Holiday Family Maker Night Engages Community

The winner of the Ugly Sweater contest! Makers had to hack their entry to make their sweater unique.

Sierra Makerspaces and Hacker Lab held a Holiday Family Maker Night on December 1 from 5pm to 8pm at the Rocklin makerspace.  More than 50 volunteers, including 28 students, helped run the event which included multiple craft stations that accommodated all age groups.  Community members were asked to bring 5 food or toiletry items to donate to Sierra’s Food Pantry or give $5 per person, and had the opportunity to make a craft and donate another to families using the College’s Food Pantry program. About 100 attendees sewed stockings, made ornaments, made a PVC flute and decorated it, sewed a leather wallet, made jewelry, and visited Santa in his living room.  An ugly sweater contest (had to be hacked!) and a gingerbread house contest rounded out the evening.  Lots of food items plus $500 in cash was raised to support the Food Pantry!

The Family Maker Night is a way for Sierra Makerspaces and Hacker Lab to connect with the community and support inclusive making, as well as build Sierra College student leaders.

Santa’s living room was designed and built by Sierra student Heather Lincoln. Santa joined the party too!
More than 80 stockings were sewn by guests, and nearly 100 were donated to the College’s student food pantry program.
Welding Dept Chair Bill Wenzel donated the leather for the wallets, and student Heather Lincoln designed and cut out the parts. Owen Kittredge (Valley IT Support) lead the assembly process.
DSN Advanced Manufacturing, Steve Dicus, and grandsons designed and prep’d PVC flutes to make and decorate.


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