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October 16th – October 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Happy October!

We’re a bit busy this weekend so we just want to quickly and succinctly say:

Go to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00pm! It will be a fun time and you will like it so why not? Plus it’s an excuse to enjoy the spectacular sights of Downtown Northampton!

Oh! We still need our picture with the marquee!

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 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Craft: Embroidered Felt Leaves (Ages 11-17)
Registration required! Make some embroidered leaves! Or embroider some leaves? Make some felt leaves and then embroider them, that seems more likely. We’re pretty sure you can’t embroider leaves. But then again maybe no one’s tried!
Thursday, October 19th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Roald Dahl Art Activity
A fun art activity! Make a dream-catcher! Wait. For Roald Dahl? We don’t remember every book we read by Roald Dahl but that seems really out of left field. Maybe like make a … giant? He did the BFG, right?
Friday, October 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Meet up to have lively conversation about Dickinson! The topic this month is “Emily Dickinson as a Second Language”. Speak about her private vocabulary, her nineteenth-century English, and her hyper-local references!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pumpkin Painting
Paint some pumpkins! Paint them scary, paint them funny, paint them every color of the rainbow and then some! They’ll have examples and will demonstrate a technique, but you’re encouraged to go wild with your own ideas! We suggest you paint a pumpkin so that it looks like a particularly large apple, so that any friend of yours who wants an apple will gravitate to this hilariously large prank apple and you’ll be able to give them some gentle ribbing when they find out they actually just ate a pumpkin. Space is limited! Register ahead of time!

Board Games:

Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
Sections for K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12 grades! A four-round Swiss System tournament where trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section. Free entry, but bring a chess set and clock if you’ve got them! And a bagged lunch! Remember that if you seem to be losing you can always petition to switch to chess-boxing midstream.

Books:

Thursday, October 19th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gazmend Kapllani, A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth
From the site: “An exhilarating, blackly funny exploration of migration and borders from an Albanian who grew up longing to cross to Greece, only to find reality did not match fantasy. Gazmend Kapllani is an Albanian-born journalist, poet and writer. His works of fiction, A Short Border Handbook and My Name is Europe, explore how totalitarianism, immigration, borders and Balkan history have shaped private lives and personal narratives.”

Comics:

Monday, October 16th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Comics Workshop
A comic workshop! Not 100% certain what form this takes but it’s probably going to be a lot of fun!

Community:

Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discussion and advocacy for improved regional public transit. We all benefit from excellent public transit!
Wednesday, October 18th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America
The monthly general meeting of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists!
Saturday, October 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Cyber Smarts & Social Media Savvy
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on staying cyber-smart this cyber-year! Craft a social media profile that tells the societally appropriate sorts of mistruths! Keep safe, set boundaries online, and avoid common mistakes! Our most useful online tip is probably delete twitter.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters – Franklin County
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!
Sunday, October 22nd
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Community Open House
A day of activities featuring the Sarah Rose Lazarus Family Concert with the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble, a gallery talk by Mark Podwal, tours, and more!

Computers:

Thursday, October 19th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm Street, Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WordPress Developers and Admins
This time the main topic is going to be SEO! Local SEO expert Roger Montti will join to give a great presentation on how to improve traffic, sales, and leads. Our tactic is that we just copy and past all of Wikipedia into every post, then turn the text white!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, October 17th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Seed Saving Day at the Dickinson
Lend a hand gathering and saving seeds from the garden at Emily Dickinson’s Homestead! You can go to a sachet making session too! Make sure that the garden’s just as beautiful next year!
Thursday, October 19th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We watched some of “Ouran Host Club.” and it was both funny and distressing in equal measure.
Saturday, October 21st
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Game of Thrones S1E7 & Potluck
GoT meetups have been going great, so why not do another? See a show you either will love or do love and hang out with nice people! You can stay for one episode or multiple! Be sure to sign up for the Meetup group to make sure that you can actually find out where it is! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/
Sunday, October 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Discovery Episodes 3-5 & Potluck
After watching the first two episodes of Discovery on the premiere, everyone decided that it made sense to keep it up! Bring something to eat or drink for this long trek to the stars!

History:

Saturday, October 21st
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Dedication of the Northampton State Hospital Burial Ground Memorial Bench
The Northampton Historical Commission will dedicate a new memorial bench overlooking “Cemetery Hill”, which was used by the Northampton State Hospital from 1858 until the 1920s.
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Devil’s Juggles: Witchcraft Accusations in 17th-Century New England by Michael Thurston
A newly updated talk about the appearance of witchcraft in seventeenth-century Valley towns and villages, giving light to familiar patterns of accusation and interrogation. Also learn about the fact that Cotton Mather apparently called things the “Devil’s Juggles” which like… what… what the heck is that supposed to mean?
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson
View the world of Emily Dickinson through the eyes of an archaeologist! A presentation and a walking tour from members of the UMass school of Archaeology will present findings from the Dickinson dig site!

Movies:

Thursday, October 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film & Discussion Series: 13th
Join the group for a viewing of the documentary film “13th” followed by a group discussion. After the film and discussion, people will break out into smaller groups to talk about local action projects that you can take part in! Free and open to the public.

 

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October 9th – October 15th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We just finished the game Tales of Berseria, which was quite good! It had fun characters with whom we had a fun time, and it managed to sell a lot of the extremely emotionally charged moments that sometimes come across as forced in these sorts of stories. Plus you can do a bunch of fun fashion stuff with the characters, which is a feature literally every game should have no matter the genre. We always want to be able to dress people up! It never ever stops being funny when someone’s having an intense conversation while a doll is sitting on their shoulders.

Anyway! In other news please make it a point to check out the amazing the spectacular the definitely worthwhile to see Nerd Nite NoHo! We’ll be at the Academy of Music on the 23rd at 7pm, on the same stage that’s hosted so many amazing performers! It’ll be a hoot and a half.

We’re going to be exploring the mysteries of physics! We’ll get a better idea of how Einstein’s initial discoveries are relevant today, and we’ll explore how complex everyday physics can be, and how much we still don’t know! Plus, you’ll get to see a Nerd Nite on a screen that we’re going to assume will be almost comically huge in comparison to what we use at the World War 2 Club!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Wednesday, October 11th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
From Russia to Paris and Beyond: 20th Century Russian Artists in Europe
A lecture by Curator of European and Russian Art, Dr Alla Rosenfeld, in conjunction with the exhibition! Dr. Rosenfeld will present her insights on how the concept of ‘home’ was ever-changing for Russian artists, who fled to Western Europe. She’ll also trace the complex interconnections and rich influences between Russian and Western artists in the 20th century. Find out more about art, impress your friends, cow your enemies!
Friday, October 13th
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Art making for everyone! Get ready for Halloween with awesome paper masks that are inspired by the animals in Honore Sharrer’s art! Spooktacular! There’s also complimentary light refreshments!
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Arts in Northampton – Then, Now and Going Forward: A Conversation with Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull
From the site: “Gordie Thorne and Annie Woodhull, in conversation with co-director Laurie Sanders, will describe the state of the arts in Northampton in the early 1970s when they first arrived to today, with the creation of the new Northampton Community Arts Trust project at 33 Hawley Street.”
Saturday, October 14th
Animagic Museum of Animation at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Animagic Museum Tour and Class
From the Meetup event: “This museum is showcase for all the animation/special effects artists and work done in the region. It is a very small but unique museum and you get to meet the owners. The tour takes 20-minutes and is free tour but they request $5 donation. Afterwards there is a 2-hour animation class for $20. By the end of the class you will be able to complete a very basic animation (similar to claymation) and it they upload it to youtube. ” Sounds awesome! There are a ton of great animators nearby!

Board Games:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!
Off The Wall Game Store [41 Russell St – Hadley MA, 01035] at 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Age of Sigmar Tournament
For just $15, you get to compete for prizes and have a nice pizza lunch! It’s a 2000 point tournament and you get started at noon, but need to register at 11!
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA] at 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Tabletop Game Day
A board game meetup with some excellent folks who are happy to play some board games with you! Mostly Euro games, but feel free to bring whatever you find fun!

Books:

Monday, October 9th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Holly Black & Cassandra Clare, The Silver Mask (Magisterium Book 4) Book Launch!
Important! Please RSVP at rsvp@odysseybks.com or call 413-534-7307! From the site: “A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn’t succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.”
Tuesday, October 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch
From the Site: “Author Elizabeth Bear returns to her critically acclaimed epic fantasy world of the Eternal Sky with a brand new trilogy. The Stone in the Skull available October 10th from Tor Books takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.”
Thursday, October 12th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Thomas Moore, Ageless Soul
From the site: “Ageless Soul offers positive and inspiring guidance for becoming a full person as time goes by. Since we are all aging, it is for anyone who has ever thought about getting older. It’s especially valuable for people 50 and over. It seems more difficult than ever these days to deal creatively with aging. This book provides a deep and comprehensive plan that sees aging not as losing capacity but as becoming who you are destined to be, a real human being.” We’re actually destined to be a sort of linchpin sacrificial hero who will start the next cycle of an underlying world-myth.

Card Games:

Friday, October 13th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic Booster Draft
Play a Booster Draft game of magic! Your $16 entry fee includes tax and 3 booster packs to draft with, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Play a fun game and win prizes!
Sunday, October 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn to Play Pokemon
For a small fee of $20 you get to learn how to play the Pokemon Card Game! You’ll get a theme deck and a booster pack, and the friendly Modern Myths staff will help you learn how to play!

Computers:

Wednesday, October 11th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Agile Methods Meetup
Are you on an Agile team? Do you want to be? Learn more about this management technique! The topic this week is Agile Pain Points, which we assume teaches you how to use the techniques of agile to make your foes hearts explode.
Thursday, October 12th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After some quick updates about local projects in progress, there will be some time to discuss upcoming projects and then get to hacking together some solutions! Get started on a wonderful new project this week! Also you get dinner!

Kids:

Saturday, October 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Special Fire Prevention Storytime with Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn
Join Fire Fighter Meaghan Ahearn from the Sunderland Fire Department for a special storytime! Fire, humankind’s oldest friend and most persistent nemesis, needs a constant vigil to be kept under control! Children will share stories, see a real fire truck, and learn both how to prevent fires and what to do in case of a fire!

RPGs:

Thursday, October 12th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Friday, October 13th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 9:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP Autumn Game 3
Try Magestry! It’s $40 for first-time players, but FREE to join the staff for the weekend as an NPC! Plus if you’re an NPC you get food and a costume! Sounds fun whatever you decide!
Sunday, October 15th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Thursday, October 12th
Nacul Center [592 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe Presents A Hairy Situation – Surprising Stories of Primate Evolution
Hear UMass Anthropology Professor Jason Kamilar discuss his research on primate evolution! He’s a specific expert on hair, and he’ll explain why the heck we have so many different colors of hair in mammals!

 

October 2nd – October 7th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The Spooky Season is here! Yay! Get a bunch of pumpkin-flavored whatever the heck, dress in whatever you think is coolest and don’t stop until Christmas!

Also please take a moment to buy a ticket to Nerd Nite NoHo at the Academy of Music! It’s THIS MONTH and we’re 100% excited and 100% freaking out about this very neat thing we’re going to do! You are invited and it will be a lot of fun.

It isn’t quite up on the marquee yet and it’s absolutely killing us because whenever we’re in NoHo at that one interminable light we keep glancing over and we’re always kind of worried that pedestrians think we’re like getting angry at them or something for waiting to cross.

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 3rd
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’ll have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of macrame but you’re not invited.
Thursday, October 5th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
A free cultural event where you get to see open mic performers and look at beautiful art and listen to poetry and legend says that Emily Dickinson might drop by!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”

Board Games:

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

Books:

Monday, October 2nd
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Truth to Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric of Hate And Fear
The book will be on sale at the event for $20, all profits will be donated to the ACLU, the Standing Rock Sioux, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. There will be a series of readings with authors Doug Anderson, Chard deNiord, Marin Espada, Howie Faerstein, Leslie McGrath, & Lauren Marie Schmidt.
Thursday, October 5th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Peter Zheutlin, Rescued
In the follow up to the bestselling Rescue Road, Peter Zheutlin offers a look into the world of rescue dogs instead of rescue roads. He’ll teach you to set the world right one dog at a time! Next up he’ll be looking into the seedy underworld of road breeding.
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Robert K. Musil: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson: Empathy and Environmental Justice”
President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council will discuss environmental justice and political advocacy. After the event you’ll be able to get the book signed!
Friday, October 6th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Josh Weil, Age of Perpetual Light
Josh Weil brings together a decade’s worth of work that explores the themes of progress and the bringing of light to the world. Short stories follow deeply felt characters through different eras in American history, speaking to the aspiration for advancement.
Saturday, October 7th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Local Author Series Kickoff with Mike Curato!
Kicking off the new Local Author series with the award-winning local children’s author and illustrator, Mike Curato! He’ll give a live book reading, an interactive drawing demonstration, a brief slideshow, and some Q&A! All his books will be available for purchase, so pick one up and get it signed! Recommended for children ages 4 to 12!

Card Games:

Friday, October 6th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Monday, October 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Career Center Registration & Job Search Assistance
Get help finding a job! See Mary Ann at the Mezzanine level to get started on your search!
Wednesday, October 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mobile Market Meeting
Join the folks at Healthy Hampshire for a meeting to hear what the community thinks about establishing a mobile farmer’s market for Hampshire County.
Thursday, October 5th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Consumer Workshop: Identity Theft
Get a head start on that thing that’s 100% going to happen to you in the future thanks to corporate malfeasance and criminal incompetence on the part of people who are ostensibly stewards of your data! It’s not going to be fun, so you should probably figure out how to deal with it now. Ms. Milagros S. Johnson of the Mayors Office of Consumer Information will be speaking! Register by calling (413) 283-3330, extension 100!
Saturday, October 7th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Public Speaking for Women Activists
Learn how to speak more effectively to crowds!

Computers:

Tuesday, October 3rd
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
A regular meetup of people who do web dev work! It’s a great place to meet and chat about your work and also fun stuff you do!

Entertainment:

Wednesday, October 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: The Gravestone Girls
The Gravestone Girls will take you on a virtual tour of the cemetery! Take a look at the history and the present of the rural cemeteries that surround you, known by locals as “the forest of strange stone trees that almost look purposefully carved”. The tour will examine why we have graveyards, why we set up gravestones, and how styles and art on gravestones have evolved over 400 years! Local art will be featured!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Fake News and PGS (Post-Modern Gullibility Syndrome)
Veteran Gazette columnist and author Bruce Watson will speak about Fake News and why people are often eager to believe it! Free and open to all!
Friday, October 6th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ukulele Jam
Play the Ukulele? Just like the look of it and want to try? Play songs and learn at the Jam!
Sunday, October 8th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Talk: Norton Juster and Ilan Stavans
Norton Juster, author of the absolute classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth, and Ilan Stavans, editor of The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories, talk about writing for children! A spectacular opportunity for insights from some real pros!

Kids:

Tuesday, October 3rd
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 5th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rainbow Makers LGBTQ+ Group
A creative bi-weekly discussion group for people ages 13-17! The goal is to publish an annual magazine featuring a wide variety of artwork, writing, opinion pieces, reviews, and much more! If you have interests you want to share, they want to help you share them!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.

Movies:

Tuesday, October 3rd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teens! Get pizza and watch movies! You’re invited to a party and it’ going to be great.

RPGs:

Wednesday, October 4th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, October 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you try to figure out how to steal a dragon’s glass eye. It’s got to be powerful, right? And if it’s not it’s still a good story. Hm. A dragon would probably have like 40,000 extra glass eyes in a pile if they had one. Dragons are like that.
Saturday, October 7th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Xanathar’s Nemesis
A huge 8-hour D&D day and night of adventure! Head into the tunnels beneath Waterdeep and deal with a rival who’s been giving Xanathar, the Beholder mobster, a lot of grief! You’ll have a break for dinner around 6pm, there are going to be special door prizes for attendees, and play materials for all! Everything’s included in the $25 admission price! There’s a strict limit of 15 people, so sign up quick!
Sunday, October 8th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

 


September 25th – October 1st

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week want to remind you of two very important very fun science events!

First! Tomorrow you should head to SciTech Cafe! It’s going to be an amazing time for everyone who attends! Learning, laughing, loving, it’s a getaway the entire family can enjoy. You’ll learn wild and weird facts about viruses and what they do and why they’re dangerous to humans sometimes.

The speaker will be Vinothan Manoharan, a Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics at Harvard so you know he knows his stuff. He uses a bunch of experimental techniques to explore the physics of self-organizing like how things crystallize sometimes we think? Mostly the experiment with colloids, suspensions of particles that are only a micrometer in size. A suspension is when you’ve got a bunch of solids hanging out in a liquid, we think. Check out the event at Union Station [125 Pleasant St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6pm! They also have little snacks.

The OTHER big thing you need to do is remember to make a note of the fact that the next Nerd Nite NoHo is going to be Monday, October 23rd at 7pm – 9pm at The Academy of Music in Northampton! The big place! The pretty place! It’s wild, and we’re incredibly excited about it! Please don’t just buy tickets, enjoin your friends and relations to buy tickets! Then come, too, that’ll be more fun than just buying the tickets. We’ve got two great physics talents explaining some mysteries of the universe to you! Brokk Toggerson of UMass Amherst and Gary Felder of Smith College will expand your mind in a beautiful theater and you’re going to love it a lot!

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, September 26th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Each Tuesday, meet up in the Teen Room and walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio at 306 Race St. to learn about media literacy, get hands-on experience with song recording, journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! Also, oddly enough, fashion. No one tries to make it happen, but everyone comes out knowing more about how to avoid being matchy-matchy.
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Arts Adventure 2
“We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of collage! We’ll supply glue, markers, and old magazines to cut up, you bring any paper or photo items you want to include in your collage! On our final Tuesday, we’l have a mini-art show to look at each other’s work.” We’re taking a four week adventure through the world of macrame but you’re not invited
Wednesday, September 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Crafternoon
Teens! Come hang out in the Teen Room, your designated room, to create! Write, draw, make jewelry, design things in 3D, play with their technology! Use the library’s resources to make your dreams… reality.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
A mean zine machine awaits you! Marvel at the sheen of these clean zines!
Thursday, September 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Homework Hang
“Need somewhere to do homework or help with an assignment? Stop by the Teen Room after school on Thursdays for homework assistance, supplies, or just a quiet spot to work!”

Board Games:

Monday, September 25th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Game On!
Indoor and outdoor games! You can break up your Cosmic Encounter sessions with some catch if you like, or vice-versa!
Saturday, September 30th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Tuesday, September 26th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Eleanor Henderson, The Twelve-Mile Straight
Eleanor Henderson presents a novel combining intimate family drama and a staggering saga of the South that tackles racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis.
Thursday, September 28th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Darcey Rosenblatt, Lost Boys
An inspiring middle-grade novel based on historical events, a young boy is torn from his life and held captive as a prisoner of war in the war between Iran and Iraq. How will he make it home alive? His survival at stake, he finds solace in music and attempts to forge his own path out.
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
All the Birds in the Sky book discussion + Dinner
For the September SF Book Discussion, they’ll be reading All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders! All the Birds in the Sky is about two childhood friends finding each other as they respectively attempt to super-science and magic away the catastrophic consequences of the climate change apocalypse! You can find a list of what they’re reading here: http://www.meetup.com/4scifi/pages/Sci-fi_book_discussion_group_reading_schedule/!
Friday, September 29th
Holyoke Community College Library at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Dick Lehr, Trell
A YA novel inspired by the true story of a young man’s false imprisonment for murder! Also, the story of the people who fought to free him! In the 1980s a young woman was killed in the crossfire of gang violence. Swiftly a manhunt ensued that arrested and wrongly convicted a young man for the crime. Dick Lehr investigated this for the Boston Globe, and he’s now fictionalized the story into Trell.
Holyoke Community College Library at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
YA Panel: Dick Lehr & Fransisco X. Stork
Meet the authors of the fantastic books Trell and Disappeared! Both are thrilling tales of suspense! They’ll be discussing their work and signing books.
Saturday, September 30th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Mira Bartok, The Wonderling
The villainous Miss Carbunkle runs the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, and to her the charges under her care exist only to serve. The part-animal part-human (which is technically an animal if you THINK about it eh?) groundlings toil for her while being denied anything like a normal childhood. A young fox-boy suffering under her ‘care’ acquires a name and embarks on adventure away from her rule and toward destiny!
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Pizza Book Bash
Pizza! Books! Fellow teens! Who like pizza! And books! Meet new folks! Make friends! And most importantly of all eat that sweet sweet bread with stuff on top.

Card Games:

Friday, September 29th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ixalan Release
First chance to play the new cards at a Friday Night Magic! Buy a box, and get not only a Buy-a-Box promo card, but a Dino-sized super big booster! Dang, dino-sized. That’s anywhere from quite big to quite small! Dinos were a very varied type of animal we are pretty sure. It costs $5 to attend and you get booster pack prizes!
Saturday, September 30th
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ixalan League
A four week long league! Sealed event which adds cards every week, special cards and boxes, booster packs for prizes, lots of stuff!
Sunday, October 1st
Greenfield Games [238 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Ixalan Box Tournament
Limited to pods of 12 people! Buy a booster box of Ixalan, build a deck, win a booster box! Even if you don’t win, grab a bunch of promo cards!

Comics:

Tuesday, September 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Fan Club
All 12-17 year-old fans of Graphic Novels! ALERT ALERT! Come share fun things you’ve read! Come share things you’ve written! We gotta go read Hellboy again that’s a fun one.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, September 27th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Paper Stars
“Learn how to fold kite paper into translucent starts! Perfect for decorating your windows or sending to friends in the mail. 100 times easier than origami but just as cool!” Picking a fight with Oragami, eh? Bold!
Thursday, September 28th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! We watched some of “Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto.” and it was pretty funny!
Friday, September 29th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Ukulele Jam
Play the Ukulele? Just like the look of it and want to try? Play songs and learn at the Jam!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag (Ages 11-17)
Registration Required! Play with lasers in a library! Did you know LASER is actually an acronym? That’s right! It stands for Light Amplification and Strong Empathetic Realness. It actually originated as a therapeutic technique before we realized that the powerful emotional energy could be used to burn and cut.
Sunday, October 1st
The Quarters [8 Railroad St., Hadley, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY: AR Wars!
See some cool AR stuff at this MAKE TALK PLAY! Including our own Hitpoint Studios Color BlastAR on iOS! Hang out in the Quarters, play cool stuff, make new friends!

Kids:

Tuesday, September 26th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Storytime
Give your kids a chance to hear a nice story told by a friendly librarian! Also there are snacks and crafts!
Thursday, September 28th
Goodwin Memorial Library [50 Middle St, Hadley, MA 01035] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Lunatunes!
A sign-a-long for babies and toddlers! We imagine the babies are quite a bit less capable of the whole “along” part of the singalong but they have fun. There’s also always a snack, so your kids will not turn into the scary kind of Gremlin.
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Read to a Dog
Read to a dog! What else do you need to know? Pre-register for a 20-minute session at the Kids Desk, 413-259-3091 or kids@joneslibrary.org!

Movies:

Monday, September 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Daisies
Watch the film first! The movie this time is Daisies, a Czech New Wave film about some teen girls who play weird pranks. You can watch via Kanopy.com ahead of time and discuss it at the event! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/daisies
Thursday, September 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Film: The Brush Shop
“Stan Sherer’s film, The Brush Shop, will be shown as part of the Northampton Film Festival at Historic Northampton. This film tells the story of a vital Northampton industry through interviews with former Pro Brush people, archival photographs and commercials and advertisements from different periods.” Learn more about the history of your lovely Valley!

RPGs:

Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Sunday, October 1st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Pathfinder Society
Become a hero! Join the Pathfinder Society and seek out bold new adventure in this fantasy roleplaying game! It’s limited to seven people on a first-come first-serve basis, but it’s not a bad idea to stop by and say hi even if it fills up! There’s always more adventure on the way!

Science:

Monday, September 25th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: How a Virus Builds Itself
What is a virus? Are all viruses dangerous? How do they reproduce themselves? What flowers does a virus use to court a mate? How many viruses use Internet Explorer? What can we learn from viruses? Why do viruses keep rejecting our manuscript? Learn the answer to these questions and more from Vinothan Manoharan, a Wagner Family Professor of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Physics at Harvard!

 

August 21st – August 27th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We had a wonderful time at Nerd Nite this past week! And guess what we made a special announcement and we’re going to re-make that announcement here, but later! Next time attend Nerd Nite if you want the scoop, folks.

Nerd Nite NoHo is going to have a special show at the Academy of Music! In anticipation of the Academy’s putting on the play Einstein! by Jack Fry on November 18th we’re going to do an Einstein-focused Nerd Nite on Monday, October 23rd! Two local physics professors – Dr. Gary Felder and Dr. Brokk Toggerson – are going to discuss cosmology and how it relates to relativity and the sometimes unsolved mysteries of the physics of the mundane!

It’ll be the best opportunity you have to take your friends and family to a Nerd Nite! You’ll be able to pretend it’s a way classier event! We’re excited!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, August 22nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
Create a god or goddess to add to the pantheon, young writers ages 9 – 12! Children’s author Burleigh Muten will help you create a new myth! Don’t go too hard on the mythmaking though you don’t want to wake up to a knock on the door from the Un-Council of No-Space, they keep a lid on the power levels of most gods. Pre-registration only, $100, call 413-657-7721 to pre-register!
Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
More gods! The mind boggles at all these ancient deities!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zine fiends clean your spleens and eat some greens on the way to the zine club! It’s the most important night of the week! Let us know if you make a zine and we will maybe feature it in the Nerd Watch? Yeah why not that sounds fun. Zines!
Thursday, August 24th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece Writing Workshop
We suggest creating a god or goddess of some abstract thought process. Like the goddess of being quite happy but low-key nervous that you’ve forgotten a deadline.
Saturday, August 26th
Unitarian Society [220 Main Street, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Scarlet Professor: An Evening of Discussion & Song
Award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer will describe how they and the librettist Harley Erdman transformed the powerful story of Newton Arvin, a Smith professor who was persecuted in the 60s for ‘possession of lewd photos of men’, into an opera. We’re going to assume they made it somewhat like the Scarlet Letter, because of the name!

Board Games:

Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Thursday, August 24th
Packards [14 Masonic Street, Northampton, MA] at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Hugo Award nominated short fiction + dinner
Read a bunch of excellent short fiction works and then talk about them with a group of friendly people at a nice local restaurant! You can find a link to each of the stories discussed on the meetup page! https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/242268636/
Friday, August 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet The Author/Illustrator Mark Parisi
Ages 8+! Also their families! Meet an author and illustrator who is lovely and then have a writing and illustration lab and some snacks! What a delightful afternoon this sounds like, good job Mark Parisi!
Saturday, August 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tim Burke Book Talk | Deception
Deception is a book with a cover image of what look like some snappily-dressed mob people pointing guns while competing to be in the most photogenic shadows so we’re assuming kind of a noir adventure/thriller? Really long talk, too! Maybe it’s just someone recording an audio-book while you’re in the room.

Card Games:

Friday, August 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!
Saturday, August 26th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Human Era Playtest
From the creators of the spectacular DRAGOON, check out and provide excellent and useful feedback about Human Era! It’s a competitive time-travelling card game which sounds pretty neat. Stop by any time from one to four to help out and play a fun game!

Community:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color. Pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional space for Women of Color. Free and open to the public.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Volunteer to Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent
Are you interested in supporting students in your community? You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in state care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.
Saturday, August 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Franklin County League of Women Voters
Get together with the wonderful folks who like to vote! Get informed, get involved, get ready to keep working for your ideals!

Movies:

Wednesday, August 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: The Coming War on China
The Northampton Committee to Stop War offers a fee and accessible screening of John Pilger’s 60th film for ITV. Pilger dives deep into the US’s belligerence toward the world’s second economic power, and why it seems like we’re on the long road to a short and horrific war. Discussion will follow the film!

RPGs:

Thursday, August 24th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

SPACE:

Monday, August 21st
America [Earth] at 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
The Sun Escapes
It’s done it this time, folks, it’s really gone and done it. We had it for a long time, we kept it here to keep us warm and to help us photosynthesize but it’s gone and slipped the chains and it’s taking the first train to anywhere but here. The portal will open and begin swallowing the sun around 1:30pm, and by about 2:30pm we should all begin to freeze into an endless tableau of eternal night, and then at about 4:00pm the Sun will arrive… somewhere a little bit better than here.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Community Solar Eclipse Viewing
If you can’t make it to the first viewing, they’ll be doing a repeat viewing 6pm – 9pm.

Science:

Monday, August 21st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Scientific Kids Club: Astronomy and the Solar Eclipse
Astronomy is the study of how to chain stars. Basically it’s a series of elaborate binding rituals that “Astronemeers” use each day to make sure that a new star is available to power Earth for the day. Learn more about this eldritch scientific pursuit and watch as Astronemeers attempt to keep the sun from escaping!

August 14th – August 20th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This pleasant weekend we got to see our mom and celebrate the 100th birthday of our grandma, which was nice. There were small children there and when you made faces at them they either looked confused or they made the same face back which is pretty much all we ask for out of a social gathering!

Also hey guess what we’re making cookies for Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow! We’re doing a bake-sale/charity drive again and they’re going to be as always extremely good and you’re going to love them. Nerd Nite is to reiterate tomorrow at 7:00pm to 9:00pm and it’ll be a blast as always! Wesley Olds will be speaking about weather forecasting and Adam Marks will talk about song mash-ups! Come say hi at the door! If you tell us you enjoy the Nerd Watch we’ll be extremely excited!

We got to play Not Alone at the Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat this past week and it was really neat! Fast hidden-movement game that’s pretty quick to pick up. Our previous experience with hidden-movement was the excellent but super-intimidating Whitechapel, and it was nice to play one that was boiled down to a real basic but effective “which of these places will be safe this turn?”

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, August 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Learn to play the Ukulele with Julie Stepanek!
Learn to play the only instrument that looks like a small guitar besides a guitar that’s quite small. Julie brings her 20 Ukuleles and her prepared lessons to get the playing started! This is limited to 20 participants! Reserve a Ukulele by registering early by calling 413-420-8101! We suppose you could also just attend willy-nilly, but you may wind up watching 20 other people learn to play Ukulele.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Henry David Thoreau: The Man and His Work
Local presenter extraordinaire Barry “the Presenter” Deitz will speak on Thoreau, his life, and his works! Learn more about a person who really made a heck of an impact pretty much describing how nice the Valley is to people for a large bit of his life. We think. Look don’t spread this around but we’re pretty sure we’ve never read a single word Thoreau wrote and it’s making us feel a bit embarrassed.
Friday, August 18th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Free Fun Friday!
Visit the museum for free! Crafts, tours, scavenger hunts, and more!

Board Games:

Wednesday, August 16th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Night
Bring your family and hang out at the library! Games, puzzles, all sorts of projects for families to do together! And if you find that your family is getting large and unwieldy just play like a 7-player game of Risk and someone will definitely estrange themselves.
Saturday, August 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Wednesday, August 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
A family is riven by secrets and forced to pit love against loyalty! Isma has finally started pursuing her dreams, but she can’t stop worrying about her sister Aneeka or her brother Parvaiz. Then, Eamonn enters the picture… is he a chance at love? A chance to help Parvaiz? What sacrifices will Isma make for love?

Card Games:

Friday, August 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic BOOSTER DRAFT
Play Magic in the Booster Draft format which we are not super familiar with but it seems like you basically get a bunch of booster packs and draft a deck from them. Your $16 entry fee includes MA Sales Tax and purchases your 3 boosters, as well as adding a pack to the prize pool! Everyone who participates will get at least one prize pack, and special promos will go to exceptional players! This is an intermediate-level event, ages 13+ recommended! Younger players allowed with an adult accompanying them!

Computers:

Tuesday, August 15th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Troubleshooting Tablets
Technology is a cruel mistress that each day claws at us. Fight back against the spiraling confusion of technological influence in your life by taking this class by Rita Gavelis and learn about how to explore and learn about tablets and get great tips about figuring out how to fix them when they cease to work!
Thursday, August 17th
Amherst Media [246 College Street, Amherst, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
August 2017 Western Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
If you love Drupal, dopal yourself a favor and attend this event! Learn the tip of the month, the module of the month, hear some lightning talks, and then listen to the presentation “Using Patternlab with Drupal!” It’s a great chance to get better at the Drupal you knowpal and lovepal!

Entertainment:

Monday, August 14th
The World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Weather and Song
Nerd Nite! The nitiest nite we know. It’s going to get extremely wonderful in there as we learn from Wesley Olds why our weather forecasts aren’t down to the second, and from everyone’s favorite Adam Marks how to make music mashups!
Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! Watch one about sports! There’s a bunch of neat sports-related anime we think. There’s not a ton of sports-related serial media that we’re aware of in non-animated media. Friday Night Lights? That’s the one we know. We don’t know a lot about anime or sports, so learn for us!
Sunday, August 20th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on the grounds of Historic Northampton
Herrell’s will bring the On the MOOOve get it like a cow haha ice cream trailer! The Florence Community Band will be there! You’ll eat ice cream! You can get a nice membership discount!

Kids:

Tuesday, August 15th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Graphic Novel Fan Club
Do you love graphic novels and are you 12-17 years old? Come speak with other people who love graphic novels and are 12-17 years old! We personally really liked reading the first volume of Usagi Yojimbo recently, as well as Womanthology: Space! There are a ton of wonderful things out there for you to read and share and use as inspiration for your own creations!

Movies:

Sunday, August 20th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Dough
A dramatic comedy or ‘Comatic’ as everyone says film about an old Jewish baker and his new assistant, a Muslim teenager. They grow to become unlikely friends as the teen navigates the difficulties of life as an immigrant.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 17th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or Breaking the Ice or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley! They’re all very good!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!

July 31st – August 6th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Good to see you again! We hope your week was wonderful. We had a great chance to hang out at the incredible Wednesday Games Night at the Brass Cat this past Wednesday, and we highly recommend you check it out!

We got to play a little “trick-taking” card game called Spires with some very friendly folks and it was good and makes us kind of understand what the heck our parents and grandparents were doing with Bridge, sort of. It’s a card game about bidding to get the cards you want but also about trying to force your opponents to take your trash cards by tricking them into bidding against you!

Very fun, we lost by an astonishing amount as a sort of ploy to trick everyone into thinking we’re terrible at card games so that when we finally figure out how to play them well we’ll astound people. We’re playing the long game!

We also got some amazing comic books at the Sidewalk Sale this week thanks to Modern Myths being out there with some great reads! We may have fallen off on our monthly collecting but they’ve got a bunch of weird one-shot things that are super neat.

Continue being lovely, all of you!

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, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Closing Reception for Zea Mays Printmaking Members Exhibition
A final chance to see excellent art and also probably eat some nice cheese.
Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Artists’ Reception for Lisa Yeisley, Shannon Ryan, and Ray Radigan
See some amazing artwork, eat some nice finger foods!
Thursday, August 3rd
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
See some poets! See some art! It’s a good time!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Writer’s Lunch Workshop
A writing workshop led by Joannnah Whitney that includes exercises and discussion as well as a chance to share what you write! There’s no charge and you don’t need to register! Just show up and write!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project stops at Forbes for two family friendly dance projects! All money collected furing the project will be donated to the Prison Birth Project. They’re also collecting bicycle repair tools for the Holyoke Urban Bike School!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
treading our path: the 2017 tiny tour
The tinydance project again! Still tiny, still dancing!
Saturday, August 5th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Maker Space
A father and son team will bring in a 3-D printer and a bunch of other gadgets for a morning of creation and fun!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Nature Poetry Ramble with David K. Leff
Naturalist and New England Trail poet-in-residence David K. Leff will guide you along a sensory awareness and poetry walk along Amherst’s Emily Dickinson Trail! Drink in the scenery and go slowly and observantly through the landscape while David regales you with poems by Dickinson, himself, and others!

Board Games:

Thursday, August 3rd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Summer Community Read and Family Game Night
Discuss the fantastic “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”, then discuss it tonight! There are also great games for all ages!
Saturday, August 5th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play board games at a wonderful local store! The staff will help you set yourself up, and you’ll quickly be exploring fun new games with a whole bunch of other friendly Valley residents! There’s also always a game demo available to show you something new! Beginners welcome, ages 13+ recommended, younger folks welcome with a parent!

Books:

Tuesday, August 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:30 PM to 8:15 PM
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club
Read and enjoy the classic genres: sci-fi and fantasy! Share with your friends!
Friday, August 4th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Your Next Great Read LIVE!
Join Forbes on social media @ForbesLibrary, tell them a title you enjoyed, and then they’ll respond with a few titles they think you’ll like!

Card Games:

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

Comic Books:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Comics Club
Kids! Join Ralph to discuss and share your favorite comics, and make some of your own!

Community:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Moms of Color Western Mass
A weekly support group for moms of color, pregnant women and children welcome. This group is an intentional place for women of color, and is free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
Forbes Library Tour
Tour the library! Become acquainted with the many-folded null space that it contains! Escape if you can, fool!
Friday, August 4th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
World Breastfeeding Week Celebration
No details on this, but we are going to assume this involves a cake. Any celebration without a cake is no celebration at all.

Computers:

Tuesday, August 1st
The Foundry [24 Main St., Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Webdive – After Work
Talk to people about web design and really whatever else you like! Do it in a friendly local bar that also has some nice food! It’s a good time for all and sundry.

Entertainment:

Wednesday, August 2nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series
We have no idea who is speaking but we’ll let you in on a little secret: it is definitely the one person you most wish to hear speak! It’s your moment! You can finally see them in person!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Lawn Concert by Zay-Tunes with Sahina Bellydance
Zay-tunes is an ensemble of Western Mass musicians playing the music of the Middle East! The band will be joined by belly dancers Sahina, and friends! Free for everyone, bring a blanket and a chair!
Thursday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Watch anime! The anime we have heard is pretty neat today is Mob Psych 100 we think. All we know is someone said it had a wholesome physical activity club which sounds nice.
Saturday, August 5th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Potluck/The Expanse/Babylon 5
Bring food or drink to share! After the potluck they’ll be watching the first episode of The Expanse and the first episode of Babylon 5! Experience two great sci-fi shows in one night!
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Roger Tincknell Sing-tastic Songs!
Roger Tincknell has performed around the world for all ages over the past 40 years! He’s a yodeler! He’s a singer! He’s a multi-instrumentalist! He’s going to entertain the heck out of you and that’s a guarantee the Nerd Watch will happily stand by.
Sunday, August 6th
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
PVGD: Three-year Anniversary cookout & Potluck on Sugarloaf!
Burgers! Veggie and beef! All for you! Every burger is yours! It’s your responsibility now! They just made them, you need to care for them and raise them! Join the PVGD at the top of Mount Sugarloaf to celebrate a fun anniversary and just generally meet new people and catch up with old friends.

Kids:

Tuesday, August 1st
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
GPL Teen Pizza and Movie Night
Teen Librarians Francesca and Steve are hosting a movie and they’re providing the pizza to go with it! Intended for ages 12-17, and free!
Wednesday, August 2nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Storytellers Davis Bates & Roger Tinkell – Youth SRP
Youth! Listen to some stories from some excellent storytellers! You youth need more stories, it’s important to hear a bunch of stories! The best part of listening to stories is that you learn how to tell stories better at the same time!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Sunshine Story Time
All 3-5 year-olds welcome to a special story with puppets and rythm instruments!
Friday, August 4th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Summer Makerspace (Ages 8 and up)
Make something amazing in the library!
Saturday, August 5th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
YA Summer Reading Party
A summer reading party followed by Glow-in-the-dark Capture the Flag and Laser Tag! Ages 11-17, registration required!

Movies:

Monday, July 31st
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Exterminating Angel
Check out the film, watch it at home, discuss it here! This isn’t a screening! The current film is Exterminating Angel, written and directed by Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel!
Sunday, August 6th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FILM | Beautiful Tree, Severed Roots
Kenny Mann’s documentary film about her parents’ lives as Jewish refugees who immigrated to Kenya during World War 2 and the turbulence that Kenya experienced during the mid-20th century.

RPGs:

Thursday, August 3rd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
RPGs are great! Play Noirlandia, or Questlandia, or Dread, or Monsterhearts, or Apocalypse World, or Dogs in the Vineyard, or One Thousand and One Nights, or any of a lot of amazing games created right here in this Valley!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Dungeons & Dragons
Play the old familiar, the classic, the one with dungeons and also dragons! You’ll be exploring the Dwarven fortress Stone Tooth! The adventure is recommended for characters of at least level 3. To enter, you need to get a $5 day pass, but that becomes store credit immediately!
Friday, August 4th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the first day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Saturday, August 5th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the second day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php
Sunday, August 6th
Ye Olde Commons [120 Northside Road, Charlton, MA] at 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Future Imperfect LARP Fall 1 2017
The robot war is underway! The citizens of Touchstone are trying to bring together the colonies on this planet together to defeat the automaton menace and save the Mothership initiative! This is the final day of a multi-day extravaganza! Get tickets at http://www.future-imperfect.com/fisite/event.php