Traveling ahead on these crazy days at Warp 10
Traveling ahead on these crazy days at Warp 10 avatar

I know.  It’s been months since I last updated this blog, and by all appearances, it might appear that nothing is going on around here.  The truth is anything but.  We move from one crazy to the next: crazy from the Holiday Season, crazy from preparing for Pensacon, crazy from preparing for the Costume Bowl…  

Now we’re in a slightly different form of crazy: not centering around an event, per se, but on recruiting and fundraising — two things the Continuum needs right now to do all the cool things we want to do.  Granted, we’re always hoping to do those two, but this time, we’re just taking a bit more focus between events.  

But don’t worry: we’ll get back to the craziness of preparing for events very, very shortly.  The 30th Anniversary of The Next Generation is in September.  And then we have the premier of Discovery and then Quest-Con before we’re back into the Holiday Season and then onto 2018.

So what’s been going on in the meantime?

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Be the Star Trek Fan that Makes a Difference!
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If you haven’t already guessed it: we here at the USS Continuum love Star Trek!  I mean, really love Star Trek!  It’s not just because of the great stories and great characters.  It’s because of the optimistic vision of the future Gene Roddenberry created over fifty years ago where all types of people can come together and respect their differences, where each person has value and a purpose. 

It’s one of the reasons the USS Continuum exists.  We’re “Star Trek Enthusiasts” – people who are not just dreaming about that optimistic future, but people who are looking for ways to make it a reality.  
 
In 2015, our group began teaming up with the 501st Legion’s Parjai Squad.  They were Star Wars.  We were Star Trek.  But we both had a vision about community service – that we could do a good thing and have a fun time doing it.  And so, we created the “Costume Bowl” – an annual fundraiser to support two very important charities in our community – Manna Food Pantries and the Gulf Coast Kid’s House.  In the last two years – through businesses and people like you – we’ve been able to raise over $2,400 in proceeds to help these two great organizations!
 
We’re inviting you to this year’s Costume Bowl to be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Cordova Lanes Bowling Center (2111 Airport Blvd, Pensacola).  You can be the Star Trek fan that helps make a positive difference in the lives of so many people in the Pensacola, Florida area!  Assemble your team of up to six bowlers, go to The Costume Bowl registration page, and reserve your lane for only $75.  Every bit of the proceeds we raise will go to support the above-mentioned charities – neither the USS Continuum nor the Parjai Squad will be making a cent off of this charity fundraiser!
 
And it doesn’t matter if you’re a good bowler or not.  To add to the fun of this tournament and to further raise money to support our charities, we’re selling “Mulligans.”  You can pay $5 to change your not-so-great bowl to a Strike!  Or pay $2.50 and surprise your opponent with a Gutter Ball!  You can even get the bumpers raised for a game for only $10!
 
 
Furthermore, thanks to the generous support of various local businesses, we’ll be having several items, including gift cards and other collectibles, up for raffle.  You can get one ticket for each $1 you donate or 8 tickets for $5. 
 
All teams that pre-register their lanes will not only secure their chance to participate, but also get sixteen free raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning these great prizes!
 
Bowling shoes are included in the price.  Wearing costumes is encouraged but not required.  (If you do, they don’t have to be Star Trek or Star Wars OR even sci-fi or fantasy related).
 
But we need your help once again to make the Costume Bowl a success!  Because we believe that making a positive difference in people’s lives can be a lot of fun!  Check out the Costume Bowl main page and Facebook page for more information.
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“Prepare to have your molecules scrambled!”
“Prepare to have your molecules scrambled!” avatar

… because there were times it certainly felt that way with all the craziness going on during the first couple of months in 2017!  😀  It’s hard to believe that two weeks we were having a great time at Pensacon.  Many thanks to all the people that came by to see our Star Trek displays featured at Atlas Oyster House.  And once again, our thanks to the staff of Atlas for being gracious hosts!

If you haven’t already heard: we have a brand new Star Trek display that made its debut at Atlas.  Introducing the TOS Tranporter, here joining our Captain’s Chair and Helm/Navigation console!

 

Many thanks to our members, who helped us set-up & take down our displays for Pensacon:

  • Paul Jacobs, who not only hosted our Display Workshops, but also did the most work on the Transporter, occasionally working on his own, and coming up with the design of the padd
  • Dan Ditto and Chris Weidel, who helped with workshops
  • Don Villines, who transported all displays to and from their location

We look forward to bring these to future events.  But don’t expect us to stop here.  We hope to continue the work for even more great Star Trek items.  We are excited about an additional venue we’ll be using for next year that we’ll be telling you more about in the months ahead.

 

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Meeting changes
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Recently, members of the USS Continuum have decided to make a few changes in our meetings that will help us better support a local business that has supported us for years!

Starting on Wednesday, October 5, we’ll be moving our first Wednesday meeting to Maximilian Coffee.  It’s located at 3419 N 12th Ave in Pensacola.  The meeting time of 6:30 pm will remain the same.

On Saturday, October 15, we’re moving our third Saturday meeting right next door to the Cactus Flower Cafe, 3425 N 12th Ave.  Our meeting time will also change: moving up to 10 a.m.

We’ve known owner Lee Kafeety since 2009 when we met her at the (then) Rave Cinemas during the Star Trek movie premiere.  As Lee is also a Trek fan, we’ve visited the Cactus Flower several times over the years.  The Cactus Flower Cafe was also one of our sponsors for the last two Costume Bowls.

The USS Continuum looks forward to continue working with local businesses like the Cactus Flower to better serve our community.

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Reaching Out
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Part of the reason the USS Continuum exists is to help promote Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision.  We do this in many different ways, but one of the more prominent things we do is be involved in community service and to support other charitable organizations.

Last month, the Continuum teamed up with the 501st Legion’s Parjai Squad for the Costume Bowl II.  On Sunday, April 24, we raised $1,100 to support Manna Food Pantries and the Gulf Coast Kid’s House and had a fun time doing it.  Many thanks to the members of both organizations who came and to the several local businesses that provided support.

The community service continues tomorrow morning at the SAFER Santa Rosa “Alien Invasion” Expo happening at the Gulf Breeze Community Center.  Come, learn how your home and business against disasters and your photo taken in our Captain’s Chair.

And next month, crew members will be handing out tribbles and other items as they pose for pictures in uniform/costume at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital on June 18.

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The Road Ahead
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Just a quick note… 2016 is already gearing up to a amazing (yet very busy) year! We’ve just finished up with Pensacon where we were excited to meet people who stopped by our fan table at the Crowne Plaza.  We are also very excited to be a part of the “Costume Cosplay Day” at the Pensacola Intergalactic Airport.  (Check out the photos from the event here).  Also, many thank to Atlas Oyster House for hosting the TOS Bridge Set — Captain’s Chair & Helm/Navigation console — during the weekend; always a great staff, great location, and great food!

With last weekend’s Region 2 Summit finished, the Continuum is turning its focus first to our yard sale a week from this Saturday and to the Costume Bowl.  Last year’s Bowl was a huge success, raising over $1,300 for Manna Food Pantries and Gulf Coast Kid’s House, and we hope to raise even more this year.

And plenty more things are coming:

  • Display workshops.  The next one is set for Saturday, April 2 as we do some touchups for the Helm/Nav console and then transport our attention to… ahem, the Transporter Console & Pad.
  • “Star Trek Day” to be celebrated a day early on Monday, April 4 in uniform/costume as part of April’s “Dinner at Ten Forward”
  • Costuming workshops
  • Star Trek Viewings
  • Star Trek Gaming
  • More public appearances, including future conventions and the Star Trek Beyond weekend premiere.
To encourage even more participation, our group has started giving out latinum to our members for being at meetings, community service events, recruiting events, fundraisers, and workshops.  Those members can then trade in their bars to have the Continuum help pay for uniforms/costumes, trips to conventions, items in the Continuum store, and more.  Just a way we’re giving back to our group for all the hard work in supporting us.  To get your fair share, make sure you join, keep your membership up-to-date, and be involved.

And finally, maybe you’ve been thinking about checking our group out in-person but have been a little hesitant because you’re not sure as to what you’ll be getting into.  We ask you to come to our Saturday, March 19th meeting where we’ll be giving more details about the Continuum; our parent organization, STARFLEET; and all the many things we have planned.  It’s a meeting geared more to newcomers.  Check us out.  There’s never any obligation to officially become a member. Casual attire, relaxed atmosphere.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a fan for 50 years or 50 minutes or what you’re favorite series is.  I’ve found that the best way to further Trek fandom is for people to be involved with groups like the USS Continuum.  Sure, you can enjoy Star Trek privately with your friends and family, but official groups stand out in the public eye whether it be in conventions, through community service, or at our events.  And you’re able to have fun sharing your passion for everything sci-fi with people that share that passion.  This is truly a great time for you to check us out!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!!!
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We’re finally here!  And we’ve got big things in store Star Trek 50th anniversary delta-bto celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek.  Be checking back to the Continuum website for more information coming soon.  And don’t forget to be a part of the action by joining us at our meetings and other scheduled events.

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Captain’s Log: November 2015
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A few changes in our upcoming events:

First, the Continuum is now starting to meet twice a month to keep up with its busy schedule.  The first meeting will be on the first Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.  The second will be on the third Saturday at 3 p.m.  Both will be at Village Inn outside of Cordova Mall.  However…

We will not be meeting in the month of December.  The holiday season is a very busy time for everyone, so we have traditionally cancelled our meetings during that month.  Our next meeting this Saturday will be the last of 2015.  We will resume our meetings on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

We will also not be having our “Dinner at Ten Forward” monthly social in December as it will be very to our Anniversary Dinner/Christmas Party on the 1st.  We do plan to have some costuming and display construction workshops  during the month.  More information coming soon.

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Schedule changes
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Starting next month, we’re changing up our schedule of events.  Our Dinner at Ten Forward monthly dinners will now take place on the first Monday at 6:30 p.m., and our Monthly Meetings will take place on the 3rd Saturday at 3 p.m.

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September Events
September Events avatar

The Continuum plans to kick it into high-gear this September!

First, at the conclusion of our meeting this Sunday, we’ll continue our discussion of Star Trek uniforms and other costumes.  If you’re interested in costume-making (with or without a pattern) or if you’d like to get one made, you’re more than welcome to join us.  This is NOT limited to just Starfleet uniforms but also includes anything throughout Star Trek’s 49-year history.  Just bring us some pictures, and we’ll go from there.

Second, at 7 pm on Thursday the 10th we’ll be meeting at Books-a-Million to begin discussing plans to build a TOS transporter room.  As with all our displays, we like to keep them portable, so we’ll be looking at blueprints, pictures, and other tips to come up with a plan as to how to best do that.

And third, we’ll be at BRACE’s Youth Emergency Preparedness (YEP) Expo at Washington High School on Saturday the 12th from 10 am to 2 pm.  BRACE is the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, and they’ll be having “‘Survivor Land’  to prepare children,youth and families for disasters through the region’s largest “Youth Emergency Preparedness” (YEP!) expo.”  Continuum members will be there in costume with other sci-fi characters.  For more information, check out their website.

As always, all members and visitors are welcome to attend any event we have listed here.  For more information, contact me at co@usscontinuum.com.

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