Radio Shack Catches Up w/ AHA

There’s a relatively new tagline in the Maker world.   DIT (Do It Together)…  Radio Shack has decided it makes for a good…well, um, let’s just say that’s the way we’ve been running AHA for going on 5 years.  And it works pretty well.

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Art Party!

Please welcome guest artist Peter Sickman-Garner of Hey Mister Comics to Art Party on Wednesday, November 5th. Peter will share his experiences, demonstrate a little of his comic genius and answer your questions about what it takes to be a graphic artist in this cruel, cruel world.

Details Magazine calls HEY, MISTER “America’s funniest comic book.”  Join Pete’s hilarious cast of misfits, Young Tim, Mister, and Aunt Mary, as they get drunk, party naked, and dissect everything sacred in Western civilization with their razor-edged and sardonic philosophies.

Get ready to make and/or enjoy some art with one of the funniest people we know, Peter Sickman-Garner.

Here’s the Facebook Event page, please join, it’s FREE!

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New Board Elected!

Results are in…and the newest AHA Board of Directors is;

  • Jon Huhn – newly elected
  • Ken Lynch (I)
  • Nick Ristow – newly elected
  • Zach Steindler (I)
  • Larry Works (I) – re-elected

I = incumbent

Please support them in their efforts to help make AHA a great place to be.  Thank you.

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Final Nominees/Bios

Click on the link at the end of this post for 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 there before the election as we will continue adding more bios up until the voting starts.

Bios here!

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October Board Elections!

Elections for the next Board of Directors are coming up! Beginning today is the nomination period for prospective Directors. We are looking to fill three 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 – October 16 at 11:59PM: People can start nominating themselves or others over the ahashop_members at mailing list.
  • October 16 at 11:59PM – NOMINATIONS: If you nominate yourself or wish to accept someone else’s nomination, send an email explicitly and clearly stating that you are running to board at before midnight! Any confirmed nominees might also want to send a note to the ahashop_members at list so that people know they are running. The current Board will also send out periodical updates of confirmed nominees as we collect them.
  • October 17 – October 23 at 7:00PM – ABSENTEE VOTING: If you know that you are unable to make it to the voting party at AHA on the evening of the 23rd, let us know ASAP and we will do our best to accommodate your vote with an alternate voting procedure.
  • October 23 at 7:00PM until 10:00PM – ELECTIONS: 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.
  • October 24 at Midnight: Elected Board Members are put into place!

The actual voting process will involve assigning each nominee a number from 1 to N (N being the number of nominees we have by the end of the 16th). Higher numbers represent the nominees you favor most, with 1 being your least-favored. We will add up all of your ranking values and pick the three 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), or 4 ‘n’ 4 Staff Member ($0) in October, you are entitled to vote. You may become a member at any time up until the 23rd if you would like to be counted for this election.

And here’s the current Board:
Dana Nelson (I)
Ken Lynch
Larry Works (I)
Nathan Yost (I) — consecutive term limit reached
Zach Steindler

Incumbent Board Members who have completed their term are denoted by (I).

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

Thank you, and see you for elections on October 23rd at 7:00PM!

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Open House & 501(c)(3) Celebration!

It’s that time of year where we invite as many people as we can fit into AHA for a pleasant evening of hackery fellowship! This year we are particularly pleased to announce our new 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Stop in and see what we’ve been doing to grow and improve the resources we offer our community! We will be showing off the new laser cutter, and we’ll have a members’ projects on display.

RSVP at this Meetup link over here!

We hope to see you there!

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New Laser Cutter In Action

Members know we have a new toy just coming up to speed.  It’s rather big and it’s rather red so meet “Big Red”.  A Jinan Transon 80w laser engraver.

Big Red In Action

While we’re still working out the last details before it becomes available to AHA members, we’ve run the first Beta class to put the class instruction through it’s paces with an original design.  We did that a week ago.  Here’s the video of what you missed.  Enjoy.

Our thanks to Pete Mills for making us earn our keep as Makers & Educators.

And Josh Williams for keeping it simple.

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Cosplayers…Come On Down!

September will be the first Cosplay Get-Together at All Hands Active.  This is a monthly meeting between the All Hands Active Makerspace and Maker-Works.






Come create, or enhance your costume, with our tools and folks just like you.

Event Details here.  Pass it on.

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Achievement unlocked: 501(c)(3)!

After several years of slow-but-steady work, with contributions from all number of brave and generous individuals, we have at last gained our official 501(c)(3) status!

What does this mean for us? First, it sets in stone our goal to be a valuable community resource, making Ann Arbor smarter! Secondly, it means more opportunities for financial sponsorship, as donations can now be fully recognized as tax-deductable.

More sponsorship will help us keep the lights on, get better tools and equipment, etc.. We are always looking for extra help in this area, whether you know of potential sponsors, are a potential sponsor, or have experience finding sponsors. :) We’d love to hear from you in any case — drop us a line on the blog here, or send us an email:

Today, the hard work really starts!

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Holy Cow! It’s already July!!!

Happy 4th of July!!!!

The first week includes LIVE Scorpions, Art Party!, Thursday Open Build and the ever-popular 3D Printing class on Saturday.

Check out the AHA Events page for details (fyi – Google Calendar is always up-to-date.)

Enjoy the holiday!

FYI – AHA public hours may be shortened due to the holiday.

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