The 2018 USS Nokomis Calendar is Ready to Order!

It's Here!

Order your 2018 USS Nokomis Calendar from Walmart  though Jane using the signup sheet here. You can have it delivered to your home or to your local WalMart.  Note: The link you saw earlier will only work if you're Jane.

Cost is $10.00. Your (est.) tax will be about 75-99 cents, and shipping (est.) is 2.75 for home delivery...both will depend on your zip code. You can alos select pick-up from your local Wal-mart, if you prefer.

The price is the annual sale price, so order soon!

Happy New Year!

Captain’s Log – January 2018


It's so odd to be typing 2018 all of a sudden! I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve weekend and holiday time. Hopefully, you got to do something that made you smile, whether it was with family or friends or getting away by yourself. We got to go up to Ely for our annual ravioli making extravaganza. Up one day and back the next makes for lots of driving, but is well worth it. We also got to see lots of friends that visited the area for the holidays - a great way to try new places to eat!

Now we get to move on to the New Year. In January we have several events that always tend to get away from us. If you haven't signed up for the January Dance, you have days to do it! Please let me or Pam know that you are coming and we'll get you signed up. The cost is still only $35 for the whole evening of dinner and dancing. The other January event is Feed My Starving Children on the 23rd. See the note in this newsletter and sign up soon!

After January, we move quickly to the rest of the year. The next big project is MarsCon. If you can help, make sure you sign up and get involved. We are recreating the Horta Cave and it should be fun, plus you can stop in even if you are not registered with the convention.

That's it for now. Happy New Year and see you around the galaxy!!



Not really - I was just trying to get your attention. Our meeting is on the 6th, which is not usual, so please take note. After that, the Dance is on the 13th, when the meeting would usually be. Take note and sign up NOW! After that, it's all pretty straightforward. Got it? Great, see you there!

January is Here – Sign Up Now to Help Feed Starving Children!

We will be packing food for those in need on January 23rd from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The location is the Coon Rapids facility at 401 93rd Ave NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433. We currently have 9 open spots in our reservation. Please go to to join our USS Nokomis group. After we do good for others, we'll do good for us by going to dinner at a nearby restaurant.

If you haven't done this before, it's worth a try. It's fun and worthwhile and very easy. Come along with us!


Captain’s Log – December 2017

Howdy, crew!

We've had quite a year in 2017. We had lots of fun and did lots of good in our community. We also lost one of our most beloved members. Quite a mix of highs and lows, and I'm glad we did it together.

I hope to see all of you at the Holiday Party on the 9th. It will be fun to relax and spend time together. If I don't see you, have a happy and blessed holiday season! Don't forget to take care of club business during the break, as laid out in this newsletter.

See you around the galaxy!


2017 Holiday Party

Join your crewmates at the


December 9 ~ 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Potluck: Main dishes provided by the Governing Board. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Gift exchange ($10 and less)

Costumes/Dress-up welcome!

2551 38TH Avenue NE, St Anthony, Minnesota

(there are two party rooms – this one is on the northwest corner of The Landings)


16th Annual January Dance is January 13th

Hey everybody, are you ready for a fun evening? This year our dance will be at the Dan Patch American Legion in Savage once again. Why? Because we had so much fun there last time!

This is our most formal event of the year. It's an evening of dinner, dancing and socializing. Our favorite DJ, Rob from NewTown DJ, will be with us for the 17th time (pretty good, since we've had 16 of these!) and he rocks!

The theme this year is....wait for it....Star Trek! Wear a full costume or just a pair of Spock ears or a piece of jewelry or t-shirt - it's up to you. We don't have lots of chances to Trek ourselves out, so let's do it!

The cost of the evening is still $35, after all these years. Please plan to pay at least $20 of that amount by the evening of the Holiday Party (the 9th), so we can guarantee you a seat. This is a great opportunity to bring guests, friends and family, as it's open to anyone. No kids, though, please.

RSVP by signing up online using the signup sheet link, or email me at

The Nokomis returns to A Klingon Christmas Carol 2017

The Dickens you say? QaPla!

As part of our holiday festivities this year, we will be returning to the Historic Mounds Theatre for A Klingon Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 16th, at 7:30 pm. This is a Klingon parody version of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol presented in Klingon with English narration and subtitles. Many Nokomis members have attended this play in the past and recommend it highly.

Since the Mounds Theatre is a small venue and the play is expected to sell out, we need to move at warp speed to secure a block of seats together.

The cost of a ticket is $20 including theater fee and you can purchase your ticket using this link: Vendini Tickets

See you there!

ZooBoo’s Done! What’s next at the Como Zoo

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!

Cheers Pablo was a BLAST!


Members of the Nokomis channeled their inner Picasso and enjoyed 2 hours of painting at Cheers Pablo in Woodbury on November 4th.  Our instructor Hannah created a painting of the Enterprise just for us, and she guided us through the painting process step-by-step.  At the end of the night, there were 12 very different, creative paintings!  Everyone had a great time and some even expressed interest in another painting night in the future.

After our paintings had time to dry, we have a lovely meal at the Tavern Grill.