Just wanted to give a quick post about OcGRE, the Orange County Gaming Regional Expo. There's a group trying to setup this event for November of this year. Right now they're running the project through Kickstarter, trying to raise enough funds to make this a reality. They're almost halfway to their goal but the project deadline is 11:59 pm on August 8th, so not a lot of time left. In addition to the gaming this will be another event in the Draconic Awards circuit, so expect a fun competition and some good painting/modeling seminars.
If you're in the Southern California area, nearby, or have always wanted to visit, then check out the project and help support a new event. You can pledge for a 3-day pass to the event and/or a variety of other perks.
For anyone not familiar with Kickstarter, you are only charged for your pledge if the project successfully meets its funding goal.