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Let's meet up and...have lunch!

  • Jul 11, 2014 · 11:30 AM
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Hey! Let's revitalize this wonderful group!

Let's meet in the little lunch area adjacent to the Global Kids Zone (little kids play area) in the Southwest corner of Midtown Global Market. Buy your lunch at one of the market's many vendors and then come find us.

My favorite vendors are Sonora Grill or Los Ocampo (both for Latin food) and Salty Tart (for sweets and sandwiches --premade--on house-baked bread). You can also buy pizza by the slice at Jakeenos, Burgers & fries at Andy's Garage, and a kids meal at El Burrito Mercado.

http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/dining-shopping

If you park in the covered Midtown Exchange parking ramp on 10th across the street from the market, you get two hours free parking with a purchase from any of the market's vendors.

Stay at home moms with kids in tow, working moms whose kids are at daycare or school, mamas to be, everyone welcome!

I'll have a tent sign on the table that says "MOMS" so you can find us easily.

Super casual, super informal, super affordable. Since we'll all be ordering our food individually there's no stress about dividing up the bill and people can cut out whenever they need to without worrying when the bill will arrive.


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  • Lori

    Hey, if you're still following this thread, I've got three meet-ups on the calendar: one for Como Zoo on a Sunday morning (not for this coming Sunday, but for a week from then), one for lunch at the play area of Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis (the first Monday in August), and on that is currently just a "suggested meet-up" (meaning, I need two more rvsp's to have it announced) at the Children's Museum for the first Sunday in August. "Suggested" meet-ups are a little hard to find as they don't show in "upcoming" meetups. Instead, you have to find them on "our calendar." Please check these events out. I'd love to see you all again. Or meet you, if we haven't yet connected! In the meantime, have a lovely weekend!

    July 18, 2014

  • Lori

    OK, I've suggested two meetups: one at Como Zoo and another at Midtown Global Market. Because they don't have 3 rvsp's yet, meet-up considers them "suggested meet-ups" instead of "upcoming meet-ups." However, even "suggested" meet-ups appear on the calendar, so please, everyone, go out to the calendar and find my "suggested" meet-ups on July 27 and August 4 and rsvp "yes" so that we get enough rvsp's to have them appear as "upcoming meet-ups" and have an email notification sent to the group members. If you rvsp "yes" but think you might not be able to come, just go ahead and say so in the comments... Hope to see you all soon! Thank you!

    July 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      The organizer of the group can set it so meetups can be made by anyone.. without it being a suggested meetup. It's just a setting.

      July 17, 2014

    • Lori

      Oh, I didn't know that! It's been awhile since I connected with Denise, but I'll mention that to her the next time I get a chance. Hopefully soon. :) Thanks for letting me know!

      July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sure. Would a monday work? I am off the first two mondays of august:)

    July 17, 2014

  • Lori

    I was also going to mention that my schedule has suddenly gone haywire and I don't know if I can attend a Midtown Global Market meet-up in August. Should I go ahead and schedule one anyway and the rest of you can show up?

    July 17, 2014

  • Lori

    For those of you who are following this thread, I've just suggested a meet-up at Como Zoo. Go check it out, please, and even if you aren't sure you can make it, please rvsp "yes" as I need 3 rsvp's before the meet-up software will announce the event to our 52 members. Please let me know in the comments if you rsvp "yes" but think you can't actually make it...

    July 17, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Just wondering if there is any interest in a meet up in the northern metro (Blaine, Andover, Coon Rapids. ). If so I would be happy to organize something.

    July 12, 2014

    • Lori

      That sounds a bit out of my driving comfort zone, so I'm probably realistically not going to be able to attend (though if I can, I will), but I'd say why not go ahead and schedule something and see what happens? You'll need 2 rsvp's (in addition to your own which makes 3) to have meet-up's software announce your by email to the group's entire membership, so why don't you let us know in this thread once you've scheduled something so we can scurry over there and say "yes"? just to get the ball rolling on your event? I'll bet there are more mamas in the North metro!

      July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would go up there but would need to be a Saturday:)

      July 13, 2014

  • Lori

    I'm so sorry you missed us Anneliese. We would have loved to have met up with you. We were definitely on the lookout for you and even attempted to flag down a woman with a stroller that we thought might be you.

    Anyway, we were in the Global Kidzone play area in the Southwest corner of the building. We had two tables pushed together out of about five in that area. and my little tent sign was on top of those two tables. We were pretty conspicuous. My guess is, however, is that if you arrived after 1pm, we were all gone. I personally needed to leave at 12:45pm. I'm so sorry you were disappointed, but I hope you at least stayed and got something good to eat and checked out the play area. I hope we can catch up with you next time!

    July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Moving on I must say that I eagerly look forward to any future gatherings you had suggested. Fortunately I'm very familiar with como and "childrens" is 5 minutes from us! I wish just the two of us could meet during the week or weekend, however I'm sure you work and have less free time than I seem to struggle with currently. I'll keep watching and I will just keep hoping to find everyone at the next venue. :)

      1 · July 12, 2014

    • Lori

      I have to say, scheduling is one of the most difficult things about coordinating play dates for moms with young children. Some kids (like mine) are early risers, some sleep late. Some are morning nappers, some (like mine) are afternoon nappers. Some still take two naps, some none at all. And then there's work schedules and swim lessons and the occasional flu bug and it's crazy-impossible. I think the best we can do is schedule multiple events, varying the times, locations, and days of the week so everyone finds some they can attend. Anneliese, since you are struggling with having a lot of free time on your hands, why don't you go ahead and try to organize another event?

      2 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great!!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Ladies. A couple of things I need to express and then I won't say anymore about today's experience. 1st- I got there after 1, probably too late, but that's the earliest I could make it with my schedule. 2nd- I've NEVER been there before and so I walked around the whole area a couple of times and never found a table with "MOMS" on it. At the same time I admit it was my fault for not insisting on a CELL phone number to reach someone to find out where in such a large place that the group was to begin with. However I called my husband once inside the building to let him know we made it safely and the signal cut out after about a minute. So who knows if a contact call to find the group would've even been possible? I apologize for venting about some of the things I should've anticipated but I can't begin to express how disappointing it is when you have NO social outlet on a weekly basis and end up not finding the group once arriving on site. Please forgive my frustration. :)

    July 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have had this happen to me before with different meetups. I think we should put start and stop times for meetups as ambiguous always seems to disappoint someone . Identifying people at a meetup has always been a tough problem too. Having a signature item after a couple meetups has worked in other groups I have been in (bright pink bracelets for example) but passing them out to people at a few meetups has to happen first. I'm sorry this happened to you, I have been there. Look forward to meeting u.

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to you all soon!

    July 11, 2014

  • Tracy P

    Had a great time. Thanks. And nice meeting you all.

    4 · July 11, 2014

  • Danielle H.

    Thanks for organizing this, Lori. It was very nice to meet everyone, and I am looking forward to future lunches!

    3 · July 11, 2014

  • Lori

    Thanks to all who joined us today. We had a great group of moms and kids! We discussed having a monthly gathering at Midtown Global Market from here on out. Also weekend visits to Como Zoo, and maybe the Childrens Museum (St. Paul) or Edinborough (Indoor) Park in Edina. I'll try to post a couple of dates on the calendar in the next week or so, so stay tuned. Because I’m not the organizer of this group, 3 people have to rsvp to the event before the meetup software will send an announcement to all of our members. If you see a date on the calendar without 3 rsvp's on it, please rvsp yes so it gets announced. You can say in the comments that you're just rvsp'ing to get the announcement rolling if you think you cannot attend. Don't forget: anyone can suggest a meet-up! You don't have to be the organizer of the group. (I'm not an owner! Just an ordinary member!) There's lots of great women in this group looking to meet-up with other moms!

    Thanks again! Hope to see you all soon!

    3 · July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We were not able to get out there today. Sorry to have missed it. Look forward to the next one.

    1 · July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now I can't go. :( I have an out of town interview next week so I don't want to miss baby girl's Friday swimming lesson this week. I was really looking forward to meeting everyone, I hope there is another meet up soon!

    Have a great time folks!

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Lori

      Good luck with your interview. I hate missing swim lessons, too!

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • karn s.

    Hi. I was hoping to come and meet folks but am a little crunched for time between events, so we likely will have to hold off until another time. Sounds fun though! Hope to meet folks another time.

    July 10, 2014

    • Lori

      I'm hoping we can do another event soon, so, stay tuned!

      1 · July 11, 2014

  • Kareena

    Sorry, I've been meaning to change my rsvp all week. I have a part time job & I will need to work tomorrow. Have fun & I would love to catch the next meetup. Thanks for organizing, Lori!

    July 10, 2014

    • Lori

      No worries, Kareena, we'll catch you next time hopefully!

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok ladies, sorry pregnancy brain and all. My little man doesn't get up till around 11. Therefore I won't be able to really arrive till 12:30 or more likely 1:00 for sure. Can't wait! See you all there.:)

    July 10, 2014

  • Lori

    I'm blown away by the number of people attending tomorrow! I hope there's room for us all! I'm sure we'll figure it out. :) I was hoping we could maybe devote a little time to discussing future meet-ups, too, so bring your calendars and ideas if that helps with the discussion at all! I really look forward to meeting all of you (and seeing some familiar faces, too, of course)!

    July 10, 2014

  • LaDonna

    Hi! I've been hoping something would be scheduled. Unfortunately, I work Monday through Friday and only have a short lunch break. I'll keep watching and will hope for an evening and/or weekend event to be set up soon so I can attend my first meetup!

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • Lori

      Hi LaDonna, see my reply to Jennifer above. I'm sure we can figure something out!

      July 10, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Would love to go but I am at work Monday - Friday. Would love a weekend meet up sometime if anyone else is interested.

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Lori

      I'm interested! And, it looks like LaDonna (who commented below a couple of days ago) is interested. I was thinking we could maybe discuss some ideas for future meet-ups over lunch tomorrow and, hopefully, after that, get some more dates on the calendar. I realize you can't join us for lunch tomorrow (bummer!), but if there's anything you'd like us to keep in mind for future weekend type meet-ups, let me know so we can keep it in mind during our discussion. Also, for the record, I think anyone who is a member can propose a meet-up, just as I have done. So, if nothing we come up with tomorrow works for you, there's no reason you can't suggest one that does work for you! Hopefully we'll meet you soon!

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will definitely try to attend, but it won't be at 11:30 for sure. I will try to make it at noon instead. Hope to meet some new faces! :)

    2 · July 5, 2014

    • Lori

      There's no concrete end time to this, so I'm sure there will be plenty of people for you to meet!

      July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you again Lori. I can't wait to meet you!

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • Danielle H.

    I am new to the group but would like to come--am looking forward to meeting you all.

    2 · July 6, 2014

    • Lori

      Welcome! I'm glad you can come!

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are a maybe, too. I am babysitting early that morning & the pick up time hasn't been concrete. Love eating there... So we will try hard for noon.

    2 · July 1, 2014

    • Lori

      Terrific! Hope you can make it!

      July 7, 2014

  • Nikki

    We will be a maybe for now, until the day gets a little closer. Sounds like a fun place to go for lunch. I have never eaten there, only walked around.

    2 · June 30, 2014

    • Lori

      Hi Nikki! We'd love to see you again. I hope it works out for you to come. Otherwise, we'll try to schedule something else soon.

      July 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have my class reunion that weekend but can make it at noon. Is this just for the mom's or the kids too?

    1 · June 26, 2014

    • Mary

      Sounds great -- 11:30 works better for me, as well. I'll be bringing my (not-yet-walking) 1 yr old, so she'll be with me in her stroller. Looking forward to meeting all of you on the 11th!

      2 · June 27, 2014

    • Lori

      I've changed the time. This is working out great!

      June 27, 2014

  • Lori changed the time from 12:00 PM to 11:30 AM

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This might be too close to nap time for my 18 month old but I'm going to accept to get it announced. I'd love to see this group get going. We will see if I am up for messing up her sleep for a day when it gets closer.

    2 · June 26, 2014

    • Lori

      Hi Michelle, thank you so much! What time is nap-time? I'm wondering if we can shift by a half hour one way or the other in order to be able to accommodate you? (Assuming that's okay with Mary who also RSVP'd!)

      June 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      She usually eats at 11:30 and naps around 1:00. I can mess with it some, but if we moved it up to 11:30 that would work great for us, even if her nap was in the car and finished on the driveway at home. (this happens to me a lot)

      1 · June 26, 2014

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