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Happy New Year, readers! We’ve waved farewell to 2013 so let’s ring in the new year with what’s in store for this month!

Wednesday, January 1: Third Place Gamers: Wednesday Evening Gameplay
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Thursday, January 2: West Seattle Boardgames: Thursday Night Boardgames
Bi-monthly gaming meetup (every other Thursday).

Friday, January 3: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Friday Gaming on Capitol Hill
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Monday, January 6: Treehouse Cafe Open Mic Science
From Treehouse Cafe: “Owls – Studies and observations on Bainbridge Island”, will be presented by Jamie Acker, physics and engineering teacher at Olympic High School and retired submarine officer. An Island resident, he has been studying the Island’s owl populations since 1995 and is the author of two published works as a citizen scientist concerning Barred Owls. Most of his observations center around Barred Owls and their apparent effects on other owl species, particularly the Western Screech-owl which has been extirpated from the Island. Since the fall of 2005, he has also run a banding station for Northern Saw-whet Owls, a small migratory owl whose population dynamics, particularly on the west coast, are not very well understood.”

Tuesday, January 7: The Seattle Alternative Boardgamers Meetup Group: Tuesday Night Boardgaming at the Raygun
Weekly tabletop gaming meetup.

Tuesday, January 7: West Seattle Boardgames: Co-op Game Night
Bi-monthly co-op gaming meetup (every other Tuesday). From the Meetup.com page: “Co-op games are where everybody is playing together as a team to survive a challenge or defeat a common enemy. Bring your own co-op games if you have them.”

Wednesday, January 8: January Teen Science Cafe, Exploring Mars: Past, Present, Future
From Pacific Science Center: “Recent discoveries may have us rethinking Mars as we know it. From orbiters, landers and rovers, we have uncovered eye-opening conditions of this dusty planet. Could agriculture be sustainable on Martian soil? Come discuss this and other incredible Mars discoveries at the January Teen Science Café, featuring University of Washington’s Erika Harnett, Ph.D.”

Saturday, January 11: Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Fantasy
From EMP Museum: “The festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts. The festival will showcase animated and live-action science fiction and fantasy films.”

Saturday, January 11: Seattle Astronomical Society Star Party
Monthly Star Party at Greenlake

Sunday, January 12: The Seattle Chess Meetup: Sunday Meetup at Seattle Center (The Armory)
Weekly chess meetup.

Monday, January 13: January Eastside Science Cafe, Searching for Life Around Red Dwarf Stars
From Pacific Science Center Website: “Planets orbiting red dwarf stars are likely to be the first that we study in the search for life beyond our Solar System. At the January Eastside Science Café, join UW’s Aomawa Shields to explore why these stars offer the best chance of finding habitable planets, and how a planet’s ability to support life is complicated by the unique properties of these stars.”

Tuesday, January 14: January Tacoma Science Cafe, Mosquitos: The Buzz Behind the Bite
From Pacific Science Center Website: “We all know mosquitoes can transmit diseases, but did you know there are over 3,000 different species of mosquito, and many differences in their habits and the diseases they transmit? Join the Washington Department of Health’s Liz Dykstra, Ph.D., B.C.E., to learn about mosquito biology, diversity and how something so small can can have such a large impact on our lives.”

Friday, January 17: Karen Russell at Town Hall Seattle
From Town Hall Website: “Named one of the National Book Foundation’s five best writers under age 35 and a MacArthur Genius Grantee, Russell is also the author of Swamplandia!, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Called a“wildly talented young author” by The New York Times, her latest collection of stories will leave readers hungry for more.”

Friday, January 17 – Sunday, January 29: RustyCon
From GeekWire Website: “Rustycon is the first Science Fiction and Fantasy convention of the New Year in the greater Seattle area. This convention has a focus on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming. After dark, many fen can be found enjoying the various night time events. Join us as we explore the alternate worlds of the human imagination.”

Thursday, January 30: Fremont Geek Meetup: Hang out with other Geeks in Fremont
General Fremont geek meetup.

Friday, January 31 – Sunday, February 2: Foolscap
From GeekWire website: “Foolscap is a small weekend conference where readers, writers, visual artists, and other people who love science fiction and fantasy meet, learn, talk to each other, and have a great time together. At Foolscap you can hobnob with people who share your viewpoint, participate in cool projects and events, and charge up your mental batteries with lots of stimulating ideas.”

What are you going to do to ring in the New Year?

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