Raising funds for the new location.

All Hands Active has signed the lease for our new location at 255 E. Liberty St! Before we move, we need to build out the new space and customize it for our needs. Please consider a donation to AHA either by stopping by the existing location or giving our our fundraiser at the link below. We need your support to build the makerspace that the community has asked us for.


New AHA layout – 255 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI.

All Hands Active is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations made to the Charity Certified GoFundMe campaign are tax deductible.

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AHA @ Penguicon!

All Hands Active will be at Penguicon again this year! Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more. It takes place in Southfield, MI – April 29th – May 1st 2016!

More information can be found here: https://2016.penguicon.org/

All Hands Active members will be staffing the Penguicon makerspace. Stop by and build a super awesome Penguicon badge! We’ll teach you how to solder and show off lots of cool tech toys. More information about the badges will be coming soon! We’re working to have something really special to offer this year.

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AHA is moving!

We’re moving! All Hands Active has secured a new location that will allow us to continue growing our space. During the month of April we’ll be shifting operations slowly to our new space at 255 E. Liberty St. (just below Afternoon Delight!). As part of this effort, we’ve ceased scheduling classes at the current space.

A sample render of the new All Hands Active layout.

We’ll be announcing a fundraising effort shortly to help us better outfit our new space and improve facilities. We’re excited to announce that we’ve already begun to acquire new tools! Thanks to an extremely generous donation, we’ve acquired a planer, table saw, and drill press for the woodshop. Backyard Brains has also placed an order for a new vinyl cutter which will be available for use by the public.

How can you help? Watch this space for information coming soon!

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Closed for the holidays!

This is the time of year we give back to our amazing, generous staff volunteers and instructors. Thank you for your hard work — get some R&R!

The upshot is that AHA will be closed to the public, from Thursday, Dec. 24th until Thursday, Jan. 7th. We have also canceled the December Laser Cutting Class (Dec. 26th) and the January 3D Printer Class (Jan. 2nd).

Staff shifts will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7th, just in time for Open Build! Come show off your cool holiday projects! The remaining January classes will proceed on their normal schedule.

We wish all of you safe and happy holidays, and we’ll see you in 2016!

- AHA Board of Directors

P.S. If you are an official member, your 24/7 access rolls on. Thank you for all your support.

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November 2015 Nominee Bios!

In this post you will find the final list of nominees you will be voting for on Thursday’s election, and a little bit about them. You might wish to check back here before the election as we will continue adding more bios up until the voting starts.

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Fall 2015 Elections!

Elections for the next Board of Directors are coming up! The nomination period for prospective Directors is currently ongoing. We are looking to fill two of our Board positions during this election (see the list of incumbents below).

We are an official 501(c)(3) and so our next goal mostly concerns really hitting the ground running with our fund-raising effort. If you think you can help us achieve this very important objective, please consider running for the Board of Directors! A Director’s term is one year long.

The powers of the Board of Directors are explicitly laid out in the AHA Bylaws (see “Powers of the Board” here), and since Directors take responsibility for financial activities so they must:

  • have no financial conflicts of interest
  • make an unrestricted financial contribution each term
  • engage with and support the standing committee activities of Fundraising (development), Financial (operations), and Governance.

Here’s the breakdown of important dates for elections:

  • Today until November 4 at 11:59PM: People can start nominating themselves or others over the ahashop_members at googlegroups.com mailing list.
  • November 5 until November 12 at 7:00PM: absentee voting. If you know you will miss the election, email the board for guidance on how to vote absentee.
  • November 12 7:00 PM to 10:00PM – Elections Party: We host a themed Build Night in which the goal is to build a Board! Converge on AHA at 7:00PM, eat potluck-style foods, and cast your ballot. We will tally votes promptly at 10:00PM.
  • November 13 at Midnight: Elected Board Members are put into place!

The actual voting process will involve assigning each nominee a number from 0 to N (N being the number of nominees we have by the end of the 4th). Higher numbers represent the nominees you favor most, with 1 or 0 going to your least-favored. We will add up all of your ranking values and pick the two highest-scoring nominees, who will become the newest Members of the Board.

If you are a fully-paid Standard Member ($50)Reduced Membership Member ($20), Household Membership Member ($15), or 4 ‘n’ 4 Staff Member ($0) in November, you are entitled to vote. You may become a member at any time up until the 12th if you would like to be counted for this election.

And here’s the current Board:
Larry Works (I)
Esty Thomas (Temporary)

Donnie Jones
Greg Gage
Tyler Soo Hoo

Incumbent Board Members who have completed their term are denoted by (I).
Temporary Board Members’ terms will expire and are denoted by (Temporary).
Please leave a comment here or on the Board Elections mailing list thread with election-related questions, or nominations. If you have matters of a sensitive nature, you may also email the board directly at board at allhandsactive.com.

Thank you, and see you for elections on November 12th at 7:00PM!

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Fall 2015 – AHA Open House

Our annual event where new folks can see what we’re about and regulars can catch up with what’s happenin’.

Hope to see you there!

Artwork courtesy of our very talented member and staff volunteer Chris Scholl. Thanks Chris!!!

If you’d like to let us know you’re coming…please do so on our Meetup page. Thanks.

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Art Party Cancelled for October

We’ll try again in November…

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Closed Friday & Saturday for Maker Faire

We’d love to be 2 places at the same time, but that Technology doesn’t exist yet. Several of us will be taking our Tech and Wreck (old tech for Wrecklab) to the Detroit Maker Faire this weekend. We’re going to be in a BIG outside Maker Tent with a few other awesome Makers and Hackers. We’ll be joined by OmniCorp Detroit, Techshop Detroit and LVL1 from Louisville, Kentucky! And I’m happy to say that our good buddies over at Gamestart will be right there with us.

Between all of us we should have you and your friend and family interests covered.

Holy Cow! AHA made the map this year!!!! In a high traffic area…Woot! Woot!

See you at the Faire!

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4th of July

AHA will be closed to the public this week except for Art Party Wednesday evening. We will re-open to the public at 2pm on Thursday, July 9th.  Be Safe Out There!

The city of Ann Arbor “..reminds residents to use extreme caution and to be mindful of sensitivities of other residents, pets and neighbors when using fireworks. Fireworks can be particularly traumatic for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.”. – Mlive article re. Legality of Fireworks, 6/30 4:02pm.


Have a safe, and happy holiday!

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