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Yesterday we set up the main floor of the new space at the Quackenbush building!! Thank you to every who came to help lift, carry, setup and test equipment in the new space! Thanks to all your hard work, we are now partially online in the new space, and definitely making progress on the rest! Want to see some photos of the results? Erica Iannotti took some snaps at the end of the day, and they are now posted to our Flickr pool at:

With the new space now ready for members, we have the volunteer shifts operating out of the Quackenbush building now. So if you are scheduled for a volunteer shift, please contact Tom Tongue (president@techvalleycenterofgravity.com) to find out how access to the building is currently arranged. We are still working with the landlord and the security equipment contractor to get maglocks and RFID readers installed so that we can switch over to our new and improved access control system. Until then, we have KEYS.
Speaking of volunteering, Tom Yanuklis has put out the call for September volunteers!
We encourage there to be at least 2 volunteers on duty a a time, so don’t get discouraged from an ideal time if you see a name there. EMAIL: volunteer@techvalleycenterofgravity.com to be added, we’ll send a google calendar invite to confirm. Remember: 8 hours of volunteer duty gets you $20 off your membership renewal the following month!
This week we have a bunch of events! All of them will be at the Quackenbush building! Here is the list:
  • Shapecrete Instructables Build Night – with Jayme Wood! Monday, August 31st @ 6pm. We received quite a bit of Shapecrete to support this build night, so please come out and see what this stuff can do! More info: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/?mc_id=54
  • Social Night! Come hang out on Tuesday night (Sept 1st) from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, check out the new space and think about the next project you want to make! Also… in the interests of full disclosure, there will probably be more setup and such to do. 🙂 More info: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/?mc_id=11
  • COG Reads – hosted by Jayme Wood. Wednesday, Sept 2nd! Our first book club / reading group meeting! More info: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/?mc_id=49
  • Arduino 101 – Friday, Sept 4th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm in the SEFCU Community Room. This class is taught by Tom Tongue and is part of the “Microcontrollers for Makers” series, and is limited to 10 students. You must register to attend through Universe, and the class is $30 per student. If you don’t already have an Arduino Uno, please contact Tom (email: ttongue@tungadyn.com) and there are kits available for $35 that include an Uno clone, LEDS, switches, breadboards and other neat stuff. More info and registration at: http://www.tvcog.net/index.php/my-calendar/?mc_id=18
Please help us fill our calendar with the exciting variety that will attract a diverse membership to the TVCOG. We’ve got a shiny new community room that is perfect for classes and workshops (available NOW)! If you’ve taught a class in the past, or would like to now, please contact Kathy Ceceri (events-coordinator@techvalleycenterofgravity.com) or fill out an event submission at
Just a quick reminder to consider these other modes of getting your TVCOG fix:
Thanks again for being a part of the growing Maker community in the Capital District. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, let me know!
All the best,
–Tom