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The NOVA Makers Meetup group is dedicated to creating and supporting a Maker community in Northern Virginia. Everyone with a passion and interest in making things is welcome to join! For more information visit our website www.nova-labs.org. To get started, visit our lab at the listed address from M-F 5:30pm to 8:30pm or weekends from 1-4pm. Or signup on our meetup for an Open House.

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Makers Circle & Art Lab

Nova Labs

MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration. Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group. Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker! Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too! Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet. MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc. WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing. SPECIAL NOTE: Those people who come may notice some gamers, and on alternating Fridays we have Game Night where you may see some MC/AL regulars, that is because we have several people and couples who do both events, so don't be shy about which Friday is which, the emphasis is just placed on one or the other to prioritize space use for the event group who is hosting. Makers Circle & Art Lab group (aka MC & AL) now covers events you may have seen listed in the past like: • Clay Dates • Crotchet and knitting • Costuming • Sewing and threads • Crafters Social This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us! Eventually as NOVA LABS looks forward we hope to be able to co-host with other like minded groups occasionally such as the Tues Night Costumers, FIAAC, various Stich N Bitch groups, Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, local photography groups or ArtKlub and the like for special events. We will also be look at targeted activities or special guests / events that may interest MC&AL members.. Suggested activities may include: Meet and Greets, Stash Exchanges, Biz Tips, Field Trips, Design Meetings, Special Guests, or Tech for Low Tech.... Suggestions welcome. All general MC & AL meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. Drop in donations to NOVA Labs for hosting are always welcome, see our tip jar! Special MC & AL events may have fees. Please ask for a tour of NOVA Labs, come to an Open House, and consider becoming a Member. Our Members keep the lights on and allow us to host events and group projects and have an active community of Makers!

GO: Green Orientation Sign Off - Associates Only

*Nova Labs (Classroom A)

$15.00

--> For those who have signed up as assocates or plan to do so at the GO class. You may pay for Associate before class can get your access token once you have finished GO. You may sign up to be a member here before GO. https://nova-labs.org/account/accounting.html An introduction to the community operations and policies our individual-centric and creative community works. Learn about our community operations and our policies. Get a roadmap to our sign off classes in each area. Learn where to connect with key people and how to participate in volunteering. Sign off: Green Prerequisites: --->>Nova Labs tour BEFORE signing up for this class is HIGHLY recommended --->>Register at https://nova-labs.org/auth/register.html Tours: Weekdays 5:30pm-8:30pm and weekends 1pm-4pm. No need to request an appointment. Just come on over. Do I need to take Green Orientation? GO is required only for those who plan to use the makerspace common areas, any tool without supervision, and/or wish to become a member. Can I take the sign off class before taking GO? Yes. The sooner you get started, the better you'll love it here. But if you have not had GO, do NOT use the tools! You have 30 days to take GO or you forfeit the sign off. Can I use a tool after my class without the GO sign off? NO! This is both a safety and a code of conduct violation. If the class is full, search https://www.nova-labs.org/events/ Keyword "Green" for the next class. If no spaces are available in upcoming classes, contact [masked] Events and Refund Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/

International Costumers' Guild: NoVA Chapter Worknight

The International Costumers' Guild: NoVA Chapter will be joining NoVA Labs Maker Circle & Art Lab for a night of projects and good conversation. If you have a CosPlay project, or need advice on one you want to start, come join us! The ICG is a 501c3 educational non-profit and look forward to both teaching and learning about costuming as an art form. We are a group of hobbyist and professional costumers, dedicated to the promotion and education of costuming as an art form in all its aspects. We are a new chapter of the organization established in the northern Virginia area.

GO: Green Orientation Sign Off

*Nova Labs (Classroom A)

$20.00

An introduction to the community operations and policies our individual-centric and creative community works. Learn about our community operations and our policies. Get a roadmap to our sign off classes in each area. Learn where to connect with key people and how to participate in volunteering. Sign off: Green Prerequisites: --->>Nova Labs tour is HIGHLY recommended --->>Register at https://nova-labs.org/auth/register.html --->>Come in for a tour of Nova Labs BEFORE Class Tours: Weekdays 5:30pm-8:30pm and weekends 1pm-4pm. No need to request an appointment. Just come on over. Do I need to take Green Orientation? GO is required only for those who plan to use the makerspace common areas, any tool without supervision, and/or wish to become a member. Can I take the sign off class before taking GO? Yes. The sooner you get started, the better you'll love it here. But if you have not had GO, do NOT use the tools! You have 30 days to take GO or you forfeit the sign off. Can I use a tool after my class without the GO sign off? NO! This is both a safety and a code of conduct violation. If the class is full, search https://www.nova-labs.org/events/ Keyword "Green" for the next class. If no spaces are available in upcoming classes, contact [masked] Events and Refund Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/

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