Curse your sudden but inevitable gutter ball!
We have booked 4 lanes at Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes. Bonnie Doon offers a 3 game special for $15.00 per person which includes the shoe rental.
Everyone is welcome.
We would also like to do some good for a great organization here in Edmonton. Some of our knitting team were involved in #knitmonton’s Valour Place Poppy Project in Nov 2013 and through them we’ve learned more about this amazing organization. The only one of its kind in Canada, Valour Place is a temporary home away from home for all Canadian Forces members, families of the fallen, veterans and RCMP along with their families who require medical treatment in Edmonton. Through Valour Place, they have the means to face the challenges of rehabilitation in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment, at no cost.
We’re asking all AB Browncoats to collect their bottles from now (Feb 3) until Browncoat Bowling day (March 22). If you’re attending our March shindig, feel free to bring your bottles with you. Otherwise, please contact us to make arrangements for pick-up. If you’re located outside of the Edmonton and surrounding area, but still want to participate, you most definitely can. Collect bottles from friends and family, turn those bottles in for cashy monies, and use the Donate button below to send funds on or before March 30, 2014.
You ever sail in a Firefly?
A few of our members have gotten their hands on copies of the new Firefly board game. Each game accommodates 4 players and approximate play time is 2 hours.
Not enough time to play Firefly: The Game? We’ll have a variety of Fluxx games with us as well. This card game can be quick and fun.
Happy Harbor Comics has pop and some snack food available for purchase however players are welcome to bring their own snacks.
COST: Food Bank donation
When you come to board game day at Happy Harbor Comics (2pm Feb 15), please bring a non-perishable food item with you. We’re going to try and fill a donation box for the Edmonton food bank.
The Food bank’s most needed items are:
- beans with or without pork
- canned meat
- canned fish
- canned fruit or vegetables
- peanut butter
- macaroni and cheese dinners
- pasta and pasta sauce
- cereal and oatmeal
- school snack items such as juice boxes, fruit cups and granola bars
Let’s show the world we’re mighty and do some good this month!
Congratulations to Paul McCormack, the winner of the event naming contest. Paul is was the minion behind the “Serenity Charity Screening” suggestion. Scott Irving, who suggested “Got Serenity?” will also receive a membership as his submission along with the winning one, was impacted by last week’s voting silliness.
Event: Harry Potter Exhibit at Telus World of Science
Intrepid Reporter: Wendy
With visions of wands, owls and golden snitches in the air, the Browncoats ventured to the Telus World of Science on Jan 18 to experience Harry Potter, the Exhibition. It was almost a 2 hour wait to get into the exhibit but it was well worth the wait. Amongst our group was Ron Weesley. He may have been an imposter as he seemed a bit tall, but maybe, just maybe, he was taller in real life…
As we entered the exhibit we were photographed with scarves of our favorite houses. Drew and ‘Ron’ got into their own picture but we did get this picture of the majority of the crowd.
As we entered the exhibit a few members of the crowd were chosen to be sorted by the hat. It appears that Slytherin and Gryffindor are pretty popular houses. As the tour progressed we were able to see many costumes and props from the movies. It was very interesting to see how the young characters grew during their years at Hogwarts. At one point we were able to give a try at quiddich by tossing a quaffle towards the goal. I think I might have a penchance for this, but sincerely doubt my ability to stay on a broom, even with those stirrups. I really liked Hagrid’s hut. His arm chair made all of us feel like little kids.
Other items on display included the Marauders map, weapons, jewelry, various wands and Harry’s glasses. The Hippogriff display was amazing. Buckbeak was exquisite and during the audio tour we learned that the cast and crew liked to turn on the animatronics and hang out with him during off hours. Buckbeak was very quiet compared to the Mandrake display. Mandrakes scream when you try to pull them out of the pots. A very annoying, ear piercing scream.
For me, the most interesting part of the Exhibition was the costumes. Everything from the casual clothes that the characters wore when not in school to the robes worn during class to the costumes worn to the Yule Ball, they were all there. The tour ended in Diagon Alley where us muggle types could purchase trinkets to remind us of the show. From stuffed owls, chocolate frogs, books and pens it was all there.
Once everyone was through, we gathered at a local eatery for supper. Another great day for the Browncoats!
Our annual movie screening/auction event has been a lot of fun over the years. From 2010-2013, we hosted our charity screenings under the umbrella of the Global Can’t Stop the Serenity (CSTS) event. Now we’re branching off to do our own thing. As with CSTS in the past, our event is designed to raise funds for the charities we support. It includes a screening of the movie Serenity and charity auctions (live & silent). Past events have also included live entertainment (musician Vanessa Cardui), alternate Whedon ‘verse related goodies (screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog), and contests. While the event currently takes place in Edmonton, our members are from all over the province and many people travel to attend the festivities each year.
The event naming process is being crowd sourced. We received 18 submissions for the Name that Event contest. Some of you appear to share the same brain; a few submissions were quite similar and one or two were exactly the same!
Now that we’ve received the suggestions, it’s time to vote.
We ask that you keep in mind the goals of the charity event AND that the name selected will be used on movie theatre marquees and all advertizing.
Voting is open from January 27 – 31st, 2014 and we will accept votes from all over the world.
While we usually applaud aiming to misbehave, the ridiculousness of recent voting events has forced us to reconsider our voting platform. We have decided to reset the poll and change the system to disallow anonymous, repeat voting. So as not to unfairly penalize the people who suggested the options due to the actions of others, the two submissions with the highest votes prior to the reset will receive Alberta Browncoats Society memberships (the original award for the “winner”) along with the contest winner.