June 2015

Note: Unless noted otherwise, most events are held at Event Horizon, our community center in the Waterbury Building (intersection of Central and Broadway) in NE Minneapolis, at 1121 Jackson St NE. We have a Main Hall (room 107), Classroom (room 106A), and Living Room (room 106).

Parking is on the east side of the building, enter door 1121C.

Taking the bus? Got to the Metrotransit website and map to the intersection for Central Avenue NE and Broadway St NE. Routes 10 and 17 are the closest.

Election results from the Annual Meeting: Seth Chmelik was re-elected and Jeff Boucher-Zamzo confirmed for director positions. Thanks to all who came! Art-A-Whirl was another success. Thank you to the artists and crafters who came, and our volunteers for all their hard work.

More work coming – we’ve got a Charity Auction at CONvergence Jul 2-5. If you’d like to help, please email [email protected] or sign up on the volunteer form.


FUNDRAISING: Auction Donations Are Being Accepted

We’ve got auctions at CONvergence (this year’s theme is dystopia) July 2-5, Furry Migration (theme Back to Migration) August 28-30, and Anime Fusion October 16-18. We’ll be taking donations at concom meetings, and can make arrangements to take them at the center. If you plan on delivering your donation to a convention, we’ll be taking them Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at CONvergence, and Friday and Saturday at Migration and Fusion.

Please complete the our Donation Online Submission Form so we can arrange delivery and have the bid sheet for your item ready.

This month for GPS

June 12 | 7pm – 9:30pm | GPS Edutainment Video Discussion

Starting in June, we will be unveiling a new program for our community. The “Edutainment Video Discussion” is a series of events gathering people together to watch and discuss curated collections of videos on various topics. During each event we will watch collected videos on two topics, with a discussion after each.

In June our title will be “A Small Start” around the topics of bacteria and Nanotechnology.  We will start the first block of videos at 7pm in room 107.


June 13 | 12pm – 5pm | GPS Annual Picnic

Everyone is welcome! It will be at Cherokee Park in St. Paul from noon to 5 pm. Set up starts around noon, food should be coming off the grill somewhere between 1 and 2.

We have the large pavilion, and will be providing grillables with bakery delivery systems, plates and flatware and napkins, and condiments to customize your (possibly charred) protein of choice. Feel free to bring something sidedish or desserty to share.

We invite all our members, our partners’ members, and anyone interested in geeky/nerdy things to join us.

  • 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd., Saint Paul, MN 55107


June 13 | 6pm – 11:00pm | GPS Movie Night – the Rise of the Zombie Apocalypse

In 1954, American writer Richard Matheson published a horror novel that was very influential in the development of the zombie genre and in popularizing the concept of a worldwide apocalypse due to disease. His novel has been the basis of the screenplay for four feature films and inspired George Romero’s 1968 classic zombie flick.

For June’s Movie Night event, we invite you to read this ground breaking story and come join us as we screen two of the films based directly on Matheson’s work. We will start the evening with a 1971 adaptation starring Charleton Heston. After a brief intermission, we will return with the 2007 version starring Will Smith.

Location: Event Horizon in the Main Hall (room 107). As always, feel free to bring a comfy chair and snacks/beverages of your own. Limited items will be made available for purchase at the event.

Want the title? “Buy” a free ticket and have the info sent to your email.


June 15 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | GPS Arts Initiative – Figure Drawing Salon

If you sketch, draw, or paint, mark your calendar. Every third Monday of the month, the GPS Arts Initiative hosts a Figure Drawing Salon. From 6:00 until 9:00 PM, artists of all skill levels will have the chance to draw a live model and hone their craft.

The salon meets in the Classroom (106A) at Event Horizon. A small contribution will be requested to help cover the model’s honorarium. So bring your friends — the more artists join us, the smaller everyone’s contribution will need to be. For questions email [email protected].


June 27-28 | [email protected]

Once again we are sponsoring a booth at the festival and have invited our partners and geeky organizations to provide volunteers to represent their organization. This year we will also be in the Parade on Sunday! To volunteer to help build the float, staff the booth, or participate in the parade please email [email protected].


Upcoming for GPS

  • July 2-5 – GPS @ CONvergenceParty Cabana, Charity Auction, Programming
  • July 12 – Renfest Booth Garb Day
  • 7/31-8/2 – U.G.G. Weekend of Gaming
  • August 1 – GPS Ice Cream Social
  • August 8 – GPS Movie Night
  • August 22 – ReCon – Minnesota Miniatures Gaming Association quarterly event
  • Aug 28-30 – GPS @ Furry Migration – Party Room, Charity Auction
  • Sep 12-13Great Geek Garage Sale
  • October 3 – Scavenger Hunt
  • Oct 23-25 – GPS Community Haunted House

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

June 27 | 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].


Crafty Geek  

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

June 18 – This month’s project TBA. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details and to RSVP so they know how much to get for materials.

Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek)

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

June 2 | 7:00 pm | Monthly Club Meeting

Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. Andromeda’s Fall by William Dietz.

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.


Geek Physique

June 11, 18 | 7:00 pm | Geek Slink Belly Dance

Join us for a 2 intensive  sessions full of shimmies, shakes, and just enough sweat to get your new year amped and healthy.  Because at Geek Physique, you can be healthy and fit at any size!

June 13 & 27  | 2:00 pm | Geek Archery

Whether you’re an old hand, or you’ve never shot before, come join us as we launch a volley of pointy sticks at some familiar targets. This event is open to all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Place: Lauderdale Community Park

NOTE: As this event is dependent on the weather, we will announce any cancellations by noon, the day of the event. RSVP on the appropriate date  link in the Meetup group. Hope to see you there!


GPS Photography Club

June 16 | 7pm | Monthly Meetup

The GPS Photography Club will be walking the Minneapolis Greenway, or a part of it anyway.

We will be starting from where the greenway crosses Hennepin Avenue and heading east for the first half of the walk, and at some point either turning around or some people may be catching a bus along the way to their own destinations.

In case of inclement weather we will meet at Event Horizon and do an impromptu in house photoshoot.  Email [email protected] if you have 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.

June 9 | 7pm | East St Paul (ESP) Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup

Topic New Beginnings or Rebirth Our June Meetup will be hosted by Eli Berg-Maas. Nishi Peters will lead the topic of discussion on Archetypes. Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies – East side – 310 White Bear Ave, Saint Paul.

June 14 | 11am | World/Future Building

If you would like to get opinions on how a particular scene or scenes come across to the reader, submit up to 1000 words. Go to the Meetup for details on how. Identify your file for April Worldbuilding and explain what you would like to know, be it general or specific. Lunds Market Uptown.

June 14 | 2pm | June Crit Group

Topic TBA online in discussion thread on the board, Lunds Market Uptown.


Read the Book/See the Movie

June 12 | This month’s movie is TBA.

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 & 4th Friday  June 12 & 26 | 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


  • FSA BattleTech Tabletop | Fri Jun 5 | 6pm | Fallout Shelter Arcade
  • Open Gaming | 1st & 3rd Saturday, June 6 & 20 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107
  • Burl’s D&D | June 20 | 10am – 10pm in 106A

  • LARP Jam, Saturday June, 13 | 6pm – 9pm in room 106A 


Learn to create, develop, and refine a Live Action RolePlaying game in a fun, competitive environment. No experience needed, just an open mind and a cooperative attitude.


  • RPG Gaming | Sundays after Open Gaming, June 7 & 21 | 12 pm – 8 pm in 106A May 3


  • Designers Sessions | Tue June 30 in 106A / Fri June 12 in 106   –  These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.


  • Crafty Gamers | Thu June 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


Operations / Radio Trainings

Are you going to use a radio at CONvergence? Do you want to use a radio at CONvergence? Come learn all about the voices as we cover policies, procedures, and practice scenarios. All interested volunteers are invited to attend, and remember that radio training is mandatory in order to have radio use at the convention.

  • Thursday June 4 6:00-8:30  107 – includes scenario training
  • Tuesday June 23 6:00-8:30 107 – includes scenario training
  • Saturday June 27 12:00-2:30 107 – includes scenario training

June 28 | 1:30pm | Nerf Herders Open Meeting

Planning for herding the nerfs the following weekend. Meeting will be at Event Horizon in room 106A. For questions email [email protected]. Volunteers Past, Present, and Future are all welcome!


Anime Twin Cities

June 1, 22 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm | ATC S.O.S. Meeting

The May meeting got moved to June. The April meeting got moved to the Davanni’s in Roseville. Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting!


June 2 | 6:30pm – 9pm | June Kotatsu

Anime Twin Cities presents its monthly 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. Look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo.

  • Location: Source Comics & Games, 2057 Snelling Ave in Roseville.
  • Cost: Food is at your own expense.


June 6 | 8:30am – 4pm | Cherry Tree Celebration and Kite Flying

Anime Twin Cities, Inc. is going to Como for the Cherry Tree Celebration with expert kite fliers. We will meet at 8:30 AM at Como Park by the Mannheimer Memorial on the corner of North Lexington Parkway and Estabrook Street. At 9 AM there will be a kite flying demonstration by Seikoo and Akiko Nakamura of Nagasaki. At 2 PM there will be a kite-making workshop.

“The Saint Paul – Nagasaki Sister City Committee is raising money to support two cultural exchanges in 2015–our 60th anniversary as Sister Cities! SPNSCC’s logo is of hata kites from Nagasaki and we have been long time supporters of the Sansei Yonsei Kai dance group. Seiko Nakamura, kite flyer extraordinaire, is coming from Nagasaki to give our 60th celebration a flying start the weekend of June 6, 2015. He will fly his hata kites over the cherry trees at Como Park onSaturday, June 6, and again on Sunday, June 7. Nakamura-san came to the Twin Cities about 15 years ago and we are thrilled he will come again.” — Saint Paul Nagasaki Sister City Committee

  • Location: Como Park in Saint Paul.
  • Cost: There may be an activity fee for the kite-making.


June 19 | 7pm | Vali-Hi Drive-In

Once again ATC is going to the Vali-Hi Drive In in Lake Elmo! We’ll be bringing the grill, as well as burgers and brats, but we’ll need plenty of people to eat them! We have no idea what the movies will be, but the box office opens at 7 and the movies begin at dusk! Bring lawn chairs, maybe a boombox or two, and blankets (it gets cold at 3am!), and any treats you think you might like. Kids and (leashed) dogs are welcome! Tickets are $8.50 a person, and we hope to see you there!

  • http://www.valihi.com/
  • Location: Vali-Hi Drive-In theater, 11260 Hudson Blvd in Lake Elmo.
  • Cost: $8.50 for three movies.


Anime Fusion

June 13 | 1pm – 3pm | Convention Planning Meeting

Open to anyone interested in volunteering for Anime Fusion. The meeting will be held in room 106A at Event Horizon.


CONsole Room

The second year convention went well, and dates are set for next year – June 3-5 at the Hilton MSP/MOA! They already have two guests to announce for CONsole Room 2016:

  • Anneke Wills – Anneke played Polly Wright, companion to the First and Second Doctors, from 1966-1967
  • Dominic Glynn – Dominic composed the incidental music for Season 23, also known as The Trial of a Time Lord

Congratulations to MNFurs – they received their letter of determination and are officially a 501(c)(3)! Welcome to the club!

June 14 | 12pm – 4pm | Furry Migration Planning Meeting

Convention planning meeting for Furry Migration 2015, Back to Migration. Volunteers are welcome. The meeting is in the classroom (106A).

Other Announcements:

June 3, 10, 17, 24 | 6pm – 9pm | S.C.A.

The weekly meeting for Barony of Nordskogen, a chapter of The Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. Held in the Main Hall and Classroom (rooms 107 and 106A) every Wednesday.

June 5-11 | When Marnie Was There

Coming to the Landmark Lagoon Cinema for one week only, “When Marnie Was There” is the new (and possibly final ;_;) feature film by Studio Ghibli. Specific showtimes have not been announced yet, but it opens on Friday. Watch the theater’s website for showtimes when they become available. http://www.landmarktheatres.com/minneapolis/lagoon-cinema

June 7, 21 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm | S.C.A. Dance Class

This is a bi-weekly practice for period (historical) dance open to anyone interested. Each meeting will include instruction in techniques and specific dances from different time periods and different countries, such as English, Italian, court, country, etc. All skill levels and ages are welcome and encouraged to join in. Open to the Public.

June 17 | 6:30pm |  Speculations Reading Series

Tyler Tork reads. Dreamhaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Mpls.

June 27 | 10am – 4:30pm | ComicCard

ComicCard Shows combine comic books, sports and gaming cards and collectibles in one event, with special guests at each show!

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