If you have finally become tired of the high-pressured shopping this season, there are a couple of other activities available this coming weekend:
It is a time of shortage in the midlands. In these dire economic times food pantries have become depleted and need help. Stepping up to the plate is the Game Shoppe with a three day gaming event to raise canned items to help fill those shelves. The weekend of Dec. 5th-7th, they are hosting a 60-hour non-stop gaming event in their Bellevue store (1406 Harlan Drive Bellevue, NE 68005 402-292-4263). And they have devised some interesting ways to part people with cans of food. Most of the games being played have had their rules altered. Some of the things you can do are; pay a canned food item and reroll a bad die roll, pay 5 canned items and steal an opponent’s card, use unfinished figures in some games if you fork over a whole bunch of cans. You had better come prepared.
They have posted these special rules on their website - http://www.thegameshoppe.com/events.htm - along with many of the games they will be hosting. Check it out and have a good time for a great cause.
Not into gaming? Then check out the quarterly Friends of the Omaha Public Library book sale. It will be at the Swanson Branch of the Omaha Public Library which is located at 90th and Dodge both Friday Dec. 5th from 10AM until 8PM and Saturday Dec. 6th from 10AM until 5:30PM. I have heard that this sale will include a large collection of science fiction and fantasy books and magazines. They’re cheap and it helps fund the library’s purchases of new material. And you never know what you might find, I’ve found several autographed books at past book sales.
Finally, if you are into either anime or costuming there is the monthly Otaku Get Together on Saturday at Delice Bakery, 1206 Howard Street in the Old Market Section of downtown Omaha. For more information go to: http:/otakugettogether.blogspot.com/
So while it may be cold outside, there is still plenty to do with like minded fannish friends. So in the words of Splinter the Rat; “Go. Play!”