ZooBoo’s Finale is Coming Soon!

Celebrate Halloween without the Fright for the 30th and Final Time

All proceeds support the plants and animals of the Como Zoo and Conservatory.  The Nokomis has been helping out with this event since 1994 (this is our 24th time).  We really want to help keep one of America's last free-admission zoos free.

Como Zoo will be transformed for ZooBoo October 21st – 22nd; and October 28th – 29th. Gates Open: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

This is the 30th and final time ZooBoo happens in its current form.  After this year the midsection of Como will be under construction for the new Piniped Plaza, home of Sparky and his cousins (piniped is fancy for seals and sea lions).  The construction extends from the edge of Gorilla Forest and the hoof stock yard all the way through Seal Island to the Aquatics building. That makes a safe path in 2018 much harder to do.  The team will take 2018 off to plan for a new and different event starting in 2019.

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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.

Feed My Starving Children is only weeks away…Sign Up Now!

Our next packing event is on January 24, a Tuesday, at the Coon Rapids location at 401 93rd Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433. It starts at 6 pm and goes until 7:30 pm, and then we'll find a nice place for dinner. Join us - it's fun! Sign up online at www.fmsc.org under our group: USS Nokomis. As of this writing there are only 6 people signed up, so please join the list now!


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.

ZooBoo Time!

Como Zoo's Zoo Boo is FINALLY HERE!

Celebrate Halloween without the Fright

All proceeds support the plants and animals of the Como Zoo and Conservatory.  The Nokomis has been helping out with this event since 1994 (this is our 23rd year).  We really want to help keep one of America's last free-admission zoos free.

Como Zoo will be transformed for Zoo Boo October 22nd, 23rd; and October 29th, 30th. Gates Open: 4:30-7:30 p.m. We're just four nights this year, so let's make them count.


Como Friends are starting to gear up for our annual Como Friends ZooBoo at Como Zoo event and hope that you can join us again!  You can register to volunteer at the link below so the Zoo knows you're coming.  Drop Phill a line as well so we can let you know about last minute changes.


On the morning of the first event night, Saturday October 15th, we'll be in full-on work to complete setups before the event.  We start at 9AM and hopefully we'll be done before the gates open.


Our folks will be heading up the new Halloween station, just inside the front gate.  We need to get there early (3PM), but we get done first.    Be sure to sign in up on the second floor of the Big Zoo Building - there are goodies for you there, and perhaps a surprise coupon.


Be sure to check with our folks at the first station, we'll get details there about the night's repast!  Hope to see you all there, all the time!

USS Nokomis CONvergence Blood Drive – Sign Up Now!

Our next blood drive is Saturday, July 2nd from 10am to 4pm. It takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton during CONvergence. You can sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org using the keyword "CONvergence". There are many appointment times available as of this writing. Make sure to tell your friends at the con to make a life-saving donation, too.


Valentine’s Dinner was Wonderful!

Emma, Shannon and Harrison just keep getting better and better every year! The Valentine Dinner was enjoyed by twelve lucky attendees on February 20th. The menu included:

  • First Course: Love Bite Martini, Queen of Tomato Tarts, Sesame-Chipotle Beef-Wrapped Asparagus Spears and Red Grapes
  • Second Course: Cold Tomato Soup with Ham & Boiled Eggs
  • Main Course: Chimichurri Chicken on Pearl Couscous with Swiss Chard Bundles
  • Dessert Coures: Magic Horta Egg, Coffee and Liqueur

The dessert stole the show, as it was a presentation dish in which a globe of white chocolate was melted by hot fudge to reveal triple chocolate cake within. It was really awe-inspiring!

The event raised almost $125 for the club. It was a lovely evening of visiting and enjoying the company and the culinary creativity. Thanks to the chefs for another incredible evening!

Feed My Starving Children Packing Date is Approaching!

As of this entry, we have only four people signed up to help feed needy children through food packing on January 20th, and we need fifteen! Please come along and help. The event is from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Coon Rapids location. We will go to dinner at a nearby restaurant when we've finished helping others. Go to www.fmsc.org to register with the USS Nokomis group and for more details.