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Friday, April 28
 

16:00

Yoga: A Science of Humanity
A discussion and workshop on the physical, mental, and social benefits of Yoga. Come learn how this ancient practice can foster positive change in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Thad Bogert

Thad Bogert

I believe that yoga can be powerful tool for well being and transformation and am committed to sharing yoga wherever possible. | | In addition to teaching a yoga class at ABC Yoga in South Lyon, I also teach yoga to students with special needs in South Lyon schools and am st... Read More →


16:00

Career Building Workshop: Kick-Off Session!
This is the first (and only required) session to participate in the Career Building workshop. Bring your resume and one or more recent cover letters. Our volunteers will help you edit them to show off your best, and provide typesetting assistance. This session is required in order to participate in mock interviews and wrap-up sessions. Participants should be ready BEFORE Penguicon with a resume or CV and cover letter, as well as two examples of the type of job listings they would typically respond to. You'll also want to bring a set of grown-up business clothes to set up a time for mock interviews later in the convention. Overleaf has agreed to sponsor by providing three-month Pro accounts for all participants.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


17:00

Engineered Self Defense
This session will focus on preventative measures as well as last resort measures in scenarios that deal with an armed or unarmed aggressor.

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D

Derek

Whose Geek Are You Anyway | Everyone gets to join in for Whose Line Is It Anyway hijinks! Participation is not only actively encouraged, but generally required for the full level of fun. Audience suggestions are also encouraged, from a Superman/Wonderwoman/Lex Luthor love triangl... Read More →


18:00

Muscle Testing: Human Lie Detection and More
Come learn how to use the energy and impulses of your own body to tell if something is good for you or not. This technique can also be used fairly accurately to tell if someone is lying about something. This can be a great tool for anyone with kids or teenagers. Audience participation welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel

Daniel

Muscle Testing: Human Lie Detection and More | Come learn how to use the energy and impulses of your own body to tell if something is good for you or not. This technique can also be used fairly accurately to tell if someone is lying about something. This can be a great tool for a... Read More →
AL

Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


18:00

Gender Non-Conformist Round Table
This session will provide a safe space for gender non-conformists and allies to get together and discuss their gender nonconformity and how it affects their lives.

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19:00

Decentralized Organizing
Groups like Occupy in the US and Podemos in Spain have created large-scale movements without a traditional, top-down leadership structure. But are they successful? (Spoiler: yes, just in unexpected ways.) These leaderless -- or more accurately leaderful -- movements have been able to grow quickly and create large-scale action without needing grants or full time staff. How'd they do that? Come learn techniques you can use, and how they can be applied within the free/open software community.

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19:00

How to Determine What to Focus On
Have too many neglected projects? How about that to-do list? Learn how to find what's essential for you to do and how to focus on it to get things done!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.


20:00

Poly Perks
Poly-we don't have time for sex we have to talk about it-amory. Poly-no really, what are we having for dinner-amory. Poly-there are four people living in this house why is the trash still full-amory. There are a lot of things that NEED to be talked about for practical polyamory... But this panel isn't about those. This is about all the fun times to be had with non-monogamy. Come share your favorite moments, or just listen to ours!

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Duckman Peters

Mitch Duckman Peters

Well, I'm the Duckman, I'm a kinky bastard,a professional pirate, and the longest running admin at the SCP Foundation. I'm super open about all things, pansexual, polyamorous, and curious about how people interact.


21:00

Duck Tales, Whoo-Hoo!
Everyone's favorite fowl weather poly-cule are here to talk about... well, everything! Geek social skills, renaissance faires, consent culture, and all the other fantastic fun topics they've become known for over the years.

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Duckman Peters

Mitch Duckman Peters

Well, I'm the Duckman, I'm a kinky bastard,a professional pirate, and the longest running admin at the SCP Foundation. I'm super open about all things, pansexual, polyamorous, and curious about how people interact.


21:00

LGBTQ* Alphabet Soup!
Ever wonder what demisexual means? What gender fluid means? Ever wonder if pansexual means attracted to pans?? Well then this is the panel for you! Come learn common and some not so common LGBTQ* terms and definitions. There will also be a Q&A session for you to ask any question you like.

Speakers
avatar for Alison C.

Alison C.

Autistic ambigender anxious alliterative ailuromorph. | My favourite colour is blue. My pronouns are they/them or she/her. I like smart home technology, vegetarian cooking, and electronic music.
avatar for cassinator

cassinator

I'm the Conchair for 2018. I love Penguicon. I like Anime and Programming. I also tend to wear panda hats, so look out for that :P
avatar for Kelly Vanderwell

Kelly Vanderwell

I love knitting, crochet, yarn (anything....), jewelry making and I do a bit of sewing and cross stitch. Beyond crafts, I hoard yarn (oops, thats crafts), have an odd sense of humor, am LGBT (asexual and agender), love cats, dogs, and penguins, and my favorite color is purple.


22:00

Live Podcast: Getting Drunk with Shannon and Maggie
Shannon and Maggie are best friends who make a ruckus by drinking, overeating, and talking about life. They will take live questions from audience members while sharing stories and generally being ridiculous. This is their fifth year live recording at Penguicon.

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SM

Shannon Marshall

Taking over the world one party at a time! Be my Fan! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Slumber-Parties-by-Shannon-M/391356530254


 
Saturday, April 29
 

08:00

Tux Run/Walk 2017
Come out for the first ever Tux Run/Walk! Get physically active and meet other attendees with similar interests!


08:00

Career Building Workshop: Mock Interviews! SIGN-UP REQUIRED!
Be interviewed for a hypothetical job by two or three real hiring managers, and receive feedback on your strengths and areas for improvement to help you boost your career. To participate, attend the Career Building Workshop: Kick Off Session! and sign up for an interview time. You will need to prepare before Penguicon with a resume or CV, cover letter, and two examples of job listings you would typically respond to. You'll also want to bring a set of grown-up business clothes to wear for your interview!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


09:00

Backpacking with a Hammock
This talk will discuss backpacking with a hammock and lightweight camping gear, and include a hands on gear demonstration.

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T

Timm

Backpacking with a Hammock


10:00

Dealing with the Paranormal
Come discuss the paranormal and learn ways of dealing with it and ridding yourself of it.

Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teac... Read More →


10:00

Panels/Presenters and AV Technology - Look and Sound Good!
This panel will discuss how presenters and panelists can best work with the AV gear they find in a typical breakout room, including microphone technique, connecting to projectors, anything you need to get your point across.

Speakers
SH

Scott Helmke

Systems & Projects, TC Furlong, Inc.
I've been working in professional audio on and off all my life, most recently for an audio production and design company in Chicago.


11:00

Avoiding Burnout as a Busy Person / Activist
Feeling like you're constantly on the go and never able to slow down? Juggling too many activities and unable to prioritize or say no? Trying to balance work, social life, activism, and your health and always coming up short? Let's talk about how to cope and not flame out! This is a marathon, not a sprint. We'll talk about time management, self-care, saying no when needed, tools, and best practices to avoid burnout and still be effective.

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11:00

The Key to Time Management
Can't get done what you want to get done? Have lists of shows, books, and movies you want to watch? Not sure where to start first? Come find focus to get it all done!

Speakers
avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.
avatar for Hillary Rettig

Hillary Rettig

writer, teacher, coach, Infinite Art
As me about productivity (especially creative productivity), and overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, and other blocks to success. Also, values-based time management. And social justice! Also: veganism, foster parenting, being a living kidney donor, and dogs. | | The c... Read More →


11:00

Leading Questions Live
Do you have leadership questions? Do you wonder how to become a leader or how to improve your leadership skills in general? Join the Leading Questions Podcast team as they answer your queries and explain how to employ coaching and mentorship techniques to improve your work and life. This session will be audio-recorded and posted as a live version of the Leading Questions podcast at a later date.

Speakers
avatar for Jer Lance

Jer Lance

Board of Directors, Penguicon
Long-term (former) sucker^H^H^H^H^H^H Staffer and ConCom member. | Also, someone who finds himself far more amusing than he probably is. | @jer_ on Twitter and foul-mouthed chuckle-head around con!


12:00

Cryptozoology of the Great Lakes
Come discuss Bigfoot, Dogman, Lake monsters, Nain Rouge and more.

Speakers
SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teac... Read More →


12:00

Foster Care and Adoption
Have room in your home and love in your heart? Consider opening your home to a foster child in need! All types of foster and adoptive families are needed. Learn more about what it takes to be a foster and adoptive parent from a family that has adopted from Michigan's foster care system.

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12:00

Furries!
Find out all about your fabulous fuzzy furry friends: anthropomorphic characters, art, and costumes!

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GF

Gnora Ford-Lepthien

Graphic Designer, Legged Fish


12:00

LGBTQ Identities
This facilitated group discussion will encourage panelists and participants to learn from one another by discussing their sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe, affirming space.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



12:00

Sustainable Living & Suburban Farming
Talk about DIY plans for feeders and watering systems for poultry and sources for free plans for chicken coops and local laws to keep your suburban farm legal.

Speakers
avatar for Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Stacy Louis/Saltygirl

Owner, Louis Cosulting


12:00

CANCELLED Copyright 101
Are you interested in the legal side of Copyright? Come speak with a real lawyer to get a crash course on copyright law!

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13:00

The Open Soda Guy Tells You to Stop Drinking Pop
Bill Putt (one of the founders of Open Soda) discusses his weight loss journey. He was pushing the scales at 400 pounds and is an extremely picky eater. He will talk about what inspired him, things he learned on the way, challenges of losing weight as a super taster, and simple ideas that made big impact. He will attempt to inspire all who come hear him talk to make changes to their life as well.

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avatar for Blasted Bill Putt

Blasted Bill Putt

Tech, Network Services Group


13:00

Critical Analysis: How to Make Fruitful Discussion
Are you the type of person who likes to watch movies, read books, or listen to music? Do you like to discuss your recent media with friends, coworkers, or strangers? Do you hate short answers and want to really talk about why you feel the way you do, and have them reciprocate? Then this panel is for you! Come listen to me talk about how to talk about popular media in a way that engages, or at least starts discussion instead of arguing.


13:00

The End of the World as We Know it
Join us to learn how to prepare for disaster large or small. What preparations do you need to make? What tools should you buy? What skills will you need? How will you save your family?

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13:00

Navigating a Career in IT
Is your career stalled? Not sure what to do next or maybe you do but you're not sure how to get there? Let's explore some career transition techniques and navigation strategies. Come with your dreams and aspirations and lets explore the possibilities.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Haynes

Mark Haynes

Scrum Master, Quadrant 4 System Corporation
DJ

Douglas Johnson

QA Test Lead, University of Cincinnati IT
Master in Computer Information Systems and Aeronautical Management. QA Test Lead at University of Cincinnati IT. Adjunct Instructor for computer classes for 10. Helped run a Science Fiction Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio for 16 years. When my son is asked what I do he says I... Read More →


14:00

Exploring the World of Ethical Non-Monogamy
This panel presentation will provide an introduction to consensual non-monogamy in its many forms, as well as providing resources for those who identify as non- monogamous and those wanting to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



14:00

JAC3D G33K Fitness Boot Camp
A heart pumping, high adrenaline full body training experience designed to trim and sculpt you for the hot months ahead. Includes strength training using various options including body weight, resistance bands to the keep the body guessing along with cardio intervals to maximize calories burned. This training session will also be accompanied by some of the greatest video game and nerdcore music.

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14:00

Joyful Productivity: Overcoming Procrastination and Perfectionism
Inspiration exists, and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Underproductivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a. "flow") is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, we'll delve deep into the heart of under-productivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we'll discuss solutions -- lots of them -- that you can start using immediately to boost your productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for all writers, artists, academics, activists, and anyone else seeking to get more joyfully productive.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Rettig

Hillary Rettig

writer, teacher, coach, Infinite Art
As me about productivity (especially creative productivity), and overcoming procrastination, perfectionism, and other blocks to success. Also, values-based time management. And social justice! Also: veganism, foster parenting, being a living kidney donor, and dogs. | | The c... Read More →


14:00

Hacking Love? 36 Questions To Create Lasting Connections
First devised years ago, this experiment entails pairing up with a partner, friend, or even complete stranger, and opening up to each other with 36 questions of varying intimacy. We'll be exploring if this technique actually works. Who knows? You might even find your soulmate in the process! Due to the potential romantic nature of the workshop, 18+ only.

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15:00

Impostor Syndrome: What it is and How to Handle it
Do you ever secretly worry that others will discover you're not intelligent? Like you're in a position where you don't belong or don't deserve to be? These could be signs of Impostor Syndrome, a condition that results in self-doubt and feeling a lack of importance. Impostor Syndrome is something that many of us face, but so few talk about or know how to navigate through. Our discussion will introduce you to the concepts of Impostor Syndrome, signs you may be facing it and practical steps you can take to overcome your self-doubt. You're amazing, and we want everyone to recognize this! Join us for this collaborative conversation.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Cline

Jennifer Cline

DETSW Marketing Lead, Grand Circus
avatar for Kimberly Driscoll

Kimberly Driscoll

Director of Education, Grand Circus Detroit LLC


16:00

Friendship at the Speed of Sound
This is a speed friending event where participants will pair up and get to know one another with the hopes of finding a Con Buddy. Questions to keep conversation going are provided.


17:00

Personal Mandalas for Fun and Relaxation
Come get your craft on as we create mandalas that represent ourselves. You can add sequins, glitter or sand to create a permanent piece of art, or draw a representation of a dark time in your life, then rip it up and destroy it. Mandalas can be therapeutic and a great way to express yourself! I will provide paper, markers, colored pencils, glue and a number of things to embellish your creation with.

Speakers
AL

Amie Lynn

Amie is the proud Mama of her almost 10 month old son, Michael. She has been active in the Sci-fi community since she was 18 and went to her first con (but grew up in a Treckie house, so has been a geek her entire life). She has been doing arts and crafts since she was old enough... Read More →


17:00

Let's Get Down to Bluesness
Have you always wanted to do partner dancing, but find keeping yourself within a set pattern constraining? Blues dance is an American idiom of partner dance that is freeform with limitless possibilities for creativity, including throwing out the partner bit and going solo. While blues dance gave rise to hip hop dancing, it also survives in modern culture as the awkward high school slow dance. Except real blues dance has more, well, pizzazz and a lot less awkwardness. No need for special shoes or a partner, comes as you are and we'll help you learn to groove.

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17:00

Queer Representation in Our Work
It's important to see ourselves in the media we consume. As a creator, how do we represent people different from ourselves? Join this panel of LGBTQIA people to learn how to make your work more diverse.


18:00

Where the &#% Are My...?
Wish the Accio spell actually worked? Learn how to organize your physical and digital life.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Conn

Toni Conn

Owner, Normal Not Found
I make pinback buttons for geeky businesses and organizations so that they can spoil and grow their community.


19:00

Ukulele 101
This will be an introductory class for ukulele. Ukulele is fun and easy to play! Come and learn the basic chords and a simple song because who can't have a good time strumming a ukulele!

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19:00

All About Tattoos
Interested in getting a tattoo? How does that even work? We are here to discuss the inking process including how to select an artist, the physical application and procedure, aftercare and safety, and general Q & A concerning tattoos.

19:00

Lessons Learned From First-Time Event Organizing
The presenter just put on the first event in an ongoing series, organizing a community potluck that funds grants for local projects (named SOUP). Come learn from the presenter's experiences as a first-time public event organizer: what it took to find other organizers, plan the event, keep the momentum going, market it, execute it, and what to do and not do. Come share your experiences too!

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19:00

The Tale of Detroit's Own Nain Rouge
Come hear the story of Detroit's most infamous imp, the Nain Rouge

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SN

Shetan Noir

Apocalypse Theatre
Shetan Noir is a published author and has had several articles published in Circle Sanctuary magazine. Shetan is a Belly Dancer, she has performed and taught belly dance for over 12 yrs. | | Shetan is also a workshop presenter, Hoodoo and Folk Magic practitioner. She teac... Read More →


20:00

Ada Palmer Talks About Weird Things in European History
Why are Saint Thomas Aquinas's bones purple? How did cantaloupe contribute to the French Revolution? Why did the Duke of Ferrara used to walk around his domain buck naked? Ada Palmer tells bizarre stories about real incidents in European History far too implausible to be believed in fiction, and answers your history questions about anything from how the Inquisition really worked to Machiavelli's sex advice for corrupt priests.

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avatar for ada palmer

ada palmer

Guest of Honor
Historian. Author. Composer. Teacher. Blogger. Ada Palmer does considerable research on everything media, from historical texts to anime and manga. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels, and composes music in the same genres. Ada teaches in the History Department o... Read More →


20:00

Homelessness: Where Do We Go From Here?
From the team that brought you Ethical Dating...A panel that talks about the struggle of survival and how to break that cycle. Topics will include assistance, aid, and the problems that arise.



20:00

Poly Meet-Up
Are you polyamorous or maybe curious about what it's all about? Come to this meet-up for some relaxed chat with like-minded folk. We'll talk about poly and other stuff too.

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22:00

Queer: Identity, Sexuality & Beyond
Queer can mean so many things to so many different people. Come listen to our queer-identified panelists share their stories and discuss your identity in a safe, affirming space.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Licensed Clinical Therapist
Jennifer Schwartz is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked as a therapist specializing in serving the LGBTQ community, and specifically people living with HIV/AIDS, for the past five years. Additionally, Jennifer is a speaker, group facilitator, educator, and advocate... Read More →



 
Sunday, April 30
 

11:00

Cancelled Reality Compression: Carrying a Toolset Designed for Electronics on Your Back
This talk will show you that a largeish backpack can carry a LOT of useful stuff.

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11:00

Career Building Workshop: Wrap Up Session
Come close out the Career Building Workshop at this group session if you attended the Kick Off and Mock Interview sessions earlier in the weekend!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Atwood

Mark Atwood

Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
I'm the Director of Open Source Engagement at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and am involved with HPE's relationship with OpenSwitch, OpenStack, the Linux Foundation, and other open source conferences and meetups.
avatar for Susan Sons

Susan Sons

Interests: Infosec, software engineering, infrastructure tech (ICS/SCADA, infrastructure software), OSS, martial arts, strength training, search and rescue, startups (interested in advising, not becoming a founder or employee at this time), swing dancing, scientific CI, boardgame... Read More →


11:00

Getting Into Photography
Join us for a discussion about the gear, skills, and issues involved in getting started as an amateur photographer.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology
SH

Scott Helmke

Systems & Projects, TC Furlong, Inc.
I've been working in professional audio on and off all my life, most recently for an audio production and design company in Chicago.


12:00

CANCELLED How to Approach People Whose Orientation and/or Gender You Don't Know
What do you say to make wonderful friends? How can you make sure to avoid giving offense? It's easier than you might think. Some suggestions and some rules will help you be more confident. (This is not Trans* 101, but we will have a little basic info at the beginning.)

12:00

How to Collaborate with Friends and Not Kill Each Other
Your friends are so creative! It would be awesome to get together and make something cool. But everyone has annoying quirks and weird habits. How do we collaborate with friends and maintain our friendships? How do we become better collaborators ourselves?


12:00

Sinister Pride
This is NOT about being evil -- though we do wonder why Sinestro is right-handed. It's about the 10% of us who were "born that way," going in our own direction. Are we a tolerated minority, or do we face quiet discrimination? Come stand up for your lefts! "Dexter" allies also welcome.

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JB

John Belden

Writer and editor with The Eagle, Indy's LGBTQ-focused newspaper and blogger at PlaysWithJohnAndWendy.com, focused on the games we play and the stage plays we see.


13:00

Backcountry Camping
Discover the freedom of hiking and camping away from campgrounds and modern conveniences. You'll see the gear and skills you need to make your trip enjoyable.

Speakers
avatar for Clay Dowling

Clay Dowling

Journeyman Developer, Pillar Technology


15:00

Tell Us About Your Tattoo!
Ever wonder what stories lie behind people's tattoos? How they chose them? Or why they put them on certain places on their bodies?

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