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If you haven't heard, Bloominglabs' lease has been terminated. We've known this would eventually happen, and as the City is going to start work on the Switchyard Park, we need to be out by the end of December.

Luckily, we've been looking for spaces for a while and have located a couple of possible candidates but nothing is firm yet. We've started a GoFundMe to help out with the costs of moving to a new space. You can find that campaign at:

https://www.gofundme.com/bloominglabs-needs-a-new-space

Feel free to spread this around. Your donations are appreciated and are tax deductible.

And if you know of a cheap space that is at least 3,000 sq ft in size, get back to us. And feel free to email contact@bloominglabs.org with any questions.

Thanks, again, to the Bloominglabs community. We couldn't do what we do without the support of all of you!

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Come to Makevention! Saturday, August 26th
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Makevention, Bloomington's local maker/hacker/doer event will be August 29 at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center from 10AM until 4PM.

This year, the SCA Shire of Mynydd Seren has joined Bloominglabs as a co-organizing body.

We've got a ton of awesome exhibitors this year:
Fraternal Order Of Lock Sport
Columbus Key
It's A Block Party
Soapy Soap Company
Pinnacle School
Monroe County Public Library
Comfort & Joy
Patricia's Wellness Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas
Joey Shepard, Calculator Maker
Cogbots, LLC
Shakmakerspace
EFF 5 Robotics FTC Team# 8746
Indiana University Creativity Labs
Tim Murphy, Roboticist
Success Work! & Creative Indiana
ShareBloomington: A Project of the Center for Sustainable Living
The MakerMobile
FIRST Robotics
IU Tech Showcase
Hamster Press Klingel-Engle Puppets
The Lilly Library
Press Puzzles
Ivy Tech Community College
Discardia
WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology

We'll also have some excellent food vendors on hand: BarisGo will perk us up in the morning and Gimme Some Moe and The Big Cheese will both be returning around lunchtime this year to sustain us through the day!

Check out the Makevention site for more details: www.makevention.org!

Bloominglabs will be on the Hoosier-to-Hoosier Resale Trail again this year!  Members will be hosting out annual flea market, featuring an assortment of electronics, tech manuals, and household items.  Weather permitting, we'll also fire up the grill!

The more official version:
This Saturday (8-22) is the Bloominglabs Flea Market and Hoosier-to-Hoosier community sale. A number of locations across Bloomington are having flea markets on this same day for the incoming students. The Bloominglabs Flea Market will be open from 8am to 5pm along with an open house. There will be electronics, computer parts, and household items for sale by members and friends of Bloominglabs. 

If you’ve wanted to check us out but couldn’t make it to our weekly public nights then this is a great opportunity! We will have free popcorn, and we will have drinks and burgers for sale as well. 

Like Python? Or interested? Python Club is happening Tues night at the Library in Bloomington,7pm http://ow.ly/K7KjI

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Greetings all-

Bloominglabs was selected to participate in Instructables' spark.io Build Night in November.

http://www.instructables.com/community/November-2014-Build-Night-with-Sparkio/

What that means is they are shipping us 10 Spark.io units and we are going to have 2 build nights in November:

Thu, Nov 13, 7pm-???
Sat. Nov 15, 7pm-???

Because of the limited number of items we are limiting this to people who reserve a spot. Still, people can work on teams (usually 3-4 people is an ideal team size but ymmv) and share a Sparkor two. Some projects might benefit from multiple Sparks. One project has claimed 2.

As to what it is - basically think Arduino but w/ built-in wireless and a 'cloud' based programming interface. So say you set up your sensor in your crawl space, you don't have to crawl down there if you want to re-program it (still do when the battery runs down though). Additionally you can communicate w/ it via a RESTful API, opening up possibilities for web and iOS apps.

https://www.spark.io/

So, if you are interested send a note to contact  at  blooominglabs (dot) org to reserve a spot, and please tell anybody you know who might be interested.

As to who we'd like to see: programmers, hardware/electronics gurus, really arty types, really practical types, really practical arty types, basically anybody w/ skills and interest and ideas (in some combination).

Having somebody take pictures to help document the event would also be nice.

Bringing stuff to play with and hack on is also a plus.

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Russian separatists in the Ukraine seize 'decadent Hackerspace' http://ow.ly/y6yti visit our decadent hackerspace Wednesdays at 7pm.

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Hey Everybody. New events for the New Year. A big one is the Soldering series, starting Feb 18:

On February 18th from 6:30pm until 9pm, come to Bloominglabs and learn the basics of soldering - your key to entering the world of building, altering, and repairing electronics. In this workshop, participants will assemble a “phaser” electronics kits to take home (flashing LED, buzzer, and frequency knob). No prior experience necessary, and all tools and hardware provided. The workshop is $20 with the basic phaser kit. Other soldering kits from AdaFruit will be available for an extra fee. All ages are welcome although children ages 15 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited, so register today! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-to-solder-at-bloominglabs-tickets-10247008077

The following 2 weeks we cover SMT (beginning then advanced).

Spread the word!

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Watch the Guino in action!
A Real-time Arduino dashboard -

http://makerflux.com/projects/guino-real-time-arduino-dashboard

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Arduino Classes happening in October: 

Bloominglabs is offering a 2-part workshop that will get you up and running with Arduino programming. You’ll learn the basics and we’ll save you time by helping you avoid pitfalls that stumped us when we were starting out. While it doesn’t hurt to have a programming background, it’s not required. 

The Arduino is a popular, affordable, and accessible platform for microcontroller programming. It can be used to control LED lights, motors in a robot, and to trigger sounds. It can be used to make game controllers or art projects, or anything you can dream up.

Sessions are Oct 17th and 24th at 7pm, the price is $30 for 2 2-hour sessions (although we’ll hang out longer if you want to experiment and play some more). Please bring your own laptop with the free Arduino software installed (you can get it here:http://arduino.cc/en/main/software ) All other materials (Arduino, breadboards, sensors, motors, piezo speakers, and LEDs) will be provided.
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