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Plan your weekend: Poetry reading, Maker Faire and more

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Plan your weekend: Poetry reading, Maker Faire and more


Lots of great events on tap for this weekend. Some we’ve written about, some are getting a first mention here.

For your consideration: 

-The Voices Carry event will be Saturday, Oct. 26. The featured poets this year are Cecilia WolochJessie CartyHelen Losse andErica Wright. The event will be held at Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore St. at 3 p.m. The moderator is my co-worker and friend Collin Kelley. He’s hilarious. It should be a fun event.

-There’s also the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 26. It’s from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgia Tech. The event address is 266 4th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313. The nonprofit I volunteer with, re:loom, will be there and Decatur Metro reports that Decatur Makers will be there too. (Please see editor’s note about re:loom at the end of this post.) The event is free to attend.

So what is a Maker anyway? Decatur Makers provides this summary from their web page: “Imagine a space that is part tool shed, part workshop, part computer lab, and part machine shop, with tools ranging from soldering irons and drill presses to CNC machines and 3D printers. Imagine a community of experts and novices all learning how to build and fix things as well as just making cool stuff.  That’s one example of a makerspace.” re:loom fits within this context as well, taking recycled materials and turning them into cool things like handbags and rugs. The re:loom movement also supports a local homelessness program, the Initiative for Affordable Housing.

For the event, Decatur Makers says it will “Debut our non-newtonian liquid hopscotch and we’ll also have flexagons to make (including the fascinating 3D ones).  In addition, you can cut a wine bottle and grab a giveaway from our theramin-enhanced skeleton!” re:loom will bring one of its looms for a floor demonstration. The event is free. Free I tell you!

– On Sunday, Oct. 27, Clairemont Elementary will be featured at the Atlanta History Center’s free Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. It’s at the History Center, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. According to the school’s eblast, “Clairemont Elementary was chosen to have an Ofrenda (altar)displayed in the Grand Ballroom on the day of the festival (they only choose 12). The ofrenda, adorned with art and objects made in Spanish and art class, is dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. Urquhart, who is the scientist who studied and tracked Monarch butterflies to identify where the monarch migration over-wintering sites were located. There is currently an IMAX movie about his life at Fernbank.” Did I mention this is free? I think I did. It’s free.

Editor’s note: Important information on the re:loom front, made in the interests of transparency and disclosure. I’ve recently been elected to the board of the nonprofit that oversees re:loom, Initiative for Affordable Housing. It’s an extension of the volunteer PR work I’ve already been doing and it is an unpaid position. I am excited about it, because the Initiative does great work in our community and it will give me the opportunity to learn more about how nonprofits work. I appreciate this opportunity.