September 2014

Where does the time go? Renaissance Festival is in full swing, it’s back to school time, and soon get ready for the run into the holiday season! As always, there is plenty for geeks to do.

Program News:

Space Camp – Every year, GPS’s Space Camp Committee will award the scholarship to one child ages 10 to 14. This past July at CONvergence, GPS announced the winners of the Space Camp scholarships, Piper Kline and Gunnar Laughlin. They will participate in the week-long immersive space and aviation program in Huntsville, AL, and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures upon their return. The application for 2015 will be available soon and submissions will be accepted from November 1st to December 31st, 2014. To find more information go to Please help us spread the word about this program.

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. Updated submission rules will be posted on the website in September.

Arts Initiative – We are happy to announce we officially have a new director for this program, and would like to thank Alfredo Lorente for taking on the position. He will be developing the gallery program and take over heading up the annual [email protected]

Board News: GPS would like to welcome its newest director: Jeff Boucher-Zamzo. Jeff has been the department head of United Geeks of Gaming for many years, and we are excited and proud to have him take this next step with GPS. Welcome aboard, Jeff!

Fundraising News:

Employer Matching Gift Programs – Employee donations are another way to support GPS. There are a number of companies that have employee donation programs with gift matching. GPS is a qualified non-profit, and we have had people donate to us through these programs at companies such as Ameriprise Financial, Wells Fargo, and United Healthcare. 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!

Garage Sale – We are accepting donations for the Great Geek Garage Sale (we also need boxes to sort donations and bags for the sale), for Charity Auction (if you forgot to bring to CONvergence, or want to donate for Migration or Anime Fusion), and, new this year, we are collecting donations for Free Geek Twin Cities. They take computer and electronics donations (CRT monitors they ask for $10 donation to help cover the cost of disposal). They refurbish what can be fixed, load up with free open source software, and make available at a low cost. They break down and recycle what cannot be reused. Check the web site for more info. Email [email protected] if:

  • you want to help (volunteers are needed to accept and presort donations, set up on Friday, staff on Saturday, and tear down Saturday evening/Sunday morning)
  • you need to make arrangements for drop off outside of scheduled dates, or
  • you have any large items you are thinking of donating but want to make sure we can take them

Donation Drop Off Dates remaining

8/28 Thursday   7 pm to 9 pm
8/30 Saturday    noon to 4 pm
8/31 Sunday      noon to 4 pm
9/7   Sunday     noon to 4 pm
9/9   Tuesday    7 pm to 9 pm
9/13 Saturday    noon to 4 pm

Amazon Smile: For those who missed it, has restarted their affiliate program in a new form. If you shop on Amazon you can now go through the AmazonSmile service and all your purchases will facilitate donations to Geek Partnership Society! It doesn’t cost anything extra on your end, and benefits GPS. Now you can go buy some games and feel even better about it. The link is on our website on the left side under “Support GPS”

This month for GPS

September 16 – Haunted House Open Meeting – The GPS Haunted House is looking for volunteers to help get the house up and running. Never performed before? No problem! Want to learn how to zombify yourself? We will show you. We need to fill performing, tech (light), and front-of-house positions for the 3-night run, as well as volunteers to help build, load in, and strike sets. The meeting will be at 7pm in the Main Hall, room 107.

September 20 – Great Geek Garage SaleThis is one day only. Need stuff? We’ll have all sorts of things for all ages. This is also a great time to get stuff for your Halloween costume or cosplay. Got stuff to get rid of, or auction donations to drop off? The website has been updated with the scheduled donation drop off times. Remember, we’re also taking donations for Free Geek Twin Cities, so chuck that computer stuff building up.

September 23 – Project Lighthouse Open House This is an informational session for teachers, rec center coordinators, librarians, parents, and anyone else interested in finding out more about our educational grants program and how they can take advantage of it. Know of anyone who may be interested? Please help us spread the word! It’s at 7:00 pm CORRECTION 6:00 pm in room 107, Event Horizon in the Waterbury.


Upcoming for GPS

October 11Scavenger Hunt – Put a team together, be it family, friends, or department. 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, bribing of judges is encouraged!

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 an informational/volunteer meeting September 16, so come on in and check it out.


Club News (alphabetical by club)

Black Hat Collective

September 27 | 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].

Crafty Geek

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A

Come and make something awesome! This month’s project is Crafty Geek’s birthday and cupcake crafts! Come and make a mess with frosting as we try and figure out how to create those super-cool frosting patterns we see on teh interwebz!!

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.

 Geek Physique

September 6 | 2:00 pm | Geek Physique Archery

Killing hay bales with pointy sticks is fun! Please see theMeetup group for more details and to sign up for the date you want – the organizer only communicates through the Meetup page. Dates will be added as they get scheduled.

September 4, 11 | 6:30 pm | Geek Slink Bellydance

The last 2 meetups of Session 2! Sign up on the Meetup group.

Geeks Read

September 2 | 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 The Last Dragon Slayer by Jasper Fforde.

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

September the plan is to organize a shoot at the Jackson Street Train Museum. Keep an eye on the website for information on this month’s meetup.

Read the Book/See the Movie

September 12 | Movie based on Murder on The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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!


Fridays September 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. Starting a new show as of our next meeting. Questions? Contact: [email protected].

United Geeks of Gaming

NEW ADDITION: 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.

Open Gaming | Saturdays, September 6 & 20 | 10 am – 10 pm

RPG Gaming | Monday September 8 | 6 pm – 10 pm
RPG Gaming | 1st and 3rd Sunday, September 7 & 21 | 12 pm – 8 pm

RPG events for GM’s and Players to meet, setup games, and run sessions.

Designers Session | Fri Sep 12 in 106 & Tue Sep 30 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 | September 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

Anime Twin Cities

September 6| 7:00 pm-9:30 pm | 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 ideas 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!

September 22 | 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 the GPS offices 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.

September 27 | 9am – 7pm| ATC @ Renaissance Festival – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

We will meet each morning close to the main gates – head straight upon entering the gates, you will pass a series of booths and entertainers – we will be slightly to the right. Look for the ATC band!

Times: Open to close: 9AM-7PM

Keep in mind, parking is free but you may be farther out in the field. Event runs, rain or shine!


September 12-14 | Furry Migration | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

A new entry in the Twin Cities convention family, Furry Migration, comes this September 12th through the 14th at the Ramada Bloomington. A first for its kind in the region, Furry Migration celebrates the cross-cultural portrayal of anthropomorphic characters in various media.

To participate in the celebration, badges are available onsite for $50 for the entire weekend. Day badges are also available for Friday and Saturday/Sunday to sample the convention.

Other Announcements:

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

Sep 12-14   Furry Migration (
Oct 4           MCBA Fallcon (
Oct 17-19    Anime Fusion (
Oct 17-19    Arcana (
Oct 24-26    Crypticon (
Oct 24-26    Valleycon (
Nov 7-9       Omegacon Fall (
Nov 7-9       Teslacon (
Nov 21-23    Daisho Con (
Jan 30-Feb1 Supercon (
Feb 13-15    Con of the North (
Mar 6-8        Marscon (
Mar 27-29    Anime Detour (
Apr 2-Apr 5  MiniCon 50 (
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 (
Jul 2-5         CONvergence (
Jul 24-26      Diversicon (