June 2014

School is out (mostly), the weather is warm (hopefully), and the geekiness continues. May was busy ([email protected], auction at CONsole Room, and the Annual Membership Meeting, and June is no less busy. We’ve got a picnic to run, a presence at Twin Cities Pride to organize, and CONvergence to prepare for.

Election results – Ange Straatmeyer and Ann Roubik were elected as directors. Thank you to everyone who came and voted!

Big reminder for kids 10-14 – The deadline to get your essay in for the GPS Spacecamp Scholarship is June 1! Hope you got your entry in!


GPS June Events

June 14 – GPS Annual PicnicEveryone is welcome! It will be at Cherokee Park in St. Paul from noon to 5 pm. We have the large pavilion.

June 28-29 – [email protected]Once again GPS is sponsoring a tent at Twin Cities Pride, and invites partners and geeky groups to join us.


Announcement of the winners will be in mid-June, and the presentation to the winners will be during the Opening Ceremonies at CONvergence in July.   Be sure to check out the Mark Time website to find some of the best SF and F audio theater over the last 16 years.  Especially look for the Mark Time SF Audio Hall of Fame for the best going back to the 1930s.



Upcoming for GPS

July 3-6 – [email protected]We have a lot going on at the convention – we’ll be bringing a class of kids in on Thursday for sciencey/geeky exposure, our Charity Auction runs all weekend, our party room in Cabana 110 will be having daytime programming as well as the party hours, and there will be several panels. Stop by, say hi. If you want to help us out while we’re there, have donations you want to get to us, or any other questions, please send an email to [email protected].

August 2 – Ice Cream SocialGPS 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!

September 20 – Great Geek Garage SaleThis is one day only. Keep an eye on the website for the scheduled donation drop off times.


Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

June 28 | 1pm – 5pm | Room 106

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! May’s project/build on the 15th will be a bleach stencil T-shirt. Check out the Meetup group for information, and please RSVP there or on the Facebook event so they know how much to get for supplies.

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, one weekend meetup.


Geek Physique

June 5 | 7:00 pm |  Geek Slink Bellydance

The last meetup of the second session for 2014! Please see the meetup for details and to sign up. Space is limited and the organizer communicates any changes through the meetup. Keep an eye out for the next session, starting some time in August.

June 14, 28 | 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.

June 3, 10 | Basic Aikido: a six week series

Shuharikan dojo is back to teach the basics of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. See the meetup for details and to sign up.

June 24 | Bat’leth Training & Building

Col. Mordokk is training up folks in preparation for combat at CONvergence! Sign up at the meetup.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are also looking for folks interested in starting and running a bicycling group and a walking group, as well as people to help run this program overall. Contact [email protected] if you are interested.


Geeks Read

May 6 | 7pm – 9:30pm | Room 106A

Geeks Read will be discussing Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds.

Our July meeting at CONvergence will be a discussion about our Favorite Urban Fantasy books.

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

Keep an eye on the website for information on this month’s meetup.


Read the Book/See the Movie

June 16 | Movie based on Random Quest (Short story in Consider Her Ways and Others) by John Wyndham. Social time at 7:00 pm – movie begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Our gathering location rotates locations so email [email protected] for location.  Feel free to bring a snack to share!



Fridays June 13 & 27 | 8:30pm – 11pm | Classroom (106A)

The ATC/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 | Saturdays, June 7 & 21 | 10 am – 10 pm

RPG Gaming | Mon June 9 & Fri June 27 | 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 June 13 & Tue June 24 | 7 pm

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

Crafty Gamers | June 19 | 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

Convergence Events

CONvergence Operations Training Sessions There are 4 sessions scheduled covering the same material, you only need to attend once. These count for volunteer hours. Training covers the computer systems, standard operational procedure, and how to deal with unique situations.

All sessions will be at Event Horizon in the Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St NE, 106A.

  • June 7 | Session #3 | 2pm
  • June 10 | Session #4 | 7pm

June 15 | 2pm-5pm | Ops Open Meeting

at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis on Washington Avenue. Not just for Ops volunteers, all are welcome for an early con fix. There’s a short meeting at the beginning, socializing for the rest of the time. Questions? Email [email protected].


Anime Twin Cities

June 3 | 6:30pm-9:30pm | June Kotatsu

Bring games, cards, writing, knitting, any hobby that suits you. Or just join us at a table for good company and conversation. This is a public gathering; come and have a meal and relax with your friends at ATC. Panera Bread 8251 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344


Other Announcements:

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

Jun 6-8       MLP-MSP (mlp-msp.com)
Jun 12-15    CoreCon (http://www.fargocorecon.org/)
Jun 20-22    4th Street Fantasy (http://beta.4thstreetfantasy.com/2014/)
Jun 27-29    AniMinneapolis (http://animinneapolis.com)
Jul 3-6        CONvergence (convergence-con.org)
Jul 25-27     Diversicon (www.diversicon.org)
Aug 22-24    Geekkon (http://www.geekkon.net/)
Sep 12-14    Furry Migration (con.furrymigration.org)
Oct 17-19    Anime Fusion (animefusion.net)
Oct 17-19    Arcana (http://arcanacon.com/)
Oct 24-26    Crypticon (http://www.crypticonminneapolis.com/)
Oct 24-26    Valleycon (http://www.valleycon.com/)
10/31-11/2  Metacon (http://www.metaconvention.com/)
Nov 7-9       Omegacon Fall (www.omegacon.org)
Nov 7-9       Teslacon (http://www.teslacon.com/)
Nov 21-23    Daisho Con (http://daishocon.com/)

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].