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Regular AMG Open Meeting "Building a Lamp / Writing an Instructable"

Its time for our next regular open 2nd Thursday meeting, returning to Sylvan Learning Center for another cool event. The special topic of this event will be a talk by AMG member Daniel Porter about his recent experience building an arduino controlled touch sensitive dimming LED lamp and writing an Instructables article about his experience. Daniel got some help from AMG member Danny Oakly for the Arudino programming and in the process Danny helped Daniel make a custom LED bulb for his lamp out of a golf ball! Dan^2 FTW!

As always we'll have MiMi's Pizza Buffet Style for $5 a person (for those who wish to eat dinner with us)

We'll also have show-n-tell. Bring YOUR projects to talk about. Can be finished projects, in-progress projects, or just ideas. For stuff impractical to bring its always fine to bring photos or video. (let us know in advance if you need a projector). The Alamance Makers Guild has members representing a very diverse range of interests and skills. From electronics to art, from steampunk to blacksmithing, from needlepoint to robotics, from 3D printing to wood turning. You'll always see something amazing at the Show-n-Tell. Our meetings are free, open to everyone, and family friendly. We encourage accompanied children and teens to be involved. There is always something new to learn!

We'll also be catching everyone up on news about our trip to Washington DC, work with ACC, and other efforts on opening a Maker Space here in Alamance County. There has been a lot of movement lately and we're getting closer to our goal! Help the Alamance Makers Guild Grow!

At our recent "I'm a Maker and so are YOU!" meeting AMG member Angela Parrish commented that other ventures in town had to hit the magic 500-person mark before they were able to really get going. This included the Company Shops, the new Burlington Beer Works, and other cool new ideas for the community. We are around 450 fans on facebook, a little over 100 on, but we want to make more folks aware of what we are building.

Help us by telling your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families. Get folks to become a fan of our Facebook Page

Get folks to follow us on twitter

Get folks to join our group on

Bring a friend with you to this meeting!

Help us spread the word!

Help Wanted: Join our Burlington Mini Maker Faire Production Team!

As the Burlington Mini Maker Faire expands and grows, so too does our need for funding, volunteers, and manpower to make it all happen. We are looking for two special individuals to join our production team and be a part of making the 2015 Burlington Mini Maker Faire the best event yet!

* Director of Sponsorship and Donations
Seeking outgoing individual who can make phone calls, write e-mail messages, and in some cases visit local businesses and others who may be interested in donating towards the operational costs of the Burlington Mini Maker Faire. We are a free event and as a result we rely upon donations for our expenses. More funding means we can do more hands-on for the public, improve our marketing and reach, and add other niceties to our event. We need someone who is willing to take the answer "no" and go on to continue to find funding. Our goals are small (a few $K) and donations from local businesses of $50 or $100 go a very long way. We may also expand to try crowd funding through Kickstarter or other websites. This position would help with that task. 

*Director of Volunteers
Seeking outgoing individual who can round up, coordinate, and help volunteers for our Burlington Mini Maker Faire. Volunteers are needed to pass out programs to visitors, count the number of attendees, direct folks around the event, sit at booths so that exhibitors can have breaks, help with set up and tear down of the event, and generally run errands and help out. We're looking for 20 to 40 volunteers for next year's event! (in that way they can each take 2-hour shifts and still enjoy the Faire). If our funding/sponsorship director can raise funds and in-kind donations then we hope to give every volunteer a tee-shirt and a free breakfast for their troubles. Volunteers can be youth through teen (with parental permission) or adults. We need someone to help us find, sign-up, and coordinate volunteers. This person would also get tee shirt sizes for our tee shirt order and coordinate the volunteer breakfast. 

We also need volunteers! So if anyone reading this wants to just be a volunteer for 2 hours, let us know! 

Please RSVP for our events (yes/no/maybe) and include the number of people you will be bringing with you. We need this info to plan for how much pizza to order for dinner and in some cases how many supplies to bring for interactive hands-on projects. 

Thanks for supporting the Alamance Makers Guild!

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  • Stephen C.

    I wish I could be there. I will be in Michigan on business.

    July 4, 2014

    • Bennett H.

      Thanks for letting us know Stephen, wish you could be there too, but fully understand. See you in the future (or the past) :)

      July 4, 2014

  • Angela P.

    I may be interested in the Director of Volunteers. I am working with two other non-profits right now, so scheduling is tough. One event happens in Oct and the final event for the other is in Dec.

    June 18, 2014

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