December 2014

Another year is coming to a close, and we look forward to the new year. We are thankful for all the support we’ve received through the year from our members, donors, and especially our volunteers. None of this happens without you. Here’s wishing everyone happy and safe holidays!

The MinnSpec Writers Group is celebrating 10 years this December! Congratulations!

Still shopping for holiday gifts? If you use Amazon, remember GPS is a member of the Amazon Smile affiliate program. Shop through the GPS Amazon Smile link and Amazon will make a donation to us!

Program News:

Space Camp -. The deadline for submissions of applications and essays is December 31st, 2014, so get crackin’ if you haven’t already started.. You can submit electronically or by mail, but the deadline is the same (snail mail needs to arrive no later than Dec. 31) so plan accordingly. Please help us spread the word about this program.To find more information go to

GPS Arts Initiative – After a hiatus to regroup, the GPS Arts Initiative is back and gearing up for 2015!

We have many new and exciting programs. As always, Art-A-Whirl will be back in May 2015. We plan to start The Geek Craftorium, an annual December event for our community’s artists and crafty members to sell their work. In addition to Art-A-Whirl and The Geek Craftorium, we want to host art shows, a monthly Drawing Salon, Away Missions to gallery openings and art shows, and the occasional art event right here in Suite 107, the Event Horizon.

If you are an artist and need a place to hang your work, we will soon have fifty-plus feet of hanging space, including a space a little over four feet wide and more than seven feet tall.

This is an ambitious agenda, and we will need your help. If you want to participate, or help us make it happen, please contact us at [email protected].

This month for GPS

December 16 | Photography Club annual review and planning meeting for 2015

Reminder to GPS departments, events, and clubs that Photography Club needs to work with you to set up and coordinate photographing your events. Their planning meeting for the upcoming year is December 16th at 7:00 pm at Event Horizon, expected to be in room 106A, and they would appreciate input before or at that meeting. Email [email protected].

December 20 | 10am-10pm | UGG Potluck / GPS Movie Night

Movie Night is teaming up with Open Gaming on the 20th. There will be gaming all day, people will be bringing food to share, and game-themed movies in the evening.

Upcoming for GPS

January 1 – Submissions open for 2015 GPS Writing Contest.

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

December 22 | 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].

Comic Artists Night at the Opera  Check out the link for more details on how to get involved and to register for the Social Media Night Preview for the Minnesota Opera. The next production is The Elixir of Love – Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6pm.

Crafty Geek

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107 Come and make something awesome!

December 18 – This month’s project TBA. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details.

– 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 the Crafty Geek meetup.

Geeks Read

December 2 | 7:00 pm

Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. We’ll be discussing Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

All meetings will 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

December 16 | Photography Club Annual Review/2015 Planning Meeting

Reminder to departments, events, and clubs that Photography Club needs to work with you to set up and coordinate photographing your events. Their planning meeting for the upcoming year is December 16th at 7:00 pm at Event Horizon, expected to be in room 106A, and they would appreciate input from any other clubs at or before that meeting. Email [email protected].


December 5 | 6pm – 9:30pm | MinnSpec NaNoWriMo TGIO Potluck

We’ve made it through November and our wild romp through novel land. Now it’s time to gather one last time before we all disappear back into our normal lives. Come with your best NaNo stories.  Bring a snippet of your novel to share if you so desire.

We will have a potluck dinner in room 107 at Event Horizon. Please label your food.)

Read the Book/See the Movie

December 12 | TV episodes based on Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir by Margaret Powell

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!

Tsuinshi Anime Club

Friday December 12 | 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. Due to holidays there will be only one meetup this month. Questions? Contact: [email protected].

United Geeks of Gaming

  • Open Gaming | 1st & 3rd Saturday, December 6 & 20 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107, 106A
  • RPG Gaming | 1st & 3rd Sunday, December 7 & 21 | 12 pm – 8 pm in room 106A
  • Designers Sessions | Fri Dec 12 in 106 & Tue Dec 30 in 106A

 These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.

  • FSA BattleTech Tabletop | Fri December 5 – Fallout Shelter Arcade has set up a tabletop game night first Fridays with U.G.G. in mind. Beginner friendly, check out the meetup link.
  • Crafty Gamers | Thu December 18 | 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


December 21  | 2pm | Nerf Herders Nerfstravaganza!

The Herders of Nerf will be gathering at Chatterbox in St. Paul for food, gaming fun, and holiday celebrations. Volunteers Past, Present, and Future are all invited!

Chatterbox Pub 800 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

Anime Twin Cities

December 2 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | December Kotatsu

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 and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^ We don’t have a party room reserved, but we will probably gather at the square tables in the back. Dinner is pay-your-own-way.

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


December 7  | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Anime Detour Planning Meeting

Planning meeting for Anime Detour. Volunteers are welcome. This will be at the DoubleTree Bloomington.

December 22 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 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 Event Horizon in the Waterbury. We will be meeting in 106A.

Other Announcements:

Dec 9  | 6pm – 9pm | Twin Cities Adobe Users Group

Beginning InDesign: Building from September’s meetup, we’ll go over how to create a document layout, look at the tools, how to import images, create text and the export settings.. Check out the MeetUp for more information and to register. Room 106A at Event Horizon.

Dec 6-7  |  Holiday Geek Expo | Doubletree Hotel

Geeks come shop for gifts for the holidays, snack, and hang. We will once again be offering a range of vendors from Convergence and Anime Detour as well as snacks and space to roam and converse.

Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm

Doubletree Hotel 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN

Dec 16 | Cafe Scientfique | Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater

December 2014 topic: Fabricating Nature: Bringing Prehistory to Life – presented by Tim Quady, owner of  Blue Rhino Studio in Eagan, which designs and makes museum exhibits. See more info and buy tickets at this link.

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

Nov 21-23    Daisho Con
Jan 30-Feb1 Supercon
Feb 13-15    Con of the North
Mar 6-8        Marscon
Mar 20-22    Kitsune Kon
Mar 27-29    Anime Detour
Apr 2-Apr 5  MiniCon 50
Apr 24-26    No Brand Con
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
June 12-14  MLP – MSP
Jul 2-5        CONvergence
Jul 24-26     Diversicon
Aug 21-23   Geek.Kon
Sep ??      Furry Migration
Oct 16-18    Anime Fusion
May 6-9, 2016 Costume Con 34


Submissions for publications should be emailed to [email protected]. Deadline is the 15th of every month.

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].