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Wed. Night Drop-Ins – Model Railroading

Posted on 3 Mar 2018 in Courses | 4 comments

Model Railroading “How To” Workshops

Is Model Railroading Your Thing?

Weekly Wed. Evening Ongoing Drop-Ins – LETS TALK MODEL RAILROADING 101 – Time to get started the Easy Way!

Join us for Fun “Hands-On” Projects: Build Scale Warehouses, a Railway Tunnel, clean and install Trackwork, create Backdrop Painting and Ground Covers, etc.! Tie your railroad plans to 3D Printing!

$5.00 Drop-in Fee or Free with your $10 Monthly Membership!

Requirements: Curiosity, team spirit and humour!

*Please note that The Railroaders Team reserves the right to modify course contents and perhaps subsequent workshop dates.

Equipment: Included

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Bennett:
 jim.bennet@shaw.ca or call 250 954-2893

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SOLDERING “How To” – SOLD OUT! Thank you for Registering!

Posted on 1 Mar 2018 in Courses | 2 comments


Learn How To Solder Cleanly and Neatly!

For the enthusiastic hobbyist in you who is curious about how to create your own electronics from scratch, there will come a time when, in every project, you will have to merge two metal surfaces together. Solder is the “magical glue” that makes it happen. Solder can also be a frustrating mess if you do not know how to work with it cleanly and neatly. Don’t forget, a sloppy soldering job will mean that the project you have been putting your heart into might end up not working.

Come join us and learn all about:

1. The Basics: How to solder for best functionality as well as aesthetics
2. The Materials: Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Electronic Components (capacitors, resistors, LEDs, microcontrollers, sockets, etc.).
3. Component Leads: DIP-type, multi-leaded, flatpack and other planar-mounted components, etc.
4. Add Components to the PCB: “How To” solder and Safety Tips!
5. Check Connections: Learn the importance of directing electricity where you want it
6. Cut the Lead: Avoid potential short circuits
7. Join Wire to Wire: Fuse wires and learn how to secure proper connection
8. Cleaning Tips: Does and Don’ts
9. Supplies: What to buy if you want to set up shop at home

When: Tue March 13, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm
Soldering Equipment provided by OC MakerSpace

Cost: $30/person Non Members, $25/person Social Members, $20/person Full Members (Digital Clock Kit included) Participants 17 years old and younger need to be accompanied by a parent or tutor.

Registration: Payment must be received in full to secure your spot, bookings taken in order of processing.

There’s only space and kits for 7 people, additional interested parties will be added to a list for a subsequent class.

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GarageBand Returns! – New Class

Posted on 28 Feb 2018 in Courses | 0 comments

Music created by Regan Myers, using GarageBand software on an iPad…

GARAGEBAND is a full-blown music application for Apple devices. Mac, iPhone, and iPad. This course teaches basic music applications (specifically GarageBand). Other Apple applications can integrate for use with GarageBand for even more imaginative results. A basic drum beat or rhythm is established and then on to song composition. This software is free if you own an Apple device.

When: March 19, 2018, 18:00-21:00
Where: Oceanside Community MakerSpace 133 McMillan St., Parksville (ground floor of the McMillan Arts Centre – South door wheelchair accessible)

You’ll learn:
. First steps – The home screen & naming your first project (empty project)
. Track Types – eg Drummer, Metronome & Library Browser
. Global Settings
. Add tracks from within
. Loops & library

Apple iPhone, iPad or MacBook computer, ear buds or headphones. We can help you install GarageBand on to older iPads, before the class date.

Pre-Registration Required!
Cost: $20/person Full Members, $25/person Social Members, $30/person Non Members (participants 17 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or tutor).

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Posted on 26 Feb 2018 in Courses, Thing To Make, Uncategorized | 4 comments

A Funny Bunny Workshop – Just in time for Easter!
Join us at the Oceanside Community MakerSpace for another family style crafting get together FUNDRAISER. We will show you how to use simple tools to turn wool into a lovely, little, funny bunny for your Easter baskets. An easy beginner project to learn basic shapes and attaching parts.
All ages welcome, anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. Of course it may not be suitable for really young children as we are using needles. It’s likely your child will need to be at least 6 years old. We will let you be the judge.
Cost: $20 per adult (or adult with a child 8 years or older).
Includes one kit with everything you need to make a felted funny bunny during the class and tools you can take home to make more. We have leveled up the kit a bit for this workshop and wider variety of colors to work with.
It’s FUN: your kids/grandchildren will love spending time with you and creating something together!
When: Monday, March 26, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: 133, McMillan St., Parksville (ground floor McMillan Arts Centre – North door is wheelchair accessible)
Register here by paying your fee now or contact the MakerSpace office at 250-228-0305.

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YOUTH ART Competition, 12-19 years old

Posted on 12 Feb 2018 in Thing To Make | 0 comments

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This competition is for the high school student who would like an opportunity to have their artistic ability be recognized by the community. Upon submitting up to two original art entries, the student will be featured in an art exhibit and be eligible for prizes, awards and to have their art be immortalized on the walls of the Oceanside Community MakerSpace.


To be eligible for the OC MakerSpace youth art competition you need to be between 12 and 19 years of age and a resident of the Oceanside Community. This includes: Parksville, Qualicum, Nanoose Bay, Coombs, Errington, French Creek, Bowser and Deep Bay. Your completed application form should be submitted to theoceansideMakerSpace@gmail.com by Monday Feb. 19, 2018. The email subject title should read: “OC MakerSpace Youth Art Competition –“ + NAME.

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HEART FELT WORKSHOP – SOLD OUT! Please check our website and FB page for upcoming craft classes!

Posted on 12 Feb 2018 in Courses, Thing To Make | 4 comments

The Heart Felt Workshop was a great success, with 16 happy ladies using the MakerSpace to make felt hearts from nice red wool. Thanks to Judi and Heidi for putting this class together and making it such a positive morning.

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GarageBand Music Workshop

Posted on 29 Jan 2018 in Courses | 2 comments

Music created by Regan, using GarageBand software on an iPad …

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Smart Drums

GARAGEBAND is a full-blown music application for Apple devices. Mac, iPhone, and iPad. This course teaches basic music applications (specifically GarageBand). Other Apple applications can integrate for use with GarageBand for even more imaginative results. A basic drum beat or rhythm is established and then on to song composition. The class will create a …

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