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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.



Upcoming Events and News

Join us at Juneau Makerspace on Monday from 6 to 8 pm for our weekly Open Night Studio. This week we will have a workshop on making holiday cards. There will also be woodworking and laser cutting projects being worked on, and as always a welcoming community to join.
Next week we will have an intro to sewing class. Other upcoming events include the weekly Friday night HAM radio building at 7 pm, and our monthly board meeting on Tuesday.
Juneau Makerspace is the perfect place to make holiday gifts for friends and family. Membership to Juneau Makerspace also makes for a great gift. We’re offering a limited time deal for new members in January of 50% off your first month of membership. For new signups January family memberships will only cost $25. Please note that members do not receive 24 hour access to the Makerspace until the start of their second month of membership.
Juneau Makerspace is a nonprofit and fully supported by your participation and donations. Consider donating to the Makerspace this holiday season to help keep us running. In addition to funding, we are always looking for tools and equipment that we don’t yet have as well as other basic necessities. Right now our wishlist also includes an 8 foot ladder. We are also looking for volunteers who are willing to help with grant writing. Please get in touch with us if you want to help.

Upcoming events for November and December

This week at the Monday Open Studio Night we’re having a presentation on using Blender for 3D modeling and design. Blender is a free software and is great for everything from 3D printing to animation. Come end your Monday with an open and welcoming community, and learn a new skill. Join us 6 to 8 pm at the Makerspace.
We’ve got great Monday night events coming up as well:
November 21st: Intro to Maker Resources Seminar. Come find out how to tap into the growing Maker Movement.
November 28th: Laser Cutter Class. Come learn how to use our laser cutter.
December 5th: Holiday Ornament Creation Class. Come make some holiday ornaments.
December 12th: Holiday Card Making Class. Come make holiday cards that will be truly special.
We’ve also got Ham radio building on Friday nights at 7 pm through the end of the month.

Going Steampunk: This Week at the Open Studio Night

This week at our Open Studio Night, Monday 6 to 8 pm, we’re having a special presentation on steampunk. Come learn how to make a Halloween costume that will help you blend into a world of airships and  stylized giant gears, and how to turn an old nerf gun into a dinosaur hunting rifle. Thanks to Seth Caron, aka Colonel Tanner, for the presentation. As always, Open Studio Nights are free and open to everyone.
Our garage sale was a great success. We’ve opened up a lot more floor space to bring in new equipment and accommodate larger projects.
Next week we’re pumpkin carving at the Makerspace. Don’t just carve a few triangles into your pumpkin and call it good. Bring it by Open Studio Night to have the scariest pumpkin in the neighborhood.
There will not be an Open Studio Night on Halloween itself, though the space is always available for members.
For those interested in Ham radios, you can come by the Makerspace on Friday nights at 7 pm to help build one and learn more about them.

Makerspace Events and Lasers

There’s a lot happening at the Makerspace. We’ve got awesome events coming up and cool new tools, so come on by our Monday Open Studio Night at 6:00 pm. This week we’re having a class on making artists trading cards.
We have a new event on Friday nights as well. A couple of Juneau Amateur Radio Club members are building a radio transceiver and anyone interested is welcome to join them on this project or work on your own radio. They’re meeting on Friday nights at 7 pm through November.
We now have a laser cutter. We’ve gotten a 40 watt CO2 laser that still may need a bit of calibration, but it does laser things. It’s great for both cutting and engraving on a wide variety of materials. We will be teaching members how to use it on an individual basis for now.
On October 15th we will have our second annual garage sale for the Makerspace. We have a lot of gorilla shelf parts and more ceramic molds that we are offering up before we need to take them to the dump. That will be on a Saturday at 9 am.
We will have a kiln firing for ceramic glazing on October 12th. If you want to color any of the ceramic tiles we’ve made for our founders wall, you must come in before then to do so. If you want to help with the project or have your own pieces glazed, come on by, we have everything you’ll need.
We are going to be building a Little Free Library. A generous volunteer has drawn up a set of plans, and we’ve got all the material lying around the Makerspace to build it. The Little Free Library will be a book stand going outside the JACC, so if you want to have your handiwork proudly displayed in Juneau, come help us build it.
Upcoming events include:
October 3rd: Costume Making
October 10th: Seminar on using Worbla (thermoplastics costume molding)
October 12th: Glaze Kiln Firing
October 15: Garage Sale
October 17th: Workshop on Steampunk Props and Weapons
October 24th: Pumpkin carving, Maker Style
November 7th: Rubber Stamping Class
Open Studio Nights start at 6 pm every Monday, with events starting at 6:30.
Catch us on KTOO’s Juneau Afternoon this Monday at 3:30.

Upcoming Events

We’ve got a lot of great upcoming events. Check out the calendar tab for more.

On September 5th we will be having an introduction to acrylic painting. Come learn the basics for creating your masterpiece.

September 12th we will have a show and tell for any type of maker project you’re working on. If you’re creating, crafting, designing, or doing, we want to see it.

As an ongoing project, we are asking for designs of Little Free Libraries until September 21st, when we will decide on the best designs and do a material drive to get materials for making them. Here’s more information about them:

We’ve got a new piece of equipment in the shop. We now have a 24″ dual headed drum sander. We’ve got a wide range of sandpaper to go with it, and with two drums it’s twice the sanding in one pass.

Finally, we’d like to give a special welcome to Grace Amundsen, our new Events Director. If there’s an event you’d like to see