Makers Local 256 will be hosting a Pig Roast on Saturday, Feb 20th at 1PM.  Plates of pork will be $10 each, or $15 for two.  The pig itself will be slow roasted on a custom welded automatic rotisserie, over a member constructed fire pit.  Along side a pot of jambalaya, members will be bringing potlock and picnic noms.  During the Pig Roast there will also be a Silent Auction, and an Open House where members of the community are encouraged to come check out the make shop, see our past and current projects, and find out more about getting involved in the collaborative DIY community.  To volunteer for this event, or for more details, visit:  The Pig Roast Wiki Page

(Letter is From Don, who is now heading the Robotics Meetup!)

Announcing a new Meetup for The Mid-South Area Robotics Society!

What: First Meeting of the year

When: Saturday, February 13, 2010 11:00 AM

Makers Local 256
203 Brown St.
Huntsville, AL 35805

Welcome Everyone to the kick-off meeting for Mid South Area Robotics Society.

We will be defining our plans for the rest of the year. If you have a contest or project, this is the time to see if we can fit it in. I know this group hasn’t been meeting but get ready for a change. If you a have robots bring it. All projects are welcome.

Hope to see everyone there.

I want to thank the Makers Local 256 for letting us host in there building.

11:00 am
Makers Local 256
203 Brown St.
Huntsville, AL 35805

Learn more here:

Makers learning DnDOn Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010, Makers Local 256 hosted a “DnD 101” class.  The class gave the attendees exposure to what goes into creating a game, the tools available for creating characters, and an overview on what’s involved in making an environment that is fun for creative minds.

Succeeding in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign requires a collaborative approach from the players, a key mentality used in both game play and group projects.

NeonJade writes an article on Makers Local 256:

Did we fit in? It certainly felt like it to me. I even took a couple of membership applications to fill out. The energy was contagious. It makes me believe I could finish that mosaic project I have been meaning to do, maybe learn how to use a welder and try my hand at sculpture. Everything feels more possible in a supportive environment…

If you’re interested in checking out Makers Local 256, members are typically present at the space by 6:00PM weekdays, and 1:00PM on Saturdays. The Makers Local IRC channel is a great resource for finding out if people are currently at the space, as well as our webcam:

We look forward to meeting you!

Last weekened Makers Local 256 had a successful open house, which gave us the opportunity to show members of the community what we’re all about and have to offer. Members of IEEE’s Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) were in attendance, and have shared their experience at the open house online:

If you weren’t able to make the open house, don’t feel like you have to wait for the next one to check us out. Someone is in the shop almost every day after 6:30, and on Saturdays we get booming right after lunch. Come out and see what you missed!