January 2015

Happy New Year! Here comes the new year, and it is full of geek opportunities.

Program News:

GPS Writing Contest – The 17th Annual GPS Writing Contest begins! There are 2 youth prizes, a poetry prize, a graphic novel prize, the Open Division, and the Scott Imes Award. Submissions will be accepted through 11:59pm May 15, 2015. For all the rules and details go to the website link.

GPS Arts InitiativeCynnthia Anne Michaels: A Garden of Light and Color – Glass. It sits at the crossroads of science and art. In the hands of an artisan, molten sand transforms into a canvas of light and color.

The GPS Arts Initiative is proud to host glass artist Cynnthia Anne Michaels’ very first solo show. Ten of her pop art inspired stained glass windows will share the light with a beautiful garden of whimsical glass flowers. The show will open on Friday, January 30, with an artists reception from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in our Gallery — Room 106 of Event Horizon in the Waterbury Building.

Opening Reception | Friday, January 30 | 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 PM

This month for GPS

January 1 – Submissions open for 2015 GPS Writing Contest.

January 30 – Opening reception for the first gallery showing though GPS Arts Initiative

Upcoming for GPS

February 14 – GPS Movie Night

March 28 – GPS UGG MCBA – Quarterly Miniatures Gaming meetup

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective
January 24 | 1pm – 5pm | BHC Monthly Meetup
Graphic artists helping each other stay on target. Drop in to room 106A if you’re interested in joining us for an art jam, or email [email protected].
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.
Crafty Geek  
Due to holiday madness, Crafty Geek and Make it Sew will not meet again until January 8th. Starting on the 17th, Crafty Geek will again be hosting Salon Saturdays; 2 weekend hours for you to come get your craft on. Expect these on the 3rd Saturday of the month during winter.
Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107 Come and make something awesome!
January 17 – Crafty Salon! 
A Saturday session, time TBA. Watch the Meetup for details.
January 22 – 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 start January 8 and coincide with the Crafty Geek meetup.
Geeks Read
January 6 | 7:00 pm | Monthly Club Meeting
In January, we’ll be discussing Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. All meetings will take place at Event Horizon room 106 unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring in any books you feel like donating to GPS’ Little Free Library.
GPS Photography Club
January 20 | 7pm | Monthly Meetup
Do you have a resolution to reboot your photo habit? Did you get a new camera this year? The first meetup of 2015 will be about photography basics. Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Come to network, hear readings from works in progress, swap story critiques, and talk shop.  Our members range from those just starting out to established authors with multiple book contracts. Follow the event links to RSVP (some meetups have a limited number of spaces open) and get details on locations and updates from organizers.

Plotting your novel–3 act vs 5-act structure.
Discuss a setting you’ve worked out/are working on.
January 18 | 12pm | January MSP Meeting
Topic TBA online
January 18 | 2pm | January Crit Group
Topic TBA online
Read the Book/See the Movie
January 9 | This month’s movie based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
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!
2nd & 5th Friday January 9 & 23 | 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, January 3 & 17 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107, 106A
  • RPG Gaming | 1st & 3rd Sunday, January 4 & 18 | 12 pm – 8 pm in room 106A
  • Designers Sessions | Fri Jan 9 in 106 & Tue Jan 27 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 January 2 – 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 January 22 | 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


January 25  | 1:30pm | Nerf Herders Open Meeting
Planning for herding the nerfs continues. Meeting will be at Event Horizon in room 106A. For questions email [email protected]. Volunteers Past, Present, and Future are all welcome!
January 25 | 2pm | CONvergence Social Gathering: Hosted by Smokers’ Paradise
We will be having monthly gatherings hosted by different departments to brainstorm/find volunteer opportunities/learn and just have a nice get together. Let’s get together and have some nerd time. These gatherings are 100% optional and no volunteer hours are given, but come if you can anyway. Because FUN!. The gatherings will be held at Grumpys Bar and Grill in Downtown Minneapolis. There is free parking in back and a menu of reasonably priced yummy food and cocktails. Kids are welcome to join during the daytime. We have a semi-private meeting space on the side of the building called the City Club. Just look for the geeky T shirts and the people sucking up all the free Wi-Fi.

Anime Twin Cities

January 4  | 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.
January 6 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | January 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 relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^
Location: Source Comics & Games, 2057 Snelling Ave North in Roseville
January 17  | 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.
January 18 | 11:30sm | SOS – Snow Tubing
We will meet up at the main lodge area of Buck Hill at 11:30. We’ll then get everyone situated and together, and head over to the snow tubing area for the fun, festivities, and snow-melting-in-your-pants excitement!
It’s a 2 hour session at a time, $17 per session.You can add another 2 hours if you wish at the same rate, or at $15 after 4pm. Keep in mind, if you would like to go skiing/snowboarding before or after, you’re certainly able to! Feel free to use this page to make plans for that as well if you wish.
January 26 | 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.

Anime Fusion

January 10 | 1pm – 3pm | Convention Planning Meeting
Open to anyone interested in volunteering for Anime Fusion

MN Furs

January 10 | 1pm – 4pm | Migration Planning Meeting
Convention planning meeting for Furry Migration 2015, Back to Migration. Volunteers are welcome.

Other Announcements:

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

Portrait Retouching in Lightroom: We’ll do a more in-depth look at retouching portraits in Lightroom. Check out the Meetup for more information and to register. Room 106A at Event Horizon.

Jan 13 | pm – pm | JOFCon Organization Meeting

This meeting is to discuss and plan for JOFCon Minneapolis 2015. We’re looking for additional volunteers, and to discuss and plan for the convention. We will be in room 106A.

Jan 4, 18, 31 | 1pm – 5pm | Amtgard LARP

Amtgard is a Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) and boffer combat society focused on the Sword & Sorcery, Medieval, and  Ancient genres, and uses safe, foam-padded replicas of medieval weaponry to bring to life the tabletop or video game experience many are familiar with.Bi-weekly participation in games allows you to advance in a class, unlocking levels and new powers. Held in the Main Hall (room 107) at Event Horizon, open to the public.

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

Feb 6-Feb 8 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
Aug 28-30   Furry Migration
Oct 9-11       JOFCon 2015
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].

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!