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From your host, Julia/Sunflower:

Portland, Oregon meetup first weekend in August!
When: Saturday, August 2nd, from 2:00 to 5:00-or-whenever
Where: Tiny’s Coffee Southeast, 1412 SE 12th Ave
What: Crafts and/or games; I’m bringing Imaginiff and some yarn and crochet hooks.

I (Sunflower on the comments and forums, Julia in meatspace) will be wearing a bright red bandanna on my head or neck. If you’d like to rsvp or suggest activities, or have more questions, feel free to email me at jaybird at rattlebrain dot com

Have a great time!

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Event details, from Liam:

SATURDAY 26TH JULY 12ish at THE RON COOKE HUB, THE UNI OF YORK, YORK,YORKSHIRE, UK.

This is really short notice and might not work but hey it’s worth a try.

Do you like Captain Awkward? Do you like LEGO? Do you also like low key no obligation to talk social events?

Come along to the free LEGO exhibition at the Uni of York. The cafe *should* be open and getting there is easy – get a number 44 bus from the station (return ticket should be £2) and get off when you see a big sort of bronze building with “Ron Cooke Hub” written on it and a lake next to it. Cafe, lego exhibition and accessible bathrooms all on the ground floor of that building.

I’ll figure out someway of identifying “our” table(s) in the cafe and post info in the comments here, on the forum and on the facebook event page. I’ll also tell the Porters at the reception desk to direct people to me if they’re looking for the “Awkward Meeting”

York and Yorkshire in general people are very welcome to join us, as indeed are any Awkwardeers who happen to be visiting York at the time.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/521513847978233/

I’m Liam Smith on the Facebook event and YetAnotherLefty on both the forum and twitter if you’ve any questions.

Your Sunday earworm, from me.

Hello, nice people, Digital Tart has arranged another outing for you:

Date: Sunday, 7/20/2014

Time: 4:00pm

Location: The Chicago Cultural Center Lobby (1st floor), 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602.

Transportation: By CTA, a whole slew of busses and trains. By Metra/Electric District/South Shore Line, Millenium Station. By car not recommended due to obscenely high cost of parking.

How to Find Me: I’ll have a big sign saying ‘The Awkward Table’. And have name tags this time.  They are dorky but so useful.

How to Get in Touch Before the Meetup:  I will be reading and replying to comments as ‘DigitalTart’ both on this post on the CA main page, and the thread in the forums at http://friendsofcaptainawkward.com.  Any suggestions about improvements to or new activities for Chicago meetups are encouraged.

Thank you!

Have a lovely time!

Here’s the news from Kate in London:

Dear all,

Back by popular demand, the craft meetup.

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 12th July, 11am onwards.

And it’s the crafts meetup again! Knitting and crochet are the focus, but we don’t discriminate.  Macrame and papercrafts and sewing etc. are all welcome.  Bring a project you’re working on, or bring leftover materials other people can learn on.

I can teach knitting but there’s only one of me, and I know nothing about crochet, so please do help with either one if you can! Or come to learn, or come to talk to us while we knit. :)

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).  If you have been to a meetup previously on the second floor, we are now in the equivalent place horizontally, but two floors up vertically, if that makes sense?

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdf

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(August meetup will be on the 2nd.)

Cheers,

Kate

Enjoy the day!

Brooklyn people are meeting up today, organized by Nerdlinger:

Hi Captain!

There’s a Brooklyn/NYC based meetup this weekend!

WHEN: SAT Jun 21st @ 1-4p
WHERE: Berry Park (@ 4 Berry Street; Brooklyn, NY 11211)
HOW TO FIND US: Look for the orange orangutan plushie!

GAMES AND FUN THINGS: Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, Bannanagrams, and True Colors. If you have other games you’d to bring, feel free! (We’ll also post an update at the CA forums where the Meetup was organized)

If you have some free time and live in NYC, go play games with Awkward people and have the best time.

Also, today’s IndieWire piece is up for all of you Orphan Black fans. How do you go back to normal when you get out of rehab (or another institution) and need to deal with all of the “how…are you?” questions and awkward non-sequiturs other people send your way? Thanks to A. in Melbourne for help with the letter.

Story Club South Side logo.

Chicago people, I’ll be one of the featured readers at Story Club South Side, Tuesday, June 17 at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. Grab a pie at Pleasant House, some coffee from Bridgeport Coffee or some drinks from Maria’s, and come hear stories on the theme of “Almost.” Details here. There are two open mic slots for 8 minute tales, so jump in if you feel like it!

Annafel has put together an event and Victoria, B.C. Awkward People are invited:

Dear Awkward Army, Victoria Regiment:

You are invited to a meetup! Saturday, June 14, 7-9:30 pm, Bubby’s Kitchen in Cook St. Village.

Address: 355 Cook St., close to the corner of Oscar.

Website: http://www.bubbyskitchen.ca/

We will be on the patio unless there is no shade, in which case we will be inside. I, Annafel, will have one (1) rainbow-coloured “AWKWARD” sign, and one (1) stuffy of the white tiger cub variety. His name is Quentin. Pictured below, with additional large cat for size comparison.

To the best of my knowledge, Bubby’s Kitchen is fully accessible and serves a wide variety of food and drinks, including vegetarian and gluten-free food – also I am pretty sure there are some vegan things. It is also licensed, but for the full comfort of all potential attendees, perhaps we could agree to just not order alcohol?

It is located on the #3 bus route, and is a few blocks away (and a downhill slope) from Fairfield Rd, where the #7 bus stops.

I will bring paper and pencil crayons, and you are all welcome to bring whatever you think will be fun! I look forward to hanging out with you!!

Love, Annafel

Sounds pretty great. Have the best time!

 

From Rageasaurus:

Boston Meetup! This weekend!

Date & Time: Saturday, June 7th @ 4:00 PM

Location: The Boston Common by the Soldiers and Sailors Monument (near Frog Pond)

How to find us after 4PM: Look for a pink unicorn plushie somewhere near the monument or Frog Pond

More info:

At least one of us (the person with the plushie) will be able to stick around past 6PM, so feel free to stop by a bit later in the day. This meetup was coordinated over in the CA Forum, and we just remembered that we should also post it here.  :)

Pink unicorns! I hope the weather is beautiful.

Interior shot of the Chicago Cultural Center

Cultural Center…sooooo pretty.

From DigitalTart, arranging Chicago Fun Times:

Date: Saturday, 6/28/2014

Time: 4:00pm

Location: The Chicago Cultural Center Lobby (1st floor), 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602.

Transportation: By CTA, a whole slew of busses and trains. By Metra/Electric District/South Shore Line, Millenium Station. By car not recommended due to obscenely high cost of parking.

How to Find Me: I’ll have a big sign saying ‘The Awkward Table’. And have name tags this time.  They are dorky but so useful.

How to Get in Touch Before the Meetup:  I will be reading and replying to comments as ‘DigitalTart’ both on this post on the CA main page, and the thread in the forums at http://friendsofcaptainawkward.com.  Any suggestions about improvements to or new activities for Chicago meetups are encouraged.

Optional Bonus Activity: Meetup may be extended and moved to eatin’ of delicious foods at Chi Cafe in the Chinatown mall. Please note that this spot, like most in Chinatown, is not  recommended for strict vegetarians/vegans or those with seafood allergies, as most dishes make use of meat- or seafood-based flavorings or sauces.

I’ll be out of town that weekend, so can’t join you, but have the best time. I’m so glad these are becoming a regular thing.
The indomitable Kate had a great idea for the next London Meetup, June 14. Are you ready?
Royal Festival Hall photo

Not too shabby, London.

Dear all,

And here it is again – Bad Book Swap: The Sequel!

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 14th June, 11am onwards.

Due to popular demand I am re-running the Bad Book Swap. The idea here is that you bring a book you dislike for any reason (weak plot, female characters as plot tokens, too much – or too little – torture for your tastes, etc.)

And then you try to persuade someone else to take it away.
I had great success last time in getting someone to take away two books about how much manpain someone was in because he was forced to torture people and enjoyed it too much…
If you don’t have any bad books to give away, never mind – you might be able to provide a home for someone else’s!  Or just come and chat.This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).  If you have been to a meetup previously on the second floor, we are now in the equivalent place horizontally, but two floors up vertically, if that makes sense?

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdfI will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(July meetup will be on the 12th.)

Cheers,

Kate

Please, if you remember, snap a photo of the book titles & covers. I want to see the horrifying array!
If you want to plan your own event, suggested guidelines are here. You don’t have to ask permission or check with anyone first. People often use the forums at friendsofcaptainawkward.com to gauge interest before sending me the info to post.

The first Toronto Awkward Meetup is here!

Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Disgraceland (http://www.disgraceland.ca/ | 965 Bloor St W)
I’ve never seen a Toronto meet-up for awkwardeers, so I’m giving it a go. My suggestion is to meet at Disgraceland for mid-afternoon snacks and/or drinks. The closest intersection is Dovercourt/Bloor, which is a few blocks away from Ossington Station.
There are loads of vegan and vegetarian options, as well as gluten-free. Apps and mains can be had for under $10, although you’re welcome to come just for the company. There are board games available too. The restaurant is accessible, except for the washrooms, which are in the basement.
I’ll be there a few minutes early and I’ll bring a copy of “Hark, A Vagrant!” to the table. My Twitter handle is @writingquirky.
Kate has sent the reminder for the monthly London gathering:
Dear all,


May’s meetup is the 17th!

Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 11am onwards.

For this month’s theme, bring or talk about something awesome. This can be any of the following:

Since I don’t have a new icebreaker idea yet, we’re going to re-do the colouring one.
If you can, please bring coloured pens, pencils etc., and/or things to colour in.  These can be either anything out of copyright you can find on the web, or printups of CA slogans such as ‘House of Bees’, or your best drawing of a golden retriever of love, or a rageasaurus.  Or just come as you are!


This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).  If you have been to a meetup previously on the second floor, we are now in the equivalent place horizontally, but two floors up vertically, if that makes sense?

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(June meetup will be on the 14th.)

Cheers,

Kate

And don’t forget, Chicago is also meeting up this Saturday.
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