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April 24th – April 30th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We’re going on vacation! BUT because we’re frankly astounding and dedicated and very pretty and dogs like us, they just know we’re putting together a bunch of pre-made Nerd Watches! They’re distinguishable from the normal ones because they all have this up top and they’re all filled with “from the description:” because we had to do 88 individual events and danged that is just a heck of a thing.

And because Liz Popolo is our only current Platinum Ultra Level Patreon Supporter, we’re gonna link her site here: check it out! It’s great, she’s a great artist and you should give her money!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 25th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Craft Night
Craft, teens! Craft to your heart’s content!
Wednesday, April 26th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
A Conversaton with Artist Vitaly Komar
From the description: “Join Russian-born conceptual artist Vitaly Komar for a conversation with Henry Steele Commager Professor and Professor of Russian Art Stanley Rabinowitz about Amherst’s renowned Thomas P. Whitney, Class of 1937, Collection of Russian Art; Russian art and culture in the United States since the 1970s; and the experience of being a Russian émigré artist. The talk will be followed by a reception at the Mead. All are welcome to attend!”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Needle Felting and Fiber Crafts
From the description: “We’ll start with simple shapes and learn how to join them together. I’ll show how to sculpt faces and embellish figures. Some rough knitting wools like Lopi can be added. You can also embellish wool clothing with needle felting. The library will supply some wool. Additional supplies (foam work base and felting needles may be available for purchase at the library or New England Felting Supply in Easthampton.” make stuff with felt!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
ZIIIIINES! ZINES ZINES ZINES! Zines are the magazines of the future and the past! They’re the magazines of right now! They’ve always been inside you! Your organs are all zines!
Thursday, April 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Friends of the Greenfield Public Library Annual Poetry Contest
We assume this is just a place where you shout your poetry as loud as you can until someone tells you you win.
Saturday, April 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
From the description: “Join students from the Umass Department of Music Education for a “found sounds” activity all about making music with everyday objects and “finding sounds.””

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Weekly Board Game Night
Board games at Modern Myths! It’s always an amazing time with extremely nice people to play with or against and a wide variety of games to try!

Books:

Tuesday, April 25th
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College [Lower Lake Rd South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Amy Goodman/Democracy Now!: The Enemy Is Not The Enemy Tour
From the site: “In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US, broadcasting on over 1,400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at DemocracyNow.org. Now Amy, along with her journalist brother, David, and co-author Denis Moynihan, share stories of the heroes—the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters—who have brought about remarkable change.” Democracy Now’s a cool show. You can listen to it on 91.1 WMUA and 103.3 VFR!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ware’s Boys of Summer: Book Talk with Stephen Katz
Learn about those boys, those delightful boys in Ware! They’re here for summer and the party’s just geting started!
Wednesday, April 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle
From the site: “In one of the finest examples of historical fiction in recent years, Jessica Shattuck gives the reader a more complex understanding of what civilians experience living under an oppressive and cruel regime, as well as the shattered civil society that remains after the war has ended.”
Saturday, April 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Independent Bookstore Day at the Odyssey Bookshop!
From the site: “There will be light refreshments in the morning, a bonus gift with every purchase over $50, and giveaways throughout the day. Win additional prizes by participating in our bookstore scavenger hunt! Winners will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to The Odyssey. Also, don’t forget to stop by our “shelfie” station to take the perfect IBD selfie while posing with your favorite book!” Gifts! Books! Delight! Wonder! What more could a person ask for?

Card Games:

Friday, April 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
From their description: “Your $16 entry fee includes MA sales tax, and purchases 3 Booster packs to draft with and adds 1 pack of the current set to the prize pool. Everyone who completes the event will receive at least 1 prize pack, with extra packs (donated by Modern Myths) and special promotiona” Play MTG, support a great local shop!

Community:

Wednesday, April 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Law Enforcement Panel
From the description: “Panel discussion on community policing with law enforcement officials and activists including Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper; Hampshire County Sheriff Patrick Cahillane; Don Perry, local activist and founder of Project Operation Change; and Laura Briggs, chair of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.”

Computers:

Tuesday, April 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Drop-In Technology Help
Having technology issues? Then get some assistance! It’s never a bad idea to ask for help with annoying tech things? Did you know that people as intelligent and well-read as us have found out a full YEAR later that the reason the TV wasn’t connecting to the computer was that we plugged the HDMI cable into the wrong place? And we’re to clarify we’re NOT just incredibly bad with technology despite how that fact makes us seem.
Saturday, April 29th
Holyoke Community College [303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke, MA] at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PodCamp 2017
Tickets are just $15 for students, $40 plus $3.19 fee for the rest of us. The after party is free but requires a free ticket. From the website: What is Podcamp? PodCamp is an un-conference about social media and online marketing, where we can all share and learn in an open environment. Anyone with something to contribute and a desire to learn is welcome to join. PodCamp isn’t just about podcasting! If you’re interested in blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net or just someone curious about new media, then please join us. Go to the Podcamp site to register! http://www.podcampwm.org/

Kids:

Thursday, April 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club! Build things and play with them around other kids! Ages 5 and up!

Movies:

Friday, April 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Coraline
Coraline is a really scary movie! Discuss the book that it was based on and the movie itself! It’s a really good film!

RPGs:

Thursday, April 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
New players welcome! Old players welcome! Harpsichord players welcome! Speaking of: play a Bard, everyone! They’re always the most fun.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play RPGs with some people! They’re going to be great and so are you!

April 3rd – April 9th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello friends! Hope you’re having a lovely start of spring.

Remember to come out to Nerd Nite NoHo next Monday! It’s going to be a very nice time where two excellent people will present about two excellent topics. We’ll have nature guide Kery Emma Ellis discussing the scourge of “Greenwashing” by people attempting to pretend their products and services are “good for nature” despite being “basically just lying and using green and teal on the packaging a lot”! That’s going to be followed up with Greg Dennis, Research Director for Voter Choice Massachusetts, talking about ranked choice voting!

We’d also like to specifically point out the 2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest! Zines are fun and neat and there are a ton of folks who are going to be there with really cool artwork so you should go see them and say “Wow, nice job! Here is the amount of money you’ve indicated this zine or other piece of artwork costs!”

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:45
Slate Press Poetry Reading
Anna M. Warrock and Cindy Snow will present readings from their new works! Anna M. Warrock has had a poem installed permanently in the Boston subway which means she’s going to probably eventually inspire some kind of post-apocalyptic cult eventually. Cindy Snow has been featured in a bunch of poetry reviews and she does peer tutoring at Greenfield Community College. Both of them have chapbooks out for your reading pleasure!
Wednesday, April 5th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Kota Ezawa: Gardner Museum Revisited
Converse with artist Kota Ezawa as he discusses his installation! It’s currently on display and by chatting with the artist you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the art presented!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The 13th Annual Palmer Public Library Poetry Pageant
The theme this year is friendship! Donate $25 to the library and bring a poem about friendship to share! Listen to your friends talk about friends!
Thursday, April 6th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus: Poetry Night and Art Exhibition
Drop into the museum for an open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exchange in the museum! Open mic begins at 6pm and the featured readers follow: Jenna Baillargeon is a second year at Hampshire, and is the featured Open Mic reader, and students of The Literacy Project will be reading original memoirs and poems afterward, accompanied by Judith Willams on the keyboard.
Saturday, April 8th
Flywheel Arts Collective [43 Main St., Easthampton, MA 01027]
2017 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest
Zines! Zines for miles! Join zine creators and fans from around New England! It’s a great chance to see amazing artwork and give the people who produce it a few bucks! Zines are keen!

Board Games:

Wednesday, April 5th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Brass Cat Wednesday Game Night
Games! Beautiful board games! Have a great time playing games and enjoying a friendly community! Have a drink at a nice bar and hang out with people who are nice also. This wee, Forbidden Island and Innovation are the featured games!
Saturday, April 8th
Off The Wall Game Shop [41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Malifaux Tournament
See http://www.the131.com/forum for details! This tournament will test your ability to command the forces of weird grossness in the game Malifaux, which is distinct from other tabletop games in a manner we are not qualified to comment upon. Mostly we notice that there are a lot of Frankenstein monster looking things.
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! At a table! With tops! Play with tops, is what we’re saying. Play with the bet game of all: tabletops. The game of kings! Beyblade we just realized our joke game is also Beyblade. But for actual this meetup usually goes for Euro-games like Settlers/Carcassone etc, but they’re open to whatever you’re interested in!

Books:

Wednesday, April 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ellen Meeropol, Kinship of Clover
How do you stay true to the folks you care about while trying to change the world? That’s what botany major Jeremy has to struggle with when he gets wrapped up with a group of eco-terrorists trying to save the plants he loves, and is inextricably bound to.
Friday, April 7th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
John Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire with Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear
The Odyssey Bookshop is hosting a big ol’ sci-fi hootenanny! John Scalzi will talk about his latest book, and he’ll be joined by fellow wonderful authors Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear! The book’s about a far future where humanity finds a sort of hyperspace river that allows FTL travel, but then finds that it’s slowly moving around and soon the quick travel that maintains an interstellar empire will no longer be where it needs to be! It sounds neat!
Saturday, April 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
YA Panel Featuring Kim Savage, Kady Cross, and Eva Darrows
Three excellent YA authors on a panel talking about their three recent books that are all about tragic circumstances and young women dealing with difficult issues.
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lindy West, Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman
Lindy West will speak and read from her memoir! Hilarious tales of how to handle just generally the unfortunate bits of being alive. Lindy West is a prolific writer and generally regarded as “wicked good at writing and also wicked funny”.

Community:

Thursday, April 6th
Sacred Heart Church [395 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
End Mass Incarceration in Massachusetts
Pioneer Valley Project invites you to join them in the fight to end mass incarceration in Massachusetts! If you’re into the idea of repealing mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses, changing some felony thresholds, increasing funding for re-entry programs and education during incarceration then you should help them fight for these reforms!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 4th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of coders and web developers that heads to the Foundry and hangs out and just generally chats and has a good time. You can join them to have a nice time as well!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 3rd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Staged Reading of Getting Out
A staged read by the Holyoke Community College theater department of the play Getting Out, a play by the Pulitzer-winning author of ‘Night Mother. The play is the story of Arlene, a woman struggling to survive on the outside after being incarcerated for eight years in a Kentucky Prison.
Tuesday, April 4th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Wonderful World of Model Railroading
Have you ever wanted to make a tiny world that’s entirely comprised of people frozen in time save for the trains? Are the trains the masters of this world, or do they merely exist in some other state of being? Well two railroad enthusiasts, George Reneris and Harry Ruddock, will help answer questions about how you can put together a sweet model railroad!
Wednesday, April 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Clutter Control 101
Figure out how to get your stuff to stop being a gigantic terrible pile of nonsense that you don’t need or want! Dave Downs will offer some upbeat tips for getting all your various junk into a place where it can no loner bother you!
Friday, April 7th
UMass Center at Springfield [1500 Main St., Springfield, MA 01115] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Less Medicine, More Health
Dr. Gilbery Welch, author of “Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care” will present in a free public forum! He’s a general internist with an interest in the issues created by overzealous efforts to detect early disease, mostly over-screening for cancer. It’s worth taking a look, maybe you’ll be less inclined to freak out over your own health!
Saturday, April 8th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Building as Resistance: The Northampton Association at 175 years.
Commemorate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Northampton Association of Education and Industry! First you’ll get a walking tour of the Northampton Association Lands, and then you’ll see two lectures and a panel, about Abolition and Community in Northampton in the 1840s and construction of the progressive industrial village of Florence. And finally, a panel about the meaning of the Northampton Association Experiment!

History:

Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Free Community Day
This is a huge day! There’s a bunch to learn about ancient Rome! Inspired by the exhibition of the Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii that’s currently ongoing at the museum, there are a ton of things going on! Make your own fresco! Tour with a docent! Watch seventh-graders perform skits about ancient Rome! Stroll through a recreated Roman Garden!

Kids:

Monday, April 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Saturday, April 8th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Explore Music and Sound! Presented by UMass Music Educators
Students ages 9-12 are invited to try instruments and see demos performed by students from the UMass School of Education. Thinking about learning to play? Give it a shot today!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Finding Babel
Finding Babel chronicles a grandson’s search for the legacy of the greatest prose writer of the Russian Jewish community, and whose subversive work led t his tragic end. Isaac Babel is best known for his short story collections Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, he challenged the ideology of the early Soviet Union and that challenging writing resulted in his execution in 1940 by the Soviet Regime. This movie tracks his grandson’s journeys through Ukraine, France, and Russian to confront the relevance of his ancestor’s work.
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!

RPGs:

Sunday, April 9th
Camp Timber Trails [1266 East Otis Road, Tolland, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP Spring Game #1
Magestry is looking for anyone interested in being an orc, a monster, a brigand, a barbarian, a general-purpose rough customer! They need a lot of NPCs to take care of an increasing number of PCs! You can play for free and even get food! You don’t even need to stay the whole weekend, a couple of hours would be a big help! Find out more by contacting NPC@Magestry.com or checking out the meetup at https://www.meetup.com/larping/events/238838016/

March 27th – April 2nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


So despite the fact that we repeatedly forget to mention it because we’re not on Facebook all THAT often we’re huge fans of Brass Cat Game Night! The Brass Cat is a nice as heck bar, particularly when it’s got that patio area open in the summer, and more importantly Justin Dowd puts on a very friendly game night.

Justin knows the rules, he’s an extra player if you need one, and he’s really good at figuring out a good selection of games so people all get a chance to have a good time. Plus all the folks who attend are quite friendly. It’s really delightful! Have you been? Fill out this survey! Have you never been? Still fill out the survey, to provide useful data about how to make it the best event it can be!

Also! If you notice that a local business or event either has a website that’s no longer functional or notice that they’re not popping up on Google or only post on FB whatnot, let us know! We’re trying to get a list together of people we miss because like they’ve only got a Facebook page or the site has changed. But more eyes on the problem is always a big help!

Oh also since there’s a bunch of prison policy related stuff in this issue, why not take the opportunity to donate to the Prison Policy Initiative?

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, March 27th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Drop In Sit and Knit Group
Sit! Knit! Hang out with people who like to knit. Ask them for advice, chat with them, generally get along with other human beings in a pleasant environment and at the end of it have a little bit of progress in a creative project. Dang, we gotta knit more.
Tuesday, March 28th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Short Story Series
Dramatic readings by professional actors bring short stories to life! Linda Tardif will be reading “Sorry Fugu” by T.C. Boyle, and Troy David Mercier will be reading “Taste” by Roald Dahl! It’s like an audiobook but free and you can thank it afterward.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
The Mead’s Feejee Mermaid: An Interdisciplinary Re-Appraisal
See the Mead’s strange example of some faux-mythical weirdness! Then, assistant museum educator Keely Sarr will reconstruct for you the cultural context of what the heck made people decide to stick together a fish and a monkey for some danged reason in a post-colonial lens. All are welcome!
Friday, March 31st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reception for Whitney C. Robbins “Akin II”
Beautiful artwork displaying the bond between humankind and other animals, reminding us that it’s a good idea to generally be decent to living things. Also, it’s real pretty! This is a reception so usually that means some cheese and tea or something, if you’re lucky!
Saturday, April 1st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Community Day: Fool Mead Once
Animation! Cartooning! Make some artwork, attend some talks. All activites inspired by Kota Ezawa’s animated films and the lightboxes on display on in the museum! Stretch your cartooning muscles! Have fun!
Sunday, April 2nd
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Final Flourish, the Rhetoric of the Hat – by Margaret Bruzelius
What do hats mean? Why are hats worn? How do they indicate what a person is societally and mentally and why? Beginning with 30’s screwball comedies, Margaret Bruzelius will discuss the patterns and the meanings of hats in film! It sounds like a top hat of a presentation alright that one fell apart the same moment we said it wait hats off to Margaret for a wonderful presentation!
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Talk – “The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America’s Jewish Vacationland” with Marisa Scheinfeld
The Catskills, famously popular for a long time with Jewish vacationers, used to be home to hundreds of hotels, bungalows, and clubs where top performers played for huge crods. Many of them have spent the years since their heyday slowly decaying. Marisa Scheinfeld documented the fate of these onetime vacation paradises, and will talk about the experience and sign her book after the talk!

At:

Friday, March 31st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Morgan Library Bus Trip
A big day for Dickinson fans! A big bus trip to visit the Morgan Library in NYC to see “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson” Ride in a nice coach with fellow Dickinson-heads, screen a biography of the poet, and eat some gingerbread from her own recipe! It’s a long day, but it sounds delightful. Seats are limited so head to the site and buy a ticket soon! https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/morganbus

Books:

Tuesday, March 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harriet Scott Chessman, The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas
A companion novel to Chessman’s other acclaimed work Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, it’s a lyrical work about what art can reveal. It presents a nuanced picture of what familial, racial, and financial forces might have influenced Edgar Degas’s work presented through the lens of his cousin Tell finding a lost sketchbook of his work.
Thursday, March 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Mindy Fried, Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir
Fried provides a moving account of caring for her ninety-seven year-old father Manny. Manny was an actor, a writer, a labor organizer, and survived political persecution in the McCarthy Era. The memoir chronicles her and her sister dealing with issues that, if we’re lucky, we’ll all face caring for our elderly loved ones. It seems like it has some worthwhile lessons to impart and also just that Red’s neatand it’s probably fun to read about him.
Saturday, April 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Q.M. Zhang, Accomplice to Memory
Local author Q.M. Zhang discovers secrets surrounding her father’s exodus from China during the decades of civil and world war leading up to the revolution of 1949. She weaves togther history, nonfiction, memoir, and novel to explore an immigrant parent and the difficulty the second generation has understanding the first.

Community:

Monday, March 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Animal Friend Loss Support Group
If you’ve lost an animal you loved, this is a place to talk about it! We definitely remember our poor little hearts breaking when our childhood doggie died, and we think it’s probably a good idea to talk to people when you’re feeling that low down.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Collateral Consequences
Panel conversation with four Massachusetts residents who’ve had personal experience with incarceration. They will give you a human perspective of the effects of being impacted by the carceral state.
Tuesday, March 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
In this final discussion you’ll learn about the connections between diabetes and exercise! Get yourself ready to be as healthy as you can be!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Diabetes: Our Journey to Improve Our Health
Learn more about diabetes, a disease that’s worth knowing about! This last meetup is about how important it is to exercise if you want to deal with diabetses effectively.
Wednesday, March 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Real Madness: Warehousing People with Mental Illness in Prisons – Presented by Robert Fleischner
Find out more about the horrificly torturous system of American prisons! We incarcerate more people that any other nation, and it’s not because we’re good at it! Robert Fleischner will discuss why so many people with mental illness wind up in prison instead of being helped, and what we can do about it.
Saturday, April 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Health Care Committee
Find out how to combat the latest terrifying thing to happen to healthcare! Band together with fellow citizens to ensure that Massachusetts remains a pretty decent place to be sick in.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, March 29th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Kerry Boys: Irish Music Performance
Connecticut’s finest Irish Balladeers! Vocal harmony, instrumental vibrancy, danged good fun in the classic Celtic spirit.
Thursday, March 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! It doesn’t have to be good, even! Sometimes it’s fun just to watch a cartoon that’s exciting and a bit silly. It’s also possible to watch good anime but we’re just saying, don’t feel like that’s a requirement. Probably talk to other folks at this event about what everyone’s feeling into this particular night!
Saturday, April 1st
Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Staceyann Chin: Keynote Speaker, The 2017 Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference
The keynote is open to the public, free for all MHC students, faculty, and staff, and $5 for Five-College and non-conference attendees! Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist, resident of NYC, and a Jamaican National. She’s been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. For more information about the conference check out https://www.mtholyoke.edu/diversity/women-color-trailblazers-leadership-conference
Kittredge Center at Holyoke Community College at 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PodCamp 2017
PodCamp! It’s an event for well… for basically people like us? Hang out with the sort of people who want to talk about things and know that others are hearing them or write about things and know that others are reading them! It’s like $40 is the thing, but it does seem cool. Podcasts in particular will have a lot to learn, but they welcome all those of us who do things online and try to get people to pay attention! Find out more here: http://www.podcampwm.org/about/

Kids:

Monday, March 27th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Mucho Gusto Spanish Free Sample Classes
A free bilingual Spanish/English story hour with Laurie Davidson of Mucho Gusto Spanish! It’s for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers!
Thursday, March 30th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club! Build things and play with them around other kids! Ages 5 and up!

Movies:

Monday, March 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pathway to Change: The Jail Labyrinth Project
Watch a documentary filmed at the Hampshire County Jail, about the Labyrinth program started by Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemaire. The film shows the development of their curriculum, as well as the construction and dedication of the labyrinth!
Wednesday, March 29th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion
This week: El Topo! Watch the film at home, then come to this meetup to discus it! It’s written by, directed by, and stars Alejandro Jodorowsky so you know it’s very odd and compelling. Give it a watch, then discuss with smart people!
Friday, March 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tuck Everlasting
Watch the film of the book you probably read around 8th grade maybe by Natalie Babbitt! It’s probably not the world’s best film but the underlying premise and themes are useful to think about plus it’s free so hey who’s complaining.

RPGs:

Thursday, March 30th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play an RPG! Play Noirlandia, it lets you be a detective in a weird wonderland with rules you create yourself, plus you get to make an Evidence Board!

Science:

Monday, March 27th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: A Quantum Mechanic’s Approach to Next-Generation Electronics
What’s magnetism? How do we make useful quantum devices? How can you harness the power of the QUANTUM with a pencil and scotch tape? How are computers created? All these questions and more will be answered by Joseph Checkelsky, an assistant professor of physics at MIT!

February 20th – February 26th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Oh jeez we forgot we had our two-year anniversary! Whoops!

Happy two years to the Nerd Watch! We hope that you got something out of it, we’ve been having fun <3. We've written about 150 posts, totaling something like 200,000 words! That's a lot of words, and the best part is that every last one of them is perfect.

On to other matters!

First off: we've been playing Valley Creator Rob Daviau's Seafall recently and dang if that's not a neat game. It's a bit of a bear to read the rulebook at first because there's a lot of if/then/else stuff to do that we had a bit of trouble keeping in our heads but darn it is a fun time once you get going. You sail around in little boats, you give people nicknames, you explore islands, you make friends and enemies, it's a great time and like all Legacy games you'll play it more often than literally any other game you own.

Also we just finished playing like a LOT of Subnautica after purchasing the Humble Freedom Bundle and it is extremely good! The ocean is dark, and the ocean is terrifying, and nothing good lives in the ocean BUT also it is compelling to explore and we love it.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, February 21st
Herter Hall 231, UMass Amherst at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dread Scott: On the Impossilibity of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide
Artist Dread Scott will give a public lecture in the company of Associate Professor of History Barbara Krauthamer about his work. he’s an acclaimed American artist wose work has gotten a bunch of attention and addresses a lot of important topics like police brutality and the legacy of slavery and racism in the US. It sounds like an opportunity to educate yourself about some difficult topics.
Friday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
BYO Fiber Arts & Crafts Group
For kids and their grownups, make some crafts! Knit, crochet, sew, malinger, spin, unravel, felt, and of course
Saturday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Florence at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Goodwin Photographic Collection by Steve Strimer
Steve Strimer will present a selection from the Goodwin Photographic Collection of over 300 glass-plate negatives taken by J.W. Bird and Ferdinand Schadee. See the growth of Florence in the not-too-distant past!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Young Adult Tween/Teen Craft – Block Printing (Ages 11 – 17)
Whether you rankle at being called a teen or seethe quietly at being called a tween, this is the event for you if you want to do some printing. Printing is a lot of fun and generally it’s not tough to make something that looks really cool so we recommend you take a look.

Books:

Tuesday, February 21st
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 Jane at the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 22nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Words in Transit Panel with John Voci
Contributors to the book Words in Transit, a collection of first-person narratives by immigrants to western New England, will present their stories during a panel discussion facilitated by John Voci, the NEPR director of programming and a producer for the Words in Transit project. Learn about your neighbors! They’re nice folks.
Thursday, February 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Discussion and Dinner
Go to [place] and eat [food] while discussing a very funny book! Get more context https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/237092179/ here as it develops. Hitchhiker’s a nice book that we like a lot, one of the first chapter-books our parents read to us. How did we find any humor in jokes about aspects of adult life for which we had no context? Simple, we were small and not very smart yet so we pretty much just laughed whenever our dad laughed.

Comic Books:

Monday, February 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A great place to discuss topics regarding representation of LGBTQIA+ folks in games and comics! It’s a good discussion with a lot of nice people and you’ll probably have fun. Admission is by day pass, $5 that immediately becomes store credit!

Community:

Tuesday, February 21st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Animal Communication 101
Learn how to speak to dogs, we can only assume. Why is this not a bigger deal? We had no idea all it took was a two-hour course! But for real learn how to interpret and connect with your animal pals!

Computers:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Google Apps and Gmail Workshop: The Ins and Outs of Your Account
Have you just started using a bunch of Google Apps? Want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your various Google-branded things? Learn how to collaboate, make contact lists, organize yourself, share your calendar, and much more!

Entertainment:

Thursday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
New Director Welcome Tea
Join the friends of the Forbes Library for an event that serves refereshments! Yay! Also, you’ll get to meet the newly appointed Library Director Lisa Downing!
Friday, February 24th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Layaali Arabic Music Duo
Tickets are $10, $6 for students and seniors, to this night of delightful music and entertainment with Mohammed Mejaour and Michel Moushabeck! Arrive early to shop at a 20% discount!
Saturday, February 25th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Teen Iron Chef
Ever wanted to try your hand at unseating the Iron Chefs? This is your moment to shine, aspirational teen chef! The main food is going to be chocolate. You’re going to get 8 ingredients, 4 of which will be odd. You need to use at least one of the weird ones and 3 overall to make the best tasting dish! The winner gets a little prize!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nintendo Video Game Night
Check out the meetup group https://www.meetup.com/thepvg/ to sign up and get further details if this sounds interesting! Play some classic Nintendo games as you salivate in anticipation of the Switch!

History:

Sunday, February 26th
Deerfield Community Center [80 Old Main St, Deerfield, MA 01342] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Renounce the Baneful Herb: Colonial Boycotts and the Invention of Liberty Tea
Learn about early American boycotts of British trade goods and how they created a common American identity in a country that was still super super British. Always a good plan to know your history, keeps you from being caught flat-footed if the Doctor ever needs your help.

Kids:

Monday, February 20th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Storytime: Hazel Mitchell
Author/Illustrator Hazel Mitchell will read her new book Toby, a sotry about the bond between a child and an adorable dog!
Tuesday, February 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Read a story, make a craft! You know the drill, folks.
Thursday, February 23rd
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Special Storytime: Josh Funk and Anna Staniszewski
Storytime about dinosaurs! Josh Funk will read Pirasaurs, a tale of dinos gon rogue, and Anna Staniszewski will give a sneak peak of her new book Dogosaurus Rex!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Build LEGO! It’s the building toy that hurts more than you can possibly imagine when you step on it only you don’t need to imagine because you’ve definitely stepped on it we all have.
Friday, February 24th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Special Storytime: Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
This mother-daughter team will teach kids manners via pirates! We should teach more things via pirates, it’s a solid didactic methodology.
Saturday, February 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Morning Kids, Learn Magic Tricks!
Learn some cool magic tricks to keep you feeling cool while the weather’s cool! … cool.
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Northampton CommunityMusic Center Family Concert Series: Jason Didner & Jungle Gym Jam
Jungle Gym Jam will delight and entertain your kid while secretly also teaching them to be a bit nicer to folks.

Movies:

Wednesday, February 22nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We Need to Talk About Injustice
From the description “In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system”, educate yourself!
Friday, February 24th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Tale of Desperaux
Have some snacks as you watch the a delightful children’s film in the Community Room!

Science:

Thursday, February 23rd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: A Day in the Life, Stories from Your Neighborhood Biologists
This one got hit by the SNOWPOCALYPSE and moved to a new date! Still has the same great biologist content though!

February 6th – February 12th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Hello all! A bit short on the top-matter and late tonight on account of a busy weekend!

We can continue to say that Pandemic Legacy is a very very good game that is a lot of fun to play, and we recommend you take a look at it!

Oh, also next Monday you should check out Nerd Nite NoHo at the World War 2 Club at 7:00pm! We’ll be donating money to charity and that’s always nice. Plus, just the event itself is a very good and fun event that people mostly tell us is great though we admit that may be somewhat related to our helping to run it but you know what we’ll take what we can get.

Have a great week, and be sure to let us know if we missed anything fun!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, February 10th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Romancing Northampton
New York City artist Emily Stedman has created a series of watercolor paintings based on archival photos from Historic Northampton’s collection. See them and also eat cheese and crackers like a fancy person at this reception!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Love museums? Don’t have money? See the best local museum! And give them $5 anyway if you do have money, because really it’s a great museum.

Board Games:

Saturday, February 11th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Tabletop Gaming Day
Game! Game with folks who are nice! Play whatever you like! They like Euro-style boardgames mostly but they’re open to whatever you feel like bringing too. Have a great time!

Books:

Wednesday, February 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Brunonia Barry, The Fifth Petal
From the description: “Do you think, inside, every one of us is a killer?” This is the question that haunts the people of Salem, Massachusetts, in THE FIFTH PETAL, a tale of otherworldly powers, ancient myths, and a gruesome triple homicide” But what separates this from just everyday life in contemporary Salem, MA?
Saturday, February 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
From the description: “PACHINKO is a tour de force following one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame and ruin them. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.” sounds interesting!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Experience the Book Event – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Reserve a space at the Children’s Room desk to experience the book! Wear a costume and experience scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! Someone’s going to dress as a Dementor and scare you we’re like 90% certain! It will also feature quizzes, treats, fun, and also games!

Card Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Aether Revolt Game Day
A Standard Constructed tournament showcasing decks that include new cards from the most recent Magic set! Compete for the chance to win an exclusive playmat and full-art alternate-art cards! Entry fee is $10 plus tax, all attendees will receive prize packs based on match wins. Ages 13+, intermediate-level!

Community:

Friday, February 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Make a difference in local politics! From the description: “Come hear our area legislators give a summary of 2016 accomplishments and their outlook for the coming year. Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot, John Scibak and Stephen Kulik will brief us on critical matters affecting the State’s future. This is your chance to hear directly from those shaping public policies, and to be a part of a Question and Answer session following the presentations.”

Computers:

Monday, February 6th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
One-on-one Tech Tutoring
Learn about techology with a helpful person at the Holyoke Public Library!
Tuesday, February 7th
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talkl to some very friendly people about web development and related computer tasks! It’s a calm gathering after what can be an annoying workday!
Wednesday, February 8th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Learn about Agile! Share your stories about Agile! Learn to be more Agile! Equip gear that requires a high Agility and dodge attacks from your enemies! The topic tonight is estimation!

Entertainment:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chocolate Tasting: From Bean to Bar to Palate
Cookbook author and former editor of Bon Apetit Dede Wilson will take you on a tour… a chocolate tour! We hope it goes better than that tour of the Wonka factory we went on, only two survivors of that one. Eat light before the event because you’re gonna taste a lot of fancy chocolates and you want a clean palate!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Henning Ohlenbusch Album Release Concert
A very good musician will play excellent and widely varying music from both his new album and his old favorites! It’s a great chance to see a wonderful show up close before someone discovers this incredible musician and he’s singing to stadiums!
Saturday, February 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
Who? Hahaha we love that joke but for real watch some good episodes and chat with friendly folks.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Chiara String Quartet Presents “Mole Music” Live!
Mole music. So. We’ve not had a lot of experience with the music of Our Friends Below, but we feel like it’s probably very dissimilar from human music. If you do go, be a respectful patron and do not heckle the moles because this is their music and it is not your place!

History:

Sunday, February 12th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Film: The Venice Ghetto, 500 Years of Life”
See the storied history of the 500 year-old Jewish ghetto in Venice through the eyes of a New York teenager who goes to visit with his family.

Kids:

Tuesday, February 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids’ Craft Club
Make some crafts with other kids and be proud of your capacity to create!
Wednesday, February 8th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
The Youngbloods Adventure Guild
An after-school adventuring club! Aimed at players 8-12 it takes place once per month and features adventures custom-designed for the players. The first month will be a select group of 5 kids, with a $50 registration fee for the month, which includes free play on the day and rewards for the players! Contact Modern Myths for more information!
Thursday, February 9th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Build LEGO with other kids! It’s the neatest toy that everyone likes a bunch.
Friday, February 10th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Make-Your-Own-Valentine Craft
Kids ages 4-12 can make a card that says a nice thing to someone else! Is there a reason we stop doing these at 12? This would work as like a weekly activity.
Saturday, February 11th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Morning Kids, Make Valentines
Make kids’ book themed Valentines!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections, K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The first round starts promptly at 10am, and there’s a four-round Swiss System. Trophies to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each section. Free entry! But please bring a chess set and chess clock if you can and a bagged lunch!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday Playground & Parent Workshop “Why Does My Child Behave This Way?”
Learn about how to deal with behaviors from your little kiddo that are difficult! It’s something a lot of people have had to deal with, and so there’s some good advice about what to do.

Movies:

Wednesday, February 8th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film Screening: White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America
Watch “White Like Me”, a film by anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise that explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. Wise looks back on the institutional structures that maintain the racial inequality that we deal with every day.

Science:

Thursday, February 9th
Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
OEB Science Cafe: A Day in the Life, Stories from Your Neighborhood Biologists
What does it mean to be a biologist? How do they spend their time? Where do they roost? What defenses do their hordes have and what level of loot can you find there? Learn all this and more from several biologists and their stories from the lab and field!

December 19th – December 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Have an extremely good holiday season this year! Bring good cheer to other folks, it’s a good time to make sure that other people are doing okay and that they have what they need. Lots of gift-giving holiday times does sometimes mean a bunch of stress, though! Take care of yourselves.

This is a great time to become a sustaining monthly donor of a great charitable organization like the Food Bank of Western Mass! You can also donate in the name of your friends or family as a way of avoiding having to figure out what the heck to get them. Well, and as a way to do good in the world. But like, with the side benefit of making shopping for gifts during the Gifting Season less stressful.

Anyway, Happy Holidays!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Friday, December 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Cookie Decorating
Open to all ages! They’re going to provide the frosting and the sprinkles and the cookies, you bring the ability to assemble those items into little adorably decorated cookies! It’ll be a top-notch time.

Board Games:

Tuesday, December 20th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Palmer Library Game Night
Play board games at a Game Night! We’ve been playing a bunch of Pandemic: Legacy, you should take a chance to try out Pandemic: Not Legacy and see if that seems like a fun time. It’s a super nice game that works well, and even better in Legacy form!

Card Games:

Friday, December 23rd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic: Booster Draft
Draft cards, play magic, win prizes! A $16 entry fee includes tax, and gets you 3 booster packs to draft with, and adds a pack to the prize pool! Everyone gets at least 1 prize pack, and extra packs and foil cards will be awarded for exceptional play!

Comic Books:

Monday, December 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Queers in Comics and Games
A discussion group for excellent folks led by the inimitable manager of Modern Myths! It’s a great place to discuss comics and games, get recommendations, and meet friendly folks in a very nice store full of games and comics!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, December 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Youth Holiday Bingo
Bingo! That’s what you say when you’re playing the game Bingo, a sort of live gambling game which we have to say seems like a lot of fun. It’s kind of just an attention-game, like multiple people can win at the same time but you need to be on point to shout out the keyword (bingo) first!
Thursday, December 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime! The sport of kings. We’ve heard a ton of good things about the anime Fullmetal Alchemist! The recent Brotherhood re-make of it is a lot shorter and well-regarded we think. The little kid in the suit of armor is so neat is mostly what we gathered from the series!

Movies:

Monday, December 19th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Monday and a Movie for Teens: Great Unsung Women of Computing
A special screening of the movie Great Unsung Women of Computing! Learn about the mothers of computation, the people responsible in a direct manner for the very device upon which you read these words! There’s also popcorn and a discussion after the film!
Wednesday, December 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Film Screening: Scrooged
Bill Murray in a classic tale of the fantastic: an extremely wealthy man coming to the understanding that other humans are worthwhile persons and not objects! Also it’s a retelling of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, it’s really funny and good!

RPGs:

Wednesday, December 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
RPG Encounters: Star Wars
Did you like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, About the Movie Star Wars Which You Watched and Enjoyed? Then play an RPG set in the universe! Did you not like Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale About the People in Star Wars? Well, you probably have strong opinions which you can express by playing an RPG set in the Stars Wars universe!
Thursday, December 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Step inside another life! RPGs are fun time games for folks who like to play pretend around a table. You can basically play whatever, though Fake Medieval Place Role-playing is pretty much the most common.

December 12th – December 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Doctor Strange was not great! It was okay, it was really pretty, but it was also not very good as a story about a magical person. We love Doctor Strange in general, he’s a fun comic character because of how perpendicular to the rest of the Marvel world he is. He’s a person who could be hanging out with Literal Dracula or something on any given day, and he’s a bit aloof and old and odd, and that’s interesting in a superheroic universe.

In the movie he’s stuck as Origin Story Stephen Strange for the vast majority of the run-time, which means he’s a bargain-basement Doctor House. Then he learns to punch people, and that’s just not interesting. He’s a magician! He learns knife-magic and whip-magic and hitting. That’s so bland! Blech. The tail end of the movie does a clever thing that we liked, but the total number of “spells” in the film numbers about one and a half. For the majority of the film you could tell people it was a movie about the tech-folk in Mass Effect projecting hard-light holograms and it’d be almost the same. Beyond the trippy scenery, of course.

And we liked the trippy scenery! In some bits it was done spectacularly well. It just so happened to generally be an accompaniment to a danged foot chase. Which is just… not very neat.

Also the “sling ring” concept was a really transparent way to both have teleporting and have “oh no, we can’t get from A to B in time!” and it was silly as heck. It’s odd that it’s presented as being like a sorcerer’s cell phone. Like the infinite worlds of magic open up to you and oh also be sure to carry this ridiculous double-ring or you’ll never be able to travel quickly from one place to another.

Bah, disappointment abounded. Which is funny because had the movie come out a decade ago we would have been speechlessly overjoyed.

In other news, have you checked out the Escape Room at Eastworks yet? It’s really cool and fun, we highly recommend it!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, December 14th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Make Your Own Copper Bookmark
Local creator Heather Beck will be in attendance to teach you how to make a neat copper bookmark! It’s a little copper sheet that you can emboss with anything you like! Maybe a favorite quote from a book?
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Make Your Own Harry Potter Ornaments
Make a few ornaments related to the biggest book series probably ever to exist still. We’re pretty sure you’re not REQUIRED to stick to the theme, though. You could also make a few ornaments based on The Casual Vacancy or the Cormoran Strike series.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
NaNoWriMo Reading
Hear what NaNoWriMo participants wrote during the month-long challenge!
Thursday, December 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator: Forbes Library Art Collection with Faith Kaufmann
Join the library’s Art and Music librarian on a guided tour of the permanent art on display in the library! Also, eat cookies! Literally perfect.
Friday, December 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Submissions and Revisions
Submitting things to magazines and editors can be lonely and terrifying. Do it with friends nearby to lighten the load! There’s material available to help you, and you can shout “sent!” to receive a round of applause! When you’ve sent something, to clarify. If you just shout “sent!” over and over you’re going to get diminishing returns followed by some real negativity.
Saturday, December 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Mando Paradiso Concert
Mandolins are often called the guitar of kings, see the Mandolin group Mando Paradiso perform in the Coolidge Museum and confirm the eternal saying: who can strum a mandolin effectively, can make people say “dang, that’s good music that we like”.

Board Games:

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! Compete in the game commonly called the Dance of Dragons!

Books:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Local Author David Austin reads from his new book Therese’s Dream – Maine to Darfur: A Doctor’s Story
Dr. Austin will read from his book detailing his time working with Doctors Without Borders, and helps to illustrate the common humanity of people around the world.
Sunday, December 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Celebrating the Jewish Experience in Children’s Books
An afternoon celebrating the best Jewish books for children! Meredith Lewis, Director of Content and Engagement at the PJ Library, will moderate a panel discussion. The discussion will feature five winners of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Sydney Taylor Book Award! There will be a signing afterward!

Community:

Saturday, December 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
FAFSA Q&A
College is costly! Reduce that cost if at all possible! It’ll follow you to death and beyond. The Reaper will stand before you, demanding you finish paying your loans before you can pass beyond the veil. That’s right: college loans are where ghosts come from. Make them as small as you can by attending this helpful course!

Computers:

Tuesday, December 13th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Monthly Full Stack Meetup: Building Shell Tools with node.js
Learn how to do interesting things with JavaScript in this hour-long presentation! You’ll come out of it no smarter than when you went in, but filled to the brim with ideas about the ends to which you may turn Node.js!
Wednesday, December 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you an Agile developer? Do you move quickly and efficiently through your various development tasks? Or are you interested in learning to dodge those development pitfalls? This is the perfect place to come to learn, or to share your knowledge! Pizza will be served!
Thursday, December 15th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
December 2016 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
Due in part to a conflict later in the day, this one is going to be a bit different! It’ll start early and involve a “work together” session for an hour or two, where people can answer questions for each other. If there are no questions, they’re going to dive into the agenda topic: Desktop environment comparison!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about current projects, problems you have and solutions ot them, and customizing WordPress plugins and styles. There are only 20 seats, so RSVP here  soon to ensure you get a seat! It’s a great chance to expand your WordPress skills!

Kids:

Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Laser Tag in the Library
Lasers! Too dangerous for our children? Nonsense, we say! Light up the night and carve the library into neat cauterized cubes with what we can only assume are high-powered laser beams. Don’t know what the “tag” part is implying. Suitable for kids in 5th – 8th grade!

Movies:

Wednesday, December 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rising Voices
A documentary about the Lakota Indian community and about the linguists they’re working with to save the Lakota language and restore it to use in the Lakota and the American culture. It’s a snapshot of the day-to-day struggles of one of the biggest Native American nations, and an examination of the problem of language loss.
Saturday, December 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Holiday Film: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
See a charming old film about Christmas at the Jones Library! It’s one of those cute old musicals where everything ends in a dozen people proposing marriage at the same time.

Science:

Monday, December 12th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Journalism and Drones
Drones! The very word has taken on a bit of a tinge of terror now that we’ve gotten used to the idea they mostly exist as high-altitude bombers. But what about drones that deliver useful things instead of explosions? We’ll hear a bit about that from Craig Issod. Then Rodrigo Zamith will talk about how journalism and polling managed to predict the Presidential election going one way when it went the other. Though then again a lot of them said “this result has a 20% chance of happening” and then it happened. We’ve caught Pokemon with a 1% chance of appearing, you know? Anyway. This month, 50% of the proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center!