August 2014

Can you believe we’re in the home stretch for summer? We’ll be taking advantage of the good weather with picnics and Ice Cream and such. Once again we’ll be staffing the info booths at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Stop by and say hi! If you want to help us out for any events or programs, have donations you want to get to us, or any other questions, please send an email to: [email protected].

We had a great deal of fun this year at CONvergence. Winners were announced for our programs, and the plan to send a 2nd separate email in July did not materialize. So here they are.

2014 Mark Time award winners 

2014 GPS Writing Contest Winners

2014 GPS Space Camp Scholarship winners

Piper Kline and Gunnar Laughlin

This month for GPS 

August 2 – Ice Cream Social – GPS invites all members, partner members, and local geeks to come out to the Highland Park picnic shelter for the annual ice cream get together. We will be providing ice cream and basic toppings, and have some games that are park appropriate. Feel free to bring homemade toppings – there may even be a contest!

August 2 – Post Ice Cream Social Gaming @ Chatterbox Pub – After a day of ice cream and outdoors entertainment, come join U.G.G. for board games and food at Chatterbox.  We will have the back room, so we should have plenty of space.

August 9Renfest Info Booth Informational Meeting – noon to ? in 106A – This is for returning volunteers, new volunteers, and interested in possibly volunteering. We staff the info booth at Renaissance Festival, and get a grant to help our fundraising. This meeting is to go over parking, expectations, rules, sign up, Q & A, and for folks to loan or borrow costuming pieces.

August 15-17 – UGG Weekend of Gaming – Start on Friday, go through Sunday.

August 18 – GPS Open Forum – We want to hear from you! Please come and find out what’s up, what’s coming up, and let us know what you think and what you want to do. Social hour begins at 6, meeting begins at 7.

Also on the 18th (and 19th during their regular meeting) the GPS Photoclub will be  available to take head shots and other images for members and board of GPS, and  affiliated organizations boards and membership. Follow the link for more details.

Upcoming for GPS

September 20 – Great Geek Garage SaleThis is one day only. Need stuff? We’ll have all sorts of things for all ages. This is also a great time to get stuff for your Halloween costume or cosplay. Got stuff to get rid of, or auction donations to drop off? The website has been updated with the scheduled donation drop off times.

October 11Scavenger Hunt – Put a team together, be it family, friends, or department.

October 31-November 2GPS Haunted House – Professor LeMorte is at it again, and he needs you! Keep an eye on the web page or join the Facebook group to get the announcements for planning meetings and such.

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective
August 23 | 1pm – 5pm | Room 106A
Graphic artists helping each other stay on target. Drop in if you’re interested in joining us for an art jam, or email [email protected].
Crafty Geek
Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A

Come and make something Awesome! August’s project on 8/21 will be working on mini looms.

Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek in partnership with MN Society of Costumers)
Thursdays 6:30 pm – 9 pm | Rooms 106/106A, sometimes 107

People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetings coincide with Crafty Geek.

Geek Physique

August 9, 23 | 2:00 pm | Geek Physique Archery

Killing hay bales with pointy sticks is fun! Please see the Meetup group for more details and to sign up for the date you want – the organizer only communicates through the Meetup page. Dates will be added as they get scheduled.

August 14, 21, 28 | Geek Slink Bellydance

Starting mid August, Geek Slink Bellydance is back on track. Sign up on the Meetup group.

Geeks Read
August 9 | Geeks Read Annual Picnic,

where we’ll be discussing Shadows Fall by Simon R. Green. The picnic is at a member’s home, so email [email protected] for the address. Meetings normally take place at Event Horizon room 106 unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring in any books you feel like donating to the lending library.

GPS Photography Club
August 18, 19 | Head Shots  |  7pm in 106A

Check the website for details on this month’s meetup, but they are doing head shots for GPS board and membership, as well as partner and affiliate boards and memberships. Questions? Email [email protected].

Read the Book/See the Movie
August 8 | Movie based on Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

Social time at 7:00 pm – movie begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Our gathering location rotates venues so email [email protected] for location.  Feel free to bring a snack to share!

Fridays August 8 & 22 | 8:30pm – 11pm | Classroom (106A)

The Anime Twin Cities/GPS co-sponsored club will be showing free classic anime movies and series. Join us and socialize with other people who enjoy anime as much as you do. Starting a new show as of our next meeting. Questions? Contact: [email protected]

United Geeks of Gaming

  • Open Gaming | Saturday, August 2 | 10 am – 10 pm
  • RPG Gaming | Mon August 11 | 6 pm – 10 pm  In the living room (room 106). An RPG event for GM’s and Players to meet, setup games and run sessions.
  • Designers Session | Fri Aug 8 in 106 & Tue Aug 26 in 106A  These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.
  • Crafty Gamers | Aug 21 | 7:00 PM  UGG joins Crafty Geek to hang out for a few hours and work on whatever scenery making, miniature painting, map making or other gaming projects, we want to do in the company of others.

Partner News

Anime Twin Cities

August 5| 6:30pm-9:30pm | August Kotatsu
The kotatsu’s one-year anniversary! ^_^  Make some new friends at our open hangout night! Bring games, cards, writing, knitting, any other hobby that suits you. Or just bring yourself and join us around a table for good company and good conversation. This is a public gathering; come have a meal (pay your own way) and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^

Location: Davanni’s, 310 White Bear Ave. in St. Paul

August 17 | 3:30pm – 9pm | ATC at The Lantern Lighting Festival

Where: Grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park Time: 3:30pm-9pm Cost: 5 dollars

Join us for an afternoon of Japanese music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns as we celebrate the Obon lantern lighting festival at Como Park. Meet up with us at the ATC table around 3:30 and we’ll travel the cultural booths, food tables and main stage together before watching the lantern ceremony at dusk, or come when you can and explore the festival at your own pace. Either way it promises to be a fun afternoon/evening of Japanese culture. Hosted by Lauren Ganann.

 August 24 | 9am – 7pm| ATC @ Renaissance Festival – Buccaneer Beer Fest

We will meet each morning close to the main gates – head straight upon entering the gates, you will pass a series of booths and entertainers – we will be slightly to the right. Look for the ATC band!

Keep in mind, parking is free but you may be farther out in the field. Event runs, rain or shine!

August 25 | 6:30pm-9:30pm | ATC S.O.S. Meeting
Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting! Staff meetings are held at Event Horizon in the classroom, 106A.

Convergence Events

August 9 | 12pm-4pm | Ops Day of Retrieval
This is a day to come reunite lost items from CONvergence 2014 with their owners. We will have Ops staff on hand to help people get reunited with their lost items. This also coincides with a Donation Drop Off Date for the GPS Great Geek Garage Sale and Charity Auction. Lost your stuff? Come pick it up. Need to get rid of stuff? Come drop it off. For questions email [email protected].

CONsole Room

August 19 | CONsole Room Open Meeting | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Are you a Doctor Who fan? Do you want to be a part of the team that puts CONsole Room together? Join us at our August meeting!  We’re recruiting additional members for our convention committee and staff to take on tasks like website/public relations, managing the dealers room process, creating an artists alley, and more.

This meeting is open to all, so feel free to share with your friends and networks. Be sure to let us know you’re coming by accepting this invite! The meeting will be held at Event Horizon in room 107.

Other Announcements:

August 17 | 3:30pm-4pm | Harisen Daiko @ lantern Lighting Festival
CONvergence Mainstage performing group Harisen Daiko will be at the Lantern Lighting Festival, drumming away. Go check them out!

Have you planned your calendar and registered for all of your cons and events yet? Check out the links below:

Aug 22-24    Geekkon (
Sep 12-14     Furry Migration (
Oct 4             MCBA Fallcon
Oct 17-19    Anime Fusion (
Oct 17-19    Arcana (
Oct 24-26    Crypticon (
Oct 24-26     Valleycon (
10/31-11/2  Metacon (
Nov 7-9        Omegacon Fall (
Nov 7-9         Teslacon (
Nov 21-23    Daisho Con (
Jan 30-Feb1 Supercon (
Feb 13-15     Con of the North (
Mar 6-8         Marscon (
Mar 27-29    Anime Detour (
Apr 2-Apr 5  MiniCon 50 (
May 1-3        Minneapolis Comicon 2015
May 2            Free Comic Book Day
May 16-17   MCBA Springcon (
May 21-25   WisCon (
May 22-24   MantiCon (
May 29-31   CONsole Room (
Jul 2-5          CONvergence (


If you would like to see more exciting GPS and geek events, please visit the calendar.

If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, email details to [email protected].