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CAN TOWN ST. LOUIS’ PROMSTUCK 2013

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Although the details are still being worked out, Can Town St. Louis’ Promstuck 2013 event will be held on June 1st, 2013 at the Collinsville VFW hall, and will likely run from 5:00 PM to midnight.

There will be a catered dinner, a DJ, games, and plenty of Homestuck themed decorations—and, of course, a canned food drive for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry (CAMA’s Helping Hands Ministry).

Tickets are $31.20 per person: $25 to cover the cost of the hall rental, $5 towards food, and $1.20 to cover PayPal’s fees.

We are in need of adult (preferably parent) chaperones for this event. Please contact us if your parents are willing to volunteer. Thanks!

COSPLAY IS ALLOWED (and encouraged!) and you DO NOT have to be a Homestuck to participate!

In fact…

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CTSTL PRESENTS TRIVIASTUCK 2013

[ RSVP here | Purchase tickets here ]

WHEN: Saturday, March 16, from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

WHERE: The Collinsville VFW Post #5691

WHY: To raise money for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry, and to have fun!

  • Please note that ALL FANDOMS ARE WELCOME, including non-fandom family members and friends! Although there will be questions related to MSPA, there will also be plenty of categories for general knowledge. 
  • Trivia will consist of ten rounds of ten questions each, including a music round. Mulligans will be available for $1 each, or 6 for $5. Six is the MAXIMUM number of mulligans allowed per team.
  • Teams will consist of four members. Individuals who register and do not have a team will be allowed to form their own with the rest of the single registrants on the day of the event.
  • The VFW has plenty of parking but is busy on Saturdays, so please arrive 15 minutes early to park and find the correct room. (Gillespie Hall, aka the small hall)
  • Please bring your own snacks! The VFW will have drinks available for purchase, and as such, NO OUTSIDE DRINKS ARE ALLOWED. Water is an exception, of course. 
  • The VFW does serve alcoholic drinks. Age will be verified at the door; 21+ will wear an orange wristband that clearly marks them as such, and <21 will wear a bright blue wristband designating the opposite. The bartenders will be checking ID as well. IF YOUR PARENTS AREN’T OKAY WITH YOU BEING IN A PLACE THAT SERVES ALCOHOL, PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WITH THEM BEFORE ATTENDING! Absolutely no boisterous behavior will be tolerated. Anyone who doesn’t comply with this and gets out of control will be asked to leave with no refund.
  • Participants are expected to silence and stow cell phones and other electronic devices during trivia rounds. Please don’t cheat!
  • First prize is $50 in cash! Additional prizes will include those donated to us by The Can Town Project, and are jewelry/pins from What Pumpkin?
  • A silent auction will be available during trivia, with all monies going to the Food Pantry, as well.

To volunteer to help run the event, or to donate items for the silent auction, please contact us: cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

As always, feel free to send questions to the askbox, or to send me an email! Thanks, everyone!

Please invite your families and non-Homestuck friends! It’ll be fun and it’s for charity!

WHEN? Saturday, April 12th, from 11AM to 12PM
WHERE? Collinsville’s Gateway Center, in La Salle, during Anime St. Louis
WHAT? Multifandom canned food drive and a drawing extravaganza!
WHO? You! And all of your friends!
WHAT IF I’M NOT A HOMESTUCK? Can Town is for everyone who wants to make a difference. As a main event of Anime St. Louis, we are officially multifandom. Even if you’ve never been to one of our events before, please feel free to bring a few donations and come hang out!

COST: A badge to Anime St. Louis is required to attend. If you do not have a badge and still want to donate to the food pantry, please send an ask or email and we may be able to arrange a pickup or drop-off point.

DONATIONS: Please bring bar soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, and paper plates for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry. All donations are welcome, though: any nonperishable food items or personal hygiene products will be accepted! Please double bag your donations if you’re bringing them in plastic, as plastic tends to break!

VOLUNTEERS are always appreciated to help sort and carry donations.

If you’d like to volunteer, or have any other questions, please email us: cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

We’ll see you there!

RSVP at the Facebook event!

WHEN? Saturday, January 4th, from 11:30 AM until 4:00 PM
WHERE? The St. Louis Science Center, meeting at the main entrance/main lobby (depending on weather–ideally, we’ll gather outside to avoid blocking indoor traffic)
WHAT? Multifandom canned food drive and general hangouts!
WHO? You! And all of your friends!
WHAT IF I’M NOT A SUPERWHOLOCK/HOMESTUCK? Can Town is for everyone who wants to make a difference. This is a Superwholock themed event, but ALL fandoms are welcome – Homestuck, Hetalia, Nightvale, everybody.

PARKING: Main lot parking is $10. There is limited free parking at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. The last time CTSTL went to the Science Center, we met at the planetarium, and it was an issue, as free parking filled up quickly. Many people had to park far away and walk a great distance. Please expect to pay, carpool, take public transit, or understand that you may be walking a while to meet the group.

LUNCH: You’re welcome to bring your own lunch, or purchase it at the Science Center’s café. Teams will rotate for lunch, depending on attendance, at approximately 1:30 PM.

DONATIONS: Please bring soup, soap, and pasta (especially boxed mac & cheese), as these items are always in need. All donations are welcome, though: any nonperishable food items or personal hygiene products will be accepted! Please double bag your donations if you’re bringing them in plastic, as plastic tends to break!

COSPLAY: Is welcome, so long as it’s casual and will not bother other guests or interfere with Science Center exhibits. Please, no huge props, no masks, and no face paint. It’s likely to be cold, as well, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

VOLUNTEERS are always appreciated to help sort and carry donations. We’ll also need team leaders to keep groups together.

If you’d like to volunteer, or have any other questions, please email us: cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

We’ll see you there!

RSVP at the Facebook event! | Artwork courtesy xurxie-do

WHEN? Saturday, July 13th, from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM. The day/time MIGHT change, as the schedule is not 100% finalized.
WHERE? Natsucon – Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL, in Ballroom A.
WHAT? Multifandom canned food drive, with door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a charity auction, and of course the construction of a Japanese-architecture themed Can Town!
WHO? You! And all of your friends!
WHAT IF I’M NOT A HOMESTUCK? We love you anyway! Please feel free to join us. :D

The theme of this drive is ramen. The CAMA food pantry leadership has requested that we donate packets of ramen (pictured above), NOT the single-serving microwaveable styrofoam cups.

All donations are welcome, though: any nonperishable food items or personal hygiene products will be accepted!

Volunteers are always appreciated to help sort and carry donations.

If you’d like to donate an item to be in the charity auction, or have any other questions, please email us: cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

See you there!

Archon 38 runs from October 3-5, 2014. Although Can Town St. Louis does not have a panel, several members of our leadership will be attending and would be happy to collect donations from you! This event is NOT being coordinated through Archon, so be sure to direct any questions to this page or cantownstlouis[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

The Collinsville Area Food Pantry has specifically requested transient bags for people who don’t have a stable living situation. If Can Town citizens each donate one bag, we could have a lot of food to bring to the food pantry. Every bit adds up!

The lists are available as a PDF if you want to print them out to take with you to a store. Remember to buy non-perishable items that don’t require refrigeration, with poptop lids that DON’T require a can opener. As always, thank you for your help!

LIST OF ITEMS
1 PERSON FOR 1 - 2 DAYS
(Double bag in plastic shopping bags – blue ones from places like Shop n Save are more durable than Walmart)
SMALL POP-TOP CANS
2 CANS MEAT (poptop)
1 CAN BEEF STEW OR CHICKEN & DUMPLINGS (poptop)
1 CAN PASTA (with meat if available)
4 INDIVIDUAL DRINKS
2 CAN (poptop) OR PACKAGE FRUIT
2 CAN (poptop) OR PACKAGE VEGETABLES
2 MICROWAVEABLE MEAL BOWLS (mac & cheese, rice, etc.)*
1 PACKAGE CRACKERS
1 PRE-MADE SNACK BAG
1 PACKAGE COOKIES OR BAG OF CHIPS
PACKAGE OF PLASTIC TABLEWARE & NAPKINS
BAG OF TOOTHBRUSH - MINI TOOTHPASTE - RAZOR - MINI DEODORANT - MINI
SOAP - SHAMPOO

*The microwavable meals are the only difference between the homeless and hotel versions of the lists.

Join CTSTL for a trip to the St. Louis Zoo during their Shark Week event! Dressing as a shark earns you free admission to Stingray Cove – bear in mind that for those 13+, the Zoo DOES NOT permit anything that covers or obscures your face, including face paint! Paintless trolls are welcome, particularly Eridan, Feferi, Cronus, and Meenah! Get creative!

The Collinsville Area Food Pantry is in dire need of BAR SOAP and TOILET PAPER, as these items cannot be purchased with SNAP/food assistance. Monetary donations for the Collinsville Area Food Pantry or Random Acts will also be accepted. Happy GISHWHES!

CTSTL leadership will be parked at the NORTH ENTRANCE (near The Living World) no later than 10:30AM and will collect donations to bring back to the car between 10:30AM and 11:00AM.

PLEASE MEET AT THE NORTH ENTRANCE, OUTSIDE, NEXT TO THE FOUNTAIN!

At 11:00AM we will go into the zoo in small groups, which will meet back for lunch at 1:30PM at Ray’s Bar and Grill. Volunteers to lead groups are always appreciated. Expect lunch costs to be around $10 per person; you are responsible for your own meal. CTSTL will not be purchasing any group tickets for this event.

The Zoo closes at 5:00PM; the CTSTL trip will wrap up around 4:30PM to ensure that everyone makes it to their meetup spots for rides with plenty of time. Carpooling is encouraged.

See you then!

RSVP on the Facebook event here.

Zoo info on Shark Week

Adult costume policy

Caribbean Cove

Ray’s menu (please note there are not many vegetarian items)

Who's going to Kawa Kon?

If any of you are attending Kawa Kon this weekend, I’ll be there to pick up cans before and after the Homestuck panel. (I am NOT running the panel, but I have permission to collect canned goods before/after it.) 

The panel is 9:00 AM on Saturday morning. Ideal donations are personal hygiene items, particularly bar soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. Thanks, everyone!

FLARP (Friends Laughing and Role Playing) Update #3

geekswillruntheearth submitted to cantownstlouis:

Attention citizens! The tentative date for this event is either this Sunday or Monday, depending on what people are able to attend. 

Once again, it will be at Heroic Adventures in Edwardsville, IL. I’d bring a bit of money in case you want to buy snacks or a soda but it’s not required. We’ll be playing a game I’ve put together using the USR (Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying ) system and not only is it loads of fun but it also only takes about five minutes to make a character. The genre is up for grabs and depends on what people would want to do, but something tells me it’ll end up being kinda comedic. 

I would love love love suggestions or commentary on just about any aspect of this meetup, especially if people would have a day they’d prefer.

Lastly, here’s a link to Heroic Adventures’ site.

http://fantasybooksinc.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=99&Itemid=177 

FLARP (Friends Laughing and Role Playing)

geekswillruntheearth submitted to cantownstlouis

Hello, citizens of Can Town!

City Secretary Madison here!

Over the last couple meetups, I’ve noticed a slight trend among Can Town people. That trend is that a decent percentage of Can Town people are into role playing, specifically role playing of the tabletop gaming sort.

There’s this comic book store in Glen Carbon, IL called Heroic Adventures. They host gaming every couple of nights as well as Magic: The Gathering on Fridays. I talked to them while dropping by with some friends last night. They said that as long as they have notice ahead of time and as long as we don’t choose a Friday night, they’d be perfectly alright with a group of ten to fifteen people hanging out for a couple hours some night and playing some sort of tabletop game for a while. The date depends on whatever works best for people, honestly, and overall this would be a fairly low key event. We’d be using the USR (Unbelievably Simple Roleplaying) system. We’ll either do this sorta chaotic, improvised, but rather entertaining plot I playtested at a school game night this weekend, or something a bit more structured with this original, kinda sci-fi kinda urban fantasy setting I’ve been working on. I would run this game, but if someone else wants to play something else in a smaller group I’m sure that’s fine.

This is a tentative idea, and so far the people on board are Kay, Weston, and touchytentacles. If anyone has anything to say or any advice, I’d love to hear it!

Thank you so much for reading, citizens!