Let’s raise some $$$ for new soldering equipment…

We did it!!!   In 5 days, through the generous donations of many we reached our goal.
Thank you from the bottom of our DIY hearts!!!!!



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Cosplay coming up…

Get the word out!  Cosplay Monthly group meets at AHA next Tuesday.  We know there are a LOT of Cosplayers out there.  Now they just have to find out about this.

More details about the monthly group here

Want a target to aim at???  Here’s a couple.

Back To ConFusion and Motor City Comic Con.

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Closed for the Holiday

All Hands Active is going to be closed to the public this week due to the holiday. We’ll resume normal hours next week.  Safe travels if that’s on your agenda.

Just a reminder one benefit of membership is 24/7 access!  If you are considering joining as a member feel free to stop by and ask about membership or join our mailing list.

We are holding a Giving Tuesday Event on Dec. 2nd if you’d like to drop by and Make a little something.

Enjoy the weekend!

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Giving Tuesday!

All Hands Active is a special group.  We often give back to the community by sharing our space, our tools and our knowledge. And we support many like-minded groups by demonstrating our technologies (3D printers, laser cutter, 3D Scanner, Oculus Rifts) at their events.  On Tuesday, December 2nd, we’re going to give back a little more.

We’ll be opening our doors for a special day of Making on Giving Tuesday.  Come down and put together a little special something for those special people in your life.  We’ll supply the materials.

AHA continues to operate largely due to the time, money and efforts of our members and generous volunteers.   As a charitable organization IF you’d like to give something back to us, we’ll happily put it to good use with events like this one.

Click the DONATE button to the right OR stop by and offer your hands and your time.


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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 googlegroups.com 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 allhandsactive.com before midnight! Any confirmed nominees might also want to send a note to the ahashop_members at googlegroups.com 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 allhandsactive.com.

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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