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Regular Meeting of the AMG / Holiday Party Pot Luck Dinner / Make Ornaments

Its time for our next meeting of the Alamance Makers Guild!

At our most recent meeting we decided to do something a little different for this meeting since we are coming up on the Christmas Holidays. We're going to have a pot-luck dinner and a learn-to-solder put-together Christmas Ornaments event.

If you'd like to make an LED electronic Christmas Ornament you'll need to choose and order a kit to put together.  Kits come in different sizes/complexities and at different prices.  You can get one at a local radio shack or you can order one online through places like Jameco Electronics or Makershed.   Here are a few links:

Kits from $5 to $25 from Jameco Electronics (Wreaths, Christmas Trees, Santa, etc)

A more challenging Surface Mount kit from Jameco:

A 2D Blinking Christmas Tree from Jameco:

A 3D Blinking Christmas Tree from Jameco:

A Christmas Tree Kit from Radio Shack:

Feel free to pick some other kind of kit (non Christmas themed), other supplier, etc (for example most of these kits are probably also on  Those of us who understand electronics and who know how to solder can aid those who are new to electronics and soldering.  If you have your own soldering iron and tools please bring them,  If not we'll also have some irons and tools that we can all share (if anyone has extras please bring them too).

As far as dinner goes, all are welcome to partake, and we appreciate everyone who wishes to bring in food (home-made or store-bought).  I'm thinking we go for heavy hors d'oeuvres, snacks, and other holiday favorites (no alcohol).  Once we have the new Google Groups feature fully set up (thanks Dick Snow for starting that) we'll use it to coordinate the pot-luck.  We typically have between 15 and 20 folks at a meeting, though this one may be larger due to family/friend attendance, new members, and the topic of the party.  I'll contact folks by e-mail and facebook once we have a better feel for attendance.

Please RSVP and also answer the questions that I include (whether or not you can bring food, whether or not you want to put together a kit, etc)

Of course we'll have show-n-tell for projects, and are family friendly as always.  (Bring a friend!)

Looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible!  Also, new members to this meetup group please feel very welcome to come out!

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  • A former member
    A former member


    December 14, 2012

  • Bob G.

    Just as an FYI, there is a great little instruct able up about how to create an LED Star with just 5 LEDS and a 9 volt battery. I'll be bringing a bunch of super bright LEDs and some 9 volt batteries and some connectors for anyone who wants to make a few and doesn't have a kit to bring tonight.

    1 · December 13, 2012

    • Bennett H.

      Thanks Bob! Really appreciated since apparently every Radio Shack in a radius up to Pittsboro is now sold out of them! Dick Snow has said he has a few extra Christmas Themed LED kits to contribute, and Michael Wood has donated 6 LED kits (not Christmas themed) but blinky and fun none the less. Thanks to everyone's generosity I think we are covered.

      December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think I will be bringing a kit unless I have time to find a $5 one at radio shack.

    November 28, 2012

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