BEST GROUP TO WELCOME NEW TWIN CITIZENS (2001)
Twin Cities Transplants
If you've recently relocated to the Twin Cities, you may have noticed that the natives sometimes seem only slightly less frigid than the winters. Breaking into a social circle (especially ones in which everyone else seems to have known one another since preschool) is no easy task. And while we can probably all agree that meeting people in the postcollege world is as difficult as figuring out which side of the street to park on during a snow emergency, it's that much harder if you've plopped yourself down in a new city, a new house, and a new job. Founded in 1990 and currently 500 members strong, Twin Cities Transplants aims to help transplanted professionals make friends and develop a sense of community in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Each month the group hosts a happy hour somewhere in the metro area. Typically anywhere from 30 to 80 professionals--both singles and couples, from their mid-20s to their mid-40s--show up, primed to mingle and welcome strangers. The events are free, though the group maintains a $15 annual membership fee to defray postage and Web-site costs.