Those of you who live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and who are looking for a good social opportunity should check out the University of Minnesota Twin Cities' own Manga Anime Society, an anime club that's been around for more than 10 years(!) and which is open to the public, students and non-students alike. The first meeting is coming up soon, this Thursday from 6:30pm-10:00pm in Tate Hall room 170, which is directly off of the Northrop Mall area and is close to many restaurants, multiple bus lines (the 2, 15, 60 and the Campus Connector stop there, in addition to some other less frequent bus lines) as well as some on-street meter parking and multiple parking garages.
The anime viewings and social nights will always be free and open to the public, but if you choose you can pay $6 to become a member, which gets you free food at social nights, a cool membership card (very collectable! I have a whole ton of them sitting around), and voting rights for the following semester's showings using the club's online submission/voting service, Votaku. And, unlike many other anime clubs, MAS shows full seasons of shows rather than selections of many shows, which helps to build a committed community and gets people to keep coming throughout the semester. Here are this semester's showings, a good variety of shows for viewers of various tastes:
6:30-7:00 Hakaba Kitaro
7:00-8:00 Mahou Shoujo Tai Arusu (Tweeny Witches)
8:00-9:00 Kimi ni Todoke
9:00-9:59 Macross Frontier
Many MAS members are also closely involved with Anime Detour, the Twin Cities' own anime convention, so if you're interested in getting more information on activities related to that part of the fandom there are plenty of people there who can help out.
Hope to see you there!