April Showers bring May flowers.

April Showers are supposed to bring May flowers.
Somehow I don’t think that the May flowers are going to appreciate the snow showers April is insisting on.
Still I have hope.  Change is in the air.
We have a new room – see, isn’t it lovely?  No really, go look.
Geeky happenings are happening all over the place.  Check it out:

Event Horizon Room 107

Date: May 1 to the future as far as we can see
Location: Event Horizon Room 107

For all of you have questioned the wisdom of having the Event Horizon split across the building – wonder no more.  In a spectacular move of pouncing on an opportunity when it presented itself, GPS has traded room 135 for room 107.  Room 107 offers many benefits, the best being right next to room 106.  That means that the WiFi now reaches into our large room.  It is also bigger and easier to find.

PLEASE NOTE: anything that was previously scheduled in room 135 will be in 107 starting May 1.

Board of Directors Election

Date:  May 14, 2013
Time:  6:00 PM
Location: Event Horizon Room 107
Contact: [email protected]

Elections are coming.  At the Geek Partnership Society’s (GPS) Annual Meeting we will be electing three (3) directors to the Board.  If you would like to vote in the upcoming elections you will need to have volunteered at least 20 hours for GPS organizations before May 1st.

Anyone eligible to vote may also be eligible to run for the board.  Contact [email protected] for more information or to declare your intent to run.  All declarations must be received by the Secretary by May 1st.

Facilities Division (Incumbent: George Richard): The facilities director is responsible for maintaining our space at Event Horizon. This typically includes light repair work as well as being aware of larger needs that may occur.

Communications Division (Incumbent: Andy Murphy): The communications director handles communication within Geek Partnership Society, as well as ongoing discussions with our partner organizations and promotion of the organization and our events to the community at large.

Clubs Division (Incumbent: Seth Chmelik): The clubs director works with the clubs (such as Geek Physique, Crafty Geek, Geeks Read, etc.), ensuring that club leaders receive assistance and are operating according to Geek Partnership Society’s rules.

Movie Night

Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 6:30pm (movie starts at 7:00)
Location: Event Horizon Room 107

Your last chance to watch a geek movie with a bunch of geeks – at least until after summer and if you don’t count all those other opportunities that aren’t the GPS Movie Night.   We can’t publish the title (licensing restrictions, boo!), but we can say “May the Fourth be with you!” Feel free to bring goodies that could fit the theme…

Geeks read

Date: May 7, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Event Horizon room 106 (1121 Jackson St. NE, 55413)
Book:  Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline

 Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm.  Feel free to bring something tasty to our potluck of treats.

Upcoming Book Selections

June 3, 2013 – Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan

July 6, 2013 – at CONvergence – Among Others by Jo Walton (2012 Hugo winner)

We select titles three months in advance, and at each meeting we will choose a new book for the third month out from that meeting.

If you have any other questions about the Geeks Read Book Club, please contact Ange or Liz at [email protected]; join our Google Group Geeks Read at http://groups.google.com/group/geeks-read or like us on Facebook at GPS-Geeks Read.

United Geeks of Gaming

Full calendar and descriptions of events can be found at http://www.meetup.com/geekgaming/

Open Gaming At Event Horizon

Date: May 4 and May 18 (Saturdays)
Time: 10:00am – 10:00 pm
Location: Event Horizon room 107
Bring your games or come to play ours.

Gaming at Gingko’s Coffeehouse

Date: May 6, May 20, & Jun 3 (Mondays)
Time: 6pm
Location: Gingko’s Coffeehouse in Saint Paul
Join us for more gaming fun.  We’ll meet here again on Monday, May 6.

 Designer Session

Date: May 28
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Event Horizon room 106A

The” Designers Sessions” series of events will revolve around game designers of all stripes coming together. We will discuss our experiences and difficulties of  developing the systems, mechanics and lore of our hobby.  We will debate the pros and cons of game systems, and assist each other with problems in the games we are currently (or hoping to be) working on. We will also play test games that designers are currently working on, or just play games that we really enjoy.  This first session will be an opportunity to influence how these sessions develop.

Check out the Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/geekgaming/

Geek Physique

 For Dates, Times and Locations: www.meetup.com/geekphysique

Be sure to RSVP so we know how many to expect.

What’s going on with Geek Physique?  Too much to list here.  We are moving our geeks and getting in shape while having fun.  Come to the Meetup and check it out.

New in May: Walking Outside (what a concept).  Supposedly the weather is good enough now to take our fitness outside – check the meetup site for meeting locations.


 Date: May 10
Time: 7:00 (movie starts at 7:30)
Location: Contact [email protected]
Book: The Diggstown Ringers by Leonard Wise


Well gang the pick’s have been made, there’s books to be read and popcorn to be popped in preparation for this years Read the Book See the Movie Club  (RTBSTMC) festivities.  Due to licensing agreements that allow us to show the movies for cheap, we cannot announce the movie titles, so here are the books those movies will be based on:

June 14 – 300(graphic novel) by Frank Miller

July 6 (CONvergence) – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

July 12 – “The Final Problem” in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

August 9 – Ordinary People by Judith Guest

Sept. 13 – Q and A by Vikas Swarup

Oct. 11 – Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello

Nov 15 – Headhunters by Jo Nesbo

Dec. 13 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

Jan. 10 – I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1) by Pittacus Lore

Feb. 21 – Soul Music by Terry Pratchett

March 14 – Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (graphic novel) by Frank Miller

There will be social time from 7:00 – 7:30 pm.  The movie will start promptly at 7:30, if you are late – no fruitcup.  Feel free to bring a movie related snacks and/or drink to share.  Costuming is encouraged by not required.  You don’t have to read the book, or watch the movie, but doing so makes for better conversation.  Meeting locations change from month to month and are often in private homes, for locations and movie titles contact [email protected]

Northeast Art-A-Whirl

Dates and Times:
Friday, May 17 –  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 18 –  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19 –   Noon-5:00 p.m.
Location: Event Horizon room 106 and 107 (and others around the building and neighborhood)
Website:  http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl
Cost:  Visitors – Free, Participants -$75

GPS is once again participating in the Northeast Art-A-Whirl event–a showcase that highlights local artists and crafters and is located in a walk/bike/drivable center of the the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis. If you are interested in participating please email [email protected] and we’ll send you the details. Deadline is May 12 to register.

Volunteers needed –  We’ll need help with some set up, staffing our own merchandise table, some hosting, and clean up. If you are interested in helping out please email [email protected].

Participant information:

Contact: gabriel at [email protected]
Fee: $75
Set up time: Thursday, May 16 evening or Friday, May 17 afternoon before the event

Participants will have access to  a standard buffet-sized table (6×12), chairs, and a “grid wall” to hang your art.

 This isn’t just for crafters and artists.  If you are a musician or have other talents you would like to display, please contact us for more information.

Crafty Geek

 We meet every Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Event Horizon room 106A.  All are welcome, bring your projects and get your craft on.  Details available at http://www.meetup.com/craftygeek

Photography club

 Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Event Horizon room 106A

April:  we had a lively discussion about how to prepare our Photo Essay for presentation. There’s more to it than you might think, and the discussion covered a lot of ground, including surprises and learning opportunities.  We began working on the collection we will present in the GPS Party Room.

May:  we will present our photo essays.  Please be prepared to discuss the behind the scenes decisions you made in preparing your essay.

June: we have a photo-shoot.  We will either be at the Stone Arch Bridge and East Riverside, local caves, Bandanna Park or the St. Paul Train yard.  Stay tuned for our final decision (based on accessibility, weather and member opinions).

It’s Spring! So many events, so little time: Get outside, Take some pictures. Have fun!

ATC Social Outreach

Date: May 4, 2013
Time: 10:00 am
Location: River Center in St. Paul
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/143345349162637/

Festival of Nations: There will be food, goods, exhibits and demonstrations from around the world!

 Convergence Events Quarterly Meeting

Date: May 4, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm (social) 7:00 pm (meeting)
Location: Event Horizon Room 107

This is an open forum for members, volunteers, and all folks interested in the convention and the organization to talk to board members. Bring your questions, ideas, and thoughts.

Geek Prom – Cyberpunk 2013

Date: June 1
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Event Horizon Room 107
Cost: $10 at the door ($8 with food shelf donation or $5 in advance)

Get your Geek on!  It’s time to dress in your Cyberpunk best and party like a teenager.

We will be pre-selling tickets at other events such as the annual meeting, Art-A-Whirl or Movie Night.  A great chance to lock in your commitment and get a great deal.

Volunteers Needed: Want to help make the magic happen?  Keep it going by helping clean up?  contact us at [email protected]  or [email protected]

Save the Date

June 8 – GPS Annual Picnic, and everyone is welcome!