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Goodbye July, Hello August

August has come and the dog days of summer are upon us.  Things got a bit hectic here, leaving me with only an hour or so to do work on the website.  So many great events, you make it hard for a girl to catch up.  Regardless, our calendar has been updated and you will find many events added for this August.

Los Angeles/Orange County:

  • August 2nd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st:  Silver Fox Bar Meet (21+ only) 
  • August 23rd: La Habra Furry Bowl
    Please note that as of August, Coony is no longer running this meet as he has moved out of state.  This event is now run by Angel Rivas

San Diego Area

Inland Empire

I cannot even say that this is all of what is in store for August. If I learn of any events that arent already listed, Ill be putting them up ASAP. If you wish to list your event with us, by all means, contact us.

Post Califur Report

Fursuiters giving hugs in the Tuscany Ballroom during Califur. Photo by Yasha

Zarafa giving hugs while gathering in the Tuscany Ballroom. Photo courtesy of Yasha.

We’re back home after a wonderful weekend in Irvine, having attended Califur. We were there from Thursday and enjoyed many things throughout the weekend. We found no shortage of socialization in the Irvine Marriott’s brand new lobby. Stego and I reconnected with old friends and made lots of new ones.

We even reached out to some local furries that are just discovering fandom, but did not necessarily know all the places that they might connect with others in the area. Did not have business cards but I was on point for providing a social experience. On Saturday, I managed to catch the fursuit parade. I’m only sad that my camera decided to crap out on me, so most of my weekend photos came out real blurry. We had our two panels on Saturday and Sunday, which had a decent turnout. It has given me lots of insight and direction for Socalfurs.com (and the SoCal Furs Network). So, I hope to further my efforts into reaching out to all the local fuzzies, new and old.

Party ready fursuiters gathering for a picture. Photo by Toby Shepard

Ready to party. Photo courtesy of Toby Shepard

Now that suitcases are emptied and sleep has been gotten, its time to announce….

Our Mascot Design Contest Winner

Noah the Mountain Lion by Yeep

Yeep is the winner of the SoCalFurs Mascot Contest. Congratulations!

Oh man, this was not easy. We were overwhelmed by the entries submitted to us (through our FurAffinity page). Before con we did an initial elimination of our total entries and eventually pared it down to three. Our final judges were Megan Giles (As the creator of Tamerlaine, our female mascot), Rod O’Riley of the Prancing Skilltaire household (and having been in the fandom since the earliest of days), myself and and Vidwulf (thank you so much for stopping by. I know you were very busy.)

Final voting came down to a tie, so Summercat served as the tiebreaker. He couldn’t make up his mind so we did an impromptu vote by secret ballot by our panel attendees (in the future, I hope to have an improved contingency plan for when ties like this happen.).

Each of our three finalists received a ticket for the Califur GOH dinner (held in the classy Tuscany Ballroom), as well as a spot for the entry to be displayed in the convention’s artshow.  Yeep will receive the $100 grand prize.  Stego donated some lovely $25 gift cards for all 18 participants. Thanks to all for attending, and thanks to EVERYONE who entered.

SoCalFurs is now on Meetup

After seeing a few furry groups in our area using Meetup, we are trying it out ourselves. We think Meetup might be another way to discover and encourage furry events all around SoCal. Meetup is a website that seems to have great tools and allows people to RSVP to events, which can be great for some events who need to know how many are attending. So, if you use this site, please join our SoCalFurs group.

SoCalFurs Galleries

Yes, it has been a long time since we have updated our galleries. Trust me, we are long overdue. While our staff does occasionally bring a camera to local events, we dont always remember to break from our fun and actually take photos. Heehee!

We do have a backlog of photos to post for some events but we always could use more.  All submissions will be credited in the captions/descriptions, but we also accept photos that feature your watermark. So, if you have any photos that you wish to contribute, please contact us.


 

It seems that, after the passing of each year’s Califur, we consider it like a new year. This is where we set our goals and look towards future progress. As always, visit us on Twitter for real-time updates.

SoCalFurs Will Be At Califur

Yes, indeed. It sort of snuck up on us but Califur is just about here.  In two days (Yes, FurryNOM is cancelled on Friday) we will be immersed in informative panels, creative vendors and artists, fursuit tutorials, and stage performances. Time to pack the ears and tails, the soap (remember the 6-2-1 rule, kids), and sketchbooks as we leave for our awesome time tomorrow.

For those wanting to connect with the SocalFurs Network, there will be 2 panels hosted by some of our staff.  Summercat will be hosting an Events Roundtable on Saturday at 4:30pm in the  Marina Del Ray room. We want to encourage closer cooperation within our local community and this is just the place to do so.  The roundtable is a general meet and a place to bounce ideas off of us.

On Sunday, June 1st, we will announce the winner of our SoCalFurs Mascot Design Contest. Great artwork made this a tough decision but got our three finalists. This awards ceremony takes place in the Berkeley/Anaheim Room at noon.

Our contest finalists will also have artwork featured in our Artshow during the con. This big section of conspace is also great if you need to get ahold of us. Summercat will be manning his dealers’ table–Neon Phoenix Trading Company. Neon Phoenix sells many useful things for artists (sketchbooks, lanyards, badge clips, etc…) as well as sketches and furry related trinkets.

Given that this year is the first time I have NOT been on duty for any part of the con, this means Ill be alot more of a shutterbug and open to hang out. While Im still overdue to post FurBQ stuff, Im going to try and get some great pictures for a Califur 2014 gallery. From fans to fursuits, dont be camera-shy and say hello!

FurBQ is in 13 Days, Get Prepared

Spring has flown in, gracing us with clear skies and wonderful weather. The sun is out and the Santa Ana winds are picking up with a vengeance. May is definitely here and the SoCal FurBQ is less than 2 weeks away. We are planning what we can in regards to food and supplies.  This entry serves as our “start of the month” reminder, allowing you to have more information when planning your fun at our event. We ask that you read this all the way through, as it contains important food suggestions and safety information.

  • Fursuiting is encouraged but please note that we do not provide a changing area. From previous experience, it is possible that someone will bring an Easy Up structure for people to change with, but this is not a guarantee. If you have such a structure, feel free to let us know
  • All Four-legged attendees must be on a leash.
  • All parked vehicles must be completely inside a designated parking space: If you need to temporarily double-park to unload, please leave someone with the vehicle.
  • There is NO in-and-out privileges with your parking permit: Please arrange with friends to bring in additional items if you find you need something, or consider riding a bike to the store.
  • We stay from park opening until park closing. As always, Please Bring Trash Bags! As large as a group as we are, we would like to make sure that the MOOP (Matter Out Of Place, aka TRASH) is properly collected and disposed of, which will keep the park officials happy with us.

Food Suggestions and Info For FurBQ:

This is a potluck event so feel free to bring whatever foodstuffs that you wish to share with the group! Our picnic site has 1 large cooking grill, however you can bring your own grills. Variety is not a problem at our event, from hotdogs and hamburgers to deli or ethnic dishes. Vegetarian foods are always welcome! For last minute/”oops, I forgot X” grocery items, there is an Albertson’s Market on Chapman & Jamboree.

If you dont wish to bring a food item, there are plenty of other needed supplies that are an asset to our event. Such items include:

  • Trashbags (we pick up after ourselves and the more bags we have, the better).
  • Plates and cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Ice chests – bring your own from home or you may purchase a disposable one made from foam.

If you bring a cooler, please use a marker on the outside to designate if this is specifically for meats, general food items, or sodas. We advise that one should use separate coolers between food items and drink items. With respect to the communal coolers, we will be segregating these items. If you bring a cooler for your own personal food items, please keep it away from the main grilling area; please identify it as such with a marker or pen.

We do not mind you bringing your own grill. This is especially important if you wish to prepare food items that are seafood (fish, shrimp, etc..) or are items which contain peanut oil or nuts. We are trying to keep such things isolated to individuals for the sake of people with fish or nut allergies. Our grillmasters will be there to send such items away from the communal grills. This is because the oils stay on the grill even after your item finishes cooking and has been removed. Please keep this in mind.

With regards to condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc..), PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not bring mayonnaise outside of the single serving packets. Jar mayo out in the open, under the SoCal sun is just asking for food poisoning due to how fast mayo can spoil/go bad.

Grilling and Fire Safety at the FurBQ

The safety of our attendees is very important and we have designated 1-2 “Grillmasters” who will be running the grills and keeping people safe (look for people wearing our Yellow “Staff” shirts around the event).  The Designated Grillmasters run the grills. Period. End of story.

Do not try to throw things in the fire or you will be asked to leave. Plastic gives off a soup of poisonous fumes and soot when it burns, and Styrofoam is no better. You do not want to eat food that has been cooked in plastic soot. The residues clings to the steel of the grill and takes forever to burn away to safe levels.

The Grillmasters do not allow ANYTHING but charcoal to be put in the fire, (Sacrifices to the barbeque gods notwithstanding…) The Grillmasters will not tolerate pyros constantly trying to burn things, so nothing goes in the fire but charcoal. And keep your hands off the lighter fluid.

The Designated Grillmasters –and others s/he designates, along with other Event Staff, are the only ones allowed to put things in or on the grill. Period. If you want to put something on the grill, talk to the Grillmasters or another staff members to discuss this – do not assume you can start putting things on the grill.

There will be a safety zone around the grills to be kept clear at all times. Do not walk into this space or crowd around it, as you will upset the Grillmasters. Consider this fair warning. Nobody wants to see anyone get burned, or portions of them set on fire because the wind blows the wrong way and they are too close.

Fire safety on the grills is an overriding concern for the Grillmasters and the rest of the event staff. Please do not make this harder on them. The Southern California Furbeque has not had a fire related accident during the entire time that the event has been going on, and the Event Staff would like to keep it that way.

SoCalFurs Mascot Contest – There is Still Time

Around 2 months ago, we posted a fun artwork-based contest up on FurAffinity . However, we wanted to update you on a few things. So, here is the latest….

Since 2003, Tamerlaine has been alone as the sole mascot for Socalfurs. Let’s get her a companion, a guy to join her on adventures! The goal of this contest is to design a male mascot for Socalfurs – the entirety of the design is up to you, but the art resulting must be PG-13 or lower (We’ll be posting this in public.), and preferences will be given to animals native to and/or existing in Southern California.

Entries must be in by April 30th, with 3 Finalists chosen by May 15th. Finalists will be displayed in the Califur Art Show (Assuming there’s still space as I send off an email to buy it), with the final judging and announcement during Califur.

Rules:

  1. Art much be no more than PG rated. No nudity, visible genitalia, blood, gore.
  2. Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on April 30th, 2014. Entries after that time will be rejected.
  3. Finalists will be selected and announced by May 15th, and winner announced at event at Califur
  4. By entering a submission, you are granting Socalfurs license to post the image (with credit and a link back) to various social media websites (such as but not limited to Furaffnity, Weasyl) as well as Socalfurs.com, and if it is a finalist image, to be posted in the Califur Art Show during Califur (Pending discussions with Califur)
  5. Finalists and the Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by Socalfurs staffers
  6. Finalists will each receive a ticket to Califur’s GOH dinner, to be picked up at Califur.
  7. Contest Winner will receive $100, cash or Visa Gift Card.

Questions Asked and Answered!

Q: Can I submit more than one design?
A: No. One design per person or collaborative effort.

Q: Can I work with someone on my entry?
A: Yes, although how the potential prizes get split are up to you guys. No doubling of prizes ;)

Q: Can I submit multiple images of the same design?
A: Yes, that would be encouraged!

Q: Where can I submit entries if I don’t have a FA/Weaysl/Facebook page?
A: Please email your submission to me. Please indicate some sort of page where your work can be found, for credit and attribution.

Q: The prizes seem Califur-centric, what happens if I don’t go?
A: You can still enter the contest! If you don’t have plans on attending, please let me know and designate someone for your prize to go to.