I hope everyone is enjoying the new series, Star Trek Picard. As of this writing there are only two episodes out and I love them! We had a great time at the premier party at the Town Hall Brewery, enjoying good food and time with friends. When will the next premier party be? How's this for precision: it will be between April and October of this year when the third season of Discovery begins. We'll just nail that down later.
There are several fun opportunities to do good in our community coming up in the next weeks. First, you can be a judge at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 28th. Check it out at tcrsf.net. It's really fun, so join us! The other opportunity is the 15th Annual MarsCon Blood Drive on the next day - February 29th. Sign up for the time of your choice at redcrossblood.org, sponsor code MarsCon, or contact First Officer Jane at .
We had great fun once again at the Coon Rapids facility, packing over 20,000 meals and 95 boxes! As always, it was over way too soon, so we had to go out to dinner at La Casita! We'll do it again in July at the Eagan location, and I hope you can join us!
See the 23rd Century on the 23rd! Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, premiers this week!
Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He'll have a furry companion, old crew mates along for the ride and plenty of new characters to contend with.
It's the 8th Star Trek series and we're going to enjoy the premier together! Please join us at the Town Hall Brewery in the back room at 5:30pm and we'll have time to order and eat before the show. This will be our third premier in this location (1430 Washington Avenue South) and they've been wonderful to us each time, and the food is great! Check out the menu at townhallbrewery.com. Please sign up on the signup sheet so we can plan for seating and feel free to bring the club's friends along.
Wow, we've reached the Roaring 20s, and what a year this is going to be for Star Trek! It will be the first time in history that four different Trek properties are in production at the same time. I wonder what Gene Roddenberry would have said if someone had suggested such a thing in 1966. We will be sharing the premier of one of these shows - Star Trek: Picard - on January 23rd and I hope everyone can join us (more information later in this newsletter). Once we find out the premier dates of Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 and Star Trek: Lower Decks we may be scheduling joint screenings, too. And of course Short Treks have been really entertaining!
Now that we've started the year, we have a critical issue to discuss and decide. We need to verify that we'll have participants for CONvergence 2020 in August and will be able to host a party room this year. We will have a meeting on January 11th before the membership meeting and hope to see many of you there. The membership meeting is only a mile away, so we'll meet at our home and adjourn in time to get to the meeting location. Even if you're not sure about your plans in August, please come and give your input. Everyone is welcome.
Speaking of conventions, we have MarsCon 2020 coming up at the end of February. For this convention we will not be hosting a party room. This is due to a lack of volunteers to help create and set up the room. I'm hoping that everybody is saving up their energy for CONvergence! We will, of course, be hosting our annual American Red Cross blood drive, so we'll have a presence at the con. Because we're not hosting a room, we're free to participate in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair, which is a great event!
I hope to see everyone at the January membership meeting on the 11th. See you around the galaxy!
Don't forget to sign up for our winter packing session at the Coon Rapids location from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on the 21st. There are sitting and standing positions (and the standing positions may involve dancing if you're me).
Go to www.fmsc.org to sign up. We'll go to a nearby restaurant to eat when we're done.
Thanks to everyone that worked to put on a great event on December 7th. It was one of our best parties ever, with great attendance, excellent food, fun dancing, lots of great games and door prizes, plus visiting and being together. Thanks to Pam, Roxanne, Lynne, Emma, Jane and Phill for great planning and lots of work.
We brought out the big props and they were a great hit. Many, many pictures of folks in the transporter and the captain's chair made it to social media, along with the bridge console. Thanks to Jack, Bob, Nick, Harrison and drivers Scott and Jim for making this a reality for us.
The costume contest was really fun and we had a great group of participants, with categories including Most Screen Accurate, Best Homemade, Most Unique and Judge's Choice. Judge Extraordinaire Chad did a wonderful job and made it fun for all!
Finally, thanks to Joann, Grover, and everyone else that pitched in at the party. I'm always so proud of our group when we put together such a fun time. We are really lucky to have been going strong for so many years!
Sign up now at www.fmsc.org to join us on Tuesday, January 21st at the Coon Rapids location. Packing is from 6:00 to 7:30 and then we'll go to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Standing and sitting jobs are available. It's fun - come along!
Saturday, November 9th is our big bake sale, so bring your baked goods and money to buy yummy things!! Don’t be shy – buy something to bring if you aren’t a baker. If you can’t bring something, you’ll still go home happy and end up to impress friends and family at work or an upcoming event!