Marcus Fernandez demonstrated how to go from 0 to Azure.
You can his post on the subject here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/marcus_fernandez/archive/2014/05/27/0-to-azure-scripted-vm-intro.aspx
There are a lot of excellent details and resources if you missed his talk.
And here is the video on the Azure behind the scenes.
PowerShell Tip: If you are making web requests where the return data is XML (including XHTML) or JSON, the Invoke-RestMethod cmdlet will automatically turn that structured text into a PowerShell object. It's like Invoke-WebRequest and ConvertFrom-JSON rolled into one.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, July 30th at the Reston Microsoft Office.