WordPress clinic

May is Tech Month this year at Owl and Raven!*

 

We will be holding a WordPress clinic to empower beginners who already have WordPress sites on Sunday May 19th, 12:15 to 1:30.

 

Just another WordPress blogThis event is designed to help people who already have a WordPress blog or website that is set up, practicing a specific skill they would like to feel more comfortable with. Call up your website onscreen, and a volunteer will help you get better at a basic WordPress function, or to gain more overall confidence editing your site. Make sure you come knowing the web address of your site, and how to log in to it for editing. Bring a laptop computer if you have one — we will have a few here.

Photo credit: Ed Yourdon

This event requires people to sign up beforehand so that we can have a good ratio of clinicians to people coming in with their sites.

(To sign up, all you need to do is click the link below and fill out the simple form:)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GhjflqLOGUBNQu2wcD7m7tAj1QKAWVh_FZzCN9Krmuk/viewform

 

*Tech Month is being held to help promote Hack for Western Massachusetts, a two-day event June 1st and 2nd, being organized by area folks for the very first time this year! See http://hackforwesternmass.org/ to get involved or to attend, non-techies and techies alike are all needed!

 

Talkin’ About Buffy

buffyWednesday, April 24th from 7-9pm

10 years later, Buffy the Vampire Slayer still attracts attention. The show draws in a wide audience: academic scholars, sci-fi enthusiasts, vampire fandom, and anyone with an appreciation for popular media.

Join us Wednesday, April 24th at 7pm for a moderated discussion on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its impact on popular culture. Come with questions and topics you’d like to discuss!

We can’t promise there won’t be any spoilers.

Tea and Game Design tomorrow– Sunday

Tea__anyone__by_NinLuvs_SHMPhoto credit: NinLuvs-SHM.

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 7, we will have Tea & Game Design at Owl and Raven! A random assortment of local game designers (aspiring, amateur, novice, and professional), players, and fans will get together to talk about the design, play, and publishing of games. It’s an open event that typically has between 4 and 20 attendees, so join us to become between 5% and 25% of our population!

 

We will make tea, hang out with people we like, and talk game design from 1:00 to 5:00. Come join in!

 

Diet Myth-busting March 21st

Thursday, March 21st (7-9pm)
with Deena Barselah, Holistic Wellness Coach

Vegetarian dietPaleo, vegan, low-carb, low-fat, raw, macrobiotic, calorie-restriction…the list goes on. There are so many diets out there today, it’s hard to sift through it all. We’re also told to stay away from eggs, saturated fat, gluten, dairy, grains and so many other foods!

Join Deena Barselah, Holistic Wellness Coach, to really break this all down. Deena will share her opinion on diet trends, myths and the conventional advice out there.


Deena Barselah is a wellness coach on a mission to empower people with real food. Forget the fad diets, quick fixes and trends. Looking at tradition and what has always worked throughout history, supporting the body with real food, and paying close attention to your body’s needs is Deena’s approach. She’s overcome several health and diet challenges herself and is excited to support you. Deena recently moved to The Valley after 10 years in NYC and is loving the slower pace, access to nature and wonderfully warm and welcoming people.

Eating for Hormone Balance in February

Wednesday, February 13th (7-9pm)
with Deena Barselah, Holistic Wellness Coach

Pre-registration required. Sign up here by Sunday, Feb 10th.

vegetablesHormone imbalance is something most people struggle with today. Extreme fatigue, low mood, weight struggles, skin issues, infertility, and so many more health issues have hormone imbalance at the root. The good news is that a short list of foods that could be causing all of these issues and a there’s a delicious list of foods to add in to support your hormones. These shifts are essential for long-term health, feeling vibrant and supporting your body to do what it is meant to do. During this interactive workshop, we’ll go into the most common hormone imbalances today, what’s at the root of most, and dietary guidelines that can make the world of difference.


Deena Barselah is a wellness coach on a mission to empower people with real food. Looking at tradition and what has always worked throughout history, supporting the body with real food, and paying close attention to your body’s needs is Deena’s approach. She’s overcome several hormonal imbalances herself including adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome and is excited to support you. Deena recently moved to The Valley after 10 years in NYC and is loving the slower pace, access to nature and wonderfully warm and welcoming people.

This workshop is not meant to diagnose medical conditions. All diet and lifestyle changes should first be discussed with your physician.

Feb 2nd 3D Printing Demo

Join us next Saturday, February 2nd at 12pm, for an Interactive 3D Printing Demonstration and discussion. Justin Leone will guide us through the process of designing in a 3D application, translating an object into printable format, and printing the object in plastic.

Because we won’t have time to design on-the-fly, Justin is accepting submission ideas for simple 3D objects. If you’d like your object printed, you can email your submission to Justin.

3D printed model
A 3D printed model

Any participants can come for the demonstration and take home a copy of something we make.

Suggested donation of $10 for Owl and Raven and to cover material costs. If you take home an object, you must donate for the cost of materials.

Disclaimers: There are some limitations regarding what can be printed, and how much time we have (large size increases print time, high complexity and detail increase design time, and severe overhangs might make an object difficult to print at all), so depending on attendance, we may not be able to print everyone’s model.

Upcoming Winter Events

This week at Owl & Raven:

Barca Board Game Pieces on Board 512x451Monday
(4:30pm, weekly) Ear Acupuncture
(6-10pm, weekly) Board Game Night

Saturday
(12-2pm, weekly) Drop-in Open Hours/Art Hours
(2-5pm, weekly) Code-in: An Open Group for Programmers and Developers

Sunday
(7-11pm, weekly) Go Club: Learn and play the ancient board game, Go. Beginners are welcome!


Upcoming Events at Owl & Raven:

Sunday, January 27th (2-5:30pm)
Magic the Gathering Tournament! Beginners, veterans, and all ages are welcome. All cards are provided and are yours to keep! $5 suggested donation.

Git-logoWednesday, February 6th (7-9pm)
Source Code Management Skillshare! How to use Git for effective version control!

Fertility Awareness in December

Unclothed woman behind question mark signFertility Awareness for Natural Birth Control and Reproductive Health
Wednesday, December 19th at 7pm. Led by Hannah Shaffer.

Join us for an evening introduction to the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). FAM tracks a combination of natural body functions to determine when a woman is most fertile. It can be used for avoiding pregnancy, helping to achieve pregnancy, and for tracking gynecological health.

The focus of this talk is on using FAM as a hormone-free, device-free method of natural birth control. The talk will be conducted in an all-gender-friendly safe space and is open to anyone interested in fertility awareness and women’s health.

Register here!

Participants must pre-register by Sunday, December 16th. $10 donation encouraged.

New and upcoming events for October

go boardWestern Mass Go Club – Sundays at 7pm
Owl & Raven is proud to be hosting weekly meetings of the Western Mass Go Club beginning Sunday, October 21st at 7pm.

Go is an ancient Chinese board game of surprising depth and artistry. All players, both new and experienced, are welcome. Club membership is informal and it’s okay to drop by at any time.


Magic the GatheringMagic the Gathering Tournament – Sunday, October 28th from 2pm-5:30pm
Join us at the end of October for another casual Magic the Gathering Tournament. The tournament is open to responsible players of all ages. Players will be given several sealed card packs to make a deck from. All players will get to keep the cards they received for the deck at the end of the tournament! Cards go as far back as 1993, and as recent as the newest set.

Please show up on time, as participation might be limited by the amount of cards and space available.