Call for Fun Ideas, September 2023 through Summer 2024

We propose a list of activities and meeting dates each year that covers the start of the Fall through the following summer.  We're looking for ideas for this year's calendar. Please let a board member know what you'd like to do next year, including past events and new ideas. Send your ideas to a Governing Board member, Phill, or bring them to the September meeting.

We've had a lot of fun over the past years, isolation and distances didn't get in the way.  We've got some regular events we pick up, and we are always looking for new ones.  Remember axe throwing?  Here's some of the things we already know:

  • We'll have our regular meetings, generally the second Saturday of every month except December, July, and August.  We'll have in-person meetings with a virtual option as best we can.
  • The Nokomis was started four decades ago in June, 1984. That demans some recognition and an event or two. Interested?  Suggest ideas and if you are available, volunteer to help out.
  • We have two Star Trek series continuing and more potential, opportunities to actually do Star Trek stuff.
  • Activities we've done before might come back, like the Brewery Tour, Sightseeing by Train or Boat, Sporting events. We've recently added improv comedy and theater to the list, what would you enjoy sharing with friends?

The pandemic isolation prompted some creativity, let's get creative again this year.  Send your ideas and we'll try to fit them in.  The best thing that can happen is being incredibly busy, let's make it so.

June Meeting and Anniversary Picnic

Greetings, Fellow Nokomisites!

We're hosting our 39th Anniversary Picnic IN PERSON at the Bush Lake Park, Shelter #1 in Bloomington.  This is familiar territory, the same shelter as we've used before.

Date:  June 10th, 2023
Time:  Noon meeting; we have the shelter from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
West Bush Lake Park Shelter 1
9401 W Bush Lake Rd

We are also returning to our normal ways on picincs.   "We bring the HEAT you bring the MEAT" - we'll have grills hot and ready to go and just a few tools.  Bring favorites if you have 'em.

We're back to having a sharing table again, bring whatever you feel makes a real picnic.  Bring your own plates and utensils too, otherwise eating could be messy.

What to look forward to:

  • A very short business meeting
  • Actual People in 3-D
  • The smells of good grilling
  • And a few games, perhaps involving PEEPS

We'll also be setting up a virtual camera and speaker so you can visit if you just can't make it to Bloomington.

2022 Anniversary Picnic and Membership Meeting – June 11th in Bloomington

The 37th Anniversary Picnic takes place this Saturday the 11th at Noon.   We've booked the West Bush Lake Park Shelter 1, the two-roofed shelter in the woods in West Bush Lake Park, Bloomington.

We have the shelter from 11AM to 4PM, along with access to grills and the bathrooms.   As of now the weather forecast is quite good, no difficulties.

Phill has electronics good to go for background music and Zoom-ing the meeting.  We have a large bag of charcoal for grills for you to cook whatever grillable or roastable goodies you bring.  Halloween style treats (packaged) are ok to bring and share, but not yet homemade treats out of an abundance of caution. Drinking is ok if we avoid D&D (drunk and OK disorderly).  Sorry, No bouncy Galileo or Inflatable Trelane's Castle.

Speaking of Zoom, we'll have the meeting up and running a little ahead of time and keep it up until there's nobody on.  If you're at the meeting in person, stop by the Zoom PC to say hi to those who can't make it this time.

See you all there!


Did You Know..

When someone says "Get A Life", consider this:

  • All 13 Star Trek films have a combined total of 25 hours and 17 minutes, or just over a full day.
  • Every single television series, both currently airing and retired, total up to 626 hours and 31 minutes, or just over 26 days.
  • Every series and movie combined totals to 651 hours and 48 minutes, meaning it will take over 27 days to watch them all uninterrupted.

We've watched at least 39,000 minutes of Star Trek (not counting repeats).

2021-2022 Calendar is Available on the Website

In September we set our calendar for the coming year.  It's now available online in the Nokomis Website.  Click on the EVENTS tab to see the upcoming events.  You'll find preliminary details, links to new articles or signup sheets (if any) and the times associated.

Where an event is shown as Penciled In, we've loosely scheduled it - be aware it can move as the event plan forms up. Want to try your hand at running an event?  These are tailor made for practice.

It's gonna be a fun year, and hopefully the world remains healthy enough for all of this to happen.

Happy New Club Year!!

Movie Night – Outdoor-Safe on August 22nd

star-trek-movie-night-600x520The Backyard Movie Night is coming This Month!

This is one of the few events we can host outdoors and stay safe from the scourge.  Mary's agreed to host a socially spaced event outdoors in front of Storage Bay 3 (the shed) so we can get together at least once in six months.  We'll do the Star Trek movie set starting at 7PM, and host the food using the best party subs Jersey Mike's has (thanks Emma and Harrison).

The event will only take place if the weather is good, there isn't a good option to move indoors if it rains.  We'll make the call on the day before the event.  If we have to cancel due to weather we'll fully refund the money you paid.

With just over a month remaining, it's time to reserve your place at the event and pre-pay.  The link below is for PayPal, or you can send checks to Pam and she'll hold them until the night of the event.  We are looking into Venmo, but we're not quite there yet.

It's been a long time since we went virtual, let's have some in-person fun.


Something new…. that I am the chief cook, chauffeur, maid, and bottle washer I find that I have been getting a little bored doing the 'same ole, same old' for making meals. Most days I prefer simple easy meals without extra/exotic ingredients. Plus, let's be honest, I need to be able to adjust recipes because of likes/dislikes, lactose intolerance and one in this house likes the same thing--so it seems.

I receive daily emails with recipe suggestions from Recipe of the Day from Taste of Home and Betty Crocker websites. Both have a daily suggestion or two from their free subscription services, can be easily signed up for and cancelled, and have a huge back log of choices. These have been helpful! Hope it makes your menu planning a little more interesting!

Sorry to postpone today – but Did We Mention Beer?

The 17th annual beer tasting and competition will take place on March 14th after our membership meeting, and it's time to get prepared. The meeting is only a mile away from our house at the St. Anthony Village library, so we'll start at 3pm instead of the usual 5pm. Pro tip: if you don't get to meetings often, here's your chance!

This is also a St. Patrick's Day party, so get your green on if you like. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner. We'll start the food about 3:45pm, so folks get time to arrive and get organized.

You do not have to compete in the tasting to attend, of course, and can simply enjoy visiting, relaxing, and some fun and games. However, if you are competing, make sure you're there by the time the tasting starts at 4pm! If you wish to enter the tasting, you should bring 4-6 bottles of your entry. All types of beer, hard cider, malt beverage, near beer, maltini, non-alcoholic beer or malternative are welcome. You can even enter a soda if you'd like to, as you never know what will win. Keep in mind that the Bad Beer Board is also up for grabs.

Everyone is invited - don't be shy! If you need the address, email me at or come to the meeting. Slainte!


February General Membership Meeting – All are Welcome

Come join us for our February General Membership Meeting on February 8th, 2020 .  We'll meet at the Oxboro Library in Bloomington.


All are welcome, come and meet the group!

We'' be looking into the immediate future - come hear about

  • Our Blood Drive at MarsCon
  • How we're enjoying the MarsCon experience, panels, and parties
  • Our 27th year of aiding the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair
  • Celebrating Valentine's Day
  • Our annual St. Patrick's Day Party, coming next month

And lots more.  Please join us!

Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs 2020

Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

 will be held at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds, on

February 28-29, 2020

We've helped out every year since 1994, please help us help the Kids Create the Future.  Let's spend our Bonus Leap Day helping the kids!

Setup starts at 9AM on the 28th. We don't need to haul all the heavy tables and chairs, our particular set of skills is the detailed work with signs, power, and logistics.  Lunch is provided.

If you've got a science background and know about scientific method, please volunteer to judge projects.  Each student is judged at least 3 times, so you can imagine the number of judges we need.  You don't need to be an expert in the areas you're judging, just need to judge the quality and completeness of their work.  The kids start checking in at about 1PM, with judging starting at about 3:00pm.  With luck and work we'll be done by 10:00PM.

On Saturday the award ceremony starts at 10:00AM and goes until about noon, followed by takedown and a little lunch at Khan's.

Please join us, and come to the February Meeting to find out more!