Cheers Pablo on November 4th!

We will be doing a paint-and-sip event at Cheers Pablo in Woodbury on Saturday, November 4th at 6:30 pm.  A painting with the Enterprise and a Vulcan salute has been specially designed for our group!  The cost is $35 plus whatever wine or snacks you choose.  You may sign up directly on http://www.cheerspablo.com    Select the Woodbury location and go to our private event listed at November 4th at 6:30.

Star Trek with the Minnesota Orchestra was FASCINATING!

On Friday, July 14th, an away team from the Nokomis attended a showing of the 2009 movie Star Trek at Orchestra Hall with full accompaniment by the Minnesota Orchestra.  Hearing the soundtrack played live was an amazing experience.  Many fans who attended dressed up in Star Trek uniforms and other costumes, including the entire brass section!  Many of us said we'd like to attend other types of screenings like this in the future.

Many thanks to Aida Cruz for this awesome suggestion!  Way to dive right in as a new member!

Star Trek (2009) Complete Film with Live Orchestra!

Nokomis sign-up deadline is Sunday February 19th!

 

LIVE AT ORCHESTRA HALL!  Friday July 14th, 7:30 pm.  -- ticket cost: around $65

See the full film with Michael Giacchino's thrilling score played live to picture!

The Nokomis will be purchasing a group of tickets for this concert, but we need to know if you are planning to attend!  Since the Minnesota Orchestra is offering a discount to groups of 10 or more, we will be purchasing a block of tickets next week, so we need your FIRM COMMITMENT to this concert by this Sunday, February 19th.  While payment will not be needed before the 19th, you will be committing to paying for a concert ticket or tickets.  If you have not signed up for this event at the meeting, please contact a board member to let them know you are planning on going.  Further details on payment and exact cost will be coming soon.

 

World Defense Force will be at MarsCon…in the MUSH Room!

The WDF, which are also Nokomis members, are going to be hosting a room at MarsCon this year.  Our room number is 1113 -- come join us, hang out, have fun.  We are bringing back everyone's favorite room, the MUSH Room, and no, it is not a fungus.  It stands for the Mobile Universal Space Hospital.  We are creating the Bog instead of the Swamp from the hit TV show M*A*S*H.

For those who are not familiar with us:  the WDF represents all the service men and women from all science fiction shows, including King Kong and Godzilla, who die saving the planet and the human race, but you never know who they are.

If you are interested in helping us out or being involved, let Dawn know (email: ).  We would love your help.  Otherwise, if you are attending the convention, come join us!

Remember: "we all die so you don't have to."

 

"General" Dawn Star

Hats and mittens (and gloves) for Hats and Mittens!

Nokomis friends,
Some of you may recall the Nokomis helped a charity called Hats and Mittens last year. This is a charity started by Rebecca Jorgenson Sundquist who is on my board at the National Lutheran Choir. Several other NLC members help out with this event and Karen and I attend each year. Hats and Mittens was started by Rebecca when she noticed kids at the bus stop without hats or mittens. People attending the gala bring a set of hats and mittens as a part of the admission. It doesn't stop there. Hats and Mittens also sponsors a youth-oriented organization each year. One year it was cookie cart which employs young people to give them purpose, structure, a place to go, and keep them off the street. A different group receives the donations of the gala each year. There are many worthy applications and the decision as to what group to honor is a tough one. This is a worthwhile charity.
This is where you come in. Last year the Nokomis donated 31 sets of hats and mittens. The demand exceeds the supply and requests come from unexpected places such as Edina. Teen sizes are also needed. You can often find hats and mittens (or gloves as mittens are hard to find) on sale somewhere or on clearance. It doesn’t need to be fancy. Karen and I have a good start with 10 sets. Let’s see if we can break last year’s record. You can bring your contribution to the November meeting or the December Christmas party.
Thanks you for your kind contributions last year and for considering helping again this year.
Mark and Karen Uecker 
http://www.hatsandmittens.org

A Klingon Christmas Carol at Mounds Theatre!

As part of our holiday festivities this year, we will be going to the play A Klingon Christmas Carol at the Historic Mounds Theatre on Sunday, December 11th, at 4:30 pm.  This is a Klingon parody version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol presented in Klingon with English narration and subtitles.  Several Nokomis members have attended this play in the past and recommend it highly.

Since the Mounds Theatre is a small venue and the play is expected to sell out, we need to move at warp speed to secure a block of seats together.   The cost of a ticket is $20 and we will need payment by October 15th.  There are a few reservation and payment options collected here.

After the play. we have a 7:00 reservation at the Dark Horse Bar & Eatery, named in 2016 by City Pages as Best New Bar!

For Location info, click on Historic Mounds Theatre or Dark Horse Bar & Eatery

USS Nokomis 32nd Anniversary Picnic

Planning ahead for June:  our 32nd Anniversary Picnic is coming up on Saturday June 11th at the home of Loren and Carol Evers, 11357 142nd St N, Stillwater, MN.  The meeting will start at noon with the potluck starting around 1:30.  Please bring something to share for the potluck.

New STAR TREK series coming to CBS All Access – January 2017

(from StarTrek.com)  CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

Captain’s Log — Stardate 1504.05

Captain's Log

Greetings, crew! As I write this, we have gone from yesterday's 65 degrees to today's snowstorm. I love March! My family is lucky to be spending Spring Break in Texas, so we are all hauling out our summer clothes once again.

Thanks once again to those who helped at MarsCon with the blood drive, which turned into the  Leonard Nimoy Memorial Blood Drive at the very last minute. We collected 27 units of blood, which will be used to save up to 81 lives. We also collected money for the COPD Foundation, as Leonard died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Several club members added to the donations at the March meeting, too.

Check the newsletter and website to find information on multiple spring and summer events and activities. There are several fun things coming up soon that you won't want to miss, so keep checking back regularly!

See you around the galaxy,

Mary

MarsCon 2015 Report

We had a great time at the convention this year. It was much more laid-back than some, with fewer people coming through our room. To give you an idea of scope - we usually serve about 500 drinks during a MarsCon weekend and this year we served 200.

However, drinks were not a measure of our room's popularity! The new props, thanks to Mr James Kline, were absolutely Oz-some, and many people came to see. Guests loved speaking into Wizard's microphone and hearing their voices come booming from the Wizard's form. We had Dorothy, Glinda, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, munchkins, the Emerald Princess, the Wicked Witch with one of her Winkie Guard and the Wizard in his human form. We could never quite locate the Tin Woodman, but he left his oil can behind in case we needed it. The Emerald City was there in the distance, too. It was very lovely and fun, too.

Thanks to everyone who participated, helped with set-up and take-down, and visited the room.

Mary