Did you know that Microsoft puts out a developer newsletter with information on local events for devs? To make sure you get it, go to http://www.microsoft.com/resources/msdn/subscription.aspx and check to receive MSDN Flash, then enter your ZIP code. If you're in the Mid Atlantic area, you will get local news from me. If you're in another part of the US, you will get local news from someone more reliable, probably a member of your local MSDN Events team.
My new year's resolution is to write the local news. Yours should be to read it!