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Minecraft Friday

Join us every third Friday at 6pm to engage in an evening of fun as we play our way through some Minecraft challenges, explore new worlds, and test some new local modifications. To add a bit of extra incentive, we will operate a point reward system throughout the year. Earn points throughout the year by signing in to test and report on features, by attending game night events, and by competing in creative build, exploration, and survival challenges.

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Festival Focus: Take it Apart

Caution, some disassembly is required. This warning should come on all gadgets, mechanical or electronic, and should encourage the object’s owner to get every last bit of value from their purchase or gift. Yes, please recycle your junk electronics on April 22nd. But before you just toss it away, stop by the Maker Festival on Saturday to take part in our take it apart event! We’ll be here all day, from 10-4, for you to bring in stuff that you’ve always wanted to crack open. Junk free? No worries, we have lots of, um, supplies! This event is open to the public and to… (Read More)

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Chain Maille

No, not a pyramid scheme; weaving with little rings of (mostly) metal. On Friday, April 7th at 6:30 pm we will be working on a stretchy bracelet and a small pouch. Due to supply and space requirements, participants must pre-register with the Sign up Genius button.  (And there is a $5 deposit for supplies.)   Participants need to bring 2 (two!) pair of slip-joint pliers, about 6 inches long.  (The instructor says that needle-nose pliers are hard to work with, especially for beginners.  Please let me know, when you sign up, if you will also need pliers.  (I’ll do a… (Read More)

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Junior LEGOs is Back!

Finally, we’re back.  Beginning Wednesday March 9th, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., kids ages 6-8 will be building with LEGO bricks, following sequential steps and reading schematics. No experience is necessary.  Class size is limited.  If interested, please complete the form below.

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Holiday Break

4th of July

The summer is just getting started, with great weather and lots of activities. We have a lot of work scheduled at Club125, including three summer camps and several community projects. There will be no time for vacation for club volunteers or managers, and while we really enjoy our "work", we also need some time to relax and recharge all our batteries. So enjoy your holiday weekend, we sure will! The club is closed July 2 – July 7. We will re-open next Tuesday, July 8th.  

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Soldering Project

Karl Grotke has had enough with the toy siren of his popular Introduction to Soldering Class! Now that we have a crew of new soldering technicians, let's move on to a real project. The "Minty Boost" is a small (Altoids tin size) battery charger for cell phones or anything else with a USB charging cable. We estimated supplies at $20. Pay with credit/check/cash or use PayPal below. Karl is trying to find local parts to reduce the cost so you may get a small refund (which you may, of course, choose to donate to the club or even tip the instructor!)… (Read More)

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Soldering Workshops

Karl Grotke is back to teach a popular Introduction to Soldering Class! This is a great class if your soldering skills are a little rusy, or non-existent.   Each student builds a flashing siren while learning the basics of soldering.   Supplies are $10 to cover the cost of materials or $20 and you keep the soldering iron. Pay with credit/check/cash or use PayPal below. Our next intro class is Saturday, June 21 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Class size is limited (and there's only a few slots remaining). Save a spot; sign up on Signup Genius! Class Supplies $10 Class Supplies and Tools $20… (Read More)

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Online Security and Privacy

"A flaw has been discovered in one of the Internet’s key security methods, potentially forcing a wide swath of websites to make changes to protect the security of consumers." I.e. don't go to any bank or merchant website. "A vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system." I.e. don't use Internet Explorer to go to ANY website. "You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold… When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide… (Read More)

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