March 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.

March is coming up, and with it the technical beginning of spring. We’re planning for our 2015 elections in May. Four seats on the Geek Partnership Society Board of Directors are up (three 2-year terms, one 1-year term from mid year appointment), with only two incumbents. As a board we are moving away from the “division model” and redistribute responsibilities based on individual strengths, skill sets, and interest. Individuals elected to the board would be responsible for existing duties until such time as redistribution can happen again. Check out the Board Elections page for more information.

The deadline to declare intent to run for any of these positions is May 1, 2015. If you would like more information or are interested in running, please contact the Secretary at [email protected].

Declared candidates: Seth Chmelik (incumbent), Jeff Boucher-Zamzo (incumbent

Program News:

GPS Writing Contest – The 17th Annual GPS Writing Contest is on with 2 youth division 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.

This month for GPS

March 14 | 5pm – 10pm |- GPS Movie Night Pi Day Edition

Keeping with the Pi(e) theme, we will be screening episodes from two PIE centric television shows as well as a biopic on mathematician and cryptographer John Forbes Nash Jr. This means we’ll be starting earlier and ending later than normal.

  • First, watch as Ned solves crimes using his unique ability to turn dead things back to life, including his alive-again highschool sweetheart.
  • Next, swoon over Sam and Dean Winchester as they strike out on a crusade to avenge their mother’s death.
  • Lastly, follow John Nash, as played by Russell Crowe, as he plumets from the verge of mathematical superstardom into schizophrenia and then collects a Nobel Prize later in life.

Along with math and pie related screenings, we will be hosting a “tastiest pie” contest and a round food potluck. Pi-neapple punch will be provided.

As always, feel free to bring your own comfy chair and snacks to the Main Hall (room 107) at Event Horizon – as well as a round food to share. Still not sure what we’re watching? RSVP for the event and we will send you the info in your confirmation email.

March 16 | 6pm – 9pm | 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].

Upcoming for GPS

April 11 – International Tabletop Game Day with UGG
April 17 – Volunteer Appreciation Day – GPS invites all geek volunteers!
May 15-17 Art-A-Whirl at GPS
May 18 – GPS Open Meeting / Election Meeting
June 13 – GPS Annual Picnic
June 27-28 – [email protected]
July 2-5 – GPS @ CONvergence
August 1 – GPS Ice Cream Social

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective
March 28 | 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!
March 19 – This month’s project is TBD. You can keep an eye on the meetup group for details.
March 21 – Salon Saturday – come in from the cold and hang with your friends for more crafty goodness.
March 28 – A Crafty away mission! Crochet at the MIA! – The MIA will be displaying the amazing crochet coral reef in June, and they want our help to make it! Let’s go for a morning of art and crochet! No crochet experience necessary 🙂 If you would like to go, register ahead of time (it’s free, but they want RSVPs):
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
March 3 | 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.. In March, we’ll be discussing Green Rider  by Kristen Britain.
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
March 10, 17, 24, 31 | 7:00 pm | Haidon Gumdo
Haidong Gumdo is a sword art, beginners will start with foam and wooden swords. This is a regular class repeating for 8 weeks. At the end students maybe ready to test for their gold belt.
GPS Photography Club
March 17 | 7pm | Monthly Meetup
This month’s topic is Photo Studio Design. 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.

March 10 | 7pm | East St Paul (ESP) Speculative Fiction Writers Meetup  

Writing the Modern Fairytale. Davanni’s East Side
The panelists will discuss the care and feeding of their writer/artists partners. Lunds Market Uptown.
March 29 | 2pm | March Crit Group
Topic is Writing the Modern Fairytale, Lunds Market Uptown.
Read the Book/See the Movie
March 13 | This month’s movie is based on a book 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 & 5th Friday  March 13 & 27 | 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, Mar 7 & 21 | 10 am – 10 pm in room 107, 106A
  • RPG Gaming | Sundays after Open Gaming, Mar 8 & 22 | 12 pm – 8 pm, location TBA.
  • Designers Sessions | Tue Feb 24 in 106A, Fri Mar 13 in 106, & Tue Mar 24 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 Mar 6 – 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 Mar 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.
  • March 28 – Minnesota Miniatures Gaming Association – ReCon – ReCon is the MMGA quarterly gathering of miniatures gamers. Our event features games run by members ranging from historical ancients, horse and musket era, current and far future events, and fantasy. Our only requirement for games is they must feature miniatures. We prefer they be painted because of the aesthetic but it is not required. After that our only other requirement is to have fun and enjoy the camaraderie. All events are open to the public no prior game skill or rules knowledge is required. Admission  $7.00 for adults / $3.00 for members under 14

Partner News


March 22 | 2pm | CONvergence Social Gathering: Hosted by Hotel
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. 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.
March 29  | 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!


Anime Twin Cities

March 3 | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | March 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. ^_^
Look for the host wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo. 

Location: Pizza Lucé, 210 North Blake Road in Hopkins


March 11 | Film: Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Anime Twin Cities has partnered with to present a new anime film in local theaters! “Ghost in the Shell: Arise” is a prequel to the famous series, with all-new cases to be solved by our favorite characters as they work together for the first time.

TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! They can only be reserved online in advance of the event. Reserve your spot today!

This is a one-night, single special showing. Once the seats are gone, they’re gone. Visit the event page on Tugg for further details and to purchase tickets:

March 14 & 22 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Anime Detour Planning Meetings
Planning meetings for Anime Detour. Volunteers are welcome. The 14th will be in the Main Hall (room 107) at Event Horizon, and the 22nd will be at the DoubleTree Bloomington.


March 14 | ATC Pancake Brunch
On March 14th, Anime Twin Cities is holding a Pancake Brunch in the Main Hall (room 107) from 8am to 12pm, to raise money for its Educational Exchange Program fund. The price is $5 per person per trip through the pancake line.
The Educational Exchange Program fund is where we work with the organization Youth for Understanding USA to send students to Japan by providing funds for their scholarship programs.  This aligns with our stated mission, which is the promotion and study of Japanese culture, not only anime and manga, but also the Japanese language. How better could we promote Japanese culture but by sending young Americans over to Japan to experience said culture first hand?
For every dollar we raise through various independent charitable activities throughout the year, the Pancake Brunch being the first of many, the ATC board  has voted to match such donations on a one to one basis from the General Fund.
If you wish to donate or help out, contact Dave Vetrovec at [email protected]. Otherwise bring your stomach and your wallets on the 14th.
March 23 | 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 106.


Anime Fusion

March 14 | 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

March 11 | 6pm – 8:30pm | Console Room Planning Meeting
Convention planning meeting for Furry Migration 2015, Back to Migration. Volunteers are welcome. The meeting will be held in room 106 at Event Horizon.

MN Furs

March 8 | 1pm – 4pm | Migration Planning Meeting
Convention planning meeting for Furry Migration 2015, Back to Migration. Volunteers are welcome. The meeting will be held in room 106A at Event Horizon.


March 14 | 1pm – 4pm | MNFurs Annual Meeting / Election
The meeting will be held in the Living Room (106) at Event Horizon.

Other Announcements:

Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 | 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.


Mar 1, 15, 29 | 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.

Mar 3  | 6pm – 9pm | Twin Cities Adobe Users Group

Intro to Responsive Web Design in Dreamweaver. Responsive web design is a web design approach aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop computer monitors). Check out the Meetup for more information and to register. Cost is $5. Room 106A at Event Horizon.

Mar 15  | 6pm – 9pm | JOFcon Organizational Meeting

We’re having another organizational meeting for this fall’s JOFCon on March 15th at 7:00 PM at a private home. Please email Michael Lee ([email protected]) for address information. (We’ll be sending out address information closer to the event.)

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

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           Demicon
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
June 26-28    Fourth Street Fantasy
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
Feb 6-8, 2016 Supercon
May 6-9, 2016 Costume Con 34
Oct 7-9, 2016 Gaylaxicon


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].

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