AUGUST 18 UPDATE: This evening will be (in part) a fundraiser - you will NOT be pressured to donate anything (this is first and foremost a fun social outing!), but your DSN loonie (and any other funds donated) will go to ALS research.
I (David R) am participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge (link to Wikipedia explanation) several times this week, as well as this AussieRules evening, to help promote awareness for, and support of, ALS research. Bring a few more loonies if you want to see me go under the bucket!!
Rather than go into details here, THIS LINK will tell you more about ALS.
I got doused earlier today (I'm the 4th one, in grey) at the Calgary Board of Education, with Richard McBride, a solid DSNer, a good friend, and a growingly-vocal spokesperson for this cause.
AUGUST 11: This event is a great chance to celebrate 8 years of DSN fun, games & socializing. Aug 11 is the 8th birthday of the group, so just 10 days later, we will have a great DSN time (as always!!)
Just making sure you understand - you MUST arrive by 7:45 in order to get the DSN VIP package (no cover charge & 1 free drink)! If you arrive after that, they may not offer you any freebies, so a cover charge will likely apply.
If you can't make it (stuck at work, etc.) please update your RSVP as soon as possible, even if it's just a few hours before the event.
**NOTE: Be sure you look for the DoSomethingNew (DSN) group - there may be other "Meetup" groups there!**
Aussie Rules is always a fun time for DSN - Duelling Pianos is a way to request the oldies & the goodies... and find new favourites!
DSN is happy to offer the VIP Package to its members/guests (thanks to the venue!):
• No Cover Charge! **But bring a loonie for the DSN fee!**
• One free drink - usually a domestic beer or a highball (hey, it's FREE!)
• A few complimentary nacho plates for the group
You MUST arrive by 7:45 in order to get this benefit!!
The Pianos start playing at 8:00.
Bring your fun side, and leave your inhibitions at the door... getting up & dancing on your chair is not frowned upon here - it's ENCOURAGED!!
There's no single, big group table here - we'll have a section, with a half-dozen or so smaller tables or booths.
If you're new to the group, don't be shy; this is one of the best ways to let your hair down, get loud if you want to sing along, and meet lots of new people!
Lots of parking, and wheelchair-accessible, the building houses Jubilations Dinner Theatre (on the left side) and Aussie Rules Foodhouse & Bar (on the right side).
It's at the NORTH end of the Westbrook Mall.
Walk in the front door, step to the right, gets you into the right place!
They will have a reservation for DoSomethingNew, and I'll have a Meetup sign of some sort (with DSN on it) wherever we set up base camp!