Start of Term Picnic & Hogwarts House Cup Competition!

Welcome to another year at Hogwarts!


Let's celebrate the start of another term (and the end of summer) with a picnic in the park!  This will be a potluck style picnic with a Hogwarts House competition, a series of games that earn the winning team House Points all in an effort to win the House Cup!   Some of the magical games we have in store for you is the Dragon Challenge, Goblins Garden Gobstones, Dueling and more! 


Additionally, we are working on a crafting project we will be sending to J.K. Rowling along with some of our past newsletters and other items so we need a nice group photo which we will take at the picnic.


We had to purchase a 50 person park permit to hold this event and there are hard costs for some of the games we are playing so this event is reserved for LADA members who have paid their $5 membership fees for the July to December 2014 period.  We only have 50 spots for this special event so when you RSVP for this event, please be sure to pay your $5 membership dues online within 24 hours to secure your spot.  If you have a friend that would also like to attend, please have them officially join the group so that they can pay their membership dues and RSVP on their own.  Plates, napkins, cups and utensils will be provided.


Things to do/bring:


• Pay your $5 July to December membership dues online and RSVP to secure your spot

• Bring a savor potluck dish to share with the group (no desserts as these will be covered, enough to share with 20 people that can withstand picnic temperatures)

• Bring a drink to share with the group (large bottle or 6 pack)

• Wear comfortable clothes & shoes

• Bring sunblock, hat, sunglasses, etc.

• Bring a chair or blanket for sitting.


Be there or be a Muggle!




 



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  • Ellen

    super fun

    2 · September 8

  • Adrienne

    2 · September 8

  • Heather

    This was so fun. The games (and food) were absolutely amazing!

    1 · September 8

  • charlotte

    Lots of fun.

    1 · September 8

  • Katie

    Organizers did an awesome job! I loved all the games and challenges

    3 · September 7

    • Matt P.

      Seriously though!! It was so awesome of the organizers to pull all that together, thank you guys so much! :D #fuuunnn

      1 · September 8

  • Robb

    I got there and things had stated so I just jumped right in... great fun....

    1 · September 8

  • Otto R.

    I had a great time! It was good seeing everyone :)

    1 · September 7

  • Margie

    That was awesome! It was great meeting everyone!

    1 · September 7

  • Michelle S.

    I had a fantastic time. The games were fantastic and everyone was so nice. :)

    2 · September 7

  • Katie

    Organizers did an awesome job! I loved all the games and challenges

    3 · September 7

  • Adrienne

    Start thinking of your savory main dish and drink to bring and share with the group! No desserts as we already have that covered.

    2 · August 27

    • Ann-Laurel N.

      Lauren, that potato salad was relish!!!

      1 · September 7

    • Ann-Laurel N.

      Delish...damned mac...

      2 · September 7

  • Annette

    Yeah thank you for organizing. I had so much fun at my first LADA event. Nice meeting you all I will see you soon!

    2 · September 7

  • Heather N.

    The picnic was fun :) very athletic.

    1 · September 7

  • Heather N.

    The picnic was fun :) very athletic.

    3 · September 7

  • lizzardbreath

    That really was a great time thank you again to those who put so much thought, time and effort into the picnic and games.

    6 · September 7

  • Gordon B.

    Very good time. The leaders never get enough recognition. Well done all. (Darned Slytherns...) ;^)

    6 · September 7

    • Kendall

      yeah, well, we don't like to lose... :P

      September 7

  • Kendall

    Videos of the skits posted in the LADA facebook page - join on there if you haven't already: https://www.facebook.com/groups/losangelesdumbledoresarmy/

    7 · September 7

  • Gordon B.

    Great

    September 7

  • Crystal-Faith

    Another fantastic meet up, y'all! It was especially great meeting all the new first years(:

    4 · September 7

    • Alexandra

      I wondered why I had a sudden urge to write ya'll on my comment! I was copying you hahaha

      1 · September 7

  • Ann-Laurel N.

    I had a wonderful time! LADA puts on amazingm fun events. Thank you ladies for all that planning & hard work!

    1 · September 7

    • Ann-Laurel N.

      Why did this go on twice you ask?...because it's solo true! ;)

      September 7

  • Alexandra

    I had so much fun, ya'll!!! Thank you everyone for being so welcoming. I'm so glad I joined/ attended, and I look forward to next time!!

    4 · September 7

  • Ann-Laurel N.

    I had a wonderful time! LADA puts on amazingm fun events. Thank you ladies for all that planning & hard work!

    3 · September 7

  • DJ C.

    I had an awesome time! Go Slytherin!

    5 · September 7

    • Ellen

      you'd make a fair seeker lol

      5 · September 7

  • Michelle S.

    I'm changing my food item again. I'm thinking about the weather & my family will hate me if i turn on the oven. I think I'll take charcoal & hotdogs. I'm sure there's a grill I can use.

    1 · September 6

    • Michelle S.

      What area of the park did you rent? The city website has grills lasted by SOME lunch sites, but not all.

      September 6

    • Adrienne

      The picnic tables with the shelter

      September 6

  • Deni L T.

    Really wishing that I was closer to attend...

    September 6

    • Heather N.

      If you live in the valley you're welcome to hitch a ride with me.

      1 · September 6

    • Deni L T.

      You are the greatest! Unfortunately, I am significantly farther than the valley. Thank you for the offer.

      September 6

  • DJ C.

    Hi! I am late to the group but I see that only 49/50 spots are taken, would it be possible to squeeze one more (me) in?

    September 5

    • DJ C.

      All set!

      September 5

    • Adrienne

      Just moved you to confirmed! Don't forget to post what savory food item and drink you plan on bringing. Thanks!

      September 5

  • Shelley K. F.

    Found out that I have to work. :(
    Hopefully someone will be able to take my spot. Sorry for the late notice. I really wanted to go.

    September 5

  • Alexandra

    Hi! I am not 100% sure what I'll be bringing, but some variation of a Kale Salad, probably. If I'm particularly late/ lazy, Ralphs has an awesome "Superfood Salad" with kale, blueberries, cranberries, and all sorts of awesomeness. If I'm up to it, I'll whip up something similar. Drink= Lemonade

    2 · September 4

  • Laura

    Sorry! I didn't realize this was adults only. Have fun!

    September 3

  • Adrienne

    A few spots have opened up for this event!

    September 3

  • Adrienne

    Who's ready for this Sunday?

    Couple things to note ~

    ***Arrive on time! House Cup Challenge starts as soon as you arrive***

    - Upon arrival visit the check-in Witch to fill out your release form, get sorted and sit with your houses. You will be given a task that you will need to collaborate on while you are eating lunch. - Please post here what savory potluck dish to share with the group (no desserts as these will be covered, enough to share with 20 people that can withstand picnic temperatures) so we don't have duplication

    - Please post what drink you are bringing to share with the group (large bottle or 6 pack)

    - Wear comfortable clothes & shoes - Bring sunblock, hat, sunglasses, etc. - Bring a chair or blanket for sitting.

    4 · September 2

    • Heather N.

      I'm bringing apple and goat cheese crostinis with pumpkin spiced chai iced tea.

      4 · September 3

    • Michelle S.

      I have no idea. I think I said something like a shepherd's pie, but that's too heavy for a potluck. Maybe (spinach)mac & cheese? It's amazing and you can pretend it's healthy.

      1 · September 3

  • Margie

    Hi Ann, it's Hispanic-style with green chiles, poblano peppers and a couple of types of cheeses. =)

    1 · September 3

    • Ann-Laurel N.

      Thanks Margie. Just wanted to make sure it's different from my dish.I look forward to meeting you soon!

      September 3

  • Ann-Laurel N.

    I am going to bring "Thestral food"...known to juggles as cowboy caviar. Good for vegetarians too! :) For the drinks...maybe green tea...or coke.

    September 3

  • Adrienne

    Just a couple more spots available!

    1 · August 28

  • Adrienne

    Hello Waitlisted Wizards ~

    Be sure to pay your membership dues to secure you place, once you do I will move you up to confirmed :)

    August 25

    • Heather

      All paid up, thanks!

      August 25

  • Margie

    Hi guys, I tried to RSVP, pay the dues, and it says I'm on the waitlist. Sorry, not sure if I did it correctly? This will be the first time I'm attending a meetup. Thank you!

    August 19

    • Adrienne

      Hi Margie ~ I moved you to the confirmed list :)

      August 19

    • Margie

      Yay! Cool! Thanks, Adrienne!

      August 19

  • Adrienne

    9 more spots!

    August 19

  • Adrienne

    A few of you have yet to pay your $5 membership dues to secure your spot. Thanks!

    August 18

    • Otto R.

      I just paid right now. Don't know how long it takes to show up. Thanks :)

      August 18

    • Adrienne

      ok thanks!

      August 18

  • Adrienne

    12 spots left for this event! Keep in mind that guests will need join, pay their dues and RSVP on their own. We can only have a maximum of 50 people for our permit so make sure any interested Muggles join the LADA and RSVP today.

    August 18

    • Heather N.

      I've clicked the pay dues link. It keeps telling me there's a problem and try again later. I've been trying for an hour.

      August 18

    • Adrienne

      weird, just paypal $5 to [masked] and I will manually add it to your profile

      August 18

  • Adrienne

    Just a reminder ~ To attend this event, you must pay your $5 July to December membership dues online (look for link to the left of this page called "membership dues"). Not only does Meetup.com charge us fees every January and July, many events cost galleons to produce including this picnic (permit, games, materials, etc). Many events (as you know) we don't require membership fees to attend if the cost/effort is minimal but for special events like this we do.

    Here is a list of people that still need to pay their dues to secure their spot:

    Aly
    Liz
    Christina
    Sara
    Lauren Mandel
    Jessie
    Michelle
    Gordon
    Derick
    Shirley

    Thanks!

    August 6

  • Alexandra

    I am new to the group, and excited to participate in this event! :)

    5 · August 7

  • Sara

    I can't wait! I miss you guys so much!

    1 · August 6

  • Marie T.

    Will there be Quidditch? Sounds like fun!

    1 · August 5

    • Adrienne

      We did Quidditch at our last picnic. Many didnt want to play for fear of injury which is totally understandable but we have some other magical things planned

      2 · August 6

    • AMonster de S.

      Yeah I'm fat... No quidditch is gooooooood

      3 · August 6

  • Adrienne

    Glad to see a lot of new faces! Don't forget to pay your $5 membership fees for the July to December period to secure your spot.

    August 5

    • Melanie

      I guess it should be noted that you can't pay on the app, only the website, which explains why I couldn't find the link :/

      2 · August 6

    • Adrienne

      Doesn't surprise me, the Meetup app is horrible

      1 · August 6

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