that’s great, even though a bit far for planning weekly trips. I suggest “friending” here on the G.A.N.G. site, and keeping all apprised of area events. There was a “Global Game Jam” here last January, but during a very bad snow storm and I couldn’t make it.
FYI, there’s a 3-day film festival in South Bend, IN in April, and an “Art Beat” event in August; not specifically “game”-focused, but highly recommended, and not expensive. Perhaps you guys have additional suggestions for a potential meetup location?