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  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 3:14 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County fairs - Queen Anne’s County (starting Monday all next week) in Centreville just over the bridge.. Howard County fair just up past Columbia in West Friendship starts Saturday and also runs all next week.

    Starting Saturday 8/4 and running through Nov 24th, there will be hard hat tours of the James Brice House in downtown Annapolis. This 18th century dwelling is undergoing restoration and there will be tours teaching about the people who built the house and the craftspeople restorying it today.

    8/4/2018 - Annmarie Garden, Solomons, (first Saturday) Makers Market - The Maker's Market is THE place to find handmade, homemade, or homegrown products!

    Saturday 8/4 - Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum - Foraging at Banneker’s Homestead - Walk with a Benjamin Banneker Foundation member to see what edibles are around the park. Preregistration is required by phone or email.

    Saturday 8/4 - Berlin - Pine’eer Arts & Crafts Festival - Sponsored by the Ocean Pines Pine’eer Craft Club, it features artisans from VA, MD, DE and PA selling hand made items. There will be a bake sale, food vendors and farmers market as well.


    SLIME - Both today, at 1:30pm at Brooklyn Park and Monday at 2pm at Broadneck are Slime workshops! Kids will create everyone’s favorite non-newtonian fluid.

    Tomorrow 8/3 1pm - Mountain Road - How to Program a Robot - This two session program is in conjunction with the Pasadena Robotics Team. Robots and laptops are provided. Limit of 20 participants, children going into 3rd and 4th grades in September. Register for both sessions by calling the Mountain Road library.

    Monday 8/6 - 10:30am - Crofton - Facebook and Social Networking for Adults - Learn the basics of Facebook and other social media programs. Learn how to set up an account, spot fake information and update your profile and privacy settings.

    Monday 8/6 - 6pm - Linthicum - Sound Lab - Hands-on activities teach you about the science of sound, basis for telegraphy, radio and television.

    Wednesday 8/8 - Odenton - Archaeology - Dig it! - Get dirty at the library and explore the world beneath our feet! Call for registration.

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All Next week - Engineering Summer Camp - This is a special camp to construct a Rube Goldberg Machine. Each camper will have their own section to design and build with help from the entire team. Sections may be entirely mechanical or may contain electronic, robotic and computer controlled devices.

    As well as tomorrow night is family game night, Wednesday Teen Makers and Fiber Fans.

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    8/4 - Acrylic Pour Painting, sometimes called “Fluid Art” - No brush painting ability is required for this type of painting.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Sunday - 8/5 - Needle Felting Basics - Make cute fuzzy animal soft sculptures using needles and wool

    Mondays are official Woodworking night - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

    CORRECTION Tuesday 8/14 - Fusion 360 workshop

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 4:17 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County fairs - Garrett County Fair, way out in western MD as well as Carroll County’s fair in Westminster.. starting Saturday and running all next week…

    Art Farm Annapolis - signup for Art Farm’s fifth year of Fearless Girls Photo Camp for ages 13-16, a week long camp building confidence and challenging young photographers different shooting techniques in and around Annapolis. August 6-10



    Fri - 8-9:39pm - Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum - Moths and Mars - Celebrate National Moth Month by learning about the nocturnal world of moths and how to attract them as well as getting a close look at the red planet through a telescope as it comes close to Earth this month. Advance registration is required.

    Sat - 10am-2pm - Benjamin Banneker Park & Museum - Trace Your Roots intro to genealogist lead by a master genealogist

    Sat 7/25 - Architrex - Architecture Tour in Annapolis - a new Annapolis walking tour presented in partnership with Historic Annapolis. Developed and lead by local architects and artists, highlighting 300 years of history and design.

    Sat 7/28/2018 Bit Gen Gamer Fest XIII presented by Magfest - 13 years strong, Bit Gen Gamer fest for another 10 hour, 1 day, music and games festival at the Ottobar in Baltimore. Featuring 18 musical acts, occupying both floors of the Ottobar, various pinball, arcade and console video games all on free play.

    Sun 7/29 - Clay Bakers - Harry Pottery Birthday Bash - Create your own clay wand and paint a piece from a selection of theme related pieces. There will be cake, games and photo ops. Get your reservation today!

    Sat-Sun - Hampton Inn - Frederick - StarQuest SciFi/Fantasy Convention - makeup artists, actors, cosplayers, authors

    Wed - 9am-4:30am - St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cordova, on the Eastern shore..St Joseph’s Jousting Tournament and Horse Show - including children’s game booths

    Maryland STEM Festival - October 26th-November 11th - If you have a STEM/STEAM related group and want to host an event for the festival or just want to see what groups are already hosting events, all over Maryland, go to marylandstemfestival.org


    Today - 3:15pm - Deale - Cubetto Coding @ the Deale Farmers Market - Cubetta is screenless coding for children ages 3-6

    Sat - 2pm - Severn - Terrarium Workshop - Create our own terrarium in a jar and take a piece of nature home with you, registration is required

    Wed - Eastport-Annapolis Neck - STEAM Wednesday - various STEAM activities, every Wednesday through August

    Various - Challenge Island and Jr Crofton and Glen Burnie

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tomorrow - Programming workshop

    … as well as Fermentation Fans meeting

    All next week is another Tech Topics Summer Camp

    Wed - Teen Makers..

    … as well as Fiber Fans meet



    Annapolis Makerspace

    Mondays are official Woodworking night! - If you want to get into woodworking or want to pick someone’s brain on a project you’re working on, drop by on Mondays to meet other local woodworkers.

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:24 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County Fair season is here!

    Wrapping up tomorrow and Saturday (20-21) Washington County Ag Expo and Fair (west of Frederick)

    This weekend and all next week (20-28) - Cecil County Fair

    All next week - 23-28 - Somerset County Fair (south of Salisbury)

    All next week - 23-28 - Harford County Farm Fair (NE of Baltimore)

    County fairs aren’t just fried food and carnival rides… they feature classic and new agricultural methods and machinery, crafts of all sorts and lots of STEM related things involved with modern and classic agriculture… farms are what feed us all. Support your local farmers!

    7/20-22/2018 - Artscape Baltimore - America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350k+ attendees over 3 days with 150+ fine artists, fashion designers, craftspeople, visual art exhibits, sculpture, art cars, photography and live music.

    Fri/Sat/Sun - couple of STEAM workshops

    Fri - This year, new to Artscape is the Artscape Youth Day, tomorrow 7/20, with a variety of youth-focused programming including youth artists, makers and performers throughout the day!

    7/21/2018 - Inaugural MASQUE Off Cosplay Dance Party - Silver Spring - Third Eye Comics, The Fillmore, Transcendent Events and Live Nation Concerts - Hosted by Maki Roll and Lua Stardust - This party is meant to celebrate all things comic book, games, movies and more. Come dressed as your favorite pop culture character


    Sat 7/21 - Riviera Beach - Playstation VR Experience - Check out what virtual reality is all about on the Playstation 4 with PSVR. Call the library to register

    Mon 7/23 - Riviera Beach - Teen Maker Space - CD clock.. Turn a compact disc into a working clock. Please call the branch to register

    Wed 7/25 - Maryland City at Russett (near Ft Meade) - Code Your Own Band - Create your own band and play music using the Scratch programming for beginners and Makey Makey, which turn almost any item into a musical instrument)

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tonight - Basics of Electronics w/Tom

    Tuesday - Monthly General Meeting and Open House

  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:07 PM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    County Fair season - Allegany County Fair 7/13-7/21 and Kent County Fair 7/19-7/21

    Fri 7/13 - B&O Ellicott City Station Museum - Rails and Ales Night at the Museum

    Wed 7/18 - Amphibian Walk at Oregon Ridge


    SoCo Grow Picnic with the Pollinators Saturday, July 14; 5:00 - 7:00 pm Please join us for a special “Picnic with the Pollinators” at the amazing Jug Bay Butterfly Garden. We will have a potluck dinner, tour of the garden, and the ladies of Pollinators Prospering People-PX3 will show us how to create a Solitary Bee Condo and Chrysalis Tree. Held at the Glendening Nature Preserve, 5702 Plummer Lane, Lothian MD 20711

    Afternoons, all next week at Eastport-Annapolis Neck library - Coding Rocks - Children going into 4th and 5th grade can learn the basics of computer programming, all experience levels are welcome, registration is required.

    Mon - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107688
    Tue - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107723
    Wed - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107757
    Thu - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107787
    Fri - https://www.aacpl.net/events/coding-rocks-library-107800

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All next week, Tech Topics Summer Camp - introducing students to a variety of tech topics such as animation, game design, electronics, robotics and more. All activities are hands-on and parents can follow along via daily online updates.

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Saturday - Noon-Midnight - Epic Lan Party - Minecraft Hunger Games style, Unreal Tournament, Evolve, Team Fortress 2, Rocket League and more. Potluck food and refreshments available.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    First Anniversary Party and massive open house. Invite all your friends and family!


    If you want to support Annapolis Makerspace and aren’t ready to become a full member, you can always support us by shopping Amazon through the banner on MakeAnnapolis.org. It costs you nothing extra and we get a small kickback from each sale. Simply go to MakeAnnapolis.org and click the Amazon banner on the right before shopping. You can even bookmark the page to make it easy for next time.

  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 7:28 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    All next week, 7/9th-13th at ArtFarm AnnapolisFearless Girls Photo Camp for ages 10-13, taught by professional photography instructors.

    Also all next week, 7/9th-13th, Clay Bakers is doing a “Mystical and Woodland Creatures” summer camp for children using various media such as pottery painting, glass fusing, clay sculpting and tye dye.

    Starting 7/9 and running through Aug 17th, Paint It! Ellicott City - Juried plein air outdoor painting exhibition in Ellicott City

    Starting today 7/5 and running all weekend - Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association Steam Show - If you’ve ever noticed a bunch of tractors and steam engine looking things tucked away in the trees on the right hand side, just past Easton.. while you were headed down to the ocean.. that’s what you saw. It’s been running for 45 years now and seems to still be going strong!

    While we’re talking about the eastern shore… a shout out to Kevin and all the great people at M4 Reactor in Salisbury. Makerspaces are pretty community-centric, so that’s a bit of a hike for most people, but M4 is doing some really great things down there, so if you know anyone near Salisbury looking for a workshop, they certainly have everything from electronics to woodworking, even a pretty powerful laser cutter.

    Catylator Silver Spring - Summer camp signups now available - Game Design 101 for grades 5+, Sew Electric e-textiles and Architects Club for Girls


    Mon afternoon 7/9 - Riviera Beach - Teen Maker Space with various craft and STEM activities

    Tue afternoon (7/10) 3:30pm - Odenton - STEAM Tuesday - again with various STEAM activities in each session

    Tue evening 6pm - Odenton - stick around for Introduction to 3D Printing where you can design and create your own 3D project. Registration is required:

    Wed afternoon (7/11), 3pm - Crofton - 3D Print Design Class using TinkerCad to design a 3D object. First 20 attendees will be provided a laptop and designs can be printed after the event.

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    All next week is their Minecraft summer camp

    Tomorrow night [correction] morning (Friday 7/6) programming workshop as well as family game night

    Wednesday is for Teen Makers

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tue 7/10 - Fusion 360 workshop with Russ.. usually on the first Tuesday of the month but we pushed it back due to July 4th.

    Sat 7/14 - First Anniversary Party and massive open house. Invite all your friends and family!

    If you want to support Annapolis Makerspace and aren’t ready to become a full member, you can always support us by shopping Amazon through the link or banner on MakeAnnapolis.org. It costs you nothing extra and we get a small kickback from each sale. Simply go to MakeAnnapolis.org and click the Amazon banner on the right before shopping. You can even bookmark the page to make it easy for next time.

    If you or someone you know is involved with a makerspace or STEM program who are doing good things and you’d like their program highlighted here, I’d love to hear about them! Just drop me an email at trevor@makeannapolis.org and tell me all about it!

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:51 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Sunday - First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis w/ over 130 local and regional artists taking up the first few blocks of West Street

    Saturdays through August - Learn to Kayak at Cherry Hill Splash Park in Brooklyn. Beginners are provided kayaking instruction and skill building tips

    6/30 - Oregon Ridge Park - Cockeysville - Basketmaking Workshop - where you’ll learn how to weave a wine bottle basket. There are some special materials you need to bring with you, so check the website for more information.


    Monday 7/2 - Glen Burnie - Maker Mondays for teens

    Challenge Island/Challenge Island Jr - Preschoolers and elementary school students explore science and engineering through music in this STEAM event. Children work in teams to combine creativity and critical thinking to design musical instruments which will be used in a musical performance. Registration is required.

    Severna Park - Monday, 7/2



    Deale - Tuesday 7/3



    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Saturday from 2 to 6pm - Crafternoon: Cosplay 101 - Intro to Cosplay

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tonight - Basics of Electronics with Tom

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:12 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Sat 6/23 - Town of Berlin and Believe in Tomorrow are hosting the 29th Annual Bathtub Races! This is a land race where one person pushes one or more people inside a bathtub with wheels. Multiple heats lead up to the 2018 champion bathtub racer!

    Sat 6/23 - 10th Annual Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge - The Baltimore Dragon Boat Club will host a mix of corporate, city, breast cancer survivor and club dragon boat teams in a series of 500-meter and 2k races.

    Sat 6/23 - Ellicott City - First of five “Kids in Gardens” at Benjamin Banneker Park - Kids learn about nature while digging in the garden. Pre-registration is required, $15 for all five classes.

    This weekend 6/23-24 - Ocean City - The Eastern Shore Art League and Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore hosting Clay-a-palooza - Events include throwing and handbuilding demos, a throwdown competition and bowl-making sessions.

    Also 6/23-24 - Bel Air - Inaugural East Coast RepRep 3D Printing Festival - We have the RepRap project, started in 2005, to thank for all the hobby level 3D printers we have today. Their goal was to develop a low cost 3D printer that can print many of it’s own parts.. RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid Prototyper 

    Next week - Clay Bakers - Shark Week Summer Camp - Campers create projects from painting pottery, glass fusing, sculpting, tye die and mosaics. Camps encourage children to try new art media and promote creativity and imagination.


    Monday afternoon 6/25 - Edgewater - Makey Makey Piano - Did you know you can make a piano out of bananas? With Makey Makey you can! Makey Makey is a fun electronics kit that lets you use random everyday objects as controllers for a digital piano, games, and more!

    Wed morning 6/27 - Broadneck - Challenge Island - Children will work in teams, combining critical thinking and creativity to design musical instruments and put on a performance! The first session is for preschoolers and later there’s one for elementary school aged children.



    Thursday.. Same.. - Maryland City at Russett near Laurel



    PGCo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

    Tues - 6/26 - South Bowie Branch Library - STEM for Families

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tomorrow night 6/22 - Fermentation Fan Club for fans of any kind of fermentation including home brew beer, kombucha, yogurt, pickling.. You name it. A virtual potions class!

    Saturday 6/23 - Repair Cafe - Bring by your broken items and work with them on possibly fixing them. From sewing a ripped shirt to gluing a loose chair leg or silver soldering damaged jewelry. For items that can’t be repaired, they take donations for a week of “take it apart” activities where kids and curious people are invited to take things apart and to see how they work!

    Next week is also their Robotics Summer Camp using Lego Mindstorm robotics kits, performing challenging tasks and competing for special rewards.

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tuesday 6/26 - Open House and General Meeting

  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:20 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Signup is open for for ArtFarm Annapolis’ Summer Art Camp taught by Reed Gallant from 6/25 to 6/29. There’s a morning session for children ages 5-7 and an afternoon session for children ages 8-1.

    Now through 7/14 - Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition - BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown - an exhibition of juried watercolor paintings held by the Baltimore Watercolor Society

    Sat - 6/16 - Centreville, MD - Drink Maryland - A Maryland Makers Festival - Featuring local wine, cider, beer and spirits as well as artisans, artists, farmers, live music and food on the streets of downtown Centreville.

    Sat/Sun - 6/16-6/17 - St Mary’s City - RaceX Maryland Drone Race and Show - Watch professional drone racers from across the US race their drones.

    Sun/Wed - Clay Bakers - Downtown Annapolis - Fused Glass workshop making a turtle platter


    Wed - 6/20 2pn - Broadneck - Make your own musical instrument

    Wed - 6/20 6pm - Broadneck - Fun with Robots

    Greenbelt Makerspace

    Tonight - 6/14 - Javascript Workshop

    Sat - 6/17 - Animation meetup

    This week, starting Monday morning - 6/18 - Minecraft Summer Camp

    NASA’s Wallops

    Next Thurs morning, 5:30am - Suborbital Sounding Rocket - RockOn (education payloads)

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Tuesday - 6/19 - Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

  • Thursday, June 07, 2018 7:08 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Monday 6/11-6/17 - National Week of Making

    The Week of Making is an opportunity to for individuals in communities throughout the U.S. to participate in Making activities locally, celebrating the innovation, ingenuity and creativity of Makers.

    Makers are developing new solutions and products for pressing challenges, engaging students in hands on, interactive learning of STEM, arts, and design, and enabling individuals to learn new skills in fabrication and manufacturing.

    The Maker Movement is driven by engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, crafters, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators and is changing the face of education, breathing new life and innovation into American manufacturing and strengthening American communities.

    Tuesday 6/12/2018 - Capitol Hill Maker Faire DC - celebrating the American Maker movement. It will be a fun interactive event for members of the public, Congress and congressional staff. It’s hosted by the Nation of Makers, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus.

    Brookside Gardens - Wheaton - Wings of Fancy - Live butterfly and caterpillar exhibit featuring hundreds of live butterflies from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia.


    Saturday 6/9 - Deale Library - SoCoGrow Upcycler’s Workshop - Wine Bottle Trellis
    Turn empty wine bottles into a fun and functional trellis for your vining plants. Bring bottles and a drill if you have them.

    Tuesday 6/12 - Odenton Library - Snap Circuits, for elementary school children. - Snap Circuits are electronic components that you connect together using built-in magnets. They’re safe and fun for children of all ages and teach the fundamentals of how circuits and electronics work.

    Unallocated Space - Severn

    Sat 6/9 - Community Tech Swap Meet & Garage Sale - Clearing out tech and maker stuff from their makerspace and raising a little money in the process. Also contact them if you have stuff of your own you want to get rid of, table space is available for a small donation - Rain or shine

    Annapolis Makerspace
    Tonight - 6/7 - Electronics w/Tom Burke
    Tonight - 6/7 - AMS Woodworker’s organize the shop

    NEW LOCATION! Annapolis Makerspace has MOVED! As of June 1st, 2018, we are open at our new location at 2014 Renard Ct, Unit C, just up the street from Annapolis Bowl and Annapolis Mall.

  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:02 AM | Trevor Gryffyn (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the National Electronics Museum’s Pioneer Camp for children ages 8-11. The first session is July 18th and 19th.. The second session is August 8th and 9th. Pioneer camp is a two day summer camp held twice each summer (same program for both sessions). This year’s Pioneer Camp is Space Themed. Campers learn about satellites, telescopes, stars, space travel and more. Campers will make their own telescopes and model planets.

    The week starting Sunday 6/3 - Maryland Federation of Art is hosting the 14th year of “Paint Annapolis” - 5 day juried “plein air” painting competition that brings outdoor painters from around the world.

    Tomorrow through 6/10 - Annapolis Arts Week - City Dock. Encompassing a wide range of artistic creativity in Annapolis including events at art galleries, musicians and performing arts studios.

    Saturday/Sunday - 6/2-6/3 - Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo - Free family fun featuring aerial acrobatic performances, exhibits, food and kid’s activities. Performances include the Blue Angels, the GEICO Skytypers, Shock Wave Jet Truck and more.

    Saturday/Sunday - 6/2-6/3 - Baltimore Clayworks’ Seconds Sales - Your chance to shop from hundreds of pieces of pottery, sculpture and ceramic objects handmade by local artists at discounted prices. The event includes food trucks as well as beer and wine vendors.

    Saturday/Sunday - 6/2-6/3 - Frederick Festival of the Arts - A juried two-day regional celebration of the artist including hundreds of professional artists from over 20 states.

    Sunday 6/3 - Papermaking - Benjamin Banneker Museum - Ellicott City - Create your own paper from recycled and natural materials with materials provided. Dress for making a mess and pre-registration is required.

    Tonight 5/31 - Javascript Workshop - Greenbelt Makerspace - Using Khan Academy’s Intro to Javascript: Drawing and Animation course

    Annapolis Makerspace

    Sunday 6/3 - First Sunday Arts Festival - Annapolis Makerspace will have a booth at this month's First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis.  We'll be in Whitmore Park, right along Calvert Street. Stop by and say Hi!

    Tuesday 6/5 - Fusion 360 night w/Russ Workshop - Get tips on how to improve your 3D design skills using Fusion 360.

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