May 2014

May is another busy geeky month with multiple events and conventions, and more gearing up for summer. 

GPS Team Trivia Challenge – For those who missed it, we have a new winning team! Phobophobia (Cetius, Bob Alberti, Molly Glover, and Caitlin Ericson) won a spot on the trophy, bags of random stuff, and $25 gift certificates from the Source.  Thanks to everyone who helped put this on, teams who participated, and those who came out to cheer the teams on. Thanks also to the Parkway Theater for providing the venue, Half Price Books Roseville for donating books for the prize bags of random stuff, and the Source Comics & Games for donating gift certificates for the first and second place teams.

Also, it’s official. We are now a Little Free Library site. With Books! We’ve got two sets of bookshelves in the classroom (106A), so feel free to borrow or donate books as you stop in.

GPS May Events

May 15 | GPS Writing Contest Deadline

If you are a writer or graphic novelist now is the time to show your stuff!! There are five different divisions including Poetry, Graphic Novel, Youth 1, Youth 2, and Open Division and the Scott Imes award for local writers. Go to the website at for details and submission rules.


May 16 – 18 | Art-A-Whirl @ GPS

The Northeast Minneapolis Art Crawl is back! The Waterbury Building is a participant, and GPS is involved as a member of NEMAA. We’ll have a room of geeky artists and crafters, some live music, Crafty Geek will be doing some art project programming for the kids, and Twin Cities Makers will be showing their stuff out of the garage space for the Hack Factory.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Since we will also be having a Charity Auction at CONsole Room this same weekend, and 2 of the organizers will be splitting time between the two, we really need help! We’ll need folk to help with set up on Friday (starting noonish) and teardown on Sunday after 5pm, staff the merchandise table all 3 days, some wandering hosts to help around the building, Crafty Geek folk to help with the kids program from noon to 3 on Saturday and Sunday, and greeters to answer questions and talk about all we do. Email [email protected] to volunteer.


May 19 | 6 pm | Annual Membership Meeting and Elections

Event Horizon room 107, 1121 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Elections are coming. Geek Partnership Society’s (GPS) Annual Membership Meeting will be the voting meeting. There are three (3) directors of the Board positions with two (2) declared candidates. To vote in the upcoming elections you will need to have volunteered at least 20 hours for GPS organizations before May 1st. For questions please contact [email protected].

Upcoming for GPS

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.
The judges have the entries for the annual Mark Time and Ogle Awards for SF audio.  We have 15 entries from 3 continents totaling around 20 hours that each judge gets to hear and evaluate.  
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.

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

May 24 | 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
  • Saturday May 10 | 1pm – 4pm | Room 106A

People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetings coincide with Crafty Geek, one weekend meetup.

Geek Physique

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 7:00 pm |  Geek Slink Bellydance
Here is 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. 
May 3, 17 | 2:00 pm | Geek Physique Archery
We’ve got two scheduled for this month so far, but there may be more. Please see the meetup for more details and to sign up – the organizer only communicates through the meetup.
May 6, 13, 20, 27 | 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.

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 Red Shirts by John Scalzi.
  • Upcoming books: June 3rd 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

The Photography Club is trying to schedule an outdoor shoot this month, details still TBD. Keep an eye on the website for updates.


Read the Book/See the Movie

May 9 | Movie based on We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. 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 May 9 & 23 | 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, May 3 & 24 | 10 am – 10 pm
  • RPG Gaming | Mon May 12 & Fri May 23 | 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 May 9 & Tue May 27 | 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 | May 15 | 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 Events Open Meeting   May 10 at 7pm in room 107 at Event Horizon. 

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.
  • May 4 | Session #1 | 2pm
  • May 13 | Session #2 | 7pm
  • June 7 | Session #3 | 2pm
  • June 10 | Session #4 | 7pm
May 18 | 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].
May 25 | 3pm-5pm | Nerfherders Open Meeting at Event Horizon in the Waterbury, room 106A
Nerfherders public meeting! Come learn what we do and how you can help us keep people moving through CONvergence smoothly. Questions? Email [email protected].

Anime Twin Cities

May 15 | 5:00pm-10:00pm | S.O.S. in the Pod Bay
Here’s an away mission at the Fallout Shelter Arcade. All skill levels welcome. Come battle it out piloting your own mech. Giant robots for the win. More info about FSA can be found at
Fallout Shelter Arcade – 451 Taft St NE, Ste. L4, Minneapolis, MN 55413
May 18 | 9 am | Team ATC at Minnesota Aids Walk
Anime Twin Cities has been participating in the Minnesota AIDS Walk since 2011. It’s a beautiful 6.2 mile walk along the Mississippi River, a great way to spend a spring morning. The walk does not require a minimum donation to walk but does suggest that you raise at least $25 to help keep this fundraiser profitable. Costumes or anime-related clothing are welcome, but please remember to dress for the weather.
You can join or donate to our team at

Other Announcements:

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

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].