To provide a space that fosters creativity through sharing and developing expertise in a wide range of practical skills, for fun, personal interest and community enhancement.

Garage Sale

Posted on 5 Jul 2018 in General | 0 comments

Yes, your very own Community Makerspace is hosting it’s first Garage Sale, starting at 8:00 am on Saturday 14 July, at 133 McMillan Street Parksville, entry at the back door. Ground level, ramp access and no stairs.

We’ve only been open 1 yr, just had our Anniversary event, so how could we have anything to sell – we have a lot of things that have been generously donated, that are surplus to our requirements.

You now have a place to buy a Re-Conditioned Windows 7 Tower computer, with monitor, mouse and keyboard, ready to go (will need network access and a network cable at your home, for internet access). We have a variety of options, so first come gets to pick, but they have all been upgraded and tested by one of our IT Professional MakerSpace members (still sold as seen though, at around $100 or less).

All kinds of other things, but plenty of interest in the computer, electronics, workshop and garden tools. Interested in a functional organ to play with? How about a pool table? Can anyone make use of an old broken small fridge or a water cooler?

If you have good quality, working things, that you no longer need, we would be happy to receive your kind donations – but only on Saturday 7th July, from 1-4 pm or Wednesday 11th July 6-9 pm. No drop-offs, thanks.


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Copper Etching “How To” – Class

Posted on 11 May 2018 in Courses | 0 comments

Copper Etching “How To”

This is an introduction to basic Copper Etching techniques that you will be able to apply to jewelry making and electronic circuit boards!

Did you know? Copper was used in ancient times for its medicinal properties against arthritis,. The oldest copper bracelets found date back to the Iron age, around 800 BC. Today, copper is still widely popular in jewelry making in bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings.

In this class, you will have the opportunity to create designs on copper and etch them on to copper plates to create your very own jewelry.

Course Outline:
1. Safety: Personal protection
2. Learn how to make the copper etching solution.
3. Drawing transfer onto the copper plate.
4. Copper etching procedures.
5. Transform your art into a jewelry piece.

Participants: Please bring your own creations on 1″x1″ paper, Sharpies Fine/Medium and/or Paint pens, and a Stylus for scratching, and a bottle of water, not for your craft but for yourself.

Important: Wear comfortable old clothes, no open-toed footwear, long hair must be tied back and no scarves or sleeves that could present a hazard.

When: June 5, 2018 – 18h-21h

$20/person (participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or tutor. Minimum age required: 13).

Fee includes etchant, copper and protective eyewear.

For more information, please phone 250-228-0305, Mon to Fri from 9:00-16:00.

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GarageBand Returns!

Posted on 11 May 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: Two Tuesday evenings, June 12 & 19, 2018 – 18h-21h
Where: Oceanside Community MakerSpace 133 McMillan St., Parksville (ground floor of the McMillan Arts Centre – North 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).

For more information, please give us a call 250-228-0305

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3D Drawing, Ready for 3D Printing

Posted on 10 May 2018 in Courses | 0 comments

Interested in 3D Printing? Want to Create your own Designs?

Learn the basics of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and using SketchUp!

Number of Participants:  Full
When: Ask about future classes
Where: 133 McMillan St., Parksville (below the McMillan Art Centre)

Requirements: Upon confirmation of registration on our website, follow the link to the required software (SketchUp 2016) to be installed on your own computer.

Equipment: Bring your laptop and mouse (MAC or Windows), curiosity and enthusiasm!

This course will introduce you to 3D drawing and how to take that completed drawing compatible with a 3D printer.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Drafting Principles
  • Overview of SketchUp User Interface
  • Draw 2D Shapes
  • Make 3D Objects: draw object, edit, export for printing – STL file

Note: Registrants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration taken in payment date order.

If you have any questions, please email theoceansidemakerspace@gmail.com or call 250-228-0305

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YOUTH ARTS! Facebook Choice Award! Your Vote Counts!

Posted on 9 May 2018 in General | 0 comments


On February 25, 2018, the Young Arts Exhibit was held at the McMillan Arts Centre and three Winners were Selected!
First Prize: Nick Teichrib for They’re Watching
Second Prize: Avery Swanson for Trees
Third Prize: Kiya Hoffman for 7% Human

We have One More Prize! The Facebook Choice Award! Support your Favorite Young Artist! Contest Ends March, 24, 2018!

Thank you to all who submitted inspiring artwork. We hope you submit again next year!


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Posted on 3 Apr 2018 in General | 0 comments

MakerSpace – A Space for You to Create

What does MakerSpace and the DIY movement have in common? They are the link to thousands of other curious minds like your’s who are totally addicted to the homemade 3R’s: Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose. Think of all that you could do, if only you knew the How-To’s of “Modifying” common products to extend or push them to the limits of unintended uses!

At MakerSpace, You’ll Find An Endless Universe of DIY Possibilities:

  • DIY Home Repairs
  • DIY Parts Replacement via 3D Printing
  • DIY Jewelry: Recycled Handmade Jewelry
  • DIY Art: CNC Router Table, Lazer Engraving
  • DIY Electronics: Repair electronic circuit boards
  • DIY Science: Make scientific equipment to participate in public scientific research as amateur scientists,
  • and so much more.

Come and Join Us Every Saturday in May, 2018 from 1-3:00pm!
It’s FREE!

We’re located on the ground floor of the McMillan Arts Centre, 133, McMillan St., Parksville (North door is wheelchair accessible). Give us a call 250-248-0305.

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Solder “How To” – Build a Line Sensing Car

Posted on 26 Mar 2018 in Courses | 0 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: April 10, 2018 and you need extra time, you’ll be more than welcome to join us and complete your project on April 17, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm.
Soldering Equipment provided by OC MakerSpace

Cost: $30/person Non Members, $25/person Social Members, $20/person Full Members (Car 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.

Keep in touch for other upcoming classes and workshops!

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