October 2014

October is upon us! School is in full swing, leaves are turning, and winter is coming. Geeky thoughts turn to more costumes, scavenger hunts, creative gourd art, and more convention work.

Program News:

Space Camp – The application for 2015 will be available soon and submissions will be accepted from November 1st to December 31st, 2014, only 2 months. Please help us spread the word about this program.To find more information go to  http://geekpartnership.org/spacecamp/. Heads up: there will be a presentation by one of 2014’s winners at the November 18 Open Forum.

Writing Contest – Heads up to writers and graphic artists that the 2015 GPS Writing Contest will be accepting submissions from January 1 through 11:59pm May 15. Why tell you now? There are 2 Youth divisions, and we like to let teachers and students know about this so they can get  a head start. Updated submission rules have been posted to the web site.

Project Lighthouse – The Open House went off without a hitch, and with a bunch of critters. We had teachers, librarians, and rec center program coordinators in attendance for sample presentations from the Como Zoo, the U of M Raptor Center, the Minnesota Zoo, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and Rand Robotics. Go to the link for more information and to apply.

Fundraising News:

Garage Sale – The Great Geek Garage Sale was a success! In spite of 35W being closed and Central being blocked at the railroad bridge, we hit our goal, got a lot of neat stuff for the auction inventory, and were able to answer questions and promote our events and programs, like Project Lighthouse, to the general public.

Employer Matching Gift Programs – These programs usually have sign-ups during their employee benefit enrollment periods, which tend to happen September through November. If your company does such a program you can check to see if Geek Partnership Society is on the list. If not, you might be able to get us added and get more bang for your donation buck!

This month for GPS

October 7 –  GPS Haunted House Planning Meeting from 7pm to 9pm in room 107. We encourage everyone who wants to volunteer to come. Click to sign up on the Haunted House Volunteer Sign Up form, especially if you did not attend the 9/16 meeting.

October 11Scavenger Hunt – Put a team together, be it family, friends, club, convention, or con department. Entry fee is $20 per team. Teams can be up to 4 adults, or up to 6 (4 adults, 2 kids). Teams start with 9:30 am registration, judging starts at 4pm. Remember, creativity and bribing of judges is encouraged!

October 11Movie Night! – Right after Scavenger Hunt, we’ve got a free movie night! It fits the Scavenger Hunt theme. Here is the EventBrite link – RSVP and get the title mailed to you. There will be popcorn and soda for a buck. Proceeds raised will go to feed hungry Minnesotans. Food shelf donations also welcome.

October 31-November 2GPS Haunted House – Professor LeMorte is at it again, and he needs you! Keep an eye on the web page or join the Facebook group to get the announcements for planning meetings and such. There is a planning/volunteer meeting October 7, so sign up, come on in and check it out. Can’t make the meeting? Sign up on the Haunted House Volunteer sign up form.

This is a fundraiser and public outreach event in the form of a family-friendly community haunted house. Tickets are $5.

Haunted House Hours are:

  • 10/31 Friday 7-11PM
  • 11/1 Saturday 6-9PM, then a scarier Haunted House for adults 10PM-12AM
  • 11/2 “Sensory Friendly Sunday”  4-8PM

Upcoming for GPS

November 18 – GPS Open Forum – As always, we invite all members, partner members, geeks, and general public to come and find out what’s been going on and what’s in the hopper. This Open Forum we will be having a special presentation from 2014 Space Camp Scholarship winner, Gunnar Laughlin, who went in August.

December 16 – Photography Club annual review and planning meeting for 2015.

Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective  | October 25 | 1pm – 5pm | Room 106A
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]. Also, the Comic Artitists’ Night at the Opera has started up again in partnership with the MN Opera. Check out the link for more information how to join in the creative fun.

Crafty Geek

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A or 107 Come and make something awesome!
– 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 the Crafty Geek meetup. Except when Crafty is on an Away Mission, see above.

Geek Physique

Geek Slink Bellydance – Dates TBD There will be a fall series of sessions for Slink, but scheduling is still in process. Keep an eye on the Meetup group for information and to sign up.

Geeks Read  |  October 7 | 7:00 pm

Geeks Read meets the first Tuesday of every month, with doors opening at 7:00 pm and the discussion beginning at 7:30 pm. We’ll be discussing London Falling by Paul Cornell. 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

October 23 – The  Photography Club is happy to announce that we will be working with the Crafty Geeks to help cover the annual Pumpkins and Power Tools Craft event on October 23. Look for Andy Murphy at the event to help with getting set up for taking pictures, and you know, it might be a good idea to have your camera “wrapped” for an event like this. Especially for those up close and personal shots. We are looking the the possibility of doing other events in October, and look for plans for November in next month’s newsletter.

Read the Book/See the Movie  |  October 10 | Movie based on Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam

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!

Tsuinshi  |  Fridays October 10 & 24 | 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. Starting a new show as of our next meeting. Questions? Contact: [email protected].

 United Geeks of Gaming

October 25 – We’d like to welcome the Minnesota Miniatures Gaming Association to the UGG fold! They’ll be having their first quarterly game day officially under the UGG umbrella on October 25. Doors open at 9am and game till 11pm. If you need directions contact George Hord at [email protected]. Admission  $7.00 for adults / $3.00 for members under 14

  • Open Gaming | Saturdays, October 4 & 18 | 10 am – 10 pm
  • RPG Game Day | 1st and 3rd Sunday, October 5 & 19 | 12 pm – 8 pm
  • RPG Gaming | Monday October 13 | 6 pm – 10 pm
  • Designers Session | Fri Oct 10 in 106 & Tue Oct 27 in 106A
    • These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.
  • Crafty Gamers | October 23 | 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

Anime Twin Cities / Anime Detour

October 5 | 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.

October 7 | 6:30 pm-9:00 pm | October 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 have a meal and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^  Dinner is pay-your-own-way.

Panera Bread, 8251 Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie

October 20 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | ATC Social Outreach Services Meeting

Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting! Staff meetings are held at Event Horizon in the Waterbury building at the intersection of Central and Broadway. Enter through door C. Suite 106 is the first door on the right. We will be meeting in 106A.

Convergence Events / CONvergence

October 26  |  12:00pm – 3:30pm  |  Nerf Herders Department Meeting

Yes, it is time to start planning for herding the nerfs. Meeting will be at Event Horizon in room 106A. For questions email [email protected].

October 26  |  2:00pm – 3:00pm  |  CONvergence Operations Gathering

This is the first of the monthly gatherings to brainstorm, find volunteer opportunities, learn, and just have a nice get together. These gatherings are 100% optional and no volunteer hours are given. Held at Grumpys Bar and Grill in downtown Minneapolis. 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 Doctor Who T shirts and the people sucking up all the free Wi-Fi. Questions? Email [email protected].

Quad Cities Anime / Anime Fusion

September 30 – This is the final day for pre-registration for Anime Fusion.

October 17-19 | Anime Fusion

“Anime Fusion is dedicated to bringing the classic favorites of anime back into the spotlight alongside the newest titles fresh from Japan.” It will be at the Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall, 2300 East American Boulevard, Bloomington, MN 55425.

GPS will be at Anime Fusion with the Charity Auction and a Party Room, so stop on by and say “hi!”

CONsole Room

October 31 – Registration rates go up after October 31, pre-register here if you want to get the cheapest rate for this Doctor Who con. CONsole Room will be May 29-31 at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. If you are interested in helping plan and run the convention you can contact them through Facebook or Twitter.

Other Announcements:

October 4 – MCBA Fallcon  – One day only at the State Fairgrounds from 10 am to 5 pm. Some members of GPS Black Hat Collective will be there!

October 12Marscon Planning Meeting from 1pm to 4pm at the Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.

October 18 – Steampunk Sale of the Century The Minnesota Society of Costumers is having a fundraiser from 1pm to 5pm at Event Horizon in the Main Hall (room 107). Members will be selling costumes and costume making supplies, just in time for folks to get ready for Halloween, Teslacon, and Fezziwig’s Steampunk Christmas Carol. Free for members, $5 public admission.

October 31 – Last day to pre-register for Marscon at the cheap rate. Registration info here.

November 3 – Last day to pre register for Manticon at the lower rate. November 4 and on is at the door rates.  Register here.

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

Oct 4           MCBA Fallcon (http://midwestcomicbook.com/?page_id=1048)
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/)
Nov 7-9       Omegacon Fall (www.omegacon.org)
Nov 7-9       Teslacon (http://www.teslacon.com/)
Nov 21-23    Daisho Con (http://daishocon.com/)
Jan 30-Feb1 Supercon (supercon.info)
Feb 13-15    Con of the North (http://www.conofthenorth.com/)
Mar 6-8        Marscon (http://marscon.org/2015/index.php)
Mar 27-29    Anime Detour (animedetour.com)
Apr 2-Apr 5  MiniCon 50 (http://mnstf.org/minicon50/)
May 1-3       Minneapolis Comicon 2015
May 2          Free Comic Book Day
May 16-17   MCBA Springcon (www.midwestcomicbook.com)
May 21-25   WisCon (http://www.wiscon.info/)
May 22-24   MantiCon (http://www.manticon.org/)
May 29-31   CONsole Room (http://console-room.mpls.cx/)
Jul 2-5         CONvergence (http://www.convergence-con.org/)
Jul 24-26      Diversicon (http://www.diversicon.org/)

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].