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The Biggest Announcement Yet

I hope these fantastic stills have caught your eye and the current members of the HPC are reading this post thoroughly.

There is to be a VERY IMPORTANT meeting at the usual time and place tomorrow. Your points will see fruition. That is all I will say on the subject. If you do not want all of your hard work to count for nothing, then please attend the meeting tomorrow where the secret will be finally revealed.

See you then.

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Bake Sale Reminder

Here is the info we discussed at the meeting today. Don’t forget to bring posters and one Wizard item to wear!

Set-up (Leave class at 12:00, meet in front of Rohne’s room)

  • Sarah
  • Sophia
  • Chelsea
  • Concetta
  • Maria
  • Kendra
Sophia is also down for a large fluorescent poster, Wrock CD and boombox
Money: Anne, Kendra
Food: Dana, Maria, Sarah, Gryphon
“Gatherer”: Nathan
Accountant: Chelsea
“Gophers”: Chris, Tom
The bake sale will end at around 1pm. All are to help with the tidying up. Food items should be stored in one of the co-founders’ lockers if you cannot get out of class early.
Gryphon is also down for napkins, plates and jar of change.
PLEASE BRING ANY MONEY BOXES IF YOU HAVE SUCH A THING, OR EVEN A LARGE TACKLE BOX
Don’t forget to bring change for the moneybox.
We especially need bills of $10 and $5.
YOU WILL RECEIVE A POINT IF YOU TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR CONFIRMED BAKE SALE FOOD ITEM AND SEND IT TO GRANTPARKSBESTCLUB@GMAIL.COM BY 11PM TONIGHT.
I’m excited, you’re excited. Let’s get our first club fundraiser underway for donations to the HP Alliance, food for our first movie event, prizes for points and bigger and better fundraisers!

Bake Sale Info – Mark it so you don’t forget!

Long time no post! Chelsea and I will be busy all weekend but we will try to find time to answer any questions you may have about the bake sale in the comments of this post or the forum.

This is the ~permanent~ list which you are forever bound to. You may ADD to the list, ADD to the quantity, or SUBSTITUTE your entry with something of equal or greater value but other than that, we need to hold you to this.

THE BAKE SALE IS WEDNESDAY OF THIS WEEK – MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDARS!

  • Kendra – Chocolate Zucchini Loaf 8-10 servings/loaf – $1
  • Hilary – Cauldron Cakes ~24 cakes – $.75
  • Maria – Cookies ~30 cookies – $.50
  • Siobhan – Licorice Wands (A lot) – $.10 or free with purchases of three items or more
  • Concetta – Pumpkin Pasties ~30 pasties – $.50
  • Jakub – Banana Muffins ~24 muffins – $.50
  • Sarah – Face Cakes ~30 cakes – $1
  • Gryphon – Chocolate Tarts ~12 tarts – $1
  • Sophia – Rock Cakes ~30 cakes – $.75
Also, the following people are registered for the following things:
Sophia – Wizard Rock CD and boombox
Gryphon – Napkins
Chelsea – Plates
If there is anything else you think we’d need at the bake sale (wizard hats, etc.) then please comment with what you can bring and be sure to bring it the day of the bake sale.
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BAKE SALE POSTERS
As always, we are giving away points for the making of posters. Here’s what we need on the poster:
  • Make sure the words “Bake Sale” is large and visible
  • The date and time (October 26th, Wednesday, Lunch Hour/Noon/Whatever implies that) is visible
  • Harry Potter Club needs to be mentioned, or at least implied through doodles, whatever
  • Make the posters big and attractive. The better the poster, the more points you receive
PLEASE BRING IN YOUR CREATED POSTERS TO THE TUESDAY MEETING. DO NOT FORGET OR ELSE YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE POINTS UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS ARE PRE-DISCUSSED WITH THE CO-FOUNDERS.
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MONEYBOX
To have a bake sale, we need change. Make sure you bring in some change and bills on the day of the bake sale. Tens, fives, toonies, loonies, quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies are all accepted. Proportions of these amounts is common sense.
We will have a sheet on that day. Show us the amount you are depositing into the moneybox and sign the amount donated beside your name. After the bake sale, the money will be returned to you.
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ROLES AT THE BAKE SALE
Obviously, you don’t have to be at the bake sale. In fact, we really don’t need twenty of you showing up and crowding the table. However, we do need some people to fill important positions.
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THE SETUP – The bake sale needs to be up and running by the time the lunch bell rings because we don’t want the rush to all escape to the mall before we have a chance to get everything laid out. If you have a spare or some unimportant class which you can get out of fifteen minutes early by saying you have to set up for the club bake sale, please help us out. I have Advanced History that day, and a test and there is a good chance that I would not finish before the bell. (I’m leaning on our younger grades for this!) Please let us know ASAP if you can perform this task: this includes setting out tables, prepping the moneybox, unpackaging and laying out food in an organized manner, setting out the price labels, etc.
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THE MONEY HANDLER – You can’t handle the food if you’re touching money. I will probably do this but I might need some help. This includes taking in money, finding change, and everything associated with money. They will need to be familiar with item prices.
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FOOD HANDLERS – We need several people to don gloves and pass out the food. I mean, I’m kind of expecting people to just take it themselves but maybe it’s out of their reach. Also, food handlers are in charge of telling the money people what the person ordered so the correct amount can be accounted for.
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CROWD DRAWER/EXPLAINER – An optional role reserved for someone willing to wear a costume or hold the boombox and hoist a poster next to the table. This is partly for attracting the crowd but also for answering questions, such as if a price label disappears and someone asks for the price of an item or for people asking questions about the club.
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WEDNESDAY, DON’T FORGET!
We would love it if you brought more food, or came up with more varieties to bring to the bake sale. Meanwhile, get working on those posters. If enough are received, we will award the best one with TEN POINTS. We’re looking for big, bright and nothing TOO Harry-Potter related. I mean, we don’t want to scare anyone away. (So no movie pictures or anything of the sort. Vague lightning bolts are okay.)
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Our meeting is on Tuesday. We will be making price labels and working on last minute details. I am really excited for our first fundraiser ever because it means that we’re going somewhere as a club. It will hopefully expand to something larger, such as the establishment of a quidditch league. See you Tuesday!

This Week’s Meetings

Wednesday, Sept. 28th

Friday, Sept. 30th

See you at lunch!

And the winner is…

Eliza!

Congratulations, you won the Mysterious Prize Pack Draw!

(The draw was conducted fairly by entering names into random.org – multiple times based on the number of tickets you held)

Your Honeydukes package will be given to you shortly.

To all entrants, I’m glad you had a good time last year and are back this year for more. Start collecting those points again because this year, more redemption options are coming. Suggestions for possible prizes you guys would like can be sent to our gmail. Thanks again!

Just a note about the forums

You guys do know that there are other boards, right.

 

I mean, they haven’t got an invisibility cloak or anything.

Opening Year Wrock

Sorry. For all of you who enjoyed my somewhat daily Wrock posts in the past, I have been too lazy to put one up. Since we are now embarking on the two chapters of Philosopher’s Stone, I felt like I should choose a relevant song to share. I might always post Wrock songs from now on which are relevant to the chapters the club is reading.

For those of you who are new, I am somewhat of a Wrock fan – not hardcore, but I know a few bands. My absolute favorite band is Ministry of Magic, so you will probably be seeing their songs a lot. For those of you who are not so immersed in the Harry Potter fandom, Wrock stands for Wizard Rock which is basically rock/pop/electronica music…about Harry Potter. Youtube it, Wrock is great and awesome. Chelsea and I started a Wrock band in grade seven which has been dormant for four years.

Here’s how my Wrock posts work: I post a bit about the song, usually personal and probably not interesting. I embed the YouTube video so you can preview it within your browser, then you can download the song by right-clicking the download link as selecting “save link as” or “save target as”.

Today, I have an oldie but a goodie. Harry and the Potters, you guys. A little bit of Harry Potter education, Harry and the Potters are the gods of Wrock. They created Wrock. They are true pioneers of Wrock music, which probably explains the crappy quality of their songs as opposed to more professionally produced Wrock bands you see today. This is all part of what makes them awesome; people who just decided to put time and effort into writing songs about Harry Potter, recording albums and putting them out there. I’m not even beginning to touch on the incredible things they’ve done with the Harry Potter Alliance. TL;DR? They set the Wizard Rock movement in motion.

I am a Wizard – Harry and the Potters [Download]

 

Club Meeting Dates [Important]

After consulting the chart and taking everybody’s schedules into consideration, we have decided that the fairest way to decide the meeting dates is to change them from week to week. If you cannot make it to a meeting one week, it’s not a big deal and the day will change for the next meeting.

This system requires work on your part to frequently check the website for these meeting announcements. We will try to update the bulletin board outside of room 3 with the meeting date every week but sometimes, we may forget. But we will always post the meeting dates on the blog as soon as possible.

NEXT WEEK’S MEETING DATES ARE AS FOLLOWS: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST. All meetings begin at 12:25. 

For the next meeting, please make sure you’ve read chapters 1 and 2 of Philosopher’s Stone. Until then, please start using the forum for pre-discussion on the chapters and post some topics/questions you have of the chapter that you would like to discuss at the meeting.

The HPC Forum is now open to all!

We will be using this forum to communicate between meetings and discuss chapters.

As you can see, a link has been added to the sidebar of the blog and you can also go to it from this link. Remember to bookmark it.

You can earn up to three points right now by doing the following things!

  • Register for the blog. Enter a valid email – you will need it to verify your account. (Please do not choose the option to link a social networking account. We will need you to register an actual account so we can edit your various member statuses.) By doing this, you will receive 1 point.
  • Verify your blog through your email. Easy enough. +1 point.
  • You will not get to claim your 3 points until you make a new thread in the Welcome to The HPC board. Read the sticky first! (+1 point)

Being active on the forums and helping us to improve it will also earn your points.

Go  now go now floo powder power!

Butterbeer Cake Recipe

I once saw this and now, I just came across it again so since I haven’t made a post on this blog in a while, I thought I would share. The below content is from HERE.

For the cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butterscotch topping (I used Smucker’s)
  • 1/2 cup cream soda
  • Extra butterscotch topping, for decorating

For the buttercream frosting (makes enough to cover two 6″ cakes, with a layer of frosting in between cake layers):

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch topping
  • 1 Tbsp cream soda
  • 1 lb powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 6″ or 8″ pans with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars.
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, milk, butterscotch topping, and cream soda.
  • Add the dry ingredients half at a time, beating until smooth.
  • Pour into the prepared pans. For 6″ cakes, bake 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (You may need to adjust the baking time for 8″ cakes.) Cool completely before frosting.
  • To make the frosting, beat together the butter, butterscotch topping, and cream soda. Add in the sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Decorate the cake as desired.
  • Drizzle with the extra butterscotch topping – it really does add a little something extra!
Just a possible idea if you like baking or if you’re looking for a way to earn some bonus points. Try out this recipe and bring in to Harry Potter Club to share.