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Fall Makerspace Events

We’ve got some great events lined up for our fall Open Studio Nights. If you’re looking for something to do on a Monday night, or want see the Makerspace, come on by between 6 and 8 pm. Open Studio Nights are free and open to anyone. Here’s the schedule:

August 21- Journal Making and Paper Arts. We’ll show you everything you need to know to create beautiful looking journals and other paper crafts.
August 28- Wind Chimes and Mobiles. Make a fun art project to hang outside or in. We’ll supply the material, you supply the creativity.
September 4- CNC Router build and/or class. If we haven’t finished building our new CNC router by the 4th, we’ll work on it then. If it is done, we’ll teach you how to use it.
September 11- 3D Printing Workshop. There are some new useful features we’ve uncovered about our 3D printer since the last workshop we ran.
September 18- Ceramics Pinchpots. Learn the basics of ceramics by making your own pinchpot.
September 25- Electronics Workshop. Come learn the basics of wiring your own electronics, from completing circuits to soldering connections.
October 2- Foam Weapon Smithing. Back by popular demand, make a foam and PVC sword to challenge your friends.
October 9- Pumpkin Carving. Get in the Halloween spirit by carving pumpkins, maker style.
October 16- Mask Making. The scariest part of any Halloween costume is the mask. Make yours the scariest on the block.
October 23- Costume Making/ Show and Tell. Finish up your costume with help from other makers, and show it off.

The button for purchasing recurring memberships has been fixed on our website. If you want to set up your recurring membership over paypal, please do so before the end of the month.

We will have another glass class in September due to the popularity of the last one. It will be a two part class on September 13th and 20th. We will have more details as we get closer to the date.

Summer Events

We’ve got a great schedule of upcoming events for the rest of the summer. We’ve got awesome things going on at our Monday Open Studio Nights, every Monday from 6 to 8 pm, and we will be offering other classes as well. Open Studio Nights are free and open to the public. Participating in the classes and events we offer during those times will cost $10 to cover materials. Take a look at our schedule:
  • 7/17/17- Open Studio Night: Beginner Hand Building Ceramics. Learn the basics on hand building ceramics. This is a great art class for the whole family.
  • 7/24/17- Open Studio Night: Foam Weapon Smithing. Make a sword out of pvc, foam, and duct tape to challenge your friends.
  • 7/27/17- Introductory Glass Class Part 1: Create your own rain chain or coaster set. This class will be an introduction to sheet glass, cutting, and creating an image. RSVP by emailing us at Juneaumakerspace@gmail.com.
  • 7/31/17- Open Studio Night: Intro to electronics and soldering. We’ve been expanding the tool range on our electronics bench, we’ll show you how to use some of them on a nifty little project.
  • 8/3/17- Introductory Glass Class Part 2. This class will focus on cold-working techniques and you will go home with your finished product.
  • 8/7/17- Open Studio Night: Mason Jar Terrariums. Learn to make your own mini terrarium from a mason jar.
  • 8/14/17- Open Studio Night: Show and Tell. Bring in your own project, and come see what other makers in Juneau are up to.
  • 8/17/17- Board Meeting, 7 pm.
  • 8/21/17- Open Studio Night: Journal Making and Paper Arts. Learn to make stellar journals and scrap books to impress your friends.
The two part Glass Class will cost $70, which covers materials and instruction. Makerspace members will get a discount. The classes are both on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. Pay in person, or online by going to the Donate tab and entering in the amount for the class.
Let us know what events you want to see on the calendar. With so many great events on the way, there’s no excuse not to come by your local Makerspace.

June and July Events

We’ve got a busy schedule of great events planned for June and July. Here’s the upcoming calendar of Open Studio Night events. The Makerspace is free and open to the public every Monday 6 to 8 pm.
June 19th: 3D Printing Class. Come learn how to 3D print.
June 26th: Painting Night. Spend a pleasant evening painting with acrylics in good company. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re learning or a pro. $10 supplies fee.
July 3rd: Closed due to holiday.
July 10th: Safety Class. Recommended for all members and those interested in becoming members. We will have a guest instructor teaching proper safety procedures for using our larger shop equipment. Please RSVP.
July 17: Beginner Hand Building Ceramics Class. Come learn how you can create your own ceramic pieces at the Makerspace.
July 24: Foam Smithing. Learn to make foam swords to fight your friends.
We also have volunteering options available for anyone interested in promoting STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) in Juneau. Come check us out at the Makerspace, 1759 Anka Street, near Costco.

501st Legion at the Makerspace

Join us on Monday, June 12th from 6 to 8 pm for a fun event for the whole family! Members of the 501st Legion Star Wars fan organization will be showing off their movie costumes. This is a great event for anyone who likes Star Wars, costumes, cosplay, and crafting. The costumes are self made and movie accurate. Come learn how it’s done and how you can do it yourself.

May Events

We’ve got a lot of new events on our schedule, and plenty of volunteer opportunities to help out in the community. At this week’s Open Studio Night, Monday 6 to 8 pm, we’re having a maker show and tell. Come see the awesome projects that people have been doing and all the creating that’s been happening. Show off something you’ve recently completed, or get feedback on something that’s still a work in progress.
Here’s a look ahead at the calendar.
Sunday, April 30th, 1 to 4 pm- Spring Cleaning. We’ll be getting out that layer of sawdust that built up over the winter, and we need your help to do it. Come by to lend a hand and grab a doughnut.
Monday, May 1st, 6 to 8 pm- Open Studio Night. We’ll have a fun project for you to try your hand at making.
Saturday, May 6th, 11 am to 4 pm- We’ll have a table at the Juneau Maritime Festival downtown at Marine Park. We’ll be helping kids build mini rubber band powered paddle boats and we need volunteers to help. Get in touch with us if you are interested.
Monday, May 8th, 6 to 8 pm- Open Studio Night. Mother’s Day Card Making. It’s way more personal and heartfelt than a store bought one.
Saturday, May 13th, 1 to 4 pm- We’ll be working on making the Makerspace and doing ceramic glazing, among other projects. There’s a few projects hanging around the Makerspace that need doing, and this is the time to do it. The space will be open and people will be working on things.
Monday, May 15th, 6 to 8 pm- Open Studio Night. 3D Printing Workshop. Come learn how to 3D print anything.
Tuesday, May 16th, 7 to 8:30 pm- Monthly board meeting. If you are interested in helping run and organize the Makerspace, consider attending.
Saturday, May 20th, 11 am to 4 pm- We’ll have a table at Community Day on Campus at UAS. We’ll have another fun booth activity for kids. Get in touch with us if you want to volunteer.
Monday, May 22, 6 to 8 pm- Open Studio Night. Acrylic Painting Class. Come learn basic techniques for acrylic painting.
Monday, May 29, 6 to 8 pm- Open Studio Night. Seashells and Dremels. Come learn how to make jewelry from the seashells you can collect right here in Juneau.
Volunteer for one of our events to help out in the community. We are also looking into more long term opportunities for promoting STEAM in Juneau, and if you would like to help with that, such as assisting with a youth program, please let us know. The Makerspace will be closed the evening of April 27th for a private event. If you have not been by the Makerspace in a while, come by any of the open events to see some of the new equipment we’ve got, including our kick wheel for pottery.

Spring Makerspace Events Schedule

We have a lot of great events coming up at our weekly Monday Open Studio Nights. The Makerspace is free and open to the public every Monday night from 6 to 8 pm for anyone to come check out the space. Here’s the schedule of upcoming spring events:
3/27/17 – Intro to EL Wire. Learn about electroluminescent wire and how it can be used for a variety of awesome projects. It’s flexible and glows, how much more do you need?
4/3/17 – Art Project Hosted by Meta Mesdag. Learn to make Scandinavian Star Decorations from twigs.
4/10/17 – Intro to Laser Cutting. Learn to cut and engrave things and shoot lasers. Learning to use the Force will be another week.
4/17/17 – Artist Trading Cards. Learn a variety of art techniques on a small scale, and swap them with other artists.
4/24/17 – Maker Show and Tell. We want to see what you’ve been working on, and come see what other makers have been up to.
5/1/17 –  Guest Led Art Project
5/8/17 – Mother’s Day Kids Cards. Make some heartfelt Mother’s Day cards. A hand made card will make the day a lot more special than a store bought one.
We will also be having an Easter crafts event on Saturday, April 8th from 1 to 3 pm.
If there’s an event you would like to see us put on, let us know. Donations are welcome and will help us continue with our mission to bring STEAM resources to Juneau.

News and Events for February and March

We’ve been filling the schedule with fun and exciting events at the Makerspace. We are open and free to the public every Monday night from 6 to 8 pm. We’ll have an event or class for anyone interested, or work on a project of your own. Here’s our schedule for upcoming Monday Open Studio Nights.
2/20/17- Bird Feeder Crafting. Learn how to make an simple bird feeder as we prepare for spring.
2/27/17- 3D Printing Class. Learn to 3D Print. One of our most popular events.
3/6/17- Professional Decorative Wood Sign Making. Adapted from a project done at the Makerspace, we will teach you how to make a beautiful wooden sign for any purpose.
3/13/17- Foam Weapon Smithing. We will teach you how to make a duct tape and foam sword to challenge your friends. Please RSVP for this event.
3/20/17- Harry Potter Wand Crafting. Back by popular demand, come make a wand to rival even those of Ollivanders.
We have a couple of other upcoming events too. Wednesday, 2/22/17 we are holding a card making class. Tuesday, 2/21/17 is our monthly board meeting.
If there is a class or event you would like to see or would be willing to instruct, let us know and we will add it to the calendar.

Upcoming Events at Juneau Makerspace

We’ve got a lot of great events scheduled for the coming month. Here’s a rundown of what’s  coming up at our Monday Open Night Studios.
December 19th: Intro to Sewing Class. Sewing is always a good skill to have and here’s your chance to learn the basics.
January 2nd: Make(r) Friends Night. Learn to make a friendship bracelet. Bring a friend. Make new ones.
January 9th: Maker Show and Tell. This is always a very popular event. Bring a project you’re working on or done recently and see what others are working on.
January 16th: 3D Printing Workshop. Learn how to use our 3D printer. Also a very popular event.
The doors are open from 6 to 8 pm Monday nights with scheduled events starting at 6:30 for anyone who wants to participate. We will not be having an Open Studio Night on December 26th.
We are also adding a few weekend events in January. On Saturday January 7th we will have an Intro to Ceramics class from 2 to 4 pm. On Saturday, January 14th we will have a glazing event for ceramic pieces, 2 to 4 pm. We will have a bisque firing of the kiln on January 10th and a glaze firing on January 15th. If you have a piece you would like to have fired, let us know. Also on the schedule is Friday Night HAM radio building at 7 pm weekly through mid January.