I am often asked by developers I meet at technical events:
“Are there any Microsoft events coming up in my area?”
So, what is the best answer? If you would like to have insight of upcoming events in your area (and get notified too), please sign up for the MSDN Flash!
What I enjoy about MSDN Flash myself is the ability to customize the content you receive. My geography is “Rocky Mountain”, though it has been known as Desert Mountain too (see my technical online newspaper!)