March Is for Making!

We love creativity, exploration, and lifelong learning, which is why we're so enthusiastic about celebrating Make-It March! What better opportunity to learn a new skill or share a talent that you've practiced for years? And let's not limit what it means to be a maker. Do you make music? You're a maker! What about scientific discoveries? Then you're also a maker! Do you draw and doodle during your long Zoom meetings? You're a maker too!

We're celebrating Make-It March with programs, Take and Make kits, and self-guided activities for all ages throughout the month. Take a look at the wide range of ways you can join us in being a maker this March. You can find our full list of Make-It March events here, opens a new window.

All Ages

Doodling is as Easy as A-B-C!
Tuesday, Mar. 2 ∙ 3:00 PM

Grab your paper, pencils, and other drawing tools, and join us live on our Facebook, opens a new window page or YouTube, opens a new window channel. Doodle along or help us decide what to draw! In this program for all ages, you'll learn some tips to ignite your imagination so that you’ll never run out of drawing ideas.

March Forth! Take a Science Hike
Thursday, Mar. 4 ∙ All Day

Come along as we make scientific observations using free apps. Watch a short video about our favorite Citizen Science apps, then try them yourself on a hike outdoors or around your house. The video will be posted on our YouTube, opens a new window channel on Thursday, March 4.

3D Printing | Impresión 3D
Saturday, Mar. 6 ∙ 2:00 PM

With our 3D Printing, opens a new window with Curbside Services, opens a new window, it is easier than ever to go from a digital file to a physical model, but where do you begin? Join us to learn about free online resources to help you find or design your own 3D model. We will also showcase how to submit your 3D model to us for printing. This program is designed for beginners but more experienced users are welcome to join us as well.

Con nuestro servicio de impresión 3D para recogida en la acera, es más fácil que nunca pasar de un archivo digital a un modelo físico, pero ¿por dónde empezar? Únase a nosotros para conocer los recursos en línea gratuitos que lo ayudarán a encontrar o diseñar su propio modelo 3D. También mostraremos cómo enviarnos su modelo 3D para imprimir. Este programa está dirigido a principiantes, pero los usuarios más experimentados también pueden unirse a nosotros.

Children and Families

We've Got Chemistry! Hands-on Science Workshop
Monday, Mar. 1 ∙ 3:30 PM

Join us to explore hands-on science in our “We’ve Got Chemistry” workshop! We will learn about fundamental chemistry concepts through interactive experiments using household items. Led by high school volunteers, we will discover chemical reactions and chemical polarity through experiments with elephants' toothpaste and color-changing milk.

Robot Sewable Circuit Take and Make
March 9-12, opens a new window (Available at Curbside Services, opens a new window while supplies last)

Explore the science of electric circuits with this Take and Make Kit! Sew a robot keychain whose eyes light up when you touch its hand to its belly! Recommended for ages 9 and up and provided through a generous donation from Genetech, Inc.

Build It!
Tuesday, March 9 ∙ 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 16 ∙ 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 23 ∙ 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 30 ∙ 3:30 PM

Build with your favorite materials like LEGOs, Magnatiles, blocks, and more every Tuesday and show off your creations. Stretch your engineering skills with our building challenges. If you don't have building materials at home, feel free to stop by your local library, opens a new window on a Tuesday in March starting the 9th to pick up some supplies.

Make Music with Kenny
Friday, Mar. 26 ∙ 3:30 PM

Explore different beats and rhythms while making music together with Kenny and his acoustic guitar. Bring your favorite musical instrument to this virtual event or pick up a pair of rhythm sticks from your local library, opens a new window starting on Tuesday, March 16 while supplies last. No instrument? No worries! Clap, sing, or dance along to familiar songs that kids and families will enjoy.

Art Break Day
Monday, Mar. 29 ∙ 3:30 PM

Get creative and make something awesome with any art materials in this open-ended program. Pick up a bag of mysterious art supplies during Curbside Services starting Tuesday, March 23 or use your own supplies at home. Every bag contains different materials to help you stretch your imagination and creativity!

Teens and Adults

Podcasting for Beginners
Developing your Podcast: Tuesday Mar. 2 ∙ 5:00 PM
Recording Your Podcast: Tuesday, Mar. 9 ∙ 5:00 PM
Editing Your Podcast: Tuesday, Mar. 16 ∙ 5:00 PM
Distributing Your Podcast: Tuesday, Mar. 30 ∙ 5:00 PM

In this four-part series, we'll take you all the way through the process of creating your own podcast, from development to distribution. Bring a snack, notepad, and great questions as we gear up for some good old-fashioned experiential learning!

Craft Circle: Let's Mend!
Thursday, Mar. 4 ∙ 6:00 PM

Join us to connect with other crafters, share resources, and get inspired! What mending and repair projects do you have sitting on the shelf just waiting for the right time to make them like new again? Well, the time is now! Let’s enjoy each other’s company as we share repair recommendations and stories so that we can finally get to those mending and repair projects we’ve been putting off.

Social Justice Sewing Academy
Friday, Mar. 5 ∙ 6:00 PM
Friday, Mar. 19 ∙ 6:00 PM

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Social Justice Sewing Academy! In this two-part workshop, we'll discuss women’s history, women in leadership, and how we can honor the women in our lives and community and learn how to create our own quilt blocks expressing our passion, pride, concern, anger, or sadness regarding social justice issues we care about.

DIY Dog Toys
Monday, Mar. 8 ∙ 7:00 PM

They've Zoombombed our meetings all year and now it's time for a program where our pooches are the guests of honor! Be your furry friend's "plus one" as Chris and his dogs explain how you can braid tug toys from the comfort of your home with nothing more than scissors and old shirts. It's sure to be a doggone good time for the whole family!

Sauces and Salsas
Tuesday, Mar. 9 ∙ 4:00 PM

Learn about savory salsas and sauces with the UC Master Food Preservers! These scientifically tested recipes can be made easily in your home kitchen and water-bath canned for your home pantry to be ready as a quick addition to a variety of meats and vegetables. Prepare to get saucy!

Draw It! Get the Right Attitudes With Wahab Algarmi
Thursday, Mar. 18 ∙ 3:30 PM

Join artist, Wahab Algarmi, as he helps simplify the often intimidating topic of perspective. Together as a group, we'll draw a building in perspective and go over some of the rules to get your drawings looking just right! We'll be providing free art kits (while supplies last) during Curbside Services in mid-March to accompany this workshop.

DIY Photo Editing in Photopea
Thursday, Mar. 25 ∙ 5:00 PM

Photopea, opens a new window is a free online photo editing tool that includes many of the same features found in Photoshop. Learn how to upload, crop, remove dust specs, color tune, reduce file size, and change file formats via this free platform. JC and Chris will guide you through sample photos so you learn how to work post-processing magic on your own snapshots.

How will you bring out your inner maker this March? Let us know in the comments!