Writing

April 23rd – April 29th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


Sorry about the delay! All we can say, legally, is that no one should touch grasshoppers for a few months.

Have an excellent week! Take a look at the new Meetup group for Nerd Nite NoHo if you’d like to! It’s an alternative to Facebook for folks who don’t like Facebook!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 24th
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Wednesday, April 25th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience Presented by Human Rights Activist Thaer Abdallah
Thaer Abdallah will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian minority in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria, his torture and return to Iraq, and his flight to the United States. He will share his paintings of the Palestinian community in Baghdad, Iraq and as refugees across the world. His paintings of subjects in the U.S. reflect awareness of those on the margins of society. Free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Come hang out and make some zines! There are zines for all tastes, and all are welcome! Whether you’re 6 or 66, a zine is a fun way to spend an evening!
Thursday, April 26th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Common Threads Poetry Discussion for National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month! All months are like twelve things,so that’s not a really big deal but hey it’s an excuse to hang out with Adam Grabowski and talk poetry! Adam has published a bunch of places and has contributed a lot to the WW2 Club Open Mic! This place is $5 per person and you need to reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034!
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Community Hike on Mount Sugarloaf
In celebration of National Poem in Your Pocket Day and also National Sequence of Words Constrained by Cloth Day and also National Non-Euclidean Spaces That Constrain Concepts Day and also National Administrative Assistant Assistant Day you should bring your favorite poem for a community hike up Mount Sugarloaf! They take about 30 minutes and folks will meet at the top to read aloud some favorite poems and share refreshments. Bring your own water, though!
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018
If you memorize a poem from Emily Dickinson and recite it, you get free admission!
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Public Talk, “Untitled, 2018” by Artist Andrea Fraser
From the site: “Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art.”
Saturday, April 28th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
Natasha Kim, ’18 will lead this tour! Tasha is an environmental studies major, and the tour will focus on the relationships between gender, houses, and the home in HOUSE! The tour is free and open to all!
Sunday, April 29th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
jubilat/Jones Poetry Reading
Listen to good poems and thereby become a more interesting person!

Board Games:

Saturday, April 28th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Wednesday, April 25th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Elizabeth Bear, Stone Mad: A Karen Memory Adventure
Readers met Karen Memory in the 2015 novel “Memory”, and fell in love with the fact that that’s a good book you should all read. Now, Karen’s back with Stone Mad, a new story about spiritualists, magicians, con-men, and an angry lost tommy-knocker, who’s been kidnapped to Rapid City. Lots of stuff! Sounds exciting.
Thursday, April 26th
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We’ Book Discussion & Dinner
For April, the group will be reading We by Yevgeny Zamyatin! It’s a short book so even if you’re finding out about it now you can read it for Thursday! It’s kind of pre-1984 1984, in that it deals with a society in the grip of excessive collectivism and automation fever, that has decided that individual needs and wants are no longer important enough to consider. It’s an interesting example of early social science fiction and we recommend giving it a look! You can find it for free somewhere, we’re pretty sure!
Barnes & Noble [7 Holyoke St., Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“We will discuss Chapter 4 “The Keeper of the Keys” (Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), through the theme of “Liberation.” Please read the chapter beforehand; it’s also handy if you bring your book along. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735770856446086/”
Friday, April 27th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Nafissa Thompson – Spires, Heads of the Colored People: Stories
From the site: “Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot D az, this collection of moving, timely, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era. A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes.”
Sunday, April 29th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at the Odyssey!
From the site: “Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.” Support local bookstores!

Card Games:

Friday, April 27th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Wednesday, April 25th
Springfiled Public Forum [34 Court St. Springfield, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Educate a Girl, Change the World
From the site: “Shabana Basij-Rasikh was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. Under the Taliban regime, she dressed as a boy in order to go to school since girls were banned from attending – with dire consequences if she was caught. Shabana was one of the lucky few who received an education which enabled her to attend Middlebury College. While in college, Shabana co-founded SOLA – the School of Leadership, Afghanistan. Today, SOLA is the first and only all-girls boarding school in Afghanistan and SOLA students represent all major ethnic groups and religious sects. Its goal is to have their students attend university worldwide and return to substantive careers in Afghanistan. In addition to leading SOLA, Shabana is a global ambassador for Girl Rising, a call to action seeking investment in girls’ education worldwide.”

Computers:

Monday, April 23rd
Click Workspace [9.5 Market St., Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dockerize Your Project with Mob Programming!
From the site: “At this meetup, Geri Jennings (CyberArk) will run through an example of adding Docker to a project with increasing complexity, and then will open up the floor to other attendees to share their project and their screen so we can Dockerize it mob-programming style! Bring your projects! Bring your computers! Bring your enthusiasm! And be prepared to be amazed! Tip: if you haven’t done mob programming before, check out New Relic’s Taming the Mob series for info on how it works: https://blog.newrelic.com/2017/10/24/mob-programming-start-mobbing/

Entertainment:

Thursday, April 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Saturday, April 28th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Poetry Scavenger Hunt for Teens
Celebrate Poetry Month with a poetry themed scavenger hunt! Participants will look for clues inside and outside the library to find prizes!
Sunday, April 29th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Yiddish Book Center Open House
Featuring the Melinda Rosenblatt Lecture presented by David Fishman! This will feature a discussion of David Fishman’s book “The Book Smugglers”, which won the 2017 National Jewish Book Award’s Holocaust category. It’s the story of ghetto inmates who rescued thosands of rare books and manuscripts from the Nazis and the Soviets. You can also go on a tour of the world’s first Yiddish museum!

History:

Thursday, April 26th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Film Screening: A Place for Madness
Film screening of the 1994 Frontline episode focusing on Northampton and the stories of people dealing with the effects of the closure of Northampton State Hospital. Intro remarks and a follow-up conversation with Christopher Sparks
Friday, April 27th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Living History Series: A Conversation with Yvonne Freccero, Advocate for the Homeless
Advocate for the Homeless Yvonne Freccero will share her story of emigrating from England to the US, why she moved to the Valley, and why she dedicated herself to helping the homeless. Reception & Conversation is $25, just the conversation is $10!
Saturday, April 28th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip’s War
Three different historians – Lisa Brooks of Amherst College, Christine DeLucia of Mount Holyoke, and Neal Salisbury of Smith College – will offer some groundbreaking interpretations of the conflict generally referred to as “King Philip’s War”, including new evidence about the origins, nature, and ongoing impact of the conflict. There will be some individual presenting followed by a moderated panel and some Q&A. Learn more about a horrifying part of history our teachers never really focused on! Free and open to the public!

Kids:

Tuesday, April 24th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! And everyone in between! Go do some art at your wonderful local library!
Wednesday, April 25th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Lego Club (ages 5-10)
Build LEGO, kids!
Friday, April 27th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Laser Tag
Light each other up with some lasers! Ages 11-17 welcome, pre-register to attend, and use the Garden entrance!

Movies:

Wednesday, April 25th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The Poor People’s Campaign: Then and Now, 1968 – 2018
A film covering Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor People’s campaign followed by footage of the revival of the campaign in 2018. Post-film discussion will involve people involved with the new campaign including Michaelann Beweesem, director of Arise for Social Justice, Springfield and Tavar Jones will discuss his experience representing Arise in national organizing.

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 25th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, April 26th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Monday, April 23rd
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SciTech Cafe: Dawkins Walks Into a Madrassa: How Evolution is Used in Promoting a ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Narrative
How does biological evolution sometimes feed into the clash of civilizations narrative? Do Muslims accept biological evolution? Is evolution even taught in Muslim-majority countries? How can scientists make positive contributions to discussions over biological evolution? Salman Hameed, also known as “Mister Universe” on WRSI, will answer all these questions and more! He’s great, you’ll love it.

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April 16th – April 22nd

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We got to attend the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest this past weekend and let us tell you that was danged inspiring. Just a ton of people putting stuff out there that tells people whatever they want to say. There were amazingly detailed pieces of artwork, there were left-handed drawings of cats, there were full-on comics and there were tiny collections of drawings from cool teens!

We’re bowled over by the variety and intensity of creativity present not just in the Valley, but in specifically Easthampton! There are so many nice people supporting each other in an effort to make the best artwork possible. We’ll try to get our creators page up to date this week to add some of the folks we met.

We’re excited to do more to help local zinesters make their zine scene evergreen!

Also there were a few dogs there and they were GREAT dogs.

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Tuesday, April 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
An Evening with Haiku Poets: A Long Wait for Spring
From the site: “The Haiku Poets’ Society of Western Massachusetts invites you to attend A Long Wait for Spring, an integrated reading and talk in celebration of National Haiku Poetry Day. The program will be followed by a Meet and Greet with an opportunity to ask questions and peruse the book table.”
Gandara Youth Development Center [306 Race St., Holyoke, MA] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Radioplasma Recording Studio Sessions
Meet in the Teen Room to walk as a group to the Radioplasma Recording Studio to get some hands on experience with journalism, storytelling, and sound mixing! SOUNDS cool! Get it? See that? Nice.
Wednesday, April 18th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Flash Fiction and Memoir
From the site: “Contributors to WriteAngles Journal, an online publication of WriteAngles, Inc., will read their short stories and personal essays. “Flash” refers not only to the brevity of the pieces (500 words and under) but also to the “flash” of insight into the human condition each piece provides. Refreshments will be served.”
Thursday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
From the site: “April is Preservation month and we will discuss how to identify and care for your family photographs. We will show examples from Forbes Library’s collections and staff personal collections. Bring an item from your own collection to share and receive advice from staff on its care. “
Friday, April 20th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
From the site: “In honor of National Poetry Month, the April discussion will focus on some of Emily Dickinson’s poems about poets and poetry. For comparison’s sake, we will also look at other poets’ poems on the same topic, including poetry by Marianne Moore, Archibald Macleish, and Pablo Neruda. Some of the Dickinson selections are familiar; others less so.”
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Metalsmithing for Teens
From the site: “Heather Beck presents a metalsmithing workshop for teens. Participants will learn about the structure of metal and make a copper bookmark with stamped shapes and letters to create textures and words. Space is limited to eight people. Sign up in advance at the Children’s Desk, or by calling 587-1010.”
Saturday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Vintage-Style Photo Transfers to Canvas
Space is limited, register by calling 413-665-2642! Learn how to transfer a print onto a canvas to create a beautiful and unique piece of artwork! All supplies are provided and it’s free to attend! Email a copy of the image you’d like to use to director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org before the program!
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Weekly Tour at the Mead!
From the site: “Join us for a tour with Stephen Johnson ’19. Stephen is an art history major, and his tour will focus on ideas of material and digital manipulation across the exhibitions on view. This tour is free and open to all!”

Board Games:

Saturday, April 21st
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
4 Sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12   Round one starts at 10:00 AM 4-Round Swiss System   Trophies to 1st,2nd,3rd in each section Entry is FREE!!!   *Please bring chess set and chess clock (if you have them) and a bagged lunch .

Books:

Monday, April 16th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30pm
Madeline Miller, Circe
From the site: “Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. ” She wrote a book about Circe, the character from the Greek Myths who turned people into animals/monsters!
Wednesday, April 18th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A Poetry Reading with Martin Espada and Lauren Marie Schmidt
From the site: “Lauren Marie Schmidt is the author of four books. Her new collection of poems from Curbstone/Northwestern University Press is called Filthy Labors. Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016).” They’ll read poems!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Writing Critique Group
Writers of picture books, middle grade, and YA books meet to read and get some feedback! The group is facilitated by following SCBWI guidelines but you don’t have to be a member to participate. Learn to write better and also meet some colleagues!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Author visit with Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig
From the site: “Do bed bugs wear pajamas? Do stink bugs take baths? Join authors Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig for a reading of their newest picture book, Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, to find out!”
Saturday, April 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Quabbin Writers Salon Reading
From the site: “The Quabbin Writers Salon, local poets and prose writers in the Pioneer Valley, recently released an Anthology called Microbursts, from a poem about the event in Easthampton.” We assume they’re not speaking of… The Event. The Event is not something of which one speaks should one wish to avoid the consequences attendant with… The Event.
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Holly Thompson, Twilight Chant
From the site: “A reading and signing followed by twilight-themed activities including trivia, coloring, and cookie decorating! As day slips softly into night, sharp eyes catch glimpses of the special creatures who are active at dusk. Lyrical text and lush art capture the richness and life of this magical time in a sumptuous picture book that will inspire budding naturalists and anyone who has ever chased a lightning bug at twilight.”

Card Games:

Friday, April 20th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Friday Night Magic (Casual/101)
Learn to play Magic in a casual setting with the friendly staff of Modern Myths! Test out a cool new deck, play with constructed decks if other folks are into it, get special door prizes! It’s the perfect night for new Magic players or people who just want to take it easy! It’s $5 to attend, which is immediately converted to store credit.

Community:

Thursday, April 19th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Recasting Emily: A Panel Discussion for Educators
From the site: “Join educators from K-higher ed. classrooms for this arts integration discussion. Participation is free and no reservations required.”
Saturday, April 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Healthy Eating in Today’s World
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on how to eat health! learn some food facts and how to make good healthy food choices for a lifetime! Led by a local registered dietician. We’ve always recommended eating healthy by consuming only locally-grown leaves from trees near your dwelling. These “tree stars” have all the nutrition a growing herbivore needs!

Computers:

Tuesday, April 17th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
From the site: “Dinner and drinks are on us! We are developers, UX designers, design thinkers, graphic designers, data scientists, project managers, NGO leaders, hackers, and others who want to be active in our community. Hack for Western Mass (http://hackforwesternmass.org) is an ongoing initiative that works to deliver technical solutions to organizations we believe in. As an alternative to a traditional hackathon, we work with organizations on specific technical challenges and carry the projects from design to deployment.”
Thursday, April 19th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wester Mass Drupal Users Group Meeting
If you love Drupal, be there! This is your only chance to save Drupal from the deadly eel-pit in which the sinister Seneschal has trapped Drupal!
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress
From the site: “This meetup is open to anyone interested in WordPress: newbies, developers, designers and administrators. All are welcome. The agenda varies from month to month and the topics to be discussed at the next meetup are set at the end of each meetup. Typically we discuss current projects that we are working on, have a problems and solutions section where you can raise issues you are having and offer advice to others about their problems. We try to have a focused topic of general interest at each meeting.”

Entertainment:

Wednesday, April 18th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Speaker Series – Mario Bonavita The Autism Spectrum
From the site: “Mario is a 27 year old Agawam resident on the autism spectrum. His focus is to bring awareness to and educate people on what autism is. Mario has even spoken on a panel with Temple Grandin! … Mario will present how autism has affected him, what autism is and statistics on the spectrum. Mario will be available for questions after the program.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series: Gut-Mind Connection
Georgia Ede, MD will return with a repeat of her talk “Beyond Medication: How to Improve Mood, Attention, and Memory Through Diet”. Based on a quick look at the website “www.diagnosisdiet.com”, it looks like the basic pitch is: Vegetables are actively harmful to mental and physical health, eat exclusively meat if at all possible. So ketogenic diets, basically. Which frankly we lack the capacity to evaluate properly, but we’re gonna go one step further and say that only eating a specific animal is healthy, but you’ll have to come to our talk to find out which one.
Thursday, April 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wellesley Club: Presentation on W.E.B. Du Bois by Selwyn Cudjoe
From the site: “Selwyn R. Cudjoe, Professor of Africana Studies and Comparative Literature at Wellesley College, will examine the development of W. E. B. Du Bois as one of the best-known scholars of the twentieth century. This is the 150th anniversary of Du Bois’s birth. Free and open to the public.”
Sunday, April 22nd
MYSTERY LOCATION at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Firefly & Potluck: Episode 4
From the site: “Please note the earlier start time compared to Star Trek Meetups we were having on Sundays. Starting at 5pm gives us the chance to watch more episodes and/or do fire pit. This is also a potluck so please bring something to eat or drink.”

History:

Wednesday, April 18th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Life of United States General and President Ulysses S. Grant – A Talk By Donald Blais, Jr.
Donald Blais will discuss President Grant’s life, focusing on his role as general in the Civil War and his presidency. Interesting note: Ulysses S. Grant was our first president who tricked a Cyclops.

Kids:

Tuesday, April 17th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Play with LEGO! Have fun! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, April 18th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Food Adventures: Cooking Class for Preteens and Teens
Cook at the library! You’ll get hands-on cooking experience, learn how to make nutritious meals, find out about new foods, and eat what you have prepared!
Thursday, April 19th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
All About Bees! (Ages 5-12)
BEES! Watch out children! They’re right here! Bees! Bees all over! Monstrous beeeeeees! Learn about them! Learn about bees so you may avoid our fate, our bee sadness!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Teen Movie: Spirited Away
Watch a terrifying but beautiful movie about a cursed spa that a child and her parents get trapped inside! It’s wild, and the moral is: “Don’t go near obviously cursed places, and definitely don’t eat the food if you do decide to do that!”
Friday, April 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ukulele Music Time with Julie
Learn! Play! Listen! Uke! Every up and coming youngster knows that a solid handle of ukulele technique is absolutely key to performing in the modern economy.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
UNO Tournament
Play UNO and eat pizza with friends!

Movies:

Tuesday, April 17th
Westfield Atheneum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Family Movie – Ferdinand
From the site: “Drop in to the Lang Auditorium for a free movie! We provide snacks and drinks. This movie is based on the book Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, who is mistaken for a dangerous beast. He is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Rated: PG (1 hour 48 minutes)”
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Books with Barry – The Movie Edition
From the site: “To follow up with the book discussion of Fahrenheit 451, the movie will be shown. Which is best the book or the movie? Come and decide!”
Wednesday, April 18th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film | Coco
Coco! A delightful/terrifying Pixar movie about an afterlife in which you remain eternally but only if you are remembered. Which is kind of weird. Famous people get like a bonus heaven? That seems unfair. But we haven’t seen it, maybe they explain that!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sing-Along Moana
From the site: “Dreaming you were going somewhere tropical for school vacation? Your wish has come true. Join us for a family fun afternoon of singing and movie viewing at Greenfield Public Library! This event is free and open to all ages. Music by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda. Themed snacks to be served. Costumes encouraged. Bring your singing voices!”
Thursday, April 19th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
My Little Pony the Movie
Watch the My Little Pony movie to find out why friends are nice to have!
Friday, April 20th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Movie Matinee: Despicable Me 3
See that movie everyone calls “not the best one of this series, which itself is not really an amazing series of films”! Your kids will love it to spite you.

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 18th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, April 19th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Saturday, April 21st
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! (Superhero RPG)
Take on the role of characters who are baiscally like the Teen Titans or New Mutants or whoever else you like best who’s a teen hero! Use FATE rules, all materials are provided and you’re welcome to join in at any time! LGBTQ-friendly!

 

April 9th – April 15th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


The big news this week: Nerd Nite! The greatest Nite of the month! This time it’ll feature Jordana Starr of Beerology and Christian Reader of Comics N’ More! It’s going to be fun and you’ll have a chance to buy fresh-baked cookies that are specially designed to be the best ones possible by us! All cookie cash goes straight to the spectacular Northampton Survival Center!

And spend as much time as you can at Modern Myths, because they’re great and it’s going to be really sad when they shut down at the end of May.

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, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Warrior Writers Workshop, facilitated by Eric Wasileski, meets monthly on the second Tuesdays. Learn how to write better in the company of friends!
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! Zines! ZZZZZIIIIIIIIIINNNNNES!
Friday, April 13th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arts Night Out: An Evening with Claire Dacey
Claire Dacey is an award-winning folk singer/songwriter and instrumentalist who’ll perform two sets, one at 6pm and one at 7pm. Donations will benefit local organizations that aid those in need! Help folks and hear nice music, who could ask for more?
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Second Friday
Hands on art making from 4pm-7pm! Make beautiful block prints drawn from real flowers and leaves from the Smith College Botanic Garden and inspired by FLOWERING STARS: Prints by Dwight Pogue! You can also get a guided tour starting at 6pm and some free refreshments! Go hang out in your great local museum!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dusk at MacLeish
On four Northampton Arts Nights Out this spring, photographer Pamela Petro and poet Naila Moreira will present an art exhibit, Dusk at Macleish, of seven ecological graphic poems. Their work, in word and image digital presentation, will be projected on a triptych of screens. It’ll be neat and you’ll like it so check it out!

Board Games:

Friday, April 13th
Burger King Community Room [344 King St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tabletop Game Night
Meet up and play some board games with friendly people! They tend to like the Euro stuff but feel free to bring whatever you think will be fun. We highly recommend checking Azul, we’ve played it a few times and it’s a lot of fun. Kind of like competitive solitaire, but with nice colored tiles.
Saturday, April 14th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! This Saturday it’s going to feature some tree-related games! Photosynthesis is really fun!

Books:

Tuesday, April 10th
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Brock Clarke, The Price of a Haircut
A new collection of stories from Brock Clarke, author of seven fiction books and winner of a bunch of prizes including the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction. His stories cover child actors, PTSD, marital discord, and contemporary racial attitudes. Hear him in conversation with Jeff Parker, who’s also probably pretty nice!
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Where the Real and the Surreal Meet
A long-running author reading series presents Science Fiction and Fantasy authors Jane Yolen, ‘The Pit Dragon Chronicles’, Elizabeth Bear, ‘The Stone in the Skull’, and Robert V.S. Redick, ‘Master Assassins’.
Thursday, April 12th
Barnes & Noble [7 Holyoke St., Holyoke MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“We will discuss Chapter 1 (Book 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).Please read the chapter beforehand; it’s also handy if you bring your book along. Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1735770856446086/”
Saturday, April 14th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
The Talking Tollbooth: A Conversation with Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster
Join author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer as they discuss the fantastic book The Phantom Tollbooth! Learn about how it came to be and what came after, moderated by children’s book author Kate Feiffer. Signed books are available following the program, in case you like the books that the people you’re seeing write and illustrate which is a pretty decent possibility!

Card Games:

Friday, April 13th
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.

Comics:

Wednesday, April 11th
Comics N’ More [31 Union St, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
King of Pop Release Party!
Locals making comics! good comics about oddball assassins born from a love of D-List movies, snacks, and homemade comics! We’ve got it on good authority that this is “gunna be sweet”. Get ready to get excited by a neat new comic from Valley Creators!

Community:

Monday, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Racial Justice Rising
Learn about racial justice, and help out your community!
Tuesday, April 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
League of Women Voters
The monthly meeting of the League!
Wednesday, April 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Teach-in on the Social Justice Economy (After Hours GH)
A teach-in about Social Justice!

Entertainment:

Monday, April 9th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St, Northampton] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Beer and Comics
In what might be the most for-specifically-us Nerd Nite yet we’re going to have Christian Reader from the excellent Easthampton comic shop Comics N’ More here to speak about why comics are for everybody and Jordana Starr of Beerology in Northampton is going to talk to us about brewing! And you’ll be able to buy drinks and hey why not read a comic during intermission? The perfect night! Also as always we’ll have Home-made Freshly-baked Delicious Cookies on hand to raise money for the Northampton Survival Center!
Tuesday, April 10th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week Program Wingmasters: Birds of Prey
Wingmasters: Birds of Prey- Julie Collier of Wingmasters, along with some of her feathered friends will explain five basic categories of raptors that include eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and discuss many aspects of each. Five live birds will accompany her. Bring six live birds if you want to have a chance at defeating her Raptor Force!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Clutter Control: Downsizing Your Stuff
Do you have trouble with clutter? Figure out how to make it less troublesome with this class!
Thursday, April 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. We just started watching the Netflix one “Children of the Whales” and it seems pretty neat and neatly pretty so far, though quite sad!
Saturday, April 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Baroque Music Event (All Ages)
Baroque music for the whole family! A bunch of classical hits and covers played by excellent musicians.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
The doctor is in! Which doctor? Who knows! Anyway watch Doctor Who with some nice folks and then chat about it!

History:

Wednesday, April 11th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Creation of the Quabbin Reservoir w/ J.R. Greene
Have you been to Enfield, Prescott, Dana, or Greenwich recently? Probably not! They’re underwater now! They were cleared out so that there could be a massive reservoir for the City of Boston! That’s so wild! They got rid of whole towns and then made one of the largest bodies of water in Massachusetts! Learn more about this wild historical event from local history-knower J.R. Greene!

Kids:

Monday, April 9th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crafts
Crafts for kids! It’s a good time.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teens Only: Button-Making
Teens and only teens: you must come design and press some buttons! It’s a good way to make a button for yourself or another!
Tuesday, April 10th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy! Experience Nathan, the most gigantic worm that can speak!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Play with LEGO! Have fun! Ages 5 and up!
Wednesday, April 11th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Story & Craft Time @ North Amherst Library
Stories, crafts, and crafty stories for kids!
Thursday, April 12th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Stories with Nathan
Jason is either a cat or a lion, which is just a much bigger cat. Do not bring your children unless they’re not allergic to cats or they are able to fight off a lion. Everyone should be able to fight off a lion by the age of around 4.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activities
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM
Story and Craft Time @ Munson Memorial Library
Crafts, stories, and storied crafts for kids!
Friday, April 13th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Teen Lounge
Teens! Lounge about with other teens at the old library down the road!
Saturday, April 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday Stories, Songs, and Crafts
This one’s actually just a bunch of monolithic structures strewn across a ruined plain stretching toward infinity and pulsing with horrible strength, but for kids. Nah it’s a craft/story time again!

Movies:

Monday, April 9th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
National Library Week Movie
A movie of some sort. We’re going to say… that one from the 1910s where a horse runs!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Facing the Surge
Facing the Surge documents the tangible costs of sea level rise for the people of Norfolk, VA (and Marshfield, MA). Norfolk is home to the largest naval base in the country and to thousands of hard-working Americans struggling to adapt to the rising tides and an uncertain future. But Facing the Surge is not a film about loss and inaction. It tells the stories of citizens from across the United States as they step forward to raise awareness and push their government to solve climate change. Sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby- Pioneer Valley
Wednesday, April 11th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder
This film profiles a writer, publisher and bookseller as a major force in resistance to government clampdowns on free speech. The poet and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti—since 1950– has been a radical resister to censorship of ideas both by writing his own poetry, publishing poetry of other radical resisters like Allen Ginsburg (Howl!), and selling their work.
Saturday, April 14th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
National Library Week Movie
A movie! We’re going to say… it’s actually the next 19 Avatar films.
Sunday, April 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
FILM | Holy Land Hardball
Boston bagel maker Larry Baras wanted to create a pro baseball league in Israel. He was met with incredulity and even hostility, but he tried it anyway! He got a bunch of delightful folks including a 41 year-old father of three, and a 27 year-old Brooklyn artist and DJ who was still finding himself after the disappointment of not being drafted out of college, and a bunch of other nice people! Students $4, Members $6, General Admission $8!

RPGs:

Wednesday, April 11th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12! You can become a member of this club by prepaying $50. That gets you help with creating a character, a mini, a custom D&D session, and a set of dice! It’s the perfect way to play a fun game with friends! We recommend you play a bard. Actually everyone should play as a bard and you should be adventurers by day and a traveling band by night!
Thursday, April 12th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Friday, April 13th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 7:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 1
A new year, new staff, new stories, possibly vampires? Vampires in the title image for this thing so probably vampires. Lots more info at Magestry.com, but the basics are: come hang out for a weekend playing an RPG! You can come as an NPC to get free stuff, even!
Saturday, April 14th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 2
The second day of the Magestry Spring Event!
Sunday, April 15th
Chesterfield Scout Reservation [22 Sugar Hill Road, Chesterfield, MA] at 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Magestry LARP 1st Spring Event Day 3
The third and final day of the Magestry Spring Event!

Science:

Thursday, April 12th
The Nacul Center [592 Main St., Amherst] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
OEB Science Cafe: Communication Controversial Science
Why’s it so hard to talk about Climate Change with folks from across the proverbial aisle? It can feel futile, but there are some psychological and social factors influencing how we discuss and make decisions about politicized topics that it can help to understand! It’s worthwhile to figure out how to communicate something this important!
Friday, April 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Let’s Talk About Energy: An Evening with Jim Barry
Jim Barry is the Western Mass Regional Coordinator for the Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division. That means he’s basically your one-stop source for information related to conservation and renewable energy! He’ll talk about Municipal Electricity Aggregation, What’s Coming After SRECs, Renewable Heating Systems, Electric Vehicles, the Solarize Program, and more! Bring your questions and find out that with Jim’s Help it IS easy being green! That’s his joke and he deserves the credit because it’s excellent.
Saturday, April 14th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Songbirds of the Northeast with Naturalist John Root
Free admission to a talk about the best type of birds, the ones that sing pretty songs! And also the worst type of birds, the ones that sing pretty songs early in the morning. You’ll also be able to buy perennials for edible landscaping and to attract birds, butterflies, and other good animals! Make your garden useful and beautiful!

 

March 12th – March 18th

The Valley Nerd Watch!


This week we want to call attention to two big nerd related events!

Nerd Nite NoHo tomorrow at 7pm at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! It’ll be about lions and the mental state of our president. Two topics that are guaranteed to be interesting. Also we have cookies! Delicious cookies! Available for anyone who donates to the Northampton Survival Center!

Then, this Saturday and Sunday there’s NERD Summit 2018! There are a metric ton of useful and interesting panels to attend! There are friendly people to meet! It’s all the Integrated Sciences Building at UMass Amherst! Take a look at it here to find detailed information: https://nerdsummit.org/

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 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Wednesday, March 14th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Painting in the Margins: Displacement and the Refugee Experience Presented by Human Rights Activist Thaer Abdallah
Thaer Abdallah will speak about his experiences as a Palestinian minority in Iraq and as a refugee in Syria, his torture and return to Iraq, and his flight to the United States. He will share his paintings of the Palestinian community in Baghdad, Iraq and as refugees across the world. His paintings of subjects in the U.S. reflect awareness of those on the margins of society. Free and open to the public!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
The zine scene’s a real mean bean! Join it at this fun club!
Thursday, March 15th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Artists’ Talk with Cassandra Holden and Paul Shoul: Single Room Occupancy: Portraits & Stories from Northampton Lodging, 1976 – 2016
Guest curator Cassandra Holden and photographer Paul Shoul will discuss the process of getting to know the former residents of Northampton Lodging and how they approached the project intellectually, emotionally, and artistically.
Friday, March 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Session topic: “A Revolution in Locality”. This session is led by David Razor, who’s a PhD candidate in 19th Century American Literature at Brandeis University! This discussion will focus on a grouping of poems from Fascicles 36-40, which focuses on the idea of “locality”.
Saturday, March 17th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Base Camp Photo Adventures in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond
Photoshop for Lightroom Users Workshop! Learn about how to use Photoshop and Lightroom better we assume? Not sure what Base Camp are, but we assume they like taking and editing photos?

Board Games:

Tuesday, March 13th
Building Autistic Community, Inc [8 Washington St., Westfield, MA] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Gaming for Anxiety and Depression
From the site: “Come down for a fun night of board and card games with people on and off the spectrum! Gaming for Anxiety and Depression is a co-meetup with people who love games and look for an open and understanding environment; you’ll meet some great people and learn to play a wide variety of games!”
Wednesday, March 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
This week the featured game also features artwork from a local creator, you’ll get to play Robot Rise! Aaron Wood provided the art for the game, which is about being a mad scientist vying for membership in the Ministry of Discord by building extremely neat robots and using your nefarious intellect to outwit your opponents. There’s also going to be lots of other games to play and Free Pizza!
Saturday, March 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Palmer Scholastic Chess Tournament
There are four sections: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. It’s a 4-round Swiss System and there are trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Entry is free!

Books:

Wednesday, March 14th
Southampton Public Library [30 East St., Southamtpon, MA 01073] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Meet at the Well with Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin
From the site: “Jane Yolen and Barbara Diamond Goldin’s masterful retellings pair eloquent profiles with stunning art, answering one question: What makes these women heroes? From first woman, Eve, to Deborah the judge, to Queen Esther, savior of her people, females in the Hebrew Bible are resourceful and courageous.”
Thursday, March 15th
Panera Bread [935 Riverdale St., West Springfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Sacred Text – First Meeting!
The kick-off for a fun new book club! Spend a little time getting to know other folks at the club, then discuss the first chapter of this extremely popular book series! Read the chapter first, of course! Feel free to bring along a book for reference!

Card Games:

Friday, March 16th
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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
New Players Welcome – FREE Magic the Gathering Cards!
New players welcome! Ever thought of playing a fun card game with pals? Then join other new players at a welcome event for new players! You’ll get official MtG cards to play with, you’ll be taught the game, and as a bonus you get to keep the cards! It’s a great chance to join your local card game community! Any questions? Call 413-896-1500, and join the meetup event if you want! https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/248617609/
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Magic the Gathering Booster Draft
Booster draft! For $15 you get 3 booster packs and prize support. Keep the cards you draft, play 2-3 games for best of three, and win prizes! The venue is casual, and if you’ve got any questions call 413-896-1500!
Saturday, March 17th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meet & Greet – Casual Community Magic Gathering
A free meet-and-greet! Pizza and drinks provided! Open game tables for Magic the Gathering or other card games, some D&D, and bring your own! Free for all memebers of the Springfield Area MA Magic The Gathering & D&D Meetups, bring a friend! Free Magic cards for all new players! Join at https://www.meetup.com/Western-Ma-Magic-the-Gathering-Dungeons-and-Dragons-Meetups/events/hvzctlyxfbwb/

Community:

Wednesday, March 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen Job Force Development
GPL Teens and the Franklin Hampshire Employment Board join to explore youth employment!
Friday, March 16th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Exploring Downtown Northampton
Co-director and naturalist Laurie Sanders will lead a one-hour amble along a stretch of the former rail-line, now bike path and describe the natural and cultural history along the route. Learn about the town you live within! It’s $8 to members and donors, $12 to non-members, registration required! Register at lsanders@historicnorthampton.org!
Saturday, March 17th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
An open meeting of members of the League of Women Voters!

Computers:

Tuesday, March 13th
Common Media [84 Russell St., Hadley, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hack for Western Mass
After quick updates on ongoing projects, things will turn to the ongoing projects and get to work! Bring your laptop and your positive community energy!
Thursday, March 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Meet up and learn about WordPress! Share your projects, talk about projects and solutions, learn more about where WordPress is going! A great meetup for people new to WordPress or people who want to share their knowledge!
Saturday, March 17th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Paul Bissex will talk about Building the Web Application that Runs a Global Startup Accelerator, Meghan Fallon will give you an overview of the 2018 Technical Job Market! Abby Kingman will talk about Accessibilty for NERDs! So much to do, so little time to do it!
Sunday, March 18th
UMass Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) [661 North Pleasant St., Northampton, MA] at 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM
NERD Summit 2018!
NERD Summit! It’s got a ton of excellent sessions all day long! Learn, laugh, and love with your fellow developers! Jochen Rau will talk about React and ClojureScript, Andrea Kvasnica and Chris Smith will talk about their Agile experiences, and Aditya Relangi will talk about De-mystifying Serveless Platforms! A good second day!

Entertainment:

Thursday, March 15th
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. Important update: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is a good television show.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Guest curator Janet Gross will present “Northampton Lymans in Context” and discuss her research on this local family. We hope she asked them first, it’s always awkward to find out that your family is the subject of a contextual exhibit at a local library.
Sunday, March 18th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Members’ Annual Pancake Breakfast Celebrating Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Enjoy homemade pancakes in the Carle Cafe, a project created just for this unique event in the Art Studio! Storytime, a film, and a chance to meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day
Celebrate the Caterpillar’s special day at The Carle! Throughout the day you can enjoy a bunch of art studio projects, Caterpillar food search scavenger hunts, tattoos, butterfly masks, films, story-times, and more! Plus 15% off everything in the shop!

Film:

Thursday, March 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines: Screening and Discussion – On the Same Page Amherst!
From the site: “This documentary traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Following the screening, Dr. Erica Scharrer will lead a conversation about issues raised in the documentary.”

Kids:

Monday, March 12th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Live Clue: Stranger Things
Solve the mystery of who-done-it in Hawkins, Indiana? Was it Mike with the baseball bat full of nails in Mirkwood? Play along to discover which of these adorable 80’s children murdered someone, we guess? Weird branding, Clue. For ages 12-18, register by contacting oeberli@westath.org!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
STEAM Activities
Science! Technology! Engineering! Art! Mathematics! By their powers combined, they are activities that kids can do to learn things!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Crafts
Crafts for kids! It’s a good time.
Tuesday, March 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
LEGO Club for kids! Have fun building neat things out of these good tiny blocks.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Stories with Nathan
Nathan’s back! Back to undulate your children to Story Town! Back to defy all known natural sciences with his enormity and literacy! Experience Nathan, the most gigantic worm that can speak!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Stories with Jason
Jason is either a cat or a lion, which is just a much bigger cat. Do not bring your children unless they’re not allergic to cats or they are able to fight off a lion. Everyone should be able to fight off a lion by the age of around 4.
Thursday, March 15th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Teen Room Activites
Teens! Make buttons, hang out, read, make other stuff, play games, basically do a bunch of things at the library because the library is a genuinely fun place for teens! This time, do it on the most wild night at the library: Thursday!
Saturday, March 17th
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Read to Rover
Read to a nice dog, children! There’s literally no reason not to do this.

Movies:

Monday, March 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Jane Austen Film Festival
In anticipation of the Jane Austen Book Discussion starting April 26th, the GPL is showing some Austen films! This night: Sense and Sensibility! The most sensible senses! The most sensuous sensibilities! They’re all here!
Wednesday, March 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Resistance Film Series: Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA
A documentary that follows how guns and the profits that they produce for their manufacturers and sellers, affect the lives of everyday Americans. Learn more, then call your congresspeople!
Thursday, March 15th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Opening Reception and Film Screening
The 13th annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival kicks off at the Yiddish Book Center with an opening reception and film screening! Fine out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/pioneer-valley-jewish-film-festival-opening-reception-and-film-screening

RPGs:

Wednesday, March 14th
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!
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Wednesday! Gear up and play a fun casual short session. It’s a good intro to the main storyline events and uses published adventure material for a fun quick weeknight session. Every week is a new challenge! It costs $5 to attend and you’ll have a great time!
Thursday, March 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your warrior’s “jilted former roommate who always wanted to see the world”.
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!
Saturday, March 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Great Goblin Bake-Off: A Song of Icing and Fryer
Play using the Fate system, and join an adventure at: the Great Goblin bake-off, and competition is fierce! At least it would be if the other bakers hadn’t been kidnapped. What is the Witchhunters plan? What is the secret goblin magic? How are you supposed to roll out croissant dough if you can’t let the butter soften? All this and more in the most thrilling adventure of any lifetime! First-timers are welcome! The Fate system is really easy to pick up and play and all materials will be provided.
Westfield Athenaeum [6 Elm St, Westfield, MA 01085] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! Dungeons! DUNGEONS! D! U! N! G! E! O! N! S! Less into the dragons though, they’re so mean. Contact Tristan Anderson at trisdragon2@gmail.com for more… info… aw shoot we’re sorry Tristan’s a dragon
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Saturday! A good intro to the main storyline events! It’s just $5 per player, snacks and drinks available. As always, play a bard because everyone should adventure with a full-sized Cello.
Sunday, March 18th
AAA Games Cards and More [2460 Boston Rd. Unit #4 – Wilbraham, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
D&D 5E
D&D Sunday! Take a character all the way from their humble beginning to the heights of arcane might! Make a character onsite or bring one pre-made! The current group includes both new and experienced players, and they’re happy to welcome new people! $5 per player, snacks and drinks available.
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, March 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Saving Lions and Diagnosing Presidents
Join us for another great Nite! We’ll find out about lions from Andrew Stein, a wildlife biologist and National Geographic Explorer focused on the conservation of large predators! Then we’ll hear about the terrifying possibility that the president is legitimately unfit to serve in like a “no object permanence” manner rather than just having horrific plans for his term from David Arbeitman, a PhD in psychology. It’ll be a night of once again no single shred of connection between the topics because shush, you. It’s $5 to attend, $50 going to each speaker. We’ll also have COOKIES! For anyone who drops money in the donation bin for the Northampton Survival Center!
Wednesday, March 14th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Genealogy with Hillary Schau
Part four of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107. This one is about digging deeper! Military records, family papers and stories, land records, all that jazz!

 

February 26th – March 4th

 

The Valley Nerd Watch!


We watched the very good Netflix show based on the comic by Massachusetts local cartoonist Charles Forsman: “The End of the Fucking World”. It’s more British than the comic, and also it moves and there’s sound. It was really, really good and also sad! We cried.

We recommend picking up a copy of the comic to support a great artist and your local comic shop! It’s available at both Comics N’ More in Easthampton and Modern Myths in Northampton!

Come to the next Nerd Nite! It’s March 12th and it will feature lions and also the possibility of distance-diagnosing our extremely terrible president! Last time we got $60 for the Northampton Survival Center, which means that we helped feed a bunch of people in our community! Let’s get even more this time!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, February 26th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Trash Art
Make art out of trash teens! Wait no make art out of trash, teens! They provide the trash, you turn it into something that looks cool!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Screenwriting, Scripts and Film (The Modern Real and Surreal)
Abraham Ravett, filmmaker, Holding Hands With Ilse; Wade Wofford, screenwriter/director, The Answer; Ellen Kaplan, screenwriter/director, Mixed Blessings; Jake Hulse, screenwriter/director, Heroes Don’t Come Home will all come to speak about their processes!
Tuesday, February 27th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Teen and Tween Art Club
Teens! Tweens! Art! That is the whole deal.
Smith College Museum of Art [20 Elm St, Northampton, MA 01063] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Public Lecture: Bodies in Earth: Postwar Japanese Ceramics, Photography, and Installation Art
Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine Bert Winther-Tamaki will discuss the top of artwork in Japan in the 1950s to 1970s! “Images and actions that foregrounded the touch of skin and flesh to soil or clay evoked thoughts ranging from death and abjection to pastoral nostalgia and agricultural fertility.”
Wednesday, February 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Zines! Teeny Zines, Clean Zines, Spleen Zines, Green Zines, Mean Zines, Tambourine Zines! All sorts of zines!
Thursday, March 1st
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Amherst Arts Night Plus
Pop-up art exhibit in the Homestead from 5pm to 8pm, open mic signups from 5pm to 6pm with the open mic starting at 6pm and featured readings following the open mic! Get art into your brain! This night will feature people who’ve appeared in the student-run literary magazine The Circus!
Saturday, March 3rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Pottery Demonstration
The Pied Potter will demonstrate four techniques of forming clay and will throw on the wheel in a variety of forms including a dragon! He’ll discuss the language of the potter while teaching participants about pressure and motion. You’ll get to make some some pinch pots too! Also afterward he WILL steal all the children in town we think? We’re not really certain what other meanings Pied has.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Artist of the Month: Artist Reception
Artist reception! Which artist? Could be any artist! Might even be one of the big ones, like Leonardo or Michelangelo or Raphael or Van Gogh!

Books:

Wednesday, February 28th
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 106B at 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM
Nancy MacLean, Democracy in Chains
Learn terrible truths about the functioning of our dear Republic! File them away with the hundreds of thousands of other terrifying facts you have learned this past definitely like a century right it cannot have been under a century. This book takes you through the decades of work that has been done to privatize public goods, destroy unions, and suppress voting in order to dis-empower the majority of Americans. It’s not like a fun read, it sounds like. But it’s probably useful to understand!

Community:

Wednesday, February 28th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Department of Children and Families Foster Care Information Session
An informational session on how to become a foster parent! It’s a good way to learn about how to help out a kid or multiple kids in need!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, March 1st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holi Celebration
Learn about Holi, a festival of colors celebrated primarily by Hindu Indians! It’s a good time to create neat artwork.

Computers:

Tuesday, February 27th
Click Workspace [9 Market St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Intro to Cloud Foundry – Monthly Full Stack Meetup
Cloud Foundry is an open source cloud application platform-as-a-service which we think means you hire someone to put all of your work on their computer. During the talk you’ll get to explore some of the fundamentals of the whole thing and what you can do with it. John Tuttle from CyberArk will be your guide through this computational wonderland!
Thursday, March 1st
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Northampton Municipal Network Organizational Meeting
A meeting to work on getting Northampton to finally put in free high-speed internet access as a municipal utility! It’s the sort of thing that probably should have been done a decade and a half ago but we can get on it now.

Entertainment:

Monday, February 26th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First Wednesday Speaker Series RESCHEDULED: Pairing Tea with Chocolate
We think it pretty much just works like, because they’re both nice to taste! But if you’d like to figure out the absolute best way to eat two tasty things, this is it! Also you get samples!
Thursday, March 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Srinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta Live at the Mead!
A closer look at New Publics: Art for a Modern India, 1960s-90s will feature a talk by exhibition curator Yael Rice. Then, Snrinivas Reddy and Nitin Mitta will join folks for a tabla and sitar performance!
Saturday, March 3rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Doctor Who Club
All are welcome to explore time and space with the Doctor! Hang out and enjoy a screening of a classic episode! Then hang out and talk with folks because hey you’ve got something in common right? Based on our understanding of the show though we have to say it’s a good idea not to hunt any aliens with the folks in this club!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Rendering the Galaxy: Translator Tyran Grillo Discusses Yoshiki Tanaka’s “Legend of the Galactic Heroes”
“Tanaka’s grand space opera has long been known to fans outside of Japan due to the popularity of its anime adaptation, but the novels in translation are at last giving those same fans (and new readers alike) every satisfying detail with renewed clarity. Grillo will discuss the significance of this groundbreaking saga, read from his translations, and discuss the challenges of rendering such a complex work into English. An informal Q&A will follow” Translation is always really interesting! Plus this is supposed to be a good anime!
Sunday, March 4th
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/248117301/ for more info!

History:

Tuesday, February 27th
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 5:30 PM to 7:15 PM
Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England
Dennis Picard will demonstrate the Ice Harvesting trade! He’s been doing it for more than 20 years at museums using his antique tools of the trade. He’ll share the tale of this massive industry that is fading into the mists of time! Free and open to the public! Plus, you’ll get some of that sweet sweet ice!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 27th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Kids aged 6-10 are welcome to come hang out and build things out of LEGO! The original, the acronymical, the spectacular fun building block set! Build a bracelet, a model, a toy, even a person! That’s right you heard it here first you can build a fully functional human being out of LEGO.
Wednesday, February 28th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
LEGO Club (Ages 6-10)
Build LEGO! It’s fun and if you do it here it costs your parents less than $900.
Sunday, March 4th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeanette Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!

Movies:

Wednesday, February 28th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Countdown to Zero
Countdown to Zero is an urgent contemporary call to work to dismantle the horrific nuclear Sword of Damocles that we’ve set up for ourselves. It traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the current status which is that we’ve got enough nuclear weapons to basically reduce Earth to a cinder. Post-film, speakers Timmon Wallis and Vicki Elson of the national Treaty Compliance Campaign will talk about their efforts to get states, business, individuals, and really anyone who’ll listen to work to ban nuclear weapons!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:50 PM
Film: Holding Hands With Ilse
A documentary by Abraham Ravett about the search for the teenage German girl who took care of him in 1948-1950 in Walbrzych, Poland. He had only her first name and an old photo. Using only that as a guide he explore Western Poland. Abraham Ravett will be there to introduce the film!
Sunday, March 4th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Film: The Jester (Der Purimspiler)
Lively circus! Vaudeville music! Impressive set pieces! The Jester provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, soon to be destroyed. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-jester-der-purimspiler-sunday-march-4-2-pm

RPGs:

Thursday, March 1st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.

Science:

Monday, February 26th
Union Station [125 Pleasant St, Northampton] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Shining Light on and in the Brain: Using Lasers and Viruses to Understand Brain Circuits in Songbirds
So like 40% chance this is the kick-off to a mad villain’s plan to use an army of songbirds to destroy the country but at least AS ADVERTISED it’s about how we can control brain cells with light, why anyone would shine a laser into a brain, and definitely the mad villain thing folks please keep your head on a swivel! Luke Remage-Healey is a professor of psychological and brain sciences at UMass. Research in the Healey lab is focused on the neural basis of natural behavior.
Tuesday, February 27th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dr. Kate Stone, Developer of Interactive and Electronic Paper
Founder of Lab Novalia, Dr. Stone works on adding capacitive touch to everything and then connecting them to the internet! This allows for neat things like scores that play music when you touch them! Meet Dr. Stone and learn about new technology while you eat some refreshments! Free and open to the public!
Wednesday, February 28th
Hampshire College, FPH Hall [893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Social Complexity in Dolphins by Janet Mann, Georgetown University
Join Hampshire’s Marine Mammal class for this lecture by renowned researcher Dr. Janet Mann of Georgetown University! She’s the director of the Shark Bay Dolphin Research Project and the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project! Mann’s work focuses on social networks, female reproduction, tool use, and social learning! Dolphins are neat so learn more about dolphins, basically.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107. This class will focus on sources – the census and vital records!
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Geneaology Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Thursday, March 1st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
RESCHEDULED! Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

Video Games:

Sunday, March 4th
Another Castle [30 Olive St. Suite 2, Greenfield MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
MAKE TALK PLAY | Jerry Berlongieri talks audio for games
Music! Sound! It’s all vital to making a game that feels like something that’s worth playing! This month’s MAKE TALK PLAY will feature an industry veteran giving some tips about game audio! He’s worked on Descent, Spider-Man, Call of Duty, James Bond, and Skylanders! We’ve got some experience in game audio too: one bleep should follow two bloops, but never three! You’re welcome. If you drive in, park in a space facing the train and bus station!

 

February 19th – February 25th

The Valley Nerd Watch!

 


Folks! FOLKS!

Black Panther was a hell of a film. Fun, with a half-dozen excellent supporting characters, some very well-constructed jokes that fit with the folks telling them, an extremely bright and interesting visual palette and some just frigging neat ideas. And a great villain! Charismatic and interesting with motivations that follow from his experiences, pretty much the tops for any Marvel film.

Black Panther has pretty solidly vaulted to the top of the heap of anything made by Marvel we can recall. Thor: Ragnarok was one of our recent faves because it was willing to go farther afield from the tone of the other films, into explicit comedy. We were impressed with how much Black Panther managed to do with a more standard dramatic action film.

Also, though we agree with some of the action complaints, we definitely appreciated that this had a final CGI-filled fight sequence that we could follow and appreciate because we had been introduced to characters and their motivations before things kicked off.

Bottom line is that it was really neat, worthwhile filmmaking. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone!

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 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Gallery Talk with Mead Director and Chief Curator David E. Little
Pretty much what it says on the tin! This one will be about HOUSE: Selections from the Collection of John and Sue Wieland. It features 58 artworks that present interpretations of the house. Which house? YOUR house. Free and open to all!
Wednesday, February 21st
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
A Conversation with Sonya Clark, Followed by Her Performance of “Unraveling”
A conversation with two renowned artists, class of ’89 and ’90, for an evening of performance and protest. Following a discussion, Clark will perform “Unraveling”. All are invited to participate by unraveling threads of the Confederate battle flag. Really not a bad idea to do just whenever and wherever you see a Confederate battle flag.

Books:

Tuesday, February 20th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Children’s Book Writers Group
Adults who write for children are invited to a critique group! Speak to other people about your work, and trade opportunities for development as well as writing and publishing tips. You can also read and discuss stories with other members! For more info call the library at 413-772-1544!
Wednesday, February 21st
Odyssey Bookshop [9 College St, South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Ami Campbell, Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World
This is a book chronicling what happened when a LaSalle Street Church gave every congregant $500 to go “do God’s work in the world”. It sounds both like it’s an uplifting story of generous people and a really solid argument for socialism.
Thursday, February 22nd
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium [South Hadley, MA 01075] at 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Luvvie Ajayi – Mount Holyoke College Black History Month Keynote Speaker
“Mount Holyoke College celebrates Black History Month with social media expert, New York Times best-selling author, and pop-critic, Luvvie Ajayi. Sponsored by the Association of Pan-African Unity, Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association, and the Division of Student Life. ” You can grab a copy of ‘I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual’ to read before the talk at Odyssey Books!
Packards [14 Masonic St., Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet book discussion and dinner
Read the book and then talk about it! Also, get some nice food at the same time. Sounds like a fun time: “In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Card Games:

Friday, February 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!

Community:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Reading with Rooster
Children! Teens! Read to a frigging dog! Rooster is such a cute doggy and you can read Rooster a book and that’s an opportunity no one should pass up!
Thursday, February 22nd
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Center for New Americans English Class
English class and childcare! Learn while your kiddos play!
Saturday, February 24th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Adulting 101 – Learn how to Create & Manage a Personal Budget
Teens and young adults ages 14-22, get some tips on budget-making! What does it mean to make and stick to a budget? We personally recommend you keep a budgie. Those little birds are cute, and they know their stuff when it comes to responsible spending!
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM
Democratic Town Committee
Open to the public, though only Democrats can vote for convention delegates.
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
League of Women Voters
Open to the public! Participate in the democratic process!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 20th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Performance of “The Hair Bow Anthems” by Regina Carter
Master Jazz Violinist, MacArthur Fellow, and just we assume a very good musician in general Regina Carter will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” using violin bows that have been restrung with human hair by contemporary artist Sonya Clark! Followed by an artist talk.
Wednesday, February 21st
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Valentine’s Day Soiree
It’s slightly late for V-day, but whatever! Not like there’s a time limit on soirees! The party is open to kids of all ages and their caregivers! There are crafts, games, music, party favors, all the necessary soiree ingredients! Contact asanches@palmer.lib.ma.us for info!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
The Ukulele Scramble
“The Ukulele Scramble are Richard Perlmutter and Robin Hoffman. They sing and play rare, obscure and under-performed songs from the past 500 years; especially works from the Renaissance, and Parlor and Art Songs from the 19th Century. They update, revise and rewrite lyrics for many of these songs, often humorously, and perform them on ukuleles and other small stringed instruments. The group is based in Western Massachusetts.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Anti V-Day Party
More of a ^-day party, then! Hahaha yes, nailed it.
Saturday, February 24th
The Stationery Factory [63 Flansburg Ave., Dalton, MA] at 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Villaintine’s Masquerade Ball
Villains, mischief-makers, and ne’er-do-wells! Join your fellow foul foes for a night of dinner, dancing, drinks, games, and more! Dress up like your favorite villain and have a classy, slightly evil time! General admission is $70! “Dress code: Dress up as your favorite villain (keeping in mind that in order to be a safe and fun event for all, real-world hate groups and villains that promote them will not be allowed), or come in your best formal wear. Don’t forget to wear a mask!” Get to know more at: http://massrenfaire.com/villaintines-masquerade-ball/!
Sunday, February 25th
Historic Northampton [46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060-2406] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Winter Lecture Series: Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic
“Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic,” Presented by Deborah Child, Independent Scholar. Find out more about an interesting person from early America!
MYSTERY LOCATION at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Star Trek Deep Space Nine – 25th Anniversary Viewing and Potluck
Potluck, then watch a bunch of DS9! Bring something Star Trek themed! Preferably delicious food as well! Possibly both at once. Join up at https://www.meetup.com/4scifi/events/247551876/ for more info!

Kids:

Tuesday, February 20th
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 with Sigrid Schmalzer and Melanie Chan
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean is a story about the memories of a farm boy who’s inspired by Chinese scientist Pu Zhelong to become a scientist himself. It’s written by Sigrid Schmalzer, professor of history at UMass Amherst and illustrated by Melanie Chan. Learn about Chinese culture, the history of insects, and more! Then there’s a paper-cutting art project and a book signing!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Ninjago: Build Before You Watch (Ages 5+)
Build some Ninjago LEGO before you watch the film!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Family Movie Matinee: The Lego Ninjago Movie (PG)
Can the six Ninja warriors defend their island home, Ninjago? Can they also survive their greatest challenge– high school?
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club Special Edition: Make your own LEGO Batman mask!
Pretty much what it says! Make a neat mask!
Wednesday, February 21st
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Rona Leventhal Presents “Travelin’ Shoes: A Multi-Cultural Storytelling Extravaganza”
“Sit back, put your feet up and join Storyteller Rona Leventhal for a journey around the world and back! Rona is one person, but many voices. Through her, skies talk, turtles sing, and magic happens! Rona will have you dancing, swaying in your seats, making funny noises, singing, and laughing, as she shares stories from the silly to the serious, from the mysterious to the monstrous!”
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aviation Workshop: Ages 12 and up
Learn how airplanes fly, and build some great model airplanes that fly! Call 413-420-8119 to reserve a spot!
Friday, February 23rd
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Kids Movie: Despicable Me 3
Despicable Me 3: a movie! If you’d like to see it, why not do so for free in the library?

Movies:

Tuesday, February 20th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
LEGO movies have generally been surprisingly good, being that they’re movies about a toy line. We haven’t heard amazing things about this one, but probably if you hear “LEGO” and “Ninja”, you’d be into it!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Sound of Music Sing Along
“Get ready to yodel in Western Mass! Sing along to all the great songs from the Sound of Music. A fun, liberating night out the whole family will enjoy. Come in costume or bring a movie themed prop and get ready to sing your heart out. Intermission refreshments.”
Wednesday, February 21st
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Film: Wonder
Wonder is a movie about a kid with Treacher-Collins syndrome going to school and trying to fit in. It generally got some good reviews, seems like it might be interesting! There’s also a dog on the poster, which is good.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Film Club: Do The Right Thing
“The Forbes Film Club presents a free screening of Spike Lee’s classic 1989 film Do the Right Thing. Synopsis from IMDB.com: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.”
Thursday, February 22nd
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Teen Movie: Hidden Figures
Watch the incredible true story of the people who got mankind to the moon! Three black female mathematicians pretty who played a vital role in early work in spaceflight are profiled across a tumultuous time in the US space program. Snacks provided!
Sunday, February 25th
Yiddish Book Center [1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Film: There are Jews Here
More than a million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. This film tells their stories by looking at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive. Find out more and purchase tickets here: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/visit-shop/calendar-events/film-there-are-jews-here-sunday-february-25-2-pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Film Screening: I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan
A film about a 94-year-old creative wonder whose heart skips and jumps like a child! Presumably in the like metaphorical sense not as a medical concern.

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 21st
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, February 22nd
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.

Science:

Wednesday, February 21st
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Introduction to Geneaology with Hillary Schau
Part one of a five-part free series that will help you find your ancestors! Class size limited to to 12, so register by calling (413) 420-8107.
Holyoke Public Library [250 Chestnut St, Holyoke, MA 01040] at 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Genealogy Drop-in Lab
A free drop-in lab for anyone interested in learning more about their family history! You need a Library Card, but nothing else! Hillary Schau will lead you through it!
Friday, February 23rd
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Our Place in the Stars: Family Astronomy Show
Amateur Astronomer and Deerfield Academy student Abigail Lupi is bringing her telescopes to the library! After an informative talk, families will be invited to use the telescopes to do some stargazing! Spot Betelgeuse, but don’t do it more than two times! Hot chocolate will be served! Recommended for kids aged 8+.

February 12th – 18th

 

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If you know of any way that a person could make a living playing Monster Hunter literally all day please get in touch with us it’s urgent.

This week we want to highlight some really neat Easthampton ❤ Valentine’s Day Events <3!

First off: Check out Chuck Fosman at Comics N’ More in Easthampton! He’s the cartoonist behind the comic turned hit Netflix show “The End of the Fucking World”! You’ll get to have books signed, hear cool behind-the-scenes stories, and hang out! It’s 6pm to 9pm!

Second: Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat! This week they’re doing Robo Rally, which is so danged fun you simply must give it a shot. That’s 7pm to 11pm!

As always, you should head to Nerd Nite NoHo this Monday at the World War 2 Club in Northampton! We’re going to start talking heist movies and social media faux pas at around 7:00pm, and there will be cookies!

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

THIS WEEK


Art:

Monday, February 12th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monet’s Magic: Pastel Paint Monet’s Wonderous Water Lillies
Join the Museum of Fine Arts pastel demonstrator Gregory Maichack as he shows everyone how to create an Impressionist pastel painting! He’ll share his water garden photos that he took on site at Monet’s home studio and will paint with you from the same imagery that Monet famously used! But better. But like, he’ll help you out! All supplies provided, advanced registration required!
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Warrior Writers Workshop
Local writer and veteran Eric Wasileski will lead a writing workshop! Military veterans and their families are very welcome, though the event is also open to the public. Warrior Writers works to build a community that allows for artistic expression and helps people witness the full range of military experiences.
Tuesday, February 13th
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Galentine’s Day Breakfast at the Mead
All people who identify as women are invited to the Mead for a look at some of the favorite gals in the collection! There will be waffles and informal conversation inspired by the exhibition “Fragmented Identities: The Gendered Roles of Women in Art Through the Ages”, and led by the women who make up the Mead’s curatorial, education, and programming departments. Also there are good odds it’ll wind up an impromptu Parks & Rec fan meetup.
Mead Art Museum [41 Quadrangle Dr, Amherst, MA 01002] at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Collecting 101: Cast Your Vote
Students from a course at the Mead have brought forward their top picks for a new work to put up in the Mead, join to hear some short talks and pick a favorite! The Mead will purchase whatever wins the popular vote, and sink the rest of the works into the sea.
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Create all things zine! Make your dream zine, or a zine about dreams!
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Make a Valentine Drop-in Craft
Make a Valentine for friends, family, and whoever else you’d like to give a Valentine card to! It’s a lovely time at the library!
Thursday, February 15th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Teen Anti-Valentines Day Crafting and more
Craft valentines, teens! Or anti-valentines! BUT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER.
Friday, February 16th
Emily Dickinson Museum [280 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002] at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Learn about the way that Emily Dickinson used her flower collection! This discussion led by Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, will focus on how Dickinson used her words to cross time and space! Wait this isn’t the Doctor Who meetup is it?

Board Games:

Wednesday, February 14th
Brass Cat [65 Cottage St #101, Easthampton, MA 01027] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Wednesday Games at the Brass Cat
Play fun board games at a nice bar! Local board game evangelist Justin Dowd will help lead you through a great new featured game every week and there are a ton more available to play! This week’s featured game is Robo Rally, which is a spectacular game! It’s like a simultaneous programming challenge!
Saturday, February 17th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Board Game Night
Play boardgames with friends and soon-to-be-friends as well as some of the friendly staff at Modern Myths! It’s a great night to try out something you may have been meaning to check out! We really recommend Clank! or Not Alone if they’ve got those!
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!

Card Games:

Friday, February 16th
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:

Wednesday, February 14th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Valentine’s Day with Chuck Forsman
From the description: “Join us for an intimate evening with cartoonist Chuck Forsman, creator of the hit NETFLIX show “The End of the XXXXing World”. Chuck will be here signing copies of the newest printing of the collected TEOTFW, sharing anecdotes from the production, and just kinda chilling. There will also be snacks. Possibly beer.”

Community:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Transportation Justice
Discuss and advocate for better regional public transit! A worthwhile endeavor indeed. Everyone needs an easy way to get from here to there and back again!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
AANE Women’s Support Group
Every second Monday of the month, this monthly support group for women on the autism spectrum meets to discuss a variety of issues and ways to deal with them. Please register at http://www.aane.org/events/!
Thursday, February 15th
Jones Library [43 Amity St., Amherst, MA 01002] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tibetan Community of Western MA
From the site: “Prayers for long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and world peace. Free and open to the public.” Make some connections with the Tibetan community of Western MA!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
5CLIR Legislator’s Forum
Hear area legislators give a summary of their accomplishments in 2017 and their outlook for the coming year! It will feature Senator Stan Rosenberg, and State Representatives Peter Kocot (First Hampshire District), John Scibak (Second Hampshire District) and Stephen Kulik (First Franklin District). Get involved in your community!

Computers:

Wednesday, February 14th
Last Call Media [136 West St., Suite 01, Northampton, MA] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Atlassian User Group Meetup
Get more information and register here: https://aug.atlassian.com/events/details/atlassian-northampton-presents-northampton-aug-kickoff-meeting! It seems like some sort of cloud… something? And maybe a management technique? It’s got one of those websites that’s very friendly but opaque. You probably know if you’re in the market for this sort of thing, but it does look like it’ll have pleasant folks and food!
Thursday, February 15th
Northampton Community TV [380 Elm St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Western Mass WordPress Developers and Admins
Talk about your current projects, bring up problems and provide solutions, and then brainstorm new topics! Plus, they’ve got official sponsorship now! That means big new things on the horizon, along with a bunch of new members! Bring a laptop!

Entertainment:

Tuesday, February 13th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Electric Vehicles: The Future is Now!
Learn about electric vehicles that are currently available! Learn how to match a vehicle with your driving needs! Learn how to charge one, how to pair EVs with home solar, and costs and incentives for buying one! It’s a good way to think about how to make a necessary new car purchase as non-terrible for the world as you can manage.
Thursday, February 15th
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Anime Club
Anime is an art form that we have scattered experience with but a lot of people wicked like. The nice part about anime is that you pretty much only need to pick one show and you’ll have 11,000 hours to get through. We once started watching One Piece, saw it had 500 30-minute episodes, and slowly walked into the sea.
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cookies with a Curator
Get cookies! Walk around Forbes and listen to a show and tell about various museum objects they’ve got on hand! Just a nice as heck time.
Saturday, February 17th
Sunderland Public Library [20 School St., Sunderland, MA 01375] at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunderland Short Story Series: Myka Plunkett & Troy David Mercier
Dramatic readings by professional actors, bringing to life excellent short stories! Myka Plunkett will be reading “The Lone Pilgrim” by Laurie Colwin, and Troy David Mercier will be reading stories from “Man Seeking Woman” by Simon Rich! The tough part is after the event you need to deal with the rampaging stories that were so foolishly brought to life!

Kids:

Monday, February 12th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Animals Spell Love Story-time and Craft with Author David Cundy
A gorgeous book about love, starring sixteen animals and sixteen languages! From Czech to American Sign Language, animals will spell out “I Love You!” Learn the language of love: language! Create your own word-pictures, and get your book signed! Intended for ages 5-10!
Tuesday, February 13th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
LEGO Club
Ages 5 and up can enjoy an afternoon playing with LEGOs!
Friday, February 16th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Minecraft Club
Children! Play some Minecraft with friends!
Saturday, February 17th
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Special Storytime with Jeanette Bradley
Join Jeantte Bradley as she reads from her debut book “Love, Mama”, and shares an art project that children can complete! They’ll decorate a small box to mail their own special things in, which is both decorative and useful!
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art [125 West Bay Rd., Amherst, MA 01002] at 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Happier Family Comedy Show
Happier Valley Comedy is the heart of improv comedy in Western Mass! Let your family’s creativity flourish in an accepting improv atmosphere! Geared for kids aged 5-12, call 413-559-6336 to get tickets!

Movies:

Monday, February 12th
Greenfield Public Library [402 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301] at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Screening and Lecture with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick
Alice Tregay was one of the ordinary people who worked hard to change the world for the better. She spent decades fighting for human rights, and this will be a chance to learn more about her! Ask the filmmaker questions after the screening!
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far Out Film Discussion: Alice
WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST! Then come here and talk about the movie! This is the first feature length film from Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer. It was made in 1988 and appears to be a nightmare brought to life, in a combination of stop motion animation and real actors and again literal nightmares. You can use your library card to check it out on Kanopy! https://forbes.kanopystreaming.com/video/alice
Wednesday, February 14th
Forbes Library [20 West St, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Film: Accidental Anarchist
Hosted by Eleanor Finley, U Mass. PhD candidate in Anthropology, this film is a documentary about the radical-feminist-anarchist democracy that formed in Rojava Syria. It’s told through the eyes of a British diplomat as he explores a culture that in which he finds a lot to admire. Interesting as heck, neat to have a local expert around to talk to as well!

RPGs:

Wednesday, February 14th
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, February 15th
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Youngbloods Adventure Guild
A monthly D&D club for players 8-12!
Modern Myths [34 Bridge Street #4, Northampton, MA 01060] at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Dungeons and Dragons
Play one of the classic RPGs at Modern Myths! New players are always welcome, and there’s a friendly crowd there every week! We recommend playing fast and loose, since it’s a drop-in drop-out game, so worst case you can come back in a few months with your bard’s ‘long-lost uncle who’s also secretly a god’.
Palmer Public Library [1455 N Main St, Palmer, MA 01069] at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
RPG Club
Play a game where you pretend to be another person! That covers a pretty wide range, so we don’t know exactly what’ll be up here but for some reason most of these games involves swords and dragons at some point. Even if someone tells you you’re going to be playing an RPG about minding a small convenience store, take a few levels in Longswords just in case.
Saturday, February 17th
Comics N’ More Easthampton [31 Union St., Easthampton, MA] at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Lollipops! Superhero RPG
From the description: “The Lollipops are a team of teen superheroes, who ran off to outer space on a rescue mission. Players take on the role of characters similar to the Teen Titans or the New Mutants who get involved in adventures on an intergalactic scale. We are using FATE rules, which are very simple and allows a lot of player control over the developing story. All materials provided, including pre-generated characters. This is a long running game, but new players are encouraged to come join. We are very LGBTQ-friendly.”

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Monday, February 12th
World War 2 Club [50 Conz St., Northampton, MA] at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Nerd Nite NoHo: Social Media and Heists!
Two excellent talks! Joe Van Ellen will present ‘Heist, Heist Baby (Too Bold, Too Bold): A discussion on caper culture, and certainly not an outline on how to plan and execute your own successful swindle’ and then Ebru Kardan will present ‘Don’t #AskMeAnything: A review of social media fails and blunders by people who should know better’! A wonderful night with wonderful people!