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!
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.
Our October meeting is full of lots of fun. We recognize the folks that worked so hard over the last year and maybe poke a little fun. We'll kick off the December 35th Anniversary Party Planning Team. And best of all, meet our newest members, new friends we met over the summer.
Once again the USS Nokomis general meeting for September will be followed by bowling(as much as you want! it's covered!) at St. Francis Bowling Center, 426 Osceola Ave S, St. Paul MN. 55102.
First we have our meeting and make sure we've paid our membership dues for September 2019 to August 2020. Second we take a break and do yoga. Third we bowl. Fourth we eat, at a restaurant, because that is a thing we do after meetings! Just kidding, we don't do yoga! The September meeting is for going over the recommended activities for the next year, getting more ideas and reviewing the fun things we've done in the past year.
The bowling is for fun and our first 2019-2020 activity. After our meeting is over the lanes are turned on and you can bowl until 4 pm or your arms give out! Whichever comes first! You may bring your own ball and kit or use the bowling centers supplies. All members are welcome and we always welcome members of other science fiction groups. If you are not a Nokomis member (or + 1) please email the to give us an estimate on numbers to expect.
Thanks for Signing up to Celebrate One of Humanity’s Greatest Endeavors
Fifty years ago, humankind took a giant leap, setting foot on an extraterrestrial body for the first time. Join us in celebrating the anniversary of that achievement at the Moon Party, hosted by Phill Goldman & Lynne Tauer at their home in the northern suburbs. The proceeds of this club fund-raiser, in place of this year’s Garden Party, benefit the club’s general fund.
The anniversary, July 20th, falls on a Saturday this year. We'll start at 6:00PM and go until "whenever."
Weather permitting, we will have The Tauer Family’s killer telescope and a spotting scope set up in the back yard for viewing the moon and heavens beyond. On the big screen in the house we will show “The Right Stuff,” “From The Earth To The Moon,” and/or other productions about the space program’s ambitious undertakings to break barriers to the Apollo 11 moon landing. There may be more – we’re working on it. You will have to come and find out.
We will provide the core meal (picnic fare) that may include moon-themed novelties. You are invited to bring your favorite side dish for potluck-style sharing, but that is completely optional. (Moon-themed creations get brownie points!)
Please bring a lawn chair and, because it’s a summer evening in Minnesota, don't forget your preferred bug spray.
Registration was open through the end of Saturday, July 13. and is now closed. For other questions? Contact Lynne at
This year’s anniversary picnic will be held West Bush Lake Park in Bloomington. You may remember this as the site of the last year's rainy picnic and 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. Be sure to punch in Shelter 1 for your GPS - we're at the north entrance, then up the hill.
We'll have a quick monthly meeting, then on to the picnicking!
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).
Look elsewhere in the newsletter for the return of the Time Warp Peep Toss!
Also, feel free to bring along your toys as long as you don’t mind them getting lost in the weeds or the lake.
We're in a new hotel in downtown Minneapolis. We have props developed to fit into hotel rooms in Bloomington/Edina. So what do we do? Go to the hotel tour provided by the Parties Committee of the Convention. We take copious measurements of the probable room we'll have for CONvergence. We take tons of notes about the fire sprinklers, furniture and shape of the space. Then we go eat and drink and start to come up with some preliminary ideas...
The thing is, we need your ideas! This is a cool new project in a cool new space so we need cool new ideas. So come to the planning committee for CONvergence on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:30 PM, at Mary Pucel's house.
Bring your current thoughts on what we could/should show case. How to do it.
Now that you have collected all those cool items that we need to auction, what do you do next?
You can wrap or carefully package the item and set it aside to bring to the auction itself (remember to buy your dinner ticket by the March general membership meeting). If you are not able to come to the dinner but still have a super cool something to add to the inventory you can bring it to the March USS Nokomis meeting on March 9, 2019. If you can't get to our meeting you can make arrangements with me to deliver it to my house before Saturday, March 30.
No matter when or how the item gets to the auction site, I need specific information to print the bidding sheets, sale tags and prize tags. Please mail the following info to me at Roxanne Hill, 2301 Pearson Parkway, Brooklyn Park, MN. 55444, or email it to me at , or text me at 763-222-8234 (because of my weird work schedule my phone is almost never answered but a text with your name on it is GREAT), or write it down and give it to me at MARScon, at dinner, or take me out for beer and give it to me then (really I'm not picky so long as I can read the writing!)
Thank you in advance for both your auction donations and your help getting this put together. Trust me, no one wants to read my personal handwriting/printing on 50 bid slips.
The following info is needed before March 28 (I have to type and print everything before the dinner!):
Item's name and description
Item's purpose-1,2, and 3 should always be listed, 4 and 5 are 'as needed' info
provide the general value of item
suggested minimum bid (unless forbidden we may drop it towards end of auction)
quick sale price (not all items require them, but we will occasionally assign one unless forbidden)
note any special handling required i.e. refrigeration, scheduling or details to be provided
please note if this requires a legal adult only purchaser for any: