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Calling all Makers! (Young ones especially)

MAKERFEST is May 21st at Pierce College.  What will YOU show this year?


What is MakerFest?

MakerFest is an event where makers can show off what they have made and how they made it. Think of it as a big-show-and-tell event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. MakerFest is inspired by MAKE magazine’s annual Maker Faires, but is not affiliated with or endorsed by the MAKE brand or company. Features of the Fest include; displays, demonstrations, workshops, and hands-on activities.

Our Manifesto:

MakerFest is a festival-style celebration of makers. A Maker is a person that engages in the process of making or producing something. Makers run the gamut from woodworkers, tinkerers, coders, crafters, to robot builders. The Maker movement includes amateurs, enthusiasts, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

MakerFest is a free, non-commercial, non-competitive, community-building event. It provides an opportunity for people to gather, connect, and explore the processes, products, and joys of making. The goal of MakerFest is to engage and excite youth, families, and adults to explore Maker/DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture and become Makers themselves.

MakerFest is an inclusive event; gathering folks of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations.

What is a maker?

Chris Williamson, a maker himself, put it this way:

A maker is anyone that uses their abilities to create, whether it be mechanical, electrical, musical, visual or anything else. This world is full of things that were created by makers. Without makers, there would be no innovation and creation. That want of those things, and teaching myself how to make things in order to have them is the engine of everything I have achieved in my whole life up till now… It doesn’t matter what you make, and it doesn’t matter why. The importance is that you are making something.

Want to know more?

Read This: What does it really mean to be a Maker? By Charles Gantt

Watch This: Adam Savage’s Maker Faire 2012 Talk: Why We Make

Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance, March 12

Come to a galaxy far, far away for the City of Lakewood’s 14th Annual “STAR WARS” Father Daughter Dance! Let the force awaken on the dance floor! Enjoy tunes from Tatooine & treats from Admiral Ackbar’s snack bar.

Yes, this is exactly the party dads and daughters have been waiting for. May the force be with you.

  • WHAT: Father-Daughter Star Wars Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 12
  • WHERE: Lakes High School Commons, 10320 Farwest Drive SW
  • DRESS: Everyone dresses in their own way from casual to semi-formal or costumes.
  • COST: $35 per couple; $10 each additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Attendees must register by February 29, 2015. Visit for more information.
  • CONTACT: Sally Martinez, 253-983-7758 or

Hour of Code at the Lakewood Library

HourOfCode_logo_RGBPierce County Library is participating in the global Hour of Code campaign during Computer Science Education Week from December 7 – 12.

Get started online with free puzzles, tutorials, and library resources at

Five Pierce County Libraries are hosting Hour of Code events during December. Join us!

South Hill Pierce County Library: Monday, December 7, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Lakewood Pierce County Library: Monday, December 7, 4 – 5 p.m.

Summit Pierce County Library: Tuesday, December 8, 4 – 5 p.m.

Parkland/Spanaway Pierce County Library: Wednesday, December 9, 6 – 7 p.m.

University Place Pierce County Library: Friday, December 18, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.


Youth Organizations Should Consider Starting Makers Clubs


“Making” is kind-of a big thing now for good reason. There is nothing more rewarding than to complete a project just for the fun of it and to be able to say, “Look what I made! Isn’t it great?”

Kids often are not given the opportunities to create unique stuff on their own or with friends without it being a school project with rules and rubrics. A maker club will give them that chance as well as materials and adult guidance that they may not get at home. An easily attainable goal for each maker club would be to bring its creations to a maker gathering – a Maker Faire or MakerFEST.

Maker gatherings are ways for makers to show off their creations in an informal, few rules, no judges, no prizes setting. Think of it as a “show and tell” event for both kids and grown-ups. Maker gatherings are for everyone, makers and spectators to be inspired, network, and dream up new ideas.

The 4th Annual Lakewood MakerFEST will feature makers of all ages and we hope that your organization will be represented to show off what you all made. MakerFEST is also FREE and very much youth/family friendly. Just visiting the Science Dome at Pierce College is an amazing experience.

This is something you really want to do! Folks from the Pierce County Library System and the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse are willing to help you get your club started. For more information, visit

Make a Difference Day

Make-a-Difference-Day-215x300Saturday morning began bright and early at Lakewood City Hall  Lakewood Youth Council members and volunteers working to make a difference in Lakewood.    Pierce College sent a good sized group of local and international students to participate.  Other young people, recruited by the Youth Council showed up at City Hall or went directly to the service sites.


Thanks to the Youth Council for another great volunteer event.