Call for Makers at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2012. Photo by SparkFunElectronics.

The Champlain Mini Maker Faire is looking for makers. On September 29th at Shelburne Farms, creators and crafters from around Vermont will gather for what has been called “the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.”

So what is a Maker Faire? Well, it “brings together families and individuals to celebrate the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset and showcase all kinds of incredible projects. At Maker Faire, you’ll find arts and crafts, science and engineering, food and music, fire and water but what makes this event special is that all these interesting projects and smart, creative people belong together. They are actively and openly creating a maker culture.”

And to make it happen, the Champlain Mini Maker Faire seeks makers and their goods. “Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!

Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for July 20th

  • Book Sale, 9:30AM–5:30PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Grow Local, Eat Local,” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Food)
  • Summer Speaker Series, 4PM, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth. $8. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Workshop, 6:30PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation -What’s In A Name? – The Names of Stars, 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for June 21

  • Community Farm Work Day, 4–6PM, Community Farm, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Farming)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Winooski River Sojourn Dinner – Winooski Watershed’s geologic history. Dinner, 6 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m., Montpelier High School, Montpelier. $5 for talk; $12-22 for dinner and talk; free for kids under 10. (Geology)
  • Ben Hewitt – Making Supper Safe, 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Food)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Willem Lange & Mary Azarian – A Dream of Dragons: A Saga in Verse, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Signing)
  • Green Drinks, 7 – 8:30pm, 51 Main @ The Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)
  • Northshire History Reading Group – Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., by Ron Chernow, 6pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)

 

Geek Things for May 17th

  • Essex CHIPS Community Forum, 9AM–12PM, Essex CHIPS & Teen Center, Essex Junction. Free. (Awareness)
  • Transition PechaKucha, 7–8:30PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. Free. (Energy)
  • Way to Go! Commuter Challenge. Visit waytogovt.org for details. 12AM–11:59PM, Various locations statewide. Free. (Environment)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories – Fireflies and why they light up. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids, Science)
  • Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk – Preregister. 6–7:30PM, Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. $10; no one turned away for lack of funds. (Plants)
  • Howard Coffin – The Civil War’s effect on Vermonters. 7:30PM, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington. Free. (History)
  • Bill Schubart – ‘How easily food can overwhelm a life’, 6PM, Phoenix Books, Essex. Free. (Food)
  • Henry Homeyer – ‘Organic Gardening (Not Just) in the Northeast’ 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Organic)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Authors and Illustrators – John Steven Gurney, Fisher Elementary School, Arlington. (Kids)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 12-5:30pm, Northfield High School, Northfield. (Blood Drive)

Geek Things for February 10th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2–7PM, Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • ‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’, 5:30–7:30PM, City Market, Burlington. Free, preregister. (Food)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Poetry-Writing Group, 4:30–5:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Colman McCarthy, “Building a more peaceful world”, 7PM, Casella Theater, Castleton State College, Castleton. Free; tickets required. (Peace)
  • Dr. Elliott Fisher, “Achieving a Sustainable Health Care System.”, 4pm, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Health Care)
  • Walter Kulash – “Transportation and Community Character,” 7PM, Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Transportation)
  • Todd Lecture Series – Lieutenant General John F. Kelley, 7pm, Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield. Free. (Military)
  • ‘Dracula’, 7:30PM, Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. $2-10. (Vampires, Theater)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7PM, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, Johnson. $5. (Shakespeare, Theater)
  • Book Discussion Series: ‘World War II: The Loss of the Age of Innocence’ in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, 6:30PM, Fairfax Community Library, Fairfax. Free. (Reading)
  • Sigma Xi lecture: “DNA at the Dinnertable: The Global Politics of Genetically Modified Food”, 5:30pm, Norwich University, Northfield. (Genetics)
  • Exhibit: Raise the Roof, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, ECHO, Burlington. Free with admission (Kids)
  • Teacher Workshop: Growing Things: an Introduction to the Insights Curriculum, 9am to 3pm, Monshire Museum, Norwich. $55, pre-registration required. Register online. (Teaching)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)

Geek Things for January 28th

  • ‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’, 8:30AM–5PM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Preregister, Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. (Food)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: South Burlington, 9AM–2:30PM, FairPoint Communications, South Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Trivia)
  • Banff Mountain Film Festival, 7PM, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington. $10-12. (Film)
  • ‘Alice in Wonderland’, 6:30PM, Orchard School, South Burlington. Free; tickets required. (Kids)
  • Comics Club, 3:30–5PM, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier. Free. (Kids, Comics)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 9–10:30AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • Family Movie – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, 6:30–8:15PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Movies)
  • Kids’ Movie – “Nanny McPhee Returns”, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • Science & Stories – Properties of Ice, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Dr. Richard Foote – “Symmetry and the ‘Monster’: Mathematics as the Ultimate Complex System”, 3:45PM, Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Math)
  • Peter Lynch – Recap of a decade of an environmentally charged exchange between high schoolers in Vermont and south China, 7–8:30PM, Unitarian Church, Montpelier. Donations accepted. (Science)
  • Neko Case – ‘Storytelling? An Evening of Performances, Poetry and Puppetry’, 7:30PM, Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville. $39-100. (Music)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Market Day at Birka XXIIM – Barony of Stonemarche, Manchester, NH (SCA)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic, The Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Teacher Workshop: Investigations into Inquiry: Linking Science and Mathematics, 9am to 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $105, preregistration required. (Teaching)
  • Westford Strategy Board Gaming, 6pm – 11pm, Westford Public Library, Westford, VT (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Poetry Slam. Bring two original 3-min poems for a chance to win book prizes, 6:30pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. Info. 433-1706. (Poetry)

 

Geek Things for January 27th


  • ‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’ Preregister. 8:45AM–7PM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. (Food)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 3–6PM, Dunkin’ Donuts, Riverside Ave., Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Norwich, 1–6PM, Tracy Hall, Norwich. Free. (VampireS)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Models)
  • Book Lust Club, 3–4:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski – “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” 7PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 2PM, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • James M. Tabor – “Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth” Reading. Seating is limited; make reservations at nefcu.com. 5:30–6:30PM, New England Federal Credit Union, Williston. Free. (Adventure)
  • Story Time, 11AM, Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph. Free. (Reading)
  • Open Miniatures Tables!, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • China Renewable Energy Information Session, 6-7:30pm, Davis Student Center, Chittenden Bank Room, UVM. (China)
  • Teacher Workshop: Investigations into Inquiry: Linking Science and Literacy, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. $45, preregistration required. (Teaching)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Family Game Night, 6:00, Borders, West Lebanon, NH. (Gaming)

Geek Things for January 18th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Rutland, 12–6PM, Moose Lodge, Rutland. Free. (Vampires)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Computers)
  • Science & Stories, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • David Cobb (Discussion of corporate personhood and ways it damages democracy), 6:30PM, Fellowship Hall, Bethany Church, Montpelier. Free. (Politics)
  • ‘Feeding the World: Dinner for 9.3 Billion People in 2050’, 8AM, Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington. Call for price. (Food)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30–11:45AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Introduction to the Night Sky (Runs through February 15), 7-9:15PM, Monshire Museum of Science, Members $115, non-members $130. Register online. (Science)
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30pm, Ainsworth Public Library, Williamstown. (Libraries)
  • Northfield Chess Club, 7PM, Northfield Senior Center, $1. Info. 764-5880. (Chess)

Outer Space Cafe To Close

It figures, you hear about something that sounds really cool, when the doors are closing. From their website:

To all our valued customers,

After five fantastic years we the aliens are being called back to the mother ship and must close up shop here at 208 Flynn Avenue.

We will miss you all terribly and thank you so much for being here for us.

We’ll be open for these last few short weeks of December to say BonzeYE.  Thursday December 30th will be your last chance to catch the aliens in action here during the day.  We are also throwing a great big New Years Eve farewell and to new beginnings party on the eve of the 31st.

The Fooz ball table will be back for these last 2 weeks too!!  Come visit us!!

Thank you for so many wonderful memories!
Chantal and Lia from Outer Space

P.S. We are searching for a replacement team of owners if you or any of your friends have any interest send us an email! (outerspacellp@yahoo.com)

It’s a shame. If I’d know about this place, I would have certainly stopped by at least once. Hopefully, someone will pick up the sword and continue onwards!