Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, October 7 from 9:30 am to 6 pm at Event Horizon

For $20-$25 per group, you can go on a great adventure with friends and win prizes and bragging rights. This fundraiser for our nonprofit organization may take you all over the Twin Cities to collect items for points, and may even drive you into the depths of your own closet/attic/basement for buried treasure. You will be asked to find and bring a number of objects as well as photos to our intrepid judges (who are open to bribes). Our slate of judges this year is particularly fond of chocolate and pastries.

GPS membership is free

Basic membership participation is subscribing to our monthly newsletter. That’s it. Your information will remain private and you will get a curated list of all the geeky things happening in the Twin Cities, including ours. If you volunteer for us, you can earn voting rights to help guide our organization and entry into the card-carrying geek program. Consider using the donate button to the right and becoming a sustaining member if you like our mission. The funds will be used for our educational and community outreach, and you will unlock new levels of the card-carrying geek program.

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Join our fundraiser at Byte Saturday, July 22!

Night out with GPS at Byte

We are pairing up with Byte for a brand new fundraiser! Come support GPS while dining on amazing food in a fun atmosphere! Added bonus, it also supports a local geeky bar. Byte has yummy food, board games you can check out, and great beers on tap. A portion of all the proceeds from that day (10am to 1am) go to GPS, so you can stop by any time!

Support GPS at CONvergence July 6-9, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN 55439

Our strategic partner Convergence Events, Inc. hosts a fabulous 6,500-person sci-fi convention where you can find and support GPS in a number of ways.

Visit our room party in Cabana 110 Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. We’ll also be holding low-key gatherings during the day as well. Check our posters at the convention for the schedule.

Shop our Charity Auction in Atrium 8 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All proceeds go to our  non-profit organization which sends kids to SpaceCamp, science and arts educators into schools, and manages a community center called Event Horizon for our fellow geeks to host events and meetings.

Buy GPS merchandise at the CONvergence merchandise kiosk near Main Stage. Help us promote our organization by wearing a t-shirt or hat, using a travel mug, or applying a sticker or cling to a laptop or window (not the hotel’s). Again, all proceeds go to support our efforts in science education and community-building.

Attend our panels:

  • Writing Contest reception and reading at 5 pm on Thursday, July 6 (Atrium 2)
  • Iron Pen flash fiction (100 words or less) writing contest sponsored by GPS at Connie’s Sand Box at 11 am on Friday, July 7 (Plaza 2)
  • Raptor Center panel at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 8 (Atrium 4)
  • Meet the GPS Board, club heads and partners at 11 am on Saturday, July 8 (Atrium 2)
  • Join us at our Charity Auction Live Auction event at 11 am on Sunday, July 9 to see what our most popular items are and make a bid for one. (Atrium 7)

Find GPS at Twin Cities Pride on June 24 and 25

1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

We will be in the red zone just northwest of the lake in booths R075 and R077. Many of our partners will be joining us to talk to festival attendees about our events and community. Look for us in the parade on Sunday at 11 am too!

Join us this Saturday, June 10 around noon for our Annual Picnic

Cherokee Regional Park, 700 Cherokee Heights Blvd, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55107

Set up starts around noon, food should be coming off the grill somewhere between 1 and 2.

We have the large pavilion and will be providing grillables with bakery delivery systems; plates and flatware and napkins; and condiments to customize your (possibly charred) protein of choice.  We will have some soda and water as well. Feel free to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Geek Physique and/or United Geeks of Gaming may provide activities involving flying objects and score keeping.

We invite all our members, our partners’ members, and anyone interested in geeky/nerdy things to join us.

Congratulations to our two new Directors!

At the GPS Annual Meeting on May 15, 2017 our membership appointed two new Directors, Ashley Tait and Sarah Sexton. They join Seth Chmelik, Ann Roubik, and Jody Wurl as voting Board members. Our officers are Dave Vetrovec (Treasurer), Kathye Coyle (Secretary), Seth Chmelik (President) and Ann Roubik (Vice President). You can reach the Board of Directors using directors@geekpartnership.org

Geek Partnership Society open meeting

Tuesday, February 21 | 7 p.m. | Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis; enter door 1121C on East side of building

This meeting’s big question: What can GPS do to make volunteering for us easier? In addition to having a discussion around this topic, we will also give you updates on our organization, our partnerships and our clubs. Attending this and one other open meeting grants 20+ hour volunteers the ability to vote for our Board at our annual meeting in May.

Our event Team Trivia Challenge is on hiatus for 2017

Although the event is not happening this year, it will be back in 2018. The event co-chairs Patricia Wick and Peter Verrant decided to take this year to regroup, and GPS remains committed to hosting a trivia event next year.

GPS is a site for the Gryffindorks 2nd Annual Coats & Cloak Drive through November 18

Enter through the east side door 1121C and deliver to room 106

Drop off coats at GPS and the Gryffindorks will deliver them to The Link MN. A second drop off location is Palette & Purl at 4080 W. Broadway Ave., Ste 125 in Robbinsdale.

Great Geek Garage Sale On Sept. 24-25

Event Horizon in the Waterbury Building, 1121 Jackson St. NE, Suite 107, Minneapolis, MN 55413 from Saturday, September 24 through Sunday, September 25. Enter through the east side door 1121C

Looking for cool and useful items and want to shop at a massive garage sale whose proceeds go to charity? This is the sale for you. Want to help us out with this charity event? We need volunteers to help sort items pre-sale; set up the sale itself on Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23; manage our stock during the sale; and pack it all up.

Cleaning out your house and wondering where to bring your items? We are currently accepting donations every Thursday evening, and Saturday and Sunday mornings, through September 22. Please check the garage sale page to verify times and dates, and for information on what we can and cannot accept as well as how to volunteer.

We are also running an eCycling drive in partnership with Free Geek Twin Cities. If you have computers or electronics you are looking to get rid of you can drop them off at the same time. *CRT monitors – to help cover disposal costs please donate $10. For more information on Free Geek Twin Cities please check their website.

GPS at Furry Migration

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis at 1300 Nicollect Mall, Minneapolis, MN from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11

Will you be at Furry Migration? Want to buy something fun or unique for yourself or someone else? Stop by our charity auction and bid on items where the proceeds go toward our community outreach.

GPS at CONvergence

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 7800 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington, MN from Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3

Attending local science fiction convention CONvergence? Stop by our room party in Cabana 110. It will be open during the day for drop-in events hosted by our clubs, and in the evening we will co-host our party with a variety of partners. There will be mashed potatoes and good company. Shopping for something fun or unique for yourself or someone else? Stop by our charity auction in Atrium 8 and bid on items where the proceeds go toward our community outreach. Want to declare your support for GPS by wearing it? You can buy GPS t-shirts, caps, stickers and more at the CONvergence merchandise stand in CONvergence Central. Thanks to our partner Convergence Events, Inc. for hosting us!

GPS Writing contest

Submit by midnight Sunday, May 15 to writingcontest at geekpartnership.org

Writers of all ages and from any place in the world are welcome to participate. We have the following divisions:

  • Open: May be any age; one winner will be chosen for the division, and one local winner will be chosen for the Scott Imes Award
  • Poetry: May be any age
  • Youth 1: Must be 13 years old or younger as of May 25, 2016
  • Youth 2: Must be 14-16 years old as of May 25, 2016
  • Graphic novel: May be any age

Find out more details on the Writing Contest page.

GPS Team trivia challenge was on Saturday, April 2

Event hall in the Fantasy Flight Games Center, 1975 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

Team Cinema Rex won! Find more details on the Team Trivia Challenge page.

We were a Location for the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive Dec. 5-17

Thursday, December 17 is last drop off date| Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St. NE, Ste 106

The Twin Cities Geek community in Minnesota organized a toy and book drive to benefit two worthy local organizations: The Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, MN and the Women’s Prison Book Project in Minneapolis, MN. From December 5th through December 17th, they collected 372 toys and 132 children’s and young adults’ books, and distributed them to 568 children and their families in the Summit-University area of St. Paul. Thank you for your support!

FULL INFO: http://TwinCitiesGeek.com/ToyDrive



Space Camp Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 10!

Thursday, December 10 | submit by 11:59 p.m. via email spacecamp @ geekpartnership.org

Do you know a young student who loves science and would want to go to the Space Camp run by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL? GPS will pay tuition and travel to send one lucky person to Camp. Applicants must be age 10 – 14. Here’s the application and requirements to participate.

GPS Scavenger Hunt needs volunteers

Hunt is Saturday, October 3 | 9:30 a.m. registration – 4:00 p.m. judging | Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis

Do you like coming up with weird and challenging things for people to search for? Do you like passing judgement and (possibly) receiving bribes? Please consider helping us with our Scavenger Hunt. Email info @ geekpartnership.org if you are interested.

Also, encourage teams of hunters to participate in our event!

BOO! Building for the GPS Community Haunted House is underway!

Volunteer NOW! | Performances October 23, 24, 25 | Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 107, Minneapolis

The ONE STATE requires attendance by all citizens at the Geek Partnership Society’s (GPS) Community Haunted House. Experience the true power of the ONE STATE by taking a tour of the glorious City. You may experience feelings of fear during your tour. Participation is mandatory, and thus the tour is ADA compliant. Sensory-Friendly Sunday is offered to allow for citizens with special sensory needs to have the tour tailored to them, so they may fulfill the required attendance. Remember, this is for your protection.

Big Pumpkin is watching.  Email hauntedhouse@geekpartnership.org to obtain more information.

We need you and your stuff!

Sale is Saturday and Sunday, September 12 & 13 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis

The Great Geek Garage Sale is coming up and we could use your help. If you can donate your time, please consider volunteering before, during or after the event. We are also currently accepting donations of anything you might find in a garage sale, extra credit if it’s geeky. We have 3 more scheduled drop off times, but if these don’t work go ahead and contact us at garagesale @ geekpartnership.org to make special arrangements for a drop off or a pick up. We do give receipts for donations if you want to claim them on your taxes.

  • 9/5 Saturday noon to 4 pm
  • 9/6 Sunday noon to 4 pm
  • 9/8 Tuesday 7 pm to 9 pm

Be sure to shop at the garage sale as well! All funds raised will go to support the Event Horizon space and our programs, clubs, and outreach.

Event: Edutainment video discussion

Friday, September 11 | 7 p.m. | Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis

Watch and discuss a curated collection of videos on the subject of Language this month.

Event: Figure drawing salon

Monday, September 21 | 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.| Event Horizon at 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis

The GPS Arts Initiative hosts a monthly 3-hour figure drawing salon on the 3rd Monday of every month. The session includes short, medium and long poses. There is a nominal fee ($5-$10) to help defray the cost of models and other outlays. If you have any questions, email arts @ geekpartnership.org.


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