploring the ways in which the written word may create and sustain social worlds through inquiry, practice, experimentation, story and lyric.”
Thursday, October 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
art babes @ scma: Becoming a Child
“In October, explore images of children in the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, as well as in paintings and sculptures in SCMA’s own collection. Plus, make your own Jumping Jack toy to take home!”
Friday, October 19th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages Gallery Talk with Miloslava Hruba
“This exhibition presents works from a variety of time periods and media to examine the ways in which women have been depicted across the globe. Join us for a gallery talk with European print specialist and study room manager Mila Hruba to learn how these portrayals of women can pigeonhole their subjects into gendered roles, and in other cases challenge social constructs. This event is free and open to all!” Learning more about art is always useful!
Saturday, October 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
art babes @ scma: Becoming a Child
“In October, explore images of children in the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection, as well as in paintings and sculptures in SCMA’s own collection. Plus, make your own Jumping Jack toy to take home!”
Sunday, October 21st
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Our Voice: Gallery Talk with Ekua Holmes, Gordon C. James, and Jerry Pinkney
“Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at shop@carlemuseum.org.”

Board Games:

Friday, October 19th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Local Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers attempting to make great games! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom.”
Saturday, October 20th
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, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Micah Perks, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape
“Magical and funny, profound and seductive, the linked stories in True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape explore the life-bending power of love. In these interwoven lives, ardent desire meets a keen sense of reality deep in the heart of progressive California.”
Tuesday, October 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
New York Room [Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jennifer Baker, Alexander Chee, and Nelly Rosario, Everyday People: The Color of Life
“Everyday People is a thoughtfully curated anthology of short stories that presents new and renowned work by established and emerging writers of color. It illustrates the dynamics of character and culture that reflect familial strife, political conflict, and personal turmoil through an array of stories that reveal the depth of the human experience.”
Wednesday, October 17th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
B.A. Shapiro, The Collector’s Apprentice
“It’s the summer of 1922, and nineteen-year-old Paulien Mertens finds herself in Paris–broke, disowned, and completely alone. Everyone in Belgium, including her own family, believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-fiance, George Everard. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity, a Frenchwoman named Vivienne Gregsby, and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence–and exact revenge on George.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, October 18th
Mills Theatre, Carr Hall [Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA 01106] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Evening with Author Robert Fieseler at Bay Path University
“In this free presentation open to the public, Robert Fieseler will delve into the shocking tragedy as well as the research and production process behind his book Tinderbox. An essential work of American civil rights history, Fieseler’s Tinderbox mesmerizingly reconstructs the 1973 arson fire that devastated New Orleans’ subterranean gay community in what was the largest mass murder of gays until 2016. Buried for decades, the Up Stairs Lounge fire has only recently emerged as a catalyzing event of the gay liberation movement.”
Saturday, October 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Book & Bake Sale
Between 1pm and 3pm you can get a grocery-sized bag of books for $7! Baked goods! Booked goods! What else do you need?

Card Games:

Monday, October 15th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 16th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 18th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 19th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Community:

Monday, October 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Thursday, October 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
“October’s topic is Charles Cutter, First Librarian of Forbes Library and his classification system”

Entertainment:

Monday, October 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Movie Sing-a-long
Sing along to a film! We’re assuming that you sing along to a film with songs in it, but it’s possible folks just want to hang out and hum along to the theme music for Avengers.
Tuesday, October 16th
Springfield Symphony Hall [34 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Future of Diplomacy
“A distinguished career diplomat who served under both Democratic and Republican Presidents, Nicholas Burns offers a bipartisan view of foreign and security affairs and global trends in the 21st century.”
Saturday, October 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
My Summer with Bears in Alaska
“Presenter Stacey Schmeidel was privileged to volunteer for the National Park Service at Katmai National Park for six weeks this summer. She’ll talk about her experiences as a volunteer — living in camp, shipping in food, traveling to bush Alaska. More importantly, she’ll also talk about the bears of Brooks Falls!”
Sunday, October 21st
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
Free and open to the public, a whole day’s worth of events! All Day | EXHIBIT OPENING | Lost Synagogues of Europe! 11 a.m. | TALK | The Lodz Masterpieces: 3 Jewish Women’s Art Books Revealed, with David Mazower! 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Demonstrations in the Center’s reproduction Yiddish print shop! 12 p.m. | Tour the world’s first Yiddish museum! 1 p.m. | Conversation! 2 p.m. | CONCERT | Zisl Slepovitch Trio & Sasha Lurje! So much to do all day long!

History:

Monday, October 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Liberty’s War An Engineer’s Memoir of the Merchant Marine, 1942-1945
“Will Melton, who edited and helped research Liberty’s War (2017), will bring an engaging presentation based on his father’s memories and primary source materials, followed by a Q & A.”
Wednesday, October 17th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
A Witch in Paradise by Kathy-Ann Becker
“Kathy-Ann Becker, author of Silencing the Women: The Witch Trials of Mary Bliss Parsons, will speak at Historic Northampton on Wednesday, October 17th at 7 pm. A slide-show enhanced story of the so-called “Witch of Northampton,” Mary Bliss Parsons, will be presented on the very grounds where Cornet Joseph and Mary Bliss Parsons made their early wilderness home in the 1650s. “
Thursday, October 18th
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Dirt on Deerfield: Historical Archaeology on Old Main Street
“Join Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator, for this free lecture that will explore the historical archaeology of Old Main Street in Deerfield.” Oddly enough they’ve found a crystalline pyramid on Old Main Street. It was small a year ago but it has been growing at a distressing pace. Soon Deerfield will be nothing before this strange structure.
Saturday, October 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
“Chaotic Freedom” in Civil War Louisiana: The Origins of an Iconic Image by Bruce Laurie
“In 1863, Northampton newspaper publisher Henry S. Gere (Hampshire Gazette) and Northfield currier and carpenter Marshall S. Stearns served together in the Union army in Baton Rouge.” Learn more about how they worked to bring the image of an enslaved man’s scars to a national audience in the Harper’s Weekly magazine to drive home the brutality of slavery to a distant audience.
Sunday, October 21st
The David Ruggles Center [225 Nonotuck St, Northampton, MA 01062] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Walking Tour: Northampton Underground Railroad East
“Meet at Forbes Library. Includes West Street, South Street, and Main Street.”

Kids:

Monday, October 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, October 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Thursday, October 18th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Booksworms
“Kids in grades 1 & 2 are invited to join us to read the monthly book together then have some fun with activities based on the book. The first 10 people to register will get a free copy of the book to keep! Sponsored by the Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum. Registration is required and space is limited.”
Friday, October 19th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time with Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn
Join Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department for a special Fire Prevention Story Time! Children can share stories with her and see a real fire truck!
Saturday, October 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Howlarious Halloween Show with Mary Jo Maichack
“The Holyoke Public Library will host storyteller and singer Mary Jo Maichack in a captivating program of ghost stories, songs & jokes for families, especially for children aged 5 and older (siblings who can attend quietly are welcome with caregivers). “Howlarious Halloween is a spooky & silly show.” Spooky and silly, and almost 100% guaranteed that no ghosts will attack!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 16th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Bride of Frankenstein
“In this 1935 film, a masterful sequel to the 1931 classic, the mad scientist is persuaded to create a mate for his creature to help fabricate a new race, but all doesn’t go as planned. This film is not rated.” Do they expect it to be rated soon? It’s been 83 years!
Wednesday, October 17th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hocus Pocus Movie Screening
A 1993 Disney Halloween classic! Three witches come back to life to wreak havoc but in a funny way. It’s weird in that classic Disney Teen Movie way, and remains fun for all ages! Selected by The Teen Movie Choosing Committee (a very official committee)!
Thursday, October 18th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film: Belle (2013)
“This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait (below) of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray. The film imagines Belle’s young life in British society. Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray. Murray is credited with advancing the end of official slavery in Britain.”
Saturday, October 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Family Movie Matinee: Frankenweenie (PG)
“Free family movie! Join us for the adventures of Victor and his beloved undead pet dog, Sparky.”

Science:

Wednesday, October 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Discover the Birds of Costa Rica with Peter Christoph
“Have you ever wondered why over 600 birds call Costa Rica their home year round? Due to its diverse topography, this tropical nation contains several life zones supporting a wide variety of birds, from tiny iridescent hummingbirds to colorful toucans. Discover Costa Rica’s national treasures with a top wildlife photographer as he travels by boat through mangrove swamps and wetlands, and hikes into lush rainforests on the side of a volcano in search of wildlife.”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Less Than Human? Perceptions of Immigrants, Refugees, and Muslims
“Join Critical Connections as Professors Linda Tropp (UMass Amherst) and Emile Bruneau (UPenn) discuss groundbreaking social science research around dehumanization of immigrants and other minority groups and its policy implications. Free and open to the public.” After-hours event! Please use back garden entrance!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 16th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Avoiding bespoke schedulers with AWS Step Functions – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
“At tonight’s talk, we will discuss why one should avoid writing their own scheduling system with the same fervent trepidation employed when glancing over the guardrail while on tour at a water treatment plant. A useful tool for complex scheduling is AWS StepFunctions, which allows both short-term and long-term scheduling that is simple to kickoff, features a straightforward DSL to express dependencies and contingencies, and doesn’t require any server management. Presenting this will be Andrew Hannon, an accomplished DIY scheduler sufferer. He currently works as VP of Engineering at Valt, Inc (valt.io), where he doesn’t have to pour through 1000s of lines of code looking for the bug in the bespoke constraint module of the scheduling system.”
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“We are changing this meetup to 10/16 due to scheduling constraints at Common Media. Generally we meet on the second Tuesday of the month. This month we will be working on a new WordPress project for the Miracle League of Western Mass, a Drupal/Backdrop project with BLM, and taking a look at a new Ruby/Rails project with Lighthouse Holyoke. After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. Dinner and drinks are on us!”
Thursday, October 18th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress – Gutenberg Edition
This one’s going to focus on: “Mastering Gutenberg – The new WYSIWYG editor for WordPress has arrived in WordPress 4.9.8 and will be the default in WordPress 5.0.0 expected later this year. Gutenberg is arguably the biggest change to WordPress in years. John will walk us through using the new block-oriented editor and provide advice for managing your legacy content.” along with the standard projects and solutions talk! Get better at WordPress!

Teens:

Tuesday, October 16th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
“Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!”
Thursday, October 18th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Saturday, October 20th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting for Teens
Paint a pumpkin! The simple, less mess way to make a pumpkin look like a grinning severed head.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Tweens and Teens Writing Workshop
“Spend time writing, relaxing, and sharing with the group. Professor Leah Nielsen is back and encouraging young writers to improve their skills. For students in grades 5-12 Please register by contacting oeberli@westath.org!”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make Your Own App
“Want to learn how to make Apps? Learn how to code with App Inventor, a free online tool that makes it easy to create your own apps. At this workshop we will build an app to take photos and doodle on them. Take a photo or download one, write or draw on it, and share your edited photo with your family and friends! Laptops and tablets will be provided. This event is run by Holyoke Codes. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Shurtleff Foundation.”

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 16th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Saturday, October 20th
MYsTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Super Mario Party
“We have had Nintendo meetups in the past and had a lot of fun so we’re doing it again. [OPTIONAL TO BRING snacks…but…PLEASE NO SUGAR OR GLUTEN]. If you’d like to bring additional multiplayer games or consoles (I have another TV) feel free.” Check out Pioneer Valley Geeks and Gamers and give them a ring if you’d like to join the Meetup! https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/events/255277657/

 

October 1st – October 7th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Are you interested in helping the Valley using your l33t hax0r skillz? Like the kids still definitely say? You should check out Hack for Western Mass! They just improved the website of a local museum, The David Ruggles Center for History & Education, making it so much more usable we can’t emphasize it enough. And that’s important! People need to know about figures like David Ruggles, someone we should be proud called Florence home.

David Ruggles was an African-American abolitionist, writer, publisher and hydropathic practitioner who was a courageous voice of black freedom. He assisted hundreds escaping slavery, and mentored future abolitionist luminaries Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and William Cooper Nell.

Also, good and bad news. Good news is that the move mostly went well. We now exist as pure energy in a plane inaccessible to all but the most enlightened. The bad news is that because of the difficulty of inter-planar travel, we’ll be unable to remain the host at Nerd Nite NoHo!

We’re really going to miss it. That was a hell of a fun way to spend several years. Plus there’s nothing like getting laughs for the same five jokes on rotation every month! If you’re interested in helping out Nerd Nite NoHo in our stead, just head to Nerd Nite NoHo on October 15th and talk to Ebru, or contact noho@nerdnite.com!

Also, Spider-Man for PS4 is a great game about being Spider-Man, but we agree that Spider-Man’s Take on Police Feels Out of Touch to a vertigo-inducing degree.

Also wow what a packed week, this is revenge for missing last week we think!

ALSO REGISTER TO VOTE IMMEDIATELY AND THEN VOTE WHEN YOU CAN VOTE. AND VOTE YES ON PROP 3!

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, October 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Poetry Discussion Group: Poet Hoa Nguten
“We will discuss the work of poet Hoa Nguyen who is giving a reading at UMass on October 18th. This weekly poetry discussion group is open to everyone including regulars and drop-ins. All voices are honored: first-time poetry readers and life-long devotees. Every Monday, the group convenes to discuss the work of a particular poet, usually contemporary, and sometimes one reading in the area. Copies of the poems are provided for each participant. No prior reading or preparation required.
Thursday, October 4th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk: Women, War, and Revolution
“Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts Amherst, explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution in conjunction with the special exhibition Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment. Professor Heuer is author of The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830.”
Saturday, October 6th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunderland at 300: An Exhibit by Local Plein-Air Artists
“Area artists are sharing their appreciation of Sunderland’s beauty with paintings done in and around town using a variety of media. Painting en plein air (literally in full air) is done “on location” amidst the atmosphere and natural light of a spot.” That’s really neat! We should spend more time appreciating all the prettiness of the Valley, it’s a nice place.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!” Just put them on the danged actual website, Facebook for goodness sake.

Board Games:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza! Gosh we will miss it now that we’ve ascended to the Over-Plane. Always tip well, too. We’re pretty sure that board gamers get fewer beers than sports fans so you gotta make up for it in the tipping!

Books:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden
“Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn’t make it back home–and who narrates the novel. …. What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.”
Wednesday, October 3rd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Keith, O’Brien, Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
“Between the world wars, no sport was more popular, or more dangerous, than airplane racing. Thousands of fans flocked to multi‑day events, and cities vied with one another to host them. The pilots themselves were hailed as dashing heroes who cheerfully stared death in the face. Well, the men were hailed. Female pilots were more often ridiculed than praised for what the press portrayed as silly efforts to horn in on a manly, and deadly, pursuit. Fly Girls recounts how a cadre of women banded together to break the original glass ceiling: the entrenched prejudice that conspired to keep them out of the sky.”
Thursday, October 4th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
GennaRose Nethercott, The Lumberjack’s Dove: A Poem
“In the ingenious and vividly imagined narrative poem The Lumberjack’s Dove, GennaRose Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—however, instead of merely being severed, the hand shape-shifts into a dove. Far from representing just an event of pain and loss in the body, this incident spirals outward to explore countless facets of being human, prompting profound reflections on sacrifice and longing, time and memory, and—finally—considering the act of storytelling itself. ” Weird ours just turned into a normal pigeon.

Card Games:

Monday, October 1st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, October 2nd
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common rarity used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, October 4th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, October 5th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Liars, Cheats, and Creeps
“The First Wednesday Speaker Series is pleased to welcome Patricia Peters Martin, Ph. D., and Renee Forte on Wednesday, October 3 at 6pm in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library for a discussion of their book Liars, Cheats, and Creeps: Leaving a Sociopath Behind, written as a lifeline for women who are involved with partners who lie, cheat, and mistreat them.”
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Thursday, October 4th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
First Thursdays Concert Series – Ukulele Scamble
“The duo of Robin Hoffman and Richard Perlmutter, based in Western MA, sing and play ukuleles. Their act, called The Ukulele Scramble is funny, entertaining and masterful. It also starts with a repertoire that’s unusual for ukulele players – classical music. Robin and Richard love Beethoven, Bach and Brahms, as well as Renaissance music, and art and parlor songs.” Fun ukulele music played by excellent players!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Puerto Rican Cultural Drawing Experience
“This workshop is designed through a method for creating images using repetitive patterns. It is easy to learn and do by examples of Caribbean mystical ancient art and others Puerto Rican cultural pictographic. Is open to a wide range of ages and skill levels. The materials are simple, it supports relaxation, focus, inspiration, and a sense of well-being and artistic satisfaction”

History:

Monday, October 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Digging at the Dickinsons’: Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historical Archaeology
“View Emily Dickinson’s world through the eyes of an archaeologist during this presentation at the Museum. Faculty and members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst archaeological field school will present findings from their work on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum in the summer of 2018.”
Tuesday, October 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Photographed Letters on Wings: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War 2
“Tom Weiner will speak at Historic Northampton on his book, PHOTOGRAPHED LETTERS ON WINGS: How Microfilmed V-Mail Helped Win World War II. The book tells the heretofore untold story of the mail – close to 2 billion letters – that was sent to and from the many fronts of the war using microfilm. World-renowned bookbinder Bill Streeter wrote the book’s preface in which he explains why he provided the research materials to Tom Weiner and why he wanted such a book honoring both V-Mail and his cousin, Henry Streeter, who died while serving in the war.” That’s so neat! We had no idea about microfilm use for this sort of thing. The past is so interesting!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
“It took eight years of correspondence before Thomas Wentworth Higginson arrived in Amherst to meet his elusive advisee, Emily Dickinson. Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting, offering audience members an encounter with her words and poems in a remarkably personal theatrical experience.” You can get tickets here, and one or two folks will leave from the museuem every four minutes or so.
Thursday, October 4th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Friday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Tavern Fare
Learn what folks ate at taverns! Hearty meals for hearty folks! That’s right, most people at nothing but heaping plates of fresh hearts, it was a terrifying time happy halloweeeeen!
Saturday, October 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Before You Became Improbable: An immersive journey through the Dickinson-Higginson correspondence
Tickets here!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Historic Trade Demonstration: Blacksmithing with Rick Martin
“Learn how blacksmiths honed their craft with Blacksmith Rick Martin during our Historic Trades series of early American craft demonstrations.” And once you’ve learned the trade, YOU’RE the new Blacksmith!
Historic Deerfield [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Dinosaur Story Time for Dinofest
“Celebrate the Great Greenfield Dinofest with a Dino Story Time on Wednesday, October 3 @ 4 pm. Kids ages 5 and up are invited for dinosaur themed stories, songs and dino mask making. Make a mask and wear it to the Dinofest!” Ooh ooh if you love dinosaurs check out the absolutely amazing Dinosaur Empire books by Abby Howard! They’re very neat and the best part is they’re far more up-to-date on the actual factual dinosaur facts than a lot of kids books. Feathers everywhere!
Saturday, October 6th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime: Jon Agee
“Join author/illustrator Jon Agee as he reads and discusses his latest picture book, The Wall in the Middle of The Book, an amusing allegory for our time, ideal for engaging a conversation about what it means to be different, and how the cure for fear may involve breaking down the walls instead of building them up.” A good lesson for an era that could use fewer walls!

Movies:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Pizza and a movie: the ultimate chance to have pizza and also watch a movie. Teens, don’t let this slip by! This is your chance to have pizza and watch a film! It’s a hoot to do so with pals! No idea what movie but we’re going to go ahead and guess they watch that one film about a horse from the start of filmmaking
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 11:55 PM
“Sleep” Screening at the Mead
“Warhol’s Sleep (1963) marks the artist’s foray into durational film and captures John Giorno, Warhol’s lover at the time, as he sleeps. Built on intricate sequences of looped imagery, Sleep is among Warhol’s most formally complex works on film. Join us for an immersive screening of Sleep (4 hours, 45 minutes), with introductory remarks by Guilford. All are welcome to move in and out of the screening throughout the evening. Popcorn will be served!” Wow, that’s a marathon! Sounds interesting though.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Frankenstein Film Fest: Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
“The Jones Library celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with a Frankenstein Film Fest! In today’s 1948 film, Bud and Lou not also meet Frankenstein, but also battle Dracula and the Wolf Man in this spook spoof featuring monster stars Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney.” Ah, the 40’s, when films still had original ideas!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Hocus Pocus Movie Screening
A 1993 Disney Halloween classic! Three witches come back to life to wreak havoc but in a funny way. It’s weird in that classic Disney Teen Movie way, and remains fun for all ages!
Thursday, October 4th
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
German Film Series: “Faraway, So Close!”
“There will be two screenings of “Faraway, So Close!”, one at 4 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Nastassja Kinski, Willem Dafoe and Peter Falk star in this sequel to Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire). Find out what happens when angel Cassiel (Otto Sander) renounces eternal life to join his friend, ex-angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz), and Marion (Solveig Dommartin) in post-unification Berlin, only to get caught up in a web of organized crime. This film will be shown in German with English subtitles. Please contact mhowes@amherst.edu for more information.” Weird! We didn’t know that Willem Dafoe had been in German films! We’re very bad at finding non-US movies.
Sunday, October 7th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | In A Dark Wood
“Following a musical composition from the writing stage to the world premiere to the first recording, In A Dark Wood charts the path of composer Mathew Rosenblum’s Lament/Witches’ Sabbath, a highly personal concerto written for world famous clarinetist/composer David Krakauer.” It does occur to us that we still have absolutely no concept of how someone begins writing a musical work. Student $4, Member $6, GA $8!

Technology:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Hang out with a bunch of folks who do some sort of technical work in the Valley. If it’s your first time there, ask where Matthew is and then just sort of surf the wave of his excitement that someone new showed up for a while!
Thursday, October 4th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
A meeting to work on getting Northampton to finally put in free high-speed internet access as a municipal utility! It’s the sort of thing that probably should have been done a decade and a half ago but we can get on it now.

Teens:

Monday, October 1st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Make Postcards from Vintage Books
Make postcards from vintage books! Materials and also snacks will be given freely. Open only to teens! Only teens can be trusted to craft effective postcards from original copies of the Necronomicon!
Tuesday, October 2nd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Writer’s Circle
Write creatively using prompts or your own ideas! Share your work and get feedback from your peers! Intended for ages 14-18 and folks who would like to write a lot! Any questions? Contact Bridget in Young Adult Services at bkennedy@palmer.lib.ma.us!
Wednesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
TinkerLab for Tweens and Teens
Tinker with stuff we imagine! It’s a good time, and the Library probably has a bunch of fun stuff with which to tinker. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination!
Friday, October 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Comic Club (Ages 12 – 17)
“Join graphic artist Madeleine Dye to learn about comics and create your own! Please pre-register in the Kids’ Room or at teens@joneslibrary.org/ 413-259-3091. Registration closes 24 hours in advance. “
Saturday, October 6th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Sew What: A Drop-In Embroidery Group for Teens
Beginners welcome, materials are free and provided for you! It’s for folks ages 13-18, and you should embroider something real cool. That’s not in their description we’re just cheering you on!

Video Games:

Tuesday, October 2nd
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natrual. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.
Saturday, October 6th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 12:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Lee’s Atari High-Score Challenge Day – Prodigy Gold Star FTW!
“Entry: $12 for all day admission and Atari challenge, For ages 13+, Open from noon to midnight! The goal is simple. At arrival (and you may arrive anytime between noon and 11pm), we will give you a sheet listing 10 Atari 2600 games for you to rack up the highest score you possibly can in a certain amount of tries for each of the 10 games. The person with the most individual game wins at the time of close (midnight), is the grand winner! For your amazing skills, you will be awarded the FIRST official Prodigy Gold Star Metal-of-Skill as well as an official document stating what you accomplished to be such a winner! We will announce the magnificent winner at midnight at Prodigy but also the following morning on social media so you can come claim your well deserved award! “
Sunday, October 7th
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Networking and Multiplayer Games
Networking and networking! “This month we’re hanging out at our favorite Choco Taco joint, The Quarters! Come hang out with us and other game developers and talk about things that are game development related. If you have nothing to talk about on that subject, then share a funny story about your belly button. We like meeting new people! We’ll be hanging out and running multiplayer games on the projector from 7 – 10pm so take a break and come visit with us!” Talk about game development with some folks who are also in game development!

 

September 17th – September 23rd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re moving at the moment and it’s late so the only thing we’re going to do here is say register to vote, vote in November and be sure to vote YES ON PROP 3! Be a part of the Blue Wave, make things a bit less awful next year.

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:

Thursday, September 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Vanja Malloy
“Drawn entirely from the Mead’s permanent collection, Timing Is Everything presents artworks that visualize concepts of time: linear and cyclical, absolute and relative. It questions the role of time in memory and the many factors that have influenced human perception of the past, present, and future, including seasons, geography and technology. Join us for a gallery talk with Curator of American Art Vanja Malloy to learn more about this exhibition. Free and open to all!”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6:45PM Doughnuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing Poems at West Cemetery. 8:30-10PM Festival Screening with director Madeline Olnek: ‘Wild Nights with Emily’ in Emily Dickinson’s garden”
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, September 21st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“12-2PM Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group with Professor Chris Benfey, at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 5-6:30PM We grow Accustomed to the Dark exhibit, reading and live performance at the Herter Gallery at UMass Amherst., 8PM Poetry in the Planetarium with The Astro Poets at Bassett Planetarium. Space is very limited and advance reservations are strongly recommended.”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
“Session Topic: Tropic Hints. This discussion will take its inspiration from Dickinson’s 1879 exchange with her Amherst childhood friend Helen Hunt Jackson.”
Saturday, September 22nd
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Talent: Poets Read at the Jones
Poets at the Jones! Excellent time to listen to excellent work!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“6AM-9PM The Emily Dickinson Museum and Mass Poetry present the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a one-day reading of all 1,789 of Dickinson’s poems at the Emily Dickinson Museum. To find out more about the Marathon click here., 10:30AM Poetry Reading at the Jones Library, 1:30PM-3PM Writing with Miss Emily: A poetry writing workshop, 2:30PM Ghosts and Demons: A POETRY MASTERCLASS with Shayla Lawson and Dorothea Lasky at the PowerHouse, 5:30PM The NoNo Project, a collaboration of Union Street Records and Attack Bear Press at Hope and Feathers, 8PM Shayla Lawson and Ocean Vuong in Emily Dickinson’s garden., 9PM Latenight Garden Party”
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Marathon 2018
“On Saturday, September 22, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages can get up with the birds to join the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. The Marathon, now in its 14th year, is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on Main Street and on surrounding streets.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Frankie Dack and Olwen Dowling
Landscape paintings and an art reception! Always good for looking at neat paintings and eating cheese.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Comic Collages
Make your own collage out of old recycled comic books! They’ve got like 20 copies of Spider-Man #1 and they’re chopping the heck out of them!
Sunday, September 23rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Amherst Poetry Festval
“3PM-4:30PM jubilat/Jones reading with Ellen Doré Watson and Rafael Campo at Jones Library”

Board Games:

Wednesday, September 19th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games
Wednesday Games is excellent and you should 100% attend every chance you get. Lots of good drink, good folks, and often delicious pizza!
Saturday, September 22nd
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:

Tuesday, September 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, September 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Thursday, September 20th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jordy Rosenberg, Confessions of the Fox
“Confessions of the Fox is, at once, a work of speculative historical fiction, a soaring love story, a puzzling mystery, an electrifying tale of adventure and suspense, and an unabashed celebration of sex and sexuality. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.” Sounds interesting! Author Jordy Rosenberg is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies + Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Saturday, September 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
“Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short, short stories and personal essays. Everyone attending the reading will be eligible to submit to the fall edition of WriteAnglesJournal (https//writeanglesconference.com/wajournal/).The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact writeanglesjournal@comcast.net”
Sunday, September 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Meet Dav Pilkey!
“Meet Dav Pilkey, author/illustrator of the bestselling Captain Underpants and Dog Man series! Pilkey will talk about his new book, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, do a live drawing, and share fun trivia with the audience. Following the 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm auditorium programs, guests can get books signed by Pilkey and enjoy photo opportunities with Dog Man and Captain Underpants!”

Card Games:

Monday, September 17th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Monday Night Modern
“$5 entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
Tuesday, September 18th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Tuesday Summer Pauper
“$5 Entrance. Ban list and common raitry used is the MTGO list. Full rules can be found here on the mothership: https://magic.wizards.com/en/game-info/gameplay/formats/pauper. Prizes very based on the number or rounds”
Thursday, September 20th
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday Booster Draft
“$13 Entrance. 3 rounds. 3-0 $19.50 credit or 6 packs. 2-0-1 $13 credit or 4 packs. 2-1 $6 credit or 2 packs. Keep what you draft! Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance”
Friday, September 21st
Off The Wall Games [41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Friday Night Magic
“$5 Entrance. 4 rounds. 4-0 $20 credit. 3-0-1 $15 credit. 3-1 $10 credit. 2-0-2 $5 credit. Rounds and prize support may subject to change based on attendance.”
College Church [58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers
“”The Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers are a new club that seeks to build a diverse, inclusive, and friendly environment in which to play Magic: the Gathering. Though several of us are indeed nerdy white dudes, we’re keen to recruit members who might not fit the traditional stereotype of trading card gamers. Everyone interested in Magic: the Gathering is welcome, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or experience. If you liked the vibe at Northampton’s Modern Myths and feel like you don’t fit in as well at other area M:tG venues, we’ll save you a seat. Please park in the back lot. While the church has generously provided us with a wonderful space to use, we are not affiliated with them. The standard Pioneer Valley Planeswalkers event is booster draft. $10 buys three packs of the current set to draft. There’s no prize support, as the focus is on building and playing fun decks and just generally enjoying ourselves.” This sounds like a great new event if you’re into Magic and don’t feel like heading to OTW!

Community:

Wednesday, September 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Creating Community for Women with Chronic Illness
A monthly support group for women living with any sort of chronic illness, free and open to the public!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 19th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gavel Club
That’s it. Gavel. Club. Gavel Club? Like… do you discuss your favorite gavels? How many different types of gavel are there? Whatever you do with Gavel Club, this is the time to do it!
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Speaker Series – Here Lies Inter’d
“Al and Betsy McKee will discuss early New England cemeteries. Al and Betsy McKee live in a house built in Longmeadow around 1801 by the gravestone carver Hermon Newell. Once they discovered that their house was built by a stonecutter, they began to learn more about early gravestones in the Connecticut River Valley and nearby New England towns. This talk will cover gravestone photography, original appearance of graveyards, symbolism, carvers and stories carved in stone.”
Thursday, September 20th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time. “September’s talk will be by Local History Librarian Elise Bernier-Feeley on the architecture and construction of Forbes Library. Learn more about Architect William C. Brockelsby’s life, career and buildings.”
Friday, September 21st
Prodigy Minigolf and Gameroom [116 Pleasant St, Suite 018, Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Game Developer Night
“Prodigy holds a monthly night for local Pioneer Valley game developers to come and show off their new or old creations. The public can come and try out new games and give needed feedback to developers striving for that great game! If you are a developer and are interested in participating in this event, please let us know. All developers pay a $5 table fee for displaying their game. All others pay the regular $12 Friday admission price for the full gameroom; open until midnight.””
Saturday, September 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Experience the Book Party
Mary Poppins at the Library
Sunday, September 23rd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
CONCERT | The Sarah Rose Lazarus Concert | Grand Tango, with Ethan Lazarus and Carl Algermissen
“Carl Algermissen (piano) and Ethan Lazarus (cello) have been performing together for over 35 years. Known for writing their own original arrangements of tango music by Astor Piazzolla, this special performance will include a few of those hits mixed along with Tango, Jewish and klezmer music. They’ll be performing pieces by Chicago composer Leon Stein, “Dance Ebraico,” an original piece by Ethan, “Ragtime Hora,” and a Klezmer-inspired tango by Piazzolla, “Milonga Picaresque. COST: Member | $8, General Admission | $10”

History:

Saturday, September 22nd
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
History of Land Use at Fitzgerald Lake Conservation Area
“Laurie Sanders will lead a walk along Boggy Meadow Road to the dam and Cooke’s Pasture, focusing on the economic, social, and environmental history of this area. While the woods and lake may look pristine to the casual observer, there is a long history of human intervention just below the surface. From colonial times to the damming of Broad Brook in the late 1960s that created Fitzgerald Lake, the 850 acres of FLCA have undergone many changes. Laurie is the co-executive director of the Northampton Historical Society and a longtime friend of BBC. She is the author of Rediscovering Northampton–The Natural History of City-Owned Conservation Areas, which is available as a download on the BBC website. “

Kids:

Monday, September 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Minecraft with friends at Forbes! Sign up in advance at the Children’s desk or by calling 587-1010. We think the kids have moved on to making Fortnite the thing that literally every child spends all their time playing but Minecraft is probably a more thorough creative outlet.
Tuesday, September 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!

Movies:

Monday, September 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film Series – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A viewing of the documentary “Won’t You Be Neighbor?” No registration required and also we’ve heard it’ll make you weep!

RPGs:

Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Contact Tristin Anderson at a mysterious pub by the name of trisdragon2@gmail.com to begin your wonderous adventure in the Boys and Girls Library Activity Room! KAPOW!

Technology:

Monday, September 17th
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup – Chopped, but with Golang
“If you’ve never seen or heard of the popular cooking show Chopped, this is how it works: Chopped is a cooking competition with three rounds, and in each round the competing chefs are given a basket with four mystery ingredients and have to make a dish that uses all of them in some way. In this meetup, we’ll run a similar friendly competition with Golang – attendees will break up into teams of ~two developers, be given a “basket” of random Golang packages and a “staple pantry”, and see what you can come up with before the meetup ends! We will share what we’ve each created at the end of the meetup.”
Thursday, September 20th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress
“This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators. All are welcome. Current projects (20 minutes) • Problems and Solutions (30 minutes) • Finding a good theme (60 minutes) – Themes are complicated while seeming simple. So many to choose from but what are the pitfalls? Are they written to be efficient? How do you tell? Will they work well with SEO plugins like Yoast? Join our WordPress guru John and find a theme that’s just right for your needs. • Decide next meeting topics (10 minutes) What to bring: You may wish to bring a laptop to take notes or to share your screen on the projector. You need a HDMI port if you want to share your screen.”

Teens:

Friday, September 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:30 PM to 5:50 PM
4H Babysitting Course
Learn how to keep kids from leaping out a window into the busy street below and other helpful tips from the 4H folks! And learn how to get a good babysitting job!
Saturday, September 22nd
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Teen/Tween Writing Workshop
“Professor Leah Nielsen will be continuing her popular writing workshops into the school year! Join us each month for time to write and share with your friends. Leah will guide you and help improve your writing skills. For students in grades 5-12. Please register!”

September 10th – September 16th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Come to Nerd Nite! It’ll be a really fun one and also we’ll have big news to announce! And prizes!

‘Take it With a Grain: What Can Sand Piles tell us About Traffic and Cancer?’

Granular materials are all around us, yet are still poorly understood, hence an explosion of interest in these systems in the physics community in the last few decades. Granular materials also serve as a model systems for any dense system of interacting “particles,” be it crowded cars on the road or crowded cells migrating in the body. This presentation will explore several examples of where research into granular materials has given insight into more humanly relevant examples, such as traffic and cancer.

‘BetterTogether: Relationship Hacks from a Seasoned Divorce Attorney’

Seasoned divorce attorney, mediator and author Gabrielle Hartley explains that by making three important shifts earlier on in their relationship many of her clients may have been able to avoid coming to her office in the first place. This talk explores how by incorporating these simple skills rather than splitting  you may become better together.

Also we got Spider-Man the game but can’t play it until we finish some work and daaaang we want to play that danged game!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines about jeans are all the rage right now!
Thursday, September 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception
“Please join us to celebrate the opening of our new lineup of fall exhibitions at the Mead Art Museum. Drawn from our permanent collection, these exhibitions offer new narratives of gender and time, and reveal new directions in the Mead’s collecting practices. All are invited for an artistic experience that explores themes across centuries, continents and media!” Art! Cheese! Delightful!
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Friday, September 14th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Landscapes/Dreamscapes, Arts Night Out and Print Fair
“View the exhibition Landscapes/Dreamscapes on Northampton’s Arts Night Out. The September Print Fair will feature eight artists showing and selling their original hand-pulled prints: Nancy Haver, Erika Radich, Maggie Nowinski, Margo Temple, Janet Winston, Kate Jenkins, Doris Madsen, Lilian Jackman”
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
“4–7 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Canvas Constructions: Use precise lines to construct your own tape resist painting made up of basic shapes, inspired by László Moholy-Nagy’s K I. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.”
Saturday, September 15th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Close Looks at the Mead
“Stop by the Mead to find new connections among works on view with student museum educators. Each week we’ll focus on different themes, so feel free to keep coming back for more and check our website and Facebook page for weekly themes. Free and open to all!”
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A Community Celebration: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50!
Tons of events! Eric Carle will speak about his work, you can meet Western Mass Pollinator Networks, meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar themself, see a presentation with Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens, see an ASL reading of the book, and then get refreshments! Delightful celebration of a spectacular book!

Books:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Preston Browning Jr. Author Reading
“Preston M. Browning, Jr., a retired English professor, has published three books: Flannery O’Connor: The Coincidence of the Holy and the Demonic in O’Connor’s Fiction, Affection and Estrangement: A Southern Family Memoir, and the most recent, a collection of ten essays entitled Struggling for the Soul of Our Country. He has been writing poetry for decades, with poems appearing in The Friends Journal, Phase & Cycle, The Pikestaff Forum, The Ecozoic Reader, and other journals.” Hear poems from a good poet!
Tuesday, September 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Author Panel: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, & Scott Westerfeld (Moderated by David Levithan)
“Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels The Cruel Prince, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. With Cassandra Clare she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts. Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her The Infernal Devices series has spawned three #1 bestsellers. With Holly Black she is the author of the Magisterium series, a New York Times bestseller. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. She lives in Massachusetts. Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; Horizon; and many other books for young readers. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.” So many great authors together in one place!
Wednesday, September 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Bonifaz, The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump
“Three veteran constitutional attorneys say there’s no way around it: The Constitution demands that Donald Trump must be impeached. And in clear language using compelling logic rooted firmly in the Constitution, they detail why the time to start is now—not in the indefinite future after criminal investigations have ended. In fact, much of Trump’s impeachable conduct lies outside the scope of ongoing federal criminal investigations.” Vote, folks. Vote for the love of heck.
Thursday, September 13th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wayétu Moore, She Would Be King
“Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.” Get a signed book at the event!

Community:

Thursday, September 13th
Northampton Brewery [11 Brewster Ct, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meet and Greet the Western MA Sci-Fi Meetup
“Here’s a chance to get together in a different setting and meet new folks! Please note, I’m posting it in a few different meetup groups, so it won’t be just members of this group for this particular event. Note that even if there is a chance of rain, it should be ok as there is an awning. Easiest place to park is the parking garage (first hour is free plus it’s basically right next door to the Brewery).” Good food, good beer, good folks to talk about sci-fi with!

Entertainment:

Monday, September 10th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo
Nerd Nite! This month we’ll learn what sand has to do with cancer and learn how to be happy together from a divorce attorney! And a big announcement from the excellent host! It’ll be exciting!
Tuesday, September 11th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
From Northampton to the Boundary Waters
“For the third consecutive year, Historic Northampton is teaming up with Paradise City Dragon Boat for a trip on the Connecticut. Betsy Powell, Head Coach of Paradise City Dragon Boat, will begin the outing with a paddling lesson. Once we’re a ways up river, Laurie Sanders, naturalist & Co-Director of Historic Northampton, will explain about the rich human and natural history in this stretch between Elwell Island and the Hatfield boundary. ​Registration required|$25-$35 | Ages 18+” A dragon boat is nothing compared to a boat dragon. They can breathe yachts.
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Rub Wrongways Fifth Musicians in Residence Event
“The members of Rub Wrongways Records, an independent record label from Northampton, are embarking on a musical odyssey in 2018 as the Forbes Library Musicians in Residence. The label’s Jason Mazzotta and Henning Ohlenbusch, two well-known staples of the area’s music scene, will curate a series of performances and workshops.” This is the fifth event! Free and open to all!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum
“Author Brian Glyn Williams will discuss his new book, The Last Warlord: The Life and Legend of Dostum. The book details how, after 9/11, the CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.” Like in that one movie!
Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We’re watching Azumanga Daioh right now. It’s very, very funny. What a good show. What a good dog.

History:

Tuesday, September 11th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Does My Voice Count? Voter Suppression Then and Now
“This slide presentation and discussion follows the work of a handful of students, moved by compassion and the call to action for social justice by going to Mississippi to help register black voters during Christmas vacation in 1965. We will also explore the consequences of the 2013 repeal of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. More than 50 years later, what has changed?” Free and open to the public!
Friday, September 14th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
“Historic Northampton and A.P.E.@Hawley Street join forces for a special collaboration on September 14 & 15 to celebrate the opening of the new Flexible Performance Space at the Arts Trust’s building, 33 Hawley Street. Linking contemporary dance works, site-specific films, music, and visual art with Northampton’s rich history, twelve area artists and their collaborators will offer a range of surprising ecological and cultural perspectives, all with ties to Northampton’s past.” $15 at the door, $12 online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3596843 Event no. 3596843!
Saturday, September 15th
​33 Hawley Street, Northampton, MA 01060 at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Historical Footnotes: Dancing Through Northampton’s History
Same thing as the Friday show!
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: It’s Pumpkin Time
Pumpkin Time! The best time of the year for Pumpkins! “Before the pumpkin spice lattes and muffins of today, people were eating dishes made from Connecticut Field and Long Island Cheese pumpkins. It was a dependable crop and stored well over the colder months providing a reliable source of food. Meet the workhorse of the Colonial kitchen – the pumpkin.” The workhorse of the Colonial field was the horse.
Historic Deerfield [5005, 5005, 80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM
A Clean Sweep: The History and Crafting of Brooms
“Come to the History Workshop and learn all about brooms, and broom making. See our crop of broom corn, sweep with a hand-made broom and make a small, serviceable whisk broom to take with you.” Everyone could use a good whisk broom!

Kids:

Monday, September 10th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Library Building Blocks Club
“Bring your imagination to the library for our exciting Library Building Blocks Club. We will spend about an hour developing masterpieces with lego blocks. The creations will be on display in the Boys’ and Girls’ Library for all to see. This program is open to children ages 3 and up. “
Tuesday, September 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, September 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Story Time
Stories, songs, crafts, and general merriment for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, September 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Raina Telgemeir Fan Club
Grades 4-7 are welcome to come hang out and talk about the extremely excellent work of graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier! She’s so good. Discuss your favorites with fellow fans, and make a craft! Just drop by, no registration necessary!

Movies:

Monday, September 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Movie Screening: 12 Strong
“The film, based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, tells the story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks. The CIA contacted the mysterious Afghan-Mongol warrior to help U.S. Special Forces wage a covert war in the mountains of Afghanistan that ended in a stunning victory. It sheds light on how the desperate Special Forces-Afghan cavalry campaign succeeded against all odds in liberating Afghanistan’s holiest shrine and brought warriors from vastly different cultures together to fight their common Taliban enemy.”
Wednesday, September 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Censored Voices
“Censored Voices is an Israeli film drawn from censored audio tapes made within weeks of soldiers returning from the 1967 Six Day War. The film project was the initiative of Israel’s best known anti-war author and activist Amos Oz to be shown in advance of the current 70th anniversary of the Israeli state and the Palestinian Nakba. These men were appalled at what they were required to in the 1967 war and nearly 50 years later gather to discuss the tapes in a 2015 film made by Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy complete with raw, real military footage. Oz and his friends are seen a half-century later listening to those tapes of their younger selves and discussing how they see the impact of that war on current Israel/Palestine, and the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Free and accessible. The Resistance Film series is co-sponsored by The Resistance Center of Western MA and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars.” Scheduled for June, but it’s here now!
Saturday, September 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Movie: Isle of Dogs
“Find out what happens when a boy goes looking for his dog, in this fun animated sci-fi movie.” Do NOT mix this up with A Boy and His Dog.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Drop in to the Lang Auditorium for a free movie! We provide snacks and drinks. A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory. Rated: G (1 hour 40 minutes) Registration NOT required.” Also, many children are murdered using candy!
Sunday, September 16th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | “Absent”
“For over a century, Mărculeşti was a vibrant Jewish agricultural and mercantile community in Bessarabia (now present-day Moldova). In July 1941, the village was the site of an unimaginable atrocity. Seventy-four years later, few speak honestly about what happened. Absent is a cinematic portrait of the ghost village of Mărculeşti, its current inhabitants, and their complex relationship with history.” COST: Student | $4, Member | $6, General Admission | $8

RPGs:

Thursday, September 13th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPG Club is for fans of RPGs! Meet up with fellow players and chat about playing roles! Maybe try out one of the many RPGs made by Valley Creators!

Science:

Tuesday, September 11th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Green Burial – The Environmentally Friendly Option
Green burial might be the best option if you want to not continue destroying the environment from the great beyond, but we’re going to stay true to the traditions of our family. We’ll hide our Phylactery somewhere no mortal will ever uncover and continue to bedevil the world as a lich until the sun burns out. This presentation will give you some info about green burials in general and options for green burial in Massachusetts!
Thursday, September 13th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Exploring the Highs and Lows – How Rewards and Drugs Interact with Our Brains
Dr. David Moorman will explain how your neurological reward system plays an important role in your daily life, and how adding drugs to the equation can toss some wrenches at this complex system. Always good to learn more about the thing that lets you learn more!

Technology:

Tuesday, September 11th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
“After quick updates on our ongoing projects, we’ll discuss upcoming projects and then get hacking to make a difference in our communities. We’ll be meeting from 6:00 – 8:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. Dinner and drinks are on us!” Free dinner just for making your community better? Lovely!
Wednesday, September 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup: Getting real about forecasting
“Agile Methods Meetup September: Getting real about forecasting… stop lying and start communicating! Let’s talk about forecasting! How are you using your tools? What are the challenges? Be sure to RSVP here so we know how much food to get: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-getting-real-about-forecasting-stop-lying-and-start-communicating” If you get good enough at it eventually you can see the entire history of the universe spread out in front of you like a map. Great for sprint planning!

Teens:

Monday, September 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Arts Program: Sun Prints
“The Teen Arts Program presents Sun Prints! Use light-sensitive paper to make art from nature’s finest shadows. Materials provided. This is a teens only event.” Be sure not to accidentally summon any Shadow Demons.
Wednesday, September 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Creative Writing Group
Drop by the Teen Room to play writing games, work on your writing, and get inspired to write more! Write!
Thursday, September 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Comics Club
“Join Callie for the September meeting of the Comics Club! We’ll discuss, share, and create comics and graphic novels! There will be artists’ supplies, materials to put your own books together, and time to receive and give recommendations! Intended for elementary, tween, and teen readers and artists, this meeting will run from 3:30 to 4:15.” Comics are great! Check out Comics N’ More in Easthampton to get more comics!

Video Games:

Tuesday, September 11th
Prodigy Minigolf & Gameroom [Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton MA] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday Night Smash League – Super Smash Bros Melee
Ah, the best Smash Bros we assume because it’s the one we hear most about! Signup starts at 7pm, matches start at 8pm, double-elimination bracket and it’s $10 to enter. You can win money! Spectators also have to pay $10 so frankly it seems like you should not be a spectator, because why not just play the danged game maybe you’ll find out you’re a natural. Ages 13+! Try beating people exclusively with Yoshi if you want everyone to feel very annoyed.