Twin Cities Regional Science Fair

Join us at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair! The main judging is on February 26th. The Fair needs "judges to judge both within their expertise and educated judges to judge outside their field of expertise so that the students will have to clearly present their projects to scientists who may not know the jargon of the project." They ask that judges for the complicated high school projects have experience, and this is defined on their website. However, don't let the lack of a science background stop you if you'd like to participate, as there are also middle school projects to judge. It's super fun to chat with students who dissolve teeth in Coke and lemon juice, or grow plants under various colors of light, or experiment with bugs or worms. You also learn stuff!

If you're not in to judging, there are additional volunteer opportunities in registration, data entry, and other areas.

Both parking and a light supper & snacks are provided (catered) for judges and volunteers. Judging will begin at 4pm (many people arrive at 3:30) and go until about 9 pm. Naturally, we'll go out to eat as a group after the judging is over, because we do that.

If you want to do something new, fun, entertaining and enlightening, come along. Go to to sign up and let us know to expect you so we can hook up during the evening.



Fun Plans for MarsCon

We have a room at MarCon this year, and everyone should come and play! Out theme is Bread and Circuses, as in the episode when Kirk, Spock and McCoy went to the Roman planet.

We'll be serving a new drink at this con - Roman Red. We'll throw all Barbarians in the arena (basically all visitors to the room) and they'll have fun there. We have other fun ideas, too.

Feel free to dress as a gladiator or Follower of the Son, or any other character from the episode or others. Or come in your 21st century American clothes and you'll fit right in, too. If you want advice on a costume, let me know and I'll give you details of what others are doing.

We really need your help with set-up and take-down. Get there by 2pm Thursday the 3rd. We will set up through the evening and eat chili when we get hungry (so make sure to let me know if you're coming so we have enough). After set-up we’ll go home and come back at noon Friday. We’ll finish up and the room will open when we’re ready. Take-down will be at 9am on Sunday and again we'll need a hand, so come if you can.

This promises to be pretty fun and a good interactive experience, so please join us!


Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

Twin Cities Regional Science Fairs

 will be held at the UofM Field House, 1800 University Ave SE, Minneapolis on

February 26-27, 2016

We've helped out every year since 1994, please help us help the Kids Create the Future.

Setup starts at 9AM on the 26th.  The kids start checking in at about 1PM, with judging starting at about 4:00pm.  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!

Captain’s Log January 2016

Greetings, crew!

Wow, I can't believe I just typed the year: 2016? Time sure flies when you're having fun, and we have had a lot of fun! This year is the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the 32nd anniversary of the USS Nokomis. We plan to celebrate both. Here are some of the things we are planning for the first half of the year:

More inside...

A Little Bit of Notoriety for the USS Nokomis!

Way back at CONvergence 2013, author Kate Norlander interviewed and photographed some of us for a book she was working on, entitled Geek Culture. She contacted me this week to let me know that the book has been published at last. It is available at and at I haven't seen it yet and don't know what to expect, but it's fun to be included! If anybody gets or sees a copy, let us all know!


Holiday Party was a Ball!

Congratulations to all on the wonderful party on December 12th! It was a great time with many of our friends from other clubs. The food was fabulous, with an anchor of assorted tater tot hot dishes and many additional yummies brought by all. The venue was also wonderful, as we transformed the Masonic Lodge into a fun dance hall. Our favorite DJ, Rob from NewTown DJ Entertainment, played a variety of old and new, and threw in a little Star Trek, too. It was fun to see lots of folks out on the dance floor!

Thanks to the whole committee for putting together this fun evening, and to those who worked behind the scenes to make it successful! Thanks to you, it was one of the best holiday parties ever!


Holiday Party – Don’t Miss the Fun!

Come One, Come All and Celebrate the Holidays with the USS Nokomis!

We are hosting this year’s All-Ships’/Alliances’ Holiday Potluck and Dance Party, featuring NewTown DJ Entertainment!


TIME: 5-9 pm

LOCATION: The Roseville -Summit Masonic Lodge, Roseville MN

1321 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN, 55113 / 651-636-0884.

The Lodge is on the 227, and 261 (Express) MTC Bus Routes

There is free parking and there is no admission charge for the event!


Our menu is a Potluck! USS Nokomis members are asked to bring main dishes and hearty foods, and we are asking that our guests please bring the following menu Items to share:


Side Dishes, and


Please RSVP to First Officer Jane Dusek at: and let us know the following:

The number of folks from your group who are attending, and

What foods folks with your group are bringing to share.

We are so excited to see you!

Join us in January for our Dinner and a Play evening!

Details have been finalized for our evening out:

On January 16th we are going out for a nice evening of dinner and a play. The play is The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award winning play that is supposed to be a hoot. Guests under the age of 14 are not allowed, so no little kids (isn't that intriguing?)! You may go online at for more information. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 763-422-1838, and you'll want to reserve early in case they sell out the evening performance. Specify that you're with the USS Nokomis so they'll seat you by the group.

Dinner will be at Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano in The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Our reservation is for 4:00 pm. Check it out at

If you didn't sign up at the November meeting, make sure to let a board member know to sign you up for the dinner reservation. We want to get the numbers right for this fun evening.


Feed My Starving Children in January

I know it's hard to think of January at this early date, but don't forget to sign up!

The next food packing evening for our group is January 20th. We will pack from 6 to 7:30pm at the Coon Rapids location at 401 93rd Ave NW. We are signed up for a group of 15, and we have had some trouble getting quite that many in the last few times, so please feel free to invite family and friends. Please go to to sign up for your spot using the group name USS Nokomis.

We'll go to dinner afterwards to celebrate how good it feels to help others!


History of Hallmark’s Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments

After 50 years, the distinctive image of the USS Enterprise has come to serve not only as home for hundreds of explorers of the future but also as an iconic symbol of the Star Trek universe and all that represents to its fans. For more than half that time, sculptor Lynn Norton has devoted uncounted hours to interpreting incarnations of the beloved starship, creating Keepsake Ornaments for Hallmark that bring fans’ favorite memories and fantastic moments to Christmas trees each year (and admittedly to collectible displays all year long for many people).

Read the rest of the story on at Storied History of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments.