Chuckwagon Dinner and Fundraiser 2017

Chuck Wagon Dinner
Sponsored by

APRIL 22nd, 2017
at the
Dan Patch American Legion – Savage
12375 Princeton Ave
Savage, MN 55378
(Note the new location)

Cost is $12.00 per person

Social Time and Auction Viewing 5:00PM to 6:00PM
Chuck Wagon Chili Dinner Served, plus Fun and Games 6:00PM to 6:45 PM
Silent Auction Closes 7:15 PM
Door Prizes 6:00PM to 7:00PM

We are keeping our Chili menu this year as it was such a success last year!!  Come try mild to spicy and white Chili’s certain one will be your “hearts” desire!!  Along with our auction items the “claw” machine will be back filled with toys and gift cards to some of our favorite restaurants and stores.  Grab your cowboy hats, boots, and your horse (if you have one), spouse, family, friends, quarters for the claw machine and come enjoy lots of fun with us!

Please reserve your spots by APRIL 10th so we can make sure there is plenty of Chili and fixings for everyone!

** Our 2017 benefit will be for the  Hospice and Palliative Care at the MN VA Hospital in honor of one of our member’s losing her battle to cancer.

ZooBoo 2016 Is In the History Books

The 29th Edition of Como Friends' ZooBoo is in the history books, and it was a good one.  Over four nights just over 16,000 guests passed through the gates to help Como Zoo grow while helping themselves to some goodies.

Thiszooboo-path was the Nokomis' 23rd year helping out. The first station, Halloween, is our first stop each year and a great way to spend an evening with a few thousand new, close personal friends.  Thanks to everyone who could make it.  Special thanks to Art Johnson, our one and only perfect four-night volunteer character.

Next  year will be the 30th ZooBoo and if all goes as expected, will be a big party to celebrate.  Funds from that event will help to kick off work on the new Pinniped Plaza, replacing the Seal Island and Sparky Stage area with new performance and year-round display spaces.pinniped-plaza

Come join us next October for ZooBoo 30, and thanks again for all you did to help out in 2016.

Star Trek Beyond Blu Ray and DVD out on November 1st

Just in time for your holiday shopping, or movie night viewing. and others list the release date as November 1st.

Now the hard part - which version? reveals the details, although their release date is likely incorrect.  The site reports that each retailer has its own unique bent, or 'warp' on the product.  Aside from the DVD/Blu-Ray/3D choices, you can choose which model or models make you happy.


The 2016 USS Nokomis Photo Calendar Is Ready To Order!

It's Back! The 2016 USS Nokomis Photo Calendar is ready to order!

As we did last year, you can order your calendar on-line on the WalMart website; then you can either pick it up at your local / favorite WalMart location -OR- have it shipped directly to your home.

Many, Many Thanks to everyone who contributed!

To preview and order the 2016 USS Nokomis Calendar, follow this link:

WalMart Photo Center - Link to the 2016 Nokomis Calendar


Cost for the 2016 USS Nokomis Photo Calendar is once again $12.00. This is a discounted price, so we recommend that you order SOON.

Sales tax for your calendar purchase is 86-cents. So, your total calendar cost will be $12.86. [86-cents is what the sales tax calculated as on our test order.]


You can arrange to pick up your calendar at your nearest / favorite Walmart. Select your Walmart location on the website that has PhotoCenter Pickup. Turn-around time is as soon as 1-Day. There is NO CHARGE to pick up your calendar at Walmart.

To ship your calendar to your home address, select the Ship to Home delivery option.

Time-frame for home delivery is 7-13 days.

Order your 2016 USS Nokomis Photo Calendar TODAY for best price and fastest pick-up/delivery.

Enjoy, and Happy 2016!

Celebrate and Dance-In the Holidays!!

The Nokomis is hosting this year’s All-Ships’/Alliances’ Holiday Party Bash. Join Us For Dancing, Music, Food, Friends and Fun for All!

Our Party runs from 5-9P, with our Pot Luck Dinner beginning at 5. We are having a LIVE DJ and Dancing from 6-9P.

So come and Dine and Dance and Party with Us!

TIME: 5-9 pm

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National Lutheran Choir All Saints’ Concerts

Nokomis Friends,

Some of you may be familiar with this, to some it may be new. It also may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, I do want to share this with those for whom it may be meaningful.

The National Lutheran Choir will be presenting our All Saints Concerts on November 1 and 6. This year’s theme is Blessed Are They. It is a program designed as a source for healing, comfort and hope for those that have experienced loss. The Nokomis has certainly experienced losses during the past year.

There is a reading of names. Participants and audiences are all invited to share names of loved ones. This year I will put Juana and Lucia on the list of names to be read in memory of their passing.

Performances are:

Sunday November 1 at 4:00 at St. Andrews in Mahtomedi.

Friday November 6 at 7:30 at  St. Bartholomew in Wayzata.


If you would like to attend, please email me with the performance and number of tickets needed (gratis) so I can have them available at will call.

You can contact me at .



Sad News from Art Johnson

Lucia SmilesOur good and dear friend Lucia Johnson left us last night, October 13th after a long battle with cancer.  She passed peacefully in her sleep.


Lucia fought cancer, one battle after another for more than a decade.  In all that time she never gave up, never surrendered.  She is one of the strongest people you'll ever meet.  Even though her battle is over and her time to rest is here, she's still a fine example to all of us. She's a hero.

Funeral Arrangements:


Monday - all events at All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville

  • Visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 AM
  • Funeral Mass from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Luncheon in the Parish School Cafeteria at 12:00 PM

Her formal obituary can be found here on the Star Tribune's website.