We're just wrapping up the last days of April, so it might be good to take a look back. We know what happened for the last meeting, and I hope nobody even ATTEMPTED to drive up and down the hills in Stillwater. For the record, that was the heaviest snowfall on a club event day in at least 20 years. The only one close to that was one of the All-Ship's Holiday Parties, back in the mid 90's that topped out at 15". For the record, we were one week short of six months of snow season. The first shoveled snow of the season was back during the week of ZooBoo.
May's forecast is conveniently warm and very likely one of the nicest days we could have. 64 degrees Fahrenheit and mostly sunny was a dream just two weeks ago, enjoy it while we can.
This year’s anniversary picnic will be held West Bush Lake Park in Bloomington. You may remember this as the site of the 2016 All-Ships Picnic, a nice grove tucked in the trees. The picnic area has close and easy access to Horseshoe Courts, Sand Volleyball, Fishing docs on the lake, and playground for the younglings. Even more importantly, the site has drinking fountains and a permanent restroom right there. The street address is 9401 W. Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington MN.
We have plenty of room, so invite anyone from the fan community or families that you meet. The anniversary picnic will again be a potluck, so please bring something to grill and something to share. It will also be a BYOB event. We’ll be providing plates, napkins, cups, and utensils (of the paper and plastic variety).
Also, feel free to bring along your toys as long as you don’t mind them getting lost in the weeds or the lake.
Be sure to go to the right address (see the event on the calendar). There are TWO party rooms, look for the one with the green Balloons.
The party starts at 5:00 PM sharp, with tasting starting at 5:30. If you want to enter the contest, beat that starting time.
See You Tonight!!!
Chuck Wagon Dinner
U.S.S. NOKOMIS STAR TREK CLUB
MARCH 25th, 2018
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
||2:00PM to 2:30PM
|Chuck Wagon Chili Dinner Served, plus Fun and Games
||2:30PM to 3:15 PM
|Silent Auction Closes
||3:00PM to 4:15PM
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 MARCH 10th so we can make sure there is plenty of Chili and fixings for everyone!
Now that we've finished the thirtieth and final ZooBoo, you may be wondering "what's next?"
Sparky is getting a new $18.5 million home! When complete, it'll have a more natural Northwest Pacific coast landscape, a bigger pool with a transparent wall facing the audience and more shade for the public and animals. There will also be a separate, lower level underwater viewing area.
The footprint for the new project will take space where the amphitheater is, and what is currently Seal Island. Seal Island was originally built as Monkey Island, it was a WPA period project and in the late '70s was converted to house these animals. And it really doesn't have the infrastructure needed to house the seals. Federal regulations for keeping the animals are also changing, requiring more room and salt water pools.
Sneak preview below, get a look at the vision for summer of 2019!
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 about what group to honor is a tough one. This is a worthwhile charity.
This is where you come in. Last year the Nokomis donated 40 sets of hats and mittens, up from 31 the year before. We did GREAT! 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
A Mall scavenger hunt is a lot of fun. Each team of 2 or 3 people run around a shopping mall, locating and photographing the answers to clues. The team with the most completed clues wins.
We've done this event a few times in the past, and we have one scheduled for November 11, 2017. Sounds good, right?
There's a signup sheet available for you.
We'll let you know the rest of the plans at the October meeting.
Star Trek Discover's first two hours will air on CBS, Sunday the 24th, and we'll be gathering as a group to view the event.
The ideal location has food, drink, and a big TV for us to see the show all the better, and we've found the place. We'll meet at 6:30PM at the Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery. You might remember that location as the first stop on our 2017 Journey to Babble.
The main dining room has 35 seats, the side room another 20 or so. The first 35 to sign up get to sit in the main dining room, so don't delay!! Please don't arrive early in the hopes of scoring a location in the dining room, we don't have the room until 6:30.
The show airs from 7:00 to 9:00 PM over the air.
Planning to bowl with the Nokomis on the 9th? I'm sure you'd like dinner too. We're headed to Boca Chica after bowling and they'd like reservations for a large party like us.
There's a signup sheet online. Please sign up by September 5th so we can tell the restaurant how many of us to expect.